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Today’s Shows: Thursday, January 31st 2013

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Scandal Burning Questions: Will Fitz Get a Divorce? Will OPA Find Out About the Election?

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Scandal‘s second season is really living up to its name.

Not only has the President of the United States (Tony Goldwyn) asked his wife (Bellamy Young) for a divorce so he can finally be with his mistress (Kerry Washington), but it turns out that he shouldn’t even be the POTUS in the first place since Olivia and the rest of the Illuminati rigged the election that put him in the White House. (And here you thought the mystery of Quinn Perkins was a huge secret!)

So what happens next? caught up with executive producer Shonda Rhimes and the Scandal stars to get your burning questions answered:

Will OPA discover the truth about the rigged election?
Yes, and much sooner than you’d think! “Everybody has a very different reaction based on their relationship with Olivia,” Rhimes says. “Some of them are people who don’t question; some of them have been suspicious all along.” The question remains whether they’ll still be able to trust their fearless leader once the truth comes out. “Is she the same person for them because she doesn’t necessarily wear the white hat they thought she did? That definitely comes into play for some of them,” Rhimes adds.

How far will the Illuminati go to protect the electionrigging secret?
That will be the cause of some upcoming strife for them now that more and more people are discovering the truth (see above). “There’s a splintering of the Illuminati a little bit in terms of everybody’s agendas, what they’re all willing to do and who they feel is to blame,” Rhimes says. “It gets more complex from there and it becomes more fractured as it goes along. It starts to feel, for Olivia, that maybe this is the one problem that she can’t fix.”

Will Fitz actually get a divorce?
He is certainly going to try! But don’t expect POTUS to get any support on this matter. “No one!” Goldwyn says with a laugh. “It’s insane, and Fitz acknowledges that it’s insane. There’s nobody who’s saying, ‘Yeah!’ It’s like setting off a bomb in the Oval Office that the President is going to get divorced while in office.” Surely Olivia will be in his corner, right? “She will be very surprised,” Goldwyn adds. “It puts a lot of pressure on her.”

What lengths will Mellie go to in order to stop the divorce?
“Mellie won’t go down without a fight,” Young says. “He can’t divorce Mellie. It’s not allowed. Fitz wanting a divorce is like a pebble in her road. She will handle it. Mellie will use anything in her disposal to convince of him of this.” You may be surprised to learn that both Cyrus (Jeff Perry) and Olivia will come to her aid in trying to make Fitz see the light.

Will America’s baby change his mind?
It may be the only thing that can stop his desire for a divorce, but that doesn’t mean it will. “The baby is a big emotional issue so that certainly weighs on Fitz a lot and there will be one of the big issues — and I can’t say whether it’s decisive or not — but it’s a big factor,” Goldwyn says. “But Fitz has had a moment of clarity by almost losing his life and he’s done fooling around.”

Will we ever meet Olivia’s parents?
After a fantastic and enlightening performance by Barry Bostwick as Fitz’s father, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before we meet the parents of Olivia, which should shed light on how she came to be who she is today. “I’ve given some thought about it,” Rhimes says. “Will we see them? Possibly. This season? I don’t know. It depends on if they’re necessary. It will be very illuminating when we finally see them.”

Do you hope Fitz and Olivia get back together? Who do you think should play Olivia’s parents?

Scandal airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.

Categories: ABC: Scandal

Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder on Elena’s Sire Bond, Damon’s Angst About the Cure and More

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So far this season, The Vampire Diaries has thrown an unable-to-feed Elena, a sire bond and a cure for vampirism at Damon. And soon, the elder Salvatore will be on his way to the coast of Nova Scotia to get that cure for his lady love. But does he want her to take it? And will he?

Below, Ian Somerhalder weighs in on Damon’s feelings about being human again, the controversial sire bond twist, relating to Professor Shane and more!

TVLINE | The sire-bond storyline has been hotly contested in TVLine’s comments section. What did you think of the twist and how it affects Elena and Damon’s relationship?
Well, I thought, “Hey, cool! He can do whatever he wants.” Three years of trying to get the same girl, who looks like your ex who you thought was in love with you for 150 years, has to do whatever you say. Could be worse. Actually, no, I thought, “Poor guy”… Here’s the thing: At the end of the day, Damon does not want to take this cure, nor would he in a million years want Elena to take it. He’s thinking, “Why would I want to do this? Why would I want to become a normal, boring human being susceptible to everything?” It’s just not in his wheelhouse to have that thought… It really is a tragic [thing]. You want this character — even though he does really awful things — you want him to win. You want him to be happy in life… There’s something big in the cards for Damon soon.

TVLINE | You say he doesn’t want Elena to be cured, so why is he going out of his way to find this cure for her? Is it purely about him knowing whether she truly loves him?
No, it’s not that self-serving. That would be [like] Damon. But I think ultimately, it’s that it’s what she wants. It’s really what she wants.

TVLINE | Elena made a pretty big confession of love recently, and Damon told her to come to him. But then they got distracted by the hunter/cure business. Will they address that conversation soon?
That’s the idea. One would hope. She did come to him, and it was a really cool moment for him. There’s got to be conflict there [between them]. There has to be. Now, this cure is really not something Damon wants, and so he’s forced to do all this stuff for her. It adds tension because she’s saying, “Look, I love you, man. You have to believe me. I really do.” And he’s just saying, “No, no, no. It’s not possible.” It’s tough for her, and it’s tough for him. It’s Vampire Diaries, it sucks for everyone. It’s hard.

TVLINE | As an actor, was there any frustration about your character finally getting the girl and then there’s this asterisk that it might just be because of the sire bond?
I just thought, “Ooh, Salvatore, you poor bastard.” Leave it to life. It’s Murphy’s Law. That’s the way it goes.

My Brother’s KeeperTVLINE | So what’s the next step for Damon and Elena in their relationship?
To move to an island in the Caribbean that Damon buys and start a colony. In all seriousness, it’s kind of like instead of a whodunnit storyline, it’s a who’s-gonna-get-it? Honestly, I think that Damon right now is wishing he wasn’t in this situation, and [he] has an exorbitant amount of trepidation about getting this [cure] because he has a pretty clear idea that once she gets it, she’s going to go back to feeling this way for Stefan. This circumstance is really not great.

TVLINE | Stefan and Damon’s relationship has also been through quite the ringer as a result of the Elena story. Stefan’s gotten kind of spunky recently. What’s their interaction like coming up?
Stefan spunky? I like that!

TVLINE | He’s got a bit of an edge.
We like edgy Stefan. Stefan likes edgy Stefan. Stefan, just like his brother, has a lot to go through in the near future. He’s got a lot riding on this cure. Stefan wants it. This is a chance for him… Stefan’s hoping that they can find it and make it work and ultimately she’ll go back to feeling this way for him. And Damon’s thinking, “Ooh, this sucks!” Really not happy about it.

TVLINE | On the way to this cure, Damon has a bloody run-in with a hunter.
I like that storyline. It’s a lot of fun. The character’s great. Charlie [Bewley], the actor who plays Vaughn, is awesome. He brings a lot to the role. He and David Alpay, who plays Professor Shane, they’re both really talented and they’re a lot of fun to work with. [Damon and Shane], while they’re wanting to kill each other, they really work well together.

TVLINE | Damon’s been really suspicious of Shane. What are the odds that we’re headed to a big “I told you so” from Damon?
[Joking] There’s a scene where Damon and Shane kind of cuddle. Look, this Shane guy has a lot of shit going on, excuse my language. He’s got a lot of stuff he’s hiding. He’s a master manipulator, and that’s really why I like him. He and Damon, they’re not too far off. Again, he has ill-intentions, but they’re for righteous reasons. That’s what Damon had for really the first two seasons of the show. So I have to respect him for that. But I will say that Damon is praying that he’s wrong about this guy, that he’s not as bad as he thinks he is. There’s good stuff there between them.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday at 8/7c on The CW.

Categories: CW: Vampire Diaries

Vegas: Who’s Playing Mia’s Mother?

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Vegas is betting big on family drama.

The freshman CBS drama has cast The O.C. and Nikita star Melinda Clarke to play the mother of Sarah Jones’ Mia Rizzo, has learned exclusively. Clarke will play Lena, a charismatic, shrewd, strong woman who is attracted to even stronger men. Although Mia’s father (Michael Wiseman) insisted that Lena died when Mia was a baby, she’s alive and well, having been forbidden to see or contact her daughter. Naturally, her arrival at the Savoy will ruffle a few feathers.

Speaking of ruffled feathers, Lena catches the eye — and a whole lot more! — of Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis) before he learns her true identity.

Besides her starring roles on The O.C. and Nikita, Clarke also had a memorable turn as Lady Heather on CSI. She’s also appeared on such shows as Entourage, The Vampire Diaries and Chuck.

Vegas airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS. An airdate for Clarke’s episode has not been set.

Categories: CBS: Vegas

Jamie Dornan to Revisit Once Upon a Time!

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Once Upon a Time is welcoming back a face from the past.

Jamie Dornan, who played the Sheriff/Huntsman, is headed back to Storybrooke, ABC confirms.

Dornan’s non-fairytale character Sheriff Graham was killed off in Season 1, but the Huntsman (as the show’s creators have repeatedly reminded us) could still appear in flashbacks. However, the actor recently was spotted on set wearing his Storybrooke clothes.

Dornan last appeared as the Huntsman and was instrumental in helping Charming escape from imprisonment in the Evil Queen’s castle.

Categories: ABC: Once Upon A Time

Spoiler Chat: Scoop on New Girl, Teen Wolf, Breaking Bad, Homeland and More

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NEW GIRL, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson

Coming up in today’s Spoiler Chat? Romance scoop on two fan-favorite pairings!

Yep, that’s right. We’ve got juicy scoop on what’s ahead for New Girl‘s Nick and Jess after last night’s [spoiler!], and what Teen Wolf fans can expect from Stiles and Lydia’s relationship in season three now that Jackson is out of the picture. Plus, we’ve got spoilers on Homeland, Breaking Bad, The Office and more!

Katie C.: Do you have any juicy Axl and Cassidy scoop for The Middle?
Things are going to get a bit awkward (OK, a lot awkward) between Axl and Cassidy when her older and very attractive ex-boyfriend Cliff pops up announced at the house to return a book. Could things get any worse? Well, the parents invite him to stay for dinner. That’s right, Axl, Cassidy and Cliff all eating dinner together. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t go smoothly.

Colormelauren: Any hope for those of us that ship Stiles/Lydia? I feel like they’re my Beacon Hills Seth & Summer! #TeenWolf
Hate to break it to ya, but Jackson’s exit will not leave an opening for Stiles to make a move on Lydia as we’re hearing he’s determined to move on from that and will do so within the first four episodes of season three. Plus, Lydia will be kind of busy dealing with the affections of one of the (many) new wolves in town.

Melanie: Nick and Jess forever! I need more scoop on my favorite couple! #newgirl
Judging by what goes down in episode 19, Nick-Jess fans will not be pleased when one of the duo sleeps with someone else. Basically, [spoiler] crushes [spoiler’s] heart and it’ll be tough to watch. But what did you expect? Nick and Jess can’t live happily ever after just yet.

Farrah: Has my girl Penny on Happy Endings found happiness at last?!
Does Penny ever truly find happiness? Not so much. But the good news is that a series of unfortunate events lead to the return of one of the most beloved and magical TV characters of our time: Derrick! D-R-A-M-A drama! Yes, Derrick will be back in an upcoming episode to help Penny with her play. Yeah, you heard that right. Penny’s play.

Breaking Bad, Anna Gunn

Gary in Peoria, Ill.: No Breaking Bad scoop in a while…what gives?
Sorry about that, we were just waiting for a castmember to give us spoilers before delivering it to you guys. We’re high class like that. Lucky for you, we chatted with Anne Gunn about the new season during the SAG Awards red carpet, and she told us that Breaking Bad fans have no idea what’s about to hit them with the new season. “What Walt’s actions have wrought, everything starts to explode and implode,” she says. “Every single person around him is being affected by it in a very, very dark away. It’s kind of like watching the walls of this world crumble down. And I find myself having to lock myself away in a quiet room to read the scripts. I’ll find my hands shaking as I turn page after page because what they’re coming up with is so intensely mind-blowingly brilliant. The twists and the turns and the unexpected things that are happening are breathtaking, and your heart is leaping into your throat and it’s going to be that kind of ride for the viewers.” Yowza. If that doesn’t gear you up for the final season, we don’t know what will.

Rhonda L.: Ever since last week’s episode, I am dying for Office spoilers…help!!!
Unfortunately, the powers-that-be over at The Office has their cast on spoiler lockdown. “They won’t even send scripts to [our] managers! They won’t let anyone see them,” Clark Duke tells us. However, with some charm and eye winking, we got a little scoop out of Jake Lacy. “I’ll tell you there’s a little chaos when Andy returns,” he reveals. Hmmm, might that have anything to do with Erin and Pete? Bonus tidbit: Duke already has his next gig lined up. “I’m hoping to join Parks and Rec next season,” he says. We’ll put the memo out to Michael Schur.

Matt in Cleveland: Just finished season two of Homeland and now I’m looking for anything you have on season three. Thanks!
Ready for the adventures of Carrie’s favorite surveillance duo? “Well, Brody needs someone to go after him and bring him back. Hello? Virgil and Max in the van going after Brody!” David Marciano tells us. He’s kidding (for now), but he assumes that they will definitely be on the hunt in season three. “Brody is a fugitive and I’m sure the CIA will send someone after him at some point.” Marciano also said we’ll be getting more backstory on the mystery that is Peter Quinn in season three.

—Additional reporting by Jenna Mullins and Tierney Bricker

Want your TV questions answered in our next Spoiler Chat? Email them to or tweet at @KristinDSantos!

NBC’s Dracula Casts Game of Thrones, Merlin Actors as Series Regulars

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Merlin alumna Katie McGrath and Game of ThronesNonso Anozie can now count Dracula among their credits.

The pair have been cast as series regulars in NBC’s 10-episode drama about the iconic vampire (portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers), TVLine has learned.

McGrath will play Lucy Westenra, Aristocratic London’s sexy, social butterfly who has a penchant for gossip, flirting and all things glamorous. A best friend to Dracula’s muse, Mina Murray (Arrow’s Jessica De Gouw), Lucy gradually becomes entwined in a web of lies, lust and temptation that challenges the boundaries of their relationship.

Anozie, meanwhile, has been cast as R.M. Renfield, fiercely loyal confidante of Dracula’s alter ego, Alan Grayson. Renfield is the keeper of Dracula’s deepest and darkest secrets and the stabilizing force that allows his two personas to successfully coexist. In addition to playing Qarth merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos on Thrones, Anozie co-starred in The Grey and will next appear in the new Jack Ryan pic.

The series, based on Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name, finds Dracula preparing to unleash hell on the Victorian society responsible for ruining his life. But he’s thrown when he falls for a woman who’s a dead ringer for his beloved, long-deceased wife.

NBC has yet to set a premiere date for Dracula.

Categories: NBC: Dracula
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