Monday, January 18, 2010

Some Questions Answered

Happy New Year everyone.
It's been a while since anything's been posted -- and a lot of emails and comments have come in. So I thought I'd answer a few.
Season 2 -- the finale....
First off, there has been a lot of debate and discussion about the ending of season 2. There seem to be a lot of folks who think one version of the ending is the "real" one and the other is a "fake" one. I've even read a conspiracy theory that the alternate ending was thrown together at the last minute in order to confuse or mislead the viewers. Here's the real deal:
From the very start of the writing process of season 2, it was decided that there would be 2 endings. This was done so that no-one (not even the crew) would know for sure who would win -- and that there could never really be a leak, making sure that there would still be some suspense leading up to the finale. The decision as to which ending would air was left up to the broadcasters to decide -- and Teletoon and Cartoon Network each chose to hold votes from viewers to pick their winner. Both of them are the real endings. This is exactly the same as season 1 when both Gwen and Owen won.
The idea that a second ending was just whipped up at the last minute comes from a lack of understanding of how the process works. These shows are written 6 to 9 months before they are animated -- it takes a lot of work and a lot of time to get the finished episode -- something that wouldn't be done just for kicks.

Season 3 --- Info
I know a lot of you are anxious to find out about season 3. Unfortunately I can't spill the beans on too much. I can tell you that production has almost completely wrapped up though. In fact, wiriting has already begun on season 4!!
There are lots of comments and emails about the cast of TDM too. Those of you who are threatening not to watch if so-and-so isn't on, or if that evil what's-her-name is on should just sit back and chill. It will all make sense when the season airs.
When will it air? .... I have no idea. Maybe this summer? Maybe in the fall.
In the meantime, I will start posting some of the artwork from season 2 -- show a bit of the process -- and as info on season 3 is made available, I will try to share it.
Cheers,
Mark

64 comments:

Julien Rutledge said...

But Im Wondering how TDM is suppose to start because there is no reason for another season like in season 1 there was a TDDDDI and the case was eaten so they needed another season to decide the winner and i know Chris said he wants a season 3 but there is still no reason behind except for the fact that he is selfish and money-hungry so please tell me what is the reason for a season 3 (Don't get me wrong I could watch 10 seasons of this show) but please tell me (though you probaly arent going to read this :()

Sorry for the run-on sentence!

Sincerely,
Julien

Anonymous said...

Hey Mark! Can't wait for Season 3!!!
What's the 4th Season gonna be called?

-Daniel.

Underdog Zeke said...

Finally! I'm glad that you've updated since the TDA finale, Thorny!

And thanks for answering our questions! That was interesting to know about the two endings for TDA. See, most assumed that Beth would win, because it would serve as the epitome of a true underdog story: Awkward, geeky girl takes on (and beats) the popular, tough juvie. But the fact that two endings were already established? That was unexpected. Thanks anway!

Season 3: We've been waiting a long time for you to discuss that with us. A LONG time. And, even if indirectly, I'm glad that you acknowleged the EZEKIEL issue...if that was what you were implying with the quote, "Those of you who are threatening not to watch if so-and-so isn't on..." And I can perfectly understand if you're not allowed to talk yet.

But right now, the two major issues that ALL of us are just DYING to hear answers to are these: the airdate, and the Ezekiel/Duncan issue. We don't know which of those two guys is on it for sure, or if either one is on at all! But it's just so confusing! Again, take your time with the answers, but as soon as you can, please tell us something that will help to clear this up!

Thanks again, Thorny! I can't wait for the next update!

Jess said...

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A HUGE fanbase solely dedicated to TDseries! And a little Lady Gaga.

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Anyway I wanted to know along with 250-something other members of the forum if you could possibly break a few rules and share with us some info about the TDA-TDM episode special. Like a Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Action or something.

Thanks so much --Jess! P.S DramaticStatic Rules!

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Moltor said...

when this show starting on january or feburary?

Blicia said...

Season 4? Alarming.
Thanks for the information.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, Mark! Wow, season 4? Oh my! Maybe Total Drama in Space?

Rafael and Nicole from Peru

Anonymous said...

hey dude. i just kinda wanted to know if there was like a type of total drama (x4, too lazy to write the rest) action or something. cuz it's been so called "rumored" that theres probably gonna be one, cuz ppl want to know like how u guys chose the contestants of total drama the musical. which, honestly, i dont care if there is one, consdiering i know whose on the show already cuz i saw the trailer on youtube. i think ppl are just looking for some type of "closure" on tda, cuz im pretty sure taht a lot of ppl want some explanation or something. and just wondering (again :P), i saw that heather has "hair," is that real or fake, lol. jsut kinda curious, cuz im guessing it's real consdierng it's pretty much been a whole season, and shes still pretty much bald, haha. so thanks dude, and keep blogging.
~courtney (srsly, thats my name)

Kevin said...

Season Four? (Katie and Sadie squeal)

Anonymous said...

Yay! New post! I have a question. What if Gwen won Total Drama Island. How would the TDDDDI special work. does it have a different beginning? I noticed that in Total Drama Action the characters never said who won. Did you guys have a good new year?

#1TDiFan said...

Hearing tht season 3 is almost finished kinda makes me sad why?
Well i have this dream for the TDI characters i drew for them to get into the show with my voice, i guess theres a 0% chance that will happen eh?
~#1TDiFan

deg250 said...

I have a question do you know when does the especial airs???

Anonymous said...

Is there going to be a 1-hour special to TDA just like TDI?.

Anonymous said...

Why did they show the Beth ending on itunes, but not Duncans after the episode aired.

Paola said...

Im so excited!This is gona be a super awome season!

Nalyd Renrut said...

Good to hear! I'm surprised that there will be a fourth season. Presumably all will be resolved by the end of the season, and I hope more TDI things will happen. (Hopefully a new main conflict.)

I can't wait to see more custom poses, as I love when you post them. :D

Duncanxcourtneyfan said...

Could you at least tell us the name of season 4?

Giuliana said...

Happy New Year for you too and glad to see you back. Wow, a fourth season is on the way! I wonder what will be the main plot: We've seen reality shows, movies, musicals...

"[...]Those of you who are threatening not to watch if so-and-so isn't on, or if that evil what's-her-name is on should just sit back and chill[...]"

I remember some specific posts here in the blog like those ones ' _ ' U. Well, we have to admit anxiety and curiosity is killing a lot of fans, including myself (XD), but we have to wait patiently.

Anonymous said...

I have a question myself. Y is it that we the US and Canada showed both endings. Yet u never showed the ending to TDI where Gwen wins? Is there anyway u can upload that ending?

P.B.D. said...

People threatoning about season 3? Not surprised. Other than that flier, nothing points to Duncan being a contestant.Also 16 contestants are already kinown since some people took their heads out of the gutter, looked at the trailer and FINALLY went "Oh, there is Ezekiel in the elimination ceremony and it's down between him and DJ. Guess he's in".
So for those of you still do not know...
EZEKIEL IS A CONTESTANT!!! HE GETS OFF THE BUS WITH A BACKPACK. HE IS AT THE (Apparently first?) ELIMINATION CEREMONY AND IT'S DOWN BETWEEN HIM AND DJ!!
Who will stay? I don't no. But I hope for Kebold Necromancer(')s sake(saying and preson) that Ezekiel stays. He deserves too.

Anonymous said...

oooooh! i can't wait for total drama the musical... and I hope a CD comes out... and that theres a duet :) (preferably between Lindsay and Tyler!!!) I can't wait! and for all those who won't watch the fourth seasons, it's behind the same geniuses that made the first two!!! :) oooh excited!

Manny Jr. said...

I was pleased with both endings. Personally, I preferred Beth's ending, even though I'm more of a Duncan fan. The interaction between Duncan and Courtney in Beth's ending was pretty fun to watch. I really hope that couple stays together.

And I'm psyched to hear about season 4! I'm glad that TDM won't be the last season, since this is easily one of my favourite shows.

By the way, you guys did a great job with TDA. Obviously you won't be able to please everyone, so don't let any threats dishearten you. It sucks that I often see comments on this blog from people who feel more than comfortable enough to criticize behind the veil of anonymity. Who knew that little-seen Ezekiel could have quite a few psychotic fans?

Haroldfan 26 said...

Woohoo! Does this mean that CN is going to show TDTM after all...?

...Go Harold. Duh.

Amber said...

ahhhh omg i cant wait till season 4 comes out ahh i wish i was a producer of the show ur so lucky to work for that show SO APPRECIATE IT ha ha i cant wait till season 3 and 4 come out im soooo excited

elephantburch said...

Season 4! Wow, I can't wait! (not that I haven't been looking forward to season 3, but I was afraid that that would be the last season) You took what has got to be a horrible day and made it one of the best days ever!

kauan08 said...

Oh my God! I'm so excited to the new season *-*, and about the 4 seasos do your best :). I wait anxious here *-*. And go Courtney to win the TDM *-*

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this ^_^

So, there will be a season four also? I can't wait.

Season three looks highly awesome, if not a little unusual. I'm now beyond excited to see how that plotline works out.

Mary said...

That answers a question I was afraid of even asking. There's a season four?

Haroldfan 26 said...

._o Writing has already started...

on SEASON FOUR!!!!!?????

AAUGH! And they're making us wait till summer or FALL to watch season THREE?!!?!??!

callie said...

I am SO glad that TDM will be coming soon! I was so worried about it!

frank15 said...

But "evil" what's-her-name isn't evil! I mean, I guess what's-her-name wasn't portrayed as nicely in TDA as she was in TDI, but it's not like most of the others exactly tried being nice to her, either.

I love evil what's-her-name, anyway, and despite how many people hate her, even more people love her. No one's neutral, really.

Katt said...

YESS! Season 4!!!

Haroldfan 26 said...

That's a pretty cool logo...

Anonymous said...

how come they show the ending where Beth won instead of Duncan after the episode premiered on cartoon network please answer this please people of TDI, TDA, and TDM

Haroldfan 26 said...

...Has anyone else noticed that the first five people to be shown in the TDA theme are Owen, Harold, Duncan, Courtney, and Beth?

...As in, the final five?

I also think it should have been a warning that Gwen and Trent are shown in the Lamosine...

James said...

OMG! A season 4 woo-hoo I hope Emily makes a debut on TDM (the airport girl which youtubers named Emily :D)that would be so cool!

Gracie said...

Why do does the TDI/A/M crew wait so long to air new seasons? I have always been so curious about the reason why seasons are shown months after the previous season ended. Is it for suspense? Because sometimes it is held off for a really long time.

Seraphina said...

Yippe! There is going to be a 4th season! I so excited...and the 3rd season hasn't even started yet.

Katt said...

Okay, so I just read that the 4th season will be called Total Drama Mama? Is that true? Please tell us the truth! Did someone leak?
Obviously, this is somewhat distressing for me because I honestly, I don't see any comedic value in this. Are you changing the target audience?
Sorry for being like the fans who critiqued TDA so bad I wanted to punch my computer, but I am just somewhat, what's the word? Not disappointed, not angry, just, nervous at the prospect of this.

Mchappy2 said...

Good to know you guys are still posting =D I will watch all Total Drama stuff!!! I'm a HUGE fan and want to spread the love around ;)

Anonymous said...

Can u tell us if there r any new characters in season 4?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for clearing it up Thorny you know how pumped we TDI fans can be sometimes ^^;. I'd love to see some of the artwork cause I'm hoping to be an animator someday and I'd love to see the process. Also I feel like a whiny brat since I'm going to ask you this but... about the intern are you going to call him Billy from now on? Cause I tried to post an artitle about him on the TDI wiki and one of the admins yelled at me :( she was like "It dosen't matter if one of the creators likes the name it's still NOT his name!" It still kinda stings a bit since I never typed two words to her and she lashed out at me...

CourtneyOutside,GwenandDuncanInside said...

WOOHOO!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Which leaves one more question... When is the special coming?
I'm sure most of us would like to know how TDM is going to come.

Wait... TDM is airing in Summer?! Or FALL?! Why so late?! A majority of the Total Drama fans are becoming very impatient (including me) for the Musical probably since you guys seem to be bringing back the underdogs.

Now all we need is a comfirmation of Zeke. It's hard to wait 'till summer or FALL to figure out this stuff.

And it just makes it more irritating that you guys might be bringing back Duncan after a whole season of hearing nothing but his voice.

And Owen too?! Aren't you guys tired of writing lines for him as the main character for 3 straight seasons?! No offense, but the fart jokes and the eating jokes are getting pretty old and annoying.

But, me along with the rest of the TDI fanbase are pretty satisfied that you're bringing back the underdogs. Can't wait to see more of Noah! (and possibly Zeke?)

Cheers. c:

Anonymous said...

i really cant wait for season 3 i am like total drama's #1 fan!!! Season 3 looks sooo awesome I really want to hear all of the contestants sing {of course, everyone knows or SHOULD KNOW that Emilie-Claire Barlow [aka Courtney] is a singer, and has a GREAT voice!} I sooo cant wait!!!! OMG I almost forgot NOAH FTW!!!!! From the trailer (which i watched a zillion times) and from this other special article thingy IT LOOKS LIKE NOAHS GUNNA MAKE IT FAR!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!

team noah!
team izzy!/escope/explosivo/esquire
^^GO AWESOME PEOPLES! ^^

Haroldfan 26 said...

@Katt...
Gwahaha! Of course not!

I read a rumor that said the fourth season will be called Total Drama Comedy, though...

P.S. Sorry for the Bowser laugh...

Dennis said...

You know what would be funny? If Chris got fired and Owen took his job.

Furk said...

Wath is the fonts used in TDSeries logo, one i know (samdam) but i don't know the another font!

Thanks!

#1TDiFan said...

Yeah U TELL THEM COURTNEY'S NOT EVIL!
LOL yeah im wierd, and ur totally right so many ppl commenting r saying "If Courtney's in the next season i won't watch it" BLAH BLAH BLAH! Seriously tht means there not true fans, i mean im a DxC fan but if DxG ever happened i wouldnt stop watching it (i might do suicide JKJK) but yeah xD lol.
~#1TDiFan
P.S. I'm pretty sure Canada and USA have different timings?
Well if it is the same date then its just differnet timings and i dont know what im saying anymore ...

Paru said...

I can't wait til season three! The main thing I'm concerned about is Duncan, though... I mean, he lasted through pretty much all of the first two seasons, AND he won the million... so why does he get to come back for a third round while Beth gets the boot? I think Beth deserved the money, honestly... Oh well...

Anyways, when speaking of Musicals, I have two questions.

1) Will the opening theme change at all? I'm not asking if the theme will be different; will the characters be singing in it? That'd be super cool.

2) A while back, you posted an mp3 of "I Wanna Be Famous." I was wondering if we could get an mp3 download of the Princess Courtney song. =)

Thanks for your time!

Anonymous said...

Hey look what i found http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCPIb8uFrtU this is Gwen winning TDI in English mark if you read this could you please tell us if this is also a real ending? or alternate? please answer.

Thorny said...

yup -- it's as real as owen winning

Anonymous said...

Yay! Season 4! :D
TDI is the best TV-show ever! Kepp making them! :D <3333

Anonymous said...

I'm annoyed over the fan favorisim.

Beth is the REAL winner since the case was in hers and an ANTAGONIST NEVER WINS.

Having Duncan win thus having ANTAGONIST Sue CHEATER Courtney also win killed the series for me.

Good luck with 3rd season...though I'm not looking forward to round 3 of Ogre! WACK! OW!!! Get your claws off him! Not that I don't care I don't like him...WACK WACK WACK.

ENOUGH. Stick with the underdogs at least they are entertaining.

Jade said...

I just wanted to know who was the canon winner to the storyline. x_x Because Owen to me is the canon winner of the 1st season because of the special.
I guess we'll find out who the storyline character is if/when the TDA special is. Cause if Duncan is the storyline winner I don't know why he'd want to try to get another million... Unless Courtney forced him for greater odds. O_O;;
Anyways and this is off topic... Survivor Heroes and Villians is airing in a few weeks ^o^ Russel Hantz reminds me of Heather. For one they said they could manipulate there team. Russel said he was the puppet master and Heater said she could play them like a violin.
*stares at calendar*

LeighAnne said...

You're making a season 4!? SWEET!
Don't air TDTM in Fall D: We won't be able to wait, we like TD.
So maybe in the summer? Me and my friends are majorly on the floor dying for Total Drama, the Musical.
I'm also interested in this fourth season-wonder what its about this time...? Anwyay, perhaps you got my e-mail...?
( I'm the GwenxTrent fantard ^^; )

~LeighAnne

Anonymous said...

Hey, just a few quick questions. First, if Zeke doesn't last long, what type of person would he end up being? A lot of people see him as the Kobold Necromancer Ezekiel, but is the personality he was given legit? Second, just to make sure you even understand what I mean, have you ever read Total Drama Comeback?

chowderfan1000 said...

how does heather get her hair back

you can tell me that right?

that won't ruin season 3

my quess is she cuts off her mothers hair and makes a weave out of it and puts it in a ponytail becuase her moms hair has alot of volume.

Anonymous said...

Ok so u have no idea when TDM starts. Do u at least kno if it will start this year? Because I dont wanna wait for 2011!

TDR Creator said...

Can't Wait for Season 3 and Season 4 YAY I Wonder What It'll be called

Anonymous said...

I'm interested in knowing also so I can mark the date for when it starts down so I won't forget.

Katt said...

@ HaroldFan 26

Bowser laugh=epic. Love the Mario Bros. Anyhoo...
Will you take fan ideas for season four? Or maybe a short, behind he scenes thing, like what really happens after the elimination with the remaining contestants?
My Total Drama quota hasn't been filled lately, and I need something to do.

blackwolfalpha1 said...

Personally Mark,

I would love to find out when Season 2 is going to be released on DVD, and when Season 3 is going to hit the airwaves.

I've got a DVR waiting for me to sit in front of it for Seasons three. And a dog that will be happy to sit anywhere next to me while I watch the gang on Seasons 1, 2 and/or 3.

You've got to hook me up man.

Pat.

Kyle said...

yay