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'Revolution' over: NBC cancels apocalyptic drama

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NBC’s Revolution has come to an end.

Sources confirm the ambitious apocalyptic drama series will not get a third season, along with two other NBC drama cancellations that came down Friday. The final season averaged 7.3 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 on Wednesday nights. That’s actually much better than the second season of Friday night’s Hannibal, which just got a pickup — which goes to show that there are many other factors that go into these decisions other than the overnight rating. Revolution followed a band of survivors 15 years after America had lost electric power.

UPDATE: NBC has also axed the short-lived Sunday-night dramas Crisis and Believe. It’s not been a great season for J.J. Abrams-produced shows, in addition to Believe and Revolution, Fox’s Almost Human was also axed. Only CBS’ Person of Interest remains. But we hear Abrams has some big movie project he’s working on anyway.

'Revolution': Giancarlo Esposito teases 'explosive' Charlie/Neville showdown

It’s hard to find a character on Revolution whose actions and personality don’t fit the term “morally grey” — but Giancarlo Esposito’s Tom Neville has always walked the seemingly thin, fine line between good and evil.

After a rocky climb from the bottom up following last season’s fall of the Monroe Republic, season two of the NBC drama has found the former sheriff experiencing the short thrill of being back in power, along with the loss and return (and loss) of his wife, Julia (Kim Raver)…not to mention his son, Jason (JD Pardo). And when Revolution returns tonight, the tension is heightened to an even greater level.

After congratulating the Breaking Bad actor on his recent and well-deserved Walk of Fame star, EW talked to Esposito about tonight’s big Charlie/Neville showdown, and where Tom Neville is headed for the rest of the season.

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'Revolution' postmortem: Tracy Spiridakos on killing [spoiler] and Charlie's character arc

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen last night’s episode of Revolution, “Austin City Limits,” stop reading now.

Over its past season and a half, Revolution has proved that it’s not shy about killing off characters — even some of the most prominent inhabitants of its postapocalyptic world. (R.I.P. Danny Matheson, Ben Matheson, and Maggie Foster.)

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'Revolution': Monroe gets down and dirty! Plus, Bret Michaels pays a visit

Is Monroe back to his old ways? That’s certainly what it looks like in the above photo, which seems to show everyone’s favorite reformed(?) bad boy in a rather perilous situation. In Wednesday’s episode, Charlie and Connor will accompany Monroe on a mission that has the potential to turn deadly. Although we’re not exactly sure what’s going to go down — or how bad this mission will possibly be — one thing’s for certain: Monroe won’t get out of this without a fight.

At the beginning of season two, we found Monroe taking to the fight scene in Vegas, before Charlie managed to persuade him to come back to Texas with her. Over the course of the season so far, we’ve watched the former Militia leader slowly find his humanity, even going so far as start to to turn himself around from his days as a ruthless killer — but will that last? READ FULL STORY

'Sleepy Hollow,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Revolution,' 'Supernatural': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Heaps of HIMYM scoop, Sleepy questions answered, and the next phase of Revolution — all that and more in this all-new Spoiler Room!

Send questions for my next installment to: spoilerroom@ew.com
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Bret Michaels to perform on....'Revolution'?! -- EXCLUSIVE

How would Bret Michaels fare in a post-apocalyptic world? We’re about to find out.

EW has learned exclusively that the singer is set to appear on NBC’s drama Revolution, where he will play a post-apocalyptic version of himself.

But which character will come face-to-face with the Poison frontman? You’ll have to wait to see, but we’re told Micheals will be performing an acoustic version (…because, you know, there’s no power) of his band’s hit ballad “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” in the episode, set to air in 2014.

“Bret is truly a great guy. I’m a huge fan of his music and I’m thrilled he’s appearing on Revolution,” creator Eric Kripke said in a statement.

Just last week, Revolution wrapped up its fall season with an action-packed episode that saw a major return and a heartbreaking departure. It returns in January for a new batch of episodes.

Revolution airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC. 

'Revolution' post-mortem: Boss on [spoiler]'s surprise appearance, what comes next

She’s baaaaaaccck.

On tonight’s midseason finale of Revolution, not only did we have a death — bye, Cynthia — but a resurrection…sorta. In the episode, Neville discovered that his thought-to-be-dead wife, Julia (Kim Raver) was actually alive after spotting her while, of all places, boarding the train to Washington, D.C. Shocking? You bet. But also part of the plan all along, according to executive producer Eric Kripke. “We always knew from the beginning that we wanted the midseason twist in Neville’s story to be that Julia appears,” he says. “And, of course, we heard, much to our anxiety, that she was going to be going back to 24, but she was very gracious and had a window where she could work with us for multiple episodes.” READ FULL STORY

'Revolution': Elizabeth Mitchell teases aftermath of last week's shocking ending

[Spoiler alert!]

Last week’s Revolution ended with a shot heard ’round the world — or at least in Willoughby, Texas — when Monroe (David Lyons) put a bullet in the back of Texas Ranger John Fry (guest star Jim Beaver) to initiate a war between the rangers and the Patriots, leaving Miles (Billy Burke) shocked and speechless.

But Elizabeth Mitchell, who stars on the show as loving-mother-turned-resourceful-badass Rachel Matheson, says her character knew it was coming. “My immediate response was, ‘I told you so!’” Mitchell tells EW.

It’s an understandable reaction: Monroe may appear to have changed his villainous ways since the destruction of the Eastern seaboard in the first season finale, but Rachel remembers him as the militia leader who imprisoned her for eight years and ordered the deaths of her husband and son. Plus, Mitchell says, he’s a “loose cannon,” and his actions at the end of the last episode have only looped the gang into entering what will inevitably be a costly — and bloody — war.
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'Revolution': A man from Miles' past returns

[Spoiler alert!]

The power may have returned on Revolution, but Miles (Billy Burke), Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell), and Aaron (Zak Orth) are anything but powerful under the watchful eye of the Patriots.

That struggle only intensifies in this week’s episode, “One Riot, One Ranger,” with the appearance of Jim Beaver as John Fry, the titular ranger who, despite sharing a shaky past with Miles, may just be the key to defeating the Patriots.

“It’s not a very comfortable history [with Miles], but there are circumstances that will force them to work together,” Beaver says. “They used to know each other years before, and Fry is convinced that Miles betrayed him in a very nasty way.” READ FULL STORY

'Revolution' disarmed in season 2 premiere ratings

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If you’re NBC, you’re opening up Nielsen’s email with Wednesday night’s ratings and peeking at it through your fingers like it’s a horror movie: You know the numbers are going to be scary, you just don’t know how scary.

NBC moved Revolution from having a Voice lead-in on Monday nights to self-start on its troubled Wednesdays this fall, and gave the coveted reality show lead-in to new James Spader drama The Blacklist instead. Even with typically having a Voice lead-in, Revolution had fallen off a fair amount through its first run of episode. Last night season two debuted. How did the post-apocalyptic drama hold up? Let’s take a peek:

Revolution had 6.8 million viewers and a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. That’s down 56 percent from its series premiere, and a bit lower than what the show averaged at the end of last season, as well. Revolution also came in behind ABC comedies, CBS’ Survivor and Fox’s The X Factor. Yup, Revolution disarmed by Simon Cowell, who had a 15 percent bump this week. You can make an argument that this rating isn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, and that NBC was sure doing worse in this slot last season. And there’s certainly logic to that. It’s just tough to get excited about fourth place.

There was some clearly positive news for NBC: The two-hour Law & Order SVU return jumped 29 percent thanks to having a semi-decent lead-in.

Over on ABC, new comedy Back in the Game (7.9 million, 2.2) was an improvement vs. The Neighbors debut in this slot last year.

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Fall TV: Six toughest time slot battles (and which show will win)

It’s war! Next week broadcasters shove the bulk of their new shows into the spotlight and anxiously count how many viewers show up to watch. Even in this era of heavy DVR use, a show’s time slot still matters plenty — just ask NBC’s Revolution, which was hugely boosted whenever it ran behind original episodes of The Voice last season (or any show that runs against The Voice, for that matter). Here are six of the most interesting new top time-period battles this fall — and who we think will win.

'Revolution' sneak peek: 'The world is changed forever' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The nukes are off! And although Comic-Con attendees might already know the fate of those missiles, EW has an exclusive first look at what else season 2 holds for Revolution.

The first episode back will pick up right where we left off, with everyone trying to correct their mistakes. But that won’t last long before we jump forward in time — by three months, to be exact. So what’s different about this season? Well, other than introducing a small town in Texas (another walled city) and adding a “more fantastical edge,” it seems to be the same Revolution we know and love. Oh, but don’t forget about nervous breakdowns, murdering missions, refugee camps, and a potential “bigger force” at play. So it’s Revolution, but just with a “different little kick to it.”

Watch the exclusive sneak peek below:
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'Revolution' season 2 trailer drops nuclear spoilers

The panel: NBC’s tease-filled panel for Revolution season two, including showrunner Eric Kripke and several members of the cast.

Footage screened: A highlight reel that includes the first footage from season two (see below).

The big revelations: Usually panelists are totally paranoid about revealing any spoilers, but showrunner Eric Kripke drew gasps at Comic-Con by revealing — spoiler alert in case you’re not sufficiently warned by now — that our heroes do not stop those nukes from falling on Philadelphia and Atlanta. “We’re trying to be the first network show in history that loses two American cities in the first 15 seconds [of a season],” Kripke said. “We’re back to a very intense set of basics, [a world] that’s even more dangerous than in season one.”

He also revealed the nation’s rebooted power would not stay on very long — barely at all, in fact. “Just enough to get the nukes in the air,” he said. Want more spoilers? Thanks to the sinister Patriots group, Gen. Monroe (David Lyons) and Miles (Billy Burke) will eventually team up. “The idea is to create a villain this year that’s so bad and so insidious that even our heroes and villains have to band together to face this threat.” The idea came from the writers just really wanting to see Miles and Monroe “kicking ass together.” The writer-producer notes that if the first season became a war show, the second will focus more on mystery and characters “rather than running and gunning.” Noted Kripke: “They’re up against a threat you can’t just swing a sword at.” Oh, and the Texas Rangers will make an appearance (the law enforcement agency, I’m assuming, not the baseball team). Overall Kripke assured next season will be better than the first.

Most incisive audience question: Here’s one thing that won’t change: A fan smartly asked if the show’s move to an early time-slot (8 p.m. on Wednesdays) means the show will be less graphic or violent. Kripke assured such levels would remain unchanged.

Here’s a trailer that includes the first footage from season two:
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