Good day, Roomies!
Hope the world is treating you well. I certainly can’t complain. In the last week since we’ve touched base, I’m settled into my new L.A.-based digs, mourned the loss of my access to solid public transportation and purchased a car, and started a Fund the Veronica Mars movie piggy bank. Very busy, as you can see. But that brings me to the highlight of my week: Giving y’all scoop on the cool stuff coming up on your favorite shows.
Check out this week’s offerings below, and if you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask! SpoilerRoom@ew.com or on Twitter: @EWSandraG.
‘ARROW’ FINALE DISH
How great was Arrow’s Paley panel this weekend? (If you missed it, you suck. Kidding! You can watch it here.) But before the event, Spoiler Room hit the red carpet for some scoop on the finale that executive producer Marc Guggenheim says will find the conflict between Arrow/Oliver (Stephen Amell) and John Barrowman’s Merlyn coming to a big climax.
“John Barrowman’s character is incredibly large in the finale end game,” he revealed. “He’s basically been our big bet of the year. Things are really going to come to a head between him and the Arrow — and him and Oliver. And Tommy will fall in the center of it.”
The idea, explained Guggenheim, was to set up the show’s second season while giving the first part of this story a proper conclusion. “The arc that Oliver goes on in season 2 really is set up by the finale. Everything that happens in the finale creates a sense of closure. You definitely feel like a chapter is ending, but it sets up everything that we’re planning,” he said.
Amell, meanwhile, admits he has not read the season finale script yet, but offered up a juicy tease in exchange: “We have a flashback coming up that goes way back,” he says.
SCOOP ON THE ‘NCIS: LA’ SPIN-OFF
Say hello to the Red team.
As you may have heard, on next week’s episode of NCIS: LA, viewers will be introduced to a mobile team of agents who live together and solve crimes, collectively called NCIS: Red. Over two episodes, airing next week and March 26, we’ll get to know John Corbett’s Roy Haines, Kim Raver’s Agent Paris Summerskill, and more. But while this is indeed a backdoor pilot for a spin-off, it doesn’t mean we’ll be short on any action from the core NCIS: LA team.
In fact, when I sat down with Chris O’Donnell earlier, he said he’d been hard at work filming plenty of scenes with both Raver and Corbett. Additionally, I’m told that Callen and Paris, who will not have officially met before their encounter in this episode, will share “a definite connection” that points toward potential for more than friendship. (How that’d work on a spin-off, I’m not sure. But should Red get picked up, we know at least one cast member — Miguel Ferrer — will be a regular on both shows. So more crossover is not out of the cards.)
Regardless of how it all pans out, O’Donnell said “it’s a cool concept for a show,” and he looks forward to viewers seeing “how the chemistry works with everybody.” “It’s off to a great start,” he said. “It’s also a flashback for me to five years ago when we went on the set of NCIS and the day I first met Todd, LL Cool J. I remember meeting the cast of NCIS and they were such a family and so close and comfortable, and we were all awkward and trying to figure everything out.”
They’ve clearly figured out things since then.
‘BIG BANG THEORY’: KUNAL NAYYAR TEASES THE FIGHT FOR TENURE
There’s a battle brewing on The Big Bang Theory.
While talking to Kunal Nayyar about Big Bang‘s upcoming panel at Paleyfest (more on that later today), we had a chance to chat about an upcoming episode in which the guys find themselves competing for a tenured spot at the university. And as he teases, things get intense. “We just filmed something where the guys battle for tenure. A tenure position opens up and all the guys — except Howard because he’s not a PhD — gear up to try to get that position. It’s a lot of fun,” he says. But do things get vicious? “It’s always vicious between these guys, isn’t it?” he jokes. “But it’s layered with love! Hilarity will ensue.”
Speaking of love, after a successful — and completely adorable text date — with Lucy (Kate Micucci), Nayyar says he’s not sure where their romance is headed. (The cast is just finishing up a week of vacation from filming.) “It’s nice to see Raj get a shot at love because I see everyone in the group has grown in that fashion and Raj has sort of been the odd man out in those circumstances,” he says. “He has pretty low self-esteem, especially when it comes to women. He doesn’t see things going well for him because things have predominantly gone so poorly. So it’s nice to see someone who he can connect with on the issues of social anxiety. Now he’s met someone who is as socially inept as he is and I think it levels the playing field for them.”
Do you all hope those two go the distance? And who do you think is going to get tenure? Sound off below!