On tonight’s midseason finale of Revolution, not only did we have a death — bye, Cynthia — but a resurrection…sorta. In the episode, Neville discovered that his thought-to-be-dead wife, Julia (Kim Raver) was actually alive after spotting her while, of all places, boarding the train to Washington, D.C. Shocking? You bet. But also part of the plan all along, according to executive producer Eric Kripke. “We always knew from the beginning that we wanted the midseason twist in Neville’s story to be that Julia appears,” he says. “And, of course, we heard, much to our anxiety, that she was going to be going back to 24, but she was very gracious and had a window where she could work with us for multiple episodes.”
That’s right; the former Mrs. Neville is sticking around for a while. “She has a multi-episode arc and then, ultimately, she has to go back to 24. But her enthusiasm for Julia and her drive to make it work in her schedule to come back and play the character again was greatly appreciated,” he says.
So what comes next? Lots of planning and power play. “Well, what we love about Julia and what Kim has done with the character is that she kind of out Nevilles Neville,” he says. “She’s every bit of cunning and conniving as her husband, if not more so. So her arc is really going to be about the two of them strategizing to place themselves in the highest most powerful position possible.”
The countdown to 24‘s Jack-Audrey reunion has officially begun.
Following up on TVLine’s exclusive report last month, Kim Raver has formally closed a deal to reprise her role as Kiefer Sutherland’s former onscreen love in 24: Live Another Day – and she’s not the only franchise vet returning for Fox’s 12-episode revival.
TVLine has confirmed that William Devane, who played Audrey’s father James Heller, has also inked a deal to appear in the London-based event series.
Raver joined 24 in Season 4 and remained through Season 6. When last seen, in the S6 finale, Audrey was in something of a vegetative state after being tortured and injected with mind-altering drugs by her Chinese captors — a development that led Devane’s Heller to forbid Jack from ever seeing his daughter again.
Another important woman from Jack Bauer’s life will re-join him for 24: Live Another Day. Kim Raver, who played Jack’s (Kiefer Sutherland) flame Audrey Raines from Seasons 4-6 of the original series, is in negotiations for the upcoming Fox event series. She will join 24 fan-favorite Mary Lynn Rajskub aka Jack’s trusted sidekick Chloe, who closed a deal for Live Another Day at the beginning of August. As we reported when Rajskub signed on, Raver was already eyed for a return at the time. The actress has been in negotiations for more than a month, though I hear a deal in principal has basically been drawn up. Unlike Chloe, Audrey was a more polarizing character. She was left in a vegetative state but never written off as dead. Raver, repped by WME and Mosaic, recurs on NBC’s Revolution and recently toplined the proposed NCIS: LA spinoff.