ABC's Revenge was a little show that seemingly came out of nowhere in 2011 and developed a huge following overnight. The compelling story of a mysterious young girl who shows up at the Hamptons with precisely one goal in mind struck viewers, and the first season had all the goods. Drama, beautiful, wealthy people, and -- probably the best part -- beautiful, wealthy people who all got what they had coming to them. But something strange happened in the second season, and some of the original magic was lost. The main character, Emily Thorne (played by Emily VanCamp) no longer had one goal in mind, and her plans for revenge and vindication for her father -- which were pretty basic in the first season -- got suddenly and, often, unnecessarily complicated. The show started out as an exciting guilty pleasure-ish drama, but turned into a full-blown soap opera during season two. Love affairs, pregnancies, unbelievably dramatic deaths, and under-utlizied supporting characters dominated most of the episodes. Even though much of the fun was still there (thanks to characters like Nolan Ross), a lot got lost in the shuffle.
However, since the finale of season two, many changes have been made behind the scenes and we're hoping it will lead to a strong third season. For one, the creator of the show Mike Kelley has stepped down and the executive producer of the show Sunil Nayar took over. He is a seasoned writer and producer, having worked on shows like CSI: Miami, Body Of Proof, and Oz, so this could prove to be a good thing. And our first look at season three promo promises that all the drama is still there:
Another person leaving the show is the beautiful Ashley Madekwe, who played Ashley Davenport. Ashley was great to look at and could have played a bigger role but there were times when viewers seriously could not figure out why she was still on the show. Unfortunately, her role became a little pointless and -- even though her accent and great fashion sensibility will be missed -- it's probably best that she bounce. And as she exits stage right, enter actor Justin Hartley stage left. Playing Victoria Grayson's long-lost son Patrick, viewers will not be lacking in the eye candy department.
One of the most promising things about the upcoming season is that the folks behind the show are aware of their second season screw-ups. The President of ABC came out this summer and admitted that they had fallen off a bit, and promised to bring back some of that flavor from the original season of Revenge. We can only hope that he delivers on that promise, because it'd be so great to see another fantastic season of Emily Thorne wreaking havoc on The Hamptons.
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It may be the middle of summer, but we're already eagerly anticipating the fall premieres of our favorite TV shows. Luckily, we've got all the latest casting updates to keep you informed and excited for what's coming up for three of the best dramas on television. Read on for all the shakeups below!
Revenge: Get ready, Hamptonites, because there's a new ridiculously attractive fella headed to Revenge, and he's bringing plenty of answers — and drama — with him. According to E! Online, CW veteran Justin Hartley is joining Season 3 as Victoria Grayson's long lost son Patrick. We caught a glimpse of Patrick in the Season 2 finale, and it's clear by the shattered glass on the floor and Victoria's shocked expression that he did not mention he was stopping by. Hartley is set to appear in a multi-episode arc and we will be introduced to his handsome face in the Season 3 premiere.
Parenthood: Hey Lost fans, are you ready to see a familiar face back on your TV screens? Actress Sonya Walger (not Penny's boat!) is joining Parenthood's fifth season as Meredith, a sultry and single architect who'll be working with Joel on a two-year project. According to EW, this new lady in Joel's life poses a threat to Julia, and makes our stay-at-home mom feel self-conscious and inadequate. Fingers crossed the couple can stay strong despite this new sexy addition to the cast.
Once Upon a Time: Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which character is returning to OUAT this fall? Giancarlo Esposito is taking a small break from being a baddie on Revolution and is headed back to ABC for the enchanting drama's third season. TV Line reports that Esposito will be appearing in one of the first episodes of the season. However, it's unclear as to which alter-ego we’ll be seeing. The actor mesmerized audiences in Season 1 with his Fairytale Land character the Genie of Agrabah, and then irritated fans as the sneaky newspaper reporter Sydney Glass in Storybrooke. Which character do you think will return?
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We all have guilty pleasures. For some of us, it’s HGTV’s do-it-yourself home improvement shows. For others, it’s marathoning sitcoms like Arrested Development or Modern Family on online sites like Netflix from the comfort of our beds. And still for others, it’s the romantic entanglements found in old soap operas that keep us replaying them time after time. Well, earlier this year, Prospect Park’s The Online Network revealed that they would be rebooting two of our most loved soaps: All My Children and One Life to Live. And Wednesday, the network announced all of the cast members participating in both shows.
For All My Children, the following stars have been announced as members of the cast: Sal Stowers as Cassandra Foster, Eric Nelson as AJ Chandler, Denyse Tontz as Miranda Montgomery, Jordan Lane Price as Celia Fitzgerald, Ryan Bittle as JR Chandler, Eden Riegel as Bianca Montgomery, Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney, Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin, David Canary as Adam Chandler, Heather Roop as Jane McIntyre, and Francesca James as Evelyn Johnson. Previously announced members include Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard, Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard, Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward, Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin, Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo, Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt, and Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater.
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And this is who you can expect to see on One Life to Live: Robert Gorrie as Matthew Buchanan and Laura Harrier as Destiny Evans. These stars join the previously announced members (Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan, Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, Tuc Watkins as David Vickers, Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan, Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer, Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan, Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado, Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks, Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan, Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning, Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth, and Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning). Recurring actors include: Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans, Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel, and Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel.
New 30-minute episodes of both series will be launching each day of the week on Hulu.com, where content generally can be viewed for free. The episodes will also be available on iTunes.
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