What is The Event? Aside from the fact that it’s a high concept science fiction thriller that’s been struggling in the ratings lately, we don’t really have an answer to that question. But the show’s declining viewership isn’t a problem that’s gone unnoticed by executives at NBC and folks like Evan Katz who are directly involved with steering The Event forward, and to that end, they’ve come up with a possible solution: a relaunch in January.
Over the weekend, the cast of The Event gathered together for a press conference to reveal that the series would return in January after a short break following the airing of the first season’s 13th episode. Actor Bill Smitrovich assessed of the situation: “We will finish up with our first 13 and then there [will] be a break, and then we’ll come back with a one-hour compilation clip show of the first 13 so everybody can catch up with [the] story.”
“Ratings are one of the variables that we don’t have control over,” added Blair Underwood, who stars on the show as U.S. President Elias Martinez. “There is the crossfire competition from Dancing With the Stars, football, and the No. 1 comedy Two and A Half Men. Then, this is the type of genre show like 24 and Lost where viewership always picks up in the second season because people go back and watch during the summer or get the DVD. That builds an audience. And this show was sold in 200 international markets before it premiered here so there is incentive to keep the show going. We are in a good place.”
But even if the planned January reboot doesn’t work out in The Event’s favor, leading man Jason Ritter says that producers have a contingency plan waiting in the wings: according to the actor, there are “short cuts” that can be used to wrap up the show’s storyline by the end of the first season, if necessary.
“We probably would have seen them start to come to a close,” said Ritter, arguing that these short cuts haven’t materialized just yet. “They would need the time to start doing those short cuts. But so far, so good. Ratings have not been the most ideal, but a lot of people are watching the show on their DVRs.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly