Q: Looking back on the season, what are you most proud of?
Chris Carter: The quality of the show, one of the hallmarks of the show is the dependable, good quality of the storytelling, of the acting, of the production values. All those things were exciting for me that we were able to bring them back, and that’s really a product of using people who had made the show before: production designers, cinematographers, we had the same casting people that we’ve had since nearly the beginning. Those were exciting things for me. Also that we could’ve made this an exercise in nostalgia, and we didn’t. We forged new ground, we told new daring stories, we didn’t just fall back on sequels, which would be quite easy to do. I think we made it a fresh experience, and that was exciting for me.
Yes, “UnREAL” is about a reality dating show, in which girls in pretty dresses fight for true love. But it’s also a series committed to depicting characters who engage in some awful human behavior, without losing sight of their inherent humanity.
For the second year in a row, a bunch of disgruntled “conservative” sf readers and writers are attempting to destroy science fiction’s Hugo Awards by nominating slates of works that are, variously: rabid racist tracts; works by their ideological opponents; tepid military sf; works by bystanders; and weird porn by Chuck Tingle, a master of the form, who has nothing to do with any of this.
Until now. When Tingle – who publishes “bizarre niche erotica” in great volume – discovered that his book Space Raptor Butt Invasion had been promoted to the Hugo ballot by spoilers hoping to discredit the award, he sprang into action. He created a new title, especially aimed at the “Puppies” (the two groups who want to kill the Hugos call themselves “Rabid Puppies” and “Sad Puppies” for fantastically tedious reasons you can look up for yourself if you care to): “Slammed In The Butt By My Hugo Award Nomination.”
Then Tingle took to Twitter, writing an amazing series of GIF-illustrated tweets, mocking Vox Day, avowed white supremacist and leader of the “Rabid Puppies.”
The crowning glory of Tingle’s campaign, though, was hisannouncement that his Hugo Award, should he win it, would be accepted by Zoe Quinn, the reigning bogeywoman of the Gamergate/neoreactionary right. In other words: every time a “Puppy” casts a vote for Tingle’s work, they cast a vote for giving Zoe Quinn a podium from which to address the entire World Science Fiction Convention about the importance of diversity and representation in fiction.
Our winning Easter Bonnet Presentation, sung to the tune of “Alexander Hamilton.” Proud of our company, who raised an insane $516,029 for BCEFA. And grateful to you, who dropped Hamiltons in our buckets for people who need it to live. Thank you. *greatjob*
*retrieves jaw from lap*
Gentlebeings, I give you Lin-Manuel Miranda, bloody frelling genius and walking pop-culture slot machine.
Who else really wants to see Lin play Sweeney Todd for real now?
I was crying backstage at Hamilton when I met Lin-Manuel Miranda who created the show and stars in it. He’s got a “Bartlet for America” poster right under an “A. Ham for America” poster. He started crying too because he was like, “You inspired us. You inspired me. This song was your episode when you did that…” He told me that he did this gesture of his hand to his heart in the middle of the show. He was doing an ode to that moment that I had with CJ. That’s ridiculous! That’s ridiculous! Hamilton is one of the greatest theatrical experiences I will ever have in my life, and to know that what we did with The West Wing, in any way, helped create that? And inspired a new generation of artists? That’s insane. I have a new level of appreciation for The West Wing still being present in the hearts and minds of the next generation.