As a fan I adore seeing the cast members turn up on The Late Late Show With James Corden or the Today show. They’re more handsome now than in the 1990s. But what I don’t enjoy is been plagued with rumors of a reunion. The interviewers get our hopes up. In an age of streaming reunions such as Fuller House, X Files, and Gilmore Girls, I wonder why not reinvent the Creek? 1990s television is streaming pay dirt.
Joshua Jackson’s Excitement
Joshua Jackson has always been excited for a reunion, even when he considers the biggest problem to the The Insider:
“People always forget that Michelle Williams’ Jen character was killed off, so they really need to figure out a way around that. I guess she could come back as a ghost, or they could do it like Dallas did and have someone wake up and find her alive in the shower 20 years later. That could work!”
The conversation about the Creek reuniting is stopped dead at this point. Jen bookmarks the show. Then again many characters have died such as Jen’s grandfather, Mr Leery, etc., and in a way the show does not need Jen. Jackson’s idea is one of many ways the show could continue.
Michelle Williams Excitement
Michelle Williams is still excited for a reunion. On the Today show in April of 2016 on the back of her Broadway production of Blackbird she claimed she was open to the idea of going back to her TV roots:
“I would have to come back as a ghost, or put a lot of filters on the camera and I’ll do flashback scenes. It’s a fun thing to sort of imagine. I like imagining it.”
Then she described these impromptu social reunions she has with Busy Phillips and Mary Beth Peil. It’s still part of her life and writers are in the business of creating cameos for this sort of thing; it’s merely within the imagination.
Katie Holmes Divorce and Return to Television
Katie Holmes does not want a reunion. This is inconsistent as she expressed to Ocean Drive magazine:
“[Dawson’s Creek] was such a special time in all of our lives [but] some things are better when it stays the way it was. I would love to get together with everybody, [but] I’m not sure a reunion would be as fulfilling as what we all want it to be. I’m game for anything.”
As she mentions to LA Times that the Creek could not work in an age of the internet, which makes no sense because \ reunion shows stream on the internet and I am enjoying watching the Creek on iTunes as I write this. It appears her feelings around ageing gets in the way:
“I don’t want them to grow up, you know it is kind of like your parents, they never get out of their 50s, that’s where they are.”
I have this theory that Katie Holmes was in arrested development for her 7 years marriage. As soon as she was divorced she contacted the cast, according to an insider Holmes was excited for a reunion as early as the start of 2014:
“Katie Holmes is ready to return to her teenage roots,” writes OK! magazine, which claims “the actress is interested in a ‘Dawson’s Creek’ reunion special — and has even asked her former co-star Michelle Williams to participate.”
We know OK! Magazine is a tabloid that may not have a direct source, but this insider could have been telling the truth. More importantly it would be fun. When Katie appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Feb 17, 2016, it shows more of her fun side again and showed how popular she was with the mainstream. Once Miss Holmes has enough appearances, acting jobs and deals with her feelings around ageing it could be a possibility.
James Van Der Beek’s Freedom
In an tabloid style interview called Dawson’s Creek Reunion Show Sickens Lead Star James Van Der Beek he claims in 2014:
“I got Dawson’s when I was 20, so I was 26 by the time it was done. I couldn’t wait to be done. I just wanted to be free. I was like a kid on the last day of school.”
Since this interview, things changed for Van Der Beek. He embraced his own celebrity in Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23, returned to interviews around the world and returned to popular television with How I met Your Mother, Friends with Better Lives, Law and Order, and CSI: Cyber. In an Australian interview on The Morning Show he claims it’s something he did so long ago and feels distant towards it. On George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight he recalls receiving his call from Katie Holmes after her divorce:
‘It’s like High School. Everyone goes off and enjoys their life. Kids, jobs and careers. You touch base less and less. The further out you go from it. But every time you do it’s nice to feel happy for someone.’
It’s exactly what this reunion could be. He also touched on the biggest problem is not Jen’s death, rather getting Kevin Williamson to imagine or reimagine the show.
Kevin Williamson’s Silence
I believe it comes down to the creator. Presently, Williamson has been silent about the production. At the ATX Television Festival, which has become known for its reunions, the Dawson’s Creek writers panel marked its first for the festival. I thought at the time Williamson was silent for the sake of negotiations. Popular 1990s shows are bankable, given his televised version of Scream with audiences and critics. Financially it would be easier to back Netflix streaming than television or film at the moment. It would be easy for Williamson given the resent success of Scream as he did in the 1990s to negotiate making Dawson’s Creek.
Probability of Reunion
I think in Hollywood where there is hype, there’s money and where there’s money there’s productions. Even if it’s likely to happen, does not mean it will happen and it’s fun to imagine what world they could create: what I would like to see is an expanded universe, to have new characters, to explore new families, new friendships in the Creek and the way Wilmington, North Carolina has change over the years. Rather than the next generation model, that doesn’t work with audiences, create adult scenarios, self-reflexive content, inside jokes and guerrilla advertising as with Gilmore Girls. I remain hopeful, not out of nostalgia, but out of the magic. It’s the spark that Williamson created from the love of film, to some of the most iconic writing that flowed into television.