“We were a streaming show posing as a network show”
After 17 very long months, Wrong, one of the smartest and most intriguing TV series, returns with a second season on June 20.
The horror show made its way to the Paramount + streaming service, but the war between good and evil and the tension between science and the supernatural still remains scary and sometimes funny. Tell us about the new season: Mike colter (priest-in-training David Acosta), who plays one of the three exorcism specialists employed by the Catholic Church, with Katja Herbarium‘skeptical psychologist Kristen Bouchard and Muslim atheist and tech specialist Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi).
I’m so glad one of my favorite shows is back! How did the switch to Paramount + affect the series? What can we expect?
Mike Colter: We were a streaming show masquerading as a network show. It’s nice to come out of the closet and be fully ourselves. It won’t change to be unrecognizable, it’s just a little more real. Let’s be honest, if you can’t swear as an adult on a show, that doesn’t feel quite right. Sometimes it’s hard to film a scene because you’re desperately trying to make sure you don’t offend or break the rules imposed by constraints because we’re on network TV. So I don’t think it’s going to change our show, but it’s just going to make us more relaxed.
Where is David at the start of the season? How near is his ordination? If that happens.
Two months away. It’s a “will it, isn’t it” until probably the last episode. And when we get that answer, as soon as we think, “Oh, we know what it is,” then we’ll find out that’s not what we thought it was. I can’t wait for everyone to see this.
What will David’s temptations be?
He has addictions, and they cover quite a few categories. I think he ran to church to try to run away to try to save himself. David chased the freedoms of his father’s bohemian lifestyle and he got lost. He chose to find security and structure in the church; it’s a good place for him.
It looks like Kristen executed the serial killer who threatened her daughters. How will her emerging darkness affect her relationship with David?
We can’t help but realize that she’s not up to anything good and that she’s done something that will obviously affect her relationship with David. I think throughout the second season she’s trying to avoid David and, in a way, avoid what will clearly be a huge change between them. David will find out what’s going on with her. And she doesn’t know how he’s going to react.
So it is very important to Kristen.
Yeah, I think just as she’s a non-practicing Catholic who doesn’t really “believe”, there’s a feeling that David is kind of on a pedestal, and someone she holds high. There is something about him that really draws her to him and she is playing with fire. Both are…
There was this kiss between them, which turned out to be a fantasy. Until now.
Yeah, well, his mind has wandered a bit and I think if he consciously engages in this fantasy and somehow lets it go, it’s only a matter of time before it’s done. is happening for real, you know what I mean?
I do. And then even the rationalist Ben is visited by demonic night terrors. Will he open his mind to the possibility of supernatural evil?
How do you convince someone who doesn’t believe that there are demons? May a demon come and visit them!
What is the big arc at the start of the season?
Kristen tries to find redemption for seemingly committing a crime that she felt had no choice. David seeks the affirmation that the trip he is taking is the right one. Ben looks for the Ben he thought he knew.
Leland Townsend (Michael emerson), the main antagonist of the series, the demonic psychopath engaged to Kristen’s mother (Christine lahti) makes a very strange request in the first episode of the second season. What is that?
This is absurd, but Leland asks that he be exorcised to get him out of this demon. It’s like watching someone lay their hands on someone and people start to fall one by one. It’s making fun of what our characters are trying to accomplish. It’s unsettling because you’re dealing with people who really need help, and then this clown is trying to manipulate a situation to get closer to the church. As the bishop says, “This person is a great contributor to the church and we must do things that will make him happy.” Leland may be a person who has been off meds, but we can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth.
So what is this goat-like creature with hairy horns in David’s fantasies? This also showed up as Leland’s therapist!
We assume it’s the devil and it’s real, but we don’t know. Some things are imagined and sometimes they are real. At the end of the season, we’ll find that there are real things our characters will have to deal with. That’s what’s so fun about it. As soon as we find out about the real world and its rules, we’ll change it for you.
Does the series’ balance between the supernatural and the rational tilt a little towards the supernatural?
Yeah, just enough for people to guess. For sure.
Wrong, Season 2 premiere, Sunday June 20, Paramount +