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GABRIEL MANN PREVIEWS HELEN HUNT-DIRECTED EP OF REVENGE
We’ll have to wait until March to see the fallout from Sunday’s Revenge death (RIP, Amanda), but according to Gabriel Mann, it will be well worth the wait to see the result and the work of Oscar-nominated Helen Hunt, who directed the episode.
“She was very invested in the characters, and sort of had really strong smart ideas about [how] at a certain point, when you keep upping the stakes and upping the stakes, there has to be a payoff,” he boasts. “I feel like she really got us back to our roots, saying, ‘As human beings, what happens to [the characters] when these things are occurring all around you?’ She anchored it in incredible, dramatic reality — still within the confines of the Revenge world, clearly — but really brought a real sensitivity and poignancy to the things these character have to deal with in the next few episodes.”
Sound emotional? “You have no idea,” he says. “We always straddle the fine line between the outrageousness of what happens on the show and reality. So I think it’s great when we have a pilot guiding the ship who’s like, ‘How would this make you feel and what would happen as a result of it?’ It was a real gift to have Helen at our show.”
The episode, titled “Retribution,” airs March 10.
SCANDAL: KATIE LOWES ON WHAT’S NEXT FOR #HUCKLEBERRYQUINN
Huck made Quinn choose between revenge and being a Gladiator a few weeks ago on Scandal, and it looks like she’s standing by her choice. In fact, in last week’s episode, we saw the beginnings of what could turn out to be Quinn’s niche when Huck started teacher her some of his special (read: totally creepy) clean-up and kill skills. So what’s next for #HuckleberryQuinn?
“I think it’s a real turning point for Quinn because she’s actually really good at it. I think we can expect to see more things like that,” previews Lowes. “Quinn [has] really searching to be good at something and where to fit in at Olivia Pope [and Associates]….So I think because she’s a natural at the Huck stuff, I think that’s what we can expect to see her getting good at.”
And while this “really dark” version of Quinn will start to emerge, Lowes said she’s been thrilled about the idea for weeks. “Before we went on break for the holidays, Shonda [Rhimes] just looked at me and said, ‘Quinn’s going to be getting a lot darker.’ I was like, ‘What does that mean? What does that mean? Tell me something!”
Moreover, Lowes says that the team at Olivia Pope and Associates will have their hands full in the coming episodes, but because they’ve only filmed a few episodes ahead of what viewers are seeing, she has almost as many questions as viewers, especially about Scott Foley’s character, whom she awesomely described as a bit of a “Creeper McCreeperson”. “I do not know. Like, really. You could ask me and I could not tell you what’s going to happen.”
PERSON OF INTEREST: SARAH SHAHI PREVIEWS HER DEBUT
If Jason Bourne and Catwoman had a daughter, it would be agent Samantha Shaw, Sarah Shahi’s character on this Thursday’s Person of Interest. Her words. And with a description like that, Shahi says “it was kind of impossible not to do it.”
So what exactly brings Shaw into the fold? That’s hard to explain without ruining a few secrets about this special episode, but what Shahi could say was that Shaw crosses paths with Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) after her number comes up. But their first encounters don’t go exactly as planned.
“The first couple of times they try to save me, I don’t know who the f— they are, so I try to kill them,” she laughs. But her survivor’s spirit is a result of Shaw’s damaged past, she explains. “All she knows is that she’s has nowhere to go. Her own country has turned against her and she has no idea who these guys are. She feels like she can’t trust anybody but herself.” (Tease: By the end of the episode, Reese and Finch might work their way into her good graces.)
Thursday won’t be fans’ only taste of Shaw. The character is set to return, and Shahi says she’d jump at the opportunity to do so. “The dynamic is great and working with [Caviezel and Emerson] is so great — even the tiniest look is full of so much,” the former Fairly Legal star says. “There’s TV and then there’s Person of Interest.”