NBC’s “The Event” premieres tonight, with hype and excitement for this new series at an all-time high. Fans, who are dying for a gripping, serialized drama following the departures of “Lost” and “24,” are likely to latch onto “The Event,” a show that mixes action, government conspiracy, and a bit of sci-fi.
The show also stars Blair Underwood and Jason Ritter, the former of which plays America’s first Afro-Cuban president, while the latter portrays an everyman who, in the midst of searching for his beloved girlfriend who has disappeared, stumbles upon one of the biggest cover-ups in United States history.
I had the chance to speak with Blair Underwood and Jason Ritter last week. The two talked about their characters on the show (President Elias Martinez and Sean Walker), as well as how much pressure they feel to surpass fans’ high expectations for “The Event.”
MICHAEL LANGSTON MOORE: I’m wondering how portraying the President on “The Event” compares to some of your other dramatic works that you’ve done on television, especially shows that people still love today like “L.A. Law” and even the short-lived “City of Angels?”
Also, can you tell us whether President Martinez gets his hands dirty in this show? On television, we often see presidents sitting in the Oval Office, dealing with a crisis from afar. But in “The Event,” I’m wondering if your character gets out of the White House and tries to really get to the bottom of what’s going on?
BLAIR UNDERWOOD: I’m sure he will. Right now a lot of his work has been in and around the White House and the offices but, no, he’s very much involved. For instance, in the pilot you see him immediately [where] he learns about these detainees–and again this is in the trailer, I’m not giving anything away. The first thing he says is, “I want to meet them.” They’re in Alaska. We know they’re in Alaska.
So he goes directly to see them. And he’s the kind of president, he is hands on. And actually you’ll see very soon, I think the third episode, he leaves the White House again to be hands on, so he does get his hands dirty. I think it’s important to him.
For more of my interview with Blair Underwood and Jason Ritter, including the actual audio from the Q&A, head over to my television blog THE SCREEN FIEND!
Be sure to catch the season premiere of “The Event” tonight at 9 pm ET on NBC!
Whether your from Boston or Berlin, you can follow MICHAEL LANGSTON MOORE on: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, and my television blog THE SCREEN FIEND!
Interested in an interview or want to send a screener for review? E-mail me with any questions or comments!
You can also hit the “Subscribe” button at the top of the page to receive instant email updates on television entertainment!
Michael also writes for the African-American Entertainment Examiner and Celebrity Icons Examiner columns.
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:
‘The Apprentice’: Donald Trump fires his first victim
Michael Grimm wins ‘America’s Got Talent,’ but why was Jackie Evancho robbed?
Hayden beats Lane on ‘Big Brother 12’; Best ‘Big Brother’ finale of all-time?
Exclusive interview with Jimmy Johnson of ‘Survivor: Nicaragua’
Chelsea Handler: Worst MTV VMA host in history?