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The Zocalo Today

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What's New Today

Friday, September 27:

FARSCAPE: Farscape's head writer and executive producer David Kemper will be featured on the Interstellar Transmissions radio show tonight from 7pm to 8pm. You can email your questions for Kemper to scifiradioguy@aol.com. Tune in at www.interstellartransmissions.com to hear it all.

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Shows: Alias 2.1; Smallville 2.1; Enterprise 1.7; Sabrina 1.6; Buffy 1.5; Charmed 1.3; Angel 1.1; Touched by an Angel 1.0; Mysterious Ways 0.6, and Twice in Lifetime 0.3. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 8/26/02 - 9/1/02.

BEAUTIFUL KILLER: Another comic book title is hitting the big screen. Jennifer Alba (Dark Angel) will star in BEAUTIFUL KILLER, a single title comic by Black Bull Comics. VARIETY announced that UNIVERSAL PICTURES and Strike Entertainment will produce BEAUTIFUL KILLER, the story of a girl who is out for vengeance after her parents are killed due to their involvement in espionage. Marc Abraham (HELLDORADO, SPY GAME) and Eric Newman (EMPEROR’S CLUB) are producing. No director or distributor has been attached to the project.

WEST WING: After winning a third Emmy in a row for best dramatic, WEST WING's two-hour season opener polled 18.2 million total viewers, with a 6.7 rating/17 share in the key 18-49 demo, according to figures from Nielsen Media Research. Not quite as good as last year, but last year's premiere was a true cliffhanger!

THE TWO TOWERS: Some lucky folks were given an exclusive preview of 16 minutes of footage from the latest LORD OF THE RINGS movie, THE TWO TOWERS. To read a review, go to http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,63898,00.html. A detailed description of the latest trailer can be found at http://www.tolkienonline.com/docs/7449.html.


Thursday, September 26:

MEN IN BLACK II: Actually it should be "Lots of Green for Men in Black". Variety reports that Sony has struck a deal with ABC, Fox and Turner for $30 million to share a broadcast window for Men in Black II. Fox gets the first run of Men in Black II, followed by two airings at ABC, then one more for Fox before Turner takes it over for four years.

POLAR EXPRESS: According to Variety, Tom Hanks will star in Robert Zemeckis' upcoming fantasy film Polar Express. Hanks and his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman have been developing the computer-animated adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's children's picture book Polar Express, about a boy whose belief in Santa Claus results in a fantasy trip to the North Pole aboard a magical train. Director Zemeckis has been working on the script with William Broyles (Cast Away), and the film is nearly set for a February start date and a holiday 2004 release.

MAD TV: Jackie Chan will be guest starring on MAD TV this week -- September 28. Jackie's new movie, THE TUXEDO, very soon. In the Mad TV episode, we will be treated to a fight between Chris Tucker (Debra Wilson) and Owen Wilson (Josh Meyers), Chan’s "co-stars" from RUSH HOUR and SHANGHAI NOON.

BACK UP: The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Nicholas Cage will star in BACK UP, a Tom Vaughan-penned spec that has been acquired by Castle Rock Pictures. This science fiction thriller will star Cage as a cop who is brought back to life to investigate his own murder. It is being produced by the Jacobson Co.'s Tom Jacobson and Jim Wedaa in conjunction with Saturn Films' Cage and Norm Golightly. "Back Up" is set in the near future, when technology allows for the resuscitation of humans and the "backing up" of their memories onto a computer. Cage plays a cop who gets "backed-up" and wakes up 90 days later with a gap in his memory. Learning that he was murdered and his wife has left him, Cage's character is intent on hunting down his murderer and figuring out what he did during the missing days that ruined his life.

SMALLVILLE: SMALLVILLE's second-season premiere drew 8.7 million viewers and helped set all-time ratings records for The WB. Smallville and Gilmore Girls scored network Tuesday night record ratings in women 18-34 (4.7 rating/12 share), men 18-34 (4.0/12), adults 18-49 (3.5/9) and men 18-49 (3.1/9). Smallville set an all-time record for The WB in adults 18-34 (5.2/14), men 18-34 (5.5/16) and men 18-49 (4.5/11). The show's rating in adults 18-49 (4.3/11) was the second highest in network history. Smallville also set a new all-time Tuesday record for The WB in total viewers (8.7 million), adults 18-49 (4.5/11) and women 18-49 (4.1/10). Smallville ranked first in its time period in men 18-34 (5.5/16), men 12-34 (5.4/16), teens (5.4/17, No. 1 for the night), female teens (5.3/17) and male teens (5.4/17, No. 1 for the night).

SUPERMAN: Although no casting has been announced, Warner Bros. announced plans for a new Superman movie, with Brett Ratner directing what the studio calls "a re-imagining of the Superman legend." J.J. Abrams, executive producer of the Alias television series, has written the script and the movie will be produced by Jon Peters, who also produced Batman.

RATINGS: Overnight Neilsen Ratings - Sept 15th - 21st 2002: 1. Enterprise (UPN) -- 4.9/8; 2. Twilight Zone (UPN) -- 4.6/8; 3. Firefly (Fox) -- 4.1/8; 4. Smallville (WB-R) -- 3.8/6; 5. Buffy (UPN-R) -- 2.6/4, and 6. Angel (WB-R) -- 1.6/2.

Wednesday, September 25:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Shows: 3rd Rock 2.1; Buffy 2.1; Stargate SG-1 2.1; Andromeda 2.0; The X-Files 2.0; Beastmaster 1.9; Mutant X 1.8; John Edward 1.7; Sabrina 1.5, and Sheena 1.4. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 8/26/02 - 9/1/02/

TWILIGHT ZONE: SCIFI fans of INVISIBLE MAN will be happy to see Vincent Ventresca in an upcoming episode of the new Twilight Zone series. Ventresca appears in "Shades of Guilt," one of two stories in the hour-long Sept. 25 Twilight Zone episode. "The premise is ... sort of classic," Ventresca said in an interview. "It's a white guy who's on his way home from work at the end of a long day, and a black guy asks him for help, and I don't help him. And then I learn that, because I didn't help him, he dies. ... As the story goes on, I become him. I'm still me, but I become black. And I am put literally in another man's skin."

Speaking of the Twilight Zone, you can read thru an interview with producers Pen Densham and Ira Behr over at Prevue magazine.

LORD OF THE RINGS: AOL has gotten an exclusive! New Line Cinema will premiere the new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on America Online at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 30. The trailer will then move to the official Web site at www.lordoftherings.net. The movie, Two Towers, opens Dec. 18.

INCUBUS: INCUBUS, starring a pre-Star Trek William Shatner, makes its world television debut on Sci Fi on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 a.m. ET, immediately following "William Shatner's Full Moon Fright Night." "Incubus" is the first (and last) film ever shot in Esperanto, the "universal language" developed in 1887 by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof. All Esperanto words are spelled as pronounced. All nouns end in -o, all adjectives end in -a, and all verbs have only one form for each tense or mood. Directed by "The Outer Limits" creator Leslie Stevens, "Incubus" is set on the mysterious island of Nomen Tuumm. Inhabited by succubi, female demons who lure corrupt men to an untimely death, the island is thrown into turmoil when one of the women falls for Shatner's noble character. The leader of the succubi, the Incubus, is summoned to end the affair.

CSI: MIAMI: No surprise here. CSI: Miami scored a potent 15.5 rating and a 23 share Monday night, more than doubling the ratings of the previous occupant of the 10:00 p.m. time period, the canceled Family Law.

CHARITY AUCTION: Did you love the fashions at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night? Well you have a chance to own that stunning gown or tux worn by your favorite star. Yes, Bradley Whitford of "The West Wing" and Jane Kaczmarek of "Malcolm in the Middle" proposed the "Clothes Off Our Back" auction that is underway at www.ubid.com. The auction will continue thru October 7. Sixteen items worn by nominees are being auctioned online to benefit groups including Cure Autism Now. Other groups benefiting from the auction are Heifer International, UNICEF and Union of Concerned Scientists.

TREASURE PLANET: Over at CineMovies you will find a number of pictures from the new Disney film TREASURE PLANET. Starring the wonderful animation from the Disney Studios and the voices of such stars as David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short and Emma Thompson, we will all be treated to the reinvented tale of "Treasure Island" hitting theaters around Thanksgiving.

FARSCAPE: While the series may have been cancelled by SCIFI, there may be something left for fans to watch. ADV Films has confirmed 26 episodes of an animated version of Farscape is in active production.

STEPHEN KING: After many years of scaring us to death, Stephen King is calling it quits. You can read the story at http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,352855~5~0~stephenkingtalksretirement,00.html.

JOHN GRISHAM: While not science fiction -- we all love a good novel. We always think JMS is a writing machine! John Grisham has filled book shelves with novels and now he and ABC have agreed to work together to create a series based on his best-selling novel "The Street Lawyer", the legal adventures of corporate attorney Michael Brock after he quits his high-paying job in order to handle cases for a legal aid clinic. The writing team of David Levien and Brian Koppelman will pen the pilot episode and be listed as executive producers on the show along with Grisham.

BUFFY: The October 1 episode of Buffy will be entitled "Beneath You." UPN describes the episode: "After her first day as Buffy, The Guidance Counselor, she and the Scooby gang get right back into action, investigating a subterranean monster that is wreaking havoc in Sunnydale." FYI: Alyson Hannigan, who plays Willow, will be a guest on NBC's Late Night wit Conan O'Brien on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

DAREDEVIL: Over at Comics2Film.com, they report that a new Daredevil Trailer will be attached the action feature, 'The Transporter' when it hits theaters -- next month I believe.

TIME TUNNEL: According to Starlog, Fox has decided NOT to go to series with the Time Tunnel pilot. They have shelved the project which was to star David Conrad and Andrea Roth.

Tuesday, September 24:
Buffy CD BUFFY: The new season of BUFFY begins tonight! Today is also the much anticipated release date of the soundtrack album to last season's critically-acclaimed all-singing, all-dancing episode, "Once More, With Feeling." Prestigious label Rounder is handling the release, with an initial pressing is 100,000 units. If you order the CD now at the Rounder Web site at www.rounder.com, you can pick up a free poster. The offer ends at midnight, so order now.

James Marsters will host the Tuesday night premieres of BUFFY and HAUNTED. He will introduce The Goo Goo Dolls, who usher in the new season by rocking the demented house with one of their hits.

SMALLVILLE: Another season premiere is set for tonight -- SMALLVILLE. Executive Al Gough is very happy with "Vortex". He says the second-season opener will help establish the tone for the entire season. Gough wrote "Vortex" with writing partner and fellow executive producer Miles Millar, and the episode picks up from last season's multiple cliffhangers. Gough said, "We felt that even though the tornado was over after the teaser, the story stayed interesting throughout, and we were able to set the table for Season 2. This is particularly true with the Lana/Clark dynamic and the Lex/Lionel dynamic." Over at http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0209/23/index.htm you can view some images from tonight's show.

SPIDERMAN: Al Gough and Miles Millar are alos working on the sequel to the Spider-Man movie. They joined the project after a first draft by David Koepp, who wrote the first Spider-Man movie. "Miles and I actually completed two drafts of Spider-Man 2. We came back on after David Koepp completed his draft in mid July," Gough said. "We had a wonderful experience working with Sam and (producers) Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. They have now handed off our script to Michael Chabon, who is a terrific writer."

MONK: The USA Network has officially announced that it is picking up this quirky detective series for 13 more episodes. Obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) will keep fighting germs and crime on both USA and ABC. Ratings have been good on both networks during season one and ABC is currently in negotations regarding season two. The tug of war seems to be who gets the first run and who gets the second airing!

GLADIATOR 2: The Hollywood Reporter indicates that John Logan ("Gladiator", "Star Trek: Nemesis") has been hired to pen a follow-up script which is set 15 years after the first film's events. Since Russell Crowe's character died in the first movie, we'll have to wait to see who takes the lead in this one.

X2: 20th Century Fox is wasting no time in lining up promotional partners for next summer's X2 explosion. According to The Hollywood Reporter, deals have been struck with Mazda, Dr Pepper, Baskin-Robbins, Radio Shack and Kraft. Fox executive vice president of publicity Jeffrey Godsick said, "It's the strongest and largest campaign we've ever had at the studio".

FREAKY FRIDAY: Jamie Lee Curtis will replace Annette Bening in the upcoming remake of "Freaky Friday". Curtis portrays the mother of a tomboy teen (Lindsay Lohan) with whom she constantly argues. When they magically exchange bodies, the fun begins. Curtis' character is due to get married and the two are forced to figure out a way to remedy their newfound dilemma. Mark Harmon is in talks to play Curtis's fiancee in the film.

Monday, September 23:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Channel Shows: Lake Placid 1.5; House 1.2; House 2 1.1; Stigmata 1.1; It, Part 2 1.1; Wishmaster 3 1.1; Beyond Belief 1.0; It, Part 1 0.9; Mindripper 0.9, and Psycho 4 0.9. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 8/26/02 - 9/1/02.

JOHN DOE: These two new FOX programs did very well on Friday night. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Friday 9 p.m. debut of "John Doe" was a welcome surprise for Fox. The offbeat drama, revolving around the exploits of a man who wakes up one day to find he knows everything in the world except for who he is, won its time slot and significantly grew from its 8 p.m. lead-in, the new Joss Whedon drama "Firefly," according to preliminary estimates for Friday from Nielsen Media Research. "John Doe" averaged 9.6 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/14 share in the adults 18-49 demographic. Its best showing overall came with men 18-49 (4.7/17). Another encouraging sign for "John Doe" was its growth throughout the hour, climbing from an average of 9.2 million viewers in the first half to 10 million from 9:30-10 p.m.

FIREFLY: Joss Whedon's new series, FIRELFY, pulled in a 4.1 rating/8 share in the Nielsen Overnight Metered Market Ratings, finishing dead last on Fox for the 8 p.m. hour. That finish is actually lower than the UPN second season premiere of "Enterprise," which grabbed a 4.9/8 on Wednesday. "Firefly" was beaten by "48 Hours" on CBS (5.4/10) and "America's Funniest Home Videos: The Battle of the Best" on ABC (4.8/9).

EMMY AWARDS: As usual, there wasn't a lot to crow about regarding genre shows. 24 did receive the much coveted "Outstanding Writing for A Drama Series" award. Considering the competition, this is quite an accomplishment. As we all know, it's the writing that makes a series and this fact was acknowledged over and over last night.

It was a great night for FX and FOX. They stood proud with not only the writing award for 24, but for best actor in a drama series, Michael Chiklis for THE SHIELD.

There were other shows acknowledged for their achievements as well. ENTERPRISE won two Emmy awards -- for hairstyling and special effects; SMALLVILLE's pilot won an Emmy for sound editing; Dinotopia won an Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. You can run through the listing at http://tv.zap2it.com/news/tvnewsdaily.html?28055.

Over at Zap2It.com they conducted their own informal poll of favorites, including BUFFY, ANGEL and 24.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: BARBERSHOP continued on for a second week at #1, followed by THE BANGER SISTERS and MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. Here are the numbers: 1. BARBERSHOP, $13.3 million this weekend, $38.9 million since opening; 2. THE BANGER SISTERS, $10.3 million this weekend; 3. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, $10.0 million this weekend, $124.3 million since opening; 4. BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER, $7.1 million this weekend; 5. THE FOUR FEATHERS, $7.1 million this weekend; 6. ONE HOUR PHOTO, $4.7 million this weekend, $21.8 million since opening; 7. SIGNS, $3.5 million this weekend, $217.9 million since opening; 8. STEALING HARVARD, $3.5 million this weekend, $10.8 million since opening; 9. SWIMFAN, $3.5 million this weekend, $24.4 million since opening, and 10. TRAPPED, $3.2 million this weekend, $3.2 million since opening.

Sunday, September 22:
JMS: Just picked up a note from Joe over in the moderated newsgroup. JEREMIAH HAS BEEN RENEWED! Joe also brings us up to date on Rising Stars and his other projects -- at least those he can talk about. See the entire posting below.

EMMY AWARDS: The big event today is the Emmy Awards. Although SF has never ranked high here, it is expected that some shows will be acknowledged in special effects. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

SMALLVILLE: This week marks the second season premiere of SMALLVILLE. "Vortex" airs on Tuesday at 9pm on The WB. If you missed the season ender, you can catch it on the WB today at 5pm ET.

Saturday, September 21:
DARKMAN: SCIFI has some great movies coming up -- including DARKMAN tonight. In this sequel, the hero steals a crate of cash from a drug lord to finance his continuing research into the creation of synthetic skin. In response, the drug lord uses his alluring wife (Roxann Dawson, Star Trek: Voyager's B'Elanna Torres) to set a trap for Darkman and acquire the secrets behind his superhuman strength.

OUTER LIMITS: According to Variety, MGM has hired Douglas Cook and David Weisberg (The Rock) to rewrite the film adaptation for The Outer Limits. MGM hopes to begin production as quickly as it can, with Rupert Wainwright (Stigmata) directing. Mark Victor and Michael Grais of Victor/Grais are producing The Outer Limits, along with Trilogy Entertainment's Pen Densham (UPN's The Twilight Zone), Guy McElwaine and John Watson.

PETER PAN: A new Peter Pan production is in the works. The Hollywood Reporter says British actress Rachel Hurd Wood, 12, will make her feature-film acting debut as Wendy in the upcoming live-action Peter Pan movie. The movie is set to start production Sept. 30, with P.J. Hogan directing. Jeremy Sumpter as Peter Pan, Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook, Ludivine Sagnier as Tinkerbell and Olivia Williams as Mrs. Darling.

X-FILES: X-FILES fans will be glad to see David Duchovny on the upcoming episode of LIFE WITH BONNIE on Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00pm. Duchovny will guest star on the show as Johnny Volcano, the local television weatherman booked on Bonnie's show to promote a movie he created. The "Weather or Not" episode was written by series star Hunt and Don Lake.

BEWITCHED: Columbia Pictures have decided to move forward with a feature film version BEWITCHED with Nicole Kidman tapped to star as the nose-twitching Samantha, who tries to abandon her powers for the sake of her mortal husband, Darren. Sources say Mike Myers is the top choice to play Darren but nocasting has been confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter says that Director Penny Marshall is expected to produce. No director has been named.


Here is a post from the B5 moderated newsgroup from JMS. It covers a lot of subjects, including the RENEWAL OF JEREMIAH, the next issue of RISING STARS and a lot more.

Since Malcolm and others have already pretty much spilled the beans, and word has gone out to the crew and cast and others and we're beginning prep next week...yeah, we've been picked up on Jeremiah. Sam Egan has left and we're bringing on Grant Rosenberg to help out in his place, mainly by working on set so I can focus more on the writing instead of having to plow through snow to stand around with the director.

So I'm hip deep in prep on Jeremiah, still waiting news on Polaris, writing Spidey, writing a new and as yet classified book for Marvel (I think they'll break the news in the next issue of Wizard), I've got 3 more issues to write for Rising Stars....

And there are two tippy-top secret projects I'm doing for companies I can't name. On one, the contracts just came in for their last revision, and as soon as they're done, we can get to work, and on the other, it looks very promising (all I can say is that it's a series, but of a different configuration than anyone's done before), but I never count chickens sans hatching. We've been working on the last item there for about six months, and we're very close to getting this going. If that happens, and that's always a big if, it's going to be something kinda huge, to be honest, with the potential to have a massive effect on television storytelling and production. It would be a very literal paradigm shift. Which is why I can't say anything about it for now (that and the non-disclosure agreement I had to sign).


One of the last vistages of Babylon 5 is ending. The license for Agents of Gaming for Babylon 5 is coming to an end. Here is the announcement from: http://agentsofgaming.com/b5wnews.htm.

"(9/19/02) It is my sad duty to report that AOG's Babylon 5 contract has ended and will not be renewed. Regrettably, no further Babylon 5 game licenses or renewals are being granted due to the lack of an ongoing show or property to build upon. AOG held, to our knowledge, the last existing game license for B5....The contract officially concludes at the end of October. Until 10/31/02, AOG will continue to sell as much existing inventory as possible at discount rates....In general, items that were $7.95 are now $4.95, items of $9.95 are now $5.95, $13.95 went to $9.95, $19.95 is now $14.95, $24.95 is $19.95, and so on. Most discounts are 30-40% or so of the original price."

In response to a query about the license of B5 materials, including that of Agents of Gaming, JMS wrote:

A new license has just been made with another RPG company, and they're looking to come out with their first salvo next year.

So we'll have to see how things develop. Could get interesting!


OK, how did you like FIREFLY and JOHN DOE? Now that the shows have had their premieres, what do you think?

Send in your responses to thezocalo@aol.com. I am posting them on the Discussion Page as they come in.


B5 Season One DVC "In the beginning" is already available in DVD format (19,99 euros). The entire series and TV movies (but Legend of Rangers) is available in VHS (single tapes, or boxes of 2 or 6 tapes).

More sites are beginning to carry information about the upcoming B5 DVD. This morning, there is an article in Cinescape about the upcoming Season One DVD. Over at DVDFile, you'll find a tad more information. They describe the offering as follows:
Also announced from Warner are details on the highly-anticipated Babylon 5: The Complete First Season - Signs and Portents. Look for 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers, introduction and audio commentary by the series creator J. Michael Straczynski (exact episodes not specified) and "The Making of Babylon 5: Season One" featurette. Retail is $99.96 for the set.

Warner Home Video (R1) released a Flash presentation for the "B5" Season 1 DVDs. In addition to the extras that JMS has already mentioned (2 episode commentaries, new cast and crew interviews as part of a new documentary, an on-camera interview and on-camera introduction with JMS) the set will include the "Making of" documentary produced for the Season 1 kick-off and hosted by Walter Koenig. Go to http://www.whvdirect.com/babylon5/index.html to read more!

Here's an update from JMS on the DVD special items:
The disk has an on-camera introduction by me (despite my warnings that this would undoubtedly drive down sales), a letter of introduction each by me and Doug Netter, and the half-hour piece features new interviews with Rick Biggs, Stephen Furst, me, Doug, efx maven Mitch Suskin, makeup whiz John Vulich, and others.

They're tentatively targeting next April for season 2, and the following November for season 3.

GREAT PRICE: You can pre-order the Season 1 DVD over at www.amazon.com for $74.99. The release date for North America is November 5.


JEREMIAH HAS BEEN RENEWED. The word has come from JMS. If you missed it, read through the CATCHING UP WITH JMS column above.

Written by:Sam Egan
Directed By:Holly Dale

When Elizabeth and Gabriel are scouting prospects in Clarefield, Theo's guards take them prisoner. Jeremiah and Kurdy's attempt at rescue involves both extreme danger and some surprising developments.

Jeremiah: Thieves' Honor

Jeremiah: The Touch

Jeremiah: Mother Of Invention

For more information about this episode and the entire series, be sure to visit www.sho.com/jeremiah.

For those of you who want to keep up on what is going on with Jeremiah, Ranger Monica has started up a Jeremiah newsletter. Please go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeremiah-news/ and subscribe. Monica also has a very nice Jeremiah site so don't forget to bookmark that as well.


STEPHEN FURST: THE JESTER is in pre-production. This is the latest project for Stephen Furst. You can catcn a glimpse of some artwork for the project at http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/jester.jpg.

CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN: Ranger Steve reports that Claudia Christian is to be a guest at Cult TV in Southport, UK, this year (25-28 October). More details at: http://festival.culttv.net.

Voices of the Children PAT TALLMAN: As many of you know, Pat Tallman has been involved with Penny Lane (an organization that helps battered children) for years! On October 5, Penny Lane will host a very special event entitled, VOICES OF OUR CHILDREN in which Hollywood stars will perform works written by the children of Penny Lane. The stars are: Alan Rosenberg, Angela Watson, Bruce Weitz, Coltin Scott, Edd Hall, Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Allas, Patricia Tallman, Victoria Rowell and Yvette Freeman. For more information, please go to http://www.pennylane.org/contents/voices.htm or call 1-866-736-6956.

MIRA FURLAN: Mira Furlan is appearing in Eve Ensler's new play "Necessary Targets". This benefit performance is for one night only -- October 7th. Location: Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills. Tickets are $125.00 and available through Ticketmaster. Also appearing - Eve Ensler, Calista Flockhart, Cloris Leachman, Julianna Margulies & Julia Stiles. For more information about the play, go to http://www.necessarytargets.com.

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Bruce has just finished a film entitled "Killer Flood: The Day the Dam Broke" by Edgewood Studios. Produced by Peter Beckwith, the movie is about a fictitious dam above Rutland with a dangerously high water level and structural defects. Also starring in the film are Michele Greene (“L.A. Law”) and Joe Lando (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”)

GODS AND GENERALS: Bruce plays General James Longstreet in this epic film that will run about 3 hours, 45 minutes. The original end-title song written and performed by Bob Dylan was just recorded in Los Angeles. For more information about the movie, go to http://www.ronmaxwell.com/ggenerals.html. The movie is set to air in early 2003. In this month's issue of NORTH AND SOUTH, you can read about the movie -- there are some great pictures as well.

ENID-RAYE ADAMS: Enid-Raye Adams who portrayed Firell in B5LR can be seen in "Prometheus" -- an upcoming episode of STARGATE SG-1.

JOHN COPELAND: John Copeland, Producer for Babylon 5, is hard at work on a new series of dinosaur series for the Discovery Channel. His previous series, WHEN DINOSAURS ROAMED AMERICA is up for an Emmy Award for Best Animation. Let's keep our fingers crossed for him!

TIM EARLS: Tim Earls is the artistic designer on the new FIREFLY series from Fox. Tim worked worked in the Art Department with John Iacovelli and created all the wonderful ship designs for Babylon 5 and Crusade. He then moved on to Voyager. I am looking forward to see what he will come up with on FIREFLY. The Serenity is a neat ship!


Cast Picture Ten popular science fiction actors have donated their time, images and autographs for an exclusive photograph, the proceeds of which will go to charity. For sale through the actors themselves and at , the limited-edition photo is in color, edged in white and ready to place in an 11X14 frame, and handsigned. Each of the 1,000 limited edition photos comes embossed with a seal of authenticity and numbered. The photograph is now available for a pre-sale price of $100. After Sept 11, 2002, the price will go up to at least $125.00. Among the charities to benefit will be the Penny Lane home for abused children in Los Angeles, and various September 11 funds. The actors hope to raise more than $100,000 through the charity project. The Penny Lane Home is a residential facility for children who have been severely abused, physically, emotionally and sexually. Many have "fallen through the cracks" of the social service outreach programs, and Penny Lane is their last chance at escaping the abuse.

Actors in the photo include: Patricia Tallman, known best for her roles as Lyta Alexander in Babylon 5 and Barbara in Night of the Living Dead (1990) Vaughn Armstrong, who has portrayed more guest star aliens on Star Trek:TNG, DS9 and Voyager than any other actor in Star Trek history. Currently, he holds the recurring role of Admiral Maxwell Forrest on Enterprise, as well as at least eight other Guest Starring roles on board the new Trek series to date. Stephen Austin portrayed many bizarre alien creatures on Babylon 5. His most notable was the lovable Pak'ma'ra Ambassador. David Brooks is an accomplished artist as well as actor. He is best known to the sci fi community as Max Eilerson on the Babylon 5 spin off, Crusade. Jeffrey Willerth portrayed Ambassador Kosh and was Associate Producer of Babylon 5 Robin Atkin Downes, best known for his role of Byron in Babylon 5 Carrie Dobro, Dureena Nafeel in Crusade. Tim Choate was extremely popular on B5 as Zathras (and his brothers, all named Zathras). He also portrayed Pollack on Crusade. Beata Pozniak appeared as Babylon 5's Earth Alliance President Luchenko. Ed Wasser, the evil Mr. Morden on Babylon 5.

As a special promotion, the first 100 orders will receive a special gift: former Star Trek stunt coordinator, Dennis Madalone, has donated 100 copies of his single, "America, We Stand As One," to say thank you to the science fiction fans who purchase the charity photograph. To order the photo online, go to http://www.thegalacticgateway.com, click on shop, and search on the word charity.


Amazing Spiderman #44 AMAZING SPIDERMAN: Issue #44 is on news stands now. There are some page previews from the issue over at http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0208/23/marvelfirsts.htm.

RISING STARS: #19 The latest issue is on stands now. For reviews of the book, go to http://www.zentertainment.com/comicreviews.php?op=showcontent&id=470.

SPOILER INFORMATION BELOW: The government's come up with a Special weapon that eliminates our heroes' powers, forcing most of them into hiding. But as there's another three issues before this series concludes, it's doubtful they'll stay in hiding for long.

Speaking of RISING STARS, Volume #1 of the series has been out for a while. Volume #2 is now available. If you missed any of the single issues of the series, you'll want to pick up the graphic novels that include 8 issues in a single bound copy.


Alias Based on the ABC TV series, Alias creator/director/producer JJ Abrams makes his comic book debut. Agent Sydney Bristow finds her way into new covert missions, high adventure, and deep conspiracies in two tales with art by Andy Park (Tomb Raider) and Rob Liefeld (Youngblood). As a special bonus, a host of comics creators provide an all-star pin-up gallery. Available with a standard art cover, photo cover, deluxe foil photo cover, chromium cover, and a remarked and signed art cover edition.


Expose #72 Expose #72: For all you Amanda Tapping fans, this issue is for YOU! Amanda is fantastic as Samantha Carter on Stargate SG-1. This year she's have a LOT of fun and even has her turn at leading the team -- not to mention almost drowning on the set! Also in this issue, Luke Perry talks about JEREMIAH, Anthony Cistaro chats about WITCHBLADE and Stephanie Romanov lets us in on some of what is in store on ANGEL this year.

Cult Times Special #23 Cult Times Special #23: School Days is the title of this issue -- with Buffy returning to Sunnydale, Clark going back to Smallville High. Also in this issue, you'll hear from Jason Katims about his three years on ROSWELL and how executive producer Paula Hart has handled the ever changing Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

TV Zone #47 TV Zone Special #47: This special looks at the new season ahead. What will FARSCAPE offer this year? Will Wesley regain the trust of ANGEL? Perhaps Alexis Denisof will tell all in this interview. Linda Park talks about her role as Hoshi Sato on ENTERPRISE. There are also articles on SMALLVILLE, FIREFLY, HAUNTED, BUFFY and CHARMED.

Starburst #290 Starburst #290: Get a set our of DIE ANOTHER DAY with designer Peter Lamont and director Lee Tamahori. Also see what J. August Ricards can tell us about his role as Charles Gunn on ANGEL.

Dreamwatch #100 Dreamwatch #100: Talk with Scott Bakula about ENTERPRISE, go behind-the-scenes on THE TWO TOWERS, DIE ANOTHER DAY and HARRY POTTER.


For all those who submitted quotes and experiences to the Babylon 5 Book of Quotes, word from JMS is that the book, plus emails and suggestions, is being compiled now, and they're targeting February, the 10th anniversary of B5, for the publication date.


If you would like to join fellow fans as they write to voice their support for FARSCAPE -- and ask that the network rethink their decision to cancel the series, here are addresses you may use:

Want to voice your support to the Jim Henson Company? Here's a phone number you can use -- 323-802-1609. When called, it promises the first word on what will happen to Farscape as soon as they know. All you have to do is leave your email address.

EM.TV & Merchandising AG
Betastr. 11
D-85774 Unterföhring

Phone: +49 89 995 00-0
Fax: +49 89 995 00-111

Bonnie Hammer
Executive Vice President and General Manager

Tom Vitale
Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Scheduling, and Program Planning

The SCIFI Channel
1230 Ave of the Americas, 20th floor
New York, NY 10020 -1513

The USA Network owns the SciFi Channel, so here are some addresses at USA Network:

(_) E-mail the SciFi Channel at scifiweekly@scifi.com.
(_) E-mail the SciFi Channel at program@www.scifi.com.
(_) E-mail the SciFi Channel's feedback page at feedback@www.scifi.com.
(_) Call the SciFi Channel viewer comment line: (212) 413-5000.
(_) Call the SciFi Channel programming line: (212) 413-5821.
(_) Call the SciFi Channel comments line: (212) 413-5577.

Angela Mancuso
President of Cable Programming
USA Networks, Inc.
8800 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Mr. Barry Diller
USA Networks, Inc
8800 Sunset Blvd, Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Mr. Charles Engel
Executive Vice President, Programming
Studios USA
8800 Sunset Blvd. Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90069










On September 27, SCIFI will begin a Chain Reaction of Season Six episodes beginning at 6pm and running thru 3am.



On September 30, Season ONE episodes begin:



Smallville SMALLVILLE SEASON 1 PREMIUM CARDS: This 81-card set captures all the action of the first season, including "Episodic Coverage," "Character Cards," "Wall of Weird," and other cool subsets! Plus, this series is loaded with lots of collectible bonus cards. Look for the nine-card foil puzzle "Smallville High," featuring Clark, Lex, Lana and the gang; the six-card "Spring Formal" cards, featuring your favorite characters in their formal dance attire; and "Pieceworks" cards, consisting of four different cards of Clark’s T-shirt, Lana’s jeans, Pete’s T-shirt and Jonathan’s plaid shirt! Also look for six different autograph cards to be announced soon! 6 cards per pack. 36 packs per box. MSRP: $1.99 per pack. Also available is the nine-card uncut Smallville High mini-press sheet, which are sequentially numbered and limited to 250; and the collector album!


Galen David-Max

You do NOT have to pay the prices asked for over at e-bay! Here are photos of B5 and Crusade cast members at fantastic prices. Check out Photo Shop. Ordering is easy -- and you can't beat the prices! Just let me know which photos you want and I'll check to make sure they are still in stock.


John Cook has a new cartoon contest going. Try your hand at a punch line.

Sci-Fi TV Cartoon Contest header
Sci-Fi TV Cartoon Contest. Copyright 2000 by John Cook.



After B5 Ranger Bill created this toon for his website www.wondertemp.com, but wanted to share it with readers here at the Zocalo. Thanks Bill.


Sometimes you just can't find the e-mail address for someone you know you have -- it's someone who responded to a discussion topic or you met in one of the chat rooms. You'd like to send a personal note, but .... No address!!!!

We've started a White Pages of Zocalo Readers! It's a handy way of keeping track of people -- and putting together a birthday/greeting card list as well. If you would like to be part of the listing, just send me your name, state, e-mail address and (if you'd like to have it listed) birthday (without year) to sgbruckner@aol.com. Check out the Directory of Readers.


Here are some of our readers who are having birthdays this month:

Name: Robert Folsom
Birthday: September 16

Name: Barbara Smith :-)
State: Indiana
E-mail address: microsmith@hotmail.com
Birthday: September 26

Don't see YOUR birthday here? That's easy to remedy. Send your birthdate along to me and I'll post it with others in our directory.


The Official Babylon 5 Magazine is indexed here as well. With the closure of the magazine in May, you'll want to see which magazines you have -- and which ones you will want to collect. The index may help you make a decision on which ones to choose. The Fan Club has many of the issues at thestation.com , making it very easy to complete your collection.

Universe Today -- the Babylon 5 Fan Club quarterly can also be found here. The index gives you a rundown of what articles were presented, what interviews published.

If you have magazines that have featured Babylon 5 or Crusade that are not listed, send along their issue number and a note to indicate what the article was about. It would be nice to have a fairly comprehensive listing of Babylon 5 publications here.

I have added a listing of all the Babylon 5 novels and now the B5 comic books to the reference page. If there are other items that you feel should be included, let me know.



Ranger Renee reports that she has a Babylon 5 chat group (for those of you over 30) at http://groups.msn.com/Babtrek30. It covers Babylon 5 and all of Star Trek. Drop on over and give it a peek.


REDEMPTION: Ranger Steve reports that a new discussion group has been created for the upcoming REDEMPTION convention. Redemption 03, 21-23 February 2003, Ashford, Kent, Celebrating 25 years of Blake's 7 and 10 years of Babylon 5. www.smof.com/redemption.


NW-B5 is a mailing list devoted to bringing critical information to the Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, and Northern Washington areas. More specifically, anyone north of Seattle. B5 is broadcast on SPACE:TIS in Canada, and Sci-Fi channel in the US. By subscribing to nw-b5, you'll be able to know info bringing you up to date on the current scheduling and events happening in the community related to B5. You'll also be subscribed to the list itself, which means that you'll receive email when there is a scheduling change or critical information needs to go out to you (for example, if we need to start another mailing campaign).

For further information, see http://www.nw-b5.com
John Francis
Webmaster, Listowner, and Co-Moderator

Reports of "The Gathering" are beginning to turn up on the list. John posted a mini-report, with photos, over at http://www.geocities.com/jnf.geo/nw-b5/gathered.htm#0501. You may want to check it out. It was a terrific event in which JMS showed clips from "Legend of the Rangers". Most of the cast was in attendance -- a great group of individuals.


The Babylon 5 discussion mailing list is for any and all discussions and/or news pertaining to or related to Babylon 5 and/or Crusade. The list has been in existence for the past three years now, and has recently moved. The new location is http://lists.apparition.org/cgi-bin/lyris.pl, and you can subscribe by sending a blank e-mail message to join-babylon_5-l@lists.apparition.org.


Here's a unique site for you! Jeffrey Willerth, Patricia Tallman, Mira Furlan, Claudia Christian, Robin Atkin Downes, Rick Biggs, Jerry Doyle, Bruce Boxleitner, Melissa Gilbert, Peter Jurasik, Bill Mumy and Carrie Dobro are under it's umbrella. Actors from other shows have joined the Gateway. Ted Raimi and Robert Trebor from Xena and Hercules are now at GG. To subscribe to a mailing list for GG, send a blank note to thegalacticgateway-subscribe@egroups.com.


There is never enough time to keep in touch with friends! To help out, a mailing list has been started for chatters over at the Galactic Gateway. If you are interested in joining, send a blank note to gateway-chatter-subscribe@egroups.com.


Are you looking for a particular Babylon 5 collectible? Do you have some items you'd like to trade? Then this is the list for you. To join, send a blank note to gateway-trader-subscribe@egroups.com.


The Art Gallery at The Zocalo Today is open. There are SO MANY talented people in our Babylon 5 community. We have enjoyed works by Todd Brugman and Tye Bourdony on our toons page, but there are a host of others who enjoy drawing, painting, sketching their favorite characters. Here are a few works that have been received. I have some others that will be added soon.

If you would like to share your work with us at The Zocalo Today, please send along a digital photo of your work and I'll begin putting the gallery together. If you do not have your work in digital format, drop me a note and we'll see what we can work out.


There are a number of fabulous Babylon 5/Crusade Clubs around the world. Visit the B5 Fan Club page to see if there is a club near you. If you have a club that you would like to have listed, drop the information about your Club to me at sgbruckner@aol.com or bruckner@isnnews.net. That information will be added to the new B5 Fan Club Listing.

Massimo has sent an update for the B5 Fan Club in Italy. Founded in 1995, the club now has 230 members! In Italy, they have just seen the last two episodes from season five! Membership in the club includes: the club card, a poster, a personalized pen and four number of ISN Network the fanzine published by the club. The cost is Euro 20 for an year in Italy. Interested? Contact Massimo at mmartini@italway.it.


Netter Digital filed for bankruptcy in July of 2000 and all their worldly posessions were auctioned off on December 7. The B5 Fan Club site, Thestation.com and it's store, the Emporium, has been closed.


If you have a newsletter you'd like to have listed at The Zocalo Today, send the information along. It will be posted on the B5 Fan Club/Newsletter page.

Ranger Shane in North Carolina sent in the following note about their "Jumpgate" newsletter.

Hey Sandy! Just wanted to give you an update on the NC B5 group's newsletter, Jumpgate. There's now a dedicated EMail address for submissions - jumpgatemag@bellsouth.net - and any submissions, solicited or un-, can be sent to this address. Also, issues are available for free download at the URL at the bottom of this message.

Jumpgate - The Newsletter of the North Carolina Babylon 5 Fan Club
Shane Killian, Editor


A new HELP WANTED section has been added to the Z. If you need help finding a comic book, getting a special item, etc. here's the place to post a note. Just send whatever help you need to thezocalo@aol.com.



Maquis Gras 2002
October 4-6, 2002
Place: Ramada Inn, Portage, Indiana
B5 Guest: Bill Blair
For more information, visit their website at http://www.maquis.com/mfa/gras1.htm.

Point North
October 5-6, 2002
Place: Salem Civic Center
Salem, VA
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.point-north.com.

Slanted Fedora, Raleigh Area
October 11-13, 2002
Place: Durham Marriott
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfedora.com.

October 11-13, 2002
Place: Plaza 500 Hotel
Vancouver, British Columbia
B5 Guest: J. Michael Straczynski
For more information, visit their website at http://www3.telus.net/dh2/vconsociety/.

JVL-CON 2002
October 24-27, 2002
Jainesville, Wisconsin
Place: Ramada Inn
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at www.si-fi-nut.com .

October 26-27, 2002
Sydney, Australia
B5 Guests: Andreas Katsulas, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at www.bobw.com.au .

November 15-17, 2002
Orlando, Florida
B5 Guests: Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry Doyle
For more information, visit their website at http://www.vulkon.com/orlandonov/.

Be sure to visit our Convention Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions featuring Babylon 5, Crusade and Legend of the Rangers cast members as guests.


Do you have extra copies of B5, Amazing Spiderman, Midnight Nation or Rising Stars comics you'd like to trade? How about those extra trading cards or B5 magazines? There are a lot of fans looking for these items -- and the Trading Post can help you buy or sell them. To see what's available, just use this link to the Trading Post. To have items included in The Trading Post, send a note to The Zocalo. Please put Trading Post in the subject line.

Pen Pals

If you are looking for someone to talk about Babylon 5 and Crusade with, the Pen Pal section is for you! Check it out! Drop a note to someone who is feeling B5 withdrawal -- BIG TIME!

People thought a Pen Pal page was a good idea. If you would like to meet people who you could chat with or share your opinions of the show with, send along your e-mail or snail-mail address The Zocalo. It will be incorporated on the new Pen Page Page.


Pat Tallman - September 4
Cinzia Zanetti - September 5
Robin Atkin Downes - September 6
Mira Furlan - September 7
Walter Koenig - September 14
Robert Rusler - September 20
Gary Cole - September 20
Bear Burge - September 23
Jason Carter - September 23
Manny Case - September 23

Don't know some of these folks? Bear Burge was the prop artist for Babylon 5. I sent many a wonderful hour talking and watching Bear create some wonderful devices to be used on B5 and Crusade. Manny Case is a make-up artist. He had worked with Mira Furlan -- in creating Delenn each morning.

Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5, pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.


Here's a recent note from JMS on the subject:

Just an FYI to those who've been using the Ventura Blvd. mail drop for fan mail to actors....

As mentioned before, we're phasing out the forwarding of fan mail because we a) don't have the resources, complicated by b) the actors have scattered to the four winds, and it makes it very difficult to get everything to everybody in a timely fashion.

So, having provided prior notice...fan mail to actors coming to the Ventura Blvd. mail drop will be sent back. Mail to actors should be sent via their official fan clubs. I will still be taking mail there, since it's my mailbox, but that's it.

Just so's y'all know and save a few bucks on postage and returns.

JMS' mail can be sent to:

14431 Ventura Boulevard, PMB 260
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


Warner Bros. Address:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Warner Home Video:

Mr. Douglas Wadleigh
VP for Marketing and Special Features
Warner Bros.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Bonnie Hammer, President
Sci-Fi Channel
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY. 10020-1513

Mr. Thomas Vitale
Senior VP of Acquisitions, Scheduling & Program-Planning


The front page of the The Zocalo Today changes daily, so be sure to check the back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! I don't want the front page getting too long so I shift information periodically into the archives. So if you aren't a regular visitor to The Zocalo Today, be sure to check out the back issues. Just use the button above!

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (sgbruckner@aol.com)
The Zocalo Today

Copyright - SBruckner, 2002

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