'The Event': Blair Underwood and Zeljko Ivanek on big changes and long layoffs


"The Event" returns to NBC Monday (March 7) after a long hiatus, and judging by the ads the network has been running, it's picking up the pace quite a bit.For one thing, the show has dispensed with the flashback structure, which served to fill in some back story for the characters but also bugged some viewers. Blair Underwood, who plays President Elias Martinez, says the flashbacks were "our Achilles' heel" in the first half of the season."One of the complaints I heard a lot of, and I think most of us heard a lot of, was the fact that people were saying, 'I love the show but the time jumps and the flashbacks are confusing me.' It's important, I think, for people to know ... that we're no longer doing that," he says. "It doesn't change the quality of the show. It doesn't change the intensity and the integrity of the storytelling, but the way...



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