Gilmore Girls’ own Christopher Hayden has a new series! The pilot episode of Cracked, ‘How The Light Gets In’ premiered on CBC in Canada this week, with David Sutcliffe starring as a seasoned police officer with post-traumatic stress disorder. Somewhat ironically, he gets assigned to help lead a new psychological crimes unit but he does get partnered with an attractive doctor lady to solve crimes and ‘resolve crises’.
In an interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, Saskatchewan born David had the following memories of being on Gilmore Girls:
It was an amazing experience, seven years on a show that is kind of a cultural phenomenon… the fan base is passionate, dedicated, it was amazing to be a part of that and the visceral response from the audience around that show… you’re kinda the dad who left and went away… I would see young women come up to me in the street and they’d be shaking and they’d kind of hold this place where they know I’m an actor, they know its not me and yet they have this association with this character. And then unconsciously probably with their own father and so they’re almost in a daze and in those moments I realize the power of this show.
… which got me thinking about actors and acting. Whenever Lauren Graham appears on Ellen, she’s like a six-year old on battery fluid and you can see how hard she must have worked to focus that natural energy into playing Lorelai. Like how when Robin Williams plays a psycho, his comic intensity becomes scary because the energy is there, it’s just channeled somewhere terrifying.
The thing about Chris is that his overriding role in Gilmore Girls was to be the errant dad – not through his own choosing remember – who tries to make amends but in the end, just wasn’t right for Lorelai. Their timing was always out – or more likely they weren’t ever truly right together – and Rory was the simply the best thing that could have come out of that relationship.
So if you see him in the street, try not to be mad. Tell him he looks in great shape (doesn’t he?) Or if you really can’t let go of the character, remember he’s single and filthy rich.
If you’re in the right neighborhood, catch the pilot here or on CBC, Tuesdays at 9pm.
Good luck with the series David – your new friends look surly.
Picures Courtesy of CBC