Apparently the cast of ‘Windfall’, the mid-season show which NBC picked up last week after Fox passed on the pilot, were caught by surprise at having to talk to journalists at the Television Critics Association confab. Or at least that’s the impression one gets from reading the TCA coverage. From LAT television columnist Paul Brownfield’s online TCA diary:
Can you see now how hard it is to maintain a sense of hopefulness at this thing? Currently I’m in the press room, where they have transcripts from all the sessions. Randomly I flip to a page and record this quote from Jason Gedrick, star of the midseason NBC drama “Windfall,” about the post-windfall lives of 20 lottery winners, to give you a flavor of what it means to attend a panel: “I was going to say I think something else that’s really interesting about the possibilities of this show is the fact that, you know, initially if you win something and you want to suddenly reap the benefits in some sort of material way, characters can go through a sort of genesis as to, you know, OK, initially I was just greedy and I wanted to fill myself up with, you know, a car and a new house or whatever and then come to terms with that and say, ‘You know what, I don’t need this. What can I do? And you know, Jackie’s character — she’s a nurse. She may want to open up a clinic and donate some money. I mean everyone has a great opportunity here to go through stages of being, you know, more self-involved and then perhaps a little more ethical and moral, and I think that the possibilities are endless.”
And then here’s something from Melanie McFarland at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
You know your Tour day is going badly when:
– You just picked up a midseason series called “Windfall,” an ensemble drama about 20 lottery winners. And, although critics actually seem interested in it, the actors involved do not.
To wit: This morning, we were expecting series star Luke Perry to show up, but had to settle for his co-worker Jacklyn Desantis, who appeared to be nodding off in her chair. Which was onstage.
Her co-star Lana Parrilla had a look on her face that made a person wonder if she had stepped in something a Great Dane had left behind. Meanwhile, “Windfall’s” Alice Greczyn got caught in this unfortunate exchange with a reporter:
“I’d like to know how analogous this is to getting your big break in Hollywood, winning the lottery.”
“I’m sorry,” she said, “what was that word?”
“Analagous. It means, ‘like.’”
(Seattle Post-Intelligencer link from Cathy Seipp, who thinks FishbowlLA is “popular.” Thank god she hasn’t seen the stats.)