Seriable Round is a round-up of stories and tidbits from the world of serialized TV that didn’t quite make the front page of Seriable.com over the past week or so.
In today’s round we have news, spoilers, tidbits, overarching story clues and cool stuff from Game Of Thrones, Nikita, Ringer, Chuck, Boardwalk Empire, Revenge, Spartacus: Vengeance, The Confession, Grimm, Once Upon A Time, The River, Warehouse 13 and Dexter.
Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin teases Season 2 and shares his anxieties on how the demise of [SPOILER] Ned Stark will affect things going forward. [Hero Complex]:
“We’ve only had one episode after Sean’s character died and, well, we’ll find out how it affects things. It was a big shock to a lot of people and it was interesting to see the response to it. It’s something I did, you know, 16 years ago when the book came out. So it wasn’t a secret, of course, but I could see the shock of it in the emails I got and on the blogs and the headlines. Time will tell how it affects the show, but hopefully the rest of the characters and their stories have become compelling to people… but I have to admit I worry about it a little after the experience with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Linda Hamilton.”
Nikita EP Craig Silverstein tells TV Line that death is a-coming on the CW spy-thriller:
“We’ve built up a lot of [cast members], and so we’ve got to start killing them off. Frankly, I can’t afford them all!”
As for Cassandra, she’ll return in Episode 2.17, with Silverstein noting:
“The reality is, this is Michael’s kid. There’s no twist coming up to refute that. [However] a kid shouldn’t be in a spy show [because — simply put] it’s just not sexy. [That said,] I’m not going to kill the kid or leave him without a mother, so we need to resolve this in a satisfying way — and we will.”
Ringer EP Eric Chamelo tells TV Guide that Siobhan’s reasons for wanting to ruin Bridget’s life will become apparent when the show returns this Tuesday:
“There’s one singular incident that drove this gigantic wedge between the sisters and we’re going to discover what that is. And why Bridget is on this path of redemption and why Siobhan is on this path of revenge. It’ll be during February sweeps.”
And here’s a new Ringer poster just in time for the sweeps — but is that Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s Bridget or Siobhan get cosy in Henry’s arms? Perhaps the tagline offers a hint: “He’s on to her. And that’s exactly what she wanted.” — HELLO Siobhan!:
With Chuck checking out this past Friday, series creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak look back on the series finale in an interview with TV Line. Schwartz on the show’s legacy:
We’ve been thinking a lot about this. First of all, the relationship that the show had with its fans is something really unique. And I think, also, it was an original story. It was a show that combined a lot of different elements and genres into something that hadn’t been seen before, and that’s a harder and harder thing to get done in a world dependent on pre-sold titles and known quantities. So for us, the originality of the show clearly spoke to those individuals out there in the audience who also felt unique and original. And the final thing I’ll say is it was the story of a guy who felt he had all this potential but never lived up to it. A guy who felt he had the promise to be something better than he was when we first met him. This underdog, this nerd, who’s thrust into this life and lives up to it and becomes a hero spoke to people. A lot of people saw themselves in Chuck, and want to believe that if given their own opportunity they could also become a hero.
Schwartz says goodbye to Chuck in an essay posted on EW. Here’s a snippet (read the entire piece at the link):
They say every end is a new beginning. In the spring of 2007, I was on set for the last day of shooting The O.C. when I got the call. I needed to immediately watch an audition for the lead of my new pilot Chuck. The actor who had just read? Zachary Levi.
And so began the most quixotic, satisfying, and, at times, surreal journey of my career. In the fall of 2007, I was lucky enough to have not only Chuck premiere but also another series I had co-created, Gossip Girl. What were the chances, given that there are seven days in a week, that both shows would air against each other? They did, and my parents upgraded to a dual DVR.
As momentum for Chuck’s first season started to build, the writers’ strike hit. We didn’t know if we’d be back. We anxiously waited almost a year to return. As season 2 came to an end, we learned that NBC was going to air The Jay Leno Show five nights a week in prime time, eliminating five hours of time slots. Once again our future was in jeopardy. We may not have been a breakout hit, but we had a passionate fan base, and when NBC released its preliminary fall schedule in 2009 and Chuck wasn’t on it, those fans mobilized.
Boardwalk Empire‘s VFX breakdowns for Season 2:
Revenge‘s Connor Paolo and Christa B. Allen tease the upcoming death reveal. Paolo tells E!:
“We all read it for the first time in a read-through sitting around a table,” Paolo tells us. “And when I found out I picked up a chair and threw it through a window. We were excited.”
“The show has been on a downhill from the beginning. It started dangerous and now it’s like real, real, real dangerous.”
The cast of Spartacus Vengeance talk about the premiere [EW]
Kiefer Sutherland says he’d love to do a second season of his standout 2011 web serial The Confession. Speaking to Boston TV Examiner, he also shares the challenges of making content soley for the Internet:
I would love to do a second part of The Confession. There certainly is a story there that Brad Mirman, who wrote [the series], and I have discussed. John Hurt had a wonderful time on the show as I did and so we would both love to do that.
I think the real challenge, because I think The Confession was from a production standpoint quite high end with regards to a lot of things that have been produced for the Internet. The real difficulty is trying to figure out how to galvanize and pull in an audience because the Internet is so fragmented that there is no real kind of central post, if you will. The movie business has theaters. Television has set scheduling. The Internet is kind of when you want it, how you want it and trying to really corral an audience was what we found to be the most difficult. But I think that that’s starting to explain itself. The more things are produced for the Internet, the clearer it becomes how to go about finding that audience.
Watch a trailer for The Confession below:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Azura Skye will has landed a guest-star spot on an upcoming episode of NBC‘s Grimm. According to TV Guide, Skye will play “a kind, mild-mannered bed and breakfast owner named Robin Steinkeller, who also happens to be a Seltenvogel (an extremely rare bird-like creature). Robin has something very valuable to many in the Wesen world, and Nick (David Giuntoli) finds her in a panic to escape her abusive husband.”
Episode 14 of ABC‘s Once Upon A Time will be titled “Dreamy”. Hmm, I wonder which fairytale character that will focus on? [HT Jane S.]
Episode 5 of ABC‘s The River will be called “Peaches”. The show is currently casting for parts. Here’s who they’re looking for [IMDB]:
THE RIVER, Episode #105, “Peaches”
Director: Rob Bailey |Writer: Wendy Battles | Location: Honolulu, HI | Filming Dates: o/a 9/15 – 9/27
[RUSS LANDRY] Male, Caucasian, Late 40s to Early 50s. One of the last cowboys. Gruff. Adventurous. Weathered. Stoic. Solid. More comfortable behind the camera than in front of it, not the showman that Emmet (Bruce Greenwood) is. The kind of guy you want watching your back. But emotions aren’t his forte. He says more in his silence than he does with words. More comfortable around a campfire, than the living room sofa. The father of Lena (Eloise Mumford), he is devoted to his daughter but has sacrificed his life for his adventure on the Amazon as Emmet Cole’s cameraman. Guest star. Two episode arc.
[PATRICK] 50s, “Jimmy Buffett with biceps,” a bit of a hippie (could have long hair), happy-go-lucky, affable, peaceful, we immediately trust him. Patrick is the leader of a small crew of eco-activists roaming the Amazon on their boat, the Exodus, to take on some of the illegal logging vessels that have been encroaching on the rainforest. Patrick and his three comrades meet up with the injured Magus, promising help and some much-needed outside companionship for the troubled Magus group. Unfortunately, Patrick is not what he seems to be, and his genial bonhomie conceals an other-worldly menace. Guest star. (17)
[ANNABELLE] 30s, Eastern European or Middle Eastern, beautiful, earthy, charming. A bit of a Gypsy, Annabelle is the lone woman on the crew of the Exodus, part of a group of eco-activists roaming the Amazon to take on some of the illegal logging vessels that have been encroaching on the rainforest. As friendly and affable as the rest of the crew, Annabelle bonds with Tess (Leslie Hope), listening with trustworthy sympathy to the story of her lost husband. Like Patrick, Annabelle is not what she seems to be. Guest star. (17)
[SOUP] Male, 18 to 22, Latino, handsome, shy, sweet, charming. Soup is one of the eco-activists aboard the Exodus, the boat which meets up with the Magus on the Amazon and stops to offer the crew help and companionship. Soup is instantly smitten with Jahel (Paulina Gaitan), and tries to get her stop work for a bit and spend time with him. Like Patrick and Annabelle, Soup is not what he seems. Guest star. (17) MUST SPEAK SPANISH
[MALOSI] Male, 30s to 40s, big, tall, imposing–a hefty, gentle giant with a hidden touch of menace. Malosi is part of the crew of eco-activists aboard the Exodus, the ship that meets up with the Magus to offer help and companionship. Like his crewmates, Malosi is not what he seems to be, and privately urges Patrick to get on about their real business aboard the Magus. Guest star. (17)
Syfy has ordered seven additional episodes for their summer series Warehouse 13, expanding the fourth season to 20 episodes. [EW]
The sixth season of Showtime’s Dexter recently premiered on FOX Crime Spain — here’s the Spanish promo trailer: