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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/18/1996 7:53:00 AM  

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Here's something that occured to me today. Any time you have
someone you're trying to convince about the quality of a show, and you
say, "Here, just watch it next week," that's always the one that comes
a-cropper.

"Messages From Earth" airing this coming week is possibly the
best thing we've done to that point. It's guaranteed to grab anybody
who watches it. So this would be a good one to use.

Pick ten friends who you know haven't yet tried B5, or are
diffident about it, and give them a call. Tell them to give THIS one a
look. Then all you have to do is sit back, and wait for the jaws to
drop.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/18/1996 10:07:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks...on all counts, really.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/18/1996 2:43:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks, we try....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/8/1996 4:21:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Thanks...and yes, a saga is just what I have in mind....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/9/1996 6:13:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Thanks. As for the script book, a new and expanded edition will
finally be coming out this Fall, totally rewritten and expanded (by
100,000 words), with new chapters and info.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/13/1996 4:09:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/15/1996 10:27:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/16/1996 6:04:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

THE (EVEN MORE!) COMPLETE BOOK OF SCRIPTWRITING will be
available at most any decent-sized bookstore when it comes out this
Fall, as well as via direct-order from Writer's Digest Books. I
haven't received a final price tag or ISBN number yet. I opted to
include the script for "The Coming of Shadows," since that seems to be
the most favorite overall thus far, though I suspect that may change
later this season.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/17/1996 2:52:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Especially since the script as it's going to be published in
the book has a lot of material omitted from the episode for time.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/18/1996 6:02:00 AM  

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Philip Hornsey <74053.2101@compuserve.com> asks:
> Gee, there was stuff omitted?
> Have you ever considered asking Warner to let you do a 2 hour
> syndicated series?

We end up cutting stuff out of every episode to some extent. I
believe in writing long so you can take out any bits that don't work as
well, so only the strong stuff remains, and keep the pacing fast.
Usually it's just line cutting within a scene, but on a few occasions
we've snipped out an entire short scene when necessary.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Thought from jms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/22/1996 10:19:00 AM  

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(blocked) asks:
> which one will pass it?

My guess is that "War Without End" may well pass by "CoS" as
all time favorite...until the next one comes along.

jms

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