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New Oz Podcast! Jul. 10th, 2018 @ 12:49 pm
vanillalime
"Inside Oz: A Review Podcast" is a new podcast devoted to discussing our favorite show episode-by-episode! Its first installment discussing S1E1 (The Routine) is now available for listening on Soundcloud, Podbean, Stitcher, and Acast (and is supposed to be coming to iTunes in the near future). Here is the link at Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/user-666653383/s1e1-the-routine

You can follow the account on Twitter @insideozpodcast for updates. I know that the person doing them has stockpiled the first four episodes and plans to release them in a weekly manner. (Or maybe it was bi-weekly? I can't remember for sure.)

Other than its introduction, I haven't listened to the podcast yet, as I was thinking of rewatching the episode beforehand, and maybe post some stream-of-consciousness notes about it to my LJ. Then I started thinking... maybe I should do a rewatch of the entire series this way. (I'm not one much for "binging," so maybe this is a speed I can work with.) Feel free to join me, if you wish!

Wherefore Art Thou, Oz Drabble Tree is now OPEN Feb. 14th, 2018 @ 07:42 pm
ozsaur
trillingstar had a brilliant idea! Why not open a drabble tree for Valentine's? She even wrote the starter ficlet! So here it is:

Wherefore Art Thou, Oz Drabble Tree?

If you haven't play in an Oz Drabble Tree before, the rules are simple. There are also links to all of the old Drabble Trees.

Thanks for the ficlet, trillingstar!

Spook Me Master List! Oct. 28th, 2017 @ 12:45 pm
spook_me
The Spook Me Multi-Fandom Halloween Ficathon 2017 Master List is live!

We have both Oz and Leeloni! Woot!

Spook Me Master List on Livejournal

Spook Me Master List on Livejournal

I expect a couple more stories in different fandoms to come in before Halloween, so check back if you can.

Another Round? Oct. 9th, 2017 @ 04:07 pm
oz_magi
There's a post up to gauge interest for another round of Magi.

Please weigh in HERE, by leaving a (screened) comment. This is not the sign-up post!

Hope to see you there :)


OZ REUNION Sep. 20th, 2017 @ 01:57 pm
vanillalime
To commemorate this summer's 20th anniversary of the premiere of Oz, The Paley Center for the Media (NYC) is hosting a cast reunion on Sunday, October 15 as part of their 2017 PaleyFest. According to their website, PaleyFest is "a must-see pop cultural event produced by the Paley Center that brings fans together with the stars and creators of their favorite shows for panel discussions with audience Q&A." The Hollwood Reporter had a story about the announcement last week:

'Oz' Reunion, 'Black Mirror' Added to PaleyFest NY 2017 Lineup

Castmembers Edie Falco, Craig Grant a.k.a muMs, Terry Kinney, Lee Tergesen, Eamonn Walker and Dean Winters will join creator Tom Fontana for a panel looking back at the HBO prison drama.

The Oz team is getting back together — for one night only.

A reunion of the acclaimed HBO prison drama is among the shows that have been added to the lineup for PaleyFest NY 2017, set to run Oct. 6-16. Other newly announced panels include Black Mirror, Blue Bloods, Late Night With Seth Meyers, as well as a conversation with Black-ish star (and Emmy nominee) Tracee Ellis Ross.

Edie Falco, Craig Grant a.k.a muMs, Terry Kinney, Lee Tergesen, Eamonn Walker, Dean Winters and series creator Tom Fontana are confirmed for the Oz reunion panel, set for Sunday, Oct. 15. David Simon will moderate the panel, which is timed to celebrate the show's 20th anniversary.

"I'm thrilled that I'll be back on the Paley Center Stage and with some of the fantastic – and hilarious – castmembers of Oz,” said Fontana. “The Paley Center has always felt like home to me because everything we love about television is there.”

Previously announced panels for PaleyFest NY include Family Guy, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee and Star Trek: Discovery.

“Since its inaugural run five years ago, PaleyFest NY has taken its place as the premier television festival of the fall,” said Paley Center president and CEO Maureen J. Reidy. “We’re thrilled to offer television fans this incredible lineup of shows featuring fan favorite comedies and dramas, cutting-edge late-night shows and new shows destined to become classics. And in keeping with the tradition of reuniting the casts of iconic television shows, we’re incredibly proud to reunite the cast of Oz, one of the most acclaimed shows of the past 25 years.”

Tickets are $50 and still available for purchase HERE. The Paley Center's main auditorium seats 200 people, so it's a relatively small venue.
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» Oziversary Fest Master List
The 20th anniversary of the premiere of Oz has come and gone, but you can still celebrate the event via the Oziversary Fest at oz_wishing_well! Below is a link to the Master List of all the ozsome fic and artwork that was created for the fest. There was a wonderful, wide variety of works posted. Please check them out!

Oziversary Fest Master List

In addition, several articles about the show's anniversary were also posted this week. First and foremost was a FASCINATING "oral history" of the show using interviews with Tom Fontana and several cast and crew members. It was extremely informative and included many interesting little-known-facts. I strongly recommend reading it:

Return to ‘Oz’: An Oral History of the Pioneering Prison Drama, Yahoo TV

And here are links to a few other articles about the anniversary:

20 years ago, Oz locked down the prestige-drama formula, AV Club
WELCOME TO “OZ”: 5 WAYS HBO’S ORIGINAL SERIES CHANGED TV FOREVER, Bitch Media
Return to ‘Oz’: 20 years ago, HBO released a seedy prison drama that changed the rules of TV forever, Mic
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UPDATE (11/12/17) with more interviews/acticles:

Anniversary Interviews with Lee Tergesen and Dean Winters posted at HBO:

Lee Tergesen Sees Horror and Romance in Oz
Dean Winters on the Lessons That Still Ring True

More articles related to the anniversary/PaleyFest reunion:

Oz Actors Reflect on 20 Years of Breaking the Rules (PaleyFest), HBO
'Oz' Reunion, CheatSheet
The Great 'Oz' (oral history), Esquire
10 Hardcore Facts About HBO's 'Oz', Mental Floss
Twenty Years of 'OZ': The Show That Changed TV Forever, VICE
» Chuck Zito & Dean Winters Podcast
I recently posted this video at oz_daily, and I've just realized that there are more people here who might be interested in watching it.

Chuck Zito is trying out a new gig as a podcaster, and last month he recorded two "demos," one with guest Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy on "The Sopranos") and another with Dean Winters. His lengthy (nearly an hour long) conversation with Dean was basically the two of them just shooting the breeze, but I thought it was really interesting. There was a lot of reminiscing about Oz, and Dean also gave more details than he ever has before about his 2009 death and resuscitation.

dean & zito

Here is Zito's podcast with Dean:



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And while I'm here... I'll also pass along a friendly reminder that sign-ups are now underway for the Oziversary Fest! You can read all about the Fest and claim your prompts HERE at the oz_wishing_well.

The minimum requirement is only 500 words for fic or 1 piece of art, so this is a laid-back, low-pressure event!

The more the merrier, so please consider signing up! Come join the fun!
» The Oziversary FEST: 20 Years of Oz!
Announcing the Oziversary Fest! Because 20 years of Oz is kind of a Big Deal!



Read all about the Fest HERE at oz_wishing_well! Please consider signing up! It's gonna be OZSOME!

(Sorry for the cross-post spam)
» Oziversary Fest?! AND The Strange Story of Oz's Lost Episodes
As you might already be aware, July 12 will mark the 20th anniversary of the premiere of HBO's Oz! Which is kind of a big deal! So, I was hoping the fandom would be interested in celebrating the occasion with a fest of some kind?

As a first step, I've put together a one-question poll at oz_wishing_well to gauge the level of interest. Please, take a quick moment to tick a box!

Take the Oziversary Poll Here

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In other Oz "news," I recently came across some interesting archival information about the show. Did you know that, apparently, at least 4 episodes of a Season 7 were filmed but never aired? Did you know that Tom Fontana also has over TEN HOURS of additional footage from the original show? And that this footage includes two sets of 4 "lost" episodes (one set after Season 2, and the other after Season 4b)? Did you know that Sean Murphy had a nude scene that was never shown?!!!

Actually, if you DID know that, I'd love to hear any additional information who might have. :-)

You can read all about my discovery in this post at my personal LJ.
» Murphy Appreciation Month




WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO?

APPRECIATE MURPHY!

WHEN DO WE WANT TO DO IT?

RIGHT NOW!


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