If you follow KTV at all, you know I'm pretty much obsessed with HBO's "Big Love" and everything Henrickson-related. So, yeah, I had to miss the airing of my primetime TV debut last night, because the Paley Festival was honoring "Big Love" at the same time. But honestly, I didn't think twice about it. Where Bill and his wives go — Juniper Creek, cross-country road trip, Mormon temple — I follow.
When I arrived to do the press line prior to the panel, I was pleasantly surprised to see Harry Dean Stanton was there too, since Stanton's detestable Roman Grant character was seemingly killed off in the final moments of last month's third season finale.
But after speaking with just a few reporters, Stanton was ushered off and I was all, whaaa?
As soon as he took the Arclight Cineramadome stage though, it was obvious why.
Which I must say, I adore.
“I've gotten more response for ["Big Love"] than anything I've ever done… except for a couple hundred other movies," the acting legend grumbled. "I’m famous and a legend, and they kill me in the series, and
why?…Christ rose from the dead. And where do you go after you die? What
were you before you were born? I’m playing a patriarch and all … so
everything I do is ordained by God, and I’m a gangster, similar to "The
Sopranos" actually, and all religions are gangs to me and I have no
beliefs. I am nothing. But I mean that in a good way.”
Yes, Harry Dean Stanton seems to be a bit distraught over Roman Grant's demise. And it doesn't sound like we'll ever be seeing him again. "He's absolutely dead," co-creator Will Scheffer assured the audience of ardent fans. "This isn't one of those vampire shows," co-creator Mark V. Olsen said, adding that "Big Love" doesn't do flashbacks either.
Speaking of the dead and undead though — as I told you in March — Nicki's first husband J.J., played by Zeljko Ivanek, will have a big part in next year's fourth season… something Bill Paxton (Bill Henrickson) playfully lamented when I brought the subject up. "That freaked me out!," he said, "And he looks like a real creep too! First he was a vampire on "True Blood" and then he shows up [on our show], I think I'm going to have to kick him right out."
Chloe Sevigny (Nicki) was pretty forthright about her excitement over the addition of Zeljko. "We were both in 'Dogville' so I had worked with him before," she told me. "But Bill, Jeanne [Tripplehorn], Ginnifer [Goodwin] and I, we've been working together for so long, I think he's going to come in and ground us, bring us back to earth. He has a lot of weight as an actor."
Sevigny also spoke with me about her reaction to Nicki's huge season three storyline. "[The revelation that she has a daughter from her previous marriage] made sense to me. It justified some of her behavior. It made me feel better [about my character]!," she laughed.
Tripplehorn (Barb), too, talked during the panel about how pleased she was with the way season three turned out. "I was so nervous… I thought we were going to lose people," she said, explaining how she felt the audience wouldn't be able to keep up, because she was barely able to digest the amount of story the writers doled out in just ten episodes this year. "But this was the best season we've had," Tripplehorn declared.
"I hope y'all have another good season!," Harry Dean Stanton chimed in grumpily. "You're still alive. I'm f–kin' dead."
Huge laughs from the crowd followed.
No doubt another insanely good season is indeed on tap, with Mark and Will promising a myriad of exciting prospects, including…
The exploration of Alby's repressed sexuality. "We're getting out of the restrooms," said Will.
A banner year for Margene, who if Bill allows, could possibly become the next QVC queen. "She's found that she's really good at something… she can't stay baby doll forever," Mark explained.
A pretty big story for Lois (Grace Zabriskie), which could include her husband and perhaps a couple grandkids.
A power struggle on the compound, as Alby tries to fill some pretty big shoes, vacated by Roman of course.
"You're an ingrate," Harry Dean Stanton said to Matt Ross, who plays Alby.
The Church of Bill, which was established in the finale, will continue. "We're gonna take over the world," Paxton joked.
"What about me? I'm dead," HDS interjected.
And one huge story that will tie the entire family together. "I think we've found it," the creators said smiling. "One story to bring the entire family in…"
"But no Roman!," Stanton exclaimed.
"Mark, Will, Is there any way I can…," Stanton continued, in a slightly quieter tone.
"Look," said Will, "It's in God's hands."