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The SciFi Channel Upfronts

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I hereby pledge to you that merely having the same corporate overlords will not bias my comments about SciFi's programming. I will not be intimidated!

...It's possible I can be bribed, though.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. In March, I got an invitation to the SciFi channel upfronts. After going through the seven stages of bewilderment -- disbelief, denial, wigging-out, exhilaration, panic, deciding to use precious vacation time, acceptance -- I made travel arrangements. So on March 21, I took the train up to New York, met up with my friend Sam, and wandered over to the venue. On the way, we took a small detour to check out TWoP Towers -- they're building a glass-enclosed walkway to connect them to Bravo's offices. Pretty cool, although I'm worried that James Lipton is going to be sneaking over all the time to steal our donuts.

The upfronts were held at STK. The invite did say that there'd be stars from various shows in attendance, but having no experience in these matters, Sam and I figured that it'd be like a con panel, basically. Y'know -- we'd listen to a spiel for half an hour, maybe get a t-shirt or something in a goodie bag, and afterward we could get dinner before I had to head home. Yeah, I know: we're dumb. Honestly, my thought process was, "It can't be that interesting, or why would I have been invited?" Anyway, we located STK by cleverly spotting the giant purple banner with SciFi's logo, walked over the roped-off purple carpet on the sidewalk (for real), and entered the restaurant.

The place was decked out with giant TV screens, and laptops pointing to the SciFi site were set up on some tables -- although it seemed like everyone was afraid to touch them. To our delight, there was an open bar, so we each got a beer, and then sorta sidled around feeling terribly out of place. There was a mountain of shrimp and oysters beckoning, which we sampled, and then we were just like, "Wow. This is way nicer than I expected. Wow." That's when the waiters started circulating with platter after platter of beef, and tiny delicious crabcakes, and chicken, and sliders, and on and on. There was also a waiter who insisted, "If your beer's gone, you should try the Prohibition Punch!" I highly recommend the Prohibition Punch. Zowie. The waiters were also way cute and charming, because...well, the restaurant's just south of Chelsea. The point is: we were well impressed and nothing had actually happened yet. Plus, we had pretty well established that there was no need to go somewhere else for dinner afterward.

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The SciFi Channel Upfronts

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Skiffy To-Do Dah

I hereby pledge to you that merely having the same corporate overlords will not bias my comments about SciFi's programming. I will not be intimidated!

...It's possible I can be bribed, though.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. In March, I got an invitation to the SciFi channel upfronts. After going through the seven stages of bewilderment -- disbelief, denial, wigging-out, exhilaration, panic, deciding to use precious vacation time, acceptance -- I made travel arrangements. So on March 21, I took the train up to New York, met up with my friend Sam, and wandered over to the venue. On the way, we took a small detour to check out TWoP Towers -- they're building a glass-enclosed walkway to connect them to Bravo's offices. Pretty cool, although I'm worried that James Lipton is going to be sneaking over all the time to steal our donuts.

The upfronts were held at STK. The invite did say that there'd be stars from various shows in attendance, but having no experience in these matters, Sam and I figured that it'd be like a con panel, basically. Y'know -- we'd listen to a spiel for half an hour, maybe get a t-shirt or something in a goodie bag, and afterward we could get dinner before I had to head home. Yeah, I know: we're dumb. Honestly, my thought process was, "It can't be that interesting, or why would I have been invited?" Anyway, we located STK by cleverly spotting the giant purple banner with SciFi's logo, walked over the roped-off purple carpet on the sidewalk (for real), and entered the restaurant.

The place was decked out with giant TV screens, and laptops pointing to the SciFi site were set up on some tables -- although it seemed like everyone was afraid to touch them. To our delight, there was an open bar, so we each got a beer, and then sorta sidled around feeling terribly out of place. There was a mountain of shrimp and oysters beckoning, which we sampled, and then we were just like, "Wow. This is way nicer than I expected. Wow." That's when the waiters started circulating with platter after platter of beef, and tiny delicious crabcakes, and chicken, and sliders, and on and on. There was also a waiter who insisted, "If your beer's gone, you should try the Prohibition Punch!" I highly recommend the Prohibition Punch. Zowie. The waiters were also way cute and charming, because...well, the restaurant's just south of Chelsea. The point is: we were well impressed and nothing had actually happened yet. Plus, we had pretty well established that there was no need to go somewhere else for dinner afterward.

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