I am a bad blogger, I know. (Or should that be a bad Not-a-Blogger??). I keep meaning to post stuff, but there’s so much going on that I keep falling behind…
Last week was a great football week. So life was magical and full of joy. That Jets win especially was a miracle. Two touchdowns in the last two minutes? Seven hells. The Giants had a good solid victory too, if less exciting.
This weekend, however… bah, humbug, life is meaningless and full of pain. The Jets turned back into the Jets, no more miracles. They really should bench Flacco and give Mike White another chance. He was so impressive last year, when they put him in. But I guess we get Zach back next week. Maybe that will help. Then the Giants lost too. Saquon looked great, but the O-line did not. We have been drafting O linemen for a decade, yet the line never gets better. Sigh. I hate losing to the Cowboys too.
Never mind. Let’s talk about something more exciting: HOUSE OF THE DRAGON! The show opened strong and has only been getting stronger. Thanks to all of you who are watching, and helping to spread the word. And thanks to our amazing cast and crew as well. We are more than halfway through the season now (I meant to blog after our debut, I really did, but time got away from me). Milly Alcock and Emily Carey were incredible as young Rhaenyra and young Alicent, were they not? With Sunday’s episode, Emma d’Arcy and Olivia Cooke took over as the adult versions of the characters. I think you will love them too. Or hate them, maybe. Love/ hate. Westeros, like the real world, is full of complex characters, capable of both good and evil. Meanwhile, Matt Smith and Paddy Considine and Rhys Ifans and Fabien Frankel and Steve Toussaint and the rest of our cast continue to excel. I would be hard pressed to say which of them I love best. And I should say a few words for our writers too, who never get the attention that the stars do. Sara Hess, Charmaine De Grate, Ira Parker, Ti Mikkel, and rest of our scriveners have done my story right, I think. And last but not least, our showrunners, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik… HOT D would not exist without them. (Oh, and let me give a tip of the hat to Jocelyn Diaz, another one of our EPs, who helped immeasurably).
I hope you guys are enjoying HOT D as much as I am. And hey, four more episodes to go… the best is yet to come. And then on to season two!
And speaking of second seasons… DARK WINDS, our adaptation of Tony Hillerman’s classic Joe Leaphorn / Jim Chee mystery novels, has already assembled its writers’ room, and is well into hammering out s2 scripts. This year the show will be adapting Tony’s novel PEOPLE OF DARKNESS (parts of which were melded into season one).
Oh, oh… before I forget… NIGHT OF THE COOTERS, the first of our short films adapting the classic short stories of Howard Waldrop, is making the film festival circuit. Directing by and starring Vincent d’Onofrio, COOTERS won the award for Best Science Fiction Short at the LA Shorts Film Festival in August, and has also been accepted into the Santa Fe International Film Festival, and FilmQuest in Provo, Utah. We do not have the screening schedule for FilmQuest yet, but I will share it when it comes in. Here in Santa Fe, COOTERS will open the festival at the Jean Cocteau on October 19, at the Jean Cocteau. Vincent will attend, for a talk and Q&A after the screening. See you there, I hope.
There’s more, there’s more, there’s always more, but I don’t have time right now. I will blog again. Eventually.