It’s hot in New York right now. Not awful… but getting there. And watching the premiere of Leverage, where the team heads to Alaska for a case, not only made me wildly jealous but provided just the escape I was craving. That’s summer TV for you! And we’re gearing up for the bulk of it, readers. So send in your scoop requests to firstname.lastname@example.org (that’s two r’s) or Tweet them to me @EWSandraG. I’m also accepting random questions about finales, questions for EW staffers, and your general TV musings. (I read them all when I run out of TV to watch, which happens more often than you think.) Thanks, as always, Roomies!
‘HOUSE’: CHASE AND THIRTEEN: IS IT ON?
There’s so much change going on at House, it’s both terrifying and a little exciting. Exciting because there’s no way to predict how the post-Cuddy world will shift this show. One option currently being explored? The advancement of the Thirteen/Chase chemistry we’ve all picked up on.
“I think the fact that Chase confessed to her about the Dibala incident from last season is a very [important statement]. I think they have a powerful bond. I hope we only explore that further in the future,” executive producer Greg Yaitanes told EW after we screened the episode “After Hours.”
Of course, the future of this possible couple depends on Olivia Wilde’s commitment to the show next year, which is currently up in the air. Creator David Shore says anything can happen. “We’ve got lots of options and lots of things we’re stewing about. But we won’t know for sure until we start digging into season 8. But that was a nice surprise toward the end of the season, seeing the two of them together.”
Thoughts, House fans? Did you pick up on the chemistry? And would you like to see this pair become… closer?
‘ROYAL PAINS’: LIFE IN THE HAMPTONS IS NOT SO EASY…
Will Divya marry Raj? Are Evan and Paige going to stay together? Is Eddie going to prison? And what about Hank and Jill? Yeah, it’s been a long winter waiting for answers to all the burning questions we were left with about Royal Pains, but the wait is almost over! (T-minus, one month.) But what’s on the horizon? I had a spoilery chat with star Mark Feuerstein about this very subject for EW’s Best of Summer issue (on stands now).
“We’re coming back to life in the Hamptons after a long winter. So you may not even recognize my character in the first shot of the season premiere because I’m looking so haggard,” Feuerstein laughs. “Life in the Hamptons continues where it left off: Paige and Evan had their big trip together, my father is now in jail, Boris and Marissa are having the baby … [and] Jill came back from her journey to South America, and she had a great experience. So there’s a big question in the air: Will she be staying in the Hamptons or not?” A packed premiere? You bet. And filming has been anything but easy. (I know, surprising for “the Hamptons.”) In fact, Feuerstein says, it’s been painful! Particularly an episode that found Hank getting into an altercation with an old football nemesis.
“I kept getting a little too carried away, and in the fight, his cast that he’s wearing — cause he hurt his arm, which is part of the medical scenario in the episode — went right across my nose, and he just took all the skin off the bridge of my nose,”he says. “So if you see a scar in the second episode, you’ll know that that’s really from the shooting of the episode, playing football, it’s not make-up. But it’s okay, I’m gonna live. I just wanted my nose to be that much bigger.”
The football episode also guest stars Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings, and in the next episodes, as Eddie gets out of jail, Ed Asner will appear as Hank and Evan’s grandfather.
‘LEVERAGE”S ‘COOL’ RETURN
Last season’s Leverage left off on a scandalous(ly awesome) reveal: Nate (Timothy Hutton) and Sophie (Gina Bellman) rolling around in bed, finally succumbing to the lusty looks we’ve seen them exchange. But in the fourth season’s premiere (airing June 26), you wouldn’t know anything had changed between the two — at least while they’re on a case. And the team’s first of the season is a cool one. Well, a freezing one. It takes them to Alaska to stop a dirty deal from going down. But even more interesting than how all that goes down are the sweet moments shared by Leverage‘s other buzzy pair — Parker (Beth Riesgraf) and Eliot (Christian Kane). Are they more than just friends? You’ll have to be the ultimate judge, but my feeling after watching Eliot help Parker through a breakdown of sorts while they’re trapped together in an ice cavern is that at the very least they are the best of friends. (I love them!!) Also great in the ep? Alec’s one-liners about the bitter cold, one pair’s undercover smooch (is it for the case?), and Nate’s (unintentionally funny) battle with altitude sickness. It’s so good to be back!
(By the by, I’m talking to Hutton after Memorial Day! Send your inquiries! Spoilerroom@ew.com.)
Sandra, I’m as excited as you are about Sam and Mercedes. Please tell me what’s in the cards for them. — Joanie
I can’t speak to their longterm viability, but EP Brad Falchuk assures they’ll continue to simmer over the summer. “When we come back [in season three], they will be together,” he assures. Also on the table as an option next year? A new romance for recently heartbroken (and newly made-over) Quinn!
I loved your idea about bringing in Dustin Goolsby for more Glee time. I find him hilarious. But I’m not totally ready to give up on Sue yet. What’s she going to be up to next season? — Claire
According to Falchuk, the sweet streak will find an end. Asked whether Sue is actually going to stay sweet and stop trying to destroy the glee club, he replied, “No, of course she’s going to try!”
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your twice a week chats! So since it’s two times the fun, how about two scoops on my two favorite USA shows that are returning this summer? Covert Affairs and Burn Notice. Can you tell I love spies? Thanks. — Pink :)
I sincerely hope that’s on your Facebook profile because it sounds pretty cool. “Enjoys: Spies.” And while Spoiler Room is on once a week during summer (hey, it’s better than going into reruns), I don’t mind double the fun here. For Affairs, the first episode back picks up exactly where we left off last season — with Ben fighting for his life. And the first few minutes will try to deceive you. Also, Annie will be in distress after someone she cares about disappears with no explanation. But there’s someone close to her who knows the truth… On Burn Notice (which I’ll have more on next week!) all will seem fine with newly unburned Michael Westen…for a while. But in episode 4, there will be “a huge murder twist” that will throw Michael’s life into turmoil. “It’s a big twist, and it’s exciting,” says star Jeffrey Donovan. “I’ll be honest with you, you do a series for as many episodes as we do — we do 18 a year — some episodes are more exciting than others. But this particular season opener and the big murder twist that happens in the fourth episode is pretty challenging for me and really exciting to kind of act.”
Sober Jackie is freaking me out. In I think a good way. How long does she stay this way? — Elizabeth
At least through the next new episode of Nurse Jackie, but it’s not easy, especially as her daughter begins having more and more troubles herself. But as Jackie finds herself more sober than we can remember, someone’s suspicions threaten to cause her major troubles at work.
Hi. Love to read the Spoiler Room. I have a question now that The Mentalist finale has aired. Awesome ending, will the next season time jump or start where they left it at the end? Thanks. — Linda, Omaha, NE
It’s a little too early to tell, but creator Bruno Heller sounds pretty excited about the “How does Patrick Jane get away with murder?” question. My guess would be that they’re not going to skip over that part. And I have to admit, I’m deathly curious to see how the heck they write themselves out of this one, too. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I’d be a little disappointed if they didn’t pick up exactly where they left off. (Passing up a chance to see Patrick Jane in cuffs = crime.) Agree?
I haven’t heard a word about the upcoming season of Rescue Me that
starts in July. Any news? Cheers. — Laurie Schlagel
Here are three (not necessarily related) words: Wedding. Major death.
Any word on Jeffster’s role on next season of Chuck? I love those idiots… — Mary
In the cards? Job security! “They have job security in the fact that they’re funny,” assures EP Chris Fedak. “Jeff and Lester are certainly a part of the show. Chuck bought the Buy More because he thought it was the perfect cover. If he started hiring some professional people, it wouldn’t be a good cover any more. So they’re still going to be part of the show.”
Do you know what Chris Noth’s commitment to The Good Wife is? Will he be absent like he was in season 2 or will he be in more episodes? Will and Alicia can’t be together for long, right? I am not a fan of the pairing. Thank you. — Kevin
I hear Noth’s commitment is (on paper!) for the same amount of episodes as last year — he’s on tap to appear in approximately half. That can nudge slightly in either direction depending on what direction the show heads. As for Will and Alicia, I guess it depends on your definition of together. I don’t know if you saw our exclusive Q&A with creators Robert and Michelle King last week, but it sounds like they’re definitely not afraid of putting these two through the ringer. They told EW’s Tanner Stransky: “There’s a satisfaction in seeing them together, but that is going to be awkward. And also Alicia is going to become more desirable to other law firms, and the combination of that and what happened is going to put some strain on that relationship.”
**TWITTER QUESTION BREAK**
@EWSandraG you cover a crap-ton of shows. Which is your favorite? — @Tensai214
I have a crap-ton of favorites, too. And I recap two of them!
I’m really looking forward to the return of Entourage. (I promise I’m not a douche, contrary to my choice of TV programming.) So any word on Vince’s drug problem? — Brian
It’s pretty much over. Doug Ellin told me in a chat that the issue would be dealt with “early on” to make way for a season that is much more hilarious than the previous season.
Any idea what’s the plan for Cary and Kalinda next year? I know it’s all about Will and Alicia for some, but I love this pair! — Char
Who doesn’t love them? [Insert inevitable contradicting statement from commenter here.] And lucky for us, Matt Czuchry has hope for them, too. “I think we saw both of those characters in a different light in season 2, and it’s been developing slowly. I think there’s still more potential for that. I think it’s a possibility in season 3.” Woohoo!
My favorite summer show, Drop Dead Diva is scheduled for arrival soon. Scoop, please!! — Sam
After Stacy and Fred finally do the deed (awww) look for them to hit rocky times! “Fred books a commercial and Stacy starts to feel a little jealousy. But, of course, he doesn’t really understand why,” April Bowlby dishes. “You see a lot of her colors this season.”
Hey, Sandra. So far I’ve heard nil about the return of Memphis Beat. Any word? — Frank
The first episode back hits home for Dwight as he deals with a case of an officer killed, leaving behind a young son — a situation that echo’s his own childhood. But my favorite part of the episode is when the whole station breaks into song to honor the fallen comrade. I’ve always admired how this show wove the music of the show into the storyline and made it believable. This season is no exception, and if the first case is an indication of how this season will proceed, you’re in for a treat.
Are you able to post all the Upfronts interviews you did online so we can read the rest of TVD banter and Mikita finishing sentences? — @Sirenella
Fine. I’m such a softy. This bit from my convo with Shane West and Maggie Q has scoop on next season to boot! You’re spoiled rotten.
Shane West: It’s exciting to come back for a second season, period. I think what’s exciting about this year is now that they’re together we’re going to see how difficult it is going to be to keep that together. For Maggie, we’re also going to get into the backstory of Nikita.
Maggie Q: What I really like is that Nikita played a pivotal role in Michael’s journey to find out what happened in his past and what went down. She was sort of that person for him and I think, going into season 2, Michael’s going to be there for her. To me, that’s rooted in something deeper. It’s going to be a lot deeper than what you see in a normal romance…
SW: …because I think these characters that Craig [Silverstein] created, they’re very difficult. They’ve had different lives. I think Michael went through a lot of that this year. So he’s in a better headspace…
MQ: …but now he has to deal with what Nikita’s been dealing with, which is looking into what he’s done in his career with Division, which is not good. We don’t really know the extent of that yet. He’s just moving into another phase — as she is.
Me: Safe to say it’s not going to be sunny.
SW: It didn’t even end that way — literally. [Both laugh.]
Sons of Anarchy, please!! — Lisa
I’d be worried about Juice and Bobby, who in an upcoming episode come face-to-face with a very scary Russian man.
Anything on The Closer? I’m going through major Brenda Lee withdrawal — Hope
Per creator James Duff, the theme of this season is: love and loss. And ever the poetic man, he tried to sum it up for me. “In the words of Claudius, it’s time for all the poisons that lurk in the mud to seep to the top. And that’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to see all the darkness that’s been building up for six years finally rise to the top, and she’s going to have to confront who she really is.” More on this soon.
(Additional reporting by Tim Stack)