Six Degrees returns tonight, with changes
A love triangle, a hidden pregnancy, Josh Charles, and a quickened plot is what awaits viewers who tune in to Six Degrees when it returns tonight on ABC at 9 pm. The series was pulled from the scheduled way back in November when it wasn't holding on to the Grey's Anatomy audience on Thursday nights. Created by J.J. Abrams, the drama is about six New Yorkers and how their lives intersect. The ensemble cast includes Bridget Moynahan, Campbell Scott, and Erika Christenson.
Only, in my opinion, it was slow. And boring. And apparently ABC thought so too, because it gave the executive producers a few mandates for the next seven episodes.
In this interview with TV Guide, the producers for Six Degrees, Stuart Zicherman and Raven Metzner, talk about some of the changes they've worked into the show at ABC's behest. First of all, they've made it more "ABC friendly". That means a love triangle involving Campbell Scott, a new character played by Sports Night's Josh Charles, and a third unnamed actor (possibly Moynahan, whose real-life pregnancy will not be written into the show).
Also, they've identified their "McDreamy", as all ABC shows need to do these days, as Campbell Scott. "McSteamy", then, must be Josh Charles. And they've taken away the criminal storyline from Damian (Dorian Missick), because ABC didn't like it, and have sent him down a different path in search of Mae (Christensen). Mae's story is also changing, and her mysterious past and the person hunting her down is going to fade away.
It's a little sad, really, that the network is meddling so much in the direction of the show. But, at the same time, it was a very, very weak show. It just sounds like ABC has turned it into another one of its ensemble dramas. In the interview, the producers hold out hope that their show can be unique.