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Dear Lila
Is Themiscyra anywhere near Poteidaia? I've heard good things about it and am considering a trip...
lots of love

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<1st August 2018 - Time for an update!

So what is happening in the world of XENA? Well not much actually. Lucy's show 'Ash vs the Evil Dead' was cancelled in the spring. Despite everything under the sun getting a reboot, the XENA one appears as dead as a dodo. Lucy and Renee have been doing a few cons, mostly in the US, although Lucy was in Italy a while back. XENA:WARRIOR PODCAST is about to hit the iceburg that is 'Married with Fishsticks', so that could be fun (I rewatched it yesterday...oh my GOD what a pile of crap!)

On a positive note, XENA is back on UK tv screens on the 4Music channel - which confusingly isn't a music channel now! The episodes appear to be rather random in order as I watched Lost Mariner from S2 the other day, The Debt's were on a few days later and it looks like Warrior Priestess Tramp is up next. Still, Xena is ON! Find 4Music on Sky Ch 139, Virgin Ch 129, Freview Ch 18

3rd August 2017 - Listen to this: Xena Warrior Podcast!

I've become kind of obsessed with the Xena Warrior Podcast lately. It is run by three ladies, Vera, Katie and Livy, film grads who are reviewing each episode and releasing a podcast every Monday. The ladies do a great job analysing and discussing episodes, and have me - an old timer - re-watching and thinking again about what works and what doesn't. Yes, there were some difficult times there getting through Ulysses, Giant Killer and some of those season 1 episodes, still finding their feet. Each weekly podcast typically covers 2 episodes, but sometimes the focus is one - like the latest excellent and thought provoking 2 hour chat about The Bitter Suite. You're doing a great job ladies! I'm considering updating my reviews after getting into the show all over again!


This website turns 20 on 28th May 2017 and to celebrate, here's a look at how it all began!
In 1996, I first caught an episode from season 1 The Greater Good on Sky and was hooked. Back in those days, the internet was just a baby and the birth of the show coincided with the internet boom. The main Xena website was 'Tom's Xena Page' and MaryDs AUSXIP site. There were no UK Xena sites, so my imaginatively titled "My UK Xena Page" was born! It was a chance for me to write about my new obsession and importantly, there was a message board available with the GEOCITIES website where a whole bunch of UK fans got to know each other.
The site has gone through a few changes over the last 20 years. In 2000, I was bought out by during the dot com boom, and joined up to be the Xena page on their site. I got a trip to Comic Con and even some money for almost a year before the bubble burst and it all went south. Since then, I've had to pay to keep the site going and things have quietened down in the Xenaverse. However, I still love to hear from Xena fans. In the last few years, as the next generation of fans discovered the show, I have enjoyed hearing from people getting into the story of the warrior princess and the bard of Poteidaia.
So happy birthday to Xenaville! If you are visiting and want to say hello, pop over to the Yuku message board or drop me a line an (put in an @ to email me, but I learned the hard way, embedded email addresses on the website end up with a lot of junk emails from deposed princes or people wanting to help me with enlarging things!)

18th May 2017 - Updates

The much talked about Xena reboot seems futher away than a year ago. Javier Grillo-Marxauch left the project over reported 'creative differences.' "I’m heartbroken to have left the Xena project over insurmountable creative differences. The character is dear to me, and to millions of fans worldwide, and I truly believe that now – more than ever – a land in turmoil cries out for a hero. I truly hope that the alchemy of creative elements that has to come together to make possible either a reboot or revival of this amazing property will someday coalesce, and that Xena will return in a way that does honor to what came before while looking to the future."
Javi has interacted with Xena fans and I think many of us were hopeful he would be true to the show we love. Hence, this is sad news, and once again the project is in limbo. Perhaps the release of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie might revive interest in kick-ass mythological warrior women.

The UK Xenafests are alive and well and we recently got together again (Honestly, I can't remember what number we are up to now!) for a 20th Anniversary get together, where we raised money for the charity Moodswings - a wonderful £1,631. It was lovely to see old friends and several new Xena fans too.

The Xenaville Yuku Message boards have woken up! Do pop over and join in the chat.

20th March 2016 - Reboot Latest

The much talked about Xena reboot has been talked about even more lately after script writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach gained some internet notoriety for penning an episode of the popular CW show The 100 where a much loved female warrior who regularly kicked butt, ended up being killed off, not long after she and her lady-love consumated their relationship. Javi was the writer of the much discussed episode 307 'Thirteen' and the show's fandom went kind of bananas! To say there was a lot of anger was an understatement. For us Xena fans who lived through the 'A Friend in Need' wars, and Buffy fans who saw Tara killed off in a similarly brutal and senseless manner, it was nothing new. But in these much more social media savvy days, reactions were quickly shared. Javi showed real class by replying and re-tweeting the comments of fans who had valid and non-abusive arguments about the wrongness of the decision and in some of his responses, seemed to indicate that HIS version of XENA would not be so opaque about the true nature of the Xena/Gabrielle relationship.

  • I'm a very different person with a very different world view than my employer on the 100 - and my work on the 100 was to use my skills to bring that vision to life. Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons. There is no reason to bring back xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s. It will also express my view of the world - which is only further informed by what is happening right now - and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging.

However, after the story was widely reported on the net (even The Guardian for goodness sake!), and Lucy herself commented Grillo-Mauxuach backtracked a bit on his Tumblr page after someone asked whether a network would go for a show with a gay lead.

  • A lot of assumptions of how and why and where and when were made from a quote that was mined from my blog. I am not going to say anything else about this project until I have a script and a production order because it feels like - from a few sentences - everyone has already made up their mind about what it is I am doing. I would prefer people be surprised by the story.
So pretty much back where we started then!

22nd December 2015 - News Updates, Xena stars on TV
The latest on the Xena reboot movie is that apparently a writer has been hired. Javier Grillo-Marxuach has written for Charmed, Medium and Lost and co-presents that rather fab 'Children of Tendu' podcast about how to be a TV writer. For me, this is good news - someone with a good track record and an experienced writer.Read this interview with him on that makes me vaguely optimistic!
Of course, I would rather it was RJ Stewart, Steve Sears or Liz Friedman but we will see.

A little article today on what some of the Xena staff and stars have been upto lately as several of them are flourishing! The aforementioned Liz Friedman, Rose McIver, Shiri Appleby, Marton Csokas, Manu Bennett and of course Bruce and Lucy! Click here to read on

26th October 2015 - No news on Xena Movie, Ash VS Evil Dead soon
Nothing more about the possible Xena reboot that was around the TV news sites in August. However, this week seen the TV series on Ash vs The Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless. Sam Raimi and bis brother Ivan, plus Rob Tapert are all involved and the show is being filmed in New Zealand. Stay tuned..!

13th August 2015 - That Movie is ON!
So that movie that wasn't happening... IT'S ON!! The Hollywood Reporter carried the story today, but it isn't all good news..! NBC's Entertainment chairman is quoted as saying..

"Yes, we're in the early stages of developing a new take on Xena and we're looking for a writer. We want to do it […] We'd love to have Lucy be a part of it — if we felt that her presence didn't overshadow the direction we take with it. I'm not sure how she could be part of it if she wasn't playing Xena, and I don't know if that's a direction we'll ever go."

Which indicates a new Xena, which to be honest it always the most likely direction. The odds of a TV Network having a 47 year old female lead an action show are slim. For fans wanting to see Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor back, it looks unlikely. Still, the warrior princess back on TV with the right cast, the right tone and good writing could be fun... I feel an opinion piece coming on!

28th July 2015 - MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!??
The biggest news to hit the sleeping Xenaverse in years hit recently when it seemed a Xena reboot was on the cards! Lucy Lawless had been at Comic Con with the upcoming Evil Dead tv show and has always been quite positive about the possibility of a Xena movie. Several tv news outlets published stories about the show being relaunched and the speculation began about whether Lucy and Renee would be involved, who might be the new Xena (assuming Lucy is too old to swing a chakram these days!) and what exactly a modern reboot might be. Sadly, it appears to be nothing more than wishful thinking. Lucy herself tweeted it was just a rumour:
"Sorry, friends! news of a #Xena reboot is just a rumor. I'd love it to happen one day but it's still in the wishful thinking stage."
Oh well, we live in hope!



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