Fans of Lost, The Walking Dead, and fantasy in general rejoiced when the news broke that Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse was bringing a new series to television starring Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead). Colony tells the story of a future Los Angeles that’s been invaded by outside forces, which have divided the city into two opposing factions. We were fortunate enough to connect with Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies to pick their brains on what to expect in this new series, which returns for its second episode tonight, Jan. 21, at 10/9c on USA.
DIRECTV: Tell us about your characters and the situations they find themselves in at the beginning of the show.
Josh Holloway: Will is an ex-FBI agent who was forced to go undercover when “the arrival” happened in Los Angeles. Will and his wife, Katie, have three children, but one—their 12-year-old boy named Charlie—disappeared in the chaos of that occupation. Now, we are living in a world where we have limited resources, and we are struggling to survive. The stakes are very high.
Sarah Wayne Callies: I play Will’s wife, Katie. We have a loving family unit, but “the arrival” and the separation from Charlie have affected how we live day-to-day. Life just isn’t the same and tensions are palpable.
Is the occupation meant to be ambiguous?
Josh: Colony picks up almost 10 months after “the arrival.” Part of the intrigue of the storyline is the mysterious occupying force, however it’s not focused on them. The series is focused on the human drama that happens as a result of the invasion.
Sarah: The questions the characters have in Colony, as they go on the journey, are the same as the viewers: what is the occupying force, what are they doing here, what power do they have, what is their purpose? The answers will unfold with each episode.
What’s it like working with Carlton Cuse?
Josh: Ever since Lost, we became great friends and had been looking for another project to work on together, but the timing hadn’t been exactly right until now. The stars aligned and I am so glad to be working with him again.
Sarah: This has been an amazing experience of being in the moment of the story and going on the type of journey that Carlton Cuse is known for. Josh and I also had worked on a film together early on in our careers and now we both are at a similar place in our real lives, so we had this immediate familiarity when we got on set.
In your opinion, what makes a show truly stand out and what elements need to be present for Colony to shine amongst some of the other great shows on TV currently?
Josh: It seems like in today’s landscape content is king. Creators strive to make the best content possible and the audience will follow. It’s been an amazing experience being able to sink my teeth in this role and this world, with great writing and great talent, like Sarah, to work alongside.
Sarah: Also, although there is a sci-fi element to Colony; it is essentially a family espionage drama and the storyline presents a true human struggle at its core that we hope will resonate with viewers.
Josh, will we see Will Bowman offer up some great one-liners and witty remarks like Sawyer was known for?
Josh: Will is a very different character than Sawyer, but I think fans of Lost will see that the writers of Colony have offered some fun one-liners and surprising moments of levity for Will Bowman.
Sarah: Yes, even though the situation the characters find themselves in is very intense, the writers have very cleverly also found some very playful moments for Will, Katie, and their children.