Happy Spoiler Room day, friends. Hope this week has been kind to you. Mine’s been pretty darn good (see page 2 for details on a pretty amazing day I had on one of my favorite sets this week) and the weekend promises even more good things to come (Saturday’s my birthday!). No, you don’t have to get me anything, but I will take some of your questions! Send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org. Consider it my gift to you.
Have a good one and see you next week.
BONES: THREE BURNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Thank you Bones fans for your questions! Here’s some intel for you:
SO excited to see Freddie Prinze Jr. & David Boreanaz working together on Bones! Any deets on their characters Danny & Booth interactions? Friends or Foes? — Holly
Let’s go with complicated. You see, we meet Danny when he runs into Booth in the middle of an investigation on which they’re working on opposite sides. This, EP Stephen Nathan explains, allows the viewers to “see their friendship and relationship but also see the tension that exists between them because they’re operating from different sides.” And hope you like the character, who appears in the premiere, because he will be coming back at some point, per Nathan.
Other than the Sweets career crisis, what can you tell us about the fantastic B & B wedding and whether Booth’s friends will be around for multiple episodes or any other juicy scoop? We need more!!! — Ali
Wedding details are being kept under wraps, but it’s not unlike Bones to keep a few secrets from fans, which, by the way, transitions nicely into some scoop I CAN give you about a few OTHER secrets that will be revealed this season. “This season we are going to answer many of the questions that have plagued us and the audience for some time,” Nathan says. “We’re going to be looking at 4:47, the clock mystery. Perhaps we’re even going to find out what Brennan wrote to Booth when she was buried alive. Lots of character mysteries will be resolved this season.”
What else did you get from your interview with Stephen Nathan last week? Sounds like a great interview and I can’t wait to read it all! — Amelia
It was great because he’s great. And a master tease. One of my favorites? What he told me about Hodgins, who apparently will find out this season that his family history is “far more involved than he ever thought.” “A bill comes due that he never thought he had, but it had always been paid by the estate. Now, it comes to him and the bill is for a situation he could have ever envisioned,” Nathan says.
CHICAGO FIRE: HOW SHAY WILL DEAL WITH HER PERSONAL GUT-PUNCH
Poor Shay!…said everyone last May after our favorite female EMT got the news that prospective baby daddy Severide had fathered a child with another woman. (A blow that was dealt on the same day she found out their IVF treatments with her bestie hadn’t produced a little one.) But the good news? Shay’s a tough girl, who can handle a lot, according to EP Danielle Gelber.
“Shay is inherently a very strong person — the work she does every day and the things she has to see are not things the average person can handle,” she says. “So Shay can handle a lot of adversity, and she’s also a person who has a very strong sense of self. So we’re not going to see a huge tailspin either way.”
Gelber adds that the show “discussed every version of a pregnancy scenario between those three people that you could possibly imagine,” but ultimately the best drama would result from the scenario in which Renee (Sarah Shahi) ended up with a bun in the oven. “We’ve covered it all internally, rejected a lot of ideas, embraced others, and I think when you see the results, people will be happy with what we’ve chosen.”
While Shay and Severide will likely remain close throughout this sticky ordeal, the same can’t be said about Shay’s friendship with one other fellow FD cohorts. Geller teases that “a shocking experience on the job that will threaten her close friendship with Dawson for a time” early in the season.
TEEN WOLF: FIVE SCOOPS FOR THE MIDSEASON FINALE
I would spend this whole paragraph raving about how good Teen Wolf has been this season, but that wouldn’t count as scoop, right? Didn’t think so. Ah, well. I guess these five nuggests about the show’s Monday midseason finale will have to do.
+ Early in the episode, there are some flashbacks that turn out to be worth their weight in valuable info.
+ [spoiler] saves the day with a baseball bat.
+ After the episode, Scott will be able to tell his dad: Remember that time my ex-girlfriend totally outsmarted you? But I don’t see that happening any time soon…since that would require the two of them talking!
+ Someone we love leaves home, possibly for good. And someone else (for whom we have no specific feelings) takes a hike as well…probably not for good.
+ Surprise (/not surprise?): The final minutes are a game-changer. Someone we know well will reveal themselves to be the likely big bad of season 3B and put the season so-far into perspective. It’s pretty brilliant — and scary.
FYI – the first part of season 3 wraps up Monday at 10 p.m.
Any BBT scoopage? — Tina
As you may know, in the first episode back, Amy (Emmy nominee Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) go to a science conference together, marking one of the few times we’ve ever seen them spend some time together without Penny. She’s missed in spirit during their night away, and if I’m reading clues right, this outing may turn out to be an ego-booster. “I don’t want to say too much, but things happen that they are very excited to see happen without Penny there,” teases EP Steven Molaro.
SANDRA! Anything you can tease about the Magic Mirror’s return on Once? Love me some Giancarlo… — Ash
CRYPTIC, MIND-BLOWING TEASE AHEAD: “I think you’re going to see a moment that you didn’t realize you never saw but then realize you really wanted to see,” teases EP Eddy Kitsis. “It’s one of those low-hanging fruits where we realized, ‘Wait, we didn’t see this?! Oh my God!” Now taking your guesses…
Sons question: Are we ever going to get the happy-go-lucky version of Juice back? Or at least see it this season? Thanks, Sandra! — Jackie
“No” was EP Kurt Sutter’s one-word answer to this question when it was posed to him recently, and the deadpan delivery made me laugh at the time. Now that it’s sunk in? I’m not chuckling. (Poor Juicy!) But here’s some better news, Sutter reports that there are will be at least four, super-sized, 90-minute episodes set to air during the season. And, he shares, that’s not because his scripts have necessarily gotten longer. “A lot of the dynamics and relationship stuff take a little longer to unravel,” he says. “Things just don’t happen as quickly. They’re much more complicated.”
Any Nolan scoop? The more I hear about this season of Revenge, the more excited I get! — Trey
Good, you should be excited because as Gabriel Mann puts it, this season is “really feels like a love letter to Revenge fans who have been with us since the beginning.” “It’s certainly a refocused approach to the show,” he says. And an integral part of making that a reality was making sure Nolan wasn’t behind bars too long, he adds. “I don’t think the story that fans came to enjoy involves a miserable, sociopathically depressed Nolan in a prison cell.” But what it will involve? Nolan having “his own Revengenda against the Graysons.” “How that affects him an Emily’s relationship is I think he’s 250 percent committed to seeing this go down and maybe picked up a few skills in prison,” he teases.
Any Parks scoop? How is Ron going to react to being a dad? — Laura
You’ll actually find out right away because the premiere picks up right where the show left off in the finale. Mike Schur previews: “He’s not at all freaked out. He’s nothing but excited or happy.” Meanwhile, as we’ve reported, Lucy Lawless will return in the season premiere but how often she pops up after that remains in the air. “She literally has to fly 19 hours to do one hour of our show so we have to be a little strategic about it,” Schur shares. “But obviously she’s going to be the mother of Ron’s child so we want her to be a real presence in the show.”
How is Parks going to deal with Chris Pratt filming Guardians? How often are we going to see him. We can’t lose Andy AND Chris and Ann!!! — Lisa
He is in the premiere, but after that, the show will indeed have to deal with Andy’s absence. And what takes him away, you ask? “He kind of gets an offer he can’t refuse,” Schur teases. “He’s back for good in episode 9 or 10, I’m not sure. And in the middle we’re going to grab him for one episode and maybe more. So hopefully it won’t just feel like he’s gone. We’re parsing out his appearances over the first nine or ten episodes.” And since Chris and Ann don’t leave until episode 13, you shouldn’t be dealing with too much change at once, Lisa. Also, breathe.
Any info on The Middle return? I want to know if Axl will be around this season. — Jessica
He will! After all, his college is only 40 mins away from his house, and according to EP Eileen Heisler, that was done on purpose. “We will be able to explore some great college stories but he will be home very frequently,” she says. “We have the best of both worlds.” In fact, you see a lot of Axl in the first episode because it’s ALL about taking him to college, where, by the way, he’ll make a new friend, played by Breaking In alum Alphonso McAuley. “It’s very different to be the big man in high school versus the new man in college,” Heisler previews.
SANDRA! Was that you on the set of Scandal?!
Yes, but I’m sworn to secrecy about pretty much anything more than that. Wait, I do have one thing…SPOILER ALERT: It was a freaking blast.
Any update on New Girl casting Jess’ sister? — Lucy
No update to report, but they have a little bit of time. Apparently the character, who is said to be Jess’ older sister, won’t appear in until a few episodes in, according to EP Liz Meriwether. But she teases, the loft better prepare themselves because the character will “wreak havoc on everyone’s lives.” Meanwhile, you have any bright casting suggestions? If so, hit the comments.
Most of last season on Grey’s was about the plane crash lawsuit and the hospital takeover. Any idea what the big arc of this season is? — Jane
“I can’t answer that right now,” Rhimes responded when I posed the exact same question. “It’s kind of a spoiler so I can’t answer that yet, but it’s a good question.” We tried, Jane! (Meanwhile, did you see this?)
Any early scoop on Suburgatory? — Kerrie
Grandpa is coming to down! A casting notice has just gone out for a character named “Emmett,” George’s FATHER, who will first appear in the third episode of the season after Tessa seeks his help in getting George out of a funk.