Article: TV Shows Worthy of Bingeing on Disney+

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Guest Post by Zeeshan Lalani 10/1/20


This fall, Disney+ has plans to remedy its greatest weakness: the lack of binge-worthy live action series that audiences over age 12 will enjoy.

To be sure, the family-friendly streaming service has several series that work well in small doses: “Rogue Trip”, “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian”, “Brain Games”, “Encore”, “Cosmos”, “Shop Class”, and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” come to mind. Disney+ also has dozens of bingeable animated shows, and laugh-track Disney Channel entries amuse some pre-teens.

However, competitors Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, and Peacock all have 20 to 40 or more must-see TV series that aren’t cartoons. Later this fall, Disney+ will add National Geographic’s big-budget limited series “The Right Stuff,” along with ABC’s “Dinosaurs,” (4 seasons) and, hopefully, a new Marvel Studios series or two. However, one of the problems one can face is not being able to watch Disney Plus from outside the U.S. because it is only available in specific countries.  For that, one would need a VPN for Disney Plus.

For now, here’s our list of 7 quality live action series with wide appeal…

1 The Mandalorian (Season 2 Coming in October)

This $100 million Western-style space opera has maintained Disney+ trends since its production, from director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and executive producer Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Set after the collapse of the Monarchy and before the advent of the First World, The Mandalorian follows the tribulations of a solitary gunfighter in the far reaches of the cosmos who becomes The Child’s guardian (known to fans as “Baby Yoda”) far from the nascent Republic’s jurisdiction.

  1. Agent Carter (2 Seasons)

Peace has dealt a significant blow to Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) when she finds herself oppressed as the men return home from fighting abroad throughout World War II. Working for the clandestine S.S.R. (Strategic Scientific Reserve), a forerunner of S.H.I.E.L.D., Peggy needs to balance administrative duties and go on classified missions for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). In the aftermath of losing the love of her life, Captain America AKA Steve Rogers, she navigates life as a female secret agent. This series also shines a light on the conclusion of the film Avengers: Endgame, which is linked closely to the Captain America films.

  1. Once Upon A Time (7 Seasons)

“Once Upon a Time” shows a reality where the stories of fairy tales and every-day real life clash. In her life as a bail bondswoman, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is doing well when Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) unexpectedly turns up — the boy she gave up a decade ago. He claims she is the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), who spirited her away before a spell could be cast by the Wicked Queen (Lana Parrilla), freezing the realm of fairytales in time and taking them to today’s Storybrooke, Maine. Something about the story intrigues Emma, so she humors the boy and decides to take him back to his family in Maine. Captain Hook, Belle, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and many more reimagined Disney characters appear in the show’s 7 seasons.  All 7 seasons arrive on September 18 for U.S. Disney+ subscribers.

  1. The Imagineering Story (Limited Series)

This 6-part series of documentaries explores Walt Disney Imagineering’s history, present, and future with the noted filmmaker Leslie Iwerks. Thanks to the Disney ties of her family — her grandfather was an early Disney animator and her father was a former Imagineer— Iwerks offers viewers an all-access pass to how Disney’s groundbreaking theme park attractions are made… including a few errors and low points that have taken place over the decades.

  1. Boy Meets World (7 Seasons)

“Boy Meets World” elevates the classic sitcom format of producers Michael Jacobs and April Kelly with writing and performances that deepen as the program progresses. It chronicles the ups and downs of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage), his best friend Shawn (Rider Strong), girlfriend Topanga (Danielle Fishel), brother Eric (Will Friedle), and the lessons they learn from their coach, George Feeney (William Daniels), one of the few ABC series on Disney+. In later seasons, the characters face more serious problems as they try to balance college with relationship troubles and serious issues like divorce and grief. For 3 seasons of Girl Meets World, also on Disney+, Disney Channel carried back some of the characters.

  1. Prop Culture (1 Season)

Prop Society goes behind the scenes of favorite films such as Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and The Narnia Chronicles: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in eight half-hour episodes. Host and prop curator Dan Lanigan recovers lost movie items, tours private collections and helps return parts to their former glory from the Walt Disney Archives. Lanigan has indicated plans for a second season, but Disney+ hasn’t revealed it yet. “To get a second season, you have to watch the first season! ” Lanigan said in March.

  1. Hostile Planet (Limited Series)

This six-part documentary series draws attention to the most remarkable stories of animals who have responded to the most inhuman genetic curveballs, which seem almost mystical. With Planet Earth and other high-end nature shows, and an immersive look at the wilds of nature, the cinematography and pace of this show is on par.

We spoke with many entertainment editors and critics, and they all mentioned the above listed series or shows as best. In fact, the editor from StreamingRant told us, “Hostile Planet is my personal favorite, and I consider it the best Nat Geo show on Disney+.”

These seven shows on Disney+ are worth watching, but you can only watch them from certain regions, due to geo-restrictions. However, VPNs can give you a way around those. VPNs are one way to bypass geo-restrictions and to watch some amazing content, great stories and perfect plots from some super amazing content creators and filmmakers. Please be careful, though, because some VPN use can get you into trouble.

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Interview with Alan Silva

TV Interview!

Alan Silva performers on "America's Got Talent"

Interview with Alan Silva of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC by Suzanne 9/19/20

This was such a fun interview with Alan! He’s got a lot of personality and talent. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I’m so excited to watch Tuesday’s show to see who wins…

Here is the audio version of it.

Suzanne: Hi, Alan. How are you?

Alan: Hi, I’m doing great. How are you?

Suzanne: Good. Good. You’ve been rehearsing?

Alan: Yes, I’ve been rehearsing and practicing and creating. It’s been kind of like a roller coaster right now.

Suzanne: Well, congratulations on advancing to the finale.

Alan: Thank you. Thank you very much. It’s really exciting.

Suzanne: Sure. Did you go out and celebrate?

Alan: No, we didn’t have much time to celebrate. I think we’re going to have to just maybe have a big celebration when everything is finished, for sure.

Suzanne: And you must have something pretty big planned for the finale?

Alan: Yeah. I mean, we have to step it up, for sure. And I’ve been trying to always be creative and come up with something exciting and something different. So, my plan is to do something different again. Hopefully I can impress everyone.

Suzanne: Yeah, I’m sure everybody’s looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve.

Alan: I think that’s what I what I see most of the time. People are like, “I can’t wait to watch what you’re going to come up with next for your next performance.” So, I think people have the expectation already to see something different. So, I’m excited.

Suzanne: Yeah. And among the other contestants, who do you think is your greatest competition?

Alan: Oh, my gosh, that’s a great question, because, for me, I think all of them are my greatest competition. I mean, we’re all different in different talents. Everybody’s so talented, but we’re all different. Now we have, for example, the Bellow Sisters. They are more in my field, which is the performance, acrobatic arts. They are competition for me. Then, we have the other people. They’re not categorized in that category, but we have the BAD Salsa; they’re great dancers, and so dynamic. Then, we have the singers. We have Roberta [Battaglia]; it’s so amazing to hear her sing, and she’s so young to have that voice and that talent. Then, we have Daneliya [Tuleshova], and we have Cristina Rae. You have so many people – Brandon Leake. You know, for me, literally all of them are a huge competition for me. But, you know, at the end of the day, I think [I am] my own big competition. I’m competing against myself and trying to be better than I was last time, basically.

Suzanne: So, now that you’ve been on the show for a while, what has surprised you the most?

Alan: Well, I did have some surprises with people that actually ended up going home who I didn’t think were going home. That was, I think, for me, one of the biggest surprises that I had in terms of results. At this point, I don’t think anything surprises me anymore, because everyone’s game at this point. Everyone made it to the finals, so I can’t really tell if there is one exact thing for me that is a big surprise.

Suzanne: Okay, and besides not falling or hitting those spikes, what was your biggest challenge so far?

Alan: Oh, my gosh, every time it’s been a big challenge, especially in the quarter finals when I had so much trouble with with the weather and being wet, trying not to slip and fall. That was really stressful at the moment. I think, for me, right now, one of the biggest challenges that I’m having, is that I injured my shoulder. So, to be able to deliver a great performance for the finals with an injured shoulder, that, for now, is my biggest challenge.

Suzanne: Wow, yeah. Do they have a doctor there? Do they have somebody who can help you out?

Alan: Yeah, I mean, we have everybody here that can help us out, but it’s just because of one of the movements that I did. Basically, I pulled my muscle, my shoulder, like the ligaments. So, there’s not really much that they can do for that, just try to rest, and it will heal itself, but that means if I rest, I’m not going to be prepared for the finals. So, I decided to push forward and keep going, trying to be as safe as possible.

Suzanne: Sure. Now what precautions have they taken to minimize everyone’s risk to the Coronavirus?

Alan: Oh my gosh, this is huge; the precautions they took are really big. They’re really serious about that. Yeah, we have to be wearing a mask all the time. We’re actually tested every other day for COVID. They want to make sure that everyone is safe, keeping the social distancing at all times, even when we have to be transported; it’s like 1% of the time in the car and things like that. So, they’re being [careful] with the food and everything. It’s sealed. They’re being super, super, super cautious about everything.

Suzanne: Good. You’re filming in LA, right?

Alan: I am in LA, yes. We even have to be quarantined; we’re not allowed to go anywhere.

Suzanne: Oh, wow.

Alan: Yeah, they’re trying to create this protective bubble.

Suzanne: That’s good though. Do they put you up in a hotel and provide all of your meals and that kind of thing?

Alan: Yeah, they take really good care of us. We are in a beautiful hotel, and we are not far from the studio, so it’s easy to go for practice and during shooting days and all of that. It’s beautiful. The way they do everything is really high level. We are treated like superstars.

Suzanne: You had a brother that competed in an earlier season. Were they put up in the same place, or was it different? I read that you had a brother or some relative that competed in an earlier season?

Alan: Oh, yes. It was my brother, who was Alfredo from the games. He competed on season eleven.

Suzanne: Did they put him up in the same place? Or do you know?

Alan: I don’t think it was the same place.

Publicist: I can answer that. It wasn’t the same place, because we were at the Dolby Theatre at the time, but now, due to COVID, we’ve moved the production to Universal Studios.

Alan: Exactly.

Suzanne: Oh, so it was a different hotel. I was just curious.

Publicist: Different parts of town. We’re in Universal Studios right now, and the Dolby Theater is in Hollywood.

Suzanne: Okay. And how many hours a day do you practice normally?

Alan: Well, for the last two days, I practiced from three until ten – three in the afternoon until ten at night.

Suzanne: Wow.

Alan: Yes. [laughs] It’s a lot of work. People sometimes don’t think that. I guess they think I just go out there and fly. [laughs]

Suzanne: And you live in Las Vegas, right?

Alan: Yes, I do. I live in Vegas.

Suzanne: So, you must be glad to get away from the temperatures there a little bit.

Alan: Right, because it’s so hot. It was like 118 before I left Vegas. I don’t know what the weather is like now, but it’s been pretty warm here too. I mean, it’s very similar, and I kind of like it; it’s like the summery [months].

Suzanne: That’s good. My sister lives in Vegas, and I think she said it was going to be around 100, so I guess it’s come down a little bit.

Alan: It’s so funny. You can literally just like fry an egg on your windshield.

Suzanne: [laughs] I know. Their air conditioning went out for a few days, and they live in apartments, so they were just dying.

Alan: That’s the worst, right? That happened to me before. [laughs]

Suzanne: So, are you are you still performing in Vegas? If people go to Vegas, can they see you perform there?

Alan: No, they cannot, because when the whole COVID situation [started], the shows closed, and none of us have the jobs now.

Suzanne: Oh, they haven’t reopened the shows at all?

Alan: No, so I don’t have a job to go to now. I don’t have to work, so it was just perfect timing for me to be on AGT and eventually earn a spot. And that would be a dream come true, if I can have my own show in Vegas. That would be amazing.

Suzanne: Wow. I had no idea. I knew they’d opened the casinos up. I didn’t know they hadn’t opened the shows up. That’s interesting.

So, I read that you want to act. Do you have an agent yet for that?

Alan: I don’t have an agent yet. I did a couple of things in the past, acting-wise. I don’t know if I can talk about it, but I did (unintelligible) in 2007. But I would like to go that route, because it’s something that I really love. I’ve always been passionate for acting; it’s just opportunities didn’t come up. So, hopefully people can see me in a different light and it will open up more doors and opportunities.

Suzanne: Yeah, sure. I mean, if you win this, surely you’ll get some connections from that.

Alan: Right.

Suzanne: So, last question, what would you like to say to your fans out there?

Alan: For my fans, I just would like to say, I really appreciate all of them. I’ve been receiving so many messages of love from them and support. I really, really appreciate it. They think sometimes that we don’t read the messages, but we do get to read them. Sometimes we cannot reply to everyone, and I apologize, because it’s a lot of people to reply to, but I just want to tell them that, if anything, I just want to be able to inspire them and to just bring hope for them, and that they know that they can reach for the stars, that the sky’s the limit, and they can pursue their dreams and goals. I just hope that they see me up here, getting to the finals; I just hope that they look at me and say, “Hey, if he did it, I can also do it.”

Suzanne: Alright, well, thank you. I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me, especially on a Saturday.

It’s okay. Thank you so much. I really appreciate you reaching out.

Interview Transcribed by Jamie of

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- "Semi-Finals" Episode 1519 -- Pictured: (l-r) Terry Crews, Alan Silva -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)


Alan’s Bio:  Alan J. Silva was born in Brazil. He comes from a long line of performers and is the sixth generation of circus performers in his family. He started performing at the age of 6. He trained in and performed many circus disciplines, including but not limited to Russian bar, clowning, tumbling and flying trapeze. It wasn’t until he was 16, though, that he found his true passion was aerial silks. Soon after mastering his craft, he traveled Brazil, performing as the first male artist to fly on aerial silks for circuses and festivals all over the country. Then in 2000, he had an opportunity to audition for his dream circus that only accepted the best of the best artists to be part of the company. However, it wouldn’t be for another two years that he’d be called to create a character and act for the show that would eventually open on the Las Vegas strip. Since 2003, Alan has called the USA home and is proud to have earned his citizenship in 2017. While working and living in Las Vegas, he met and married his wife, and they are now parents of two amazing young children that may follow in his foot steps

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Interview with Tim Russ

TV Interview!

Veteran Actor Tim Russ

Interview with Tim Russ of “Star Trek: Voyager,” “iCarly” and many other TV shows and movies by Suzanne 6/30/20

This interview was one that I actually sought out, which is rare for me. I usually get invited to interviews via email, but lately I’ve been more pro-active and have been emailing PR reps to ask for interviews. I received an email from a new upcoming channel called The Atomic Channel. A lot of it was about Nichelle  Nichols (ex-Uhura, original Star Trek), and her work for NASA. Tim Russ was mentioned, too, as hosting a new show for the channel. So I asked them if I could interview either actor. Unfortunately, Nichols has a health condition that prohibits her from doing interviews.  They told me that I would have to contact Tim Russ directly.  I thought, “Oh, is it that easy?” Apparently it was. I found his website and emailed him.  He very kindly replied, and we set up the interview.

Make no mistake, this man is very busy, so it was very nice of him to take time out to let me interview him. He has quite a few movies and shows coming out, not the least of which is the upcoming “Where’s My Jetpack?” on the Atomic Channel, which they haven’t started filming yet.  He also has a band and a family. You will hear all about it here. I informed him upfront that I was not going to ask him a lot of “Star Trek: Voyager” questions because this site pretty much covered everything I could have possibly asked in their interview with him last week.  I enjoyed talking to him about the future, social media, music, his daughter, astronomy and more.  He’s a very cool guy. Perhaps the coolest person I’ve ever talked to.

Here is the audio version of it.

Suzanne: Growing up, you moved around a lot. How did that impact you?

Tim: Well, it probably led to my choosing this as a career because there was a lot of insecurity in terms of not knowing where you were going to be year after year. Not knowing if and when you were going to move. If you made friends, you’re only with them for a short period of time. That’s very typical to the kind of lifestyle there is in terms of working in film, television or theater, the same kind of thing.

Suzanne: Sure.

Tim: There’s a lot of uncertainty. There’s getting close to people for a period of time, and then not seeing them again after that, going our separate ways. And I think having to adapt to different situations in different places also, I think it lends itself to that sort of lifestyle, which is you’re not sure what’s going to happen next. It doesn’t bother me that much. It had an effect that was [inaudible 00:01:21] probably beneficial for my pursuing a-

Suzanne: Well, that’s good.

Tim: An acting career.

Suzanne: That’s good. When did you get interested in acting?

Tim: I was 16, in high school. I took an acting class a few times. I really liked it, really enjoyed it. Then I did a couple of musical plays in high school, same time. I got a really big kick out of that as well. So I decided to go and study it in college.

Suzanne: Great.

Tim: It was as early as I was 16. I think I was 16 or so.

Suzanne: Do you remember what musicals you did in high school?

Tim: I did West Side Story and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. I did those two. I also play music. I started playing music when I was about 15, as well. I was playing guitar. I was performing in bands during that same time. So, I mean, I got started in all of that stuff roughly at the same age.

Suzanne: Sure. Yeah. I was in high school musicals. West Side Story is actually my favorite musical. So-

Tim: That’s good.

Suzanne: That’s a great one. I saw that you did some graduate theater work at Illinois State University. Did you graduate there?

Tim: No. I went to Austin, Texas. [inaudible 00:02:30] University, four year school. Bachelor’s degree down there. Then I went and did some postgraduate work in Illinois State University, on a scholarship. I didn’t stay there more than a year, about a half. Then I came back home. I didn’t get a Master’s degree. I just stayed there for a short time and came back home.

Suzanne: Okay. I got you. My husband’s a professor and we’ve moved a lot. We were there two years at Illinois State, so that’s why I asked.

Tim: Oh, okay. Yeah. It was all right. I did a show when I was there. I did a play and then the rest of it was just classroom work, mostly. It wasn’t as fulfilling as it was in Austin when I was pursuing my Bachelor’s degree. That was a much better college because it was a lot of hands on.

Suzanne: Right.

Tim: [inaudible 00:03:18] University is not so much hands. There’s a lot more theory and class work. It was all right but I wasn’t that interested in doing it. So, I could have possibly stayed longer and done… I would have had to put in another semester or a year, something like that to try to get that degree but I don’t know. At the time, I didn’t feel it was necessary.

Suzanne: Well, I had no idea that so many famous actors went through there. It’s amazing.

Tim: Yeah. There’s a few that have gone through there. Looking at it from the timing standpoint, it might’ve been… if I hadn’t left when I did and then moved to Los Angeles when I did, I don’t know if my career path would’ve been the same. I might have missed the career path. It’s very possible that I would not have done what I’ve done now. I don’t know how it would have turned out. That would have been an alternative universe for the story because I have no idea if that would have hurt me or helped me staying longer there then moving to California and maybe not moving to Los Angeles when I did it. I don’t know. I don’t know how it would have worked out.

Suzanne: It’s hard to look back on all your choices in life and try to second guess them because you just don’t know what would have happened, right?

Tim: It’s impossible.

Suzanne: Yeah.

Tim: It’s impossible to do other than looking back. Yeah.

Suzanne: Yeah. Now, you’ve had a long career in many types of shows and movies from sci fi to comedy to soap operas. Do you have a favorite genre?

Tim: It depends on the circumstance. I like doing sitcoms because you have, in many cases, a live audience. They’re a lot more exciting and thrilling, adrenaline pumping than doing… and its immediate feedback [inaudible 00:05:21] stage than doing straight film and television in terms of single camera. So, the genre doesn’t really matter that much other than I would enjoy doing, period pieces or, in terms of films, action pieces in terms of films, things like that would be a lot of fun. They’re a lot more of a challenge to me. In that regard, I have enjoyed doing those types of projects. Sci fi is fine. It’s interesting. It could be fun and kind of challenge as well, as the genre for a type of film to work on. In those respects, yes. Film, television, if it was standard stuff, it would be action and sci fi, period pieces. And if it was comedy, sitcoms would be great or television as well for those students. Stage is always fun just because, why? I would enjoy doing those genre in the [inaudible 00:06:25] that they’re in.

Suzanne: Is there any type that you haven’t done yet that you would like to do?

Tim: I haven’t done a lot of period stuff and that’s what I would like to do. I haven’t done hardly any period pieces. Most of them have been contemporary or science fiction feature pieces, but not in the past, half period pieces. I would love to do something like that. Have not have a chance to do too many. I’ve done maybe one or two.

Suzanne: Well, I think you’d probably have to move to England to do something like… They seem to do a lot of those over there.

Tim: That’s entirely possible. That is entirely possible. I’ve done a Western, which was a kick. I’ve done… Let’s see, late 1800s. I’ve done a couple of pieces in the late 1800s that were pretty interesting, that were different, but literally only a couple. Not many more.

Suzanne: Tell us about the show, Where’s My Jetpack?, on the new Atomic TV channel.

Tim: Well, I haven’t done that show yet.

Suzanne: Oh okay.

Tim: It’s on the slate of stuff that they want to do on that screening thing that they’re putting together. I have not done that. I haven’t spoken to them in a long time about how that’s going to be. It’s going to be some kind of TV talk show format, and it’s going to be a show based on futurism. Based on where the future might lead us, what we might have in the future, where it might go and what we have now compared to what was projected, decades ago.

Suzanne: Cool.

Tim: That’s the concept of that show. We haven’t actually filmed or taped any of that yet.

Suzanne: Okay. I wasn’t sure from the description of whether it was going to be a regular thing or it was a one time thing, so it’s going to be a regular thing?

Tim: I think it’s supposed to be a regular thing, semi-regular. I don’t know how many episodes they’re going to do. [inaudible 00:08:29] having different guests on every time they do it and it might be once a month or something like that, that they actually put a show together and put it on. That’s probably what the schedule will be, once a month. Then they’ll run that for a while and then do the next one and run that one. Or it might be every two weeks. I have no idea because they haven’t actually gone into production on that yet.

Suzanne: Right. Well maybe they’re waiting to see what happens with the whole pandemic.

Tim: Yeah. Yeah. There is that isn’t there? Really nagging and annoying pandemic.

Suzanne: Yeah, I follow you on Twitter. So I see all your tweets.

Tim: Do you?

Suzanne: You’re active on there.

Tim: They come in waves. I think there was a wave last night and this morning. Yeah. I don’t know. That’s kind of been my outlet here of late, rather than trying to do a podcast or anything like that. People keep wanting me to do podcasts and [inaudible 00:09:41]. That’s seems like a lot of work to do all that. I almost want to say to myself, “Who cares?” I rant about whatever it might be, the subject. Who’s going to care whether I got that going on or not. I mean, it’s just setting up a microphone and blabbing for half an hour, about whatever. I just don’t see that as being that big a deal. Whereas, the Twitter, I can just put those out in the soundbites and pretty quick and I can post things that people have sent to me, just pass them along. That’s cool, relevant. I do that. I think it’s an important forum. I mean, we were discussing the most important issues in the country.

Suzanne: Right.

Tim: Via tweet, now. I mean, they’re [inaudible 00:10:38] via somebody tweeting, including the leader of the country who is using that forum. I mean, that’s never been done before, along with a myriad of other things that haven’t been done before. So, if everybody’s wanting to be on board and do it, since I started using it, there’s been quite a response in terms of followers. I was not aware that would happen, but apparently it has.

Suzanne: Oh yeah.

Tim: Yeah, yeah. It shouldn’t matter whether or not I worked on a television show or whatever I’m into business. It shouldn’t matter.

Suzanne: Right.

Tim: What I post on their in terms of that. It generally isn’t that. I don’t usually talk about anything that has to do with Trek. It’s usually politics and social issues that are happening and anyone should be on top of and aware of and tuned into what is happening.

Suzanne: Well, probably people read what you say and they decide whether they want to keep all… if they’re just interested in Star Trek, they’re probably not going to keep reading what you say. You probably have gotten people more interested in the subject.

Tim: Yeah. I’m thinking it’s the case. I still get a lot of Trek stuff on there. People respond with Trek stuff, which is fine. I don’t mind that. It’s just, if they’re also getting a dose of what’s happening and what’s going on and becoming aware of, and maybe even passing that information on and talking to other people about it, getting a discussion going. Even if it’s just getting a discussion going, that’s a good thing. Just to get people to show that they’re aware of it. I’m not talking about… I don’t tweet about sports. I don’t tweet about the Kardashians. Tweeting about stuff that’s actually really relevant and important. If people can get on board with that because, if they’re asleep and one day they wake up and they don’t recognize anything and it’s going to be too late by that time to be aware of stuff.

Suzanne: Now, have you… I forgot what I was going to say. Oh, sorry, I lost my train here. You had a lot of interest in astronomy. Are you still doing that?

Tim: Absolutely. I post stuff on Twitter. I post the images that I take on Twitter and on Instagram and Facebook as well. I’ve been doing it for 35 years. I own about seven or eight telephones. I’m actually an ambassador for one right now. Sort of a rep for a brand new one, that I’ve been imaging with, lately. It’s Unistellar EVscope combination, their name. It’s really a nice piece unique to the astronomy in that it sort of merges across the line between an optical telescope, one that you could look at through the naked eye and see objects and a camera. You’re basically combining both of those elements into one piece where you can still look at the object through the eye piece. Yet, you can also image and download the object that you’re looking at to be able to send it to other people so they can see it as well-

Suzanne: Oh, that’s nice.

Tim: Outside of the telescope. That’s what that’s for. It’s pretty cool piece.

Suzanne: Do you post those on Instagram, the photos?

Tim: Oh yes. I post the photos on Instagram and Twitter. Go on my Twitter feed, they’re all on there. Have I don’t know-

Suzanne: Okay. I have to go look there.

Tim: Seven, eight, 10 on there. I just posted some recently. As a matter of fact, last week I posted some more. So yeah, they’re on there and it’s a really sweet piece of equipment. I use the other ones as well. They’re optical. I look at planets, the moon and all that kind of stuff. I’ve been doing it for, I guess, up to 35 years. I know it’s been past 35.

Suzanne: There seems to be a renewed interest now in space travel. Do you think we’ll ever move to other planets or travel the stars?

Tim: Yeah. We will eventually do all of that. We’ve covered this globe by exploration and also by migration. As a species, I think we’re destined to do the same thing in space. We will evolve physiologically. We will develop technologies that will allow us to make that transition. That’s a tough transition because we’re not designed for space. Not by any means are we designed for space. It’s been one of the most hostile environments you can imagine. We will have to adapt. That’s what we’re really good at. We will adapt our environment space and we will adapt ourselves physiologically in space, as well.
We will eventually, genetically evolve to a point where we can survive or live on another world, perhaps breathing another type of atmosphere perhaps, and dealing with a lower gravity and things like that. We will eventually evolve to the point of where we can live anywhere. Space travel will… It’s already started. It’s not going to be any stopping it. It’s going to happen.

Suzanne: Good.

Tim: So, yeah. It’ll be fascinating to see it starting and really getting going in my lifetime. [inaudible 00:16:37] and my daughter certainly witness the changes and things like that. Yeah. It’s going to happen.

Suzanne: That’s good. I like that positive Star Trek type of vision for the future, rather than so many… there’s so many negative ones out there, now. I guess, because so many bad things are happening in real life.

Tim: Yeah. Yeah. Well, being earthbound is, that’s another challenge in itself. What remains of earth, people who are [inaudible 00:17:04] and staying on earth is going to require revolutionary, heavy lifting as well. We have to figure out how we’re going to deal with ever increasing population and depleting resources and the waste generated and the effects on climate, et cetera. We’re going to have to deal with our home planet, almost in the same way. We will be dealing with our gene cells genetically and modifying ourselves, genetically. We will be eradicating disease. We will be not having to suffer pandemics. We will be resistant to all kinds of things. We’re doing it with plants, now. We’re going to be doing it with people as we go along. Injuries and recovery from this and fixing physical issues, occurring.
It’s all going to change. That I think is positive. It’s very positive, but at the same time, we have to deal with the size of our population and the food and water that we have to keep everyone alive. And also, the whatever quality of living there may be for 8 billion plus, whatever comes out to be people. That’s-

Suzanne: Right.

Tim: That’s the challenge that we have here on earth. We will have to apply the same technology, the same type of innovation and invention by those brilliant minds to come, that will have to deal with solving those problems and those issues in a collective effort by nations and nations leaders to put the priority of humankind and people, families first over everything else. Material wealth, for example. [crosstalk 00:18:53].

Suzanne: Well, I sure hope that does happen.

Tim: Yeah. That’s where we’re going to have to head.

Suzanne: You mentioned your daughter. I know she’s acting as well. Did she get your love for astronomy?

Tim: Does she what now?

Suzanne: Did she picked up your astronomy interest?

Tim: Oh, well, did you say is she interested in Astronomy? Or did you say is she interested in the career? I missed the last part.

Suzanne: No, I said, I know she’s acting. Is she also doing astronomy? Does she have that interest?

Tim: Oh no, no. She doesn’t have that bug right now. She’s much more into, let’s see, her boyfriend dancing and singing and acting. She’s much more into that, than she is Astronomy. She’s still a young one and has not really picked up any outside hobbies, really.

Suzanne: She’s a singer like you though?

Tim: What’s that?

Suzanne: She’s a singer like you?

Tim: Yes, she does sing. Yeah, she does sing. She’s got a couple of recordings that are on iTunes right now and she’s still pursues it from time to time. It depends on the job or gig that might come up. She has done a number of musical plays and shows and things, and she’s a really good dancer. She actually choreographed hip hop performances with a dance crew that she has. She trying to stay up on all of that right now.

Suzanne: Oh, great.

Tim: Yeah. She’s still interested in all that.

Suzanne: That’s cool. I noticed that your singing voice is very different from your speaking voice. It’s a little more raspy. Who were your influences in singing?

Tim: Well, there are a number of influences because I’ve been listening to music for 45, 50 years.

Suzanne: Sure.

Tim: It’s been everything from back in the day with some of the super groups that existed. Fantana, Sly And The Family Stone, the rock group, Chicago, things like that. And then moving on it to, I’d say a little bit of Bruce Hornsby, Peter Gabriel. There’s been a lot of singers and bands I’ve really been influenced by. Some RnB groups and things like that. There’s stuff that I have recorded and that I did perform live is quite a variety of material. I used to… I’ve played everything from hard rock, back in the 60s and 70s, to RnB [inaudible 00:21:32] 70s. Into pop in general, top 40, which encompasses a lot of stuff. Into folk, music, guitar, acoustic guitar, solo vocal did that for a long time.
And then back into top 40 and alternative and, kind of, what I’m doing now, which is sort of classic rock. There’s old school roots music, moves and things like that-

Suzanne: Yeah, I was going-

Tim: I’ve [crosstalk 00:22:00] the entire gamut. My voice has sort of matured and sort of evolved into having a range of different styles. I use that range. So yeah, I’ll get… some of the stuff might be a little bluesy, and a little bit more gravel range. And then I can turn around and sing, Keb Mo or Eagle Eye Cherry or something in the next minute.

Suzanne: Okay, great. Yeah. I only listened to a few on your YouTube channel and it was very bluesy.

Tim: Yeah. There’s some of the stuff that’s blues based on there. On iTunes, I’ve got a wider variety of stuff on that, as far as all those songs go. There’s a whole big range of things on there. The stuff on YouTube is probably the band demo. I don’t know which one you heard. I think it might have been the live band demo. I’ve got maybe one or two of those on there. [crosstalk 00:00:23:00].

Suzanne: One was a recording. I think you were by yourself on the other one, but I’m not sure.

Tim: Yeah. I’ve got two music videos on there. One is called, We. The other one is called, Lead Me Home. And-

Suzanne: That’s the one, yeah.

Tim: They’re pretty different. Yeah. Lead Me Home. And then there’s one called We, which is more, I want to say 80s, techno pop. Completely, day and night different, from Lead Me Home, the one you listened to. [crosstalk 00:23:25] that’s on there is called, We.

Suzanne: I’ll have to check that out.

Tim: If you listen to that, you will see the difference. And then I’ve got band demos my band live band demos. Tim Russ crew are also on there. That’ll give you a smattering of the live performance and the difference between all the songs.

Suzanne: Okay. It sounds like you have quite a range. I understand because I’m a singer too. I do all kinds of stuff.

Tim: Oh, are you?

Suzanne: Yeah. I mean, I’m about five years younger than you are. I know a lot of the same kind of music. I had a band briefly, but we live in a small town now, so there’s not much of a musical presence here.

Tim: Yeah?

Suzanne: So when we move-

Tim: You sing? What style did you sing?

Suzanne: Well, I like oldies, rock and pop from the 60s and 70s, little bit of 80s. That’s pretty much… but I’ve done musicals and stuff like that. I took voice lessons.

Tim: Is it more rock? Or is it more [crosstalk 00:24:21].

Suzanne: I used to be a music major, and I took classical training, and I did that kind of music, and I was really into musicals. Then I got into karaoke, where it’s mostly pop and rock. I did that for many years and I still do that quite a bit when I can go out. Then lately, I’ve been taking lessons again and I’ve been focusing more on musicals. So it just depends on my mood. Just like you, different styles. (I forgot to mention that I was also in a band, briefly)

Tim: That’s cool.

Suzanne: Yeah. It’s fun.

Tim: The band stuff is always fun. Fronting a band is always fun. To me it’s always been a question more of choosing the right songs rather than how well it’s been or didn’t sing. I did more just getting the right tune that seems to work with audiences on a regular basis, or that seems to work with the band.

Suzanne: Right.

Tim: That’s been my experience more so than whether I liked it a whole hell of a lot or whether it was popular or on unknown or whatever. I tend to pick songs that are not that well known because I like to rearrange and do my own stuff with them. I don’t write that much of my own material because I’m personally not always in touch with all the stuff I’ve written. So I don’t usually perform it. I’d rather perform really good songs period.

Suzanne: Sure.

Tim: Good meaning, they work with me and they work with the band and they also work with the audience.

Suzanne: Right, right.

Tim: Play attractive and appropriate to the instrumentation that you have also in the setting that you have. I mean, to stand there and pound the ground and scream and holler some song out there that’s just mostly noise and not a lot of vocals, it waste of time.

Suzanne: Exactly.

Tim: My band is vocally driven. The songs have to have meaning. The lyrics got to mean something. They got to have something going on. The types of songs, the [inaudible 00:26:32] have to be a variety of stuff. My thing is about the variety.

Suzanne: That’s good.

Tim: If you listen to a 45 minute set, you’ve heard 12 different groups and 12 different types of songs, all in the same genre, same ballpark based on the instrumentation that I have. But, I want to say tasty. I want to say that they’re not going to give you a headache. It’s not some bracket or noise that I’m going to play just because I wrote it. I don’t give a rat’s ass if I wrote it, man. I just care about whether it’s a good song, man. Then, if nobody responds to the tune when I play it at three or four different gigs, then I’m going to cut it. I mean-

Suzanne: That’s good.

Tim: If I don’t get the feedback, if I don’t get a reaction from it, [inaudible 00:27:19]. If you don’t feel that coming back to you, then it’s no good. It’s just not working. I’ll dump it. To me, it’s just about, whether the track has to be right. The song has to be right. The setting you’re playing in has to be just right. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of time. A lot of people make that mistake. It’s not picking the right tune.

Suzanne: I think you’re right. I think too many bands pick, “Oh, this is easy. Let’s do that,” rather than trying to get something better.

Tim: Yeah. Yeah. The song, the tune, the song’s only got a couple of changes in it or whatever it might be. And that’s fine. It’s just that what the song is. Is it a track that works with your band? Works with your vocals? Works with the band and works with the audience and the shedding and the instrumentation that you have? If it works like that, it could be simple or it could be complicated as long as it works. I was doing one not long ago, trying to get this damn tune. I kept trying it and trying it and trying it. It had a few changes in it. It was not as simplest song in the world, but it was just not working.

Suzanne: All right. Sometimes, yeah.

Tim: It just didn’t work. It just never coalesced really.

Suzanne: Well. You never know. You come back to it later, in a few years, you might decide you like it.

Tim: No. I’ll just dump it and get something else. I’ll just replace it with something new, something different. I’ll grab something right off Shazam, if it’s a great tune. I’m going to go grab that and did that one. Nobody’s ever heard of it, but it’s a good track. Let me run that down.

Suzanne: Sure. Why not?

Tim: Not too many super popular. I don’t do super, super from… I don’t do classic pop tunes that much. Maybe a couple of them here and there, but not… well, some that are just way too popular to play live. You just don’t want to do that. Let them beat me to the ground [inaudible 00:29:18]. So I don’t tend to do that.

Suzanne: I understand I could go the rest of my life without hearing, Mustang Sally, from a band ever again.

Tim: Yeah. Wouldn’t that be something, right? Mustang Sally.

Suzanne: Oh my gosh.

Tim: Yeah. Like that. Yeah. Old Time Rock And Roll. [inaudible 00:29:32] Old Time Rock And Roll. Yeah. We’re not doing that. That goes into the wedding bands, in a pile somewhere.

Suzanne: There you go.

Tim: That’s where that belongs.

Suzanne: All right, well, I think I’ve taken up enough of your time and I really appreciate it.

Tim: Thank you very much. No worries. I’m glad you got some stuff for that. Is this going to be an article that you’re doing or?

Suzanne: Yes. Yes.

Tim: All right. Cool.

Suzanne: Well, I do interviews and TV actors. I’ve been doing it for about 15 years and I was taking classes for a few years and I graduated again. I’ve been trying to get more interviews to try to, yeah.

Tim: Very cool.

Suzanne: It’s fun.

Tim: You say the class is in Journalism? Is that what it was?

Suzanne: Yes. They were mass comm, mass media courses and I graduated-

Tim: Mass comm. Mass media. There’s a lot of mass media out there now.

Suzanne: Oh, there sure is. So-

Tim: It is a smorgasbord. It’s a free for all. That’s what it is.

Suzanne: It’s hard to get heard, even though my site’s been around since, before the turn of the century, as they say.

Tim: Yeah. Well, there’s been people writing stories about stuff that’s happening since the [inaudible 00:30:53] play tablets. The Symarians. I mean, that’s been written down since that long ago and I think they just found some [inaudible 00:31:05] that’s even older than that by a couple of thousand years. Anyway, that’s cool. That’s what it is now. All at our fingertips. We just pull it up.

Suzanne: That’s right. That’s right. Well, I appreciate it. I will send you a link when it comes out. If you could send me links to you and your daughter’s iTunes songs, that would be great.

Tim: Oh yeah. Shoot. Let me figure that out. I think they’re on… I don’t know if I have them on, they’re not going to be on the channel because I don’t have… you have to have a picture with one of the songs. The other one, she had a music video for, with a friend. This was a while back. I’ll send the one I recorded with her in the studio, then. This was a while ago. Her voice has changed since then.

Suzanne: Sure.

Tim: The other one after that she did, and she did it, a friend of hers in a studio, which is one of a dance pop tune. It’s not that great in my opinion. Somebody else wrote it and she recorded it. I said, “Ah, whatever.” I paid for the music video, to get it done but it’s kind of a bubble gum pop track. I think I’ll send Mystery to you. That’s like a regular song. It would be something for Disney radio. Disney radio, pop radio station, wherever they have. It would be something suitable for that or something. I’ll do that. That’ll be probably just, I’ll just send the link to whatever. I’ll send the track to you.

Suzanne: Okay, whichever works.

Tim: You can check the video out called, We, on YouTube, that’s on my channel. You can see the difference between the songs. That one is mine. We, is mine. Lead Me Home, is not. Lead Me Home is somebody else.

Suzanne: Well, thank you.

Tim: All right. Thank you.

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Cartoon of girl writing blogI have to apologize once more for not writing in this blog. My last year of taking classes just really made me too busy for anything else. Oh, I wrote a million blogs in my head, but when it came to actually writing them here….that was the problem. I will try to do better now that I’m working full time on the site again!

I hope you’re all doing well in this weird time.  In some ways, it’s a very good time for television because more people are probably watching than ever before (even if they’re watching on their computers, phones or tablets, and not on “traditional” TV). I’ve never seen so many people asking what they should watch, or talking about TV, on social media.  Of course, there are more people on social media, too, than before, I’m sure. Or I should say, there are fewer lurkers. I know people that never posted much at all before, and now they’re posting often.  A lot of people just have more time on their hands because they’re not working, they’re not traveling, or they’re not going out with friends… or anywhere else.  The big winners for this odd period in our lives are Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter, for sure.  Probably  Pornhub, too. 😉Emergence's Jo and Piper

The bad side of this for TV is that new shows are not getting made.  The sports channels are doing the worst because there are no new major sporting events to show (that will change soon, now that baseball is returning).  The other networks are suffering from not being able to film new shows. Fortunately, they all had many shows already filmed, but we don’t know what’s going to happen in the Fall yet. No one does. I read an article that said that, since there was no pilot season, the networks were just buying scripts. That is amazing!!  It will be interesting to see what comes out of that.  There won’t be as many new shows coming this Fall, though. It’s a shame, then, that they had to cancel “Emergence,” which I loved!! 😡

The soap operas are now going to be filming new episodes.  “Bold and Beautiful” on CBS started filming last week.  “General Hospital” on ABC and “Young and The Restless” on CBS are planning to start in July.  They have to prepare how they’re doing to do it safely as well as negotiate with the unions.  I think the primetime shows are watching to see how the soaps do it before they start themselves. I read that B&B will be using some blow-up dolls? I don’t know how I feel about that…

I just finished watching the Daytime Emmys, which were “virtual,” but at least they were finally back on TV. They’d been online-only for the past 5 years, which made most soap fans angry. I mean, really….we watch your shows, but you can’t be bothered to spend 2 hours for ONE night a year, thanking the soaps and their fans??  Anyway…It was a weird ceremony.  From what I  gather, each of the nominees was asked to send in a video, in case they won, with their acceptance sMaurice Benard and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood at Daytime Emmyspeech.  I feel bad for the  actors that had to pretend they won, and then they didn’t win. Yikes.  Many of the actors this year mentioned the “Black Lives Matter” campaign or alluded to it in their speeches. What bothered me, though, was the lack of applause. I could ALMOST believe that the ceremony was real, except for that.  Canned applause would have been better, I think. Next year, if it must be virtual, how about renting out a giant theater, inviting the public, making everyone sit apart, with masks, and then just show them the virtual show, and record their applause? That would be more authentic, at least.

By the way, why the heck were last year’s Emmy winners Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B) sitting next to each other on camera??? They weren’t wearing masks, either.  That was so bizarre and, frankly, a little irresponsible, I think. I mean, it’s fine if the two of them want to risk their health (and the health of their families), but it doesn’t show a very good example to the rest of the world.Al Freeman, Jr. at Daytime Emmys 1979

I enjoyed their “Most Memorable Moments” from past  Daytime Emmy Telecasts. However, it would have been nice to see more from the 20th century. They only showed a few from before 2000. Also, I would have preferred to see more clips from the actual shows nominated, than clips from past awards shows. I think that was the worst part of the show.  Now, having said all that, I liked most of the wins. I was glad that Tamara Braun (who won for her work as Kim on GH), Heather Tom (Katie on B&B), Bryton James (Devon, Y&R) and Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire, Days) won.  However, I thought that Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH) should have won for Best Actor. Also, I was horrified that B&B won for best writing for that awful Beth baby switch storyline. It was horribly contrived and went on for 7 months.  Good idea, very poorly executed.  The other stories nominated were ALL better.

As usual, I’m trying to juggle everything, including my TV watching. I have too many shows on my DVR, so I’m always trying to watch stuff there. Then I get DVD’s to review, and I also have been trying to binge-watch a few shows that I really like, that I had fallen behind on. On my DVR recently I’m watching “Stargirl” on The CBlindspot's Rich, Patterson, Kurt and JaneW, which I like, as well As “The 100,” “In the Dark,” and “Burden of  Truth,” all on The CW. Also, I’ve been watching “Blindspot” on NBC and “Grantchester” on PBS. Lastly, I still watch “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS; and “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” both on HBO.  Besides all that, I try to keep up on “Days of Our Lives.” It’s been nice not to have to watch the other soaps, but I am keeping the ones that are older ones. I save those to DVD.

Speaking of “Blindspot,” I’m still so mad that they killed off Edgar. I loved his relationship with Zapata.  He was the only black character left on the show! And now almost everyone left is white. How short-sighted of the showrunner, particularly in this day and age. What were they thinking??actors from Quiz

In my binge-watching, after catching up with all the other CW superhero shows, I watched the rest of “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Picard” and “The Mandalorian.”  I also watched a great miniseries from AMC called “Quiz.” It’s only three parts and worth watching (based on a real story).  I tried to watch “Homecoming” on Amazon (starring Julia Roberts) yesterday because everyone said it was so good.  It was very boring, so I don’t think I’ll keep watching. It was an interesting drama but just way too slow.

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20 Questions with David Gerrold

Interview with Author David Gerrold of “Star Trek” and many other shows 6/20/20

David Gerrold

David Gerrold is a renowned author, screenwriter, producer and more.  He first grew to fame writing “The Trouble with Tribbles” for the original “Star Trek” series. He also wrote other episodes and wrote some books about the show, including “The World of Star Trek.” He has published many scifi short stories and novels, as well as co-created “Land of the Lost,” and wrote for “Babylon 5” and quite a few other series. He’s been my Facebook friend for many years.  He is very Starcon 77 Programthoughtful, eloquent and passionate when writing about anything, including politics and news.  I’m very grateful that he allowed me to send him some questions!Suzanne as Princess Leia, holding tribbles

In 1977, after “Star Wars” came out and was a huge hit, especially among scifi and fantasy fans, my friends and I were in love with that groundbreaking movie and its characters. I dressed up as Princess Leia many times. My friend Cindy and I, and my high school boyfriend Tony, went to Starcon 77 in San Diego. I walked into David Gerrold’s panel late, and he proceeded to make fun of my “huge buns.”  As a shy teenager, I was both a little embarrassed as well as thrilled that someone so famous, and connected with “Star Trek,” my favorite TV show in the world, would notice me.  I had no idea, of course, that years later we’d be Facebook friends and that I’d get to interview him.

Here’s the interview!

1.  Thank you for the interview!  I knew you had written for Star Trek, but I had no idea you were so young when you did!  Before that, had you already been writing scifi?  Were you one of these people who just started writing early on, or not?  Or did Star Trek just inspire you in a way nothing else had, to write?

I grew up with science fiction. The Van Nuys Public Library introduced me to Robert A. Heinlein, A.E. Van Vogt, Isaac Asimov, Murray Leinster, Groff Conklin’s wonderful anthologies, and too many others to list here. I was reading a book a day, so by the time I wasa 19, I had pretty much scoured almost everything that was available, including back issues of the major magazines and everything I could find in used book stores. And I had been fumbling my way through my own stories for a while as well. But it wasn’t until college that I began to learn how to structure a story and how to phrase a coherent paragraph. Star Trek was a lucky opportunity. I knew science fiction and I knew scriptwriting.

2.  You have written for many TV series over the years, but you haven’t written quite as much this century. Is there a reason for that?

That is a long involved story — but the major part of it is that I adopted a little boy in 1992 and put much of my television writing aside so I could work at home and be there to be a full-time dad. I still did a few scripts here and there. Babylon 5 and Sliders were most notable.

3.  I was surprised at all of the mention of tribbles in “Star Trek: Discovery.” Do you watch that show? If so, do you like it?

I haven’t seen Discovery. I didn’t know they included tribbles. Nobody at Star Trek ever picks up the phone and says, “Hi, David. What are you up to these days?”

4.  Have you seen the “Short Trek” episode about tribbles (second episode -“The  Trouble with Edward”)? And if so, what did you think of it? Do you approve of the tribble backstory they created?

No, I have not seen it. The only tribble backstory is that they evolved on a planet with such voracious predators that they had to evolve to reproduce rapidly for the species to survive.

5.  By the time “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” came around, Gene Roddenberry had passed away. How did it come about that you did a tribbles episode (“Trials and Tribble-ations”) for that series? Did you have the idea and submit it, or did they contact you about writing it?

I didn’t do that tribble episode. The entire staff of DS9 collaborated on it and they wrote a brilliant script. The cast and crew did an amazing job. I was invited to be an extra in the episode.

6.  Have you watched “Star Trek: Picard?” And if so, what do you think of it?

I haven’t seen it. I’ve been too busy with other things. I hardly watch much television these days. There are a lot of great shows I’ve missed.

7.  A lot of fans of the original Star Trek were not too thrilled with the Star Trek reboot movies they made. Did you see them? I thought the first one was “just okay,” the second one was awful, and the third one was pretty good (most like the original).  What did you think?

I haven’t seen any of the recent Star Trek movies. So I can’t really comment...

Of the older movies, I thought Star Trek: The Motion Picture was ambitious. I thought The Wrath of Khan was great fun. But after they destroyed the Enterprise in Star Trek III, it wasn’t the same Star Trek for me anymore. Star Trek IV was a very good film, but I missed the original TV series because it wasn’t about villains, it was about exploration and discovery.

8.  You’ve written so many different stories and novels, as well as TV. I read an interview with you from the 1980’s where you said that you had to come to terms with the fact that you were probably always going to be known as “the tribble guy.”  How many years did it take you to become comfortable with that idea?

I never thought about it until someone asked the question. I do know that the tribbles opened a lot of doors for me. I’m grateful for that. Not every author gets to have that big an impact.

9. I know it’s hard to choose, but which story, book or series do you like the most? Which are you most proud of?

It’s not hard to choose at all. “The Martian Child” is about how I met my son, how I adopted him, and how I fell in love with him and became his dad. That’s the most personal story I’ve ever written and I doubt I will ever write anything that surpasses that.

10.  For a scifi fan that is not too familiar with your written work, which story, book or series would be the best to start with?

I would recommend starting with the Dingilliad trilogy — JUMPING OFF THE PLANET, BOUNCING OFF THE MOON, and LEAPING TO THE STARS. From there, the newest book, which takes place in the same universe, HELLA.

11.  What was the first book you ever read (if you remember)?

The first science fiction book was Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein. Before that, Dr. Dolittle, Mary Poppins, Freddy The Pig.

12.  Which author had the most influence on your writing?

Probably Heinlein, but also Harlan Ellison and Theodore Sturgeon.

13. You write a lot of Facebook posts, many of them about politics/news. Have you ever had any political essays published elsewhere?

I’ve been quoted and published in a lot of places. I did columnns in Starlog and Future Life that touched on political issues.

14. Since you do write a lot online…do you think that this writing ever detracts from your wanting to write books or stories?  If you get an idea, for instance, how do you know whether it’s something you want to talk about on Facebook or put into a novel (or do you sometimes do both)? I know that you started writing long before the internet, so I’m curious if you think there is any difference in how your writing is affected by being on the net or not?

Social media is a necessary connection to other people. Other people are source material — how they speak, act, think, and feel.

It’s also valuable research, I have a lot of skilled people on my friend list who will share a lot of interesting insights.

15.  On that same note… Many people find the net or social media distracting from work. Do you?


16. Do you read all of the comments on your Facebook posts (or any)?

I skim most threads. I read the longer comments because those are usually substantial.

17. What writing are you doing right now (what are you working on)?


18. What TV shows do you watch for fun now?

Mostly, I’m watching movies.

19. On Facebook you’ve often mentioned you like redheads and chocolate. I completely understand the chocolate part. Why redheads (if there is a reason)?

It’s a tribute to someone who once made a huge difference in my life.

20.  Which is your favorite chocolate?


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Blog Post #210

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Once again I’m apologizing for not writing another blog post for the past 5 months! Well, you know, it’s hard when you work full time and also take classes part-time. Last week was finals, so I will have more free time now, until the Fall. I hope, anyway!!

Lately I’ve been using my “Free time” to move our “Bold and the Beautiful” section from our old site to this new site. I spent the past few days writing up character The Forrester family on Bold and Beautifuldescriptions for all of the main characters. I hope you enjoy it! It was fun, reading up on all of the character histories and then summarizing them. I never realized all of the changes they made in the soaps. For instance, I had no idea that Phoebe and Steffy were originally identical twins, and then later, when they rapidly-aged them to adults (as they do in soaps), they were then fraternal twins! Of course, they didn’t want to have to cast real twins, so they cast two actresses that looked completely different. They should have just had Jacqueline MacInnes Wood play both roles…it’s not like she couldn’t have handled it! But, on the other hand, I really did love the actress who played Phoebe (MacKenzie Mauzy).

Wanda is still choosing our “Best Lines” for B&B, which you can now see on our new site. I hope to finish the rest of the B&B site this month and move on to another section.

Yesterday they aired the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys online. Apparently it was a big disaster! I don’t usually watch them live….I watch them when I get around to it. Now I can’t watch the whole thing, and I guess I’m in the same Y&R cast at Daytime Emmysboat as everyone else. They had major technical problems, so they lost quite a bit of it. That is insane. They’ve been doing this online for a few years now, and before that, they did it on regular TV. You’d think they’d know how to do it by now. So, big deal, they lost the internet…why didn’t they just record it, and put the whole thing up online for fans to see a little later? Rather than just leaving the botched version up. That’s really stupid and short-sighted on their part. Here’s the full list of Daytime Emmy winners!   Congratulations to all of the winners!  “Young and the Restless” got most of the awards for writing, directing etc. while “General Hospital” cleaned up in most of the acting awards.  That alzheimer’s storyline was a big winner for them. I hope that the other soaps don’t copy it, though! That’s too depressing.

All of the soaps have been very sad and depressing lately. We need angst and drama, but there needs to be more balance between Kristoff and Shemar - tribute at Daytime Emmysthat and the fun and romantic stuff.  On “Bold and the Beautiful” it’s mostly been about Hope losing her baby and blaming herself. On Young and the Restless, it’s been about Neil’s and Kristoff’s death (did we really need THREE DAYS of that???). I loved Kristoff, but that was just too much.  On General Hospital, a teenager got cancer and died.  I don’t watch “Days of Our Lives” very often, but I hear Will has cancer and baby Holly dies. I mean, come ON!!! I watch soaps for escape, not for sad stuff. Real life has enough of that kind of thing, especially for those of us over a certain age.  Most soap fans are over 40 (and that’s being kind).  Our friends and relatives are all dying on us. We don’t need to see babies and teens dying on our soaps, too.

I’m very sad that “Arrow” is being canceled. Next year is the last year. Of course, the very first TV show we cover that I chose to move over to the new site, is now canceled….that just figures, doesn’t it!!??!! I’m in complete denial still about next year being the last Arrowseason of “Supernatural!”  I’m also sad about next season being the last for “Legion” on FX. What a great show that is. It’s really mind-blowing.  And I’m still upset about all of the Netflix superhero shows getting axed.  (SIGH!)  Lately I’ve been catching up on all my CW shows, like “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl” et al.  I really loved the crossover episodes “Elseworlds.” They did a good job with that. I only have a few nitpicks. When Barry Allen came back to Central City, he never once wondered where Nora, his daughter, was. All it would have taken is a simple exchange, like:  “Barry: Where’s Nora? Iris: Who? Barry:  Oh, okay, I guess she doesn’t exist in this timeline”  See, simple. I really don’t like their Lois Lane, either.  She’s too skinny. I’m always happy to see Superman, though.  I’ve really been enjoying the new transgender character on “Supergirl” Nia Nal. Great character. I’m glad they used a real transgender person. She has a book, too, about her family and their experiences. I bought it but haven’t read it yet. It’s on my Kindle, along with 2,000 other books I haven’t gotten around to reading Nia on Supergirlyet! 😆

I had to do my annual binge-watching of “Bosch” on Amazon recently. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now! It’s the best cop show on TV. It’s based on some really good best-selling detective novels, too.

May is generally a time of year when the networks announce the new shows on their schedules, so we get sad because our favorites are canceled.  I’m very happy that the CW renewed most of its schedule, especially the new shows “Roswell, New Mexico” and “In the Dark.” I’m loving both of those. I never watched the original “Roswell” series, but I love this one. “In the Dark” is just great. They finally have a good show about a blind person that isn’t getting In the Dark on the CWcanceled. Perhaps because it’s not a sitcom like their previous attempts…? It does have plenty of humor, though.

Looking at the list of what might get canceled, I hope that “How to Get Away With Murder,” “The Rookie,” “Blindspot,” “AP Bio,” “Cool Kids” and “Ransom” are renewed. Especially “Blindspot!” I love that show so much.   I’m sad that “Big Bang Theory” and “Elementary” are ending this year. I’m sad to hear that “Murphy Brown” is a long shot. I’m still bummed about “Gifted” being canceled.  None of these are as Dead To Me on Netflixheartbreaking as last year’s cancellation of “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” though.  Focusing on the positives, there are SO MANY shows that I’m grateful that have been renewed, like “The Resident” on FOX!

I’m not very good at keeping up with reviewing all the new TV shows. There are way too many! I’m trying, though (with a little help from Eva, who reviews some shows, too). I love “The Act” on HULU and “Dead to Me” on Netflix.  Great series. I already had way too many shows to watch on regular TV. The streaming channels make it just impossible for us TV fans to keep up. Yes, I’m stressed!! But in a good way. It’s a wealth of options.

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Blog Post #207!
Welcome to our new WordPress site! Well, almost….  Our main site is still over at and will be for quite a while. However, we’re building the new site here on WordPress. Right now it’s found at, as it’s still a “test” site, but it will be at Very soon!

Happy Halloween!

For the past few months, we had to work hard at figuring out how to edit this new design in WordPress (which you may have read about in my blog back in July), and how to make it exactly how we want it. I had a lot of help (see our credits page).  I had to learn how to use WordPress better.  Then it was a matter of figuring out how to build the new site.  I put up the main pages, and then, while I figured out how to use the software, I built our new Arrow site, adding lots of updates and news.  Then I had to figure out how to put in ads and other stuff. It’s been very trying, but thankfully, we’re all done with that. Now, as soon as I finish building the basic pages, we’ll start bringing more content over and move to the new address. I’ll continue to update the current show pages as I bring them over, and we’ll be able to put up more content for the new shows that I like much easier. We’ll probably leave the older shows pages on the old site for a while.

Happy Halloween!

I hope you like the changes! It will make things way easier for all of us here that work on it, and it should be easier for you to read, too, and should look nicer and load better. Also, you can make comments now!  Please leave comments!  We love hearing from you guys.

The Haunting of Hill HouseWe have some new volunteers, too, which is always exciting. We lost Ellen, who was helping to write the Y&R Updates, so Christine has been writing all five days. Christine is a fabulous writer, but I don’t think she really wants to do them daily, so we’re looking for someone else to help her out. I might have someone, but it might be a while before she can start… in the meantime, Eva has been writing the Y&R short recaps all five days. We may have someone to help her out, too, a great new write named Cherie who will be writing Monday’s Y&R recaps one day ahead, and also stepping in to write for Eva while she goes on vacation in December.  Please visit our Volunteer Jobs page if you would like to help out writing Y&R Updates or anything else! We have many jobs available.

In August, I spent a lot of time building our 2018 Primetime Schedule, which Buffy the Vampire Slayer Halloweencovers all of the broadcast shows and when they premiere. I also made the cable listings which tells when all of those shows are returning to premiering. I haven’t had time to update that much, though. Still, it might be useful, so I hope you can check it out!

In my last blog, I talked about “Bold & The Beautiful,” which I watch every week day.  I’m glad that they brought Eric and Quinn back into the show with more story (just please don’t break them up again!).  It’s also great to have more story for Pam and Charlie. I still don’t like Thorne and Katie together. They were largely used as a plot device to get Ridge and Bill at each other’s throats again. She and Wyatt Thorne and Katie's weddingwere much better together, and they broke them up too quickly for no good reason. Now that Katie won her court case, we rarely see her and Thorne any more, unless it’s connected to Ridge and Bill. I notice that we don’t see too much of the interns Emma, Xander and Zoe any more. Good. I guess I’m not the only ones who didn’t like them or their bland story.

Lately I’ve been recording and watching “Stargate Atlantis” and “Stargate SG-1” off the El Rey channel. I saw some of SG-1, but I never got around to finishing it, Stargate Atlantisand I never saw the other show. I did see and love “Stargate Universe,” which to me was very similar to “Star Trek: Deep Space 9.”  Anyway, they’ve been showing them from the beginning, so I’m getting to see them, and I really love them.

Unfortunately, my DVR is really filled up with so much with “General Hospital” and “Young & The Restless” from the past few years, so I’m having a hard time watching enough shows to keep it from going to 100%. I did buy an external disk drive, so I could backup some of the shows, and make more space, but I haven’t had time to figure it out yet. I need to do that this week!  With the new Fall season in full Lodge 49 castswing, I have a lot of shows to catch up on already.

We had quite a few new interviews with TV stars the past few weeks, so I hope you can check those out.  I watched “Lodge 49” this Fall (to interview 2 of the stars) and really loved it. It’s been renewed for a 2nd season, so I hope you can watch it.Manifest cast

Of the new series on TV, I’m enjoying “The Rookie” and “Manifest” so far. There are still a few I haven’t seen. I didn’t really enjoy the first episode of Alec Baldwin’s new Sunday night interview show, but the second episode was really good. He seemed more at ease. He interviewed Ricky Gervais, who is one of my favorite comedians, and Jeff Bridges, one of my favorite actors! So that was great fun to see.  I tried to watch Busy Philipps’ new show “Busy Tonight” on E!, but I couldn’t stand it. Too mindless for me, and her voice (plus her Valley Girl accent) is grating.

Will & GraceThere are many reboots this season, but so far, the only one I’m enjoying it “Will & Grace” on NBC. I saw the first episode of “The Conners,” and I thought it was very depressing, and not very good. To be fair, I didn’t much like last year’s “Roseanne” reboot, either.  I do watch “Murphy Brown,” but it’s not that great. It’s just too heavy-handed and not that funny. I loved the old show, but it’s not the 1980’s anymore. They need to be quicker, wittier. I don’t know. I’m still watching it, but it’s very uneven. I saw the first episode of “Magnum PI” and it was boring. So was the new “Charmed.”  So, kudos to “Will & Grace” for not only coming back as great as before, but even better.

I do like “God Friended Me,” “New Amsterdam” and “A Million Little Things,” but DaredevilI just don’t have time to add them to my list of shows to watch. I haven’t even had time yet to watch the latest season of “Daredevil” on Netflix. As always, I’ve got a whole stack of DVD’s to watch and review, as well as a whole list of shows I should be checking out. It never ends. It’s gotten a lot worse with Netflix, HULU, Amazon and so many other new streaming services coming out.

I had to delete “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” from my DVR. Hopefully I can put him back on once I’ve moved some shows over to the external hard drive. Oh, I’m also watching “The Cool Kids,” which is so-so, but I love the actors on it.  None of the new sitcoms seemed funny to me.  I wasn’t very impressed with Danny Rand (Iron Fist) and Luke Cage (Power Man)the CW drama “All-American,” which was kind of dull.

I’m very annoyed that Netflix has canceled “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage!” I sure hope they do another “Defenders” or these characters show up in “Daredevil” or “Jessica Jones.”  They make a lot of crappy shows on Netflix and the other streaming services that I never watch, but I always catch the superhero shows! I’m heartsick that those shows are gone. 😟

On the positive side, I’m very glad to have all my CW superhero shows back, and “Supernatural,” and “Doctor Who” with the new female doctor! And “The Resident” and “Gifted” on FOX, “Big Bang Theory” on CBS, “Blindspot,” “Midnight Texas” and “The Good Place” on NBC, and “How to Get Away with Blindspot season 4Murder” on ABC.  We still watch “Family Guy” on FOX, too, but we stopped watching “South Park” because it’s just not funny any more.

What is your favorite Halloween show or movie? I don’t like to go to scary movies very much. I don’t mind some of the older ones on TV. I don’t mind if a show is about things like vampires, ghosts, witches, or werewolves, but I hate zombies. Linus, Sally, and the rest of the Peanuts gang in the pumpkin patchI love the old Charlie Brown special from when we were kids! I love Halloween, but I don’t like being grossed out or scared too much. A little scary is OK, though.

Leave a comment below to let me know which Halloween show or movie is your favorite!

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