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TCA '09: V Re-Vamped

Producers of the new TV series discuss what's changed and what's stayed the same

By Rob Vaux     August 09, 2009


TCA '09 First Look: New V Series
© Bob Trate

 

The cast and crew of the new version of V revealed some of their secrets at the TCA press event today, expounding both upon the ways it remains true to the 1980s original and the ways in which it forges a new path.
 
"The fear at the time [of the original] was fascism, it was communism, that was the fear," producer Jeffrey Bell told reporters. "That's not the fear now… the original was very much a military show, almost. There was a resistance and gunfights, and there was a very clear and present enemy. In post-9/11, that's not who our enemy is. It's terrorists, it's the guy across the street. Who do we trust?"
 
The cast includes a huge number of sci-fi veterans, including Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell, Firefly's Alan Tudyk and Morena Baccarin, and The 4400's Joel Gretsch. Mitchell and Tudyk play FBI Agents who stumble upon the alien conspiracy, Gretsch a Catholic priest who struggles with the theological implications of the Visitors' arrival, and Baccarin the public face of the Visitors (mirroring the character of Diana, originally played by Jane Badler). As for whether any of the original cast members would return to the show (albeit in different parts), produces were evasive yet optimistic.
 
"I personally love that idea," Bell said. "We talk about it a little bit in the writers' room. I think it's fun for the fans… just to see those actors show up. Everybody's fair game, but we'll certainly develop that as we go forward."
 
Fans worried about the original show's most notorious moment--Diana devouring a guinea pig--will be relieved to know that a tip of the cap is planned for the new show. 
 
"We would be morons if we didn't find a way in the series to pay homage to that," Bell explained. "We want to find a way to do it, but if we just have her do exactly what happened in the original… been there, done that. And there are other iconic moments, certainly, that were in the original that we'll find our way of paying homage to."
 
V premieres on Tuesday, November 3rd at 8:00 PM on ABC.

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MrOptimusPrime 8/10/2009 9:13:45 AM

I was a huge fan of the original show.....hope this one pulls a BSG type revival and kicks ass like BSG did!!! 

NDorado 8/10/2009 9:27:18 AM

The birth of the alien child was another iconic moment from the original mini-series.  Wonder if they'll eventually pay some sort of homage to that.

Wiseguy 8/10/2009 9:31:26 AM

I vaguely remember this show except for the guinea pig eating, that I remember.

Sounds like they'll be doing a Skrull Invasion type series as opposed to an all out war. I may check this out

superrichtheman 8/10/2009 9:46:47 AM

I hope the aliens are still eating mice.  I had a mouse in my house the other day and I thought, man, if only I had a V alien here.

avidfan 8/10/2009 11:20:24 AM

I grew up in the 80s and can tell you that we were certainly afraid of terrorists then -Momar Kadafi anyone?.  They are not new.  V was a great thing back then and the clips of have seen of the new one look good.  The only aliens I am thinking about now though live in District 9!

Hobbs 8/10/2009 2:12:35 PM

It looks good but I'm still holding my breath on this.  Fascism is still feared today and should be.  Is it really that easy to say that Terrorist just want to kill us all or what they represent if they did rule us all.  Do you see the way Middle Eastern countries are run?  Trust me, fascism is a reality that still resonates today and to forget that is very dangerous.  That's one of the reason why I think the original still holds up today, story wise. 

Kinda of disturbing the writers would generalize it like that.  I guess that's the way of the world today and that sad.

thorin02 8/10/2009 2:57:45 PM

I saw the pilot at Comic Con and thought it did its job.  I want to see more. 

But honestly I kind of hope they dont' go too far down the 'comspiracy around every corner' and 'shocking weekly mystery'  route.  They have enough interesting characters and situations that they can tell a very interesting story straight up.   The show does not need to ttry and be Lost (at this point Lost should stop trying to be Lost). 

I don't think we're going to be seeing a lot of big action scenes though.  I got the feeling watching the pilot that the show has a VERY strict budget and it is being watched VERY closely.  What FX were used were generally good (by TV standards) but also minimal (the only WOW moment was when the Visitors first arrived). 

boxker 8/10/2009 5:04:58 PM

I don't know I wouldn't say BSG kicked ass, it was decent, had very good writing, but for me was hit and miss in some areas. I think the mini series was far superior than the series ended up being.

joeybaloney 8/10/2009 6:59:14 PM

 I am MUCH more afraid of fascism today then I ever was in the 80's. Terrorists are just who the fascists want you to fear.

I loved the two mini-series back in the day. The ongoing series had some cool ideas but wasn't executed very well. I like how it became more of a political/Casablanca kinda thing. This cast has me pretty psyched. Hope we see Englund. Is Marc Singer still alive? I'm looking forward to this a lot. It does have some BSG-ish potential.

CaptAmerica04 8/10/2009 9:59:31 PM

They MUST get cameos from Marc Singer and Robert Englund!!  It'd also be great to see Faye Grant back (she was so hot in the original show.  Hottest doctor on TV at the time).

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