May 10, 1996
Kathy Slevin (former producer of the show and person responsible for many of the great stories and ideas we have grown to love in the show) appeared on the EFnet IRC channel #duesouth on May 10th to talk to fans. What follows is a log file of the conversation that went on.
misscleo: Kathy is here!
misscleo: Welcome Kathy! As you see lots of people tonight
misscleo: We are now moderated.
misscleo: Please take a place in the queue by /msg Mods
misscleo: I hope you didn't have to o much trouble finding us...
misscleo: So, who will start?
ScottC: Hi Kathy. They want to hear from you... But I'll jump in if you need me to.
misscleo: I have a question from Amy Tsuji who couldn't make it tonight. please tell her for me (and for all of us!) many thanks for all that she has done, and that we *miss* her!!! Will she be back as writer or producer?
misscleo: Anyone? Or is everyone too shy?
gabs: How was it like working with family members (Paul Haggis and Joey Young) on Due South? Had you ever done this before?
badubois Hi Kathy! We love the show -- how much fan mail does it get each week?
ScottC: badubois - We get at least 100 pieces of email each week, sometimes 300 or more, and I think that the volume of letters is actually a lot higher than Kathy lets on, if you count the stuff which makes it to the cast, that the Producers might not see.
fmouse: Which character did you find it easier to write for?
shroomie: How's the weather there (I'm a Californian stranded in Chicago) VBG? And how did you get started writing for TV?
cherokee: Hi Kathy, how did you get started writting for television?
gdh: whoa whoa slow down, give Kathy a chance, please :)
misscleo: cherokee , please wait....
misscleo: ok, DY, go ahead now
Dy: 2 things (okay, I'm greedy): 1) I MUST thank you for the puffin scene in ACAMAAB. That was sheer brilliance! And 2) what do you think about the direction the show took the 2nd season and where do you think it is headed now?
_chrissy_: Hi Kathy! Love the show! What's your favorite episode? And would you rather trust your life to Fraser or Ray?
fmouse: What did you enjoy most about working on Due South? And what was hardest about working on the show?
misscleo: Please, when you get voice, wait for Kathy to answer the previous question first....
Keitz: First I'd like to thank you for the wonderful letter you sent me in December. Do you think the climate in Hollywood is more or less favorable right now to quirky quality shows like Due South?
* gabs hugs annie for everyone
misscleo: Kathy I believe you skipped fmouse's question... What did you enjoy, and what was hardest about working on DS?
gdh: Kathy: MissCleo is handling cut&paste :)
ScottC: Kathy - I have a question from the fans on Compuserve - Sorry to bud folks - who are seeing this chat by proxy. They want to know what projects you are involved in now/what is in the future?
ScottC: Thanks Kathy.
misscleo: hmmmm. wonder where that subject came from :-)
misscleo: Kathy _Chrissy_ also asked "What's your favorite episode? And would you rather trust your life to Fraser or Ray?"
misscleo: Mackenzie go ahead now
Mackenzie: Is it hard writing for both a Canadian audience and a American audience? You do it so well. Some of the references are priceless
misscleo: Mackenzie good question! ;-)
misscleo: Kathy may I ask that you type return more often, so that we are not left stranded with nothing? :-)
misscleo: Thank you kindly
misscleo: go ahead fmouse
fmouse: Kathy, of all the episodes you wrote, which one did you like the best, and why
misscleo: and most of us will agree, Kathy!
ScottC: Kathy - That was David's Favourite episode when he was on here Wednesday night.
hollyds: ack :) here I am and scott asked my question :). um :) Hi Kathy. How did you bet involved in the entertainment industry and what was you first project?
ScottC: Sorry Holly - It was Claire on Compuserve who asked....
hollyds: scott its ok :)
misscleo: Claire from Oklahoma?
misscleo: Hi Claire!
misscleo: kathy are you on to hollys' question?
misscleo: Holly was what was your first project?
hollyds: um how did you get involved in the industrya nd what was your first project
misscleo: Holly is renowned for her typos... :-) It's ok not to understand her
ScottC: Ah, Kathy, but you were one of the youngest writers in the history of the show :-)
shroomie: We now know that Ray has two big nemeses, Zuko and Colm Feore's character. Who is Fraser's big nemesis, or does he have one yet?
shroomie: Kathy: try chocolate chip cookies.
ScottC: That's your question Shroomie?
ScottC: About Cookies...
shroomie: Scott: you wish.
ScottC: Shroom GA - please
misscleo: Nice concept, a Moriarty for Fraser..... ;)
gdh: Go ahead, France.
France: DS has everything, Action, Comedy, Drama,... I was wondering what kind of books do you like to read and what kind of movies do you like to watch?? one more quesionttion, who decided on the expression "Thank You Kindly" it has become more popular than "I'll be back" from Terminator?
gabs: well, Thank you kindly for creating that phrase, Kathy!
misscleo: Kathy you did use it in our email exchange...
gdh: Kathy: I try to forget misscleo ;))
misscleo: gdh, that's not nice. I would kick you but for the fact that we need you...
gdh: miss: All in jest :)
Mackenzie: Do you think those of us in the states will get a chance to see more and more great Canadian television programs like DS?
misscleo: fmouse, go ahead
misscleo: We do our best, Kathy! Especially with quality programming like DS
fmouse: Are there any funny stories from behind the scenes that happened you can tell us about?
misscleo: fmouse's question? Are there any funny stories from behind the scenes that happened you can tell us about?
misscleo: we just have to keep moving if we want to get most questions... Sorry about that.
* misscleo feels bad
misscleo: Go ahead, Sandy!
SWABK: Kathy: This is Brian and Sandy MacGowan. We have a DS web page, and like to think that we have a "good luck charm" for DueSouth... our little girl, Bonnie, was born on Dec. 8 of last year, just in time for DS's CBS 2nd season premier... maybe she'll bring them luck for a third season! We don't have any questions, but want to thank you for a GREAT show! TYK!!!!
SWABK: we'll even give her a "puffin face" for you!
misscleo: oops. We lost Scott...
gabs: oh dear :)
misscleo: Tracy, go ahead
TraceW: Hi Kathy. I'm relaying your answers to a group on Compuserve. Bronwyn sends her greeting from Downunder. Scott is watching from Compuserve
misscleo: Kathy wouldn't be surprised (Scott pizza that is...),
TraceW: Aussies can identify with the Canadian-American thing which makes the show very enjoyable, and she wants me to tell you that they are waiting for season two with baited breath.
TraceW: Bronwyn is in Sydney. for it even if CBS doeif CBS doesn't
misscleo: Tracy question??? Hope so
TraceW: Thanks Kathy. I will pass it along!
misscleo: Lillian, your question! :-)
Lillian: I'm sorry I'm so late and I hope this hasn't been asked already. I was told by a friend in Toronto that they're still filming (disrupting traffic). Hopeful sign for future episodes?
misscleo: SCott, can you confirm today was the last day of shooting?
misscleo: lillian, ga please
Lillian: Oh, sorry... ga
misscleo: well, I have a question.. We owe you both Dief's day off, and the wild bunch. Do you have a soft spot for Dief?
gdh: cherokee: Your question, please :)
ScottC_: Yes today is the last day of shooting. Should be done any minute now.
misscleo: Are you tired, Kathy?
gdh: Kathy: Two waiting... we can stop if you want :)
gdh: cherokee:Last call...
gdh: cherokee: Sorry....
gabs: you're welcome to come back and visit anytime!
misscleo: shroo, your turn
shroomie: I read today that OFDC and OFIP (Ontario gov't film investments) are being drastically cut. Is this likely to adversely affect Alliance and, if so, on "fine Canadian programming" like DS? And TYK for being here!
ScottC_: Kathy - Woody is not on this show. We have a new AD. Also I am home, and they are on Location. Really tough for me to find out exactly whats going on.
ScottC_: I have a question for Kathy? Who is your favourite member of the Due South office Staff? VBGBS
misscleo: Scott, unfair question!
gabs: scott: no fair asking!ga
France: With all teh Geminis that DS has won, Do you think that it will help with CTV?? Do you think they will go for it even if CBS doesn't?? Hope so!
ScottC: France - I can tell you that Alliance has announced that without CBS they will not make a go of another Season
misscleo: Please everyone, remember that Kathy is no longer with Due South.
gdh: Ok, no more queue requests, please , thank you.
misscleo: fmouse, did you type your question?
fmouse: Who came up with the idea of Dief as the '3rd lead?' We love Dief too!
TraceW: Robin on Compuserve wants to know about the Hitchcock references that have made their way into the show. Who on staff are fans, and how did these references begin?
ScottC: Kathy - No, her name is Rita. First episode she has done. It is a flashback show.
misscleo: Kathy, two more questions and that's it!
ScottC: Hi Kathy. Can you see me?
misscleo: I've ended the moderation... Thank you all!
misscleo: Seems Kathy split!
gdh: Well I think that was vey successful for a first night
shroomie: So can we all babble now?
ScottC: We seem to have lost Kathy.
gdh: Log files will be available shortly :)
hollyds: oh there she is
misscleo: yup! we can babble...
gabs: ah, there we go!
gabs: w b Kathy!
gdh: Kathy: Many thanks for your time this evening :)
ScottC: Tell CIS that Jeff King is a Hitchcock Fan. Kathy Correct me if I'm wrong.
misscleo: Hello again Kathy...
shroomie: Scott: re: No CBS--Will Alliance not even try for another network?
shroomie: Nic: Babbling brooks, we are.
misscleo: No split tonight except for Kathy! :-( really appreciate it!
France: Thanks for talking to us, we really appreciate it!
ScottC: And for the record - I am sure she would have said Scott was her favourite member of the Office Staff :-)
hollyds: and back
misscleo: Yes Kathy....
SWABK: scott: you wish!!! ;-)
gabs: Kathy, we see you
ScottC: Shroomie - I doubt it. But who knows for certain.
shroomie: We're certain of that too, Scott.
misscleo: Kathy it happens...
gdh: Kathy: Moderation is over :)
shroomie: Scott: Does this mean we should stop lobbying nets like USA, Lifetime, ABC, and so on?
gabs: Kathy: welcome to the wonderful world of IRC...
misscleo: Thank you kindly Kathy for your time and answers
gabs: yes! Thank you Kathy!
hollyds: oh yes :) Thank you so much Kathy
misscleo: IRC was actually quite tame tonight. I think I scared the lag monsters...
shroomie: Kathy: What Gavin means is that it's a free-for-all in here, if you're up to it VBG!
SWABK: gabs: you mean the wonderful "wacky" world of IRC...!
hollyds: kathy well we are likely to be here for a while :)
gabs: bri/san: yeah, that's what I meant :)
Mackenzie: shroom: too bad cbs couldn't run their promos on another network ;-)
kits: Thanks Kathy
misscleo: Kathy most of us will be staying. You're welcome to stay too, but we'll understand if you don't
Dy: Kathy: I must say, I LOVE your tastes! It was great having you here!
* gabs waves to Kathy
shroomie: Goodnight, Kathy.
Dorothy: thank you kindly kathy!
Aloha: THank you for coming and chatting with us, Kathy!
hollyds: goodnight Kathy. come back anytime
Mackenzie: TYK kathy! your mea
* Keitz waves goodbye etig goe
ScottC: Thanks Kathy. See you soon
* gdh passes round an assortment of biscuits and cheeses
mleonard: Thanks Kathy
shroomie: MacK: I'm pretty certain that would be a conflict of interest ;-)
SWABK: thanks so much, Kathy! I already gave Bonnie a hug for you!
* hollyds has coem nice chicken wins
hollyds: er wings
* Keitz passes out the moosehead
misscleo: Kathy I'll do a follow up with you on MSN...
misscleo: Thank you again!
misscleo: And you can come back anytime, just like Scott does! :-)
misscleo: Kathy there's a DS party in Montreal, on May 25th. Feel like flying in?
shroomie: Hi, Peaches!
* hollyds dances teh jitterbug
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