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Q & A with Tim Minear: March 2004

Posted on March 12, 2004 | Comments (12)

"I’d make [Angel] human. Then have him trip and break his neck."

1. Why should people watch Wonderfalls? Give us your best sales pitch. One paragraph. Go.
I think it’s good. Also, it adds up to something. Look, I’ve, um, seen them all. The story arc of it really starts heating up around episode 6. So do stick with us for the first 13 episodes. If for no other reason, when you see the twenty miracles that Caroline Dhavernas’ face performs in the last shot of episode 13, you will be glad you stayed.

And don’t fret about network plug-pulling. I have trod this road before and I’ve cleared the way of minefields for you. I can promise that if we only ever get to 13, it’ll be worth it and you won’t feel cheated.

2. What character from a now-defunct show (not one of yours) would you most like to write?
Jim Rockford.

3. What TV show (still not yours) do you think you could make an interesting movie from?
Prime Suspect. But I’d need Helen Mirren.

4. If you had to choose between writing and directing forever, which would you pick, and why?
Don’t make me choose. But it’d be writing, I suspect. One doesn’t have to shower for days. Though I strictly enjoy directing more, ‘cause the writing is done.

5. What performer(s) that you've not had the opportunity to work with yet would you most like to employ in your television and film efforts?
Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor.

6. What source material would you like the chance to adapt if given free rein? And how would you adapt it: television or a feature?
“The White Mountains,” also known as “The Tripods.” As a feature.

7. Without naming names, can you relate a funny anecdote about the most problematic/pain-in-the-ass actor or actress you've had to deal with?
Not without naming names. Also, I’ve been really lucky with cast. Really, REALLY lucky.

8. In your opinion, which of the Mutant Enemy performers you've worked with is the hottest?
Julie Benz, Christian Kane, Numfar.

9. Do you see anything short of an actual televised death and the attendant network-collapsing legal consequences as capable of stopping the current trend toward reality programming?
It devours you from your bottom.

10. How do you intend to get across the book's complex politics in what is such a visual medium? I know this isn't Kropotkin: The Movie, but is there room for anything more than "Authority bad. Manuel Good?"
I take it this refers to “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.” Less moon, more mistress. Actually, it remains to be seen. But my aim to write an adaptation OF THAT book. Which means doing my best to keep the nifty ideas in tact.

11. What do you intend to do with regards to the female characters in the movie, given Heinlein's unfortunate characterizations in most of his novels?
Less moon, more... oh. Um. Wyoming is a tough, smart woman. I suspect that will come to the fore a bit.

12. How long before you pull a Fury and we get to see you in front of the camera?
Probably never.

13. You've admitted to being a procrastinator when it comes time to write. What's your favorite method of avoidance?
Surfing the internet for faint praise of past glory. Or answering Q and As.

14. Of everything you've written and/or directed, is there one moment that stands out as your favorite? Something you look at and think, "Wow. That was really good."
In “Darla” at the end when she is begging Angel to turn her back. It was the first scene I directed with Julie and David together and it remains my favorite.

15. Since we've sadly been told time issues won't allow you to write another Angel script, how would you end the series if given a $10 million budget for the final episode?
I’d make him human. Then have him trip and break his neck.

Special thanks to the Buffistas for submitting their questions for Tim.


Comments

Tim, I love you answer to #6. I remember the BBC did their version of those books back in the mid-80s and they were OK for BBC shows (very Dr Who-esque). They were some of my favorite books as an early teen back then and I gotta say if anyone could pull them off today, it would be you! Don't stop dreaming!!

Posted by: TheStormCellar at March 12, 2004 08:03 AM

Great responses - Timmy, are you gonna be involved in the FIREFLY movie (Serenity) at all?

Posted by: Peter John Ross at March 15, 2004 06:51 AM

Loved Wonderfalls. You have my hooked. Damn you all and your addictive series. Just when I think I can walk away from the idiot box, one of you has to write something really great to draw me back in.

Posted by: kdeweb at March 15, 2004 04:58 PM

I think Wonderfalls is a great show!!!!!What a treat it was to watch.

There is sooo much garbage on TV that I would hate to see another wonderfully entertaining show go down the tubes.

Does it ever occur to the idiots above that they can't keep putting reality shows on.

Boston Public was a great show till they decided to change the program to Friday.

If they want to be #1 why don't they switch from Fridays to Mon-Weds and have good ratings.

I hope for your sake you can get it changed to another day. Tue would be great at 900P.

Good Luck....I think your writing is sheer genius....refreshing....just plain fun.


Posted by: at March 19, 2004 01:16 AM

I managed to capture the first two episodes on
tape, Wonderfalls, in case you didn't know-
But what happened to the preview of the hunnybear
and the lady with the toiletpaper on her shoe?
I think we are missing an episode, is FOX going
to rebroadcast it, and when? Not much inanimate
animation in (episode 3?) but alot of background
and character exposition, is that why they did
it? Looking forward to more.

Posted by: Trendpulse at March 20, 2004 01:06 AM

I managed to capture the first two episodes on
tape, Wonderfalls, in case you didn't know-
But what happened to the preview of the hunnybear
and the lady with the toiletpaper on her shoe?
I think we are missing an episode, is FOX going
to rebroadcast it, and when? Not much inanimate
animation in (episode 3?) but alot of background
and character exposition, is that why they did
it? Looking forward to more.

Posted by: Trendpulse at March 20, 2004 01:08 AM

Tim, you're a great producer/writer/director/person. I loved Wonderfalls. Awesome show. I enjoy it very much and intend to get other people addicted like you guys at FOX has done to moi. Just give the show time, and I'm sure the ratings will be flying off the hook.
~Danielle

Posted by: Danielle at March 20, 2004 02:03 PM

Very much enjoying this new show. we missed ep 3 last week, but loved ep 4 last night. I've been saying "destroy Gretchen" over and over. My wife and I laughed for like 10 minutes at that part. I may have won over a co-worker who's been boycotting Fox in protest for Firefly -- I described the plotline to #4 and he was impressed.

Caroline is either softening or growing on me. She was a little abrasive at first, but likeable. Now it's flipping. Her delivery is great though -- I love the "no more talking from things that don't talk" delivery, very nuanced and funny. "I destroy you, Gretchen" great deadpan.

Love that WF now follows Eliza's show, now we don't have to worry about the VCR being ready on 2 separate nights (lo siento, no sabe tivo).

keep up the great work Tim! plus we watched "out of gas" tonight -- then turned around and watched it again with commentary. what a great episode, and a great show in general. Every character is so rich, I just smile thinking about them (actually I'm still not sold on the doc & sis yet, but they have their moments). We never saw it on Fox, so we're still gradually working our way through the 14 eps in the correct order. A real joy. we're looking forward to the movie, also. Viva Sgt Harris!

Posted by: Ian at April 2, 2004 08:39 PM

I am hoping more than 15 minutes ago that you find another venue or a way to get Wonderfalls on DVD, all because of how you answered question one.

Good. Luck. Times. Infinity.

.love.

Posted by: Courtney Waldon at April 11, 2004 04:43 PM

"And don’t fret about network plug-pulling. I have trod this road before and I’ve cleared the way of minefields for you. I can promise that if we only ever get to 13, it’ll be worth it and you won’t feel cheated."

I don't feel cheated, I feel saddened. I eagerly await the DVD set.

Posted by: Michael Grant at April 11, 2004 06:46 PM

"12. How long before you pull a Fury and we get to see you in front of the camera?
Probably never."

Never is a long time, why not?

Posted by: Ted at April 16, 2004 06:16 AM

*claps* Beautiful idea for the Angel finale.

Posted by: Ariad at June 4, 2004 04:02 PM








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