This interview was very kindly
granted to us during Mr. Donovan's lunch break. A few questions
were missed, but I assure you that they were missed due
to lack of time, not to any reluctance on the part of Mr.
Please also be aware that I am paraphrasing, since I do
not know shorthand, therefore any typos or misstatements
are due to my transcription skills, or lack thereof. Who
knew that I would someday regret not learning shorthand?
Are you currently working on any other shows or feature
films or is Lexx consuming all you energies?
Donovan: I am just working on Lexx,
it will take until spring to finish all the post production
work. (Note; Mr. Donovan pointed out later that doing twenty
four one hour episodes was the same as shooting twelve full
length movies. Which would account for him not having a
lot of other irons in the fire.)
As a story writer how do you feel about people creating
their own stories based on your characters and themes. Is
it a compliment or are you like Ann Rice and consider it
Donovan: No, I don't mind, after all
script writers do this all the time. As long as people enjoy
it, I have no problem with it.
What was your favorite Lexx episode, and why?
Donovan: Does it have to be an episode
that has already been seen? I think that the episode we
are working on right now 'Prime Ridge' is going to be great.
Also the episode 'The Game' is very experimental, it is
either going to be really great, or really bad. It is not
going to be a normal episode even for Lexx; it is a game,
nothing but a chess game.
What is the funniest thing that happened during the production
of season four.
Donovan: Well that's hard to say,
so much of it is either only funny to us, in jokes, misbehavior
and stuff like that or it is stuff that is not the least
bit funny at the time. Crises of various kinds, and it is
hard to find later when enough time has passed that it becomes
funny, but we are trying to keep better track of it this
year for the bloopers reel.
Lexx brought a breath of Star Wars to TV and left several
fans with feelings they had not had since the premier of
Star Wars. Was it your intent to make the Sci Fi community
sit up and take notice, or did you feel that you had a great
story and that was good enough for you?
Donovan: I was also struck by Star
Wars. There was no sense of competition with Star Wars,
but that would be a worth while ambition to have achieved
the same effect. I especially liked the way Star Wars told
the story first and was science fiction second. I felt that
Lexx had a freshness that much of television was lacking.
Did you think that Salter Street would be as big as it has
Donovan: I was in a tunnel the last
six years working on Lexx and while I hoped it would be
successful, but I didn't think it would be this big.
Has running such a large enterprise such as Salter Street
affected your outlook on life or your writing?
Donovan: I haven't run Salter Street
in a long time, just Lexx.
It has been said on the boards that if Sci Fi picks up Lexx
for a fifth season, MM will not be back.
Donovan: That is not even a matter
for discussion. Sci Fi would probably accept a fifth season,
but we made it clear to them that we are not planning one.
We are worried that if Lexx continues there is a good possibility
of the creativity being exhausted.
Which editing ticks you off the worst, the cuts for sex
Donovan: Probably the violence, as
it is mostly done with lightness, unlike some of the darker
stuff that you see.
After a few seasons did you feel a need to stay consistent
or did you just let the story go its own way?
Donovan: There was a main story line
but both the story and characters were constantly developing
as we went.
Has Lexx changed much from your initial vision?
Donovan: Yes, now that it is almost
over I have finally figured out how to do it.
Is the divine order or insect control going to be reintroduced
in season 4?
Donovan: No..... Not really.
What was the deal with the two talking stars on Brunnis
Donovan: That was just stuck in there
for fun, why shouldn't stuff be fun?
Was MM doubling for the guy Dale in Texx Lexx?
Donovan: Yes, sharp eyes there, someone
wins an award.
What have you got against bald German men? Both Dr. Kazaan
from Luv Liner and Mantrid have be bald, Germanic and overwhelmingly
Donovan: Nothing at all, but the first
three seasons were German co-productions and shaved heads
are very popular there in certain circles.
What is the story behind Sci Fi not promoting Lexx the way
they do their in house shows? And how do you feel about
it being banished to late-late Sundays during it's re-runs
when this not necessarily the case for the other Friday
night Sci Fi programming while they are in re-run?
Donovan: I'm not really sure what
exactly this is referring to. Sci Fi has told us that the
promotional push for Lexx would be equal to their other
Ed. Note: I then explained about the marathon twenty-four
hour Sci-Fi tapings just trying to catch a premier promo,
and the Farscape, Chronicle and Invisible Man promos till
your ears bleed, as opposed to a single Lexx promo during
Lexx and the occasional Summer of Sci Fi snippet. I also
pointed out the close ratings between Farscape and Lexx
despite the virtual promo black out for Lexx.
Donovan: Well, different shows require
a different amount of viewership to justify their cost.
So it is possible that Sci Fi might be more heavily pushing
the shows that cost it more money than Lexx does, especially
if they are in house shows. (Note: Is this guy just too
diplomatic for words or what!)
Why is Lexx being shown at different times in different
Donovan: This is a time span problem,
the networks purchase the show and then decide when to show
it for according to their own internal reasons. Once we
are finished with it, it leaves our hands.
Any chance of the rights to Lexx be sold for future Lexx
Donovan: This decision now belongs
to Alliance Atlantis, but I have not heard anything about
Can you change your marketing outfit to give the Lexx stuff
Donovan: All of that is now under
Alliance Atlantis that will be up to them. I have not heard
anything but they may focus on it in the future. (Note:
When I spoke with Lex later, He said not to even get him
started on this topic!)
any chance of a movie version of Lexx?
Donovan: That idea is kind of far
fetched right now.
Is there any chance of a made for TV prequel?
Donovan: If there was a good budget
and script I would not mind being involved. But I feel it
is time to move on.
Are their any plans on doing some Lexx books?
Donovan: Well there have been some
discussions, but the publishers want someone to write them
and the Lexx writers are too busy writing the show. Perhaps
when things slow down, but I am not currently inclined to
What is happening with the Darrow/Valdron 'All about Lexx'
Donovan: The powers that be in regards
to projects like this now rest in the hands of Alliance
Atlantis and it will depend on what they want to focus on.
Although I am very pleased because Darrow knows the show
better than anyone.
What are your plans for the future?
Donovan: I have some ideas about doing
a mini series, but I'm not sure who I might do it with.
One of the things I am thinking of is using CGI to do historical
drama, instead of creating a parallel universe I would be
creating Renaissance Italy. I think that would be very interesting.
I thanked Mr. Donovan for the interview and he went up to
the offices to check on a few things. I proceeded to wander
about the studio, visiting other Crew members.