There seems to be some understandable confusion with the announcement of our upcoming “web series”, ALTERNATE UNIVERSE. Reactions varying between “WTF!!??” and ” This time he’s jumped the shark for sure.” While shark jumping is always a danger–particularly since me and my partners take a perverse delight in flirting with just that with every new outrage (The family friendly Sardinia show being an example of a profoundly risky rub up against ‘off-brand,’ late-era Fonzarelli), these dark, nasty, frequently foul TWO MINUTE LONG web extras are not a replacement for NO RESERVATIONS. They are not a pilot for some new, family friendly, watered down follow on. They are instead brief, often violent, alt versions of NO RES–representing things we could never have done on the actual show-or the way things should have gone on the show–or animated acknowledgments of what already went terribly wrong on the show. Or, for example, my take on the network’s “Travel Bug” promo campaign–about which I was, shall we say…dubious.
They’ll appear on the fan site–for those who wish to click on them. I wrote the damn things–so there’s nobody to blame but me if they’re not as quick, nasty–and funny as I think they are. And I want to thank Andrew Zimmern and Samantha Brown in advance–for their extraordinarily good humored participation in one particularly lurid episode. I hope we don’t freak out their fan base.