Matt's Inside Line on Covert Affairs, Terra Nova, Parks and Rec, Justified, Smallville and More

Will Annie Walker run into the arms of a Latin lover? What mysterious crime will be committed in Terra Nova? Is Secret Circle‘s Faye about to change her tune? Read on for those answers, plus other teases from TV’s hottest shows.

Covert Affairs | I cued up this USA series’ midseason premiere (airing Nov. 1), and it finds Annie on a bit of a “losing streak” professionally and personally; in fact, she’s getting the bum’s rush to vacate her sister’s guest house. Cue a fun music montage in which our girl starts making camp in a  new apartment, complete with an oddly sexy moment in which she’s brandishing… power tools. (For the gals out there, you can look forward to a shirtless and sweaty Sendhil Ramamurthy.) Speaking of Heroes alumni, the episode features Santiago Cabrera as a Spanish chef whom Annie finds to be a bit delicious, while the hour closes with a scene where if Anne Dudek doesn’t get a tear out of you, you’re made of stone. Lastly, if you thought Jai’s future with the Agency was murky when last we tuned in, wait until you see him pack up his desk.

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Parks and Recreation | Expect for some big laughs tonight, as Ron and Leslie shepherd competing scouting groups. You’ll see Ron lament today’s kids’ fascination with “Internet pads,” then unveil the Pawneee Rangers handbook — all three words of it — while Leslie gives my sons’ fave online game, Club Penguin, a shout-out. Elsewhere, Donna and Tom include sad sack Ben in one of their annual rituals, and it ends with Ben displaying “a whole new level of nerd” that makes for a helluva sight gag.

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Terra Nova | What exactly is there for a prehistoric policeman to do when he’s not thwarting attempts on Taylor’s life? Jason O’Mara told me that fans of the Fox series can expect Jim Shannon to tackle a variety of crimes, all the while keeping the Sixers in line. Most interestingly, the actor teased “a theft in Episode 6, by someone you would least expect — and it turns out that person isn’t what they seem, which will be a recurring theme.” Just as mysterious is the pilfered goods. “What they’ve thieved is something we didn’t even know existed, and that is linked mythologically with what’s coming up,” O’Mara says.

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The Secret Circle | Reaching into the reader mailbag, Lindsay beckons, “Can you please do The Secret Circle on Inside Line?! Please?” OK, I’m in. During a recent chat with Phoebe Tonkin, we asked if Faye will remain resolved to unbinding the Circle — and from the sound of it, the Resident Bad Girl may not be rarin’ to go solo much longer. “Even though she likes to be in control, she doesn’t like the consequences of what happen happens when the circle is not bound,” says the actress. “And she’ll also starts realizing how much they could be in danger if they don’t all get together and do magic spells together.”

Justified | Psst, here’s another one from the mailbag; don’t tell Ausiello! “Any Justified scoop?” asks Michele. “After seeing the promo shots this week, I am dying for some info on my favorite show!” Well, by now you’ve seen who was cast as two of Season 3’s villains. But while we’re on the topic of bad eggs, you can rest assured that Dickie (played by Jeremy Davies) will be back, though behind bars, when the FX hit returns. And, interestingly, he will quickly be joined there by a very familiar face, I am hearing.

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The Closer | Put on your Casting Director hat, because during the TNT drama’s final season we will meet one of Provenza’s ex-wives. Liz, the detective’s first Mrs. and the mother of his three kids, will surface when she gets ripped off when trying to pawn her wedding ring. She is described as sentimental and having a big heart – especially when it comes to her bulldog. And even though her former hubby drives her crazy, she still carries a tiny torch for the lug, which could come in handy seeing as Liz may recur in the Major Crimes spin-off set to air after The Closer‘s summer 2012 series finale.

Switched at Birth | Now that Gilles Marini has debuted as Daphne’s absentee father (and Bay’s biological dad!), daddy issues will be on tap when the ABC Family drama returns early next year. But is Angelo really back to make amends ,or is he only out for money with that lawsuit against the hospital? “I would love to think that he just wants to get to know his daughters… but he scares me,” says Katie Leclerc with a laugh. But not too much. After all, it is Gilles Marini. “He’s so hard to dislike,” she continues, “especially since Gilles Marini plays him … with so much emotion that it makes you intrigued and enamored with him.” But Daphne’s not about to open herself up to getting heartbroken, again. “I don’t trust him at all!” she adds.

Smallville‘s Erica Durance Previews Her Date With Charlie’s Angels

Smallville | I know, I know…. Shameless! But I thought it important to follow up on what The Durance teased in her Charlie’s Angels Q&A, that some deleted scenes from the series finale could end up on the DVD. I just heard back from a Warner Home Video rep, and while the DVD sets dropping on Nov. 29 do not feature any outtakes from the closer, I am told that you will get deleted scenes the Season 10 episodes “Shield,” “Supergirl,” “Abandoned,” “Beacon” and “Scion.”

If there’s a show or hot topic you’d like the Inside Line on, email mattmtvguy@gmail.com, and maybe it’ll get some love the next time around! (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)

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  1. Mika says:

    Matt, do you have any inside line on Revenge? I have heard the back half of the season would focus on the person suspected of the murder presumably of Daniel. But was that Daniel? And who is the murderer?

  2. Fê Rosa says:

    Matt, don´t play with my heart! When I see SMALLVILLE in that title, I almost passed out! lol
    Thank you for Durance´s new and about the DVD´s BTS.

    I´ll always wait for news about any Smallville actor!

  3. Alicia says:

    Serious question; do you TVLine folks only consider scoop requests submitted by email or twitter? Are questions posted in the comments section not “legit” enough or something?
    Anyway, I’d reeeeaaaally like to hear anything about Criminal Minds, The Mentalist and/or The Good Wife. Thanks :)

  4. Jon says:

    First name that popped into my head as Provenza’s ex-wife – Patti D’Arbanville.

  5. Mena says:

    I’m surprised (and disappointed) that the season 10 Smallville DVD set won’t have any deleted scenes from the two-hour series finale. I wonder if those deleted scenes are being saved for the complete series DVD set?

    • sun says:

      I really wonder about that. All Smallville eps have deleted scenes, so why not give it to the fans? Why do they get to pick and choose? It isn’t as if they’ll use it. And the fans are willing to pay for it…

  6. Bella says:

    My first thought for Provenza’s first ex-wife was Patricia Richardson.

  7. E says:

    I think you mean Donna, not Retta, Matt. But hey, we can’t all be Leslie Knope.

  8. Lina says:

    For Parks & Rec, I think you mean Donna and Tom, not Retta. Can’t wait to see it! Ron + children = WIN.

  9. s. says:

    Thanks for the scoop on Justified! More please :). Loved Davies, I’m happy he’s returning! Hmmm, who will be joining Dickie? You forgot to write that he should of won the Emmy as well, Haha.

    • MJ says:

      Jeremy Davies should’ve totally won an emmy, he’s brilliant as Dickie.
      Maybe the person joining him in prison is Dewey Crowe, he’s already locked up so maybe they’ll be joining forces? I think they would be a mess together since neither of them is that bright.

  10. Gia says:

    Thanks for scoopage on The Closer, Matt! I’m glad they’re at least doing a spin off and the Provenza storyline sounds like it’ll be good. Just thought I should say, you always make me laugh here and do good interviews and come across as a nice guy. Then the other day on Twitter I saw your wallpaper, it was a picture of the totally gorgeous Lisa Edelstein in The Good Wife. Why so cool, Matt? :)

  11. Elaine says:

    Patti D’Arbanville as Provenza’s wife? That’s be genius casting. Great idea.

  12. Plum says:

    Some very juicy spoilers here. I didn’t realize Covert Affairs and Switched were coming back so soon, yay! I’m glad to see Annie moving out on CA, but they did a great job with the sisterly drama.

    I love Switched, it’s got that early WB vibe, back when they had great shows about real families instead of debs and models. I love the drama and humor, it’s very GG.

  13. Nancy says:

    I’d really like to see ‘JED’ (Richard Speight JR.) back on JUSTIFIED.
    He was great in the 3 episodes he did last season.
    PLEASE bring JED BACK???!!!!

  14. TheFinalMan says:

    Regarding Terra Nova: I fully expect the eldest daughter’s boyfriend to be a bad-guy/Sixer. It will not surprise me in the slightest.

  15. edd21 says:

    I love so much smallville but above all Terra Nova

  16. Amanda says:

    The funny thing about Jai on Covert Affairs is that his character was pushed into Joan’s department. He knew that she never wanted him so I thought it was funny when he complained to Joan about his lack of advancement.