Swanson I ate for breakfast. Frankly, it’s because TV shows are coming back from their breaks (a.k.a. the cold, dark months of TV hell), and there’s a lot to be pumped about.I feel all tingly inside, Roomies — and that’s not just my body responding to that
First up this week, we have Castle scoop, info on Detroit 1-8-7 (SAVE IT!), and what you can look forward to from Pawnee (besides a sunnier life in general) now that Parks is back. There’s also casting bit on Smallville, Chuck EP Chris Fedak responds to our cries for justice, Chris Colfer weighs in on Kurt’s return to New Directions, and much more. Eat up. Go ahead. Make a pig of yourself. All I ask is that you feed me your scoop requests in return. (E-mail them to email@example.com or Tweet them to me directly @EWSandraG.)
‘CASTLE’: PREPARE TO FAN YOURSELVES
It’s almost here, Castle fans (who have been begging me all week for dish on the show’s big Jan. 24th episode). Almost. Here. The smooch you’ve been waiting for. And I’m happy to say that the episode is completely worth the wait. But not so fast. Don’t start picking out china patterns for the pair just yet. While the kiss is, indeed, not a dream, you know that this is still Castle. This is still Beckett. And there’s still a very important case — the one of Beckett’s mom’s murder — being investigated. That’s all I can say. On that note, however, the kiss, in my opinion, isn’t even the best part of the episode. (You probably guessed that they wouldn’t put the best part of the episode in promos, right?) I’d say there are two better moments. The first comes before the smooch when Castle is talking with his mom about his most recent brush with death, and he admits to her (in his Nathan Fillion melt-me-into-goo voice) that his time with Beckett is “*** ****t *** ****s **y****.” And the other comes sometime after the roughly 13-second smooch. After the episode airs, be sure to check EW.com for my exclusive chat with Andrew Marlowe and Will Beall, who penned the episode.
‘PARKS AND RECREATION’: LOVE IS IN THE AIR
You’re probably still reeling over the premiere of Parks and Recreation last night, and I don’t blame you. It was A-MAZING. And guess what? It’s about to get even better — I’m talking the top of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. In the next episode, look for Ben (Adam Scott) to make a major gesture in showing his growing affection for Leslie when he visits her in the hospital and brings her soup and waffles. (Collective: Awwww.) Andy also makes a bedside visit to ailing April, and the two share a moment that may put the famed shoeshine-ist on the path toward redemption. But that will only happen if he can find enough time for her between his busy schedule of building giant straws and bonding with Ron. (He introduces Ron to what the mustachioed hero calls “ethnic” food — a.k.a. a meaty burrito.) And then there’s Ann. If you followed the days when I recapped the show, I was always tough on Ann. I always found her to be…erm…less interesting than the rest of the outstandingly vivacious cast. Not so upon the show’s return. In fact, there’s a moment coming up where you might (in the words of April) like Ann more than you ever have before. (coughbecauseAnnactslikeahugebitchcough) And it’s awesome.
‘DETROIT 1-8-7′: MICHAEL IMPERIOLI’S SON TO GUEST. PLUS, SGT. LONGFORD EXIT ON THE WAY?
Detroit 1-8-7 star Michael Imperioli knows his freshman show does not have the viewership it deserves, but the show isn’t letting the news of low ratings get in the way of its creative flow. In fact, the story of Det. Louis Fitch and the rest of the homicide unit is about to get even better in upcoming episodes when Fitch’s 13-year-old son Bobby (who will be played by Imperioli’s real-life son Vadim, possibly on a recurring basis) comes for a visit in episode 17, along with another, more daunting figure from his past. “[Fitch] left New York because there was this gangster who was threatening [him],” explains Imperioli. “He was working on this case and the gangster turned the tables on him and basically said, ‘Look, if you don’t leave town and leave me alone, your family is in danger.’ So Fitch split. Then, what happens is we find out the gangster has come to Detroit for some reason. So now, Fitch’s son has come to Detroit and the gangster has come to Detroit, so there’s a recipe for a lot of tension.”
The role of Fitch’s ex-wife is still being cast, and if you — like me — were hoping for a Moltisanti/Adriana reunion, sorry, not gonna happen. What you can count on, however, is seeing Sgt. Longford (James McDaniel) “grappling” with his decision to retire per his deceased wife’s wishes. “He’s asking himself really big questions. Questions about family. What does life really mean? What the job means,” McDaniel says. “It’s big question time.”
So Chuck finally proposed to Sarah, but why’d they have to ruin the moment?!?! Tell me there’s something coming up to make up for it. — Tracey
The moon. The beautiful ring. Sarah helping Chuck not make a dork of himself by slipping the ring he dropped back into his pocket. Sigh. Yes, it was perfect. And while I can’t tell you that something soon will make up for the lost moment, executive producer Chris Fedak can: “Yes. We have some really sweet moments coming up. Of course, most of them are between Casey and Morgan. But you never know, maybe Chuck and Sarah can have one, too.”
Any Smallville scoop? Preferably Chlollie related — Mer
I’d love to submit to your winking face, but spilling on Chlollie’s big reunion moment would surely guarantee an end to my life. It would also ruin the surprise about whether or not there are sinister intentions behind that pretty, innocent smile. But I do have a casting bit for you. I can confirm rumors that Days of Our Lives actor Eric Martsolf will be playing Booster Gold, and I hear that they are expected to pick a Blue Beetle any moment now. You might want to keep checking back for updates…
I’m so glad to see Justified getting some publicity and am hyped for the return. Is Boyd Crowder part of an overarching story or just a constant nuisance? Are they sticking to the episodic format? I liked it — they felt like short stories more than generic ‘procedural’ mysteries. Is Raylan moving out of his motel room? Are we going to explore beyond Harlan like the CA episode? Does Harlan have minorities? — LochNessTess
I feel like I’m about to dig into a pie and I have no idea where to start. Deep breath. Okay, let’s see. Boyd is most definitely part of an overarching storyline this year, but also does a great job getting under Raylan’s skin, as usual — especially when Raylan finds out Boyd’s been sleeping under a roof that Raylan knows very well. And there’s a great (and somewhat brutal) Boyd moment coming in episode 3. Q2) Format’s about the same, I’d say. Good thing, right? Q3) Raylan is still hanging his hat in the motel at least through episode three. But don’t worry; he’s not lonely. Q4) We’re spend most of our time in Harlan at the beginning of the season. Q5) Not sure, but what I do know is that when Rachel accompanies Raylan on an investigation, they’re not very welcoming at all.
I’m missing my favorite show Sons of Anarchy! Scoop the pain away! — Kat
You mean that show with GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER Katey Sagal? Sorry, I can’t mention that enough. I literally screamed because it’s so wildly overdue. Anyway, her hubby Kurt Sutter was pretty excited, too, and he’s also geared up for the new season, which starts production the first week of May. “It will be a little over a year between seasons in terms of timeline. So [Gemma will] have a little bit of time to catch her breath. And she’ll have a new car!” Fancy! And in news that’s small but greatly important to me, look for a much-anticipated return of Gemma’s acrylic nails! Says Sagal: “She’s going to do her nails again, for sure. They had to cut all my nails off because I was on the lam. As an actor I don’t like them, but I think Gemma really wants her nails back.”
Thanks for the BBT spoilers last week. Would love something Shamy related!! — Meg
I tried to get something out of Mayim Bailik when we chatted last week. But truth be told, she is as eager as we are to find out what’s in store for the odd couple. (Production wise, the show usually works about two episodes ahead of what we see as viewers.) But she did propose an idea that I think would certainly catch the attention of at least a few of the guys on the show: Amy in a mini-dress! “I’d love an ugly duckling episode where I get to be in a mini-dress and stiletto heels,” she said, laughing. “As my outfits get more and more hideous…There comes a point — it’s kind of like the physics principle — there comes a point where there is no return. [Laughs] We might have reached that.”
I can’t wait for the White Collar flashback episode. Scoop, please? — Chalene
Between the Matt Bomer interview and showrunner Jeff Eastin’s scoopage I’ve given you in the last two weeks, you’ve gotten plenty — but I don’t blame you for wanting more. It’s one heck of an episode (airing Jan. 25). And would you believe that there’s much, much more where that came from? “The original draft was about 120 pages. It was twice or three times what we normally do because there was so much stuff. In the original draft, we had young Neal when he was 12, Mozzi’s entire backstory when he was in Detroit. There’s all this stuff we really wanted to use. But at the end, we really had to pick and choose what would fit in an hour,” Eastin told me. That’s right, we almost saw an itty bitty Neal! Be still my heart! But not to worry, some of that will likely make its way into another flashback episode that is planned for season 3 that will focus mostly on Mozzi and explain the origins of his nickname.
When’s Kurt coming back to McKinley High on Glee. Things are falling apart without him! — J. T.
Um, why would you advocate splitting up the adorable pair gracing the cover of this week’s EW? Child, please. And it doesn’t sound like the show’s in a hurry to get Kurt back to New Directions either. Before learning he was a Golden Globe winner this weekend, we spoke with Chris Colfer on the red carpet, where he told us: “I think eventually I will be back with the old gang but we haven’t filmed that yet so I don’t know how long I will be away from McKinley.” A spy tells me the gang is now wrapping the episode that will air in mid-February, so it definitely won’t happen before then. But again, I ask, is that really what you want? Take sides in comments, readers. Does Kurt belong at Dalton or McKinley? It’s on, J.T.! (P.S. – I’m short and feeble; please don’t hurt me.)
Greek me! — Lia
How do you do on guessing games? Here’s one regarding next week’s episode. (Don’t hurt yourself figuring it out like I hurt my brain making it.):
* One character thinks “I’m going to be late” sounds like “I’m going to masturbate.”
* One character will do a strip tease.
* One character admits that his upper body strength comes from using the Shake Weight For Men.
* One character will be involved in a major break up.
* One character will be involved in (and win!) a fight. (Watching next week’s awesome promo might help you with that one, and “win” is defined by who walks away unscathed.)
* One character will become one half of a new couple.
* One character will get between a major couple.
The answers to three of those will be The Beaver, two will be Cappie, one will be Rusty, and one will be Evan.
I LOVED Being Human. Do you have a bit of scoop for a new fan to the series? — Kris
I loved it, too. I especially have a soft spot for Mark Pellegrino, who you’ll see next week in a brief Civil War flashback with Aidan. And while I’m a huge fan of flashback scenes of any kind, it’s not the best scene of the episode by far. I think you’ll much prefer the tense face-off between Bishop and Aidan at the police station. It’s a lot of sexy brood in a single scene — and I like it.
The Big C was a fantastic show. Any idea when we’ll see it comes back? — Lee
The cast doesn’t start back on season 2 until March, according to John Benjamin Hickey (who plays Cathy’s hippie brother Sean on the show). Though he hasn’t seen a script yet, Hickey wasn’t shy about telling us what he hopes to read: a twist return for Marlene, who killed herself in the penultimate episode of last season. “We are all campaigning for a ghost twist for season 2 of The Big C so Phyllis [Somerville] can come back. As sad as you are, we the cast are even sadder. It is actually feeling a little unthinkable to go forward without Phyllis. I have a good faith feeling she may be back somehow some way.” Somerville concurred: “I just did an episode of Fringe so maybe I can get those sci-fi folks to hook me up with a gadget that will allow Marlene to come back to life and bug Laura Linney some more.” Yes, Fringe!
(Additional reporting by Lynette Rice and Carrie Bell)