Law & Order's new faces; Bionic producer defends Washington casting - TCA report
First up was Law & Order creator Dick Wolf and new Law & Order cast members Alicia Witt (CI), Adam Beach (SVU), and Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order).
Sisto's character on L&O comes with emotional baggage that makes the angst he carried around as Rachel Griffith's brother on Six Feet Under seem like a birthday party, which is interesting since Wolf is no fan of serial drama.
Wolf says he prefers to dole out character development in "coffee spoons" not "soup ladles."
Wolf was asked if Chris Noth's role on L&O: Criminal Intent would be affected by any participation he may or may not have with the announced Sex and the City movie. "No," Wolf stated simply, sending out the message he's not going to let his panel get derailed by Carrie Bradshaw and her Manolo Blahniks.
Next, the tour is temporarily hi-jacked by the Sci-Fi Channel for a presentation of Tin Man, a modern day telling of The Wizard of Oz, starring Zooey Deschanel (as "DG" -- think Dorothy Gale), Neil McDonough (The Tin Man), Alan Cumming (Glitch), Raoul Trujillo (Raw), and Kathleen Robertson (Azkadellia). Based on the clips shown Glitch looks like the Scarecrow, Trujillo's the Cowardly Lion, Robertson's the Wicked Witch of the West and McDonough -- I'm going out on a limb here -- is the Tin Man.
Cumming conferenced in electronically from Great Britain. Ever wonder if those backdrops of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace shown on news programs when people are being interviewed are real? They're not. Cummings got a huge laugh when his picturesque shot of jolly old England turned into TV color bars.
Next up, was a panel on the Bionic Woman, which takes a new look at a classic series. Appealing series lead Michelle Ryan (Jaime Sommers) has a tough act to follow in that everyone loved Emmy-winner Lindsay Wagner as the bionic gal. The British thespian says she's working with a dialect coach to help her with her accent.
Gee, who is she going to see for tennis lessons?
Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) is a no-show due to scheduling conflicts; a reporter asks if there's a problem with her not being on contract? "She's on the show. She's not here because she has a scheduling conflict," says executive producer Jason Smilovic. But, the reporter persists, does she have a contract? "She's not here because she has a scheduling conflict," Smilovic repeats.
Sounds like that's his story, and he's sticking to it!
The exec was grilled later when a journalist wanted to know if he fears there may be a gay boycott of the show given that NBC has announced Isaiah Washington will be joining the cast. (Washington was let go from Grey's Anatomy at the end of last season, after making a homophobic remark on the set.) Smilovic maintains that he believes in second chances and that Washington was hired because he's the best actor for the role.
And that's his story, and he's sticking to it!
Next up, lunch and panels on Chuck, The Singing Bee, Journeyman and Friday Night Lights.