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The WILD CARDS Team Previews a Very Meta Investigation on the Set of a TV Series

February 21, 2024 by  

WILD CARDS Dead of Night preview

Wild Cards — “Dead of Night” — Image Number: WCD106c_0140r — Pictured (L-R) : Ashley Greene as Wendy, Giacomo Gianniotti as Detective Cole Ellis, and Vanessa Morgan as Max Mitchell — Photo Credit: Ed Araquel/The CW — © 2024 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The Wednesday, February 21 episode of The CW’s WILD CARDS, finds cop Ellis (Giacomo Gianniotti) and con woman Max (Vanessa Morgan) investigating a case on the set of a TV show.

“It’s my favorite episode,” Morgan gushes to Give Me My Remote.

“It is so much fun,” creator Michael Konyves adds. “There’s a murder that is set in a fictional kind of VAMPIRE DIARIES-type, old CW-type show. And it’s a show that Max loved as a kid because she used to watch it with her mother. So she’s a total fangirl on the set of the show.”

“You have a cast that are all young and beautiful, and all that—and then one of them was murdered,” he continues. (The guest cast in the hour includes TWILIGHT vet Ashley Greene.) “Then it’s figuring out who it is. Almost all of [the episode] is contained on the sets and the backlot of this show…I pitched [the executives] this idea at the very beginning of the season…I know that they were very excited, because it’s fun.”

For Max, a queen of pop culture references, she will be having the time of her life on set. “Max is going to be a full-blown fangirl,” Morgan says with a laugh. “Ellis is going to try and calm her down, be like, ‘No, we’re investigating a serious situation here.’ And I’m just amused by it all.”

And, yes, the show has its fun with the industry in the hour. “We get to make fun of actors and talk about how they’re vain,” Gianniotti previews. “We had a lot of fun seeing people make fun of us, essentially, in our profession, which was really funny. And we both have great senses of humor. So we were able to sort of just laugh along and have a good time. It’s fun to see actors play actors who were spoiled little brats on a show—they’re all fighting and they’re jealous of each other. And there’s a lot of really funny dynamics that come up in this episode.”

Morgan also got an accidental blast from her own RIVERDALE past when she discovered the old Pops set had been moved to where they filmed WILD CARDS. “I got to film some scenes with the Pops building there!” she says. “They changed the name…but it was kind of nice for me…it made me feel cozy, like I’m at home having Pops behind me filming.”

The hour will also have a serious beat for Max, too.  “There’s a nice tie to the storyline about Max’s mother,” Gianniotti previews. “The whole episode focuses on this show [that] was important to [Max] because it was a show that her and her mother watched together…so by the end of the episode, she gets to reflect on that and comes away with a different viewpoint.”

WILD CARDS, Wednesdays, 8/7c, The CW

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