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Revenge Creator Mike Kelley on those Burning Questions from the amazing Season Finale!

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If you missed last night’s season finale of Revenge, you missed one kick-ass cliffhanger after the next.  The hit ABC primetime drama delivered and EW.com  talked with series creator and head writer, Mike Kelley to try to get some clarity and some answers to all the shocking twists and turns and how it all might play out in season two.   Here are some excerpts from the interview below!

Kelley on Victoria Grayson’s (Madeleine Stowe) apparent demise where we presume she blew up on a plane!  “I knew I wanted a cliffhanger on Victoria. I wasn’t sure what the details were going to be. After the Fire and Ice Ball, I started to think of the last seven episodes, I thought of those as a contained story, episodes 16 through 22. Since it was leaning toward the white-haired man and the conspiracy and all those things were coming up, what I really wanted to do was twin the first plane crash and it seems poetic in a lot of ways, for her to almost knowingly get on a plane and go to her fate, by her own design. I didn’t want her to be tricked into her own demise. I wanted her to sort of embrace her fate and the role she played in bringing herself to this terrible place. We had thought about it extensively, but we were so buy writing that I didn’t get the chance to flesh out how I wanted it to work.  People should listen to their instincts because they’re invested in characters in the show, but there are twists and turns and they love to be surprised. What everybody expects happened that night has not been fully reported.  How about that?”

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Kelley on the reveal that there was a bigger conspiracy theory going on all along and we learn that Emily’s mother is alive!  “We did definitely know that was going to play a larger role. You have to continue to expand into season 2, we need a larger palette. We don’t want to get repetitive. We need new discoveries and new sinister twists and new villains. So we definitely knew that there was going to be a larger thing at play. What’s going to be fun is that we’re going to reveal is that we’ll find out that Emily’s involvement about what’s about to happen in season 2 was not by chance. There is a lot happening here, a larger plot is at play and she’s part of it. She’ll become more mad than ever, and with the help of Nolan, she’ll really plan to do something significant to bring down a very large, very evil, very untouchable force.  What you’re going to discover about the woman who was Emily’s mother is the circumstances under which they were separated and you’re going to find that there’s some deep psychological issues with her, which I think is going to be fun for us to explore. For Emily, she’s going to start seeing some of the psychological damage that her mother has in herself. So she’s going to start doing a lot of soul-searching about who she is, what part DNA has played in her life choices and how she’s going to move forward, whether or not this person is going to be part of her life or if this is going to be someone that is going to disappoint and hurt her.”

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Kelley on Amanda being back and pregnant and with Jack which destroys Emily’s heart in the finale:   “The thing about Jack is that if there’s any place that we’re more ponderous with storytelling, it’s with Jack, who really — and by design — sees the best in people. We want him to be a moral center. He doesn’t immediately go to the I’m-being-played place. Now he’s not an idiot. He knows that Amanda has been tricky, but the last thing that happened was she told him that she loved him and wanted to go before she ran off. He’s got a lot of questions, and as far as the baby is concerned, if he was sleeping with her, he has no other reason to believe that it’s not his. And, I will tell you: There is a baby. So it’s not illogical that the baby would belong to him. He’s the kind of guy that is going to do the right thing. He’s not immediately going to go to the dark place.”

Kelley on what he is thinking to make season two top the first season of Revenge: “We have a lot of questions to answer. Something that served us very well in season 1 was flashing forward to a very dramatic event and telling our audience how we got there. The audience trusts us to tell a satisfying story without dragging it out for 100 years. So I think you can expect that we’ll answer a lot of questions up front and we’ll pose a lot of new ones as to where we’re headed, and you can expect a Fire and Ice-level event that we’re headed to in the opening of season 2. That’s my plan for now. I reserve the right to change my mind. We get back into the writers’ room next week, and I want to know what everybody thinks. Everyone has had a chance to sit and think — I want to know what they think, if there’s a better idea, but the formula that we began seems to have been working for us.”

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So soapers, what did you think of the season finale last night?  What do you think about Mike Kelley’s comments on the cliffhangers and the upcoming season season? Weigh-in!

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Brian
Brian

Hopefully it doesn’t get cancelled by ABC/Disney. I read an article on msn.com about how all their programs could suffer cancellation due to people using pvr’s and other viewing means to skip all the ads.

Is this the true reason AMC and OLTL are gone? I must admit, I haven’t watch “live” tv since 2004.

chrissy
chrissy

I LOVE LOVE LOVE REVENGE OMG IT IS OFF THE HOOK!!!

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Loyal soap Y&R fan

I think Emily’s mother has been the real evil behind the entire plot to frame her dad!

Michael
Michael

can you say witness protection program? madeline stowe will be back

chrissy
chrissy

Oh totally she survived the crash! Nolan I LOVE also!

Deanna Johnson
Deanna Johnson

I totally have enjoyed this season of Revenge! I pray it does not get cancelled!!
The cliff hanger was just that!! I was sitting on the edge of my seat.. I am not a child but I must admit I did not see a baby coming into the picture.. Oh please keep this show on.. I love it and so does my 82 year old mother!!!

chrissy
chrissy

Best show since ER!!!
I love Nolan!

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Loyal soap Y&R fan

They need to cast Peter Porte the actor is perfect as a son of Grayson!!!

SZima
SZima

Great show! The twists just kept on coming…

I hope Victoria somehow didn’t end up on that plane and that she’ll be back. LOVE her!

I hope fakeAmanda’s baby is not Jack’s. He and Emily should be together in the end.

The revelation that Emily/Amanda’s mother is alive should easily keep this show going for another season.

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Loyal soap Y&R fan

Nolan is my favorite character besides Emily! I love it!

chrissy
chrissy

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Revenge best night time show since ER and Sienfeld!!! Nolan is my favorite!!!

Rose
Rose

I love revenge but I find it very hard to understand Emily when she speaks She speaks so softly and hardly opens her mouth when she talks

Guiding Light R.I.P.

Robert Newman Shares Why There Has Not Been a Return to Springfield & ‘Guiding Light’ On-Screen Reunion

Robert Newman, best known to daytime soap fans as Josh Lewis on Guiding Light, sat down earlier this week for a wide-ranging interview on his career with Lauren Van Hemert via her You Tube Channel.

The timing of the posting of the interview as in-line with the date GL was officially canceled back on April 1, 2009.  The series began its historic run on TV from radio back on June 30, 1952, and ultimately aired its final episode on September 18, 2009.

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From 1980 to 2009, Robert was one of the mainstays and key leading men of Springfield, and of course, the Josh and Reva (Kim Zimmer) love story is one of the most popular ever in the annals of daytime drama.

Right off at the top of the interview; Hemert noted that what she was asked most by fans of Newman’s and GL’s, when and if there will ever be a Guiding Light on-screen reunion.

Newman responded to the question: “I get that a lot.  That question is unfortunately in the hands of Procter and Gamble more than anything else … and they made it very clear over the years that they’re just not going to release the characters and copyrights to the show.”

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Robert also added, “In terms of what you are talking about where there might be some sort of production, where there’s an actual reunion, and we see where Josh and Reva are today and that kind of thing (on their probably 15th marriage) … unless Procter and Gamble is somehow willing to shake loose the rights to the show, I don’t see it happening.”

Watch the full interview with the talented Mr. Newman below.

Then let us know, since P&G has made it very clear for the last several years they are out of the soap business completely, do you think its time they just sell the rights so viewers can see some sort of reboot down the line, especially for a show as beloved as Guiding Light? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: John Callahan ‘iHub Radio’ Tribute With AMC Stars: Julia Barr, Walt Willey, Bobbie Eakes and More Guests

Saturday morning at 10amPST/1PMEST on Palm Springs iHub Radio, there will be a special hour tribute to the late soap veteran John Callahan who passed away last week at 66.

Callahan hosted his own show on the station, and to honor him the stations owner John McMullen, along with several of Callahan’s former All My Children co-stars including: Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack) , and Julia Barr (Ex-Brooke)  will also be part of the live broadcast special event, along with LIVE magazine TV host Melissa Neiderman, and other longtime friends and colleagues of Callahan’s.

As some know, John Callahan was a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley. From 2018 on he continued to be a part of the station with his weekly show all the way up until his death.

John’s soap resume was impressive, not only from his time as All My Children;s Edmund Grey, but also as General Hospital’s Leo Russell, Santa Barbara’s Craig Hunt, and Days of our Lives, Dr. Baker, plus his primetime roles including on Falcon Crest.

Following iHub Radio’s special broadcast, the tribute program will be available as an on-demand show via the iHubRadio.com home page.

So, let us know if you will be listening or caught the special broadcast honoring John today in the comment section below.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams Daytime Talk Shows Returning With New Episodes & ‘At Home’ Content

Starting this Monday, April 6th, both the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Wendy Williams Show will resume airing new episodes with original’ ‘at home’ content with the hosts thus resuming production remotely of the popular daytime talk shows during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ellen and Wendy will now both host from their respective homes.

According to the Hollywood Reporter: “New material from Williams will be included in episodes that taped before production stopped on March 12.”

Williams also let her viewers know on the change: “I may not be in my purple chair, and it may not look the same but I’m very excited to get back to my Wendy Watchers.  There’s so much uncertainty in all of our worlds right now and we need each other.”

Guests for Ellen next week will include: Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, David Spade, and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany.  In addition, look for the series resident dancer and DJ, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, and executive producer Andy Lassner to be a part of the new content and episodes.

Ellen said of her new ‘at home’ hosting gig with her show:  “Since going into quarantine two weeks ago, I’ve been doing my show at home every day. But only for Portia. Starting Monday, you’ll be able to see it, too, and I can’t wait.”

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In the wake of the COVID-1 pandemic, Ellen and Wendy will join other daytime talkers who are doing their show from home including: The Talk, Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Tamron Hal Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and the also just announced return of Rachael Ray; where Rachael will broadcast two new shows (April 6 and 10) from her kitchen in upstate New York.

So, what do you think of the efforts the talk shows are going through to continue to air new content and episodes during the coronavirus pandemic? Comment below.

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