‘Dawson’s Creek’ Cast, Crew Mark Complete Series Release4 Nov, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — When Dawson’s Creek: The Complete Series debuts Nov. 10, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is hoping consumers will have the same reaction as series creator Kevin Williamson.
“Wow! Look at that thing,” he said Nov. 4, when cast and crew got together at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, to mark the release. “It’s very cool. Are they giving us one?”
Paul Stupin, executive producer and co-creator, was amazed with the heft and slickness of the collection, which includes all 127 episodes, new interviews, a trivia game, deleted scenes, commentaries and a CD soundtrack.
“I’m just blown away by it. It’s a formidable piece of merchandise,” Stupin said. “It’s weird to hold eight years of your life in your hands. It’s got everything fans of the series would want. The way it’s designed, close-ups of characters — it gives me a chance to get to know all these guys again.”
James Van Der Beek, who played Dawson Leery in the series, called the set “one-stop shopping’ for ‘Dawson’ fans.”
“Now you don’t have to hunt all the single seasons down,” he said.
“DVD is where I discover all my TV shows now — ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Entourage,’” he added.
Meredith Monroe, who played the character Andy McPhee in nearly 70 episodes in the show, said the complete collection gives fans of the show a chance to see anything they may have missed.
“I get so many people saying they didn’t get to see all of it, but they’ll keep watching episodes here and there, even if they don’t understand everything that’s going on,” she said. “Every single person I worked with on this show taught me something. Even the crew was illuminating.”
Monica Keena, who played Abby Morgan, said it was nostalgic having the cast and crew back together in one place, and that she hoped the show would find new fans with the release of the complete series on DVD.
After a packed house at the Paley Center watched the series pilot, the cast and crew — including Busy Philipps, who played Audrey Liddell — participated in a question-and-answer panel, revealing the last-minute casting of Joshua Jackson for the role of Pacey Witter, the things they got away with that they couldn’t today (like using the phrase “man meat”), and the odd fact that it actually took a very long time before anyone actually had sex in the show.
Stupin said “Dawson’s Creek” was “a harbinger of a series of TV dramas where the characters were intelligent and frank with sexuality.”
“You were really invested in these characters successes and failures,” he said. “It had a bittersweet quality to it, which I loved.”