Topic: Dollhouse Commentaries with Tim Minear on Sofa Dogs!
So, before I post the appropriate links, here's a bit of back story on how this happened:
In June of 2008, the annual Can't Stop The Serenity event was making the rounds across the country (for those who don't know, it's a charity screening of Serenity that runs during the summer to benefit Equality Now). There were two events occurring over a weekend, A Music Showcase at a bar where local bands performed for the charity, and a screening of Serenity with an auction of various Joss Whedon products to follow (these screenings now include big screen showings of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog).
I was able to attend these events, in which I met Tim Minear outside of the bar in the patio while live music was blasting away inside. Puffing on a cigarette, Tim held court with a small congregation of fans as he shared old war stories about battling the rough terrain of network TV. So strong was his passion and frustration, I jokingly shouted, "Yeah, but how do you really feel? Don't hold back!". He laughed as a number of us lined up to get our merchandise autographed.
I was the last person to approach Tim. We chatted for a bit about Nielsen ratings and residuals from DVD and episode sales. I drew my Serenity ticket stub from my wallet and showed it to him. When I presented my DVDs for him to sign, Tim noticed my Wonderfalls box set (I think I was the only one who brought more than Firefly) and so we started chatting about that as well. It was a great, lengthy casual conversation about writing and his various works (Drive, The Inside, Wonderfalls, etc.). At the end, I asked Tim if he would record a bumper for my podcast. He asked the name and when I told him, he then asked, "Wait, do you do commentaries for Firefly episodes?"
I said, "Yeah."
He replied, "I listened to your Out of Gas commentary. I recognized your voice. You should have me on your show."
After my head finished exploding, he recorded his bumper, we grabbed a quick photo and parted company until the next day. After the Serenity screening, Tim took questions from the audience (including one from me about Drive) and I shot the Q&A with my Mini-DV Cam:
I still don't know how to post images into these forums, so I'll just skip ahead to the desired links:
The conversation continues after that episode in this recording here. It's not a commentary, so you don't have to watch anything else while listening to understand it.
Additional commentaries with Tim will happen in the future for episodes of Dollhouse, Firefly, Drive, The Inside and more.