jacksonpublick (jacksonpublick) wrote,

The March (or May) of Progress...

Hello again…

A belated "Merry Christmas" to you all, and a preemptive "Happy New Year." Apologies for not offering up a Venture Christmas song this season, but we converted to Mayanism earlier this year, so we no longer believed in Christmas and fully believed the world would end on December 21st. Also, we were super-busy with post-production on The Venture Bros. Season 5, as well as with decorating our giant stone calendar and practicing human head soccer.

So now it's back to post-production. Here's where we currently stand with the season: We've already delivered half of the fully finished episodes to the network, and the rest are in various states of post-production. This week we received the rough cut of the final episode from Korea (which is actually the second half of what will be our premiere episode) so I'm spending the day scouring it for errors and typing up retakes notes. Then tonight I'm headed to a final sound mix session for the 6th episode. We'll finish the picture edit for the 7th episode a day or two into the new year and turn it over to our sound engineer, then move on to editing the 8th episode.

Since we're idiots who decided to write and produce our hour-long premiere episode last, we can't start airing until the last episode is finished. I don't currently know exactly when our premiere date is. I've heard it could be as soon as mid-March or as late as early May, but we're racing to get that premiere special done in time for March.

And now that I've seen all of the episodes in one form or another, I can truthfully say it's going to be a great season. The crew in every department of the production really stepped up their game (and new crew members brought new game)--the show's never looked or sounded better. And as writers, Doc and I hit a really great, confident stride that, I think, combines some of the best qualities of seasons past with a uniquely season 5 freshness. A good mix of new characters and old (some of which haven't been seen in quite a while), high adventure in exotic locations and internal strife on the home front. You will like it!

(Incidentally, the guest voices this season include J.K. Simmons, Larry Murphy, Paget Brewster, John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac, Tim Meadows, Gillian Jacobs, Bill Hader, and the kicking-ass-on-SNL-this-season Kate McKinnon!)

We're also looking ahead to next season. Doc and I have big plans for season 6 and are champing at the bit to get started writing it. But first we have to write the script for our proposed long-form Venture Bros. special. We've got a pretty epic story planned, involving an epic number of cast members in an epic setting, so it's a pretty epic task ahead of us. The story will bridge seasons 5 & 6, so our mission is to tie up a lot of threads from season 5 (and 4, and 3…) and start a few new ones in the process. The sooner we write that, the sooner we'll write season 6--and the sooner we do all this writing, the sooner we'll be back on the air. My hope, as always, is to tighten that interminable gap between seasons--because I don't like waiting to show you new Venture Bros. any more than you like waiting to see new Venture Bros. So wish us luck…

Anyway, I posted a bunch of season 5 screen grabs on my Tumblr, but here's a few more for you LJ loyalists…

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We Love You,


P.S. Thanks for all the cookies.

P.P.S. Happy New Year!!!
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Thank you guys! We love you!
The Chinese restaurant looks amazing! Dean's attic bedroom and The Monarch's ceiling also rather caught my eye. And underwater- very cool!

I was very happy to receive a Guild of Calamitous Intent t-shirt for xmas this year. I am in it for the long haul!

We love you too. Happy New Year!
I keep trying to form a coherent sentence about how excited I am for the new season but I just...**flails**

2013 = new Arrested Development AND new Venture Bros? Gonna be a good year for TV
Yeah! Looking forward to new Venture brothers, the sooner the better!
Awesomesauuuuuuce! :D
Good to hear things are going well and that there's a lot to look forward to from the Venture Brothers in 2013, whether the precise date happens to be in March or May.

Everything else in this post is also A+, as you well know. Happy New Year to the team!

I'm shocked, yet gratified, that you continue to post on LJ; it's really nice to see the longer-form commentary that the other social media networks eschew.
Thanks for the update. I'm very much looking forward to the new season. Like, very very much.
All that up there? It looks... AWESOME. Count me in, sailor!
Oh my god, based on the art alone, I can see why it takes so much time, the wait will definitely be worth it!!! I am so excited!!! The backgrounds look amazing! Thank you for always working so hard, this is exactly why Venture Bros. is my favorite show!
This was a much needed Happy Christmas Hug.
Thanks for the update and for all you hard work!
I am excited (impatient) as always.
Happy New Year! Thanks for the teasers!
Can't wait for the new season! Never seen so much confidence from you in a season before, I imagine the stress dilutes confidence a bit, which means this season is probably going to be the best one yet. I also feel that might come across as a backhanded compliment but I solely base this off of commentary; a less stressed on/off smoking Jackson Publick feels like a rare sighting and is relieving to know it can happen.

Also I'm going to take a stab and say Paget will be the voice of the Outrider's wife. Whatever happens I just hope you guys kept the Bane jokes to a minimum, ha-ha.
Thank you for your concern. Indeed, a saner production and a top-notch staff made all the difference this season (though I'm still smoking too much) and I'm much better rested, if still creatively restless by nature.

And no... we're 100% Bane-free this season.
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