Mark Zicree, Travis Travis, David Gerald discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory


And welcome back. Our final segment with Mark Zicree. Marc will space. Command qualify for a TV EMMY or a movie Oscar category TV, George I would love to have a gorgeous gorgeous statue, Ray, Bradbury one one for the Halloween fee. The TV movie of that I've got three regional Emmys for news over my career. They are so cool. It's great. I love that stuff. Holding the globe. And all that stuff. It's neat. Let's go back to the calls. You ready for some more? We'll go to Mason Texas Stevens with us on coast to coast. Good morning. Stephen morning, George good to have you with us. More. I have a question. Sure. Why did why did? Twilight zone Goto hour long episodes on season four, and how did you think about the whole hour long episode? We not funny because usually when rod conceive wrestling conceiver twilights initially thought it was going to be in our show. He actually wrote real four pilots twilight zone before the show got actually picked up and the first three of those that were our scripts the plainly decided it would be a half hour. But once he started doing it as a half hour realized that was the perfect length for the show, and he was very adamantly against it being extended to an hour. This is something CBS is doing in that period in the early sixties. They did with gun smoke. They did it with the offered Hitchcock show. And so they thought that they might be able to a large audience by expanding twilights onto an hour. So they took so long deciding that only gave it really I have season the fourth season with eighteen episodes, and they were an hour long. And. Twilights really didn't work as well. As at our math, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont and surly Earl hammer the major writers on twilights all had one good hour episode age, but at the end of the season pretty much everyone agrees that it needs to go back half dragging at. Though, there's a great hour long episode called on Thursday. We for home this stars James Whitmore and rod Serling wrote it, and it's it's great. It's terrific. But then for the fifth season the fifth and final season. They went back to our thirties were actually twenty twos. Weren't they actually closer to twenty seven? They're only they're only few commercials back then those days. Yeah. Now, don't they? Sure, do but the back then they most of the both that have was the episode. And you know, he he did he have a cigarette when he came out. Yeah. You know, it's like he had a cigarette pretty much all the time. And he was a four pack a day smuggle. What got him in the long run? I mean, he died of complications from open heart surgery. And you know, he would he really let's older than he was he died at fifty and which is the new thirty amazing. But the boy he got a lot done in the time. He had. Yeah. He sure did. He he did more in his time than most people do at ninety amazing. Let's go to Travis in Omaha Nebraska. Hey, I think that's a home. Johnny carson. Isn't it? Travis Travis who they can doing. Well, you hear me? Yes, sir. Yeah. I I had a couple of questions. The Mark, sir. Yeah. I heard you talking about the movies that you're making is is it just one movie it's going to be a serious series. And in fact, the first hour, I've I've YouTube channel called Mr. sci-fi anyone can subscribe to and it's free. And I put the first hour of space command on on my channel, actually, watch it. And in fact, we shot a scene with initial Nichols today. We'll be posting footage from that. So it's it's a twelve hour season. And we show is going many seasons multiple seasons like at least five years, and so we're just rock and roll. I've I've been the first eight hours of the twelve hour season and also plea quill. And so I'm by by the next few months, right? The entire twelve hours. And then we'll we'll just shoot all of it and and share with our audience, and it's the new way of doing television, and then our audience just you finances. They buy shares. They've gone kick. Start throw some money our way, and that'll be part of one thing. This is because I have my own studio. I can do a network quality show for much. Less money than the network Homar God because for instance, that Star Trek discovery is over ten million dollars an episode game of thrones is over fifteen dollars and fifteen million dollars an episode is one show. Yes. Yeah. One hour, and but base command I can do it. So far. I've I've as I mentioned my audience is giving me a million dollars and with that I was able to shoot the two hour pilot and forty minutes of the second to our story and we're moving forward. So as I mentioned, we'll be starting new Kickstarter campaign on Monday. And if anyone wants to buy shares in space command, they can Email me, Mark, Zicree itchy mail dot com. And and I can send them all the information. It's and people around the world or buying shares. It's it's a completely new way of doing television. But but I really love it. Because I write it. I cast it I shoot it. There's no, you know, if you know, the the cast is one cast of amazing science fiction actors like they'll let me like Doug Jones and Robert Picard win Mira Furlan box lighter in the shell Nichols. If I went to a network and said, can I have this cast? They would say no you have to use an actor was just on some hitch. Show on the CW who can't act or women. That's not the CW. But they get the network at safely get the castle. You don't. And and I don't want to have that over my head. Another question. Travis. Yeah. I heard him talking about spirituality like they went to score, and they have to reach the level of spirituality. Yeah. I think that's the thing to focus on for your project. I'm in hardest myself. And I I've done a lot of monster type aiding and stuff like that. And haven't really really fast by so often, listen to coast to coast over the years, and you know, I just like hearing when somebody's in creative processes like this. Yes. And and you know, when when I talk about spirituality, it's you know, I'm open to whatever someone's personally are. But I think if if kindness is at the heart of that, then you're not gonna go wrong. I think you know, I I I mean Jesus, of course, love one another. I believe that. And you have to be a Christian Buddhist. Or or Jewish like, I am or or or even agnostic or any theorist. I mean kindness is basically what you do. It's the golden rule, and there's a version of the golden rule pretty much every every faith or every culture, and it's basically just become the kind of your family kind of people you love and be kind on the street. You know, if someone's trying to get into a parking spaces a garbage can blocking them over across the street and move the garbage cans, and it's just putting that into practice your life and small ways it has a ripple effect. You don't Robert Davi, Mark? Have you seen whom we're close friends with them? So if you ever need him in any of those episodes, let us know we'll get you in touch with them. Thank you, George. Thank you for that. He's got one of those faces that everybody recognizes of course, of course, let's go to Rick truck. Driving New Hampshire. Welcome to the program. Hi wreck. Go ahead, sir. Oh, thank you for taking my call. I thanks to Markelle good conversation tonight. To shop like a couple of questions. Please, sir. Yeah. Twilight zone. I used to see is it got that twirly little thing. Black and white. Yes. Yes. Are you still using that that theme, and you're still do show that all yeah? On the new twilight they're using digital same that. And those those motifs you have other. So I kinda to they're they're gorgeous. Yeah. That's what bring. Yeah. Bring a lot of people catching ju it's like the black hole. You know? Did you believe aliens? When you first started writing years Europe strips that you believe in any space off creatures of any kind. Definitely intelligent life in the universe. And you know, I don't really go beyond that in in saying, what's what's real? And what's not into view of foes or of that? But but I think that life probably throughout the university. Now, no planets are pretty much every star. And so I think life is going to be throughout the universe. Just like Harry for tile field. You don't grow all sorts of crops super. Thank you read. Capri. She it I feel like I'm committing a sin. If I watched the new twilight zone episodes, I wouldn't go that far. But it's definitely. It's not the old show. It's not what surly was able to pull off. I mean, you know, it takes such a lot of great people coming together and just the right way to make magic happen. You know, it's something catches fire, and it's lightning in a bottle in rod sterling certainly accomplished that any worse as he works harder to possibly could any he pulls it off. And it's an amazing amazing thing. I just go back to those visuals shows, and there's just their gills their amazing. Let's go to beaver Utah marines with us. Hello maria. Go ahead. Are you there familiar? That stock. The next generation Mark is. For that show. Okay. It was never folk. That was it. Oh trouble. Trouble. Oh, yes. Of course, a class. That's a great up. So that was original Star Trek series. And I was written by David Gerald who actually went to college with my wife. My wife read that script in the first draft. And and I I know David very well and not not long ago, and it's a great upset impact shooting the shell Nichols house. She played in Star Trek. There was a bowl of triples on. So it's really fun. Really really fun episode. They too. Well. David, gerald. You know, all Mark. Yep. Yep. Yep. They're my heroes. These writers are just wonderful. I mean that's soon as I was old enough. I wouldn't win search them and they became friends and mentors. And you know, they were just just really brilliant writer. What's the reaction? But in Hollywood about the way, you're doing space command meeting when I meet with network executives and executives at Netflix, which I did a few weeks ago there what I'm doing. And and they really admire the fact that I can raise money for my audience that got million fans around the world, it's significant and and the people who are cleaning series, you know, with children network that I'm not creating where I'm gonna create six new series with six major shoulders. These are people who've done the greatest hits in television. And when I invite them to come aboard they want to because they want the feed them that this offers. They want the freedom that they can write what they wanna right. They can say what they wanna say. They can we there's one. Show that we're gonna be creating where we can reach out to all these wonderful actors that we that we love there's an actress Barbara Bain who was on mission impossible is based nineteen ninety nine and a friend of mine knows. Right..

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