Actually, I was down in Manhattan Beach, south of Inglewood, with dozens of other TCA journalists as well as some international press. We were shuttled in to the Raleigh Studios soundstage where the ABC hit Revenge is produced.
The frothy prime time serial was one of the few hits from last season and is being moved into the old Desperate Housewives Sunday timeslot in September.
Critics got to roam all over the set while we waited for several cast members to arrive for interviews. The Graysons have quite a place, with a two story grand room, sweeping staircases and lavish outdoor gardens. What's missing is a kitchen and bathrooms, which is going to hurt resale potential.
|Bill Harris guests next season as Thurston Howell IV|
People are curious though, I think, about what the set is really like when it comes to their favourite shows. This one is fairly elaborate, with plenty of fixtures like grand pianos and art work as well as fine furnishings. Knock on the walls and tap the floors and fireplaces and the marble and stone work is indeed hollow. It is all well faked, however, and everything looks very rich and well-to-do.
Just the same, the place is one big vanilla smudge, the better to frame all the blood and guts shenanigans going on in the foreground. In that way it is not unlike the Beverly Hilton.
|No cameras were allowed when the stars|
arrived so here I am interviewing the furni-
ture earlier. Jicha would be so proud
VanCamp wasn't about to spill the beans on Stowe but she did say she was pretty stoked about Jennifer Jason Leigh joining the cast in season two as her character's mom. The 26-year-old actress spent the early summer touring Japan, Australia and other regions promoting the series. She still managed to find some time to get back to Ontario and visit her family.
They must be very proud of her. She's a lovely young woman, very down-to-earth and always so poised on these set visits. When you think of the success she's had in such a short time--from obscurity to Everwood to Brothers & Sisters to Revenge--she could be Diva Vov Divadorf. Instead she's the same as she wuz before she wuz--and that's more impressive than any set.
Revenge returns Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. on ABC and Citytv.
|This portrait of the nasty Grayson family hangs upstairs in a hallway. Had |
this been Fox critics would have been magically inserted into this shot which
then would have been blasted to a zillion Facebook sites. Just sayin'.