‘NCIS: L.A.’: DANIELA RUAH PREVIEWS KENSI’S BATTLE FOR ANSWERS
Kensi Blye is about to go on an intense emotional journey that’s so big, NCIS: L.A. needed two episodes to tell it.
The first part of the double ep, airing Feb. 21, finds Kensi suspected of murder when a man who was once on her father’s sniper team turns up dead — with much of the evidence pointing to her. “She’s determined to prove her dad’s death was a murder and not an accident, which you will then see if that’s the case or not,” previews Ruah. “She’s angry. She’s very angry about her father’s death. He was the man in her life and we also have a little surprise with another family member of hers, which I won’t say who it is. But there’s big turmoil in her life, and I think she’s close to getting what she wants and suddenly there’s interference.”
Becoming the center of this investigation leaves Kensi feeling “isolated,” says Ruah, despite her team’s support, and she struggles to keep her head straight. “She’s definitely confused when she’s given certain news in the beginning and she tries to put it together — she’s still an agent no matter what. She wants to crack the case. But at the same time, she’s extremely emotionally attached to this case, which can cloud your judgment sometimes,” she says. “There’s a very fine line between an assassin and someone who kills as an agent. There’s a fine line between revenge and doing something you have to do. She’s definitely put to the test with those two things.”
And in case you needed confirmation (this is, after all, an NCIS: L.A. two-parter), here it is: “Part 1 ends with something shocking,” she teases. And she’s not saying what it is.
Want more? Come back to Inside TV on Tuesday for more from Ruah, including a fun exclusive photo you won’t see anywhere else.
Cougar Town’s back in action and I couldn’t be happier. But between the ratings and the fewer episodes this season, I’m worried that it’s not looking good for a possible season 4. Thoughts? — Vanessa
As executive producer Bill Lawrence told me earlier this week, we should not rush to judgment based on week 1’s ratings. And regarding the reduced episodes, don’t think the ideas that the writing team created to fulfill their initial order are gone forever. In fact, Lawrence is excited about bringing those ideas back should they have a season 4. “We’ve got episodes we can use even though [Jules and Grayson] may or may not be married by the end of the season,” he said. “There [might be] a big change in the dynamic, but I feel like it’s a hangout show and the type of show that’s not really full of conflict or people not liking each other. I feel like friendships and relationships are not really at risk when they get mad at each other…. So there are a lot of really good stories we’re psyched to do.”
We saw in the premiere that Jules and Grayson are engaged. ‘Bout time! And we know there’s going to be a wedding. Please tell me they’re actually going to get married, though. — Jessica W.
That’s a central mystery they’re playing up, so I can’t say for sure. Instead, I’ll let Bill Lawrence give you a little assurance. “I’m only good at writing about things I actually know. And I think writing about marriage and the conflicts of a relationship when you’re finally in the same home and living on top of each other — those are the stories I want to tell. I don’t think I can do will-they/won’t-they anymore and certainly not with people in their 40s. I’m excited to write about adult relationships. I’m very old. I have boyish bangs, but I’m an old man.”
After Tuesdays episode of Parenthood, I need to see the aftermath of the Bob Little and Amber storyline! Jonathan Tucker is so adorable, please tell me he’s not going anywhere! — Stefanie
I know that it’s a tricky situation with them. I’ve always felt conflicted on it, even just myself, from the beginning. I’m like, well, Bob is a great guy. He’s great for her, he recognizes that she’s really a great, smart girl, and really cares about her. But it’s tricky, working with your boss, and also he’s older. It’s a hard situation to actually have a plausible relationship in, so I don’t know if she’s going to be able to balance that. She’s going to have to start making some difficult decisions.
Sandra, I feel like a crazy person whenever I scour the NBC and EW websites for indication that Parenthood has been renewed for a fourth season. Did this happen and I’m simply obtuse? Or has it not happened yet, and if so, when can we expect to know?! I’d appreciate any scoop you have! Thanks. — Maria Garnett (Bryan, Texas)
No fourth season…yet, according to Peter Krause. “I’m confident we’ll have a fourth season, and [Peter and Crosby will] still be at the Luncheonette, recording music,” he told EW on set earlier this week. To understand the latter part of that quote, you have to watch Tuesday’s episode, which throws some curve balls at the pair and their current business plans.
LOVING Smash! But I HATE how Ivy slept her way to the role. Tell me she breaks it off with that awful man! — Sharon
I can tell you that…but it’d be a lie. The two continue to get hot and heavy, but that’s not to say Ivy (Megan Hilty) won’t begin to have her doubts about him in upcoming episodes. Meanwhile, Karen (Katharine McPhee) will soon have a new person in her life — several, in fact: Her fellow chorus members, who take her under their wing when she joins their ranks. Yay, bonding!
Have any good scoop about what’s coming up on Grimm?? — Stacie
Next week’s Fight Club-esque episode is apparently a real goodie (or “big, bad, and dangerous,” as EP David Greenwalt recently told me). But but I’m especially excited about the March 2 episode because it “gets deeper into the mythology than other episodes,” according to fellow EP Jim Kouf.