One Year Later... What Has The Team Been Up To?

Well... it's been a while. 

Can you believe almost a full year has gone by since the end of Wolf 359? Saying that feels very surreal to all of us at Kinda Evil Genius HQ. And lately a lot of people have been asking us: what has everyone on the cast and crew been working on lately? 

Honestly?

A lot of stuff.

New audio dramas! New talk shows! Getting advanced degrees! Modeling! Adventures in the world of tech! Big writing projects! Experimental cross-media performance art! Landscape architecture! So! Much! Stuff!

But seriously: when we stopped to take stock of how much cool work folks were doing, we thought it might nice to share the latest from the team with all of you. So fire up the old podcasting apps, and join Doug Eiffel himself, Zach Valenti, for a whirlwind update on what some of the cast and crew have been up to this year.

Updated Season 4 Release Schedule

Hey everyone! As we barrel into the second half of our fourth season and the cast and crew dive into the full production for the final chapters, we wanted to give you slight update for the release dates of upcoming episodes.

Wednesday October 11th: Mission Mishaps, Entry Three.

Tuesday October 17th: Mission Mishaps, Entry Four. 

Monday October 23rd: Episode 56, Idle Hands. (Part One of Two)

Monday October 30th: Episode 57, The Devil's Plaything. (Part Two of Two)

Tuesday November 7th: Mission Mishaps, Entry Five. 

Monday November 13th: Episode 58, Quiet, Please

From there onwards, the season will continue on its regular schedule, with new full episodes released on Mondays and Mission Mishaps Mini Episodes released on Tuesdays. 

We're making these tiny adjustments for two reasons: first, as we get the hang of weekly Wolf 359, we are discovering the limits of what our (already sleep-deprived) post-production team can accomplish. Moving our Mission Mishaps releases to Tuesdays rather than Mondays will help to alleviate the editing and mixing pressure, while still allowing for weekly helpings of Wolf 359

Secondly, after much careful deliberation, the creative team has decided that it will be better for Episodes 56 and 57, which together tell a single, massive story, to only be released one week apart. This slight reshuffle of our October releases allows us to minimize the gap between these episodes.

Thank you for your patience, and for listening to the show! We think you are going to really enjoy the final twelve weeks of Wolf 359!

2017, Season 4, and Series Ends

Hey Friends,

Does everyone have a minute? I wanted to share a couple of things about the future of Wolf 359 and what we're going to be doing this year. And, as is so often the case with these sorts of things, it comes in the form of Good News and Bad News.

First, the Farnsworth bit: good news, everyone! Wolf 359 will be back this year, and we will be doing a full season. Hooray! Season Four will begin on June 12th, and it'll be fifteen...ish full episodes. I know that's a longer gap between seasons than we've had before, but we want to spend a bit longer on the writing and the production of these upcoming episodes. And - more good news! - that also means we won't be taking a mid-season hiatus this year. Once new episodes begin, we'll run, uninterrupted, every two weeks until the final episode on December 25th

Which leads us to the bad news, and that is that... well, there's no easy way to say it, so let's just get it out: Wolf 359 is coming to its end. This upcoming season's final episode will also be our series finale. 

I know that this is going to be a sad development for many - it's a very sad one for me! This isn't a recent decision, nor one that was made quickly or frivolously. This has been in the works for a long, long time, and everyone on the show's Creative Team is in (heavy-hearted) agreement: this is the right choice for the show. 

Rest assured though: the story of the Hephaestus and its crew isn't stopping, it's ending. We have never thought of Wolf 359 as a series that would go on and on forever. We've always wanted it to be a story that begins, middles, and ends. Which builds to a definite, final conclusion for its characters, and which can arrive at real answers for (most of) its mysteries. And which leaves the party early enough for people to miss it once it's gone. 

Is it going to be hard to let go of the show? Absolutely. It's going to be harder than words can adequately describe to let go of these characters and this amazing team. (Sweet Mother of God, it's going to be hard to let this team go.) I am flabbergasted by all the wonderful people who have donated their time, energies, and talents into realizing Wolf 359.

I am also eternally grateful for everyone who has listened into the show. We could have never imagined how many people would listen to our little space story, and invite it into their lives. Making this show has been an enormous endeavor, and having you all with us has been a constant source of inspiration, joy, growth, education, and amazement over the many long hours we've spent making the show.

Thank you for being with us for the past three years. We're going to do our absolute best to make sure that our fourth and final year is our best one yet. We hope you will enjoy it. 

Now, I can imagine some of you might have some questions, such as... 

This is a joke, isn't it? Some kind of really mean, horrible, no good person prank? 

I'm afraid it's not. While I am indeed a horrible, no good person, (well spotted) I would never lie about something like this. Barring some pretty major act of God-type shenanigannery, by this time next year Wolf 359 will have aired its final episode.

Can we get you to change your mind? Perhaps this huge pile of dragon gold could entice you to reconsider? 

You're the one that stole that gold? Dude, that dragon's not happy. You should maybe put it back before the entire countryside gets burnt up... *ahem* In any case, I'm afraid the decision is rather final, and it feels right to everyone on the cast and crew. The show has to end sometime, and we'd rather build towards a satisfying, bang-like ending than just dwindle off until we all get sick of the characters. It'll be better for everyone, trust me. 

Wait a minute, I know why you're doing this! This is because of - 

Nope. Let me just stop you right there. Whatever you're thinking of, the answer's, "Nope." Like I said before, we've been thinking about this for a while, and there's no one, singular thing that's made us decide to try to make a break for it and run for the door. It just feels like the right time. 

No, but really: it's because you can't get the cast anymore, isn't it?

Amazingly - logic-defyingly, even - no! Everyone on the cast is extraordinarily busy, and a couple of people are starting to realize that I'm working with a troupe of undiscovered superstars and beginning to hire them for some really amazing projects, but everyone continues to be nothing if not ridiculously generous with their time and talents. The moral of the story is, as usual, that they're the best and that this is all my fault. 

What are you going to after Wolf 359 is over? What's next for all of you? Will we ever hear from you again after Christmas of this year? 

My cast and crew will all inevitably experience meteoric rises towards fame and fortune once the burden of speaking my sci-fi mumbo-jumbo is lifted from their lives. Keep an eye out for the imminent movie deals/world book tours/avant-garde Berlin music album. I'll probably fade into curmudgeonly obscurity. I fully expect to spend the next couple of decades solving the mystery of what, exactly, this "regular sleep schedule" thing is all about. 

... okay, fine, real answer. The truth is I don't know! I expect that we'll all keep doing more or less what we're doing now: trying to balance making art and telling stories with our day jobs. Wolf 359 has been an enormous part of all our lives for the past three years, and we'll all be excited to pursue new opportunities after this year. We'll do our best to keep you updated on our work beyond Wolf 359

When did you say the last season is starting and ending? 

Season 4 is going to kick off on June 12th, and it's going to end on December 25th. If we've done our math right (... that's a medium-sized if) that means that we should have an episode of Wolf 359 every two weeks from the start of the season to the end. No mid-season breaks of hiatuses! 

Will you tell any more stories in the universe of Wolf 359? Further adventures of the characters? Or how about prequels? Spinoffs? 

I'll get back to you on that one. For the time being, we have no concrete plans to tell any other stories related to Wolf 359 or these charactersBut then again, I refer you to my above answer about not knowing what the post-December future might hold. So... who knows! Maybe! Perhaps one day an irresistible spinoff idea will fall into our lap and we'll just have to make it. (Better Call Doug kinda has a good ring to it, no?) For the time being, all I know is that we're closing the book on this story, and doing our utmost to give these characters and this narrative a full, satisfying conclusion.

 

Once again, many, many thanks to our unbelievable cast and crew, and, most of all, to our many, very dear listeners for coming along on this crazy journey to a small star, seven and a half light years away from Earth. I look forward to sharing one final year of Wolf 359 will all of you. 

Thank you, 

Gabriel Urbina

01/05/2017

Artwork credit: NASAESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

End of Season 3: AMA with the Cast and Crew

Hello everyone!

To commemorate the end of our third season, the cast and crew of Wolf 359 are going to host a brand new Ask Me (or… Us, as the case might be) Anything live stream! Send us whatever questions you have, and we’ll answer! We’ll be live on Wednesday January 4th at 8:00 PM EST. (exact start time subject to slight changes) Tune in at the video link below: 

Present to answer questions will be:

Zach Valenti - Doug Eiffel and Doctor Hilbert, Producer, Writer

Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs - Captain Lovelace

Zach Libresco - Colonel Kepler

Noah Masur - Mr. Jacobi

Michelle Agresti - Doctor Maxwell

Sarah Shachat - Producer and Writer

Gabriel Urbina - Creator, Producer, and Writer

And - pending the approval of the scheduling gods - we might be able to have a few other surprise special guest stars.

In the meantime, SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS! Please use this form to send us your questions or queries on anything you’d like to see the cast and crew discuss. Feel free to send us as many questions as you like - we’ll do our best to answer as many of them as we can!

Once again, that’s Wednesday January 4th at 8:00 PM EST! See you then!

New Cast Members And Next Episode Release

Hey friends! 

So now that the dust has settled from the release of Episode 31 and we’ve all had a chance to listen to Sécurité, we have two announcements to make: 

The first is that, now that the cat is out of the bag, we are extraordinarily happy and incredibly proud to welcome Mr. Zach Libresco, Mr. Noah Masur, and Ms. Michelle Agresti to the cast of Wolf 359. The three of them are extraordinary actors and performers working in NYC, and they’re all folks that we have long admired and looked up to. After months of looking forward to the release of this episode we are very happy to publicly welcome them onboard as part of the team. 

The second announcement is that the next full episode of Wolf 359, Episode 32, will be released on April 11th. Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere - we will be releasing new content in two weeks, it’s just going to be something special. In fact, in lots of ways it’s going to be one of our biggest updates ever, and it’s going to include things that a lot of you have been asking about for a long time. So just know that you’ll have some more Wolf 359 content coming your way real soon, but it’s going to be something slightly different. And then we’ll be back to regular episodes two weeks after that. 

So get excited! Things are going to get very interesting from here on out! 

Wolf 359 Live!

One of the downsides of spending so much time on our Facebook and Tumblr pages is that I get neglectful on updating this news blog. Sometimes with rather important items. Case in point... 

To mark the end of Season 2, Wolf 359 is doing its first live show! 

Join us at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, at 104 W. 14th Street, New York, on December 19th, to see the first live performance ofWolf 359

There will be two performances, one at 6:00 PM and one at 9:00 PM

Tickets will be $20, and will be available for sale starting at noon EST on November 15th. Check back on our new Live Shows page on that day for more information on ticket sales. All tickets will be general admission. 

More information soon!

New Release Schedule

Quick update on the release dates for upcoming episodes! 

As we get deeper into the production of Season 2, we keep discovering new and exciting challenges to keep us on our toes. Scripts have gotten longer and more intricate, we've tackled weirder and more complicated storylines, we've worked with phenomenal collaborators... we've even run into technical difficulties we couldn't have even dreamed of during Season 1. All of this excitement, however, does mean we've had to adjust our production schedule, and now we have to adjust our release schedule to follow suit. 

From now onwards, new episodes of Wolf 359 will be released on MONDAYS, with the usual two week span between episodes. So look for Episode 19: LET'S KILL HILBERT, on Monday April 27th. 

New Mini Episode - Coming Soon!

We're just over a week away from the release of Episode 14 The Kumbaya Approach. However, if you're really hungry for new Wolf 359 material, we might be able to arrange that. We've put together our second mini episode for the series. We're excited to share this short episode with everyone - it's very different from everything else that we've done on the show. 

However, before we release this mini episode, we really need some help bolstering up our presence in the iTunes world. We really need to put more of a spotlight on our page, and we can't do that without your help. Specifically, we need to get more reviews on our page. 

New Website

Things have been pretty quiet for the last few weeks while we prepare for the start of Season 2. But never fear - the wait is almost over! Episode 14, The Kumbaya Approach, is going to be released on February 14th, now less than two weeks away. Even better, we're now ready to unveil the big project that we undertook over our January hiatus - our completely redesigned website!

Just looking around you're probably already noticing a lot of changes from our old stomping grounds. Some of the biggest changes include: