On the TV series “Remedy,” not everyone is cut out for the family business.
Last season, the freshman drama found medical school dropout and recovering drug addict Griffin Conner (Dillon Casey) spiralling out of control. To get his life back on track, he accepted a porter job at Bethune General Hospital, where his father Allen (Enrico Colantoni) acted as Chief of Staff. To complicate matters, his sisters Mel (Sara Canning) and Sandy (Sarah Allen) are a general surgeon and ICU nurse there, respectively. The show put the Conner clan, as well as the health care profession hierarchy, under a microscope as the family coped with their new strained set of circumstances.
When “Remedy” kicks off Season 2, it’s nine months later and the Conners have moved on with their lives. However, an explosion in the hospital immediately throws them off balance … and that’s just the beginning. Personal demons resurface. Charming new Dr. Peter Cutler (Niall Matter) causes ripples with Allen and Mel. Occupations shift. There’s a lot going on this year.
On the set of “Remedy” in November, 2014, Canning, Casey, Colantoni, Matter and executive producer Greg Spottiswood spoke to The Huffington Post Canada about the new season, dysfunctional family dynamics, going to dark places, babies and sex.
HuffPost Canada: What are some of the themes you wanted to explore this season?
Greg Spottiswood: The title we gave the season in the writers’ room is “The Discomfort Zone.” We wanted to put every character in a position where they’re uncomfortable and see how they react. The season premiere is designed to put everybody in an uncomfortable situation that will take some time for them to resolve.
One of the other themes of the show this season is “order vs. chaos.” Every character is either starting in order and descending into chaos, or starting in chaos and finding order. Griffin is a character who starts with order and ends in chaos.
What has this nine-month time jump allowed the writers to do story-wise?
Enrico Colantoni: The writers can introduce a baby. We get the whole pregnancy issue out of the way. We see these people where their lives are. Sometimes it gets a little tedious going, “OK, what happens the next day?” but here we are. We can talk about what happened between then and now. As for the Brian character, it’s easier to deal with a character that isn’t around anymore and not make him look like a deadbeat dad. We justify why he had to leave and it wasn’t just right away.
How does the Season 2 premiere immediately hit full throttle?
Dillon Casey: Right off the bat, the first episode has an explosion down in the basement where all the porters work. Griffin is immediately thrown into position to be the hero. Last year, he started as a victim. This year, he’s on the other side of it. He has medical knowledge and he’s surrounded by people who are critically injured. He needs to be the doctor. People immediately see the talent that he as. The problem with Griffin is he has the knowledge to do these things, but he is not ready mentally to deal with them.
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