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The Den Of Geek Interview: Kenneth Johnson

The man behind the original Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk and the acclaimed 'V' has a chat with DoG...

Kenneth Johnson - a man who has made a BIG contribution to TV sci-fi...

Kenneth Johnson created both the original Incredible Hulk and Bionic Woman TV series in the 1970s, going on to invent from scratch the acclaimed world of ‘V’ in the mid-80s, where lizard-like aliens descend upon a vulnerable Earth in beguiling form with the intent of ravaging the planet.

Johnson later developed the Alien Nation TV series that further explored his timeless themes of cruelty, humanity and redemption, as well as taking Johnny 5 for a second outing on the big screen in Short Circuit 2. Johnson has had enornous influence on the current shape of TV sci-fi, and Den Of Geek was very happy when he spared us a little time to look back on his work and discuss future projects, such as the possible movie that may ensue from his recent literary revisting of the ‘V’ universe in his 2008 novel, ‘V: The Second Generation’…

With a background in classical theatre, were you a geek yourself? Did you dream of making sci-fi TV and movies?

[laughs] No, not at all. I got interested in the theatre when I was in about the eighth or ninth grade. Actually the first thing I did was a radio-play adaptation of War Of The Worlds, the one that Orson Welles had done in 1939 that scared everybody to death. It wasn’t because I happened to be seeking a science-fiction piece; I came across it in a book that I had been reading, and I thought this’d be fun to do. And it was a radio-play, and I had just bought a tape-recorder, so it was the confluence of circumstance…

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