'The Village' preview: The important family lessons we learned from NBC's upcoming drama even before its premiere
Snippets from interviews gave us an insight into the lessons we learn from the show and an exclusive with Michaela McManus only proved that the message is preached and practiced
'The Village,' premiering on March 19 on NBC may have a little buzz going on right now, but it's an impactful one. Revolving around the theme of family, the heartwarming story which will take over the time slot for the much-beloved show, 'This Is Us,' is assuring enough to not only be a revolutionary show in its own simple ways but also show what it means to have a family.
The crux of it is explained by Nick Porter's (Warren Christie) story. Nick is a war veteran returning from Afghanistan, and restarting his life in a residential Brooklyn building along with all major characters we will meet. At first, he just does not understand the family dynamics and believes that everybody is coming to mind his business, however, he eventually understands what it means to be a part of the family. In a recent interview, Warren talks about Nick; "It’s a bit hard for him at first. Eventually, they all start to wear him down, and try and help lift him up and help him heal."
Part and parcel of belonging to a family definitely means you don't have to face your struggles alone, and Nick learns that all the other characters have their own enlightenment when it comes to family values. The premise of 'The Village' is about the closely-knit inhabitants of a Brooklyn apartment building, where different characters who face their day to day challenges live together and form a bond. They face real-world problems such as ICE threat and difficult financial situations, but they are all in it together.
In the September red carpet event of the show, the cast members summed up the family lessons we get from the upcoming show, mainly "you don't need to be blood-related to lean on somebody," in other words you don't' have to be related by blood to have a family.
Mike Daniels, creator of the show said: "Ultimately, people are here for you." Highlighting the importance of family sense towards a community and the difference it will make to society, he said: "It’s about community. It’s a little strange that that kinda feels revolutionary right now, to tell a show that’s about community and about love and about hope, but doesn’t feel sentimental or schmaltzy. I think they’re very real problems."
In an exclusive interview with MEA World Wide Michaela McManus, who plays Sarah Campbell, a nurse and a single mother whose "greatest focus in life, and the thing she’s most proud of, is raising her daughter Katie," said that 'The Village,' is a set of "beautiful real-life human stories that feel relatable and truthful."
"Our show is simple in concept, but I think it’s very impactful with an overall message that “we’re all in this together," she said. What's more, is that the cast members themselves have cultivated a similar bond as McManus tells us; "We’re often meeting up on the weekends for brunch, lunch, dinner, whatever. When we spend crazy hours all week together and still want to hang out on the weekends - that’s a true testament of how much we all genuinely like each other."
Looking forward to these infectious loving lessons coming on NBC on March 19.