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"V" Takes Center Stage at TCA

Last weekend the TCA closed its television preview sessions with a panel on "V". Below are some highlights.

V - Comic Con Gang Not too long ago, "V" became the focus of attention at TCA, with executive producers Jeffrey Bell and Scott Peters, as well as actors Elizabeth Mitchell, Morena Baccarin, Joel Gretsch, Morris Chestnut, Scott Wolf and Lourdes Benedicto taking to the stage. The line-up was similar to the one at Comic-Con, the differences being that actress Lourdes Benedicto was not in Comic-Con and executive producer Jace Hall was, but wasn't at TCA.
One of the revelations in the press room at Comic-Con was that "V" had been moved up from a midseason debut to November, demonstrating ABC's sudden enthusiasm for the project (perhaps inspired by the positive buzz the show has been getting). Well, at TCA the official word was given that the show would be debuting on November 3rd.
Praise was understandably given to "V" creator Kenneth Johnson, with Scott Peters saying, "None of us would be here without him."
Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reported on the session. After praising the pilot and comparing it favorably to the original, his highlights include: "Scott Peters and Jeffrey Bell said they will consider having actors from the original appear in the new 'V' as different characters, ala Richard Hatch on the new Battlestar Galactica, who played a different character from what he played in the 1970s original. Peters said Jane Badler... has already been in touch with producers to express her interest in being involved in the new show... There will be nods to touchstones from the original, including the Visitors' fondness for eating rats and bunnies... Bell said, 'We would be morons if we didn't find a way to pay homage to it'... Producers said this new 'V' will be less of a military show, compared to the original. The characters will remain in their day-to-day jobs thorugh the first two seasons..."
Owen notes that the producers have said that while the original was an allegory to fascism and Nazi Germany, this new take will deal more with the issues of terrorism and blind devotion, and what kind of impact it has on a society. It was also noted that while the original was created as a miniseries, this show is being planned for the long-term. For Owens' complete story, click HERE.

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