Revenge (TV series)
|Created by||Mike Kelley|
Christa B. Allen
|Composer(s)||iZLER (music) (credited as Fil Eisler from "Dissolution")|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||66 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mike Kelley
Marty C. Bowen
Gretchen J. Berg
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/Mike Kelley Productions (seasons 1-2)
Temple Hill Productions
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original run||September 21, 2011– present|
Revenge is an American primetime television series that airs on ABC, starring Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe, which debuted on September 21, 2011. During its first season it aired on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern/9 pm Central time, and its second season aired Sunday nights at 9 pm Eastern/8 pm Central time.
The series was picked up for a full season by the ABC network television 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 8, 2014, ABC renewed the show for a fourth and final season.
Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) comes to the Hamptons and rents a beach house next to the Grayson family mansion for the summer. Emily is really Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed for treason when she was a little girl. After a lengthy trial, he was imprisoned for life, and was murdered in prison by agents of the people who framed him. Amanda was separated from him after his trial and never saw him afterwards. She has now returned to the Hamptons as an adult to get revenge on those who wronged her and her father. Her primary target is Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), matriarch of the Grayson family, who loved and betrayed Amanda's father. The show focuses on Amanda's plot to destroy every individual who played a role in her father's imprisonment. Along the way, she discovers various facts about her father's past which change her plans many times. As the series progresses, Amanda brings in other individuals as allies for her plan.
As Amanda executes the stages of her elaborate plan, she finds it difficult to remain emotionally detached. She struggles to identify her true motivations and examines how her actions change her sense of identity. As she enlists trusted friends into her schemes, she worries how their involvement will change their lives and how she will proceed after she enacts her revenge on those who wronged her and her father.
Cast and characters
|Madeleine Stowe||Victoria Grayson||Main|
|Emily VanCamp||Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke||Main|
|Gabriel Mann||Nolan Ross||Main|
|Nick Wechsler||Jack Porter||Main|
|Josh Bowman||Daniel Grayson||Main|
|Christa B. Allen||Charlotte Grayson||Main|
|James Tupper||David Clarke||Recurring||Main|
|Karine Vanasse||Margaux LeMarchal||Recurring||Main|
|Henry Czerny||Conrad Grayson||Main|
|Ashley Madekwe||Ashley Davenport||Main||Guest|
|Connor Paolo||Declan Porter||Main|
|Barry Sloane||Aiden Mathis||Main [a]|
a^ Barry Sloane was on recurring status for the first thirteen episodes of the second season, before becoming a series regular in episode fourteen.
|Margarita Levieva||Amanda Clarke/Emily Thorne||Recurring|
|Amber Valletta||Lydia Davis||Recurring||Recurring|
|Max Martini||Frank Stevens||Recurring|
|Brian Goodman||Carl Porter||Recurring||Guest|
|Ashton Holmes||Tyler Barrol||Recurring|
|Hiroyuki Sanada||Satoshi Takeda||Recurring|
|James McCaffrey||Ryan Huntley||Recurring|
|Roger Bart||Mason Treadwell||Recurring||Guest|
|James Morrison||Gordon Murphy||Recurring|
|Jennifer Jason Leigh||Kara Wallace Clarke||Recurring|
|Dilshad Vadsaria||Padma Lahari||Recurring|
|J.R. Bourne||Kenny Ryan||Recurring|
|Wendy Crewson||Helen Crowley||Recurring|
|Michael Trucco||Nate Ryan||Recurring|
|Justin Hartley||Patrick Osbourne||Guest||Recurring|
|Annabelle Stephenson||Sara Munello||Recurring|
|Stephanie Jacobsen||Niko Takeda||Recurring|
|Gail O'Grady||Stevie Grayson||Recurring|
|Olivier Martinez||Pascal LeMarchal||Recurring|
|Henri Esteve||Javier Salgado||Recurring|
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", while 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 10.02 million viewers in live plus same day, 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 beginning on 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.
Revenge premiered strongly during its second season, with a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. However as the season went on, due to negative feedback on the storyline as well as the scheduling of episodes against The Golden Globes, NFC Championship and The Grammys, Revenge hit lows of 2.0, 1.7 and 1.4 in the adults 18-49 rating respectively, within 3 consecutive episodes. The ratings never recovered back to the levels of the Fall 2012, and eventually ended the season with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.
The third season of Revenge premiered down sharply from its second season premiere, with a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Some critiques have expressed that the storyline of Revenge will not allow for the series to go on for long, although the ratings continue to prove otherwise.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||# Ep.||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
Sunday 10:00 PM (Episodes 14 - 22)
- Mortal Vindication (Revenge Main Theme) 2:30
- Lose Your Compassion 1:38
- Previous Investments 2:03
- Destiny 3:23
- The Wrong Amanda (Emily And Aiden Theme) 1:43
- Who Is the Falcon? 2:07
- Meet the Graysons 2:25
- The Christening 1:51
- Tyler Goes Nuts 2:03
- Return to the Fire and Ice Ball 1:46
- Don't Say a Word 1:52
- The Marriage of Jack and Fauxmanda 3:12
- Honor Thy Father 2:00
- High Tension Boating (SOS Theme Pt.1) 3:48
- The Sinking (SOS Theme Pt.2) 4:44
- Requiem for Amanda 4:56
- Sins of the Mother 3:23
- Farewell Fauxmanda 3:25
- Darkness 2:39
- Stabbed in the Back 2:28
- A Farewell to Porters 2:03
- I Am Amanda Clarke 7:23
- Adagio for Emily/Let It Play 1:32
From season three's "Dissolution" onwards, iZLER is credited as Fil Eisler.
Awards and nominations
|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 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||Nominated|
|Choice TV Actress: Drama||Emily VanCamp||Nominated|
|Choice TV Actor: Drama||Joshua Bowman||Nominated|
The series originally premièred on September 21, 2011 on ABC in the United States and on City TV in Canada. The series premièred on January 23, 2012 on Fox Life in Bulgaria. It premièred on February 13, 2012 on Seven Network in Australia and on TV2 in New Zealand. In South-east Asia premièred on March 26, 2012 on Star World. It premiered on April 5, 2012 on Fiji Television in Fiji. In the United Kingdom E4 premiered the show on May 28, 2012. In Ireland on RTE Two and in HD premièred on June 19, 2012. M-net in South Africa premièred the first season on August 9, 2012 and the second season on January 10, 2013 and the third season on November 28, 2013. In Brazil on Rede Globo premiered the show on April 14, 2013. On Star World Premiere in India and Bangladesh it began airing on October 13, 2012.
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- Revenge on ABC
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