Creators promise answers as NBC adds 9 more episodes of The Event

Yesterday NBC announced that The Event was getting a full season pickup, and executive producer Evan Katz said he was happy about the news and promised they have big plans ahead for the mysterious aliens and the titular "event."

So what does getting the back nine episode order mean? "You always have to plan for the future. You can't plan for 13. You're planning for everything to work. It means we'll be able to do what we planned, basically. It means the network really likes the show. They've been very effusive to us. They appreciate the quality of the episodes. They want to give us time to grow," said Katz in an exclusive interview. "We're, like, super happy."

The series has averaged a 3.0 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers overall, according to the NBC press release. Its increased viewership in the Monday night 9 p.m. time period and was the most time-shifted new series in adults 18-49 during premiere week. Beyond that, it's done very well internationally and has sold in nearly 200 territories.

"The show's working here, but internationally it's also doing extremely well. So that's good. It's all good," said Katz.

So what do we have to look forward to as the series progresses this season? The cagey Katz, who spent years producing Fox's 24, didn't offer up a lot of details, but he did say that we'll learn more about the detainees and who was behind the assassination attempt. "We really start to learn a tremendous amount more, starting to unpeel the onion of the mysteries."

While there's no promise that we'll actually find out what "the event" is anytime soon, he does say that "we are craftfully, sneakily and slowly getting our way to something I think will have a much greater impact than the end of the pilot [episode] did," said Katz.

"It's nice to do something that can handle weird alien strangeness and action and thriller stuff, but also handle the very sentimental, emotional, innocent moments, which is refreshing to me. ... I'm very consciously trying to make this entertaining, and I very consciously want to reward the audience."

The Event airs on NBC on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.

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