Written by: Earth Prime · October 31, 1998
Below is the October 31, 1998 SCIFI.COM chat session with Story Editor Keith Damron. The content has been cleaned up to promote clarity and remove any typographical errors on the part of Keith or the person asking the question:
Greetings America, World and all the ships at sea! My name is Keith Damron, currently the story editor on Sliders. Thanks for coming tonight and thanks for watching.
THANK YOU for the praise. At the present time it looks like I’ll be writing two, but that is not set in stone. So far two have completed principle photography and we start on our third (mine) next week. We have four finished scripts and three more in development.
Yes, I think it’s a distinct possibility. We’ve been doing research on dimensional theory and we try to be accurate…if that’s possible. Of course, what we don’t know we make up. 😉
We try to come up with a concept and then structure plot around it. But most important, we try to think of the characters first and how we can integrate them into the story in a meaningful way.
Well, since I was not involved with the series prior to Sci-Fi, that’s hard to say. However, I think the show is definitely better served by being on the channel and was overjoyed when I heard that it had been picked up.
Well, I’m from Michigan where I started writing while working in public access television. I majored in TV/Film/and theatre but didn’t starting writing until after college. After several years of realizing that it was next to impossible to break in from Michigan, my wife and I pulled up stakes and moved to California. I’ve been here for two years now.
Well, I don’t want to reveal too much about next season. As most of you know the brothers O’Connell will not be with us, so, of course we have to come up with a creative way to write them out of the series. They will not be seen in the first episode, unfortunately, we had to use doubles from afar. But the show focuses on their fate and its consequences…and it also introduces our two new characters.
They are Mallory and Diana Davis.Diana is a physicist and will essentially be our group scientist. She is played by Tembi Locke. Robert Floyd plays Mallory, and, without giving away too much, he carries elements of Quinn inside him. This lab accident is brought about by a new villain who will be featured in a few episodes.
Pardon me, I should have been clearer, Mallory has part of Quinn inside him because of a lab accident.
Well, we needed someone who would be convincing as a scientist, who could handle some of the techno-babble, but who had a broad acting range. Same goes for Mallory. In the first three episodes we put these people through the ringer, introducing them to the world(s) of sliding and essentially opening their eyes to the wonder and danger of the multiverse.
Well, there’s not much we can do but TRY to overcome it. That’s the reality of series television. It’s a difficult situation for us as well. We have to try to come up with a creative and believable story that our viewers will buy into. But to do that, WE have to buy into it as well. We can only try to do our best and hope that the audience appreciates our efforts.
Nope….BUT….we are giving Diana a hand-held mini laboratory to help them analyze the scientific puzzles they encounter in their travels. The timer often had too many unusual capabilities. It did things it was never meant to do. We say that and tried to correct the situation…BUT…her gadget is not a tricorder. We’re trying to limit its use whenever possible. It’s called a portable dimensional laboratory….or her PDL.
Yes, definitely. Both he and Maggie will be leaders and mentors to these new people.
At this stage the episodes will run the gambit from the light-hearted romp to stories that are very dark. We will throw in some social satire as well as some social commentary. We’re definitely shooting for variety while at the same time trying to wrap up our on-going conflict with the Kromaggs and other assorted arcs. And let me just add, there is one episode where THEY DON’T land on a parallel Earth!
We plan on ending the Kromagg arc…we just haven’t figure out how yet. We will be discussing that next week. We turn up the heat, put our characters in a hopeless situation where they’re on the verge of defeat….and then we sort of left off there….more on Monday. 😉
We’re trying to develop a romance show for Maggie. But as general rule we don’t want to do too many. That stuff gets old and after awhile is rather uninteresting.
Unfortunately, no. We’re generally discouraged from directly linking episodes by higher powers because it creates problems when the show goes into syndicated re-runs. Very often the shows are not re-run in their original airing order.
Yes! God bless the Sci-Fi Channel. I thought the show made a smashing comeback. The scripts were good, some better than others, but that’s the case with any show. I was very happy with the way mine turned out and was very proud to be part of the show. At the time I was just freelancing. It’s great to be on staff.
Well, I think very highly of them considering I wrote half of them. Richard Manning, another top notch writer wrote the other half. I just hope YOU ALL like them.
Well, that would end our show real quick, wouldn’t it? 🙂 The trick is to come up with new reasons for them to keep sliding.
Three. We rely on freelancers for the other episodes. Presently, the staff includes Bill Dial, Chris Black and yours truly. And they’re the best.
We do accept specs from agented writers…but unfortunately, as of this week, all submissions are closed. We will be developing the rest in house.
I sat down one day, turned on my computer and… started. Actually, I’ve always wanted to write sf television since I read The Making of Star Trek at age 12. But I didn’t actually give it a shot until I was in my twenties… and of course, I started off writing Trek specs.
It’s great, but it’s too early in the season to report anything out of the ordinary. We’re not punchy enough yet. 🙂 But I’m sure as things progress I’ll have a ton of stories to share. I will say this is a fine crew, the people are the best and I feel blessed to be a part of this show.
Yes, that’s our Earth. We call the Quinn homeworld Kromagg Prime… for the time being. Remmy decided he had the ability to find a way to defeat the ‘maggs. Rather then live under Kromagg rule he decided to act to save his world.
I’m not sure, I haven’t had a chance to see what the CGI guys have cooked up yet.
I’d like to take a moment to quell some rumors. There seems to be a lot of talk about 18 episodes that have already been written. I will say, this is a fabrication. We don’t know who’s done it, not that it matters, but we only have a handful of scripts that are near completion.
Rest assured, we are doing our best to put out quality material… and we do hear what the fans are saying. Probably the best source for accurate info is right here at the Dominion and on the Sci-Fi Wire.
We’ve talked about using all four actors but that is not yet in stone.
We have been told that this will be the last season. And, yes, we are trying to tie up all the loose ends… of which there are quite a few.
Thanks again for watching. We know that many of you have reservations about the changes for next year. All we ask is that you give us a chance. We love the show as much as you do and it’s important for us to do quality work. Also, please don’t buy into rumors. There’s a lot of false information out there.
We deemed it a far more creative way of handling the situation then just killing him off. Just think Doctor Who, he retained elements of his previous self through subsequent incarnations. We wanted to do something similar.
Well, my script deals with that weapon… and you’ll be in for a little surprise at what we discover.
No, no Logan St. Clair, sorry. At this point, no Bennish either – although we have discussed it.
We’ll reveal what happened to Wade. We hope it will be one of our best shows. We don’t know if Sabrina will be in the show yet.
That question can only be answered by the guys who sign my checks. I do know that they want a full syndication package for re-runs.
Well, we can’t get Mr. Nimoy, but we do have Jerry Doyle and Peter Jurasik!
Well, again, don’t listen to rumors. He doesn’t blow up – but that’s all I can say about Colin.
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