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Bryce Zabel
Hollywood
A working writer/producer (winner, 2008 Writers Guild award) - founder/editor-in-chief of Movie Smackdown! - past chairman, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - produced credits include Atlantis, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, Dark Skies, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, M.A.N.T.I.S., Lois & Clark - member of WGA, DGA
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BREAKING NEWS! Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas? has WON the prestigious Sidewise Award for Alternate History. This is the award for people who dabble in designing worlds where events turn out differently than they have in our own. Past winners include the dean of alt.history Harry Turtledove (who actually wrote the Foreword to Surrounded), Philip Roth, and Michael Chabon. Let's just say that I'm honored to be in that company. The award was given in August 2014 as part of Loncon 3 in London, England, the location for the annual World Science Fiction Convention, that annual sci-fi blow-out that's been going on without stop since 1946 (it started in 1939, and paused for World War II). Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas? is available as a trade paperback, ebook, and audiobook. The ebook has now been priced at just $2.99 on Amazon to give more people a chance to read it while the competition is on. The audiobook is narrated by Edd Hall of Tonight Show fame, and he does a compelling read. Writing this book was a labor of love that I'd been thinking about for a decade. It takes a strong position on its material and doesn't flinch. Win or lose in August, I'm very proud to get this nomination. Sidewise Award announcement link: http://www.uchronia.net/sidewise/ Amazon link to read the book: http://www.SurroundedByEnemies.com YouTube video: http://youtu.be/2rxFa95LP1I Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Bryce Zabel
I wrote this and never thought of it as a "joke article." I seem to have missed my own joke!
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Almost since the assassination, writers have speculated about the great things President Kennedy would have done for the country and the world had his life been spared in Dallas. It’s commonly assumed he would have rolled back our Vietnam involvement, enacted landmark civil rights policy, made peace with the Soviets and even finished the attack on organized crime. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at A.D. After Disclosure
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If there were conspirators, they and their target would have regarded each other like scorpions in a bottle. In a cascade of post-ambush cause and effect, these traitors who had plotted to achieve a coup d'état by public murder would have found President Kennedy now physically impossible to get at, protected by enhanced security. In this telling, the system comes unhinged, and the conspirators go after Kennedy by other means after their bullets fail. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Bryce Zabel
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“Surrounded by Enemies” provides a controversial answer because of what it's not. It’s not a look through rose-colored glasses about all the great things JFK might have done if he'd gotten that second term, nor is it a time-travel adventure about rifts in the space-time continuum. Bryce Zabel has written a political and pragmatic tale, grounded in a basic truth. Namely, that if an assassin or assassins had shot and missed on November 22nd, then President Kennedy would have woken up in the White House on November 23rd, knowing that the day before somebody had tried to execute him in broad daylight on a public street before a global television audience. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at A.D. After Disclosure
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Hollywood writer/producer Bryce Zabel, master of horror Stephen King and political commentator Jeff Greenfield have all tried to answer one question in the run-up to the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on the streets of Dallas, Texas 50 years ago. What if JFK survived the attack at Dealey Plaza? All three authors have come up with different answers based on how they view who was behind the actual shooting. King says Oswald acted alone, Greenfield says he's not sure, and Zabel argues that the attack in Dallas was the result of a conspiracy. These points-of-view change the way their fictional stories unfold. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at A.D. After Disclosure
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What if Kennedy had lived? For as long as I can remember, people have speculated about what would have happened had JFK survived the attack at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on 11/22/63. After spending a lifetime wondering about this myself, this year, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of those tragic events in 1963, I’ve written a novel that lays out my answer as to what the aftermath might have been. “Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?” provides a controversial answer because it’s not a look through rose-colored glasses, nor is it a time-travel adventure. My premise is that if an assassin or assassins had shot and missed on November 22nd, then President Kennedy would have woken up in the White House on November 23rd, knowing that the day before somebody had tried to execute him in broad daylight on a public street before a global television audience. I have some good company in thinking and writing on this subject. Last year, the 800-pound gorilla of fiction, Stephen King, laid out his own vision in his novel, “11/22/63.” This year the political commentator Jeff Greenfield will release his own book, “If Kennedy Lived.” While there have been other treatments in the past, these three books are the 2013 leaders of the "what if" alternate history of the JFK years and the Kennedy Administration. Some thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2013 at Bryce Zabel
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What really would have happened next if John Kennedy survived the ambush at Dealey Plaza? That’s the premise of my new novel, Surrounded by Enemies: What If Kennedy Survived Dallas?, that boldly reimagines a post-1963 political scenario focused on what we now know about the secrets of the Kennedy presidency. My intention from the beginning has been to engage my readers without resorting to sci-fi gimmicks. That meant not dodging political controversy from the right or the left. Instead, I've tried to follow facts and related assumptions where they practically led without political correctness. This means looking for the balance between not putting the flesh-and-blood John Kennedy on a pedestal but also not writing a hit piece. While not everyone will agree with all my choices, I've embraced the intrinsic drama as best I know how. Don't just take my word for it, though, here's a recommendation from a man whose work you've seen before: "I have always had a deep love for classic what-if stories, but the best ones are often the alternate events that probably came within a millisecond of actually happening. That is precisely what Bryce Zabel has done here, painstakingly designing JFK's life post-1963. I have some experience with shattered timelines and altered realities, but this one kept me guessing every page." — Damon Lindelof, writer/producer, Lost, World War Z, Star Trek Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Surrounded by Enemies aims to deliver a supercharged but thoroughly plausible alternative narrative... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at Bryce Zabel
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What really would have happened next if John Kennedy survived the ambush at Dealey Plaza? The answer will surprise you. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at A.D. After Disclosure
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To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Surrounded by Enemies delivers a supercharged but thoroughly plausible alternative narrative of the JFK era. After the charismatic president lives through a horrifying broad daylight assassination attempt, JFK and his attorney-general brother Bobby become the first conspiracy theorists, each determined to strike back at their enemies. The provocative concept brings to life the political earthquake and Constitutional crisis that the Kennedy years could easily have turned into. After all, today's historians seem to have reached the conclusion that JFK was skating on thin ice, thanks to his personal indiscretions, always just a headline away from disaster. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at Bryce Zabel
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Posted Dec 14, 2012 at Bryce Zabel
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Friends and supporters have been contacting us, many with congratulations on how our “Dark Skies” has been made into a new film, starring Keri Russell, to be released by Dimension Films next February. While it sounds like a dream, we tell them, it’s actually a nightmare. To set the record straight, we’re Bryce Zabel and Brent Friedman, the two writer/producers who created the NBC series called “Dark Skies.” It was produced by Columbia TV (now Sony) and aired in 1996 and 1997. We wrote the pilot, multiple episodes and produced all twenty hours that were aired in primetime on Saturday nights. Our original “Dark Skies” introduced viewers to an alien invasion that featured a continuing focus on the mysterious and terrifying abduction phenomenon. So our well-intentioned friends can be forgiven if they hear about the Dimension Films version that focuses on an alien abduction and assume we had something to do with it. While that is decidedly not the case, our definitive version may have inspired it. Our “Dark Skies” had been in the news even before Dimension decided to use our title for their film. Our series was given a world-wide release on DVD in 2011 from both Shout Factory (US) and Medium Rare Entertainment (UK). In dozens of reviews, the work received critical praise as a classic that has stood the test of time in the sci-fi and UFO media. It also spawned new interest in the reboot of our series, something that we were talking to Sony... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Bryce Zabel
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Friends and supporters have been contacting us, many with congratulations on how our “Dark Skies” has been made into a new film, starring Keri Russell, to be released by Dimension Films next February. While it sounds like a dream, we tell them, it’s actually a nightmare. To set the record... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at A.D. After Disclosure
Brian... I came to LA in the last century to be the first LA based CNN correspondent. I've watched it grow, morph, advance and retreat over the years since. When all of us from those early days quit our current jobs (I had a nice anchor gig in Arizona) to go to work for CNN we did it because we believed that 24/7 news access was a good thing that could change the world. In many respects, the world has changed -- CNN paved the way for its own competitors to emerge and for its current malaise to grow. I think that returning to its earlier mission statement with some of Jeff Zucker's production polish might be the ticket. Jeff has taken his knocks, but he is one smart guy with some relevant experience. They could do much worse. I don't want a CNN that sounds like KCBS news radio with traffic on the fives. I do want a CNN that is watchable in long stretches, that refreshes its content, and uses that giant 24-hour hole and fills it with news and information that makes me think and makes me smarter. I still believe in CNN. It's a brand that needs a refresh, not a reinvention.
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First off, it's an honor just to be nominated, right? I'm sure that Stephen Colbert must be tired of hearing this, given his buddy Jon Stewart's unprecedented streak. Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" won its tenth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series on Sunday night, the longest streak in Emmy history, and its eighth Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series. This brings the grand total of Primetime Emmys for "The Daily Show" to 18. So Stephen might be forgiven for photobombing Jon at the Governor's Ball. What I can't believe is that he did it in this photo you see above taken with me. That's so much icing I can barely contemplate the cake underneath! The photo was taken by my daughter, Lauren Zabel, about an hour or so after Jon Stewart won that tenth straight Emmy at the Governor's Ball. As a former chairman/CEO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, I was actually on-the-job the first year Jon and "The Daily Show" won and, with only a few exceptions, I've seen him at the ball every year and congratulated him. Jon Stewart's a modest guy, as you can tell from his wonderful acceptance speeches and I'm sure he'd probably have been very happy for Stephen Colbert to walk away with one of those Emmys one of those years. Maybe next year. In the meantime, "The Daily Show" simply remains the gold standard of day-in and day-out excellence in television comedy. And I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Bryce Zabel
Jippo: You are one deeply cynical person and kind of rude on top of that to put down someone personally for simply trying to express their thoughts on an important topic. You may disagree, but try to be civil, okay?
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Bill Asher was my mentor in television. We shared the "created by" credit on the CBS series "Kay O'Brien." It was the first TV series I worked on, and the last for Bill. Somehow, out of that experience together, we became friends. In that single season at his side, Bill taught me how to produce TV and how to do it with class and a sense of fun in the middle of all the difficult work, long hours and hard knocks. He was effortless, even then. He gave me advice on everything from knowing how to behave in a casting session to triaging a lame episode to when not to lend money to friends. He drove a black Mercedes convertible with the top down more often than not. He always had a twinkle in his eye. I think even his ex-wives loved him. Man, he rolled with great style. A true pioneer as a director and a producer ("I Love Lucy", "Bewitched"), Bill produced and directed countless classic episodes ranging from Lucy's chocolate factory disaster to that special nose twitch Samantha had. And, of course, "Beach Blanket Bingo", "Patty Duke" and "Gidget" with Sally Field. He won one Emmy and got nominated four other times, I think. Despite his massive credits and accomplishments, Bill took note and interest in all my shows to follow, and let me know how proud he was. He was particularly thrilled to see my turn as TV Academy chairman even though he made it clear... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at Bryce Zabel
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Posted Jul 14, 2012 at Bryce Zabel
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So maybe you have or maybe you haven’t been paying attention to the latest communications breakdown within the UFO research community, such as it is. Though as you ought to know by now, certain circles of the community are pulling their hair out over the prospect of a false-flag alien... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at A.D. After Disclosure
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Ray Bradbury made such a deep contribution to science fiction writing, a business I've been so fortunate to be a part of, that I have to stop and remember with everyone else how much we loved this man. I read his books growing up, and after. I met him when I was a correspondent for CNN, visiting him at his office that was so stuffed with papers and books gathered so high that I feared a few would fall and cause an avalanche burying us both. In 1990, he wrote this wonderful (and exceptionally far too generous) inscription in my 40th anniversary edition of The Martian Chronicles. While he overestimated by many degrees my contribution, at least he got his right. He was a "great writer." I'm glad he knew it. Such a gift. He lived a long good life, that much is true. But if anyone should have had his mind uploaded for future reincarnation in some fancy new techno-biology that would achieve immortality, it would be him. I have another one of his books, an ultra-slim volume with a solid white cover, a first edition of a couple of essays, "Beyond 1984: Remembrance of Things Future." In the title essay, he writes: "I believe that space will give us new purpose, destroy war and reshape God… What is now national purpose becomes international, what was international becomes planetary, and what was planetary becomes interplanetary, and finally, at the long end of the long corridor of eternity, interstellar." Have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2012 at Bryce Zabel
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The editors over at the Movie Smackdown site have pulled all of their reviews that involve alien contact films together onto this one page. The latest is, of course, Prometheus -vs- 2001: A Space Odyssey, but the comparisons don't stop there. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2012 at Bryce Zabel
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From left to right: Bill Paxton, Trent Reznor, Dennis Hopper, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bog Saget, Ayatollah Khomeini, some guy with a microphone... Appearing to the right of the Ayotallah was probably not a good choice... politically speaking and all... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Bryce Zabel
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Tonight A.D. AFTER DISCLOSURE authors Bryce Zabel and Richard Dolan are the primary guests on Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory. During the three-hour interview, Bryce is likely to be asked about multiple projects including the push to re-boot the Dark Skies series as a film or Tv project, his new film screenplay Majic Men and his option/development of the Betty and Barney Hill story, Betty and Barney. Bryce will be on at 11:00pm PST until 2:00am PST May 8 (2:00am EST to 5:00am EST May 9) and you're encouraged to call-in about any of this. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Bryce Zabel
This video debuts in association with the May 8, 2012 "Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory" appearance of Richard Dolan and Bryce Zabel. It is part of the new C2C use of videos that support appearances of their guests. This book is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble sites... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at A.D. After Disclosure