Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Glee, Scandal, Hell on Wheels, H50, Castle, Trophy Wife & More
When will Once Upon a Time‘s Neal reunite with Emma? Which Glee guy will get a blast from the “past”? What happens when Castle worlds collide? What does Hell on Wheels have on tap for its finale? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
I was wondering if you knew if (or when) Once Upon a Time‘s Neal would go to Neverland? Based on some cast photos that were tweeted, it looked like he might show up there. –Allie
Or, Michael Raymond-James was just photo bombing his pals on their own set…? Because Neal’s road home will not be an easy one. “This show never seems to be short in the obstacles department,” Raymond-James shares. “It’s one of those things where the answer to one problem usually leads to seven more problems that one needs to overcome. So there’s some tough sledding ahead, I’ll say that.”
How has Once Upon a Time‘s Emma not questioned or had a glimmer of hope that Neal might have been saved? –ratinhos
Fair point. So we asked Jennifer Morrison if Emma might start to somehow “sense” that Neal survived his portal plunge. But she maintained, “They have no sense in Neverland what happened with Neal.” And as for Emma’s instincts, “Because of everything she has been through — and especially having been through so much loss with Neal — for her own sanity, she has to assume that he is dead.”
Any clues on Regina’s Once Upon a Time love interest? –Natalie
You think you’re anxious to meet Regina’s romantic interest? How about poor Lana Parrilla, who when we saw her on the set Thursday had yet to start shooting that storyline. But with an eye on it, she said, “I’m like, ‘What?! I don’t think she’s kissed anyone in like 200 years.’ Well, [except for] the Huntsman. But there is something coming up. And I will say: Regina has not met him. But maybe the audience has.”
Do you have anything on AMC’s Hell on Wheels finale? –Gil
You mean the one airing Saturday at 9/8c? Can I interest you in an exclusive clip from the thrilling hour?
Do you have any scoop on Glee, for after [next week's Finn-centric] episode “The Quarterback”? –Michael
How about some fresh casting calls to chew on? For Episode 6, Fox’s musical dramedy is casting the female dean of a prestigious college; an attractive and cool New York City photographer; and a former supermodel. Also, they need a lad with “blonde/light brown hair and large lips” to play 8-year-old Sam.
I saw some pictures around Twitter where Hawaii Five-0’s McGarrett, Danny and Chin are with a baby in HQ. Any scoop on that? –Clarlee
Was it this picture? That is from a late fall episode where the men of Five-0 must juggle the solving a case with taking care of a very cute baby. Which one of the guys is the Steve Guttenberg?
I liked the new IT guy, Murray, who was in the NCIS Season 11 premiere. Will we see him again? –Kathi
“You actually will see Murray again,” Glasberg reports of Will Harris’ character. “He turns out to be a lot of fun. We’ve enjoyed him.”
Is any chance we’ll be seeing more of Chiandra, the cell phone salesperson (played by Misty Monroe) on 2 Broke Girls? Her comedic chemistry with Max (Kat Dennings) was wonderful! –Joseph
I brought your Q to show boss Michael Patrick King, and he allowed this much: “Max does have Chiandra’s phone number, so anything is possible. If we ever need to get in touch with her — we know where she is.”
I’m really impressed with the new shows, especially Trophy Wife, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Mom. Anything for viewers like me to look forward to? –Lindsey
Ugh, the dreaded trifecta scoop request. Daunting for some, but not a Level 7 agent like myself. ABC’s Trophy Wife (Tuesdays at 9:30) will have a little “crossover” fun when one of the kids dresses as a certain S.H.I.E.L.D. “consultant” for Halloween. And speaking of the October holiday, Fox’s B99 (Tuesdays at 8) will reveal on Oct. 22 that Amy hates Halloween as much as Charles loves it — so of course they are tasked with going undercover, in costume, that night. CBS’ Mom (Mondays at 9:30) meanwhile introduces Justin Long this week as a possible beau for Christy – if she can get past her many issues and jump back into the dating pool. (At home, Bonnie teaches young Roscoe how to play Blackjack, for money, leaving out one kinda-important rule.)
Any The Mentalist scoop on Jane’s reaction to last week’s cliffhanger? (Is this font good enough? I even changed the colour.)- Hayley
Well done with the change-up in email font! (I wish the readers here could appreciate it.) So, Jane’s reaction…. ‘Member how he was resigned to not freak out? That time has passed. And as Sunday’s episode opens, we find him rushing into the house where Lisbon is (was?), quickly confirming her fate.
How cool is Stana Katic?! And any more scoop on Castle? –Clare
You don’t even know, and of course! This Monday’s episode, which centers on the death of a defunct Saved By the Bell-like sitcom’s star, is the one I was on set for, so I invited writer Elizabeth Beall to preview it for y’all. “It’s a really fun world that we go into, one that offers all of our characters really distinct points of view about the ’90s sitcom thing,” she started. “Beyond that, it’s a really surprising type of case, for Beckett and the Feds to bump up against the boys in the precinct. And it takes a very surprising turn going from the fun aspects of the case to a much more serious, grounded conclusion.” As Kate temporarily reunites with her pals at the 12th, “It becomes a really nice big episode for Beckett and everything that she’s going through this whole section of the season.”
You know Gladiators are always up for more Scandal scoop. Anything to tide us over until next week? –Miranda
When I chatted up Joshua Malina at the Saks event this week, he described David’s dynamic with Olivia as now being “cautious friendship.” And as for David’s larger Season 3 purpose, he said that five episodes in, he has yet to see it quite crystallize. “I’ve argued a very important case — I think I can say that — and I’ve had a bit of the, ‘We’re friends/No, we’re on opposite sides of an issue’ thing with Olivia,” he shared. “It feels like their earlier dynamic.”
I know Brenda Song is currently on Fox’s new comedy Dads, but any chance she’ll reappear on Scandal? –Donna
Malina also told me that Song has yet to reprise her role as Alissa in Season 3 – “Dads has kept her from us” – but, he notes, “I have yelled to her off-camera.”
Big fan of you, big fan of TVLine, and big fan of Hart of Dixie. Anything on Zoe and Wade? –Jill
It would seem that the arrival of Josh Cooke’s character, who like Zoe is a NYC transplant, will shake up the canvas – meaning perhaps a bit less Zade action. “With Joel in town… the five original regulars aren’t working together a whole heck of a lot,” Scott Porter shared with us last week. “George is a kind of a satellite around everyone else’s storyline, and so is Wade. We haven’t as much together this season as I would like, but I’m sure it’s all coming.”
On Revenge, is Aiden’s pairing with Victoria to ruin said “Girl Next Door “legit? Please tell me it isn’t, as I am the many who believe in Aiden and Emily. –coalways
Oh, you must have missed our premiere post mortem Q&A with show buss Sunil Nayar. Sorry, but he said Aiden’s agenda is “absolutely” bona fide, adding: “He will state at the beginning of Episode 2 exactly what his opinions are about Emily.”
I would love to have a rundown as to how exactly the number of people watching a show is determined. Does DVR playback figure in? What if I fast forward through commercials — does that affect anything? –Jamie
For one, we’ll never know exactly how many people watch a show. A handful of homes are sampled by Nielsen, and ratings are extrapolated from that. Live+3 Day and Live+7 DVR playback does get figured in, if only to offer a network a better idea of how many people are exposed to a program. But really, all the advertisers (aka the bill payers) are deeply vested in is Live+SD data (since DVRnistas are fast-forwarding through ads) or, at their most generous, C3 ratings aka commercial minutes watched within three days of playback. (Note: This is a highly simplified answer that about 11 commenters will poke holes at, but I’m good with it.)
If there’s a show you’d like the Inside Line on, email InsideLine@tvline.com! (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)