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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on NCIS, Glee, Private Practice, SVU, Covert Affairs and More

Why the cone of silence surrounding NCIS Agent McGee? Is Private Practice expanding Addison’s family? How does a Criminal Minds fave fare on SVU? Read on for answers to those questions plus other teases from hot shows. (And feel free to email me with any scoop requests.)

NCIS | Dipping into the mailbag, one reader notes, “In all the NCIS photos and promos there’s no sign of very special agent McGee. I know [Sean Murray] is signed on for another two years but I’m starting to get worried…. Anything, please, please, please.” Who says that McGee survives the explosion? How do we know he even makes it out of last season’s finale alive?? Oh, right – Michael Weatherly told us so. Grr, so much for my devious effort to play with y’all. So… [Spoiler alert] …yes, McGee lives, “and we’ve got some fun stuff coming up,” show boss Gary Glasberg assures me. For one, don’t miss a reference in the season premiere to a relative of Tim’s, whom we just might meet. “It won’t happen until the latter part of the season, but I think we’re going to get into a little more of the McGee family,” Glasberg teases. “We’ll scratch a little deeper [with that character], absolutely.”

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Private Practice | Mandy asks: “Do you have some scoop on Addison?” What if my answer was a qualified maybe? Although Kate Walsh told us last month that she had yet to get wind of any plans to revisit or meet more of Addison’s family during her final run with the ABC drama, a casting notice has just gone out for the role of Vivian, a “whip-smart, strong and scientific” woman in her seventies. Could the same situation that brings Sam’s mother to town also act as catalyst to meet Bizzy or the Captain’s mom/Ad’s grandmother? Can you think of another relative we might meet, of that age? Ooh, or how about this: Viv is some affluent überresearcher who invites Addison to run her fancy-pants clinic in Switzerland?

VIDEO | Private Practice Promo Plays Up Addison’s (In)decision

Covert Affairs | What happens now that Annie’s awake? After all, Agent Walker can’t exactly chase after Lena, the duplicitous double agent who framed her, after barely surviving a couple slugs to the chest. Or can she? “There’s a big time jump, and the next episode picks up after Annie’s mostly recovered,” Christopher Gorham told me. And to be sure, their first order of business is to track down a certain traitor. “We’ve lost track of Lena,” says Gorham, “so that becomes the next mission for the next couple of episodes — justice.”

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Glee | As gleaned in Thursday’s premiere, Tina isn’t in the best place, having not been handed the baton as The New Rachel on the heels of seeing her romance with Mike go south. So what happened there anyway, besides the “Make Change Forever” tattoo tweak? Harry Shum Jr. says that when Mike resurfaces in Episode 5, “You’ll get a little more explanation on how that ended. ” As he notes, “It’s always difficult when you have a long distance relationship” – especially when one party appears to be faring just fine, if not better, during the separation. “Mike’s always been a straight-A student, so he is doing really well [at college], and I think that’s what’s difficult for them,” Shum ventures. “Tina doesn’t know how to really figure that out.”

Law & Order: SVU | Though I am, admittedly, an intermittent viewer of SVU, I trust I am dead to rights when I say that the two-part season opener, which picks up the gnarly escort service storyline that left a dead hooker in Cragen’s bed, represents a pair of the show’s best hours. As Benson, Fin et al labor to uncover the truth – make no mistake, there is a heaping pile of evidence not in the captain’s favor – much, much dirty laundry is aired, some of it casting people we thought we knew in not the best light. Paget Brewster, guesting as a special prosecutor of sorts who fingers Cragen as a prime suspect, is really terrific and not just playing some variation on Criminal Minds‘ Prentiss, while Adam Baldwin (Chuck) is also well-cast as an the steely interim boss who tries (tries) to keep the SVU team in line as they try (try) to surreptitiously prove Cragen’s innocence. One final tease: The first hour ends with one of the detectives holding a gun to the head of someone we’ve been led to believe was a friendly.

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Sitcom Quickies | As previously scooped here, The Middle‘s Sue will be charged with – and take great pleasure in – mentoring a freshman lass (played by Bunheads‘ Bailey Buntain). Thing is, the new girl stands to do just fine on her own. “[Bailey's character] arrives in pretty great shape, but Sue mentors her nonetheless,” says show boss Eileen Heisler. “An all-around winner who’s assigned Sue as a mentor!” …. Now that Happy Endings has cast Christopher MacDonald (Harry’s Law) and Julie Hagerty (Airplane!) as Alex and Jane’s parents, you may wonder: to what end? In the very funny half-hour introducing the Kerkoviches (no relation!), Jane will labor to get a laugh out of her dad while Brad pulls it off effortlessly (if not with diminishing returns), while Alex debates telling her folks that she’s back with onetime-groom Dave…. Cougar Town newlyweds Jules and Grayson will butt heads over last names – namely, why Jules won’t take his. (Scrabble tiles amusingly come into play)…. That B—- in Apartment 23 will set June up with an old pal who on a good day is a bit loony, but in this specific scenario has gone off his meds. Eep.

If there’s a show 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 and Michael Slezak)

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40 Comments
  1. Jamie says:

    Addie’s grandmother?! Yes please! Thanks Matt.

  2. Svenja says:

    Very good NCIS scoop. Finally something for McGee. He is an amazing character. My guess is that we are gonna meet his father the admiral since we met all of the living fathers of the team already…except McGee’s and last year in “Penelope’s Papers” he talked about him quite a lot. I cannot wait for this… finally some McGee centric stuff.

    • Nubie says:

      I agree, Svenja – REAL excited about this. As you know, many of us have been asking for is McGee’s Dad to make an appearance on the show. I’m hoping this is some of the “fun stuff” Mr. Glasberg is hinting at. :)

    • Lauren says:

      i want troian bellasario back as mcgee’s little sister for an episode
      that could be fun

      • Meri says:

        yes! She was so good!

      • Binx says:

        I’m craving for more McGee and his family: his sister Sarah (Troian was doing an awesome job as his sister), the Admiral (and his mother? would be nice if he at least has still both his parents) and Penny. However, ‘m not sure about ‘fun stuff’ being a good thing. Seems like that’s a synonym for “goofy” and that’s not what I would like to see when they bring on Admiral McGee. Nor do I want to see another member of the MCRT having “daddy issues”.

  3. cas says:

    So not that anyone care but I just started watching Private Practice and I am at the end of season 3. I really dislike Violet right now and I actually liked Addison and Pete together as I liked them since season 1 so I am disappointed to know she ends up with someone else and that Pete marries Violet and apparently leaves her since he won’t be in season 6. I also don’t see the chemistry between Sam and Addison at all. I just feel they don’t fit together. And I would hope my best friend wouldn’t date my ex husband, if I had one.

    • Becks says:

      Yeah I’d like to tell you that Violet gets less annoying but she kind of doesn’t lol. But you should keep watching for Charlotte and Cooper. They’ve been my favorites for a while now, and they get some REALLY good stuff in seasons 4 and 5 :)

      • cas says:

        I do love Charlotte and Cooper and every time they broke up I would get sad.

      • Paula says:

        I agree. Charcoop are the best of the best. IMO they are the best written, best acted couple on TV. If this is the last 13 I will really miss them. I watch PPP for them. You are right, Violet doesn’t get any better. She is just as annoying as ever. Sorry Amy B., like you but really, really dislike Violet! I was hoping she would run away to some small country and help Pete start a free clinic.

    • jona says:

      You should keep watching for Amelia, she is the best. :) And season 5 is fantastic, the best so far!

  4. So thrilled to get some good McGee scoops…..thank you, Matt & company. I’ve been eagerly waiting to see & meet McGee’s dad for a good while. I have a feeling that Season 10 will be the best season ever for NCIS. :-)

  5. celine says:

    About svu : not a tease, we saw in the promo that Nick points a gun to Cassidy’s head.

  6. Renee says:

    I hope we’re going to see a LOT more of McGee.

  7. Ooooh looking forward to SVU, sounds great! I’m glad Glee is letting the supporting players have some proper storylines this year. After the stellar premiere I’m hoping for a good season!

  8. Lori says:

    Paget Brewster is a great actress. Of course she wouldn’t play her DA character as if she were Emily Prentiss. Don’t forget, Paget was Kathy on Friends, who dated Joey and then Chandler.

  9. Kath says:

    Do you have any Private Practice scoop that isn’t about Addison and Sam? They and Violet have worn out their welcome with me. Anything on Amelia? or Sheldon? Or Charlotte? The grown-ups of the show.

  10. Sarah says:

    I really hope we get to see Addison’s family again. I love the Montgomery’s.

  11. tw says:

    I love me some Glee scoop anytime. But really, no one cares about Mike and (especially) Tina. More Rachel please! More Blaine please!

    • tw says:

      And Brittany. And Santana.

    • OldLadyKlainer says:

      It’s fiancee for a girl. Second, why can’t Tina and Blaine be co-captains like Finchel were?
      That’s what we were promised last season. I saw some spoilers for the next episode. Why isn’t Tina playing the lead in Grease? Why are all the leading roles being given to the newcomers?
      I think Burt is the father of the century so am really angry they are cutting him. Kurt and Burt are one of the pillars of Glee. Also, no Klaine goodbye kiss!! (so what else is new?) This show is the Titanic and I am running for the lifeboats. I adore Blaine but his song in the courtyard was mediocre and so last season. The only thing that looked promising was the HummelBerry relationship in NYC. BTW, I have still not recovered from the fact that they made Blaine a junior so he couldn’t go to NY with Kurt. This was a missed opportunity for ‘dramedy’ greatness.
      signing off as OldLadyKlainer

  12. DAV says:

    So excited to see Paget back on my TV!!!

  13. MaryLuv Tiva says:

    YAY Finally a Mcgee spoiler! :) I can’t wait to see what storyline they have planned for him. He really does deserve a good storyline of his own. I wonder if we finally get to meet his dad? I just hope that TPTB don’t have whoever said family member is be a suspect or somehow involved in the crime. I can’t wait for Season X of NCIS!

    Thanks as always for all the great NCIS spoilers! :)

  14. estefania says:

    thanks so much Matt for info about Mcgee I am worried about him, because I love sean murray and I always see entire Cast together till end of dear NCIS show

  15. Emily says:

    very very excited for SVU’s premiere, even though I was sad that stabler left, honestly I think the show is just so much better now! am intensly curious to who they are holding a gun at-my guesses is that ex-detective from season 1 who reappeared

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    Thanks for the McGee spoiler, Matt. Sean’s fans have been looking forward to this with anticipation. Keep them coming! :D

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