PopHampton: May Sweeps Make Waves in the Hamptons

"Revenge" is renewed for a fourth season.
"Revenge" is renewed for a fourth season. Photo credit: Colleen Hayes/ABC Television Group © 2014 Disney

The season finale of Revenge aired on Sunday, May 11, and it was a doozy! For those of you who didn’t watch, here’s what you need to know: Aiden’s dead, Conrad’s probably dead, Victoria’s in the loony bin and David’s alive. Get all that? It was a fun hour of television, and even though the follow-through might not match the hype (season premieres rarely do), we’re glad that Revenge was renewed for another season. Barry Sloane, who plays Aiden, is confirmed to be finished with the show. He’ll next appear on ABC’s sci-fi alien drama The Visitors, which debuts this fall.

As for Revenge star Emily VanCamp—who was fantastic in the season finale—there’s still time to see her as Sharon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And ABC just announced a television series, Marvel’s Agent Carter, which will focus on the adventures of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Sharon’s aunt.

In other TV news, Royal Pains returns on Tuesday, June 10, for its sixth season. Royal Pains, which is both set in and partially filmed in the Hamptons, is a light medical drama about Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), a concierge doctor, and his carefree brother Evan (Paul Costanzo) as they treat the Hamptons’ most rich and famous citizens for all sorts of ailments. The show also stars Reshma Shetty as physician assistant Divya Katdare, Brooke D’Orsay as Evan’s wife, Paige, and Henry Winkler as Eddie, Hank and Evan’s ne’er-do-well dad. The series is still filming episodes, so don’t be alarmed if you run into these fictional characters performing medical miracles in the middle of Main Street. And don’t be surprised if you see actor Joshua Jackson in Montauk—that’s where he’s currently filming his new Showtime series, The Affair, which is scheduled to debut later this year.

Gwyneth Paltrow and hubby Chris Martin are on the outs, and Martin probably won’t be spending much time on the East End in the near future, but fans of his band Coldplay are in for a treat. On Sunday, May 18, NBC will air the concert film Coldplay: Ghost Stories. Other Hamptonites making waves on TV include Barbara Walters, who interviewed Shelly Sterling, wife of recently disgraced former Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Shelly Sterling told Walters that her husband’s racist remarks made her sick and that she intends to seek a divorce (not surprising, considering he made the racist remarks to his mistress). Anderson Cooper, meanwhile, interviewed Sterling himself, who apologized and argued that he’s only made this one mistake, so he should be forgiven. The jury’s out on that one, but kudos to Walters and Cooper for landing those controversial and exciting interviews!

Fans of Hamptons fave Hugh Jackman will soon be able to see him reprise his iconic Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opens on May 23. Unfortunately, the film’s been the subject of some controversy the past few weeks. Director Bryan Singer, who also directed the first two X-Men films, is being sued by a man who claims he was sexually assaulted by Singer as a teenager. While 20th Century Fox is standing behind Singer, the director has backed out of press events for the film, stating that he doesn’t want the release to be overshadowed by the scandal. Singer denies the accuasations.

Kim and Khloe Kardashian at NBC Upfronts Celebration
Kim and Khloé Kardashian at NBC Upfronts Celebration
Photo credit: Cindy Ord/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment

I couldn’t end this column without talking about the hottest topic in the Hamptons right now: the Kardashians. Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian will be spending the summer on the East End, filming their newest series Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons and opening a Dash retail pop-up. No word yet on where Dash will be located, but it’s expected to be either Southampton or East Hampton. Locals have expressed their exasperation with the high profile, tabloid-prone women moving into their community, and rumor has it that nobody wants to rent to them! It’s not easy being a Kardashian, apparently.

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