August 25, 1988 |
Now here's a real story from the "Twilight Zone." It seems that master writer-creator of the original "Twilight Zone" TV show, Rod Serling, left behind three outlines for episodes that he never finished. J. Michael Straczynski, chief story editor for the new syndicated program of the same name (seen locally on KTLA Channel 5), received the submissions from Carol Serling (Rod's widow), who found them going through Serling's papers.
June 16, 1991
According to KPFK radio talk-show host J. Michael Straczynski, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" has not fostered quite as pervasive a cult as Classic Trek. I have attended numerous conventions over the years filled with a multitude of people from various backgrounds and age groups, and I have found that "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is as pervasive a cult as Classic Trek ever was, perhaps even more. We were all skeptical when "TNG" premiered but have found that with each passing season the quality has surpassed the original.
November 30, 1986
In all the discussion, pro and con, regarding the colorizing of old black-and-white films (and for the record, I'm against it), a delicious irony has been overlooked by both the media and those directly involved in the debate (Calendar, Outtakes, Calendar Letters, "Nightline" "The Tonight Show," etc., summer and fall, 1986). The colorizers maintain that once a film leaves a director's hands, and they acquire the property, they can do to it whatever they like. Now, according to director Milos Forman, "in civilized societies, the right of an artist that his work will not be altered or changed in any way by anybody but himself should be respected."
November 14, 1996 |
"I get off on the excitement from the fans at these conventions," says Bruce Boxleitner, who plays Cmdr. John Sheridan on "Babylon 5." "Everything else you do with TV, you never really get feedback." Boxleitner is sure to get plenty of feedback this weekend at the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Babylon 5" convention in Pasadena. He will be joined by "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski and co-stars Andreas Katsulas, Bill Mumy and others.
January 26, 1994 |
There is good news and bad news about "Babylon 5," the latest in a burgeoning cluster of sci-fi series streaking across your television screen (premiering at 8 tonight on KCOP-TV Channel 13). The show's premise is not exactly original but it's not a copycat "Star Trek" either.
June 19, 1999
Your paper has recently been addressing the issue of sex and violence on television. There has been, and still is, some quality programming on television--you just have to know where to look. When I wanted an interesting, thought-provoking program, I used to watch "Babylon 5." There, I could get a dose of interesting characters dealing with real-life issues (no matter the alienness of the space setting), while forming complex relationships. It was interesting, intelligent and never gratuitous in dealing with sex or violence.