Long Way Round

I just marathon watched, on dvd, the entire 10 episode series “Long Way Round” starring Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor. Holy crap, if you don’t know this show, go rent it, buy it, catch it on OLN.

It’s fucking fantastic.

These guys rode their motorcycles around the world, starting in London and finishing in New York. It took them 3 1/2 months. I figured I could sit down for 10 hours and watch it through… I mean 10 hours for 3 1/2 months? The least I could do.

It’s fascinating to watch a guy like McGregor put himself through this. I mean, he’s like this generations Harrison Ford. But I figured off screen he was a big pussy. You know… Like me.

Here, he’s actually living an adventure that would be beyond most peoples imaginations. Him and his buddy Charley (and cameraman Claudio Von Planta) push themselves to the limit. It’s not very often you get to see celebrities on the verge of losing their minds, but you see it here. Their most private, vulnerable moments are there. It’s so incredibly honest.

I mean, can you imagine having you bike break down in the mud in the middle of Mongolia where the nearest person is literally hundreds of miles away?

It happens to them, and it’s more gripping than any film I’ve seen in a long time. Watching them, tired and in tears debating about whether to take a short-cut to the nearest “road” had me bawling like a child.

It really is unbelievable. I’ve always admired McGregor, but watching this, he and Charley Boorman (and Claudio) are like my heroes now…

I mean, not only am I afraid of traveling, but I can’t even take a bike on a major highway… I’m thin, i’ll get sucked under a truck…

It’s a lesson to all writers, actors and on-screen personalities. Showing someone doing something daring or dangerous isn’t the risky part. It’s letting people see that they’re scared doing it… That’s the real risk.

“Vulnerability”.

Anyway, I hardly ever “recommend” things, but this is totally worth seeing.

And watch it straight through if you can…

At the very least, get high and watch McGregor’s beard grow.

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Read this post

Not this post, but THIS post.

Denis McGrath has written a MONSTER post entitled, “10 Things That Would Make Canadian TV Better“.

It’s fantastic. Read it, digest it, read it again. Then if you think someone else should read it, send it to them… Then lets all start talking.

I don’t care if you agree or disagree with Denis’ post, but I think it’s an important post, and if anything it should get us all into a discussion on what to do with the future of Canadian television.

Because even though it feels like it’s out of our hands, it’s not. It’s up to all of us to make things work, and make things better, and the only way we can do that is to open things up for discussion.

Seriously, go read it…

Go now!

Go– NO WAIT!

Take a snack… you might get hungry.

And pee first.

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Heroes

Everyone loves Heroes. Let me be the only one to say, “meh” to Heroes.

It does make me wish I had superpowers, tho.

Like… I wish I had the power to be Born In New York.

Or the power to Not Be Afraid To Travel To New York.

Those would be awesome powers.

I do have one superpower: Super Sensitive Ears.

Like, if I ride on a bus… I get sick. Or if I ride in the back seat of a car… I get sick. Elevators: Uuurrp…

Take you’re teleportation, you’re immortality, you’re heroin-induced visions of the future…

Give me sensitive ears any day.

Only I know what I know what it’s like to have to depressurize my ears when I go up to the third floor.

See? That’s a show I’d watch. “Anti-Heroes”… A bunch of hand-washing neurotic under-achievers scrambling off the bus to barf.

That is what is known as a “lame stand-up joke”.

Tip your waitstaff.

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The Farmer says, “The CBC says No”

So, after two very long years of development (one year with the old regime, one with the new), the CBC finally gave me their answer regarding my television pilot. It was, “No”.

I’m not going to go into too many details, but I will say that they felt that the “target audience” for this show was not an “audience” they intend on “targeting”; They don’t want to “target” a “younger audience”.

Which is ironic since the show isn’t targeting a younger audience.

Just because there are teenagers in the show doesn’t mean that the show is about teenagers.

It’s like saying the key demo for Babar was elephants aged 0-7. Which maybe it was, and maybe why it’s not on the air anymore.

(I miss Babar)

I’d be lying if i said that I wasn’t disappointed.

I’d be lying if i said that I didn’t think they weren’t being short sighted about their decision.

The last few months have been particularly long. They’ve kept me in the dark, they’ve kept me guessing and second guessing what was going to happen.

For the most part, I’d chalk it up to being part of the business.

I’m not going to let this dictate how I feel about myself or my writing abilities, because I trust the people who’ve read it… I work with the best in the business.

Here’s the strange thing… I’m actually kind of relieved.

My producer and story editor (the best in the business) were both more shocked about the news than I was. I’m not an optimist, I saw this coming. So I’m not shocked.

I’m not going to wallow, or try to figure out what went wrong. The only thing I can do is learn from this experience and move forward.

And to be honest, I’ve been needing to move on from this for a while. I’ve been spinning my wheels waiting for an answer. I’ve been unable to concentrate on any other projects because, well, I spent two years focused on this…

So, what do I do now?

First we get all the money we’re owed, then we get the rights back and then finally we pitch it to someone else…

In the meantime, I can get back to writing.

Probably not television, tho.

Not for a while, anyway.

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Quintessentially Canadian

Why do I remember this being on TV every single day? I know it’s an NFB short, but seriously, I remember it being on TV all the time… Like, if a show ran too short, they’d show this instead of commercials… or something. I dunno.

Anyway, I stumbled across this and it brought a nostalgic tear to my eye.

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