You may have noticed some changes on The Entertainment Network (Yes, we sometimes forget we’re not just called TEN sometimes too) and not just in the cosmetics department. 2012 was an exciting year for TEN – three new shows as well as the return of beloved older shows taking virtual series in directions it’s never been before – and 2013 is only going to be better.
The first and most obvious change has been our forum’s upgrade to Proboards’ new V5 system which allows the forum to look slicker and has added the shoutbox feature which has already been put to good use for discussions about virtual series. Unfortunately at this date we have no way to archive our shoutbox discussions so be sure to check back frequently and join in the discussion! The forum upgrade comes with an updated look for our older schemes, as well as several new ones – now you can change the forum’s appearance to schemes ‘Inside Out’, ‘Marvel Heroes’ and ‘Marvel Villains', all featuring graphic work by Darrin McCann or ‘Caydem’ inspired by our hit show Caydem Falls and featuring graphic work by Dex Macleod. There are more schemes on the way based on our current range of shows so keep an eye out as we make the forum look even better!
Our team of staff members has taken a small shift in recent days and we’re pleased to announce that Kyle West as agreed to join our team as a Network Producer after continued dedication to bettering the site both through his script releases and with ideas for behind the scenes. Dex Macleod will be joining Kyle as a Network Producer whilst Alden Caele has stepped up to the admin team of Network Presidents. He will work with current presidents Tom East and Dan Taylor, as well as the Network Producers, to establish and moderate several new schemes being introduced in the near future.
The first of such schemes is the introduction of our Mentoring Scheme which will allow newer writers to experience working as part of an established show staff whilst also developing their own pitched series with the help of an experienced producer, one of the admin staff. The internship will be on one of four shows – Dead City Blues, Knight’s Haven, Marvel Origins or X-Men: Revolution – and will take place over three months. At the same time, a producer will assist them in developing their pitch into a quality product for eventual release on the network when they deem the series to be ready. This scheme will be put into motion soon but mentees will require a community presence and a good attitude towards both praise and constructive criticism before they are considered.
The following months will see development in many of our currently airing shows, as well as the premiere of a new hour-long series by Malleus Maleficarum and Blood Red Shoes writer, Li Robb, entitled X-Men: Revolution. The series once again takes the X-Men mythos in a different direction and promises the thrills and drama that we’ve all come to know and love in Robb’s scripts. Expected to air its first four episodes starting from April, X-Men: Revolution will be returning later in the year for the remainder of its first season. The series takes place in a different continuity from TEN's Marvelverse, meaning that Robb won't be tied to the events of any other Marvel-related show on TEN.
TEN’s official Marvelverse consisting of X-Men: Rebirth and Marvel Origins will also be an ongoing presence in the forum’s schedule over the next few months. The next volume of Marvel Origins, Origins: X-Men, will began airing daily from February 25th for ten episodes and features episodes written by showrunners Tom East and Alden Caele, as well as scripts written by newcomer Steve Goodman. X-Men: Rebirth will be returning for its fourth volume in late March for an extended twelve episodes, with East and Caele both writing episodes as well as their Slayer Academy alumni Chris Haigh. The characters of Angel and Madrox were previously confirmed to be leaving the series at the end of the third volume but the decision was made to bring them back for one further volume with a plot featuring their search for mutant criminal, Switch (Winner of our Best Guest Star award). Origins and Rebirth are expected to air multiple volumes over the course of the year with East and Caele writing for both shows.
The winner of our Best Virtual Series award, Knight’s Haven, is to return in April with its second season with a special webisode prequel airing shortly beforehand. The show won three awards in our recent awards, including the previously mentioned Best Virtual Series as well as a tied award for Best Episode and Best Lead Male for its popular lead character, Sebastian Knight. What’s in store for Sebastian and his crew now that the first season is over? You’ll have to find out in April! Kyle West's webisode series Stay Away From England focusing on a riot-infested England recently aired its first volume to critical acclaim and will be returning in May for its second.
Looking further into the year, expect to see the return of Darken House with the one-hour special Piece of the Sun in June and a Caydem Falls special just in time for Halloween. Popular action/mystery webisode series, Inside Out won four TEN Awards this year including Best Writer and Best WTF! Moment and will be making another shock move – this time into the one-hour format with four new episodes airing in its annual December slot. Recurring characters Owen Black and Ryan Carlton will join Kirby (Best Lead Female) and Trevor Summers (Best Supporting Male) as Regular Characters for the show’s third season after the shock ending of Sequence Two.
Dead City Blues, now airing in syndication at our affiliate network MZPtv, will also be returning for its second sequence later in the year with the writing team of Caele, Robb, East and Claire Rooney, who wrote for the first sequence and is best known as the showrunner of MZPtv’s retired Buffyverse series Fate. Dates for the show’s return have yet to be revealed but the second sequence will also air on MZPtv in syndication months after the show’s airing on TEN.
That’s all for our longwinded announcement but if you thought it was too long and didn’t read, here’s the gist – new staff, new look, new show content and an easier way for new writers to get involved! Here’s to making 2013 an even better year than the last!