For the past nine years, Emily VanCamp has been sort of TV's girl next door. First on "Everwood," then on "Brothers & Sisters," she played characters America fell in love with.
Which makes her casting as the lead in the new ABC drama "Revenge" (Wednesday, 9 p.m., Ch. 4) that much more effective. She still looks like that girl you instantly like, but she's there to ruin the lives of the rich and powerful people who ruined her life.
"I think the show, frankly, works because she's our girl next door," said executive producer Mike Kelley. "You are so familiar with her that it really allows the audience an entrée. You are rooting for her even though she's doing something that's kind of diabolical."