Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Girls, Fringe, Suits, Once Upon a Time, Diva, Rizzoli & Isles and More
boy man troubles await HBO’s Girls in Season 2? What sort of bliss is Once Upon a Time‘s handsome prince hoping for? What is Fringe star Anna Torv’s one wish for Olivia’s future as a mom? Read on for answers to those questions plus other teases from fall and summer shows.
Girls | It looks like Hannah will be moving on from Adam in a very interesting way – with an older man. The HBO dramedy is looking to cast the juicy Season 2 guest-starring role of Joshua, a doctor in his early forties who becomes a potential love interest for the insecure 24-year-old. Girls is probably looking for a “name” here, so armchair casting directors, hit the Comments with your picks for Hannah’s more mature hook-up!
Once Upon a Time | Already TVLine has brought you Ginnifer Goodwin’s take on Season 2 and her own anticipation of the Charmings’ reunion, now that Mary Margaret and David know their true identities and connection to Storybrooke sheriff Emma. Now, we’ve got Josh Dallas’ own prediction for the family get-together. “Bliss,” he states. “That’s what I hope it feels like.” But, as Goodwin also expressed, Dallas would not be surprised if Emma has some abandonment issues to work through, even given the far-out fairytale circumstances. “For 28 years, she’s been carrying around a lot of stuff. She’s felt lost the whole time. Her identity hasn’t been clear to her,” he notes. “So this is all going to come rushing back at her. She’s going to have a lot to deal with.”
Fringe | The cat’s out of the bag: As spoiled by John Noble to TVLine earlier this week, the fifth and final season will leap ahead to 2036, where Olivia – though absent from the “Letters of Transit” episode – will be on hand. And as Noble intimated, Anna Torv is champing at the bit to play the relationship between mother and (grown) daughter Etta. She just hopes the women have it easy! “We’ve seen Olivia work through so many relationships in her life, I would love her not to have to work through this one with Etta,” Torv told me last month. “I would love for us to meet her and Etta having already done all of that and just be family, and have that trust all there already, which is what we kind of got with Olivia’s sister [Rachel]. That was always so lovely, because it was the only time we saw Olivia settled.”
Rizzoli & Isles | Speaking of complicated mother/daughter issues…. Now that we’re a few weeks into the new season and have dialed down the drama between the ladies, you may be wondering when Maura will delve into finding Hope, the woman who gave birth to her. Well, as Sasha Alexander told me, “It’s not until Episode 5 (airing July 3) that Maura decides that the curiosity is killing her, and she really wants to find her biological mother.” Played in a multi-episode arc by Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Hope’s introduction promises to be “very interesting,” Alexander says, in part because her adoptive mother Constance “did know her. It was all a bit of a secret to basically protect my life, because Paddy Doyle’s parents were not good people.” All told, she teases, the mother/daughter reunion serves up “a nice mystery.”
Modern Family | Once again on the topic of mothers and children, this ABC hit’s coming season should be pregnant with comedic possibilities as expectant Gloria carries her second-born child. “I can’t wait to see Gloria pregnant, and how the mood swings and all of that will coincide with everything,” enthuses Rico Rodriguez, who plays Manny. The 13-year-old actor is hoping that his TV sib is a boy, “so Manny can show him things,” but whatever the case, the new Pritchett stands to have the very best big brother. “I think he’ll be a good [brother],” Rodriguez offers, “because Manny will learn more about taking care of others.”
Suits | Harvey – and fans of the USA Network series – will get a blast from the past when an upcoming episode flashes back five years to introduce us to Monica Egan, a super-smart and super-cute colleague of Harvey’s who at this time, somewhat curiously, is no longer with Pearson/Hardman. And over the course of the episode, we find out not why she’s MIA, but also what became of that rising star attorney. Casting is now underway for the thirtysomething Monica….
Drop Dead Diva | Wrapping things up with a dip into the reader mailbag, Lia says, “I would love some Drop Dead Diva spoilers if you have them.” Well, Lia, as part of our recent chat with show boss Josh Berman, even though there will be no big, splashy musical numbers this season, “There is a lot of music” – courtesy of Teri (played by Margaret Cho). “We learn this season that Teri’s secret dream is to be a performer, so we get to watch her perform in multiple episodes,” Berman shared. “We replaced [the bigger production numbers] with some original songs that were written just for the show, and we’ve given it the context through Margaret Cho['s character].” So stay “tuned” for that!
If there’s a show you’d like the Inside Line on, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe it’ll get some love the next time around! (With reporting by Vlada Gelman and Meg Masters)