'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries,' Law & Order: SVU,' 'NCIS': Spoilers
Your patience in waiting for this week’s column is greatly appreciated. As you know, Team EW TV has been a busy bunch these past few days with season finales and network upfronts. But not too busy to bring you some scoop on the last batch of season finales, many of which are tonight!
So sit back and enjoy your pre-weekend treat. Also, don’t forget to send in your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. And since I’m sure you’ve been geeking out over the new fall TV offerings, feel free to include questions on newbie shows, like Arrow, Revolution, Nashville, etc. I’ll try to include a few next week. See you then!
SUPERNATURAL STARS DISH ON TONIGHT’S SEASON FINALE
Anything on the Winchesters in the season finale? Where do they end up? — @Kiscinca
Well, we know that the Leviathan storyline does, per Jensen Ackles, get “wrapped up a bit” and the cliffhanger will give us a sense of where the story is headed next season. Ackles, whom I caught up with at the CW upfronts yesterday, explains, “One of the brothers is going to find himself in a predicament that is going some place we’ve never been before. So it’s definitely going to leave us some place to pick up when we come back in season 8,” he says. “In [a] previous season, Dean found himself in hell and we had to figure out how he was going to get back from hell next season. This is something like that. It’s going to be interesting how we get back from that.” He continues: “Obviously, like a lot of people understand, people know this Leviathan thing is going to get wrapped up, but how that gets wrapped up is going to be the trick.”
As for the beloved ghost Bobby Singer, he will continue to be a source of stress for the brothers. But Jared Padalecki says he hopes the story sees a resolution soon, if for no other reason than to alleviate a little stress on fans.
“It’s a weird question because you don’t want to be mean to your fans. You don’t want to keep teasing them — is he dead or alive or dead or alive,” he says. “But in my opinion, we have to wrap it up, and I hate to say that because I love Bobby Singer and Jim Beaver. But I don’t want Supernatural to be a world where death doesn’t mean anything, which it kind of is. But there has to be a line. We don’t want to the fans to get tired of us playing tricks.” Ackles, meanwhile, is still holding out hope for a cure of sorts. “ I hope they find a way to get him back because we love Jim Beaver.”
For the time being, Ackles adds, one thing that will continue is Cas’s current, um, eccentric ways. “Cas is still hanging around. If he’s ever going to get back to being [normal], I’m not sure.”
LAW & ORDER: SVU CAST TALKS SEASON FINALE CLIFFHANGER
“Get ready for a big cliffhanger,” Law & Order SVU’s Danny Pino told me this week at NBC’s upfront presentation. And I’m inclined to heed that warning, especially after he told me more.
“I think the foundations of the squad are going to be tested,” he says of the May 23 episode, in which the team finds themselves tackling a sex trafficking case. “I feel like this season was about transition and this season was about building relationships. I think next season is going to be about what those relationships are and even breaking it apart — cause conflict and digging deeper down. I think there’s potential for very interesting work.”
Costar Ice-T echoes the statement, while also assuring that Det. Finn will live to see another season. “I am not bleeding [at the end],” he says. “Going into a season finale bleeding is not a good idea because it’s hard to negotiate. When the last episode leaves you bleeding and you say, ‘I need a few more dollars,’ they say ‘Dude, you’re damn near dead, so let’s just talk about this.’ So I’m healthy and Finn is doing jumping jacks in the corner when the season ends.”
And no matter the outcome of the cliffhanger that “leaves some people in harm’s way,” the actor says he sees a strong future for the series. “I think now that we’ve gone through the growing pains of switching quarterbacks, I think the show can go 20 years. We’re going to go until Ice-T becomes captain.”
‘VAMPIRE DIARIES’: CAN VAMPIRE ELENA BE TURNED HUMAN AGAIN?!
While Julie Plec and the rest of the writing staff will be hard at work on the fourth season of the Vampire Diaries very soon, her cast certainly has their ideas of where it might go, especially as Elena makes her journey into vampire-dom. Among the most titillating? Paul Wesley’s idea, which he pitched to me this week at the CW upfronts. “I think a lot of this season is going to be about how to fix the issue or deal with it somehow — maybe even reverse it,” he told me.
Now, whether or not that’s even possible, time will tell. But one thing he’s sure of? The writers have a big task in front of them. “I am excited but also a little concerned. One of the things that was so important about the show was that there was this innocent girl being infiltrated by these dark characters — these threatening, vicious beings — who were going to suck her blood at any moment and kill her. Now, that’s not a threat any more. We have some very talented writers and I’m sure they’re going to figure it out,” Wesley says.
Meanwhile, Ian Somerhalder thinks the gang will come together in light of these new developments. “I can imagine that it’s going to be a team effort [to help Elena]. It’s going to be very odd,” he says. “[And for the brothers], it’s kind of like the walk of shame. There’s this girl you love, you were instrumental in altering her being. It’s going to be interesting.”
I know the NCIS EP said Gibbs and Dr. Ryan said goodbye, but is there ANY chance of her coming back next season. I loved those two kids together. — Farrah
So did I. And executive producer Gary Glasberg seemed relatively sure that it will be some time before we see Dr. Ryan again — but the door is definitely open. “The opportunity is still there — the chance is still there. We’ll have to see. Story-wise, the mystery of her ex-husband being released from prison is still out there, and it’s certainly something we could pick up again,” he says.
Thanks for the Teen Wolf tease last week, but you mentioned you still had an episode to watch. Anything good you can give us from that one? — B.
The second episode of the season has a true “WTF was that?” moment that I’m excited to see play out through the rest of the season. And I’m not referring to an event so much as a…creature.
I know everyone’s asking about who dies in the#Nikita finale. Is there anything they can tease for Season 3? — @Sesheta2011
Well, I have scoop on many levels for you then. First, the lovely Maggie Q tells me that the death will have a HUGE effect on the third season. “It was time. It was time for Nikita to face her [issues], and without loss, I don’t think she can move forward. I know that sounds weird but it’s one of those things where you’ve got to lose to gain,” she says. She shares that — as part of the bigger picture — the show is looking to do more standalone episodes in the third season in order to make the series a little more friendly to new viewers. “I always thought that our show is something people have to find. It’s not typical for this network at all. They’ve never done a show like this, and I don’t think people tune into the CW to see a show like this. But if they really liked it, they would tune in.” So there, FIND IT, people!
Hart of Dixie!! PLEASE!! — Sue
Think the wait for season 2 is bad now? Just imagine how I felt after Wilson Bethel told me about his second season hopes: “Ideally there will be a lot more sex in season 2, just a lot more boning.” Yes. Please.
So with the unfortunate cancellation of Awake, can we expect any closure from the finale? Or will it follow the pattern of other NBC cancellations (The Event, Journeyman, My Own Worst Enemy to name a few) that left us with more questions than answers? — Jon
My hunch? Lots of questions will remain after the second part of next week’s season finale. But if all goes according to plan, my colleague Mandi Bierly might be able to get some answers for you when she chats with a well-informed insider. So shoot your questions to email@example.com, and I’ll make sure she gets them.
The HIMYM season finale ending was AMAZING!! I probably reacted exactly like that crazy girl on the video. But I’m curious if Quinn will be back next season since her new pilot was picked up. — Val
First, Goodwin Games looks fantastic, right?! Second, rest assured, it won’t keep her from finishing her arc on HIMYM. And, yes, it’s far from over. As you’ll recall, Barney’s wedding was a flash forward. There is still the issue of the present to deal with, and executive producer Craig Thomas assured me this week that she will be back. For how many episodes? That’s less set at this point. (Side note: In case you missed it, here’s Tanner Stransky’s post-finale chat with Thomas.)
I’m slinking in here to shamefully ask for some Franklin & Bash scoop. — Michelle* (*My name has been changed to protect my identity.)
“Michelle,” you needn’t feel any shame for enjoying this TNT legal comedy, especially considering its stars are such a hoot. The second season promises to bring more fun as Franklin and Bash are made equity partners and, as Mark-Paul Gosselaar told me at the TNT upfront, they find themselves dealing with more responsibility. “There are a lot more high-profile cases, and now, instead of just representing the underdog, which they were notorious for, they’re now representing the guys they’ve always gone up against — the CEOs, the people who can bring in company. So they’re struggling with how to stay true to themselves and how to stay true to the ways of the past that have brought them to this point. But with that, there’s more drama, and they combat that with a lot of humor,” he says.
Scandal’s finale was amazing!!! But who the heck is Quinn?! — Sara
Here’s what I will tell you, per executive producer Shonda Rhimes: Even ABC didn’t know right away. “Everyone at the network is like, ‘Who’s Quinn Perkins!’ And I [said], ‘Renew us for season 2 and I’ll tell you!’” Rhimes told me. And now that ABC took the plunge and ordered a sophomore outing, looks like the next move is hers!
Sandra! Were you at the USA upfront party? If so, PLEASE tell me you got some Covert Affairs scoop! — Madison
Indeed, I didn’t just spend all my time snuggling with Matt Bomer. (Though I would have happily.) I also got a very important Covert Affairs tip from an insider: You won’t have to wait long for shirtless Auggie! I hear the third episode of the new season (which kicks off July 10) is a very emotional Auggie-centric hour — that also features some skin!
SO excited about the Grimm season finale tonight. Scoop? — Jane
More like an announcement: Make sure you shoot me ALL your burning questions after tonight’s season finale. I’ll be chatting with executive producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf in the next few days, and I’d love to hit them with your post-finale questions! Send ’em to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Been anxiously awaiting this interview with Stana Katic. You did NOT disappoint. :-D — @Boock76
You’re making me blush! As a thanks, what about some Castle scoop about the show’s other big couple: Ryan and Esposito! As you’ll recall, the season-ender found the twosome on the outs after Esposito backed Beckett over his partner, leading to his suspension. So how long before our favorite bromance is back on good terms? Jon Huertas thinks it shouldn’t take too long. “If I know [executive producer] Andrew Marlowe, I think he will probably have us [friends again] by the end of the first episode, scene 5,” he said. But it won’t be easy. “He will probably have that seed of distrust planted. I probably won’t trust Ryan as I much did before,” Huertas adds.