The holiday hiatus from some of your favorite television shows is finally over, and that means a lot more new episodes from here on out! With the new year comes some new beginnings, and that’s exactly what we’re hoping for. Can you blame us? After all, we are the ones who rearrange our nightly schedules just to see if so and so hookups this week, or if a certain pair of lawyers will look as dapper as always.
Though all the shows listed below are definite favorites, there’s changes that need to happen in 2013 for some. From The Office to Revenge and Suits, a change doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong. Sometimes, it’s just a storyline that we’ve been dying to see. And at other times, it’s a forbidden affair that we can’t help but root for week after week.
1. The Office
What Needs To Happen: Michael Scott needs to stop by for one last time.
Status: The Office is finishing up its ninth season, and it looks like fans will finally have to give up on Steve Carell possibly stopping in to Dunder Mifflin before the series wraps. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt gave an update on the rumors recently. “I don’t think he will,” Greenblatt said at the TCA winter press tour Sunday. “There’s maybe a little Hail Mary pass on a cameo, but I think the decision is that it will go out without him sort of compromising his exit.” The creators remain “hopeful” though. Let’s hope this is just a ploy to throw off audiences, and we all get a big Michael Scott surprise during the May finale.
What Needs To Happen: Fitz and Olivia need to heat up the Oval office more.
Status: [Spoil!] President Fitz is still held up in the hospital, and Olivia has put herself in charge at the White House once again. The flashback episode of their steamy moments held us fans over, but Fitz needs to get better as soon as possible in order to get scandalous with Olivia Pope once again. Those scenes are. so. hot. The shooting just better not pull the president away from the affair even more though.
3. New Girl
What Needs To Happen: Jess and Nick need to get closer.
Status: New Girl snags great actors to guest, but that doesn’t mean we like them playing the love interests of Jess and Nick. Granted, the FOX series is doing something right by not giving viewers a Jess and Nick relationship right away, but the past few episodes haven’t given us anything to hold on to. No lingering glances? No yelling at each other’s bums? No fluffer pep talks? We need more!
What Needs To Happen: Parenthood needs to get some award recognition.
Status: How good has season 4 been so far? And finally, the critics have finally noticed! Maybe people didn’t latch on right away because they assumed it was just another family drama, but finally viewers are starting to realize how loveable, realistic, and heartwarming this series is. Peter Krause and Monica Potter knock out Emmy performances each week, and the storylines have taken audiences to an emotional level that deserves an additional tissue box every Tuesday night.
What Needs To Happen: Harvey and Mike’s chemistry needs to continue.
Status: If you’ve been watching USA Network’s Suits, you’ve fallen for both Harvey Specter and Mike Ross at different times for different reasons. But what’s just as good as the cases, comedic timing, and the ladies we hope they end up with (Rachel and Donna), is that we just can’t get over how good these men look. Like, all the time. Harvey with his big tie, and Mike with his skinny, you can’t help but fangirl over these two.
What Needs To Happen: Drop the wedding, and get to the tour.
Status: Rayna James and Juliette Barnes bring the jealousy, love triangles, and scandals. Not to mention, the music that can make just about anyone can fall in love with country. But, do the upcoming promos deter from all of this? The Juliette wedding needs to end within one episode, and the show needs to focus on the tour now. The whole shibang. Get on the bus, play some shows, and transition the series to an on the road experience for fans. The hookups and competivieness between these two divas will surely follow.
7. Teen Wolf
What Needs To Happen: Stiles and Derek need to keep up with the bromance, and Jackson’s exit can’t be awkward.
Status: What’s better than human Stiles throwing out the jokes every episode? Human Stiles quickly becoming Derek’s sidekick. Dylan O’Brien is flawless, but let’s hope the first episode of season 3 comes off the same way. During hiatus, fans of the MTV series found out that Colton Haynes would not be coming back. How will the show make a clean break? Will there even be any mention of Jackson? Whatever happens, let’s hope it isn’t awkward. And more importantly, let’s hope that his departure doesn’t affect how the rest of the season is supposed to play out.
What Needs To Happen: Jack needs to find out that Emily is really Amanda.
Status: Up to this point, Jack and Emily have been battling completely separate storylines. Who cares if Amanda is still getting ready to wed our favorite Porter? The fact is, Emily is off with Aiden and Nolan trying to take down the Grayson’s, while Jack has been battling the two brothers (Mr. Cooper from One Tree Hill andTeen Wolf’s Mr. Argent) down by his bar. Daniel needs to get back into the picture as a love interest for Emily, and Jack needed a new storyline, but we’re still hoping that Jack and Emily will come together again soon! Not next season, and not in the final season. By the end of this season. The moment Jack finds out who Emily really is will be like the Daniel beach shooting reveal–shocking and explosive.
9. The Vampire Diaries
What Needs To Happen: Absolutely nothing. The twists are just that good.
Status: Okay, so maybe Elena could put us out of our misery, but TVD is a show that’s worth being in misery for. The choosing between Stefan and Damon will always be there, and the twists that follow have been insanely fantastic. Wait. So Elena finally chooses Damon, but now we find out that she’s been sired to him? Wait. Klause just up and drowned Tyler’s mom? Wait. Jeremy now has to be locked away so he doesn’t kill his big sis? The series is so addicting that even though it’s currently airing new episodes, you still want to go back and re-watch the other seasons over and over again.
10. Dawson’s Creek
What Needs To Happen: A reunion, of course.
Status: Though it’s been off the air since 2003, every television year needs a memorable reunion. Right? That’s where the kids from Capeside come in. You know what’s been more annoying than hearing Joey Potter sing “On My Own” on repeat to ease the absence? Hearing for the past year that a Dawson’s Creekreunion is a possibility, yet nothing comes of it. Seriously, is Michelle Williams (the one character that died!) the only one that is up for reconnecting? James Van Der Beek is on Apt. 23, but Joshua Jackson’s stay onFringe and Katie Holmes’ broadway work is over. Let’s get a move on, because this may be the only somewhat free time these four actors will have ever again.
It all started with the kids at Capeside. Throw in the kid from the wrong side of the tracks in Chino and a Jim that can make you giggle by just a quick smirk to the camera and you’ve basically nailed my childhood. My upbringing? My pathetic obsession over male characters that I always wished were real in my own life? Yes, I guess we’ll go with that.
John Krasinki, Nick Wechsler, James Lafferty, Joshua Jackson, Benjamin McKenzie and Jake Johnson have all captured adorableness on screen, all the while breaking hearts slowly. Some memorable characters have stayed with fans for years, and some have just started. But what do they all have in common? I would very much like to date all these boys. In no particular order, here are the television characters I’ve been swooning over for the past 10-plus and will continue to do so. No need to drop any of them; the more the merrier.
Jim Halpert (The Office)
Why He’s A Catch: That FACE. He’ll make a boring office day go by quick and can make you swoon with just one look. Seriously, you won’t even be wondering why he feels the need to stare back at a camera all day.
Boyfriend Material: During “Casino Night” when he finally told Pam how he felt. Sorry, Roy, he may have stole your girl but we still love him for it.
Jack Porter (Revenge)
Why He’s A Catch: He’s that cliché lots of girls want. The boy next door that you grew up with and you fall in love with years later.
Boyfriend Material: He’ll stay behind to help the family bar while pushing his dreams to the side. Plus, he’ll confess his love for you on a pier with fireworks up above and kiss you later on in front of a fireplace.
Nathan Scott (One Tree Hill)
Why He’s A Catch: He’s the typical athletic bad boy that ends up doing anything for his family. He’ll also get rid of that dreadful nipple piercing after a few years too.
Boyfriend Material: No matter what the hardship, he will love you–always and forever. He also will give you a sweet Cracker Jack box bracelet.
Pacey Witter (Dawson’s Creek)
Why He’s A Catch: The first crush will always be a soft spot. He’s the ultimate friend turned boyfriend that never thinks he’s good enough. He will help you become a better person and vice versa.
Boyfriend Material: Pass on the jewelry, just count to 10 and kiss. He’ll also buy you a wall and remember items your mother may have given you.
Ryan Atwood (The O.C.)
Why He’s A Catch: Okay, so there’s a recurring bad boy obsession here. He’s the new guy, rough on the surface, but basically becomes the sweetest guy. He doesn’t mind throwing a punch and we don’t mind having him defend us.
Boyfriend Material: He’ll watch out for you in case there’s a crazy Oliver-type, will adorably agree to celebrate holidays like Chrismukkah and will kiss you on the ferris wheel.
Nick Miller (New Girl)
Why He’s A Catch: He makes a fantastic impression after only knowing him for a few months. He may still have roommates, but he’ll be fun and will know when he’s being a douchebag.
Boyfriend Material: He’s a close second to Pacey Witter. He’ll tell you when to stop singing for your own sake and will always be looking out for you. Sweet and funny, you’ll even find his tomato growing experiment endearing.
At Ology, myself and other editors got together and ranked the top 50 episodes of 2012. An annual list, we watched many shows over and over again to make the best list possible, while also showcasing shows that may not get enough credit. (I know, hard work.) Check out my pieces below:
13. “Reckoning”, Revenge (ABC / Season 1, Episode 22 / May 23, 2012)
What the hell just happened and how could this only be the first season finale? “Reckoning” ran some very unexpected shockwaves up and down the Hamptons coast, giving viewers SIX huge game changers to mull over before season two arrives. To call this finale epic, jaw-dropping, shocking and earth-shattering is a complete understatement. Spoiler Alert: Emily and Daniel are over, Ashley may be moving in on him, Charlotte overdoses, Conrad and the white-haired man help take down a plane that Victoria and Lydia were in, Amanda returns pregnant with Jack’s baby, and Nolan reveals to Emily that her mother is still alive! Never has such an evil and twisted place been so entertaining. So much has surfaced already, and yet there’s still a lot more moments away from hitting the surface, uprooting the lives of so many. As Emily says before the credits, “Let it play.” Stephanie Webber
24. “Clear Skies From Here On Out”, Parenthood (NBC / Season 3, Episode 4 / October 4, 2011)
Oh, to be a Braverman. This show proves to have heart, give humor and leave viewers with effortless moments that feel so real week after week, and there were absolutely no clear skies by the end of this chillingly beautiful episode. Alex breaks up with Haddie and in a bittersweet scene (that had us in tears), tells Kristina how much he’ll miss the family. It’s hard to grasp what was actually more emotional: witnessing the saddest, yet best-acted scene between a mother and the man her daughter still loves, or knowing that there was a chance Michael B. Jordan wouldn’t be stepping into the Braverman household ever again. Stephanie Webber
27. “Chaos”, Revenge (ABC / Season 1, Episode 15 / February 15, 2012)
“Chaos”, the episode where the haunting series opener is finally played out, was so highly anticipated you’d think it was a series finale. WHO was murdered on the beach? The camera shots are misleading for your viewing pleasure, beautifully executed work that deserved a second glance just to appreciate how the moments fell so effortlessly together, while throwing every storyline on its heels. A shocking kidnapping, Jack running to Amanda’s side, the stunning Hamptons and the heart-stopping overture made it feel more like a film, still leaving viewers with unanswered questions, and realizing for the first time that Emily could be in way over her head. She also might not be the only one playing the game. Stephanie Webber
28. “Valentine’s Day”, New Girl (FOX / Season 1, Episode 13 / February 14, 2012)
Nick and Winston spend time with their ladies, but it’s Jess feeling “twirly” that makes the episode: Schmidt wants to help her get some, so True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten guest stars as the one-night stand (no complaints there), but Schmidt has to drive them home and won’t leave because of neighborhood “yoouuths”, and sidenote: we find out Schmidt enjoys reading first season scripts of The Vampire Diaries and Nick can’t handle cockfights. Turns out that Little Jess doesn’t get any because of a wild ex-girlfriend, she lands outsideSchmidt’s door with her box of 100 condoms. Thank God Nick catches her at the right moment, because it’s Schmidt and Cece finally taking their relationship to the next level, right on the other side. Stephanie Webber
41. “Another Ham Sandwich”, The Good Wife (CBS / Season 3, Episode 14 / January 29, 2012)
Firstly, Wendy Scott-Carr is the absolute worst. Secondly, Will’s indictment for allegedly betting with other judges finally comes to a head in front of the Grand Jury in “Another Ham Sandwich,” and what could be better than Will finally getting off the hook by duping Cary and Dana? Cary actually felt bad about the situation, Kalinda helped the case even though she got a smack for it and the jury raised questions on why Peter would have his wife put on the stand in the first place. Alicia’s testimony was the guilty pleasure viewers were unexpectedly waiting for as was the sweet ‘we can still be friends’ Kalicia moment and Will dancing to celebrate his win. Of course, Scott-Carr got fired because of her terrible prosecution but that didn’t stop her from telling Peter that she’ll move on with the case herself. See? She’s the absolute worst. Stephanie Webber
42. “Spooky Endings”, Happy Endings (ABC / Season 2, Episode 5 / October 26, 2011)
Out of all the costumes stocked in stores, and out of all the Halloween episodes done over the years, no other show has ever created such memorable outfits like what this Chicago gang wore for “Spooky Endings”. Max went as Penny’s ‘wing’ baby, which forced them to go back and forth between potential suitors during a party, a sick Alex went as Marilyn Monroe and later was mistaken for a man, and Dave went as his dorky self, aka, Austin Powers. Meanwhile, a bacon-dressed Jane house sat with Brad and got involved in a battle with trick-or-treaters because they had no candy to give out. When everyone got back together in the end for the big dance off, Alex inevitably got beat by Max because he finally decided to change into Penny’s red bathing suit that she was wearing underneath their costume. He also won because he has “a big (…you know).” The storylines were odd and far-fetched, but that’s what we love about this show. Stephanie Webber
45. “Top 5 Results Show”, The X Factor (FOX / Season 1, Episode 21 / December 9, 2011)
Who knew that the first season of The X Factor could leave audiences with such a heartbreaking moment in reality TV? As the finale is fast approaching, the elimination round comes down to the very eager Rachel Crow, 13, and Marcus Canty, 20. Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul opt to save the bubbly teenager while L.A. Reid goes with Marcus. Instead of saying who she really thinks should go home Nicole takes the easy way out and asks for a deadlock to find out whom America has voted to kick off. As Rachel’s name is read it’s a quick bug-eyed shock and collapse to the floor. Heavy cries both from Rachel and Nicole ring through the small screen as Simon goes up to console the aspiring singer. The moment was so cringe-worthy yet worth a repeat (ultimately making us feel like terrible people). Stephanie Webber
46. “At My Brother’s Wedding”, Parenthood (NBC / Season 3, Episode 18 / February 28, 2012)
After a full year of emotion, arguments and heartbreak, the NBC series leaves viewers in the exact same fashion with the added bonus that the very sweet moments will effortlessly continue into its fourth season. Adam and Crosby’s disagreement about selling The Luncheonette comes to a head during the reception of Crosby and Jasmine’s beautifully lit wedding. As the two make up, the struggle Crosby has endured all season to win Jasmine back finally ends on a very happy note. As Sarah says goodbye to Mark, Amber takes the right move in staying at her job with Bob but only as friends. Meanwhile, Drew loses his virginity and Zoe shows up to apologize to Julia for keeping the baby. In a very bittersweet and uncalled for moment, Julia and Joel do receive a special surprise though. After trying all year to have another child, the two welcome a young boy into their family that ultimately was taken away from his own. As always, even through the struggles, the idea in wanting to be a Braverman never gets old. Stephanie Webber
There’s no question about it. Revenge actress Ashley Madekwe is absolutely stunning on and off the set. With just one episode left before the explosive finale, we felt it necessary to chat all about Ashley’s eye-catching style. Many may not know but Ashley has her own fashion blog named Ring My Bell that features her day-to-day wardrobe and is photographed by fiancé Iddo Goldberg. By a look at the page, it’s no wonder why she was invited on for an episode of E! Fashion Police to comment on the several looks those in Hollywood have to offer. Her photographs on her blog are to die for. Though it’s obvious that her character on the ABC series has great taste, she herself is very fashion forward in her own right.
“I’ve always loved fashion blogs and have always loved reading them and have always been inspired by them so I figured maybe I could do this too,” she tells me. “I don’t put anything about my acting on there because I don’t know—I don’t want to use anything about my acting to make my blog successful. I guess eventually they’ll mold into two but I just loving doing it.” Her looks vary on the site with our personal favorites that include neon heels, vintage, jumpers, lace shorts and mint and coral jeans and features retailers like Steve Madden, Michael Kors and J. Crew.
[Her beautiful vintage engagement ring]
“The problem with me is I’m uncommitted. I love it all. I always want to try new things and I’m really inspired by all the women just walking down the street or fashion blogs or magazines. I’m always looking at things going, ‘How can I recreate it? What do I have that looks like that?’ I enjoy doing it. I like doing different things.”
Though she keeps her Hamptons style semi-away from the real one, asking if she has any say in her wardrobe for Ms. Davenport was a must. “It’s really collaborative,” she begins. “I don’t use my own clothes but Jill [Ohannesson], the costume designer, brings in loads of options and the original fitting we had–the first fitting is kind of finding out what you both like, how everything’s felt, how you see the character. You try on absolutely everything and try to put the character together. We originally came up with this character we’re both pretty happy with…she’ll buy it in a size and alter it to fit and I put together, I pick the dress or shoes or cardigan. She’s really good about letting me have a lot of options in my trailer in the morning so I’ll have the outfit and then my shoes and my jewelry and then my belts in the trailer so I can put my outfit together and then she’ll take it.” Ashley tries to style her the way she would but doesn’t try to make Davenport exactly like herself.
Madekwe keeps busy with the addicting series and definitely seems to love having her blog as a second creative outlet too. But what’s been on her mind first and foremost recently? Her wedding! She and fiancé Goldberg are set to marry this June and the two actually just touched down in London Tuesday to continue the planning. “I hate to do a ‘weather’ tweet but…This is NOT going to be good enough for my wedding. Sunshine by June please London!!!” she tweets.
With Ashley’s gorgeous fashion sense, her wedding dress is sure to be memorable. We also have a sneaky suspicion that some of her co-stars will join in on the celebration. Will we be seeing some wedding pictures on her blog? Let’s hope so! As you head on over to her site Ring My Bell, just think: When Ashley returns for season two of Revenge on Sunday’s next year she’ll be coming back to the Hamptons a married gal!
If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty obsessed with Gabriel Mann. Not in the way Charlotte is to prescription drugs or Emily is to taking down the matriarch Victoria. The infatuation is more about his personality and how he’s made it possible to be just as likeable as his character Nolan Ross on Revenge. He’s offbeat, just wants to be loved (Ahem, Jack), has the best one-liners and yet Gabriel is an even match for the CEO of Nolcorp. Sure, he admits to me that he’s not necessarily like Nolan and his sneaky ways, but just like his phone plans to Emily, his phone conversations off screen are quite memorable too.
So, why are we bringing this all up today even though the game changer “Grief” premieres two days away? Because it’s Gabe’s birthday! The actor celebrates turning 40 just days after his co-star Emily VanCamp turned 26. I spoke to Gabe a while back and he filled me in on his three passions besides acting.
“Besides Revenge? Oh my God, well I’m just a vessel filled with Revenge!” he quipped. “I got nothing left to give. Three passions, let’s see. Music, cooking shows and now I was just thinking the other day how I’ve gone through so many strange phases in terms of things that’s you know, caught my fancy along the way. I was remembering like, ‘What happened to the 20 Swatches you used to have? Where those go man?’ You talk to me like 15 years ago and I would have been like, ‘Ah, man! Swatch watch.’ He may have left those in a draw somewhere but oddly enough, the watches seem right up Nolan’s alley. “Right?” he added. “That would be genius. It’s time to bring back the vintage archival Swatch watches and I think he would wear two or three at once.”
Gabe grew up in Middlebury, Vermont and based on his interests, his former days as a fashion model seem to have rubbed off quite a bit. Art is one of his many interests once he tucks away his whale camera for the night and walks off set. “I’m a big painting and painter enthusiast. Art appreciator. I love traveling to different cities and going to see their museums and artwork, the modern stuff like Warhol Basquiat and the classics like Rembrandt.”
Swoon. Am I right? He didn’t think so though! “I’m like, ‘Music, art, cooking shows and swatch watches.’ Wow, like really dude?” he laughed at himself. “I wish I were half eccentric and interesting as Nolan is but I’m a little more straight forward. Well, actually, thank God! Could you imagine my friends and family? What they would have to deal with if I was really like that?”
True, but at least he would still be fun company. In any case, compared to stirring up trouble in the Hampton’s (or trying to keep Emily out of major trouble), Gabe admits to opting out of situations like that in his real life. Which just makes us like him even more.
“I don’t have the time or energy to be running around doing half the shit that Nolan does, nor do I have any personal vendettas that I kind of want to ruin peoples lives like that. You know in my experience over time, maybe Nolan would smarten up and say this to Emily at some point. ‘Look, karma takes care of everything, everybody gets what’s coming to them whether you bring it or life brings it.’ You know its kind of just always the way. In my life it takes care of itself. It’s not overnight. Sometimes it’s not as soon as we like but hang in there.” Nolan could potentially get that chance to tell Emily that too, being that she’s one step away from leaving some major blood behind.
Gabe’s views on life just prove how easy it is to like him. After all, co-star Ashley Madekwe did tell us that he’s the big sweetheart on set. He comes in each morning with a big kiss and hug for everyone.
Don’t be mistaken though. He may not be diving into the red pens like his character but heck—that doesn’t mean playing the role isn’t fun! This is the guy who pops his collars we’re talking about here. “Sometimes the best revenge is smile and do nothing. But in the meantime, if you’re going to give me freedom to do all of this on the show—bring it on!”
Love! But seriously Nolan. Don’t get hurt! We’ve seen the cutup face photos and we’re so not happy about it.
Happy Birthday Gabe! What’s better than catching up on the ABC series every week? Knowing that the memorable personality you play in the Hamptons effortlessly transcends to off screen too.
So much has happened since the Revenge beach shooting. Daniel is close to escaping prosecution, Nolan’s been one step ahead while Jack tries to find Amanda, Victoria’s affair has surfaced and Charlotte and Declan are over. What’s been two of the biggest shockers overall though? Emily recently finding out that the Grayson’s actually murdered her father David Clarke and that Ashley is on her way out the door.
Don’t worry though, not like that. Based on the newest clip for tonight’s “Absolution” Ashley gives Victoria her two weeks notice. Why condone to what those in the Grayson Manor have to say anymore when she can move up in the Hamptons world?
But something just doesn’t feel right. How will this change the dynamic between Ashley and the other characters? Will she step away from the friendship she’s built with Emily? The winter chill is brewing and we’re hoping that Ashley is just in the middle of it! Think about it. The mysterious beauty was the one to secretly reveal the bloody Daniel shots. She’s the one that has taken control of the Grayson affairs in front of the press. She’s the one we still don’t know much about. Where’s her family? Does she have a hand in all of this? A plan of her own?
Getting to speak with Ashley Madekwe for the second time was an absolute pleasure. This time around she teased her character’s storyline with Victoria, what’s the biggest inside joke she shares with co-star and friend Emily VanCamp and even gushes about the rest of the cast.
The beach shooting was clearly just the beginning. Last we spoke you were hoping for a darker side and looks like you may be getting it! What are you hoping for now?
ASHLEY MADEKWE: I really enjoyed it and happy with it and really hope that we follow up with the scenes that we got to play. Like kind of going over the line with Conrad. And I’m also still really gunning for some backstory with her. Just something. It’s not real until we have it on the show.
What are your thoughts on Ashley’s relationship with Victoria?
I’m not really quite sure about it and I think there’s definitely [something] between the two of them for whatever reason. I think it may have to do with Victoria’s backstory and that she didn’t always come to money and she’s worked to the top while being a professional mother. I think that maybe Ashley admires that. I guess you can say. I don’t think that ambition is an unattractive quality to Victoria and I think Victoria and her have that in common. Whenever we are in scenes together we are careful to make sure that Victoria doesn’t talk down to Ashley or one hundred percent rude to her because there have been some cutting lines in the past that she’s fought hard to change.
Of course since the pilot Ashley and Emily’s dynamic has changed a bit. Are you hoping Ashley finds out more about Emily’s plans?
Nothing would make me happier than that! I mean I love working with Emily and the scenes working together are just some of my favorite times at work. [Laughs] I was so used to it for a while.
It would be great to see Ashley learn more. Every character seems to have their own motives. There’s no telling on what’s to come in season two!
Well…because there’s so many characters and because the time of events is so broad—I really think it could go on forever. We can say that Emily’s revenge is this season and we could continue to think that she’s the revenge mastermind until we find out that somebody else is puppeteering. I mean nobody wants a show to go on forever because they get boring but I definitely think there’s more than enough material for season two.
Exactly! Anything can happen. For instance, Jack definitely has shown a different side. Could we expect other characters to get fleshed out a bit?
Everyone has those preservations instincts in life and I kind of agree to give it, I know I’ve been showing that side to people. I don’t think that Jack changed. I think he just reacted to the situation he was in. I think if you put any of these characters in a stressful situation, they’re going to go off.
Could we be expecting a new romance soon?
I don’t have one. All season I’ve been blunted. With Tyler and at the birthday party there was a moment between Nolan and Ashley, which Gabe [Mann] and I really enjoy playing and we just kind of hope for more of that! Yeah we hope for it, but it just never turns out with so many unlikely alliances in this show. I really would love a juicy love story in this show and drama.
Winter is definitely making a scene in the Hamptons. Will there be new locations or a different mood that will come with the new season chill?
Well, I don’t want to ruin it for you, but I don’t think we’ll being going anywhere anytime soon. I think it was like episode 13 where there was a hurricane or a storm brewing and they really played off on that and it was windy and gray. I thought that looked really good and I hope we do more things like that.
Revenge is dramatic but what’s it like when the camera is off? Is there any inside jokes on set?
Well Emily and I, my character always has an iPad and it works so I use it to play Apps between takes and Emily gets really upset and says when I have the iPad I don’t pay enough attention to her. There have been a couple episodes where I don’t have it and we have this joke where Emily had some words about taking my iPad out of the show so I would pay more attention to her. We joke about that all the time. And if I get the iPad out, she kind of looks at me disapprovingly like I’m a selfish girl.
That’s hilarious. All of you are obviously so close. How would you describe each actor?
Emily, I’ll say is—this is a quote from her. She’ll say, “I’ll take care of business.” That’s what she says. If we need to organize a trip somewhere, like we went to Las Vegas for my birthday and it’s really hard organizing such a big group of people. I found it really hard to organize it. She came in one day and she was like, “You know what, I’ll take care of it.” And she did. Literally by the end of the day, everyone had booked his or her hotel room.
Gabe is a lover. He comes in every morning, no matter how early, and has a hug and a kiss for everybody.
And Christa’s [Allen] like a little girly girl and we really love talking about clothes and fashion.
What about some of the other guys like Nick [Wechsler] and Connor [Paolo]?
I see them outside of work. We never have any scenes together. All the other ones get to interact.
That really needs to happen. Ashley and the Porter boys in more scenes together would be great.
I know, right?
The cast is extremely sweet and the writing is just amazing. It must feel like a dream come true to be a part of it.
I mean, I’m so psyched to be a part of it. It’s a dream job to me. To be here shooting a show in L.A. with people that I love. It’s such a gift. There are TV shows that you work on and even though you’re working on and it’s a professional relationship, you become friends with them and it’s amazing and we’re all hanging out.
I know where I want Ashley to go but it’s not up to me and I know we’re going to flesh out the storyline of Victoria and Emily. I know that’s the main storyline and we’re going to flesh that out. And maybe we’ll hear anything more about us for season two.
It’s been a long time coming but tonight is what crazed fans have been waiting for ever since “Scandal” premiered on February 29! Revenge is back and viewers are absolutely out of their minds if they think the beach shooting was the biggest moment for the ABC series. As the show went on its two month hiatus (please don’t do that anymore) I spoke again with Nick Wechsler and as always–his chat left me wanting even more. Will our beloved Jack Porter be put on trial while the rich Daniel Grayson gets off free? Only “Doubt” tonight will give us some clues on what to expect with the final episodes of this freshman season.
Last audiences saw Jack he was banging on Grayson doors and running after Amanda, catapulting him as an instant suspect in the beach shooting case. Or so we think. Will Declan step forward to defend him if the time was ever to come? Would he ever actually get back with Amanda if she returned? It’s too early to tell but the most lingering and hopeful storyline of all is the love triangle we’ve all been waiting patiently for. With Daniel away this may be the perfect time for Jack and Emily to become more.
But hypothetically–how would Jack react if he found out Emily’s secret? What’s up ahead and what does Nick really think about the Porter family at this point? Read on, stay tuned for tonight and keep up with Ologybecause there’s way more scoop to come with Nick. #TeamJack
Revenge is unlike any other show. It’s so addicting and pulls you in a thousand directions not knowing where it’s headed.
NICK WECHSLER: They’re really doing something, and a big something right because I can’t believe how much feedback we get. It is addicting and people get angry when we don’t have a new episode when they find out we’re on a two week break or something. They’re like “What?” They’ll be playfully angry with me but it happens. It’s the primary reaction. And that corroborates that it is an addiction. It’s like they’re going through a small emotional withdrawal. I love it. It’s a really great show.
It must be hard talking about the show because it’s so secretive! Jack clearly had his fingerprints on the cellphone at the beach in “Scandal”. Trouble ahead?
You’re right, it is so hard. Thank you for recognizing that…I’m just terrified the whole time that I’ve said too much anyway, but is Jack someone viewers can suspect? Um, that’s not a bad guess.
How would you describe Jack at this point? The Porter boys seem to have a moral compass compared to the other characters. Just looking at how Jack forgives Amanda so easily.
I know. Well, look, I think from the beginning he represents the good in Amanda. He’s there to represent the good and I don’t even keep in mind how much responsibility I have. Maybe that’s good because I don’t want to freak myself out. Charlotte was really great and Daniel was pretty great as well. They seemed like really good people who just came from a rich family, but they wanted to disassociate themselves from it in a way. It was like okay, these are good kids. The Porter’s aren’t the only good ones. Now Charlotte’s dealing with some messed up stuff and then we get to see how dark things are about to get for Daniel.
There’s a lot of good rested on Jack’s shoulders and I need to think he’s kind of there for the audience to have someone to relate to. Not that there aren’t relatable elements to every character in there but I think it’s like this world that Mike [Kelley] created. He’s put this badass lady in the center of it seeking revenge, and populated this world with people who have done bad things, immoral things, to obtain or maintain their wealth or status within that community. And so she’s justified for going out and seeking this revenge, but we need someone that isn’t guilty of any of that. Jack and Declan are that.
Amanda is gone at this point but she’s seen the infinity box. Is there a chance she’ll be revealing it to you?
That’s–I guess there is a chance. You know what’s awesome is–I don’t know if she’s going to.
How would you describe your relationship with Emily at this point? How would Jack react if he knew the truth?
I will say this. I think if I had a little thing at some point, a little crush, a little pull and then they [Emily] basically said no I’m with this other dude [Daniel]–If they were [later] like, “That person is from your past” and the person remained friendly with me and even if I found out that that person was not who they said they were all along–if they came clean to me and told me why, and they had a big reason like she does, I might actually feel like, “I wish I had known sooner but I feel like that’s justified. I’m not going to say you should keep doing this. I’m going to try to make you stop.”
This idea on if Jack learned wouldn’t make him hate them. That’s not me. That idea might hold for some drama but I think it depends on what kind of person you are. If I heard it I genuinely could do that and be like, “It’s a little weird that you fucking lied this long and I believed you were this other person, but I see now why you had to do it.”
You are about to embark on what seems to be the next big love triangle on television with Emily and Daniel. But could a triangle between Emily and Amanda ever happen if she were to return?
That’s a good question…if that happened I would think that it would be an interesting direction to take. It’s possible. I’ll say that I would’nt be surprised if it doesn’t go that direction just because Amanda and her role in it–she’s too dangerous. And Emily’s thing with her, while she cares about her– granted she could like Daniel too and actually have feelings for him–she’s using her. Amanda’s more loyal to her than she is to them, which leads me to feel like there wouldn’t be as much of a love triangle.
Will we be seeing flashbacks from Jack’s past?
Probably. Probably. I think we’ll be seeing some of all the major players and there will be the trial and stuff. It’s a cool format. When I first heard it, it’s weird I went back between thinking it was cool and being like, “Is it weird?” I thought we were going to hold the reveal of the beach with who what and why at the end of the season and the whole season was going to build up answering that and then they changed it to the 15th episode. But then it was like, maybe they always had it at 15, but in my mind it had changed.
So pretty much the beach shooting is completely minimal compared to what’s to come.
Yeah, it had to be in order for the season to progress for our audience to tune in and finally let them have the carrot you’ve been dangling for so long. In order for them to keep going, you have to dangle another. They answer that and then raise other questions. It’s like, ‘Ah, I have to watch. I have to watch. What was that guy doing there? Oh man. Where is she going? What does that mean for this person? Oh man, now I have to watch the whole season.’