It’s beginning to look a lot like fall TV time! And I’m so excited, I could scream! But that would be really awkward for the person in the office next to me, I imagine.
Instead, I’ll sit here and wait for your questions to pop up in the Spoiler Room inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Clearly my brain is fried. So I’ll leave you to read. Remember to send in your inquiries and follow me on Twitter for more awkward thoughts (and maybe some scoop): @EWSandraG.
‘VAMPIRE DIARIES’: EP TEASES MATT’S PAINFUL ROAD AHEAD
We wouldn’t wish suffering on anyone… except for maybe The Vampire Diaries’ Matt Donovan. But that’s only because actor Zach Roerig guts us when he gets teary. TVD exec producer Julie Plec almost got our eyes wet describing how Matt will figure into the season 3 story line that has Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) seeing the ghosts of his dead exes — including Matt’s late sister Vicki (Kayla Ewell).
“Matt is one of the first people to learn Jeremy’s secret, and one of the loves of Jeremy’s life visiting him from beyond the grave is Matt’s sister Vicki, who he never really had complete closure with,” she says. “So he is gonna have, with Jeremy, an emotional journey in this supernatural world as he learns that his sister’s out there and contactable and tries to convince Jeremy to help him get the closure that he’s needed.” (Pause as we “Ahhh” and describe how much we love hurt, confused Matt.) “Yeah, it’s good,” Plec promises.
TVD EP Kevin Williamson has said we’ll get the “climax of the haunting of Jeremy” in October. Plec continued the tease thusly: “We’re gonna have some fun with Vicki and Anna and start to really reveal the secrets of why they’re here, what they want, and who else they have access to from our past.” — Mandi Bierly
‘HIMYM’: TED’S BABY(-CAUSED) BLUES
How I Met Your Mother began with Ted (Josh Radnor) being inspired to get his love life together after seeing Marshall (Jason Segel) propose to Lily (Alyson Hannigan). And as the happy couple prepares to welcome a baby in the seventh season, creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays tell EW Ted’s realization of how little progress he’s made will weigh heavily on him. “He’s thinking, ‘I’m not even where my friends were in the pilot!’” says Thomas. “Well, I don’t think he’s thinking the word ‘pilot,’” Bays finishes with a chuckle.
Joking aside, (and it’s hard to do when you sit down with those two at the same time!) the exec producer duo notes that the trio that is Marshall, Lily, and Ted (who have all known each other since college) will feel a little strain as Ted feels left out of the baby fun. That’s when he takes things into his own hands. “There’s an episode in the first few where Ted really wants to be part of this pregnancy,” teases Thomas. “He wants to be weighing in on decisions and the best diet for Lily. He really wants to be part of it because it’s not happening for him. It’s sort of sweet and cute.”
Aww. Buck up, Uncle Ted!
EP TO ‘BONES’ FANS: YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED
When Hart Hanson told me before the end of last season that the show was going to somehow circumvent the Moonlighting curse, I was skeptical. Then, boom! Bones is with baby. So when I caught up with Hanson at Fox’s TCA party last week, we chatted about the cost of bypassing what some think of as the best part of TV couples who finally get together: Actually seeing them being a couple.
“I really feel like we got to jump the part where the Moonlighting curse could get its teeth in. I always thought the Moonlighting Curse was when two people have sexual tension and then everything’s [suddenly] fine and the world looks the same. What do you to then? We don’t have that. The world does not look the same,” he says. “They got together and we get to start again from a different place.”
So does that mean we’ll never fill in the blanks? Never get a taste of the gooey center of this plot candy? Not necessarily… “I want everyone to tune in to see that. I don’t want to say it’s going to happen, but I do believe people will be pleased with what they see,” he says with a smile. “I think the first images of the new season will explain a lot. I don’t want to blow anything, but people will be as interested and excited as [the creative team is] in where all these characters are.”
Do you have any scoopage on NCIS & NCIS:LA??? — Maddie
Don’t be greedy now! Maybe NCIS now and NCIS: LA next week, perhaps? I say the former should go first because a little birdie (ehem, EW’s Lynette Rice) tells me not only will Ralph Waite and RJ Wagner reprise their roles this season as daddies to Gibbs and DiNozzo, but there are BIG plans for the show’s 200th episode, airing in January. “We are planning a really unique and interesting episode of TV,” says EP Gary Glasberg. “I think it will be special for the people who have stuck with the show. We are putting a lot of time in it. There will be a lot of faces involved.” As Lynette pointed out, that means he has 200 episodes of guest actors to choose from. Who’s on your wish list, NCIS fans? (Also, have you read our casting scoop?)
Sandra! I know how much you love Castle and that you MUST have something good up those sleeves. So spill! — Christie
You know me too well! While roaming around the ABC party last Sunday on my last day at TCA, I got a chance to talk Penny Johnson Jerald, who was so sweet I couldn’t believe she was the one playing the new no-nonsense captain! She revealed to me that while her character (Victoria ‘Iron’ Gates) doesn’t have a dark past like Capt. Montgomery (at least, she doesn’t currently have one), she’s not there with completely pure intentions. “I think what’s interesting with this character is that she’s aspiring to be more than a captain. So any case that comes through the office is of utmost importance — anything to help cushion that launch pad she needs for the next level she’s looking for,” she said. “She’s politically driven. I think that hopefully we’ll learn she has another agenda.”
@EWSandraG Do you have any scoop for Dan and Serena fans from Gossip Girl? Is Serena back from LA for good at the beginning of the season? — @derenalover
I tried to touch on this when I snagged a quick phoner with Penn Badgley, but his guess was as good as mine. “I have no idea. [The writers] are always dropping little hints about what might happen in the future or the distant future with them.” But if the series is indeed in the “home stretch” as Badgley said, I say it’s time to press fast forward on all these games!
All this baby talk on the Office has me worried. Are we just going to be focused on people having kids this season? Or will anyone else have a storyline? — Sean
Something tells me there’ll be plenty going on this season in addition to the Dunder Mifflin baby boom. For instance, did we already know Gabe was a filmmaker? Well, if we didn’t, the entire office is going to find out… in a very strange way. “We’re going to have a Halloween party where Gabe is going to present his horror art film,” reports Creed Bratton, “and it’s going to put us in a shocking and awkward position.”
Hi Sandra: Can I get some spoilers on the upcoming season on Southland? Last season was fantastic (as usual!), and I’m hoping the new season will be just as good. Any major plots points and when is the premiere? Thanks! — Southie Lover
A funny thing happened on my way back to New York from L.A. earlier this week. Whilst I was plucking away on transcribing, I couldn’t help but notice the man seated next to me penning a script. Bet you can’t guess what show title was at the top of the page… Now, this would have been a great time to introduce myself and find out exactly who this mystery man was (although, I have an idea). But I have three good reasons I didn’t say hello. One, the man was in the ZONE and I could never forgive myself if I broke the concentration of the genius behind script No. 1. Lesser sins in the TV world have been punished by death. Two, I was really looking forward to curling up with my snowman travel blanket and sleeping for the better part of the flight, and I didn’t want him to judge me for my questionable taste in blanket pattern. And three, I saw the working title of the first ep. And it was: **** *o*, b** ***!!
Big Bang Theory, please! — Kyle
Remember when I told you that producers are trying to work out an episode where both Christine Baranski and Lori Metcalf could appear side-by-side? (a.k.a. pure magic!) Well, Johnny Galecki loved the idea and mentioned one idea being tossed around would find the gang on a bit of a field trip. “Christmas with the Coopers would be pretty incredible.” Um, yes and YES.
I’d love some spoilers for Suits, especially something on my new summer TV crush, Harvey! C’mon, a little spoiler reward to celebrate the renewal? — Angie
I like how you think! Luckily, Mandi Bierly just spoke with Gabriel Macht, who stars as hot-shot attorney Harvey Specter, who dished on the Sept. 8 finale (which was penned by creator Aaron Korsh). In the episode, titled “Dog Fight,” Human Target‘s Chi McBride guests as a new district attorney who isn’t eager to help Harvey free an innocent man Harvey sent to jail years ago by unknowingly burying evidence. “He feels really guilty, and he needs to fix that,” Macht says. “That weighs heavy on his shoulders because he is a man of integrity, and he feels like he’s always doing the right thing, whether or not the way he does it is the right way.”
And just because I like you, here’s a video with Macht and Patrick J. Adams, who costars as the imposter with the picture-perfect memory, Mike Ross, at TCA last week, filmed before the big season 2 announcement. Hear what they had to say about the final episodes!
Any scoop on the ladies from Desperate Housewives? I can’t imagine they’re holding anything back now that it’s the last season — Joy
That’s what Felicity Huffman hopes, especially when it comes to Tom and Lynette. “I think because it’s year 8 all bets are off. If it was going to be 8 and 9, I think you’d have to see them together at the end of the year because what else are you going to do? So, I hope they’re going to explore it with a little more courage and breadth than if we were going to have [season] 9,” she says. And with news that Tom’s possibly getting a girlfriend this season, Huffman has her own ideas. “What if she got a girlfriend? Why not? I think that would be kind of cool. And if Tom got a boyfriend, you’d be like, ‘What?!’ But if Lynette got a girlfriend and then changed her mind and went back, I think that’d be okay.”
Supernatural! Any nugget will do. Saw on Twitter that you were talking to Jared Padalecki! — Isabell
Indeed! And we had a rousing conversation about Sam’s hair that I’ll share with you soon. (This is mostly true, except I might never share it with you because it was hilariously random.) But the real scoop came from head honcho Sera Gamble, who dished about a very fun upcoming episode where the boys travel to Lily Dale, N.Y., which is a “true-life town with the highest concentration of psychics and spiritualists in the country.” “It’s a little tricky to go ghost hunting where everyone is calling ghosts,” she teased. “But it’s a good place to have a conversation about the difference between fake psychics and true psychics.”
Hi Sandra! When will the Criminal Minds article run?! Thanks — @swpwallie
I actually went to the fabulous set of CM as part of EW’s Fall TV Preview, out next month. (It’s definitely something to look forward to!) And the videos I took on set with the cast will be out shortly after! Meanwhile, what about a little scoop to hold you over? Remember how Matthew Gray Gubler did a fantastic job directing episodes of the hit procedural for the last two seasons? Well, he’s doing it again this year — but not until episode 19! “I kind of like to do them later in the season because I find that everybody has worked so hard at that point, that while we’re kind of tired, we’re operating on a more instinctual level as a crew. It’s when things become a little more guerrilla style,” he says. “It’s a little more like the wild west later in the year.” And although he has no idea what challenges the episode might bring directing wise (and no idea what the plot will be), he’s confident. “Later in the year, the pleasantries are gone at that point and everyone just hits it and are making wonderful stuff together.”
Any Glee-scoop would be much appreciated! — Becks
Remember Tina’s random crying scenes last season? There’s probably more on the way as Tina and Mike Chang will deal with being a year apart. Mike’s thinking about graduation, while Tina, a junior, is stuck in school one more year. At the Glee 3-D movie premiere in Los Angeles, Jenna Ushkowitz contemplated the possible drama and her reaction to seeing some of her fellow cast members don their cap and gowns. “I don’t even want to think about it. I will cry so hard. Those are my best friends,” she says. “Right now we’re just trying to get through 22 episodes. That’s so far in the future for us.”
Any word on the first episode back of Community?! I’m dying to know what they have planned! — Kevin
Aren’t we all! And based on what Gillian Jacobs told us at the Teen Choice Awards about her costume in the first episode, we’re dying of curiosity! “On Friday I was wearing a costume that has left me bruised on my thighs. On the back of my legs, I have a bruise right now,” she said. Um… huh? “It’s not a themed episode. It’s not a high-concept episode, but I still have an insane costume on. I’m the only one wearing a crazy outfit.”
Lynette Rice, Mandi Bierly and Carrie Borzillo contributed to this column.