Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on The Mentalist, Once, Good Wife, Revolution, True Blood and More!

Will The Mentalist‘s Rigsby be father dazed? What does Once Upon a Time‘s Evil Queen not have in common with Pinocchio? Does a Revolution-ary baddie have a good side? Who’s locking lips on Good Wife? Who’s the new True Blood charmer? Read on for answers to those questions plus other teases from hot shows.

The Mentalist | Dipping into the mailbag, Laura asks: “Can I have a scoop about other characters from The Mentalist, like Van Pelt and Rigsby?” I relayed your request to EP Tom Szentgyorgyi, who for starters promised we’ll meet “someone new in Van Pelt’s future.” As for Rigsby, “He will cross paths with his father again, and continue to cope with his new life as a single dad.” (As show boss Bruno Heller previously teased, the Rigsby men’s “very conflicted and difficult relationship… comes to an epic head in Episode 4.”) As an added bonus, Szentgyorgyi shared that “Cho will start moonlighting with a second CBI unit, which leads him to a surprising encounter with someone from his past.” Scoop need sated?

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The Good Wife | As well-cast and audacious as this Sunday’s Good Wife is (Maura Tierney guest-stars and yes, it’s also that episode), next week’s hour is perhaps the most all-around entertaining thus far. For one, the Case of the Week is plenty engaging (in an Engadget kind of way) and features The Sopranos‘ Dominic Chianese as who may become your most favorite judge ever. On the sexier side of things, Jill Flint is back as Lana and boy, does she make an entrance — let’s just say she’s actually in the scene before you realize it. You also get Alicia and Will needing to talk about the “thing” they once had, and a kinda-surprising kiss at the end of the episode. Do not miss.

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Once Upon a Time | Speaking with Jennifer Morrison about the season opener’s big twists and what comes next (stay tuned for that video Q&A), I also sought clarification on Regina’s “amnesia” when it came to the Mad Hatter’s alter ego. Or as TVLine reader Jennifer put it: “Was Regina faking it or messing with Emma when she said ‘Who’s Jefferson?'” The answer is: both. “She was saying she didn’t recognize his name, but she obviously knew who he was,” Morrison confirms. “She was just lying — the same way that she did in the jail cell, when she said to Rumplestiltskin, “Oh, [Belle]’s alive?’ And he was like, ‘Bulls–t, you knew she was alive.'” Such fleeting fibs are part of Regina’s bid to “cover her tracks a bit,” says Morrison, now that the mayor’s evil ways are exposed. “She doesn’t want to reveal anymore of herself than she has to.”

VIDEO | Once Upon a Time Sneak Peek: Can the Mad Hatter Help Save Emma and Snow?

Revolution | Thus far on NBC’s post-apocalyptic drama, which already has earned a full-season ride, the backstories of Ben Matheson’s brood – as well as his brother Miles and Sebastian Monroe – have been illuminated. But what about the militia’s Capt. Neville? Has he always been so fierce? “You’ll learn that he had a very different personality before,” Giancarlo Esposito tells us. “You’ll learn that he has a little bit of compassion.” What you won’t learn, though: that he once owned a fast-food franchise and meth superlab.

VIDEO | Exclusive: How Revolution Makes Swords and Crossbows So Cool — and Extra-Lethal

True Blood | Rutger Hauer won’t be the only new face surfacing during Season 6 of HBO’s supernatural drama. The show is also casting the series regular role of Ben, an “ultra charming, ultra handsome” fella in his late 20s/early 30s who is magnetic to women and menfolk alike, all while using his Southern gentility to mask a dark, dark, darrrrrk side. Watch for Ben to cross paths with Sookie soon after his arrival. Until then, hit Comments with your casting ideas!

Sitcom Quickies | Speaking of casting calls, Modern Family is in the process of populating pregnant Gloria’s family. There’s Sonia, her 30something sister who on the surface is meek but deep down has bursting to bust out, and Pilar, a family matriarch who is described as old-school, religious and stubborn. Oh, and both actresses should be ready to let loose with a Gloria-esque accent…. Parks and Recreation meanwhile is seeking a wholesome model-gorgeous blonde in her 50s to play… Jerry’s wife Gayle! Christie Brinkley, call your agent.

And out we go with a rat-a-tat-tat of reader Qs….

Now that the episode has aired, what was the scene cut out of Castle 501 ? — @vikimousse
Ah, yes. The scene I saw them film during my set visit had Espo storming out of Beckett’s apartment when Ryan showed up to help with the Cole Maddox case, and Kate then reeling him back in. It’s a shame it got cut since it took many takes to get Esposito’s angry door-slam just right, but in hindsight the sequence probably made the character look too petty.

Who was that playing Congressman Shaw in last week’s Scandal premiere? –Lori
That was Jackson Hurst aka Drop Dead Diva‘s Grayson. You may have also seen him in a handful of Unforgettable episodes.

Why is Leverage the last TNT show left to be renewed this year? It makes no sense. –Marisa
True, Leverage traditionally gets the high-sign by now, but any number of factors can create a hold-up. Maybe TNT is on the fence and wants to see how the winter run fares? Or maybe the cabler has a strong crop of pilots banging at the door. (Similarly, to Lola: It’s too soon for The CW to make a call on The L.A. Complex Season 3. And to Karen, there’s no news on Fairly Legal since this reporting from last month.)

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)

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  1. Bee says:

    I’m glad they cut that Espo scene. I think it would have been a petty reaction, especially in the midst of something as weighty as Beckett’s mom’s case. I mean, Espo was willing to go against Gates to help Beckett in the finale! He’d be willing to be in the same room as Ryan to help the next day.

  2. Emgee says:

    Burn Notice renewal news, please??

  3. slizabeth says:

    Jackston Hurst is suuuuuuch a hottie. Christian Gray material.

    • Pearl says:

      It actually makes sense Oo

      The thing is, I love him in every guest position that he’s appeared, i just HATE HIM in Drop Dead Diva. He was perfect in Unforgettable and Scandal!!! I’d be happy if Grayson died, just so the actor can have a better part.

  4. Girl in md says:

    Ana Ortiz to play Gloria’s sister I need some Hilda Suarez back on my tv!

  5. Amy says:

    Why is Rigsby considered a single dad? Did something happen to Sarah? I know they didn’t get married, but I guess I thought that they were still together and raising the child together. Did I miss something?

    • Ing says:

      I was wondering the same thing!! thanks for asking. If anyone knows this answer, I would be very happy to hear what happened!

      • Shannon says:

        I heard that Rigsby and Sarah will break up.

        • ohlala says:

          i thought he was confused when he wrote this too. i guess they’re gonna break up soon, which makes sense since him and baby momma llama have ZERO chemistry together. and obviously, all roads lead to van pelt

    • Shaun says:

      Pretty sure she caught onto the fact he wasn’t so hot for her,so technically he’s a single dad.

    • Barbara says:

      He is single and he is a dad. He and Sarah never married and until they do he is a single dad. I also heard that their relationship will become less romantic.

  6. Lorie says:

    I was hoping to meet some of Gloria’s family now that she’s pregnant. Can’t wait!

  7. BelleRumpleFan says:

    Love your Once scoops!

  8. “But what about the militia’s Capt. Neville? Has he always been so fierce?” he sold copiers before the collapse… no, sorry, that was the bad guy in The Postman.

  9. Shawn says:

    The OUAT thing doesn’t quite make sense because hasn’t Regina called him Jefferson herself a time or two?

  10. Jennifer says:

    The magic works different now that Rumple brought it to Storybrook, so it kinda makes sense that it will screw with people’s abilitites like it did when Regina tried to cast everyone from her house, unless she was faking that too.
    Thanks for clearing up the Regina/Jefferson thing. Morrison’s answer was what I was thinking. Regina’s reaction was a little different then when she mentioned Belle but I think that was because Rumple sees through Regina’s b-s so it’s harder to hide.

  11. Mari says:

    Thanks for revealing the Castle cut scene.

  12. tahina says:

    The Good Wife is going to be awesome! Lana is back and da SCENE,da SCENE!!! ;)

  13. Ally Oop says:

    LA Complex doesn’t have a chance. The ratings in Canada were abysmal.

  14. Ace says:

    I nominate Peggy Lipton for the role of Gayle on P&R! (She should be easy to convince since she’s Rashida Jones’s mom IRL!)

  15. Lucy says:

    I’m glad that after 3 episodes Cary has still no storyline so I can stick with my “Leave that show, Matt Czuchry”. Obviously he’s nothning more than a fifth wheel here.

    • Pat says:

      I know that’s just cold comfort but he’s not involved in that “Fifty shades of awkward” mess at least. Of course it doesn’t change the fact that there’s not a single spoiler which suggests that they’ll finally do something with the character this year and put him in the spotlight again. I bet the daddy thing will get 4 minutes screentime and then it will be dropped for the rest of the season seeing that Robert King already pointed out that they can’t go too far with Cary’s storyline because of the other plot lines they’re writing about. And rIght now Matt Czuchry is just what he has been last season: purely and simply decorative.

  16. Finola says:

    Peggy Lipton is a perfect chioce!

  17. Ethan says:

    Can’t wait for The Good Wife! One of the best show on TV! But please tone down on Kalinda. She’s getting a little cartoonish.

  18. tp says:

    Matt, why are Thursday shows skipping next week?

  19. bella says:

    Matt, hoping to find out more about the Syfy pilot “Rewind”, no articles around since May regarding casting (David Cronenberg etc). When will it air? Will it air as a tv movie? Will there then be a wait to see if it is picked up to series? We want a good time travel series!

  20. I am intrigued by the new Ben character on True Blood. He sounds like Claude did in the Sookie Stackhouse books. Appealing to male and femaile characters. But why bring him in to the picture when the canvas is full enough, And hey we all want Sookie to have a man in her life that will make her happy. Ben does not sound like that guy.

  21. I have to check my spelling, I meant female.

  22. Laura says:

    Haha, thank you for the mentalist scoop! :D

  23. BonnieW says:

    I was sorry to learn that Jane By Design was cancelled right after I watched the entire series in one weekend. Bummer. Now the idea that Fairly Legal might not come back really smarts.

  24. JM says:

    About BEN in TRUE BLOOD: How about Chris Salvatore? He is actually charming and sexy.

  25. jackie2830 says:

    I’m DROOLING for The Good Wife………♥ U Matt!

  26. mindy says:

    since cbs has already renewed elemental and person of interest so early into the fall season what about hawaii 5 0?