No Dark Grey’s Finale | Kevin McKidd says that Grey’s Anatomy’s upcoming season-ender won’t be nearly as grim as last May’s blood-soaked finale. “There’s not going to be some massive event, like a shooting,” he tells TVLine, “but there’s definitely going to be a lot of things that come to light that are going to change a lot of perceptions and pose a lot of very difficult questions for people. It’s going to leave big question marks, [because] quite serious kind of things happen in the last couple of episodes that are left unresolved.” Might Owen and Cristina be among those left in flux, since they’ve been at odds about when to start a family? Per McKidd, Owen needs Cristina “to realize that maybe there’s more to life than just work. And that is going to play out in a very interesting way towards the end of the season.”
Messy House | One team member is leaving, another is returning, “Huddy” is no more and House himself is back on the Vicodin. Fox’s hit medical drama has many balls in the air as Season 7 winds down, so what sort of finale are we looking at? Will it be about transitions? House again trying to stop the pill-popping? A ruined romance revived? “Those are all good questions you’re asking,” exec producer Greg Yaitanes said when I put forth that string of season-ending stories. “And about all I can say is that a lot is going to come to a head in the finale. Everything you’re talking about, these are all things that in some form or another are going to get answered or addressed before the season’s up.” House fans, what sort of cliffhanger, if any, do you think we’ll get?
Double Trouble | As much as Laura Vandervoort hopes that ABC renews V for a third season, there’s one storyline twist that she is dreading to play, given how “Lisa 2.0” violently slaughtered Tyler after their roll in the spaceship hay. “The heart-wrenching thing is that Erica will think it was [the original] Lisa who killed her son,” says Vandervoort, obviously disheartened to see her and Elizabeth Mitchell’s on-screen dynamic demolished. Hmm, maybe that dungeon ain’t so bad a hiding place after all.
Castle Goes to the Movies | As revealed in my exclusive casting news about Castle’s Hollywood-based episode, the original plan was to have Laura Prepon back as actress Natalie Rhodes, now that production is underway on the Nikki Heat movie. But with Prepon busy working on a pilot, the ABC drama will forego Natalie’s encore and instead serve up movie versions of two other NYPD faves. That’s right, the springtime episode will introduce us to the actors playing the big screen “Ryan” and “Esposito.” Why do I have the feeling at least one of the choices will be cast wildly against type?
Screened & Heard | I got an advanced peek at this Thursday’s episode of NBC’s newly renewed Parks & Recreation, and let’s just say that the success of the Harvest Festival proves to be a double-edged sword for Leslie & Co., who embark on a wilderness retreat to brainstorm their next big trick. You can also count on several references to Tom’s TV of choice that make me only more sad for the lad…. FX’s Lights Out this Tuesday night guest-stars the always, always excellent David Morse (House) as “The Rainmaker,” a former heavyweight champ who, having hit hard times, gets offered a leg up by Lights. The rest of the episode revolves around the very real possibility that Lights will be brought up on charges of beating up
Visitor Marcus that dentist and then paying off the DA. Expectedly compelling stuff from the freshman drama.
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