creator Eric Kripke gave life to the angel Castiel.
co-creator has enlisted the man behind the wings, actor Misha Collins, to bring Untouchables leader Eliot Ness to life on his NBC drama.
When Flynn calls in a favor from Al Capone in 1931 Chicago, good guys Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus seek out the famed lawman who brought the gangster down — but will they clue Ness into what’s really going on?
TVLine invited Collins to share how the reunion came to be, and to preview his role in Monday’s time-trippy episode (airing at 10/9c).
TVLINE | How did this guest spot come about? Who approached who?
Eric sent me an email, saying, “Are you busy?” I said, “As a matter of fact, I think it might just work out.” I had an episode where I was light on
, and it looked like it was possible that I could negotiate doing two at the same time. And it’s helpful that
, along with every other show being shot these days, shoots in Vancouver. It wasn’t too challenging of a drive from one set to the other. In fact, the studios are as close to adjacent as they get in Vancouver. They’re like a mile apart.
He described it with two words: Eliot Ness. That was all he pretty much gave me to go on at first, and I said, “Send me the script right now!” It was great, and I was happy to do something with Eric again. Also, I’ve seen
and thought it was great. It’s such an epic show. I cannot believe what has become of television. The fact that they can shoot a show that epic, with that much production value, is just jaw-dropping to me. It kind of makes
‘ version of Eliot Ness is not a hunter like the
one. How closely does he hew to what we know from the history books?
Very closely. That’s very much the premise of
, dealing with those real-life historic figures. There’s not a lot of film footage of Eliot Ness to go off, so I had to take some liberties. But they tried to make my hair and my wardrobe look as much like him as possible. He’s dealing with the same issues that Eliot Ness was dealing with, mainly taking down Al Capone. It’s very much grounded in history.
TVLINE | What’s his first interaction with the time team like?
His first reaction is, I would say, dubious. But then he warms up to them. But initially, he’s dubious of them and their wardrobe.
I wouldn’t say not accurate at all, but there are some red flags in terms of the attire.
Watch an exclusive preview of the exchange, then scroll down to keep reading.
TVLINE | How much do they bring Eliot Ness into everything that’s going on with the time travel and Rittenhouse?
] They’re lying to the feds, basically. There’s a little bit of double-entendre and a little bit of confusion as to what’s really going on. He thinks that they’re pursuing a bad guy that William Randolph Hearst put them up to going after. They’ve just made up a completely fabricated backstory that I buy into.
TVLINE | Was there anything you were surprised to learn about Ness during the course of this episode?
I’ll tell you this, [and] this is a little bit of a spoiler: There is a very stark departure from history as we know it and what unfolds in Ness’ story in this episode. Because of the nature of them meddling with the past, we find that Ness has a remarkably different biography by the end of this episode than he does in the version of reality that you and I live in. How’s that for a very elliptical [teaser]?
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Can’t wait to see this, Misha plus the team together again! Rufus aka Robert DeNiro wearing a girl’s sweater lol.
So excited for Monday’s episode with Misha Collins in a guest starring role but Timeless has only two episodes left this season and I know fans are hoping for a Season 2 renewal.
I really wish NBC would figure out a way to keep this show. I really enjoy this cast and the time jumps. I wish we’d seen the cast on more talk shows. It seems that line of promotion isn’t really used much anymore unless the show is pulling ridiculous ratings or has been renewed.
We just discovered this show and love it! I hope that it gets a season 2. It sure wasn’t promoted very well~
Can’t wait for this episode – Misha’s such a talented actor, he’ll be great as Eliot Ness. (But you guys can’t keep him, we definitely need our angel back asap!)
Great interview with Misha. Good clip from new episode, can’t wait to watch new episode on Monday!
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