No time for a flowery preamble today, friends. So let’s get to your weekly scoop-a-palooza.
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And because I know you secretly miss my rambling introduction:
‘THE FOLLOWING’: CLAIRE IN ‘ENEMY TERRITORY’
Let’s admit it: When Clarie got into the car with Joe Carroll’s goons at the end of Monday’s The Following, you threw something at the TV. Right?
Well, from what Natalie Zea tells us, Claire’s crazy move will actually launch us into a phase she calls “New Claire.” Now that she’s heading into enemy territory, Claire is going to have to play Joe’s game, and she knows that. But don’t expect her game plan to include biting her tongue. “She’s not afraid to tell [Joe’s followers] that they’re crazy,” says Zea.
Also, Zea said viewers can expect the long-awaited confrontation between her and the son-stealing Emma sooner rather than later. “It gets real,” she previews. (Hopefully, “real” = Claire goes all mama bear on Emma and rips her a new one.)
And as you might guess, yes, there will be a reunion with Joe, which is “tumultuous,” she says.
‘PERSON OF INTEREST’: GRACE WILL BE ‘CENTRAL’ TO END OF THE SEASON
If you love the Grace-Finch storyline on CBS’s Person of Interest, you’re going to dig what’s coming up.
“[Finch’s] relationship with Grace is central to the end of the season,” Michael Emerson reveals to EW. “The audience will see her in the course of more flashbacks to a happier time, [and] we’ll see the beginnings of their relationship and it’s evolution.”
Also toward the end of the season, said Emerson, we can expect a return from Sarah Shahi as what Emerson refers to as the “very dangerous, unpredictable, kick-ass secret warrior” Samantha Shaw, and also expect the Machine to also be a a big part of the remaining episodes as the show explores “it’s past, its present and its future — if there is one.”
“Although ours is a series that is comprised of standalone episodes, we do have a kind of overarching mythology and that has to do with the life of the machine — it’s origins, its development and its current utility. Or it’s current danger. And so we will go back to that, which I think is an interesting theme to most of the viewers of the show,” he says. “That will be a big story that takes us out of season 2. “
‘TEEN WOLF’: MORE ON DEREK FLASHBACK EPISODE
Get excited, Teen Wolf, fans! The Derek flashback episode you’ve all been asking about sounds to be just as good as you hoped it would be. Jeff Davis explains that he decided to go back in time so that he could show a Derek that was “completely different” and so viewers could see for themselves how Derek came to be the character he is.
“We’re going to learn about Derek’s past and we’re going to see him as a sophomore in high school and learn more about his relationship with Peter, Laura and his mother as well,” he says. “So we’re going to see the Hales at a different time in Beacon Hills. It’s a little darker. It’s going to be a fun flashback episode.”
But it won’t be the whole episode (“about two-thirds,” to be more exact.). Nonetheless, we’ll also learn why some werewolves have blue eyes instead of yellow, AND meet a confrontational Beta named Marco. One thing we won’t see in this ep? The introduction of Derek’s father, and Davis explains that he’s not sure when he’ll pull that card. “One of the reasons [we didn’t show him] is because I wanted to be able to present his mother as a very powerful, strong matriarch,” he says. “The two big families in this show are kind of matriarchal. We have the Hales where the most powerful alpha was Talia, Derek’s mother, and we have the Argents, where in their family, the women are the decision makers. They send the men out to be soldiers.”
Still, Davis says, “this season has some of our most dramatic weight yet. So there will be a lot of gravity to these episodes.”
Stay tuned for more Teen Wolf scoop soon, friends. Watch my Twitter account in the next week or so. The next treat will be more visual…
Sandra, I’m so excited about the Being Human wedding! Any more scoop to share on the big day? — Natalie
Well, I have one more photo for you (shown above) and this little nugget: Three unexpected characters return in next week’s penultimate episode, and one of them is literally going to crash Josh and Nora’s honeymoon!
SANDRA! PLEASE give me some Elementary scoop. Pretty please, with Jonny Lee Miller on top. — Megan
First off: Yum. Second: Guess who’s making his long-awaited return? Vinnie Jones! I hear Jones will reprise his role as brutal assassin Sebastian Moran in the Elementary episode airing May 2 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT). Bonus scoop: With Moran now imprisoned for the murders he committed for the evil Moriarty, we’ll come to see that he’s surprisingly happy to help Sherlock discern M’s true identity. Sounds pretty M-azing to me.
I love everything I’ve heard so far about the new season of Awkward. Any good scoops? — Brandy
In the first of two back-to-back episodes airing April 16, the entire school speculates that someone we know well might be pregnant, but we’ll come to find the initial suspect is actually not the one with the potential bun in the oven. Nothing says new year like a pregnancy scare!
I enjoy TV spoils. It is true. — Mich
I’m, uh, glad to hear….Want some Nashville scoop? (Hey, I have to pick out of the air when you don’t specify a show, Mich.) In Wednesday’s new episode, Deacon gets very cozy with his puppy’s new vet, and despite her distaste for country music (!), the pair hit it off in a way that could be a sign of a promising future. Elsewhere, Scarlett gets a phonecall that could change her life — and certain relationships — forever.
Sandra! Help me out, I need some scoop on Beauty and the Beast! These last couple of episodes have been crazy good. And by good, I mean hot. — Andrea
After you take a ice cold shower, Andrea, help yourself to this little tease: Cat and Vincent’s already complicated relationship is going to be double-dipped in turmoil during an upcoming episode later this season in which someone (read: a man!) gets close to Cat, causing Vincent to become uncharacteristically jealous and quite possessive (and also probably very hot). The big Q: How will Cat react to this jealous shade of Vincent?
Scandal is just knocking it out of the park. Can you tell me if we’re going to see more #huckleberryquinn? — Abrianna
Major #HuckleberryQuinn stuff coming up in two weeks. It could forever change how you see Quinn.
Hi EW team. When The Office Executive Producer Greg Daniels said in [Spoiler Room] that he has “been begging NBC to get more time so we could include the endings of everybody’s stories,” I knew I had to spring into action and create a petition!…If you can help get the word out, that would be awesome. Thanks. :) — Jennie at OfficeTally
Consider the word out. But I see you’ve attracted some major attention all on your own!
I hope you check your mail early, Sandra, because I LOVED last night’s New Normal and need some scoop on the rest of the season. — Chrissy
Wasn’t it excellent? And luckily, when EW’s Tim Stack talked with Justin Bartha about the episode, he got brought back a nugget for you: “We have the two remaining episodes that will air back to back. The first episode you will find out the name of the baby so it’s the baby naming episode. Both David and Brian have different ideas for what they wanna name their child. So you’ll find out how they decide on a name and what the name will be. And then the finale, you’ll see a try for a wedding, hopefully some kind of wedding. It will not go off without a hitch obviously. And then hopefully you will see some kind of birthing process. Some kind of nuptials and some kind of birthing process. I don’t want to tell you exactly how it happens but the birthing process will be from a vagina and the wedding will include some sort of master of ceremonies.” OK, that was more than a nugget. But it was all too good for me to interrupt!
Anything on Happy Endings, Sandra? — Louie
In an upcoming episode, Penny’s mom (Megan Mullaly) and Dave’s dad (Michael McKeen) drop a bomb on their kids: They want to adopt a child together. Let’s just say a kidnapping plot ensues.
Sandra! Is the Castle 100th as good as everyone promises? SCOOP PLEASE! — Catherine
I’ll tell you this: Watching Castle hobble around on crutches is worth the price of admission alone, but there’s one moment in particular that earns the episode a 100 out of 100 in my book.
Arrow scoop? PLEASE! — Jane
Sure, but not from me. Colton Haynes, come on down! “I just read episode 22…Roy starts to give a little bit of information to Thea and he starts to give her a little bit more backstory into his life that makes her realize he needs a mentor,” he scoops. Lucky for Roy, I think I know just the man for the job…
Any more scoop on this Community puppet episode? I’m SO excited. — Kyle
When the Dean (Jim Rash) sends the gang to puppet therapy in the April 11 episode, there will be a shocker: It actually helps air some of the gang’s troubles! “They feel a little stigmatized by Greendale. They feel like they’re in a rut. Like things have gotten stale. They want to getaway from Greendale that’s part of what is discussed in puppet therapy,” says executive producer David Guarascio. “This episode is more about learning something about each character that no one has ever known before.”
(Adam Carlson, Nuzhat Naoreen, Tim Stack and Denise Warner contributed to this column.)