Spoilers on 'Revenge,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Castle,' more
Get ’em while they’re hot. And if you wait too long, they’ll curdle. Better yet, stir and drink! Stir and drink! (That went on much longer than I thought it would…)
Point being: Enjoy this week’s scoops! Got a question? Send it my way, please. email@example.com. And to those who sent in queries — thanks, as always!
REVENGE EP ON JACK IN SEASON 3
Put yourself in the shoes of poor Jack Porter for a hot second. Your wife is dead. Your brother is dead. You have a newborn. And your friend just revealed that she’s actually your former childhood BFF who’s been posing as someone else. What are you going to do? GET THE HELL OUT OF TOWN, of course. But it won’t stay that way.
Over the course of Revenge’s season 3 premiere, Jack will return to the Stowaway and the ghosts of the town that took so much from him. And Sunil Nayar, the show’s new incoming showrunner, says Jack has a tough road ahead. “He has an absolute lot to synthesize for himself and, especially as a person who is so inherently moral and good, to have so much bad and betrayal enacted upon him has been a journey. And when we see him in the premiere, he’s obviously still on that journey, but also has asked himself a lot of questions and come up with answers to a few.” Which begs the question, though, why did Jack return at all? “You will get a sense of why that is,” Nayar teases. “And the other thing is, there’s a real connection to the Stowaway. It’s the bar his father created and it is where the memories of those he’s loved and lost lived. It’s the one anchor he has. In some ways, it represents his past, what happened with Emily represents his present and Carl represents his future.”
Throw him a bone, though, Nayar! Jack needs SOMETHING good to come his way. What about a new dog? “It’s funny you should say that,” he laughs. “You’ll see him explore that early in the season.” (Jack + puppy = best thing ever?)
TEEN WOLF: MORE SCOOPS ON SEASON 3B
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I loved the Teen Wolf finale. But here are three outtakes from my post-mortem with EP Jeff Davis.
LAW & ORDER: SVU: SCOOP ON AN ACTOR’S BIG PROMOTION
Raul Esparza is entering the new season of Law & Order: SVU with a big badge of honor: series regular status. So what does that mean for his character, ADA Rafael Barba? According to Executive Producer Warren Leight, storylines!
In one episode this season, for example, an old friend of Barba’s will come back into his life while running for mayor, and, as you might expect, it won’t be a seamless reunion. “The mayoral campaign in New York has been fraught with scandal, as you know, so we may touch on some of that this year,” says Leight. “We’ll get to know him a bit more and we’ll see him lobbying….he’s pretty…when the squad passes the baton over to the D.A.’s office, they know they have someone who can run as fast as they do, and that’s helpful to us in terms of storytelling.”
Leight warns, though, “he’s not without flaws and we’ll be looking at them.”
Meanwhile, look for Barba to also carry some guilt over the situation we left poor Olivia in. “I would say almost all the people on the squad have a degree of guilt about Lewis getting off,” Leight teases. “If he had been able to get the conviction on Lewis…they all feel like if they could have done something differently, this wouldn’t have happened.”
Bonus tease: That premiere episode? One of the most “harrowing” the show has ever done, Leight says. Prepare yourselves accordingly.
SIDE DISHESWill we actually get to meet Baby Ryan on Castle or only be told he/she was born? — @ToZiKaI have no solid answer for you yet on that front — mostly because EP Andrew Marlowe reports they’re “just starting to explore that.” But, he adds, “my assumption is we will get to meet the baby and that that episode will be late this fall.”
I was SO excited about to hear about the Castle episode with Josh Gomez! Can we expect any more fun ones or will they be mostly darker episodes? — Marsiella
Same combo as usual. A few serious (the premiere) and a few funny (the Saved by the Bell-paroding episode). Plus some adventure, too! Marlowe told me that one episode during the first half of the season will have a “Da Vinci Code/National Treasure” feel to it.
I haven’t heard a lot about Jax and Tara this season on SOA. Can you help a girl out? — Karen
There’s a big curveball that gets tossed this couple’s way early this season. I can’t say much more that that, except that if you think you know what I’m talking about by the end of the Sept. 10 premiere, you don’t.
Hey, fellow Clone Clubber! Any Orphan Black scoopage? — Annie
You may or may not heard that the show is casting a character named Cal, a guy who helps hide Sarah and Kira in a cabin. Well, here’s a nugget (in case it helps you when envisioning him from your casting couch): They, indeed, have a passionate hook-up! I know, I know, my heart weeps for Hot Paul, too.
I need some Parenthood scoops!! I’m so glad this show is one of the first to premiere this year! — Terri
As Kristina fights for the Mayor slot against Bob Little (yes, THAT Bob Little), it will take a little while for her to get the eye of the local election tiger. But how she eventually ends up fighting the good fight? By calling on her experience as a mom, of course! Specifically, her experience in dealing with the sometimes frustrating school system will definitely give her an edge.
Now that we know Sandra Oh is leaving, any chance of Grey’s will give Owen a happy relationship at any point? —
Oh’s departure will surely be a sad one for fans, but even before the big announcement, exec producer Shonda Rhimes seemed to share your sentiments about poor Dr. Hunt. “I would love for Owen to be happy,” she told us prior to the bombshell. “I think Owen has been in love with a very complicated woman. And that’s what happens. Sometimes women are in love with complicated men and they get thrown around, but in this situation, Owen is in love with a complicated woman who prefers her genius to almost anything else and that is complex.” Complex, indeed.
SANDRA! I don’t think we’ve adequately freaked out about Timothy Olyphant on The Mindy Project yet! !!!! !!!!! !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!!! Ok. I’m good. Now, do you have anything else Mindy-related? — Courtney N
The show is officially casting Jeremy’s father, a boisterous, cigar-smoking Englishman named Alfred, who’ll visit in the fifth episode. I invite your casting suggestions? (Starting point: The cast has said they’d love Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr. Bean.) You go.Sandra, I’m going to bug you with this NCIS: LA question until I get the answer. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE WHAT’S INSIDE THE BOX? — RosiePersistence is key. And luckily, it sounds like Shane Brennan has a plan. “I can absolutely that you will see the box in every episode, where Deeks left it. It’s still there. There may be a moment this season where — because of what he’s been through and because of the kiss and because of the delicate nature of the relationship between Kensi and Deeks — that Deeks gets that box down, and picks up those scissors, and maybe opens the box or maybe doesn’t.” Tease.
What’s going on with Raj on The Big Bang Theory now that he can talk to women without being drunk? Girlfriend? Hot hookup? — Amanda
Probably not right away. As EP Steve Molaro explained to me, Raj is essentially in the same place Leonard was during the early seasons of the show and someone “who can still represent that mindset of ‘I really want to meet girls, but I really don’t quite know what I’m doing.'” “That idea has always been a part of the show and it’s nice we can keep it going through somebody else now,” he says.
Any Chicago Fire scoopage? I want Shay to get a love interest! — Lo
Well, I can’t promise that Shay will be on the receiving end of this, but Danielle Gelber tells me, “there’s going to be an emotional and romantic entanglement for one of our cast with someone from our spin-off — Chicago P.D., which will be pretty compelling.”
Not a peep about the new season of H50, Sandra! What gives? — Nikki
(Additional reporting by Lindsey Bahr)