Comic-Con 2011: 'Glee's' Brad Falchuk (Q&A)
The co-creator of Fox's musical hit says convention attendees are "the people you want to give the really good stuff to."
With hundreds of thousands of people attending San Diego Comic-Con every year and the July 20-24 event quickly approaching, The Hollywood Reporter chatted with the big names in television to discuss their favorite memories and tips for attending the annual event. THR’s Live Feed will talk Comic-Con with actors, writers and producers in the days leading up to the event so check back soon for interviews and the latest news on panels and screenings.
Geek Cred: Glee
Upcoming: FX’s American Horror Story
Comic-Con panel: Glee, Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m. Hall H
THR: Ahead of your first Comic-Con, what have you heard about the event?
Falchuk: I hear it’s a complete mob scene -- in a good way; that it attracts the people that are most passionate about whatever they're going there to see. It’s a safe passion.
THR: What’s the purpose of Comic-Con for you and Glee fans?
Falchuk: To provide fans with something special; for something like Glee, come in with footage that’s never been seen before. There’s a commerce quality to it as well in that these are the people who spread the word online; these are people that people trust. These are the people you want to give the really good stuff to. Comic-Con is mutually beneficial; we're like sharks and remoras.
THR: What does the hype about American Horror Story mean to you?
Falchuk: There’s a track record that people say [Ryan Murphy and I] put out very interesting and unusual material, so you know it’s going to be something you’ve probably never seen on television before. In any medium the thirst for something really fresh and different is why I think there’s been excitement about AHS. I also think that the horror genre is something people are intrigued by. There’s also the P.T. Barnum of it all in that nobody knows what it is. Don’t show them the shark or it’s less scary.
THR: How much pressure is on you to deliver?
Falchuk: You can’t not feel it. Ryan and I try and make it what we think is good and then there’s very little you can do about how people are going to respond. You can’t make someone like it but you can hopefully get them, with the right sales pitch, to try it.
THR: What more can you tell us about the top-secret project?
Falchuk: We started in the writers’ room soon, but you’re not going to get anything out of me.
THR: If you were involved in any other show what show would it be?
Falchuk: I love Curb Your Enthusiasm and South Park; South Park is probably my favorite.
THR: Any genres you’d like to do?
Falchuk: I’d love to do historical drama, like a period piece. That’s always been something I’ve been really interested in. I’m a big history buff, so any World War I movie or some neat Renaissance or medieval thing would be cool.
THR: For television or film?
Falchuk: There’s no difference anymore; it’s all about production values. The reason you couldn’t do a great medieval drama on TV was because you couldn’t get the production values, but now they're doing it. They're not doing Lord of the Rings with epic special effects, but you can get pretty close. Shows like Rome or Deadwood were able to get production values, so it’s where you can tell the best story. So it would be wherever I had the freedom to tell the stories I wanted to.
THR: How will Glee’s third season build upon Season 2?
Falchuk: We're really focusing a lot more on larger story arcs and less about romantic relationships and more on character relationships, outside forces pushing inward on the Glee club. We're more interested in larger arcs that we did in Season 1.
THR: What did you learn from Seasons 1 and 2 that you plan on applying?
Falchuk: Last season we spent a lot of time on relationships, with people dating other people and next season we want to spend a little more time on letting the stories play out. Some said there was a little too much music, so we might pull back on the music a bit. But in general, we love these characters and we want to spend more time with them and find more ways to explore different parts of them. We want to keep making it appointment TV that you don’t want to TiVo.
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