New world of television
Elizabeth Mitchell stars in US hit alien drama V, that has just been signed for its second series. Before that she played Juliet Burke in Lost and Dr. Kim Legaspi in ER both now defunct.
She thinks the TV industry is undergoing a change. “We’re entering a whole new world of television with cable and with the internet.”
“All good things I suppose must come to an end, ER had a fantastic run and it was exciting with Lost as they knew when they were going to end.”
Some shows don’t get the luxury of knowing when they’ll be finishing which leaves fans hanging without any proper endings. In the States some pilots only last a couple of episodes before they are dropped and in this new TV world they’re getting tougher. Many networks try and make money with cheaper reality TV shows so if expensive dramas aren’t paying off they’re quick to cut them.
Starring alongside Mitchell in V is Scott Wolf who played Bailey in Party of Five. It was a hit in the 90s and also starred Lost’s Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Tricky second series
Wolf has had a more up and down career than his Party of Five co-stars.
He agrees with Mitchell that the TV world is changing “To make it out out of a first season any more is difficult. Audiences are fickle, attention spans are shorter and there are so many more places to look. The days of watching something you don’t really love are behind us and so you have to really turn out something great every week.”
Since Party of Five Wolf appeared in two short lived TV series The Nine and Everwood:”In my experience to make a great pilot is challenging but quite possible but as you continue on it becomes more difficult to sustain a story and keep telling it well and consistent.” And the signs are looking good for V – the show has got good ratings in the States, it’s on the Syfy channel over here and is expected to be snapped up by a terrestrial channel soon.