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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Chuck's First Last Mission, White Collar Baby Talk, Nikita and More

What’s the early word on Chuck‘s first (and dangerous) Season 5 assignment? Are White Collar‘s marrieds on the baby track? Is Mad Men willing to get groovy with the ’70s? Read on for those answers, plus other teases from some of TV’s hottest shows and stars.

Chuck | What do we know thus far about the return of NBC’s spy comedy? For one, Season 5 is also its final season. Also, we know that  there will be 13 (and only 13) episodes, to air Fridays at 8. Oh, and now there’s this: TVLine has learned that the season premiere is titled “Chuck vs. the Zoom.” The zoom, hmm? As in zoom lens? As in those TV kids in the striped shirts from P.O. Box 354, Boston, Mass.? No, and nope. All series co-creator Chris Fedak will say for now is, “The zoom is a very dangerous secret.” It’s also a helluva fitness workout. What?

Mad Men | Now that both Jon Hamm andseries  creator Matthew Weiner are signed through a possible seventh season — and allowing for the occasional between-cycles time jump – the inherently 1960s-flavored AMC drama could ultimately bump up against the groovy 1970s. Is such a possibility “boss” as far as Weiner is concerned? “Sure! There are no rules about that,” he tells us. “Honestly, in my mind, 1972 is the apex of the ’60s.” Ever venturing too far into that decade, though, seems entirely off the table. After all, as Weiner notes with a laugh, “1979 is the biggest bell-bottoms you’re ever going to see” – and  dapper Don Draper must draw the line somewhere.

Private Practice | That Addison’s season-finale crush was such a mystery man is due to, yes, the fact that she and he agreed to not exchange any personal deets – but also because when the episode was shot, even Shonda Rhimes had no idea who Benjamin Bratt was playing. “When we wrote that, there was no particular plan,” Rhimes told me, “so a lot of it was me keeping options open – we don’t know anything about him, and that’s kind of exciting.” By the time the finale aired, Rhimes had worked out the details, to be divulged when the new season arrives this fall. Could it be that Bratt’s character will, ironically, hold the fate of the Oceansiders in his hands? “That’s a lovely pitch, I wish I had thought of that,” Rhimes responds. “If you see that next season, you’ll know that I borrowed it directly from you.”

White Collar | While fans of this USA drama enjoy themselves much bromance between lawman Peter and conman Neal, some also tune in for the occasional romance between Peter and his wife Elizabeth. In fact, more than a few readers have tweeted me asking if the Burkes might soon look to start a family. (Liz does pull together a swell kiddie party and all.) But in a word or three, series boss Jeff Eastin told me, “No, absolutely not” — though the writers have dabbled in baby talk. “There was a discussion [about such a storyline], but no, not this year,” Eastin shares. As for Neal’s family ties, Eastin fully plans to climb that tree, just not during this run. “We decided to dedicate an entire season or half-season to Neal’s family at some point,” he says. “Look for that in Season 4 or 5.”

Nikita | Lyndsy Fonseca promises it’s going to be “very interesting” to see how formidable a foe Alex will be now that she knows Nikita’s role in her father’s death and is privy to the birthright she was denied. And Fonseca is champing at the bit for the challenge. “I’m excited for something different,” she says. “Alex is now standing one her own as her own woman, as opposed to being some little recruit.” Indeed, now that Alex is detached from BFF Nikita and determined to dig up all the dirt on her father’s murder, Fonseca says, “She’ll find an inner strength that we all should be very, very scared of.” You hear that, Mikita?

Teen Wolf | Tyler Posey says fans are already on the prowl for scoop on what’s to come — especially regarding the identity of the “alpha wolf” that bit Scott and made him what he is today. “It’s really cool to see what they come up with, thinking it’s my dad or something,” Posey shares. Of course, the MTV series is out to deliver more visceral thrills than merely looking out for the leader lycanthrope. And as the freshman season reaches a fever pitch, things will get very, very hairy. “The last three episodes are the most intense, epic things I’ve ever been a part of,” Posey teases. “I cannot wait to see them and watch everyone else see them.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)

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55 Comments
  1. Gabriela says:

    so I still have hopes for Tom Welling as Neal’s brother? on season 4 and 5? Hey will never let go, Bomer and Welling are way too look a like, is freaking scary

  2. Sasha says:

    I don’t want to see “Mad Men” go Summer of Love. I like the time period it’s in, right before fashion shifted into awful and people forgot to cut their hair. I just can’t see Joan letting her hair down. Benjamin Bratt might be enough to make me watch “Private Practice” but I’m sure Shonda will find a way to make me turn away. And is Alex ever coming back to “White Collar”? For some reason I thought we were going to get to know more about her character this season but it’s been so Neal/Sarah slated (not good).

    • Greenlee says:

      I’ve seen snippets here and there that they want to have Alex come back – and I’d love for that to happen, for her to stick around, because she’s told Neal pretty much that she’d start again with him. She was one of the first ones to remind him there were people around who still care about him after Kate died (yes, Peter and Mozzie did too, but he at least seemed to finally pay attention once Alex said it).
      I liked Sarah’s character in that semi-recurring status, but her involvement with Neal just seems so OOC – for both of them. I can get the one time “it was hot”/flash in the pan, but this relationship I just don’t buy it. Midseason though and I’ll be happy :) Eliza’s reunion with Matt will be very nice and sweet for a few reasons.

      If you like Gloria Votsis (and not -just- Alex), check out Killer Movie. It didn’t get much publicity or anything, but it’s a thriller/reality tv spoof with a few horror/gore moments, but those are really not shown, it cuts away before the real gore could be shown (unlike Train, which also has GV and I attempted to watch last night but was just horrid and I’m not a gorehound/torture porn fan).

  3. Jones19 says:

    Gabriela I like the way you think, they both have that Clark Kent look lol…however I think Ian Somerhalder looks way more like Matt Bomer than Tom does.

    • Gabriela says:

      Yes him too, but Ian would be more busy than Welling, in theory, unless Welling has already a project (conflicted feelings here :P)

  4. Andre says:

    Please… Put Addison with someone STEADY, and actually good looking!

  5. Alex says:

    Well if we’re not going to meet Neal’s family until season 4 or 5…could we at least hear about them? Does Neal have any brothers or sisters? Are his parents still alive? Why doesn’t Peter know anything about him, pre 8 years ago? Is Neal even his real name? Dying to know!

  6. San says:

    Write Zoom Box 350, Boston Mass O 2 1 3 4. Send it to ZOOM!!!

  7. Linderella says:

    Now that Shonda has blown a hole in the happiness that was Mer/Der on Grey’s Anatomy, might she send Derrick south to be consoled by Addison? Addison would have a man AND a baby! I’ve often thought the irony of Addison and Derrick’s situation is they both wanted the same things – a family.

    • Sasha says:

      Derek has a family, a wife and now a child. Instead of being with them, though, we left off last season with him throwing a hissy fit. But everyone with sense knows it’s temporary and MerDer will be back together quickly in the next season. I’m just glad they have ANY story.

  8. Kelly says:

    Can’t wait to see Nikita kick Alex’s ass!!!!! And definitely can’t wait to see MIKITA together again!

    • Garnet_and_Gold47 says:

      I totally agree!!! Alex is strong and capable, but not as kick ass as Nikita. Plus Mikita are together! They are equally adorable and scary lol.

      • Captain says:

        I loved Alex until she turned her back on Nikita. I don’t know what she thinks hse can accomplish on her own but there is no way she can go against Nikita and have a fighting chance (unless she blindsides her with a gun again).

        • Mo says:

          Alex did not turn her back on Nikita. She saved Nikita from Percy’s ambush that would have gotten her killed by Roan. Nikita lied to Alex about the kill chip and murdering her father. Alex is fully justified in not trusting Nikita. Nikita never even told Alex she was sorry. She just tried to justify her actions.

          • james b. says:

            more will be revealed, can’t wait 4 the next season to start. thanks cw 4 the reruns, since i was unable to catch all the episodes. I think nikita has alot to hide and for some reason i cant help, but to trust her.

  9. Lin says:

    I can’t wait to see what Alex will do in S2 of Nikita. Darkside Alex should be awesome.

  10. Kim says:

    Love that you typed the spaces in the zip. You were singing while typing that weren’t you.

  11. Kim says:

    damn – that was suppose to be a reply to San. Old folks like me shouldn’t be able to play on computers :)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Get a copy editor. There are way too many spelling and grammatical errors in the article. Champing instead of chomping, one instead of on. Spell check just doesn’t cut it.

  13. david says:

    i am really excited for the new season of Nikita. It will be really interesting to see what Alex does now that she turned against Nikita. I also wonder how Nikita and Micheal’s relationship will go too.

  14. allie says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. Childhood memories of only having 4 tv channels growing up and watching Zoom every day on PBS. Day Made by that reference!

  15. SAM says:

    Anybody besides me think that Peter is just playing Neal about the manifest, i.e. it’s just a tactic to slow Neal down in order to give him time to think about the consequences?

    • Chatty says:

      I do! The look he gave Neal when he was climbing the stairs at the end spoke volumes.

    • sfde says:

      I just hate the fact that Peter still treats Neal like garbage. I mean, if you don’t trust the guy, just put him behind bars or don’t work with him and act like his friend while working against him on his back. Peter really makes me sick. He really makes you hate the police and love criminals.

      oh, and how many people has hillary burton #%$!ed to land that dumb role of Sara? I hope writers lose her asap and bring back Alex, a much more likeable character and actress.

  16. MamaLarson3 says:

    Since we have had this time to wait for the next season of Mad Men, I’ve been watching all of the first four seasons in order – one time regular and one time with the director’s commentary for each of the episodes, because I am that big of a dork. Main point: during the JFK assassination episode (I’m pretty sure) Matthew Weiner commented that his goal with the length of the show was to have the characters live through all of the major events of the 60’s and that’s why he did the time jump in between seasons two and three…so that he could cover ten years in seven or so.

    • Amber says:

      I never thought of myself as a dork for watching those commentaries, but I guess if that’s what we are, then that’s what we are. I love listening to Matthew Weiner’s commentaries. That guy has the most interesting writing process I’ve ever heard. He’s fascinating. It makes the show all the more better once you’ve heard his take on things.

  17. elisabeth says:

    re: Nikita. Yes, I know CW caters to teen girls… but must they turn this fabulous show into a potentially ridiculous tween/teen angst that is Alex? The show *is* called Nikita. The idea that a young girl-turned-sex-slave-turned-junkie, who suddenly has the intelligence and fortitude to avenge her father’s murder at such an age is ridiculous… especially against the more experienced main character (Nikita). This is an obvious attempt to veer the original premise to a teenie bopper show. Ick.

    • Sabrina says:

      Re: Nikita. Maggie Q has stated she is not interested in being a part of a teen/angst drama.She also has said that season 2 will focus on Nikita backstory, her relationship with Michael and her conflicts with Alex.

      As for Alex vs Mikita? Well its everybody vs Mikita actually. Amanda, Percy, Alex, Gogle….everyone is after them. Confident Mikita will kick all their asses tho. :)

    • Joe says:

      Alex does not come off as some CW teen character. She has more depth and is a much more complex character than Nikita actually. Mikita is the CW STYLE TEEN CRAP that they are trying to shove down people’s throats to get the teenybopper shippers on board. It’s beyond annoying to see that crap on a show like this. That’s what they need to keep on a distant back burner so people who aren’t drawing heart shapes on school binders will keep watching. More Amanda would help too.

    • O says:

      Alexander the Great set off to conquer Persia in his early twenties just to put the whole youth thing in perspective.

      It’s not like Alex is alone. She has Division’s resources on her side and thus many advantages that Nikita does not being on the run on her own. And Alex is clever and tricky, she more than proved it. She also has insights on Nikita’s character that others do not.

      Joe is right. Mikita is where all the teen drama stuff is and I hope they can keep the mush in check.

  18. Danielle H. says:

    Hmmm, so Bratt is not going to be playing the person who comes in to inspect Oceanside Wellness? What the heck is he going to be playing then???

  19. Scott says:

    Frankly, I’m getting tired of the Neal/Peter tention on White Collar and hope it ends soon.

    I’m surprising myself that I don’t mind Teen Wolf. I don’t love it, however nor do I hate it.

    • Carrie says:

      I agree. I haven’t watched the last couple of episodes because I’ve become bored with the show. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing more of Elizabeth, too. Sometimes it feels like she’s nothing more than a background character…I’m also surprised at how much I’m enjoying “Teen Wolf”. It’s not bad. It has a slightly addictive quality to it and I love how absolutely cheesy the alpha wolf looks :)

      • Scott says:

        I haven’t given up on White Collar yet as I can see the obvious, and predicatable, ending:
        .
        N: “I think I like helpng the FBI too much to give it up, Moz.”
        M: “You’ve becdome a suit!”
        N: “Admit it. You’re enjoying it too.”
        M: “OK, lets figure out a weird plan to have Peter discover it and find someone elde did all this.”
        .
        For the record, I like the cheese as well. I’m betting the Alpha is the Hunter.

      • Scott says:

        I forgot to mention there is a somewhat Elizabeth/Moazzi centric episode coming. w/o spoiling they are caught at home and have to team up to find out certain things.

  20. Pete says:

    Looking forward to season 2 of Nikita (and the rest of white collar)

  21. Sarah says:

    Alex vs Nikita? Psh…Nikita will own her and Alex will learn her lessons throughout S2. Nikita tried to warn and protect her but Alex going out on her own and doing these things will def come back to bite her in the ass later on.

    I am also looking forward to Michael and Nikita action. They make such a great team and can’t wait to see them working together, kicking ass against Alex, oversight, and division! :) They have been wrote exceptionally, I adore their relationship. Thanks for the spoiler Matt.

  22. Tiva4Life says:

    Tom Welling in White Collar sounds good to me.

  23. David says:

    Chuck
    Morgan as the intersect?
    Someone get me a bucket I’m a gonna spew! A hugely bad move on the writers part and quite frankly time to end it if stupid ideas like this are being written into script.
    I’ll be giving Chuck 3 eps to see where this is going…….

    • Ryan says:

      Are you kidding me? I think it was a great twist, they had to throw in something new and interesting now that people don’t have to focus on Chuck and Sarah’s relationship since they’re happily married (of course they could throw some fun stuff in where one of them may have to pretend to cheat on the other for a mission.) Also I thought Chuck as the intersect was getting boring and predictable for him to come in and save the day every time. Its also gonna cause some GREAT Morgan moments, be honest you love Morgan’s reaction to the spy life and being on missions(also its gonna be fun to see how it affects his relationship with Alex and especially Casey since he promised them both he was out of the spy game.)

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