You read the script. You told me I should do it as a live read. Well, guess what? I listened, and thanks to Ben Blacker and Greg Berlanti, you are at last getting the teen mega-crossover you deserve!
Coming Friday, October 30... a Zoom live read of CRISIS ON INFINITE TEEN DRAMAS! An all-star cast will bring to life this unprecedented crossover event featuring characters from nearly a dozen teen dramas and a few surprises!
A Crisis is erasing the world of the Teen Drama multiverse and the only thing that can save it is an all-star cast of teen archetypes assembled by Kevin Arnold and Dawson Leery! The worlds of VERONICA MARS, EVERWOOD, RIVERDALE, ONE TREE HILL, GILMORE GIRLS and 13 REASONS WHY are just a few that collide in this meeting of the angstiest, sexiest and fastest talking teens in TV history.
And in a special treat, this dream team includes Ephram Brown and Amy Abbott from EVERWOOD - played by their original performers: Gregory Smith and Emily VanCamp! Yes, it's an EVERWOOD reunion, and that's not the end of the surprises here!
From producers Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek; Everwood; The Flash; Riverdale, and many more) and Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour; Dead Pilots Society) and writer Adam Mallinger comes a tribute to the classic WB teen dramas of yesterday and an affectionate parody of the CW superhero shows of today.
Who's Adam Mallinger, you ask? That's me! That's right, this project is so huge, I HAD to have my real name on it, so after over 11 years - the mask has totally fallen.
Most of you are going to keep calling me "Bitter," and I'm totally fine with that, btw.
Gregory Smith (ROOKIE BLUE) as Ephram Brown
Emily VanCamp (THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER) as Amy Abbott
Melissa Fumero (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) as Lorelei Gilmore
Isabella Gomez (ONE DAY AT A TIME) as Rory Gilmore and Brooke Davis
Emmy Raver-Lampman (UMBRELLA ACADEMY) as Veronica Mars
Vella Lovell (CRAZY EX- GIRLFRIEND) as Veronica Lodge
Nick Wechsler (REVENGE) as Archie Andrews
Matt Lauria (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) as Dawson Leery
Anjelica Fellini (TEENAGE BOUNTY HUNTERS) as Hannah Baker
Mark Gagliardi (BLOOD & TREASURE) as Kevin Arnold
Caroline Ward (HOST) as Peyton Sawyer
Jaime Moyer (A.P. BIO) as Sue Sylvester
Lindsey Blackwell (DAVID MAKES MAN) as Young Veronica Mars
Autumn Reeser (THE O.C.) as Taylor Townsend
And Greg Berlanti as The Flash
Tickets available here. The cost is $8 plus a $2 fee, but you're allowed to donate more, and I hope you do, because the proceeds are going to two great causes:
1) The Hollywood Support Staff Relief Fund - This has been established by the Actors Fund to benefit L.A. based support staffers affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns. I'm a Writers' Assistant on SUPERMAN & LOIS, and I'm very fortunate to have a job right now. Many of my peers aren't as fortunate and I really want to help them out with this show. Please give generously. You'll be helping a lot of future TV writers stay in the game.
2) The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation - This is a non-profit that protects heirs’ property and promotes its sustainable use to provide increased economic benefit to historically under-served families.
The show goes live on Friday, October 30th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT and will be available until midnight on Sunday, November 8th.
I'll have more to say about this in subsequent posts, but getting to be a part of this live read, seeing this script come to life, has been one of the great thrills of my career. Getting to do it with people whose work I've not only enjoyed, but admired and emulated is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime experience that I'm going to cherish for a very long time.
If I start gushing about this amazing cast, I'll end up leaving someone out, but just LOOK at that list of people and tell me that's not a show you'd kick in a few bucks to watch.
If you want to read the first draft of the script (which is not EXACTLY the draft we're performing) and get a little history behind the script, go to this post.