'Revolution,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Go On': Scoop on new shows in Spoiler Room -- Early Buzz

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I’m heading south, y’all! But before I head to Texas for two weeks, I wanted to bring you some fun scoop on a ton of the new fall shows that I picked up during last week’s upfronts. Thanks for sending in your questions!

I’ll see you after my vacation and I’ll come armed with fresh scoop on all our faves. Make sure you keep sending in questions to spoilerroom@ew.com while I’m gone and follow me on Twitter for scoop on…well…nothing for the next two weeks. Mostly pictures of wherever I’m sitting or what I’m eating at the time. Riveting!

JON FAVREAU ON CREATING A ‘REVOLUTION’
In Revolution, electricity no longer exists after having disappeared from the world 15 years ago. The show, from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, then tells the story of what happens next. According to director Jon Favreau, who helmed the pilot, it’s not all bad.

“From my perspective, it’s about the characters and the families — how they’ve had to adjust. What’s scary about [the world] and what’s positive about it,” he says. “The world in some ways has gotten more innocent. It’s a simpler time, and one could argue that people are closer together.”

But it’s not all peace and iProduct-free love. “There are dark characters and there’s a lot of danger in that world because you don’t have governments and you have armys. You have militias popping up and you have clans fighting,” he says. And that embattled, “Game of Thrones-style” theme, with a modern backdrop, is what attracted him to the project. Well, that and the swordplay. “I’m a big fan of swords in film, so it was a chance to work with sword choreography,” he says with a smile. “Without modern technology, modern weaponry starts to disappear after 15 years. Modern gun powder. A couple of people have been able to hoard more modern weapons, but without electricity, it’s hard to manufacture that high-grade, high-tech product. So we’re getting back to handmade things. So a lot of swords, black powder weapons, Kentucky rifles, and a couple of very powerful people have been able to accumulate weapons from our times.”

‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ STARS ON ROMANCE, SEX
Romance is a tale as old as time (I HAD TO!), but there are a lot of obstacles standing between Kristen Kreuk’s Catherine and Beast (Jay Ryan) before they get anywhere close to the big R. At least, that’s what the stars told me when they stopped by EW last week during upfronts week.

“Obviously you can’t bring these two characters together without difficulty,” says Kreuk, pointing out the pair’s “instant connection.” “It’s a journey.”

In the pilot, says Ryan, fans will get a very good idea of just how rocky that path will be. “Vincent has been celibate for, like, 10 years. And there’s a moment where he’s touched for the first time by Catherine and there’s an animalistic flinch. It’s going to take a lot for these two characters to trust one another,” he says.

‘GO ON’: ‘FRIENDS’ SCRIBE TALKS MATTHEW PERRY REUNION
Matthew Perry is headed back to NBC this fall, and he’s bringing a “friend.” Or maybe it’s the other way around? Regardless, Scott Silveri, a former Friends writer, is the man behind Perry’s upcoming comedy, Go On. And when I caught up with him during upfronts week, he was more than thrilled to talk about the project that meant once again working closely with the actor.

“It’s been such a joy watching him work on the project,” Silveri says. “We have such an easy collaboration and energy and synergy we fell back into but as aware as I am of what he can do, he can still surprise me.”

Perry plays a charming sportscaster who suffers a loss that drives him to group therapy sessions. “I feel like it’s a story that can resonate right now. It’s real people going through real things and finding things to laugh about along the way,” he says.

But while the theme sounds familiar, Silveri recognizes that ratings — even in the few years since Friends went off the air — aren’t what they once were. “Obviously TV has changed so much in the last couple of years, so we’re looking for quality. We’re not looking to match the Friends numbers — but it would be nice. We’ll take it,” he says with a laugh.

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