This week has been my favorite week of all time for at least the past 10 years. It’s the week EW’s Fall TV Preview hits stands! No joke, the issue is full of great scoop. (And no one even forced me to write that!) So combine that awesomeness with the goodies in today’s column, and you’ve got yourself a giant feast of spoiler-y goodness this wonderful Friday. I issue a hundred “You’re welcome”s in advance, you spoiled human beings. (Wow, did I accidentally make a pun? This is shaping up to be literally the best day ever.)
For the record, I don’t know who spiked my morning tea either. But remind me to thank them. Also, let me thank you, the wonderful people who are sending questions every week. You are appreciated it. Now, keep it up!
E-mail all queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me: @EWSandraG. Onward!
SARAH DREW ON APRIL’S BIG CHALLENGE AND HER ‘MOMENT’ WITH JESSE ON ‘GREY’S ANATOMY’
After becoming chief resident at the end of last season, April (Sarah Drew) is in for a lot of pressure this season. But will it prove to be too much for the perky doc?
“She struggles a bit,” admits Drew. “I think if you were giving awards for being the best chief resident based on your organizational skills, she’d definitely win the prize. But another really, really key element to the chief resident is getting them to respect you. Protocol and lists and schedules don’t make a lick of difference if no one is following them.” April’s rough start will lead to many instances of self-doubt, she says. Luckily, there’s someone there to comfort her. “She has a moment with Jackson where she shows him how much she’s doubting the position. And you’ll see her [doing the same] with Bailey. She’s constantly worried she’s going to get fired,” she says.
And as much as I attempt to pair these two up in my brain, Drew insists their relationship — as of now — remains platonic. “We’ll just continue to see their friendship grow. I think the idea for the two of them is [that] they have a very brother-sister relationship where he knows her better than anyone else does. And they protect one another and look out for one another — but also bicker. We’ll see a bit more of that,” she says.
But plans can always change, especially as plans are being made to give Drew’s character a love interest. But no word yet on whether that lucky guy will be a new face or someone we already know. I know what I’m hoping for (and I could be in the minority). But what’s your take, Roomies? Should April get some fresh meat? (Ewww, that came out dirty… and I’m leaving it.)
‘NCIS: LA’: EP SPILLS ON PREMIERE, EPISODE TWO’S BIG TWIST
I hope y’all sincerely enjoyed the exclusive NCIS: LA promo I brought you on Monday. That looks like a doozy, huh? The sight of Hetty (Linda Hunt) slumping over after (presumably?) being shot was pretty wrenching. And I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep my wits during the premiere when Callen (Chris O’Donnell) finds out, especially if the team’s reaction is as powerful as EP Shane Brennan teased. “This is big time,” he tells me. “The actual scene itself is very powerful. I will say not all the team is there to react to this. I won’t say any more than that. But the whole episode plays out in real time. There’s a pace to the episode that’s unrelenting. The clock is ticking down very quickly in this episode.”
And it ticks even fast after the first episode, he adds. Like, four months fast, jumping all the way to September. “The first episode plays out in real time. In the second, we’re back on the clock, so to speak, and we look at what has happened in those four months and the aftermath.”
So what “aftermath”-causing event happens at the end of the premiere? Of course he wouldn’t say! But as I ponder, the following warning Brennan echoes in my head: “We [often] lure the audience in to a false sense of security, and then smack them on the side of the head.”
‘DROP DEAD DIVA’: JANE’S NEW MAN SPILLS THE DETAILS ON THEIR ROMANCE
Who’s loving Jane’s new love interest on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva? We are! Actor Lex Medlin (Southland, Happy Hour), who’ll stick around for season 3′s final three episodes, tells us he didn’t know how the dramedy’s devoted fans would react to his Judge Owen French courting Miss Bingum (Brooke Elliott). “People invested in Grayson and Jane for three years. So I was prepared to be at the grocery store and have a 70-year-old woman hit me with her handbag saying, ‘Stay away from her!’” he says. “But so far, I’m hearing people are, to some extent, open to her finding love and moving on. But she has to find the right guy.”
So what’s in store for the new couple? “You’ll see some growing pains, trying to figure each other out, just like in the beginning of any relationship. It kinda goes back and forth, and then you can start to see that they’re getting serious and starting to fall in love,” he says. “There’s a lot of good conflict to work with. I’m a judge and she’s an attorney. She’s been in love with Grayson for pretty much her entire adult life.”
And will there be a romantic cliffhanger in the season finale? “These poor people just hired me, I don’t want to make anybody mad by give anything away. Let me put it to you this way: There’s definitely romance, and there’s definitely a cliffhanger,” he says. “The finale was good enough that I finished it and sat there for about 10 minutes thinking about everything that I just read and went back and reread the entire thing. I think everybody’s going to be very, very pleased. Things won’t necessarily work out exactly how you think they’re going to. There’ll be some surprises.”
If/when the show is renewed for a fourth season — let’s get on that, Lifetime! — he says there is a window for him to return. So perhaps the judge really could be the one. “I think maybe she needs somebody like that — a very powerful person to counteract how powerful she is. But we’ll see,” Medlin says. “I’m sure I’m still gonna get beat with a handbag. [In old lady voice] ‘You leave Jane alone! You leave her alone! You son of a —–!’”