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For the ensuing discussion of various adaptations of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, see the "Favorite Christmas movies" thread.

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Here's a BBC Radio program called Loose Ends from this past March 31st (which, wonder of wonders, actually let me listen), in the first segment of which MF talks about jazz and reveals that he is "not a bad percussionist."

So whenever they get around to doing Sherlock: The Musical, John can have his pick of clarinet or drums.

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I started listening to that, and suddenly realized I'd heard it before. But I don't know when or why. But I remember the conversation about Black Panther.

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Maybe those are his standard remarks about the movie?

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I find the radio programs can be heard internationally while the TV programs have hurdle jumping involved in some way or another.

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4 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

Maybe those are his standard remarks about the movie?

:D I thought of that. Or, since it's radio, he just records himself saying it the first time, then plays it back as needed. :D 

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Here's an article with a little more info on the animated Christmas Carol.  It's not a straight adaptation -- the story within a story is a "dark fantasy" that "faithfully expresses what Dickens was trying to say."

Sounds intriguing.

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Looks like MF will *not* be in season 3 of Startup -- don't see him mentioned in this article.

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I didn't even know there was a season 2. In fact, I could have sworn I read they decided not to make it. Although even if I had known, I would probably have only watched the first episode just to find out how Martin's character survived the end of S1.

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Here's more info on MF's upcoming sitcom Breeders.

What do executive producers do anyhow?  This show has eight of 'em!  I assume it's mainly a way to have some control over the show, so I can certainly understand why MF would want to have that position.

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It's always been my understanding that Executive Producers are, first and foremost, the money men (or, rarely, women 😉 ). I would imagine some level of control over the final product comes with that, but I don't know how much. I suspect it depends on the individual.

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That makes sense. I suppose there could be several reasons for an EP title (and often a certain amount of control) -- basically anything where the people in charge want something from the potential EP -- money, filming rights, starring in the production, etc.  

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