TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Loyalty”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Loyalty" | ©2011 ABC/Michael Desmond

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Wendy Calhoun & Nikki Toscano Director: J. Miller Tobin Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: December 7, 2011 It almost seems as thought the various plotlines of REVENGE are spinning out of control in this week’s episode, “Loyalty.” Of course, the problem with being angry is that you tend to alienate the people you can least afford to, and Emily (Emily VanCamp) is certainly heading that direction, having issues with her mentor Satoshi Takeda (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Nolan (Gabriel Mann). Just a refresher to (hopefully) eliminate confusion – Emily Thorne […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Suspicion”

Emily VanCamp and Hiroyuki Sanada in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Suspicion" | ©2011 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Salvatore Stabile Director: Bethany Rooney Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: November 23, 2011 Maybe it’s because this aired on the night before Thanksgiving and some of us were a little distracted, but “Suspicion” was a rather flat episode for REVENGE. It felt like things were being set up, but not much was actually happening. Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is trying to control her counterpart Amanda (Margarita Levieva), who in turn is going after local pub owner Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler). And this could cause significant problems for Emily’s great […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Treachery”

Margarita Levieva and Emily VanCamp in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Treachery" | ©2011 ABC/Randy Holmes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Ryan Scott Director: Bobby Roth Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: November 16, 2011 The “Treachery” episode of REVENGE makes you wonder if the writers haven’t written themselves into a corner, because it certainly looks like the wheels are coming off Emily’s big plot. The problem is, the show started at the end of the summer season with someone getting shot – and it sure looked like Emily was getting what she wanted and planned. So you have to figure the writers know where they’re going with the story and how […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Charade”

Margarita Levieva in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Charade" | ©2011 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Mark B. Perry and Joe Fazzio Director: Sanford Bookstaver Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: November 2, 2011 As I noted elsewhere recently, one of the problems with these endlessly mysterious kinds of shows like REVENGE, where for every question that gets answered, three more pop up, is that it can be a little hard to tell if the writers are just being mysterious or if they simply screwed up. And it’s really hard in the re-telling of this show not to sound cynical because it is so very, […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Intrigue”

Madeleine Stowe in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Intrigue" | ©2011 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie Director: Tim Hunter Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 27, 2011 First off, let me make a correction to last week’s episode, it turns out that when Lydia took that fall off her rooftop after fighting with the Grayson family bodyguard/hit man Frank (Max Martini), she survived. She’s in a coma, but alive. Whodathunk that? And Nolan (Gabriel Mann) does point out to Emily (Emily Van Camp) that it was kind of her fault. See, Emily had set it up so that it […]Read On »

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Interview: Madeleine Stowe gets a taste of REVENGE

Madeleine Stowe in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Charade" | ©2011 ABC/Colleen Hayes

In ABC’s new hit series REVENGE, Wednesdays at 10 PM, Emily VanCamp plays Emily Thorne, who returns under an assumed identity to the upscale community in the Hamptons where she lived as a child. Emily’s goal is to get revenge (see the title) on the people who sent her beloved father to jail for life and ruined her younger years. There’s plenty of collateral damage, but Emily’s principal target is Madeleine Stowe’s character Victoria Grayson, who rules the enclave as its unofficially anointed queen. Stowe, a Los Angeles native, had audiences swooning as the heroine in LAST OF THE MOHICANS. […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Guilt”

Emily VanCamp in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Guilt" | ©2011 ABC/Randy Holmes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Nikki Toscano Director: Kenneth Fink Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 19, 2011 One of the problems I’ve had with REVENGE  is that it does stretch credibility that Emily Thorne (the former Amanda Clarke) seems to think that she is going to ruin the lives of all the people involved in the false accusation and conviction of her father David (James Tupper) without getting caught. But tonight, Emily (Emily Van Camp) does come close and it’s just clever enough that I’m almost willing to forgive that the episode […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Duplicity”

Ashton Holmes and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Duplicity" | ©2011 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Wendy Calhoun Director: Matt Shakman Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 12, 2011 Ah, the sweet havoc goes on as Emily Thorne (formerly Amanda Clarke) goes on her revenge-ridden spree to ruin the lives of everyone who was involved in the false accusation of her father David (James Tupper) during one summer in The Hamptons. Hence the plot of the new ABC series REVENGE. Thorne’s principal targets are Victoria and Conrad Grayson (Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny), and in tonight’s episode “Duplicity”, Emily sideswipes Victoria as she […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Betrayal”

Christa B. Allen in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Betrayal" | ©2011 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Salvatore Stabile Director: Matt Earl Beesley Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 5, 2011 One of the devout wishes I had for REVENGE, a supposed modernized look at THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO in which Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) seeks to trash everyone connected with her father’s wrongful arrest and conviction for crimes he did not commit, was that it would not turn into Emily’s victim of the week. Alas, the show seems to be headed in just that direction. The show is set in the Hamptons, where […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Emily VanCamp in REVENGE - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Antony Platt

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Joshua Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Max Martini Writer: Mike Kelley Director: Philip Noyce Network: ABC, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: September 21, 2011 REVENGE is the kind of glossy nighttime soap that the major broadcast networks used to produce with flair in the ‘80s. Less camp than DYNASTY or the more contemporary DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, REVENGE nevertheless seems to be centered around the potential for the mother of all catfights, with the difference that the person stirring up all the misdirection and havoc is actually our heroine. Emily VanCamp plays […]Read On »

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