Revenge (TV series)
|Created by||Mike Kelley|
Christa B. Allen
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||44 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mike Kelley (season 1-2)
Marty C. Bowen
Gordon Wyck Godfrey
Phillip Noyce (season 1)
Sunil Nayar (season 2)
Melissa Loy (season 1-2)
Joe Fazzio (associate)
Ted Babcock (co-producer)
|Location(s)||Los Angeles, California & Southampton, New York
Wilmington, North Carolina
|Running time||43 minutes (approx.)|
|Production company(s)||The Page Fright Company
Temple Hill Productions
|Original run||September 21, 2011– present|
Revenge is an American television primetime soap opera that airs on ABC, starring Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, which debuted on September 21, 2011. During its first season it aired on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central time, whereas its second season was moved to Sunday nights at 9 pm Eastern/8 pm Central time.
The series was picked up for a full season by ABC after garnering a 3.3 Nielsen rating in the all-important 18–49 age advertising demographics for its pilot episode and regularly winning its timeslot against every other television network (CBS, Fox, The CW, and NBC) in 18–34 demos. Madeleine Stowe was nominated for the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV Drama, while the series was nominated for Favorite New TV Drama at the 2012 People's Choice Awards. Revenge has become ABC’s highest-rated series in Wednesday’s 10 p.m. timeslot since Lost's 2006–2007 season and has become the only new series in more than four years to replicate the 18–49 demo ratings success that Lost had in its timeslot since leaving the air. On May 10, 2012, ABC renewed the series for a second season, which aired on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Central beginning on September 30, 2012, in the time slot previously occupied by Desperate Housewives.
On May 10, 2013, ABC renewed the series for a third season.
Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) comes to the Hamptons, renting a home next to the Grayson family to enjoy the summer. However, it is revealed that Emily has been to the Hamptons before, as a little girl. In reality, Emily is Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed for a crime he did not commit and sent to prison for life, and later murdered in the prison. She was permanently separated from him when she was a little girl and never saw him again. Now, she has returned to the Hamptons, intent on getting revenge on those who wronged her and her father. At the top of her list is Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), matriarch of the Grayson family and the woman whom her father loved and who, in the end, betrayed him. Emily wants to get revenge on all the people who had a part in destroying her childhood and worked with the Grayson family to wrongfully convict her father.
As she sets her plan in motion, Emily tries to navigate the upper society to destroy those who betrayed her father. But the further she goes, the more her emotions get involved and the more she questions her motives and the moves she makes.
Cast and characters
|Madeleine Stowe||Victoria Grayson||Main|
|Emily VanCamp||Emily Thorne||Main|
|Gabriel Mann||Nolan Ross||Main|
|Henry Czerny||Conrad Grayson||Main|
|Ashley Madekwe||Ashley Davenport||Main|
|Nick Wechsler||Jack Porter||Main|
|Josh Bowman||Daniel Grayson||Main|
|Barry Sloane||Aiden Mathis||Main|
|Connor Paolo||Declan Porter||Main|
|Christa B. Allen||Charlotte Grayson||Main|
- Barry Sloane was on recurring status for the first thirteen episodes of the second season, before becoming a series regular in episode fourteen.
- James Tupper as David Clarke
- Roger Bart as Mason Treadwell
- Margarita Levieva as Amanda Clarke/Emily Thorne (Seasons 1–2)
- Hiroyuki Sanada/Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Satoshi Takeda (Seasons 1–2)
- Amber Valletta as Lydia Davis (Season 1)
- Ashton Holmes as Tyler Barrol (Season 1)
- Jennifer Jason Leigh as Kara Clarke-Murphy (Season 2)
- Dilshad Vadsaria as Padma Lahari (Season 2) 
- Wendy Crewson as Helen Crowley (Season 2)
Development and production
In January 2011, ABC ordered the script to pilot. In March 2011, actress Emily VanCamp was cast as the lead character, and shortly afterwards it was released that Ashley Madekwe was cast in the series. Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny joined the cast as well. Max Martini and Robbie Amell joined the cast as Frank Stevens, a private investigator and Adam, a wealthy student who is hoping to attend Yale. James Tupper replaced Marc Blucas in the role of Emily's father, after Blucas was forced to drop out due to his commitment on Necessary Roughness. Recurring Gossip Girl star Connor Paolo was cast as a series regular playing the character of Declan Porter. Former Nikita star Ashton Holmes landed a recurring role as Tyler Barrol, a Harvard classmate of Daniel Grayson. On 22 April 2013, it was announced that Mike Kelley was stepping down as the executive producer and showrunner after Season 2, current executive producer Sunil Nayar is expected to take over during the anticipated third season. On 3 May 2013, it was confirmed that Sunil Nayar would take the reins after signing a two-year deal with ABC Studios to remain as Executive producer. On 21 May 2013, it was announced that Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts had inked a two-year deal with ABC Studios which will see them serve as executive producers on the upcoming third season alongside Sunil Nayar.
On May 13, 2011, ABC picked the project up to series. On May 17, 2011, ABC announced that the series would air on Wednesday nights at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central, beginning in the 2011 fall season. The pilot was screened early on ABC's website during a promotional tie-in with Amazon Kindle.
Dorothy Rabinowitz of The Wall Street Journal praised the series, writing that "The arrival of one pure and unadulterated drama about a passion as old as man is something to celebrate. That's particularly true when that drama is as spellbinding in its satisfyingly gaudy way, as Revenge turns out to be", whilst awarding particular praise to Van Camp for a "beguiling and entirely chilling study in revenge lust." Writing for The New York Times, Alessandra Stanley compared the series favorably with Gossip Girl, concluding that it has "just enough campy suspense to be enjoyable." Episode 5 of the series received particular acclaim, with C. Orlando of TV Fanatic writing that "Revenge took things to a whole new level this week", and noting with reference to the set-up of David Clarke that "Victoria seems the only one with a conscience".
The series made the covers of Parade, Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide, and was featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue, People, Us Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue magazines.
On May 10, 2012, ABC announced that it had renewed Revenge for a second season. The Hollywood Reporter reported that it was one of the first series to get a "stamp of approval" from ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee, who called the show "sexy" and "sticky," telling critics in January, "You just want more of it."
The pilot episode scored a 3.3 Nielsen rating in the 18–49 age demographic and 10.02 million viewers, winning the 10 p.m. hour time slot against CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It was reported that Revenge is the highest rated television series in the hour for ABC since Lost. On October 22, 2011, it was reported that Revenge regularly won its hour in the 18–34 and 18–49 age demographics ahead of CSI and Law & Order: SVU.
After a nearly two month hiatus since February 29, 2012, Revenge returned on April 18, 2012 at No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings and won its timeslot against every other television network with a first-place finish among Total Viewers, Adults 18–49 and Adults 25–54. Revenge won over an original episode of NBC's Law & Order: SVU in Total Viewers (+33%), Adults 18–49 (+53%) and Adults 25–54 (+45%) and generated big year-to-year time-period gains in Total Viewers (+81%), Adults 18–49 (+35%) and Adults 25–54 (+38%), rising over first-run programming on the same night last year. The April 18, 2012 episode attracted ABC’s largest audience to the hour since the middle of February sweeps on February 15, 2012.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||# Ep.||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome|
|2012||TV.com Awards||Favorite Guilty Pleasure||Revenge||Won|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite New TV Drama||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Madeleine Stowe||Nominated|
|Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association||Television Performance of the Year||Nominated|
|Campy (Intentional or Not) TV Show of the Year||Revenge||Won|
|Golden Reel Awards||Best Sound Editing - Television Episodic - Music||Nominated|
|Gracie Allen Awards||Outstanding Drama||Won|
|NewNowNext Awards||Best New Indulgence||Won|
|Next Mega Star||Emily VanCamp||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actress Ten and Under||Emily Alyn Lind||Won|
|ALMA Awards||Favorite TV Actress - Drama||Madeleine Stowe||Nominated|
|Casting Society of America Announces Artios Awards||Television Pilot - Drama||Revenge||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show: Drama||Nominated|
|Choice TV Actress: Drama||Emily VanCamp||Nominated|
|Choice TV Breakout Show||Revenge||Nominated|
|Choice TV Breakout Star: Male||Josh Bowman||Nominated|
|Choice TV Male Scene Stealer||Gabriel Mann||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding New Program||Revenge||Nominated|
|2013||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Network TV Drama||Nominated|
|Costume Designers Guild Awards||Outstanding Contemporary Television Series||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show: Drama||Revenge||Pending|
|Choice TV Actress: Drama||Emily VanCamp||Pending|
|Choice TV Actor: Drama||Joshua Bowman||Pending|
|Choice TV Actor: Drama||Nick Wechsler||Pending|
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- Official website
- Revenge on ABC
- Hamptons Exposed
- Revenge at the Internet Movie Database
- Revenge at TV.com
- Revenge at TVGuide.com