Southland didn’t get picked up for another season, and that means that Ben McKenzie’s face won’t be on our television now each week. But yes, even more important, one of the best police dramas to ever hit the small screen has now ended. Unless, of course, the cast all get the funds to get a kickstarter reunion going. Come on, fans! McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, and C. Howell Thomas are all in if you are.
“I would be onboard, I mean definitely,” King said at the Peabody Awards in New York City on May 20. “I think the reasoning for me is this experience has been like no other. I’ve been an actor for over 25 years and I’ve never had an experience where actors are so equally committed. No one is in this because they are trying to be a star or anything like that. We truly love the work. We truly love the camaraderie that the entire crew has. And we all know that leaving this—we are probably not going to have a work environment like this again.”
“We were talking about even before we were cancelled because the whole Veronica Mars thing happened,” Hatosy added. “If we earned the money, I think we are all on board.” McKenzie had no hesitation either. Laughing, “If you want to tell the fans, tell them to write in. We’d love to do it.”
As seen previously, Southland has come back before. After just one season on NBC, TNT picked it up for four more. “Honestly, when we got cancelled from NBC and we got brought back by TNT that table read–” “That was probably the best,” McKenzie added. “It felt like we climbed the mountain,” Howell joined in.
Come on fans. Let’s climb another mountain.
Who knew that we would actually miss crying every week? Parenthood’s fourth season has come to a close, but thankfully the Braverman’s can pick up where they left off (with some dancing, we hope!) when its fifth season returns to NBC this fall. Max Burkholder has done a remarkable job portraying the son of Adam and Kristina who struggles with Asberger’s, and I recently chatted with the 15-year-old actor about the series that he’s basically grown up on. From favorite scenes to the most challenging, Max helped get us even more excited for the critically acclaimed series to return. He also totally agrees that stocking up on tissues is a must!
What was it like hearing about the Parenthood pickup? Did the cast celebrate?
MAX BURKHOLDER: We didn’t really get together. We all saw each other at the Television Academy Honors a week or two ago so that was where we really met and celebrated. Other than that, no I think we all just celebrated individually.
What’s it been like to start off so young and basically grow up on the show?
I think the main thing is that it’s gotten easier to play the character because in the beginning I didn’t know what I was getting into. Now I sort of found my groove I would say.
Was your character originally named Max?
It was Max already! That’s actually happened to me quite a bit—about seven or eight times. Actually once I did go in and the characters name wasn’t Max but the man who was playing my dad kept calling me Max during the scene so they eventually the director just said to change the name to Max.
What’s been your favorite scene so far playing Max?
That’s a tough one. I’d say all the scenes that I get to work with the animals. That’s a lot of fun for me. It’s not too difficult because they bring in wranglers but I love it.
There are a lot of emotional scenes in the show. What has been the most challenging for you?
The most challenging I’d say all of the scenes—like literally all of the scenes where Max has to betray something that is specific to someone with Asberger’s. Because I know I have to get it perfect or I will be misrepresenting the community.
Did you research ahead of time for such a role?
Yeah, I have done a lot of research and I just took everything from the Asberger’s community into account with what I was doing while I was developing Max as a character. I was sort of figuring out who he was.
What scene made you laugh the most? That showering scene, for example, was absolutely hilarious.
Yeah, I was going to say! That was pretty fun to shoot. [Laughs] It took a few shots because Peter [Krause], who was directing at the time, wanted to get my feet exactly right as I was walking out. He wanted to get it in the frame perfectly.
What’s been your favorite table read?
We don’t have table reads actually.
That’s interesting! Is it because for the most part all of you just concentrate more on your individual family scenes?
That might be it. I’m not sure why we don’t usually have a table read. I really don’t actually think we’ve had any table reads. And what you said about tears before? In the Parenthood Season 4 DVD set there’s tissues included. We got a set of that at the Television Academy Honors. They gave one out to everyone. It just came with a bag of tissues in the front taped in with some cellophane. And on the front it said something like, ‘We should never be ashamed of our tears.’ [Laughs]
You and the cast must catch on how many tissues fans go through.
Yeah, by the end of every episode there’s at least two hysterical crying moments!
It’s so true!
Its like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going to happen?’
The writer’s know exactly what they’re doing.
You are bracing yourself because you know that’s when it’s going to come!
What did you consider the most emotional?
I think the most emotional was the Kristina cancers scenes because everyone had one. There was Adam watching the video incase she died, there’s Max dancing with her, there was the hospital scene when everyone’s there. There were a lot of emotional scenes surrounded by that story line.
Any Max story lines you would love to see in Season 5?
I mean he doesn’t really branch out much out of his immediate family so I would just like to see him interact with Crosby and Zeek and guess more with Amber. He’s hung out with Drew in the first couple of seasons and I want to see that more.
Maybe a possible girlfriend for Max? Adam and Kristina trying to handle that would be for a good story line.
Nick Lachey is keeping busy. With a new gig hosting the NBC series The Winner Is, the 39-year-old singer is also gearing up for his upcoming reunion tour with 98 Degrees. Not to mention, he’s also doing daddy duty for the very first time. But as Lachey picks up his second hosting job, we couldn’t help but wonder if being around other musicians gave him the itch to get back into the studio with the boys.
“I think that in particular it kind of gave me the itch to say, you know this really would be cool to get the guys back together and do something again. But being around great music is great no matter what it is,” he told me. “I think its more coincidence than cause and effect being around these kinds of shows. It kind of rekindles your joy for music and does make you want to get out there and do it again.”
“The reunion has kind of been something that we’ve considered doing and talked about doing for years and years now,” he revealed. “It was just kind of a question of timing and everyone’s availability and the right, you know, kind of the right moment to come together and do it. So it definitely wasn’t solely because of being a part of The Sing-Off and The Winner Is, but when you’re around musicians and all these great acapella groups—in 98 Degrees we did a lot of acapella. It’s kind of how we got signed.”
Southland has ended after five seasons, but the TNT series that will go down in history as one of the best police dramas on television left off with a huge story line that most fans are probably still mulling over. As Ben, Sammy, Dewey, and Lydia wrapped, Cooper’s [Michael Cudlitz] fate was still unknown as the final camera shot showed multiple gunshot wounds to his chest during the “Reckoning” episode. While speaking to the cast recently, they revealed that leaving off on a cliffhanger actually turned out to be quite fitting or such a show.
“In a weird way, ending on a cliffhanger sort of serves of right for not continuing. I’m very pleased with going out that way,” C. Thomas Howell first joked. “For it being tidied up and cleaned up and as if we were going out—there’s something a little too perfect about that that I don’t like. It’s just appropriate the way it worked out.”
“The cop genre is a well traveled road and there are many shows previous to us and probably many shows after us that will do some take on that, but our specific law enforcement in Los Angeles being as realistic and true to the actual lives of patrol officers and detectives—I think it stands up for itself,” co-star Ben McKenzie added. “That’s what we were excited about. Hopefully 5, 10, 20 years from now people can go back and say that show was great. For what it was going for we absolutely were able to do it.”
Though it aired on NBC for one season before moving to TNT, any television show making it to five seasons should easily be considered successful. “We tried to make the best show we possibly could. The fact is that TNT has never had a series go over six seasons. I mean in our ratings we were under compared to the other seasons so we kind of had a sense that it could be the last,” Shawn Hatosy said.
All in agreement, Regina King couldn’t be happier on how far they had come since the pilot. “On a regular network show the seasons are 20 plus episodes. So if you combine all of our seasons together usually within the second or third year of a show is when they really hit their stride and writing is right where its supposed to be and everyone knows the characters better. The actors know their characters better, and that’s kind of where we were when the show ended.”
Here at Ology, we love to get inside the heads of our favorite actors and figure out just what went into making our favorite moments of our favorite shows. It’s a game we like to play called Three Scenes, where the people behind the characters explain–in their own words–the story behind some of their biggest moments on the show. Here, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, and Executive Producer Steven Moffat share their favorite scenes from the past season.
While getting recognized for their Doctor Who work at the Peabody Awards in New York City Monday, May 20, we caught up with the cast of the BBC series to discuss their favorite moments. It’s since been announced that Smith will be leaving the show after the 50th anniversary airs Saturday, November 23, 2013.
Favorite Scene This Season
JENNA COLEMAN: I think Asylum [of the Daleks] probably for me.
STEVEN MOFFAT: Asylum.
MATT SMITH: Yeah, yeah, yeah—I think Asylum and I think the finale was pretty great. In this season I thought Episode 1 was pretty strong.
Best Table Read
SMITH: The 50th was pretty fun!
COLEMAN: Yeah, the 50th was really great.
Most Challenging Scene
MOFFAT: Every single thing. [Laughs]
SMITH: The 3D
COLEMAN: Yeah, the 3D. The cameras that were 3D, it was very slow.
SMITH: It changes the pace in how you can work. When you are making Doctor Who you’ve got to work quick because there’s a lot to pack in in two weeks worth of shooting. But I think if any show is made for 3D then Doctor Who kind of is. It really works.
Before there was Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale with one of the biggest franchises in movie history, a slew of actors have taken on the roles of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman. And soon after Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer (with Danny DeVito playing the creepiest Penguin ever), it was Val Kilmer and Chris O’Donnell’s turn. In probably one of the most favorite films of the series, O’Donnell took on the role of Robin in the 1995 hit Batman Forever. Looking back, the 42-year-old actor told me what it was like to play such an iconic character.
“I grew up a fan of the TV series. For me, it was a blast,” he said during a recent interview. “My kids get a kick out of it – sometimes I see them playing with the dolls that are me.”
O’Donnell was also joined by Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, and Nicole Kidman in the film. Not to mention, a quick cameo from his previous Mad Love co-star Drew Barrymore that had just wrapped. He later would reprise his role in the 1997 sequel Batman & Robin.
Playing Max Braverman on the critically acclaimed NBC series Parenthood, Max Burkholder’s performance as a teen going through Asberger’s has been nothing short of remarkable acting. But after taking up the role for the past four seasons, Burkholder decided to take on a new film project just before Season 5 heads into production. Starring alongside Ethan Hawke, the 15-year-old actor plays Charlie Sandin in the film, The Purge. We recently caught up with him to talk about his transition to the big screen, and what audiences can expect from the new thriller.
You’ve been so used to working on a television set. What was it like working on a film?
MAX BURKHOLDER: It’s a lot different because you take a lot time to do the individual scene, which on television you have more of a schedule because you need to shoot it all in 8 days. But with a movie set, you get a lot more time to kind of work it all out—to work out all the kinks. Also, it was interesting to not play a character that was Max. I’ve been playing that part for so long, for quite a few years now. So that was refreshing.
What’s the film about?
The basic gist of it is that in America in figure 2022 there is one night a year where all crime and committing murder is legal. There’s a huge war and a bunch of political and economic problems so basically the government said that if people get out all their aggression then crime would go down.
Are you a fan of thrillers?
Yeah, I do like them. It’s right up my alley!
What was the audition process like?
It wasn’t any different from any other audition process. I got the script, I read it, and I went in there and I did it and then I guess they were impressed because they hired me!
How would you describe your character Charlie?
He’s sort of different from the rest of his family throughout the movie. He sees a stranger in his house and basically it comes down to making a decision to either have the stranger die or have himself die. My character Charlie is more of the moral compass. He doesn’t want to kill him because it’s so wrong, but while the rest of his family would want him killed.
Do you have a favorite scene from the project?
I think my favorite scene has got to be—even though it’s a thriller—is just with the family sitting around the table having a nice conversation. They show the family dynamic. I always love it because it’s before everything goes bad for this perfect family. You know, ‘Oh, something is going to happen. Something is going to happen!’ [Laughs]
Was filming this an easy transition from Parenthood?
I don’t think there would be many chances for me to do this. When I’m not on hiatus I don’t think that would be really easy. I do think that it turned out really well. I actually started shooting it the day after I finishedParenthood.