Show creator Kevin Williamson led a special reading of the pilot script – with a twist
Dawson’s Creek fans were treated to endless show goodies at this year’s ATX Television Festival. Case in point – a reading of the pilot script with a fresh slew of stars more than 10 years after the show went off the air.
During the series Writer’s Room reunion panel Sunday in Austin, Texas, show creator Kevin Williamson enlisted the help of stars including Parenthood‘s Mae Whitman, Suits‘ Patrick J. Adams and Abigail Spencer to do a funny table read of the first scenes from the premiere episode. The twist? The actors swapped around the gender roles in the Joey-Pacey-Dawson love triangle!
Whitman took on the lines for Dawson Leery, while Adams stood in for Joey Potter. His Suits costar Spencer read Pacey’s lines and original Dawson’s Creek star Kerr Smith portrayed Jen Lindley. (In the original series, Dawson was played by James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes starred as Joey, Joshua Jackson was known for Pacey and Michelle Williams was the famous Jen.)
According to Entertainment Weekly, the crowd roared with laughter when Adams, as Joey, had to yell out, “I have breasts!”
Williamson took control of reading the action sequences in the script. Also beefing up the table read’s all-star cast were Louanne Stephens as Grams, Derek Phillips and Stacey Oristano as Mr. and Mrs. Leery, Arielle Kebbel as Tamara, Kristian Bruun as Bessie and more.
Another major (and potentially heartbreaking) reveal at the festival? There could have been an alternate finale ending, EW learned.
“It was pretty clear to all of us that it would be [Joey] and Dawson who would wind up together,” producer Paul Stupin said during one of the panels.
But as Creek devotees know, Williamson changed his mind.
“My mother hates me. She went to her grave hating me for that,” Williamson said. But don’t worry, he also assured that everyone in the love triangle were soul mates.