Does fate control our lives, or is eveything random happenstance? This is the question ABC's new show Six Degrees will ask when it premieres Thursday, September 21, at 10 p.m. With J.J. Abrams on board as executive producer, hopes are high that this show, about six New Yorkers whose lives intertwine, will be a hit.
TV.com spoke with series stars Bridget Moynahan and Jay Hernandez about what drew them to the show. Both actors say they jumped at the chance to play someone interesting and different. (The show also stars Hope Davis, Campbell Scott, Dorian Missick, and Erika Christensen.)
"I liked the idea of playing an ambitous character who has everything in place and in control, and then watching [her life] unravel and the pieces fall apart," Moynahan said. "Having to rebuild a life [sounded] interesting."
"My character is a public defender, and that in itself is something of a draw," Hernandez admitted. "Being in a courtroom setting is something that I haven't done before. The writing is very good, and once the cast started to come together I knew we had something amazing."
Moynahan added that Degrees seemed like too good a thing to pass up.
"For me the whole concept of Six Degrees was a draw," she confessed. "The material was fantastic, and with J.J. Abrams involved it just seemd like a project where you couldn't go wrong."
Hernandez says the mysterious web of fate that binds the characters will be explored, but viewers shouldn't count on any Lost-like supernatural overtones.
"[The concept] definitely comes together, you can see it during the course of the series. You'll see these connections between the characters come to life," he said. "[But] there's no supernatural element to the show."
"Except there's a white cheetah that runs through the city of New York," he joked.
Moynahan added, "There is still a lot of mystery to us, because I haven't even worked with Jay yet. So there are still lots of paths that haven't crossed yet. That's kind of exciting."
Moynahan feels that starring in a show about random occurences which add up to a big picture has gotten her thinking about the lives of strangers she encounters.
"It definitely makes you think about the people around you," she said. "When you are on the subway, you start to think, 'Who are these people? What are they thinking? What if we met and how could they affect me?' It just stirs a lot of thought processes."