Hey, gang! How’ve you been?
Personally, 2013 is off to an insanely fun start. Just yesterday, for example, I spent the day on the NYC set of CBS’s upcoming procedural drama, Golden Boy. (Hence the column’s one day delay!) The show stars Theo James (a name/face Downton Abbey fans probably know) and debuts in February. I’ll have plenty from that visit soon.
I hope your New Year has been equally thrilling, but if not, spice up your life by submitting your spoiler Qs! (As usual, firstname.lastname@example.org is the best way!)
‘WHITE COLLAR’: SCOOP ON SARA’S ‘BIG ROLE’ FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON
I want to know if we’re going to see more Sara now? I was a little disappointed by the beginning of this season, because I was expecting to see much more [of] her character, due to the actress, Hilarie Burton, [being] made regular. And if you can give me some spoilers about this, I really hope to Neal and Sara back together!! Thank you so much; I look forward to January 22nd!!!!! — Clemence.
First, I got so many wonderful questions for my chat with executive producer Jeff Eastin and a little closer to the premiere, I’m going to highlight several more for a post. Thanks to everyone who sent them in! But until then, I’ll delve a little deeper into this question. In short: YES! More Sara is on the way, and, in fact, I can tell you she’ll be around for much more than just assisting on capers. “The last couple of shows before the finale, Sara plays a very big role,” says Eastin. “I have to say what happens to them [in the finale] is pretty spectacular.” (Hint: The Empire State Building is involved.)
Additionally, Eastin shares that Sara will have a pretty significant development in her professional life: She gets a job offer! The problem? It’s in another country! And while she and Neal have enjoyed their friends-with-benefits arrangement thus far, “when this job offer comes up in the U.K., it certainly puts a lot of pressure on them.” “They realize this [could be] the end,” he says. “Suddenly, because of that pressure, Neal certainly feels pressure to make a decision: Is he content to let her disappear for his life.”
Are you all thinking what I’m thinking?! Again, I say, more scoop soon!
‘REVENGE’: WHO’S THE NEXT TO DIE? PLUS, IS THERE HOPE FOR EMILY AND JACK?
The threat of death on Revenge is no joke. People die and come close to death all the time on this delicious soap, but who’s the next to go? Well, with the plotline at the Stowaway heating up, there have been more than a few names flying around. (Declan?) So I turned to Nick Wechsler, whose character we last saw getting hauled away by the po-po, for a little insight into which character might be the next to go.
“I don’t know who it is, but I’ve heard some whisperings about who it is,” he tells me. But the one safe bet? Adorable baby Carl is as safe as can be (naturally). “But I think basically everyone else is fair game,” he says.
Meanwhile, as Jack and Amanda continue their road to the altar, Wechsler admits that he sees Emily eventually crossing romantic paths with Jack again, saying, “I think that’s what she and I are supposed to have…a [relationship] where circumstances are such where we can’t be together now. But I think we’re meant to always root for them. I think the fates may conspire to give them opportunity again.” Soon? Probably not. “That’s my guess,” he says, “but who the hell knows? It could always go some other way. She could always find a fourth guy.”
SETH GABEL ON ‘ARROW’ AND CHANCES OF A ‘FRINGE’ RETURN
Of all the exciting things coming up on Arrow, nothing makes me more pumped than the upcoming guest spot from Fringe alum Seth Gabel, who will play an adapted version of supervillain Count Vertigo.
In the episode, airing later this month, Gabel plays a street thug who is spreading a drug called Vertigo all over the streets of Starling City. Naturally, Oliver (Stephen Amell) won’t let him get away with that for long. “[The character] really wants to be one of the most powerful people in Starling City, so to have the opportunity to take on the Arrow and prove himself to himself and the rest of the city is everything he wanted and more,” Gabel says.
But as Gabel prepares for his debut in the Arrow-verse, some are wondering if the actor, who also stars in Allegiance (out on DVD Jan. 15), will make one final visit to the land of Fringe before the show finishes its run Jan. 18. So I had to ask: Is a return in the cards? “I’m not able to say anything either way about it,” he says. “I’m sworn to secrecy on either front.”