Yes, my two-week vacation to the motherland (Texas) was just the refresher I was hoping for before getting into the thick of all the exciting things happening here at EW this summer — like set visits, Comic-Con, general tomfoolery. My highlights? Reigning supreme in my very first Penny Can tournament, cuddling puppies, and getting my mother addicted to The Vampire Diaries. (“Awww! He met her first!” — mom, re: the finale). But now it’s back to work! So enjoy the return of Spoiler Room.
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‘DALLAS’: JOSH HENDERSON ON ‘BATTLEFIELD’ BETWEEN JOHN ROSS AND J.R.
Just under 7 million of y’all tuned into TNT’s Dallas this past week, and if you thought the first two hours were intense, hold on to your cowboy hats.
When the Dallas youngins came into EW HQ earlier this week to talk about the season to come (and dish on Larry Hagman’s colorful ways), Josh Henderson opened up about the bitter battle that’s brewing between John Ross and his father, J.R. And, unsurprisingly, he says the cliffhanger that we saw at the end of this week’s episode — in which we saw J.R. meeting the real Marta Del Sol — is only the start of the twists we’ll be seeing.
“That sets up the game between JR and John Ross and sets up the battlefield,” he says. “We’re both feeling each other out. He knows he can’t really trust me, and he feels like he’s one-upped me. But John Ross is a mover and a shaker, and I always try to stay one step ahead of him.” That’s right, John Ross has more than one trick up his sleeve — and he wouldn’t be an Ewing if he didn’t.
But while the tricks can be expected, one thing that surprised even Henderson? “The stakes become huge. Huge in the sense of money, pride, and safety — it gets dangerous. It’s juicy,” he says.
Yep, expect some death. Or so says Jesse Metcalfe. “There’s a few unexpected deaths,” he says slyly.
‘WHITE COLLAR’: ON THE SET
I went to the set of White Collar this week and you can’t imagine how crushed I was to learn that had I come one day earlier, I could have seen Matt Bomer (the grinder) and Tim DeKay boxing. It’ll take a while to recover from the devastation. But you know what helped me? More scoop from the set! So here are 6 awesome White Collar scooplets to accompany the mental picture I just gave you. And look for more from my time on set next week. (I spent quality time with all our faves!)
1. Tim DeKay WILL be directing another episode this season, which is tentatively scheduled to be the 13th of the new season. It will be jazz themed and feature a special guest who we’ve seen before. (Question submitted via Twitter by @jackierandazzo)
2. Hillary Burton will be back for a number of episodes, but they will be spaced apart a bit. There’s one big episode with her and Neal that will take the temperature of their relationship, which we thought had come to a resolution.
3. A hug between Peter and Neal in the premiere will give you the warm and fuzzies.
4. [Spoiler] will [BIG spoiler] before the midseason finale.
5. Treat Williams’ character, Sam, won’t necessarily get along well with Peter. Lots of great scenes will take place between these two.
6. Mozzi. Storage Wars nod. Awesome.
‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ ACTOR: ‘PLANE CRASH CHANGES THE LANDSCAPE DRAMATICALLY’
We need to talk about Grey’s Anatomy. Specifically, we need to talk about how even now — a full month after the season finale — I still can’t get onto a small plane without breaking into a panicked cold sweat. But as I deal with my issues in therapy, actor Kevin McKidd hopes the tragedy of the plane crash opens up Owen and Cristina (Sandra Oh) to a little healing of their own.
“I think the plane crash changes the landscape dramatically,” he says. “I’m interested to see where they’re at. Owen wants to win her heart back, and I would imagine he’s going to do everything in his power to do that. Again, it’s so interesting the way the writers write such amazing storylines, so I can’t say that’s what’s going to happen but that would be my wish. I hope he’s her rock and fights for her.”
But that’s usually easier said than done when it comes to Cristina, he admits. Though, there’s always a chance that her (600th) brush with death could leave her open to things that she wasn’t open to before — like a baby. “I think that might be in the cards, but you never can tell. I think it’s going to still be a long road for them, but I hope they are now on a healing path.”
Meanwhile, with Teddy gone, Owen will have one less person to lean on when it comes to his embattled marriage, and McKidd says the loss of Kim Raver also left him reeling off-screen. “It was heartbreaking for me personally because Kim Raver and I are very very good friends,” he says. “So that was a tough, juicy scene to shoot. I think it’s been a very intense, emotional time for us on the show. But I think it was a really beautifully executed finale. I think it went out on a limb and it turned beautifully.”
Click here to read my conversation with McKidd about his new charity album.
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