Revenge Pilot Details From the 2011 TCA

Emily VanCamp Talks Revenge and Taking Down Rich People in the Hamptons

You may recognize Emily VanCamp from her good-girl roles on shows like Everwood and Brothers & Sisters, but she's tapping into her dark side for ABC's new drama Revenge. In this loose adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, VanCamp plays Emily, a woman who lost everything at a young age and has returned to her home in the Hamptons to take down the rich, powerful people who had a hand in destroying her life. At the TCA, VanCamp and her long list of costars took the stage to talk about the show's longevity and why we'll love watching her take down rich people.

  • The show, which is very much a soapy guilty pleasure, will also work as a procedural at first. Each week, Emily will cross off another person from her list of conspirators so that the audience gets to see a little bit of revenge, even if they only tune in for one episode.
  • Though the character of Emily is a lot tougher than some of the girls-next-door VanCamp has played in the past, both VanCamp and executive producer Mike Kelley assured us that we'll still want to root for Emily as she carries out her plan. On her character's morals, VanCamp said, "At the end of the day it's a moral discussion on how people feel about revenge. On some level, everybody can connect on the theme of revenge whether they act on it or not."
  • Madeleine Stowe, who plays the villain that Emily is ultimately trying to take down, asserted that the gorgeous, beachy backdrop is the perfect cover for the series' dark undertones. She said, "The idea that you're in a place that's sunny and bright, and all these dark undercurrents are going on, makes for a really interesting story. I think the average American is going to want to see the takedown of the rich."

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To see how closely the show will follow its origin story, just read more.

  • As for how closely the series will follow the novel, Kelley said that he's "peppering" moments from Monte Cristo throughout the series, and that it's a "challenge because it needs to be sustaining," so really the book is a jumping off point. He added, "The fun of the Hamptons is that it's East Coast royalty. It's America's answer to royalty. And the Count of Monte Cristo needs to infiltrate royal society."
  • Connor Paolo, aka Gossip Girl's Eric van der Woodsen, said he wasn't sure if Revenge would allow him to stay put on the Upper East Side as Serena's little bro. That said, don't expect to see him play a similar character on his new show: Paolo noted that the two characters "couldn't be more different" and that they "wouldn't get along in a bar."

Photos copyright 2011 ABC, Inc.

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