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Okay.  Here's a tidbit for you, and I hope I haven't mixed up any of the individuals involved in the story...

Many viewers are perplexed by the periodic spurts of pure television static which litter the apocalyptic second season finale, "The Time is Now."  Although there is a clear symbolic meaning which can be assigned to the static -- it's possible that the static represents a veritable overload of Frank Black's insightful abilities, an overload brought about by his emotional devastation and the possibility of looming Armageddon -- the gimmick's origins lie within frustration experienced by the show's producers.  

Earlier in the year, just before writing was to begin on "The Fourth Horseman"/"The Time is Now" two parter, brothers Glen and Darin Morgan attended a football game together.  (As many of you no doubt know, the Morgans and James Wong are hardcore football fans.)  Conversing about Millennium during the game, Glen began to vent regarding his boundless frustration with the Fox network's promotional department.  

He had good reason to vent, too.  An outright lack of on air promotion was blamed for the death of Glen Morgan and James Wong's own Space: Above & Beyond.  Now, as Glen and James were attempting to create truly remarkable dramatic television on Millennium, they were beginning to see the same situation developing.  The Fox network simply was not promoting Millennium.  In fact, Glen felt much of the deserved advertising time that rightfully should have been allotted to an original series such as Millennium was being transferred to Fox Sports, used to promote the fall season's football games.

Darin responded to Glen's frustration with a joke.  He suggested that, as a means of stabbing back at Fox and hurting the network as the series had been hurt, Morgan and Wong should arrange to show pure, uninterrupted static during Millennium episodes.  Specifically, Darin suggested they do the math and determine precisely how much standard television advertising time had been taken away from Millennium and air a block of uninterrupted static for precisely that length of time.  Surely, the network would be outraged.  Then, perhaps, Fox and Millennium would be even.  

Glen was amused by the comments and, apparently, filed them away in his mind for later use.  While "The Time is Now" does not feature a long, continuous block of uninterrupted static designed to compensate for the exact amount of lost advertising time, the scattered static is indeed present and does represent frustration with the Fox network.  For those working on the series, that static stood as a means of expressing and venting their advertising frustrations.

And that's the story of "The Time is Now" static.

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Cool info from Brian Dixon.  Give us more interesting info of things we don't know about Millennium, Dixon.    And The Millennium Abyss is great site by the way.   Have  a better one.

Be Seeing You,

David Blackwell

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Interesting and amusing!  Please keep those stories comming!  The Morgans and Wong stories always seem to be the best!

Also, it always makes me wonder, if Fox was so bent on down playing or slighting shows like MillenniuM that don't appeal to a mainstream audience, why in the world do they ever take them on in the first place, only to decrease there promo air time and cancel them?

I am with Cookyman.  It is discussions, topics, and tidbits like this, that can be had for the mere asking, that makes this board unique and valuable.

Thank, Dix!

Scott

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Heheh.  

"Gather 'round the 'This is Who We Are' campfire, boys and girls, and I'll tell you a story of Morgans and Wongs!"

I've got plenty of trivia stored up inside my brain thanks to my obsessive thirst for Millennium history and background information.  You're just not going to get it out of me all in one sitting.  I'm just going to have to tease you with it over time, thus holding on to my novelty in these parts...

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Heheh.  

"Gather 'round the 'This is Who We Are' campfire, boys and girls, and I'll tell you a story of Morgans and Wongs!"

I've got plenty of trivia stored up inside my brain thanks to my obsessive thirst for Millennium history and background information.  You're just not going to get it out of me all in one sitting.  I'm just going to have to tease you with it over time, thus holding on to my novelty in these parts...

:cry:  :cry:  :cry:

Brian,

Did you ever hear anything about Morgan and Wong's "Wonder Cabinet" series and why it was never picked up??? (That's not anything "Millenniumistic" so you can share it with us.  :D )

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