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'Forever' star Ioan Gruffudd talks binge-watching and Henry's future

On Tuesday night, the EW Community was invited to a special screening of Forever’s latest episode, “The Ecstasy of Agony,” followed by a Q&A with the show’s star, Ioan Gruffudd (Dr. Henry Morgan). The actor talked about excitement over the show’s recent renewal, long shooting schedules, and what he’s watching these days. Here are eight of the best tidbits from the event.

1. Ioan Gruffudd is a binge-watcher. When Gruffudd has a chance to spend some quality time with Netflix, he’s drawn to hard, gritty dramas, including Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, True Detective, and Boardwalk Empire.

2. Gruffudd is comfortable watching himself on screen. While long filming schedules prevent him from watching Forever live on Tuesday nights, Gruffudd records the show to watch later. And while many actors avoid viewing their own work, Gruffudd has always been comfortable doing so.  He learns a lot about how he is growing and evolving as an actor by watching each week.  

3. The flashbacks and period costumes were a big draw for Gruffudd. He has done a lot of period work, so the flashbacks of Henry’s life were what originally attracted Gruffudd to the role. Plus, he thinks he has a good look for the older time periods featured frequently on the show. (He’s not wrong—the muttonchops Henry was rocking in an 1815 flashback in “The Ecstasy of Agony” would have made Martin Van Buren proud.)

Henry4. TV is the place to be. Gruffudd believes that the best writing and opportunities are happening in TV right now. Plus, being a part of a TV series gives actors the longevity to explore a character over a period of time—something they can’t do anywhere else. And with the prevalence of the serialized drama in recent years, Gruffudd is confident that the networks are starting to realize the beauty of a serialized story that shows like Forever can delve into throughout the season alongside their case of the week.

5. Henry just wants to be normal. When asked what Henry wants, Gruffudd answered that he wants to find a cure for his condition—and that he thinks Henry would take it if given the chance. Henry has had a tough, lonely existence, and he is ready for some normality.

6. There could be a future with Iona Payne. When asked if Hilarie Burton would return to the show as domination therapist Iona Payne, Gruffudd said he hopes so. Henry lives a life of solitude, and it would be great to see him in a relationship. (And any potential relationship with Alana De La Garza’s Detective Jo Martinez would be a long, long way away.)

Henry and Abe7. Fans are responding to the characters. Gruffudd thinks that the characters and their relationships are the biggest draws for the show. He loves that Henry is flawed—he’s eccentric and arrogant, among other things. And the relationships that Henry has with Jo and his adopted son, Abe, are big draws as well. Gruffudd mentioned that Henry’s relationship with Abe is particularly interesting because Henry is tortured by the fact that Abe will die someday, and Henry will still be here.

8. Get ready for a “delicious, delightful episode” before Christmas. The episode airing Dec. 9—the last one before a short holiday hiatus—will feature a BIG cliffhanger. Henry will learn a lot more about the anonymous caller, and Gruffudd says the episode will be satisfying for those who have been watching all season.

Forever airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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