With ALMOST PARADISE concluding its season finale tonight on WGN America, co-creator and executive producer Dean Devlin gives us the scoop on the series featuring Christian Kane as an ex-DEA agent still finding trouble while trying to retire in the Philippines.
Devlin also discusses the Electric Now app which also streams ALMOST PARADISE and Electric Entertainment’s previous series LEVERAGE, THE OUTPOST, THE LIBRARIANS. He also offers up details on the new LEVERAGE 2.0 series currently in the works.
ASSIGNMENT X: What do you have in store for the ALMOST PARADISE season finale?
DEAN DEVLIN: There have been many story lines teased throughout the season. This is the episode it all comes together!
AX: From last week’s preview, it looks like we’ll meet Alex Walker’s partner that double crossed him? Will this be a recurring character if there’s a Season 2?
DEVLIN: While this is the first episode we actually see the face of his ex-partner, his ghost has been haunting him all season. In the finale he confronts that ghost. I’ll let you see how it all plays out.
AX: As with your other TV series, you have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to supporting characters and the actors you hired. Are there supporting characters or maybe characters that only appeared once that you would like to bring back for Season 2?
DEVLIN: For sure. Even within this season we brought back a few that we originally hadn’t planned on, simply because we fell so in love with their characters and their performances, but if I had to name one, we really want Uncle Danny [played by Richard Kind] to return.
AX: Have you been officially renewed for Season 2?
DEVLIN: We’ll be talking about Season two on our Facebook Live on Tuesday at 9p/8c on the ALMOST PARADISE Facebook page! Come join us.
AX: If renewed, what did you learn in Season 1 that you would apply in Season 2?
DEVLIN: We learned that the island of Mactan is a character in our show and we want to explore that character much farther.
AX: Would the show shift its focus or follow a similar trajectory?
DEVLIN: I think the fun of this show is that it keeps evolving into new directions, while maintaining it’s fun core. We’re excited to see where that can lead us.
AX: With the world dealing with COVID-19, would that affect filming in the Philippines?
DEVLIN: When I called “wrap” on the finale, they had just announced that we had only 18 hours before the airports would be closed. We raced back to our rooms and frantically packed to try and make the last flight out of town. Luckily we made it. Not so lucky for some of our crew who got stuck there for nearly three months. I’m happy to report that they’ve all recently finally gotten home.
AX: Can you talk about the Electric NOW app?
DEVLIN: We have had the most amazing fans, from LEVERAGE to THE LIBRARIANS to THE OUTPOST and now ALMOST PARADISE. We wanted to create a one-stop-shop for our fans to aggregate. Hopefully fans of one show might discover some of the others they haven’t seen yet. Additionally we wanted to give a home to our Electric Surge Podcast network where now people can not only hear the entire library of all our great podcasts, but now they can watch them as well.
AX: Do you have to pay for the app or is it AVOD?
DEVLIN: The app is nearly entirely free, supported by advertising, but since some of our content contractually can’t be made available for free, there is a small purchase section. Additionally, for people who don’t want to watch videos with commercials, the purchaser option is a way around it.
AX: Are all your projects on the app?
DEVLIN: Not all, but nearly and more are added all the time as previous licenses expire. We also distribute a number of films and shows that we have made available on the app including the brilliant Irish film THE DIG, which just went live this last weekend.
AX: Did you complete Season 3 of THE OUTPOST before the quarantine? Is there still a plan to air this summer on the CW?
DEVLIN: No, season 3 of THE OUTPOST was shut down three months ago, but we’re starting back up this week in Serbia. We will be able to deliver the entire season this fall on the CW.
AX: Can you talk a little bit about the reboot of LEVERAGE?
DEVLIN: For the last ten years I’ve been trying to find a new home for LEVERAGE. Finally, thanks to Amazon and their new free streaming platform IMDBtv, we finally found a partner excited about re-imaging the show!
AX: Will all the characters be back?
DEVLIN: All but Nathan Ford.
AX: With Noah Wyle taking over for Timothy Hutton or will this be a new character? Will the character have ties to Hutton’s Nathan Ford?
DEVLIN: I wouldn’t say taking over for Timothy Hutton, but Noah Wyle is joining the show. He’s a new character that allows us to take the show in a new direction. While the previous incarnation of the show was a crusade for revenge, this season with be a redemption adventure, inspired by the addition of this new character.
AX: Will there be any adjustments to storytelling or format not that you’re airing on the IMDB TV platform?
DEVLIN: We will be going back to the original five act structure of the first season. The six-act structure is really a bear and we’re thrilled we can return to the original format.
AX: How many episodes for the new season?
DEVLIN: We’ll be starting off with 13 episodes, just like season one of the original show.
AX: I’m assuming you haven’t started production, but when would you anticipate filming to commence and how soon could we see the LEVERAGE reboot?
DEVLIN: We are shooting the show this summer in New Orleans.
AX: Will the reboot be called LEVERAGE and do you consider it Season 6 or Season 1?
DEVLIN: This is a sort of reimagining. It’s derived from the original but it’s a new show. That’s why we’re calling it LEVERAGE 2.0
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