I met up with my friend Kerry last night and we discussed and debated "Battlestar Galactica" for two hours over coffee while most of the rest of the country was watching President Obama's address to Congress.
It occurs to me that it's a great time to be a sci-fi fan these days, between the movies -- "The Dark Knight" getting an Oscar win for Heath Ledger and the debut of "Watchmen" next week -- and what is on TV these days.
Not just a lot of sci fi on TV these days, but a lot of smart sci-fi. Kerry and I identified at least 10 key questions we have to have answered over the final four episodes of "BSG," and these are answers we desperately want -- the hallmark of good TV writing, I believe.
Meanwhile, some interesting news from the world of Geekdom coming up. The CW announced a bunch of renewals yesterday, including "Smallville" and "Supernatural" for next season, joining "Gossip Girl," "90210," "One Tree Hill" and "America's Top Model."
Also, Bruce Timm, the award winning producer of such animated series as "Batman: The Animated Series" and "Justice League Unlimited," will be producing a "Green Lantern" direct-to-DVD animated movie, which will be previewed on the animated "Wonder Woman" DVD that will be released next week. Among the vocal talent lined up for "GL" are Chris Meloni ("Law & Order: SVU"), Victor Garber ("Eli Stone"), Tricia Helfer ("BSG") and Michael Madsen ("Reservoir Dogs").
Perhaps the most interesting and unusual thing announced yesterday, though, is a Broadway musical to be based on "Spider-Man" which will open next February. The production will feature music by Bono and The Edge of U2 and will be directed by Julie Taymor ("The Lion King").
I'm less optimistic about this news. Here's a reminder of the last time a superhero appeared in a musical: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDR-XvJpqBk.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Speaking of it being a good time for smart sci-fi, ABC delivers new episodes of "Lost" and "Life On Mars," beginning at 9 p.m.
CBS has new episodes of "Old Christine," "Gary Unmarried," "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY" tonight, while NBC counters with "The Biggest Loser" and "Life."
Fox has two hours of "American Idol" beginning at 8 p.m.
On cable, "Damages" (FX, 10 p.m.) is brand-new.