What do you “C” in House‘s future? What’s going on with the Grey’s Anatomy gang’s job hunt? How great is this Sunday’s Good Wife? Will Rumpel reunite with his son? Read on for those scoops plus other teases from TV’s hottest shows.
House | Are you sitting down? Because I’m going to kick off this week’s column by dropping on you the seemingly telltale title of the episode Hugh Laurie will be directing. But first, remember that David Shore told Ausiello that the final four episodes will lay the foundation for the show’s grand finale. Also know that Laurie is going behind the camera for the first of that stretch. Now, factor in that the launch of that formative arc is titled… “The C Word.” Will someone, perhaps House himself, be diagnosed with cancer as the drama draws to a close? Or could the “C” perhaps refer to Cuddy? (Though Lisa Edelstein is not due for an encore, perhaps House gets wind of a major life change for his ex through the hospital grapevine?) Share your speculation on that potent title in “C”omments!
Grey’s Anatomy | Previously, TVLine scooped that your favorite Seattle Gracers will soon be hitting the job interview circuit, hoping to woo (or be wooed by) rival hospitals, in the event they don’t (or can’t) stick with the one they’ve called home. And while that story point would seem designed to afford Shonda Rhimes an easy out in the event that any original cast members don’t ink new deals beyond this season, she maintains this was always the plan. “Every kid going for an attending spot or a fellowship … would be out there all over the country interviewing, and that’s what they’re doing,” she told me. As for the big picture, she says the job hunt arc “is setting up a lot of what’s going on at the end of the season, and it also weighs very heavily on them” – as well as on longtime viewers. “You really get a sense of nostalgia, that this is the ‘graduating class’ that might not be together anymore. It’s really beautiful to watch our actors portray, and it’s been wonderful to write.”
Once Upon a Time | Many of you have asked if and when we will see Rumpelstiltskin’s son again. Well, that moment comes in Episode 19, titled “The Return.” As Robert Carlyle told us of the late-April installment, “It goes back to the moment he became Rumplestiltskin — and [his son] can’t handle this person his father [has become]. He wants me to give up the power.” Alas, that is much easier said than done. (Or as Rumpel would say, “Things always come with a priiiice.”) “He has to be stabbed through the heart to give away that power, so that can never really happen — but something else does,” Carlyle teases with a (non-maniacal) laugh, adding his own, “Dot, dot, dot….”
Breaking In | This just in… Professional skateboarder and sometime actor Tony Hawk (pictured, right) will be guest-starring on Fox’s sophomore comedy as… himself, when he approaches Contra Security about helping him safeguard his home. Hawk’s previous TV roles include Last Man Standing and CSI: Miami.
The Secret Circle | One reader tweeted at me a question about when we’ll next see Cassie’s grandmother, and whether she’ll have all of her memories back. As you may have since surmised, after a false start or two, we will see Jane tonight – though the memory issue sounds like it could be a sticky one. “Like with everything on this show, that’s complicated,” series boss Andrew Miller tells TVLine. “She’s still not in great shape, but Cassie will turn to her for help in a way that no one else can help her. We’ll deal with her health issues then.”
Smash | If you find it a bit apparent that Tom will in one way or another jilt John-the-lawyer and warm up to Ivy’s sports-loving gay bestie, Sam… well, you’ve obviously watched sufficient amounts of TV, and know full well how these things work. Because when I ran Tom’s obvious love/hate thing for the chorus boy by Megan Hilty, she replied, “Oh yeah… That will get very interesting.” P.S. Did you hear about Season 2?
Nikita | Hail to the Chief… soon! The CW spy-drama is looking to add a POTUS to its ranks for the end of the season, when the Commander-in-Chief himself is threatened by Division — an organization which not-too-surprisingly he has never heard of. And the threat is no idle one, mind you. Rather, Mr. President will find himself blackmailed with a powerful weapon that could put not just the U.S. in jeopardy but rock the entire geopolitical climate. Which fiftysomething actor out there is possibly up to that task?
The Good Wife | You may have heard many raves about this Sunday’s episode, which introduces Matthew Perry as a not-so-friendly legal foil for Alicia. And now you can add my voice to the chorus. The Blue Ribbon Panel storyline that brings Alicia together with Perry’s Mike Kresteva – she steps in for Diane on a panel that looks into Internal Affairs concerns – is fantastically entertaining, to the point that you’ll hate when it ends. All the while, Alicia is also juggling the bid on the house that she, Peter and the kids used to call home – the “flashbacks” she has to their sweet, suburban existence will Break. Your. Heart — as well as the mysterious matter that landed Kalinda in the IRS’ crosshairs. (Watch for G-woman Lana Delaney to figure into that story in a delicious way.) Elsewhere, the fight to fill Will’s seat as a name partner just might come down to a coin flip. Or not. One of this season’s very best episodes, for sure.
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