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PaleyFest 2013: 10 'Revolution' revelations


A lot of good details came to light (sorry) at Revolution‘s PaleyFest panel on Saturday night, with plenty of good tidbits about the future (and past) of the series.

In attendance from the production side was creator Eric Kripke and producers J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, all of whom offered up clues as to how the second half of the NBC show’s first season will play out. Even the actors let a few details slip — sometimes when they weren’t supposed to. Read on for the highlights.

1. We’ll find out early on why the power went out 

The season’s second half, Kripke says, will have a much quicker pace that the first. “We don’t get precious with the answers,” he said, hinting that the question would be answered within the first few episodes after the show’s March 25 return. While writing the episodes, Kripke says, it became clear that there was no way for Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) to not tell the gang why the lights went out. So, they decided they shouldn’t string the audience along. “We find that out in episode 13 (airing April 8),” he says. “We deliver it, and [then] we ask a bunch more questions. And I think the mystery still continues, but it just keeps evolving and shifting.”

2. Kripke wants to bring a Game of Thrones element to the show

One thing that especially excites Kripke is the prospect of visiting all the new little nation-states on Revolution‘s North American map. “Wouldn’t it be fun to have that Game of Thrones kind of feel?” Kripke says he asked himself while writing the episodes. And so the show’s geographical landscape will come more into play as viewers get glimpses of some of the “different kingdoms, different worlds” that are currently living side-by-side on the map.

3. Characters will visit the Plains Nation

Details are still limited, but Kripke confirmed that characters will be visiting the Great Plains states, which make up the new Plains Nation.

4. The Georgia Federation is “well-fed”

We already knew the Atlanta-based entity will figure prominently this season, but the panel revealed some intriguing tidbits about the region’s characteristics. Climate, it turns out, plays a bigger role in the Georgia Federation, and the people are likely to have more food thanks to their crop-growing abilities. “They’re more well-fed,” Kripke offered, while also hinting that the region might have trading partners as well. READ FULL STORY

How 'Revolution' landed two Led Zeppelin songs for tonight's episode. Plus: Which Cat Stevens song almost made it into the pilot

Revolution takes place in a world with no electricity, which means no iPods, no CD players, no tape decks, no turntables. So it’s not easy for creator Eric Kripke to find ways to put his love of classic rock on display in the new hit post-apocalyptic show. But when the opportunity arose to feature Led Zeppelin in an upcoming episode, Kripke jumped at the chance and found a way to light up the show with a bit of rock and roll.

Tonight’s episode of Revolution features two songs by Led Zeppelin: 1970 slow jam “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and 1975 exotic, driving mega-hit “Kashmir,” which also lends its name to the episode’s title.

Getting the rights to Led Zeppelin songs is no easy feat: The British rock band very rarely licenses its music for use in Hollywood projects. (Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, a 2001 Cadillac commercial and this year’s Argo are among the lucky few.) But Kripke was in for a pleasant surprise when record label Warner/Chappell Music reached out to him offering to license some Zep songs for his show. READ FULL STORY

'Revolution' showrunner reveals when we'll learn the cause of the blackout, why he killed off [SPOILER], and more

Revolution is a J.J. Abrams-produced show, which typically means all talent involved stay tight-lipped about what happens next, but creator Eric Kripke has actually been rather open about the fate of Charlie, Danny, Miles, et al. During a conference call with journalists on Thursday, Kripke was rather forthcoming about what we can expect to happen next on the new post-apocalyptic show.

Warning to those of you still catching up on your DVR: SPOILERS AHEAD about Revolution’s first four episodes – plus, of course, some teases about episodes yet to air.

No answers yet about why the blackout happened, but he did give us a sense of when we can expect to find out why the world suddenly lost all electrical power. Fresh off the news of a full season pickup, Kripke talked about why he decided to kill off Maggie, when we will see Miles and Monroe come face-to-face and his approach to secret-keeping and -revealing.

Elizabeth Mitchell talks about a 'Revolution'

Lost fans, Juliet Burke is back. Or at least a J.J. Abrams-Elizabeth Mitchell collaboration is on the air again.

Mitchell has reunited with the Lost mastermind for Revolution, an NBC event series that Abrams is executive producing. The show, which comes from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, takes place 15 years after all sources of electrical power have ceased working — no light bulbs, no batteries, no cars, none of that. Mitchell plays Rachel Matheson, the mother of the family at the heart of Revolution. In the 15-years-post-blackout time when most of the show takes place, (SPOILER ALERT!) Rachel is dead — or at least her family thinks she is — but the actress will appear in several episodes during scenes that flash back to the first days of the blackout.

Mitchell took on the role this summer, replacing Rescue Me actress Andrea Roth who was in the original pilot. Ahead of Monday’s on-air premiere of Revolution (it was released online last week, so watch it here), EW talked with Mitchell about starting a new show via reshoots, working with costars like Tim Guinee and how the show has gotten her thinking about her chances in a post-apocalyptic world.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When you sign up for another J.J. Abrams-produced, high-concept show, is there a point when you think, “What have I gotten myself into?”
ELIZABETH MITCHELL: Oh, sure. I do that all the time on every project though. I had watched the pilot with Andrea in it, and I thought that it was extraordinary, so when Eric called me, I was really excited. I was like, “Everybody’s okay? Everything’s good? It’s just a different direction? Yes? Okay, awesome.” READ FULL STORY

'Revolution' boss addresses gun-control issues raised in pilot

Gun control represents only a sliver of the many issues touched on in the first episode of NBC’s Revolution, but nonetheless, the timely subject came up during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association Press Tour being held this week in Los Angeles.

On the show, a worldwide blackout has led to the rise of warlords several years in the future. Breaking Bad alum (and Emmy nominee) Giancarlo Esposito plays a rules-with-his-fist militia leader who has taken away the right to bear arms for the people living in his republic.

While gun control has re-entered public consciousness in light of the mass shooting that took place Friday morning in Colorado, executive producer Eric Kripke (Supernatural) said that the issue is, at most, a small portion of the issues and themes explored in the show. “I think we’re talking about a broader canvas than that,” he said. “We’re talking about a dictator who is also conscripting soldiers, [taxing people] without representation, and taking away away the freedoms of what was once the citizens of the United States in 100 different ways. What we’re really talking about, at the end of the day, is a very patriotic show that is about people fighting for freedom to go where they want, say what they want, [and] be together with their families. [The gun issue] is a small part.”

NBC's 'Revolution' showrunner promises: 'We have the answers'


“Lights, please?”

The Revolution pilot has finished screening, but the lights in Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 have not turned on. In the darkness, the crowd laughs at the (staged?) irony of a momentary blackout after watching a new TV series about a blackout.

When the lights come up, showrunner Eric Kripke assures viewers who may be wary of mythology-based broadcast TV shows that the answers to the mysteries presented in the ambitious show’s first hour are coming. “I can promise you we have the answers,” Kripke says. “The mythology will move forward at an aggressive pace, and we’ll ask new questions.” READ FULL STORY

J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau talk NBC's 'Revolution' -- VIDEO

“When society goes away, it brings out the best and worst in people,” says Revolution director Jon Favreau in the below video. The NBC series is one of the most ambitious and buzzed-about shows of the fall, and below Favreau, executive producer J.J. Abrams and writer-executive producer Eric Kripke talk about project. This NBC video has interview clips and series footage. Check back later for our coverage of the Revolution Comic-Con panel this afternoon; the series debuts Monday, Sept. 17. Check out the video in an first look: READ FULL STORY

J.J. Abrams' apocalyptic 'Revolution' gets NBC series order -- PHOTO

The Revolution will be televised.

Except for the characters on NBC’s new series Revolution, because they will have no electricity to watch TV after an apocalyptic disaster leaves America unplugged from all devices and machines. That’s right, there’s no cars, no cell phones, no Internet, no…actually, that sounds like it could be pretty relaxing.

But we’re sure being stripped of technology will have some serious consequences for the show’s characters, who will be played by costars like Billy Burke (Twilight), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Andrea Roth (Ringer). Sci-fi wunderkin J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) will produce the project. First photo:


Exclusive: 'Supernatural' boss on why he stepped down and what's coming up (hint: monsters!)

supernatural-erikImage Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW; L. Cohen/WireImage.comA new Friday time slot isn’t the only major change facing Supernatural as it heads into its sixth season (beginning Sept. 24). Series creator Eric Kripke—whose five-season-long end-of-days-themed arc came to a close last May—is stepping down as day-to-day showrunner in favor of an advisory role. (Longtime EP Sera Gamble has been tapped to succeed him.) In the following Q&A, Kripke sets the record straight about the reason he relinquished his top-dog status, and previews the “undiscovered country” at the heart of the show’s top secret second act. READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' exclusive: Eric Kripke stepping down as showrunner

Aw, hell. I had a bad feeling Supernatural‘s early season 6 renewal came with an asterisk.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that creator Eric Kripke will be stepping down as the CW drama’s day-to-day showrunner next season. Executive producer Sera Gamble, who has been with the show since season 1 and is awesome, is poised to succeed him.

But, and this is a big but, READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' exclusive: Sixth season or bust?

The apocalypse may have to wait. CW boss Dawn Ostroff says Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is warming to the idea of a sixth season. READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' scoop: 100th episode will be heavy on mythology

Time flies when you’re battling demons and preventing apocalypses and stuff. Case in point: Supernatural will celebrate its milestone 100th episode this spring with an hour that focuses largely on Dean (Jensen Ackles). READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' boss to fans: 'Withhold judgment on Paris Hilton'

supernatural-paris-hilton_lIt stands to reason that a Supernatural season built around a looming apocalypse would feature a guest turn by Paris Hilton. But series creator Eric Kripke says the casting stunt — airing next Thursday — doesn’t herald the end of the world as we know it.

“I don’t think we’re gassing up the motorcycle to jump the shark yet,” insists Kripke of the episode, which finds the hotel heiress playing “a monster who takes the form of Paris Hilton… It’s a fun, irreverent episode about modern celebrity. [Fans] should withhold judgment until they see it.” READ FULL STORY


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