Welcome to Show #54!
Jeffrey’s back from Houston, where he met with listeners John and Satyajit, who have their own show called AstroCast, a podcast dedicated to the Houston Astros. They treated Jeff to a round of Buttery Nipples. He also throws out the welcome mat to other fans of the show who would like to treat him to a drink when he’s traveling around.
Interview: Maggie Egan (“Jane”, ISN Anchor)
Tim, Summer and Jeffrey engage in a delightful chat with Maggie Egan, who was the familiar and comforting face of ISN before and after the Clark Administration ran riot over Earth Gov.
She gives us an update on her latest projects: a creative ad spot for CBS’s “Without A Trace”, and a guest spot on FOX’s “Standoff”. The episode she’s in is slated to air in March, so if you watch it and you like the show, let FOX know that you’d like to see more of her! We learn about the differences between auditioning for commercials and auditioning for TV and film, the differences in stresses and relationships and expectations. And the money…
She then regales us with tales of auditioning for B5, and the fun of returning to the set time and again, with being surprised to come back to the series after she thought she’d been blown up, and her surprise at discovering at a convention that her character actually had a name! Tim and Summer both relate how much her performance resonated with how anchors should make people feel, and in making the series feel a little more real.
Maggie also tells us about the disapperance of her domain, and how she’s been lacking a website for several years now, which leads to all sorts of calls for tech help and offers for assistance. In the end, Summer ended up registering MaggieEgan.net for her.
Listener Feedback: Gary from Jacksonville muses on whether Timov was modeled after Angela Lansbury in “Murder, She Wrote”; Gary again, commenting on how maybe we should have picked up Talia’s secret much earlier; Jenn from Dreamwatch mentions the JMS mailing list, which is an email digest of the posts available at JMS News, and Summer really does want to add more B5 related links to the site here; Jarsto comments on “Soul Mates” and the relationship progression between Susan and Talia; Gary from Jacksonville thinks that “The Long Dark” was merely a Dr Franklin romantic filler episode; Gary wants details on the podcast’s Season 2 pickup; Edmund geeks over hearing his own voicemail. Tim reads emails from Roz, who’s disappointed in a lack of B5 content in a show (but we don’t know which one) and the appearance of too many insider remarks; Craig loves the show and caught up on missed episodes in a flash.
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Shameless related begging: Summer’s also really hoping to convince the publisher to eventually do a collection on Babylon 5. If you’d be interested in buying one if they did do a B5 collection, let Summer know.
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