Take a look at the ‘Revolution’ panel during this year’s Comic Con from July 14, 2012 courtesy of Warner Bros.
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Anne Westcott and Olivia Schlueter-Corey battle it out for the crowd at Warner Brothers Extra Stage with the Academy of Theatrical Combat for Comic Con 2012! Rawr!
“Extra’s” Renee Bargh was joined at Comic-Con by the cast of NBC’s new series “Revolution,” including stars Billy Burke, JD Pardo, Giancarlo Esposito and Tracy Spiridakos.
SAN DIEGO – NBC’s new fall drama “Revolution” explores what life would be like if all the power suddenly went off for good. And at the Comic-Con pilot preview and panel for the show, it seemed as though life might imitate art. For a solid minute or two after the pilot ended the house lights refused to come on, even as a Warner Bros. TV representative was attempting to introduce the panel.
It wasn’t planned, but it felt like the perfect way to make the audience feel like they were in the world of “Revolution,” at least briefly.
That delay caused the panel to be even more rushed than usual, and even though cast members Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, Tracy Spiridakos and JD Pardo were all on stage, it was executive producer Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”) who fielded most of the questions from moderator Michael Schneider of TV Guide magazine.
[Also of note, but not really touched on at the panel: The pilot screened at Comic-Con was the original version before co-star Andrea Roth was replaced by "Lost's" Elizabeth Mitchell and certain scenes were (or will be) reshot. And it's executive produced by J.J. Abrams, but unless I dozed off at the wrong moment, his name wasn't mentioned once.]
Here are the highlights:
1) “Revolution” won’t set up mysteries without knowing where they’re going
“I can promise you we have the answers,” Kripke vowed. “The mythology will move forward at an aggressive pace. We’ll answer questions and ask new ones. It’ll be a fun, rollicking show.”
Watch as the cast of ‘Revolution’ answer questions and explain their roles. They also tell us what it is like jumping into a new show and not knowing what to expect from the secretive J.J. Abrams.
Check out these images that I took of the cast waiting at the Hilton just before the ‘Revolution‘ Comic Con panel. These were taken directly after the press room interviews.
Billy Burke plays “badass” Miles Matheson in a new epic adventure produced by J.J. Abrams, Eric Kripke, and directed by Jon Favreau. ‘Revolution,’ which debuts on NBC this fall, tells a story about a family that struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.
You may have seen Billy Burke recently in The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles, but he is best known for his role as Charlie Swan in The Twilight Saga.
Burke mentioned that he was on board right when he heard who was directing and producing the series. Burke mentioned that once he was told about the concept, he was ready to “go make this thing.” Once reading the script, “it surpassed my expectations. It was kind of a perfect thing for me to do.” He said he “grew up watching Smokey and the Bandit which had a lot of action and it looked like these guys were having too much fun.”
The series involves a lot of hand-to-hand combat and one would think, “Why not use a gun?” Burke explained, “all the guns have been taken over by the Militia. It is an offense punishable by death to have a firearm by the regular folk.” Unless you are able to find a gun or steal one, the Matheson’s rely on swords and a crossbow. The fight scenes in the first episode (screening) are pretty amazing and Burke tells us that they are “trying to create a new style of fighting for the show.” He also mentions that they didn’t have a lot of time to practice, so a lot of on the job training was necessary.
Will Billy Burke play an ex-military man gone sour or a hero trying to protect his family? Be sure to catch the series premiere of ‘Revolution’ on September 17th at 10pm on NBC.
The cast and crew of the highly anticipated show ‘Revolution‘ attended this year’s Comic Con International 2012. I was honored to briefly speak with some of them during a press room interview. If you have been living under a rock or wondering what ‘Revolution’ is, this little snippet may just intrigue you:
In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.
Tracy Spiridakos plays Charlie Matheson, a young girl in search for her brother who is captured by the Militia. “She’s a girl who starts out looking for an adventure,” says Spiridakos, who’s character has no comprehension of life before the blackout.
During the press room interview, Tracy shares that growing up was an adventure of it’s own. She grew up watching ‘Star Wars’ alongside her brothers so “doing the adventure stuff was very exciting.”
With a list of high-profile producers (Abrams, Favreau, Kripke), it was inevitable to ask what it is like working with this trio. “I’m so lucky to be around all of them. This is a dream job. They are so supportive of everything.”
You may have seen Tracy Spiridakos in shows such as Being Human or even in Kripke’s Supernatural as Callie in an episode titled, “Bedtime Stories.” Is Spiridakos ready for a lead role in a tv show backed by 3 of the biggest names in film?
Be sure to catch Tracy during the premiere of ‘Revolution’ which airs Monday, September 17th on NBC.