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Weekly Issue 81. (Art by SLKestrel)
Wheel of Time TV News
Rafe decided to play "Where in the world is the Wheel of Time writers' room" for WoTWednesday...

The most popular guesses were India and Bali

Narg trolled through the trash to try and confirm the location...

Nilai Gizi(Nutritional Value in Indonesian)

(Totally not stalker-ish...)Thankfully Rafe posted the answer before Narg could embarrass himself...👀

So Prague the previous WoTWednedsay before jet-setting off to Bali via a layover in Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong one of the writers snapped a photo that showed all the writers(AKS behind the camera). 

Day one of WoT Writers Retreat

This is the closet we have got to a group photo of the writers room so far, and it includes Justine Juel Gillmer, who Rafe has yet to formally announce...unless you count the smudged fuzzy name on the hidden script from the Episode 4 reveal.

The Prague photos and references are probably the closest we'll get to Rafe actually confirming the Czech Republic as a filming location. As to why he was there...he could have been looking at the studios, locations, meeting with set designers or anything else you can think of...Bali, based on what's been posted on Instagram by the writers, was a "writers retreat", where they continued to break down the episodes and write, while soaking up some sun and learning about "Hindu religion in Bali and their beliefs about reincarnation".

In related news

The reasons for cancellations was the part that interested Narg as there are some interesting details about season and show lengths based on Netflix's data:
Netflix is unabashedly data-driven, with many of its decisions based on algorithms. That’s how the network reportedly switched from the initial (and traditional) 13-episode seasons to seasons of 10 episodes or less. Word is that those shorter seasons are considered optimal for consumption, and any additional episodes beyond 10 a season do not add value, so they are an unnecessary expense for the network.
The same goes for the number of seasons. If a show has not broken out in a big way during its first couple of seasons, there has been chatter that Netflix does not see significant growth potential beyond Season 3 (and sometimes beyond Season 2) as viewers tend to move on to the next hot new show in an overcrowded TV universe.
I hear that, according to Netflix’s data, beyond Season 2-3, middle-of-the road series — even those with loyal fan base like One Day at a Time — would not generate significant new signups.
While Amazon most likely does have a slightly different model given their service is bundled in with other products, no doubt the data driven conclusions about season and show lengths would be similar.
The shorter runs are something that’s spreading to other platforms, where shows also are ending relatively quickly. Amazon recently announced the upcoming fourth season of its flagship drama The Man in the High Castle will be its last. Only two original series on Amazon or Hulu — Amazon’s Transparent, which put that service on the map, and Bosch — have gone beyond four seasons, with the majority of shows canceled after two or three seasons
Narg would be surprised if we don't get at least two seasons of  'The Wheel of Time'. They'd be crazy to not let it find its audience(assuming the first season doesn't totally tank). Beyond that it will tough INO. Season three is usually where the main cast renegotiate their contracts,which bumps up the costs, and Amazon will have data available from the LotR's prequel show for a direct side by side comparison. The data will no doubt tell them whether having two big epic fantasy shows is a benefit to them or not. Amazon are contractually stuck with LotR's for at least five seasons(as far as we know, WoT only had a one season commitment), so if one of them has to go, it won't be LotR's...

On the plus side, WoT is an adaption based on a highly popular story already written...If they stay true to the core story and if give it resources it needs, it should work. Whereas the LotR's writers will be riding the coat tales of the mass popularity and name recognition of Tolkien. That will get people to watch the first season, but beyond that the writers will have to carry the show based on their ability to write a good story not Tolkien's. Hopefully WoT can match or outperform them by the end of the second season. If they can, and tie in merchandise is also selling well, we should be good INO. Though predicting what TV execs choose to keep or cut can be a fools game.

Tapped in Geekdom had a nice article: Can Amazon’s Wheel of Time be the Successor to Game of Thrones?
Then there’s the whole part about Amazon not having near the clout HBO or Netflix has with viewing audiences. However, everyone tries to act like Game of Thrones was a juggernaut when it first released, but it didn’t become huge in the mainstream until about season 3. So word of mouth can go a long way in this case and just talking to my local bookstore guy, he claims that sales of the books and audiobooks have increased since the announcement of the upcoming series.
Narg has also been following along on twitter as Mike, the articles author tweets his way through the books. If you're on twitter, give him a follow and relive the journey through him.

General Wheel of Time News

The full schedule for JordanCon has been revealed! You can see the full PDF version HERE or view more details for the individual tracks HERE.

The TV related panel is this one:
Amazon Chopping Block
April 27, 2019  11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oakwood A

What should they cut? What should they ABSOLUTELY NOT cut? Tell us how you feel

Panelists: Sargon Donabed, Daniel Greene, Thom DeSimone, James Berg-Bradley, Kristen Nedopak

If you need a refresher on why The Wheel of Time and its fans are so awesome, Have a watch of this old doco:

Featured Art

That is all.

What we know(officially): 

Status: Greenlit "Pre-production"
Network - Amazon Prime Video
Production Studio - Sony Pictures Television
Production Company - Radar Pictures
Show Runner - Rafe Judkins
Assistant to Rafe: Patrick Strapazon
Executive Producers - Ted FieldMike WeberDarren LemkeRed Eagle
Consulting Producer - Harriet McDougal
Book Consultant - Sarah Nakamura
Episode Length - 1 hour ~
Episode Titles - 101: Leavetaking, 102: Shadow's Waiting, 103: A Place of Safety, 104: The Dragon Reborn
Filming Locations: Prague, Czech Republic(September~)

Not officially confirmed:
Episode 6: The Flame of Tar Valon

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