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8 Things You Didn't Know About The American Gothic Premiere

Showrunner Corinne Brinkerhoff shares behind-the-scenes secrets from the new CBS murder mystery.
Posted on Jun 23, 2016 | 10:30am
In Chapter One of American Gothic, we were met with a lot of clues, many characters, and even more questions. We witnessed how the prominent Hawthorne family reeled in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst could be linked to a string of murders.

Showrunner Corinne Brinkerhoff shared some insider secrets behind the premiere episode. Check them out below:

1. The "Hawthorne plant" produces berries that can be used medicinally, however they can also have "toxic effects on certain people."

2. The pictures that adorn the Hawthorne mansion's walls are real photos of the show's actors.

3. It took a huge crew an entire weekend to clear snow on the steps for Alison Hawthorne-Price's press conference.

4. We didn't hear much from Tom this episode, but that's intentional. Brinkerhoff shared, "Tom has no dialogue by design; he is a marginalized propat least for now."

5. Cam and Tessa's room is the same space. It takes production two days to change it over.

6. Brinkerhoff's father drew the prototype for Cam's Roger the Frog. "[My father] had cartoonist aspirations but then I was born, thwarting his dreams," she said. "Sorry Dad!"

7. Antony Starr, who plays Garrett Hawthorne, grew his beard for almost three months before shooting.

8. The show tried several dozen doorbells before landing on the right melody for the Hawthorne home.

Watch the premiere episode of American Gothic on demand with CBS All Access.


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