For me, I was wreaking to see these people in the village, and these actors get one last tip of the hat, the co-creator and star said of the series' finale tonight. It was absolutely phenomenal.
The Adlon-penned and directed series "We Are Not Alone" had all of the energy of a starting, not one ending, with plenty of free fish and childhood homes throughout the day. In many ways, it might be the greatest power of Adlon and the secret to the Peabody-winning Better Things success over the years.
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As a result of Sam Fox's three daughters (Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward), her eccentric Brit mother (Celia Imrie) and their extended family, Adlon has embarked on a long journey onscreen and offline.
The 10th episode of Better Things left all the gimmicks outside and invited them in at the same time, a rich array of classic Adlon asides.
Adlon talked with me about the finale, the series, her attention to detail, and finally achieving the conclusion. Despite this, Pamela Adlon, the well-known host of the Better Things, stated that this might not be the last we truly see of Sam Fox. Perhaps.
DEADLINE: So, now that everything goes well and out there, what exactly are you feeling about the finale and the finale of the show?
ADLON: I'm a little disappointed, beyond any expectation.
DEADLINE: What's the truth?
ADLON: Yes, because for me, building was a goal. So it's like that final shot, Dominic. That's like I've got the f*cking solar flares. I've got the UFO with the rainbow jet stream. I'm like shivering about everything.
What was the subject of DEADLINE?
ADLON: Getting the drone to go out to the lake to shoot the El Camino. It was huge in terms of time and having to shoot the entire f*cking wedding. It was so much because we had to do all of it. When my editor, Annie Eifrig became a genius and began chopping away at that thing several months ago.
DEADLINE: What was your storyline for you, because from Sunny and Jeff's re-wedding to that childhood home, the perhaps near-endrespect of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" with everyone, including a whistling Danny Trejo, and a sense of fresh home, no?
ADLON: For me, I was keen to see these people in the village and these characters get one last tip of the hat. For me, everything was a gamble, and I figured, "Oh, I think I might have enough power with the people who love this show to break the fourth wall."
On Saturday, people were just dead. I watched the finale at the 92 Street Y, and this one lady said, "I felt like everybody was singing to me" because she was a part of this family for these five seasons. I love that. I want everyone to turn to the camera and say, "I love you," and kiss. That's very important.
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DEADLINE: The open air ended, so is this the end of Better Things?
(laughs) I knew that what I wanted to do was to plant seeds in the finale, which would leave people feeling thirsty for more as if the stories were going to continue.
DEADLINE: It's assuming you are packing more than a podcast...
ADLON: You know, I didn't know that would happen much by design, because that would keep me interested. Regardless of whether this chapter of this series is a good tip of the hat and final goodbye, I want these characters and this world to live on for everyone. It's very important for people.
DEADLINE: As a result of Sam Fox's commitment to so many people, particularly her peers, there was, anyway. I know you know it, but what is your reaction to that reaction over the run of the show?
ADLON: Well, it was what I wanted, because when I pitched the program initially to, I said, "I don't see anybody like me on television," and that's what I wanted to do. Dominic, when I first launched my show, I said, "I want to elevate the mundane." What you know, I was kind of outside my life looking in. I didn't even know much about menopause until recently, and I never realized that until now.
I had a lot of surreal hit in my head, and in a way, I was able to do it... you know, the show is so deep rooted in authenticity, and that's what people love, but I have the magic in it. All of that ability that people need.
DEADLINE: People saw so much of you in Sam Fox, not just because you co-created it, but from your own career, your own family, and more. This was no reality show, but it was tightly written...
ADLON: It is carefully written and down to the last detail, and everything is decided beforehand. However, on the day, I will be at a restaurant or something shooting the scene, right, and he'll look at the waiter. And then he sings it for me. And then, suddenly, I have upgraded this guy.
My line producers are scratching their heads, and we've just enhanced the scene. It's a very fluid, organic, and moving process. It's got a pulse.
DEADLINE: Is the series finale somewhat like writing and performing in your own funeral?
Kinda, yes. Like Sam always wanted. ADLON: Yes.
I think it's funny because that's how my first AD Sally Sue [Beisel] would speak to me. She would say, "I would like to talk to Pamela now." But whenever I'm talking about the show, I'm really speaking as the daddy/mommy cops of the show. Like, it's never as the actor. It's my duty to bring it back, and I can't seem to lose focus at any moment.
So many people said, What was the experience of shooting the previous season, and was it really sad? The truth be told, Ive been going up until this moment to finish this season. It was about survival. This season, I thought wow, it will be a piece of cake. Season 5, let's go, and it was literally about survival.
DEADLINE: How does that work?
Dominic! The challenges were astonishing for me. Not least being Covid and, you know, getting as much of my crew as I could to help the United Kingdom and keeping everybody safe. Because, Dominic, I was like, what if God forbid we can't escape England? How am I going to bring this home?
So I was so concerned about "finish, survive, and make it better than it had ever been." You know, if you don't care, then you may finish, and it may be all right, but you have to care as much as if you were making the pilot and essaying to get picked up.
DEADLINE: Now that everything is going well, at least for now, what didn't you have the time to do or couldn't find a way to break that particular story in the manner you wanted?
ADLON: Oh my God. How long do you have to get this?
DEADLINE: (laughs) I'll say it once more, to myself, that sounds like there will be a lot more Better Things to come one way or the other. In your podcast or another, please...
ADLON: Thank you so much. Right now, I'm smiling.