Rumor has it Rumer Willis is Rosewood-bound.
The 90210 alumna has landed a guest spot in Pretty Little Liars‘ fourth season, which launches its summer run on June 11.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Willis appears in a July episode (with the potential to return) as the organizer of a global charity.
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• Billy Baldwin has booked an arc in the upcoming second season of BBC America’s Copper, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The Gossip Girl alum will appear in the season’s final two installments as a successful businessman-turned-politician in 1860s New York.
• TLC is reviving NBC’s cancelled, celeb-based genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? The Lisa Kudrow-produced show returns July 23 with eight new episodes.
• USA Network has given the green light to Divide & Conquer, a family-comedy pilot from Peter Ocko (Fairly Legal). The project is about all of the things parents do to mess up their kids.
• CBS has closed a deal to continue airing the Tony Awards through 2018.
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Question: For the love of a Happy Ending, any word on whether or not USA Network will right a terrible wrong? —Tiera
Ausiello: No news is, in this case, pretty good news. Negotiations continue between Sony and USA, which tells me that the cabler remains seriously interested in giving the show a fourth season. Meanwhile, if the talks collapse — bite your tongue, Ausiello! — it’s an inevitability that Damon Wayans Jr. will find himself back on New Girl next season in some capacity. (You’ll recall Wayans appeared in the New Girl pilot, but was forced to drop out when Happy Endings earned a surprise second season; Lamorne Morris’s Winston was brought in to fill the void.) Jake Johnson, who’s currently shooting the comedy Let’s Be Cops with Wayans in Atlanta, says he’d be thrilled to “welcome [Wayans'] Coach back to the loft,” adding, “I would be surprised if he doesn’t come back for a while” should Happy Endings fail to find a new home. “There would be such funny episodes with the Coach seeing what’s happened in the past two years since he’s [been] gone.”
Question: Do you have any more Bones scoop on Season 9 and/or Booth and Brennan’s situation? Everything will be resolved by Christmas if they are already planning to have that big episode with both Booth and Brennan’s families, right? —Amelia
Ausiello: By Christmas-ish. Exec producer Stephen Nathan previously hinted that the current Pelant crisis will be wrapped up “within the first half of the year.”
Question: I bet if you put your finger to your head and I send you a pineapple you could give me scoop on Psych. —Vicki
Ausiello: How ’bout I save you the postage and just tell you that Psych‘s musical episode finds Lassiter and Shawn hitting the dance floor. Together. Meaning, with each other. “James [Roday] and I have a tango and it’s rather romantic,” Timothy Omundson tells TVLine’s Matt Mitovich with a laugh. “We sing and tango with each other. So let’s just say this: It takes [our] relationship to a whole new level.”
Question: Is Cristin Milioti going to be a series regular on How I Met Your Mother next season? —Nick
Ausiello: Your answer is here.
Question: Good day sir! Long time reader, first time asker. Will we see the final slaps in Season 9 of How I Met Your Mother? —Andrew
Question: I’m almost scared to ask, but is there any hope of Nikita getting more than the initially-ordered six final episodes next year? —AJ
Ausiello: Not a chance in hell. But here’s something you can hold out hope for: A prominent role for Division-less Ryan right up until the end. “Ryan’s talents when we met him [involved] peeling back the layer of a grand conspiracy — and there is no more grander conspiracy than the one we have for Season 4,” teases exec producer Craig Silverstein. “So, he’ll be instrumental is spotting the patterns and forming their front against The Shop and what they’re trying to bring about.” (BTW, Silverstein says the entire cast will be back for the farewell season, and that includes Devon Sawa’s Owen/Sam.)
Question: Anything you can share on Nikita‘s shortened final season? —Jordan
Ausiello: If Noah Bean (the actor behind the aforementioned Ryan) has his way, “The final moment is going to be a Mexican standoff where we’ve all got guns pointed at each other. And then a car backfires and everybody fires their gun — and we’re all dead!” The question is, will Noah Bean get his way?!
Question: Do you know if Revenge will be doing a time jump between seasons? —Jeremy
Ausiello: Sounds like there’s one on the drawing board. A little birdie who happens to be a staff writer on Revenge shared some preliminary Season 3 intel with Nick Wechsler (Jack), and a flash forward was involved. “If it happens — and that’s a big “if” because it hasn’t been run by anyone else — we would pick up later,” shares Wechsler. ”[If] it’s months later or a year or more, I don’t know. But it would pick up later.”
Question: Please tell me Zoe is going to go back to Wade after she takes some time for herself on Hart of Dixie? —Amanda
Ausiello: Wilson Bethel says a full-fledged Zoe-Wade “scenario” in Season 3 “seems pretty logical,” although he believes it was smart for the show to end the season with Zoe pulling a Kelly Taylor. “It’s probably good that there’s a bit of anticipation about what she will do” heading into the fall.
Question: Jack Bauer is coming back to TV! Surely you have a 24 scoop for us? Can you at least tell us if fan favorites Chloe and Tony will be back alongside Jack? —Fin
Ausiello: Mary Lynn Rajskub is being eyed to return as Chloe, but my gut tells me you shouldn’t hold your breath re: Carlos Bernard/Tony.
Question: What’s in store for Jeremy next season on The Vampire Diaries, now that he’s back among the living? —Chloe
Ausiello: As EP Julie Plec notes, “Nobody knows the truth” about his resurrection — specifically, that Bonnie essentially sacrificed her life for his. As a result, “There’s going to be some explaining to do and it’s not necessarily going to make his return to his old life very easy.”
Question: Will Claire Holt (Rebekah) appear in any Vampire Diaries episodes next fall? Or is she going straight to The Originals? —Justine
Ausiello: “We do have the ability to use Rebekah on either show in the beginning,” says Plec. ” We will see when we start writing how much of her we’ll see before she heads off to New Orleans.” One scenario has the new season of TVD picking up at the tail end of Rebekah and Matt’s European vacation. “When we get back, we might see [them] still on their trip,” shares Plec, adding, “When Matt gets back to Mystic Falls, his whole world will have changed. I can’t wait to see what comes out of that adventure and how he re-adapts to life at Mystic Grill.”
Question: So inquiring minds want to know —how will Kate respond to Rick’s proposal on Castle? —Rita
Ausiello: Sources confirm to me exclusively that she will say yes… or no… or something in between. Molly Quinn (Alexis) is pulling for a yes, arguing, “Castle is the best man out there and absolutely loves her and is devoted to her.” Should an engagement and wedding come to pass, don’t expect a certain three-letter word to ever come out of Alexis’ mouth. “I don’t think that Alexis will ever see her as a stepmom because a stepmother has authority,” explains Quinn. “There’s no way that Alexis would be OK with that. She’s used to running the house. And not even her dad has that much authority. So she would see Beckett as an equal and she would totally appreciate [her]. But I don’t even think Beckett would ever try to [parent]. Alexis is an adult now. She’s 20. If this had happened when Alexis was 16, that would have been a totally different story. I’m very glad that it didn’t happen because that would have been a lot of rebellion and a lot of trouble.”
Question: I’m bummed Downton Abbey isn’t returning until January 2014. (Was hoping the new season would air simultaneously with the UK run in the fall.) Any scoop to tide me over? —Connie
Ausiello: The bitch is back. Exec producer Gareth Neame tells TVLine that former Ice Queen Mary will freeze back over in the wake of Matthew’s death. “She mellowed with Matthew [and] opened up a lot more,” he notes. “But I think [after losing Matthew and Sybil], she would be just so devastated that I think it would lock her down and [she would] go back into a lot of the traits that she had before – that very difficult to read characteristic she’s got. I think we’ll see a lot of those very dark and complex things about Mary.”
Question: Got any Grimm scoop in advance of this week’s season finale? —Derek
Ausiello: Sgt. Wu’s got a first name and David Giuntoli claims he “knows what it is.” Um…. How ’bout a hint, DG? “I’ll just say this,” he adds. “It rhymes.” What’s the over/under on DG punk’n us?
Question: Do you have anything on Covert Affairs? —Allyson
Ausiello: The USA hit is moving full steam ahead with Annie and Auggie. In the wake of the pair’s season-ending smooch, “Annie and Auggie start Season 4 in a relationship. Yes, we go there,” reveals Christopher Gorham. “We really explore how that works and what that is. It plays into what I think is the theme of the year, which is secrets, because everybody’s got one, or two. Joan’s got a secret, Arthur’s got a secret… Everybody! Auggie’s got a whopper of a secret, and when they all start eventually coming out, it creates some great, great drama.”
I can’t believe I have to wait all summer for more Castle. Is there any way Beckett will turn down Castle’s proposal? — Lauren
ADAM: Depends on who you ask. Cast member Tamala Jones thinks that Beckett’s desire for career advancement in Washington, D.C., could outweigh her feelings for Castle. “Beckett is a strong woman, and she’s not going to forget who she is,” she says. “So she may say no — or not right now.” Susan Sullivan, who plays Castle’s mother, has a different take. “What woman in her right mind would say no to him?” she says. ”Therein would lie the problem: I may actually have to move out. Yikes!”
Do you have any scoop on Laurel and Oliver next season on Arrow? —Jim
NATALIE: Here’s some Laurel scoop from executive producer Marc Guggenheim that may involve Oliver: “Because her building has been destroyed, Laurel is looking for a new job and she will not be returning to CNRI next year,” he says. “She’ll have a new job and a new mission and I’ll leave it to people to speculate for the next three months as to what that mission could be.”
What will the dynamic be like between Michael and Fiona when Burn Notice returns for its final season? — Nancy
ADAM: Put it this way: If those two are going to reunite before the end of the series, they have a lot of emotional and physical distance to overcome. When the series returns, nine months have passed and Michael is now an alcoholic loner working undercover on an eight-year-long mission in the Dominican Republic. Although Michael has cut his mom and friends out of his life and Fiona now has a new business partner/boyfriend, look for the gang to reunite sooner than expected when a bad guy in Miami threatens to blow up Michael’s entire mission — and with it, his friends’ immunity deals — permanently.
Please tell me Callie and Arizona are going to be OK on Grey’s Anatomy! —Jenna
NATALIE: Not sure I can do that, Jenna. Executive producer Shonda Rhimes asks fans to ponder what Callie’s next move will be in light of that revealing argument, which showed Arizona’s true feelings. “Now Callie isn’t a victim, she’s never really been a victim and she’s been cheated on before with George,” she says. “So how she’s going to take this and what she’s going to do next is going to be the bigger issue. How Arizona is going to figure out what [her infidelity] means is going to be interesting.”
Please tell me SVU isn’t killing off Benson in the finale! — Ryan
ADAM: Although her life will very much be in jeopardy (and Mariska Hargitay has yet to sign a contract for next season) executive producer Warren Leight hints that Detective Benson will experience some transition next year. “Her character is due to evolve. It’s time for her to imagine what it would be like to live her own life,” he says. “[After] 14 years as an SVU detective, some change is going to start to come.” Is a promotion in the offing?
Will we see a lot of Elena and Katherine facing off on The Vampire Diaries next season? —Marie
NATALIE: Maybe not facing off, but perhaps switching off? “One thing we’re looking forward to so much next season is Elena on her own as a vampire and living her new life in college,” executive producer Julie Plec explains. “And to see a vulnerable Katherine, who is able to be hurt and able to be killed and in need of the protection much like the first Elena we met four years ago.” Oh, and get this — she says it’ll be fun.
What’s going to happen to Vincent next season on Beauty and the Beast? — Lara
ADAM: Now that Vincent has been captured, clearly he’s going to need someone to rescue him. But however that turns out, Jay Ryan has some other wishes for Season 2: “I’d like him to find his mother and some of his platoon, if they are still alive, and give him a sense of community he could bring to his relationship with Catherine,” he says. Speaking of family, Ryan says that the introduction of Catherine’s biological father in the finale will create some major obstacles for he and Catherine. How major? “[He] could break them up,” Ryan warns.
What’s going to happen to Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time? —Lauren
NATALIE: Just because most of the ABC’s fairy-tale drama’s main characters went through a portal to Neverland does not mean we won’t be seeing Storybrooke next season. In fact, Emilie de Ravin, whose Belle has been left in charge of the town, confirms that she’ll continue to be a series regular in Season 3. The Lost alum also notes that even though Belle’s memories are all intact, it doesn’t mean she’ll write Mr. Gold off for his actions while she was Lacey. “She was going along with it though, so therefore you can’t blame him if you’re the one saying, ‘Kick that guy’s a–,” she says, noting that Belle will be devastated about his absence when the show returns. “But also she’ll gain her strength back and she’ll have to if she’s going to protect an entire town.”
Since Harvey will have a British counterpart on Suits, will we see anyone else’s? — DeAnna
ADAM: At the moment, no. “As far as I know, there’s no British Donna… yet,” Sarah Rafferty tells us. “But I kind of hope they add one because that’d be fun to see their interaction and her relationship with [British Harvey].” As for our Donna and Harvey’s relationship, we’ll get a deeper look at that when the show flashes-back 10 years. “We did a five-year flashback last season and now we go back even further and you’ll see the origins of their relationship, and how Harvey became who he is,” Rafferty says.
Will Emily and Jack team up next season on Revenge? —Jeremy
NATALIE: In the wake of Declan’s death and Emily’s reveal that she’s actually Amanda, Jack will have a hard time trusting anyone next season. “I think he’s going to be hurt and not trust her,” Nick Wechsler says. “She’s got to earn his trust back. If he does team up with her, it’s only because they have a common enemy, not because she’s out of the doghouse.”
So what’s happening with Divya and Rafa on Royal Pains after their shotgun wedding in Vegas? — Beth
ADAM: Sadly, after deciding to annul the wedding, Divya and Rafa’s relationship is pretty much kaput when the show returns. But Paige is eager to help Divya move on, and she even sets her up with one of her handsome, intelligent co-workers . However, there’s a specific reason that Divya isn’t overly eager about jumping back into the dating pool. Let’s just say that annulments can’t void all contracts.
I’m so excited for Switched at Birth to come back. What can you tell us? —Josephine
NATALIE: This season will feature a “what if?” episode that explores all the characters’ lives had Regina told everyone about the switch when she first figured it out so many years ago. “In the first season, Regina had a bad rap for keeping the secret for so long and had that cloud over her, so [in this episode] Regina finally has a good reputation,” Constance Marie says. The episode will play with physical changes for both Bay and Daphne, a relationship change for John and Kathryn, and for the first time viewers will see Daphne, Bay and Toby as babies!
Natalie’s Mega Rave: Who knew simply speaking to a woman could be so emotional? Kunal Nayyar was brilliant in The Big Bang Theory finale, as Raj leaned on Penny for comfort after his breakup with Lucy before they both realized he had not, in fact, drank any alcohol before speaking with her. Leave it to BBT to come up with a new kind of game-changer.
Adam’s Mini Rant: At least last year’s X Factor had the “OMG Britney!” wow factor. With the new ho-hum panel, Fox should just cut its losses and premiere its midseason dramas in the fall.
Gamers, take note: A live-action Halo series is in the works.
MSN is adapting the famed video game franchise of the same name into a live-action show exclusively for Xbox Live, with über-director Steven Spielberg tapped to executive-produce, Variety reports.
The project was announced Tuesday during the launch of the new Xbox One console.
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• Daytime Emmy winner Rena Sofer has joined The Bold and the Beautiful, TV Guide Magazine reports. The General Hospital alumna — who’ll make her debut July 12 — will play Quinn Fuller. Quinn is the mother of Wyatt Fuller, who in turn will be played by fellow B&B newcomer Darin Brooks.
• Netflix has picked up Ricky Gervais’ British series Derek; the streaming video service plans to launch all seven episodes on Sept. 12.
• VH1 will air The Gossip Table, a new morning show featuring a panel that includes Chloe Melas from TVLine’s sister site HollywoodLife.com, this summer. The series debuts June 3.
Were we all too busy mourning Saturday Night Live‘s loss of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen to notice that fan fave Jason Sudeikis also vacated Studio 8H?
SNL castmember Jay Pharoah on Sunday tweeted (then quickly deleted) some sentiments that all but confirmed the third exit, stating: “Hader, Armisen & Sudekis the talent of those three and just them as people in general will be missed but we will be strong and carry on..” (Favstar captured the tweet before it was removed.)
NBC has yet to confirm or deny any Sudeikis-departure rumors, though it does seem odd that the standout — whose memorable characters include Mitt Romney and the Devil — wouldn’t be given his own celebratory goodbye after nearly 10 years with the late-night staple (two of them as a sketch writer).
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• Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland and Mexican songstress Paulina Rubio are said to be the frontrunners to join The X Factor, alongside Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato, in Season 3. The duo would replace departing judges L.A. Reid and Britney Spears.
• America Ferrera is looking to return to TV… and ABC. Per EW.com, the Ugly Betty alumna’s Romeo & Juliet-esque telenovela Pedro & Maria — which was originally developed at MTV three years ago — is nearing a limited series order on the broadcast network.
• NBC has acquired a new series, titled Siberia. The project follows 16 contestants on the Siberian territory of Tunguska. According to the official description of the “dramatic human experiment,” when a contestant is badly injured and no help arrives, “the contestants are met with the chilling realization that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. With their safety threatened, competing contestants must band together in an effort to survive.” Siberia premieres Monday, July 1 at 10/9c.
• In addition to CBS This Morning and his late-night PBS program, Charlie Rose will now host public television’s Charlie Rose Weekend, a half-hour Friday night program beginning in July, per The New York Times.
• If a Father’s Day spent watching One Tree Hill is your dream scenario, you’re in luck: SOAPnet is airing a marathon of the long-running CW drama on Sunday, June 16 from 10 am – 2 pm.
Question: Do you have any spoilers for Law & Order: SVU? There’s loads of rumors going around that Olivia might die in the finale. —Kayley
Ausiello: OK, so… apparently Mariska Hargitay has not yet inked a deal to return next season, despite my earlier assertion to the contrary. (In my defense, this is the only time I’ve ever been wrong about anything ever in the history of everything.) So, that little development, coupled with Kelli Giddish’s promise that the May 22 finale is “insane,” makes me wonder if the rumors might be true. “I cannot believe they ended it this way,” Giddish adds. ”I gasped, myself, when I finished reading it. The fans are going to go nuts. It’s jarring and emotional, because so often our detectives never, ever let the perp get the upper hand, and that happens in this episode.” The episode opens with the detectives enjoying “a day off,” elaborates co-star Danny Pino. “It’s a very unusual way to go into an episode, where we’re all relaxing, doing our own things. And then it does this slow descent into a very dark place. It’s probably one of our darkest. And by the end of it… I mean, I really don’t know how we’re going to get out of it. I feel like the writers have really painted themselves into a corner.” As to whether Benson makes it out alive, all I can tell you is what Warren Leight tells TVLine: that the finale is “a struggle for survival between Benson and [a perp nicknamed] the Beast… I guess it can go one of three ways, you know?” Not exactly comforting, is it?
Question: The Big Bang Theory closes out its best season yet this Thursday. That warrants a scoop! —Charlie
Ausiello: No matter how many times I rework my calculations on the white board in my office, I can’t alter this probability: Breakup rumors are swirling around one of the show’s couples.
Question: Whatever happened to ABC airing the remaining episodes of 666 Park Avenue? I need some closure here. —Matt
Ausiello: The remaining four episodes will unspool Saturday nights beginning in June, and Rachael Taylor is giving the final episode two very enthusiastic thumbs up. “I love the ending,” she tells TVLine. “Everything gets completely flipped on its head, and it was very fun for me to play. My character is very different in the last episode. I’m really looking forward to people seeing the end, because s—t gets crazy.”
Question: I’m a TVLine addict who is terrible at writing. How can I have your job? OK, I’ll settle for Breaking Bad scoop. —Sara
Ausiello: First off, Sara, I’d say you need to work on your cover letter. Here’s a little Bad intel to mull while you’re crafting your next draft: The series finale is “amazing,” raves Betsy Brandt. “It’s the perfect ending for that show.”
Question: Is Heather Morris leaving Glee? That finale sure seemed like Brittany’s farewell. —Donna
Ausiello: All indications are that Morris will be back in some capacity, but probably not until the first part of 2014 at the earliest (Morris’ baby is due in the fall). But don’t expect Santana to wait around for her ex to resurface. Word on the street is she’s getting a serious NYC girlfriend in Season 5.
Question: Any word on when Nick’s mother might be returning to Grimm? —Amanda
Ausiello: “There will be references” to to the Woman in Black in next Tuesday’s finale, per David Giuntoli. “There will be communiqués involved. I’m not sure in what capacity she’ll be back next season, but I’ve been ‘hearing things.’” (I have too; she’ll be back). Speaking of the finale, Giuntoli offers up the following teases: “There are going to be zombies; one of the main characters kinda-sorta dies and may or may not be coming back; and Nick and Juliet – romance!”
Question: 90210 pretty much wrapped up everyone’s storyline with the exception of Silver’s. It was kind of cruel just to leave things hanging on that cancer diagnosis. Was there supposed to be more to the story? —Tammy
Ausiello: Yes, but the 11th hour cancellation precluded the show’s brass from telling it. “It was a bit of a struggle not knowing where the series was headed,” admits co-showrunner Patti Carr. “We thought we would have more time to tell the end of it. It’s our apology to the fans if some of the storylines feel like they weren’t where you thought [they'd] end up — and I think Silver’s is one of them.”
Question: Any hints about who takes the cure in the Vampire Diaries finale? —Kate
Ausiello: Three, actually. 1) It’s not who I thought it would be. 2) Julie Plec is a genius. 3) Julie Plec is a genius.
Question: Any intel on Once Upon a Time‘s casting of Peter Pan? —George
Ausiello: The role of Peter Pan will be played by… a dude! “I can confirm that it will be a male playing the part,” exec producer Adam Horowitz tells TVLine. Beyond that, “Anything to do with that casting we don’t want to talk about, because that would be a big spoiler. Our approach to Peter Pan is one we’re super-excited about. Since Season 1, the Peter Pan mythology was something we wanted to do, but we couldn’t because of the rights issues. Once they were dealt with, we were able to finally go to town and open that world up. We started with Captain Hook, and we knew we wanted to build to what we’re about to do in Season 3.”
Question: How about a scoop on the Nashville finale? —Missi
Ausiello: “It’s bloody,” reports Sam Palladio, all but confirming reports of multiple season-ending deaths. “It’s shocking, actually. When I read the script, it made me go, ‘Wh-wh-whoa! Wow!’ I can’t wait to see the episode.”
Question: What does the Grey’s Anatomy season finale hold for Cristina and Owen? Please answer. I’ll bake you cookies. — Liv
Ausiello: Before I tell you what Shonda Rhimes told TVLine, let me state for the record: vegan oatmeal raisin. Now then, you can go ahead and abandon any hope of the couple meeting in the middle regarding the issue of children. “There’s never been any suggestion that Cristina is going to meet anyone in the middle,” Rhimes notes. “Cristina is not that person.” However, for better or worse (my guess: worse), she adds, “I do think that the more this Ethan situation plays out, the conversation that she and Owen have been avoiding so much really gets forced out into the open.” Ruh-roh.
Question: Are Alex and Jo going to finally get busy in the Grey’s finale? — Chris
Ausiello: Whether it happens in the finale, boss lady Shonda Rhimes says that “one would hope” the non-couple is destined to go down in Grey’s history as one of the show’s great romances. “We were stepping carefully on that, feeling out the chemistry and taking it much slower than I originally intended, which I really enjoyed. It felt like it felt truer to the characters. And I feel like it’s working pretty interestingly.” Which gives me the feeling that this could drag on into next season…
Question: Any Veronica Mars movie spoilers?! — Ted
Ausiello: Before the flick goes into production, it’s looking to cast… well, Rebel Wilson, basically. For the juicy supporting role of Ruby, the powers that be want a plus-sized (check) funny lady (check) who can do a British accent (check). Rebel, you can drop my commission check (check) in the mail.
Question: Please tell me you got some Revolution scoop out of the NBC upfront. Something, anything? — Kyle
Ausiello: Not only did Matt Mitovich score you some scoop, he scored it directly from Giancarlo Esposito, who told him, through the finale, “Tom’s next move is to try and cover his own butt, first. But also, there is a race to figure out who really is in control of the power. The final episode will blow your mind in terms of all of the elements coming together, and some questions you haven’t even thought of asking will be answered.” Which bodes well for a future edition of Questions You Never Even Thought To Ask Ausiello.
Question: Any scoop on Modern Family? —Andy
Ausiello: In next week’s finale, Jay runs into a familiar face while in Florida for the funeral of Phil’s mom. “He sees an older woman, in her 80s, watering flowers, and he knows her from someplace,” explains Ed O’Neill. “And they finally realize how they know each other and it’s quite funny. It’s a great mislead. The whole finale is very, very good.”
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Meg Masters)
Got any scoop about Callie and Arizona for the Grey’s Anatomy finale? — Sam
NATALIE: When the dreaded “talk” does happen, a topic that’s been on the back burner all season will come to the forefront in a major way that just may break your heart — and answer a few questions.
Any last bits of scoop on the Hawaii Five-0 finale? — Jessica
ADAM: Like last year, the finale will explore all of the team members’ personal issues separately. “We’re going to touch on some questions we’ve had for a while,” executive producer Peter Lenkov says. “Is there more going on between Wo Fat and Doris than we know? What happened the night Michael Noshimuri took Kono’s gun? … [These] are issues that need resolutions. Some of our characters are going to have to make tough choices.” How tough? By the finale’s end, somebody will likely be dead. “The English translation of our finale title is “farewell and take care. You can take want you want from that,” Lenkov teases.
I can’t believe Irene Adler is alive! Got any scoop on the Elementary finale? —Anne
NATALIE: If you’re thinking that the reunion between Sherlock and Irene will be a wholly joyous one, think again. Sherlock will make a surprising, uncharacteristic decision about Irene’s captor.
In just how much danger is Benson during the SVU finale? — Nina
ADAM: How dangerous is it to be targeted by a guy nicknamed “The Beast”? “It’s always good to have a character who is pure evil,” executive producer Warren Leight teases. “This is one of these guys who walks through life doing horrible, horrible things. It’s an inevitable confrontation. … It’s going to be horrifying.” In other words, Benson better change her locks.
What’s coming up on The Vampire Diaries season finale? — Maria
NATALIE: It’s no surprise that in The Vampire Diaries finale, many of our heroes will be in mortal peril. Remember this picture? Well, the wound that Elena is tending is similar to the one that once almost killed Damon. Good thing there’s a cure lying around Mystic Falls.
Got any more details about Mark Hamill’s character on the Criminal Minds finale? He’s The Replicator, isn’t he? — Eric
ADAM: We can’t spoil that, silly. But executive producer Erica Messer did share that his character, John Curtis, is “wicked smart” with a particulary high skill set as it relates to biochemistry, which plays a big part in the episode. Come on, when’s the last time biochemistry was used for good instead of evil on TV?
Thanks for all the Modern Family scoop lately. Is there anything more you can tease about the finale? —Jane
NATALIE: It should come as no surprise that old soul Manny will take a liking to laid-back Florida, but one of his Dunphy-Pritchett relations will break the law while on vacation. And no, we’re not talking about Gloria.
What can you tell me about the Bates Motel finale? — Brad
ADAM: Norma will struggle to come up with Abernathy’s money before his deadline. So Norman will somehow come to her rescue, right? Maybe not. But Norman’s conspicuous absence won’t actually damage the too-close mother-son relationship. “They’re moving into their separate worlds, but the finale brings them back together, and they both openly reveal stuff about each other that forces them to reconnect and reassert their relationship,” Freddie Highmore tells us. “It’s like an elastic band. No matter how much you stretch [the relationship], it doesn’t snap.”
Ack! Monroe has Nora. What’s going to happen on Revolution? — Ben
NATALIE: Suffice it to say, Nora being in Monroe’s custody is not a good thing, but according to Daniella Alonso, she may use her plight to her advantage. “Even though she’s chained up and has a lot of guards on her, she does her best to try to kill him,” she says. And worry not, though we’ll see moments of weakness, Alonso assures us that there’s no way Nora will be turned to the militia’s side.
What can you tease about this beast-on-beast fight in the Beauty and the Beast finale? — Marion
ADAM: It’s not exactly a fair fight. “Now that Vincent has been taking medication his strength is weakened,” Jay Ryan tells us. “So at the beginning of the fight he doesn’t have his beast qualities and he has to refer back to his military training.” Gabe, meanwhile, is quite a scary contender. He will show us just how vicious the original beast that Muirfield created can be.
I’m so excited about the return of Falling Skies. What’s coming up? — Micah
NATALIE: When it appears that the aliens have a mole within the 2nd Mass, Tom enlists Manchester to track down him/her/it — a job that will have dangerous consequences. With a new, surprising Overlord in place, the mole’s identity will be a huge shocker.
What’s coming up on Nurse Jackie? — Brad
NATALIE: It’s not the last time we’ve seen Cruz. To everyone’s surprise — including Jackie’s — Cruz will return to the hospital this week with an interesting proposition for Jackie that may make her question her new relationship with Frank.
Adam’s Mega Rave: I’m totally down with James Spader as a Hannibal Lecter-style enigma/inmate on NBC’s fall drama The Blacklist. Unlike when he was on The Office, his creepiness is intentional.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Is it bad that I sort of hope The Mother is now dead? Sorry, How I Met Your Mother, that reveal left a bad taste in my mouth.
“We will deal with the death of Kay Chancellor” following the previously announced May 28 tribute to Cooper, Phelps shares with TV Guide Magazine. “We’ve already written the show into July, so it will take some time before we can address her departure on air. In the meantime, there will be references in the script that Katherine and her husband Murphy are off somewhere on a trip.”
The exec producer adds that Y&R‘s Powers That Be have “not yet decided how Kay’s life will actually end, but we are talking a bit already about what she will leave in her wake. It will be something that will leave the memory of Kay Chancellor deeply imbedded in everyone in Genoa City.”
Cooper, who starred on the CBS soap for nearly 40 years, passed away on May 8 after a battle with an undisclosed illness.
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• NBC’s three-hour live staging of The Sound of Music will air Thursday, Dec. 5. From Smash/Chicago producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the production stars Idol champ-turned-country-music star Carrie Underwood as leading lady Maria von Trapp.
• Dimitri Marick is returning to Pine Valley. Michael Nader announced Monday that he’ll reprise his fan-fave role on the now-online soap All My Children beginning June 3. Dimitri is reportedly lured back to town to head a new division of Chandler Enterprises.
• Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman) has landed a recurring role in the upcoming fourth season of Covert Affairs, which launches July 16. Per TVGuide.com, the actress joins as a new agent with a dark past.
• CBS announced Monday that the 56th annual Grammys are slated to air Jan. 26, 2014, with the 57th honors bowing Feb. 8, 2015.
• Oxygen has given the green light to Pastors Of L.A., a docu-series centering on six pastors in Southern California.
Ravenswood has added quite the beauty.
Beauty and the Beast‘s Nicole Gale Anderson has joined ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars spin-off as the “feisty and disarming” leading lady Miranda, TVLine has confirmed. Described as “a fiercely independent foster kid,” the character is confident but “uses her wits to cover her emotional scars.”
Anderson’s previous credits include Make It or Break It, Ringer and Jonas.
Ravenswood bows in October following Liars‘ annual Halloween special.
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• Fox on Friday ordered a Masterchef spin-off, titled Junior Masterchef. The competition series will feature kids ages 8-13 who love to cook. As part of a new deal with Gordon Ramsay, the network also renewed Hell’s Kitchen for a 13th season and picked up two more cycles of the original Masterchef.
• SOAPnet is celebrating Memorial Day with a Veronica Mars marathon, airing May 27 from 10 am to 7 pm.
• A new man is entering Annie Walker’s life: Simon Kassianides (the UK’s MI-5) will guest-star on the upcoming fourth season of Covert Affairs, TVLine has learned exclusively. The actor will appear in Episode 5 as Dion Stavros, a debonair, Vienna-based arms dealer whose inner circle Annie must infiltrate.
• TBS has given the green light to The CeeLo Life, an unscripted series following the former Voice coach and his longtime best friends – Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo – as they prepare to revive their hip-hop group Goodie Mob.
What is Grey’s Anatomy‘s big finale secret about? Why is Kerry Washington worried about Scandal fans surviving the hiatus? Will Smash go out on a high note? Does Falling Skies have a killer in its midst? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Grey’s Anatomy | As we enter this final stretch — the Season 9 finale airs next Thursday — here are a few teasers and/or merely interesting anecdotes. For one, you know how Shonda Rhimes famously tweeted that she scrapped her original finale plan for one that gives us a “superstorm”? Well, she says that a bit of bad weather was always coming Seattle’s way, “But it definitely wasn’t going to play out the way that it does now.” Then there was her tweet about having to whisper something to a director during the filming of a finale scene. Rhimes tells us that the top-secret exchange involved a bit of dialogue that was kept out of the script pages, yet was coming up in the scene. (“I just walked down to the set, told the director what we were going to do, and then he did it.”) On a related note — or not — I have this vittle for TVLine reader Jessica, who’s wildly curious about what the finale has in store for Meredith, Derek and the birth of their baby. “It is probably the exact opposite of any situation that anybody would want to go into labor in,” Rhimes says, “but it’s also works exactly how we want it to.” The show boss describes the storyline as “fairly intense,” adding that Ellen Pompeo “did beautiful work.”
And now, a flurry of reader questions….
Fitz choosing Olivia has the Olitz/POPUS shippers over the moon. How long before Scandal ruins the honeymoon? –Mandy
My advice would be to savor the POPUS/Olitz goodness while you can, because big things are brewing for season’s end. As Kerry Washington shared with me, “The end of the season finale is so shocking that at the table read I almost couldn’t get it out of my mouth. You can’t imagine how you’re going to live through the hiatus.”
When Falling Skies returns on June 9, how much time has passed on screen between the Season 2 finale and the Season 3 premiere? –@jacobsjj
I will go out on a limb and say that seven months have passed — if only because about a dozen different characters mention in the Season 3 opener that seven months have passed. (So exposition-y!) As such, Tom and Ann are thisclose to birthing their baby, which will, all things considered, present out-of-this-world complications. I can also share that the premiere has a wowza cold open in which the rebels kick some ass… until they don’t; Hal is somehow paralyzed, yet still finding ways to rendezvous with an ever-creepy Karen; and a murder mystery plays a big role in at least the first episodes.
Hi, Matt! I would love to get scoop on the Hawaii Five-0 finale — more specifically on the Kono and Adam storyline. Thank you! –Clarisse
Showrunner Peter Lenkov wants you to know, Clarisse, that come May 20, “Kono has to make the hardest decision of her life — choosing between Adam and her Five-0 family.” Your prediction?
I know it’s a little early for next season questions, but any chance we’ll see Dane Cook on Hawaii Five-0 again? –Sarah
Yes, it is a little early for next season questions.
Who is coming back next season on Criminal Minds? –Sandy
Who, indeed. Though our sister site Deadline said that holdouts such as A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness and Shemar Moore had until close of business this past Tuesday to accept CBS/ABC Studios’ “final” offer for Season 9, last I checked, there had been no movement,
Now that Smash‘s Karen told Jimmy that she loves him, will they be getting back together anytime soon before the series finale? And will Jimmy tell Karen that he loves her? –Kristina
Let’s just say the would-be couple has a “moment” in the finale airing Sunday, May 26. You’ll also see the entire cast singing “Under Pressure”; Karen and Ivy will reteam for a musical number; and Eileen’s bad boy squeeze Nick (played by All My Children‘s Thorsten Kaye) will resurface.
I’ll take any (and I mean ANY) scoop regarding Castle‘s season finale! Monday cannot come fast enough! –Martina
Awesome, because I have ANY scoop: Chuck alum Mekenna Melvin, we knew, guest-stars in Monday’s ep. I can now add that she’s playing Talia McTeague, a well-off Harvard student who shares a connection with the Victim of the Week.
Any news on the Man In the High Castle miniseries from Syfy? My husband is really excited about it. –Saralyn
Your spouse is in good company — the cabler got a very strong reaction to that announcement — but it’s still in the development stage at this time, I am told.
In one of your interviews with Revenge showrunner Mike Kelley, he said that he “tabled” Conrad’s son for the latter half of Season 2. Has Victoria’s abandoned son taken the place of that storyline? –Andrew
Not necessarily; last we checked in with Kelley, the Conrad’s son story had been pushed all the way to Season 3 — which, of course, Kelley won’t be overseeing any longer. So… who knows?
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Dim the lights, ’cause it’s time for some romance!
Today’s Spoiler Chat features some juicy scoop on several fan-favorite couples, including Glee‘s Kurt and Blaine, who is thinking about proposing in tonight’s finale, The Vampire Diaries‘ on-going love triangle and The Office‘s beloved Jim and Pam! Alas, it can’t all be romance and rainbows, as we’ve also got spoilers on Arrow‘s big finale sacrifice, Beauty and the Beast‘s heated Beast-off, plus scoop on Psych, Awkward and more.
Sabrina: Any Homeland scoop to share?
The second episode’s title? “Tower of David,” which will introduce us to Fara, an intelligent Persian woman, who is quite the professional, despite her young appearance. Fans can expect to see her throughout season three.
Abby: Are Kurt and Blaine really going through with the engagement on Glee or does the lesbian couple talk them out of it?
Funny enough, we just spoke with one-half of that lesbian couple: Meredith Baxter. She insists that while she and her partner (played by Patty Duke) definitely have a meaningful dinner with Kurt and Blaine, they in no way give advice on whether he should propose or not. Looks like this decision will be all up to Blaine.
Cady: The title of Arrow‘s finale “Sacrifice” is making me nervous! Should we expect a big death?!
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim says not to read too much into the title, as “everyone should have a drinking game because literally if you were to take a drink every time the word sacrifice or some derivative thereof is used, you’d be buzzed by the end of the first act.” However, we can tell you there will be at least one major casualty in Starling City by the finale’s end. Start your prayer circles now!
Ramona: Not much time left to give us scoop on The Office…
Don’t remind us, we are barely keeping it together as it is. We’ve seen the penultimate episode of The Office’s final season (airing tonight), and if you are a fan of Jim and Dwight’s relationship, this episode will be full of special treats for you. But what’s most important is Jim trying to prove to Pam how much she means to him, so believe us when we say: have all the tissues on standby. All of them. And yes, you will find out who’s getting married in the series finale. But we won’t spoil that for you.
Mae: What will happen when Gabe and Vincent come face-to-face on Beauty and the Beast?!
Tension with a capital T, yo! Sendhil Ramamurthy teases fans will not want to miss. “It’s pretty interesting, because obviously Vincent is not trusting of Gabe,” he says, adding that Gabe will not exactly be himself when he first meets Vincent. “It’s Gabe-Beast meeting Human-Vincent, it really floors Vincent because he’s incredulous at this point…that whole scene is really cool.”
Desiree: I have to know who Elena will choose in TVD‘s season finale!
While we won’t reveal which Salvatore brother our heroine chooses, we can assure you that she does in fact pick one. (No Kelly Taylor-esque “I choose me” moment happening here!) As for the other brother, fret not as he’ll have more than enough to deal with that not landing the girl (for now) will hardly register. Start prepping for one of the series’ best twists ever, basically!
Jackie in Madison, Wisc.: I’ve been so lonely without my Psych boys. Any scoop on what’s coming up when the new season rolls around?
Someone will be taken hostage in the beginning of the season. And it’s someone very near and dear to the Psych universe.
Von: Awkward is the best right now! Spoil me on what’s to come, please.
You asked for it. Near the end of the season, we’ll be introduced to a new female character that could serve as a love interest for…well, it’s anybody’s guess at this point. This new lady (who will be around for more than on episode) is a gorgeous and sexy soccer player, but you won’t be able to dislike her because she’s also a genuinely nice person. Don’t you hate when that happens?
—Additional reporting by Jenna Mullins and Tierney Bricker
TVLine has learned that the Princess Bride fave will reprise his role as the always elusive Pierre Despereaux in the USA Network comedy’s upcoming run.
Per the cabler’s official description of Elwes’ latest guest spot (which is just too Brit-tastic not to include), the “always brilliant chap… proves to be a well of mystery as he weaves through enthralling kerfuffles, chock full of daft chaps, codswallop and smashing twists and turns that’ll leave your knickers in a knot.”
The O.B. (original Buffy, of course) Kristy Swanson is also slated to return to Psych as Marlowe.
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• Matthew Cowles is set to reprise his role as infamous All My Children Big Bad Billy Clyde Tuggle beginning Thursday, May 16. Turns out, the presumed-dead villain is alive and well — and back in Pine Valley for an unwanted reunion with Dixie.
• Neil Patrick Harris has been tapped to host the Tony Awards for a fourth time. The 67th annual honors will air live from New York on Sunday, June 9.
• TNT has ordered a second season of Boston’s Finest, the Donnie Wahlberg-produced docu-series about the men and women of the Boston Police Department.
• BBC America has shifted the Being Human Season 5 premiere from June 8 to July 13 at 10/9c.
• Spike TV has ordered 20 more episodes of its hit reality series Bar Rescue.
Necessary Roughness has recruited Raphael Sbarge.
The Once Upon a Time vet has nabbed a guest spot in the USA Network drama’s upcoming season, TVGuide.com reports, playing an agent at V3, the sports and entertainment management firm led by Connor McClane (new castmember John Stamos).
Ioan Gruffudd (Ringer), meanwhile, drops by Roughness‘ third season (launching June 12) as an anti-therapy self-help guru on a book tour.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• The Borgias may conclude its run with a two-hour movie in lieu of a fourth season. Per Deadline, with a renewal looking unlikely, the Showtime drama’s creator Neil Jordan is looking to wrap things up with a telepic.
• Starz is teaming with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Fleet Street, a drama project chronicling the rise of tabloid journalism in 1970s England.
• American Idol alumna Carrie Underwood has been tapped to perform “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening number for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. She replaces country superstar Faith Hill.
• MTV has announced the 2014 premiere dates for its pair of awards shows: the MTV Movie Awards will bow April 13, while the MTV Video Music Awards will air August 24.
Question: Any chance of a Jackson/April reunion before or during the Grey’s Anatomy finale (airing May 16)? – Emma
Ausiello: Can’t confirm a reunion, but I can confirm — via Shonda Rhimes — that in this Thursday’s episode, “Something happens for April that is fairly life-changing. And then in the finale, all of that is brought into question in a huge way.” Theories?! Hit the comments!
Question: Coming from the other side of the Atlantic from Portugal! Do you have any Grey’s Anatomy Season 9 finale scoops? —Simão Silva (you can call me Simon)
Simão Simon! A major character’s life will hang in the balance when the clock ticks down on Season 9 next week, but before you go calling Rhimes a serial Grim Reaper, consider the facts. “Everyone thinks I kill everybody — and I don’t,” she insists with a chuckle. “I was doing a tally and I’ve only killed three series regulars [while] four series regular [characters] just left into the ether somewhere to do other things in other hospitals. I don’t kill everybody.” (Gonna need someone to double-check her stats. I suck at math. And I’m lazy.)
Question: Any more exciting news you can give us about The Office finale? —Sebastian
Ausiello: More exciting than S.C. returning? More exciting than an extra 15 minutes being tacked on to the episode? Hmmm… how about scoop on the “final” scene of the series, straight from John Krasinski himself? “[It's] a random scene where everyone’s exiting the office,” he reveals. “It was a very mundane [moment], walking out of the office. It wasn’t big or dramatic or anything. I think it [falls] at the beginning of the [episode] or something, so it’s not like it’s the last shot [of the series]. As per usual, I was crying-laughing with Craig [Robinson] and we were all joking around in the hall every time we ended it.” The crying-laughing quickly turned to just crying when “instead of saying, ‘Go again,’ [exec producer] Greg [Daniels] randomly just said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, that’s the end of The Office,’” Krasinski recalls. “And it really was a gut punch. It’s a life-changing event and there’s no way to describe it… It’s a part of your life that defined you, and to have it go away is so incredibly bittersweet. The only thing that helps us all is that we’re so proud of the work and we’re so proud that we got to have a series finale. That’s a very rare thing.”
Question: I heard a rumor that someone might be leaving Glee in the season finale? True? —Nils
Ausiello: Thursday’s finale definitely leaves you with the impression that a pivotal, longtime character will not be back next season — at least not full-time. That said, I have received no confirmation that the actor/actress in question is, in fact, departing the show. Speaking of the finale, rumor has it somebody’s getting *a****d!
Question: Last chance for Glee finale scoop — whaddaya got? —Tammy
Ausiello: A mystery wrapped in an enigma topped with some cryptic sauce. Jacob Artist says he’s not sure if Jake and Marley end up in a happy place because things “might’ve changed a little bit from the original script that we all read.” And that change — which Artist describes as more of an “editing” choice — could ultimately impact several relationships on the show, “Jake and Marley included.” What does it all mean?!
Question: Next week’s Vampire Diaries finale. Next week’s Vampire Diaries finale. Next week’s Vampire Diaries finale… —Carol
Ausiello: If I’m understanding you correctly you want scoop on… next week’s Vampire Diaries finale? Did I get that right? Something allegedly goes down in the episode that is so mind-blowingly cool/surprising that it defies categorization, which is why I haven’t included it in our May Sweeps Scorecard.
Question: I’m dying for some Big Bang scoop. It can be about any couple – I’m not picky. – Marge
Ausiello: How about Raj and Lucy? In this week’s episode, he ditches the guys – and a hot game of Dungeons & Dragons – to spend time with his honey — and by the end of the evening, he’s very glad he did. Want a clue that’s no help whatsoever? Chain-link. You’re welcome. Bonus Spoiler: Wolowitz busts out some truly impressive celebrity impressions during the ep.
Question: Please tell me Sheldon and Amy are going to get closer to doing it by the end of this season of Big Bang. I think I’m more frustrated than she is! – Anna
Ausiello: If I were to tell you that the topic is addressed in this week’s episode – which, after all, is called “The Love Spell Potential” – and that said conversation takes place in Sheldon’s bedroom, would that alleviate some of your frustration… or just make it worse?
Question: I know Bones‘ season ended just last week, but you have to have more scoop on the two bonus episodes they shot after the finale, right? —Cassidy
Ausiello: First off, as exec producer Stephen Nathan points out, “They’re not really ‘bonus’ episodes because we know actually where they’re going to go. One will be the second episode of next season, and the other will be fourth.” As reported in last week’s AA, Episode 9.2 is Sweets-centric. Episode 9.4, meanwhile, is a “much more free-standing episode,” notes Nathan. “We worked with [Bones producer] Kathy Reichs and her daughter on that one, and it is going to be a lot of fun. That’s just a great, [classic] episode of Bones.”
Question: Got anything left over from your interview with Bones EP Stephen Nathan? —Rachel
Ausiello: Just this little tidbit on a potential Season 10. In short, Nathan is confident there will be one. “I’m not planning on Season 9 being the last season at this point,” he tells me. “I think there’s a lot more life in the show. It just doesn’t feel old to us.”
Question: With Christopher Abbott’s abrupt exit from Girls, it’s clear Marnie won’t be spending Season 3 having Charlie’s “little brown babies.” Any intel on what Allison Williams’ beautiful disaster of a character will be doing? –Lorne
Ausiello: You want Marnie scoop? We went straight to the source. “Marnie is working out her demons with exercise,” Williams tells TVLine. “That’s a big part of her life: She’s deciding that fitness is something to channel her anger into.” Post-split, the character will definitely need her mother’s crazy shoulder to lean on, which means that Rita Wilson will indeed be back in the mix. “There’s always the phantom of some man in [Marnie's mother's] life,” Williams says with a laugh. “Luckily or unluckily, so far we’ve never met one of them. But I would be very curious to see what that cater waiter [a lover referenced by Wilson's character in Season 2] was like.”
Question: I’ve got a burning Good Wife Q I’m hoping you can help me with. Do you know if we will get to see the conversation between Will and Alicia that Will demanded they have after their kiss in the car in the finale? That will be an interesting talk considering she is leaving Lockhart/Gardner. —Katharine
Ausiello: Per series creators Robert and Michelle King, “We’ll definitely see that conversation. But it will come with enough baggage to fill a box car.” In other Good news, did you see who’s getting a new love interest next season?
Question: It’s my birthday over here and a great gift would be scoop on the Scandal finale. But anything Scandal is greatly accepted. —Mateo
Ausiello: How about details on John Barrowman’s top-secret May 9 guest stint? According to Shonda Rhimes, the Arrow baddie plays “a fixer” with a “very interesting” client. Bonus (b-day) Scoop: Joe Morton’s character/Jake’s boss does have a name: Rowan!
Question: Love Orphan Black, but I miss Art! Please tell me Sarah’s going to re-join the force soon. —Christopher
Ausiello: Art’s “like a bad smell,” notes EP Graeme Manson, “he just won’t go away.” Translation: “We haven’t seen the last of Art,” he confirms. In the meantime, “Sarah’s many deceptions are still rippling and the effects are being felt, so there’s prices to be paid for the things that she’s done.”
Question: Any good Hart of Dixie scoop you could possibly dish out? —Stephanie
Ausiello: George and Tansy’s recent break-up doesn’t necessarily mean Mircea Monroe is leaving the show. It may mean that. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that. Allow exec producer Leila Gerstein explain: “We love Mircea and would welcome her back in any capacity… I don’t think [her split with George] means there’s not Tansy and George in the future, because they’re very adorable together. And it doesn’t mean that there’s not Tansy and someone else ahead!”
Question: Any idea on how Season 4 of The Walking Dead is going to start off time-wise? Will there be a time jump of a few months, or will it pick up around where Season 3 left off? —Lee
Ausiello: I’m hearing there will be a somewhat significant time jump (hint: more than three months but less than a year).
Question: Please, tell me John Barrowman doesn’t die by the end of Arrow Season 1! I mean, he’s immortal, right? —Judith
Ausiello: Let’s just say I’m reserving a spot in our May Sweeps Scorecard under fatalities for a character on Arrow and leave it at that, K?
Question: So we finally got a Karen-Derek makeout scene on last week’s Smash, but then we found out that they cut their, ahem, duet short — and that Derek wound up sleeping on Karen’s couch! And to make matters worse, Karen later went and professed her love to Jimmy. Please tell me that all this doesn’t mean the Cartwills dream is over before it made it past first base! –Sharon
Ausiello: Don’t shoot the messenger, Sharon, but with only three episodes left till the curtain closes on NBC’s musical drama, the odds are looking increasingly slim that Karen and Derek are endgame. Unless, of course, the Hit List ingenue calling her director “disgusting” in this Saturday’s episode turns out to be just a minor speed bump on their road to true love.
Question: Call me paranoid, but the latest Tonys development on Smash — that Ivy Lynn is now also a contender for Supporting Actress for the short-lived Liaisons — has me worried she’s going to lose Lead Actress in a Musical race to Karen “Iowa!” Cartwright. Say it ain’t so! –Rose
Ausiello: Lest we forget, the Tonys are like most other industry awards shows: Politics plays a part. And let’s just say a little blind item in the Village Voice concerning a certain leading lady’s extracurricular activities — including an affair with a former costar’s fiancé — might have an adverse effect on her chances at taking home a statuette for either side of her mantle.
Will Arizona really cheat on Callie on Grey’s Anatomy?! —Alyssa
NATALIE: I hate to break it to you, but there is a very real chance. “We could present them with some really complex challenges and allow them to deal with them and see some interesting things,” executive producer Shonda Rhimes says, calling it a culmination of this season’s journey through PTSD. “I don’t know where they’re going to end up out of this, I really don’t. But I do know that all of us are really excited about it. It’s a thrilling and complex story for these characters.” Suffice it to say, have some tissues ready!
With A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness possibly not coming back to Criminal Minds, are either JJ or Garcia The Replicator’s target? — Heather
ADAM: We wouldn’t put it outside the realm of possibility. Although executive producer Erica Messer won’t spill who The Replicator will kidnap, she did confirm that a “major” character will die in the finale and “not everyone will make it out unscathed.” Could the kidnapped team member also be the one who dies? “[The kidnapping] part is solved, let’s put it that way,” Messer says.
What can you tease about The Vampire Diaries finale?! — Rachel
NATALIE: We promise that tears (both happy and sad) will be shed while watching the final hour, which includes an epic declaration of love, a duo (finally!) setting off for the summer together, a major death and another character heading on a path that will leave fans screaming at their screen.
How will Glee end this season if there’s no graduation? — Lisa
ADAM: Ryder’s ongoing “catfish” story line will be resolved when he finally meets his mysterious online companion. (Our guess is Unique.) But not every story will be tied up neatly. In fact, Jacob Artist promises “lots of cliff-hangers,” including an ending that is still unknown to the cast. Artist says he and several other cast members filmed two versions after a last-minute rewrite. “I think the new one might be a little bit more like [gasp]!” he says. Guesses?
What’s coming up on The Big Bang Theory? — Darren
NATALIE: After Amy lands on the no-fly list, the girls miss out on their Vegas trip. But a game of Dungeons & Dragons turns out to be Vegas-like enough to subdue even Penny. But why is Raj missing? Oh, he has bigger dragons to slay — as you’ll see in the finale.
Any new hints about the Person of Interest finale? — Richard
ADAM: Look for another major download of answers about Finch’s past, including exactly what tragedy befell his former partner Nathan Ingram and how that moment led Finch to take up Nathan’s mantle with regards to doing the work of The Machine. But given Finch’s alleged recent betrayals of Reese, is their partnership also destined to end in flames? Also, in the race to save The Machine, expect more resolution than your traditional cliff-hanger. “At the end of this 24-hour period, someone is going to control The Machine, and the identity of that someone is something of a surprise,” creator Jonathan Nolan says. “We consider this finale the end of one chapter. Next season is a brave new world.”
Got anything on the Modern Family finale? — Merritt
NATALIE: When Gloria has to go to court for her warrant in Florida, she’ll enlist Mitchell to help her get off. He’ll end up helping out dozens of other plaintiffs at the courthouse, each of whom gets off scot free. But what about Gloria? She’ll get exactly what she deserves.
What can you tell me about the CSI finale? — Michelle
ADAM: Call it a tale of two daughters. When the team investigates a serial killer who is targeting prostitutes, both Brass and Conrad Ecklie will have reason to be concerned for their little girls. When Brass’ drug-addict daughter goes missing, he fears she’s one of the victims. Meanwhile, Ecklie will watch his daughter Morgan go undercover as a streetwalker to smoke out the killer in what executive producer Don McGill calls “the most disturbing scene we’ve done in quite a while.” The girls’ fate will play a big part in the cliff-hanger. “We wanted to threaten both relationships with a kind of jeopardy that may mean an end to either — or possibly both — daughters’ lives,” McGill says.
Please tell me you have some Moriarty scoop for Elementary! — Cathy
NATALIE: Indeed I do. Moriarty will actually enlist Sherlock to help track down a killer and in return he’ll give him an answer to a question that has plagued him for years: Why did Moriarty want Irene dead? But Sherlock is asking the wrong question. And both Holmes and the audience will be very surprised by the correct answer, which comes sooner than you think.
Got any more SVU scoop? — Justin
ADAM: Do you wish this season had two finales? Wednesday’s episode, which sees one of SVU’s own shot by a sniper, was originally intended as the season-ender before NBC ordered two additional hours. Naturally, the stakes are high — and for Ice T’s Finn, personal. “[The shooting] has more to do with a case from Finn’s past that didn’t have closure,” executive producer Warren Leight says. “Finn joined SVU after his partner took a bullet for him.” When that partner turns up all these years later, he may regret that decision. Will Finn have similar regrets? “The question for Finn is: What should he have done differently and what, if anything, could he do differently moving forward?” Leight says.
I’m so excited about Manu Bennett being a series regular on Arrow next season. Will we get a hint towards his Deathstroke future any time soon? — Kayte
NATALIE: Actually, we may get a hint this week, though it may not be the most obvious thing. “I would caution anybody who thinks that they know which way the story is going to go,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says. “What’s always interesting about the island is that you know that Oliver survives the flashbacks, so there’s no suspense in that, but it’s who lives and who dies, and what they do and how they do it; that’s the stuff that is constantly the surprise and the thing that you don’t see coming.”
I’m loving Hannibal. Got any tasty scoop to whet my appetite? — Kyle
ADAM: I see what you did there! Thursday’s episode turns the tables a bit as we meet Dr. Lecter’s shrink, played by The X Files’ Gillian Anderson. “She is a woman who has retired from therapy after an incident, and Hannibal is her only patient [because] he refused to acknowledge her retirement,” creator Bryan Fuller says. “As the season goes on, we see how closely tied Hannibal was to that horrible incident in her professional life, and we also get to see her slowly start to piece together who her patient may be.” That can’t possibly end well, right? “She has this intimate relationship with a brutal murderer and … has insight into [his] psyche,” Fuller says. “What happens when she opens the wrong door?”
Adam’s Mega Rave: Thank you, Mad Men, for taking a break from Don’s existential angst to focus on Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s future. The pending merger gave the show a much-needed jolt of energy that has me buzzing with excitement for the next episode.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Dear Revolution, Chill out on all the throat-slitting! Love, Nat.
Wake up, it’s time to take your daily dose of TV scoop!
In today’s Spoiler Chat, we’ve got scoop on the highly anticipated new seasons of True Blood (which features a big death!) and Dexter, as well as details on a quirky new character that HBO’s Girls will be introducing in season three. Also included? What Nick and Jess fans can expect from tonight’s episode of New Girl now that the fan-favorite couple has done the deed!
Plus, we’ve got spoilers on Beauty and the Beast, The Mindy Project and more!
Are you asking for the premiere date for the new season? We thought so. June 20 is your answer.
Cynthia: What’s next for Nick and Jess on New Girl?!
An adorable morning after! Rather than freak out over having sex, Nick decides to bring Jess breakfast in bed…too bad he never is able to get his version of the meal (which includes pie, of course!) to her as he’s intercepted by her dad. Awkward x 1,000! Especially when Nick’s daddy issues come up later…and we’re not sure he’s going to be able to cancel his subscription by season’s end.
Jessalyn P.: Summer time means True Blood time! Spill!
Sookie wants her life back! Everything is spinning out of control! The humans are pissed! The vampires are even more pissed! Basically, True Blood is going all out this year. Plus, that big death that’s happening this season? It might happen a lot sooner than we originally thought. It’s in the second half of the season, but before the finale.
Sabrina: Any scoop on The Mindy Project?
Have you ever wanted to see a drunk minister get into a fight at a frat party? Well then, tune in tonight when Casey runs into one of Mindy’s exes. It’s freakin’ magical. (And there’s a stripper pole involved.)
Jonathan: Girls scoop, please!
A new hipster is coming to Girls! In season three, viewers will meet Jesse, a 26-year-old low-level employee at a men’s magazine who is described as super smart and funny, but unmotivated. (Also working against him? He actually loves that Adam Sandler movie Jack & Jill.) Hmm…could Hannah be getting an actual writing gig?
Mason: Sad about Dexter ending, but excited that it airs this summer. What’s happening with Deb this season?
Let’s ask the cast and writers of Dexter, because they know better. They tell you everything you need to know about Deb in season eight in this new feature about her journey from cop to killer.
Andy: Beauty and the Beast scoop if you’ve got it!
Now that the show’s been officially renewed for a second season, executive producer Jennifer Levin says fans can expect to see more of Vincent and Catherine’s relationship struggles next year. “We spent this season really bonding Cat and Vincent, and they are so strong together,” she explains. “I think next year we want to put some obstacles in their way and really challenge their relationship, so that’s what we’ve been talking about, how to do that.”
Sebastian: Got anything on Grimm?
The Grim Reaper is a-comin’ for a visit in the finale! When we chatted with David Guintoll, Silas Weir Mitchell and Bree Turner recently, they revealed that one of the three of them might not make it out of the finale alive. Gulp!
—Additional reporting by Jenna Mullins and Tierney Bricker
Michael C. Hall is living the American Dream with his first post-Dexter gig.
The actor is teaming with Showtime to develop a project based on the Matthew Specktor novel American Dream Machine, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Set in both the 1970s and present-day Hollywood, the story centers on a talent agent and his troubled sons.
Hall will act as executive producer and may join the cast in a supporting role should Showtime greenlight the pilot. Dexter showrunner Scott Buck, meanwhile, will supervise the script, which Specktor will pen.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Gone are the days of Todd and Starr Manning and John McBain! One Life to Live vets Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson make their triumphant returns to General Hospital this week — but you might not recognize them. Press PLAY below for a peek at the trio’s new Port Charles alter egos (who all have fab new ‘dos!), then hit the comments: Are you digging their makeovers?
• Starz announced Tuesday that its new Michael Bay-produced drama Black Sails will bow in January 2014. A prequel of sorts to Treasure Island, the pirate adventure is set 20 years prior to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic and centers on Captain Flint (Toby Stephens, the UK’s Vexed), the most feared pirate captain of his day, as he adds to his crew a fast-talking upstart named… John Silver (played by Luke Arnold). Take a peek below at the series’ key art.
• TVLine has learned exclusively that veteran actor Fred Dryer (Hunter) will play Holly’s boss in an upcoming episode of The Exes.
Zap2it: 10 Spoilers: ‘Suits’ Season 3 scoop, ‘Supernatural’ delves into Naomi, and ‘Awkward’ stages an election
Since Mondays are just the worst, we here at Zap2it have decided to give your week a much-needed wake-up call with 10 TV teasers — just to remind you that when the work day is over, your DVR waits to welcome you home.
This week, our Monday Kickstart includes scoop on a “Suits” flashback episode, “Supernatural’s” creepy angel boss-lady, and an “Awkward” couple going head-to-head in a school election.
“Suits”: It’s flashback time! The sixth episode of Season 3 will send both Mike and Harvey back in time 10 years, and we’ll see some of their most dearly departed. We’ll meet Harvey’s father, who has played a pivotal role in his life, when he and Harvey talk about the law — and Harvey’s mother, in a candid moment — while hanging out at the batting cages. Around that time, Mike was still eating peanut butter and jelly at his Grammy’s place and lamenting about Trevor getting him into trouble. Again.
“Arrow”: The Undertaking has finally been revealed — Malcolm Merlyn is out to level the underprivileged part of Starling City, where his wife was murdered many years ago. He just doesn’t plan to tell the people in town to get out before he uses his WMD. The whole plan hinges on Dr. Brion Markov, also known to comic book fans as Geo-Force. “The realization of who he is is pretty immediate in Episode 22. It’s so immediate that I really can’t say anything,” teases Stephen Amell. Meanwhile, on the Island, Edward Fyres is about to trigger a big change in Ollie. “It’s the culmination of Edward Fires and his plan, and it’s a moment of transcendence for Oliver,” Amell says.
“Modern Family”: When Phil scores a Winnebago in a real estate deal, he decides to take the family on a trip up the coast — and Claire looks forward to him finally understanding what “malevolent hellspawn” (who she loves very much) they have for children. Somehow, though, the Winnebago seems to be just what they need to turn the Dunphys into a happy family. Like, Stepford happy.
“Falling Skies”: Remember that new alien race we saw at the very end of Season 2? Turns out they came in peace (at least initially). They’re called the Volm, and they have proven a big help to humanity in the several months that pass before Season 3 picks up — so much so that they’re sitting in on strategy sessions. As you can imagine, that doesn’t sit well with every member of the command.
“Supernatural”: Just because Crowley stole the Angel tablet from Castiel’s ribcage doesn’t mean Naomi’s going to give up her hunt — or her grip on Castiel. Look to learn much more about her motives in the final two episodes of the season. “You’re definitely going to see much more of Naomi,” executive producer Jeremy Carver says. “I think what we have now is a slightly incomplete picture of who this angel is and what she wants. I think that is something that will continue to be refined.”
“Person of Interest”: Just what is up with the Machine? Executive producer Jonathan Nolan tells us that’s a storyline that will culminate in this week’s Season 3 finale, “God Mode.” “It’s clear the Machine has developed some sort of coping mechanism over how to address Finch ‘crippling it,’ as Root would say,” Nolan says. “It’s a big question we’re going to answer in the finale.” Just don’t expect to find out where the Machine is located in this episode, as Nolan and his fellow executive producer Greg Plageman tease the answer to that mystery is going to be saved for future seasons.
“The Big C”: Not everyone is dealing with Cathy giving up chemo as well as she is. Sean is trying to keep his sister alive longer by growing his version of a playoff beard and trying to get her to wish on shooting stars like when they were kids — and yes, it’s as cute and sad as it sounds. Meanwhile, Paul wants to try to reconnect with Cathy as a couple, but she’s trying to get him to move on with someone new … before she’s even dead.
“Baby Daddy”: In the Season 2 premiere, Riley and Ben continue the spark they had at the wedding in the Season 1 finale. But it gets derailed by the fact that Ben actually hooked up with different a bridesmaid at the wedding and never called her, so now said bridesmaid has posted him to http://www.hedidntcall.com. In Riley’s words, Ben is “selfish, immature and has no respect for women.” She’s not wrong.
“The Mindy Project”: This week’s episode opens with Mindy and Casey sharing a sexy shower scene. Well… as sexy as a shower scene can be when it involves one person screaming, “Argh! Your mouth bacteria is in my eye sockets!” So hot.
“Awkward”: Producers are currently casting a nerdy, meek kid named Myles… to go up against Jake and Tamara in the school election. Yes, that means that Jake and Tamara will be opposing each other in the race to be class president, and things could get ugly when the Asian Mafia chooses sides. (As for poor Myles, he never had any hope of winning. With a little advice from Sadie, though, he might have a hope at a decent future.)
What better way to kick off the week than with some juicy scoop on your favorite TV shows?!
In today’s Spoiler Chat, we’ve got spoilers on The Vampire Diaries‘ sure-to-be epic finale, as well as New Girl‘s special wedding guest Taylor Swift and the first lady’s next bold move on Scandal! Plus, we’ve acquired scoop on Teen Wolf, Homeland, Beauty and the Beast and more!
Monique: I’m shipping hard on Danny and Mindy on The Mindy Project! Please tell me they get together before the season ends!
“Dandy” (can we call them that?) won’t end up together, but trust us: there’s a reeeeally good moment that will give you goosebumps. Unless you are dead inside. And then we can’t help you.
Francesca: Scandal me. Now.
Still having trouble forming words after last week’s shocking episode? Us too! One question we were able to put together though was why Mellie didn’t reveal Olivia as Fitz’s mistress during her interview. “That fact, that truth, is her last play,” Bellamy Young explains. “She’s going to be very judicious about how, when and where she lays that card on the table.” Yikes!
Beth: Any scoop on Taylor Swift’s guest appearance on New Girl?!
Just that everyone that works on the show is even more obsessed with her than they already were! “She’s a fantastic actress. She did such a good job,” creator Liz Meriwether gushes. “Our set is a fun set to come to, but it’s also a little bit crazy because there’s a lot of improv and people shouting out extra jokes and she completely held her own and did such a great job with it.” And don’t expect to hear any of her music in the finale, as Meriwether says that would have been “a little bit too on the nose” for the show.
Thomas: You’ve been skimping on the Vampire Diaries scoop lately, what gives?!
How about an epic finale tease courtesy of Candice Accola to make it up to you? “We’re going to have a very dramatic season finale as the show always does,” she says. “We will be closing a chapter, we might be saying goodbye to someone, but we’re going to say hello to a new beginning.”
Sylvia: Can’t believe Dexter is ending! Do you think my beloved serial killer will die in the end?!
We won’t lie, we’re a little nervous about Dexter’s fate after peeping this new poster Showtime released, which features Dex wrapped in plastic similar to the way he wraps his victims! Gulp!
Rachel: I have a very shallow question. Since Dylan O’Brien was shirtless for New Girl is he going to take of his shirt for Teen Wolf?
We have it on good authority that he will not be stripping down for the MTV hit series anytime soon, but never say never.
Matt: Any scoop on Homeland?
The season three premiere is titled “Tin Man is Down” and will introduce viewers to a slew of troubled, but recovering young adults, including a handsome and charming young man who can sweep girls off their feet. Hmm…could Dana be heading to counseling of some sort? Sounds likely, considering we’ll also meet a psychiatrist during the hour!
Cynthia: Have been counting down the minutes until Beauty and the Beast‘s big date episode! Anything you can share?
Well, aside from the fact that Jennifer Levin calls the episode “sexy,” we can tell you that a game-changing reveal will go down by episode’s end. Trust us, it’s huge.
—Additional reporting by Tierney Bricker
The bad boys of Fox have found a new home.
After 25 years on the same network, Cops is relocating to Spike TV, per TV Guide Magazine.
The long-running docu-series will launch its 22-episode 26th season this September in its usual Saturdays-at-8/7c timeslot.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• The Ravenswood population continues to grow. TVLine has learned that The L.A. Complex’s Brett Dier and model Elizabeth Whitson have joined the Pretty Little Liars spin-off (bowing in October), playing twin siblings. Dier’s character is described as brooding loner, while Whitson’s new alter ego is an ex-queen bee.
• HBO has ordered a Life’s Too Short special to help wrap up the Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant-created comedy. Premiering July 5, the project will center on actor Warwick Davis, a little person looking to be back in the spotlight.
• Wilfred‘s third season will bow Thursday, June 20 at 10 pm, with two new back-to-back episodes.
• NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday drew a 10.4 overnight rating/23 share from 6 to 7 pm, up 16 percent versus 2012 to match the race’s best numbers in 21 years.