Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on The Good Wife, The Mentalist, Glee, H50, Arrow, Bates Motel and More
What’s hitting the fan on The Good Wife? What fresh drama awaits Glee‘s Rachel? Did a Criminal mind cheat? Will Bates Motel open its door to brotherly love? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
What scoop can you give on the October 27th episode of The Good Wife? –Liz
Um, that it’s amazing. And breakneck-paced. And will basically cause 42 minutes of anxiety. And may lead you to cease breathing for long stretches of time. Aptly titled “Hitting The Fan,” it’s everything you fear it is — which makes it ridiculously compelling. Words are exchanged. Hardball is played. Sex is (quickly) had. Alliances flip-flop. There is dizzying double-crossing. And by hour’s end, Alicia is reborn in an exciting way. In other words: WATCH THIS ONE LIVE and STEER CLEAR OF THE TWITTER.
Could someone please dig up some Good Wife scoop pertaining to Kalinda? –Tage
This quite possibly qualifies. Episode 100 will introduce the recurring character of Jenna, a tough, funny police detective who’s comfortable in her own skin (and, in fact, is comfortable in a lot of people’s skin. Which sounds sexy if you block out Silence of the Lambs imagery). Also, Jenna’s not averse to mixing the personal with the professional, so….
Do you have any Mentalist scoop? –Shena
I just screened this Sunday’s episode, and it moves along the Red John hunt in some verrrrrry interesting ways. For one, there’s an edge-of-your-seat tete-a-tete between Homeland’s Bob Kirkland and FBI agent Reede Smith. You’ll also learn that two people from Jane’s past have recently died. And you’ll hear, “Tiger, Tiger” uttered several times.
We’re shocked by the title of The Mentalist episode 6.09, “My Blue Heaven.” Any idea what’s going on in this episode? And why no RED in the title? –Mila
I’m just spitballing, but I’d take the change in colors to suggest that Red John will not be an issue by then…? P.S. Lest you think Jane’s soon entering his “blue” period, Episode 10 – in which we meet a gung-ho new tech analyst named Jason — is titled “Green Thumb.” Maybe they’re saving periwinkle for February sweeps? P.P.S. Shouldn’t the first episode after RJ is nabbed be titled “Orange You Glad We Caught Him”?
What can you tell me about what’s going to happen when Glee comes back? –Audri
It’ll be time for Ms. Rachel Berry, in the wake of personal devastation, to be put to the professional test, in her Broadway debut. “I always thought Rachel was going to be a big star — that was sort of planted, even in the pilot,” show boss Ryan Murphy tells us. “So the story’s about that. Does [Funny Girl] get good reviews? Does it get bad reviews? We’re trying to add some complications in there.”
Any chance you have Criminal Minds scoop? I’d love to hear it! –Rachel
Around midseason, we will meet Blake’s police detective brother and retired police captain dad, who summon her when their hometown is rocked my multiple murders.
Please tell me that Criminal Minds‘ JJ didn’t have an affair with the new chief (played by Esia Morales). That’d break my Jareau-loving heart. –Amanda
I know that’s the easy conclusion to jump to, but his mentioning of a “case still being open” steered me away from it. For now. But frankly, we’re meant to be puzzled. Coming out of this week’s episode, “People are going to be a little confused as to what exactly their relationship is — and the great thing about it is we really don’t answer any questions,” says A.J. Cook. “We just let it hang there, for a while. But I hope people stick with it, because it’s a beautiful thing.”
I’ll take anything you have on Chicago Fire‘s Shay. Please and thank you! –Saadia
Having witnessed a suicide, the guilt-slash-blame drives a wedge between Shay and Dawson, forcing one to consider moving out of Firehouse 51.
Your tweet was totally right, Arrow‘s second episode was better than the premiere. Reward my flattery with a spoiler? –Erin
Put on your tin foil hat and speculate about this one: Around midseason, we’ll catch glimpse of Anna, a Hispanic woman in her 60s who is confined to a mental hospital while muttering something over and over and harboring a “deadly secret.”
I really like Hostages! The promo for next week says that somebody won’t survive. Do you have any info as to who it might be? –Jenny
I’m not saying that this has to do with the death you speak of, but… Duncan’s crew will be down a man by episode’s end. Also: Toni Collette busts out the Emmy-winning chops when a dark secret from Ellen’s past is brought to light.
When will Melanie Griffith arrive on Hawaii Five-0? Anything on the story surrounding her? –Sarah
Filmdom’s erstwhile Working Girl will debut as Danny’s mother in the second half of this season, for at least three episodes. “Danny gets a knock on the door one day and there’s Melanie Griffith with a couple of bags,” showrunner Peter M. Lenkov told me. “She left the husband, who’s acting like a 25-year-old and going through a midlife crisis. She says she just can’t take it anymore, so she moves in with him and it’s a little like The Odd Couple. Youre going to earn a lot about Danny in those episodes.”
Do you have any Hawaii Five-0 spoilers? –Sheila
Will Danny not be playing (with the) doctor much longer? In Episode 12, the CBS drama will introduce the recurring character of Amber, a comely New York City transplant whom Danny “meets cute” at a gas station… and by episode’s end must rescue from danger.
As I was watching Marcel decide he wants to kill an original, I got wondering: Will The Originals keep with the mythology set up by The Vampire Diaries, that killing an original also kills all the vampires he/she sired? –Lia
That hard-and-fast rule absolutely holds true in the spin-off.
I’d love some info on Bates Motel, like when it’s coming back and any juicy scoops. –Donald
While the Season 2 premiere date stands as a general “2014,” we for certain got some juicy scoop from The Shield alum Kenny Johnson, who’s joined the A&E drama as… well, we’ll let him tell it. “I come on as Norma’s brother, Caleb, who used to have sex with her through their childhood. Which is kind of weird, yeah. So that’s really a comfortable thing to get into!” And yet it explains so, so much.
Modern Family is doing location filming at a park close to my house, involving carnival rides. Any fun scoops you can give me? –Mary
What you laid eyes on was the ABC hit shooting an episode set at a school fair, where Jay is begrudgingly signed up to play “fair cop” – and, worse, partnered with someone he cannot stand.
I know that it’s probably tough to get some spoilers for upcoming episodes of this show but is there a tiny chance that you may have some juicy stuff on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? –Andy
EP Jeph Loeb told me that when Titus Welliver reprises his role as Agent Blake, there “absolutely” will be a nod to his storyline from the Marvel short film Item 47. After all, “He lived in a world in which Mr. Coulson was dead,” Loeb notes. “And that will certainly play a part in his visit.”
I need some Once Upon a Time scoop! Please tell me Charming is gonna be OK?! –Taylor
Would that I could. But…. “He is going to have to be fighting with the reality that he’s poisoned and there really is no cure,” EP Eddy Kitsis shared last weekend at the New York Comic-Con panel I moderated. “It’s a true test of his strength, and we’re really going to see how strong he is as a human.” Added EP Adam Horowitz: “It’s going to be a big burden, not just physically but mentally.”
I read that Mike & Molly is coming back Nov. 4. I am worried though that the show was held back until now. Will they have a full 22-episode season? –Steve
Yes, as CBS boss Nina Tassler assured back in May, when it was revealed that M&M would ride the pine until needed to come off the bench, it will be back with a full season.
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