What is a table read? As the name suggests, it's a gathering around a table where the actors read through a script. At the start of a season, it's also a meet-and-greet situation to kick off production, with new and returning folks from the cast and production side getting together for the first time. Typically studio and network executives attend at least the first table read, and more if possible.
When you shoot in Vancouver like we do, logistics for a table read can be challenging. For this one, we had most of the actors, producers, members of our amazing production staff, and executives from the studio and network side around a speakerphone in a conference room at our offices in Vancouver. The rest of the writing staff were dialed in from our offices here in Hollywood (pic above). We also had one actor calling in from elsewhere in Los Angeles, and yet another actor in New York. Technology for the win!
For writers, table reads are insanely useful as we hear our words spoken by Actual Actor Humans for the first time. We take notes as we listen, and the read usually leads to a new round of edits to the script. Sometimes a line doesn't quite work, or a better one presents itself.
And when you're introducing new characters, hearing the script aloud is your first chance to get a sense of how the character's voice is shaping up, and sometimes we end up tuning the dialogue to better fit the actor. To that end, we have VERY exciting casting news coming soon. Stay tuned!
Ultimately, the first table read of the year signifies that we have officially launched into pre-production on EUREKA Season 4. We start shooting next Thursday, March 18th. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!