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

The Cast Reading the New Middleman Graphic Novel Is the Best Thing

THE BEST THING. NO THINGS ARE BETTER. The much-beloved Middleman only lasted on TV for 12 episodes, but it's still beloved by many a fan. And after a successful crowdfunding campaign , the original cast has reunited to read the script of the new graphic novel. So get out your milk flasks and your cruelty-free… » 9/30/14 10:00pm 9/30/14 10:00pm

10 TV Shows That Hooked Us In The First 5 Minutes (And How They Did It)

We're just a few days away from the start of the fall TV season in earnest. Tons of new TV shows will be displaying their bright plumage for you. But these days, a TV show has to move fast to hook people. Here are 10 TV shows that won us over in just five minutes — and what they did to grab us. » 9/17/14 10:00am 9/17/14 10:00am

Which Science Fiction Or Fantasy Story Is Your Happy Place?

It's been kind of a crazy day. And sometimes, when you've had a trying time, you just want to delve into a TV show, book, comic or movie that helps you unwind and feel totally safe and warm. So what's your go-to "happy place" science fiction or fantasy story? » 8/12/14 2:05pm 8/12/14 2:05pm

10 Alternates That Should Have Replaced Their Originals Permanently

Science fiction loves itself some doppelgangers: Clones, alternate universes, robot replacements, possession... It's hard to come up with anything that hasn't resulted in new versions of familiar characters. Sometimes, they're a little too interesting, and they leave us wanting more. Here are the ten that should… » 8/08/14 3:15am 8/08/14 3:15am

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

Javier Grillo-Marxuach says there's more Middleman in the works!

Javier Grillo-Marxauch – co-creator of Viper Comics series The Middleman and the short-lived television series by the same name – says the much-loved series is slated to return! » 3/30/13 4:42pm 3/30/13 4:42pm

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

"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

Thursday's San Diego Comic Con Schedule Is Out

Thursday's San Diego Comic Con schedule has been released, and we're picking out all the stuff you absolutely, positively cannot miss. From a Terry Gilliam panel to James Cameron's Avatar, and even a Middleman cast reunion. » 7/09/09 3:56pm 7/09/09 3:56pm

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

Has The Middleman Been Cancelled?

Click to view » 11/07/08 1:40pm 11/07/08 1:40pmWhile talking to the mighty Hercules, Kevin Sorbo, about his upcoming movie and comic, we couldn't help asking if he'd ever make another guest appearance as frozen-in-time 1969 secret agent, Guy Goddard, on our favorite superhero comedy . Sorbo dropped not one but two giant bombs about our beloved show:…

OMG Cute Nanobots On The Middleman!

Monday's new Middleman » 8/27/08 5:22pm 8/27/08 5:22pm may have been the best so far, despite a shocking paucity of Lacey. (With like 1000 !) Which makes it all the sadder that sources are the show is destined for an "indefinite hiatus." Phooey. Here's our belated review of episode 11. Spoilers! OMG spoilers!I actually just got done reading the ,…

It's Crunch Time On Stargate Atlantis

The big news on TV this week is the return of Stargate Atlantis. (Plus, a new season of Burn Notice, which sadly may not be scifi enough for us to mention. Except we just did.) Other big news: new eps of The Middleman, Charlie Jade, Doctor Who, Ben 10: Alien Force and Venture Bros. Don't kill your TV, kill your… » 7/07/08 9:00am 7/07/08 9:00am

This Week's TV: Giant Rats, Alien Sex, And Stuart Gordon's Ultimate…

Cancel those Fourth of July plans! This is going to be a totally righteous week of science fiction television. First, there's a new Middleman, featuring those Mexican wrestlers we showed you a while back. And then, giant human-eating rats are going to fight environmentalists, to see who rules science TV. There's a new… » 6/30/08 9:00am 6/30/08 9:00am

The Middleman Has To Be A One-Night Stand Kind Of Guy

Sorry ladies, but milk-drinking superhero The Middleman doesn't have time for relationships, he's too busy saving the planet. Matt Keeslar, the real life face behind the Middleman revealed some sad secrets about Middleman's lonely life, along with some juicy future villain details (that involve both the undead and… » 6/17/08 2:30pm 6/17/08 2:30pm

A Surprise Twist From Joss Whedon's New Show Dollhouse

Welcome back to another spoileriffic week. We have a new clip from Wall-E that explains a lot more about how the robots operate. And a new review of the Incredible Hulk gives away more of the origins of two of the Hulk's biggest foes. We also found out what was really going on in the most confusing clip from Joss… » 6/09/08 6:00am 6/09/08 6:00am