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'Once Upon a Time' season 3 scoop: Giancarlo Esposito poised to return

Giancarlo Esposito is going to take a small detour on his way back to the land without power to visit the land with magic.

EW has confirmed that the Revolution star is set to reprise his role on ABC’s Once Upon a Time sometime early next season. TVLine first reported the news.

Esposito, who did not appear during the show’s second season, plays the roles of Sidney Glass, the Magic Mirror, and the Genie of Agrabah, but it is not yet known which role (or roles) he will resurrect during his one-episode stint.

Once Upon a Time returns to ABC this fall.

'Revolution' adds 'Gossip Girl' actor

Revolution is enlisting another actor for season two: Patrick Heusinger, who was in the film Black Swan and had a 2008 arc on The CW’s Gossip Girl, has joined the show.

Heusinger will have a recurring role this fall as Adam, simply described as a handsome rogue with a good sense of humor who lives life to the fullest.

The casting follows Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Collins joining the show last week as a romantic interest for one of the show’s main characters. The sophomore season of Revolution will debut in its new time slot at 8 p.m. on Sept. 25th.

'The Following' beats 'Revolution' for first time

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Charlie and Miles suffered another setback Monday night: The Revolution heroes were beaten in the ratings by smooth-talking serial killer Joe Carroll for the first time.

The penultimate episode of Fox’s first season of The Following rose to its best rating in weeks, with 7 million viewers and a 2.4 among adults 18-49, up 14 percent. That was enough to suppress NBC’s Revolution, which was steady this week with 6.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating. The disparity between the shows is probably greater than these numbers suggest, since The Following merely had a Bones lead-in (1.9) while Revolution has The Voice (4.8). Revolution and The Following have tied twice in the demo, but this is the first time The Following has had a higher number outright.

Speaking of which, The Voice dipped 8 percent for its third Battle Rounds episode, yet still easily led the night. Over on ABC, Dancing was down 5 percent to tie its lowest rating ever for a performance show, while Castle was up 10 percent.

Full Chart: READ FULL STORY

Boston attack coverage preempting NBC's 'Revolution'

NBC will preempt tonight’s episode of Revolution to provide additional coverage of the tragic Boston Marathon explosions.

Brian Williams will anchor a prime-time NBC News special that will air at 10 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT. Between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., NBC still plans to air The Voice. (West Coast stations will have the option of repeating The Voice at 10 p.m., or air their own programming).

The other broadcast network plans are not entirely clear yet. Fox will air its regular programming. As of about 30 minutes ago, CBS and ABC were still going ahead with their usual prime-time schedule, though that might change.

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'Revolution': Elizabeth Mitchell teases tonight's episode (and the answers that are coming)

UPDATE: NBC has announced it will preempt tonight’s episode of Revolution for a news special covering the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

ORIGINAL POST: Tonight’s episode of NBC’s Revolution is an important one for fans who’ve been wondering what Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) cut out of her dead son Danny’s body. “That scene was horrible,” Mitchell says, looking book on filming the twist. “The thing about acting is that most of it is reacting. You have people in the room. In this case, there’s this kid. I was crazy about him. He hung out with my son. We were always together. So there’s this kid, and he’s dead in front of you, and you’re taking out a capsule. It’s one of the worst things you could imagine. But as far as that piece of technology goes, it’s such a great mystery. We explain exactly what that thing was in tonight’s episode and why it’s so important to all of us.”  READ FULL STORY

'The Voice': Shakira and Usher debut strong in ratings

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How did NBC’s The Voice perform for Monday night’s big return premiere with Usher and Shakira in the red chairs?

It depends on which comparison you use. Last night’s The Voice spring kickoff had 13.4 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49, easily winning the night.

Normally you would stack those numbers against the show’s Monday premiere on the same night last year. But that episode was a day after NBC aired the Super Bowl and had a giant 6.7 adult demo rating. So it’s down 30 percent from that. Another comparison (and in this case, NBC would argue, the more fair one) is the show’s season 3 premiere last fall, which had a 4.2 rating. So it’s up 12 percent from that round.

Overall, I say this is a good number for the show — especially since the series swapped out half its judging panel, with Xtina and Cee Lo expected to rerun in the fall. How often do you see a judges panel shakeup without a ratings drop from the show’s previous cycle? And given NBC’s recent severe ratings woes, some wondered if The Voice return would suffer. But clearly fans are fully capable of turning on NBC again when the broadcast network has a show they actually want to see.

And since some of you below are debating these Voice numbers vs. Fox’s American Idol this season, here’s some help: Last night’s Voice is down 22 percent from Idol‘s January premiere. But it’s higher than every Idol episode since January.

The return of Revolution, however, is bit less sunny. After a four-month break, the freshman adventure-drama returned to 7.2 million viewers and a 2.7 rating. That’s down 13 percent from the show’s prior average, yet was still easily enough to win 10 p.m.

Meanwhile Fox’s The Following continued its decline to a season low — down 8 percent this week. The Voice put the hurt on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, which dropped 28 percent this week. On CBS, The Voice seemed to pressure the network’s 8 p.m. hour, with How I Met Your Mother dipping 10 percent to a season low.

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'Revolution': Watch the first 8 minutes of tonight's episode -- VIDEO

”We have light, power, we have everything.. and it’s time to let everyone know it,” declares Monroe ominously in this sneak-peak of tonight’s Revolution.

After a long hiatus the show returns at 10 p.m. and to get fans pumped NBC released the first 8 minutes of tonight’s episode ”The Stand.” Charlie, Miles, Rachel and the gang face off with Monroe’s helicopter and there’s a huge explosion within the first minute. Judging from Monroe’s plan, thing are about to get interesting.

In ‘The Spoiler Room’ executive producer Eric Kripke told EW, ”If the first half of the season was to find Danny, the second half of the season, this war really begins.”

Watch the first 8-minutes below: READ FULL STORY

'Revolution': Boss and Elizabeth Mitchell preview the second half of the season

It’s been four months since NBC’s post-apocalyptic drama Revolution aired a brand new episode. But executive producer Eric Kripke promises the show’s return, which takes place tomorrow, will be worth the wait: “In terms of plot, if the first half of the season was to find Danny, the second half of the season, this war really begins,” he says.

The war, in question, is of course the epic battle brewing between Monroe (David Lyons) — the power-hungry de factor dictator of the Monroe Republic — and, basically, everyone else. On a micro-scale, Monroe has a longstanding feud with his former best friend Miles (Billy Burke), and in a larger scope, Monroe’s rule is being threatened by a group of people who refer to themselves as part of “the resistance.” “It’s about this rag-tag group of rebels up against the evil empire; it’s as fun as that,” Kripke puts it simply.

And this battle for power (buh-dum-bum) is about to get even more fun. READ FULL STORY

PaleyFest 2013: 10 'Revolution' revelations

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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

'Revolution' live-action webseries First Look: 'I want their blood on my floor' -- EXCLUSIVE

NBC’s latest Revolution webseries is here — and it’s a doozy.

As we previously reported, the live-action webisodes find Gen. Monroe (David Lyons) sending Capt. Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) on a mission to kill Miles (Billy Burke), after his former friend tries to assassinate him. And Monroe means business.

Take a look at the first installment below; not a bad way to kill the time before the show’s return on March 25. READ FULL STORY

'Revolution' launching live-action prequel webseries starring Giancarlo Esposito -- EXCLUSIVE

Revolution will continue its exciting freshman season March 25 on NBC, but while fans wait, an upcoming live-action webseries will satisfy their need for another piece of the puzzle.

In this webseries, premiering Feb. 25 on NBC.com, we flashback to 11 years after the blackout and the night Miles (Billy Burke) first tried to assassinate Gen. Monroe (David Lyons). The story will follow Capt. Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) on a mission to hunt down and kill and those who had a hand in the attempt to assassinate Monroe. While on his journey, however, Neville will apparently stumble “upon an even greater conspiracy that could change the course of the Republic forever,” according to a description.

Esposito and Lyons will star in the five-episode webseries.

Intrigued? You should be.

And here’s one more tease — an exclusive page from the first webisode script (Click image for larger version): READ FULL STORY

'Revolution' return poster revealed -- EXCLUSIVE

Revolution is coming back next month and NBC is launching a new teaser poster. Here’s the Revolution gang walking — of course they’re walking! — against a new desolate backdrop. Oh, and there’s General Monroe and Captain Tom Neville in the clouds hovering menacingly over the heroes, like in the style of certain illustrated 1980s action movie posters. Plus there’s a couple new photos from the first episode back, which airs Monday, March 25. Check them out below, or click here for a high-res version. READ FULL STORY

'Revolution': 'West Wing' actor to play... -- EXCLUSIVE

Emmy-winning TV actor Timothy Busfield is entering the Monroe Republic. Or perhaps the Georgia Federation? One of those.

The West Wing, Studio 60 and Thirtysomething actor has landed a guest spot on NBC’s Revolution.

Busfield will play Dr. Ethan Camp, a “brilliant doctor protecting a devastating secret.” He joins another familiar TV name guest-starring in the second half the of the season, Leslie Hope, who was previously announced as playing President Foster — the tough, seasoned leader of the Monroe Republic rival The Georgia Federation.

Revolution returns to NBC on March 25. Meanwhile, Revolution got some unexpected Twitter action Sunday after the Super Bowl suffered a partial power failure at the Superdome. In case you missed it, here’s NBC’s contribution to the online conversation: READ FULL STORY

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