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Life and death take on new meaning as the family makes some tough choices involving compassion, trust and letting go of the past in order to find hope in the future.
The ATX Television Festival played host to an “Everwood” reunion on June 7, gathering creator Greg Berlanti, producer Jordan Levin, writer-producers David Hudgins and Rina Mimoun, composer Blake Neely and cast members Gregory Smith, Stephanie Niznik, Tom Amandes, Vivien Cardone, Sarah Drew, Debra Mooney, John Beasley and Brenda Strong for a nostalgic Q&A.
Fellow stars Emily Van Camp, Chris Pratt and Treat Williams were unable to make the panel, hosted at Austin’s State Theater, but Van Camp and Williams recorded video messages, while Pratt called in during the panel via Face Time to thank fans for their support of the WB drama.
Although “Everwood” went off the air in 2006, the show was clearly still fresh in the minds of the cast and the assembled fans, and many tears were shed both on stage and in the audience as the actors recalled the four years they spent in Utah filming the series.
Wanting to put on television an honest father-son dynamic, which I hadn’t really seen out there. And Jordan said, ‘I’ll let you deal with a subject-matter like abortion, but maybe not in the first episode.’ And I was working with Rina; Rina was working on ‘Dawson’s’ and I said, ‘come do this abortion show with me! '” Although work commitments kept Van Camp from attending (while Williams was, by his own admission, attending a One Direction concert in London at the same time as the panel), the “Revenge” star had nothing but praise for the experience and her co-stars in her video message.
And then you start writing and the characters just tell you what they want to be.” Berlanti noted that when he initially pitched the show to his studio, “they said ‘that will never sell — people do not want to watch a character-based show anymore, they’re really into procedurals. ’ So we had a big procedural pitch we brought out that year and of course, that never went anywhere, and this passion project that I told Jordan about at dinner, Jordan said ‘I wanna make that.'” He also admitted that while “the original pitch of the show was about a doctor who went to this small town and brought his family there for the same reasons, as sort of an ode to his deceased wife and in an effort to show her even after she was gone that his love for her still remained … “I was 16 when I started playing Amy Abbott, and I was 20 when the show ended, so I basically grew up on the show and I couldn’t be more grateful that it was with this group of people.You guys took me under your wing, you taught me the ropes, you were like a family to me and still are, and that doesn’t always happen, so thank you,” she said.“I knew that this show was special when the show was cancelled and a big group of fans got together to rent a Ferris wheel — it was just a reminder of our amazing fans that kept us going for four years.When asked to choose their favorite episode or moment, many castmembers pointed to the emotional funeral which bid farewell to Beasley’s beloved character, Irv Harper.While the episode was a favorite among fans and the creative team, it also might have inadvertently contributed to the show’s demise.Amandes revealed a behind-the-scenes anecdote about then-CW president Dawn Ostroff and her apparent feelings towards “Everwood,” telling the assembled audience, “This is a brutal TV reality thing: I remember talking to Peter Roth, who was running Warner Bros.