HURRICANE ME IS ON THE WAY!
But I’m not going to let pesky wind, rain, or Frankenstorms get in the way of giving you some scoop on your favorite shows. (It did, however, royally poop on some fun in-person chats I had set up. #NCIS #Revolution) However, we solider on.
Enjoy your offerings today. Make sure to keep sending questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you’re in the path of the storm, be careful, friends.
‘NCIS: LA’: WHICH COUPLE WILL BE K-I-S-S-I-N-G BY 2013?
I have been loving the flirting between Eric and Nell this season, it has been adorable to witness! Can we hope to see more of it this season and see that relationship continue? — Cheryl
Remember the almost-kiss between Nell and Eric earlier this season? Remember how bummed you were that it didn’t happen? Well, be sad no longer: There’s a KISS COMING! “I won’t tell you which episode,” teases executive producer Shane Brennan. “But there is a kiss coming. It’s nerd love!” (Extra hints because I like you: It will air before December and they are NOT on a mission.)
Now, before Kensi and Deeks fans cry foul and claim they’ve been waiting for a love connection longer, Brennan is quick to point out that the two couples are on very different paths. “Nerds don’t hang around when it comes to love. They jump right in,” he jokes. “It certainly has developed. It’s an intellectual relationship that sometimes struggles to find its physicality, but that’s the nature of the characters. Whereas Kensi and Deeks there a playfulness and sexy tension.” Look for Nell and Eric to continue to sizzle this season, and, Brennan predicts, “If it’s a race to the end, I think they’re leading Kensi and Deeks.”
For much more on NCIS: LA, keep an eye out for my November sweeps preview tomorrow!
‘ARROW’: WHY YOU WILL ‘DIG’ OLIVER’S NEW CONFIDANT
I’ll be honest: I was not expecting Dig to be the first person to learn Oliver’s secret on Arrow. But now that he has, I’m completely on board — especially after executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explained to me what’s in store for this new dynamic duo.
“Dig finding out is going to rock everyone’s world,” he says. “We always knew early on that we wanted to give Oliver someone to talk to. We didn’t want to constantly have voiceover where he was expressing his thoughts to the audience.” Additionally, Kreisberg says that, in a way, Dig understands Oliver’s predicament better than anyone else, and his view of the young crimefighter isn’t sullied by “preconceived notions of who Oliver Queen was.”
“We always say that if Oliver is the dark the Dig is the light and the truth is somewhere in between,” he says. “They really need each other — Oliver needs someone to remind him of the value of life and that the extreme way is not the only way. And that sort of push and pull between the characters has given us so many great episodes because you get to see them not just having fun as partners but also see them wrestle with the morality of this quest they are both on.”
But what does Dig get from Oliver? A sense of Purpose. “Since he’s come back and is in personal security, he feels like he’s not making a difference in the world. So teaming up with Oliver certainly gives him the opportunity to do that,” he says.
A TWISTY ‘HAWAII FIVE-0′
I really appreciate when a show plays with format, and Hawaii Five-0 does that incredibly well in the Nov. 5, which features a previously reported guest appearance from Terrance Howard as a criminal from Danny’s past.
What’s coolest here is how Howard’s character is worked into the story. Danny is actually telling Steve the story about his interactions with this criminal, and it’s a significant tale for two incredibly meaningful reasons that I can’t ruin for you. (The reveals were extremely well done!) Meanwhile, the story itself is an important part of the episode and will lead to a truly bro-mantic moment between Steve and Danny that fans will love. (It involves bombs!)
Bonus scoop: Danny + One Direction = amazing!
Hope Hurricane Sandy doesn’t end up being that bad up north, Sandra! Anything you can tease me about Booth and Brennan, please? — Amelia
With an empty room (Parker’s) and a friend in need of a place to crash after having a devastating break up (Sweets), B&B are going to get themselves a new roomie!
Now that Sweets and Daisy are no longer together, what’s next for them? — Ed
See above. But a question that will arise during the Nov. 5 episode? How long with this new arrangement last, especially after Booth walks in on Sweets during a…moment of exposure. (Additionally, I think this might be a milestone for the Sweets character. Well, at least I think so. Help me jog my memory: Has he ever been seen on-screen wearing only a towel?)
I don’t think it’s possible for me to love anything more than Parks and Recreation. (Maybe bacon.) And as thrilled as I am for Ben and Leslie, I’d love to know where they’re going with Ron and Diane. — Justine
I know there have been mixed feelings about this, but I like them, too, Justine! And according to executive producer Mike Schur, the idea to bring in a meaningful lady friend for our Swanson has been in the works for at least “a couple of years.” And going forward, he says, we’re going to see Ron trying to make room in his life for Diane and the girls — in his own Ron way.. “He’s a guy who probably hasn’t made any adjustments to his life in maybe 30 years in any meaningful way,” says Schur. “And he’s found a woman who’s important enough to him that he needs to make a couple of adjustments in terms of how he spends his time and what he cares about in order to make room in his lone wolf heart for two little girls and this woman he cares about. We’re going to follow that story for a while.” For Schur (and Ron, for that matter) Thursdays episode was a big turning point. “It was important for us to create an episode where he realized it was just as important in the world of manliness did something wrong as it is to be able to chop wood or make a steak.”
Last week’s American Horror Story was almost too much for me. Almost. Just give me a gauge: Is next week’s even worse? — Vicki
Any time an episode of a TV show takes place in the middle of an awful storm you can bet there’s an added creepy factor, and, indeed, there’s a storm a-brewin at Briarcliff this week. And if that sounds like a perfect chance for an escape, you’re not the only one. However, there are complications, and I can promise you that at least one of the attempted escapees will never attempt to flee ever again. Side note: Can we just take a second to acknowledge how much I hate the irony that the Oct. 31 episode takes place during a REAL storm? Someoneholdme
Two questions: 1. Was Thursday’s Big Bang Theory your favorite ever? And 2. got scoop? — Margaret
Definitely top 10 and another that might reach the top of the list? An upcoming episode that will introduce us to Bernadette’s mom!
FRINGE!! How do you get BETTER AND BETTER every episode? I’m not ready to let it go. Nor was I ready to see Etta go. Scoop would be great, but I’d also really just like a hug. — Kate
You weren’t ready. I wasn’t ready. And you can bet Georgina Haig wasn’t ready either. In fact, she still had a lengthy list of to-dos! “I would have loved to touch on the Walter relationship a little more because Walter is such a beautiful character, and Etta warmed to him so quickly. I think she would have just adored getting to be around him more and learn from him,” she says. But there’s always a chance for a return, right? According to Haig, that seemed to be the sentiment on set when she left. And in retrospect, she sees a crucial plot point that could signal a return. “They kind of suggest that maybe I was going to teach my parents how to not be read by Observers, so I imagine if I wouldn’t have died I would have started teaching them,” she says.
Any chance Grimm will stop skirting Juliet and Renard?! Eager ‘shipper here! — Heather
Patience, my pretty! But in truth, I’m ready to see some major movement here. Luckily, Silas Weir Mitchell assures it’s coming. “It gets pretty crazy between the captain and Juliette soon. So stick around for that. There’s definitely some fireworks in that department,” he says.
Sandra, I love that you love Scandal as much as I do. But I haven’t seen any scoopage on Huck and his AA friend. Romance? — Leanne
We might be getting ahead of ourselves by suggesting romance — for now. But I will say that next Thursday’s all-new episode will see Huck taking his friend out on a date! And while it starts out pretty standard (awkwardness + fancy dinner) things quickly turn a little…unconventional.
Am I the only one watching Beauty & the Beast who wants scoop? I haven’t seen any here! — Sam
Actually, you ARE the first to request. Good for you. Every fandom needs a trailblazer. So I’ll try to give you something good: If you think you’ve seen everything Vincent can do, you’re wrong. In episode 9, there will be a significant development in his abilities: —h- -i—–.
Hi Sandra! I am loving Emily Owens, MD. She is me — minus the doctor part and the blond part and the crush on my co-worker part (kinda). But I love how awkward and all up in her head she is. She is so funny. So who else likes it? Any scoop on upcoming episodes? — Stephanie
Awkward doesn’t even begin to describe the situation Emily ends up in during episode 8, in which she finds herself on a blind date (courtesy of Cassandra). Though she starts off on a great foot (hello, makeover!) it doesn’t end well. In fact, it ends in the ER!
*BONUS* Rumor mill: A pair of CBS hour-longs are planning a crossover that — if it comes to fruition — will air during February sweeps. Any guesses?/Dream pairing? Hint: The equation does not include Made in Jersey. (That was mean.)