Between Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and Fuller House, the era of the Netflix-driven television revival is in full swing. Maybe, just maybe, this particular phase of Peak TV will die down once executives realize no one in his or her right mind actually wants to see additional seasons of AfterMASH — but that isn’t going to prevent the stars of old favorites from constantly being asked about their past work’s chances of revitalization. Case in point: The Affair‘s Joshua Jackson, who stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday to promote the third season of Showtime’s relationship drama.
DeGeneres couldn’t resist asking him about Dawson’s Creek, the popular teen drama that aired on The WB during the late ’90s and early 2000s. Along with Katie Holmes, James Van Der Beek and Michelle Williams, Jackson played one of several young heartthrobs whose sole purpose was to ripen the beautiful fruit that was Van Der Beek’s meme-tastic ugly cry. Unfortunately for everyone anxious to see more hardcore crying action, however, Jackson doesn’t think it will ever happen for a rather “heartbreaking” reason:
“It’s been a very long time. I think for anybody who was a fan of Dawson’s to actually see the four of us on camera again might be a little bit shocking and kind of heartbreaking. We’re not cute kids anymore… It’s been a long time. We’re holding up okay, but I think if you put the four of us now next to the four of us then, it might be a little bit shocking.”
Jackson’s jokey vanity notwithstanding, there’s also the matter of Jen Lindley’s (Williams) death in the series finale, which the 38-year-old actor notes would be a big thorn in any revival’s side. Unless, as DeGeneres suggests, the persons responsible for getting a Dawson’s Creek revival off the ground concoct a story in which Jen’s “evil twin” replaces her — thereby giving Williams a reason to join the reunion. “That’s actually a great idea,” Jackson agrees.
Who knows? Maybe Jen had an evil identical twin sister named “Len” or something. Crazier things have been done to justify some of television’s twistier moments.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)