Interview with Hans Tobeason
RMA: Is there still a chance UPN could bring back the show or could it come back on another network?
Hans Tobeason: No and no.
RMA: Could there be a chance for Freedom to return in another form like a tv movie, feature film, mini-series or possibly comics, books, or a dvd of two episode pinned together like a movie?
Hans Tobeason: Extraordinarily unlikely.
RMA: If the show could continue where would you like to take the show? Did you have any long term goals? Or any particular stories you wanted to tell?
Hans Tobeason: We had all sorts of interesting ideas worked out. Unfortunately, UPN didn't like most of them, as they were interested pretty much in stunts and breasts. We were going to nuke Mt Rushmore, for example. We were going to discover that the President was not dead. Lots of other cool stuff.
RMA: Was there every any scenes cut from the episode for time or anything that you would like to have seen in the episode?
Hans Tobeason: This happens all the time, so often, in fact, that I cannot possibly remember any particular instances.
RMA: What was it like behind the scenes of Freedom?
We had a great crew up in Vancouver. The production was tough, though - grueling and exhausting. Unfortunately, I didn't get to spend enough time up there as I was overwhelmed trying to manage the political fires down in LA. We had our usual personality conflicts and other upsets. But, on the whole, we did ok.
RMA: When Freedom first came out one magazine said Lance Henrickson was to be a recurring character on the show, is that true? If so, what happened?
Hans Tobeason: Lance played a character in the original called Mr Young. That character morphed into General Young in Alpha Dogs. Frankly, Lance was too expensive for us, so we cast Georg Stanford Brown who was excellent, in my opinion. I was dying to have his character recur, but we could never get UPN to agree to a story.
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