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Among tele­vi­sion dra­mas, “Quan­tico” is the new “24.” Tun­ing in each week to watch Bol­ly­wood ac­tress Priyanka Cho­pra at­tempt to get to the bot­tom of the ter­ror­ist plot un­fold­ing inside the FBI is not for the faint of heart.

Turns out it’s even more har­row­ing for the ac­tors who make up the show’s en­sem­ble cast.

“[Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer] Josh Safran is on the record as say­ing the only per­son that’s safe is Priyanka,” says Lenny Platt, who por­trays new agent trainee Drew Perales. “It’s def­i­nitely tense when we get our scripts ev­ery week.”

“Quan­tico,” which will wrap up its first sea­son this Sun­day at 10 p.m. on ABC, is sim­i­lar in that way to “Game of Thrones,” with both shows’ plot twists be­ing closely guarded by pro­duc­ers.

“We’re kept in the dark about the process,” he ex­plains. “We get the scripts on Fri­day and have to shoot in a cou­ple of days.” (And, yes, right up un­til film­ing last week’s big re­veal they had been left to spec­u­late among them­selves about who the ter­ror­ist would turn out to be.)

Af­ter win­ning fans over early in the se­ries, it’s been a rough few weeks for Platt’s char­ac­ter Drew as he be­came deeply en­snared in the When Platt isn’t on set, he’s busy work­ing as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of BBQ Films, an event com­pany that pro­duces “im­mer­sive cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ences” that bring char­ac­ters and scenes to life for the au­di­ence. “It’s like be­ing inside your fa­vorite movie,” Platt says. “You’re in a venue that feels like it’s part of the movie.”

Pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tions have in­cludes a screen­ing of

ter­ror plot, which at one point led him to be­come the FBI’s prime sus­pect. Then, just as it was re­vealed he’d been framed, a lit­eral bomb­shell shook the show last week — and his fate re­mains un­cer­tain.

Here in the real world, “Quan­tico” fans were less than thrilled to see their for­mer fa­vorite sud­denly be­come evil. “I got some pretty amaz­ing GIFs,” he says of the mo­ment it seemed clear Drew was not who view­ers thought he was. “I got tweets say­ing peo­ple felt up­set and be­trayed. I liked it. It meant that I was do­ing my job right.”

Go­ing into the sea­son fi­nale, the ter­ror­ist was re­vealed to be Liam O’Con­ner, the trainer who’s been work­ing with the new agents in­clud­ing Drew and Cho­pra’s char­ac­ter, Alex. Does this mean the mys­tery is fi­nally solved? “The au­di­ence is smart,” Platt says. “They know there’s one episode left.” “Back to the Fu­ture” in a high school gym and a “Beetle­juice” wed­ding at a night­club. The next event will be themed af­ter the orig­i­nal “Ghost­busters,” com­ing to Brook­lyn in June. “We’re cre­at­ing a new Ghost­busters head­quar­ters in Wil­liams­burg,” he tells us. “The sto­ry­line is that the rent is too high in Man­hat­tan, so the Ghost­busters have to move to Brook­lyn.”


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