Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Fringe, Parenthood, NCIS: LA, Cougar Town, White Collar and More!
Will the Walters work together, or war with each other, when Fringe returns? Does a new piece of Parenthood casting portend an end to Julia’s baby blues? Is there a “thing” ‘tween Kensi and Deeks or not? Read on for those answers, plus other teases from some of TV’s hottest shows.
Fringe | As Season 3 came to a close, Walter and Walternate weren’t in a room together for but a minute before they started hurling accusations at each other. Such banter between the alters will continue when the new episodes arrive. “Oh, they’re always cross with each other,” John Noble told me, two episodes into filming. “And the thing about having an argument with yourself is you can take the gloves off, and that’s what they’ll be doing — abusing each other. But ultimately they’ll have to resolve their issues.” As they address the mystery of their conjoined worlds, who will prove to be the smarter of the two? Sure, Walter lost some years in the bin, but his counterpart hasn’t exactly been chained to a lab Over There. “Walternate’s a pretty sharp dude,” says Noble, “but maybe he’s not on top of the science like Walter.”
Parenthood | Take ingénue Rosa Salazar, give her a season-long arc on NBC’s multigenerational family drama, and what do you get? Maybe, just maybe, a baby for Julia and Joel. People’s Exhibit A: Salazar has been cast as Zoe, the coffee cart girl at Julia’s law office. Exhibit B: Zoe is pregnant… but not sure about wanting to keep the baby after its birth. The rest, one would presume, is simple math, no? Or might this lass serve Julia heartbreak instead of light with sugar?
NCIS: Los Angeles | Chatting up the gorgeous Daniela Ruah, I told her it was refreshing that with the Kensi/Deeks “will they/wont they” dynamic, it’s the woman who suspects there’s a “thing” between them, versus what is typically the man’s POV. And… she wasn’t entirely on board with my assessment. “I don’t know that he doesn’t [believe there's a 'thing'], and I don’t know if she does,” Ruah countered. “I don’t know if she said ‘our thing’ this and ‘our thing’ that thinking there’s an actual thing; I think she just realizes that it gets to him when she says that, and that’s all she cares about — pushing his buttons in any way possible.” Hmm, doth the lady protest too much?
Cougar Town | Yes, the ABC comedy’s Season 3 premiere is a small eternity away – late November, once Dancing With the Stars wraps its season – but there’s this to look forward to: When Travis lands in the hospital a few episodes in, watch for another of the show’s fun little wink-winks to Scrubs when wallflower Tom (played by Bob Clendenin) suddenly busts out some medical jargon — an obvious nod to his previous sitcom turn as Sacred Heart’s Dr. Zeltzer.
USA! USA! | Dipping into the reader mailbag, Kathleen writes: “I desperately need White Collar and Covert Affairs scoop! ” I do feel for fans of those shows, which earlier this month taunted us with wowza midseason finales. Starting with White Collar: You may have seen series boss Jeff Eastin tweet a photo of Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer in character at Yankee Stadium. What was that about (other than the home to the best team in baseball)? Directed by DeKay, the episode – part of Season 3.5, bowing in January – concerns a wealthy baseball fan that enlists Neal to help steal a prized piece of memorabilia. Turning to Covert Affairs, I can report that Oded Fehr will return as Eyal in one of the first few episodes of Season 2.5, which arrives sometime this fall.
CSI: NY | I quite literally just got off the phone with Dean Norris, for a rather juicy Breaking Bad preview Q&A to post this weekend, and he also shared how excited he is to guest star on CSI: NY this season as an Internal Affairs agent who investigates a shooting our CSIs are involved in. Thus far, details are scarce on the incident requiring IA intervention, but Norris did say that his scenes — and they are meaty, intense ones — are primarily with Gary Sinise and Carmine Giovinazzo (aka Mac and Danny).
Supernatural | Here’s one little vittle that didn’t quite make it into my genre-gasmic exclusive about Buffy/Angel alums James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter guesting on the fifth episode of the CW series’ seventh season: The names of the husband and witchy wife they’re playing are Don and Maggie Stark. And that, now, is all I got!
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