Participating and executive producers of NBC’s La Brea appeared virtually on Comic-Con Special Edition last Saturday to discuss the surprising hit that was recently renewed for another season on NBC.
Panelists included stars Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Jon Seda, Chiké Okonkwo and Nicholas Gonzalez; and co-showrunners David Appelbaum, Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt.
La Brea is centered around a mother (Zea) and son (Jack Martin) who are separated from father and daughter after a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles.
“One of the great things about this show is that we had a really long gestation period,” said creator and executive producer Appelbaum. “We started filming the pilot just before the pandemic, and then we shut down. We had pretty much over a year of thinking and planning. We had a mini-room with writers where we started developing the stories for the first part of the season and thinking about The bow of the season. That gestation period really gave us the opportunity to come up with all these big twists in a way that many network shows never really have the ability to do. “
Zea teased her character Eva’s priorities as the season unfolds – especially as she continues to interact with Gonzalez ‘Levi Delgado.
“I think she’s doing a lot of splitting,” she said. “I think at this point that survival should be a kind of no. 1 on the list of things to do. And being horny should be further down or around. Oddly enough, it’s a good distraction to have to survive for her to be in. “denial of her personal life, which is in ruins. She is busy saving the world!”
Ahead of the series’ season 1 finale, Seda teases what fans can expect to see from his character Dr. Sam Velez and Sam’s daughter Riley (Veronica St. Clair).
“Everyone makes their decision on whether they want to go or stay,” he said. “Whatever the rhyme or reason, I think Sam and Riley still hold on to the hope that they will return to their family. I think they will make a solid decision together.”
About the finale, Appelbaum added: “Without really giving away what’s happening, this is a story about a family trying to reconnect – emotionally and physically. They are on that path in the finale, but it will not be easy.”
“They will be separated in new and interesting ways,” he continued. “We’re going to put characters in different worlds moving into season 2. There will be a lot of unexpected surprises that will happen at the end of the finale that will place our characters in many different places. But we’re also coming to keep much of what we saw in season 1. There will still be characters in the clearing trying to figure out how to survive down [there]. But one of the goals of the show for future seasons is to expand what the show can be. “
New sections of La Brea air Tuesday night at. 21.00
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