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Today’s Shows: Friday, May 31st 2013

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Matt’s Inside Line on NCIS, True Blood, Once, Revolution, Rookie Blue, Burn Notice and More

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How is Revolution fortifying its ranks for Season 2? Who might Once Upon a Time‘s pirate captain Hook up with? Is True Blood‘s Sarah in for a surprise? Is a new NCIS romance ahead? Will Rookie Blue get a blast from the past? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Revolution | The Season 1 finale has yet to air, and already NBC’s freshman hit is busy recruiting reinforcements for the battles yet to come. Season 2 casting calls have gone out for the possibly series regular role of Gene, a folsky, 60something doctor from a small Texas town, as well as the recurring characters of Cynthia (a religious single mom), Annabeth (a femme fatale who runs an entertainment “mecca” of sorts), Titus (a slightly psychotic professor) and a handsome sheriff in his 30s. As for Monday’s season-ender itself, Elizabeth Mitchell assures us, “Forces collide…. Forces most definitely collide!”

And now, reader questions answered….

Longtime reader, first-time question-asker. Would looooove some scoop on Burn Notice‘s final season! –Maia
Welcome to the jungle — and thank you for asking about the season premiere I screened earlier today (and airing June 6). Though the action picks up nine months after the events of the finale, there are flashbacks to explain exactly why Michael re-upped with the agency that burned him — even if it meant ostracizing friends, family and one fab femme. We then in short order meet Adrian Pasdar’s character, a terrorist that lands in Michael’s crosshairs, as well as catch a few glimpses of Fi’s new beau/partner in bounty hunting (played by General Hospital‘s Stephen Martines). All told, the opener is — save for one boffo boner by Ma — quite solid, washing away any bad taste left by the so-so Season 6 finale. Then, in Episode 100 (June 13), you’ll get flashbacks that are sure to top the mornin’ of many a Michael/Fi fan.

Is it just me, or do you think Hook has feelings for Emma on Once Upon a Time? Any scoop on them would be awesome! –Kelley B
You know my stance on the whole Emma thing: What guy wouldn’t? But where Hook is concerned, seeing as he’s now on a journey with two eligible bachelorettes, the Jolly Roger might transform into the Love Boat. “It’s probably about time he sort of found another love in his life,” Colin O’Donoghue shared with me at season’s end. “But if it was a toss-up between [traveling companions] Regina or Emma, I’m not sure exactly who he’d go for.” Given that Emma is currently reeling from the loss of Neal, “Maybe he’ll have fun with Regina, while he’s waiting for Emma,” the pirate’s portrayer ventures. “Who knows!”

I’m so excited that Anna Camp is returning to True Blood. Any scoop on how Sarah is going to react to Steve coming out of the closet? Or maybe she already knew he was gay all along? –Rashad
God-loving Sarah resurfaces in this season’s third episode and wastes no time tearing into her ex — but it’s his vampiric orientation she seems to have the bigger issue with.

I was wondering if Suburgatory still has a 22-episode order, seeing how it’s been pushed to mid-season. –Stefan
Because it did wind up as a midseason entry, Suburgatory was renewed for just 13 episodes, I am hearing — though with success ABC can always add to that order.

Got any NCIS scoops, particularly on McGee? –Marla
As revealed in the season finale, Tim’s got himself a new honey. And though show boss Gary Glasberg has yet to decide what “type” the mysterious Delilah is, viewers will eventually get to lay eyes on her. “I’m hoping to pick [that storyline] up and explain more — and hopefully, at some point, we’ll get to meet Delilah, as well,” Glasberg says.

Rookie Blue is back!!! And I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am!! I’m wondering if Luke is going to be a part of this season at all, or have they totally phased his character out? — Allison
Luke (played by Eric Johnson) will definitely be back for a few big episodes this season — including an intense mid-season case featuring one of the ABC drama’s past (and most dangerous) villains.

I love the dynamic between Rizzoli & Isles‘ Jane and Casey. Can you please give us some info on what’s going to happen to them? –Tracie
The June 25 season premiere has a scene (or several) to make you smile… followed by one that will furrow your brow, as it does Jane’s, when Casey reveals an itinerary that will take him out of town, and then some. “Trying to work out whatever it is [they have] — Jane’s not really ready to settle down, and he kind of is — is incredibly difficult to do while he’s back in Afghanistan,” notes Angie Harmon. As for the season a whole, the actress enthuses, “We’ve gone back a bit towards the pilot, as far as going more dramatic. The playful banter is still there, but the cases are a lot more serious — which I’m excited about.”

Are there any scoops yet on the long-lost Season 2 of Unforgettable (premiering July 28)? –Chris
Yes, and this is a fun one: A casting call has gone out for an actress who bears “a strong resemblance” to series lead Poppy Montgomery, to have dinner with me/maybe catch a movie play an elite thief. My guess: Carrie is called on to pass herself off as the burglar on the eve of a major heist.

I know this is being picky, but on Smash who won the Tony Award for best director? Did they even announce it? –Brantley
The acceptance speech played in the background of another scene, but a show rep confirmed for me that neither Tom nor Derek grabbed the trophy in that category.

I’ve seen a few promos for Major Crimes but none have shown Rusty. Is he still around? –Estee
Though the character was the target of some backlash during Season 1 — perhaps a scapegoat for TV’s trend at the time to inundate us with petulant teens — Rusty is back for Season 2. In fact, his fate looms large in the premiere, as Deputy D.A. Emma Rios (played by new series regular/My Name Is Earl alum Nadine Velazquez) vigorously preps the lad for his sure-to-be-difficult/dicey testimony in the Stroh case — and Ms. Rios’ demeanor is not improved a lick when she learns with whom her No. 1 witness has been living!

If there’s a summer or fall show you’d like the Inside Line on, email InsideLine@tvline.com!

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News Briefs: Tracy Morgan Signs On for an FX Comedy Pilot

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TRACY JORDAN I MEAN MORGAN I ALWAYS GET THOSE MIXED UP NEWS

… Tracy Morgan may be headed to FX. The 30 Rock star has landed the lead role in the single-camera comedy pilot Death Pact. Jordan will play a former-slacker-turned-war-hero who forces his newfound self-help attitude—which involves harsh consequences for failures—on his old friends. [FX via press release]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… Animal Planet has renewed its top-rated super-extreme fishing series River Monsters for a sixth season. Maybe in Season 6 the River Monsters crew catch one of those mermaids that the network keeps going on and on about. [Broadcasting & Cable]

 

SING-SONG SHOW NEWS

… Because you can’t get enough of NBC’s The Voice, the reality show is getting bigger. For a few days, at least. The June 10 and June 17 editions will be bloated to two hours each in advance of the June 18 finals. [NBC via press release]

… Guys, we’re one step closer to ending all this “Who will be the next American Idol judge?” nonsense that has held us prisoner for the last few months. Both Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have announced/confirmed via Twitter that they won’t be returning, using the excuse that they want to focus on their music.  [Mariah Carey’s Twitter / Nicki Minaj’s Twitter]

 

CASTING NEWS

… Season 2 of Netflix’s House of Cards is adding a pair to its cast. Mad Men‘s Sam Page and Deadwood‘s Molly Parker will join the dirty Washington-set political thriller, but details on their roles haven’t leaked yet.  [TV Line]

… Just a day after it was picked up to series, NBC’s The Family Guide lost its leading lady when Parker Posey backed out. But It looks like Jenna Elfman is in talks to replace her. The permise of the comedy is this: A divorce between a blind man (J.K. Simmons) and his recently re-energized wife (Posey/Elfman) is seen through the eyes of their son. Stupid fact: J.K. Simmons was most recently seen as a health-challenged patriarch on ABC’s The Family Tools, and now he’ll play a blind man in the similarly titled The Family Guide. That piece of trivia will prove worthless and just take up space in your brain. [TV Line]

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NBC Renews Hannibal for Season 2

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NBC is hungry for more Hannibal: The network has renewed its killer drama for a second season.

Executive producer Bryan Fuller’s (Pushing Daisies) tale of profiler Will Graham and cannibal shrink Dr. Lecter will return no earlier than midseason for a 13-episode run.

“We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “There are many great stories still to be told.”

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TVLine Items: FX Greenlights Tracy Morgan Pilot, Fox to Air Anger Management and More

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Tracy Jordan no more, Tracy Morgan is looking to bring a new kooky character to TV.

FX on Thursday gave the green light to a comedy pilot starring the 30 Rock alum, titled Death Pact.

From Rob Long (Sullivan & Son) and Tad Safran (The Long Weekend), the project centers on Morgan’s lazy high school coach-turned-war hero who sucks three of his former students into his nutty new self-help philosophy.

Production on the half-hour, single-cam comedy will begin this summer.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• FX’s Anger Management is making a brief move to mothership Fox to help combat a decline in ratings. Beginning June 3, four episodes of the Charlie Sheen-starring sitcom (including a pair of fresh ones) will air on the network in place of The Mindy Project repeats.

• Ugly Americans has officially been cancelled. The producers of the animated Comedy Central series announced the news on Facebook, noting that they’re still “exploring… options, even ones that don’t include traditional TV episodes.”

• Big Brother‘s companion series Big Brother: After Dark is moving to TVGN (fka TV Guide Network), where it will be trimmed down to two-hour curated feeds, starting at midnight. Season 8 of BBAD premieres June 26.

• The latest look at CBS’ summer series Under the Dome (bowing June 24) is sure to tug at those heartstrings. Take a peek below, then hit the comments with your sobby judgements.

Under The Dome Poster

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American Horror Story: Emma Roberts Joins the FX Spookfest’s Coven

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American Horror Story: Coven has cast its spell on Emma Roberts.

The Scream 4 actress on May 29 closed a deal to join the FX drama’s witch-themed third chapter, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Roberts — who most recently starred in Fox’s ill-fated pilot Delirium — will play a self-involved party girl by the name of Madison.

Fun fact: Roberts’ casting places her on screen alongside real-life boyfriend, Horror Story vet Evan Peters.

As previously reported, AHS fixtures Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga will be back for Season 3. Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone and Gabourey Sidibe, meanwhile, are among the addictive hit’s fresh faces.

Y&R Casts New Role

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Sean Carrigan has been cast in the role of Stitch on Y&R. He will first air on Friday, June 28 an old Army buddy of Dylan’s (Steve Burton). The role is recurring.

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