'Everwood' Stages Epic and Emotional Reunion -- But Which Cast Members Are Missing?
By Philiana Ng
The stars of The WB’s beloved family drama, Everwood, reunited on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour, ahead of the 15th anniversary of the show’s September 2002 premiere. But not everyone was present at the epic reunion.
Series stars Treat Williams, Gregory Smith and Emily VanCamp were joined by Tom Amandes, Debra Mooney, Vivien Cardone, Stephanie Niznik, John Beasley, Justin Baldoni, creator Greg Berlanti and executive producer Rina Mimoun onstage at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
Everwood centers on Dr. Andy Brown (Williams), who moves his family, Ephram (Smith) and Delia (Cardone) to the fictional small town of Everwood, Colorado, after the death of his wife.
“Seeing each other today was like we shot yesterday afternoon and we’re back on set again,” Williams said, reflecting on Wednesday’s reunion. “This is one of the nicest days I’ve ever had. It’s nice seeing everybody, I have to tell you.”
Cardone and Williams shared a touching moment onstage when Cardone recalled her TV dad offering to be part-time father, as her real dad wasn't able to relocate to Utah, where they filmed Everwood.
Berlanti got equally emotional when a reporter asked what Everwood meant for his legacy.
“It’s an emotional day for me,” he said, his voice cracking. “The show was about coming of age and I was so lucky that I had it, that I made it when I did. … People who know this show know me that way. Every four or five years, I try to do something as personal again.”
“Tragedy makes us real. We suffer tragedy and we become richer, deeper, more meaningful people. I hadn’t suffered those things when I was 29 years old,” Berlanti continued, referring to when he first created the show. “I think about how differently I see things now than at the time.”
When asked whether he saw a future for emotional family dramas like Everwood, Berlanti credited NBC’s breakout hit last fall with leading a revival of sorts. “I think the success of This Is Us will encourage us to do more storytelling [like this],” he said.
The cast took a moment to reflect on Pratt's meteoric rise and Beasley, who plays Edna's husband, shared that he always thought the Guardians of the Galaxy star was primed for Hollywood stardom. “He was a good-looking white boy," Beasley joked. "He’s just a great guy and he deserves everything he gets."
Berlanti addressed possibilities of a revival a la Gilmore Girls' Netflix series, A Year in the Life, revealing that nothing is actively in the works for them to revisit the world -- though Smith later told ET he would be "open" to reprising his role as Ephram.
"No one's asked but I think we all would like to work together again," he said, later adding that he hasn't thought about where he may want to pick the story back up again should that opportunity arise. "The CW Seed, having it back, most of our plan has been asking people to have a digital space or the show and for people to watch the stories. That's been most of our campaign and our focus when we think about how to keep the show alive."
All four seasons of Everwood are streaming on CW Seed.