Tops on the Tube Tonight: Good New Genre TV Shows
Michael A. Burstein, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Pelland, Eric M. Van
From Pushing Daisies and Eureka to Supernatural, Moonlight to Torchwood, Journeyman to Jericho, there s a fair bit of buzz in genre TV fandom about some new and newish shows. What separates the standouts from the nonstarters? What have they learned from shows and showrunners that have gone before? What offers any hint oforiginality? Where can you find the best writing? The most promising premise? The hottest honeys and hunks? And can the good survive?
Battlestar Galactica Endings -- Roll Your Own
Michael A. Burstein, Jeffrey A. Carver, Craig Shaw Gardner, MaryAnn Johanson, Jennifer Pelland
Looks like we may never get an official end to the series. But hey, we're SF fans: we'll make one (heck, several) up. Conversation may also include but should not be limited to discussion of how BSG is (was) the awesomist esseff teevee evah!
Battle of the Mutant Plot Mashups
Michael A. Burstein, Craig Shaw Gardner, Amy Thomson
In each round of this fiendish funfest (stolen from a contest in F&SF), the moderator inflicts a new story title on the panelists, who then vie to invent a plot to match. Each title freakishly mates two actual works. Given Foundation and Empire Strike Back, a panelist might reply, "Hari Seldon goes to Dagoba to learn the ways of the Force and defeat the Mule. Unfortunately, it turns out the Mule is his father." Advice for panelists: if you don't know the plot of one (or both) originals, make up something about sex, treecats, Ents, Albus Dumbledore, hotel food, sex, Eando Binder, Microsoft, Donkey from Shrek, SFWA, or sex. This audience will be pushovers for that stuff.