'The Village' Season 1 preview: NBC's upcoming drama proves that simple can be revolutionary
'The Village' is already drawn comparisons with 'This Is Us' mainly because of the similar premise of dealing with real-world problems
'The Village' creator Mike Daniels said in a recent interview that a simple family TV show can become something "revolutionary" when talking about the upcoming NBC show slated to premiere on March 19.
Describing 'The Village' to be a "grounded" show with an underlying sense of "hopefulness," Daniels added that it's a "little strange that it kind of feels revolutionary right now." The premise of 'The Village' is very simple and it revolves around different families living together in a residential building in Brooklyn. All characters are as ordinary as peculiar, from a single mother raising a pregnant teen to a war veteran who is finally getting a taste of what it feels like to belong to a family. Given the fast-paced world we live in, a TV show as simple and organic, and that talks about human connections and sense of community, becomes extremely necessary.
Reality check in the show comes in the form of an ICE threat and a mother fiercely fighting to protect her US-born son when the government agents comes knocking. Then there are other real-world issues thrown in the mix such as a war veteran returning from Afghanistan and adjusting to a new way of life, a single mother working to ensure a good future for her teenage daughter and a social worker ensuring there's love and harmony in the building.
As ordinary it sounds, the show is actually about them coming together and creating a bond, looking out for each other. The show also highlights how the war veteran, who is at first uncomfortable with the idea of family dynamics, finally settles in as "they all start to wear him down, and try and help lift him up and help him heal," according to Warren Christie, who plays Nick Porter.
In an exclusive interview with MEAWW, Michaela McManus, who plays Sarah, the nurse and the single mother, explained how the show is a "beautiful real-life human stories that feel relatable and truthful". She says, "Our show is simple in concept, but I think it’s very impactful with an overall message that we’re all in this together." And though that's not supposed to be a 'wow' factor, it sure feels like that.
'The Village' is taking over the time slot of NBC's hit 'This Is Us' and it has already drawn comparisons with the show mainly because of the similar premise of dealing with real-world problems. Season 3 of 'This Is Us' boasted up to 15 million viewers tuning into its final season two episodes before Thanksgiving. 'The Village' has a lot to live up to given that the veteran show really set the trend of TV shows talking about real-life problems such as stigma associated with AIDS and the challenges faces by plus-size woman.
However, from what we know about the show, 'The Village' has all the right ingredients be a "revolutionary" show.