There are finales everywhere. What’s this?
I can’t believe my eyes; I must be dreaming. Wake up, Sandra, this isn’t fair!
Woah! Musical introduction. This is what the end of the season does to me, folks. I’m losing it. But that also means summer’s on the way, so remember to start sending your scoop requests for summer TV soon! And, as a special treat, please also send your season finale questions as well.
NO ‘MOONLIGHTING’ CURSE FOR ‘BONES,’ SAYS EP. BUT…
Start your speculation engines, readers. This is going to throw you into a tizzy.
Yes, we’re all wondering what will happen in the final moments of the Bones season finale. And yes, we know it’s going to be good. And from the sounds of it, we’re going to meet half way between a relationship and nil. In this scooper’s opinion? You know what falls in between there? Why, the bedroom, of course! Now, there’s no way in Squintland that EP Stephen Nathan would directly address my speculation. But here’s what he will say.
“We wanted to try to have their relationship evolve in a realistic way while making sure the show still had the same tension that has made it appealing for six years now,” he says. “That said, we know we can’t repeat ourselves. We will switch it up. It will change the show in a fundamental way — but it will stay the same. We are not going to embrace the Moonlighting curse. I can say that unequivocally. You know, half of the [fans] are saying ‘get them together, get them together.’ Others say, ‘You can’t get them together. Once you get them together, it’s going to suck. It’s the Moonlighting curse and the show will end.’ Well, hopefully, both groups of people will be pleased.”
Excited? I certainly am. And so is team Bones.
“We’re excited about where the show will be going. It’s a place that we haven’t seen any show go before. I’m not saying we’re reinventing the wheel or anything, but it’s not where anyone expects it to go,” Nathan says.
At this point, readers, what are your expectations/hopes?
PARKS AND RECREATION: SEASON ENDER WILL HAVE YOU TALKING
Don’t worry, there’s still time. And by that, I mean that if you haven’t been watching this season of Parks and Recreation, there’s still time to catch up before the show closes out its season with two episodes on May 19. Also, why are you such a loser? Ugh. You’re such a Jerry. And if you haven’t been watching, you don’t even know that I’ve just insulted you. Double loser!
Ahem. Sorry. Lost it there. But that’s how serious I am about this show and its last few episodes, which finds major things happening in the parks department. Allow me to narrow it down: 1. There’s a death somewhere in the final two episodes. 2. Someone besides Leslie gets a crush on Ben. 3. Fireball. 4. There’s a cameo by Eric Dane. (Not how you might be thinking.) 5. Also, remember how some of us were hoping for a slow burn between Leslie and Ben? And others wanted them to dive right in? Well, even though there will be a point where you think you know which way it will go, expect the unexpected from these two. Also, you better watch. It’s literally the best thing ever.
‘HAWAII FIVE-0’: MAJOR MYSTERIES COME TO A CLOSE
The impression I get from exec producer Peter Lenkov, co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski, and the rest of the team at H 5-0 is that they are adamant about one thing as they close out their freshman season: They have no interested in toying with viewers. This season’s major mysteries will have resolution, and they have so much more up their sleeves for season 2. Specifically, McGarrett’s storyline will come to a major head during the season opener, they say. “He finally gets the answers to the rest of the clues in his father’s box,” Lenkov says. “He finally figures out what those were and why his father was investigating them when he died. If you remember the pilot, he hears that the answer to everything was the key. If he could figure out what the key meant — literally and figuratively — he could solve this investigation he was on. We definitely pay this stuff off. Obviously, when you start answering things, new questions come up, but in terms of the box and the mystery of the box, that pays off. I think the people who were very loyal deserve those answers.”
Also on tap to be solved? The mystery behind the envelopes. “We answer that question as well. That ties into the mystery,” Zbyszewski says.
But why all this resolution? Lenkov says it was necessary, as the end of the season will bring about incredible changes. “I think what we’re really proud of is how each one of our characters does a complete 180 from where you saw them in the beginning of the season,” he says. “They really go through some major changes in the finale — life changes.”
PLEASE! Need some Grey’s scoop ASAP! I haven’t watched in two years, and recently started tuning in again because I heard (especially from my people at EW) that the show was good again. Oh, how you were correct!! But now I need your wisdom — especially about Avery (Jesse Williams). Wow. Just. Wow. — Rebecca
Welcome back, Rebecca. And yes, “wow,” indeed. And I predict you’ll be saying the same thing after this year’s Grey’s finale, when, according to Jesse Williams, who opened up to EW at the L.A. premiere of Thor, little Grey, Lexi, will have a pair of (extremely attractive) choices in front of her. “The last few episodes are really the rest for how [Lexi and Avery] will shake out. Will it be Jackson and Lexi? Or Mark and Lexi? Or nobody and Lexi? She might just go off on her own and be single again. It’s judgment day, so to speak. Jackson will realize whether this relationship was worth his time and care. As it stands now, they’re on thin ice. Even if she chooses him, I’m not sure he has all the tools he needs to make it work.” Personally — just putting this out there — I’m not opposed to sloppy seconds. So…
Vampire Diaries please! — Colleen
At the Thor premiere, we caught up with Steven R. McQueen, who dished on Jeremy’s upcoming action. “He takes part in the action in a way. That’s all I can reveal.” No, it’s not. “Working with Kat [Graham] has been so great. She is a great actress and an even better person. I have been happy to finally have a girlfriend with a fighting chance at surviving. Jeremy has what we call around the set ‘the kiss of death.’ All of his love interests seem to die on him, but Bonnie is powerful and at least has a fighting chance at surviving all the supernatural villains around town.” The question is: Does Jeremy? Jenna didn’t seem to have too much luck last night, after all.
My favorite shows are The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and Bones. Scoop on any of those would be amazing! – Amber
I’ll take Vampire Diaries! And I’ll even give you Nina Dobrev (via EW’s Mandi Bierly) to scoop you. “The finale episode is like an homage to the characters. It’s character-driven and about what’s happened to them and how they deal with everything. Don’t get me wrong: Of course, there’s gonna be a cliffhanger. The show’s not gonna end on a subtle note. We’re still gonna end in a way that people need and have to come back to find out what happens next season, but in a different kind of way.” Although, viewers should be warned: As Damon fights the effects of his werewolf bite, all will not be as it seems. “We go into flashbacks and into hallucinations. You won’t really know which is which until you’re intended to know that. There’s a lot of really cool visual tricks that happen. That’s why it’s a very confusing, very interesting episode that makes you think.” For more scoopage, head over to Mandi’s full interview with the lovely starlet. (Seriously, I have major eyelash envy.)
I’m desperate for some Supernatural spoilers! Therefore if you ever want your Mr.T 8×10 autographed glossy back, you’ll tell me what I want to know!! What’s going on with the wall inside of Sam’s head? Is it coming down and will this result in Big Brother/Protective Dean coming out? – T.R., Boston
If it comes back with even a scratch…Ahem. Well, since I’ve already told you a bit about Sam’s wall, I can say this: Anything that prompts “protective” Dean to come out will likely be, as executive producer Ben Edlund says, possibly worse than death in some ways. “We’ve flaunted death, [and] it takes one thing away from us dramatically speaking,” he says. “Yeah, there’ll be more death. I can’t really give a body count or a checklist or anything like that…but some of the things that are the most jarring and the most, let’s say potentially painful, don’t incorporate death. So, plot turns, I think, for us, and emotional switchbacks and things like that, are as impactful in the case of these episodes [coming up] as death might be on another show.”
I love, love the show Castle! But, was wondering if [they] went dark in the finale and if Castle’s father is the one behind Johanna Beckett’s death. I hope I am wrong! Love to the writers, crew and cast – Angie
Of course executive producer Andrew Marlowe can’t answer your question completely. But he did explain the “dark” finale. “It was less of a decision to go dark and more of a decision to deal with Beckett’s mother’s murder, which of course makes her emotionally raw and means we have to take everything about the case very seriously. It always challenges the Beckett/Castle relationship in terms of drawing them together or pushing them apart.” And we all know those are the best ones! By the way, has anyone recovered from the awesomeness of that L.A. episode yet? Yeah, me neither. I was inconsolable.
Will the cliffhanger in the Castle finale center around the advancement (or lack thereof) of Castle and Beckett’s romantic relationship, as it did last season, or will it be more of a “life or death” cliffhanger considering there will be gunfire ringing out in the last few seconds? — Stephanie
May I share a conversation?
Me: So are we gonna be left on a cliffhanger for this season?
Marlowe: Yes, we will.
Me: And is it gonna be a relationship one or a case-related one?
Does that double your anticipation, Steph?
I was so sad about Michael Scott leaving last week. Like bawling-sad. I can’t imagine how the show is going to go on without him. Any idea how things are going to change tone-wise? I mean, Michael Scott/Steve Carell IS The Office. This Thursday is going to be very telling. Any idea how big this change is going to be? – Jaylah
Well, if you believe the word of Ellie Kemper — and if you watched last night — you will have noticed a slight change. But (hopefully) you’ll recover quickly enough. “In tone, it is a little different than before. We have all these guest stars coming in who are incredible and that is helping to keep the energy up,” she told us at the Los Angeles premiere of Bridesmaids last week. “Dunder Mifflin must carry on. I think fans will be happy with all the great comics coming on…It’s sort of the sugar that makes the medicine of Steve leaving go down a little easier.” Also great? The possibility of a Andy/Erin hookup. “Who knows if he will get up the guts. But the two of them are sorta meant for each other. But Erin may need some alone time as well.” Pfft. Alone time is so overrated.
More on this new Modern Family cast member, please! Are they brining in an old family member? — Lawrence
Nope. The only thing I can add about the chance of this new addition is that I would be tickled pink if it happened. I think you would be, too! Meanwhile, you can NOT miss the upcoming scene where Phil goes shopping with Gloria. It has some of the best one-liners of the season!
Anyone else here watching Mike & Molly? Has the show gotten another season? If it doesn’t get one, are we going to be left on a cliffhanger note? – Kristine
Chances of a cliffhanger are looking high, as the lovely Melissa McCarthy reports (via EW’s Carrie Bell, who caught up with her at the premiere of Bridesmaids) that the show is proceeding “as if we will have another season in terms of the plot.” But what will that include? An engagement, perhaps? “I most certainly cannot tell you that.” Fair enough. But she did tease a little: “They are still new at this and they are learning to navigate the waters of a relationship. But the show is called Mike & Molly so I guess there is some sense of security. Well, if you don’t count the double homicide. In fact, next season won’t even be about us because we’ll be dead. Next season, tune in for Jeanette & Joe. Could you imagine? That’s the alternate ending if we get canceled.” I love this woman.
I’m positively dying for some White Collar scoop. I know you’re a fan, too, Sandra. So dish! — Lauren S.
Remember Neal’s underwear dance last season? Well, I’m told that in the first episode back, we’ll get to see another one of Neal’s special skills: Fencing! Meanwhile, a preview of the tentative season 3 artwork campaign reveals this year’s super-teasy tagline: “Choose a Side.”
Note: Want more? Make sure you’ve checked out EW’s White Collar casting news.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for thehilarious interview with Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) and Kensi (Daniela Ruah) from NCIS: LA this week. I LOVE it. They seem like so much fun, and I loved this week’s episode. Any word on the final two? — Billie
Cliffhanger. Both remaining episodes have one. Really good ones! “Full-blown panic attack,” says Eric Christian Olsen of your likely reaction. “I remember reading this script in the hair and makeup trailer, and getting to the end of it, and I literally jumped out of my seat, ran outside, and I was like, ‘What? What? What?!’ [I started] looking for a producer or someone to tell me what was going on. That’s what’s so much fun about this, is that these guys are telling stories over 100 episodes. We get it as the audience gets it, and I still get tons of adrenaline.” Daniela Ruah agrees. “I think followers of this show will definitely be having panic attacks, and will be looking forward to season 3 to know what the result is.”
Criminal Minds scoop, please! — Rosie
There’s much more to the story about Dr. Reid’s headaches…except you won’t find out until next season, according to EP Erica Messer. “That’s something that we’re talking to Matthew [Gray Gubler] about and the writers are all trying to figure out what stories we’ve dropped. Honestly, that storyline, that whole idea behind that, started before we lost A.J. [Cook] and Paget [Brewster]. There was a chance that we were fearing to lose Matthew just because of contract negotiations, and that storyline kind of got implanted and then never truly paid off in this season, but we want to sort of conclude that next season. That’s the plan.” Thank goodness the Gubler told me he’s all set for next season and excited about it. Can you imagine a Gube-less CM? Hells to the no! This team is magic!
I’m guessing the Nikita death you mentioned isn’t going to be Michael (Shane West) or Nikita (Maggie Q). But I am worried about Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca). Are we going to see any sort of showdown between them and Amanda (Melinda Clarke)? — Lauren
There’s definitely a little bit of a showdown – but it is, as Melinda Clarke told me, “true Amanda-style.” “Amanda doesn’t give too much of her energy toward being physical. If she had to, I’m sure she would. But I will say that Alex is in deep trouble for her life. That’s the showdown people will see on the finale.”
Okay, so this is a more of a wish list item than an actual spoiler request, but with things not looking good for a renewal of The Event, any chance we could see Scott Patterson as a guest star on Parenthood? I don’t need it to reach Luke/Lorelei heights, but maybe just a flirty interaction with Lauren Graham’s character? How fun would that be for those of us who wish Luke Danes was still in our lives?! –Jen
The glisten you just saw in my eye? That wasn’t a tear of happiness at the thought of this happening. Wait, YES IT WAS. You’re a smart woman, Jen. Let’s hope there are people out there who listen to smart women. Because this would be brilliant! Of course, that could only happen if Parenthood is renewed…which, in my opinion, it totally will be. :D
Hey! It’s almost summer TV time, which means Men of a Certain Age is coming back! I bet I’m not their target audience at all (24-year-old, Midwesterner, female) but I love it. What’s going on during the rest of the season? — Margaret
First off, the show’s June 1 return episode, titled “The Great Escape,” is absolutely fantastic. I’m out of this show’s demo also, and I have to say, I love this painfully smart and subtle show. In the return ep, Joe (Ray Romano) finds himself facing a few temptations that could send him backward instead of forward in many ways, Owen (Andre Braugher) gets an offer that he wants to refuse (the question is how long he can afford to!), and Terry (Scott Bakula) begins a dangerous spiral. These next six episodes of this series are really poised to be the best yet, so make room for me at this party!
I’m loving Better With You. It’s so light and fun. Word on the finale? — Sara
It takes a village to help Casey (Jake Lacy) and Mia (Joanna Garcia-Swisher) get hitched before the arrival of the baby. In that village? None other than Richard Gilmore! Yup, Edward Herrmann guests as a judge/patient at the hospital who is pulled in to do the ceremony. The only problem? Ben (Josh Cooke) and Casey aren’t there…
I’m totally in love with this season of HIMYM — but agree with you about the name thing. This is so much more than the mother at this point. And now that I’ve sucked up to you and agreed with you on everything, have I earned some scoop? — Mel
Shameless sucking up…will always get you scoop. Two warnings about the finale: Beware of the noodles. And prepare for a huge cliffhanger.
Hey Sandra, Damages is coming back soon. DirecTV is still TV. So let’s get scoopin’. K?
Hmm…was that an offer to buy me DirecTV? If so, okay! If not, I’ll give you scoop anyway, straight from Rose Byrne, who opened up about the recent addition of Chris Messina (Six Feet Under, Devil) to the cast as a soldier Ellen takes on as a client. “He’s embroiled in a huge war-related scandal that is based on the Blackwater dealings,” she said. “He’s the main witness in my case, and I’m trying to keep him on [our] side. That’s a big part of the season. Ripped from the headlines, as they say.” And it all could prove to be deadly, she says. “It is never clear. I never trust anyone I’m talking to or anyone’s motives from one episode to the next. Because I will get the next script and it makes it clear that they were trying to kill me all season. So I just act from a place that my character always has to be on her toes, eyes wide open because no one is safe on our show.” Can’t. Wait.
(Mandi Bierly, Carrie Bell and Maggie Pehanick contributed to this column)