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Ausiello: I finally have an answer to the burning “Does he bat for Team Gay?” question. Remember a few months ago when Cary seemed to doth protest too much when his underling hit on him? Well, EP Robert King reveals that the odd, seemingly out of nowhere exchange was neither a seed being planted for a bigger storyline nor a non sequitur. “We liked how Cary was out of step in trying to get in touch with the newest generation coming into the law firm,” King explains. “He wanted to belong and he wanted them to feel like they belonged. And of course it’s misinterpreted by the young associate as a come-on.”
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Ausiello: Yes, ma’am. Graham Phillips will return as Alicia’s golden boy in the first post-holiday episode (airing Jan. 10), an hour that finds the entire Florrick clan crammed into Peter’s campaign bus en route to the Iowa Caucuses. (Get a first look at the family reunion, below; is that Zach’s GF wearing the Georgetown hoodie?) Oh, and you know who else will be on that bus? Alicia’s new archnemesis Eli! Fun times.
Ausiello: What would you say if I told you that one of the main four characters (i.e. Lorelai, Rory, Emily
Luke) will be getting a new love interest? Spit it out, Maureen —
fans an update on Hayden Panettiere’s temporary leave? —Shannon
Ausiello: We asked showrunner Dee Johnson this very question last week, and she said Panettiere’s medical leave (for treatment for postpartum depression( would end “soon,” but added that the actress hasn’t yet returned to set.
’ midseason finale. Please tell me you have good news. — Betty
Ausiello: Sorry, Betty, no good news here — especially if you’re a Mikaelson. As if Aurora, Tristan and Lucien weren’t enough, I hear another shadow from the Original family’s past is coming back to haunt them in 2016. Be on the lookout for Cortez, a “callous, smart and manipulative” vampire with “little regard for human life.” Sounds like a hoot, no?
Question: I want to know about Eliza Coupe’s
Ausiello: How about this nugget? There’s a good chance we’ll see former spouses/current partners Hannah and Ryan at work in their professional guises, executive producer Joshua Safran tells TVLine. Whether Alex
will see them working closely together — and how long it’ll take her heart to break all over again — remains up in the air.
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Ausiello: Did you pick up on the fact that there were a bunch of high-powered dignitaries — Elizabeth and President Dalton, as well as Maria Ostrov — very close to the area where the attack happened at the end of the fall finale? Because I did. “I’m so glad you saw that,” executive producer Barbara Hall tells TVLine, promising that the next episode will pick up right where the finale left off. “We’re not going to make you wait” to find out who lives or (
) dies, she continues. And the confusion over who was the attacker’s actual target? “The episode is pretty much dedicated to taking us down that path.”
Question: Did the Blind Item concerning a co-lead possibly dying ever get revealed? Did I miss it? —Billy
? I’m dying for Season 4 over here! — Kate
Ausiello: Well, Kate, how about some fresh intel on two new faces popping up in Beverly Hills next season? First up is Kyle, a sweet, sexy — and, most importantly, filthy rich — newcomer who falls for one of the show’s core maids. But economic disparity isn’t the only obstacle for this potential new couple; the maid in question will also have to endear herself to Kyle’s mom Frances, a strong-willed woman who might be a little
attached to her son. (She calls Kyle her “miracle baby.”)
, but nothing from Jeremy yet. Any idea where he’ll end up in three years? – Ashley
Ausiello: I can tell you this much about Jeremy’s
, Ashley: He’s a little busy putting out fires in Chicago with the late, great Uncle Mason. As far as his
executive producer Caroline Dries says the writers have “talked about it here and there, but nothing is firm. Sometimes, we say, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if
,’ but none of the stories are driving towards anything yet.” So the producers aren’t quite ready to steal him away from
, even though Dries assures us that “Jeremy comes up all the time” in the writers room.
Ausiello: The CBS juggernaut, perhaps inspired by our bullish renewal prediction, is looking to add a pair of fresh, young faces to the team in Season 14. The newbies, one male and one female, would both be series regulars.
Ausiello: Just as Cameron Monaghan hinted to TVLine, the jailbird turns up in the Jan. 10 season opener, but his ex Ian has no desire — at least
Ausiello: Just because Sheldon and Amy are a couple again doesn’t mean we have seen the last of her ex, played by Stephen Merchant. “He’s a busy guy, but the door is wide open for him to come back,” showrunner Steve Molaro tells me. “We were honored to have him.” (For another
tidbit, scroll down to “This AAnd That.”)
Empire, and dying to know: Is Jamal’s unexpected night of passion with Skye going to come back to haunt him? —Mona
Ausiello: Depends on what you mean by the word “haunt.” Seeing how Season 1 already found Jamal dealing with a back-in-the-day, opposite-sex romance (and the adorable little girl who ultimately turned out to — ick — be Lucious’), don’t look for Skye to swoop in with a Clearblue Easy box and tickets to Maury Povich. But when we asked showrunner Ilene Chaiken if there’d be any fallout from Lucious telling David Geffen-esque benefactor Jameson (William Fichtner) about Jamal’s hookup with Alicia Keys’ R&B diva, here’s what she had to say. “Without wanting to give away a whole lot of story, Jamal has definitively said ‘I’m gay.’ And I believe Jamal can say that, even if he might have had sex with a woman once or twice,” Chaiken reasons. “Who Jamal has sex with is nobody else’s business. We all know that, yet that’s the fight we fight as gay people. But then there’s Lucious Lyon — and Lucious will stoop low to get what he wants.” Uh-oh, Daddy Dearest had better not screw up that Pepsi endorsement!
completely lives up to the hype. It’s a deliriously sweet and funny half-hour, featuring predictably on-point performances from Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik.
finale will mark the end of the road for Rupert Friend’s Quinn. And I think I’m OK with that. The guy has suffered enough (as have we). (Whether that cuts down on Matt Mitovich getting asked by strangers, “Hey, do people ever say that you look like..?” remains to be seen.)
totally lives up to its 95 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating. The movie is a nostalgic triumph, but the real surprise is how much affection I ended up having for the new characters. Fun tidbit that underscores my VIP status: Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and their two beautiful, well-behaved children were sitting behind me at the special screening I attended Wednesday night in NYC.
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Can I put in a nomination for Josie Loren? She played a cop recently on the Mentalist and I liked her in that role and she showed comedy chops on her guest shot on Castle (the interrogation scene where she rocks back Rick much to the amusement of Beckett was hysterical).
Her portrayal of a gymnast might be a hint sho could handle physical stuff, though the show to this point hasn’t done a tremendous amount of that.
EMILY ALREADY HAS A KIVE INTEREST??? I SAY ITS THAT MAN SHE WENT OUT WITH, WHEN SHE WAS SEPARATED…
I would hope Rory has a new love interest in the last 8 years! That would be very odd if she didn’t.
It didn’t say that Lorelei, Rory, Luke or Emily didn’t have a love interest in the past 8 years.It just said when the Gilmore Girls revival begins only one of them have a new love interest onscreen.
Seriously I wish they wouldn’t add new people to the NCIS team! It’s always been a four person team. Why wreck it?
It’s predicting the end when they do Crap like that :/
One of those new characters might be working with Abby in the lab and/or working with Ducky in the morgue.We are just assuming right now that those new characters will be working on Gibbs team but they could just be working at NCIS but will be working primarily with Gbbs and his team.
I loved Amy’s Sheldon-worshiping beau and am glad he’s not gone forever.
The GG spoiler better pertain to Emily or Rory. Still holding out hope that Luke and Lorelai are together!
It better be Rory. I’m not ready to see Emily move on from Richard. it’s just too soon.
I think Empire lost me by having Jamal have sex with a woman. He has made it perfectly clear he is gay and has no interest in women.
Oh and I guess i’ll have to resort to fanfiction for any hope of Cary and that associate.
Michael, it wasn’t words, it was more of a gasp! Hope it’s Emily who gets the love interest. Love to see how she would handle that!
Its got to be Rory getting the new love interest. Im sure they arent going to get back Jared or Milo for the revival, and having to pick either one or the other was going to be polarizing.
I’d absolutely if Mae Whitman somehow could appear in it though. I think many see her as iconic a fictional daughter to Graham as Bledel. The son Drew from Parenthood though, no one cares about, lol. Should’ve made him gay LIKE EVERYONE WANTED.
Couldn’t care less about Jeremy returning to TVD. They’re still going out of their way to treat Bonnie like she’s yesterday’s leftovers, so. I’m sure Jeremy’s getting around.
And can Ian get a new love interest this year? Shameless needs to take advantage of Noel doing other things and as an acknowledgment of Ian and Mickey’s brutal history, to let Ian explore feelings for someone else, possibly someone more nurturing than Mickey.
I don’t know about Jared or Matt, but Milo said he would do the revival.
I’m guessing it’s going to be Rory who gets the new love intrest. She ended the series single and years have passed when it picks back up. Of course I’m hoping the love intrest will be temporary and that she ends up with Jess (more likely) or Logan (less likely).
I think it would be funny to introduce a new ex-boyfriend for Rory, even if just for laughs.
Regarding NCIS, it could be interesting to see some new agents and how they fit in.However maybe there’ll be a major threat next season which causes Gibbs to add more members to his team.
As for Nashville, my guess is to explain Hayden Panettiere’s continued absence, they might say Juliette got help but she’s still not ready to be near her baby and so she’s off somewhere.
As for the Vampire Diaries, when they bring back Jeremy they may want it to be because of something huge happening and where the character is needed.
Peter Quinn CANNOT die. He’s… he’s… Peter Fk. Quinn!!
I like the Vampire Diaries but I love Chicago Fire and Steven McQueen is awesome as Jimmy so I say Chicago all the way…. I don’t want to lose him for an episode so he can tie up loose ends in Mystic falls. With Shameless, I know Noel Fisher had other commitments with TMNT but I am going to miss seeing Mickey full time, plus Ian kinda sucks for dumping Mickey like that in my opinion. Oh and nooooo to Quinn dying on Homeland, I already had to watch Brody die and poor Quinn get gassed, so he better not have gone through all that and bite the dust.
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