V cast is at TCA right now promoting V. These are some reports from the event:
Press Tour Diary: ABC’s ‘V’ reboot | by Michael Ausiello
WHO: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Lourdes Benedicto, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, and exec producers Scott Peters and Jeffrey Bell.
PREMISE: The rodent-eating lizards are back! Slick production. Great cast. Not scary enough. The last session of press tour!
5:21 pm: Mitchell confirms for the umpteenth time that she will be returning to Lost. “I am going to be traveling to Hawaii for Lost more than once,” she says. “I can’t say whether Juliet is alive or dead, but as with all things on Lost, it will be tricky.”
5:31 pm: Wolf’s dimples remain a force of nature.
5:32 pm: Scoop! V will premiere on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 pm/ET.
5:34 pm: Iconic scenes from the original V—like alien queen Diana devouring the hamster—will be replicated in some form. ”We would be morons if we didn’t find a way to pay homage [to the original],” says Bell. “But if we had her do exactly what was done in the original, been there done that.”
5:36 pm: Paging Jane Badler… E.P. Peters says some of the original V actors will definitely be making cameos on the reboot as a “tip of the hat” to old fans.
That’s a wrap, folks! Heading off to the ABC cocktail reception to get scoop for next week’s Ask Ausiello. I survived another press tour! Yay me!
The New V Will Arrive Sooner
The sci-fi remake, starring Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell and Firefly’s Morena Baccarin, won’t wait for 2010.
August 8, 2009 – Once again, Earth will be visited by aliens soon, as a new version of the 1980s classic V is set to launch on ABC. The cast and crew of the new V spoke to the press today, and had a big announcement about the series. Originally announced for midseason in the early part of 2010, V will now be premiering earlier – on Tuesday, November 3rd, at 8:00pm.
The cast is something of a fanboy dream, filled with alumni from Firefly (Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk), Lost (Elizabeth Mitchell), Smallville (Laura Vandervoort) and The 4400 (Joel Gretsch). Asked about this, Executive Producer Scott Peters (The 4400) quipped that his plan was to get “Every single science fiction [fan] that ever lived to watch our show. ” Joking aside, Peters said “It was not designed that way” in terms of casting, and that they simply went with the actors they thought were best for the roles.
ABC’s President Steve McPherson had said in May that V would, assuming it was a success, run for four seasons. I asked the Executive Producers if this was still the plan, and Peters replied, “We’ve got [the story] all mapped out and pretty solid direction for everything. We certainly know where we’re going for the first reason and second season and we have a really solid plan the whole way though.” Added Jeffrey Bell, “We know what the end is. We know where we’re going. Whether that’s three years, four years or beyond that, it’s gravy. There is a plan and we’ll stick to that.”
Peters praised the creator of the original V miniseries, saying, “None of would be here without Ken Johnson” and revealed he’d met with him early in the process. Peters said that with the new version, “We wanted to make sure that we honored and respected the characters and themes that that show envisioned” while introducing new characters and themes “That would make sense in a post-911 world.” He noted the original took place in the Cold War, and had a more militaristic bent, while the new version will be more about paranoia – and thus get rid of the more obvious fascist imagery the alien Visitors used in the original.
If you’ve seen the original, you know the true form of the Visitors. I won’t say what that is, just in case, but the producers noted they made their reveal on the true form very quickly in the new version, with Peters saying, “This is not the big surprise that everybody is going to gasp over. We don’t want to build and build and build towards something we already know.”
In an iconic moment from the original, the Visitor leader Diana ate a rat. A journalist asked if history would repeat itself with Morena Baccarin’s Anna, who serves the same role. Said Bell, “We would be morons if we didn’t find a way in the series to pay homage,” but said, “We want to find a way to do it’ since to simply repeat the same scene would have a feeling of “been there done that.”
Elizabeth Mitchell plays the FBI agent at the center of the series, who quickly begins to realize the Visitors have ulterior motives from the peaceful image they project. The actress said she was quickly drawn to the script, adding, “I really did fall in love with the character. I like playing a traditional hero. I don’t think I’ve ever done it before!”
Thanks Stef for the head-up!