The producers of NBC’s “Revolution” are making sure the show’s return from a four-month hiatus on March 25 has been worth the wait for fans.
The cast and creators of the NBC series, which was the No. 1 new drama this TV season, displayed electric enthusiasm for the new episodes during their press panel Sunday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.
The first thing TV critics wondered was if producers had concerns that the winter break would hurt the show, as it has other serialized programs in the past.
The answer was no, of course. Series creator J.J. Abrams says he was “enormously relieved” to be off the air for four months because he prefers storylines to play out continuously with no break or repeats in between (a la “Lost”). NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt also isn’t worried, citing the cable model success of airing seasons with long gaps in between, such as “Breaking Bad.”
Executive producer Eric Kripke also says he was grateful for the breather so the writers could tweak the show and make the new episodes “bigger and better and more exciting and [have] more revelations.”
“This little break has afforded us the ability to, like, take a breath, look at what we’ve done, really analyze it, and make adjustments,” Kripke told reporters.
Taking a time out also made sense story-wise.
“There was a natural breakpoint where series left off,” Kripke explained, and with launching this new storyline for the second half of the season, “the revolution and the battle against Monroe really begins.”
Kripke says viewers can look forward to the show being “more shocking more often,” after admitting that, “I felt like we could pick up the pace of the stunning revelations. I felt that maybe the pace of the shocking surprises was a little bit too slow in the first half [of the season], if I was being hard on myself.”
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Here are five more things to know about the return of “Revolution” on Monday, March 25:
1. What’s Next? “We pick up exactly where we leave off. I can tell you that. I can tell you that Monroe, we don’t take away that card that we gave as the cliffhanger. Monroe does have choppers, and he does have a particularly a limited form of power. And giving him power, as we play that out … we start to deliver officially on the promise of the title and the revolution really starts.”
2. Our Underdogs Will Be in Even More Trouble. “For me, giving him [Monroe] power was more about making him an unstoppable force, that your heroes are totally out-manned and overwhelmed as they’re trying to battle against him. And the story becomes about can this family stick together in the face of these overwhelming odds and this overwhelming danger? And can you maintain your soul when you’re a warrior?”
3. They Venture Outside of Monroe Territory. “We start to expand the world, and we cross the border into Georgia, the Georgia Federation, for instance, another nation, and we see they have many of those things that the Monroe Republic doesn’t, and there’s very specific reasons for that, and then we go west.”
4. What’s in Store for the Bigger Picture? “We definitely have the season’s end mapped out,” Kripke explains. As for Seasons 2 and 3, they just have “cocktail napkin sketches.” “You need to be surprised by your actors. You need to be surprised by your writers. You need to give yourself enough breathing room that you can veer right and veer left [in storytelling].”
5. At Its Core: “This is a family show. This is The Waltons with Swords,” says Kripke. “So, you know, we really want to make sure that it always has an incredible amount of heart.”
“Revolution” returns Monday, March 25 at 10/9c on NBC.