HOLLYWOOD — From cliffhangers… to COVID, the cast of the drama series “A Million Little Things” returns for a third season into a new television world. While the characters are all dealing with some big issues, so are the actors: learning to work during a pandemic.
“We are in the Vancouver bubble!” said actress Christina Moses.
The cast and crew of “A Million Little Things” came back for season three with a million big changes, thanks to the pandemic. Moses and her on screen husband Romany Malco told us they are, of course, following strict protocols to keep everyone safe: COVID tests, masks, temperature taking, and staggered schedules.
‘Hair and makeup in full protection, that’s a main difference,” said Moses. “We are organized in pods on set. We get tested twice a week.”
“The other thing is food,” said Malco. “You can’t enjoy a buffet.. gotta wait . lots of plexiglass.. It’s a very sterile experience.
Malco says this new world has taken some getting used to, especially with a cast that’s used to a lot of hugs and high fives!
“We have to hide to do those things because it doesn’t suit protocol,” laughed Malco.
Season two left us with several cliffhangers, including a big one involving the fate of David Giuntoli’s character Eddie. The actors on the show promise questions WILL be answered quickly for loyal viewers.
The Season 3 premiere of ABC’s A Million Little Things started seconds after the shocking cliffhanger at the end of the Season 2 finale, in which Eddie was hit by a truck while crossing the street on his way home to renew his wedding vows with Katherine. A driver, presumably the one who hit Eddie, is heard calling 911 to report the accident without giving his name.
Katherine and Eddie’s friends rally to support the family, with Gary, Rome and Regina rushing to the hospital where Eddie undergoes emergency surgery. Eddie survives the crash but is left paralyzed, at lest temporarily. Rome and Regina are still reeling from the loss of their baby boy after his birth mother changed her mind and decided to keep him. The adoption agency offers them another newborn baby which had just been put up for adoption. Rome is excited but Regina makes it clear that she is not ready and needs time to grieve.
Gary and Darcy are still going strong even after she finds out that he went to the airport to see Maggie before she flew off to Oxford. Maggie’s romanic prospects also are looking up after a meet-cute with her hunky British roommate Jamie.
In the final act, the premiere fast forwards a month to Eddie being discharged from the hospital and taken home by Katherine where all their friends have gathered for the duo’s surprise vow renewal in the side yard. The ceremony had one uninvited guest — the father of Eddie’s high-school girlfriend whose tragic drowning has been haunting him. Reverend Stewart is seen watching the festivities from across the street in a truck looking exactly like the one that hit Eddie, and also on the scene of the accident.
In an interview with Deadline, AMLT creator D.J. Nash addresses Reverend Stewart’s role in the incident and his intentions toward Eddie, Regina and Rome’s bumpy healing process, Eddie’s recovery prospects and newly found marriage bliss, Gary and Maggie’s future with some promising news for the couple’s fans, and whether any of the group of friends or their loved ones would be infected with COVID-19. He.discusses how COVID-19 impacted Season 3 storytelling for the Vancouver-based show, teases Episode 2 flashbacks as well as a big new Season 3 storyline.
The season opener, which was reminiscent of the AMLT series premiere with the Jon cameo and a speech featuring the line from the show’s title, was dedicated to Nash’s father, Mel, who died last month. Nash fondly remembered his father, who lost his sight when he was 12. He was a big part of Nash’s life and continues to influence his work.
“A Million Little Things” airs Thursdays at 10pm PT on ABC.