CBR TV | Chris Elliott and Maria Thayer Discuss ‘Eagleheart’
Eagleheart is about to enter its third season on Adult Swim after more than a year off the air, and the parody small-town cop show is undergoing a change in format. While the series will still contain over-the-top graphic violence packed in to 15 minute episodes, Eagleheart will present a story arc that unfolds over a full season, unlike the fully self-contained and non-continuous episodes of the first two seasons.
In order to get a handle on what’s to come in Eagleheart, series stars Chris Elliott (Chris Monsanto) and Maria Thayer (Susie) joined CBR’s Jonah Weiland in the CBR Tiki Room at New York Comic Con 2013 to discuss the upcoming season and the evolution of the series as a whole in a hilarious back-and-forth interview.
On the densely packed comedic nature of the show: “It’s pretty much the same [as long form]. We shoot it like we’re shooting something in longer form, so it’s really the editing that compacts it,” said Elliott. “There are times where you wish you had more time than 15 minutes to develop a character, but the show this season is very different than season one and season two, because it’s actually one long continuous story. Seasons one and two really were very compact. … There’s a full story that really begins and doesn’t resolve itself until the final episode so you invest yourself. It’s really much more like a movie. The writers have done an amazing job. Each season they have, but this season, they really created something unusual. I’ve said it and it’s true: I’ve done a lot of stuff, but I feel like as proud as I am about some of the past stuff I’ve done — and I didn’t really have a hand in creating this show — I’m more proud of this than anything I’ve ever done.”
On the change in format for the third season: “I think the creators wanted to try something different,” said Elliott. “I think we all felt like we wanted to explore the characters a little bit more and have more of an arc to each character.”
“I feel like it’s important to say that even though it’s a big story over the season, each episode is a self-contained unit,” said Thayer.
“Yeah, each episode has a beginning, middle and end, but the story continues from one episode to the next,” said Elliott.
On the evolution of the show: “The show started kind of as [a riff on Walker Texas Ranger], but it evolved into something completely different in the first season and has continued to evolve,” said Elliott. “Now, it doesn’t resemble that in any way. That’s sort of a jumping-off point and the show has become this surreal, fantastical comedy, but there’s a little drama in it. It’s always a little sad when Maria’s onscreen.”
“You mean funny,” said Thayer.
“Oh, what? I’m not listening. Yes, it is very funny when you are trying to act onscreen,” said Elliott.