TCA Summer Press Tour Day 16 Quotes: 'Arrow' Flashbacks and Quinn's 'Homeland' Status

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The Television Critics Association summer press tour is over!

Things wrapped up on Thursday (August 11) with a morning of panels from The CW and an afternoon from Showtime.

We got updates on all four of The CW's superhero shows and on new dramas Frequency and No Tomorrow.

We learned the fate of a beloved Homeland character and found out if Showtime executives have seen any of the new Twin Peaks yet.

Some highlight quotes from Thursday's tour-closer:

*** The CW's No Tomorrow may be about the romance between an indecisive woman and a visionary who has correctly predicted the end of the world, or it may be about the romance between a well-adjusted normal woman and a crazy person warning about gloom and doom. Or it may be both.

"I think there is certainly plenty of apocalyptic doom kind of shows, and we wanted an apocalyptic joy kind of show," EP Corinne Brinkerhoff observed. "And as paradoxical as that might sound, I think that there’s something that we all fundamentally understand and relate to about thinking, well, what if it’s true? What if his math really all checks out? And it may very well. What are we all needing to do more to better seize the day and stay in the moment? I think we all fundamentally know on a gut level the clock is ticking and that there’s no guarantee of any time. What if you embrace that in a way that felt joyful and spontaneous as opposed to doom and gloom. And that’s really what we love about the show and making the show."

[More on the No Tomorrow team's plan.]

*** While a questioner inaccurately tried to claim that Frequency wasn't an especially successful movie — it was a profitable movie when it was released and it has had a very effective afterlife — there's no doubt that it wasn't some mega-blockbuster, at least not compared to new network IP offerings like Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist. Perhaps that's for the best, explained co-star Lenny Jacobson.

"I loved this movie when I first saw it. I think over the years, it’s gotten kind of a cult following. And no matter whether people have seen it or love it or not, they always have kind of heard the idea of what it is, and that’s intriguing to them," Jacobson said. "And in this day and age, where people are doing reboots, sometimes it’s safer not to reboot something that is untouchable, as you can see with, like Ghostbusters this year. People lost their minds, because you’re messing with your childhood. Thank God that if it wasn’t super popular, we are not going to ruin anyone’s childhood by redoing this movie into a TV show. But I think that also gives us a chance, like Jeremy said, to show people what this style is, and give them a new look at it. But there are a lot of people that we run across who are like, “Oh, I love that movie,” or they at least know the idea of it. And everybody loves Jim Caviezel, so he was Jesus Christ, and all that. But, you know, reboots are scary. People get angry. It’s true."
*** At The CW's panel for Greg Berlanti's quartet of DC superhero shows, a lively assemblage of writers and producers who teased us with promises of musical episodes and episode four-show crossovers, I had two big questions to ask.
First, I wanted to ask the Arrow team about the status and ongoing purpose of the show's flashbacks. I called them "polarizing" in my question, but I believe I've made clear which pole I sit on many times in the past. At least Marc Guggenheim had some answers.
This is the last year of the flashbacks. We always said that Oliver had a five-year journey when he was marooned on Lian Yu, in season five. This year, Oliver spends his time in the flashbacks in Russia. We know from various seeds we planted back in the pilot that he knows how to speak Russian. He became a Bratva captain. Sort of, the flashback story in the first half of the year is going to involve Oliver’s introduction into the Bratva. So he’s basically recruited into this criminals' organization at the same time. In the present day, Oliver has recruits of his own. So he is a trainee in the past, and he is a trainer in the present. And I think that will give the audience that sort of connect up thematically between present and past that people were craving."
Plus? Dolph Lundgren!
*** And the second thing I wanted to ask about was the ice cream .gif from the Supergirl/Flash crossover episode and if there was any sort of takeaway they could find in how instantly beloved that scene was and how viewers responded to seeing Melissa Benoist's expression of joy.

"You know, that was Melissa’s improv, and that’s the thing I think one of the things we’re so proud of all of these shows is that, you know, to whatever degree that they’re able to, that the shows are full of joy, because they’re made with joy," said Andrew Kreisberg. "We love these characters. We love making these shows. And, you know, definitely there are some of the shows [that] are a little darker. But especially on Supergirl and Flash, you know, and even Legends, the ability for the characters to be as excited about what they are doing as we are to be watching them is part and parcel of what makes the show so great."

[More Flash/Arrow/Supergirl/Legends of Tomorrow panel details.]

*** Showtime began its afternoon with a clip package featuring lots of upcoming shows and mention of next year's Twin Peaks, but no actual new footage. That was then promised by a behind-the-scenes featurette on Twin Peaks, including original interviews with the cast, but no actual footage. I mentioned this to Showtime's president and CEO David Nevins, who laughed.

"You noticed that, didn’t you?"

But have Showtime executives seen footage?

"We have seen footage," Nevins insisted. "We’re about to start seeing actually cut footage, which is obviously more meaningful than dailies."

Added president of programming Gary Levine, "And let me just say, in watching a little bit of dailies of Twin Peaks, we were both just instantly transported. And these weren’t even cut scenes. It was just David [Lynch] was happy to share some of it with us. And obviously, this is a very unique partnership on this series in a way that no other series operates, and he’s earned that right. But, boy, just looking at the dailies, just the tone, the feel, it is so singular. We really can’t wait to show it to the world."

[More from the Showtime executive session.]

*** Showtime closed its day and the press tour with a panel for the sixth season of Homeland, which is returning production to the United States, specifically to New York.

Also returning?


Rupert Friend's Quinn.

"Quinn is alive, I can say that much," said showrunner Alex Gansa. "But we really want to be careful about revealing what his condition is. I would just say that he suffered a major stroke last season, and his very existence was in question. And so you’re going to see a very changed and altered Quinn this year. That’s really all we can say."

There were at least three endings last season that were meant to make us think Quinn was dead, including the finale, so how many more times can Gansa and company tease viewers on this count?

"I think Quinn, this coming season, will really represent a very profound and familiar casualty of the war on terrorism," Gansa said. "That’s the role he’s going to play this season. And what he endured last year is different than what he is going to go through this year. It will be a completely different animal, and this year will be also suffused, I think, with the intention of his daily relationship with Claire’s character."

[More from the Homeland panel.]

Back with more TCA press tour quotes in January!