Tuesday, February 03, 2009

More on the CAPRICA writing staff

Jane Espenson, in an interview with io9 this week, named a few more of the writers hired for season one of CAPRICA:

Io9: Congrats on becoming the showrunner at Caprica. Do you get a lot of input in crafting the first-season character arcs in Caprica, as the showrunner? How much of that stuff was already in place when you came on board?

JE: I'm pleased to say that I will have a lot of input in crafting season one of Caprica. Ron is still the ultimate king of us, and I hope that doesn't change, but I will be getting a lot of my ideas in there. We also have an amazing staff — Michael Taylor, John Zinman and Patrick Massett, Kath Lingenfelter, Matt Roberts and Ryan Mottesheard — and they will be contributing mightily.


Since more FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS staffers are joining the CAPRICA fold, now seems like an appropriate time to post this great piece by TIME's James Poniewozik, in which he compares Bill Adama to FNL's Coach Taylor. You know I cannot help myself, I love both shows way too much. ;) A few great excerpts:

I don't often enough give props to Edward James Olmos, so let me say it here: the man is amazing. The way he carries himself in this last scene says more about Adama's core and sense of honor than any scene of screaming and high drama. He kisses Roslin in front of his crew, sends her off to escape, then picks up his gun and gets ready for a last stand. And sits down. That, for me, was the beauty moment. Olmos is playing "the old man" as an old man. He's strong, he's resolute, he's angry. But he's also tired. He's come this far, this is his gods-damned ship, and he is not going anywhere.

...between BSG and Friday Night Lights airing at 9, we have back-to-back two rare, classical examples of a kind of manhood that Hollywood rarely manages to pull off anymore. Coach Taylor and Adama are different men in different situations, of course. But they are both examples of old-fashioned manly virtues—honor, loyalty, integrity—portrayed in a way that's neither sentimentalized nor cynical.

...TV has done great things with antiheroes like Tony Soprano, who whined about the death of the strong, silent "Gary Cooper type" without realizing that he was himself part of the problem. But it's even more rare, and difficult in this day and age, to portray actual Gary Cooper types in a way that seems neither phony nor snarky. Eric Taylor and Bill Adama are a rare breed. We should appreciate them while they're still around.



(You know, I already caught FNL's new season on DirecTV this winter -- but man, watching FNL and BSG back-to-back on Friday nights? That would be one helluva double bill.)

10 comments:

laet-v said...

I DO LOVE Adama. He is my favorite chracter of the show. ( I love or like everyboby but Lee and Cally)

Don't kill Adama........

The awaiting is killing me.

Thank you for the article.

Teri's Blog said...

I love both shows too. Hopefully FNL gets picked up for another season.

Pedda_CC said...

Thanks for the news!

There can never be enough Knight Writers on the Caprica staff...

Anonymous said...

Um, hello...forget KNIGHT RIDER... let's focus on FNL and PUSHING DAISIES here people. Anyone who mentions KNIGHT RIDER is just being mean. :-P

Anonymous said...

Hey, Pedda. Take off the jack boots and kiss my ass!

Romantique said...

Wait...does this mean VIRTUALITY isn't going to happen? Or is Michael Taylor pulling double-duty?

ProgGrrl said...

@Romantique: while this certainly doesn't seem to look good for VIRTUALITY...if Fox is re-cutting/whatever the pilot and considering it for a summer launch, or fall 09 or whatever, I would think Taylor could get back to that show later in the year. Right?

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