Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, House, Big Bang, White Collar and More
What will push NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Kensi to the limit? What nunsense is House‘s Chase up to? When will The Walking Dead‘s big secret be revealed? Read on for those scoops, plus other teases from TV’s hottest shows.
NCIS: Los Angeles | As we’ve previously teased, the hit CBS drama soon will reveal why Kensi joined NCIS – “and it’s a very surprising reason, and it’s a very dangerous reason,” show boss Shane Brennan tells me. And while the backstory will unspool over back-to-back episodes, “It takes place in a very short space of time, as Kensi is pushed to the limit while Deeks is running behind, trying to stop her from destroying the things that she cares about.” Brennan also notes that the catalyst for this story was embedded within Kensi’s Hawaii Five-0 crossover last fall: “Something happened while she was there. That’s when the fuse was lit.”
Person of Interest | Dipping into the reader mailbag, Zach writes: “Person of Interest has really been on a roll as of late. Do you have any info or scoopage about upcoming episodes?” As a matter of fact, I can tell you that the very next episode, airing Feb. 16, will put one of the “team” members in jeopardy: As a direct result of helping Reese and Finch with their latest mission, Fusco (played by Kevin Chapman) will end up on the wrong end of a gun, ready to meet his Maker.
House | One ray of light for those sad to see Fox’s House end in May is that we’ll finally get a Chase-centric episode à la past hours that have focused on Cuddy or Wilson. And that pleases Jesse Spencer. “I’ve been extremely enamored with how smart, incredible and worthwhile this show is — it’s crossed a lot of different boundaries,” notes the actor. “And to finally have an episode which literally follows me around is absolutely terrifying, but I was extremely grateful to have the opportunity to spread my wings.” Specifically, Chase, while recuperating from last week’s near-paralysis, will treat a nun — “and not just any old nun, but a cloistered nun,” Spencer reports. “That means she has like no human contact, does silent prayer 12 hours a day….” And while promos suggest the two get surprisingly close in an (ahem) almost Biblical sense, they will also bond in another. “Chase went to a seminary when he was younger, so a lot of that stuff is brought up.”
The Walking Dead | While speaking with executive producer Gale Anne Hurd about the midseason premiere airing this Sunday, I was sure to dig up that old chestnut about the freshman season-ending “whisper” between Jenner, the CDC scientist, and Rick. Of course, many had speculated at the time that Rick had learned that wife Lori was pregnant – but Hurd now is willing to rule out that one theory, seeing as Rick wouldn’t have been surprised to get the “official” word a few episodes back. As for when we’ll learn what was disclosed by Jenner, Hurd promises viewers, “I don’t think your wait is too long.”
White Collar | Did anyone else get an unsettling vibe this week when Kramer (played by Beau Bridges) shared with Diana his concerns about the NYC FBI office possibly being complicit with Neal’s sketchy endeavors? Is he merely looking to do right, or is he perhaps also operating off an agenda? “Both,” answers Tim DeKay. “But it’s extremely well-written in that his agenda is not Machiavellian. He’s not being evil with it, and you’ll understand where he’s coming from.” Nonetheless, Peter would be wise to be very judicious in deciding whether to commute Caffrey’s sentence. As seen in the next episode, which DeKay directed, “Peter will realize his decision is going to not just decide Neal’s fate but possibly also decide his own.”
Sitcom Scoops! | Ever wonder where The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon gets his very “special” hairstyle? You soon will find out when we meet his the guy who cuts his hair — or, much to Sheldon’s great horror, the guy’s nephew, who’s filling in for his regular barber…. It looks like the 2 Broke Girls‘ savings is due for a setback, when it falls upon Caroline to pony up the money needed to keep her incarcerated father’s lawyer around long enough for her to give her deposition…. As we first told you, Megan Mullally has joined Fox’s Breaking In for Season 2 as Oz’s boss – though the team will get a bit of a bait-and-switch when she first shows up. Alphonso McAuley, who plays Cash, tells me that Contra’s new owner will first pass herself off as just a receptionist, as she gathers intel on her underlings.