'Against The Wall' Star Previews Finale
This is a call to action, people. The best drama you're still not watching is located on Lifetime and Sunday brings the sweet, smart, shocking and sensational Against The Wall to a close with the action-packed season finale.
And with a second season up in the air, I implore all of you to tune in for what promises to be a revealing hour -- and I'm not just talking about the hot guys (although, if that's you're thing, ATW has you covered). Many of the season-long storylines are resolved while new issues crop up for The Kowalski clan. I caught up with Brandon Quinn, who plays the protective Richie Kowalski to find out what you can expect from the finale and what it's like being part of TV's hottest family.
Insider.com: Not gonna lie, I tuned into the show not expecting very much, but the characters and storytelling were so top notch, Against The Wall has become one of my favorite new shows.
Brandon Quinn: Oh, that's so great to hear man. I said from the beginning that the show really possesses a little bit of everything – we have a pretty broad audience as well. You have Abby's relationships with Danny and Brody, which attracts a certain person. You have the procedural, which attracts another kind of person. And then you have the relationship between the family, which attracts a third kind of person. All with a unique storytelling style you're not used to seeing on Lifetime. People keep telling me that the show sneaks up on them, which I like to hear.
Insider: I told your co-star Rachel Carpani this, but I really want to hang with The Kowalski's and watch a Bears game, or something.
Brandon: [Laughs] You're absolutely right, this is a family you want to hang around with. A lot of the credit goes to Annie Brunner, the creator. She's so brilliant at capturing relationships and really making you feel something. We knew this would be a word of mouth show and the people who watch the show, really love it – they're responding to all of that, so we're just trying to get the numbers up there!
Insider: Well, if the storytelling doesn't bring them in, the sheer hotness of The Kowalski family might do it.
Brandon: [laughs] They're like one of those families out of Pleasantville. It's a bit awkward to say my sister is hot, but it's a really good looking cast. And it all starts with mom and dad, who are both still very good-looking.
Insider: One of my favorite things in the beginning was watching your character go from super-supportive when Abby joined Internal Affairs, to totally protective when her relationship with his partner was revealed. What did you think of those early days?
Brandon: I'm glad to hear you say that. I feel like we've strayed a little bit away from that a bit because we do have such a large cast and so many storylines to follow, but that's what attracted me to the project. I loved the relationship that Richie and Abby had. The whole family is extremely close, but in every family, there's always one person you gravitate towards – for Richie, that's Abby. I wish we had the chance to get into that a little bit more, but maybe we will.
Insider: Richie and Brody had that locker room fight a few episodes back, but then the woman named her baby after them -- do you think they're in a good place now?
Brandon: I think there's always going to be a little distrust when it comes to Abby and Brody in Richie's mind. Obviously there's trust and respect because they're partners, but Richie spent hours upon hours in that squad car listening to Brody talk vulgarly about all the women he slept with. Richie doesn't want this guy – and all his stories – dating his sister. So even though he's come to terms with it, I definitely feel like there will always be a little bit of nervousness because he wants the best for Abby.
Insider: Sunday is the big finale -- what can you tease?
Brandon: One of my favorite parts is that there's a scene where dad and the brothers make a bust together. You see the whole family of cops working together and for the first time you see that dynamic in action – then Abby comes in at the end and you get some nice closure as the family works together as cops. It's this great moment that I just love.
Against The Wall airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.