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NCIS: MORE POST-FINALE SCOOP
Did you enjoy this week’s season finale? Did my post-mortem with Gary Glasberg leave you hungry for more? You’re in luck. Here are some outtakes!
Q: Are Palmer’s baby plans going to be a big part of his arc next season?
Glasberg: I think so. I’d like to get into it. It’s sort of a subject matter that I think is important to talk about and I’d like to do it properly and I’d like to see he and Breena go through the rigors that are involved and we’ll see where it takes them and how it ends up.
Q: What do you see as Tony and Ziva’s arc next season? I felt like there was closure on the matter of her one-night stand, some of Tony’s bitterness was let go.
Glasberg: There absolutely was [closure], and it’s just a matter of sort of where we’re going to take it next. That’s something I’m going to sit down with all the writers after we come back and talk about what the next step is and where we’re going to go.
Q: Are we going to see Colin Hanks again?
Glasberg: Yes, you’ll see him in the season opener. And I have to tell you, Mark Harmon just loves Colin Hanks and if — we’ll have to see how this story unfolds and where it goes and we can talk again as we get closer to the season premiere, but he’s a fun guy.
Q: How quickly are we going to address the issue of McGee’s new girlfriend? I know there might be some disappointed McAbby fans out there…
Glasberg: Tim’s had girlfriends before. A few seasons ago he dated this computer gamer who was out there. Things come up. I understand people are concerned but it’s part of the complexity that they all work together.
‘DOWNTON ABBEY’: GRIEF STRICKEN
We all know that next season of Downton Abbey will be the exploration of Mary’s post-Matthew life, but what about the other grief-stricken women on the show? Namely, poor Isobel Crawley. “Well, she’s quite obviously like Mary — she’s in a very sad predicament because she’s a widow herself, but she also has no child,” executive producer Gareth Neame tells me. “She’s now lost. What is her purpose? She’s an oldish woman, she has no family left at all, what’s the point of her? I think that’s going to be her question.”
But while she finds herself in a place of sadness, Neame says “her family and relatives will have to rally and try to get her to turn back to life and find some purpose because she does have a grandchild.”
One thing she most definitely does not have, however? Ambitions for more from her relationship with Dr. Clarkson, who proposed to her in the finale. While there were some fans who questioned whether Isobel had realized he was proposing, Neame clears the air. “My reading of it is, like all women, she is quite perceptive and suddenly — in the horror or horrors — realizes that the doctor is thinking that they could become a couple. And before he even was able to get the words that suggested it, she just very nicely and politely came out with the suggestion that that wasn’t the road to go down,” he clarifies.
‘SCANDAL’ CAST TEASES EPIC FINALE
Pretty much every superlative ever uttered has been used to describe tonight’s season finale of Scandal — and for good reason. This is a big one, folks. For more, we turn to the cast and creator Shonda Rhimes.
+ A Huckleberry Quinn ‘game changer’
Quinn has been by Huck’s side all season — learning the ropes of killing and cleaning it up. But in the finale, could the student start to worry the teacher? “I think Huck is getting a little worried that Quinn is getting very good at what he’s teaching her,” Guillermo Diaz says of the finale. “And it’s going to get really exciting in the finale.” Meanwhile, Katie Lowes adds: “You’re going to see sides of their relationship you haven’t seen before. It’s going to reach new levels. We’re very proud of it.” Bellamy Young even goes so far as to call the episode a “game changer” for the pairing.
What’s next for Mellie’s attack?
“The dominos will begin to fall from the interview and from his enduring and annoying love for Olivia,” teases Young of Mellie’s plan to expose the First Sham Marriage. “[She's] done with that.”
Is David REALLY a bad guy?
Josh Malina promised there’s more to this story when I talked with him earlier this week, and reiterates that the finale will allow the audience to see “more of what David’s game really is.” “Here’s a very good question: What is bad about stealing back what has been stolen from you in order to expose the rigging of a national election. Is that really ‘bad?’” he defends. “Only because the real villains of the show are younger and cuter than I am, I’m bad. I’m not bad. I’m just old and not as cute. But I’m doing the right thing.” As for whether or not Abby finds out about David’s possible involvement, Darby Stanchfield says, “All I can say is wait until Abby finds out. It’s probably not going to be pretty.”
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