In the new superhero series THE CAPE (which debuts tonight on NBC at 9:00 EST), David Lyons stars as Vince Faraday, a loving family man and police detective whose honesty gets him framed and left for dead. Unable to resurface publicly for fear that his wife and son will be harmed, Vince is taken in by a circus-cum-criminal enterprise run by magician Max Malini (Keith David).

Besides sheltering Vince, Max teaches the newcomer how to wield a surprisingly versatile cape, as well as other sleights of hand that are very useful when reinventing oneself as a crime fighter based on your son’s favorite comic book hero.

Executive producer John Wirth, who was previously part of the team on TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, gives an exclusive interview to ASSIGNMENT X about his new series.

ASSIGNMENT X: How did you become involved with THE CAPE?

JOHN WIRTH: Tom [Wheeler] conceived it, pitched it to Berman/Braun [the production company headed by CAPE fellow executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun]. They all went to NBC. They sold it and then the show got picked up, they made the pilot, and while [Wheeler] was making the pilot, he called me.  I was attempting to take a year off last year, and then I got roped into doing a little consulting on V. So I was doing V in the springtime and Tom called and I came down to see the set and hang out a little bit, and he said, “If this thing goes forward, would you be interested in working on it?” And I said, “Absolutely.”

AX: Did the role of Orwell exist in the original concept, or was it written so the show could have your TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES colleague Summer Glau?

WIRTH: Well, Tom created [THE CAPE] and I think the role existed in his mind as integral to what the show is, but once they got into the casting process, I think it became very clear that Summer was the one. And I think she was on hold to do some other show – I don’t know which it was or what was going on, but I know there was a little bit of an issue of, would she be available? And that was a little tense. And then here she is.

TERMINATOR - THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD

TERMINATOR - THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD

AX: Speaking of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, can you talk a little about what would have happened if you’d had a third season?

WIRTH: Sure. Season Three would have taken place in the future. John Connor met Derek, his uncle, who had never met him – it was before [Derek] went back in time. Shirley Manson’s character, the liquid Terminator, would have been there. Summer was not Cameron, she was a real girl, Allison from Palmdale, so we just would have played it out from there. John Henry was on the loose. And I think the idea was that we would run into Richard T. Jones’ character, who would have survived the holocaust and had become a minister and had a devoted following in that future.

AX: And the little girl, who was the Shirley Manson character’s not-daughter?

WIRTH: I think our plan was to meet her as well.

AX: What would have happened to Sarah Connor, as they were her chronicles, but she stayed behind in the present?

WIRTH: Good question.

AX: Did you have an answer to that, or were all of you on the creative team going, “Let’s see if we get a pickup and then give ourselves that headache later”?

WIRTH: [laughs] We had some thoughts. I think the show probably would have taken place in multiple time zones, where we would have followed multiple stories as everybody tried to get back together.

AX: Are there elements of THE CAPE that resonate for you with what you were trying to do with TERMINATOR, or are they completely different shows?

WIRTH: I think they exist completely separate from one another. The thing about SARAH CONNOR was, as the New York Times called it, it was “resplendently grim.” It was pretty grim, and there’s a delightful quality to this show [THE CAPE] and a more hopeful aspect to it. I think in that show [TSCC], every day we had characters who were waking up knowing that the world was going to come to an end, and could they stop it? In this show, we have characters waking up, saying, “I need to take charge of my problem and go out and fix my problem and I can do it, and I have the wherewithal to do it.”

AX: THE CAPE is certainly not positioning itself as ripped from today’s headlines, but in fact, it is dealing with a real issue as far as privatization of armed security, which is what the villain Chess is trying to do in Palm City. Are we meant to understand that the show takes a dim view of privatization, even though it’s depicted in relatively fantastic terms?

WIRTH: I think people can read into it what they want to read into it. Everybody has their own sense of politics by which they live their lives, and they feel certain ways about certain things, and it comes out just in conversation and in their work, and in the workplace. And we happen to be people who write things down that become stories that we end up putting on television, so some of it is going to get out there. But I think what we’re doing day to day in the writers room is less about trying to make a statement about what’s happening in the world or the privatization of this, that or the other thing, and it’s more about empowering human beings. What’s happening in the country right now, this is the way I would go with it, ten percent of our population is unemployed.

There are probably a lot of those people sitting around saying, “Why did this happen to me and what can I do to get out of this? I can’t do anything, I’m just one person. It’s beyond my control.” And what we’re doing in this show is, we’re taking a guy who’s in a similar situation to that, and he’s saying, “Okay, I have to be responsible, I have to take charge, I have to go out and fix my problem.” And that’s how it resonates for me, both as a guy and as a guy who’s been unemployed, because there’s a lot of unemployment in my business, and as a father and as a husband. And by the way, that all sounds so self-serious, and it isn’t, because one of the things that I love about the show is it’s delightful. That death scene with [a certain character] where he dies and then he wakes up and he’s [sorry those weren’t really his last words], “Damn it, it’s a good speech!” I love that.

Summer Glau in THE CAPE - Season One - "Kozmo" | ©2011 NBC/Trae Patton

Summer Glau in THE CAPE - Season One - "Kozmo" | ©2011 NBC/Trae Patton

AX: Is THE CAPE like KICKASS in so far as this is a hero with a costume but no superpowers?

WIRTH: There are no superpowers in our show. Nobody has superpowers.

AX: So the character of the Cape is sort of like Batman.

WIRTH: Yeah, he is, exactly. And he doesn’t even have the cool suit that Batman had. Batman had the money and the technology to create all this really cool stuff. Our guy has just got what [circus owner] Max Malini has given him, which he got out of the costume trailer.

AX: Given that Vince is a super-honest former cop and Max runs a gang of thieves operating out of his circus, are there going to be sort of ethical skirmishes between them?

WIRTH: Yeah, exactly. The push-pull is that dramatic tension of, it’s a quid pro. “I’ll help you if you help me, but at what cost? Am I going to help you to the point where I actually become a good guy? Because I don’t want to do that.” And, “Am I becoming a bad guy by taking help from bad guys?”

AX: What is the division of responsibility in the production team?

WIRTH: Tom is the creator and the visionary of where we’re going. He generates a lot of the ideas – a lot of the super-villains come out of his brain. He writes a lot of the scripts and he pretty much oversees the entire creative drive of the show. My job is to work in the writers room, run the writers room, keep the trains running on time, as it were. I do a lot of invisible writing – I work a lot on creating story, on rewriting story outlines, giving notes on scripts, restructuring. In sort of the analogy of nuts and bolts, he’s the nuts, I’m the bolts. And then I do a lot of post-production. I have a lot of interface with the set and I really sort of run herd on the post-production aspect of it.

AX: How arced versus standalone is THE CAPE?

WIRTH: Well, as the network likes to call it, it’s a very “joinable” show. Unlike SARAH CONNOR, which was kind of a serial drama, there isn’t much of a serial aspect to this show. At least what we’ve been doing so far, it’s super-villain of the week that comes into the show and creates a situation that the Cape has to resolve. I think if you drop in week in and week out, you will have a very satisfying viewing experience. You’ll understand what the Cape is up against. If you’re a person who watches every episode, or multiple episodes, you’ll have a really good idea of what he’s been up against to try to get back home. I think it works on many levels. It’s a wonderful show for the fanboys. It also, I think, has family appeal. It’s multifaceted and I love it. I hope people watch it.

CLICK HERE for ASSIGNMENT X’s reviews and interviews from  THE CAPE

Related Posts:

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments:

  1. It’s a real shame that Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles has been canceled by 20th Fox and Warner Bros. The best season would have been the 3rd one that we will never see. It’s just crazy what happened and is still going on with Terminator franchise rights. James Cameron created the franchise and it let it die like this. He didn’t even care of helping the tv series which was excellent, TSCC was on par with his first two movies and even better on so many things with an outstanding cast…
    Current business men that bought the Terminator franchise rights are just out of their mind,really. If they had a bit of intelligence they would have spent their money immediately to get Terminator Sarah Connor back in production for a 3rd season first and then use the same cast for a new high budget movie. Or at least make 3 or 4 100mins each $50million budget movies to be aired by tv networks to continue just where TSCC ended and it shouldn’t have ended there. There is still a tiny time window to do just that if they had the brain to do it, they just need to put their money on the project and hire back the cast and production staff to do it. Whoever thinks that it wouldn’t be profitable must be out of his/her own mind, completely. With the proper marketing it would sell like hot cakes then on DVD/Blu-Ray and sci-fi viewers worldwide will pay to watch it.

    Joerg
  2. What Joerg said. I totally agree. The Sarah Connor Chronicles needs to continue with a season 3. A mini-series at the least. It blows my mind that Warner Bros. could just let it die. It needs Josh Friedman back at the helm and the entire cast back as well.

    Eric
  3. Pingback: Tweets that mention Assignment X – The Pop Culture Entertainment Magazine for Movies, TV, DVD, Blu-ray, Video Games, Books, Comics and Technology – News, Interviews, Reviews, Photos and VideosInterview: John Wirth puts on THE CAPE & reflects on TE

  4. Can’t wait to see ” the cape”, Glau + Wirth = winner… TSCC, best show ever!!!

    Joshua Liston
  5. I’d have to agree with Joerg and Eric…TSCC season 3 is truly needed.
    That or some sort of mini series DVD to wrap up things left hanging at the end of S2.
    I do hope the Terminator rights are cleared up and /or sold to some one who cares for the franchise….seems the present owners are just being greedy and a pain in the butt over the rights.
    As to The Cape, it has potential to be quite good. Ep 2 was much better and darker than ep 1.
    IMO, Ep 1 was a bit campy, esp with the circus bank robbers.( reminded me of Tim B’s Batman movie)
    The intro of Orwell seemed a bit rushed, I think a bit more fleshing out of this would have been better, without losing any audience interest.
    Keep going like in Ep 2 and the show is bound to do well.

    meanoldmoe
  6. I am so sad for TSCC being canceled. I really hope in the near future something will come up. Its a matter of faith. Its really sad that 21st century fox and warner brothers could just let it go. I believe it had a really good potential.TSCC was one show that I can’t get over. TSCC FTW

    kissthefloor
  7. I second that agreement. I believe that TSCC had a great potential in being one the greatest tv shows ever. I can’t believe they cancelled it because of the ratings. 21st century fox and Warner Bros made a huge mistake just letting it go. I hope in the near future they will come up with something to bring the long need closure to all Tscc fans all over. If anyone is still supporting this show your welcome to drop by and check out the site i am designing (currently in the works) to keep the TSCC Fandom alive

    thanks Kissthefloor

    kissthefloor
  8. My bad lol forgot to place the site name

    http://www.thetsccforums.com

    still in progress may take awhile
    welcome to drop by and support the fandom.

    kissthefloor
  9. What does it tell you that 2 yrs after the cancellation of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles entertainment people are still being asked about it?

    It was simply the best TV show ever.

    check out http://www.savethescc.com, http://www.gnothiseauton.com/
    and the Global Resistance Rally every Sunday at syfy.com and at thewb.com (forums)

    Keep interest alive and maybe we will get what we need. Season 3, mini series or dvd

    arthur

Leave a Comment

CAPTCHA Image
*

Increase your website traffic with Attracta.com
bottom round