“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.

I-ManiCon 2007 Pictures and Reports

Well, it took a bit of doing and time, but I finally have the pictures up from this year’s I-ManiCon.  I want to give a big shout out of thanks to Laura, Joyce, and Tara who generously shared their pictures with me so that I could share them with you.  I also want to thank all the fans in the pictures who gave me permission to post their picture.

Following are a couple of photos of Mike and Paul.  The rest of the photos can be viewed from the I-ManiCon 2007 Photo Gallery page.

Mike McCafferty

An exhausted Mike McCafferty takes the time to visit with fans. 

Paul Ben-Victor and Lev Gorn

Paul Ben-Victor poses with his friend and fellow Wire actor, Lev Gorn.

In addition to pictures, a few con reports have come in from fellow attendees.  Links to the reports can be found on the I-Maniacs Fan Club’s I-ManiCon 2007 page.

Planning for Next Year’s Con

Next year’s con will be held on July 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  If you’re thinking of attending, here are some things you can do now:

  1. Write down the date in your calendar.  Go ahead.  Do it now so you don’t forget.  I’ll wait.
  2. Flexibility is the key to enjoying yourself at the con.  Remember, there are no guarantees that the cast will be able to attend.  Last year all four guys made it, but this year none of the cast was able to come on the actual day of the con.  However, we were able to meet with Mike and Paul on the following two subsequent days, so try to plan on spending a few days in LA if possible.
  3. I-Maniacs are a fun group of people and we like to sightsee, so do come prepared to hang out with us and tour LA.
  4. Depending on how much notice you need to give at work, reserve your vacation time as early as possible.
  5. Whether it be a savings account, a piggybank, or under your mattress, start a con fund today.  Doesn’t matter if you put in $1 or $100.  Just start saving!

Hope to see you next year at I-ManiCon 2008!

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.

“Monk” Available On Demand

Melissa has informed me that the Monk episode entitled “Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees” is currently available on Comcast On Demand in the TV Entertainment section.  So if you are a Comcast customer, here’s another chance to catch the episode that Vince is in.  Thanks for passing on the info, Melissa!

Follow Up to “Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees”

So wasn’t it great to see Vince back on TV again?  My only complaint was that the episode ended too quickly! 

If you missed the episode, don’t worry.  You still have a few more chances to catch it on the USA network.  Note the following dates and times when this episode will be reaired and do check your local listings as usual.

  • Saturday, August 11, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 13, 1:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 19, 9:00 a.m.

If you’ve already seen the episode or you don’t mind spoilers, you can read a full synopsis of the episode over at the Episode Guide.  If you click on the Episode Gallery link just below the picture, you’ll find a picture of Vince among the stills from the episode.

If you’re interested in the writing process for this episode, you might want to watch the Writer Commentary video with writer Peter Wolk. And, yes, it’s full of spoilers too.

Vince Guest Stars in “Monk”

Vincent VentrescaYou’ll want to make sure you’re home this Friday night because Vincent Ventresca will be guest starring in a brand new episode of Monk this coming Friday, August 10, at 9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m. central on USA.  As usual, be sure to check your local listings for the time and channel in your area.

The name of the episode is entitled “Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees.”  In it Vince plays the role of Rob Sherman.

Logline:  Monk tries to prove a sports agent is guilty of murder while helping Natalie’s teenage daughter, Julie, with her love life.

You can catch a brief glimpse of Vince in this clip from the upcoming episode.