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.)
Zap2It: 10 Spoilers: Doppelganger drama on ‘Vampire Diaries,’ an ‘Arrow’ first encounter, and ‘New Girl’ gets it on
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 “Arrow” dish from Colton Haynes, “Supernatural” scoop from Jeremy Carver, and “Beauty and the Beast dish from Jennifer Levin.
“Arrow”: We’ve all been waiting for the moment when Roy Harper meets Oliver Queen without his hood… and it’s coming. Thea confides in Oliver that she and Roy have been looking for the vigilante. “He comes and confronts me and pretty much tells me that it’s a bad idea. He’s a little stern with Roy. Roy, of course, does his eye-roll, and isn’t happy with Oliver, and kind of still thinks Oliver’s kind of a wimp,” Colton Haynes tells us. Roy is in for a bit of a surprise when he finally does find out the identity of the Hood — but don’t expect it to happen any time soon!
“New Girl”: “Teen Wolf’s” Dylan O’Brien guest stars in this week’s episode as the dreamiest tuxedo-pant-wearing guitar-strumming teenager you’ve ever seen, who steps in when Jess’s prom date goes awry. When we see him as an adult, he’s slightly less dreamy. One of our favorite parts of the episode doesn’t have anything to do with Jess — just wait until you see what happened when Nick’s dad took him and Winston went on a trip to New York as kids. There’s a woman named Octopussy involved. We’re pretty sure that’s not her real name.
“The Vampire Diaries”: As we previously revealed, Damon and the rest of Elena’s friends aren’t going to have the easiest time torturing her… after all, they still believe that somewhere deep down, she’s the girl they all love. So they have to call in the big guns. You know who won’t have any issues taking Elena to task? The recently-scorned Katherine. Expect another showdown between the Petrova doppelgangers this week.
“The Mindy Project”: Love triangle alert! Mindy’s blossoming relationship with Pastor Casey reaches a turning point this week when they can no longer ignore their religious differences. Meanwhile, Brendan Deslaurier is ready and waiting to make his latest play for Mindy’s heart.
“Supernatural”: The hug between the Winchesters in last week’s episode marked a turning point for them — and a return to the sort of solid bond they haven’t had in a few seasons. “Given how the boys reunited at the beginning of this season, not on the best terms, the one thing that did unite them was this sense of revenge against Crowley and the demons,” says executive producer Jeremy Carver. “Now, we’re going to see things start moving pretty quickly and pretty wildly. A lot of balls in the air. The boys are really going to be constantly confronted with the idea of, ‘Okay, we want revenge, but how far are we willing to go? How much are we willing to sacrifice?'” It’s a theme that drove them when “Supernatural” began, and we’ll find them looking at the question in a new light toward the finale.
“Castle”: When Beckett steps on a bomb in this week’s episode — and can’t move for fear of detonating it — she and Castle take a little trip down memory lane, reflecting back on the key moments in their epic love story. They get a surprise at the end, though, when it’s revealed that the Captain not only knows about their relationship, but has known for a while.
“The Big C”: Alan Alda is back as Dr. Sherman, but his relationship with Cathy makes a pretty dramatic shift in the season premiere. His outlook on things causes Cathy to make some big changes in her every day life, which she is really happy about, even if she is increasingly more exhausted from the chemo treatments.
“Defiance”: After an episode away, Kenya Rosewater is back, getting her dominatrix on in her occupation at the Need/Want bar — until an S&M encounter goes horribly awry. Not even the safe word (“calamari,” which we don’t like as well as Michael Scott’s “foliage”) can help Kenya’s partner.
“Melissa & Joey”: Joe is looking to move on in his career path, which Melissa has a huge problem with — but is it because she still needs a nanny or is it because she doesn’t want to lose him? Fortunately, she doesn’t have to ‘fess up to the latter because a situation to keep Joe in the family falls right into her lap.
“Beauty and the Beast”: Gabe has been a rather mysterious character on “Beauty and the Beast” ever since his arrival. We know he’s causing trouble and has an agenda, but there’s no way — so far — to know if that agenda is on the side of good or the side of evil. Look forward to finding out soon. According to executive producer Jennifer Levin, “[Gabe] is going to cause a lot of problems for Catherine and Vincent … So we’re sort of playing that: Is he good or is he bad?” Although Levin wouldn’t give many more clues — saying only that Gabe might “face” or “kill” Vincent and Catherine — she did promise an answer would come before the end of Season 1. She also promised that that answer would be very much worth the wait.
Zap2it: 10 Spoilers: ‘Supernatural,’ ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ plus — a new love interest for Beckett on ‘Castle’?
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 more behind-the-scenes info from the “Vampire Diaries” spinoff, a missing body on “Hawaii Five-0,” and the hot new guy on “Awkward.”
“Nurse Jackie”: We’ve already seen that new resident Dr. Carrie Roman isn’t shy about having sex in public places, but one of her upcoming partners could surprise you. She and Coop start hooking up on a regular basis, and there’s even a sex tape involved (but it’s not exactly what you would expect in a post-Kim Kardashian era).
“Awkward”: Season 3 finally premieres tomorrow night — and in the second back-to-back episode, you’ll meet Jenna’s new love interest, Colin, played by new recurring guest star Nolan Funk. Though his intro is brief, he’ll be a very significant part of the season. “He’s a very passionate writer,” Funk tells us. “In this creative writing class. He comes from a little bit of money, but he isn’t really pretentious, he just has a lot of life experience. He’s a little bit adventurous, a little dangerous. I would say this character is definitely the absolute contrast to Matty’s character.”
“Suburgatory”: ABC may have already spoiled Malin Akerman’s return as Tessa’s mom in the season finale, but we’ve got scoop from creator Emily Kapnek on why Alex is back in the States. The key word, she says, is “opportunistic.” Also, look for George to find an unlikely friend in a moment of crisis.
“The Vampire Diaries”: We’re getting closer to the highly anticipated “Originals” episode. If the new spin-off gets picked up, Rebekah will be joining her brothers in New Orleans — but her role in the April 25 episode is minimal. As you may know, Claire Holt was the last of the Originals to sign on for the new series, and the script had already been completed when she inked her deal. But don’t worry, Rebekah fans — if “The Originals” gets picked up (and we’re hearing VERY good things from our CW sources), there are big, big plans in place for her time in New Orleans.
“Hawaii Five-0″: This flashback episode features McGarrett’s covert op that started the series. Three years ago, McGarrett and SEAL buddy Freddie Hart (“Catching Fire’s” Alan Ritchson) were sent on a secret mission to extract Anton Hesse, brother to the man who murdered McGarrett’s father, from North Korea. When Hart is killed, McGarrett enlists the highest levels of government to retrieve his body several years later — but the North Koreans give McGarrett the wrong body. What will McGarrett do to find his SEAL friend?
“Supernatural”: Remember Sam’s love interest, Sarah Blake from Season 1? If not, this should help refresh your memory. We’ve confirmed that Taylor Cole is indeed returning to reprise her role. Look for Sarah to reunite with Sam and Dean in episode 822.
“Veep”: The North Carolina pork board is having a pig roast and the POTUS sends Vice President Meyer. Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus teases for Zap2it, “In an effort to get close to the people, she will be going to a hog roast. And it won’t go very well. A few other things will be roasted besides a hog, let’s put it that way.”
“Bones”: When Booth’s mother (guest star Joanna Cassidy) comes back into his life after 24 years of no contact, the FBI agent initially is excited to see her. But there’s some awkwardness there, obviously. Booth’s true feelings about the matter may appear when — after mom mentions a hotel — he insists she stay with him and Brennan. The man’s true feelings are betrayed by a single line: “I’m not gonna let you go this time!”
“Nikita”: In the season finale, Nikita has been bugged! To add insult to injury, Amanda has planted the bug under Nikita’s skin… which makes for an interesting dilemma when she demands an ASAP meeting with President Spencer. Fortunately, Michael and Birkhoff may be able to use the bug to their advantage.
“Castle”: A new love interest for Beckett? In an upcoming episode, she’ll be assigned to protect Erik Vaughn (“Ringer’s” Ioan Gruffud), a charming, wealthy entrepreneur with a keen sense of adventure. Spending time with Vaughn makes Beckett reconsider her relationship with Castle. Is the spark gone? (We. Think. Not.)
Zap2it: 10 Spoilers: Felicity scoop from the ‘Arrow’ set, an ‘O.C.’ reunion, and Matt’s ‘Vampire Diaries’ fate
This week, our Monday Kickstart includes scoop on two of our favorite underrated characters on The CW: Felicity Smoak from “Arrow” and Matt Donovan from “The Vampire Diaries.”
“The Vampire Diaries”: As high school graduation approaches, everyone’s future is uncertain… but we’re particularly curious about our one remaining human. “We are going to let ourselves really enjoy Matt in the last couple episodes,” says EP Julie Plec. “He looks around at all the people in his life that are about to graduate, maybe move on to college, or go off and live some supernatural destiny elsewhere, and then here he is figuring out his next step. He’s thinking, ‘Do I have any options? What are they? And what do I want to do now that I’m free to get away from all of this if I want to?'”
“Arrow“: Felicity’s getting a new job! The “Arrow” crew was spotted filming this weekend (yes, on a Saturday — tweet them your thank-yous accordingly) and our fave Emily Bett Rickards had an interesting wardrobe situation happening. Yes, it looks like she’s going to be serving up the best fries in Starling City at Big Belly Burger. The question is … why? Did she get fired from Queen Consolidated? Is she working undercover? Is she covering Carly’s shift so Diggle can finally get some alone time? Your guess is as good as ours.
“Men at Work”: “One Tree Hill” star Bethany Joy Lenz makes her return to TV in the May TK episode as a single mom who catches the eye of Tyler (Michael Cassidy) in a grocery store. On their first date, Tyler bonds with her super cool ex-husband … played by Cassidy’s former “The O.C.” co-star Ben McKenzie. They continue to bond on the second date. It’s possible that they bond a little bit too much.
“How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)“: In an upcoming episode, Polly runs into an old friend … who she refers to as “Hot Scott.” He’s definitely got potential love interest written all over him, until she makes the mistake of inviting him to her parents’ Academy Awards viewing party. Let’s just say that the “Hot Scott” nickname doesn’t stay secret. Not even for three minutes.
“The Mindy Project”: The developing bromance between Jeremy and Morgan hits a speed bump during this week’s episode, set at a medical conference in Santa Fe. As Ed Weeks recently told us, “Once they’re at the conference, Jeremy begins to not acknowledge Morgan as much, maybe is a little embarrassed of him, which leads to a sort of emotional betrayal that has to be resolved. We have a really fun, kind of touching scene — in a sweat lodge, weirdly — where we reconcile.”
“Hannibal”: Will Graham has a knack for getting inside the mind of a killer, but he never actually killed someone before the confrontation we saw in the series premiere. So it’s no real surprise his boss orders him to get a psych evaluation in this week’s episode. But who does the evaluating? Dr. Hannibal Lecter, of course.
“The Carrie Diaries”: If you were bummed about Carrie and Sebastian’s break up last week, never fear! In true high school fashion, they get back together in tonight’s season finale — just in time to make some prom plans! But don’t get too swoony, guys. These two hit a major bump in the road before prom night fun… and Sebastian’s reaction may change their relationship forever.
“Go On”: On the season finale, Lauren and the group want to help Ryan with the big step of scattering Janie’s ashes. Steven gets in on the fun by regaling everyone with “Janie’s favorite hymn,” which she actually only liked because of how ridiculous and earnest Steven is when he sings it. It’s not to be missed.
“Happy Endings”: Couples Game Night is on like Donkey Kong when Penny wants to prove that she and Pete know each other as well as Jane and Brad (and Max and his stalker, Scotty). As Pete and Penny start winning, insane matching-tracksuits-wearing Jane and Brad start imploding — but which couple will still be standing at the end of the night?
“The Following”: In next week’s episode, Roderick is feeling the pressure as his police department is called upon to aid in the Joe Carroll case, and he’s got to play the role of sheriff and dutiful Follower at the same time. He does the one thing that could put him on Joe’s bad side for good … he puts Joey in dire danger. Meanwhile, look for Ryan to do his best to recruit a follower of his own.
This week, our Monday Kickstart includes a Stark family reunion on “Game of Thrones,” a shocker ending on “Justified” and a warning about “Revolution.”
“Game of Thrones”: When everyone’s favorite fantasy drama returns for its third season, there are some Stark family reunions in store. In fact, even fans of the books may be surprised by seeing certain members of the Stark family on screen together, despite the fact that our wolves are scattered across the landscape of Westeros.
“Raising Hope”: In the first half of the one-hour season finale, Burt’s parents come to town and drop a bomb that Burt is Jewish — cue the musical numbers! Viewers are treated to such gems as “What Makes a Jew a Jew,” “Let’s Have a Sadir” and “Rock the Torah,” which is a particularly awesome arena rock number.
“Justified”: It’s Find Ellen May day in Harlan County, with, well, pretty much everyone on the trail to find Ava’s wayward employee. Along the way, people are shot at, money changes hands, Rachel gets sassy and someone ends up dead. Oh, and the final frame is maybe the most disconcerting thing the show has ever done.
“Bates Motel”: Norma’s other son, Dylan (Max Thieriot), arrives in town and immediately clashes with both his mother and his half-brother. The bros even get into a knock-down drag-out fight in the kitchen, which leaves Dylan concerned about Norman’s mental health (with good reason).
“Revolution”: War is waged between General Monroe and our intrepid band of rebels — and it goes about as well as you’d expect. Make sure your DVR isn’t going to lop off the final few minutes of the episode. You’re going to need some tissues, and then you’re going to be saying, “WTF.”
“Psych”: The 100th episode is an homage to “Clue,” complete with guest stars Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren and Martin Mull from the 1985 movie. It’s hard to choose our favorite reference, but Shawn running around a la Wadsworth is pretty priceless.
“The Office”: The Clark-Dwight sales team will be out in the field again in a coming episode, and things will get a little out of hand. “We kidnap a guy,” Clark Duke tells us. Anything for that commission, right?
“Anger Management”: Curious as to what Lindsay Lohan will be doing when she guest stars on Charlie Sheen’s show? We can reveal that she’s playing herself … in an ad for a Japanese gum called Number One Happy Whiskey Chew. It’s gum that tastes like booze, but has no alcohol in it, so it won’t break her parole. Classy, right? When she doesn’t like how she’s being portrayed in the commercial — as “some drunk girl that hooks up with strangers and animals” — Charlie counsels her.
“Happy Endings”: Love has been a fleeting thing for Max (Adam Pally) this season. Don’t expect that to change any time soon. Not only will he date a woman (for really good basketball tickets), Max will also have a bit of a relationship with a hot foreign man. The problem? This guy is the son of Dave’s (Zachary Knighton) food-truck rival. Alas, even this love isn’t likely to last. “I don’t see Max as they type to be dating a Brazilian guy that doesn’t know anything about baseball,” Pally told us.
“Castle”: This week’s “Castle” episode might be all about Ryan, but events are seriously going to affect tough Detective Esposito too. “It’s probably one of the most helpless times in Esposito’s life,” Jon Huertas says of the time when his partner has to go undercover with an Irish gang on Staten Island. “You’re going to see a vulnerable side to Esposito when it comes to Ryan.”
This week, our Monday Kickstart includes dish on Oliver Queen’s complicated love life on “Arrow,” plus some “Mindy Project” conflict and a Chris Brown reference on “The New Normal.” Because who doesn’t love a good Chris Brown reference?
“The Mindy Project”: Mindy’s personal and professional lives collide when Morgan invites everyone in her cell phone contacts to attend her surprise party, and Danny and Jeremy decide they’re both interested in Mindy’s friend Alex (Kelen Coleman). The guys compete to impress Alex all night long — until one of them ends up in the hospital, and it’s not work related.
“Arrow”: Despite the major tension between Oliver and Tommy now that Tommy knows who The Hood is, Oliver is at a surprisingly good place in his life heading into the next episode, “The Huntress Returns.” We were on set for the filming of the episode, and we can tell you that Ollie and McKenna are doing great — they shot a scene where he stops by her apartment when she’s fresh from the shower, and let’s just say she doesn’t mind him catching her in her robe at all. That said, the Huntress showing up is going to be a major, major buzzkill for their romance. Major. “Oliver is really falling for McKenna, but he loved Helena,” says Marc Guggenheim. “His feelings for her when she comes back are very conflicted and very complicated. There’s a lot of fun to be had with that little triangle.”
“The Carrie Diaries”: We’ve grown surprisingly fond of Carrie’s little sister, Dorit, who was MIA in last week’s episode. Tonight, though, we’ll spend much more time with her. “We find out why Dorit is as scary as she is,” executive producer Amy B. Harris tells us. “Once she reveals herself a bit, she’s open to the possibility of romance. She’s going to meet someone, and Dorit in a relationship is surprising.”
“Parks and Recreation”: Thursday’s episode is a showcase for several of the minor characters that make Pawnee the most fully realized fictional town this side of Springfield. Keep your eyes out for Sewage Joe, Brandi Maxxx and the ever reliable Perd Hapley in the episode, which revolves around Leslie trying to save a video store in town.
“Dallas”: Even after he’s gone, J.R. Ewing will keep you guessing. “Dallas” handles Larry Hagman’s passing, and that of his legendary character, quite well — and also sets up a nice mystery as to how just how he died, which EP Cynthia Cidre promises will be answered by the end of this season. Yes, we’re once again wondering who shot J.R.
“Psych”: This Wednesday’s “Lassie Jerky” is the show’s found-footage episode, set deep in the woods. Roughing it, bear traps, Bigfoot, dead bodies and heavily-armed bad guys? You’d think it’d be right up Lassiter’s alley, but someone else actually gets to be the kick-butt commando, whose “heroics cannot be overstated.”
“Archer”: Heretofore unseen (but much-maligned character) Trudy Beekman is both seen and heard in “The Honeymooners,” much to Mallory’s consternation. Unfortunately, Trudy is not voiced by Liza Minnelli.
“Hart of Dixie”: Expect some major, major shake-ups in the season finale when Zoe makes an unexpected confession to George. Let’s just say it drives him to drink. Zoe, on the other hand, decides that she needs to get out of town… but when there’s a medical emergency on her flight and the flight attendants call for a doctor, she bumps into Jonah Breeland. You can’t outrun Bluebell drama, Dr. Hart!
“Revolution”: The show has been almost maddeningly cryptic about just what it is that Randall Flynn has been up to. We can assure you, though, that it’s not good. Watch out for him to make an overture to Monroe — which is potentially really bad news for everyone opposing the general.
“The New Normal”: Leave it to Rocky to try to redeem Chris Brown! In an upcoming episode, NeNe Leakes’ character makes a crack about trying to help rehabilitate his image by making him play a transgender soup kitchen worker on Bryan’s show.
10 Spoilers: An ‘Arrow’ game-changer, a ‘Supernatural’ angel dilemma, plus ‘Bunheads’ goes all the way
This week, our Monday Kickstart includes some scoop from our latest “Vampire Diaries” set visit, dish on a major “Bunheads” rite of passage, and some thoughts from Jared Padalecki on whether the “Supernatural” guys would ever betray Castiel to get rid of all the angels. Plus — don’t miss this week’s “Arrow.” Seriously.
“The Vampire Diaries”: We visited the set last week and — in addition to getting some scoop on Tyler’s return — we also got to watch Nina Dobrev pull double-duty as she filmed a scene for episode 418, “American Gothic.” In the past, we’ve seen Katherine pretend to be Elena plenty of times, but now, we’ll get to see Elena’s best impression of Katherine. Katherine didn’t seem too impressed by the likeness, though… she thinks Elena’s innocence will be a dead giveaway. (Not to mention her haircut.)
“Arrow”: Stephen Amell has been referring to this episode with the term “Holy s***balls,” on Twitter, and after getting a sneak-peak viewing of it, we can confirm that he wasn’t being hyperbolic. The episode is really that crazy. This week’s “Dead to Rights” features a pivotal moment that will change Oliver’s life — as himself, and as the Arrow — forever. We’ll also hear Laurel reference a canary for the very first time. Even the flashbacks to the island in this episode are particularly heartwrenching as Oliver makes some painful decisions in the name of self-preservation.
“Bunheads”: In tonight’s winter finale, Sasha demands that Boo, Ginny and Melanie all participate in a group research project. The subject? Sex. The goal? To keep their boyfriends interested. But only one of the girls actually goes all the way with her guy, and you’ll have to wait until the end of the episode to find out who loses her virginity.
“Psych”: Shawn has always been known for going his own way when solving a case, but when his father is put in danger in the Season 7 premiere, he goes even further off the book than we’ve come to expect of him. After all, it is his dad we’re talking about. Oddly enough, he has an unlikely source encouraging his rogue excursion into crime fighting.
“Supernatural”: Right now, the Winchesters’ No. 1 priority is closing the gates of hell to keep all the demons out. What they don’t know yet, though, is that in addition to the demon tablet, there’s an angel tablet, which could lock all the angels away for good. The question is, would they be willing to banish Castiel in order to rid the world of all the other angels? “I absolutely think the boys would sacrifice Castiel to get rid of the angels,” Jared Padalecki tells us. “I think they are, not one-track minded, but goal-oriented enough to where you’ve seen them sacrifice themselves or others to try and accomplish a bigger objective … I feel like they would do it. I could be wrong, but I feel like they would do it.”
“Archer”: Anthony Bourdain guest-voices “Bastard Chef” Lance Casteau at ritzy restaurant “Seize” (pronounced “Says”). The ISIS agents are there undercover to protect the Albanian ambassador — complete with Archer as Sous Chef Randy Randerson — but Chef Casteau may turn out to be the real person everybody needs protecting from.
“The Following”: How anxiety-inducing was last week’s cliffhanger episode? Things are only about to get more harrowing. The longer that Claire goes without seeing her son, the more she begins to unravel. “She just hits her breaking point,” Natalie Zea tells us. “There comes a point where she realizes that crazy people do the same thing over and over again, expecting a different response. There comes a point where she’s like, I could either be crazy, or I could change.” In fact, expect a pretty big confrontation between Claire and Ryan in an upcoming episode. “I definitely bruised Kevin Bacon,” Zea teased. “I don’t know my own strength.”
“Hart of Dixie”: Despite being let down big-time by Wade, Zoe isn’t going to give up on finding love. In fact, when she goes on a date with a much older guy — thanks to a little nudge from Rose — she begins to think that someone more mature might be just what she’s looking for. Of course, because this is Zoe Hart, somehow her venture into responsible-adult-dating lands her at the high school prom.
“The Americans”: Lots of things can destroy a carefully planned spy operation. Misplaced loyalties, infiltration and even dumb luck are expected. But what happens when an asset’s emotions are compromised. In “Comint,” the KGB stands to lose all missile-defense information because one man can’t move past the death of his beloved wife. And the spies can’t offer needed emotional support with the FBI watching. (Also, if you want to get valuable and classified information out of the FBI, buy your source a pair of fancy pumps.)
“Southland”: In an upcoming episode, Ben and Sammy get invited to a retirement party for Maureen… a toothless prostitute known as the “tooth fairy.” Classy — but hey, it’s an open bar. Surprisingly enough, though, the event isn’t all fun and games. Ben learns a little something about Sammy’s past at the party.
10 Spoilers: Derek’s new ‘Teen Wolf’ digs, a ‘Vampire Diaries’ exit, and killer shenanigans on ‘The Following’
This week, our Monday Kickstart includes details on Derek’s new place on “Teen Wolf,” plus a “Vampire Diaries” goodbye (and a hello!) and some soon-to-be-revealed secrets on “The Following.”
“Nashville“: When Juliette hired Deacon for her band, you could tell she thought it was to help a friend while simultaneously irritating Rayna. But there will be an unexpected side effect: Deacon is old-school country and he gets Juliette to start questioning her glitzy, effects-filled performances. After all, Johnny Cash “only needed three people” to put on a good show.
“Community“: Season 4 of Community means the start of the group’s senior year. And Abed isn’t coping too well with the possibility of change. Mostly, however, he keeps his fears to himself. When Troy asks, he learns that Abed is either “F-I-N-E” or “F-Y-N-E” — one of them being code for “not fine.”
“Psych“: Let’s just say that Shawn, with all his issues about mortality and abandonment, does not handle Henry’s shooting that well. And he’s out for revenge against Jerry Carp, going all “Lethal Weapon” on the case, much to Juliet’s consternation. But he finds some allies in a couple unlikely characters.
“Teen Wolf“: This week, we got to check out Derek’s new bachelor pad! In the four months that pass between Season 2 and Season 3, Derek gets himself a big, spacious loft, complete with actual furniture, a spiral staircase, and a bed… which fans can expect to be put to very good use this season. Executive producer Jeff Davis tells us that originally, the set design included more furniture, but he asked that it be minimized, because Derek isn’t exactly the sort of guy who is into interior decor. “Most of this stuff, he probably found in the trash,” Davis jokes. In addition to the new digs, Derek has a new look. Tyler Hoechlin revealed that his character’s scary wolf teeth got a redesign over the hiatus.
“The Vampire Diaries”: This week, we said goodbye to Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) — and despite a definite theme of resurrection this season, we’re hearing that that’s the very last we’ll see of him in the present day. More bad news? Kol isn’t the only character we’re going to say goodbye to before the next hiatus. Okay, okay, so we have some good news for fans, too: Stefan’s BFF Lexi will appear in another flashback episode this season. And more Lexi is always a good thing.
“Hart of Dixie”: Shakespeare and love might not actually mix well. When Dash DeWitt casts George and Zoe as Romeo and Juliet in the Bluebell production, Tansy gets a little sensitive about the pairing. While the theatrics are awkward for them, though, Lavon is the one who goes to extreme lengths to skip the drama. Meanwhile, Lemon and Wade run into some legal trouble at the Rammer Jammer when they make a new hire.
“Girls“: Last season, there was an episode that featured Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah, and none of the other three girls. This season, there’s another. This week’s episode focuses exclusively on Hannah’s extended one night stand with Patrick Wilson’s character, a (sort of) married doctor. It’s an extremely uncomfortable episode, even by “Girls” standards. Hannah fainting in his shower isn’t even close to her lowest point in the episode.
“New Girl”: Next week’s episode deals with the fall-out from Nick and Jess’s heart-stopping, epic kiss. Let’s just say that neither of them handles the consequences very well, but Winston’s reaction might be the best — after he finds out about the smooch, he punches Nick in the, uh, genitalia. Fans can also look forward to a very endearing gesture from Schmidt to Cece.
“Scandal“: This week’s episode is the one we’ve been waiting for, when this season’s story lines — from the assassination attempt to the rigged election — come to a breathtaking climax. Oddly enough, the death in the episode actually serves to bring Fitz and Mellie closer together. Yes, Mellie.
“The Following”: This probably won’t surprise the more astute viewers, but in tonight’s new episode, we’ll see a flashback that reveals that during the years Jacob and Paul were “pretending” to be a gay couple, their feelings for each other weren’t entirely make-believe. What will surprise you? That’s not the biggest secret that Jacob has been keeping from Emma. Not by a long shot.
10 Spoilers: ‘Vampire Diaries’ spin-off scoop plus ‘Teen Wolf’ sex and some potential new ‘Pretty Little Liars’
This week’s Monday Kickstart has some fun spoilers from “Vampire Diaries” and “Teen Wolf,” plus dish from “Pretty Little Liars” executive producer Oliver Goldstick on whether the show can go on after Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna graduate and leave Rosewood.
“The Vampire Diaries”: In “The Originals” backdoor pilot (Episode 20 this season), Klaus will meet the beautiful and intelligent Camille, a psychology student at Tulane in New Orleans. Like Elena before her, Cami is a human, unaware of the “supernatural storm” brewing around her — but she’s certainly intrigued by the darker side of the French Quarter. She’ll be particularly drawn to Klaus, because as a smart and curious student, she’s intrigued by one question in particular: What makes someone evil? If anyone can answer that, it’s our very own Original hybrid. If “The Originals” gets picked up to series, Cami will be a regular cast member. (Also, some good news for you purists — in addition to Atlanta, we’re hearing that some scenes for the episode will actually be shot in New Orleans.)
“Arrow”: Laurel’s mother, Dinah, abandoned Laurel years ago, but in Episode 16, she’ll return to Starling City in the interest of reuniting with her daughter. In the comic books that inspired “Arrow,” Dinah is the original Black Canary, and Laurel later takes over for her mother. Of course, in the comic books Dinah also dates Oliver Queen… which we’re guessing (and hoping?) won’t translate to the TV version. In other “Arrow” news, look for China White to make a few more appearances this season. Kelly Hu tells us we haven’t seen the last of her character. “I can tell you that I do get to speak — I get to talk a little bit more. And I do have a lot more action going on too,” she says.
“Teen Wolf”: We’ve always been impressed by “Teen Wolf’s” frank and inclusive approach to sexuality, and that’ll continue in Season 3. This season, we’ll even see at least one gay sex scene on the show, which is a rarity in teen dramas. Don’t get too prematurely excited though, Sterek fans — this particular hookup involves Danny, who we’re hearing has a pretty significant role in Season 3 even though his BFF Jackson left Beacon Hills.
“Pretty Little Liars”: Could Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily ever be replaced? Time moves very slowly in Rosewood — but eventually, the Liars have to grow up and move on from high school. Executive producer Oliver Goldstick tells us that the writers have a plan for the current Liars through the summer after their senior year. “I think five [seasons] is what we originally thought,” he says. “But there are ways to invigorate this show, interestingly enough. We’ve talked, internally, about introducing four new Pretty Little Liars; we’ve talked about that with the studio. There could be four new girls after these girls graduate, who witness or participate in some sort of crime, and all of a sudden you have four new girls who are lying. I don’t know! But for now, with these girls, we’ve all thought that we’ve got five seasons in them.”
“Castle”: As you already know, “Vampire Diaries” and “Arrow” star Kelly Huwill be guest-starring on Monday’s episode of “Castle,” and she does have a busy time. Not only is she a suspect in the murder of her boss, but Hu also gets to go on a date with Esposito The date doesn’t exactly go as planned, of course. What would be the fun in that? “During the date, there’s a little surprise,” Hu teases.
“Nikita”: In episode 16, we’ll meet “intense” young Division agent Rachel, who was something of a potential Nikita and/or Alex in the making before Percy fell. Rachel is the leader of a revolution within Division, or so we’re lead to believe. Rachel will turn her gun on Alex at one point during the episode, but the real surprise is who ends up on the wrong end of Alex’s weapon.
“American Horror Story”: Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan-Tatum are back in this week’s episode. We’ll return to the gory scene from Episode 1, when the couple was enjoying some nice romantic oral sex in the abandoned insane asylum (man, some people have the weirdest kinks). This time, though, we’ll see the whole mess from the perspective of Dylan McDermott’s character, the new Bloody Face — just before he takes violent action.
“Scandal”: Each of Olivia Pope’s gladiators has had time in the spotlight this season — except for Harrison. That’s likely to change in the season’s back nine episodes. After the current mystery wraps up, expect Columbus Short’s character to come to the forefront a little bit more. He might even get a love interest.
“Justified”: Thisssss week Billy’s snakes takes center stage out at the preachin’ tent, though things aren’t exactly what they seem with the serpents that he charms. And hey, if you’ve always wanted to see someone get bit in the face by a rattlesnake, well — you’re in luck.
“Nashville”: In Episode 14, Juliette will meet Ozzy, an experienced sober companion who comes off as very genuine, and is extremely good at his job. Right now, his job is to keep an eye on Juliette’s mess of a mother, Jolene. He wants Juliette to be involved in Jolene’s ongoing recovery, but as far as Juliette’s concerned, she’s already involved enough — after all, she’s the one writing the checks.
Now that we’re back from our holiday vacation, our Monday Kickstart, has some fun spoilers for our Friday night faves “Fringe” and “Grimm,” plus the highly anticipated “Cougar Town” return and much, much more.
“Fringe“: As we already know, Observers have the ability to see and understand all timelines and universes, and Michael, the child Observer, is no exception. In the upcoming episode, we learn that through Michael, Walter was able to “remember” moments from other timelines… including the time he was up late making a sandwich and Peter slipped, and called him “Dad.” Oh, and a bonus spoiler? Look for the return of the white tulip in the next episode.
“Grimm“: When the show returns, there’s a potential for Nick and Renard to… become allies? Yes, you read that right. “There’s some big issues that have to be dealt with for Renard and for Nick, and they have to come to terms with those,” says EP Jim Kouf. David Greenwalt adds, “It depends what service that Nick can perform for Renard. He’d rather have him as an ally than an enemy, but he could have him either way. This had to come to a head. We didn’t want to just play it out forever between the two of them, because, you know, it is [Nick's] girl that Renard is messing around with, albeit under a spell.”
“Justified“: Patton Oswalt plays a Harland County constable who helps Timothy Olyphant’s Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens on a case. The character is usually a guy who serves legal papers, but he is a lot tougher than he looks… although he may not be as tough as he says.
“Portlandia“: Bonus Oswalt scoop! He’s not quite as scary on “Portlandia,” where he plays a local celebrity. What is he famous for? Let’s just say you might want to think twice before sending this guy an Evite to anything.
“Scandal“: In order to stop Sally Langston from making a complete power grab as acting president, Fitz’s team of behind-the-scenes puppetmasters spring into action. The First Lady goes so far as to commit an act of treason — though of course, we had no doubt she was capable of such a move.
“Smash“: New executive producer Josh Safran is making some big changes in Season 2, but he isn’t looking to alter the DNA of the show. In addition to adding more cast members, he’s introducing another musical in addition to “Bombshell”; this time, an edgy off-Broadway show very much in the vein of “Rent.” We got a sneak peek at Jeremy Jordan’s performance from the show — and we got all kinds of tingles.
“Cougar Town“: Look for the connection between Travis and Laurie to continue to deepen this season when the show returns on TBS. “We pursue Busy and Dan again a lot this year and kind of build towards something at the end of the year,” says E.P. Bill Lawrence. Before that “something” happens, though, Laurie’s boyfriend comes home. “My boyfriend Wade comes back from Afghanistan, so I no longer have to have cybersex with him,” says Busy Phillipps.”I got to actually make out with him in real life. As an actress sometimes you get to go to work and you make out with guys. That’s all right. It’s fun. Your husband can’t get mad at you.”
“Pretty Little Liars”: We definitely haven’t seen the last of Meredith — she’s got a new long-term sub position at Rosewood, which obviously causes some awkwardness for Aria. Who wants to go to an English class taught by her dad’s mistress? Nobody. Thankfully (?), Mona is on the case. Um, yikes.
“Grey’s Anatomy”: In episode 15, a newborn’s life hangs in the balance and the doctors are unsure as to whether or not to perform an extremely risky surgery. Things are made more complicated by the fact that the baby’s parents barely know each other — the child is the result of an office party hookup between virtual strangers. What they do know of each other, they don’t particularly like.
“Girls“: Last season, creator Lena Dunham was criticized for not including any significant characters of color in the show. This season, several are introduced — most notably, Hannah’s new Republican boyfriend Sandy (Donald Glover). In a particularly uncomfortable conversation between the two characters, Hannah’s naive (and sort of ignorant?) views on race and politics are revealed. It’s a very self-aware moment for the show, but we’ll leave it up to you as to whether the issue is adequately addressed or just exacerbated by the scene.
For this week’s Monday Kickstart, we’ve got some good news for “Parenthood” fans, dish on the upcoming return of “Suits,” plus some “Vampire Diaries” insight from Joseph Morgan himself!
“Burn Notice“: Thursday’s explosive sixth-season finale sees the return of another Michael Westen frenemy: Jason Bly, who proves to be a powerful ally. The team desperately needs someone in their corner, because Riley’s increasingly unhinged vendetta against Michael & Co. has changed from capture to kill.
“Cougar Town“: It’s a cul-de-sac flashback! Look for an episode later this season that takes us back a few years to show how Jules, Ellie, Andy et al became as close as they are — and the first time Travis saw his as-yet unrequited love, Laurie.
“Parenthood”: If you’re like us, you’re probably still a little teary-eyed over last week’s heartbreaking Christmas episode, but we’ve got some good news for you! While there’s obviously no miracle cure in sight, Kristina is headed for an upswing when it comes to her health. Looks like Adam’s prayers may have paid off. Oh, and some more good news? We absolutely have not seen the last of Ryan this season. The split with Amber pushes him to make some changes, and we’re happy to report that things are looking up for him, too.
“The Vampire Diaries“: Good morning, Rebekah! Now that she’s awake, is there any chance that Rebekah and Klaus could possibly be close again? “I’d like to think so,” Joseph Morgan tells us. “Obviously there was a major betrayal there, but I think that if anyone could forgive Klaus, Rebekah has been there with him for a thousand years, they’ve been very close, and I think she could forgive him. I don’t like when she’s daggered! Claire [Holt] just goes back to Los Angeles when Rebekah is daggered, and that’s no fun.”
“How I Met Your Mother“: Remember the announcement about Abby Elliott guesting on the show, and how she’s playing the “craziest girl the ‘HIMYM’ gang has ever encountered”? Well, you’ll finally get to see her on the show around February sweeps, and the focus of her crazy will be one Ted Evelyn Mosby. Co-creator Carter Bays assures us it’s a “really fun arc.”
“Pretty Little Liars”: She’s baaack! In Season 3’s spring premiere (Jan. 8), Mona is out of Radley and tormenting/begging forgiveness from the Liars. Is “She Better Now” as the episode title implies? Consider what “PLL” executive producer Oliver Goldstick tells Zap2it: “Mona’s capable of really dastardly things.”
“Parks and Recreation”: In an upcoming episode, Tom starts a new business — called “Rent-a-Swag,” naturally. His endeavors land him on Indiana’s Entrepreneur Magazine’s “30 Under 30″ hot list. Unfortunately, the timing is bad — he’s been lying to a potential love interest, Lauren, who only dates men over 35. Oh, and in the same episode? Get ready to meet Dong Swanson. Two words: Porn parody.
“Suits”: When Season 2 returns on January 17, Mike has gone pretty off-the-rails. He’s smoking a lot, still sleeping with his married ex-girlfriend, and when he finally does return to work, he’s over-emotional and off his game. Harvey once again has to make a major sacrifice in order to save Mike’s job and cover for his bad behavior — but we get the sense that after this, Harvey isn’t interested in doing Mike any more favors.
“Beauty and the Beast“: In episode 113, we’ll finally meet Joe’s wife, the sharp and intelligent Miranda Bishop. When she shows up at Joe’s office, she makes it immediately clear that she knows something has been going on between Joe and Tess. Expect to see a bit of a stand-off.
“Southland”: The first time we meet Chad Michael Murray’s character, Dave Mendoza, he and Ben are drunk and partying with two dancers in an alley behind a strip club. Classy! When one of the strippers steals Mendoza’s gun, he tasers her before the situation gets out of control — and then he covers for Ben, making sure that he doesn’t face any consequences for the incident. The men become fast friends after that — but we’ve got a feeling Ben is going to end up regretting it.
0 Spoilers: ‘Awkward’ Season 3 scoop plus ‘Beauty and the Beast’ nudity and ‘New Girl’s’ Nick and Jess
For this week’s Monday Kickstart, we’ve got “Vampire Diaries” scoop, a new (nude) guy on “Beauty and the Beast,” and tons and tons of comedy goodness.
“The Vampire Diaries“: Did you catch Creepy Hot Professor Shane’s little comment to Hayley about possibly seeing her (very dead) parents again? That may have sounded like the sort of thing people say to assuage grief, but Shane meant it a little more literally. Turns out, someone important to him has passed away, too… and he’s pretty dead-set on reversing that, uh, condition.
“New Girl”: True American is back! In episode 215, they’re changing up the game and playing by “The Clinton Rules.” (It’s exactly the same as regular True American. But with stripping.) In the episode, expect Nick and Jess to address their relationship a little more directly than we’ve seen them do in the past. She may or may not call him “smokin’ hot.” Sort of.
“Awkward”: Just when we thought Jenna’s love triangle woes were over… she’s got a new love interest coming into the picture! Get ready to meet Collin, a classmate of Jenna’s who she somehow bonds with despite calling him pretentious. It seems Jenna and Matty may be in a bit of a rut, and Collin and his girlfriend can relate. Uh oh.
“Cougar Town”: Travis is getting a new girlfriend in Season 4 — although you might not want to get too attached. Trav makes the rookie mistake of bringing his date over to Jules and Grayson’s house for family night, and, well, yeah.
“How I Met Your Mother”: Who are the Three Hackmigos? That question will be answered in the hour-long Dec. 17 episode, which features a guest appearance by Alyson Hannigan’s former “Buffy” beloved Seth Green. Seth’s character is a friend of Marshall and Lily’s from college who is maybe holding onto the past a little too tightly.
“The Mindy Project”: Mindy hosts the office Christmas party at her apartment to introduce Josh to her colleagues. But when a relationship-related crisis breaks out, it’s Danny who comes to Mindy’s rescue. They’ll even make one of those “if we’re both single in five years” pacts. Just… not quite the way you’d expect them to. (Also, look out for a fun little line that references Kelly and Erin’s friendship on “The Office,” when Ellie Kemper guest stars.)
“Hart of Dixie”: Lemon just when needs a date to a very important event, she randomly bumps into an old pal she hasn’t seen since… second grade. Naturally, she asks him out for coffee, and if he’s got a tux available. Dale, who makes his own orange soda for fun, was the kind of kid who eats paste. He may also be the kind of adult who eats paste. And who spies on Lemon through her window.
“The Bachelor”: Everyone expects tears from the women Sean Lowe doesn’t give roses to during his quest for love, but one would assume it’s because they won’t be marrying Sean, right? Well, one of the seven rejected women on the Jan. 7 premiere cries because of all the dudes who presumably won’t want to date her now that she’s been on the show. In her words, “Who would want to date the crazy girl that [spoiler redacted!] for Sean and then got kicked off the Bachelor the first week?”
“Happy Endings”: Don’t get alarmed, but in an upcoming episode, Alex becomes smarter. She even reads a newspaper! It’s so unlike her that when Jane realizes what’s happening she quips, “It’s like we’re in an alternate 1985, where Biff is in charge!” But is Jane really as surprised as she appears to be? No. Because Jane has a secret.
“Beauty and the Beast”: A new ADA is coming into the picture soon! We’ll first meet Assistant District Attorney Gabriel Lowen in episode 13, and he will be naked. Yes, you read that right — the first time Cat encounters the new ADA, he is stark naked… in the women’s locker room. He’s very handsome, but behind the good looks we’ll find a lot of suspicion. He believes people connected to the police department are covering for someone (like, maybe, a beast?) and he’s determined to get to the bottom of it.
After a break last week (we were still recovering from Thanksgiving!) Monday Kickstart is back with dish about the “Vampire Diaries” and “Castle” holiday episodes, plus a breakup in “Nashville’s” winter finale and some fun tidbits from some of our fave comedies.
“The Vampire Diaries“: We’re totally loving the idea of Matt and Jeremy as roommates — but don’t expect to spend too much time hanging out in Chateau Bro over the next few episodes. “Unfortunately, we don’t actually get to see them in action for a while,” executive producer Julie Plec says. “In [Episode 9], Jeremy gets shipped off to the lake house for treatment. They’re in a predicament, which is that he loves his sister and she’s the one person he’d love to kill more than anybody, so … when we get to Episode 9 we’ll see that Elena has enlisted Bonnie to help. She’s seeking out unconventional methods to find a fix.”
“How I Met Your Mother“: Robin’s dad is returning! Ray Wise (who replaced Eric Braeden in the role in Season 6) will make his third appearance as the senior Scherbatsky in the show’s first episode of 2013. Co-creator Carter Bays says the episode will feature the character more than past episodes — “we really get to know him in a really fun way.”
“Nikita“: In Episode 313, we’ll get to know a precocious teenager named Stefan. (And yes, you can expect a wink-wink nudge-nudge nod to “The Vampire Diaries.) Stefan just happens to be the son of Gogol boss Ari Tasarov, but he’s in the dark about his father’s line of work. Stefan is caught off-guard to learn that his own personal Alfred-the-butler buddy, Kreig, is actually a highly trained mercenary. When Stefan goes missing, Kreig abducts Amanda and Nikita to shake them for info. But which one of them has the kid?
“Happy Endings”: We know Penny finally lands a serious boyfriend this season, but her romance with Pete hits a speed bump next week — to jealous seventh-wheeler Max’s cackling delight. But surprisingly, Nick Zano tells Zap2it, “Pete and Max actually have a nice camaraderie [and form an] unexpected friendship. It happens pretty quick, and it’s pretty sincere and nice. It turns out to be a really sweet relationship.” Just like Pete and Penny’s … with benefits poor Penny never enjoyed when she was dating Max.
“Castle”: We haven’t seen much between Esposito and Lanie lately, but look for a little action of the romantic kind in “Secret Santa.” The detective makes a special visit to the morgue, and his intentions are revealed when Lanie notices he is wearing a new cologne. Whether or not this on-again, off-again couple has a Merry Christmas or not will be revealed by the end of the episode.
“Nashville”: This week’s episode puts Rayna right back at square one — once again, her label is pushing her to join Juliette on a co-headlining tour. Meanwhile, everyone on the show is on a romance roller coaster! Expect one couple to break-up while a second couple enters a new (and potentially controversial!) phase in their relationship.
“Suburgatory”: What is “Krampus,” aside from the title of Wednesday’s episode? Well, it has to do with Christmas — and with Tessa realizing that getting to know her mom (Malin Akerman makes a return appearance) maybe won’t be as easy as she had hoped. Also look for a couple of big developments with Ryan Shay — both with his family and with Tessa.
“Parenthood”: While Drew has been pining over Amy this season, he’s also totally been doing his homework. Haddie’s college experience took her across the country, but Drew’s staying closer to home next year — he’ll get into UC Berkeley, and feel a little conflicted about telling Amber. Oh, and this probably goes without saying, but prepare for some major tearjerkers (yes, more than one!) during the season 4 finale. The fifteenth and final episode of the season gathers all the Bravermans (and Ryan) together for a big family milestone, and there’s a whole lot of love in that room. Duh.
“Cougar Town”: Get ready to welcome a new member of the cul-de-sac crew — Bobby Cobb’s beard. Brian Van Holt was sporting some facial hair at a recent gathering, and he says his decision to stop shaving became the character’s decision as well. Bobby’s never been the most meticulous guy, so a little scruff seems pretty well in keeping with the character.
Emily Owens, M.D.: Even though The CW medical dramedy got the axe, there’s still plenty to see before it finishes out its 13-episode run. Necar Zadegan, who plays intimidating surgeon Gina Bandari, tells us: “There’s a romantic storyline that follows Emily Owens very closely. There’s a triage of romantic storylines that are unfolding … I think viewers might be surprised by the outcomes and possibly excited. There’s some exciting turn of events happening for Emily’s romantic life. And everybody else’s romantic life. Actually the romantic lives of these characters are getting very interesting. All of them.” Hmmm, any guesses?
10 Spoilers: A ‘Parenthood’ surprise, ‘Vampire Diaries’ does holiday cheer, and a new ‘Glee’ guy is introduced
This week, our Monday Kickstart includes a new “Hart of Dixie” attraction, illegal drugs on “Happy Endings,” a new character on “Glee,” and much, much more.
“Hart of Dixie“: George may be Bluebell’s most respected lawyer, but what he really wants to do is direct. Okay, not really — but he is roped into directing a tourism advertisement for their small-town charm after a neighboring town gets a bit competitive. While shooting the video, some unexpected chemistry sparks up between Lavon and AnnaBeth. Also, there is a lot of pie.
“Sons of Anarchy“: Donal Logue makes his first appearance in Tuesday’s episode, and while we know he plays a former U.S. marshal with a violent streak, we haven’t heard till now who he’s targeting. We’re not going to say outright, but: if we were a member of the Teller family, we’d be watching our back.
“Parenthood”: There may be a new addition to the Braverman family on the way. In episode 413, we’ll learn that someone is pregnant — and it comes at such an inopportune time that the couple in question will consider terminating the pregnancy. Meanwhile, it’s time for Max to have the puberty talk. While Kristina and Adam have a particularly difficult time approaching the subject, Zeek and Camille are more open and casual about the conversation.
“Justified“: In Season 4, we’ll meet Jackie Nevada, a sexy, cool grad student who develops a powerful crush on Raylan. She’s a bit of a spitfire, and grew up around mostly male influences, so she fits right playing cards with the guys. In the same episode, an adult filmmaker named Kenneth helps Jody, the murderer that Raylan is after, to dodge our boy. We discover that Kenneth and Jody were schoolmates back in the day, but Kenneth quickly grows wary of Jody, particularly given his drug use.
“The Vampire Diaries”: It’s (almost) Christmas time in Mystic Falls! Though the holiday won’t actually be mentioned because of the show’s wacky timeline (is it still 2010 in Mystic Falls?), we will see a winter wonderland themed episode just before the holiday hiatus, and it’ll be merry and jolly and all those good things. “It’s really, really beautiful,” Candice Accola tells us. “The set was absolutely gorgeous, and it’s a crazy, crazy episode. It’s huge and there are tons of things going on. And everything goes right, and perfect, and wonderful, and there are no problems, and everyone just happily drinks cocoa at the end of the episode.” (This just in: Candice Accola is a dirty liar.)
“Happy Endings“: Drugs are bad, kids. In an upcoming episode titled “In The Heat of the Noche”, Penny and Max will become addicted to a sleep-aid called NocheQuil. (Um, if the writers don’t run into legal problems with that name.) The only problem is… NocheQuil is not legal in the United States. In the same episode, Brad will become obsessed with Chuckles & Huggs, a Chuck E. Cheese-like kids’ gym that’s on the verge of going under.
“Nikita“: Episode 312 takes on some heavy subject matter when we meet Saalim, a Yemeni man. When the U.S. sends troops and drones to the Middle East in the war on terror, innocents become collateral damage as we strike against our targets. Saalim, who lost a child to a stray bullet in a raid from U.S. forces, is determined to avenge his son’s life, and his desire to make Americans feel the fear and uncertainty he’s experienced makes him easily manipulated toward terrorism. And who better to take him under her wing, to school and encourage his violent nature, than Amanda?
“Once Upon a Time“: In episode 13, we’re going to meet Helena, a well-bred lady of the courts who is also a fearless hunter. Here’s her official character description — any guesses as to her fairy-tale identity? “Female, late 20s to early – mid 30s, brunette. A confident, well-bred lady, Helena knows her way around kings and courts. She can sweet-talk with the best of them and can wrap any man around her finger. But Helena is also a fierce warrior, and takes immense pride in the deadly creatures she has fought and slain. A sophisticated lady who loves adventure — this highborn hunter will stop at nothing to get her quarry, even if she has to get her hands dirty.”
“Glee”: The show is introducing a new recurring character! Paul is 24 years old and described as “handsome, charming, and extremely confident.” This has love interest written all over it — but for who? He’ll first appear in episode 411, and producers are currently casting the role. Weigh in below in our comments section with your dream casting, Gleeks! For the same episode, they’re casting a young male with Down’s Syndrome and a slew of highly trained ballerinas.
“Emily Owens, M.D.“: Micah’s mother is suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer… and they haven’t told his little sister. In episode 112, we’ll meet Lauren, his 24-year-old sister who had a seriously wild streak but has gotten herself together and gone back to college. Suffice to say that when Lauren finds out how far Joyce’s cancer has gone without anyone telling her her mother was sick, she won’t be pleased… and when Joyce refuses a new experimental treatment, Lauren will do something drastic to give Joyce reason to fight.
10 Spoilers: ‘Justified’ Season 4 scoop, ‘Bones’ seeking Brennan’s mom, and Damon’s newest ‘Vampire Diaries’ foe
This week, our Monday Kickstart includes dish on a ghostly visit to “Bones,” some Southland Season 5 spoilers, two new “Vampire Diaries” faces, and some “Arrow” scoop on one of Oliver Queen’s fellow castaways.
“Southland“: When the show returns in Season 5, we’ll meet Dave Mendoza, a cop who Ben befriends on a night out, particularly after Mendoza covers for Ben after things go south with some strippers. Later, when Mendoza gets shot at his home, where he lives with his wife and kids, Ben and the other fellow officers step up to help him out. Things aren’t quite what they seem, though, and it turns out that Ben and Mendoza don’t have much in common after all.
“Bones“: Producers are currently looking for the perfect actress to play… Bones’ mother? When Brennan is in an “altered state” in an upcoming episode called “A Shot In the Dark,” she’ll have a vision of her mother, Christine Brennan. There’s painful history between the two women, but a lot of love as well, and before Christine vanishes, she’ll give her daughter some much-needed advice. Oh — did we mention that Brennan is in her “altered state” because she’s being operated on by a trauma surgeon after a gunshot wound? Ouch.
“Scandal“: Speaking of parents, we’ll soon meet President Fitzgerald’s father. Expect him to make his first appearance in episode 211. Like his son, Mr. Fitzgerald — who goes by the name “Big Jerry” — is a powerful, outspoken, funny, and smart politician.
“The Vampire Diaries“: You may have heard that the show is about to introduce Vaughn, a “ruggedly handsome, charming, built, and tough as hell” guy in his late 20s with a super-sexy accent. He’s one of The Five hunters, and he’s very comfortable with his place at the top of the supernatural food chain. He knows a lot about Damon and uses it to get the upper hand. What he doesn’t quite understand, though, is how strongly Damon feels about Elena. In the same episode (413), we’ll meet Caitlin, another recurring character. She’s a woman with a profound and surprising impact on Professor Shane, and she’ll help shed some light on his motivations.
“Arrow“: A major recurring player will be introduced in episode 13. Halloway is a physically imposing CIA black ops agent who Oliver met on the island. Sent to Lian Yu on a mission that went awry, Halloway has one priority — getting off the island. Unfortunately, he trusts no one, so despite the fact that his interests align with Oliver’s, he may serve as an antagonist — and as a brilliant strategist and expert fighter, he’s definitely dangerous.
“Justified“: In Season 4, we’ll head up into the mountains of Kentucky to meet the hill people, a dangerous backwoods group of ruffians who aren’t all there, if you know what we’re saying. The leader of the group, Cope Entiss, tends to capture and kill any outsiders who trespass into their territory. Turns out, though, that one of the hill people, Mary, recognizes Raylan… and may be related to him.
“The Client List“: The Rub is about to hire its very first male masseur. Derek McCoy is described as a “and sexy rodeo sports therapist – think Matthew McConaughey.” Don’t mind if we do. He’s an army vet with some emotional scars from his time on the battlefield, but he’s got a good sense of humor and he sure doesn’t mind being the only dude working with a whole bunch of beautiful women.
“Body of Proof”: Well, this is… different. In episode 10, we’ll meet Julie and Sarah — identical twins who work together at the FBI as analysts. They assist (and by assist, we definitely mean flirt with) one of our officers during the investigation of a high-profile murder linked to a financial fraud case… and a guy who makes money helping people fake their own deaths.
“Suburgatory“: Tessa gets high in an upcoming episode — but more in a “David After Dentist” way than a “Reefer Madness” way. Star Jane Levy explains to us, “I get my wisdom teeth out and I believe it’s a conspiracy where aliens are coming from outer space to steal my teeth because I’m so high on the painkillers.” Paranoid Tessa? We’re in.
“Switched at Birth“: Bay will go on the Carlton School for the Deaf retreat — and she’ll be pretty surprised when she hears some loud singing. Enter Joey, a guy her age who isn’t deaf… yet. Described as “warm, handsome, and charismatic,” Joey is losing his hearing and trying to commit his favorite music to memory. No word yet on whether he’ll be a new love interest, but he is potentially recurring and he and Bay do share a pair of earbuds under the stars, so… we’ll assume sparks fly.
10 Spoilers: ‘Supernatural’ taps into LARPing, ‘Teen Wolf’ Season 3 dish, and a ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ wedding
This week, our Monday Kickstart includes scoop on another fandom-fueled “Supernatural” episode, a funeral fight on “Parenthood,” and details about the alpha pack in the “Teen Wolf” Season 3 premiere.
“Supernatural”: We’ve seen some live-action roleplayers on the show before… and we’re diving back into that fandom underworld again in the upcoming episode “LARP and the Real Girl.” We’ll meet Gerald, a LARPer who prefers to be referred to as an “interactive literaturist.” He goes a little too far with his fascination with a medieval-style game .
“Teen Wolf”: In the first episode of Season 3, we’ll meet Deucalion, the leader of the new pack of Alpha werewolves. He’s eloquent, intelligent, and he has a plan to turn Scott and Derek against each other. Meanwhile, Isaac — who is expected to feature prominently this season — will have a very rough time in the first episode. He’s going to be badly injured, and even the hospital isn’t safe. He does have someone looking out for him, though. Hmm.
“Emily Owens, M.D.”: In episode 7, Emily treats Sierra, a very high-profile model who is stunned to learn that she has a cancerous tumor in her jaw that will require an invasive surgery that will destroy her good looks. When she refuses treatment, she and Emily have a heart-to-heart about beauty, identity, and prestige. (Oh yeah — and her boyfriend’s name is Kostas, which should give “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” fans a tiny thrill.)
“Parenthood”: If you’re like us, you’ve totally fallen in love with Matt Lauria’s character, recently returned veteran Ryan. He’s headed for a really sweet romance with Amber, but that doesn’t mean things get easier for him. In an upcoming episode, Ryan learns that one of his friends has committed suicide. At the funeral, Ryan will get into a physical fight with another former comrade in arms who believes suicide is a cowardly act.
“The Newsroom”: The first episode of Season 2 of “The Newsroom” will find Will and the rest of the team reporting on Occupy Wall Street, putting us around Sept. 2011 in the timeline. The Occupy Wall Street situation will continue to feature throughout the first part of the season.
“House of Lies”: Producers are currently looking for actors to play Alex and Kyle Dushkin… AKA “the douchebag twins.” They’re a pair of handsome, spray-tanned, well-dressed brothers who used to be doormen, and now own nightclubs in Vegas. We’ll see them a lot in the first part of Season 2, and producers are open to having one actor play both parts.
“Hawaii Five-0″: In episode 11, a bank heist goes wrong (and just as Max is about to connect with a new love interest!). In the aftermath, McGarrett is kidnapped by Cordova, a dangerous hitman wanted for at least twenty murders. Cordova doesn’t usually open up to men when he’s about to take their lives, but he starts talking when he finds out that McGarrett knows a secret about him.
“The Mindy Project”: Mindy has a close relationship with her 16-year-old patient, Sophia — so when Sophia asks for a birth control prescription because she wants to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, Henry, Mindy is a little hesitant. And by “a little hesitant” we mean she marches down to Sophia’s high school to meet Henry, right away.
“Grey’s Anatomy”: In episode 10, Seattle Grace will be overwhelmed by a biker gang when one of their own is injured — the three main bikers are named Gasoline, Rage, and “The Hammer.” Seriously. We’ll also meet Stuart, a soft-spoken accountant who dreams of hitting the road on a motorcycle. In the same episode, there will be wedding bells! Shonda Rhimes is notoriously secretive about the show, but we’ve got a feeling that Bailey will be tying the knot before the holidays.
“Happy Endings”: Max is getting a new roommate, named Chase. Described as a “cool, dangerous type” with a sexy accent, Chase “fascinates” Max… unfortunately. In the same episode, we’ll meet Jane’s ex, Ryan. (Yes, Ryan is a lady, y’all.)
10 Spoilers: ‘Vampire Diaries’ fisticuffs, ‘Suits’ scoop, and ‘Parenthood’s’ Kristina gets more bad news
In this week’s Monday Kickstart, you’ll get a “Vampire Diaries” Salvatore status update, hear about an upcoming villain-of-the-week on “Arrow,” get details on “Suits'” return, and a little inside scoop on “American Horror Story’s” highly anticipated Season 2 premiere.
“Arrow”: In episode 110, Oliver will meet Garfield — a firefighter who was horribly burned three years ago, and never recovered from the trauma. Since then, he’s been abandoned by his wife and kids, and he’s now described as a “bitter, vengeful shell of a man.” Meanwhile, the Starling City Fire Chief is also haunted by Garfield’s injury… since he’s the one who was forced to leave Garfield behind to burn.
“Suits”: First of all, let’s celebrate the good news: “Suits” was officially picked up for Season 3! Someone get the can opener. We still have the second half of Season 2 to look forward to, though — and when the show returns this winter, we’re going to meet a character described as… wait for it… “The British Louis Litt.” Nigel is snooty, uppity, and enjoys the theater, the opera, and the works of Jane Austen — so he and Louis should be BFFs, right? Not so much.
“Suburgatory”: Chatswin celebrates Halloween in the season’s second episode, and Tessa, Lisa, Malik and Ryan decide to dress up as the “Scooby-Doo” gang — although there’s some confusion about who’s playing which character. Awk. Ward. Also, look for Fred and Sheila Shay to dress up as “American Gothic,” and George not to want to dress up at all — which does not sit well with Dallas.
“Modern Family”: One of the stories in Wednesday’s episode, “The Butler’s Escape,” is about Mitchell and Cam switching roles as Cam starts his new job as a music teacher. The day doesn’t start off real well for either one, but Mitchell really seems to pull it together by the end. Emphasis on “seems” — you’ll find it takes more than one Pritchett to get the job done.
“American Horror Story: Asylum”: The livelihood of Clea Duvall’s character, Wendy, depends on keeping her relationship with Lana (Sara Paulson) a secret. When that secret falls into the wrong hands, though, Wendy will have to make a very tough decision about where her priorities lie.
“The Vampire Diaries”: Yes, you did see Stefan punching Damon in the trailer for this week’s episode. We have to say, Damon kind of deserves it — he gets Stefan’s fist to his face after telling Stefan something he knows will hurt his feelings. That said, the punch is the end of the fight, not the beginning of it. By the end of the episode, Stefan makes sure Damon is included in an extremely touching gesture. Awww.
“Parenthood”: We were thrilled to see Haddie return in last week’s episode. In this week’s, she’s able to be there for Kristina through her lumpectomy, and the mother and daughter share some sweet moments. By the end of the episode, though, it’s time for her to go back to Cornell. In fact, when Kristina gets some more bad news, Adam will choose not to share it with Haddie so Haddie can better enjoy her time at college.
“Nikita”: In an upcoming episode, we’ll meet Kate — a woman who believes her dangerous ex-husband has found her and is stalking her. One problem: Her husband was apparently executed in Texas five years ago. Nikita and Owen are on the case… but so is her boyfriend, Jason Decker, a Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant.
“Partners”: In an upcoming episode, we’ll see more of Wyatt’s workplace — the hospital. Unfortunately, we’re there because Louis accidentally takes Elphaba the dog’s medication. While Louis is considering a future career as a seeing eye dog, we find out that Wyatt’s been keeping a secret from his boyfriend… a big one.
“Revenge”: We already know that Adrienne Barbeau has been cast as Victoria Grayson’s mother, but the “Revenge” bosses are now looking to cast a younger version of Barbeau’s character, too. Yes — that means we get to flash back to Victoria’s childhood, when her mother prioritized men and gold-digging over the welfare of her own child.
For this week’s Monday Kickstart, find out what’s coming up for Teddy on “90210,” Elena’s latest “Vampire Diaries” brush with death, “The New Normal’s” latest offense to the sanctity of marriage, and much more.
“Gossip Girl”: The final season of The CW’s flagship series begins tonight at 9 p.m. EST — and we’ve already told you ten things you can expect to see in the first two episodes. Now we’ve got one more for you: One of the new characters you meet in Episode 1 will have a compelling reason to research New York’s statutory rape laws in Episode 2. Hmm.
“The Vampire Diaries”: One way or another, Elena does complete her transition in the first episode of the season. In episode 2, “The Memorial” — which is, by the way, one of the 5 best “Vampire Diaries” episodes ever — we’ll discover that it’s not as easy as she thought. Elena’s body begins to reject every blood source she tries (and she tries a lot). Without nourishment, she could die. Again. Also, expect to see her first compulsion as a vampire in “The Memorial” as well.
“Scandal”: So, you’ve heard that “Everwood” alumni Tom Amandes and Brenda Strong are guest-starring on an upcoming episode as a governor and his wife. Their specific details of their reason for coming to Olivia Pope are, like pretty much everything else in Shondaland, under lock and key. But their case will shed some more light on the political world of the show.
“The League”: After what happened during last year’s draft, don’t expect Kevin and Jenny to trust any of their fellow league members during this year’s, even if it takes place during a major life event — like, say, the birth of their new baby boy.
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”: Season 8 kicks off with Dee and Dennis deciding whether or not to pull the plug on their grandfather. In true “Sunny” fashion, episode quickly devolves into ridiculousness as the gang searches for a watercolor of a german shepherd possibly painted by Adolf Hitler. Typical.
“The New Normal”: Jane is equal opportunity hater when it comes to the sanctity of marriage. Ellen Barkin’s character is just as upset with children pretend-marrying on the playground as she is with the idea of gay marriage, and tries her hardest to disrupt the ceremony when her great-granddaughter, Shania, decides to (fake) tie the knot before she and her mom have to move back to Ohio.
“Community”: The show will get spooky once again when the Greendale crew celebrates Halloween together. Naturally, Troy and Abed dress up in tandem in a joint costume. “It shows you that Troy and Abed are in a good place in their relationship to be able to dedicate Halloween to each other,” teases star Danny Pudi. “Secondly, it’s a costume that our fans are really going to appreciate.” Any guesses?
“90210”: Trevor Donovan returns as Teddy (aka our favorite part of the show ever) in tonight’s Season 5 premiere. As we first reported, Teddy will have a multi-episode arc (two, to be specific) at the beginning of the season. Silver wants him to be her baby’s biological father — but Teddy wants to be part of the kid’s life, not just the test tube conception. And now for the best news ever! Zap2it has exclusively learned that we can expect to see Teddy make a big return later in the season, too. Donovan is heading back to set soon to film another (longer) arc for Teddy.
“Ben & Kate”: In an upcoming episode, it’s high school reunion time! Kate goes to the event to confront a bad high school memory named Anna, and Ben goes to the event with the intention of coming clean to Kate about something that happened back in the day. Oh yeah — and musical hijinks ensue. Yes, musical.
“New Girl”: The following line, presented without commentary, appears in a script for an upcoming episode: “Just then, SCHMIDT runs out of his room, sweaty and wearing nothing but a strategically placed toy space shuttle.” You’re welcome for the imagery.
For this week’s Monday Kickstart, get some inside scoop on two upcoming “Vampire Diaries” flashbacks, learn about a bold “Parenthood” storyline that’s sure to incite conversation, and find out who’s hanging out with Observers on “Fringe.”
“The Vampire Diaries”: We’ve seen the Salvatore brothers during the Civil War, and now we’re heading back in time once again — to World War II. This time, it’s Stefan who goes into battle … and yes, we will see him in uniform. And yes, he looks as good as you’d imagine. Speaking of flashbacks, we’ve confirmed exclusively that Scottish actor Paul Telfer will play Alexander, a vampire hunter in the 1100s whose encounter with Rebekah reveals quite a bit about her character.
“Parenthood”: This season, we’ve been focused on Kristina’s upcoming battle with breast cancer, but in this week’s episode, our attention is diverted to Crosby’s family a bit. When Jabbar is in the studio with his dad, he hears a rapper use the N-word, which prompts a refreshing, honest family dilemma as Crosby and Jasmine try to explain what the word means. It’s a bit jarring to hear it used on a broadcast TV show, but the honest look at the issue and the beautifully written moments that the family share make it a story worth telling. (P.S., this is also “Friday Night Lights” star Matt Lauria’s first episode… and he’s great. Keep your ears peeled for a fun FNL reference.)
“Suburgatory”: If you’re like us, you probably love the “Suburgatory” theme song. The upcoming season premiere will give us some backstory and context on the familiar tune when Tessa takes the stage in the fall talent show. Did you know Jane Levy could sing?
“The Good Wife”: If you thought Kalinda’s estranged husband Nick was menacing in the season opener, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Dude has some serious psychotic tendencies, which become increasingly clear in episode 2. But of course, that just seems to draw Kalinda in like a moth to a flame. Maybe these two deserve each other.
“Partners”: The first few episodes focus heavily on the four main cast members, but their world will open up a little bit more in the future as more friends and family members are introduced. Look forward to meeting Buck, an outspoken friend of Louis’s. When he and his “barb-tongued” friends get together for their weekly viewing of “Mob Wives,” things always get a little saucy… and he’s not particularly pleased when Louis brings Ali along for the festivities one week. (P.S. We’ve got a feeling that Ali can really bring something to that tiny-whiny party, if Buck just gives her a chance…)
“Cougar Town”: The gang has plenty of fun in store for you when the series returns on TBS this winter. In the fifth episode, we’ll meet Erin, an old high school classmate of Travis’ who has undergone FTM gender reassignment surgery. The casting department is looking for a “very pretty male” to play the role.
“Fringe”: Peter is switching sides! In an upcoming episode, the younger Bishop will become a loyalist, wearing the uniform of the Observers’ fiercest defenders, including that telltale face tattoo. Call it a hunch, but we’re guessing there’s a twist in there somewhere.
“The Walking Dead”: The powers that be have promised we’ll see a lot more Walker action in Season 3, and they weren’t kidding. The action-heavy season premiere focuses on Rick and company commandeering a prison infested with Walkers, and everyone — from Carol to Carl — contributes to the cause. We tried to tally the number of gory on-screen Walker kills, and lost count after two dozen.
“The New Normal”: A little behind-the-scenes fun! Ryan Murphy sent out a casting notice looking for a long-haired six-year-old girl… to play a six-year-old boy. Later, the casting notice was amended — we suppose they didn’t get many parents chomping at the bit for that role. Now, they’re looking for a “VERY effeminate” (their words and emphasis, not ours) boy to play the role of Ian’s (Erik Weiner)’s son Henry, a boy who wants to dress as a fairy for Halloween.
“The Mindy Project”: In an upcoming episode, we’ll meet Mindy’s surrogate family — since her parents were so busy being important doctors, she was practically raised by her babysitter, Mrs. Brighton. In the seventh episode, the tables have turned… now Important Doctor Mindy has no time for Mrs. Brighton. Expect hijinks to ensue when Mindy tries to prove that she can do better.
For this week’s Monday Kickstart, we’ve got scoop on a “Castle” case, a new character on “Glee,” and some seriously freaky behavior on “Fringe”… and much, much more.
“The Vampire Diaries”: Episode 7 of this season will bring us back to the annual Miss Mystic Falls pageant! That means vamps in suits, y’all. As the reigning winner, Caroline has some duties to perform, but she’s distracted — not only by Klaus, who hasn’t given up on pursuing her yet, but also by a rare clash with Elena. Oh… and there’s a moment that mirrors a top fan-favorite scene from Season 1. Specifically, one that’s had over 2 million views on YouTube.
“Castle”: Nerd alert! In an upcoming episode, Castle and Beckett will be investigating a murder that takes place at SuperNovaCon, a science fiction convention not unlike Comic-Con. The victim and her best friend were working on creating the “Nebula-9 Fan Experience” for the con when tragedy struck.
“Glee”: A new major recurring role will be introduced in episode 407. Prepare to meet the very handsome Peter Livingston, a high school student fresh out of military school. Producers are looking for someone pretty imposing to play the part — he’s got to be over 5’11” and have “gravitas.” Peter is described as “handsome, evil and dashing,” and he’s got to have singing and dancing skills.
“Bones”: It’s safe to say that having a child doesn’t kill the spark in Brennan and Booth’s relationship. In a episode 806, “The Diamond In The Rough,” fans can look forward to a laugh when a janitor busts them… making out in his custodial closet. So romantic.
“Fringe”: In the Observer-controlled future, there’s a general lack of decency and dignity, most notably when it comes to a group of people referred to as Amber Gypsies. These creepy mercenaries cut out blocks of amber — with human being still encased inside of it — and sell it. And people use the ambered humans as furniture. Real nice, right?
“Hart of Dixie”: Prepare your ovaries, girls. While we wouldn’t necessarily choose Wade as the best role model ever for a group of young kids, when he and George take a Little Rangers youth group camping, we’ll see him form a special bond with one boy… and we will swoon. (Of course, Wade’s main priority on the camping trip is avoiding George, which George doesn’t make particularly easy.)
“Revenge”: The first season kicked off with a shocking event and then immediately flashed back several months — and the second season follows the same format. Within the first few moments of the Season 2 premiere, we’ll see wreckage, a revealing photograph… and a dead body. And then, once again, we’ll flash back, meeting our favorite characters as they begin yet another summer in the Hamptons. Emily is still plotting, Victoria is gone, Ashley and Daniel are together, and Jack… is not in a good place at all.
“Suits”: Producers are casting for a large guest star arc. They’re looking for a middle-aged man with a British, European, or Australian accent to play Stephen. the head of a London-based international law firm. He’s described as “avuncular, unassuming, and likeable,” and people tend to write him off, but he’s surprisingly smart… and deceptive.
“New Girl”: After Jess gets fired from her teaching job, she’s really not doing so great. In the second episode, she hooks up with a guy who has been to 43 Creed concerts. Also, he thinks her name is Katie, and that she’s “a dancer and/or something involving puppets.” Did we mention he’s been to 43 Creed concerts? We need to mention that twice.
“Happy Endings”: If you’ve ever wondered what Jane was like as a kid, you’re about to find out in a quick flashback… which explains how Jane changed her birthday. Because apparently that’s a thing that people do.