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TICK Creator Ben Edlund Joining Marti Noxon

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Ben Edlund created “The Tick” – the comic book, the animated TV series and the live-action TV series – before the joined the writing staffs of “Firefly” and “Angel.”

The next item on his resume was going to be the WB’s live-action adaptation of Warren Ellis’ brilliant graphic novel, “Global Frequency,” but the netlet didn’t greenlight the series beyond a pilot, so we were all left to ponder what Edlund, a certified comedy genius, would try next.

It looks now like he’ll be working with another former employee of Joss Whedon on at least one episode of “Point Pleasant,” a 2005 Fox supernatural soap created by six-year “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” vet Marti Noxon. It’s about what happens when a girl with mysterious powers washes ashore. An untested source:

Since you do keep track... Ben Edlund is writing an episode of the Fox show Point Pleasant (that's the one Marti Noxon is show running). His episode is called "Who's Your Daddy?" Don't know if this means he's on the writing staff or just doing an episode. Don't quote me as a source... you can just check it out on the studio system if you want.

To (mostly) recap, here’s what the former Buffiverse writers have been up to:
Jeff Bell (Joss Whedon’s co-writer on the spectacular “Angel” series finale) is now with “Alias,” which returns to ABC Jan. 5.
Liz Craft & Sarah Fain (they scripted Hamilton’s introduction in the five-star “Angel” titled “Underneath”) have been asked to join “The Shield,” which is said to return to FX March 8.
Steve DeKnight (he co-scripted the hilarious Italy-set “The Girl in Question”) is on “Smallville.”
Ben Edlund (whose “Angel” work includes “Life of the Party” and “Time Bomb”), was going to be on the staff of the WB’s adaptation of Warren Ellis’ brilliant comic series “Global Freqency,” but “Frequency” never went to series. Rumor now has it he’ll pen at least one episode of Marti Noxon’s new Fox drama, “Point Pleasant.”
Jane Espenson (“Earshot,” “The Replacement,” “I Was Made To Love You”), who worked on both “The O.C.” and “Gilmore Girls” last year, wrote an episode of “Tru Calling” then went on to help with Tim Minear’s much-anticipated undercover drama “The Inside.” She’s also written a Fox pilot titled “Utopia,” about a 16-year-old girl who senses not all is right with the small Midwestern town in which she dwells.
Brent Fletcher, who wrote an episode of “Angel” last season titled “Soul Purpose,” has joined the “Lost” staff.
David Fury (“Gone,” “Lies My Parents Told Me,” “You’re Welcome,” “Power Play”) is working on “Lost.” So far he’s authored the teleplays for the the Locke- and Sayid-centric episodes.
Drew Goddard (DeKnight’s co-writer on “The Girl in Question”) now writes for “Alias,” which, again, returns to ABC Jan. 5. Fury believes he may have talked Goddard into contributing a teleplay to “Lost” as well.
Drew Z. Greenberg (“Him,” “The Killer in Me,” “Empty Places”), who was scripting “Smallville” last season, has joined “The O.C.”
David Greenwalt left “Angel,” a show he co-created, after its third season to oversee ABC’s “Miracles” and UPN’s “Jake 2.O.” After both series quickly went belly-up, he briefly returned to “Angel” to direct its brilliant Italy-set antepenultimate episode, “The Girl In Question,” but really hasn’t been heard from since.
Diego Gutierrez, who wrote the mental-institution episode of “Buffy” during its sixth season, was also going to join the “Global Frequency” staff prior to the show falling into limbo.
Rebecca Kirshner (“Help,” “Touched”), a "Freaks & Geeks" vet who was on “Las Vegas” last season, has joined “Gilmore Girls.” Her first “Gilmore” teleplay was used for the episode aired last Tuesday.
Tim Minear, who followed his wonderful “Angel” season-four finale with the wonderful “Wonderfalls,” revamped Fox’s 2005 underover drama “The Inside” into something more akin to “Silence of the Lambs” than “21 Jump Street” - and now serves as its showrunner. He also recently sold a pilot to ABC.
Marti Noxon (“What’s My Line?” “The Wish,” “New Moon Rising”), who spent some time after “Buffy” developing “Still Life,” a Fox supernatural drama that never saw air, is, as noted, overseeing “Point Pleasant.”
Doug Petrie ("As You Were," "End of Days"), who worked on both "Tru Calling" and an aborted "Lost in Space" series for the WB this season, is said to be taking the year off from TV next season to work on movie projects (Petrie, some will recall, wrote "Harriet the Spy" and drafted an early screenplay for "The Fantastic Four").
Mere Smith, who made her mark writing the Lightning Lass Gwen Raiden episodes during “Angel’s” fourth season, worked on “Tarzan” last season but has since moved on to “Jonny Zero,” a Fox midseason hourlong about an ex-con who fights crime.
Buffiverse mastermind Joss Whedon, who wrote more “Angel” teleplays last season than ever before, is in post-production on his big-screen “Firefly” movie, and working on a new spec screenplay that he insists has nothing to do with anything he or anyone else has done before.

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  • Nov. 21, 2004, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Kiss of Death

    by -Halfscan-

    Much as I love everything Ben's done, it seems every show he's ever been involved with meets a quick end... in this case though, it's probably a good thing. Noxin almost single handedly destroyed BtVS and I can't really see myself getting behind any project she's working on. -Half

  • Nov. 21, 2004, 10:44 p.m. CST


    by -Halfscan-

    Meant "Noxon", not "Noxin"... for some reason I always associate her name with "Toxin", hence the misspelling. -Half

  • Nov. 21, 2004, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Who's your daddy? Hmm...could it be...SATAN!?!

    by somethingreal81

    Here's the synopsis of the show. Sounds pretty lame to me: The quiet beach community of POINT PLEASANT is about to get much louder when a sudden, violent storm washes in more than the tide. Local lifeguard Jesse spies Christina floating in the sea and immediately dives in to save her life. He takes her to the home of Dr. Ben Kramer, whose daughter Judy and wife Meg take an immediate liking to Christina. For Christina, Point Pleasant offers both respite from her protected boarding-school existence in New York, and the opportunity to search for her mother, Anne - who, surprisingly, grew up in the area but has never been a part of Christina's life. Aside from the Kramers' fondness for her, and Jesse's budding attraction, it seems that secret desires, repressed feelings and heightened emotions inexplicably begin to flare when Christina is near. Christina never knew her mother, and doesn't realize that she's never truly known her father, either. Christina is the offspring of a mortal woman and the Devil - and although she doesn't know it, the battle for her soul has begun.

  • Nov. 22, 2004, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Daughter of the Devil?

    by Waterson

    Interesting and coincidentally enough, I was reading an interview with one of the creators of Adult Swim's "Home Movies" and when asked about his upcoming projects, he stated: "I'm working on a new project for Adult Swim. It's about the daughter of the devil. She's 21 and he wants her to help him destroy the world, but she's really pissed at him because he wasn't around while she was growing up. In the pilot she meets and falls for a DJ named Jesus, which is pronounced HEY-suess. It's called Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil.

  • Nov. 22, 2004, 11:11 a.m. CST

    So it's like that Son of Satan comic book with a broad?

    by Big Bad Clone

    Will she have an assload of tattoos? Who will play the devil? Can it be Wilford Brimley? Now before you say, no we need someone smooth with a hint of menace, think about that sweet Quaker Oat persona and that scary edge that you know is underneath. I'd be scared shitless of messing with him, and he's and old man.

  • Nov. 23, 2004, 3:08 a.m. CST

    What the hell? pun intended. But seriously, the hell? I

    by Triumph poops!

    ...Just WHAT exactly is the driving point in coming back each week to watch this thing? A description someone above posted essentially notes "and now the battle for her soul begins." So THAT'S it? THAT'S the hook? Sorry, but snoooooooze. Great, so that means it's a "character study" (wink, wink) where nothing really ever happens, but I'm supposed to tune in and give a shit week after week about whether this girl turns to the dark side or not. Sorry, that'll get tired fast. And considering this show is coming from one of the lesser BUFFY writers -- and considering BUFFY was way overrated TV filler to begin with -- I think I can pass on this one. It ALREADY sounds like cancelled material. But I tell you what, as a general genre fan I'll TIVO the premiere and the final episode when this inevitably gets shitcanned to see which way she turned. In the meantime, I'll save a lot of hours in my life by not watching this and doing something more worthy with my time like surfing porn on the Net...

  • Nov. 23, 2004, 11:15 p.m. CST

    The real writer behind P.P.

    by Hagrid1

    The pilot was written by a talented writer named John McLaughlin, and not Marti Noxon. They let him go, and now his name is never mentioned with it - which is, I think, a shame.