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11 March 2009 @ 13:36
a man. a plan. a canal. Panama.  
SFX interviews Mark Sheppard and the website version includes Middlegoodies, including some spoilers for The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse:
"Javier sent me a finished script for the episode we never did - which he beautifully paid me for, which I thought was the most amazing thing! He's an old, old friend, and he's a wonderful man. Manservant Neville was supposed to turn into David Warner in Time Bandits and everybody on the planet has this iPod-type thing which is the instrument of destruction for the universe. And we never got to shoot it! I was miserable! So my character built this whole thing up, and I don't ever get to shoot me losing it all. So he's finished the script, he sent to me, I think it's hysterical.
"He always writes the word 'Panama' into everything! And I was like, 'Where is it this time?' and he wrote it. The title of the last episode was 'The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome,' which is, 'a man, a plan, a canal, Panama.' Right? So that's how he got 'Panama' into it!

"He's hoping to stage a reading at Comic Con if we can get everyone together, do a charity reading or something. His readings are brilliant, and I urge any Middleman fan, if you can, to assault Javier's website and see if he'll give up any footage of any of the readings that we did, because they are so funny. The show was brilliant, but some of the table reads are the best humour I have ever seen. Fans of the genre would love to hear it. Javier actually reads all the incidental character's lines and the scene descriptions at an incredible speed. I mean he's one of the most intelligent men you're ever gonna meet. It's like having a comic book read to you by a genius, which is great, and then having all the characters come to your house and read their parts. But yeah, it's special. I know he's gonna do it as a graphic novel so he can finish up."
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laura: middleman !!!! animatedvampirefan on 11th March 2009 20:39 (UTC)
i read this yesterday and immediately thought of you! lol!

that table reading would be awesome!
Pouncerthepouncer on 11th March 2009 22:31 (UTC)
*wannnnnnnnnnnts*

OMG.
el-eye-double-z: MM - Semi-abstract expressionistcorellianjedi on 12th March 2009 00:10 (UTC)
I loved watching the table reads on ABCFamily's website. I wish they had put up the later ones. Here's hoping they all make it to the DVD!
Trixietrixalicious on 12th March 2009 02:34 (UTC)
Just when I think it's impossible for me to love Mark Sheppard any more than I do...
pbristow on 14th March 2009 00:16 (UTC)
Thanks for this! I'd missed the announcement that the show was... uh... Just RestingTM ( (C) Monty Python, 1971). Bu**er. =:o{

I've just made a suggestion over on themiddleblog (which I didn't know about until tonight) to put a table-reading of TDAA with added illustrations into the DVD boxset. Probably far too late, knowing the typical production schedule for these things, but it's worth a shot...

Dammit, why does the US always have to cancel a show just when it's starting to get known? I'm starting to see the sense in the BBC approach: Make six episodes, put them out there, and if they've attracted enough attention within a year then you go back into studio to make some more. Nothing's ever cut off early, you always get to finish your season as planned, and if the first 6 prove problematic to produce for some reason you have plenty of time to rethink the approach/juggle staff/whatever to make the show more practical/affordable/succesful before making the next block.

Of course once the show *is* established, I'd prefer US-length seasons to our stunted "never more than 13" approach! =:o\