'True Blood,' 'Torchwood,' 'The Closer,' 'The Killing': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

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As you read this, I am likely standing in the center of the sun. That’s not meant to be poetic. I’m on vacation in my homeland of Texas! But I couldn’t leave without first giving you your weekly helping of TV scoop. In exchange, can someone pick up my mail?

Speaking of mail, send me some! Spoiler requests, casting suggestions for the numerous primetime openings we seem to have, or even your pilot questions. Email spoilerroom@ew.com or Tweet me @EWSandraG. I’ll check them when I return in two weeks!

Note: Small programming change: Next week, I’ll have a very special Q&A for Weeds fans instead of your regular column. You’ll enjoy it! Promise!

‘TRUE BLOOD': YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED ROUND 2

Last week, we tackled some of your burning questions. This week, it’s round 2. The countdown to the June 26 premiere of True Blood is on! Here’s some stuff to tide you over.

Hi. I am a HUGE fan of True Blood. I know this season is primarily about Sookie/Eric, but this Bill fan wants to know if the former couple will have any decent scenes together as well? Will Bill be pursuing Sookie or is he too busy with his new power position? — CK
I know you’ve seen the first eight minutes, but the next eight will definitely answer your question about whether Bill cares or not. That said, Bill’s storyline is sometimes very twisted, but mostly just full of twists.

I’m gonna be selfish here by not asking for couple news. All I want is Eric! If not Eric, Alcide will do. Have your pick, thanks. — Shaden
Eric is constantly underestimated, and he’ll prove that in the first episode when he comes into possession of something extremely valuable. Also, episode 2 has some pretty great Eric moments, especially the last scene.

Let’s get some scoop on Jason, please! Bill, Sookie, Eric — love ‘em all. But haven’t heard a thing about Jason! — Gloria

Ryan Kwanten has talked about some dark and disturbing scenes that are in Jason’s future, and he was right on point. One scene in episode 2 might even require eye covering if you’re squeamish.


‘THE CLOSER’: EXPECT ‘FIREWORKS’ BETWEEN BRENDA AND POPE
It’s going to be a rocky season for Brenda Lee on The Closer. With a lawsuit threatening her career and reputation in the first episode back, the pressure is on. But her career isn’t the only thing being put to the test this year, according to creator James Duff. “I think you can expect fireworks eventually between Brenda and Pope. If there’s a relationship that will be tested, this is it,” he says. “That protective relationship that they’ve both had with each other, when it’s convenient, is going to come under heavy fire.”

Episode 2 is particularly trying for Pope. “He kind almost doesn’t get to episode 2. His career has a near-death experience,” Duff teases. “How he escapes his fate will shock you.”

‘TORCHWOOD’: A LOOK AT THE. NEW SEASON
I had nightmares the night after I watched the first two episodes of Torchwood: Miracle Day. I confess that not to prove what a hopeless wimp I am (although, that’s also included), but to make the point that while we all have reservations about this season, it really delivers.

The opening scene, which finds Bill Pullman’s death-row inmate character preparing for execution, is so wrenching, so uncomfortable, and so eerie, that you might very well lose your worries about this season in the first minutes.

When Arlene Tur, who plays Dr. Vera Juarez, first heard the plot, she said the issue turned out to be much more complicated than she initially thought. And the audience should be similarly excited by some of the curve balls that lie ahead.

“You have to deal with overpopulation. You don’t have enough staff, you don’t have enough tool or enough space… Every hospital becomes a disaster,” she said. “There are a lot of problems that come along with Miracle Day.”

SIDE DISHES

I’m missing Hawaii 5-0 severely! Please help a friend out! — Karen
Well, friend, the show is currently casting a female Homeland Security Officer, described in the character description as “the female McGarrett” who will assist the actual McGarrett with a case… and leave some time for some shameless flirting as well.

Any hope for Artie and Brittany reunion this season on Glee? Or is she going to hook up with Santana? – A. Howard
Anything can happen, really. Kevin McHale, who EW caught up with at the Samsung AT&T Spring Fling, said he’s open to all possibilities. “Who knows? It’s high school. There’s always hope. Being involved in that love triangle was really fun. So hopefully something like that will come about.

I saw the post on The Glee Project. I’m not watching because I’m more interested in what’s going to happen with the characters already on the show! Speaking of which, any idea what themes will be tackled next season– Lily
No official word yet, but McHale has an idea he wants to pitch: “British invasion!”

I need scoop on The Glades! Preferably sexy Jim related… #SpoilerRoom — @reebsreiswig
Is rehab sexy? Because that’s where Jim’s headed. Don’t worry, it’s for a case! In the July 10 episode, titled “Dirty Little Secrets,” Longworth follows a trail of clues to a luxury rehab center. Meanwhile, we meet a sexy former colleague of Sanchez’s and learn that they have a history.

I’d love some info on Weeds! I’m especially excited about Martin Short joining the cast! – Jorie
As you should be. Short, who is guesting as an attorney, always brings his own flavor to characters and creator Jenji Kohan said his stint on Weeds is no exception. But will he have a dark side? “No, not evil. But kind of fantastic! [He’s] an eccentric and a true character. We conceived him one way, but Martin definitely brought his own spin to it,” she says. Also, Weeds fans should return next week for my full, very special chat with Kohan! That’s special, not “special.”

Re: In Plain Sight. Ever since Mary went off to Mexico, there seems to be a certain distance between Marshall and her. Now with a girlfriend and a baby in the picture, is there any chance the two will get close again any time soon? How will Marshall deal with Mary’s pregnancy? – Peg
As star Mary McCormack told me earlier this week when I spoke to her, the pregnancy is certainly a “bump in the road” for them. But, she said, we will see Mary’s partner be “really sweet and supportive — as you’d expect from Marshall,” she says. And count me among those who was pretty upset to learn that Marshall wasn’t going to be the father of said baby. But McCormack said (and I have to agree) that it would have been strange to see this particular pair jump the gun. “We haven’t had that kind of relationship yet. I think that would have been skipping a lot of steps,” she says, adding that the slow burn of the relationship process is often the most fun. “I’ve always loved that on TV. Who didn’t love Sam and Diane? It’s hard to resist.”

The finale of The Killing is this week and I haven’t heard a peep. Spill! — Jen
Peep: When chatting with Joel Kinnaman this week (look for our full Q&A later today), the actor revealed that not only will there be a little gun play in this week’s episode (finally!), but it will leave everyone “satisfied, frustrated and hungry for more.” Plus, he teases, while Holder doesn’t end up a hero of any sorts, he says there is “another big moment” for the character. “I can say nothing more than that.”

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I would love Weeds info!!! What happened to Esteban and Guillermo in the 3 year jump on Weeds? What about the money in Shane’s pillow? Or maybe some Secret Life of the American Teenager info? Any of these would be awesome! Thanks! – Brad
As I mentioned, there’s plenty of great Weeds stuff coming up next week, so how about some Secret Life? Shailene Woodley stopped by EW’s office this week while on a promotional tour for her upcoming film, The Descendants, out in December, and dished about what’s coming up in season 4 of the ABC Family hit. “To lose a child is pretty intense, especially being young and not understanding, really, why or how and having to wrap your head around that. So as far as Amy and Ricky, the loss of Adrian’s child kind of brought them closer and made them realize that they need to be grateful for what they have,” she said. As we saw in the premiere, which aired just one week after the third-season finale, Amy and Ricky moved in together and are having sex. “Amy and Ricky definitely get much better, much deeper, much stronger. Of course they argue, what couple doesn’t? They have a great basis going on, and I think they’re going to be the power couple in the end.”

A major death on Entourage…Turtle? The real Turtle died in real life so why not? Besides, his character, along with Chase, is useless. – True
Sorry, True. But your guess is false. Although, brilliant minds think alike. That was my initial guess, too, but creator Doug Ellin set me straight (in our highly tongue-in-cheek conversation):

EW: Is there anything we won’t be seeing this season that you think viewers might be kind of either expecting to see some final note on or addressed?
DE: You probably won’t see Vince die. You might, I’m still writing the last one, but you probably won’t see that.

That’s good to know, especially with a movie coming!
Well, you know, we could do without him. [Sarcastically] I was going to replace Vince with Mark Wahlberg for the movie, possibly.

Have you let him know that?
Mark let me know that. He was like, ‘If you wanna kill him, I’ll do the movie for you.’

It’s nice that he’s putting that out there.
He’s very supportive.

Even though Vince won’t die, can we expect any deaths?
Turtle might die. I’m just kidding. There might be a death. There is a death this season, but I won’t say who or why.

One the major guys?
Not necessarily.

I thought you were serious about Turtle for a second.
I would never kill him.

I’d love some Burn Notice scoop! I’m SOOO excited for its return! I’m especially excited to hear we’re going to learn about Michael’s past. Will there be flashbacks? — Kory
Nope. But much about Michael’s past will be revealed in episode 2 of this season, and Jeffrey Donovan predicts there could be another Emmy nom for Sharon Gless’ performance in the episode. “What’s great about how they write is that Michael’s past is always linked with his mother’s knowledge of his past, and she becomes integrated into a case where their past reveals itself in a very painful way. And it’s one of Sharon’s best performances I’ve ever seen,” Donovan graciously says of his co-star. “Knock on wood, she’ll earn [another nomination] from this one.”

Do you have any Sons Of Anarchy Season 4 scoop that doesn’t involve Jax, Tara or Gemma?  I would like to know some stuff about the other characters…like Chibs or Opie or Clay or Tig or Kozik…or just not Tara, Jax or Gemma.  Thanks. — Charlie/ Grand Rapids, MI
Clay’s hand troubles are as bad as ever when we return, but ever the badass, he doesn’t let it get to him — even when the gang finds themselves at odds with SAMTAZ, the SOA Tuscon charter, who definitely don’t have the same code as our gang.

I’m looking forward to the return of Rizzoli and Isles. Obviously Jane is going to live, but do we pick up right after the shooting? — Sara
Negatory. The show actually picks up well into Jane’s healing process. The problem? Recovery is slow-going.

Sandra! Did you notice Castle is casting a woman as the new chief? Just like we recommended! We’re awesome!! That’s all. J Oh, and scoop would be nice! — Sharon
Yes, you called it! I hear that casting is just kicking off, so it might be a while until we hear a decision. But those of you hoping for Lisa Edelstein might be out of luck. I hear they’re leaning toward casting a woman of color. Then again, you never know. Ideas?

The finale of Nurse Jackie is this week, Sandra! Scoop, please! Are we finally going to meet Coop’s bride? — Marleen
Depends on what you mean by “meet.” If you mean “see smoking a cigarette in her wedding dress outside the hospital” then yes. If you mean, formal introduction, no.

Can I get some scoop on any of the CW shows? I’m going through withdrawal! — Crystal
Loophole! Ever wondered what would have been had Hellcats never got the ax? Well, AJ Michalka, who had recently come aboard the freshman show as Marti’s half-sister, told EW at the premiere there were big plans for her character Deirdre in season 2. “My character was going to definitely continue with Aly, and there was a plan for me to have some major tension with another character,” she said. “I wish we were gonna get a second season. I know Aly was really bummed when it got cancelled.” Luckily, Michalka reports the duo is hard at work on another album, due out in the latter part of this year. “We did some work with Nancy Wilson, and she is a hero, a pioneer for women who want to rock out, and Guy Sixworth from Frou Frou,” she said. “We don’t want to release anything before it is totally done, and we’re both super happy with it.”

Men of a Certain Age has been outstanding this season. Where’s the love? — Louise
Funny you ask, because I was asking the same thing when watching the show’s July 6 episode, which finds Owen at odds with his father more than ever. And a shoving match leads one of them to make a very shocking decision, which broke my heart because I’d been rooting for this pair.

Too soon for Raising Hope? You can do it! — Rich
You bet I can… with a little help from Cloris Leachman, who says viewers who enjoyed seeing lucid Maw Maw in the season finale flashback episode might get a chance to see her before she lost her marbles. “I prefer playing crazy, out-of-it Maw Maw to lucid Maw Maw because I don’t have to talk as much. It is much more feral and I have fewer lines to remember, but I am sure that we will have more moments next season where she is lucid or a flashback episode or two.”

Covert Affairs, please! This season has been great! — Leslie
In an upcoming episode, Auggie has to help cover for Annie by taking Danielle out for lunch, but shows a hint of… let’s call it “curiosity” after Danielle says Annie has been seeing someone.

(Carrie Bell, Stephan Lee, Maggie Pehanick, and Lanford Beard contributed to this column.)

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  • Mary

    I think the twist on Nurse Jackie is that Kevin is going to tell Jackie that HE is having an affair.

    • Vince from NYC

      Yea that was my guess.. Or he wants a divorce.. Showtime is always using previews to fake us out..

    • That’s what I’m thinking, too.

    • Rin

      I think that will be the twist too, he hasn’t met Coop or Zooey who are well aware that Eddie and Jackie had something going on and the more I think on it the more I am starting to wonder if O’Hara knew about those two, I honestly can’t remember in Season 1 if she really knew. So there is no reason Kevin would know. I do wonder whether or not Kelly is being honest about stealing patches but if so I like that twist and I kind of figured he was lying about most his stories.

    • Heidi

      Yes I thought that too…not ‘havING’ an affair, though. I’m guessing its more like he HAD a one night stand when they were going through their problems…

      I wonder if Eddie knows. When he called him and said he couldn’t even look at his wife…I just got a feeling that Eddie knows both Jackie AND Kevin had cheated in the past (Jackie with him, Kevin with someone at the bar maybe)

  • AB

    What do we have to do to get some Doctor Who love around here?

    • Juan

      Yes please.

    • Molly

      We got Torchwood. That kinda counts. Kinda.

    • Chris

      I’m glad someone else is speaking up about this.

  • BHM1304

    The only people with reservations about “Torchwood” are the same folks that have been complaining since the end of of “Children of Earth”. I understand that. STARZ is making good television. “Spartacus” and “Party Down” show that they know what they are doing. Everything I’ve seen, including the great promo that aired after “Camelot”‘s finale last week has me excited. Lauren Ambrose and Bill Pullman both look great in their roles. Pullman certainly has come a long way since his role (and it remains one of my favorite) as the worlds dumbest criminal in the hilarious “Ruthless People”.

  • x files

    curiousty? I’m thinking jealousy. Auggie and annie ftw!!!

  • Olivia

    Yay for Annie/Auggie sparks on “Covert Affairs”!

  • evil pam

    Howsa bout Gina Torres as the new boss on Castle? That could be fun. Shiny!

    • Jackie

      Gina Torres would be awesome! If not her, then maybe the woman who played Lieutenant Van Buren on ‘Law & Order’ (it would be a nice little wink at her previous role).

    • Holly

      I would love to see that. She is the first person I thought of when I heard the new captain would be a woman.

    • BHM1304

      I think Gina Torres is the female lead of the new USA show debuting soon, “Suits”.

    • Vago

      Better Gina Gershon

    • teniba

      Angela basset is the best choice, sexy, charming but tough!!! and such agreat actress nominated for an oscars in tina turner biopic

  • finovotny

    Castle: “I hear they’re leaning toward casting a woman of color.”
    I think that’s great — first off there aren’t that many opportunities for WOC over 40, and I can think of a few women who’d be great in the role. CCH Pounder, anyone?

    • Zazazing

      My first choice would be Gina Torres, but CCH Pounder would be awesome too.

    • Philly Amelia

      I thought Aisha Tyler, but CCH Pounder is a GENIUS suggestion!

      • Genevieve

        Debbi Morgan! Beautiful and such an amazing actress! Powerhouse! She’d be awesome!

    • Silent E

      Yep, she’s on my list. Anna Deavere Smith would rock, too! Someone older, with gravitas.

      • Heidi

        Angela Bassett anyone?

  • Ed

    Those Glee scoops were hardly scoops…just an actor talking about possibilites.

  • dgf

    i just want to see jason Stakehouse naked

    • Spelling Police

      STACKhouse, he’s not an Outback, although that’s not spelled that way either.

      • I’d like to see his outback, if you know what I mean.

  • Ida Seenit

    I am not sure if your comment is a spoiler or not. I am losing confidence in this show. What about this Fairy mess, no obviously I have not read the book, but the characters I care about no one is talkin about. For example what is going on with Pam, my favorite woman character, or the love story between the two men, blank on their names, sorry. Or is redhair’s baby going to be a creature or a real baby. Hello, Sam had a big climatic ending as well with his brother stealing his money am I only who cares about the other story lines. So what on Sookie, Eric and Bill let’s get to the fun new people and characters!

  • karo

    Dear Castle-producers,Please, Don´t cast Lisa Edelstein. She already destroyed one show i loved.

    • Snarksville

      Here, here karo! I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Pat

      Third! Well said!

    • Amelia

      I can’t stand her. I never could. Ick if she’s going to be on Castle.

  • bjg

    Holder gets killed in the last 5 mins by belko.

    • Joanie 22

      I hope that this is not true.

    • Pam

      That is the outcome of the Danish series.

      • Heidi

        They said they were not going to follow the Danish series in terms of who did it or who dies. Holder is too popular, Veena Sud would not do that to fans!

  • LizzieE

    As far as casting the new captain for Castle, I would like to see Aisha Hinds (from the way too early dearly departed Detroit 1-8-7) in that role – she has already lived that part although in a much grittier setting.

    • Anne

      Oooh I’d LOVE her…also Jennifer Beals would be kick-a**!!

      • Jen

        Second Jennifer Beals!

      • Lorie

        Love Jennifer Beals!

      • lisa

        Yesssss for Jennifer Beals
        She is mixed also,so the perfect match

  • Flip

    Scoop for a cancelled show? Jesus Lord!

  • Melissa

    This is the second place I’ve read “The real Turtle died in real life,” what does that mean?!?? Clearly I’m not up on my pop culture.

    • Heidi

      someone from Mark Wahlberg’s real entourage died in real life recently. Turtle was based on this guy as all the other characters were based on friends of Mark and his agent, publicist, etc.

    • Bruce Morgan

      The turtle died in real life pretty much means ‘the dog always dies in the ends’…so we always know what happens.

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