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Fantasies in Dark and Light

The following is an excerpt from the article by Joe Nazzaro. The article is an interview with Kim Manners, who is now a director and producer for THE X-FILES. The first part of the article discusses Manners' previous work as a director, and goes on to mention a bad experience he had while directing an episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
STARLOG YEARBOOK, August 1997

Manners is much happier with THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR., which starred Bruce Campbell as the offbeat Western hero. While the series was a critical success, its ratings were less than stellar, and Fox sent it to Boot Hill after one season.

"That was the first season lead-in for THE X-FILES, and Carlton Cuse was its executive producer," Manners recalls. "He had a comedy/action-adventure/Western, with some SF in it. It had some of the best tongue-in-cheek humor, and I never ever had more fun as a director. It really woke me up as a director, almost spiritually, and I know that BRISCO COUNTY is a big reason that I'm now so successful on THE X-FILES.

"I did seven BRISCOS, so I was kind of their mascot director, and Bruce and I were very in sync with how the show should be approached. Bruce actually called me when he got his first HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS episode to direct -- I was at my Missouri home, and I spent three or four days on the phone talking him throught the directorial process."

In Manners' opinion, BRISCO COUNTY was a show that was never really given a chance to prove itself. "They should have stuck with it, because I think there was a large blue-collar audience out there who would have picked up on it after NFL Football. When they didn't give it a second year, I was devastated, as was Bruce. I would like to see him do a BRISCO COUNTY feature. He was born to play Brisco, and I think he would make a fortune if he did a feature, because it's good clean fun; it's great action, it's great comedy, it's a great vehicle, and I think Carlton is making a big mistake by letting it lie on the shelf."

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