‘Dawson’s Creek’ Creator Explains Why He Refused to Omit 1 Risky Storyline From the Show

by Jeremy Spirogis

Over 20 years in the past, Dawson’s Creek launched a solid of characters practically each teen might relate to in a roundabout way or one other. The present underwent many daring storylines from TV’s first passionate homosexual kiss to the dying of Dawson’s father in simply six seasons. The drama proved to be a revolutionary voice for the era. There’s one story a few of the staff, and viewers, might’ve performed with out. Here’s why creator, Kevin Williamson, stood his floor.

Joshua Jackson had palpable chemistry with a significant ‘Dawson’s Creek’ star

Dawson's Creek cast
Kerr Smith, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes | Richard Corkery/NY Daily News by way of Getty Images

Around the time of Dawson’s Creek‘s 20th anniversary, creator, Kevin Williamson, instructed The Hollywood Reporter that, regardless of realizing they wished Dawson (James Van Der Beek) to finish up with Joey (Katie Holmes), they discovered surprising chemistry between Holmes and Joshua Jackson (who performs Pacey).

“Joey and Pacey were paired to do the science project and they had to go and collect samples. They got wet and had to take their clothes off in the truck and there was that very uncomfortable moment where you could just see how she peeked at him and he peeked at her,” Williamson stated.

“They were so nervous with each other. They had instant chemistry. We all saw that and we were like, ‘OK, uh, do we pair them up in season three? Season two?!’” he added.

Williamson defined that placing Pacey and Joey collectively in future seasons — breaking apart Dawson and Joey — added one other layer by additionally ruining the friendship between Dawson and Pacey.

Although Williamson may be very a lot Team Dawson, he nonetheless believes Dawson and Joey have been soul mates.

“Soul mates will not be at all times your romantic love. The method that I see it, Dawson and Joey ended up collectively. They’re soul mates eternally. And they’ve that deep bond of friendship that may by no means, ever go away,” he stated.

“But her romantic love for Pacey was who she wished to be with and share her life with. And in a bizarre method, they’re all soul mates. Dawson and Pacey have been at all times going to be finest buddies.”

Will there ever be a re-boot?

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Longtime followers of the collection might marvel if Dawson’s Creek would even work in today’s world. Williamson stated they’d must “design the show for the moment or create something that is not out there and it will become the moment.”

He added, “You can’t do Dawson’s Creek today; you’d must revamp it, reboot it or provide you with one thing else and why would you try this? Just write a present about 4 youngsters and converse to the second.”

That stated, is a Dawson’s Creek reboot within the works or is it one thing Williamson has been pondering?

“One of the reasons we did the finale five years in the future was to put a button on it. What would a reunion be? What would that look like? Why would you? I don’t see it and I don’t feel it,” Williamson stated.

“The finale was such a beautiful moment in time and the show was always meant to be a nostalgia piece. Let it stay there and live in its nostalgia and its nostalgic universe.”

He added that he doesn’t wish to deal with an enormous endeavor comparable to a re-boot however he’s all for another person doing it.

“I’d love it. All for it. Absolutely. It’s so rewarding to see it live on in some form or another,” he stated.

The storyline Williamson regrets, and one other he doesn’t

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Of all of the storylines Dawson’s Creek lined, there’s one outstanding arc the [then] president of The WB Network, Jamie Kellner, didn’t love: Pacey sleeping along with his trainer, Mrs. Jacobs.

“He didn’t say we couldn’t do it however he was the daddy determine who would are available in and ask, ‘How long is this storyline going to last?’ We instructed him six episodes and he responded: ‘OK, that’d be a very good factor,’” Williamson stated.

The author/producer admitted he obtained some criticism. But, he wouldn’t change any a part of it saying, “it served its purpose and it was based on a storyline from my own childhood.” However, he additionally wouldn’t write the identical story today.

As far as issues he needs he might change, Williamson “wasn’t a big fan” of season three star Brittany Daniels’ storyline as Eve, or the best way Andie (Meredith Monroe) left with followers “hating” her character.

“I didn’t think the audience needed to turn against her the way they did,” he stated.

It’s laborious to say how a model of Dawson’s Creek would maintain up today. With all the opposite reboots, it’s seemingly a protected wager to say modernized storytelling with relatable characters by no means goes out of favor.

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