The doctor is in again for “Everwood.”
The drama series’ team gathered for a reunion panel at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Wednesday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its launch on The WB. The show signed off in 2006 after four seasons and is currently available for streaming on The CW’s digital offshoot, CW Seed.
“This is one of the nicest days I’ve ever had, seeing everybody,” star Treat Williams (Dr. Andy Brown) told the crowd. “It’s really exciting.”
Tom Amandes (Dr. Harold Abbott) pointed out that the cast was disappointed about the show getting the axe, but that the writing had been on the wall, given that time was winding down for The WB’s stint as a network. It transformed into The CW in September 2006.
“People used to ask me almost on a daily basis, ‘Do you think the show is coming back next season?'” Amandes said. “And my thought was, ‘I don’t know if this network is coming back next season.’ I think we were all aware that things were not going well for The WB. It sucks.”
Emily VanCamp (Amy Abbott) added with a laugh, “We’re all here because we want an answer.”
Executive producer Rina Mimoun said that the show’s writers had come up with an alternate ending that would have led to more twists, had the series’ life been extended.
“We thought we had a shot [for renewal], so we had two endings set and ready to go,” Mimoun said. “In the [one that didn’t air], Amy was going to be out there waiting by the Ferris wheel. Ephram [Gregory Smith] was going to come down and get a phone call from Madison [Sarah Lancaster]. And he was suddenly going to not go downstairs.”
“That would have been fun to figure out how we were going to get out of it,” she continued.
Williams and Vivien Cardone (Delia Brown) both shed tears during the press event as Cardone described the support that Williams provided for the then-child actress, given that her father was not around while the show was filming.
“[Williams told me,] ‘If you promise to be my temporary daughter, I’ll be your temporary father,'” Cardone said. “And that bond has stayed ever since.”
Series creator Greg Berlanti said he has not been approached by any platform about rebooting the series that helped launch Chris Pratt (as Bright Abbott) to stardom. (Pratt did not attend, but the rest of the cast recounted fond memories of him.)
“No one’s asked [to reboot it], but I think we all would love to work together again,” Berlanti said.