7:30am PT by Josh Wigler
'Watchmen' Podcast: How a Deadly New Mystery Ties Back to the Comic Book
[This story contains spoilers for season one, episode four of HBO's Watchmen, "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own," as well as the comic books from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons on which the show is based.]
Welcome back to Series Regular, The Hollywood Reporter's weekly podcast dedicated to diving deep into hit TV shows.
Every episode of Series Regular comes courtesy of Josh Wigler (that's me!) and takes a closer look at the genre television space — and for the next several weeks, it's all about one space in particular: Watchmen, the new HBO drama based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal graphic novel of the same name. Wigler and co-host Antonio Mazzaro of Post Show Recaps fame will provide weekly podcast coverage of Watchmen, following each and every round of the nine-episode first season.
In "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own," a new player enters the ring: Lady Trieu, played by Hong Chau, the Watchmen universe's latest billionaire with an eye on "saving" the world.
"Lady Trieu is so many things," Chau tells The Hollywood Reporter about playing the character. "She's really mysterious, and yet she's everywhere. Her company logo is everywhere. All of the townspeople know who she is, even if they haven't seen her. Getting to play a character like that was daunting, but also really fun. The thing I appreciate with Damon is he likes to deal in gray areas. This person isn't a good person or a bad person. That's how I approach the character. I don't think about her as being good or bad. She does have a very lofty goal: save the world. You either have to be a fool or a force of nature. During the course of the show, you will see both of those things."
In this week's Series Regular, the podcast covers:
• Lady Trieu's curious debut and her possible comic book connections;
• The arrival of "Lube Man";
• What Trieu and Will Reeves (Louis Gossett Jr.) are planning;
• The sudden uptick in egg imagery;
• What's next for Jeremy Irons' Adrian Veidt;
• Seriously, there's a character currently known as "Lube Man";
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Series Regular is part of THR's roster of podcasts, including TV's Top 5, the weekly TV news analysis podcast hosted by West Coast TV editor Lesley Goldberg and chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg; Awards Chatter, Scott Feinberg's weekly in-depth (and award-winning) interview show focusing on the most interesting talents of the Oscar and Emmy seasons; crafts expert Carolyn Giardina's weekly series, Behind the Screen, which explores the top artists and technologies creating film and TV magic; and Seth Abramovitch's monthly series, It Happened in Hollywood, which revisits indelible moments from 90 years of THR's entertainment history. Other podcasts are in the works.
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