|Wednesday, July 31st 2013|
|ABCF||Melissa & Joey||Good Morning Toledo (03×10)|
|ABCF||Baby Daddy||Test Anxiety (02×10)|
|Ten||Offspring||Season 4, Episode 11 (04×11)|
|CTV||The Listener||Season 4, Episode 9 (04×09)|
|OWN||Love Thy Neighbor (2013)||My First Love (01×19)|
|Sky1||The Café||Connection Failure (02×02)|
|TNT||Franklin & Bash||Out of the Blue (03×08)|
|USA||Royal Pains||Chock Full O’ Nuts (05×07)|
|OWN||Love Thy Neighbor (2013)||Love Thy Wager (01×20)|
|Comedy Central||Futurama||Assie Come Home (07×21)|
|FX||The Bridge (US)||Maria of the Desert (01×04)|
|NBC||Camp||Valentine’s Day in July (01×04)|
|TV Land||Hot In Cleveland||The Fixer (04×18)|
|USA||Necessary Roughness||Bringing the Heat (03×07)|
|TV Land||The Exes||Take This Job and Shove It (03×06)|
Question: Any news on a replacement for Ziva on NCIS? —Cathy
Ausiello: Yep, and pretty big news at that. As exec producer Gary Glasberg revealed to Matt Mitovich Monday night, it’s going to be “a little while” before a full-time agent is brought in to fill the void left by Cote de Pablo. But in the meantime, the show — taking a page from Bones‘ squintern playbook — will “rotate some fun people” through the agency’s doors. “The first two episodes are all about Ziva’s departure,” Glasberg notes. “And then in the third episode we introduce, for instance, a woman in her 50s who is a few days away from retirement and just needs to fill the desk time. She, in theory, knew Gibbs all the way back to the days of Mike Franks. So we’re going to bring in people like that and have some fun with different characters. And then, hopefully, when people are comfortable enough, one will walk in and be The One.”
Question: Do you have any Grey’s Anatomy spoilers about Derek and Meredith? —Toni
Ausiello: The two-hour Season 10 premiere will delve into the “aftermath” of Mer’s turbulent delivery, teases Grey’s consulting producer (and Scandal Emmy nominee) Dan Bucatinsky. “She had a rough birth. We’re going to see them in the hospital together and juggling their roles in a major way.” The super-sized Sept. 26 kickoff is alternately “dramatic, emotional and exciting,” the actor-writer-producer adds. “Also, we’re going to watch these new interns become part of the fabric of the hospital. That’s going to be part of what’s fun and fresh about this season. We’re going to get to know them better.”
Question: Please tell me if you have any Grey’s Anatomy news on Christina/Owen. They seriously need to be over and done with. It’s time for them to move on for good. —Abdul
Ausiello: How do you really feel Paula (that is your first name, right?). Sadly, I have no news for you on “Crowen,” unless the new recurring character the show is adding figures into their fractured relationship somehow. The newbie, Bill, is a likable jazz musician in his 50s who has been “somewhat ravaged by drug abuse.” He’s slated to appear in roughly five episodes of Season 10.
Question: I need some fall Nashville scoop. – Titan
Ausiello: Well, when you ask in such a polite fashion, how can I say no? A new thirtysomething character, Trey, is going to be hot, rich, charming, confident, self-deprecating and European — which narrows his romantic pool to Juliette, Scarlett, Zoey, Will or anyone with a pulse.
Question: What’s going to happen with my favorite (almost) couple Jane and Lisbon on this season of The Mentalist? —Bethany
Ausiello: The conclusion of the Red John mystery later this fall will have a profound impact on their relationship — for better or worse. “Up until now, they’ve been tied by this professional dynamic and this mission they’re on,” notes series creator Bruno Heller. “And that held their personal relationship in suspense. Once the Red John saga is done, how do they find a new way to relate to each other? The chemistry has always been there bubbling up. But he now has other priorities and other agendas and other pressures.” The arrival of a major new female character — a series regular! — in early 2014 will serve as an added complication. “When you’re as good a detective as Jane is, it’s very hard to walk away even when you want to walk away,” Heller teases, cryptically. “Some people wont let Jane walk away from what he’s so good at. And our new female lead has something to do with that.”
Question: I’m sure you’re getting a ton of these emails, but I’m so heartbroken about Cory Monteith’s passing. Any more info on what the initial Season 5 episodes of Glee will look like? –Ellen
Ausiello: No doubt, Ryan Murphy and the show’s cast and crew have a difficult road ahead, as they navigate their own grief while trying to pay tribute to their fallen colleague — and still produce an entertaining season of television. The Glee writing team had already penned the first two Season 5 installments — built around the music of the Beatles — back in May, which gives everyone a leg up in advance of the Sept. 26 kickoff. And to that end, the show is casting five roles (to either replace or augment the three parts we told you about earlier this month) for the premiere, only one of which calls for a young actor. (Hrmmm.) The lineup of new characters — the first three of which are recurring — includes: Roderick Easton, a talented, theatrical fortysomething with a big ego; Jim Elliott, a handsome, smart academic in his mid-40s or 50s; Jurgen, another fella in his mid-40s or 50s, who’s either German or Austrian, with a definite accent; an unidentified, not-gender-specific, fortysomething “School Board Member”; and finally, “Nerdy Girl,” age 18 or thereabouts, who’ll likely wind up in the halls of William McKinley High (albeit with only a single line of dialogue). After Beatlemania hits the Glee-verse, expect one more episode — a tribute to fallen Finn — before the show takes its fall hiatus.
Question: So I spent my weekend watching Homeland, from pilot through Season 2. I’ll say this as kindly as I know how… GIMME SPOILERS. Please and thank you with a Snapple-sized Smurf on top! —Paige
Ausiello: Let’s play a game. I’ll throw some literal data your way from the first two episodes (both of which I’ve seen and thoroughly enjoyed) and you have to decipher the meaning. All of the following figures are referenced multiple times throughout the first two hours. Ready, set, translate:
* 219 People
* 14 hours
* 6 miles
Question: I can’t wait for Elementary to come back this fall. Do you have any Season 2 scoop for me? — Céline
Ausiello: A skeleton will come tumbling out of the closet early into Season 2 when we meet “someone from [Joan’s] past,” EP Rob Doherty tells TVLine. “We’ve alluded to a mistake she made when she was a surgeon that cost a patient his life. We’re going to meet someone, like a very real connection to that patient, and explore Joan’s feelings of guilt. At what point do you tap your guilt and give yourself permission to live a life?”
Question: Parenthood tidbit, please? —Dakota
Ausiello: Look for Max to become an apprentice to Ray Romano’s returning Hank “in the world of photography,” previews Max Burkholder, who reminds, “At the end of the fourth season, Hank gave Sarah an old camera to give to Max. So he’s been fiddling around with that during the time jump.”
Question: Any scoop on the upcoming plot lines involving returning Good Wife guests America Ferrera and Gary Cole? —Beth
Ausiello: Cole’s McVeigh and Christine Baranski’s Diane are “still on the brink of getting married,” reveals exec producer Robert King. “So we’ll see if Diane will sacrifice [that relationship] for the judgeship or go with him.” Ferrera’s Natalie, meanwhile, “brings a case to Alicia’s law firm about immigration, and who should cross paths with her but [former crush] Eli. So all these feelings are brought up again and we see a re-sparked relationship. There was a lot of chemistry there. And we never felt like we explored it to its fullest because we couldn’t get America for more than three episodes; we’re going to try to return to that now.”
Question: Is The Good Wife really naming Ben Rappaort’s character Carey? Even with the extra “e” I have to imagine there will be plenty of confusion. —Michelle
Ausiello: Turns out, that’s the point. “That confusion helps us on one or two plot points,” notes King of Rappaport’s “Carey with an ey” and Matt Czuchry’s Cary. ”The very fact that they have the same name and they’re young men adds an [interesting] dynamic between them and Alicia [at Florrick Agos & Associates*]. Triangles are difficult, because there’s always a power between two people and someone is left out. So who’s going to be the person left out?”
* confirmed name of new firm
Question: Consider this a request for some general, non-specific Vampire Diaries intel. —Missy
Ausiello: The show is doing the time warp again. Exec producer Caroline Dries tells us that Episode 3 will be a flashback episode. “It is a decade we haven’t seen before,” she shares. “It’s going to be very good.”
Question: Any scoop on Grimm? – Larry
Ausiello: Gypsies are known for their nomadic nature, but Queen Estefania is staying put… at least for now. Executive producers James Kouf and David Greenwalt tell TVLine that Emmy winner Shohreh Aghdashloo will appear in at least a few episodes of the NBC drama’s upcoming third season.
Question: Can you give as any news on when or how Deeks’ mother will appear on NCIS: LA? –EcoSarahFans
Ausiello: At some point during the upcoming Season 5, Eric Christian Olsen assures, “You’re going to meet his mom and get into his past” — which as any fan knows wasn’t idyllic. “We already know a little about the dysfunctional and catastrophic relationship with his father, but we’re going to find out a lot more about what makes this guy tick and how it affects, obviously, the relationship with Kensi and his inability to make that work.”
Question: I’ve been wondering what the people at Criminal Minds have in store for Hotch next season. For example, will we find out more about his past? –Rachel
Ausiello: At this point early into the Season 9 writing process, showrunner Erica Messer says, no new backstories are on tap for any of the characters outside of JJ, but that could quickly change when the actors get invited to weigh in on what they’d like to see. (That dialogue between cast and scribes is how Garcia came to play the ukelele in one episode last year.) But this much known about Hotch as the show returns: He’s been filling in as section chief for a few months, and yes, he’s still with Beth.
Question: I would love some scoop on Beauty and the Beast. The show ended with a ton of cliffhangers and the fans are holding their breath, waiting for some clues. –Donna
Ausiello: Not only will Sendhil Ramamurthy be back for Season 2, but “Gabe has a great arc. It’s awesome,” raves exec producer Sherri Scooper. As fellow EP Jennifer Levin elaborates, “We saw that he was shot to pieces [in the finale], so if he’s back, that would affect his point of view on life. He could be ‘born again.’”
Question: I’m very excited about the arrival of Samantha on The Carrie Diaries. Anything you can share regarding her storyline? –Joyce
Ausiello: How about deets on her first conquest? The show’s producers are currently casting the role of Paul Haltom, “a genuine and kind Midwesterner who performs as a ninja at a Japanese Cultural Festival.” A grad of the Iowa State Gymnastics team, brown-eyed, twentysomething Paul moved to New York City to be an actor, and ends up sleeping with the young Samantha (played by newcomer Lindsey Gort). In the meantime, I’ll be taking bets about whether the legendary Ms. Jones drops a double-entendre featuring the term “corn-fed” or “katana.” Look for the Samantha-Paul cahoots to happen in Episode 3.
Question: Any Castle tidbits you can give us? —Stephanie
Ausiello: The show is about to stage a kinda-sorta Saved By the Bell reunion. In an upcoming episode titled “Need to Know,” the cast of an early-’90s sitcom called 2 Cool For School is reassembling for a new movie when — egad! — its version of Screech is offed! (This never would’ve happened on Miss Bliss’ watch! Just sayin’… )
Question: What’s new on the How I Met Your Mother front? —Dave
Ausiello: Three more (mostly uninvited) guests have RSVP’d for Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend, and they include Knight Templar, a spooky fella (think Grail Knight from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) who passes judgement on pretty much everyone and everything; Robin’s horny old college roommate Sophia, who shows up at the wedding in heat; and Grace, Barney’s new assistant who’s hot, personable and dumb. BONUS SCOOP: For those keeping track at home, the title of Episode 5 is “The Poker Game,” Episode 6 is ”No Questions Asked” and Episode 7 is “Knight Vision.”
ADAM: Given that Ziva was one of three agents who resigned to protect Gibbs, it actually won’t be that far-fetched. The season will open with a two-parter that features Colin Hanks returning to threaten Gibbs, prompting a team reunion. “Ziva is out in the ether and Tony has to go off and find her,” executive producer Gary Glasbgerg says. “The second episode is really all about Tony and Ziva, and, I hope, delivers all the things the Tiva fans are going to want.” Adds Michael Weatherly: “The will they/won’t they is answered. Tony’s going to be forced to face this Sword of Damocles that’s been hanging over him since Season 3.” That’s Greek for “they’re totally gonna do it,” right?
Who are the two villains coming to Arrow this season? —Casey
NATALIE: With Isabel Rochev, Sebastian Blood and Bronze Tiger being introduced — and Deadshot and Slade Wilson returning — the possibilities are endless! “Our two Big Bads of the year, we know what their endgame and master plan is,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “[They’ll both] feel like they’re acting from a righteous place. They will cross paths, and there’s a Venn diagram in terms of their goals and in the diagram, there is overlap.” Who do you put your money on?
What is coming up for Kalinda this season on The Good Wife? — Marie
ADAM: Kalinda’s professional life will be strained when the truth comes out about Alicia and Cary’s new venture. “Kalinda feels a little betrayed that she didn’t know Alicia was leaving. There’s a real tension there about the fact that Kalinda feels a little bit abandoned,” executive producer Robert King says. She’ll comfort herself in the arms of Juliet Rylance, who comes on to play a new love interest. “What we love is the idea that someone tries to pull Kalinda out of herself in a way,” King says. Does that mean Kalinda will be outed?
How will Tyreese fit into the group on The Walking Dead this year? —Eric
NATALIE: Even though Tyreese has put himself on the line to help Rick & Co. before, we’ll see that he’s more of a gentle giant this year as he struggles with staying alive in the apocalypse. “You’ll have an opportunity to witness this man wrestle with the rules of engagement around him and where he fits in that world and his own inner [demons],” Chad Coleman says. “To me, it feels like a firm belief in non-violent conflict resolution, but how does that fit in a claustrophobic world? I believe you’ll see him tested and no one goes unscathed.”
What can you tell me about the new season of Homeland? — Justin
ADAM: Don’t expect the crazy roller coaster you got at the beginning of Season 2. Instead, Season 3 is a measured exploration of the aftereffects of the Langley attack on Carrie, Saul and the Brody family. It’s fair to say that they’ll all be unnerved — in different ways. Saul will have to choose between Carrie and the CIA, which is heartbreaking, and Dana will take drastic action that will reveal a new side of her character — literally and figuratively.
How will they rescue Henry on Once Upon a Time? —Jennie
NATALIE: Snow White and Prince Charming will find themselves trying to set a good and noble example for their daughter Emma when they head to Neverland, lest she turn to other means to get Henry back. “If the Queen’s got a better way to get Henry that may break the law, so be it. It’s prison rules,” says executive producer Adam Horowitz. That will be difficult for Snow, who is still struggling with her blackened heart. “This year, it’s about finding the hope,” he adds. “It’s the hope that Snow White always brought to us. She’s the light. I think she’s going to see a lot of darkness and realize that the best thing she can do is return the light to not just her, but to get daughter and her husband.”
What is coming up with Joel and Julia on Parenthood this season? Should I be worried for them? — Emily
ADAM: It certainly doesn’t help that Joel and Julia will each become close with a member of the opposite sex (new guest stars Sonya Walger and David Denman, respectively). But there are deeper issues for the couple. Joel is on the top of the world professionally, while Julia is going the exact opposite direction. “She’s really trying the stay-at-home thing, but she’s… struggling with her own identity,” Erika Christensen says. “[We] see her find some solace somewhere, and it looks like it’s going to happen in a way that’s also painful. She makes a male friend and that’s awkward and can put a strain on a relationship.”
Why isn’t Penny going on the girls’ trip on The Big Bang Theory?! —Kate
NATALIE: Don’t feel sad that Penny won’t be joining Amy and Bernadette on their road trip, which will end with the duo both bonding and wanting to kill each other. “She’s at home with Sheldon missing Leonard and they’re off at this science conference,” executive producer Steve Molaro says. But Penny will find herself bonding with Sheldon, who, try as he might not to openly admit that he misses Leonard, he definitely struggles with his roomie and best friend being MIA.
I’m excited for The Mentalist‘s new season. How soon will Jane and Lisbon catch Red John? — Gina
ADAM: Creator Bruno Heller confirms that viewers will know the true identity by the end of this calendar year. (November sweeps, anyone?) That means the early part of the season will be a highly serialized chase to narrow down the seven suspects. “We’re not bumping off the suspects one by one,” he says. “Some will meet an unhappy end, others will live to the denouement.” But whether or not the real Red John ultimately lives to see another day will be a point of much debate between Jane and Lisbon. “All these years, Jane’s always said, ‘I’m going to kill that bastard,'” Heller says. “Lisbon’s always said, ‘I understand you want to do that, but I am the law.’ Now that issue is not a theoretical one, it’s a real one.”
Any scoop on Matt and Rebekah on The Vampire Diaries or The Originals? I heart them together! —Maggie
NATALIE: While we won’t rule out the opportunity for crossover episodes, Claire Holt seems pretty sure that the two are dunzo for now. “In the last episode, Matt told her, ‘I have to keep my life vampire-free,’ so she knew going into it that they would have a little fun, travel the world together and now she’s ready to move on and take down more men in New Orleans,” Holt says.
How will Casey continue to deal with Hallie’s death when Chicago Fire returns? — Tony
ADAM: “He goes away on a sabbatical; he takes a little time out,” Jesse Spencer tells us. “But he’s going to come back with a new lease on life.” Although there won’t be a new love interest in Casey’s life, he will open himself up to new people in a slightly surprising way. “He becomes a family man,” Spencer says. “He’s able to give something back to some kids. It’s going to be an emotionally healing experience. The kids are going to help him, and it’ll be a complicated, but nice, recovery.”
Got any scoop on Dexter? — Rick
NATALIE: It could just be me, but I’m starting to worry that Harrison may end up killing Jaime. That’s right, Dexter’s son seems to be on the path to getting into the family business, so to speak. Sure, he’s only 4, but he was — like Dexter — born in a pool of blood, so to speak. Meanwhile, that promo that shows what appears to be Dexter being caught is a little misleading. Nevertheless, Dexter will take a risk that could get him caught.
Adam’s Mega Rave: It’s weird that Brody won’t appear in the early episodes of the new season of Homeland, but I applaud the decision if it means we get to see more of Mandy Patinkin’s amazing, heartbreaking work.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Nora’s death scene, where she melted a la Raiders of the Lost Ark, was worse than when Bill turned Lorena’s head around during sex. Grody to the max, True Blood!
GET YOUR DATES ON
… Showtime has decided on premiere dates for three of its returning midseason shows. Shameless will return on January 12. Episodes will return on January 12. House of Lies will return on January 12. They’ll all return on January 12! [Showtime via press release]
… A few new details on the potential Supernatural spin-off have emerged. Executive Producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer say the show will take place in Chicago and feature much more of an ensemble cast, as opposed to its parent series, which travels the country (and Canada!) and concentrates on the Winchester brothers. The backdoor pilot will be introduced in the 20th episode of the Supernatural‘s upcoming ninth season, and if all goes well, will become its own show in 2014. [EW]
… Okay everyone, this joke has gone on long enough. Syfy aired Sharknado for a third time on Saturday night and it climbed in the ratings AGAIN. Its first airing in mid-July drew 1.4 million viewers (all of whom tweeted until their fingers bled), its second airing a week later drew 1.9 million viewers, and its third airing on Saturday picked up 2.1 million viewers. Either people are really late to this internet-fueled phenomenon, or sharks have learned how to watch television. [EW]
… Ever-exciting syndication news! Reruns of CBS’s Hawaii Five-0, purchased by TNT back in 2011, will begin airing on the network starting Thursday, August 8. The series will air back-to-back episodes on Thursday nights right from the beginning, so you can figure out who’s a good guy and who’s a bad guy. [TNT via press release]
… Adult Swim has announced a date for the returns of Aqua TV Show Show and Squidbillies. August 11 at midnight and midnight:15. [Adult Swim via press release]
… Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters has been renewed for a 13-episode second season due in 2014. The show follows master treehouse builder Pete Nelson as he masterfully builds treehouses. [Animal Planet via press release]
… The lovely Anna Torv (Fringe) and former Brat Packer Jennifer Jason Leigh (Some Kind of Wonderful) have joined Ryan Murphy’s HBO pilot Open. The mature drama focuses on sexuality and relationships, and it stars Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley. Leigh and Torv will play a couple, and yes, no need to do a double-take, they’re both girls. [Deadline Hollywood]
… Showtime has a horror series in the works called Penny Dreadful, and now it has its leads: Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor) and Eva Green (Casino Royale)! The series will be set in Victorian England and weave together the origin stories of several monsters from literature, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dorian Grey. [THR]
… John Ratzenberger (Cheers‘ Cliff Claven) will guest-star on an episode of Bones. He’ll play one half of a couple who’s on a retreat in the second episode. [EW]
Eileen Davidson, who made a triumphant return as Kristen DiMera in 2012 after a 14-year absence, wrapped up her DAYS stint on July 16. Because DAYS tapes so far in advance, she will air through the remainder of the year. “The Kristen story wrap-up is just fantastic; she was just glorious,” raves Executive Producer Ken Corday. “The official word there is that Eileen Davidson is leaving the show to take some time out with her family. Will she come back? We’ll see. But she’s not going to another show. I am thankful for all she’s brought to us. It was the first shot in the arm we needed. A big shot in the arm.” For more from Corday, pick up the next issue of Digest, on sale Friday.
DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg were lightning–quick to field those queries and others in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Here’s what was learned:
* Barry Allen will be introduced in Episodes 8 and 9 of Arrow Season 2 (opening Oct. 9), as a forensics scientist working for the Central City police department — “just an ordinary man,” said Kreisberg. “That’s how the audience will get to know him before life gets a little bit faster.” Barry will also appear in Episode 20, a formal backdoor pilot more focused on this new character (and possibly planting fun Easter eggs along the way).
* Addressing the sticky wicket of creating The Flash in a world that has purposely been established as free of superpowers, Kreisberg said, “Part of the fun is for the audience is to go on that ride and see how we do our ‘Arrow take’ on the Flash legacy. Some of it will feel very familiar, and some will feel different.” All that said, Johns asserted, “He does need powers to be The Flash.” And as such, Kreisberg added, “Our characters will react to the extraordinary changes to their world in a realistic way. These ‘powers’ wont be treated as commonplace.”
* Why introduce and potentially spin off this particular DC character? Arrow EP Greg Berlanti counts The Flash as his favorite superhero as a kid, and the character ranks high with Johns and Kreisberg as well. “So when Greg approached us and said, ‘What if we did The Flash as a spinoff?’, all of us lit up,” Kreisberg reported. Especially since the speedster differs greatly from Arrow and other DC heroes. “Barry got his powers by accident — he isn’t a God, he isn’t an alien — so his reactions to that feel very human and grounded.” And whereas Oliver Queen is a dark and tortured soul, “Barry is not, so it will be a fun byplay to see these two characters together, because they have very distinctive world views.”
* Along those lines, a la DC lore, you can expect Barry and Ollie to not exactly be besties when they cross paths. “As excited as we are to write for Barry, we’re really excited about what his arrival means for Oliver, for Dig, for Felicity, for everybody. He’s going to affect everybody’s lives,” said Kreisberg. Added Johns, “Barry’s a cop, so he follows the law, he follows the rules. The last thing he would ever think about is being a vigilante.”
* Once Barry does evolve into The Flash, “He will not be blurring around” Johns said when asked about rendering the speed effect for TV. “We want to do something fresh and exciting and give people a cinematic experience,” he added, pointing to recent Flash comics — as well as the animated release Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox — as possible visual cues.
* With casting now about to get underway, “A blonde would be preferred,” Kreisberg said, though as with Arrow, they’ll go with “the best actor for the part” — and/or “someone who look good in red,” Johns quipped.
* Johns, Kreisberg and Berlanti will cowrite the three Barry Allen episodes, while Arrow/Smallville pilot director David Nutter is on board to direct Episode 20 aka the backdoor pilot for the prospective spin-off.
* Just to be clear, I had the guys double-secret officially confirm: Allen’s ultimate alter ego will be called The Flash, and he will wear the iconic, colorful costume.
* Lastly, there is no word on if The CW’s Flash will be compatible with Macs. (Just kidding. Computer nerd humor.)
Revealing the first castings for Penny Dreadful — a “totally fascinating” eight-episode “literary horror” series being penned by film vet John Logan and helmed in part by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) — he said that Josh Hartnett (The Faculty) will play an American “fake cowboy” who enchants the ladies of Victorian era London, while Eva Green (Camelot) has been cast as Vanessa, a character Nevins described as “the fulcrum” of the super-secretive series before catching himself and withholding further details.
Penny Dreadful, which will also feature Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the Dracula novel, starts production in October to debut as soon as spring 2014. Nevins lauded the project as “smart and psychological, but we’re not going to be gentle with the horror. I think it’s going to scare the s–t out of people.”
In other Showtime casting news, Nevin shared that Kathryn Hahn (Parks and Recreation) has landed the female lead in Trending Down, a new comedy starring Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as a man facing obsolescence after his ad agency is taken over, while Ruth Wilson (Luther) will star opposite Dominic West in The Affair, a drama about how infidelity impacts two marriages.
Also discussed during Nevins’ Q&A session at TCA:
EPISODES SCHEDULED | Matt LeBlanc’s long-MIA comedy will return with new episodes on Jan. 12, joined by House of Lies and Shameless on Sunday nights. Californication Season 7 in turn will be moved to the spring, where it will be paired with Nurse Jackie.
DEX APPEAL | Though he has only seen the script, Nevins said, “[Dexter] ends with great satisfaction….. I think it’s quite brilliantly built.” As such, the pay cabler inked “a rare overall deal” that will keep showrunner Scott Buck in the Showtime family. As for what that means for any rumored spin-off, the exec winked: “Draw your own conclusions.”
YEA, DONOVAN! | Nevin said that the experiment to bring back Dexter during the summer months, facing fewer male-skewing sports events and to help launch the new drama Ray Donovan, “worked phenomenally well,” with both shows reaping boffo ratings.
THE PLANE TRUTH ABOUT THE BORGIAS | Trying to clear the air on The Borgias‘ cancellation — news which promoted an organized fan effort to fly a “Save the Borgias” banner over the TCA lunch session — Nevins said, “We looked hard at doing a two-hour finale” but the economics “just didn’t make sense. I think it came to a good stopping place in Season 3.” (As for the actual aforementioned fly-by, he said, “I feel bad, the money that’s being spent [by fans].”)