Curse of The Rolling Stone was a pretty dark episode featuring a villain who ends up DEAD at the end of the show — my guess is that Cartoon Network thought this might be a little too much following the pilot (murder, guns, poison) — glad you are enjoying the first season — if you've liked the show so far, you are in for a treat, the remaining episodes are stellar!
Hot-Blooded All Star
Hey, B Six! Just wanted to you know that your show is very interesting and I like it. I must admit I was a little bitter about the premire, but when I actually saw it, it was nice. Give the cast some props for me and I wish you all well.
done and done! thanks.
(keep watching, the next couple of episodes are amazing)
ps: why were you a little bitter about the premiere?
edited 25th Aug '10 6:58:22 AM by BSix
Um, quick question for B Six. I was wondering how you guys handle all the flak you must get about having a live action show on Cartoon Network. It's usually by people Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch
, but does it get unnerving? Maybe just annoying?
Don't mind me. I'm just a creepy little lurker.
The Crimson Orb reminded me of another favorite group of antagonists of mine: The Circle of the Black Thorn.
Oh, and my personal congratulations on the monster in the mirror in EW's mansion. You made me unable to go to bed for hours.
I actually have some ideas I would love to share with you in regards to Unnatural History
. I am an aspiring story writer, and if you looked over my ideas, I would be honored beyond belief.
edited 25th Aug '10 11:38:26 PM by NickTheSwing
"Um, quick question for B Six. I was wondering how you guys handle all the flak you must get about having a live action show on Cartoon Network. It's usually by people Complaining About Shows You Dont Watch, but does it get unnerving? Maybe just annoying?"
Jen Kunoichi 351: the whole 'live-action on CN' thing hasn't really fazed us — no point really — the Cartoon Network is still clearly dominated by cartoons (live action makes up such a small percentage of their overall programming) we just strive to produce the best show we can, on a very tight budget. For the most part, people have been extremely supportive once they've actually seen an episode of the show. I remember the months between completing the pilot and prep for the series, Werb and I discussed the live-action debate a lot — now, we rarely speak of it.
Question for you: do you like the show? (two out of the next three episodes are personal favorites of mine from this season)
edited 26th Aug '10 4:15:48 AM by BSix
"The Crimson Orb reminded me of another favorite group of antagonists of mine: The Circle of the Black Thorn. Oh, and my personal congratulations on the monster in the mirror in EW's mansion. You made me unable to go to bed for hours. I actually have some ideas I would love to share with you in regards to Unnatural History. I am an aspiring story writer, and if you looked over my ideas, I would be honored beyond belief"
Nick The Swing:
a) Buffy/ Angel rocks — never thought about Black Thorn when we were making 108 Now You See Me but I can see why you did ;)
b) the image Henry sees in EW's mirror went thru various stages of development — the original pitch was WAY more gruesome — ultimately the network weighed in and we were forced to tone it down (this is a television program, after all) — glad you liked it!
c) as a rule, I don't read unsolicited scripts, pitches or story ideas — but I encourage you to continue writing (you obviously love it, which is key) and who knows, one day you may end up on a message board discussing a tv show you wrote/produced or directed (possibly all three) — good luck (and thanks for the kind words)
To B Six: Yeah, I do! I really love the writing and plotlines for the show. My personal favorite episode is the Russian spy one (and then the US actually discovered some...). And, um, Jasper's actor is kind of hot...>.>
Don't mind me. I'm just a creepy little lurker.
Hey, B Six, what do you think about the Unnatural History
page so far?
Jen Kunoichi 351:
I agree, 102 (Sleeper in the Box) is a great episode — written by the brilliant Michael Colleary (he co-wrote Face/Off with Werb) and wisely directed by Paul Shapiro (Smallville, Heroes) who would later return to direct 107 (Liberian Candidate, also written by Colleary) — I'd say they make a great team. I have always loved the idea that the kids find Sputnik and it's totally NOT what we expect it to be — plus I love when Henry steals it from Whitney in the park and shouts the line, "You Stole Sputnik!" — always makes me smile ;)
and yes... Jordan is "hot"
I cannot wait for the next episode. I wonder what direction the overall plot will take...
Just wanted to say how much I love this show! I'm definitely a bit older than the target demographic, but any well-written show with great characters and a sense of fun works for me! The action scenes are very well-done, and instilling an interest in history in kids is always to be encouraged. I love Jasper and Maggie, but Henry is probably my favorite. The knowledge he gained and skills he acquired through his years of world traveling make him very unique. Love the glimpses into his past from the flashbacks. So far, my favorite episodes are Heart of a Warrior and Noe You See Me. Would love to see EW again, and dig deeper into this group of heroes he seemed to be offering Henry membership into. Is there any word yet of a second season pickup?
dreamkat: thanks for the kind words — EW (played by Jonathan Goad) was definitely one of my favorite guest stars this season (I'd like to see him return too ;) No formal word from Cartoon on S2 yet — no need to worry, our numbers have grown week to week (this week's episode delivered our biggest ratings to date in lots of key demos) so keep spreading the word and watching the show. The next three episodes are a lot of fun, (I think two of them are amongst the season's best)!
edited 26th Aug '10 6:01:07 PM by BSix
Nick The Swing: the season finale is electrifying — it's gonna blow you away (can't wait for you to see it)
That's great news about the ratings increases, B Six!! Nothing quite so awful as discovering a fantastic new show, and then watching it get cut off at the knees before its prime (still in mourning for Firefly). No worries about spreading the news: just got my best girlfriend hooked a couple of weeks ago, and I'm working on a couple more. Keep giving us little hints about future episodes- sounds like we've got a lot to look forward to!
yeah, if anything, this season has shown some interesting character dynamics, and the next episodes should show a culmination of sorts of certain events or of new events that cause a profound change.
Just out of curiosity, how are the ratings for the show? I keep hearing, well reading, that the ratings aren't good enough, which worries me, cause I want to see more than just the first season! Oh, and will it ever be released on DVD?
Pokenatic: the ratings are great — we've spoken to both Cartoon and Warners, extensively, everyone's very happy — you have NOTHING to worry about. And believe me, after you see the season finale (Past, Presidents and Future) you will definitely be craving S2! DVD/Blu-Ray, yes, details will materialize soon after the initial run of S1. Thanks for asking ;)
The Creator (of stuff...)
Yeah, about ratings. I am curious as to how much do you need to remain on the air. I'm just wondering, that's all. For all that I know, it's the ratings that keep the show on the air, and if the show doesn't maintain good enough rating, they will drop it (This is not in your case). And I have been checking out the Network Decay
for Cartoon Network... people are saying the premiere bombed!
I just want to know is that is it all right to get numbers like that? And what does it take for a show to be bad? ... and I'm just asking this because I am curious, and maybe I should know this when I get into the entertainment business myself. It's better to know, right?
There was never a 'set goal' in terms of ratings — we are, after all, the first one-hour scripted live-action series on CN. We'll know much more when Tower Prep launches in the fall. But until then, all I can report is what Cartoon/ Warners tells us, which is that they are very happy ;)
As for 'ratings' in general, you might find it fun to do some research in terms of critical hits/ emmy nominees/ fan favorites that never quite draw large ratings yet stay on the air.
Hope that helps.
edited 29th Aug '10 6:47:56 AM by BSix
The Creator (of stuff...)
... I guess that does. Well, thanks again for replying.
new episode (Thor's Slammer) lands tomorrow — let me know what you think.
A question for B Six: What's your response to the allegations that Henry fits the Marty Stu and Mighty Whitey tropes? I've always seen Henry portrayed as dangerously close to both of those, which turned me off the show before it started. Though I give you major props for putting more mature themes in the show, seeing Henry win through his convenient knowledge of foreign cultures and his excellence in skills he picked up while traveleing just rubs me the wrong way.
I feel like you're trying to make Henry seem "foreign" and "exotic" in a flashy, superficial way, instead of someone who's really travelled around the world and had real, humanizing experiences. For example, I would much rather see Henry tell a story about one time when he was invited for dinner with a family who he couldn't even speak with, just out of the kindness and generosity of complete strangers, instead of watching him learn kung fu at a Xiolin temple just for the sake of giving him another "skill".