Script by Andy Mangels
Art by Rags Morales
This page will have five panels.
TV-shaped panel. Kathie Lee Gifford is reporting live on TV, with a little "ET" logo in the lower corner of the screen. Behind her is a crowd.
1 KATHIE: (electronic) Thanks, John. I am here live at what is promising to be the most talked-about event in Hollywood this year!
2 KATHIE: (electronic) As we've seen in my previous exclusive ET newscasts, crowds have been gathering for the last several days, hoping to catch a glimpse of their heroes.
From behind the camera crew as Kathie sweeps her arm up to show Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It's essentially as we know it, but the marquee reads "THE SLIDERS TRILOGY: SPECIAL EDITION". There are huge crowds of people around, milling behind barricades. Police and security struggle to keep everyone back. There are also other news crews about (throw in some other TV cameos if you want here).
3 KATHIE: Who would have guessed that five years ago, the disappearance of four San Franciscans would launch a multimedia empire?
4 KATHIE: By now, thanks to the trilogy of feature films and spin-off TV specials, the names of the Sliders are on the lips of people worldwide.
5 KATHIE: And with the triumphant rerelease of the Sliders Trilogy, with all new special effects and added footage, the stars of the Trilogy are joining us today to be immortalized in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre!
From out of the theatre, down a carpeted aisle, stroll four familiar Sliders stars. . . well, familiar in face, although they're not the Sliders stars of our world. It's Michael J. Fox as Quinn (a short Quinn), Courtney Cox as Wade, Wesley Snipes as Rembrandt, and Luciano Pavoratti as Professor Arturo. Flashbulbs pop, and bodyguards try to keep the press back somewhat.
6 KATHIE: First to greet the crowd are Michael J. Fox and Courtney Cox, better known as young physicist Quinn Mallory and computer store beauty Wade Wells. Any rumors of a romance off-screen are strictly that. Or so they say.
7 KATHIE: Relative unknown Wesley Snipes is next. He plays Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown, the soul singer from the seventies.
8 KATHIE: Wesley insists that all the vocals in the films are his, but he told me confidentially that he really had to do some great acting to get the tears right!
Keeping her smile trained towards the camera, Kathie thrusts a microphone into Pavoratti's face. He is exuberant, but a little annoyed.
9 KATHIE: Finally, the reclusive Luciano Pavoratti plays Professor Maximillian Arturo, the "pompous windbag" of the group, or so Quinn Mallory said in the first Sliders film. Pavoratti is a great method actor, and it's rumored he can be in character instantly.
10 KATHIE: Luciano, my son, Cody, just loves you in Sliders II.
11 PAVORATTI: Cody, Cody, Cody. Miss Gifford, if you paid more attention to your duties and less to bringing up your child in the unfortunate glare of the media spotlight, I'm sure he'd be a much more well-adjusted child.
The four stars kneel down on pads before four slabs of wet cement. They're going to immortalize their hand and foot-prints in them. Kathie and her camera crew are on the other side (the crew's backs to us but facing the stars and the crowds), shooting the whole affair. Kathie struggles to keep a plastic smile on.
11 KATHIE: Ooh, I guess it's true. Great acting there from Luciano.
12 KATHIE: As you at home can see in ET's exclusive live coverage, the Sliders stars are getting ready to put their hand and foot prints into wet cement, as well as their autographs!