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Live in Chicago? Capone has seats for an preview screening of NBC's "Revolution" pilot, produced by J.J. Abrams & Eric Kripke, and directed by Jon Favreau!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

It's not often we give away seats to a TV pilot screening, but it's not often that there's a pilot with the pedigree of "Revolution," a show produced by J.J. Abrams & Eric Kripke and whose pilot episode is directed by John Favreau. Hey look, a press release about "Revolution":

What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and "Supernatural's" Eric Kripke, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology--omputers, planes, cars, phones, even lights--has mysteriously blacked out forever. A drama with sweeping scope and intimate focus, "Revolution" is also about family--both the family you're born into and the family you choose.

This is a swashbuckling journey of hope and rebirth seen through the eyes of one strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos, "Being Human"), and her brother Danny (Graham Rogers, "Memphis Beat"). When Danny is kidnapped by militia leaders for a darker purpose, Charlie must reconnect with her estranged uncle Miles (Billy Burke, "The Twilight Saga"), a former U.S. Marine living a reclusive life. Together, with a rogue band of survivors, they set out to rescue Danny, overthrow the militia and ultimately re-establish the United States of America. All the while, they explore the enduring mystery of why the power failed, and if--or how--it will ever return.

The series also stars Anna Lise Phillips ("Animal Kingdom") as Maggie, Zak Orth ("Romeo + Juliet) as Aaron, JD Pardo ("A Cinderella Story") as Nate, Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad") as Captain Tom Neville, David Lyons ("The Cape") as Bass, Maria Howell ("The Blind Side") as Grace, Daniella Alonso ("Friday Night Lights") as Nora, Tim Guinee ("Iron Man") as Ben Matheson and Elizabeth Mitchell ("Lost") as Rachel Matheson. Kripke, Abrams and Bryan Burk ("Lost," "Star Trek") serve as executive producers, and Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2") serves as co-executive producer. "Revolution" is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Favreau.

There are actually theatrical screenings of the pilot in select cities around the countries this Thursday, September 6 (the show's actual premiere is Monday, September 17 on NBC), and I've got 50 seats to the Chicago preview taking place at the Kerosotes Showcase ICON Theater, 150 W. Roosevelt Road at 8:00pm. Here's how to win:

Unlike my other contests, you won't be sending any emails. Instead, go to this Gofobo Page to claim your passes. There are no reserved seats for this event, so it's a first-come, first-to-get-in screening. If you can't arrive early, don't bother RSVPing for tickets. I believe you may RSVP for up to 2 admit-one tickets. These will likely go very fast, so don't delay.

Good luck and enjoy, everyone!

-- Steve Prokopy
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  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    website doesn't work for me

    by indyflip

    Requires you to register for a gofobo account but either the site never sends you your login info or my e-mail server blocks all communication from them.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST

    So, it's like LOST meets THE POSTMAN.

    by Mosquito March

    Yeah, this will last.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    but with a heart.

    by dahveed1972

  • Filling in the space between commercials like pros.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3 a.m. CST

    Jon Favererurehaeu

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:06 a.m. CST

    More bland shit from Abrams

    by kwisatzhaderach


  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Everything about this looks terrible

    by papabendi

    Swords and Crossbows meet Gap. This looks like everyone from the opening party scene in Cloverfield you hated getting their own show.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by Mr_P

    to stifle yawn at the utter shittieness of this. Another post apocolypic road trip with mystery dull dull dull. Only repeated use of the words family succeeded in increasing the dullness levels of this turkey. I give it 1 season and out.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Wasn't the pilot already on tv?

    by skiprat1

    I'm confused - I thought I watched this a couple of months ago.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Fat dude diving for fancy necklace in slow mo

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    for two hours. Now back to Misty May and Kerry Walsh but first an entire season of Monkey Doctor starring David Schwimmer.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    So guns and torches work......

    by whatevillurks

    ....lets see where those concepts take us folks.

  • instead of grocery stores, Home Depot and pharmacies. You might be set with weapons/ammo if you had it stockpiled before the world ended; otherwise, you're pretty screwed by the people who did. You're complexion wouldn't be so healthy if you had to eat canned food for 15 years. If you did become proficient in hunting and farming (or cannibalism), your clothes would be fucking dirty. This J Crew When the Lights Go Out isn't my kind of end-of-the-world story. Jeremiah did it better.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Sounds like Dark Angel

    by Bunnie

    All power goes out. Still, Supernatural is all kinds of awesome so Kripke gets a free ride from me.

  • X0: Jus sayin.

  • HBO, AMC and to a lesser extent FX are the go to Networks. NO reality shows NO Pretentious and derivative series NO Bullshit

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Oh look, the LOST bashing starts again

    by quicksilver80

    Yawwwwn you nerds are so one track minded it's ridiculous...your butt must hurt so bad, better get to a doctor ASAP

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Hulk, BASH!

    by Stalkeye

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    That pic aboves speaks one thing and one thing only...

    by Stalkeye

    ..Hunger Games: The Ambercrombe and Fitch edition.

  • Surely you can't be serious. (0:'

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I'm still at a loss why people call JJ Abrams a genious.

    by albert comin

    He's certainly sucessful, and he has created a few shows what have been sucessful. But none of his work, both TV and movies, have impressed me much. His shows always fail to stay consistent and he always resort to magic and ass pulls by the midway through. His film career is made of one banal spay action blockbuster and two very misguided SF movies. This hardly makes for a genious, the way i see it.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    @Mr freeman_lowell

    by albert comin

    You can't eat canned food for 15 years because perservants only last 5 years and only on perfect conditions. After that, botullism sets in. You know what actual foodstuff last thousands of years? Honey, is perserved in sealed glass or porcelain containers (to maintain mosture). We learned this because some honey pots were found in Pharaoes tombs, and when they broke the wax seals, the honey inside was still edible, with the only thing betraying it's long time is a bit of sugar build-up. So, guys, when the apocalypse cames, pack honey, lots of it.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Great Pilot. People bitching need to calm the fuck down

    by Dharma4

    It wasn't mind-boggling or original, but it was a fun, swash-buckling adventure. And that's what I want. -Namaste-

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    @Mr stalkeye

    by albert comin

    It's easy to avoid a new JJ Abrams show, as both "Boardwalk Empire" and "Dexter" are returning this month. Only show with the JJ Abrams attatched to it i have any interest in keep watching is "Person Of Interest" (see, i made a pun there). And i find hard to believe that Abrams had any real hand on it, except advertizement. That show's quality i put it all on creator's Jonathan Nolan and the team of writers he supervises. And what you said about AICN and criticism of Abrams and his parteners... you care to elaborate, please? Is there something i need to be aware of, some stones i shouldn't step?

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    what does "namaste" means?

    by albert comin

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by Dharma4

    Fuck off. -Namaste-

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    RE: "what does "namaste" means?"

    by Stalkeye

    It means that the one who used that Meme is an overly defensive Nerd Asswipe. I just love Freedom of Speech (even if it's also for countless Douchebags in the Talkbacks.) wheras some can take an opposing comment with a grain of Salt or on the other hand, Beligerent responses from Jar-Jar fanbois. Oh, you Guys slay me. ROTMMF God Bless America!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    scirocco, Hey there!

    by Stalkeye

    Quote: "And what you said about AICN and criticism of Abrams and his parteners... you care to elaborate, please? Is there something i need to be aware of, some stones i shouldn't step? " Well, I'm avoiding Name dropping because I'm sure the Tber who got Banned may not want to be in the spotlight. But from what he (This banned Talkbacker) was refering to is that he went off one too many times about the unholy trio that consist of Abrams, orci and Kuntzman. Then disappeared for quite sometime. Now as one who doesnt really care what ppl say on the threads, as in turn for every action there's a reaction like the one i got from dharma the drama queen. LOL But to just outright ban some guy when there are those who have made racist,homophobic and even threatning comments are still around, then theres a serious flaw as far as the AICN mods are concerned. ******'s banning comes off as some self serving ulterior motive for damage control. I, like so many Tbers had a problem with Mr.beaks unjustified banning of this other Tber who did not say anything cruel or insensitive during some Obit thread. I may not respect his decision to Ban, but that's his call. And Boy did he get called out for it. Surprised the Politcal threads havent been vaporized altogether. Herc must be a proponent of Freedom of Speech. Props!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Steam stops working!

    by Liposuction

    omfg steam doesn't work any more either!

  • Since they hate guns, bows and arrows are okay. They know even less about them than guns, though. Where are they getting their arrows? I've never seen a post-apocalyptic story where anyone pulls an arrow out of something that they shot. The concept of "pass through" where an arrow goes all the way through something is completely foreign to them. I guess they are Steve Martin arrows. Examples: Book of Eli - cat, person, bird, or anything else he shoots, the arrow sticks half way through. Hunger Games - shoots guy in hand at end right in front of her midget boyfriend, arrow stops mid-hand. Walking Dead season 1 - guy shoots deer with crossbow and it runs off, by the time he gets to it a zombie is eating it with two arrows stuck in it's ass. How does he reload and shoot that second arrow? Nobody asked that question on set? Of course not because none of them hunt or know the slightest bit about it. This wouldn't have happened in the old days when Hollywood had a few real men that did manly things instead of 100% pussies.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    It's The Road Warrior - US edition...everyone is neat and clean and shiny

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    ...must have won a lifetime of razors, lotions, shampoos and conditioners from a game show.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    @Mr stalkeye

    by albert comin

    You are scaring me. I knew that AICN hods JJ Abrams and his cronnies generally in a positive light, but being that protective? I'm not a JJ Abrams fan, not by any stretch of the imagination, so i guess i should tread lightly here, if what you said is true. Good Lord! So, if there is any other threads about JJ Abrams and his Holywood pals and if my opinion of their movies is negative, your advise is to keep my mouth shut to avoid mr.beaks banhammer?

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    And, of course, by that standard Tyler Perry is a Super Genius....

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    @Mr ibreske

    by albert comin

    Holywood fumbling the physics of archery is not much different form the constant flumbering of ballistics we see in almost all movies. My favorite ballistic mistake in regard to bullets is the constant sparks stuff whenever we see shootouts where bullets hit metalic surfaces. Everybody knows that copper made bullets do not cause sparks, because copper and bronze do not spark. Evne if ammo ws made of iron or steel and hitting another iron or steel surface, the spark would be small enough not to be see during daylight, and would be very small in nightime as well. I swear, the only 3 movies i saw where ballictics were completly realistic were "Heat", "Way Of The Gun" and "Road To Perdition". All of them the better for it.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    They sure look clean

    by Sir Loin

    ...for a post-apocalypse world. Gritty realism.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Super 8 was a box office hit?

    by albert comin

    I though that movie had underperformed to expections, and the reason why JJ Abrams is returning to Star Trek after he vowed he wouldn't make another one of those movies again and leave it to somebody else. I have a theory: the reason why Alex Kurtzman took to directing with "People Like Us" was that Abrams ws gromming him to direct the new Star Trek movie, and "People Like Us" was used as a training ground for Kurtzman, the same way the Warchoski Brothers did with "Bound" as a training ground for "The Matrix". But for some reason, Paramount pressed Abrams to return to Star Trek, and Abrams is using the new movie as a way to consolidate his power. Maybe Kurtzman will direct the 3rd New Star Trek movie. I wouldn't be suprised in the slightest if that happened.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Just soooo many big budget/high concept TV series have failed lately.

    by DougMcKenzie

    I don't give this much hope. This kind of show is really dieing out on Network TV. Network TCV has become all about a very limited range of shows now in regards to fiction: the family friendly but pandering sitcoms (BBT, HIMYM, MF), the standard night time soap (anything by Shonda Rimes, everything on the CW), the quirky eccentric lead with an interest in XXX field solving mysteries (Mentalist, House, Castle), as well as the old standard doctor/legal/police procedurals that have always been on. Terra Nova? Failure. The Event? Failure. Fast Forward? Failure. You want to do Genre? Then you gots to gets your ass to cable for even the slimmest of hopes.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to see this!

    by Norm3

    I like these types of shows & movies.

  • The lights went out...electricity "just stopped" flowing in machines, and can't be brought back, but somehow does not have an effect on the electrical functions present in all living things. And why are these fucks using bows and swords;...since when did it take electricity to make firearms? WHat black powder doesn't work either? You can't cast casings or smith a barrel without robotics? The whole fucking premise seems at this point rather idiotic...for lack of a better term. Why not at least make the breakdown of society plausible in some way without the mystical,magical McGuffin. It just seems like a Lazy premise.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Let's just keep an open mind people

    by heyoucantlaughatthat

    It might be good

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    not to bad

    by katchoo67

    Just watched it at and thought it was worth a chance. But I'm a sucker for anything post-apocalyptic.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    @Mr openthepodbaydoorshal

    by albert comin

    I invite you to re-read my previous post, if you please. I said that it's my undestanding that "Super 8" underperformed to expectation. Tha's a different concept then box office failure. See? It seems that the studio's enthusiasm for the movie before it was released was that it would be a huge hit, and by that i mean gangbang numbers, 500 millions or more, you know? They were terribly optimistic about the movie, and there was talk of it being the ET of the 2000s. With hindsight, it does seem to be terribly optimistic to the point of delusion, but this was back when JJ Abrams was the golden boy who could do no wrong, Mr Hit Man.

  • We don't want that to happen, do we?