What is ‘The Event’? Answer is Coming Soon

For those first night samplers who fear they may never know what “The Event” is all about:

Producer Even Katz says “we’re very cognizant of the audience’s patience, of rewarding the audience. I mean, the show’s really designed to answer questions, to satisfy people, to keep them hooked, frankly, but yet keep posing questions.”

But for a couple of big answers for the NBC drama that premiered Monday, you only have to wait seven days.

“Specifically, for instance, in the second episode we very clearly answering the two largest open questions in the pilot. You will know, probably, to your two biggest questions, the answers,” Katz told reporters at the TV Critics press tour.

Producer Nick Wauters says, “we’re going to try and reveal as many answers as we can as we go and then set up new mysteries.”

How much of the future are actors allowed to know? And does that help or hurt them?

I’ve kind of been on both ends on that,” says Emmy Award winning actor Zeljko Ivanek, who is part of the ensemble with Jason Ritter and Blair Underwood.

“On ‘Damages,’ I was told about three episodes in where things were going kind of in an overall arc, and that was helpful only to know kind of the extent to how much I was involved in the main storyline,” he says.

“But there have been other projects where I haven’t had a clue, and I’ve appreciated that as well, what Jason referred to as knowing only as much as you know in that moment. So far, they’ve been great about answering any questions we needed to know in order to play what we’re playing, and that’s more
 crucial than knowing where things are headed.
You’re just trying to figure out your motivations 
in this moment and what you’re trying to do to the
 people that you’re having these scenes with, what
 you’re trying to get out of them, and that really 
immediate information is kind of all I need most
 of the time.”

“The Event” runs Mondays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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