“We try and keep them contained to a very personal level,” Jeremy Carver tells The Wrap about the repercussions of messing with time.
Jeremy Carver doesn’t necessarily consider his new series “Frequency” a time-travel show, though it’s a handy shorthand in a season lousy with time travel programs.
“Let’s put it this way: It’s a lot snappier to say it’s a time-travel show than a cross-time communication show,” the showrunner told TheWrap in a recent interview about his series, which is an updated remake of the 2000 Dennis Quaid film of the same name.
This time around, it’s 2016, and police detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) inexplicably finds herself able to communicate on an old ham radio with her father, Frank (Riley Smith) — shortly before his death in 1996.
Carver, who is a big fan of the film, also discussed why he gender-swapped the main character, why he kept the central communication device a ham radio despite such a tech-savvy world and how List and Smith developed and maintained their chemistry even as they never shared the screen.
TheWrap: Why “Frequency?”
Jeremy Carver: It came together from always having loved the movie. I loved the central connection between father and son, and saw an opportunity to expand on that for a potential TV series.
Why gender-swap the main character?
For me, it was the most exciting way to go. Pretty familiar with father-son relationships, and I really enjoyed movies and shows that delved into that — everything from “Field of Dreams” to “Frequency.” I thought it was a neat idea to have the daughter, there’s a little bit more of a mysterious relationship, particularly when you rip away the idea that every daughter has to be daddy’s little girl. It became more of a dynamic way to go.
How did your cast develop this father-daughter chemistry despite being almost the same age and never sharing the screen?
The cast has been extraordinary. Riley Smith and Peyton List, basically every scene they had together, they’re not in the same room. So it requires a tremendous amount of preparation and trust between the two actors to give as much as they do in each of these scenes. In fact, they made this promise to one another to be in theses scenes, huddled off-camera, in these ham radio scenes, to lend help with the intimacy of the scenes.
As far as the rest of the cast, from Mekhi Phifer to Devin Kelley, those guys are pulling double duty, playing the older and younger versions of their characters. In many ways, they’ve got the really heavy lifting of the show. They’ve been tremendously versatile in how they’ve approached it. The thing that’s been the saving grace for all of them has been the incredibly natural and organic ways they’re coming to these characters. At heart, it’s a high-concept genre show, which never feels like it, because of the naturalness our leads are all bringing to their parts.
Do you consider “Frequency” a time-travel show?
I know we’re lumped in it, there’s a bunch of time-travel shows this season. Let’s put it this way, it’s a lot snappier to say it’s a time-travel show than a cross-time-communication show. So I’m happy to be labeled as time travel, even though we’re really not.
Are there time-travel rules in this universe?
There are butterfly-effect rules in this universe, although we try and keep them contained to a very personal level. It’s not something like every episode ends with, this episode so-and-so is president, another episode the Germans have taken over — it’s on a personal level. We do use certain rules of the butterfly effect, very much in our storytelling. It’s part of what stretches it beyond your normal police or drama drama.
Why did you keep the ham radio even though the show is set decades after the original movie, in a very post-Internet, tech-savvy world?
There’s something very sweetly nostalgic about this ham radio. Even for people out there who don’t know what a ham radio is, you sense there’s something special about this sort of, I’m calling it a “golden box.” It’s its own living, breathing thing, and it just feels very special. I think because it’s so lo-fi, it lends itself to create a greater air of authenticity in the show. I don’t think many people are, after watching the pilot, questioning the high concept. People seem to be taken in by the characters and go with it. Whether they realize it or not, the ham radio, because it’s so nonthreatening in a way, it’s not some hi-tech computer, is almost a comforting way into the sci-fi.
“Frequency” premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
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Frequency will start in October but the series is talked about the Television Critics Association in 2016 because it fits a movie loved by the public! Jeremy Carver unveils plans for adaptation!
A plan of 3 years! That’s ambitious for a series that has not yet begun . Admittedly, it also gives it some weight and made to stand out in a television comeback looming charged. An intriguing new promo video Frequency, from 5 October on the CW, is out today and we portends good. Jeremy Carver, the show’s creator and former writer of Supernatural, has decided to adapt this 2000 film in its own way with a specific idea in mind . This will reassure those who wondered how the Frequency series will stand out from the film. “Today, we have a plan over 3 years that will allow us should go further if we ever get there. You will see many different things from the film, there will be various conflicts introduced from the pilot: family disputes and conflicts at work, they are not related to the central mystery of the series so it will bring a lot. ” said Carver when CAW.
The series will tell the budding relationship between a father and his daughter, both police officers, who communicate through radio 20 years apart. The father died in 1996 will help her daughter unresolved investigations in 2016. Peyton List , an alumna of The Flash and The Tomorrow People, is the headliner of this series which is more than its concept Carver: “The show do not just about saving a family member. This is also a family drama and a detective series . ” We are reassured so . The series will begin on the CW behind Arrow, you can décuvrir photos of episode 1 of season 5 of melty and will win in a CW where superheroes will rule their laws. And where Supergirl and The Flash will be a musical crossover. Does it makes you want to start the show?
Warner Bros. Announces Their Comic-Con 2016 Schedule
Warner Bros. Television has announced that 21 of their series will be spotlighted at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, from Supergirl and The Flash all the way to Arrow, Riverdale and more.
Here’s the press release with more details:
21? MORE LIKE TWENTY-FUN!
WARNER BROS. TELEVISION GROUP SET TO BRING A HISTORIC 21 SHOWS TO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL JULY 20-24 IN SAN DIEGO
Series from Top Producers Including Greg Berlanti, Greg Daniels, Bruno Heller, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, Steven Molaro, Julie Plec, Rob Thomas &, Diane Ruggiero-Wright, Kevin Williamson and Many More
Fans Won’t Want to Miss Panels and Signings with the Stars and Producers of The 100, Animaniacs Live!, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, Blindspot, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Frequency, Gotham, Justice League Action, iZOMBIE, Lucifer, The Originals, People of Earth, Powerless, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, Teen Titans Go!, Time After Time and The Vampire Diaries
SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PILOT SCREENINGS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
6:00–10:00 p.m. Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue our annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated series of the 2016–17 television season — Riverdale, Powerless, People of Earth, Frequency and Time After Time — as well as a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go! and the debut of Justice League Action. Ballroom 20
SATURDAY, JULY 23
7:25–8:15 p.m. Frequency Pilot Screening and Q&A — Based on the New Line feature film, Frequency is the story of a father and daughter who are supernaturally reunited two decades after his suspicious and untimely death. New York detective Raimy Sullivan was only 7 when her father, Frank Sullivan, an undercover cop, abandoned his family in pursuit of a case that led not only to his family’s breakup, but also his eventual death undercover. Always believing her dad died in disgrace as a corrupt cop, Raimy set forth to surpass him in law enforcement, rising through the ranks to detective. But everything she knows changes when somehow Raimy and Frank connect — across two decades — over Frank’s vintage ham radio in the garage. Where once Frank was lost in the shadows of his undercover work in 1996, he has now miraculously been found by his now-grown daughter in 2016. As they forge a new relationship while working together in two time periods to close an unsolved serial murder investigation, their emotional connection transcends time to not only repair the broken bonds of their family, but also defy fate and change the course of destiny. Frequency makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with series stars Peyton List (The Tomorrow People, The Flash), Riley Smith (Nashville, The Messengers) and Mekhi Phifer (Torchwood, ER), along with executive producers Jeremy Carver (Supernatural, U.S. version of Being Human) and Jennifer Gwartz (Lethal Weapon, Veronica Mars). From Lin Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, Frequency premieres Wednesday, October 5, at 9/8c on The CW. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CWFrequency and follow the show on Twitter at @CWFrequency. Room 6BCF