Tuesday night’s episode of “The Village” (8 p.m.) marks the seventh of its 10-episode order — and series creator Mike Daniels has a plan for Season 2 if NBC renews the midseason ensemble drama.
“There are a bunch of things that are tied up by [episode]number 10 and a number of storylines that are left open-ended,” says Daniels (“Shades of Blue,” “Sons of Anarchy”). “One of the fun parts of the show is that we’ve only met a handful of residents of what is a very large [apartment]building, so every season would be an opportunity to bring in new characters and new storylines.”
Thus far, “The Village” has focused on nine core characters of a Brooklyn apartment building (called The Village) who run the gamut from octogenerian grandfather Enzo Napolitano (Dominic Chianese) to 17-year-old high-schooler Katie Campbell (Grace Van Dien), who’s pregnant and just learned that the building’s battle-scarred war vet (Warren Christie) is also her real father — who’s rekindled his romance with Katie’s mom, Sarah (Michaela McManus). There’s also social worker Patricia (Lorraine Toussaint), who’s battling cancer, and Iranian refugee Ava (Moran Atias), who’s run afoul of ICE.
That’s a lot of melodrama, which has sparked feelings, in some quarters, that “The Village” is too soapy. “I think if people are saying the show is making them feel something then I feel like we did something right,” says Daniels. “If you go and watch a horror movie it’s designed to make you jump, and an action film is designed to make your heart race.