“There are a couple of movies I always thought would be fun to do. One is ‘Indiana Jones,’ and the other is the ‘Terminator.’ For me, this character combines a bit of both of those. She’s fighting for the human race and she’s fighting for her son.” says Mitchell.
‘V’ — Aliens never die, they just come back in remakes
This season of television remakes and spin-offs —“Melrose Place,” “Eastwick,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” — would not be complete without the return of “V.” The original was a highly successful, two-part mini-series that aired on NBC in 1983, and told the story of an invading race of aliens — the reptilian Visitors — who initially pretended to come in peace while preparing to take over Earth and turn the human race into their food supply.
A three-part sequel, “V: The Final Battle,” aired on the network in 1984, although Kenneth Johnson, the show’s creator, was fired from the project before it was completed. In 1984-85, NBC turned “V” into a series that ran for only one season. Nearly 30 years later, ABC has taken NBC’s hit and turned it into a big-budget sci-fi thriller, full of action, plot twists and dazzling special effects. “Lost” fans can take comfort knowing that Elizabeth Mitchell will return for that series’ final season.ABC “Lost” fans can take comfort knowing that Elizabeth Mitchell will return for that series’ final season.
“Something about it is indelibly marked in people’s brains,” says Executive Producer Scott Peters. “It wasn’t just a scary show about aliens. It had a real depth to it. “Now, flash forward to 2009 and you look around and see that the world is kind of broken. There are wars going on, the economy is in the toilet; we’re hearing about new diseases every day. It all paints a really grim picture.
What an incredible thing it would be to have this seemingly benevolent force show up and say, ‘We’re going to fix your problems.’ There’s a little bit of wish fulfillment in this show.” This time around, Peters and his crew start with many of “V’”s original concepts: 29 spaceships show up one day over Earth’s major cities and an alien race, led by the ethereally beautiful Anna (Morena Baccarin), announces that they come in peace and will trade technology for supplies.
Many people are quickly taken in by this, especially when the aliens show that they can heal various horrible diseases. Others are skeptical. And still others know that the aliens aren’t at all what they seem to be. While Peters says ABC’s version of “V” respects the spirit of the original, he also felt it was important to “bring the story forward in time. We kept the bones of the show, and then with that in place, we painted in new characters.
Remaking a show is rife with land mines. Anyone trying to do a remake needs to take the very best of the original while allowing themselves the freedom to adjust, change and advance the new story. It’s a tough balance.” “Lost’”s Elizabeth Mitchell stars as FBI Counterterrorist Agent and single mom Erica Evans who sets out in search of a terror cell and stumbles upon more than she ever bargained for. Soon, she finds herself one of the leaders of the resistance. “There are a couple of movies I always thought would be fun to do. One is ‘Indiana Jones,’ and the other is the ‘Terminator.’ For me, this character combines a bit of both of those. She’s fighting for the human race and she’s fighting for her son,” says Mitchell, who for a time was flying back and forth between Hawaii and Vancouver, shooting both shows. (For “Lost” fans, Mitchell confirms she will be back for the show’s final season, even though her character, Juliet, appeared to die in last season’s finale. She wouldn’t reveal how that comes about, however.)
“Elizabeth was a godsend,” says Peters. “We had a difficult time finding actresses who could do a kick-ass, take-names character while tapping into the vulnerability of a single mother raising a child on her own. The minute we heard her name we knew she would be perfect.”
“V” also stars Scott Wolf (“Party of Five”) as ambitious anchorman Chad Decker who quickly learns that just because the Visitors are from outer space doesn’t mean they don’t know how to manipulate the media. “The 4400”’s Joel Gretsch is Father Jack, a priest who doesn’t have much faith in the Visitors. And Morris Chestnut is Ryan Nichols, a seemingly regular guy who knows a lot more than he’s letting on. “V” premiered on November 3 and will air in that slot for three more weeks. After ABC will bring the show back in March after the Winter Olympics in March. “We’re excited about the scheduling,” says Peters. “It allows us to make a splash and turn the show into an event.”
Source: NY Post
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