Veronica's Dad Is Back in a Flash

by Angel Cohn July 8, 2008
The Enrico Colantoni Interview

TWoP:True. So how many episodes of the series are we getting?

EC: Thirteen as of right now.

TWoP:Okay, so has this aired in Canada already?

EC: No, no, we're going to air simultaneously starting on July 11th. That's what makes this sort of a cool thing for Canadian television, because it's only the second time its happened since Due South and that was, what, 15 years ago.

TWoP: So I gotta know, how heavy is that bullet-proof vest and all that equipment that you guys are lugging around?

EC: In real life it's about 50 pounds. It's like you're in combat, you're carrying everything you could possibly need. But we're actors... [Laughs]

TWoP: Do they make a lighter version for you all?

EC: A lighter version. A lighter, tighter version. A slimmer-looking version...

TWoP: To make you all look hot instead of bulky.

EC: [Laughs.]

TWoP: Your character is the head negotiator. Are you a good negotiator?

EC: I think that the more personable someone can be, the better negotiator they can be and I think I sort of carry that around a lot. You know what I mean? I'm a good guy.

TWoP: You are a good guy. Do you think you could talk some guy down off a roof?

EC: Yeah, I mean, you don't want somebody talking to somebody like [Yells in a gruff voice.] "Hey, you get down from there... You're going to hurt somebody."

TWoP: The thing liked about the first episode wasn't just the cop-y stuff, but how they dealt with the aftereffects of how the cops dealt emotionally with shooting people.

EC: Yeah, that's the only real reason to do this show. I think that's the only thing that sets us apart from those cop dramas. There are wonderful cop dramas in the past that have always dealt with it in a serial sort of way, you know, like Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue... Each episode is going to have a cause-and-effect on everybody on that team.TWoP: Will it stick with the format of jumping around, with the glimpses of what is going on?

EC: Yeah, I think we're going to do a lot of that.

TWoP: Okay, I like that...I like not having a clue what's going on, that's fun.

EC: [Sarcastically.] We're being manipulated, that's a good thing on TV...

TWoP: I love being manipulated. It's non-linear television. If I didn't like that kind of thing, I wouldn't still be watching Lost.

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