Vacation = over. But I’m not weeping. All it means is that I’m back at work and so are your favorite shows, which means you can expect a slow, but steady, leak of scoop for the return of many fall shows!
So enjoy this mix of scoop on summer faves and a few bits on the fall slate! If you have a specific scoop request, question, musing, nerdy thought, or even a follow-up scoop question, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me @EWSandraG.
See you next week!!
‘HAVEN’ STAR EMILY ROSE: ‘FRAUDREY’ PLAYS BIG PART IN NEW SEASON
We’re a week away from the season 2 premiere of Syfy’s breakout Haven, and if you were left with your jaw on the floor last season, join the club. The reveal that the Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) we got to know may not be who we thought she was and the introduction of what could be the original Audrey Parker (or “Fraudrey” as they call her on set, according to Rose) left fans on a frustratingly awesome note for the season. Thankfully, the show is back July 15, and Rose says we pick up “moments after we left off.” “We did that not only because the audience was dying to know the stuff that happens after that big cliffhanger, but there’s also stuff that happens right away that takes us out of that moment and forces these characters on their journey of solving the trouble of the week, so to speak,” she says.
But while Audrey continues on her mystery-solving business as usual, we’ll also find her haunted by “an identity crisis,” Rose says. But in that struggle, she’ll form a special bond with new police Chief Nathan (Lucas Bryant) who lost his father (the old Chief) at the end of last season. “The first episode and into the second, Nathan has to move forward like Audrey, who is dealing with this major monster in her closet of not knowing if she’s really Audrey. He has to cope with going on without his father,” she says.
**Much more from my chat with Rose on Monday on EW‘s Inside TV blog, including info on the aftermath of Nathan’s season-ending confession to Audrey!
RUTINA WESLEY TEASES START OF ‘TENSION’ AMONG ‘TRUE BLOOD’ BADDIES
Vamps and witches and fairies. Oh, my!
If you thought things were going to get bad among the True Blood monsters and creatures after last week’s episode, you were right. But you might not be able to predict how bad, says True Blood actress Rutina Wesley. “When you’ve got shifters and werewolves and vampires and witches, there’s bound to be some tension,” says the actress. “There’s going to be some craziness this season, and because her best friend is Sookie, Tara is going to get swept back into everything. But I can’t tell you whose side she’s going to be on.”
In the season premiere, fans saw that Tara had fled to New Orleans and started a new life for herself (which included a girlfriend!) in an effort to put some distance between herself and her past in Bon Temps. But the return of her bestie also meant a return to a sticky situation she’d hoped was behind her, Wesley says. But this time, with a clear head (and some mean ultimate fighter skills), Tara’s not looking to be a victim of any battles, she says. “You’re going to see Tara more as a survivor, and she’s a fighter. And she’s going to fight her way the best she can,” she says. “It’s a whole new Tara in that she’s confident. It’s the difference between someone who is completely miserable on the inside versus someone who knows they’re beautiful. But it is True Blood. The drama will set in, things will happen. She will get wrapped up in everything. A lot of it. But she won’t have a choice.”
‘BIG C’ EP TEASES CATHY’S ‘EMOTIONAL AFFAIR’ WITH HUGH DANCY
I will never blame a woman for falling for a dashing Englishman like Hugh Dancy. But when the actor makes his debut later this season on The Big C as a cancer patient, Dancy will share something deeper than a physical connection with Cathy (Laura Linney), says creator and executive producer Darlene Hunt. “I’m personally very intrigued by the idea of emotional affairs and how you fall in love with someone because of a shared experience and what that looks like. How will other people, namely Cathy’s husband, react to that? What does that really mean? We really wanted to play with this special bond with someone who really can say, ‘I know what you’re going through.'”
In his nine-episode stint, Hunt said we’ll also get another perspective on coping with cancer from Dancy’s character. “He deals with his illness in a very different way and they have very different philosophies. It’s interesting to see that play out.”
Leverage. Pretty please! And extra points if it’s Eliot-related. I can’t be the only one crushing on Christian Kane! — Jenny
You’re not! But while I don’t have any specific news on the studly, what about some news of the spudly? “There’s one episode we did that people are really going to like about a missing potato,” Timothy Hutton dished. Yes, he was serious; let him explain. “It’s a super potato that has been bio-engineered in a way where it is the absolute perfect food, and it gets stolen by this evil company and the team has to find their way into this company — all playing different roles — to find out where this agricultural company put the potato, where they’re storing it, why it was stolen, and what they’re planning to do with it.” Can you say “instant classic”?
I’m missing Blue Bloods terribly. Any news about the new season? — Sam
The season premiere kicks off with a bang. Upon returning, one member of the family will find themselves with a close connection to a high-profile murder and another member will hand in a letter of resignation! But not to worry, Donnie Wahlberg fans; it’s definitely not Danny. In fact, at the premiere of Zookeeper last night, the actor — and currently touring New Kid on the Block — told us he’s working hard to make sure he can finish out his work with the NKOTBSB tour and make it to work every day on set. “I will be chartering back-and-forth from the tour to the set of Blue Bloods. We still have a ton of dates after I have to go back to work on Blue Bloods. Tom Selleck has loaned me the use of his plane. It’s great to be busy, honestly. It has been really great to be able to film a movie, do the tour, do the show, and everyone has been more than accommodating. The best part is that everyone from Blue Bloods has come to see the NKOTBSB show now live. They were like, ‘Who knew?’ And I was like, ‘How could you not know? All I do is dance around the set in between takes,'” he said. Wahlberg also dished that last year’s secret society/murder plot is gone for good. And he couldn’t be happier about it. “I think this will allow us to focus more on what makes this different from all the other cop shows. We are going to focus on the family aspect … I think there is enough there with the family, the police work, and New York City itself to keep the fans interested and keep the show going. I think that is what the audience is drawn to. I think it will be more individualized episodes and cases this year as opposed to one giant arc like last season. It is hard to do serialized stuff on broadcast networks. There are too many pre-emptions for holidays and sporting events and awards shows. On cable, you can go 10 weeks and it is one every Thursday for 10 weeks. We are on 22 out of 40, and I think that makes serialization more difficult in my opinion. I think you start to lose people.”
Thank you for the Torchwood spoilers! But can you tell me who those masked people are in the preview. How are they connected to this all? — Amy
They’re called the Sombers, and you won’t meet them until the third episode. There’s probably more to them, but at that point, they’re simply a group of creepy masked weirdos reacting dramatically to the idea of immortality. But more interesting in episode 3 is Brad, the hottie Jack meets in a bar.
Sandra! Please, need some Bones info! — Chrissie
You know by now that when we pick up with the series, Bones will be in bloom! But John Francis Daley tells us that while Sweets is over the moon about the new bond shared by Bones and Booth, the rest of the team might not have the same reaction. “I think [Sweets] will be thrilled about Bones’ pregnancy because he was the biggest cheerleader for the two of them getting together. This is all of the hard work he believed he did toward the goal of getting them together paying off. I think others on the team might not be happy about it. It is certainly gonna complicate the workplace vibe. I’m sure they will have fun with it as much as they can because that’s the tone of our show in general.”
Just watched episodes 1 and 2 of the new season of True Blood. I have a big question that I am hoping you can answer: Is Bill pretending not to still love Sookie to protect her or does he truly not give a damn about her? As a Bill/Sookie shipper, I am hoping for a reunion before season’s end. Help a poor girl out here with a little scoop because it ain’t looking good. — Chris
That’s a tough question, seeing as how hot and heavy Bill is with a Not-Sookie in Sunday’s episode. You might be confused as ever; I certainly was. But my gut says it can’t be over. We didn’t have a proper goodbye (a.k.a: no farewell sex)!
**Pilot question break**
So what’s the skinny on Charlie’s Angels? Does it follow the continuity of the original series and movies, or does it start from scratch? — Rion
There are elements of the original, in that there are three girls who kick butt and a mysterious voice that guides them. Otherwise, only having watched a handful of episodes of the original, I can’t say there’s much else that felt familiar. Also, these angels, unlike the previous ones, use iPads. Rather, they know what iPads are.
Any Falling Skies scoop!? I’d go as far as to say it’s my new favorite! — Doug
The next new episode is a doozy, and features not one, but two epic death sequences. One of them will leave you looking at one character very differently and teaches us a vital piece of information about the skitters.
I can only assume that with Cas declaring himself the new God, that The Almighty Himself has cocked an eyebrow and turned his mouth in a frown. With Cas’ revelation, I can only assume that next season we see the emergence of *the* one and only God to teach Cas what’s what. Is there any rumor or talk that God Himself will make an appearance next season on Supernatural? If so, potential actors (I think Ian McShane would fit the show’s version of the Lord)? — John
I’m almost sure this question will come up when the show heads to Comic-Con this month, and until then, the show is staying mum on details about the new season. But the same can’t be said for Alona Tal, who cryptically tweeted yesterday of her return to the show next season for an undetermined amount of episodes. (My guess? One.) As you’ll recall, Tal played Jo Harvelle until the character’s untimely death in season 5, and apparently she’s set for a return. When that’ll happen isn’t set in stone, but considering the show is filming episode 4 first (to give director Jensen Ackles more prep time), it probably won’t happen until episode 5 or later.
I request a Glee spoiler: I want to know what Sue will be up to next season since near the end of last season, Sue said she wouldn’t be going after the New Directions anymore, but I don’t really believe her. Do you know what she’ll be up to next season? — Sam
Mostly harassing the winner of The Glee Project, according to what showrunner Ryan Murphy told Tim Stack late last month. What he didn’t address? The identity of the one artist who will be the subject of a tribute episode next season. Personally, one of the few people I could get behind for a full-episode treatment has already popped up in the rumor mill: Cher. We even asked her about it at the premiere of Zookeeper earlier this week, to which she replied coyly after giving us a long pause and a wicked smile, “You will have to just watch and find out. I’d be flattered. Wouldn’t everyone?” What do you think of a Cher tribute episode, Glee fans? More importantly, which female cast member would best rock a fishnet body stocking? (Side note: I’ve ALWAYS wanted to put a picture of Cher in Spoiler Room. Life goal #120: Done.)
Your account of being on set at Royal Pains was a hoot. I love Paulo Costanzo and Mark Feuerstein. Any scoop on the visit from Hank and Evan’s grandfather? — Rita
It’s going to be pretty explosive. (Don’t worry, not literally.) Henry Winkler told us earlier this week that if we enjoy seeing the on-screen tension between his character and Ed Asner’s, we should keep in mind that it’s not all acting. “I don’t get along with him in real life and I don’t get along with him on screen,” he said. “Describing it as cantankerous is a compliment. [It was the] easiest job ever because I don’t even have to act like we don’t get along. It is good to have some fresh blood on the show, although you can hardly call Ed’s blood fresh at his age.” If it’s half as entertaining as it sounds, count me in.
Any word on Community‘s new season?! Will Pierce return? On that note, will Chang? I’ve been seeing Ken Jeong in a ton of movies this summer. — Denny
The show doesn’t return to work until later this month, but fear not, Denny. Ken Jeong assures us he’s going nowhere. “Never, never, never would I turn my back on Community. I have no plans to leave,” he said. “I love Community. I don’t care how busy I get at the movies. So far I have been able to make it all work and if I couldn’t, I would turn down the movie if it conflicted with Community. I know I am biased but I think it is the funniest show on television. So to be involved with a show that I am a huge fan of is a blessing. Why would I do anything to jeopardize that? It is the biggest blessing in my life to be able to be on that show for a third season.” And it doesn’t sound like he has any plans to chang his mind.
@EWSandraG Got anything for my new favorite summer show Suits? LOVE LOVE LOVE it! #SpoilerRoom — @reebsreiswig
In an upcoming episode, we learn Mike isn’t the only one at the firm who lied about his qualifications.
Hi Sandra, Where in Texas are you from? If you are anywhere near Houston, I am sure you are enjoying (sarcasm) the record 100+ temperatures. I know I am (sarcasm again!). Anyway, do you have any Psych scoop? I am so used to it being on in the summer. When is the premiere and will Jules learn about Shawn’s secret now that they are a couple? Thanks, Brittney from Houston
I’m from a small town in South Texas, not too far from where Psych star James Roday is from, actually. And I’ll have much scoop from you next week after I speak with the hunky fellow Texan. So send in your burning questions, ASAP Psych fans! (Spoilerrrom@EW.com)
Would LOVE some Nikita scoop when available, which I’m hoping is now. I’m going through serious withdrawal! — Amy
Aren’t we all? Here’s a bit of casting intel: the show is currently casting the role of Sean Pierce, a 20-something estranged son of a certain female senator who is recruited to Division in order to help track down Nikita and Michael. This mysterious, by-the-books man proves to have an interesting dynamic with revenge-seeking Alex. And by “interesting,” I mean these two trust no one, especially each other. In other news, Michael might be getting a job offer from Amanda and we learn that even though Nikita has been unlucky in life, she does pretty darn good at the craps tables.
Sandra! There’s a ton of new info out about Parenthood! Anything new to add? Don’t disappoint! — Alexa
You sound like you’re in the know, Alexa. So assuming you know about Jason Ritter’s return, Julia’s adoption hopes, Adam and Crosby’s new business venture, and Amber’s plans to move out, maybe you haven’t heard that Haddie will learn that recovering-alcoholic Alex has a criminal record and his troubles aren’t exactly all in the past.
Any idea if Mary will end up keeping the baby on In Plain Sight?
Last time I talked to Mary McCormack, she was on her first day of filming the finale and still hadn’t heard definitively yet. But she said the season-ender will be appropriate for the journey Mary’s taken this year. “I mostly loved playing it because her sister is together and getting married, her mother is sober and working. All of a sudden, she’s the trainwreck in the family. She’s always been the together one and all of a sudden she’s knocked up and single, all these things she never thought she’d be. It [was] an opportunity to do some fun work and adult themed stuff.”
(Carrie Bell and Kevin Sullivan contributed to this column)