HEMLOCK GROVE – WonderCon 2013 (March 29, 2013)

Below are some excerpts from reports on the HEMLOCK GROVE panel at WonderCon 2013 where Aaron is mentioned.


WonderCon 2013: Interview with the cast and crew of Hemlock Grove
By: Mary Anne Butler
Date: March 30, 2013
Source: ComicsOnline

Aaron Douglas – This is the best thing I’ve done since Battlestar. I loved the book, and having to learn how to read again because Brian has such a weird cadence, was very exciting, and then being part of a show on the ground floor of how tv is going to be built is when it gets really interesting. They figured it out before everyone else, that this is how people want their shows, how they don’t want to be spoon fed with extraneous dialog all the time. So I really feel like we made a 13 hour movie, it’s a show I would watch if I wasn’t on it, and I don’t watch tv. And I mean my characteristic kind of holding onto a thousand kite strings in a hurricane, Andreas to balance that control with being the father of twin teenage girls who have just discovered the meaning of the word slut. I like that my character got bigger (Kandyse and not just in the waist) I like that they followed the books so closely, I mean I loved The Lord of rings movies but where the hell was Tom Bombadill? It’s a little bit fantasy, it’s a true drama, human drama, but there’s the Sci Fi and the horror elements, and I think on,y my mom wouldn’t be allowed to watch this show.


Hemlock Grove At Wondercon
Date: March 30, 2013
Source: MCM BUZZ

Aaron Douglas, who plays Sheriff Sworn, said he read the book before being cast in the series and that being on the ground floor of how he believed that TV is now going to be built and consumed going forward is very exciting. NETFLIX have figured it out; people want to have it all available all at once.


WonderCon: Netflix Prepares to Unleash Hemlock Grove
The cast and crew of Hemlock Grove has a bloody good time at WonderCon.
By: Benjamin Bailey
Date: March 31, 2013
Source: IGN

“When things start spiraling out of control in his sleepy little town, he’s a man that’s attempting to hold onto a thousand strings at once. And he’s also trying to raise two young daughters,” said Battlestar Galatica alum Aaron Douglas of his small-town sheriff character.

“The experience was very similar to film any other show, other than the Netflix doesn’t restrict anything. Length, structure, all of it was very open,” said Aaron Douglas. He pointed out that, compared to other networks, Netflix was very hands off.


This werewolf transformation might be the coolest thing we saw at Wondercon
By: Charlie Jane Anders
Date: March 31, 2013
Source: io9

Meanwhile, Aaron Douglas said Sheriff Sworn is confronted with a killing in his town — and he doesn’t believe there’s anything supernatural going on, he keeps eliminating other possibilities, like psycho killers, packs of wild dogs, or “a great white shark in the middle of the park.” The sheriff does not want to believe there’s anything supernatural going on, because that’s “anathema.”

McClure plays Dr. Chasseur, who comes to Hemlock Grove a few episodes in, to hunt and track the supernatural creature that’s responsible for the killing. She’s very single-minded and obsessive, and only interested in the townspeople in as much as they can help her obtain her goal. But her character gets some great scenes with the Sheriff, and she and Douglas both said how great it was to get to play off each other after never sharing any scenes on BSG.

Just like on BSG, Douglas said he got his scripts every week and immediately flipped to the end to see if his character was still alive at the end of the episode.


Hemlock Grove (Netflix) Panel at WonderCon 2013
By: Michelle Carlbert
Date: April 4, 2013
Source: TV Equals

Aaron Douglas plays an “every day” man. Asked to describe his character, Douglas said, “He’s really an everyday man. People will identify with him. He is going to have a hard time when things go out of control in his city. He also has two teenage daughters. He is trying to solve a murder and once he gets passed normal suspects, starts looking at other possibilities.”


WC13 | Eli Roth and Hemlock Grove Producers Tease Netflix’s New Series
By: Terri Schwartz
Date: April 5, 2013
Source: Spinoff Online

McGreevy’s Hemlock Grove novel was published prior to the TV series premiering on Netflix, and the writer used a lot of research to develop his story. “My Google search history was definitely very interesting,” he admitted, saying he spent a lot of time reading up on biotechnology and archetypal psychology, specifically monsters. He and Shipman knew from the second House of Cards was announced that they wanted to make their show on Netflix, and enjoyed the fact they were able to write the entire first season up front.

That said, there were some changes made to the original story as they developed the TV series. The final product is not far off from the original Hemlock Grove concept, but characters like Kandyse McClure’s Dr. Clementine Chasseur, Aaron Douglas’ Sheriff Tom Sworn and Lili Taylor’s Lynda Rumancek were beefed up because the actors playing them were so good.


WC13 | Hemlock Grove Stars Reveal Excitement For Netflix Horror Series
By: Terri Schwartz
Date: April 8, 2013
Source: Spinoff Online

Battlestar Galactica’s McClure, who plays Dr. Clementine Chasseur, said she was intrigued by the way McGreevy, Hemlock Grove author, co-developer and executive producer, approached the series’ horror and supernatural elements.

“I found there was sort of a sensuality with the way he dealt with the subject matter,” she said. “Yes there was gore, yes there was intrigue, but it always had this very sensuous kind of toothy undertone.”

Douglas, her former BSG co-star, joked, “You can tell he’s writing naked. That’s really what she’s trying to say.”