'Grimm,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Once Upon a Time' in Spoiler Room
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‘VAMPIRE DIARIES’: SCOOP ON ELENA’S NEW LOOK
Elena + pink streaks? It’s true! But this new ‘do is only part of the Elena makeover fans will be seeing from the sans-humanity Elena, reveals executive producer Julie Plec.
“I said to the wardrobe people and Nina [Dobrev], ‘We’re burning everything. So if there are one or two things that you’re damn sure you want to keep, she better be wearing them when she walks out the door.’ I think Nina chose a jacket and a pair of boots and we called it a day,” she says.
The fun of this mini-reinvention, says Plec, is that they’ve been wanting to sort of evolve Elena’s look in recent years, and now they have their chance. “She had a very, very, very specific and safe style for the first three seasons, and this year, we evolved it a little bit when she became a vampire and had a little more freedom in her choices. But now we literally packed up all her clothes and put them into storage and bought her a new wardrobe.”
So how’s it going to look? “It’s just a little hipper, a little more contemporary — more skirts and belts and accessories, and she gets a great new haircut in two episodes and has a little fun with hair color. It’s been really fun to give her a new attitude,” Plec adds.
‘GRIMM’: FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!
Looking for all this tension between Nick and Renard to finally reach a climax on Grimm? Then the March 8 episode will NOT disappoint.
In this week’s episode, Nick is a little upset after finding out about Renard and Juliette, and David Giuntoli previews that Nick won’t take the personal betrayal very well. “There’s a major clash of the titans — I guess, one titan and one guy who’s, like, 5-foot-10,” jokes the actor. “The Captain and I have a big fight in the woods, Grimm-style.”
Their clash, though, isn’t the encounter you’ll likely be buzzing about. One meeting between Renard and Juliette will go down as one of the weirdest and most intense makeout session ever. (Hint: There’s a gun involved)
But the episode’s buzziest moment happens right at the end. It involves a possible surprise [SPOILER]…
‘PSYCH’: GOODBYE JULIET?
As Psych fans might have heard, Maggie Lawson has been tapped to star in an ABC comedy pilot. But what does this mean for Psych and/or Juliet? Let’s just say it’s too soon to sweat.
“We’re so happy and excited for Maggie having all of these opportunities, and we never want to begrudge somebody who has an opportunity star in their own show — especially in something that’s a big project like this,” executive producer Steve Franks tells me.
Additionally, dozens of pilots are made every season with only a few getting picked up for full seasons. And if that happens, says Franks, “we have a great contingency plan. … We have a plan in place. We’re rooting for her show to get picked up, and that’s the way we work on our show.”
Meanwhile, as Psych writers prepare to head into the writers’ room to start crafting season 8, Franks left me with this cryptic — but very exciting — tease: “We have one thing we’re going to try to do this year that I don’t think any show has ever done before. So I’ll be pretty excited if we pull it off.”
I’m so glad to hear that OUAT isn’t planning on recasting the Mad Hatter. But anything else you can report about the spin-off possibilities? — Tina
While talk of a possible spin-off was definitely “premature,” Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis told me at PaleyFest that they might do some test footage at the end of the year. “But the idea is not a spin-off in the traditional sense — another five-year, 22-episode series,” says Kitsis. “It’s much more in the vein of an American Horror Story, with a beginning, middle, and end.”
Snow looked SO pissed in this week’s episode. Can you tell me anything about this Snow/Regina feud on OUAT? — Laurel
Oh, you haven’t even seen it reach a full boil yet. After this week, “the gloves are going to come off,” says Horowitz. “It’s not going to be pretty for a little while. … It’s just a freight train from here on out.”
PaleyFest didn’t give enough Once finale scoop! Help me out! — Clara
One word: Game-changer. “It’s up to the audience how they’re going to take it,” Horowitz said. “But we’re really excited as storytellers for how we leave this season.” Kitsis adds that the theme of this season has always been the price of magic, and in the finale “we’ll see that get paid … whether that’s death or something worse.”
I haven’t seen anything on The Mentalist in a long time! Scoop is appreciated! — Kimmy
Sunday’s episode marks the return of Lorelei, who comes back very determined to find out if Red John had a role in her sister’s death. And while she does get closure on the matter in the episode, it comes at a very high cost.
Any Parks and Rec scoop? — Diane
Next Thursday’s episode, titled “Bailout,” will reveal April’s next possible career step. The problem? She needs a letter of recommendation from Ann — and April will not be happy about what Ann wants in return. Meanwhile, there’s a big development in Ann’s search for a baby-daddy.
I don’t think I’m the only person who’s worried that The Walking Dead is going to have another “farm season” next year. Anything to soothe my worries? — Tom
Gale Anne Hurd does. “There will be action and there will be bloodshed,” she promises. “But it’s also going to take us places that we haven’t gone before. It will have scope. People don’t have to worry that it’s getting smaller. It’s getting bigger.”
Can you tell me about next week’s Dallas?! — Mary
Bring tissues — and a right-hook! In the true spirit of J.R, his funeral is a booze-filled affair that gets a little rowdy after an unexpected guest riles up the crowd. (For the second time in this column, I say: Fight, fight, fight!) Meanwhile, Sue Ellen will read the letter — and what it reveals will break your heart. It involves a question. Do NOT miss this ep.
I really enjoyed Colton Haynes on Arrow, but (comic nerd warning) I’m curious if they’re going to delve into the fact that Roy Harper has a drug past. Any intel? — Leslie
That’s actually one of Haynes’ burning questions, too, and he’s as anxious as you are for answers. “They [did] get into the fact that his mom was into it, but Roy Harper is one of the only DC comic character with a heavy drug past, so it will be interesting if they take it that way,” he says.
NEW GIRL! NEW GIRL! NEW GIRL! — Mackenzie
OK! OK! OK! With the New Girl season finale nearing, Jake Johnson says we’ve only seen the tip of the Nick-Jess action this season, and he’s excited about the possibilities. “I don’t know if they are actually ready to date, but I love that we are exploring it,” he says. “They gotta start getting together. And there is so much to play with. What if they tried dating? What would happen? If they fall in love, what would happen? What happens if they then break up or date other people? I’m glad we are getting to it. It is time. … Not that we are going to jump all in like next week or something.” Although, if they ever did try to jam that into one episode, I would be curious to see. (#nevergoingtohappen)
Any Hart of Dixie scoopage? — Jenni
We all know that Dr. Zoe Hart is a skilled physician, but an upcoming episode is going to find the doc showing her lifesaving skills in the air. Airlines should really give you complimentary Silver Status for stuff like that…
I’m a die-hard USA fan. Psych, Suits, White Collar, Royal Pains — I’ll take something on any of them! — Tara
In an early season 5 episode of Royal Pains we’re going to meet Milos, Boris’ outgoing cousin, who shares more than Boris’s surname; he also has the same genetic disease.
SO HAPPY The Mindy Project was renewed! Can we have some scoop to celebrate? — Lauren
An upcoming episode is going to find Mindy taking in a young protege named Katie, whose first day duties will include comforting Mindy, who receives some bad personal news; accompanying the doctor to a frat party; and watching her work a stripper pole.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions for the cast and creative team, shoot me a note to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday afternoon!
(Lindsey Bahr and Carrie Bell contributed to this report.)