Holy Hand Grenades!!! It seems like hell hath frozen over at the offices of Warner Bros, or at least those in charge don’t still have hatred against – or remember – the old Prime Time Entertainment Network shows. In fact, the people in charge are fans.
JMS announced on twitter today (link to first post in thread) that a reboot of Babylon 5 is in active development for the CW network, and he’s working on the pilot currently and will be the showrunner once again upon pickup. And it is indeed a reboot, which JMS spells out in his tweets – not the least of which is “because over half our cast are still stubbornly on the other side of the Rim. ow do you telling continuing story of our original Londo without the original Vir? Or G’Kar? How do you tell Sheridan’s story without Delenn? Or the story of B5 without Franklin? Garibaldi? Zack?”
Babylon 5 is a big reason why this site even exists, starting with the first real information post (after our Welcome message) 21 YEARS AGO next Tuesday. The B5 Encyclopedia was the first popular web site I created. It got me into understanding how Hollywood worked (or didn’t as the case may be), for this poor guy who was too far away to be a part of it in person. The first convention I traveled more than a few miles to go to was to meet JMS in person. Since then I’ve been on TV sets, made friends of actors, directors, etc. and even been paid as a background actor (not science fiction, but it had Chris Evans in it…)
I was born into Star Trek and grew up with it, but I chose Babylon 5. If Star Trek is family, Babylon 5 is the lifelong best friend.
JMS, if you are reading…if there is the opportunity to be a background actor, just tell me when and where.