Premiere’s Tonight: Emily VanCamp & Madeleine Stowe Star in a Lacklustre Start to “Revenge”

| 13 February , 2012 | Reply

Premiering of Channel 7 tonight is “Revenge” starring Emily VanCamp (Brothers & Sisters) and Madeleine Stowe (she needs no introductions).  Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is the newest arrival in the Hamptons this summer. By all appearances, she\’s a friendly and sophisticated “girl next door,” whose disarming charm and generosity allow her seamless access to the restricted circles of Hamptons high society. But the affluent, exclusive world she\’s immersed herself in is tied to a dark family history, and Emily Thorne is anything but what she seems. When Emily was just nine, her father was framed for a horrific crime by neighbours he trusted, and was sentenced to life in prison. Emily never saw her father again and spent her childhood consumed by rage, loss and betrayal. Seventeen years later, she has returned under an assumed identity with one endgame – REVENGE — every social overture a carefully planned chip at the foundation of her sworn enemies, until their lives come crashing down around them. Emily\’s goal is unwavering, and her sharp mind is always five steps ahead. But when her past begins to catch up, her true heart may get caught in the crossfire.

Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) is the glamorous, powerful matriarch of the Grayson family and reigning Queen of the Hamptons social scene who holds a much darker secret — her culpability in the events that destroyed Emily\’s life. Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) is head of the Grayson family, a shrewd and successful tycoon who operates with questionable moral integrity and is willing to do whatever it takes to slither out of potentially scandalous situations. Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman) is Victoria and Conrad\’s son, who finds himself unable to resist Emily, unaware that he is the entrée she\’s counting on to bring down the family that\’s invested so much in him. Charlotte Grayson (Christa B. Allen), the daughter of the Grayson clan, fits right in with the “mean girls” of the Hamptons, but she has a curiosity streak that draws her to boys from “the wrong side of the tracks.” In public Nolan Ross (Gabrielle Mann) may be unfamiliar with Emily, but the truth is he shares a link to her past, her present, and her secret. Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler) is the son of a dock worker, who\’s spent his life helping his father manage the Stowaway Tavern. He\’s always had aspirations of escape, but dedication to his hard luck family has conspired to keep him home. When fate brings Emily into his life, Jack is unable to shake a déjà vu-like sense of connection to her. Declan Porter (Connor Paolo) is Jack\’s well-intentioned kid brother who\’s intrigued by the wealthy world of these elite vacationers and finds a target in Charlotte Grayson. Emily\’s closest friend, Ashley Davenport (Ashley Madekwe), is the go-to event planner who hopes to gain entrée into Victoria\’s good graces and solidify her status among the Hamptonites.


This is a template tv show with a template cast and template storyline, but that doesn’t mean you are not going to want to watch it and find out what happens. I’ve only watched the first episode which starts off five months in the future with a party scene and requisite dead body on the beach. It then goes back to the present time and sets the scene of Emily arriving in the Hamptons next door (how “lucky” the house she used to live in was available for rent) to her arch enemy family she wants to take down the “Graysons.” We learn through flashbacks bits and pieces of her story as we go along and how come she herself is ‘filthy’ rich and the ‘unoriginal’ characters are chess pieces set down in their places on Emily’s Board of Revenge.  They say she’s consumed by ‘rage, loss and betrayal’ but you don’t really get that in her acting and I really hope what they did to her father is good … so I will be tuning in for some more episodes before I make up my mind whether I will continue, so far very unoriginal and lacks depth and chemistry.

Watch the trailer:

Premiere’s tonight on Channel 7 at 8.30pm.

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