TVLine Items: Revolution Dad Cast, Dinklage and Cranston to Family Guy, Vikings Trailer and More

Revolution Season 2 Stephen CollinsNBC’s Revolution in Season 2 will shed some light on a whole other area of Rachel’s backstory with the introduction of her father, to be played by 7th Heaven patriarch Stephen Collins. (Was Treat Williams unavailable? Do you think the two actors keep a scorecard?)

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Rachel’s pop “brings an entirely new perspective on her, her upbringing,” exec producer Rockne S. O’Bannon shared at Comic-Con, as reported by “He’s a very important part of the world we got to inhabit in the first part of the season.”

The Revolution resumes Sept. 25, now airing Wednesdays at 8/7c.

Read for more of this weekend’s TV dish? Well….

* Fox’s Family Guy has tapped Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Jeff Daniels (Newsroom), Adam Levine (The Voice), Liam Neeson (Taken), Dennis Farina (Wiseguy) and Conan O’Brien as guest voices for Season 12, reports.

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* Disney XD has ordered a third season of Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, during which Spidey will answer the call to become an Avenger and thus take a step closer to becoming [see series title].

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* Syfy’s Thursday night encore of Sharknado drew 1.9 million viewers, with 700K landing in the 18-49 demo — thus performing 38 percent and 24 percent better than the shlockfest’s premiere. Sequel, indeed!

* Shawn Ryan announced via Twitter that efforts to find his busted CBS pilot for Beverly Hills Cop a new TV home came up empty, though Aaron Foley and his dad Axel aren’t totally down for the count just yet:

* History unveiled at Comic-Con a trailer for Season 2 of Vikings, which started production last month. Check it out

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  1. Eric says:

    I was actually rather excited to see Beverly Hills Cop so I’m slightly disappointed.

    Also, that’s a pretty nice lineup of guest stars on Family Guy. I almost never watch the show, but yeah.

  2. Wrstlgirl says:

    That Vikings trailer is all kinds of awesome!

  3. Who’s going to play the President on the second season of Revolution? We never seen his appearance in the Season One finale. Any suggestions?

  4. Even though it doesn’t seem like it in the trailer, could Collins = POTUS? It be funny if he was, then he would get to play POTUS here and on Falling Skies.

    • In both Revolution and Falling Skies we’ve seen the individual who was President of the US during the blackout/invasion respectively still be President several years after the event in question change the world (not sure how much time has passed between the invasion and present day in Skies, but in Revolution it’s been 15 years since the blackout).

      Doesn’t that make them rulers and not presidents (I’d say tyrant, but just because they’ve been president long after their term ended doesn’t mean they’re evil, at least not in Skies, though certainly in Revolution).

      That said, it could be that the POTUS in Revolution is not necessarily the POTUS who was in office at the time of the blackout. Could be that the Patriots in Guantanamo Bay still held elections in the ensuing 15 years (though not likely).

  5. Briana says:

    Huh, I wonder if the role of Rachel’s father is the one that Jim Beaver turned down because he didn’t want to move to Austin full time. I can’t really see him as Elizabeth Mitchell’s dad but so far it’s the only part that makes sense for them to have been considering him for.

  6. LEP says:

    When I clicked on this link and saw the picture of Stephen Collins as father, I immediately thought, “Well, of course it is. He’s everywhere.” And then I saw Michael’s comment about SC and Treat Williams, and I totally cracked up. Too true. Too funny.

  7. The Vikings trailer looked awesome, but I really missed seeing Lagertha.