Summer is in full swing here, as you can tell from the slate of shows on tap this week. And it’s going to be a pretty solid week, Roomies! I’m particularly excited about The Glades and Burn Notice, the subjects of your two pieces of big scoop this week.
Be sure to send me requests for your favorite summer shows via email: You can do so by emailing email@example.com. And, as always, I can be found trolling Twitter @EWSandraG.
‘BURN NOTICE': THREE BURNING QUESTIONS, ANSWERED!
The new season of Burn Notice is upon us, readers, and it’s going to be a good one! But it seems I’ve been inundated with your inquiries about this season more than ever, and I’m happy to help! So I’ve plucked out three of the most frequent questions and posed them to Jeffrey Donovan:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Will there be a main foe on this season?
JEFFREY DONOVAN: “There is a big baddie coming, and it has to do with the murder [in episode 4]. And the murder involves Michael very, very specifically,” says Donovan. “The bad guy who did that … is going to become a huge, formidable foe, but that’s going to be really in the second half of the season, way down in, like, August.”
Will Michael’s new un-burned-ness interfere with his old life?
“What’s interesting is that plot line actually doesn’t intersect,” says Donovan. “Michael has his CIA job for the first three episodes, and the rest of the team have to take on the little guy and the client and help out the side stories. So they don’t really come across [Michael's new CIA partner Max, played by Grant Show] too much. Their issue is never going to be with Max, their issue is always going to be with Michael and the choices he makes.”
We know that Michael and Fiona will be living together. What else can we expect from them?
“They’re going to see Michael and Fi come together like they never have before. If the fans have always wanted to know about Michael’s past before he joined the CIA, they’re going to find out a lot about that,” he says.
BONUS! I’ve included a Burn Notice extra somewhere else in the column!
‘THE GLADES': ROMANTIC SHAKE-UPS, AHOY!
The Glades, A&E’s answer to procedural television… with a twist, is back this Sunday. And this week, I sat down with star Matt Passmore to talk about the upcoming season, that, as expected, will not be an easy one for Jim and Callie, who at the end of last season took their relationship to the next level. Aside from Callie’s ex-husband, Ray, being released from prison, Passmore tells me a person from Jim’s past will reappear and “throw a spanner in the works.” A female from his past, to be exact. “She is actually someone that he worked with up in Chicago, and she ends up representing that one person who broke his heart. And what do you do when that person’s back in your life?” he says. “At the same time, Callie’s husband is coming out of prison, so they’re really thrown under the bus as a couple.”
Word is this mystery woman is sticking around for more than one episode and is a important part of the entire season.” “I can’t say too much, but certainly, let’s just say that … she’s significant,” he says coyly.
Come back later today for more from my conversation with Passmore, where we talk about America’s fascination with pie, the new side of Jim we’ll see this season, and circus freaks.
Will Anne Dudek have more to do this season on Covert Affairs? After seeing what she can do on House, her relatively small role as an affable housewife doesn’t seem to be the best use of Dudek’s considerable talents. — Bruce
This isn’t something you’ll see from the beginning of this new season — the first episode mostly wraps up the cliffhanger from last season and sets us on the path to a new interesting arc. But later on, Piper Perabo tells me things will start shaking up at home in a big way. A secret-revealing way. “Danielle is becoming more and more suspicious of the lies that I’m telling her and things aren’t adding up,” she says. “I actually just read the next episode that we’re shooting, two episodes ahead, and Danielle found out this piece of information that made me think, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s not going to be able not to know for so much longer. It’s getting really hard for Annie to hide all that she has to from Danielle.”
I’m really worried about House. Please give me good news about the direction they’re heading next season. — Sharde
We’ll have more from the Inside the Writer’s Room with House event last night, which benefits The Writers Guild Foundation, in a bit. But here’s a little nugget I drew out for you this morning from executive producer and writer Peter Blake about what’s on tap for Chase. “I only have one good idea for season 8 so far, so I hope they use it. I have an idea for a Chase story. Who doesn’t like a Chase story?” Also discussed at the event: A certain beloved person’s exit and the future of House after season 8.
I’m really worried about House. Please give me good news about the direction they’re heading next season. — Sharde
Franklin & Bash was good, but you know what was great, Sandra? Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s booty!!!!!! I’m a pig, I know. But tell me this isn’t the last skin we see. Oink. — Rita
Well, oink, oink. That was my highlight as well. And while next week’s episode doesn’t go as far as the premiere, there is some shirtless tanning. Hey, it’s better than nothing! Also, Fred Willard guests as the friend of a woman who’s on trial for murder. And he’s a real… jokester.
Thanks for supporting Royal Pains! I have loved every season on that show, and really loved when they brought Henry Winkler on. What’s Eddie up to this season? Will he be in prison the whole time? — Susie
Not likely. But things won’t be easy once he does get out, Mark Feuerstein teased. “In getting out of jail, Eddie R. Lawson faces — yet again — the challenges of going down the shady criminal path or walking the straight and narrow, and he’s made just the friend in prison who will make it very hard for him to make that decision.”
Sandra! I missed Julie Plec on Kevin Smith’s radio show yesterday. Sad panda! Did she say anything about the new season? — Tracy
Hat tip to Vampire Diaries Online for the heads up about the interview. And as for season 3, I’d say the biggest hint in the rather spoiler-phobic interview was that the writing staff, who yesterday were on day 3 of mapping out the new season, had just added Rebecca Sonnenshine, a horror writer who Plec was particularly excited about because she specialized in “psychological horror.” Her hiring definitely speaks to the direction they’re heading this season, and let me say, I like the sound of it. Speaking of which…
I need some Mystic Falls scoop, please!! — Ann
The writing room might still be on the road to fleshing out the new season, but Nina Dobrev is definitely full of ideas. “The energy is going to be different, the roles are reversing and Elena is also going to have to live with the consequences of why and how she did that, a.k.a. the kiss,” she said. “Last year it was a fake-out Elena/Damon kiss. This year it was legitski. And she initiated. So it’s going to be interesting to see what the consequences are.” Now if only there were consequences for using the word “legitski” …Oh, wait, there is: a virtual high-five, awarded for acts of awesome.
Hey Sandra. I’d like spoilers… — Margot
I think you pressed “send” a little early there. Try again next week… maybe with some specifics? Meanwhile, I’ll pretend you finished that sentence with “on my favorite show Rookie Blue.” To which I’d reply, “Sure! The June 23 premiere will not disappoint. This was definitely the only network show from last summer left standing for a reason.” (I’m going to stop using quotes now to avoid dousing this answer with douche-ness, which actually sounds pretty gross.) Anyway, the not-so-rookies are given a big task right out of the gate in the season 2 episode: helping solving a murder that takes place at a concert (ergo, a ton of witnesses). And each of their unique skills, particularly Dov’s (Gregory Smith) knack for navigating social media and Andy’s general kick-assery, come in handy. The only setback? When someone on the team takes a bullet!
Hi, I just read spoilers for the season 4 premiere of Leverage… you said that you wouldn’t know that anything had changed between the two while they’re on the case. What about when they’re not? And do they talk about what happened between them? — Maya
It’s definitely talked about in the first episode back. And they come to an… agreement. And thanks to Leverage fans for your great questions for Timothy Hutton! Hopefully you’ll see a few of them answered in the upcoming Q&A!
I’m missing all of my CW shows! The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, and 90210 especially! Scoops will be rewarded with sweet treats! — Sophie
Someone on one of these shows wants to go dark side, and who might surprise you! (Not “Darkseid.” SOB! Smallville… ) Tristan Wilds recently opened up to EW about his hopes for seeing the twistier side of Dixon, following a season of mostly seeing his sweeter side. “I think Dixon definitely has that side, i.e. him punching somebody every season,” he says laughing, “but I don’t think we’ve really tapped into that.” What do you say, 90210 fans? Want to see this different side of Dixon come out next season? Oh, and I like cookies, Soph.
Memphis Beat is a fantastic show! I was so happy to see it get a little love last week. Can you tell us any more about the upcoming season? – Veronica
I spy with my little eye none other than Jake McDorman! The Greek alum makes a guest appearance on the second new episode of the season as a rich but troubled son of a break-in victim. And there’s more to the story, too, because he’s a little worse for wear by the end of the episode. But I was so happy to see him (briefly) back on TV, I didn’t take comprehensive notes. You’ll have to watch. And now I’m sure you will!
Californication? — Alex
Straight and to the point. I like it, so I’ll do the same: The show is currently casting a pretty, young development executive named Ali who admires more than just Hank’s talent. This come-on happens much to the chagrin of someone in Hank’s life.
Going through major Chuck withdrawals. SOS! (Send out spoilers.) — Viv
What about some RMC instead? Ryan McPartlin Cuteness. Last time I chatted with the Chuck actor, he opened up about what his reaction will be when the show closes out its run at the end of next season after a couple of, um, false alarms: “I’m glad I can stop slobbering on everyone at the end of every season, thinking it’s going to be the last. I know now when I shed tears next time they’ll be for real. It’s awkward after I cry very hard, say my goodbyes, then show up on set [after the show gets picked up again],” he said, laughing. “It’s like, ‘Well, that was weird. But hey! We’re back!’ There will be no more awkwardness when I go back to set.”
Any hope of Kristin Chenoweth returning to Glee next season? I love April Rhodes! — Maya
You never know. Scheduling could work out, but it’s less likely to happen if her new show, Good Christian Belles takes off. And if you ask me, it should! I absolutely loved this show, which was like Cougar Town-meets-Mean Girls in the South.
** Random question break **
Sandra, have you gotten a chance to see any of the new shows in yet? What are some of your new favorites? — Lindsay
See above for one. But I still have a fair amount of them to work through this weekend. But all should feel free to shoot me questions about specific first-year shows as well! I’ll try my hardest to give you an answer based on the first looks we’re given! On the slate this weekend? The Ringer…
** resume programming **
Sandra, what are you hearing about Falling Skies? I’m excited about it, but am hoping it’s worth the wait… — Joe
Depends what your expectations are, but actor Noah Wyle promises “a really exciting, dynamic alien invasion show that serves as a backdrop for something that’s a good character piece.” But, he warns, viewers must watch from the beginning and pay close attention. Like any good alien show, there will be twists galore. “By the end of the season, the audience has to radically redefine what they’ve learned,” he said.
Sandra! Thank you for the Nikita awesomeness! But you haven’t said anything about Alex next season! — Ana
Allow me to remedy that with Lyndsy Fonseca’s take on what lies ahead for the rogue agent: “I think honestly the fact that Alex is not hiding behind any shadows any more. There was some insecurity about her past and her family and not standing on her own but I think she’s really starting to take responsibility for who she is,” she says. “It will be exciting to see how she goes about that.” As long as it includes more interactions with Melinda Clarke, I’ll be a happy camper.
I need to know what Michael Vartan will be up to on HawthoRNe. We saw a wedding in the promos! Is this before or after the baby is born? — Grace
The wedding takes place at the very top of the hour, and it’s a lovely mess of an affair. The pair does get hitched though, and Christina is very much with child when that happens. The rest of the episode then launches what is likely to be an incredibly emotional season for your man Vartan and his new wife. I can’t say much more. You’ll have to watch the premiere on June 14. Also, submit your questions for Jada Pinkett-Smith, who I’m chatting with next week!
I love Drop Dead Diva and can’t wait for it to return! Any scoop? – Randy
You’re going to love the cameo from former *NSYNCer Lance Bass, who plays the producer/director who is helming Fred’s first commercial. I’m more of a Backstreet Boys girl myself, but I trust the word of April Bowlby. “He plays a smarmy guy, and he did that really well. He was that classic Hollywood director. We’ve got a lot of colorful, amazing guests this season.”
**Burn Notice bonus!**
Sometimes, interview bits end up on the cutting room floor for one reason or another, and that’s a damn shame… because they’re sometimes funny! (Example: Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder’s exchange that I shared with you recently.) So here’s another peek behind the curtain:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where do we pick up with Michael and Fi?
JEFFREY DONOVAN: Big surprise, and I guess that is a spoiler alert, Michael and Fi move in together! Yes. They live in sin. [Laughs] They’ve been living separate lives in sin, and now they live together in sin. She moves in.
[Laughs] I like that: “living together in sin.”
Love is in the air in the first half of the season for Michael and Fi. She moves into the loft with him. She starts decorating. We’re going to get a puppy next — I’m kidding.
That would be terrifying for the puppy.
[Laughs] What are you saying? That sounds like a line Sam Axe would say, “That’s terrifying for the puppy.”
No! I’m afraid someone would use the puppy against them. It would turn into the mid-season cliffhanger.
“We have your puppy.” [Laughs] Oh my God, Fiona would kill everybody.
Maybe they should get a puppy after all… that sounds sort of badass.
(Additional reporting by Carrie Bell)