Greg Berlanti knows teen angst. This time, however, there will be a complicated father-son relationship to unravel. Oh, and it’s going to be a lot colder, too.
After stints as a writer and showrunner on the WB’s hugely successful “Dawson’s Creek,” Berlanti, with co-exec producer Mickey Liddell, is sticking with the Frog but moving from the Carolinas to Colorado for “Everwood.”
Skein takes place in a quaint Rocky Mountain town after a self-absorbed Gotham neurosurgeon deals with the sudden death of his wife by taking his two kids and opening a practice in a locale his former wife found idyllic. The father, played by Treat Williams, and the son (Gregory Smith) are faced with adjusting to their new surroundings by re-examining their own relationship.
“I just wanted to write something that was a father-son story because I felt it was under-represented on television and something I had something to say about. I see so many sorts of fathers and sons kind of go their whole lives without really knowing each other,” Berlanti explains.
Williams, both an Emmy (“The Late Shift”) and three-time Golden Globe nominee, will have to commute from Manhattan to Utah, where the series will be filmed.
He says, however, that the material was worth any sacrifice he may have to place on his wife and two children, who are both in school in New York.
“We’re going to see how it goes,” says the 50-year-old Williams. “I think the most important thing is to follow the work when it’s good. I’d be doing this wherever we shot it, so we’ll just take it as it comes.”