Fresno’s Christopher Gorham has gotten involved with politics. He’s not giving up acting but will be dealing with a presidential primary election through his role as Secret Service agent Rick D’Andres in the 10-part series “Full Circle.”
This is the third season of the series available on both DirecTV and AT&T U-verse that looks at how the lives of 10 people get intertwined. The setting for this season is Miami in the days leading up to the Democratic primary. A sex scandal threatens to destroy a presidential candidate and derail his almost-certain election.
Starring with Gorham are Dougray Scott, Kim Raver, Mariana Klaveno, Harold Perrineau, Max Arciniega, Bob Stephenson, Raymond Cruz, Laura San Giacomo and Graham Beckel.
Different style of producing
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Gorham is a veteran of television series from “Popular” to “Covert Affairs.” He says working on “Full Circle” was different than anything he’s done because the producers handled shooting almost like doing a play.
The actors were sent all 10 scripts in December and told that when they reported to work in January, they should have all their lines memorized. Production started with six days of rehearsal and then three weeks to film all 10 episodes. Normally, a one-hour TV drama gets eight days to film.
Gorham points out that it is rare to have any days of rehearsal for a TV show before going in front of the cameras. The six days of “Full Circle” rehearsals made it possible to film the series at such a brisk clip.
He’s a pot that’s ready to boil.
Christopher Gorham describing his character, Secret Service agent Rick D’Andres, on “Full Circle”
Gorham describes his “Full Circle” character as a by-the-book kind of agent: “He’s a true-blue patriot who believes in what he’s doing. He’s a vet. He believes wholeheartedly in the Secret Service and that’s why he’s so troubled by what he’s seeing around him. He’s a pot that’s ready to boil.”
Gorham says he used the rehearsal time to try different ways of playing the Secret Service agent. He had a little training, of course, playing a government operative, coming off CIA operative Auggie Anderson on “Covert Affairs.” A big difference: the “Covert Affairs” agent was blind.
At the mention of the visual difference in the roles, Gorham smiles and says, “Being able to look around is a huge part of the Secret Service.”
“Full Circle” is the first series Gorham has done since “Covert Affairs” was canceled in 2014. Since then, Gorham starred in “Po,” a feature film about a father dealing with an autistic son. Gorham is working on bringing “Po” to Fresno for a special charity screening.
Gorham gets taste of feature film directing
Until then, Gorham will be busy editing “We Love You, Sally Carmichael!” the first feature film he’s directed. Gorham directed several episodes of “Covert Affair.”
Gorham describes “Carmichael” as being “totally family friendly.” It’s about a writer whose first novel is a total flop. His next try, under the pseudonym Sally Carmichael, is a young adult romance novel about a woman who falls in love with a merman. It’s a big hit but is put in jeopardy when when a major film star wants to meet the writer.
Gorham says he was looking for more directing work after “Covert Affairs,” but “I wasn’t finding anything that I really connected with.
“Then I saw this script that is brilliantly funny and not cynical at all. It’s a movie you can take the parents and grandparents to and everyone will have a good time.”
Gorham also stars in “Carmichael” along with Elizabeth Tulloch from “Grimm,” Jack McBrayer from “30 Rock” and Paula Marshall, who co-starred with Gorham in the shorty-lived CBS comedy “Out of Practice.”
- 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, AT&T U-verse Channel 1114 and DirecTV Channel 239. You can stream the series on the DirecTV App and U-verse App for smartphones and tablets.