Seriable Bites are stories and tidbits from the world of serialized TV that didn’t quite make the front page of Seriable.com over the past few days.
Today’s Bites include: Supernatural, Sons Of Anarchy, Locke & Key, Person Of Interest, and Seven Wonders.
Ahead of the seventh season of Supernatural, Jared Padalecki says he’s not afraid of the seriable competition in the shape of Fringe and Grimm. All three shows will compete for seriable viewers on Fridays (though Grimm doesn’t air until October). Padalecki believes the competition is a good thing for the genre:
Maybe I should be worried about it, but I take it as a compliment. A lot of these supernatural shows come and go. And I do watch Fringe and Josh [Jackson] is a buddy. I guess you can say, bring it. We’ve been on seven years. Good luck catching up. [Laughs] But I’ll take it as a compliment. When Supernatural came out, there were a lot of procedurals and you were either a doctor or a cop or lawyer, otherwise the show didn’t stay on TV. And then we came around, and I don’t want to say we were trailblazers, but we found our niche. And, like I said, we’re not getting 100 million viewers every week, but we have some people who are passionate and passionate about the genre.
The Sons Of Anarchy season 4 opener scored huge in the ratings:
The 90-minute fourth season premiere, which aired Tuesday night, scored the series’ highest ratings ever, delivering 4.94 million total viewers at 10 p.m. — a 20 percent uptick from its third season opener.
Among adults 18-49, Sons of Anarchy drew a record 3.22 million, an improvement of 15 percent.
FX claim the 90-minute episode was their most watched single episode ever for an original show when factoring in Live +7 data.
Deadline report on the slim chance that Locke & Key could find its way to MTV after FOX passed on the pilot and other networks declined on the opportunity:
..last month, a DVD of the pilot was given to MTV programming chief David Janollari. I hear he liked it but is yet to meet with the Locke & Key producers, so there has been no real conversation between the two sides.
Not much to go on really, but we’ll see if anything develops. You can find the trailer here.
Michael Emerson says he feels a “greater sense of responsibility” on Person Of Interest than when he first joined LOST. He also offers more insight into his POI character Finch:
I feel a greater sense of responsibility, I guess. Also, it’s the first time I’ve ever, as you say, been in on the ground floor — I’ve always come into well-oiled shows, stuff that was up and running smoothly. So this is like any TV show … it has to be put together at the beginning, and everybody’s figuring it out as we go, so it’s a little rockier and a little more uncertain. But I think the work that we’re shooting is going to be really cool.
We’re on the fifth episode now, and I’m still learning a lot as we go, because the actors reveal their thoughts about the character with each new episode they write. A lot of ideas I had or directions I wanted to go, I see don’t fit with the writers’ vision, so I’m making adjustments now, I’m tailoring my performance to suit this ever-more-detailed picture that they’re giving me. For example, you think, well I want this character to be so much different from anything I’ve played before. So maybe he’s shy, he’s retiring, he likes to stay out of the light, but you can only display so much of that note if your character constantly is madly improvising in terribly dangerous situations, not only effectively, but with gusto. Then you think, well, I guess he can’t be too much of a wallflower if this is the way he operates! [Laughs] So let’s check that … he’s out there kicking ass and taking names.
ABC has bought action-adventure series Seven Wonders from producer Mark Gordon. The ambitious project is based on the Jack West Jr. book series by Matthew Reilly, the show follows commando-turned-archeologist Jack West Jr. and his four team members as they search the globe for seven pieces of an ancient and powerful relic.
The first season will be based on the first two books in the trilogy. There’s seriable potential there for sure. We’ll keep you updated.