Tonight at 9 pm/ET, Fox hopes to reunite Reunion viewers with the relationship drama they sampled before MLB play-offs knocked it off the air for several weeks. To recap: Reunion follows the investigation of the murder of one of six friends whose past is recalled in flashbacks covering one year per episode. Although the victim has yet to be ID'd for the audience, based on those we have seen alive and kicking in the present-day scenes, Amanda Righetti's Jenna Moretti has a one-in-three chance of being the deceased. TVGuide.com made sure to chat up the O.C. alumna before she possibly went (gulp) 6 feet under.
TVGuide.com: Was it a tease to have Reunion debut and get some good notices, only to be plucked off the air?
Amanda Righetti: Yeah, it's a pain to deal with that whole "preempted" thing. Also, because of [President] Bush [giving a last-minute press conference on Sept. 15], we got screwed out of one episode. There was supposed to be a really big, great cliff-hanger at the end of the "1989" episode, leading into baseball, so we were all bummed that it didn't get on the air.
TVGuide.com: Does Jenna play into the cliff-hanger? Thus far she has just been kind of flitting around. Is there juicier stuff ahead?
Righetti: There is lots of juicy stuff ahead, yes. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: For Jenna? Or do you mean for Reunion as a whole?
Righetti: More in general for the show. I'm not quite sure yet how Jenna fits into all this stuff. She's still out pursuing her career. There's a lot of drama, a lot of drama....
TVGuide.com: But maybe, just maybe, even though she has been flying under the radar, she will turn out to be the person somebody wanted dead?
Righetti: There definitely is that possibility. We find out who's dead on Nov. 10, and the rest of [the season] is trying to unravel who the killer is.
TVGuide.com: We met Jenna's mom in "1988." Will there be other Morettis popping up?
Righetti: No one related to Jenna, but you'll be meeting some love interests....
TVGuide.com: And she does have many!
Righetti: Of course. She's very troubled that way. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: If the show needs a shot in the arm, they could always cast Shannen Doherty as your sister. After all, she was brought on to "save" your previous series, North Shore....
Righetti: And that didn't really work! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: At the time, did that stunt-casting give you a sense that North Shore was on shaky ground?
Righetti: We sort of were [in trouble] from the beginning, because our ratings had dropped so drastically within the first three or four episodes. They really thought that bringing Shannen on would spike the ratings, and I guess it helped in terms of us getting picked up for the back nine [episodes]. If Shannen had not come on the show, we may not have gone that full season.
TVGuide.com: To do North Shore, you in essence had to part ways with The O.C., on which you were recurring as Kirsten's sister, Hailey. Would you make that same decision again?
Righetti: Um... you know, I'm not sure. I learned a hell of a lot on The O.C. and I really loved working with those guys. But I felt like I needed to move on and kind of do my own thing, and The O.C. couldn't really make a commitment, so... yeah, I still believe it was the right decision and I have no regrets. Would I do it again? Mmmm... I don't know.
TVGuide.com: Is it funny to be on the same night as The O.C. now?
Righetti: I really like it! We never see the episodes after they've been cut together until they air, so I get to sit and watch The O.C. and see what those guys are up to, and then watch our show and see how it all fell together.
TVGuide.com: What was the best part of North Shore? Getting a good tan? Surfing?
Righetti: [Shooting in] Hawaii and learning how to surf, for sure.
TVGuide.com: Speaking of surfing, where does the movie you're producing, Pipeline, stand?
Righetti: Right now we're getting our casting directors onboard and all that fun stuff. It looks like we probably will start principal photography in December, hoping for a summer release.
TVGuide.com: I was watching the Pipeline teaser on your website. It says: "There were seven surfers... then...." And, well, I just gave up — the computer-graphics guy went overboard making the words fade away slowly. What does it say after that?
Righetti: It's basically about seven surfers....
TVGuide.com: Then... ????
Righetti: They all sort of meet their fate with the ocean.
TVGuide.com: But what does the actual crawl go on to say?!
Righetti: "...and then there were none!" And how it becomes none is what the story is all about.
TVGuide.com: Between Reunion and Pipeline, if all goes well, you'll never have to revisit Hailey the stripper.
Righetti: Oh, god. [Laughs] I had a blast doing that. A blast. I really, really love that group — they're a lot of fun. I always enjoy going back to see those cats.
TVGuide.com: "Cats?" Did we time-travel back to the '60s? Tell me about your Reunion pals.
Righetti: Everybody is fantastic, and we've become a really great group of friends. If I didn't have this cast of people, I might go crazy out here! We all got uprooted to shoot here in Vancouver, so it's a bit difficult adjusting to that, but we keep each other sane.
TVGuide.com: When you're all just sitting around talking, is the "deceased" one of you ever told, "Oh hush, you're dead!"
Righetti: Sometimes! [Laughs] I don't think we could get enough of each other. We are hanging out constantly and have a lot of fun on the set. The directors are like, "What a nightmare, we can't get them to shut up!"
TVGuide.com: Which cast mate has surprised you the most?
Righetti: Will [Estes] (American Dreams). When I first met him, he was so quiet, but he is such a funny guy and you would just never expect that from him. Some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth and these looks that he has... it makes you laugh. He's a really interesting character. I've never met anyone quite like him.
TVGuide.com: What's your message to any Reunion fans who are on the fence about sticking it out through the season and about the show's unique format? It is, after all, a bit of an investment....
Righetti: It is an investment. I would hope that the audience enjoys watching it as much as we enjoy shooting it. There are good things to come as the mystery starts to unravel.
TVGuide.com: Um, here is where you should tease "rollicking twists and turns ahead."
Righetti: There are all sorts of twists and turns and drama and love triangles and babies... all sorts of stuff!