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September 15 2005

(SPOILER) Smallville's Al Gough talks James Marsters' guest stint. Nice words said about Mr Marsters, hints dropped about his plot arc.

I thought this was interesting:

We have a very clear idea of what his agenda is it won't be revealed to the audience until the end of the season which James said was great because as [Buffy the Vampire Slayer's] Spike he said he never knew what he was doing in Sunnydale! [Laughs]


Different styles for different creators.

nice to see nice things said about James . I'm really rather looking forward to this !
James is a very striking person and the camera loves him.

The camera ... and a legion of women! It's wonderful to see JM get some publicity. I don't envy that timeslot though.
We have a very clear idea of what his agenda is it won't be revealed to the audience until the end of the season


Does anybody find it weird? Because both Gough and JM talked about Brainiac's agenda ("saving" the Earth from humanity) many times. Could it be a hint (or slip-of-tongue) that Brainiac has another, hidden agenda?
I'm estatic that Marsters will be appearing this season! Truth be told, the last season of Smallville was very underwhelming (Lana being possessed by a medieval witch?! WTF?) But I expect that Marsters' Brainiac will shake things up for the citizenry of Smallville. I only hope that the 'powers that be' stay true to the cold, robotic Braniac character and don't simply make him another Kryptonite fueled Super-baddie. Maybe towards the end of the season, the 'bot' will make an appearance. It would be a nice *wink* to Buffyverse fans as well: a Buffybot and now a Spikebot..sort've.
Wow Inara...I never thought of that...a Spikebot. Wish I could have one built for me....uhhhh, OK moving on to other things now....
I too am very happy that the writers and producers of SV are so enthusiastic about James. As for the "James is a very striking person and the camera loves him."....well DUH....that is certainly true. But like killinj says...that time slot is a killer.

I can never understand why the TV PTB put struggling shows in such a difficult position. I remember when Angel first started 5 years ago...it was on Sunday nights. Not a prime place for veiwers maybe, but not as difficult a battle ground. What is wrong with Saturday nights???? I just wish they would give a show that is struggling a real chance of getting better, instead of putting them up against worst odds....

Still I will tune in faithfully and hope that they are sincere about letting the show run it's course. I hope James will help add to the quality of the show, but I also hope they try to improve on the episodes themselves. Here's hoping that this works out very well for JM and leads to much, much more in his future. Plus maybe the WB will be receptive to more for 'Spike" too....we can dream...right???
Does anybody find it weird? Because both Gough and JM talked about Brainiac's agenda ("saving" the Earth from humanity) many times. Could it be a hint (or slip-of-tongue) that Brainiac has another, hidden agenda?

Yeah, and from what I'm hearing, spoilers are getting harder to come by.

I really don't like the timeslot. I don't think it's better than Wednesday since LOST moved to 9:00. (But Yay, they aren't up against each other)

I guess I'm a new SMALLVILLE fan.
"nice to see nice things said about James . I'm really rather looking forward to this !
debw | September 15, 11:40 CET"

Agreed. But then people who work with him always say nice things about him. I've never heard anyone he's worked with badmouth him, and when they do say nice things it's actual real nice things, not the pat answers of "professional" "on time" "always knows their lines" type of things. People always seem to be really enthusiastic about him and his approach to his work.

It is one hell of a bad time slot they have this year, it's going to be tough no matter who's on the show.
A Spikebot? Hum-m-m, Im sure I could get a second mortgage.... Sign me up!

On a more realistic note, Smallville had not been on my TV viewing agenda, but it is now - Im really looking forward to seeing James again!
"I remember when Angel first started 5 years ago...it was on Sunday nights. Not a prime place for veiwers maybe, but not as difficult a battle ground. "

Huh? Angel was on after Buffy. Tuesdays at 9 pm. When Buffy left The WB, they gave that GREAT time slot to Smallville. Then Angel was moved to mondays at 9 pm after 7th heaven. A awful time slot. Then it was moved to yes, sundays at 9 pm after Charmed. Another bad time slot(for Angel) although Sunday is the highest rated night of the week. If you can get a hit show on sunday night(Desperate Housewives, The Simpsons, The X-Files to name a few) then you are in gold. Finally it got put on wednesdays at 9 pm after Dawson's Creek.(starting to notice how Angel didn't match any of WB's shows?) and then they put Smallville in front of Angel in Season 5.

"What is wrong with Saturday nights????"

Whats wrong with it? Everything is wrong with it. Saturday night has the lowest viewership of the week cause most people aren't home. They're at the movie theather or out with friends partying.

[ edited by eddy on 2005-09-15 20:05 ]
I think the worst time slot is the one where many of the hit/buzzworthy shows are scheduled at the same time. Right now it's Thursday at 8:00.
Sorry eddy...I had a senior moment I guess...but yes I did remember Angel on Sundays and watched it religiously.

What night would be better then for a struggling show???? Thursday is going to be a bitch...and even if all the old Angel and Buffy plus SV fans tune in...it will never be able to go against Survivor. Personally I hate Survivor...so I know that I will watch...but still...there has to be some time frame that would be better?

I just hope that since SV seems to be a favorite of the WB...they will keep it anyway, even if the ratings are not better than they expected....
It's not surprising that people praise JM so much! after all not many actors would think to put a note on their home page congratulating a past castmate on the success of the first episode of their new show. James is a class act! ( He also thanks fans for their efforts in the hurricane relief cause and talks a bit about Smallville)
Smallville is an inhouse WB production (from what I can remember), never had the problems that Mutant Enemy/20th Fox had when they negotiated the rights to get Buffy and Angel aired on the WB. Which is why Buffy went to UPN and why Angel suffered some from a lower production budget in Season 5 (overall budget was the same but wages went up).
Aren't Charmed and 7th Heaven WB prods as well (explains the longevity)? Kind of a "more money stays in our pockets" thing?

I miss James and don't really care for Smallville (feel it's too free with canon - and I fully confess I'm not completely up on the canon), but I suffered the Mountain and will make every effort to give his arc a chance.

I'm not as pessimistic about the timeslot. A lot of people dislike reality programming and those who started out liking it are starting to lose interest. Will have to reserve judgement until the season starts/gets underway.
Will watch anything James is on. He can even make Smallville better.

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