Douglas Petrie was a writer, director and executive producer on Buffy. He wrote the first episode where Faith joins the show, so we talk a lot of Faith with him. He knew the ins and outs of how Buffy was run over the last 4 years of the series. This is a really interesting interview as Doug is a ton of fun.
I remember thinking it had been awhile since I had purchased a Wrapped in Plastic (WIP) magazine. This may seem hard to believe, but there was a time when you didn’t get all the answers from the internet. There used to be book stores and they sold magazines. I purchased all my copies of WIP from local book stores. But in 2006 when I was missing WIP, I went out to the internet, probably through dial up, and found out that the magazine had gone on hiatus.
“Well,” I figured, “I guess maybe I am the last person around who still cares about Twin Peaks.” Did I mention that wasn’t the first time I was wrong?
Now 11 years later, another Twin Peaks magazine appears, The Blue Rose. It also will be guided by John Thorne and a partner. This time that partner is inexplicably me, Scott Ryan. Somehow in those 11 years, I went from collector to creator. Meeting John Thorne in 2015 was a highlight for me, in a year filled with highlights. I was so nervous to ask him if I could get a picture with him, but he generously agreed to it.
John & Scott in 2015
From that small conversation in the Tweed’s Cafe, the Double R Diner to you and I, a friendship was born. What he didn’t know was that eventually a project is born from every friendship I make. To me, starting up a crazy idea is like a secret hand shake. I think it was only a few months after meeting John that I began my campaign to bring back the magazine that I had loved so much. What I learned in the past two years was that you can’t go back, you have to go forward. The Blue Rose Magazine was growing already.
The cover of Issue #1. Photo by Becca Ryan
John and I have been working on Issue #1 since October 2016. We started a gorilla marketing plan on Twitter (@bluerosemag1) where we would tweet out fun little memes but not say what we were. We were planning on not telling anyone until February 24th and then say, “Boom, it is out there.” It didn’t quite work out that way. Our buddy, Twin Peaks Archive, found our link on Amazon and told the world what we were. I wasn’t prepared at all for that. I hadn’t even tested the website to see if it worked. Luckily, it did and we were out there for the world to discover.
On February 24th the digital edition of Issue #1 was released through Amazon and iTunes as The Blue Rose Magazine – Managing Editors: John Thorne and Scott Ryan. Shelly, get me some water, my socks are on fire.
I know, I know, you want that print version just like you got in the 90s. We want it to. We are taking orders from now till March 14th for the first edition in print. Orders will ship out on March 24th. This way you can download the digital edition and then await your hard copy in a month. Not sure if in the future we will be able to release both versions on the same day, but for at least 2017 we will follow this model. After all these years, I still don’t know if I am the only one out there longing to read about my favorite show. I mean while I am writing this very sentence, eight new people just started another Twin Peaks Podcast, four people wrote books about it and I probably also started a new project. Things move quickly now. The Blue Rose is going to slow down and try to take you back to the days where you had to (and hold on millennials for the next word is something you have not heard of before) WAIT.
Let me be clear, BRM is not WIP. They are different entities from different people in a different time. We hope that the quality, care and dedication remind you of it and that you find yourself awaiting the next issue. Whether you choose to go the digital route, which will be $2.99 (which is the same price as the first issue of WIP), or the print route, which will be $7.50, we hope that you feel the love we have for Twin Peaks. We hope that you will know that we honor Lynch, Frost and all the artists that come together to bring us the town of Twin Peaks. I never take any of this for granted.
I know, I didn’t tell you anything about what is in Issue #1 and that is what you wanted to hear. I wanted to talk a little about what it meant to me to be able to work with John Thorne and try to carry the mantle of all the great work that is out there about Twin Peaks. Being a part of this magazine is a true honor for me. I hope the world greets the BRM with that spirit. To hear more about the magazine all of the staff will be appearing on the Twin Peaks Unwrapped Podcast the last week of February. You can also head out to our website, www.bluerosemag.com and read about the magazine, see the Table of Contents and place an order.
Stephen Tobolowsky rose to fame with his role in Groundhog’s Day. He also, was cast as the principal in the pilot of Buffy. That pilot was re-cast, but we talk to him about the role that he did, but no one saw. We also talk to him about Bill Murray and the classic comedy, Groundhog’s day. If you want to hear more from Stephen about his television career on Deadwood, La Law, Silicon Valley, then head to The Red Room Podcast to hear that part of the interview. We saved all the Buffy talk for this episode here on Big Bad Buffy Interviews.
Director Todd Holland has directed on some of the best television programs over the last 25 plus years. Twin Peaks, Larry Sanders, My So-Called Life, Wonderfalls, Malcolm In The Middle and The Real O’Neals. He joins Scott for a discussion about some of the work he has done. He tells great stories about working on Twin Peaks and a story about My So-Called Life that you will never forget. Todd is a great interview and a ton of fun. Enjoy this hour discussion about directing for television. This episode is sponsored by The Blue Rose. Follow The Blue Rose on Twitter.
There is only one crew member who worked as long on Buffy as Joss Whedon, that person is David Solomon. He edited the un-aired pilot and stayed with the series all the way until the end. He talks about the entire series from start to finish. He directed a fan favorite, The Prom, as well as Beer Bad. Listen to it here.
Spencer Hickman is the head of music for Mondo Music and Death Waltz Recording Company. He oversaw the project of releasing the Twin Peaks and Fire Walk With Me (FWWM) soundtracks on vinyl. Scott spoke with Spencer about the project. He talks about Lynch’s involvement as well as the special challenges in getting these on Vinyl. You can order these records from Death Waltz or head out to Amazon. (If they are still in stock, they go quickly)
Stephen Tobolowsky may not be a name you know, but his face sure is. He has acted in just about every television series we cover here at the Red Room. David Bushman and Scott interviewed him for the Big Bad Buffy Interviews podcast. That portion of the interview will debut on that podcast on Groundhog’s Day. This portion covers Stephen’s work on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Deadwood, Silicon Valley, Californication, Picket Fences, Seinfeld, The Goldburg’s and his new work on Netflix’s One Day At A Time. We also talk about his film work in Mississippi Burning, Groundhogs’s Day and Memento.
This podcast is a great podcast for actor’s wanting to know how to create characters for pilots, how to learn lines and what it means to be a working actor. Enjoy this wonderful interview. If you want to hear him talk about his work with Joss Whedon on Buffy, then head over to Big Bad Buffy Interviews and listen to more there.