Happy Tuesday, y’all! Lots of good stuff here so I won’t waste your time with foreplay — unless you like that sort of thing. Wink. Kidding. Sorry. Must be all these Valentine’s-themed episodes I’ve been watching that are making me all saucy.
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See you next week.
ONCE UPON A TIME: MR. GOLD’S ADVENTURE
Mr. Gold is off on an adventure into a terrifying land he’s never been before — New York. And while Henry certainly enjoys the trek to NYC in this week’s episode of Once Upon a Time, Mr. Gold’s journey to find his son definitely is not going to go smoothly, according to executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. “I would say that ‘Manhattan’ is going to be the showdown that everyone wants to [see],” says Kitsis, referring to Mr. Gold’s reunion with his son. (Also, there are some amazing flashbacks that explain at least one major burning question fans have Gold for a very long time and the ending of the last flashback will send a chill through your spine.)
Kitsis adds that Gold’s confrontation with his son won’t be the only emotional turmoil we should expect in this week’s hour. “Emma is going to be dealing with a lot of emotional baggage [in the next few episodes], I’ll say that,” Kitsis says. “There are a lot of things she needs to get through.”
In related Once news, as I told you this week, August will make a reappearance later this season, and says Horowitz, “We can’t wait for you to see the next phase of his story.” But the rest of the season won’t just be returns from favorite characters. Two words: —i- -o–.
CASTLE: 100th EPISODE DISH!
Castle‘s epic two-part episode is going to leave us with our jaws on the floor, but as all the loyal fans know, the show also has a big milestone 100th episode coming up. So how is the show going to top the former? Easy: It will dazzle us in different ways. “The two-parter is so big that in an ideal universe it would have landed in the 100 slot,” explains executive producer Andrew Marlowe. “And so for episode 100, we didn’t feel like we could do the kind of storytelling that just blows it out because [we had] just done something really huge. So what we’re looking to do is an episode that is a classic, charming, wonderful, surprising Castle episode that’ll be a lot of fun and feature all of our characters in a really great way.”
While the official storyline for the ep is something Marlowe has under construction, he says the episode will have some “small” callbacks to older seasons, “but it’s going to be more of a great, classic Castle episode.” “As much as our loyal fans would love us to do something out of bounds and crazy, we’re going to do something we think is a lot of fun and a little nod to them and have a chance to play around with the Castle-Beckett relationship in a fun way,” he said.
He adds: “We were having an over balance of big storytelling in the spring, and we don’t want to let go of the fun and we want to have a good moment with the Castle-Beckett relationship and we’re planning on having something interesting at the end of the season, which is coming up really quickly,” he says. “It’s an episode that is kind of sandwiched in an odd area, so we kind of have to honor the viewing experience.”
I don’t think we can argue with that, right, guys?
THE FOLLOWING: THREE BURNING QUESTIONS
I’ve gotten a lot of burning questions about this heart-pounding season of The Following, so I’ll clear some of these up in bullet points, with answers straight from executive producer Kevin Williamson!
Will the entire season be about Joey’s kidnapping?
Williamson: “No, no, no. There’s some game-changers that happen. Seven is a big game changer [and] 6 is a game changer. When I say game changer, I mean there’s a big turn in the story that takes us into a new direction.”
Is Ryan ever going to best Joe? He’s losing this fight so far!
Williamson: “Yup. Ryan’s our hero — he’s going to start dinging Joe’s plan left and right. That’s the fun of the show and the fun of the second half. It’s that kind of show where [you think] the FBI is behind the ball for five minutes. But they eventually get ahead of it and they really start kicking ass.”
Is Parker bad?
Williamson: “Well, you can look at it two ways. Is she more than she pretends to be? Or is that sort of her little psychology move of trying to befriend this man and get him to talk to her too — so Ryan Hardy isn’t the only person he’ll talk to. [Is] she trying to build a relationship, which is basically psychology 101.”
Note: There’s EVEN more scoop in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday. So please pick it up! On to scooplets….