"Sex For Sunscreen," And Other Rejected Story Ideas For Lost Season 1

Back when Lost was nothing but an outline for the most expensive pilot to date, the writers were struggling to come up with more story ideas. Including stuff like: "Shannon trades sexual favors for sunscreen, which has rapidly become the most prized commodity on the island." That's just one of the revelations from a… » 3/24/15 3:38pm Tuesday 3:38pm

If You Want To Rant More Eloquently About Television, Read This Book

We all obsess endlessly about television, but we don't really understand how those wavy images appear on our screens. The more we try to demystify the process of making TV, the more mysterious it seems. That's why it's great that veteran TV writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach has written an ultimate book of knowledge. » 3/06/15 4:00pm 3/06/15 4:00pm

The Whole Crazy Process Of Creating A TV Show, From Pitch To Pilot

Right now, it's pilot season — which means you're going to be hearing about a lot of TV shows getting ordered. And then, nine months from now... most of those shows will not be on television. What is this mysterious crucible? Here's our step-by-step guide to the process of pitching a brand new television show. » 1/23/15 11:00am 1/23/15 11:00am

Jumping bananas! The new Middleman graphic novel will rock your world

The Middleman only aired for one season, back in 2008, but it remains one of our most beloved pieces of pop culture. And now, at last the Middleman and Wendy Watson are back in action. Both pairs of them. Creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach has come up with a brand new graphic novel, and here's our spoiler-free preview of… » 10/03/13 4:51pm 10/03/13 4:51pm

11 Books That Every Aspiring Television Writer MUST Read

Tomorrow, an army of geeks descends on San Diego — and many of them would kill to write for television. Comic-Con always hosts panels about TV writing, and they're always standing-room only. But how do you learn the craft? We asked some great television writers, and they told us 11 books that every aspiring scribe… » 7/16/13 10:33am 7/16/13 10:33am

Why do so many villains get caught on purpose?

The first official promo image for Star Trek Into Darkness shows Benedict Cumberbatch's mysterious villain John Harrison locked in a plexiglass brig. Which means that John Harrison is joining a long and proud tradition: villains who get caught in the middle of the story — often on purpose. From The Dark Knight to The… » 1/02/13 1:00pm 1/02/13 1:00pm

The Star Trek-Middleman Crossover You've Been Cautiously Excited For!

The last time Javier Grillo-Marxuach returned to the world of his gone-too-soon TV show and comic, The Middleman, it was for a bizarre crossover with Doctor Who. Now, a year later, he's bringing us an even more bizarre crossover with Star Trek... well, sort of. Let's just say if you can't decide whether Khan or Gary… » 12/20/12 4:52pm 12/20/12 4:52pm

10 TV Episodes that Changed Television

We're going to be talking about this past weekend's episode of Game of Thrones for a long time — it was a war epic and a dramatic tour de force, filled with palpable ambition. But this isn't the first time a single episode of television has redefined what's possible in the medium. » 5/29/12 10:14am 5/29/12 10:14am

Which Buffy alum is responsible for birthing out the antichrist?

A few months back we teased the short movie Reverse Parthenogenesis starring Buffy's Amber Benson (Tara) and Adam Busch (Warren). The short was penned and directed by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost), and thanks to him, the whole shebang has been released online! Watch as sweet innocent couple banter… » 5/02/12 10:15am 5/02/12 10:15am

A warrior angel has a hard time picking his battles, in Javier…

Javier Grillo-Marxuach originally created The Middleman as a comic book before turning into a beloved television series — so when he launches another new comic, it's best to jump in on the ground floor. This time around, Grillo-Marxuach is bringing us Ramiel: Wrath of God, about an angel with a crisis of conscience. » 2/10/12 5:01pm 2/10/12 5:01pm

Buffy's Tara and Warren are finally having an evil baby together

Check out this trailer for a short film titled Reverse Parthenogenesis, directed by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost) and starring our favorite Buffy cast members Amber Benson and Adam Busch. It's all about a pregnancy-impaired couple — watch what happens when they baby you're blessed with is actually a… » 2/02/12 10:45am 2/02/12 10:45am

The Doctor Who Crossover We've All Been Waiting For!

There's an early holiday present waiting for you online. Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of The Middleman, has written a new story in which the Middleman and Wendy meet up with a mysterious traveler in a blue Police Box. The box is bigger on the inside, the traveler wears a bow tie, and there's a lovely B.T.R.S./sonic… » 11/28/11 4:30pm 11/28/11 4:30pm

Inside the writers room: Top scifi TV writers reveal tricks of the trade

Now that we know which shows we'll see during the 2010-2011 TV season, the real work can begin: writing them. Six genre-show pros — veterans of shows like Lost, BSG, and Fringe — reveal what happens behind closed doors. » 6/07/10 6:20am 6/07/10 6:20am

"The Middleman" DVD Set Will Make You Scream Like a Trout Zombie

The complete collection of The Middleman episodes is out on DVD, and now you can discover this tragically-canceled, brilliant show for the first or tenth time, along with tons of goofy extras and strange PSA messages. » 8/07/09 4:30pm 8/07/09 4:30pm

Discover The Final Fate Of The Middleman, With The Season Finale…

Where have all the great heroes gone? We got a chance to see the Middleman, ABC Family's gone-too-soon superhero, one more time at SDCC, as the cast read the script for the unfilmed season finale. And now the video's online. » 8/03/09 5:00pm 8/03/09 5:00pm

The Middleman Returned, And Our Heads Exploded!

The Middleman, one of the greatest and craziest shows ever to bludgeon television with awesomeness, finally got the finale it deserves. The cast read the unaired finale script, and it was like the greatest rock concert ever. » 7/23/09 12:30pm 7/23/09 12:30pm

The Middleman's Romance With Lacey Almost Didn't Happen

One of our favorite parts of superhero-adventure The Middleman is the on-again, off-again romance between the mysterious hero and Lacey, his sidekick's roommate. But Javier Grillo-Marxuach tells io9 he fought that storyline tooth and nail. So what happened? Spoilers ahead. » 7/09/09 10:00am 7/09/09 10:00am

The Middleman Is Part Of Day One's DNA

Javier Grillo-Marxuach created The Middleman, last year's best (and most upbeat) TV show. Now he's moving on to Day One, NBC's series about global Armageddon. Has his Middle-optimism deserted him? We asked him. Minor spoilers ahead. » 7/08/09 12:23pm 7/08/09 12:23pm

The Middleman's Creator Joins The Day One Staff

Great news! Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of last year's coolest show, The Middleman, has joined the staff of NBC's post-apocalyptic drama Day One. Now we're way more excited for the show, in which the residents of the same Van Nuys, CA apartment building cope with the end of days. » 5/26/09 11:50am 5/26/09 11:50am