Our Revenge sources are spilling exclusive details on season two’s mysterious “big event” and suffice to say, as überfans, we are terrified. And intrigued! But mostly…terrified. ABC’s addictive drama just started filming the second season this week, and at least one much-loved character is going down.
Here are seven clues you need to know:
1. Just like last year, season two will open with a “big event” that is both shocking and devastating. (Last year, it was the dead body on the beach. ‘Member that fun little ditty?) Then in subsequent (multiple) episodes, they’ll flash back in time showing what lead up to that event.
2. According to insiders, the “big event” has something to do with a boat.
3. And not just any boat: The Amanda—owned by, of course, Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) childhood love, Jack (Nick Wechsler).
4. Someone will be, um, “tied” to that boat, our sources say. And of course, something terrible will happen. Like, call-your-momma-and-book-your-therapy-session-now kind of terrible!
5. Meanwhile, lo and behold, photos have surfaced of Emily Van Camp and Josh Bowman (Daniel) in Marina del Rey, Calif., heading to film a scene on a boat (The Amanda!), dressed up all fancy-like. Let the record show: We really wish they’d just stay away from the water. Or at the very least, bring floatees.
6. Emily Van Camp took the plunge. Yesterday, the actress tweeted: “spent today tied to a wooden post getting pummeled by coldcaliforniawaves. The things one will do for revenge…. ”
7. We also know Nolan and Jack are on the boat, thanks to a pic Gabriel Mann (Nolan) tweeted out. He also posted a pic of Emily warming up in the parking lot with a wool sweater and Ugg boots. Ya know, just typical California summer wear, y’all!
Related sidenote: Revenge creator Mike Kelly told us months ago that he was planning to open season two with Emily’s wedding–”we just don’t know to who.” And while we’re pretty sure the smoking-hot red dress Emily wore to set this week is not bridal couture, costar Henry Czerny (Conrad Grayson) did tell us of season two: “There will be a wedding, but I’m not sure that it’s Emily’s.”
Revenge is back with a vengeance this fall.
“Dynamics have shifted [in Season 2],” Gabriel Mann teased during a Thursday afternoon visit to the ABC drama’s Manehattan Beach set. “Plots are coming fast and furious. It’s going to be utterly twisted and darker and deeper than even last year.”
But there’s also more fun ahead as the series returns to the world of “cocktail parties and pinched smiles.”
Here, the cast and executive producer Mike Kelley dish on Emily’s new man, Daniel’s relationship with Ashley, Nolan’s new lady love and more!
EMILY | After getting burned just as she was about to confess her feelings to Jack, Emily will be back to her closed-off ways. “She’s spent a lot of time trying to keep her feelings at bay and cauterize them [at the start of Season 2],” previews Kelley. But a face from the past — played by British actor Barry Sloane — who resurfaces in the Hamptons will expose a new side of the revenge-seeking gal’s heart – and maybe some secrets. “It’ll be a really satisfying exploration of who Emily was when she was turning into Emily Thorne,” shares the EP. (As it turns out, this mystery man was going through an identity transformation of his own when he met Amanda. “It [was] very volatile. They [were] very angry kids, and they’re both from the same situation,” says Kelley. “They’ve lost similar things, and they [came] together.”
DANIEL | “He still misses Emily,” Josh Bowman reports. “She broke his heart, and nothing’s been the same since. He’s back to that give-a-s–t party guy. … But his conscience is still guilt-ridden because of his mother. He’s very weighed down.” That, however, won’t stop him from getting involved with social climber Ashley — though their “relationship” will be much more about lustful feelings than real ones. “He using her just as much as she’s using him,” explains the actor. “His body might be [with her] at times, but mentally he’s in a different realm.”
NOLAN | Everyone’s favorite prepster is getting some lovin’! “We’re bringing in a female love interest,” reveals Kelley. And like with the Nolan/Tyler storyline, the EP doesn’t believe viewers “are going to blink [an eye]” at the billionaire’s new romance. “He’s quite open about whatever he is. I think it’s about the person who’s in front of him.” Meanwhile, Nolan and Emily will be “very much together” as a team, says Mann. “We are definitely in it to win it at this point. I would do anything for her, including compromise my own safety and, to a degree, my own morals.” And now that the show is in its second season, it’ll be expanding its scope to explore Nolan’s own story. “You’re going to find out much more about his background,” hints Mann. “We will start to live maybe a little bit more in the world of Nolcorp.”
JACK | Will the ever-loyal bartender be suspicious about the paternity of Fauxmanda’s rapidly growing baby, which in the season opener is just weeks away from being born? “There’s no way he doesn’t have questions,” says Nick Wechsler. “But his obligation is making him turn a blind eye to certain things.” That said, “At a certain point, he’s going to have to face it.” As for whether torn-apart lovebirds Jack and Emily will have a moment in the premiere, he replies, “No in word, yes in deed” — meaning, expect lots more secret glances. Adds Mann, “Emily [VanCamp] and Nick Wechsler had me crying watching the monitor yesterday. And that was just the first day [of shooting].”
MAMA CLARKE | “As [Emily] learns more and more about what exactly happened and who’s at stake, things evolve,” says Kelley. “The world this year gets much bigger.” To that end, the show will introduce a very major new character in Emily’s mother, to be played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. “She’s one of my very favorite actresses,” gushes the EP. “I was pretty much floored when her representation called and said she’s a huge fan of the show and asked, ‘What do you think about her for the mother?’ I said, ‘How fast can we get this done?’ She can do Single White Female all over this show! We’ll take it!”
Revenge Season 2 premieres Sept. 30 in its new time slot, Sundays at 9/8c.
Sadly I was off by a week but no matter, ABC has released it’s fall premiere date list! As you all know Revenge is taking over the timeslot formerly held by ABC smash hit Desperate Housewives, which concluded it’s eight year run this past May.
Sunday, September 30
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Revenge”
10:00-11:00 p.m. “666 PARK AVENUE”
For more ABC premeire dates, head over to TVLine
Following her arc on Showtime’s departing comedy series Weeds, Jennifer Jason Leigh is joining another series in a recurring role, ABC’s soap Revenge. Leigh will be part of a major story arc in Revenge‘s second season, playing the mother of the lead Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) who had been presumed dead until the very end of the series’ Season 1 finale. Leigh joins another actor recently booked to recur on Revenge next season, Brit Barry Sloane. Revenge has been assigned the high-profile Sunday 9 PM slot this fall where it will succeed Desperate Housewives.
While we all know they would never seriously harm a hair on our Queen Victoria’s head (Would they?), the first season finale cliffhanger has us all scratching our heads to see how the writers will save her. Well, TVGuide has posted its newest Mega Buzz which features some teasers for the second season.
We also have no premiere date for the new season yet, and while that information is still to come I’d like to officially put my guess down for Sunday, September 22nd! Let’s see if I’m right when the first press release gets announced.
I know she was on the plane right before it exploded, but I can’t even fathom Revenge without Victoria! Please tell me she’s coming back! —Dakota
NATALIE: Fear not! Lady Grayson’s prognosis sounds promising — and maybe a little sexy? The show is casting for a smart and handsome doctor in his late 30s who is the founder of a recovery center. Could he be a new love interest? The show will also introduce the possibly recurring role of Eve, Ashley’s protégé, who is eager to learn about Hamptons party planning. If she’s working on a “welcome home” bash for Victoria, how do we snag an invite?
Next season, ABC’s Revenge is expected to introduce a bunch of new characters, including Conrad’s ex-wife and kids, Victoria’s mother, people from Emily’s, Amanda’s and Nolan’s pasts, and a new puppy to take the place of dearly departed Sammy. But the most highly anticipated addition is Emily’s presumed-dead mother. While executive producer Mike Kelley says he’s not sure how early into Season 2 he’ll bring in the missing mom, he will reveal, “There will be a hunt for her, and she won’t be easy to find. She’s been gone, deliberately, for a very long time. Emily is one messed-up girl, and she’s going to find out the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.” I asked Kelley to weigh in on three of my casting suggestions:
Elizabeth Mitchell: “That’s a great idea. This is a psychologically damaged and a highly volatile woman, so anybody who has that ability to turn and scare you would be great.”
Heather Locklear: “She’s somebody who’s sweet but she plays evil and cold so well. Great suggestion!”
Marg Helgenberger: “I love that idea — a lot! That’s somebody who could kill it. There is something maternal there but very calculating, and she’s able to go to some very dark places. If she injected a little crazy into that, she’d be able to knock it out of the park!”
It takes a considerable amount of finesse for an actor to create sympathy for a sociopathic character, and one of Emily VanCamp’s strengths in portraying merciless Hamptons socialite Emily Thorne was born of playing the girl next door in Everwood and Brothers & Sisters. Much like Rooney Mara’s challenge to shed her Katherine Ross-like image for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo auditions, VanCamp went the distance to prove to Revenge producers that she could play dark as a girl plotting revenge on her father’s upper-crust killers. And not just one shade of black. VanCamp’s forte lies in shifting gracefully between emotional poles – a mastery not always displayed by primetime thespians.
VanCamp’s Thorne runs the gamut from eloquently subduing her wigged-out nemesis Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) to burning down an opponent’s house. Lest we forget her most colorful trait: Throne’s unabashed fetish for disguises. Whether she dresses as a hotel waiter or skanky barfly, she’ll do whatever it takes to collect intel or poison her enemies. An Emmy nod for VanCamp would be truly special for the actress this year as it’s the first time she’s becoming a TV Academy member.
AWARDSLINE | How did the role come your way?
I finished Brothers and Sisters in September (2010) and made a pact with myself that I wasn’t going to work unless I read something loved it. I had worked pretty steadily and hit a point where I wanted to feel challenged. I read Revenge and thought this was a huge gamble. It was the only pilot [role] I fought for. I met with Mike Kelley and [executive producer] Marty Bowen who filtered through everyone. They asked me to test, because they didn’t quite know if I could play the darkness the character required … Longevity for me in my career has not only been about choosing the right material, but trying to reinvent myself as a young woman. People love to put you in a box. [At times in this industry], you have to force people to see you in a different light as you can burn out. There was a slight transition for me as an actress between Everwood and Brothers & Sisters going from being a girl to a woman, however, that’s a big jump to make in Hollywood. … People remember me from these roles and it’s one of the reasons why they root for Emily even though sometimes one shouldn’t.
AWARDSLINE | In addition to suggesting that Emily should be a badass, what insight did [pilot director] Phillip Noyce provide?
He encouraged me to be still. With the girl next door characters I have played, I wasn’t really conscious of their movements. They moved differently and there’s something strange about Emily. Victoria picks up on it right away. Emily is almost robotic. She’s numb and doesn’t move a lot. For me that’s difficult because I was a ballet dancer.
AWARDSLINE | The audience easily sympathizes with your complex character thanks to the flashback sequences of Emily as a child. Certain shows such as HBO’s Boardwalk Empire rarely use flashbacks to create sympathy for their characters.
All of these moments of vulnerability are keys to root for her. Mike [Kelley] and I talk about this all the time. Without those flashbacks, you don’t know who to root for. Even when you want to sympathize with what Victoria has done, you can’t really because you see Emily as a young girl. At the same time, what’s great about these characters is that you want to know more about Victoria and why she’s feeling pain. That’s a testament to what Madeleine brings to the character.
For more of the interview and speculation for net season head over to TVLine
Ashley Madekwe recently chatted with press about her role on Revenge and how fans want her character dead, but Ashley doesn’t take it personally… Quite the opposite actually. She knows if fans don’t like her character… then she’s doing something right.
“I love that people are so invested in the show that the line between fiction and reality is blurred for them! I think having the same name as my character probably doesn’t help matters either.” Ashley revealed, “Everyone on [Revenge] takes great relish in playing a scene a little bit ‘evil’. One of the main themes of the show is the idea that nobody is all good or all bad, and if people want Ashley to die, then I must be playing the ‘evil’ right!”
We couldn’t agree more Ashley! Your character stirred up so much drama last season – that we love to hate her!
Ashley also admits she loves Revenge as much as the fans, because there is just so much possibility for where things can go…
“The best thing about Revenge is that it can go absolutely anywhere. We never know what dark secrets the writers have up their sleeves for us to play.” Ashley told Bello Magazine in a recent interview.