A MILLION LITTLE THINGS at TCA: Live-Blog - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


January 11, 2023 by  


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A MILLION LITTLE THINGS is paneling at the Television Critics Association.

Series stars David Giuntoli (Eddie Saville), Romany Malco (Rome Howard), Allison Miller (Maggie Bloom), Grace Park (Katherine Kim), James Roday Rodriguez (Gary Mendez), and executive producers Terrence Coli and DJ Nash are on hand to tease the show’s final season, so follow along for updates…

2:08 PM: We’re kicking off with a look back at the show:

2:11 PM: “It feels like a bookend in some ways: the friend group is going to rally around Gary,” Coli says of the parallel between season 1 (rallying after Jon died) and season 5 (Gary fighting to live).

2:13 PM: They just finished filming episode 9. Nash told the EPs where the show was going to end when he was filming the pilot.

2:15 PM: “Gary’s number one coping mechanism is comedy,” Roday Rodriguez says. He jokes he doesn’t get a lot of laughs in real life, though. 

“I knew that finding the right Gary was essential,” Nash notes. He points to Gary’s Bruno Mars joke in the pilot was a sign that there would be tears, but laughter, too.

2:17 PM: “I finally felt like I could have all the bad behavior I wanted to,” Miller jokes of acting post-directorial debut. She notes her directing taught her how much she could trust her instincts and it made her feel like even more of a family with her crew.

“We always know it’s a team effort, as actors, and that’s what we theoretically believe,” Giuntoli says. “And then you direct, and it’s oh, it really is.” He calls it gratitude in a “very visceral way.”

Malco directs episode 5 of this season. He got to see all of the legwork that goes into it, but he also realized how much work their directing-producer does. And Christina Moses is directing episode 10!

Malco also credits Nash for championing the actors being allowed to direct.

2:23 PM: Will we see Delilah and Charlie? “You will see cast you haven’t seen in a while,” Nash teases, including Stephanie Szostak and Ron Livingston.

2:25 PM: “I really enjoyed being able to step into something where there wasn’t the expectation of being funny or sexy or cool or likeable without being a villain,” Park says of Katherine. She notes it was wonderful to “play a lot…it’s been really satisfying to get to run with that.” She points out this show reflects a lot of complex situations that aren’t cut and dry happy endings, but is more about changing the stigma of things.

2:28 PM: Coli says the rules they’ve had in the writers’ room is whether it happened to them or someone they know. If not, they don’t want to do it; they want to keep things grounded.

“We’re going to take you on a journey,” Nash says of the final season. “Hopefully you love it.”

Miller shares one thwarted pitch was Maggie being a spy, but Nash is quick to say the writer never shared it with him.

Malco says he’s changed a lot since the show started “because of my experience on the show,” including a better father, husband, family member. He hopes fans are impacted, too, because he’s aware the writers take great responsibility in how they portray things.

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, Season Premiere, Wednesday, February 8, 10/9c, ABC


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