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MAGGIE Q. TEASES ‘NEW SIDE’ OF NIKITA AND MICHAEL ON ‘NIKITA’
If there’s one thing Nikita knows how to do, it’s cliffhangers. And the one on last week’s episode (the last new episode until April) was one of the best of the series so far. But assuming Michael doesn’t pump Nikita full of lead with that giant gun he was hanging on to, what can we expect from the next new episode? Maggie Q. dished exclusively to EW about it, and gave a little preview of the upcoming exploration of Mikita. (We all use the term; I say, embrace it.)
“What I really like on an emotional level about the next episode is that you’re going to see a new side to Michael and Nikita and their relationship you’ve never seen before. And you’re going to see a type of vulnerability from the both of them that they don’t really ever have around anyone else but each other,” the actress says. “And it’s not only what you’ve never seen it before, you’re going to understand where it comes from and a lot of the source of the pain as to why they’ve been at odds.”
But as the show starts getting deeper and deeper into the pair’s story, she teases, there could start to be cracks in Nikita’s stony mask. “You’re going to see Nikita shift a bit when Michael’s in the room and shift when Michael’s around because he provides a presence for her that she doesn’t have with anyone else,” she says. “I think that at the end of the next episode, everything that they’re going to go through — and there’s a lot — I think it’s going to be a sad thing for people. Then I think that after the sadness, there may be hope out of a dark place.”
‘GREY’S ANATOMY’: SARAH DREW ON HER NEW, SHOCKING ROMANCE
So this is happening — and I don’t think anyone saw it coming.
After surly Dr. Stark (Peter MacNicol) awkwardly asked sweet, innocent April out at the end of the last episode of Grey’s Anatomy, the stunned audience was exactly where Sarah Drew found herself when she first read the script. But, Drew says, this interesting new pair will make a lot more sense after the next new episode, which will jump forward a month from where we left off.
“In the next episode, we’ve been on several dates at that point,” she tells EW exclusively. “She sees a side to him that he doesn’t show to anyone else at the hospital, and she finds that part endearing. I think they enjoy the companionship.” But it’s companionship that will no doubt come with a few wagging fingers and commentary from her fellow residents.
“You get an insight into what’s going on in the next episode. It’s funny and a little sad and sweet,” she says. “But we’ve never done anything like this on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s usually gorgeous men like Jesse Williams taking his shirt off and getting it on in the on-call room. We haven’t really seen this kind of a thing before, so I think it’s fun.”
Just don’t look for virgin April to be having, ahem, too much fun with her significantly older companion.
“I’m almost positive she’s not losing her virginity by the end of the season. The latest I’ve heard from the writing room is that she’s going to hold on to it for some time,” she says. “I think they’re really planning to take care of that and make it really beautiful and really sweet and develop that story.” Sorry, Stark.
CASSI THOMSON ON CARA LYNN’S TEACHER SCANDAL ON ‘BIG LOVE’: ‘IT’S KIND OF A SLAP IN THE FACE TO EVERYBODY’
Oh, Cara Lynn. As if the Henrickson clan didn’t have enough heat on them, things are about to blow up even bigger on the final season of Big Love.
In the last episode, we saw Nicki in a gleeful mood (well, as gleeful as she’s going to get) following her marriage to Bill, but once she gets word about Cara Lynn’s relationship to Mr. Ivey, calm won’t exactly be the word of the day. “She definitely kind of drops the bomb on the household when that comes out,” Cassi Thomson says, before attempting to describe Nicki’s reaction to the revelation. “Oh, how do you even describe anything from Nicki? Just utter and complete horror and shock. It’s the end of the world for Nicki.”
And even though the marriage has been finalized between Nicki and Bill, Thomson reveals that “Cara Lynn doesn’t necessarily want this adoption” because of the toll on the family that has brought her into their lives — a fact that makes her secret scandalous relationship hurt the family even more. “When this thing comes out about Greg Ivey, it’s kind of a slap in the face to everybody. They’re doing everything in their power to welcome her into their home, and then she turns around and does something so off the charts that nobody expected. And from her side of things, it’s very challenging, because what do you do?”
Hmm, let’s say you start by not sexing it up with teach.
White Collar is wrapping up soon. Devastating! What can you tell us? — Kristy
Well, I can’t ruin the big ending for you. Creator Jeff Eastin took care of that a few months back when he told you that the ending was literally Neal standing in a room. (That’s very much the truth — with notable omissions of crucial information, obviously.) What Eastin didn’t tell you was that Neal shares a passionate kiss with someone in the finale after a brush with death — and it’s not Sara. But she does see it, and it leads to a very awkward dinner dinner at Peter’s house. (Awkward Neal, FTW!) Also, I will be chatting with Eastin about the finale, so start sending in your burning questions now about season 3. Yeah, I know you haven’t seen the finale yet but get creative.
It has been said that Finchel will get back together this season — when will we start to see that happen? — G
Word is still out on Finchel, but I can tell you of another Gleemance (eeeeww, I hate myself for that) in bloom. By the end of next week’s episode, the door will be open for Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) and Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow) to possibly become a couple. (You’ll see why.) What my tipster didn’t weigh in on, however, was whether Paltrow would be back a third time. And my question for you, Gleeks, is: Would you want her back?
Hot in Cleveland was renewed. Happy day! Any idea what’s in store for the hilarious ladies? — Raye
Yes, we’re getting one more hilarious lady! I’m told Doris Roberts is filming an episode this week that will air in June and she plays a woman Elka’s husband had an affair with who has a secret [SPOILER] of his that neither he nor Elka knew about.
I’m shamefully excited about the Secret Life coming back. What’s going to happen with the gang, especially Amy and Ricky!
Well, the good news is that instead of flirting with Ricky, pouty-as-ever Ashley starts to flirt with the idea of homeschool. Meanwhile, Amy pressures hesitant Ricky into getting tested for STIs/STDs/parting gifts of his promiscuity. It seems she’s ready when he is for a second go at it…. (Here’s hoping this one doesn’t end the way the last one did.)
Eastbound & Down. PLEASE! – Jason
Well, all I have for you is a bit of promising news. (Hey, they haven’t even started writing season 3. Give me a break.) EW caught up with John Hawkes at the Indie Spirit Awards this weekend, and he said he was hopeful about a return for his character this season after being MIA throughout most of last season.” I don’t think Danny’s written it or anything. Last season most of it took place in Mexico and my guy has a family and is settled, so there was no need for me until the finale. I really hope Kenny Powers stays local because I would love to go back and be involved in season 3. It is a great show and fun people.”
I’m on the verge of begging! Greek is almost done, and Evan and Rebecca just broke up! I have an idea where everyone else is going but what about these two? PLEAAAAAAAASSSSSEEEEEE! — Eli
I almost waited until you begged, but we’re running out of time here! (Sniffle) So instead, I’ll let creator Patrick Sean Smith give you a few clues as to how things end between the two. “I can’t help but read the message boards and people’s responses, and I know that they’re upset right now to see him be such a jerk and how harsh he was to Rebecca,” Smith tells me. “But I wanted to earn that dip to make this rise all the much more exciting, to be an adult and a grown up.” And if you love Greek so much, you’re going to love my post-mortem with Smith that’ll post here on EW’s InsideTV blog immediately after the finale. We talk about everything from Ashley and Cappies’ eyebrow-raising ending, to Rusty’s new…oh, that’s too good. Sorry. But trust me, it’s good.
I’m loving Mr. Sunshine, and I hope it gets a fighting chance. Any word on what’s coming up?
Tomorrow’s episode is a doozy and might leave you subconsciously creating inappropriate mnemonic devices after Ben creates nicknames for people in the office in order to remember their names. (Example: Doug Miller = disgusting moles) And if that’s not enough to make you tune in, watch to see Allison Janney with a ‘fro. (“I look like Art Garfunkel!”)
Hi Sandra. Is there any news on the fate of Off the Map? Great show that isn’t a spin-off (seriously — how many CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, etc. do we need?) but no one is watching. What gives? Crappy time slot? — Jennifer B.
The fate of Map very much lies in the hands of the powers that be, and it remains in the danger zone on EW’s TV Survival Scorecard. Creatively, however, it’s as healthy as can be, according to Jason George, who plays Dr. Otis Cole. And it’s about to get even better: Otis is going to prison! But not in cuffs. (Hey, it wouldn’t be safe to put someone that pretty in jail!) George sats we’ll soon see what the cast is referring to as Map‘s “Shawshank episode”: “We literally go to prison. There’s a hepatitis outbreak at the prison, and Otis volunteers there routinely, every few months. There’s some great stuff in that one.”
Would love some news on Skins. All the hooking up is totally trashy…and I can’t stop watching!! — Stanley
Next week, Daisy gets in on all the inter-sexing when she sleeps with Abbud. (Don’t worry, PTC, it’s not graphic.) But that’s only a sliver of what happens in the heartbreaking episode that takes us into her broken home life and her fractured relationship with her former musician dad, which hits even harder times when she decides to try out for a spot at a conservatory.
Hey, why no love for CSI: Miami? Maybe some Delko news? — Joanna
I hope you love a hottie in peril as much as you love CSI: M. In an upcoming episode about a mysterious murder in a club, Delko has a tower-of-terror moment in an elevator.
Blue Bloods scoop, please! — Laura
Linda (Amy Carlson) will go through a tough time in an upcoming episode when her young, beautiful niece (who the audience has yet to meet) is at the center of a case that could have deadly consequences.
Any scoop on my favorite show The Good Wife???? — Becky
You mean other than all the goodies I gave you last week? Hmm… how about this: Tonight, Zach gets in on the campaign action and ends up giving his dad a leg up in the race in a huge way.
Congrats on expanding your spoiler empire. Any Community scoop you can dig up, please? It might help the next three Greendale-less weeks go by. — Robin
Painful as they are for us all, if this works out, something tells me it will be well worth the wait.
(Additional reporting by Carrie Bell, Tim Stack, and Maggie Pehanick)