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Chelsea General Update + Sanjay Gupta interview
As those of you who are following JBN on Twitter (and our Chelsea General list) probably figured out by now, filming of the pilot began yesterday. Yay! We'll keep our eyes peeled for any major developments. (Nothing too major yet, though personally it did make me smile that they are shooting at LA Center Studios and not on some studio lot in the Valley. I work downtown and having any kind of facility like that nearby has been great for the area. W00t, bringin' it central. ;) )

In other news, though, do check out this terrific interview with Sanjay Gupta over at CNN.com. Monday Mornings is out now (I've had the book for over a week but haven't cracked it yet; sorry, too much going on. And there was a new Gail Carriger book out, dammit! ;) )  He discusses the novel, as well as Chelsea General, and not only mentions Jamie and the cast but a little bit about book vs. series, and reveals this about Jamie's character, Tyler:

WARNING... SOMEWHAT SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS, if you care about that kind of thing...

One of my main characters is Tyler Wilson -- this is a guy who is a neurosurgeon in a hospital. His brother died of brain tumor when he was young. His sister was shot in a convenience store robbery and is in a vegetative state. The thing he remembers beyond the tragedy of losing his sibling is how the doctors, when his brother died, did not come out and tell his family. They sent a social worker to go do it. It was devastating.

As often happens in the case of couples that lose a child, his parents got divorced. That was his upbringing. So he had two goals in life when he realized he could become a doctor: 1) He wanted to become better neurosurgeon than the one that took care of his brother, and 2) He also wanted to make it so that, under his watch, a family would never get treated the way his family was when they lost one of their children.

You don't know this when you meet him. He's a very good surgeon. He has some almost stereotypical qualities about who he is. He's not the nicest guy in the world in most situations, at least to his colleagues.

When it comes to families, there's nobody better. He's the best guy in the hospital. When he makes a medical mistake, you get a sense of just what prism through which he sees that mistake. He sees it through: This is my life's calling. This is all I was supposed to do: To save people that other people could not. In this case, he didn't.




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callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: March 13th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Heh. A friend of mine got cast as Jamie's mom (in a flashback scene). She was on set filming today. :)

I really liked the book (listened to it on audio, as our company is publishing for libraries). Ty's arc is very nice and emotional--lots of crying, lol. It's right in Jamie's wheelhouse I think.
anamarya From: anamarya Date: March 13th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Thanks for the news. I already read the interview earlier and I really like that description for the character. I strongly believe that Jamie can do very good things with that kind of a character. Every time that we find something new about this i'm getting even more excited.

Now, all that we need (I'm hoping for soon but not really too soon for obvious reasons) are some non-spoilery pics form the set. I'm not sure if that;s ever going to happen but you what they say - hope does last.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 13th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Now, all that we need (I'm hoping for soon but not really too soon for obvious reasons) are some non-spoilery pics form the set.

Yeah, unless anyone in the cast decides to tweet something, probably not likely but you never know. A lot also probably depends on how much the end up shooting on set vs. on location. I'm sure it being a medical drama, most of it will be on closed sets, but they may end up shooting downtown. (Along with everything else under the sun; I usually pass a bank of trailers at least once a week. I'll probably keep my eyes peeled a little more carefully for the next few weeks, though. ;) )
callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: March 13th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Somebody posted a photo on twitter that had a sign for Chelsea (General) and said they were shooting near her building. The street sign said 3rd Street?
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 13th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Third Street runs from downtown all the way to Beverly Hills; unless you've got a cross street, that could be virtually anywhere. ;) (Not that I have the time or the particular desire to stalk the location; if I happen across it on my way to the train station, oooh neato! but...)
callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: March 13th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Well Geesh, where's your dedication? ;)

here's the pic. I couldn't make out cross street...
"http://Pic.twitter.com/xYtQ00WY

Edited at 2012-03-13 11:29 pm (UTC)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 13th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Dedication to... ? I love me a slice of Bambi, don't get me wrong. And I love helping Asta dig up the news or I wouldn't be an admim. It's just not really my thing. (Would freaking love to interview Jamie one day, if the opportunity arose, and there's a fine line between him potentially knowing I'm tied to a fansite (no biggie, really) and being that one what was hanging around set for hours that one time...)
callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: March 13th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh whoops! I forgot you guys try to be respectable, professional fangirls, rather than crazy squee-happy fangirls like the rest of us. ;) Carry on, then!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 14th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Hey, look, there's no offense intended... and let's certainly not work in absolutes. I'd argue that no one who darkens the doorways around here can exactly claim that they're incapable of squee. Everyone's manner of squee is different, though, and that's understandable. (Now I sound like an ad: "Squee - it comes in many varieties! Like butterflies. And Pocky." XD)
anamarya From: anamarya Date: March 14th, 2012 09:57 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I should start with saying that it was a random comment and wishful thinking. it wasn't a hint or anything else. and yes, I agree that our best hope is for a pic from the cast.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 14th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
To be honest, I didn't think that comment was a hint. ;) I initially mentioned having passed by so many location shoots downtown mostly to indicate that yeah, that would increase our chances of some pics! - but it would be because they happened to be photographed by whoever was around. ;) The paps still don't really congregate on this end of town like they do at all the celeb haunts, but enough production goes on here that they're around. ('course, a TNT pilot is probably going to generate less interest than, say, if Angelina Jolie was filming a movie or something. But stranger things have happened.)

Other thing is, I have no frame of reference for what's in the script so for all I know they won't need many city street locations. If they are looking for fake suburban Michigan, they're not gonna find it 'round these parts!
asta77 From: asta77 Date: March 14th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I hope they aren't trying to duplicate Detroit. There is NO WAY Los Angeles is doubling for Detroit in winter. Well, accept for maybe this year with the freakish weather we've been having.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 14th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
But would they even try for winter? I could see them faking that on a studio backlot, not downtown, IF they even attempted it. Certain things you just can't do. (Unless you resort to really bad CGI like they did on Ringer last night. LOL)
anamarya From: anamarya Date: March 14th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
To be honest, I didn't think that comment was a hint.

I'm really glad to to hear it. i found out lately that sometimes when I'm very tired I express things in a way that can be interpreted and I wanted to clarify things if this was one of those occasions.

On another note (which is sort of OT) this discussion about locations and different cities and stuff is very good for my general knowledge on geography. Better than some of my high-school classes. So,that's a plus.

onlyariana From: onlyariana Date: March 14th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm reading the first chapter that was linked in that interview and OMG!!! OMG!!! I don't want to say things if people haven't read it yet but I keep having to take squee breaks just from what it says about Dr. Wilson. Just physical description so far seems like it was done by US about Jamie. The one tiny line of dialogue he has I can so hear. Actually I think I hear Lee Adama saying it.

I wasn't sure if I was going to bother getting and reading the book. Now I'm sure.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 14th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Just physical description so far seems like it was done by US about Jamie.

The description of the eyes, for damn sure. ;) I don't know about the "tall" part, though, LOL.

I did breeze through a few chapters, without properly reading it. There's seems to be quite a bit in the book that I'd bet money will be re-written or jettisoned, or at the very least held off for quite some time depending on how long a run it gets. I'm sure most of the character archetypes will stick tho.
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