Happy New Year, Roomies! (Today is the 7th, officially the last day you can wish people a good new year without sounding weird. Whew. Just made it.) In this first 2011 edition, we chatted with Matt Bomer about the return of White Collar (and his upcoming nudie dance), have great scoop on the last season of Big Love (weeping begins now), and some Castle info that’s going to make soap fans seal-clap in happiness. And if you’re a soap fan who seal-claps when you’re happy, please send mockable videos of you doing so to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and send scoop requests there, too. Or for the least possible effort in your effort to obtain scoop on your favorite shows, ask me on Twitter (@EWSandraG).
MATTHEW BOMER DISHES ON ‘WHITE COLLAR’ RETURN
Moz down! We have a Moz down!
Luckily, though our beloved Mozzie is down, he’s far from out of the action when White Collar returns Jan. 18 with a new episode. But, as Matt Bomer dishes, seeing his longtime friend on the brink of death will resonate greatly with our favorite con man Neal.
“Mozzie is obviously a very close relationship to Neal, so it affects him greatly to see him in the state he’s in. It was fun and new and fresh to explore that aspect of the character and remind the audience how important that relationship is to him,” he says. “Mozzie really is the sole remaining relationship Neal has from a very different past and a very different world.”
It’s also a world that comes in handy, though, in the first episode back when Peter finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation. And while Bomer admits it was fun seeing Peter “visit the other side a bit” in an effort to clear his name, he was most impressed with the masterful horseback riding stunt work his co-star Tim DeKay did in the episode.
“He was a great horseback rider. He’d done it a lot in his past. He was a natural. He hadn’t ridden in a while, though. I don’t think he’d mind me saying — I hope he wouldn’t — he was quite sore afterwards,” he said with a laugh.
Okay, enough teasing DeKay, Bomer. Let’s talk about your nudie mini dance scene in episode 11.
“Those are always fun with the crew there eating donuts and laughing at you in your underwear,” he jokes. “They definitely took it to places we hadn’t taken White Collar before.”
One final teaser, because I like being cruel: Next week, we hear from showrunner Jeff Eastin, who will weigh in on more of your burning White Collar questions, including all those mixed feelings you have about Sara and Neal’s relationship.
‘BIG LOVE’: THE HENRICKSON’S CRUMBLING WORLD
The delicately balanced Henrickson household is indeed rocked when the series returns for its final season Jan. 16. In the first episode, we get to see exactly how each wife has dealt with the new pressures in her own special way.
Most heartbreaking of all is poor Margie, who finds herself unable to cope with all the negative media attention. (Newsflash, Margie: Compared to our friend Lohan, your tabloid rumors aren’t so bad.) And later, look for the third wife to have a blow out with Bill when he c**v***es A** and ***an *o *ea** t***. But it’s not all bad news for Ginnifer Goodwin’s plucky character — there’s a new man who comes into her life, played by Melrose Place alum Grant Show. As we previously reported, Show’s character will get Margie involved in a “multilevel marketing” scheme; though I was more interested in that romantic spark I saw…. On second thought, maybe it is all bad news for her.
Meanwhile, Nikki has a stand-out scene (or 10) in the premiere, too — the best is her confrontation with another character that leaves one of them bloody. Excited yet?
CHARISMA CARPENTER’S TEGAN RETURNS TO ‘GREEK’ FOR GRADE-A BITCHERY
This week, ZBZ National Rep Tegan drops by for rush week and clashes with Rebecca in a huge way over potential pledges and how she’s running the house. But seeing these two acid-tongued femmes battle it out for the final word is like watching two carnivorous beasts fight over the last chunk of ripe carcass. It’s that good — and makes me miss Cordy. The two particularly disagree on how to deal with the search for a new house mom, a role Casey takes on temporarily during the episode. Although, someone does get picked for the job by the end of the hour, and you already know them very well.
Other things to look forward to: Star Wars sex, a Scrubs 2.0 shout-out, and the introduction of pledge Spiderman.
You were totally right about the end of last week’s Castle. So cute!! Any scoop to report? – B
EP Laurie Zaks told me exclusively that fans can look forward to a March episode that will wink and nod to Nathan Fillion’s One Life to Live days. Titled “One Life to Lose,” the ep finds Beckett and Castle investigating the death of a very popular soap star. Imagine the casting possibilities!
Be still my heart! Did Eliza Coupe really just tweet that she’s going to be on Community!? She was the best thing about new Scrubs. Details needed yesterday. — Carly
I lost it, too! Coupe, who will next star in ABC’s Happy Endings (premiering April 13), has been cast as Secret Service Special Agent Robin Vohlers in episode 16. In the February episode, titled “Political Developments and Uncivil Disobedience,” look for her character to have her eyes on Abed. “It’s very funny… and very Abed,” says a source.
V didn’t do so well out of the gate, and that’s a shame!! I love Elizabeth Mitchell. If I saw her in person, I would fall to my knees and bow to her. Anything fun to report on what’s coming up for Erica? — Randy
It sounds like someone’s in love…and kinda creepy. So I’m not sure how you’ll take news of Erica’s possible romantic future. “She is gonna end up hooking up with somebody, and for, I think, a pretty legitimate reason,” Mitchell told us. “That’s farther down the road.” Guesses? Hobbs seems a little obvious, no? Perhaps man of God Jack Landry? (For more on V, check out Lynette Rice’s chat with Jane Badler and our chat with your girl Mitchell.)
I would love some scoop on No Ordinary Family. — Stacie
And I would love to give you some. While you might already know that John Hughes alum, and former star of The Dead Zone Anthony Michael Hall, will be appearing in an upcoming episode, I’ve learned that he will be playing Daphne’s boyfriend’s father, and that this meet-the-parents doesn’t go exactly as planned. In related scoopage, Autumn Reeser, whose recently announced pregnancy is being written into the show, told EW at the People’s Choice Awards Wednesday night that contrary to rumors, her character probably won’t be obtaining any powers…this year. “I think there is still so much to explore with the four lead characters and their powers,” she said. “If we went for a second season, I’d love to see my character develop a power. Why not?”
Got more news about the Supernatural episode where the guys play themselves? We know Genevieve Cortese is appearing. Who else will we get to see play themselves? — Wendy
The upcoming meta-ep that takes the Winchester brothers into an alternate universe where they are (smoking hot) actors named Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles will also feature some other characters with names you might recognize — “Sera Gamble,” “Eric Kripke,” and “Bob Singer.” But don’t look for the real-life executive producers to appear as themselves; they will be played by actors. (Collective boo.) I also hear Castiel/Misha Collins will appear, but sadly, Jim Beaver will not.
Spoiler request. — A. Hadley
Most vague e-mail scoop request ever. I kind of like it. Because I get to choose what to give you. What about some info on the mini Blues Brothers reunion happening on Defenders when Dan Aykroyd guest stars in February? Jerry O’Connell tells EW that Aykroyd’s arc as a spite-filled judge on the show kicks off when the robed grump needs Nick and Pete’s help in proving his innocence after a dead hooker is found in his hotel room. “It was one of those dream job days because he’s an icon of comedy. He’s a very funny and crazy guy,” O’Connell says.
Lie To Me AND Tim Roth won some People’s Choice Awards! I hope the network sees that and renews the show like they should. Argh. Now I’m all angry talking about it. Need spoilers to cheer me up. — Lily
I share your frustrations. Let’s both buck up with the great back-to-back episodes next week. Specifically, the first hour, which finds a very loopy Cal coming face-to-face with the sorta-ghosts of his parents while locked in a mental hospital. That’s no way for Cal to celebrate his birthday week…
So glad Southland is back so I can have my weekly dose of Ben McKenzie!!! Can we get some scoop to celebrate? — Steph
Next week, Ben learns that a red-headed he’s, um, entertaining the company of has a colorful history with others in the department. Oh, and then there’s that huge bomb regarding Sammy’s baby. Read: Huge.
CSI scoop, please! – Char
When Ne-Yo makes his television debut on CSI: NY on Feb. 11 as a smooth-talking hit man (in an episode that finds him taking Spartacus: Blood and Sand‘s Lesley-Ann Brandt as his hostage), look for the door to be left cracked open for a possible return to the show, which the singer tells me he’d gladly make happen. And for an exclusive first look his appearance, pick up next week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.
I think it’s adorable when real-life couples work with each other on TV shows (especially when they’re enemies!). Any scoop on Nick Swisher’s upcoming part on Better With You? — R.C.
I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high about seeing Joanna Garcia cross paths with her new husband on the show. Jennifer Finnigan told EW on the People’s Choice Awards red carpet that she and Josh Cooke are the only characters who get to work with him. (But the episode has yet to be filmed, so plans could always change.) Good news is that you might be seeing another real-life couple on the show working together very soon. Finnigan said she hopes to score hubby Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie’s) a part on the show soon, too.
(Additional reporting by Carrie Bell and Darren Franich.)