Nine Lives of Chloe King Exclusive: Andy Reaser Previews Finale, Team Alek vs. Team Brian

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Is Andy Reaser surprised by the fan reaction to Alek? Where might things go on season two? And what can we expect on the Tuesday night finale of The Nine Lives of Chloe King?

The show's writer/producer - he penned "Green Star" and "Heartbreaker" - was kind enough to sit for a revealing, exclusive Q&A with TV Fanatic this week. Those questions and answers are below...

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Were you given any restrictions on how closely your story had to follow those set up in the books?

No. The books are certainly where everything started, but TV fiction and book fiction are very different animals. We knew from the beginning that we would have to sustain Chloe's story for much longer (hopefully) than things go in the books.

We also didn't want people to read the books and feel like they didn't have to watch the series, because they already knew everything that was going to happen. So we took a "blue skies" approach. People can still read and enjoy the books, but at the same time, reading the books doesn't spoil the TV series in any way, because anything can happen.

Are you surprised at how adamantly viewers have taken to Chloe and Alek?

This was a bit of a surprise. We expected everyone would start on Team Brian and then migrate to Team Alek as the season went along, but the opposite has happened. People seemed to start on Team Alek at the beginning, but then as Brian's mystery has developed, Team Brian has gained a lot momentum.

How much does audience reaction affect the writing? 

Because of the production schedule, there's not much chance for audience reaction to affect our stories in any given season. By the time the series premiered, we were already shooting episode 8! There's a sense among a lot of fans that we just write and shoot an episode in the week between episodes, but that would be impossible  - especially given the incredible look of our show.

The writers room met for the first time in February. We spent the first two weeks coming up with our season-long arc. Then we were coming up with individual episodes, pitching them to the network and studio, writing outlines, getting notes, writing episodes, getting notes, casting, building sets, re-writing, scouting locations, hiring directors.  And that all has to happen before you shoot a single thing!

Then a whole other team has to edit the episode, find music, write music, mix and color-time the whole thing, generate special effects. From start to finish it takes about one month to complete a single episode. There was actually a time in the middle of the season where our (amazing) creator/showrunner, Dan Berendsen, was working simultaneously on ALL TEN episodes.

That said, WE LOVE audience reactions, and it's quite possible those reactions can factor into FUTURE seasons.

If, fingers crossed, you get a green light for season two, will the focus continue to be on the love triangle?

Most definitely, although it's going to play out very differently from season one (sorry, that's all I can say).

To this point, Brian's story seems disjointed and in the outer rings of Chloe's life. Is the idea to bring him closer to the fold?

Brian's Dad wants to kill the Uniter, and that's not the sort of thing that can remain hidden from Brian forever. In the finale there are going to be some pretty huge revelations in the Brian story.  I know it might seem like his mystery is very separate from Chloe's Mai world - but that's definitely not the case. In fact, his mystery shares a very strong (and very surprising) link to Chloe's world.

How much more Mai lore might we look forward to?

Going forward, we plan to reveal much more about Chloe's past and her destiny. But this is all so new to her, we didn't want to clobber people with it up top. I think the secret to what makes this show work is the fact that Chloe has her feet firmly planted in two separate worlds.  

On the one hand, she's a normal sixteen-year-old girl, and on the other, she's the destined savior of an ancient race. I think if we jumped into the deep end of the Mai world up top, it would be much harder to relate to Chloe. We want to ease our way into all that stuff. But you can expect more of it in the future.

Paul asked Alek a great question in "Responsible" - how many races are there? We know of humans, Mai and Jackals. Alek said something to the effect that every "god" had its own lineage. Would you expect to explore even more races and their interactions given more seasons?

Definitely.  But again, we're really careful about how much of this we see, and when we see it. We want Chloe getting involved in all kinds of different adventures every week.  So we probably won't introduce more than one or two kinds of mythical creature per season. 

Chloe's dad seems to know about her heritage. If he comes back, would that open the door for Meredith finding out about Chloe?

It certainly could.  We really tried to make Chloe's relationship with Meredith feel real, and if Meredith suddenly knew the whole truth about Chloe, it would be very difficult to maintain that. Meredith is so protective of Chloe, it's hard to imagine her letting her daughter go out and risk her lives each week. That said, Chloe is definitely changing, and she can't expect to keep that a secret from Meredith forever.  

Our hope in having Chloe almost get caught by her Mom was to address this, to have Chloe seriously consider telling Meredith the whole truth, but then to decide she's not ready to tell her just yet. So while I'm sure it will come up in the future, it's kind of been settled for the time being.

Also, it's very possible that Meredith knows more about her daughter than she's told her. She does have a box of secrets under her bed. Chloe could just as easily find that, as Meredith could look through Chloe's emails.

When will we get some scenes between Valentina and Meredith? If nothing else, their children are friends, so meeting would be a treat for the viewers.

I agree - that would be very fun to see! No plans for it this season, but moving forward, anything is possible!

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@lizz
I didnt mean to judge people and i want people to stop judging brian cuz most people say they dont pay attention at his scenes... And i am smart i am goin to be a 7th grader goin to algebra wich is for some 8th grades and i know a ninth grader who is goin to algebra so dont tell me i dont hv a brain

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Team Alek all the way. :D I didn't know Ben Stone or Grey before this show, so I'm not rooting for Alek because of that. I'm also not rooting for Alek because I think he is hotter. I like Alek's character. He is funny, and protective, and caring. Brian just bores me. He has these puppy eyes and he's oh so sweet, but he doesn't make me smile or laugh like Alek does. What I hate about most Team Brian fans is, because they are the minority, they try coming up with other reasons for liking Alek, when the truth is more people just like Alek! Get over it, will you? You don't see Team Alek fans telling Team Brian fans to shut their "loud mouth big butts" up. If you don't show other's respect, they won't show you any.

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@Alexis I literally died laughing reading this. A truly pathetic post. Telling people to stop rooting for Alek whilst you root for Brian and then saying not to judge, meanwhile that's all you're doing through the whole post. Seriously, get a brain. (:

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I BET ALL THE TEAM ALEK FAN ONLY GO FR ALEK CUZ HE IS CUTE AND MIA BUT U ALSO SAY HE HAS A FUNNY PERSONALLITY BUT HE IS ONLY FUNNY IN THE FIRST EPISODE IN ALL THE OTHER ONES HE IS WAY TO SERIOUS AND HE CAN STILL SOMETIMES BE MEAN TO CHLOE EVEN WHEN HE DOES LIKE HER!!! So all the team alek fans stop thinking about what all of you want think about all the other fans i bet u there a way more brian fans but the just dont show it online.. SO BAC UR LOUD MOUTH BIG BUTTS OFF OF HIM cuz u dont know how people off line really feel SO SHUT UR MEAN FACES UP ABOUT HIM.... Fyi: brian is a trillion times hotter than alek cuz alek has wierd eyes..... Long live team brian... You love who you love... So dont judge other people

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People only are team alek for his look its pretty obvious that they like ben stone more than they like alek brian fans like brian becaues he is so sweet and down to earth and he probably is half mia and he is very important to me even if i dont know him i dont get why so many people hv to be so mean about it just say ur team alek dont say such mean things about brian cuz u dont even know his character since u guys say u dont pay attention to his scencs so bac off of him... There are really no team alek fans they are just team ben stone for his look and FYI: brian is way hotter i luv his hair,eyes,and especially his smile it just brightens my day every time i see it on tv and chloe and brian hv a better relationship cuz every time she mentions him her face always lites up and when she talks about alek her face shows no emotion and whenever chloe and brian are together the always laugh and hv a good time.. SO ALL U BRIAN HATERS BAC UR BUTTS OFF OF HIM!!!! If u hv nothin nice to say dont say anything... GO TEAM BRIAN FOREVER&ALWAYS!!!!!!

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im soooo team Alek!!! Chloe and Alek have so much chemistry but Chloe and Brian have NONE. i hate that theyre trying to push Brian on us and i dont think ill be able to watch the show if theyre together. Bcs theyre too boring and i think the writers should go more into Chloes backround than Chloe's love life. we want to see more Mai stuff. not who is Chloe gunna pick each episode. it gets annoying and boring especially because Chloe keeps going back to Brian whom no one likes! its getting predictable too. we always know that by the end Chloe is gunna have to save someone and get into a battle and everything will go back to normal. And since Chloe, her friends, and Alek are always there and are main characters we know they wont die. Chloe could die but of course she comes back to life. If Brian lives, the writers at least need to make him more interesting. Bcs i care about nothing of that character. I think its sad bcs i should be sad that Brian 'died' but im not. im happy bcs now maybe Chloe and Alek will get together. see writers? we shouldnt be hoping that a kinda main character will die. or goes away. like in an episode where brian was saying he was moving or whatever i was soooo happy! i was like YES! but then of course, unfortunately, he said he wasnt and i was sad again:( hmm... i hope Brians really gone! but i dont think soD:

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I think the summer finale kinda sucks. I loved everything that was going on and how it keep me on my toes (sorta speak). but now ive gotta wait! i hate to think that you guys went ahead and killed off 3 main characters and possible more..or try next season to kill more like Chloe s mom or her two best friends. Whats worse is that YEAH i gotta wait. wait and see if you really DID kill them! which i hope you didn't. at least not Jasmine or brain. i like them both and i REALLLY hope you guys have a next season! PLAESE! p.s i still cant decide who i like better with chloe brain or alek i guess id be happy with either on but i think im pushing more towards alek @ the moment!

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Hope the series comes back on......we need to know who will really die and who will be saved!!!

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I am soooooooooo team alek he is the best looking and has the best personality i mean come on i dont hate brain or anything he is just not my type of guy...but i just really want a second season more than anything... so i hope it comes back on.:)

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I agree with Elanor and everyone else who doesn't want this show to end and who thinks Chloe and Alek should be together!!!! (: