"Our formula has now been adopted by primetime feature films and able," Alfonso explained. "It's very successful."
"Right now as we go into our 50th, everything is peaking," Gering added. "As actors, you love when the writing you have for your character reflects who you think your character is and, at times, that's now always the case. It is now."
"Absolutely, I'm thrilled to say that I recognize my character," Alfonso continued. "For a few years, it was in and out, uncharacteristic for her to say things and do certain things. I have to say that she's back. Hope is back, and I embrace her and I'm enjoying her. She's completely unpredictable."
"The energy on the show, it's never been like this," Nichols says. "It's electric and exciting."
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