Cut to summer of 2014. Kelsey and I are on a walk in Minnesota trying to figure out how to create something cohesive for the beginning of Season 2 when both our characters and writers were spread out all over the country. On this walk an idea was born: focus each of the first six episodes on an individual character and spend the second half of the season bringing them together. Shortly after, Kelsey sent out an e-mail to her writing team asking which characters we would want to write for Season 2. For me, it was Brad.
While it has gone through many revisions, the heart of the episode has remained the same. Much of that credit goes to the fantastic writing team who helped me shape it, I’m looking at you Kelsey, Dane Ohlrogge, Matt Brassil, Andy Greskoviak, and Michael Bartz. They are the dream collaborators and I owe them all so much. I owe a special debt to Michael Bartz this season, who became my writing partner and helped me figure out how to articulate what I wanted to say. He is amazing and I can’t wait for you to see what he’s bringing you with Jackson.
We began on Monday, filming a montage that encompassed the past six months with Michael and David Wesley Mitchell, who plays Brad. Chicago graced us with a beautiful day as we filmed on Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, Welles Park, and Georges Ice Cream. I was in awe. Pictures that had lived only in my head were right in front of my eyes. The shoot was efficient and we got what we needed, a true testament to our actors, director, and crew. That evening our boys met up with Cavin, Mike Hamilton, at Farmhouse Chicago to film a fancy dinner scene. A HUGE thank you to Farmhouse Chicago for their help in bringing this episode to life. If you want some amazing cheese curds and farm to table food that inspires and awes, swing by Farmhouse right this instant.
The second scene we filmed took place in the kitchen as Brad and Jackson do some cooking. As Michael and David rehearsed their lines, I had a chill run up my spine. For months I had imagined what these lines would sound like coming from these boys and I was finally hearing it. I found myself unable to watch them, but rather just wanted to listen, for fear that I would be overcome with emotion. So I turned my head away and listened to take after take, as they knocked it out of the park every time. Boy was I one happy writer. That evening we were joined by Ruben David Adorno who plays Gabriel, a character I was very anxious to meet. We had a long journey to casting the right actor to embody Gabriel and that actor is Ruben.
Well, with just Episode 202 wrapped we’ve still got a ways to go in the season, but I’m particularly proud of this one and can’t wait for you to see it. So don’t wait! Grab your Season Pass so you can have all 12 episodes of Season 2 sent right to your email inbox at the end of the year. We’ve got big things coming, and I can’t wait to share them with you. That’s all from me for now, thanks for reading and staying updated as we film Season 2!