Question: First off I want to say that when people ask me what I want to be when I grow up, I say “a writer for TVLine.” I’m wondering if you can spill any scoop on Justin Hartley’s character, Patrick, on Revenge? I know he’s Victoria’s son but that’s pretty much all I know. —Daniela
Ausiello: He is really, really, really, really, really loved by his mom. Like, really loved. During the time-jump, mother and son “spent a lot of time together building a relationship, one that almost seems inappropriate when we first see them,” teases Emily VanCamp. “She’s just so in love with her son. It’s very bizarre.” Their close bond will make it tough for Emily to drive a wedge between them, which, as VanCamp reminds, is her character’s MO: ”The ultimate goal for Emily with Victoria is to turn her children against her. She’s successfully managing it with Daniel. You’ll start to see that she’s not so successfully managing it with Charlotte. And Patrick is the wild card. He’s going to be a very tricky person to turn, if she even can.”
Question: Can you clear up some confusion surrounding Barry Sloane’s involvement in Revenge in Season 3? I read that we will only see Aiden briefly in flashbacks. —Gina
Ausiello: You misread. Or you correctly read information that was wrong. Either way, it’s not true. Not only is Sloane a full-fledged series regular in Season 3, but his alter ego is moving front and center. “Last year he was very much a ninja on the periphery,” notes new showrunner Sunil Nayar. “And now we get to inject him into the world of the show. It’s reconception of the character and a real growth. The stories we told last year barely scratched the surface of what Barry is capable of doing as an actor and what the character is capable of doing on screen. He has such a rich history with Emily.”
ETonline caught up with VanCamp at ABC’s Television Critics Association Press Tour All-Star Party on August 4 to talk find out what this regime change means for Revenge, how the show will go back to its roots in season three and why the first thing you’ll see this year is Emily floating in a pool of blood.
ETonline: What’s the showrunner transition been like for you?
Emily VanCamp: It’s definitely difficult. I love Mike and thought was he was fighting for was definitely something that should have been addressed. I believe Revenge can only sustain a certain amount of episodes per season, so to fight for a fewer number of episodes per season was definitely a topic worth bringing up and I’m proud of him for fighting for it. Ultimately it didn’t turn out how he wanted, which is difficult, but we have Sunil, who is a wonderful writer. We also have an incredible team of writers. Obviously we love and miss Mike, but I’m excited about this season.
ETonline: What excites you about Revenge under Sunil’s leadership?
VanCamp: He’s really taking Revenge back to its roots. Old-school take-downs. Emily is fired up. She’s been given an ultimatum by Jack to get this done by summer because he’s completely uncomfortable with what she’s doing, and having the knowledge of what she’s doing. He doesn’t want to see anyone else suffer at the hands of her plan, so he gives her a timetable, which makes her put a very specific plan into action. I can’t say what that plan is, but we start the season with a flash-forward of Emily laying in a pool, with blood surrounding her. Later this year we’ll pull back on that shot and you’ll see the whole environment, but it could be the beginning of the end for Miss. Thorne.
ETonline: So Jack definitely heard Emily reveal she is Amanda? Some people were worried the show would back out of that admission.
VanCamp: Oh yes, Jack knows who she is. Jack heard. That relationship is incredibly tense when we come back. We see the first moment they see one another since she told him and it’s really charged. They’ve always had this incredibly intense chemistry, but he never knew why. Yet that doesn’t take away from the fact he’s incredibly livid with what she’s done, and it’s interesting to see who Amanda Clarke is through his eyes as an adult because you do start to see how crazy she is. How this sociopathic behavior, who was born out of trauma, is ingrained in her. The way she describes what she’s doing without a hint of thinking it’s immoral, makes Jack basically say, “Girl, you are crazy!” [laughs] As an audience, you really start to get a sense of how deeply this need to get revenge is in her soul.
For the rest of the interview, head over to ETOnline
ABC on Sunday further clarified which of its programming would be broken up into two uninterrupted blocks of 12-episode runs, in addition to announcing its midseason schedule.
ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee used his platform at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour to unveil his plan for midseason with reality show Quest and limited series Resurrection filling in between fall and midseason drama runs. He called the latter drama “extraordinary” and noted there’s “nothing like it on television.”
The scheduling marks a move on ABC’s part to eliminate repeats, allow programming to continue its momentum and retain viewers. It follows the cable network model — something Lee is familiar with during his run at ABC Family.
Resurrection will premiere Sunday, March 9 at 10 p.m., taking the slot occupied by Betrayal when the freshman drama’s season concludes. The Quest will debut on Thursday, Jan. 2 with a two-hour premiere, moving into the slot occupied by Once Upon a Time in Wonderland following the latter’s season finale.
Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Revenge and Scandal will return in the spring, following their winter finales with new episodes that will run with few or no repeats until their season finales in May.
Lee will look to series like Killer Women (among others) and its other new fare to fill in the gaps during the long hiatus for Grey’s, Scandal, Nashville and OUAT.
Here’s the breakdown:
Sunday, March 9
8-9 p.m. Once Upon a Time
9-10 p.m. Revenge
10-11 p.m. Resurrection
Now that Jack knows Emily’s real identity on Revenge, will they finally get together? — Robert
NATALIE: Not so fast. We asked (OK, begged) Nick Wechsler about the possibility. “I don’t think they will have them get together romantically, and if it happens, it’ll be further into the season,” he says. Instead, expect Jack to focus on his own plan for revenge. “This poor [guy] lost his dad, his dog, his wife, now his brother … it’s going to be the fire under his vengeful a–.”
Ashley Madekwe is departing the hit show Revenge after two seasons on the ABC series, according to Deadline.
The 31-year-old actress’ option was reportedly not picked up due to storyline reasons.
Ashley played the character Ashley Davenport, who was originally the event planner for Victoria Grayson (Madeline Stowe) and eventually moved on to relationships with both Victoria’s husband Conrad (Henry Czerny) and her son Daniel (Josh Bowman). Her storyline had played out by the end of season one, and then she was brought back as Conrad’s assistant in season two and later to do PR for his political campaign. Now that the election has played out, her storyline once again has ended.
We here at EmilyThorne.org as so incredibly sad to see Ashley leaving us, we wish Ashley the best of luck and are thankful that we got two wonderful seasons with her and Ashley Davenport. It’s been a wild ride.
The answer we’ve been waiting for is coming early:
ABC has officially renewed Revenge for a third season!
I’ll have more on the renewal and news as it comes out, congratulations to the cast and crew on another amazing year and here’s to many more!
Emily Thorne returns to the Hamptons with a vengeance. Her enemies may be the same, but her mission now takes on a new, suspenseful twist. Feel the power of television’s most seductive series, as the action and passion hit new heights in all 22 episodes of REVENGE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON on DVD. Emily will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets of her father’s murder, but the web of deceit is larger than she ever imagined. Now, with her mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) in the picture, even more will be revealed.
Watch the sparks fly as Daniel and Ashley begin a torrid romance, while stunning events change the face of Jack and Amanda’s relationship, and new faces mean more trouble for Emily and Victoria, while a mysterious man from Emily’s past adds to her complications. Relive every biting and brilliant episode of Season Two, complete with never-before-seen bonus features that will lure you even deeper into the drama. REVENGE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON on DVD is addictive entertainment that will have you begging for more!
ABC/Disney has vengeance in their hearts with the just-announced August 20th release of Revenge – The Complete 2nd Season on DVD! This collection will cost $45.99 SRP and includes 22 episodes plus an as-yet undetailed list of bonus material. The finalized package art for this item, along with a pre-order button link to Amazon, can be seen here.
In “Truth, Part One” – The second season of “Revenge” culminates in a special two-hour finale event with two back-to-back episodes filled with high octane and life changing moments, SUNDAY, MAY 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In the first hour, entitled “Truth, Part One” (9:00-10:00 p.m.), a series of dangerous events has been set in motion and it all comes to a head in one catastrophic moment that will change everyone’s lives forever.
“Truth, Part Two” – The second season of “Revenge” culminates in a special two-hour finale event with two back-to-back episodes filled with high octane and life changing moments, SUNDAY, MAY 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In the emotional second hour, “Truth, Part Two” (10:00-11:00 p.m.), the devastation leads to a heartbreaking death that will send shockwaves down the shoreline and force Emily to take a hard look at the truth and the path of revenge she has embarked on.