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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/13/1996 1:01:00 PM  

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Neil Blevins <102226.3566@compuserve.com> asks:
> So after the 8 episode run, there will be more repeats, a few in
> the summer, and then we won't see the end of the season until
> october? I'm really happy about the 8 show solid chunk with no
> repeats, but why on earth are they posponing the season finale to
> october again?

Because PTEN wants to hold episodes for sweeps periods.
Nothing more.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/13/1996 1:01:00 PM  

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Tom LeCompte <76711.572@compuserve.com> asks:
> BTW, re: "Sic Transit Vir" - was that intended to be a pun in
> Latin? Or was it accidental?

It's accurate as far as it goes, and a pun on another level.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/14/1996 7:26:00 AM  

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Alan Hedge <72017.3232@compuserve.com> asks:
> You couldn't convince them to run B^2 or even AVitW?

What, it's not enough I walked on the water here...?

No, I wish I could say otherwise, but thus far I haven't been
able to convince them to run those eps. Ah, well....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/14/1996 9:16:00 AM  

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Tom Knudsen <72347.1626@compuserve.com> asks:
> Do you have any idea when the "Final Three" will be shown in
> England??

See my note here on the UK.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/14/1996 12:58:00 PM  

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{Can WB be convinced to show season one episodes during reruns?}

Tried it.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/14/1996 2:40:00 PM  

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{Now we can get older episodes.}

You can't, not until they go on sale at some point.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/15/1996 6:18:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

"I'm beside myself."

How then do you walk through doorways?

This seems highly dubious and very impractical.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/15/1996 6:18:00 AM  

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Philip Hornsey <74053.2101@compuserve.com> asks:
> Are you implying that it requires divine intervention to make
> studio execs see reason?

And sometimes even divine intervention isn't enough. By
comparison, parting the Red Sea is easy....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/15/1996 12:58:00 PM  

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Rick Shelton [FL] <72560.3114@compuserve.com> asks:
> Did he take a bath?
> Also, is Lou coming back at all?

The actor playing Lou Welch wanted to do other things.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/18/1996 6:57:00 AM  

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Kevin Hill <74170.1015@compuserve.com> asks:
> Since there aren't too many Ardwrights around, can I assume that
> this is the same person in B5? Does he write on the side to
> suppliment his meager income from B5<grin!>?

Yes, I believe he does write as well, including some Robotech
stuff.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/18/1996 6:57:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thank you. Working on the show, and creating this universe, is
a task that has, in sum, taken ten years of my life thus far, and it
means a great deal. I appreciate the kind words. We do try.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/18/1996 12:25:00 PM  

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Michael Beemer <71551.1670@compuserve.com> asks:
> Er, beg pardon, but what Robotech stuff is there left to write?
> Then again, given my propensity for misquoting authors, whada I
> know?

He's written some of the translated scripts for the animated
series.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/20/1996 9:44:00 AM  

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Celia J. Penham <102454.540@compuserve.com> asks:
> Are the episodes ever coming out on video?

Thanks. We hope to release the videos through the fan club
once it's seriously up on its feet. We're booked on scripts for this
season.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/20/1996 2:08:00 PM  

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Rebecca Eschliman <76072.2345@compuserve.com> asks:
> If so, what is it that clues you in that you need a small break?

No, usually it's not a problem, except when I get physically
tired at the end of a long day. It's a full-immersion process only
from July through April; from April to June it's a bit slower, so I can
recuperate then (we don't shoot April to June). I actually have very
little trouble living in the B5 universe with half my brain, and
hanging out here and the other nets with the other half of my brain.
Granted, I don't have any brain left over for a personal life during
this period, but my personal life has always been pretty brainless, so
there you are.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/24/1996 5:23:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

Relax. Smoke a cigarette. Go out for pizza.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/25/1996 8:07:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

We try....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/11/1996 4:36:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> Has he been on before?

York's a major film actor who's starred in many films,
including one of my personal favorites, "Cabaret." Also in the
"Logan's Run" movie.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/12/1996 3:50:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> (Guess I'm dating mysel!) <BG> On another note, have you ever
> kill off a main character in B5? If not, is that ever a
> possibilty?

Yes, we killed Lt. Keffer, one of our starfury pilot recurring
characters, and killed Talia's primary personality.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/12/1996 3:50:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

We knew last year that Kung Fu would only go 4 seasons, as that
was what PTEN needed to make the production worthwhile. 88 episodes is
a good average syndication package.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/12/1996 3:50:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Thanks, we try to keep it interesting.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: 8 NEW B5 EPS!
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/13/1996 4:28:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

It's too early to tell if the Kung Fu situation will have any
impact on B5.

jms

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