The following article was originally posted on Deadline on August 2nd, 2017 –
It’s been awhile since we last saw Revenge‘s Emily VanCamp at TCA. But the actress attended the bi-annual TV critics confab today for the CW’s 15th anniversary Everwood panel, and we caught up with her to chat about her new Fox series The Resident and whether Sharon Carter was returning anytime soon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It was announced in May that Fox picked up The Resident, the new-hour long medical drama that reteams VanCamp with her Revenge EP and episodic director Philip Noyce. The Salt director also helmed the first episode of The Resident, which was written by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, and executive produced by Antoine Fuqua.
No premiere date has been set yet for The Resident, but January is a conceivable air time. While VanCamp has played both the girl and the assassin next door in Everwood and Revenge, respectively, she says about Resident: “I’ve never played a nurse before and while I can’t speak about my arc, she’s easily based off a real-life nurse who was a whistle-blower to a corrupt situation in a hospital.”
“That’s what drew me to her, when you’re working in the medical field, there’s so much at stake and to go up against these hospital CEOs and surgeons, everything is at risk if you expose it. I was always drawn to strong female characters,” VanCamp says.
Given the fierce debate over health care in America, VanCamp adds, “It’s really nice in this political climate to be part of something. At its core, it’s a discussion of how corrupt the medical system is in America and that spoke to me because in this time it’s nice to have a voice and speak up about things that are happening.”
Which brings us to Marvel. Moments before Revenge ended its series run on ABC in May 2015, news hit that VanCamp was reprising her role as Agent 13, aka Sharon Carter (and in the MCU, arguably she’s Peggy Carter’s grand-niece), in Captain America: Civil War following her debut in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But in regards to whether VanCamp will reprise again in Infinity War or a future TV series, VanCamp said, “No idea.” How about the Brie Larson feature Captain Marvel? “You guys put it out there,” she said, beaming.
“With Marvel, they can give you a call the day before you shoot. You don’t know what’s going on with their movies because they’re very secretive,” said VanCamp. Asked whether Sharon was ever going to join ABC’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., VanCamp says, “I think it was discussed, but I was working on Revenge at the time.”
VanCamp was also asked about equal pay for actresses, and whether she was ever in a situation where a male co-star with an equal part was paid more than her.
“I think since I was a kid, I always fought for equal pay, so I’m glad it’s at the forefront of discussion and I think slowly we’re starting to see a change,” says the actress.
“I’ve always been a feminist and I’ve always been for gender equality, and it’s always been at the forefront of my mind as a teenager. It only makes sense if things are fair.”
Last month, the Everwood cast reunited for a 15th anniversary panel at the TCAs. It’s hard to believe it’s already been 15 years since the show first aired on the WB (if you aren’t aware, you can stream the entire series on CW Seed). In attendance were Emily along with fellow co-stars Gregory Smith, Treat Williams, Debra Mooney, John Beasley, Tom Amandes, Vivien Cardone, Justin Baldoni, Stephanie Niznik, plus creator Greg Berlanit and executive producer Rina Mimoun.
…Here are 10 takeaways from the reunion, featuring creator Greg Berlanti, executive producer Rina Mimoun and the late WB series’ cast (minus Chris Pratt, Sarah Drew, Scott Wolf and Merrilyn Gann):
* “This is an emotional day for me,” a visibly choked-up Berlanti said, kicking off a panel that would find several of the stars getting teary-eyed. Tom Amandes, who played Dr. Harold Abbott, also got verklempt while praising the show’s writing. The emotion intensified as Vivien Cardone (Delia Brown) recalled how she couldn’t see her father much when she moved to Utah to film the series, so Treat Williams (Dr. Andy Brown) — who was also away from his family — made her a deal: He would be her temporary dad if she would be his temporary daughter. The two actors then embraced after dabbing away tears. “Of all the things I’ve done in the 44 years I’ve been doing this, [Everwood is] right at the top,” Williams said.
* Where would the Everwood characters be now? Debra Mooney imagines Edna Harper is “in an RV going around the world and having a great time. She could stop anywhere and be a nurse.” Amandes noted that Rose and Herald were set to adopt, prompting Mimoun to point out that their child would now be the same age as Ephram was when the show started. “The reboot is right there, you guys!” she exclaimed.
* So will the series ever get the revival treatment, especially in light of its recent success on CW Seed? “No one’s asked, but I think we all would love to work together again,” Berlanti responded, to which Williams added: “In a New York minute.” Berlanti admitted that he hasn’t even thought about how the storylines could pick back up in a potential continuation. “Most of our plan has been asking people to have a digital space for people to watch the show,” he explained. “That’s been most of our campaign for how to keep the show alive.”
* An alternate ending for the Season 4 finale featured Ephram getting a call from his ex Madison as Amy waited for him. Mimoun wasn’t sure how they would have gotten out of that romantic pickle, but “that would have been fun to figure out.”
* The cast and producers could definitely see a certain co-star’s future success coming. “I told Chris Pratt he was going to be a star,” John Beasley (Irv Harper) recalled. “He had a lot of the qualities that would make him a star. He was a good-looking white boy. [Laughs] He’s such a nice guy. And he could eat!” The cast then proceeded to recount stories of just how much Pratt would consume. “We would call ‘Cut,’ and he would still be eating,” Amandes shared.
* Berlanti singled out Season 1’s “Episode 20,” in which Kate Mara guest-starred as a teen seeking an abortion. “In the original pitch of Everwood, Dr. Brown was supposed to be an abortionist,” Berlani said. Needless to say, that didn’t go over so well, “but the network promised us we could deal with that subject matter [at a later point].” After “intense conversations,” “Episode 20” came to be, although there was “still some question” as to whether or not they would air it.
* “The biggest fight [over story] was [when] we were ending Season 2 with a cliffhanger [involving] Ephram’s baby,” Mimoun revealed. “I remember Greg said the whole thing, and I said, ‘You must be out of your mind. You’re leaving me to go do this. They’re going to hate him, and they’re going to hate me. And they are going to say I did it.’”
* Jane the Virgin‘s Justin Baldoni, who joined Everwood late in its run as Reid Bardem, said the series “set the tone for me to see what a family was like on set. I came in on the fourth season, and they embraced me like I was on the show the whole time. Sarah Drew gave me her car for a month. At one point, I literally lived with Greg [Smith], and we were roommates in life and on the show.”
* “I do think the success of something like This Is Us will encourage more of this kind of [multi-generational family] storytelling,” Berlanti said. And he has no hard feelings about the NBC drama’s plethora of Emmy nominations: “As a viewer and someone that gets to make TV, I’m really happy for This Is Us. If I have any issue, it’s that the [Television] Academy should recognize shows on The CW. I’d like to see the hard work that people do there get recognized more.”
* If Berlanti had to pitch Everwood today, he would still take it to The CW. Following the panel, Berlanti told reporters that CW President Mark Pedowitz is responsible for the show finding a home on CW Seed. “[He] called me one day and said, ‘I want to get the show for [CW] Seed. I feel like our fanbase will like it,’” Berlanti said.
Source: TV Line
Emily was a guest on the show Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry last Wednesday.The link to the episode is here. Unfortunately you can’t watch the full episode on the E! website unless you are signed into your televison provider.
E! did post this short clip on their YouTube channel, however. You can watch it below. It gets very emotional.
For those of you who have been waiting for Everwood to be viewable online, you’re in luck! The entire series launched on CW Seed at the beginning of June. Whether you’re a longtime fan (such as myself) who wants to rewatch the show or a new fan who is curious about it, you can now stream all of it online. So, what are you waiting for? Press that play button!
FOX debuted the first official trailer for “The Resident”. Emily can be seen in some scenes. Watch it here:
Also, FOX announced today that the show will be held for mid-season. This means that it won’t premiere in the Fall. Instead, it will likely show up sometime around January of 2018. No word yet on an official release date. I will update everyone once I know more.
FOX also created official social media pages for the show. You can like/follow them by clicking the links below:
Emily’s had quite an amazing week so far. First, “The Resident” got picked up, then her and Josh got engaged, and now today is her 31st birthday ♥
I normally never talk about Emily’s personal life but since she shared this on Instagram, I find that it’s okay to share since she did it first. Emily got engaged to her longtime love, Josh Bowman, whom she met on Revenge. For those who watched the show, he played the character of Daniel Grayson.
The picture she shared on Instagram yesterday can be seen to your left. The caption only contains a simple heart emoji but the image speaks for itself with the ring you see on her finger.
Congratulations to the happy couple! I’m so thrilled for them both and that they found love in each other. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness together.
In other news, today is May 12th which means it’s Emily’s birthday.
Great news, everyone! The FOX upfronts aren’t even here yet and it was announced today that Emily’s new show, “The Resident”, has been picked up to series by FOX! No news yet on where it will be in FOX’s schedule but we’ll get news of that next week. As I mentioned, this show will mark Emily’s return to network television. I’m super excited to see her on this show and I hope you guys are as well!
Fox will spin its own medical yarn in the fall with The Resident, a new series starring The Good Wife alum Matt Czuchry.
Ordered to series Wednesday in anticipation of its fall upfront presentation Monday in New York City, The Resident is from Antoine Fuqua’s production company and is about a tough, brilliant senior resident who “guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine.”
The new drama will also star Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, and Shaunette Wilson.
Pilot season also means network presentation season. The FOX Upfronts will be held on May 15th at 4 PM at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Here we will see the network unveil their upcoming season lineup. This is the event where we will find out if Emily’s “The Resident” will be picked up for the season by FOX to be part of their Fall schedule. I do need to make note that this event is not open to the public and is strictly for press and talent. If I find a live blog about it, I will link it. I’ll be sure to bring you any news that comes out of the event when I hear first word. Here’s hoping that the show is picked up so that we can see a network television return from Emily!