Even though New York is freezing, things are heating up in TV Land.
Okay, to be honest, it’s not that cold today; I just needed something to open the column with. Give me a break, you know how hard it is to come up with random openers every week? Does anyone actually read these two first paragraphs? Bueller? Bueller? Forget it. But don’t forget to send questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘THE WALKING DEAD’: MORE MAJOR CASUALTIES TO COME?
The collision with Woodbury is coming and Lauren Cohan couldn’t be more excited for fans of The Walking Dead to see it for themselves. “Maggie plays a big part in that,” she teases of the clash. “It’s going to be crazy!”
Crazy — and deadly, as one might expect. “The body count is not done,” she says. “That’s pretty much all I can say, but we’re not just going to see death. There’s going to be a whole host of challenges now that we’ve got the human threat. Woodbury is up to no good. The Governor is up to no good; it’s really scary. We’ve got some scary stuff ahead.”
And with the gang and Rick still reeling from at least two major losses (Carol = RIP?), exactly who will step up as the leader when the two camps finally meet is not entirely clear. The only guarantee? They’re going to have a formidable foe in the Gov. “It’s interesting to see within the prison [group that] people step up and lead even if they don’t want to. In Woodbury, the Governor steps up and takes control because that’s something he couldn’t have gotten away with in the real world. And that has absolutely no limits.”
‘HAWAII FIVE-0’: PREQUEL!?
As if the news I broke earlier today about the Hawaii Five-0 remake episode wasn’t cool enough, buckle in for some more News of the Awesome.
I have it on good authority that later this season we’ll be taking a trip into the past with a Five-0 prequel! “I’m working on a prequel to the pilot, and it’s going to take place literally hours before the pilot happened,” executive producer Peter Lenkov reveals. “That’s going to be a real McGarrett-centric story.”
In related McGarrett family news, there’s a big episode on the horizon for Mama McGarrett (Christine Lahti), in which we get to see exactly where McGarrett learned how to kick butt. “You’re going to see her go a little Jack Bauer on somebody and you’re going to see what she’s really made of,” teases Lenkov. “In a lot of ways, you’re going to see that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to McGarrett’s skill set. Maybe it’s in his DNA.”
‘HART OF DIXIE’: NO HOPE FOR GEORGE AND LEMON
Sorry, George and Lemon fans still holding on to hope that this pair would soon find its way back together. It looks like this ship has sailed indefinitely.
Despite calls for the contrary, Scott Porter reports that Lemon and George are currently on separate paths — him for a steady relationship and her for a sense of identity. “I love the little moments they’ve given Lemon and George, but they’re not going to spend a ton of time together,” he says. “It’s gotta be difficult to spend time with an ex of 15 years.”
But while their romantic feelings has seemingly fizzled to zero, Porter says their friendship is ever-present. “They are two people who first and foremost were friends and will always love each other in a way — even if it’s not in an intimate love each other type of way,” he says. “They’re always going to love each other and ultimately know that if it’s three o’clock in the morning and something happens they can call each other and come running.”
Porter, meanwhile, continues to be flattered for calls for them to rekindle. “I love working with Jamie and I think she and I fought hard to make sure they were a couple you’d fight for,” he says.
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