The much advertised (nay, relentlessly advertised) premiere of The Event is finally happening tonight, so therefore the show's two biggest stars -- Jason Ritter and Blair Underwood -- participated in a media call to face their fears of early cancellation and meandering plot focus. Highlights of said call (parts of which were actually kind of reassuring!) after the jump.
You're going to tell us all what exactly The Event is, right?
Blair Underwood: Right. Of course. Listen, what I can tell you is that The Event is something very eventful, but it is something that can potentially change the course of mankind as we know it. In a nutshell, that's what is to come.
What was one of the things that made you want to be a part of this show?
BU: NBC and our producers have been very acutely aware of some of the shows in the past that felt as if, to the audience, they weren't thought through. And sometimes the audience can be frustrated. And I can tell you, by the second episode a lot of the questions will be answered.
Is there a timetable for the actual event? Do you think we'll see it before the first season is over?
BU: That's a good question. We can't really answer that right now, just because we don't know.
Is the show as sci-fi heavy as it seems?
Jason Ritter: I was told -- and we're only in the middle of shooting Episode 6 right now, but so far this has rang true -- the pilot is about 95% action and, you know, political conspiracy and things like that and about 5% sci-fi. Just a tiny little element in there to make it interesting. And that's been about the percentage of the show. I mean it generally takes place in the world that we are living in with just a little fantastical element that sort of takes it to the next level, which is really exciting.
Jason, have you been doing stunts?
JR: Absolutely. I've been doing running. I've done crawling out of wreckage. Lots of swimming. Yeah. The one stunt that I didn't do was jumping off the cliff in the pilot. Although I thought about it, but when I saw the actual cliff it looked a little too dangerous and, you know, some things you just want to leave to the professionals.
How much pressure do you feel with this show? The ad campaign is insane, and there is a void on television for event programming with Lost and 24 ending.
JR: Yeah, there does feel like a lot of pressure. The exciting thing for me is that whenever I start to feel that pressure, I go back and read whatever script we're working on, and that alleviates some of it, because I can fall back on the material and go, "Okay. I believe in this. I really like what we're doing here, and I stand behind it."
And that's the main thing, because usually pressure will just make me cave to the other side, and it's like, "Hey, you guys are right. It totally sucks." But I think everyone wants it to be a good show and that's what the pressure is, and I believe it is a good show. So it sort of equals itself out.
Watch our vlogger Sean Crespo's eventful preview of The Event:
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