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Mutant X Interviews: Freddie Prinze Jr. (4/03 Comics Continuum)



Freddie Prinze Jr. 4/03 (Original article on Comics Continuum 4/25/03)

Freddie Prinze Jr. Talks Mutant X
April 2003

Freddie Prinze Jr. told The Continuum that he hasn't seen the episode of Mutant X that he has written - yet. "One Step Closer," an episode spotlighting Brennan, airs in syndication this week. "My wife doesn't want me to see the finished episode until it airs this weekend," Prinze said, referring to Buffy the Vampire Slayer star and Scooby-Doo co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar.

"Seth (Howard, Tribune's creative executive) sent me the dailies and the show looks amazing. They did a great job with my script and I can't wait to see the final result."

Prinze's connection with Mutant X was through Howard, with whom he is friends. "We had been talking about Mutant X early on back when he was developing the series," Prinze said. "He knew how much I loved the idea of the show and how excited I was to see a show about superheroes."

"Then, after the first season, he suggested that I write an episode. We talked back and forth about the characters and he knew that I had a real feel for the show. He then read some other stuff that I had written and said that I would be perfect to write a freelance episode. I said yes and he put me to work with the writing staff soon after that."

Prinze hasn't been shy about his love of comics.

"Yeah, I still read them," he said, listing Silver Surfer and The Thing among his favorite characters. "Actually, I just started re-reading an old Thor storyline that I am really enjoying."

Mutant X is Prinze's first television writing experience, but probably won't be his last.

"I am writing a lot these days," he said. "Working on some movie and television ideas. I would love to write another episode of Mutant X...if they ask me back."

In other Mutant X news, the second-season finale is set to air in syndication the week of May 12.

In the episode, a reluctant Shalimar must reconnect with her estranged father when the Mutant X teams learns his company is involved in genetic testing and manipulation.

Eugene Robert Glazer plays Shalimar's father. Also look for the return of Mason Eckhart, again played by Tom McCamus.

The episode was written by Peter Mohan, the show's supervising producer and head writer, and was directed by producer Jonathan Hackett.

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