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‘ARROW’ BOSS: FINALE IS A ‘FEATURE FILM’
“Like River Song I’m afraid of giving away spoilers,” jokes Arrow exec producer Andrew Kreisberg. But here’s what he did say when EW spoke with him about the upcoming Arrow finale, which will bring to a head many of the threads we’ve been following this season, specifically, Merlyn and Oliver’s big beef.
“For us, episode 22, in a way, is the season finale and episode 23 is the feature film that gets released over the summer,” he says. “[Episode] 22 would be the finale on any other series and 23 would take it to a whole different level. It’s bigger, we spent more time on it, we had additional shooting days, we shot on old Watchmen sets, we spent a lot more money on it, so it feels bigger and epic and it almost feels like a big summer movie.”
And as fans might guess, the plot of this movie is Merlyn vs. Arrow, a feud Kreisberg says they didn’t want to sell short. “In the comic books, Merlyn is his greatest nemesis. He’s the Joker to Green Arrow’s Batman. So it felt natural and right that it should come down to the two of them. But it’s not just a fisticuffs. There are a lot of emotions tied up in their relationship.”
The season finale airs May 15.
‘CSI’ FINALE: THREE SCOOPS
Black Sabbath. Someone in danger. And family drama. All that and more awaits us in the season finale of CSI, and executive producer Don McGill gave us some teases:
Meet Mrs. Brass: “I think we will definitely learn something about detective Brass because this is the episode where we finally meet Brass’s ex-wife Nancy,” teases McGill of the role played by Annabella Sciorra. “She comes to Las Vegas because she is summoned by Brass when it turns out one of the missing girls who is in danger is their daughter Ellie. So we will meet Mrs. Brass and really have a whole new look at Det. Brass, one that I think we haven’t really had a chance to see in such depth since ‘Hollywood Brass,’ several seasons ago.”
D.B’s struggle The finale will see one of the CSI in grave danger and the scenario will put great strain on the gang’s leader, D.B. Russell. “This one may not be as DB centric on a personal level but on a professional level,” McGill says. “We will see at least one member of the team fall into jeopardy through an undercover operation and it’s something Russell will realize only too late. It’s something he’ll then carry with him into the [season 14] premiere as he and the team struggle against all odds to get that team member back and also rescue another member of the CSI family.”
Black Sabbath? The iconic rock group will indeed premiere a new song during the show’s 13th season finale, but while fans of the band will certainly be excited, will any of the CSI gang be outed as fans? “I think we might discover that Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann) is a huge Black Sabbath fan and D.B. Russell expresses, perhaps, slightly deeper passion for the Grateful Dead,” McGill says with a laugh.
‘REVOLUTION': ANOTHER MILES AND MONROE CONFRONTATION ON THE WAY
So…Monroe is a daddy. That happened!
But as shocked as Monroe was to find out he’d fathered a son, don’t expect the news to in any way delay his quest to stop Miles and Co. In fact, executive producer Eric Kripke promises another confrontation on the horizon. “They have another confrontation and sure enough they come to blows, but we were also interested in: Can we basically lock them up in a situation where they’re equally armed and equally matched — and not only are they trying to be a the crap out of each other — but forced into a situation where they have to talk to each other?” he says. “And so we play that out.”
Meanwhile, as the death count rises in every episode (Nice knowing you for two whole seconds, Emma!) Kripke didn’t rule out more — possibilty significant — farewells. “Anything’s possible on this show,” he says. “We are a show that takes place in a very dangerous world and there are high body counts. We’ve always said from the beginning — and to their credit, Bad Robot and the network have always been supportive of it — is we have to prove over and over again that this is a dangerous world, which means no on in our principle cast can be truly safe. We keep that tension alive. “