Dylan McDermott Interview On 'Dark Blue'
Well, Jerry thought of me initially for the role, so I thank him dearly for that. You know, I had known Jerry over the years and it was his idea to bring me in for the show. Jerry is obviously a very busy man, and he's got 1000 projects going at once. I'm always surprised how interested he is. He watches the dailies. He reads the scripts, and he's completely involved in the show. So that's why he is the mega success that he is, because he really pays attention still when he doesn't really have to. So, I'm really impressed by his work ethic and that he really thought of me for this. So, I'm forever grateful for that.
It has changed so radically. I think with the rise of cable, network is clearly floundering because the characters on cable are far more fascinating than they are on network. And network television is trying to figure it out, but network television really relies on story rather than character, and I think that cable relies on character. I think that's the biggest difference. You don't have to have a huge number on cable to stay on. I think Damages had like 600,000 people watching it, and it was a great show. So, I think character is key and character is king on cable and on network it's really more about franchise and story. You know on cable, we're only doing ten episodes a year. On The Practice, we used to do like 22, 24 episodes, which would take up ten months of the year, where as doing ten episodes is like three, four months at the most. So I get to do other things and it frees me up. And I like that aspect because you know when you're doing 22, 24 episodes, it is grueling. You are there for 16 hours a day, sometimes for ten months of the year, and it really, you know, takes a big toll on you.
This is exactly what I thought this show should have - a love interest for [my character] Carter. I think it's just much more dynamic to have him in a relationship. I think Tricia is a beautiful woman, and she's really talented, and she can stand toe to toe with Carter, which is not an easy thing because he is brooding at times. He is difficult and you need someone who can come in and go toe to toe with him. So I think that she's going to challenge him in ways that I don't think he was actually prepared for. He's been - in season one, he was sort of closed down and not willing, and we find him in season two in a garden, which is really a metaphor for him that he is attempting to change, and he is attempting grow, and she is a big part of that. You know she is going to open him up in ways that I think that something had died in him long ago. He had given up on himself somewhere, and I think that she brings all of that back to life.
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