Wednesday, July 22, 2009

CON!

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FRIEDMAN-CON TO FINALLY SPLIT WITH COMIC-CON, COMPETE FOR SCI-FI FANS' HEARTS AND MINDS AND MONEY

After years of sharing The San Diego Convention Center venue with Comic-Con, organizers of the JoshFriedmanCon Corp. have decided to finally take the ridiculously lucrative Convention devoted to all things Josh Friedman out on its own.

"There's a number of reasons we've decided to end our partnership with Comic-Con," says JFCC co-founder Josh Friedman. "It's become clear recently that Comic-Con's interests and Friedman-Con's interests were beginning to diverge. Comic-Con has gradually changed from its early roots as a colorful sanctuary for the comic book industry and its fans to something more akin to a corporate trade show focusing on broader marketing objectives in all corners of entertainment culture. JoshFriedmanCon, on the other hand, has been and will always be singularly devoted to Josh Friedman. And that's what our fans want."

Last year 120,000 people visited the combined Comic-Con/JoshFriedman-Con. The organizers of JFCC detailed a number of things that caused them concern regarding the quality of their fans' Con-Experience. Friedman cited some alarming statistics:

"Of the 120,000 visitors to Comic/Friedman-Con, 97% of them self-identified as 'Josh Friedman Fans' or 'Friedman Fans' or 'JF Fans' while only 8% considered themselves 'Fans of Movies or TV or Comics which did not in some way involve Josh Friedman.' 63% of THOSE visitors self-identified as 'West L.A. douchebag d-boys trying to fuck a Bud Light Bakugan Girl on his expense account.' After analyzing these numbers we came to a series of conclusions: first of all, there's a lot of douchebags in Los Angeles. Many of them do not like Josh Friedman. Frankly, we don't know why. We've always gotten along really well with douchebags and in fact, have partnered with them a number of times on film and tv projects. Second of all, and we think Mr. Comic-Con would agree with us, at some point you've gotta take the training wheels off. You can only lean on someone else's fan base for so long. Whether Comic-Con can survive without us remains to be seen. If it does, certainly we'll welcome them as a healthy and vibrant part of the Con Family. If they don't, well, I'm sure we all remember what happened to Pheasant-Con and Foam Hand-Con."

Said a spokesman for the Convention Center: "This came as quite a surprise and disappointment for us. We've counted on Friedman-Con to bring in the majority of the attendees, I think everybody knows that. But what people don't realize is the amount of food and drink consumed by the average Friedman-Con goer is approximately three times the amount consumed by the average Comic-Con visitor. I remember last year six fans dressed as College-Aged Friedman shut down an entire Pizza Hut concession. And I'm pretty sure two of them were girls."

Last year Friedman-Con had experienced some backlash from hardcore fans who felt that the "F-Con" had "sold out" by aligning itself so closely with Friedman's sci-fi show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Especially angry had been some of Friedman's online backers.

From FriedmanOnlineDailyChatVerse commenter FatFurryBastard:

"FWIW if JF continues to waste his/our time creating television shows and writing sh*t m*vies then I will consider the promise br*ken. U can troll-slap me and so be it but no one has been a bigger JF supporter than I have been--fan since Schwayder Camp '77-- and even stuck with him through late 30s cancer (YAWN). This year's main Friedman panel sucked. Waited three hours to sit in back of 6A and what did I get? Five questions for JF, none of which discuss '08 decision to grow out hair, three of which cover high school (HASN'T THIS BEEN COVERED FULLY IN GRAPHIC NOVEL PART 3?) and TWO f'ing question about SUMMER GLAU! SUMMER F'ING GLAU? Are any of us sitting there dressed like Summer Glau? Chr***. I can't wait for that p**** of ****** to be cancelled so those other mot***fuckers can get off his stage. But YMMV."

When the show's ratings dropped precipitously in the second season, Friedman's supporters staged fan rallies in front of WB and Fox, carrying placards which read "The Show Must Go Off" and hanging Summer Glau in effigy. A "FREE JOSH FRIEDMAN" campaign was organized as fans mailed in thousands of half-eaten Twinkies and empty bottles of Don Julio tequila to Fox President Kevin Reilly.

In May, Friedman's fans got their wish when Fox Broadcasting Co. declined to renew Sarah Connor for a third season. Said Friedman at the time: "The fans' passion for cancellation spoke volumes to WB and Fox. I know that I was extremely moved by it and did everything I could to convince Kevin and Peter that this donkey had no balls."

The blogosphere concurred. Typical was this response:

IDoLoveaJew1967: "About frakkin' time. Just about everyone on Television Without Josh had pretty much given up on JF. I thought he'd pulled a Whedon or a Moore on us but I think we all owe him an apology. He got that show cancelled right quick and now JF CAN GO BACK TO DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST: BEING J FUCKING F!"

According to Friedman: "I knew the cancellation was gonna be a big boost to JoshFriedmanCon. Everybody's always loved me most as a cocky, fat, unemployed lazy hefty bag full of neuroses teetering inches from self-immolation. That's sort of my thing."

Organizers also were excited about FriedCon's new locale, the bulk snack food aisle in the 3rd st. Smart and Final. An all-access JF-Con pass allows a fan the opportunity to purchase bulk treats from BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, including both the savory and the sweet.

Friedman: "I know many of my fans were frustrated both by the vastness of the San Diego Convention Center as well as its strange smell of printer's ink, vinyl and animal sex. I've toured the new set-up at the Smart and Final and want to assure everybody that the more intimate atmosphere will be nothing short of ELECTRIC and the smell is a wonderful mixture of spanish peanut, pink and white animal cookies and lox by the box."

BELOW IS THE TENTATIVE FRIEDMAN-CON PANEL SCHEDULE (not all panelists confirmed)

THURSDAY: NUDIE THURSDAY

As is traditional for the opening day of Friedman-Con, all of the panels revolve around something humiliating that happened to Josh while he was naked. Among the highlights:

PICTURES OF MY BABY PENIS
Panelists will include Darlene and Alan Friedman (Josh's parents) Aunt Terri (Darlene's sister ten years her junior and a frequent babysitter) and a guy named Matt. A.V. Presentation included.

THEY WATCHED ME POOP
Panelists include Todd Grant from second grade, John Karp of the Jewish Summer Camp Karps, and that guy Matt's dad, Murray.

FLYING VIRGIN AIRWAYS
How Josh had an asthma attack while losing his virginity. Panelists include Josh Friedman and A Girl Named Christa who now goes by her married name. We suggest you arrive early as the aisle will be at full capacity.

FOOD FRIDAY

The traditional Friedman-Con celebration of Josh's self-destructive eating habits. Highlights include:

SOCIETY FOR CREATIVE ANACHRONISM PRESENTS TACO NIGHT! Fastidiously researched and recreated, the SCA will re-enact the Friedman family tradition of turning home-cooked taco night into bloodsport. Don't miss watching Josh's "Dad" elbow Josh's "brother" out of the way to get to the hamburger meat while "Josh" protects his fragile psyche by power-guzzling three large burritos. Mary McDonnell guests as Josh's mother whimpering in the corner.

ANNUAL JOSH COSTUME PARTY AND FAT PANTS-ALIKE
A highlight of every Friedman-Con has been the Friday night costume party. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as different high and low points in Josh's fifteen year, eighty-pound roller coaster cycle battle with weight and self-loathing. Awards will be given to those who most creatively express this year's theme: "I Don't Need a Trainer, I Can Do it by Myself".

There will also be a breakfast pizza eating contest.

SATURDAY

An eclectic series of panels relating to the work of Josh Friedman. Including:

THEY TOLD ME I COULDN'T DO IT
Panelists include Josh's 7th grade English teacher, his tenth grade football coach, his High school JV basketball coach, that girl Christa who goes by her married name, and Josh's Dad.

HOW TO TURN A GREAT IDEA INTO A RATINGS FAILURE AND WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU
Panelists include Josh Friedman, Josh's therapist Esther, Bryan Fuller and Bryan Fuller's therapist Kristin Chenowith.

NEW MEDIA PANEL: HEY BLOG, FUCK YOU
The highlight of Saturday's panels is a barn burner: Josh Friedman sits down for a funny and insightful one-on-one conversation with his Blog. One-time intimates but now barely on speaking terms, Josh and his Blog reunite for what promises to be a crackling hour of accusations, back-pedaling, furious rationalization and insane resentment. Topics to be covered include: Snakes on a Motherfucking Plane, David Koepp, The Literary Criticism of Anonymous, Whose Cancer is it Anyway, and exploring the answer to the age old question: YOU SUCK.

SUNDAY

As usual the highlight of the final day will be THE ANNUAL MUSICAL. This year we will be dramatizing the idea that under certain sonic conditions, like if it's really loud or windy, the names "Josh Friedman" and "Joss Whedon" sound almost exactly alike.

All parts sung by Kristin Chenowith and Josh's Dad.

And despite the fact that ticket prices have tripled due to what Friedman calls "the economic climate," the Man Himself wants to reassure the fans that it'll all be worth it.

Says Friedman: "It'll be our best Con yet!"

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92 Comments:

Anonymous SJ_Edwards said...

I'm first comment! Look Ma, I'm on blogy! Give me a few minutes and I'll actually read the thing :)
Welcome back, we missed you!

7/22/2009 1:09 AM  
Anonymous SJ_Edwards said...

There I've read it, and I'm sorry, but that remark about the donkey having no balls, really sticks in my throat!

7/22/2009 1:23 AM  
Anonymous SJ_Edwards said...

Christ, am I still all alone here? Am I going to have to read this fucking thing again? And then think up something more pertinent to say, than some weak innuendo about giving fellatio to a donkey?Where are you all? A lousy 6 weeks and you ungrateful fuckers just give up? You make me sick you really do!
God, I miss Josh's dad.

7/22/2009 1:35 AM  
Blogger Lewa Arkhan said...

Hahaha. I loved it. Great piece, Josh. Keep in there.

7/22/2009 1:44 AM  
Anonymous SJ_Edwards said...

Well, thank you Lewa!

But seriously dude, Mary McDonnell as your mother?

That's really quite disturbing.

7/22/2009 1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Josh,

you are not alone in grief!

I find YOUR lack of faith disturbing!

Maybe I didn't understand all what you meant (no native speaker!), but you have to trust your fans (Yes, there are SOME!).

We hope, you'll surpise us not only with your brilliant blog entries. Please do what you do best: extraordenary television

Alexsw

7/22/2009 2:29 AM  
Anonymous Schmacky said...

I wanna go! Where do I sign up?

7/22/2009 2:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Schmacky recomend it, I'll come too...

Alexsw

7/22/2009 2:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun.
But yeah, what Alex said: I find YOUR lack of faith disturbing!

btw.: Hey Alex. German invasion... again =)

sNaKe

7/22/2009 2:46 AM  
Blogger Rasmus said...

Love it. Glad to hear that Kevin Reilly finally gave in to a little fan pressure - and for such a good cause! I never knew the bloke had it in him.

7/22/2009 2:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"btw.: Hey Alex. German invasion... again =)"

Don't get political ;-)))

But yeah, we Germans are BIG fans...

Alexsw

7/22/2009 3:12 AM  
Anonymous Il Principe said...

Despite the fact that your writing is in every way hilarious, the laughter got stuck in my throat. Sarcasm can only cover up anger and disappointment partially. Everyone who has given his best for a certain project knows how it can eat them up and at the end leave them empty.
But there are still a lot of die-hard fans out there working their ass off to get the show back on. Jeez, they even got a couple thousand dollars together to get a big fucking billboard on a van and drive it around L.A.! They are stickering the crap out of the world! Give them some reason to keep up the effort, man!

@ Snake and Alex: Looks like there's a major German invasion in here.

7/22/2009 3:15 AM  
Anonymous Gerold said...

Hey Josh,

what's up with you ?

We are still here and fight for our and YOUR show.
It would be nice if we get a little help from you.

Besides, i'm from germany too and the resistance here works fine :-)

Greetings,

Gerold

*** www.ttscc.de ***

7/22/2009 4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opens Google Maps to "Smart and Final... 3rd Street"... Opens Paypal... where do I send payment for my membership? ;p

SarahWannabe

7/22/2009 4:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm concerned will Smart and Final accept major credit/debit cards and will they be awarding King Korn trading stamps with each purchase?

Will the next TV project be a melding of Laugh-in and Terminator with various Terminators popping up in the famous windows reading us Borsch Belt humor lines?

If Schmacy makes a video I'll go. I am already attempting to pre qualify by gaining 40 lbs.

Arthur

7/22/2009 4:41 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Josh,

I'm really, really sad.

I'm not so good with words in general and with english in particular (it's not my mother tongue) but wish to write you that it's really a shame that we live in a world were quality work such yours are "rewarded" with cancellation. :|

But your fans are working hard!

Keep the faith!

7/22/2009 5:02 AM  
Blogger ProgGrrl said...

Hey this is great... I also hear that LOLCatsCon wants to bring FriedmanCon to a Buffalo, NY Wegmans. OMG I am so there!

7/22/2009 5:07 AM  
Blogger Trooper said...

Frakking Brilliant..
"HOW TO TURN A GREAT IDEA INTO A RATINGS FAILURE AND WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU
Panelists include Josh Friedman, Josh's therapist Esther, Bryan Fuller and Bryan Fuller's therapist Kristin Chenowith."
That's sad, but funny as hell when J F**king F makes fun of it.

7/22/2009 5:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Josh!

If Comic-Con sucks, why don't you and your whole TSCC-team visit the next FEDCON (www.fedcon.de).

You would be more than welcome!
I suggest this to the organizer...

Alexsw

7/22/2009 6:58 AM  
Anonymous Angela Hunt said...

Black humor is my favorite.

This was delightful.

7/22/2009 7:02 AM  
Anonymous Innari said...

Josh you are hysterical!! Was hoping to bump into you at SDCC.

I'm a devout fan so where do I sign up for JoshFriedmanCon Corp?

7/22/2009 8:36 AM  
Blogger Phoenix138 said...

I've never been to Comic-Con, but I'd attend Friedman-Con in a heartbeat.

Seriously.

7/22/2009 9:23 AM  
Anonymous starkiller said...

I wanna laugh and cry at the same time

7/22/2009 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Kyrie said...

Josh, you're writing talent just makes me crack up and it breaks my heart that we don't get to experience it every week. :(

You have a lot of fans who are working very hard to bring back OUR show and I know that you keep up with what they are doing. I hope that it brings you a little bit of ease to know that so many people have truly fallen in love with the characters and story that you have created and will do whatever they can to bring it back to life. If that's not talent, I don't know what is.

Stay in touch, 'kay?

7/22/2009 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My GAWD, Josh! That was balls-out, dead-on!

Huzah!

7/22/2009 10:54 AM  
Anonymous spear401 said...

Josh, I've caught myself up on all (and I mean ALL) your blogs here. Took all morning! You, sir, are a smart-ass...funny, dark, sarcastic, hilarious.

I have to apologize to you for some things I shouldn't have posted. In the heat of TSCC being cancelled, I posted some things on a couple of different blogs (io9, TerminatorWiki) implying you were in cahoots with Fox/WB for killing off the show. I am very sorry.

7/22/2009 12:35 PM  
Blogger Julie Bush said...

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7/22/2009 12:48 PM  
Blogger Reint said...

Ooooh... thank you Josh.

7/22/2009 1:09 PM  
Blogger merkley??? said...

I was recently logging a billion hours of video footage, parts of which contained you looking sorta grumpy in a cry-for-help sorta way. in various parts of the world you were looking like this.

wish i knew then that you were so fucked up, maybe might've have made my travels a little less douchey maybe even a little more, oh, something.

anyway, all that blew up in my face recently, last night even, maybe i'll see you down at the bar -- some swappers in there.

7/22/2009 3:55 PM  
Blogger merkley??? said...

"might've have" it's hip hop lingo. look it up grampa.

7/22/2009 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a brilliant show and you are a talented writer. Sometimes you can't listen to what people say, its not like everyone agreed with them. I cant go to the Con but if I could it would be for TSCC.

7/22/2009 4:40 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Nice, Josh :) It's too bad there are many people out there who just don't get that whole "satire" thing...*shrugs*

7/22/2009 7:05 PM  
Blogger Etienne Savard said...

Can I buy some stocks of JoshFriedmanCon Corp?

Looks like a great investment! ;)

7/22/2009 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Angela Hunt said...

Thank you for that. I enjoyed the hell out of it.

7/22/2009 11:26 PM  
Blogger Emanuele Disco said...

Don't give up Josh, there are too many people that need you, we all can make a difference but with your help!

7/23/2009 2:05 PM  
Blogger u said...

We're all desperate about Your unemployment (but not in those words). And as for me - over time that feeling just get stronger. I only wish that Desperation would not kill Hope, cause Hope is now all we could live on. And if there will be any minimal chance for the story to continue I just wish we don't loose it while drowning in Desperation and forgetting about Hope.
Thank You Very Match for gifting Yourself and your creations to the World, seriously.
Might think of organazing sort of religious sect in the name of You here in Russia (kidding).

P.S. Don't listen to them - Mary would do a perfect mother.

7/24/2009 2:42 AM  
Anonymous SJ_Edwards said...

Why, thank you 'u':)

I am legion.
And therefore unsurprised (but pleased nonetheless) to be refered to as 'them'.

However, could I request that you rearrange the words in your "Mary would do a perfect mother" sentence?

As my "That's really quite Disturbing-o-Meter" is now pegged deep in the red zone.

7/25/2009 4:16 PM  
Blogger u said...

Wow, we've got a discussion here!
Well, counting their SJ_Edwards posts, seems to me that plural refering is quite normal.

As to that "rearranging" thing - sorry of being dumbass, but whats so disturbing about it?

7/26/2009 3:31 AM  
Anonymous Lena Matthews said...

That was depressing yet funny all at the same time. See you do have talent, despite what those evil people at Fox have you believing and I'd go to a Josh Con anyday.

7/26/2009 9:39 AM  
Blogger Taylor Neal Grayson said...

Friedman-Con? I'm there in a heartbeat. I'm a stupid wanna-be screenwriter that has your picture pasted on my computer (along with Diablo Cody, Joss Whedon, Frank Peretti, John Lasseter, Brad Byrd, and Pete Doctor) hoping that I write as well as you do someday. Friedman-con would be super-high on my priority list. Watching a bunch of high-school girls scream when Rob Pattinson takes his shirt off? Not so much.

Hope that brightens your day. You will come out of this. Still praying for you.

7/26/2009 12:17 PM  
Anonymous SJ_Edwards said...

Well, hello again everybody.

First off.
Mr.Taylor Neal Grayson, I think you may have lost Mr.Friedman Junior with the "along with Diablo Cody" remark (Please read his earlier blogs) :)

Secondly.
Well hello to 'u':)
I think what we have here is a failure to communicate, based on my dickishness and the idiosyncracies of Russian grammar and colloquial Americanese.

So in the spirit of droozhboo.

Your question should have been phrased:

"Wow, we've got a discussion here!
Well, counting the SJ_Edwards (or the more informal 'your') posts, it seems to me that the plural reference is quite normal.
As to that "rearranging" thing - sorry to be a dumbass, but what's so disturbing about it?"

The answer is:

The plural reference 'them' is only appropriate if more than one person has made the same remark and not if only one person has made the remark, even if they have made it more than once or have made multiple posts.

The correct form of address in this case is 'him'.

As in: "P.S. Don't listen to him-"

Although it could be considered more polite in this circumstance to use the specific individual's name.

As in: "P.S. Don't listen to SJ_Edwards-"


As for the "Mary would do a perfect mother."

I think it would have been better if I had used the word 'rephrase' rather than 'rearrange'.

This would lead to the preferred phrasing of "Mary would be a perfect mother." (Although this itself would be problematic, for reasons I do not wish to go into.)

The reason for this change is the removal of the 'would do', which can carry the colloquial implication that 'Mary' would have sexual relations with 'a perfect mother'.

Fortunately, as clearly she is not regarded as 'perfect', you have managed not to implicate that 'Mary', 'would do' Josh's actual mother.

Something I hope we (and Josh, Josh's mother, Josh's father, Josh's siblings, Josh's babysitter, Josh's babysitter's father, Josh's first encounter of the third (and wheezy) kind etc. etc.) are all suitably greatful for.

My original:

"But seriously dude, Mary McDonnell as your mother?
That's really quite disturbing."

Was prompted by the (no doubt intentional) Freudian and Oedipal implications of Mr.Friedman Junior's choice of the delectable (I hesitate to use the acronym GMILF, but there it is) Mary McDonnell as the dramatic stand-in for his own mother.

Pashalusta!



Now, if we could all please return to the subject in hand.

Which, unless I'm very much mistaken, is as usual, Mr.Friedman Junior's comedic self-loathing.

No doubt, now further exacerbated by the paltry 40 comments (five of them mine, two of them 'u's), his return to blogdom has prompted, in five whole days.

7/26/2009 7:36 PM  
Blogger u said...

Well, thank you for explaining.
In my, for now surely very bad, understanding of English the "do" was supposed to be sort of synonym for "acting".
Now, if you will excuse me, I'm getting myself the fuck outtahere to chew some colloquial Americanese.

7/26/2009 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Bobo said...

You're pretty nutty.

7/26/2009 11:13 PM  
Blogger Taylor Neal Grayson said...

SJ,

Sorry! Hadn't read that part about Diablo. Heck, i haven't even seen Juno, I just get a cheap thrill out of knowing that someone who didn't live in Hollywood won an Oscar. So, that's why her pic is on my computer. No offense intended.

Oh, and I'm a Mrs. :)

Cheers.
Taylor

7/27/2009 11:15 AM  
Anonymous SJ_Edwards said...

'u',

As I said, pashalusta!

Your English is more than adequate, if still slightly idiomatic (and all the more charming for that) and you were correct in your supposition that "do" could be used as a synonym for "acting". It was only the context and phrasing (as usual) that made it a double entendre.

Bon appetit! We have all chewed on worse (and no doubt will again).

Yours sincerely, SJ_Edwards.



Mrs.Taylor Neal Grayson,

All in favour of thrills, the cheaper the better.

The offense, if any, was not mine to be taken. I myself have no feelings either way regarding Diablo Cody or Juno (having never met the woman or seen her movie) and it was purely an act of schadenfreude (with which Mr.Friedman Junior is on nodding terms) that led me to draw your attention to his previous blog.


But seriously dude (non gender specific), your parents chose two non gender specific forenames for you? What's up with that?

Yours sincerely, SJ_Edwards.


As I said before people, back to the fat man.

It's been six days.

Surely not everbody who can form a coherent critique (present company excepted) is lying comatose in a gutter in San Diego?

The same goes for the ego stroking sycophants (who wrote like a dream and made me cry), the rabid TSCC fans (I'm one), the disgruntled curmudgeon (there was only one, but at least he took the time out of his busy day, to write in to call Ms.Glau a bitch (there's my Ms.Glau mention!) and Josh an old fat arsehole) and last, but not least, Mr.Friedman Senior.


Where are you?

7/27/2009 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh, now that I've apologized and I feel better...don't know about you...

Have you considered a novel, Science Fiction, of course? I guess every writer wants to write one. I am not a writer, so don't really know.

My point being, you love to write long, extended story arcs. What better place than a novel? Well, you could start with a novella.

Anyway, take care. Have a good day!

7/28/2009 8:45 AM  
Anonymous spear401 said...

Hey, that last post was not supposed to be by "Anonymous." It was written by me, spear401.

7/28/2009 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SJ:

After reading the replies, I'm not sure which action of yours is worse: Stalking this thread or word-nerding the other posters.

Your smugness is unbecoming.

7/28/2009 11:31 AM  
Anonymous SJ_Edwards said...

Anonymous,

Sir, I reply when I am addressed, to do other would be a discourtesy.

I have read this thread as assiduously as I have read all Mr.Friedman's blogs and their accompanying comments, to enjoy the elegant writing of others and to learn.

I suspect others do the same.

Thusly, I will carry away only positive things from your comment.

Thank you, for the euphonious (and new to me) 'word-nerding', you couldn't have made me prouder.

Discourse is the progenitor of learning and not to be despised or disparaged in any circumstance.

Presumably that's why it got first billing in the Bill of Rights.

Now (for the third time), if possible with no further asides, can we follow spear401's fine example and return to Mr.Friedman's favourite subject?

7/28/2009 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a guy named "matt." The guy referred to as "matt" in the brilliant rant that is the guy named J Fucking F. Every day he is without work, eating, nude, wishing he had the strength to undress or not eat, is a funnier day in America. Please, Hollywood, do not hire this man. His aimless, fetid, angry, bereft loathing and discontedness makes the world a better place. I will agree to movie ticket prices every Friday night -- and babysitting money -- to keep him in this state of genius. join me.

7/29/2009 11:11 AM  
Blogger Dan Culberson said...

I know you, Matt, just as I know J Fucking F. I'm pleased that both of you have found fame, if not fortune. When are the two of you coming back to visit or attend another high-school reunion?

7/30/2009 6:45 AM  
Blogger Me said...

did the College-Age Friedman-ers wear the white robes with gold fringe while reciting the c***ge? and more importantly, can you?

8/01/2009 8:01 PM  
Blogger Paul Wartenberg said...

Any chance this Con will be in Orlando?

8/05/2009 6:02 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Seriously, Canada has it all over you jokers in program cancellations, industry assholes and miserable unemployed writers. And as for Schadenfreude, well - let's just say it's not just in the issue of universal health care we're handing you your asses...
There are at least a couple of Mac's Milk corner stores that would be over the moon to take over event location status should you choose to relocate.
Those Humpty Dumpty potato chips and maple sugar donuts aren't going to eat themselves you know...

8/08/2009 9:47 PM  
OpenID awfulstink said...

Just remember Josh, never eat anything bigger than your head and you should be ok. Oh and thanks for that baby penis image--I'll have no trouble sticking to my diet today.

8/09/2009 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Back-to-School said...

Good advice from Awfulstink. Just take care always and be aware of whatever you do.

8/10/2009 12:34 PM  
Blogger Georgiana said...

I love pink and white animal cookies. I'm so there.

8/16/2009 5:06 PM  
Blogger SJ_Edwards said...

At the risk of being accused of 'stalking' this thread and 'word-nerding' the other posters again ("You'll never take me alive, copper!").

Could I strongly encourage anybody who loves the TSCC and the way it was developed, written and played, to watch Matthew Sweet's wonderful BBC documentary, 'The Rules of Film Noir'.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mbstz


It is currently available both as 'streaming' and as a free download [don't know how long it will stay up, it says only for the next seven days (saturday 22nd August 2009 until the 29th) but the BBC can be erratic about that]. It's an hour long and 634mb.

It has so enriched my appreciation of the TSCC, to see the themes made so explicit. Just a shame it couldn't have been on the TSCC DVDs.

Yours sincerely, SJ_Edwards.

8/22/2009 3:31 PM  
Anonymous gil mann said...

Dude, you beat cancer and kept a smart genre show on network TV for a season and a half. By my calculations, that puts you in the 98th percentile of awesomeness.

I enjoy your writing when it comes from a place of self-flagellation, but c'mon, a lot of us actually do live a life of fail. Quit hogging our defense mechanism.

8/22/2009 5:44 PM  
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8/25/2009 1:20 PM  
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8/25/2009 1:35 PM  
Blogger hlampert said...

Hello Josh,

You're a talented writer and I understand these blog entries are a kind of therapy for you. Reading between the lines, I get the idea that not being a headliner at ComicCon (or any other con) this year is painful for you and that (along with being unemployed) underlines the feelings of failure you are experiencing.

This blog entry, while well written, clever, and funny, was also very sad.

Let me remind you that you are only beaten when you give up. Joss Whedon fought for his show - you can do something for yours; throw the fans a bone and let them know you are aware of their efforts and support them. Ideas such as organizing a group TSCC Season 2 DVD purchase via Amazon to show the profit potential of new content are positive ways fight back.

It may be corny and stereotypical, but I think you need to review Don Quixote, or at least Man of La Mancha.

For your own sake, man, where's the positive?

8/26/2009 8:41 AM  
Blogger So_Gorramn_Cute (moderator) said...

With the recent Halycon Bankruptcy fiasco going on, one must ask... What about Bartleby Co.? They were involved don't THEY get a cut of the 'proverbial cheese"? WTF?
Plus even IF the show COULD return WHICH as You may already well know, WE ALL WANT, even with Summer heading to Dollhouse AND being on a new show called "Good morning Rabbit", written by a former writer of Yours, hadley klein, It's not like MS.GLAU DOESN'T have the time to return, and reprise her great role as both Cameron Phillips, as well as Allison young. i can tell by several interviews as of late that shge really wanted more character developement on the series. apart from her the last few episodes were as epic as season one IMO. (and maybe the opinions of others as well) Fact is mr. freidman, You left a loyal fanbase hanging off a cliff with no bottom in sight.
It WAS said awhile back ago that SYFY was interested in picking it up, but that's old news. Sorry I had to reach you this way, but I'd no choice. TSCC MUST RETURN AND WITH THE ORIGINAL CAST. No comics either cuz IT'S JUST NOT THE SAME!!!! a DVD MOVIE OR MADE FOR TV MOVIE WITH THE ORIGINAL CAST JUST LIKE WHAT JOSS WHEADON DID WITH FIREFLY...SERENITY. and that goes DOUBLE for you WHEADON.
PARLIMENT...SERENITY SEQUEL...PART 2 OF 3... IN PRODUCTION 2010... IN THEATERS THAT SAME YEAR, C'MON JOSS. IT CAN DE DONE!!!!!
and the whole FANS WANTING IT OFF THE AIR DUE TO LESS SUMMER things is just complete and utter BULLLLLLLLLLSHIT! IMO We wanted More Summer YES and also Negative effects of her presence? WHAT THE FUCK?!!!!! Honestly, ppl. IMO How the fuck can you not like. (Yes i know everyone has their own personal tastes and all that but c'mon, did ya have to be dicks about it?). Cmon josh If WB gets the rights to the franchise PLEASE JUMP ON THE CHANCE AND GIVE SUMMER A CALL NO BETTER YET EMAIL CRISTELLE AT SUMMER-GLAU.NET since you mentioned awhile back that you "LOST HER CELLPHONE NO."
I ain't buying it. You can stil email her agency ENDEVOR.

8/27/2009 11:57 AM  
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9/09/2009 3:57 AM  
Anonymous (Best Show)Watch said...

"Hi:

Two things

1) I’d like your permission to (re)print your article on ‘Dollhouse’ for our website

2) I was hoping we could use your ‘scribing’ talent for our website.

The Best Shows Youre Not Watching (dot) com [all one word]
‘Dollhouse’ is one of our featured shows. We’re hoping to round up a few people who can occasionally contribute perspective (via an article/blog) on the shows – maybe a recent episode, future direction, plot shortcomings etc.

What’s in it for you?
Primarily a larger audience back channeled to your blog. We don’t pay but the site has a lot of promise and we're pretty excited about getting it off the ground. Let me know what you think.

Thanks

9/09/2009 3:58 AM  
Anonymous (Best Show)Watch said...

"Hi:

Two things

1) I’d like your permission to (re)print your article on ‘Charlie Rose’for our website

2) I was hoping we could use your ‘scribing’ talent for our website.

The Best Shows Youre Not Watching (dot) com [all one word]
‘Charlie Rose’one of our featured shows. We’re hoping to round up a few people who can occasionally contribute perspective (via an article/blog) on the shows – maybe a recent episode, future direction, plot shortcomings etc.

What’s in it for you?
Primarily a larger audience back channeled to your blog. We don’t pay but the site has a lot of promise and we're pretty excited about getting it off the ground. Let me know what you think.

Thanks

9/10/2009 2:49 AM  
Anonymous Il Principe said...

Come on - can we please get something new to read...

10/23/2009 12:54 AM  
Blogger Blitzen said...

I have also noticed the astounding similarities between the names "Josh Friedman" and "Joss Whedon".

The only thing is that Fridays on Fox haven't gotten any better. :/ Dollhouse has been awesome, but now it's been delayed until December. The Terminator replacements are crap and soon will be gone, and until December Fox is airing reruns of House and Bones.

11/01/2009 7:48 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh, my brotha! This blog houses some of the most enjoyable blog posts extant. I check back regularly, and regularly find no new posts.

Snakes on a plane.

12/12/2009 9:37 AM  
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12/15/2009 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're a lazy motherfucker, Josh.

12/28/2009 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Scriptwrecked said...

I just got back from a vegetarian meetup group. There wasn't a lot of unity amongst the members: vegans, raw foodists, some dude who only ate moss... but in our little group of 10 people, we discovered there were 5 die hard TSCC fans! One girl even brought stickers.

Thanks for the laugh (and the thinly veiled misery) Josh. Keep fighting the good fight! And remember, apparently 1/2 of all vegetarians agree that TSCC is the best thing since sliced tofu.

1/03/2010 4:12 PM  
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The Gods test people with the temptation for which they are most weak::::
Homosexuals desire sodomy, alcoholics crave a drink, junkies jones for dope, etc.
Addiction theory is a lie; it is Artificial Intelligence creating the desire, punishment for inappropriate behavior. Ironically, it compells people deeper into the behavior, minimizing hope for recovery.
The Gods chose Christianity for Europeans because it is the temptation to which they are most suseptable:::Entitlement. Something for nothing. A free ride. And the United States/Western civilization with accompanying wealth contributes to this perception.
Next time you think of Muslims recognize these people are vastly superior to Christians. Whereas many throughout the Christian world no longer attend church and have fallen into Godlessness, the Muslim world worships the Gods for OVER AN HOUR EACH AND EVERY DAY.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to tell you that in my opinion you were not really writing Sarah Connor. Sarah Connor is a mythical being. In fact I named my firstborn John Connor -- that's how important she was to me. In my head, when I'm Sarah Connor? I'm not bullshitting around with stolen chesscomputers, all right? I'm twisted in half with rage and grief because I know the harm my son is going to come to and the only thing I can do is keep his soul ( notice I did not say body) intact. I'm not protecting his life, I'm protecting his innocence, the thing I know --we know - for sure our kids are going to lose. How could they make you turn that story into One Tree Hill with Cyborgs?

I was thrilled with the High Concept and totally bummed out by the execution; Summer's a gorgeous gimmick and Sarah was hot, but -- center didn't hold chief. Not to be a drag, you worked your ass off and I'm sure WB was pushing robots and more hot chicks every second.

Breaking Bad. One guy. Moral ( not mortal) terror -- every episode, inner conflict. You and Joss have this thing about just packing the frame with lots of chicks. I mean it's fine and all but Josh: it was *Sarah Connor*.

Jesus, you know, sometimes I think Warner Brothers has some kind of soul-sucking device they run all day under their little emerald city over there. Just put em on the lot for eighteen months and they all get that stare.

Okay, it's not your fault, they ate your brain and it wasn't personal. They're the borg, that's what they do.

6/20/2010 3:00 AM  
Anonymous Czar Richard said...

Press Release: Josh Friedman to celebrate one-year anniversary of last blog post. Josh Friedman, noted writer and former stunt double for George Peppard, is planning a lavish get-together for family and close friends to mark the one-year anniversary of the last post on his blog, "I find your lack of faith disturbing" (July 22, 2009). Critics have hammered Friedman for his lack of attention to his online presence, noting that even Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper have posted items more recently. Some speculate that licensing issues with Lucasfilm are behind Friedman's lack of production. Others blame his rigorous erotic pilates schedule.

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7/22/2010 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Kari said...

Two thoughts:

One - I love that I have to print out your posts to read them. They're that long and that worthwhile.

And 2 - maybe somebody else already mentioned this, I dont have time to read all the comments and I can't leave it because I'm like that. The thing about Lost is that it was a show that purported to be about ideas, but turned out to actually be a soap opera about people.

Nice to see you back, you were missed.c

7/26/2010 4:06 PM  
Blogger manuel said...

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Fox blew it canceling SCC , but Murdoch is getting his with celebrities popping out the woodwork suing for the UK Phone hacking scandal.
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The "John" on a Skateboard is precious, you just can't make this stuff up.

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