On Saturday, a few members of The Resident cast attended an event called SCAD, aTVfest in Atlanta, Georgia.
Before I continue, a little background on the event. SCAD is the Savannah College of Art and Design, located in Savannah, Georgia. They teach everything from various divisions of film, to media, art, and design. SCAD aTVfest is in its seventh year, it is the longest running of the festivals that SCAD hosts.
This year, Entertainment Weekly was their media partner for the first time, and because of that we got some amazing content from the festival! The Resident wasn’t the only show to attend either! Shows like Manifest, All American, New Amsterdam, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt were also in attendance, and there’s many more where that came from.
They did a panel, which included a screening of an unaired episode, answered questions from reporters, and even did a Facebook Live. It’s a lot of content, but I feel I wouldn’t do justice if I didn’t cover it all!!!!
First things first, here is the Facebook Live that SCAD did with Matt Czuchry, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Jane Leeves, Manish Dayal, and show producer Rob Corn:
Next up, we are joined by the cast and director of FOX's medical drama The Resident. Say hello to Matt Czuchry, Jane Leeves, Manish Dayal, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Rob Corn! The Resident screens at SCADshow at 2p.m.!
Posted by aTVfest on Saturday, February 9, 2019
I think my favorite part was hearing how personal the topic of the show was for Matt and Malcolm, who both stated in the above interview that they lost someone close to them from medical error. Everyone agreed that the darker tone and sheer honesty of the show is an aspect they loved from the beginning.
Another cool thing, Malcolm was a fan before his character ever made an appearance. He taped his first episodes, the last three of season 1, before the show ever aired. So, when it began airing, he was watching as a fan right along with the rest of us. Which, if you read his tweets and Instagram posts you see just how much of a fan Malcolm actually is.
This tweet is from his live viewing of the midseason premiere, episode 2×10:
Wayment. Did Mina tell him "Sit when you pee?" That wasn't a dealbreaker w Pravesh??? She would have at least gotten an "Excuse me???" from me! #TheResident
— Malcolm-Jamal Warner (@MalcolmJamalWar) January 15, 2019
I love his commentary, and that he is a true fan of this show. It’s something rare! And, Malcolm I was wondering why he didn’t protest that either.
I also love that each actor and their producer got to talk about what they love about this show and their character. From Jane saying how strong Kitt is (I love her for that too, Jane!), to Matt saying how the first scene of the pilot (where Bell accidentally kills a patient during a routine appendectomy and then covers it up) was what made him decide to do the show, it was an interview that I will definitely save to watch again.
You can tell from this video how much the cast loves each other and this show, and I’m thrilled, because I love this show and all of them too!
There were a TON of photos from this event of the cast. Ok, I’m exaggerating, but there are a lot of photos for you to look at.
These are from Entertainment Weekly:
Here are more photos of them before the panel:
See what I mean when I said I had a lot of photos?
While there is no video of the panel, I do have photos of it, and an article that details what happened. In it, the writer has this to say about The Resident‘s panel:
For The Resident showcase, SCAD aTVfest audiences were treated to an early screening of the February 11 episode, and after the screening, stars Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Jane Leeves, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and EP Rob Corn talked about what it’s like to work on the Atlanta-based series.
Corn talked about how one of the things that drew him to this show in the first place was that it was a darker look at medicine, something the rest of the cast echoed.
“In that first scene, a medical error is committed,” said Matt Czuchry. “To me, it wasn’t shocking, but personal. I was drawn to the show for showing fallible heroes.”
“It’s a front-row seat to medical error and does it unapologetically,” said Manish Dayal, who plays Devon. “Something you don’t see on network TV.”
The screened episode, “Stupid Things in the Name of Sex,” features an intense autopsy scene. Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who plays Dr. AJ Austin, says that scene, with its cadaver closeups and a detailed look at human organs, exemplifies the success of the show.
“It’s a perfect example of how everyone is at the top of their game,” said Warner.
The episode ends with quite the cliffhanger for a main character, but we didn’t get many answers as to what will happen.
“You’re gonna have to watch,” said Corn.
There are a few things I took from this article:
- They screened this week’s episode, which is a Valentine’s Day themed episode titled “Stupid Things in the Name of Sex”. A few hints they give are that the episode ends on a cliffhanger, and they aren’t revealing how it’s resolved or which character. However, if you see that episode’s promo, you can make some guesses as to who it might be.
- My guess before I saw the episode is Mina is the cliffhanger, only based off the promo.
- There’s an autopsy scene with AJ and Mina, which the photos for the episode confirm. If there’s one thing this show does well, it’s that the surgery and autopsy scenes are very life like. That I adore!
- The cast and producer Rob Corn all stated that what drew them to the show was the darker look at medicine that the show has. It was also echoed in the Facebook Live interview I posted above.
- Matt loves that the show has these fallible heroes, which I couldn’t agree more on. This show has some amazing characters, and all of them have flaws. That’s what makes the audience easy to sympathize with them, because were all human, and none of us are perfect.
- Manish loves that the show doesn’t shy from showing medical errors, and has never once apologized for it. It shouldn’t, because they happen. Guess what? Doctors are humans too! However, this is bad side of medical errors. The ones that aren’t admitted. The ones covered up and blamed on someone else. I love that about it too.
Here are the photos from the panel:
A couple tweets from fans at the panel:
— kelsey? (@kitkatkels23) February 9, 2019
— Kaitlyn (@kaitlynhubb_ard) February 9, 2019
They look like they are having a blast!
I hope that you enjoyed reading and looking through all this content just like I did. I was very happy to see all this. Thanks to SCAD for hosting such an amazing event!!
The Resident airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.