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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

CHARLIE JADE, the show I worked on in Cape Town, is coming to the Sci Fi Channel beginning this Friday. It is a strange, impressionistic, dark SF series about a detective from a parallel universe who is blasted to our universe by an industrial accident. Complications ensue.

My team came on board beginning with episode 9 ("Betrayal"), but we (Denis McGrath, Sean Carley and I) didn't really hit our writing stride until episode 12 ("Charade"). I'm particularly proud of eps 17 ("Spin") through 20 ("Ourobouros"), where I think we finally delivered on the vision that showrunner Bob Wertheimer was asking us for. Check'em out!

If you don't get Sci Fi, I believe the episodes will be streaming on their site as well.

UPDATE: RA Porter has a nice bit on the show at Popcritics.

Oh, and... Way to go Obama! Oh, Noes, McCain!

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Alex, I'll be writing recaps of Charlie Jade for a little website this summer. If you have the cycles, when we get a little closer to the point where your team took over, I'd love to do a short interview about the hand-off and the show in general.

My preview - where I hint at beans, not spill them everywhere - is up here if you're interested.

By Blogger R.A. Porter, at 9:42 PM  

Happy to, RA!

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 11:11 PM  

Been looking forward to seeing your work on this puppy.


By Blogger Unknown, at 11:31 PM  

Yeah, Spin really is the most powerful episode thematically and emotionally.

How certain are you about Sci-Fi re-broadcasting them on the Web? I've got a friend who can't catch the first couple episodes, but he seemed real interested in checking it out.

Me. . .I'm just trying to get enough people to watch, so ratings go up. . .and hopefully there's enough incentive for a second season!

By Blogger The_Lex, at 5:15 PM  

The Sci Fi website does say they'll rebroadcast, and it's on the Web, so it must be true.

Maybe your friend should get a TiVo!

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 5:20 PM  

I've looked all over the Sci-Fi Website and can't find anything regarding rebroadcasting. I'm horrible at browsing the Web, though. . ..

By Blogger The_Lex, at 8:23 PM  

Yay! It's only taken, what, 3 years! Woot woot! And we're getting Sci-Fi in HD in 3 weeks.

By Blogger R. K. Bentley, at 10:47 AM  

Looks like Series Premiers tonight on Sci-Fi at 8pm.

By Blogger R. K. Bentley, at 10:52 AM  

Hi Alex,

That's a great news for Charlie Jade wich has been a great success in France one year ago.

Now that the show is broadcasted in the U.S., do you think that there is a chance for us to get a second season (even if the production have been stopped for three years), or at least a TVmovie that could conclude the series ? Not getting a real end is very frustrating...

Thanks !

By Blogger Unknown, at 6:28 AM  

The series would have to do REALLY WELL on US TV to get a second season. I don't know any of the essentially elements that are necessarily tied up, so it is theoretically possible. Someone with money would have to think they can make a whack of money on a second season ... that's what would have to happen.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 8:22 AM  

So let's hope it's going to be a success ! This show desserves it.

Thanks for the answer Alex,
Regards from France,


By Blogger Unknown, at 9:02 AM  

I'm in Canada and we watched this a few years ago on the Space channel.

The actors were amazing, but wasn't anyone bothered by the quality of the production getting in the way? We were a little bit bothered by the background music being so loud - often couldn't hear the lines - the camera work, and video look. I'd loved to see reboot of this show! Perhaps a short mini-series instead. So much potential in the story and, again, a terrific cast.

At the time I was following this site for reviews and recaps of Charlie Jade:

By Blogger frederic, at 1:09 AM  

@ulric, speaking of the music, I was freaked out by Friday's airing of "Sand". During the very frightening scene between Reena and Gordon Bolt, Tears for Fears' "Mad World" was playing, too loudly.

It was a little hard to hear some of the dialog over the lyrics as the scene started, and nigh-impossible to tell what was on the background television (a replay of Galt's presser.) What was most shocking to me was that the version I have just has an instrumental piano piece scoring that scene.

I don't know if rights weren't paid for the version I've got, of if someone decided to rescore the scene to make the point on the head. It was distracting, though

By Blogger R.A. Porter, at 1:23 AM  

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