A conversation with Joseph Mallozzi

Fans are still in shock with the cancellation of Dark Matter.  How have you been dealing with it?  Do you  keep in touch with the cast? 

I do keep in touch with the cast.  I’m still exchanging tweets with Zoie Palmer.  I saw Jodelle Ferland when she was in town a couple of months ago.  I had lunch with Alex Mallari Jr. the other week, and Anthony Lemke the week before that.  Saw Ayisha Issa the other day and Marc Bendavid, Torri Higginson, and Robert Picardo the last time I was in L.A.   I have plans to get together with Melissa O’Neil before she heads off to L.A. for her next big thing.  I haven’t seen Roger Cross lately, but that’s only because he’s in Vancouver, on the other side of the country.  Everyone is doing well.

Do you know why it was cancelled?

Ultimately, all I can go on is the facts.  Dark Matter was one of Syfy’s most watched shows.  Although they didn’t own it, there were other shows it didn’t own that were picked up.  Our show cost them a lot less than many of the shows on their slate and we were willing to make it even cheaper for them if they picked up a fourth season.  In the end, I think the departure of our man in New York, Chris Regina is what spurred them to cancel us since there was no executive to champion us at the network.  I got the sense that Syfy Originals was never a fan of the show.

I’ve seen you actively involved with Stargate Origins on Twitter.  How are you connected with it and can you explain what it is?

Alas, I have nothing to do with Stargate: Origins.  It’s a web series based on the original Stargate movie.

Fans are curious what’s next for you.  Are you going to work on bringing Stargate SG1 back or on a new show?

I have numerous projects on the go – pilots, adaptations, development – but, in this business, you have to have many things on the go because you never know what is going to get the green light.  On top of that, I am helping to organize The Stargate Initiative, the #DriveToRevive Stargate for a fourth Brad Wright and Robert Cooper-created series that follows in the footsteps of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe.

How do you feel about all the older shows being rebooted?  Do you think it’s going to make original new shows harder to get picked up for second seasons?

Not a fan of reboots.  They essentially wipe the slate clean, in the case of Stargate erasing some 17 years of Stargate television history.  A reboot would end all hope of ever seeing the likes of Samantha Carter, Rodney McKay, Eli Wallace, the goa’uld, or getting any answers to any outstanding questions.  A continuation, on the other hand, offers the opportunity for a fresh start that brings in new viewers on the ground floor but also leaves the door open to visit with those familiar faces.

What do you think is the future for tv?  Are original shows doomed or do they stand a chance?

Depends what you mean by original.  There is a reliance on reboots, remakes, and reimaginings, on adaptations of established IP’s, on variations of popular shows.  It’s an uphill battle but I think there will always be an appetite for original ideas.

Tell me something about yourself.  What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Hmmm.  To be honest, as a writer, I feel like I am always working.  Even if I’m not in front of my laptop, writing, I am walking around or driving or shopping or watching a movie while, at the same time, thinking about my latest project or my next project to come.  My only real downtime involves spending quality time with my dogs or reading (a hobby which I consider a practical pursuit as it helps me in my writing).

I’ve seen all the pictures of your adorable puppy.  How’s he doing?

I have two puppies, both she’s.  Lulu, the french bulldog, is 10 and very sweet.  Suji, a special needs pug we rescued last year, is 13 and very cantankerous.  Curiously, she has 14.5k followers on instagram (newoldpugsuji), more than I have on twitter.  And I have over 300+ hours of television to my credit!

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