It’s always a dilemma for any Australian series writer: how do you wrap up a season when you are never quite sure if a network will renew you again?
In the case of ABC’s Glitch it was a double dilemma. Do you reveal all the secrets of your undead in Season 1 or keep enough in store for Season 2?
“Sometimes Australian seasons have been criticised for spending all their tickets in the first series and not leaving anywhere to go,” says Rodger Corser.
“You see American series and you see something that seemed fairly inconsequential in Series 1 …then all the pieces fit in Series 2 or even 3. Having those forward arcs, Louise (Fox, writer) has really done that.”
Corser, who plays the mysterious ‘John Doe’ says fans will get more answers this time around, after ABC, together with Netflix, renewed the series.
“This season there is a lot more payoff for viewers. Some things were ambiguous, but it isn’t like Louise didn’t know where she was going. For people who watched it but needed more answers they will definitely get it.”
Corser is also on screen in Nine’s Doctor Doctor as bad-boy-surgeon Hugh Knight (pictured above). But there is contrast in more than just the characters, with Glitch‘s genre lending itself to a different playing style.
“Commercial television writes to a slight cliffhanger for the break, but with an ABC / Netflix audience if people are there then they really want to be there,” he suggests.
“Because of the genre the pace and the timing is more filmic. (On Commercial TV) you get notes to pick up the pace.
“But here the characters are digesting what’s happening. Having said that it is important not to get too slow because you want to shock the audience, or jolt them with some action. What’s great with this series is there are elements of action, so your heart-rate will pick up.”
The first season attracted some buzz on Netflix, with some critics describing it as “a tantalizing series that leaves one wanting more.”
“Maybe they don’t want a cookie-cutter American show”
Corser believes the timing was helpful, with Netflix recommendations bringing it to the attention of viewers who had indulged in others in the same genre, but also buoyed by a growing appetite for foreign drama.
“When you go over for pilot season you see Aussie shows being remade, set in America, with American accents. But I’m wondering if there is a growing audience out there looking for shows that aren’t American. Maybe they don’t want a cookie-cutter American show. Maybe we are benefitting from that as well,” he continues.
“And over there a niche audience is huge!”
This season ‘John Doe’ will uncover more about his past.
“He gets a name. The journey for John Doe this season is that he starts to piece together his past. He was the character the audience –and himself- knew the least about.
“He’s instinctually violent and he’s like (someone) kept in a cage. We see he was a convict of some sort because there was a death mask they find. So he knows he’s done something horrible but he doesn’t know what.
“He starts to question why of all people to bring back, that you would bring back someone like him.
“He has more layers than some of the other characters”
“He has more layers than some of the other characters. It’s not as simple as just remembering his past –without giving too much away.
“And we work out there is a strong connection with Elishia (Genevieve O’Reilly). There is a reason why they’ve been drawn together. Maybe they are the epicentre for why all this has happened…”
Glitch airs 8:30pm Thursdays on ABC and the full season is available on iview.