Craig Silverstein Named One of the Top 50 Power Showrunners for 2011!

We Invisible Man fans have always recognized the incredible talent of Craig Silverstein.  The I-Man episodes he wrote are always among our favorites.  He was even described as a young savant by one of the cast members (I forget which one.  Vince, I think?).  It’s been exciting to see Craig’s career skyrocket, although I have to admit that I would love to see Craig writing more I-Man.

Now Craig has been named one of the “Top 50 Power Showrunners 2011” by the Hollywood Reporter!  How cool is that?  It couldn’t happen to nicer or more talented guy.  Check out the write up in the Hollywood Reporter:

 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/craig-silverstein-247420

It’s hard enough to get one show on TV but, impressively, Craig has two shows currently on the air:  Nikita and Terra Nova!  Here’s a little bit of info about each of them.

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Nikita

The second season of Nikita is already underway. Craig is executive producer of the show and he’s been pretty active promoting the show.  He started giving us tidbits of info about the new season this summer during Comic-Con and the info keeps on coming. I’ve compiled a bunch of these recent videos from around the web of our favorite I-Man writer himself talking about Nikita.

Comic-Con Interviews

Comic-Con Panel

Craig Silverstein and Shane West

Episode Previews

Nikita airs Fridays at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central on the CW.  Be sure to check your local listings for the time and channel in your area.

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Terra Nova 

Craig also is an executive producer on the new sci-fi series, Terra Nova.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, he is credited with being one of the co-creators, although I’m not sure how much actual hands on day-to-day involvement he has with the series.

The sci-fi lover in me is really starting to enjoy this series.  Have any of you been watching it?  If not, you might want to give it a try.  It airs on Mondays at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central on FOX (again, check your local listings).

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2011 has turned into a very good year for Craig with two successful series concurrently on the air and being named one of the Top 50 Power Showrunners.

Congratulations, Craig!



A Shout Out From Craig Silverstein

Imagine my surprise just now when reading an interview of Craig Silverstein on The Hollywood Reporter website and seeing this:

I happen to be one of those ”two women running the booth” that Craig is speaking about here.  It was the nicest surprise to be sitting at the booth and suddenly I-Man writer Craig Silverstein walks up.  I remember blurting out, “Oh, my goodness, Craig Silverstein.”  I recognized him immediately.  He was very gracious and we chatted a bit.  He signed the petition and even posed for us in the booth.

Craig Silverstein poses at Invisible Man fan booth at Comic-Con 2004

I can’t take credit for the comic book.  The gal who ran the booth with me is a very talented artist.  She’s the one who was responsible for Craig’s prized possession.

Read the complete Hollywood Reporter interview here:

Comic-Con 2011: ‘Nikita’ Showrunner Craig Silverstein (Q&A)


Craig Silverstein to Appear at Comic-Con

Going to Comic-Con this year?  If so, I’m jealous.  I wish I was going, especially since I found out that Invisible Man writer Craig Silverstein will be appearing on a panel this Saturday, July 24, at 5:15 p.m.!  Craig will be promoting his new fall series Nikita which will air on Thursdays at 9/8 central on the CW starting September 9.

Here’s what the Comic-Con website has to say about the panel:

Saturday, July 24

5:15-6:15 Nikita Pilot Screening and Q&A— Comic-Con has gone rogue! International action star Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) stars in this sexy and suspenseful series as an agent who has escaped from the ultrasecretive and corrupt government agency that trained her to be an assassin…and then betrayed her. Catch a sneak peek screening of this action-packed thriller, and join Maggie, series stars Shane West (ER) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), and executive producer Craig Silverstein (Bones) for an inside look at one of the most anticipated new shows of the fall season. From Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Nikita will air Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW.  Room 6BCF.
 

Official “Nikita” Website

Craig Silverstein was kind enough to pose for us when he visited our Invisible Man fan booth at Comic-Con several years ago.

“Standoff” Cancelled

After only one season, Craig Silverstein’s series, Standoff, has been cancelled.  I think we all saw the writing on the wall when the show was moved to Friday nights.  But don’t worry about Craig being unemployed.  His incredible talent has been recognized by 20th Century Fox TV and they have no intention of losing him.  Can you blame them?  According to Variety, “while Standoff lasted just one season, 20th moved quickly to extend its relationship with Silverstein.  Studio had another year left on its old deal with the scribe but chose to throw out that pact in order to negotiate a new agreement.” 

“Every opportunity we get, we’re going to try to extend our deal with him,” said 20th Century Fox TV chair Dana Walden. “He’s a great utility player who can write any genre of television. And he’s been a really good partner to us by being on other people’s shows while developing his own projects.”

So what’s next for Craig?  Well, he’s been named executive producer of Fox’s new fall show K-Ville, which is set in New Orleans.  K-Ville is set to premiere Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at 9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m. central, on Fox.  But in an unprecedented move on the part of the studio, you can watch the first episode right now before it premieres on TV.  Interesting way to market a TV show.

Unaired Episodes of “Drive” Now Online

Six episodes of Drive were made, but only four episodes were shown before the show was unceremoniously yanked from the air.  Now, those last two episodes are available to watch online on Drive’s MySpace page.  Episode five, entitled “The Extra Mile,” and episode six, entitled “Rearview,” are there in addition to the first four episodes.

A post-Drive wrap-up interview with executive producers Tim Minear and Craig Silverstein can be found at the Drive Fans website.  In it, Tim and Craig reveal future storylines had the series continued.  It may not really matter at this point, but because of all the spoilers, I suggest you watch the last two episodes before reading the interview.

“Standoff” Returns This Friday

After a long hiatus, Craig Silverstein’s show, Standoff, is returning to our TV screens.  It’s been moved to Fridays…not a good sign.  However, cast member Michael Cudlitz tells the Chicago Tribune that it hasn’t been cancelled yet.  Will it find its audience on Friday nights?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

To catch up on episodes you might have missed, visit the Standoff MySpace page.

Watch the new episodes starting this Friday, June 8, at 9/8 c on Fox.  As usual, check your local listings for the time and channel in your area.

Craig Writing “Drive”

I did a double take yesterday when I saw Craig Silverstein’s name appear as the writer for last night’s episode of Drive.  Nice surprise.  I guess Craig is making good use of the time Standoff is on hiatus and Fox is making good use of this very talented writer that they have under contract.

Speaking of Standoff, it’s scheduled to come back on Friday, June 8, 2007 at 9/8 central.  I’ve got to say that I’m a bit nervous for Craig, because Standoff getting moved to Fridays is not a good sign. 

If you want to catch up on any episodes you missed, go to the Standoff MySpace page.

Joel Bissonnette in This Week’s “Standoff”

I’m really sorry to post this announcement after the fact, but I didn’t find out about Joel Bissonnette’s (Arnaud De Fehrn) guest appearance in Standoff until after the show was over.  Literally five minutes after the show was over, I found out.  And, yes, I missed it.

The good news is that you can go to Standoff’s MySpace page and watch the episode there on demand.  It should be up for three weeks.  How cool is that?

On another note, remember Jonathan Glassner?  To refresh your memory, he was one of two executive producers who came on board after Matt Greenberg left I-Man.  Well, he’s now working as Co-Executive Producer/Director on Standoff.  Interesting how so many I-Man alum end up working together again on different shows. 

If you enjoy the behind-the-scenes stuff, then you gotta check out this cool video in which Glassner takes us through the making of an episode of Standoff