The folks at Da Vinci’s Demons invited EW’s Community to visit their season 3 set in Swansea, Wales, this week. While I can’t divulge the best bits until closer to the season premiere (spring 2015), I did want to give you a peek at some of what I observed and heard, especially since the show just launched a new Tumblr page yesterday. There you’ll find a great behind-the-scenes interview with Emmy-nominated VFX Supervisor/Producer Tom Horton.
Speaking of Emmys, I had a chance to speak with new season 3 showrunner and executive producer John Shiban. Shiban was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on The X-Files, on which he started as a writer and served as executive producer by the end of the series. He talked about that venerated sci-fi show and AMC drama Breaking Bad, which just snagged five Emmy awards and on which he previously worked as consulting producer. Shiban said he’s focusing on character development in the new Da Vinci’s Demons season to build the audience of the series, which was created by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins).
“Put emphasis on character: It’s one of the lessons I learned from Breaking Bad,” Shiban said. “Walter White was such a great character, and we tried to dig so deeply into him, and the audience just came along for the ride to say, ‘How far is he going to go? What is he going to do next?’ Honestly, it was the same with Mulder and Scully—all the monsters in the world can’t get people to tune in. That’s one of the reasons why X-Files reboots that people have tried over the years have failed. I think the characters and the actors who played them weren’t as interesting as David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson] were. That’s why people tune in—because they want to get to know and go on a personal journey with great characters. So I think if we can get the word out to the fans we have to tell their friends that this show is going to become a great character drama, as well as a grand adventure, we’ll get more eyes on it.”
Some other highlights of the visit:
How’d that get there? Random TARDIS sighting:
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz.