I'm not quite certain how The Alan Smithee Diaries came into existence, but it had something to do with the fact that I'd agreed to be a Contributing Editor on Entertainment Geekly without first thinking that it might be a good idea if I knew something about the primary subject matter of that site ... such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Simpsons and Star Trek. Smithee seemed to touch the right sort of nerve, however, and the column seemed to be popular with EG readers.
After a few months, the pressure of other work forced me, with regret, to give up my EG duties and this weekly column, although I was extremely sad to see Smithee go - his bêtes noires, his bad jokes, his ubiquitous "good friend" Dave Knuckle, his ignorance (despite desperate attempts) of the fairer sex, and all.
I mentioned as much amid general chitchat with Jean Marie Ward, Editor of Crescent Blues, and to my somewhat
flabbergasted delight she suggested that Smithee move to that excellent webzine as a monthly rather than a weekly column - a periodicity that was a whit more amenable to my workload. So it's at CB that you can now see what's been rechristened The New IMPROVED Alan Smithee Diaries.
This archive contains what could be regarded as the Alan Smithee First Series; in other words, the Entertainment Geekly columns. In due course, once enough of them have built up, I'll start archiving the Crescent Blues columns as well.