What juicy goodness is on tap for Ringer‘s return? Can Morgan succeed with his most critical mission ever? Will baby talk waylay Big Bang‘s nerdy wedding plans? Read on for those answers, plus other teases from TV’s hottest shows.
Ringer | Since this CW series’ 2012 return got pushed back a few weeks [groan], I thought I’d help soothe fans over with some teasers. Overall, I am told, the new year we will serve up new reveals about the backstories of all of the characters. For example, we will find out what exactly caused the rift between Siobhan and Bridget and get the 411 on the precise catalyst for Henry and Siobhan’s love affair. Looking forward versus back, Andrew will propose anew to his “wife” (awww), we’ll get a peek inside Agent Machado’s personal life, and, of course, you should be prepared for the body count to grow….
The Big Bang Theory | Based on the buzz at the CBS hitcom’s 100th episode party, all signs point to Howard and Bernadette heading for a wedding this season… that is, provided they can get past a tot-sized problem. In an upcoming episode, Simon Helberg says, we will see that “Bernadette has a violent reaction to children.” Meaning…? ” She is not as soft as she seems. She turns into a bit of a werewolf,” Helberg adds. “And when he sees the eyes and the claws come out, all of a sudden he’s like, ‘Wait a second. We need to talk about children.'” Melissa Rauch, who plays Helberg’s TV fiancée, is game to tackle that twist, noting, “There aren’t a lot of women portrayed who don’t get all baby-crazy.”
Blue Bloods | Dipping into the reader mailbag, Kristen writes, “I’d love to get some scoop on Blue Bloods as an early Christmas present, preferably about the woefully underused Abigail Hawk, who plays Baker. Plus, any scoop about Erin would not be unappreciated.” Alas I’ve got nothing to report on the imminent horizon for Baker, but I can tell you that when the CBS drama returns on Jan. 6, Erin will be devastated and wracked by guilt when a confidential informant who has been aiding her in a corruption investigation meets a (gulp) most unfortunate fate.
Switched at Birth | Speaking with Constance Marie, who plays Regina, at ABC Family’s skating party, I asked about the “skeletons” said to be hiding in the closet of Bay’s recently resurfaced biological father. “Yes, he does have skeletons — and he is also not too bad to look at,” she said with a nod to Angela’s portrayer, Gilles Marini. “The good news is that we get to explore the relationship of a father who wasn’t there, a flawed father… a handsome-looking father… and the relationship between him and I — is it over, is it not over?” As for Angelo’s dynamic with Daphne, Katie Leclerc told me, “Things get nasty” between the two when Season 1 resumes Jan. 3.
Happy Endings | Thus far on ABC’s buzzy sophomore comedy, we’ve met Penny’s mother, Max’s parents, and Michael McKean (Smallville) is on his way to play Dave’s dad. So where be Jane and Alex’s folks? “What I’ve been kind of told,” Eliza Coupe shared with us, “is that they’re going to wait until hopefully a third season, or maybe the end of this year” to introduce viewers to the sisters’ parents. Until then, Coupe and her TV sib have batted around the occasional guest-casting idea, including one that would put an exclamation point on the 24 in-joke made during Season 1. “I was joking about Kiefer Sutherland playing our dad — it’d be so original for Elisha [Cuthbert], wouldn’t it? ” Coupe says. “I also said Jim Carrey, because I want in some capacity to work with him. But that one’s a bit of a stretch.”
Chuck | Morgan may have lost his frosted tips (thank god), but during his rough patch with the Intersect he also lost the girl. So now, continuing through the terrific Christmas episode (airing Dec. 23), the rookie spy will do his best to rescue his love life. “Morgan’s going to be desperate to try to get Alex back, but it’s not an easy thing,” says series cocreator Chris Fedak. After all, “He broke up [with her] on a text [message]. He turned into a douche.” The key to succeeding in this off-the-books mission, says Joshua Gomez, lies in “being persistent, as Morgan often is, and maybe getting a little help from the big guy” – meaning not Him, but J.C. aka John Casey.
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