True story: The other day, I spent three hours planning my TV schedule for fall. Yes, three hours. And yes, I took into account the fact that I have two DVRs. (Work and home!)
Like any good athlete, I’ve prepared and am ready for battle. THIS IS OUR TIME, fellow couch potatoes. Join me!
And now that we’re all motivated, I invite you to channel that excitement into some questions! Send all burning questions to email@example.com. And if you’ve already submitted one, maybe it made this week’s Spoiler Room column…
‘PRETTY LITTLE LIARS’: WHEN WILL SPENCER LEARN THE TRUTH?
I know we were all incredibly shocked by Toby’s betrayal. (Also, none of us actually believe he’s evil, right?) But I’m willing to bet that our broken hearts are going to be mere blips on the pain radar compared to what Spencer will feel when she finds out the truth. And according to Troian Bellisario, that might be sooner than we think.
“She doesn’t know about it [yet] but she’s a very smart girl, so you can expect that she’s not going to stay in the dark for very long,” she told EW at the Tadashi Shoji fashion show this week. “One of the things that we setup very well is that other than the girls, the only thing in the world that Spencer truly loves and feels comfortable with is Toby. So, you’re going to see a storm [when she finds out].”
Meanwhile, Bellisario said she’s excited for fans to check out the Halloween episode on Oct. 23, which picks up a few months after the events seen in the summer finale. “It’s the craziest episode we’ve ever filmed [and it’s] a different setting than you’ve ever seen,” she says of the big train ride from Hell. “Everybody’s there and it’s in a very confined setting. It’s like a boiling pot [and] everybody’s problems kind of [come] to a head.”
As long as none of this results in someone actually losing their head, I’m in. But with PLL, you never know, do you?
‘FRINGE’ ACTOR LANCE REDDICK: ‘EVERY DAY IS A BATTLE’ FOR BROYLES
Not being among the Ambered comes with a price, according to Lance Reddick. And he’s not just talking about spending an extra two hours in the makeup trailer getting old age makeup applied. “For Broyles, every day is a struggle,” Reddick says of the weight on his character’s shoulders this season on Fringe.
From what we’ve seen in the intense promos for the final season, which is set in 2036, that assessment is not terribly surprising. A lot has happened to the world, including, of course, the Observer invasion, which — in the first few episodes, at least — will be shown in flashbacks that “really fill in the blanks.” “I’m excited about my character’s function plot-wise [this season],” says Reddick, who’s also hard at work promoting his upcoming movie Won’t Back Down (out Sept. 28).
But with only 13 episodes in this season, he can’t say much more. Not only is our time in this strange and unusual world precious, but the serialized elements of the show are unapologetically prominent this year — meaning no crimes-of-the-week to pad the season’s mythology. “We’re much more like a cable show this year — except with the swearing,” he jokes.
‘CASTLE’: THREE BURNING QUESTIONS
While sifting through all the amazing tweets of thanks I’ve been sent this week in response to the Castle article in EW’s Fall TV Preview, I realized that there were a few burning questions many of you had. So I’ll go ahead and tackle those now!
+ Will Beckett and Castle stay together for good?
While I won’t say “for good” (because there’s just no way of me looking that far into the future), I will echo what creator and executive producer Andrew Marlowe told me: “I think it would be unfair to the audience to have them invest all this time and all this time together only to pull the rug out. I think that was one of the fundamental mistakes they made in Moonlighting. They got them together and then they split them up.”
+Is Maddox the big bad this season?
Well, if you didn’t already hate this guy, you’ll definitely hate him in the premiere — largely because he’s the thorn that bursts our happy couple’s Bubble of Happiness. “When we left last season, we know that whatever bubble Castle and Beckett wake up in, she’s still under active threat,” Marlow reminds us. “And in the last scene, Maddox said, ‘When I have those files, I’m going to put Beckett into the ground.’ And we know he’s close to getting those files. So as is often the case, in a moment of bliss, real life intrudes and the characters have to deal with that and deal with it in a new way, given where they are in the world.”
+ Will there be a two-parter this season?
Maybe. And if we see one, it will not be like any of the ones from past seasons. “We’ll probably do something different — something a little more personal,” says Marlowe.
Got more? Send ’em my way.