Fall TV Preview
Once Upon a Time Season 5 Spoilers

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Arrow, Castle, The Flash, Scandal, Gotham, Reign, Haven and More

Which Once Upon a Time heroine is getting a Brave buddy? What’s the latest on Castle‘s mom and dad? Is Arrow‘s Canary still getting black-and-blue? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Next time you speak with Once Upon a Time creators Adam and Eddy, can you ask them about Belle’s storyline for Season 5A? Even a small hint would be greatly appreciated. –Betsy
Your wish has been granted! “We’ve always wondered what would happen if Belle and Merida went on an adventure together…,” EP Adam Horowitz shares. “We hope you do, too, because it’s coming!” P.S. On a related note, everything I heard from the cast at Comic-Con suggested that Amy Manson really “hits the bull’s-eye” as the Brave heroine. Bonus scoop: For Episode 5, Once is casting the possibly recurring role of Sir Lionel, a distinguished knight who sits at King Arthur’s Round Table and is a single father to his 13-year-old daughter, Violet.

Getting anything on Arrow‘s Laurel Lance/Black Canary storyline for Season 4 is like pulling hens’ teeth. Have you heard any spoilers about Laurel that are not Sara- or Quentin-related? –Apple
Since you asked so nicely…. Laurel is “fully arrived as Black Canary when we come back [on Oct. 7],” co-showrunner Wendy Mericle previews. “There’s no more learning curve.” But there are still struggles for Laurel as a costumed crimefighter. For one, “She has a secret identity; how does she grapple with that? And she’s an ADA, so what kind of impact is that going to have on her decisions as Black Canary — and vice versa?”

Shonda Rhimes said KERRY WASHINGTON, TONY GOLDWYNin an interview during Scandal Season 1 or 2 that she always wanted to write a presidential divorce. Will we finally see this play out? –Bevo
Make of this what you will: During ABC’s “TGIT” press tour panel, I asked Rhimes if she had “any interest in” – not whether she was planning on — writing a storyline about “Olivia Pope as First Lady”, and she flatly responded, “We don’t comment on future storylines.” Hmmph. But later during a 1-on-1 at ABC’s party, without hundreds of press members staring her down, the uberproducer allowed that the “concept is intriguing. That’s all I’ll say.”

I read in an interview that since Chicago PD premieres first, they will resolve the storyline of Casey being kidnapped on that show, instead of Chicago Fire. Is that still the plan? –Chris
Nope. Even though P.D. premieres before Fire, the firefighter’s storyline will not be addressed on the spinoff. “We operate a little bit in a separate universe” when P.D. returns, executive producer Matt Olmstead tells TVLine, likening it to a “detached timeline.” “We were mindful to not have too many of the characters from Fire on P.D. because that’s a little weird if they’re at Molly’s having drinks. Then why aren’t they talking about where Casey is?”

Any scoop for Martha on Castle? –Barry
Co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter told me that although Martha has moved out of the loft and has a newly thriving career when Season 8 opens, “She’s very much a part of Castle’s life. Don’t think that just because she now has her own place and is doing well on Broadway that we’re not going to see her sharing her wisdom with her favorite and only son.”

Please, please say that Castle‘s Dad will be back sometime during the new season!? –BG
Would you settle for “He is mentioned in the premiere”…?

On The Flash, will see more of Iris as the investigative reporter? –Carrie
Iris will be coming into her own as a journalist in Season 2 (premiering Oct. 6). “She has a really cool job, and she’s going to be standing on her own two feet a bit more,” showrunner Gabrielle Stanton previews. “She’s definitely going to be part of Team Flash more this season, and we’re definitely going to see more of her work life. We’re going to see her generate stories and be really proactive.” The EP then adds, “She’s struggling with the loss [of Eddie], but instead of letting it get her down, she’s going to use it to become the woman that she knows Eddie would have wanted her to be.”

Will Teddy Sears be recurring on The Flash, or a series regular? –Lashae
Sears is recurring as the first speedster, Jay Garrick.

Is JJ’s husband Will coming back this season on Criminal Minds? We really miss him! –Patricia
There are currently no plans for Josh Stewart to reprise the role, “but [JJ and Will] just had the baby,” piggybacking on A.J. Cook’s real-life pregnancy, showrunner Erica Messer notes, “so he might show up in an episode” down the line.

Syfy has kept Haven Season 5B Spoilersus in the dark about Haven Season 5B. Is there anything you can get your hands on? –Joel
‘Member that morsel of scoop I shared along with the first photo from 5B? Well, here is the complete teaser from showrunner Matt McGuinness, for you to parse and process: “The tsunami of troubles brought by Duke has Haven-ites locked down for their own safety. The town is a war-zone, with troubles shutting off entire neighborhoods. Fortunately, Audrey and Nathan are locked down together, which is nice for them. Even in this maelstrom, they work seamlessly to protect they town they love. But, as the season progresses, they must take some dangerous solo missions — especially hard as they seem to have grown closer than ever….”

Any scoop on Jake and Amy in the upcoming season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine? – Lauren
“We get to see Jake and Amy navigate their new status, and what that means, and it’s not necessarily all smooth sailing,” Melissa Fumero told me, adding that the arrival of the new captain (played by this person) “plays a part, yes” in perhaps complicating the couple’s future. That said, the change in leadership at the 99 “isn’t even the most exciting, crazy thing that happens in the [Sept. 27] premiere,” Fumero asserts. “It’s a twisted episode!”

I’m wondering it Sesame Street‘s new arrangement with HBO affects their deal with Amazon Prime. Elmo is very important in this household and a big perk of our Prime membership. –Lauren
You would be correct to wonder. Both the new episodes (premiering on HBO this fall, then hitting PBS nine months later) and the 150 or so “library” episodes the pay cabler has licenses will be exclusive to HBO and its assorted services.

Now that we’re in Gotham-ep110_scn18_17341_hires1Season 2, will Gotham still keep up the Thomas and Martha Wayne investigation, or will the show move on from that? –Sofia
I hand-delivered your question to Bruce Wayne’s portrayer, David Mazouz, who said that the series-launching murder mystery “will be an ongoing thing” throughout Gotham‘s run. “Gordon’s not really looking into it that much anymore, but Bruce is,” the teen said. “The Top 3 things that are on Bruce’s list are: take down the corrupt side of Wayne Enterprises, find out who his father really was, and find out his parents’ murderer. And they’re all connected.”

In Season 3 of Reign, will Catherine be in English court with Elizabeth? I love Megan Follows and want to see Catherine scheming and plotting. –Andrea
Seeing as Season 3 is “the season of the three queens” (Catherine, Mary and Elizabeth), it appears you will be satisfied. Especially seeing as Catherine, who had a fall from grace last season, will use every means necessary to claw her way back to power, including capitalizing on her alliances in other countries.

Any word from HBO on if they will pick up The Devil You Know? –Theresa
I circled back with HBO just the other day and a decision has yet to be made about whether Jenji Kohan’s Salem Witch Trials-set pilot will go to series.

Are Callie and AJ over on The Fosters because of the whole Brandon thing? Or can we expect another new love interest for Callie? –Briana
“There could be potential for more of that [relationship] to play out” in Season 3B, David Lambert says. “But at this point, I feel like it’s sort of done.” After all, “The moms tried to nip the whole thing in the bud and end it before it really begins,” the actor points out. “A.J. also has his own things to worry about with his brother and his living situation.”

ABC confirmed in December of last year that they were developing a miniseries based in Ken Follett’s bestseller Fall of Giants. Is there any news about the cast or release date? –Elizabeth
Oh, we’re a ways from that just yet. When I brought your Q to ABC president Paul Lee on Aug. 3, he had just received the first script and was “looking forward to reading it,” he said. “Apparently it’s very good.”

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  1. So, Laurel does in one year what took Ollie and Sara more than five years to achieve, lol.

    • spindae2 says:

      They didn’t say she is strong and powerful as Oliver and Sara, just she is trained lets say Roy’s level and can hold her own without major struggle.
      Reading way to much into this.

      • Roy used drugs to get where he was.

        • spindae2 says:

          Roy was trained to get where he is. He was trained by Oliver. The Mirakuru was out of his system before S02 ended and it din’T leave fighting skills before it left.

          • tvjunkie says:

            Don’t mind Michael, if you’ve seen his other posts you’d know he hates everything live action based on comics.

          • Walter says:

            The mirakuru wasn’t out of his system before S02 ended, it was before S03 ended. He thought he killed Sara under the effects of the mirakuru, remember?

          • kath says:

            Roy started out as having been a street fighter for y ears though. He saved Thea from a group of people in s1 and tried to save a girl in s2 before Sara showed up.

            So Roy started out as a street fighter, got mirakuru’d and then trained by Oliver and Diggle for a year. Thea had been training with Malcolm Merlyn for nearly a year when Laurel started learning with Nyssa.

            It is what it is, given the constraints of TV, but everyone on the Team other than Felicity should be a better fighter than Laurel.

          • spindae2 says:

            Laurel kicked a*s back in S01, when she Oliver and Tommy were bullied by that guy in the club. She has taken self defense classes and was training with Grant as well. So she and Thea are on the same level more or less.

          • tvjunkie, nope. I just hate the Kryptonian Supergirl and pretty much most if not all that came out of DC in the Silver Age.

          • Mary says:

            Walter, the Mirakuru was out of his system by the end of S02. He only thought that he killed Sara and that maybe he wasn’t fully clean. But Felicity proved that he didn’t have any in his system and it turned out that his “killing Sara” was really a memory of him killing a cop while he had the Mirakuru in his system.

          • Mike R says:

            Roy had street fighting, Laurel had self defense training. If anything Laurel is more believable

          • spindae2 says:

            Agree, also at this point Laurel is training a full year, while Roy back at the start of S03 was training a couple of months.

          • JC1 says:

            I’ll agree that Laurel at the beginning of S4 has had more training than Roy at the beginning of S3 (and I definitely questioned his sudden archery expertise – at least Thea has an archery background), but let’s not exaggerate. Considering the show takes place more or less in real time, Roy started training with Oliver at the end of January. S3 started in Oct. Less a few weeks for his mirakuru rage episode, that’s 7-8 months, approx. So not just “a couple of months.” And again, you still run into the same issue of part-time training vs full-time. Laurel is working a full-time job and training in her time off. With Verdant closed last summer, Roy had nothing to do but train non-stop.

          • spindae2 says:

            And now 5 months have past and Laurel should be near to the level. The start issue was that she isn’t on the same level like Oliver or Sara, she is more closer to Roy who held his own quite decent on the SC streets.

          • JC1 says:

            I agree that she should probably be closer to Roy’s skill level than any of the others (minus the parkouring and archery). What I was disagreeing with was your statement that Roy had only had “a couple of months” of training.

    • kath says:

      That’s Laurel for ya. But unless they ship her to Nanda Parbat for four years, what can they do with her?

      I think Laurel is a case of they want to have her on the show but they don’t really know what to write for her.

      I just hope they put her in her proper place in the new lair, which is after Oliver, Diggle and Felicity. Cred earned in the comic books shouldn’t automatically translate to cred in the TV show.

      • I think the problem is that Felicity became too popular. She was only supposed to be in it for like a short story arc, four episodes or so.

        • Arvin says:

          Then move her to the Flash so she could be with Cisco.

          • Felicity should transition over to Legends of Tomorrow.

          • Ab1973 says:

            So you think they should get rid of their character that you yourself called “too popular” in favor of a character they obviously have no idea what to do with? How does that make any sense whatsoever?

        • Patrick says:

          Not just Felicity. Sarah was great, and she was a better fit alongside Ollie than Laurel.

        • Murica! says:

          The problem is that Katie is a horrible actress!! Plus the writing for her character is terrible. They should have cast a decent actress to play laurel.

        • kath says:

          Felicity was supposed to be on for one episode with a possibility of recurring.
          and then they cast Emily Bett Rickards, who made the character of Oliver more human, brought a level of humor to the show that was badly needed, and the Team Arrow combination of Oliver/Diggle/Felicity made the show a relative hit, which in turned created the opportunity for the Flash and DCs other shows.

          Moving Felicity to another show isn’t going to help Laurel because the reason Felicity was brought back in the first place is because the character of Laurel wasn’t working as Oliver’s love interest or a fan favorite.

    • Brigid says:

      The same thing could be said for Thea whose training time was less than Laurel.

      • JC1 says:

        Ehhhh……ish? Thea was put into five months of full time Malcolm Merlyn boot camp. Laurel was training a few hours in the evenings after working a full-time job. I’d still put Thea ahead.

        • Mike R says:

          And Laure trained with Nyssa off screen and perhaps through the hiatus. If you can believe Thea, you can believe Laurel. They’re both dumb and unrealistic.

          • Ab1973 says:

            Thea was trained full-time+ by Malcolm and his patented torture-training methodology. Laurel was trained part-time at most for a few weeks by a washed-up boxer, and then a few weeks part-time by Nyssa. There’s definitely a difference. (Thea also had archery trophies in her room in S1.) However, agree that both situations are dumb and unrealistic, and totally undermine Oliver’s journey. But whatever, I’m just enjoying the new EP effectively calling Oliver dumb, since it’s taken him 8x as long as either Laurel or Thea.

          • JC1 says:

            The statement was that Thea had less training time than Laurel. Which I was iffy about, and the more I think about it, I actually definitely do not agree. Thea had five months of concentrated hard-core full-time training, the equivalent of which Laurel has never had. Not only that, she continued training with Malcolm at the very least up until the point of finding out that he drugged her to kill Sara, which is what, another six months? Then she will have been training with Diggle and Laurel over this summer so….yeah. No matter how much time Laurel got in this last year, Thea still had six months head start, and there’s no reason to think she stopped other than that time she was, you know, kind of dead. So I really do not get where the idea that Thea has had less time training than Laurel comes from.

    • KT says:

      I still laugh when I see Laurel as Black Canary. She looks like she is wearing a Halloween costume. At least Sara looked like she could handle herself in a fight, even if her breasts looked like they would pop out of the little bodice they made her wear…

    • Liz says:

      Yeah, how inaccurate is that?! Pretty bad if you ask me. I don’t find that believable at all.

    • Ella says:

      Honestly, I find it such a shame that the Black Canary’s development was so poor and halfhearted. It should have been given precedence over a lot of crap that was pushed to the forefront last season. Both the actress and the character deserve better.

  2. Brad says:

    Nice castle scoop Matt thinks

  3. MaggieH says:

    Thank you so much for the Iris scoop I really can’t wait to see her reporter arc

    • Jules says:

      I will believe that scoop on Iris when the new season starts. These show writers have a tendency to sideline love-interests & just use them as plot devices.

  4. ReverseFlash says:

    Thank you so much for the Iris scoop, so excited to see her become an ace reporter.

  5. Jenny says:

    I can’t wait to see Iris West become the ace reporter we know from the comics. Season 2 is going to be great for her.

  6. So glad to hear that Iris is gonna channel her grief productively! She’s always been a positive force on the show, so I’m glad to see that will continue.

    Thanks for the scoop on Laurel, as well!

  7. Alexis says:

    Thank you so much for the Iris scoop. I’m looking forward to her doing great things in season 2.

  8. Dmac says:

    Ugh Fitz and Olivia just need to end, they are toxic together and she is not the smart, strong Olivia when she is with him. Everything about them is wrong.

    • Lizo says:

      Agreed. Fitz ruins lives; he’s ruined Mellie and he’s ruined Olivia. They both should wash their hands of him…and then be badass together

      • Dmac says:

        He acts like Mellie is this awful women he had to marry and he had nothing to do with the demise of their marriage. He actually believes that he is a white knight saving the day and Mellie is getting in the way. The man has never taken any responsibility for his misdeeds or actions. Mellie love her or hate her has never pretended to wear the white hat. As of Olivia I have no idea what they did to her these last two seasons but her obsession with Fitz is out of hand and out of character. The old Olivia would never have gone back to someone who was willing to start a war on her behalf, but this Olivia is dreaming of living in the White House side by side with the love of her life Saint Fitz.

        • Aly Lady says:

          How exactly did Fitz ruin their lives when both Liv and Mellie latched onto Fitz for perks of his title as POTUS? Did Fitz hold a gun to either of those heffas heads when they broke the law with Defiance or laid on their backs screwing him? Women need to stop blaming a man when they made clearly made their own choices.

      • Aly Lady says:

        How exactly did Fitz ruin their lives when both Liv and Mellie latched onto Fitz for perks of his title as POTUS? Did Fitz hold a gun to either of those heffas heads when they broke the law with Defiance or laid on their backs screwing him? Women need to stop blaming a man when they made clearly made their own choices.

    • Jules says:

      I never thought I’d see the day I’d support Mellie over Fitz. I’m just done with Fitz and Olivia. I seriously hope Fitz is killed off and we can have Scandal with Mellie & Olivia being the two powerful women they are meant to be

      • arial2 says:

        Yes, Jules, I’d like to see that instead, with Cyrus back because all three of them would see right through Liz’s plotting.

      • KEA says:

        On please, when will Mellie take responsibility for her own life and the downfall of her own marriage? The marriage of Fitz and Mellie is torture to watch and I’m sick of it. If your spouse tells you to your face, I’m in love with someone else, BINGO; it’s time to exit the marriage. A marriage that was done long before Fitz met Olivia. Also, Mellie begging Olivia to come back to Fitz in season 3, how pathetic. So no, Mellie doesn’t get any sympathy from me. Olivia and Fitz are the heart of Scandal without their relationship Scandal dies and Shonda and the execs at ABC are well aware of that scenario.

        I don’t know why the people who are fans of Mellie are not excited about her and Fitz not being together, no matter how it was played out. I mean they could put Mellie with Jake or some other new guy. It’s amazing that some fans of this show still want Mellie and Fitz to be together. What other clues does Fitz have to give Mellie that he’s no longer in love with her? On any other show Olivia and Fitz would have been further along in the relationship, instead of all of the back and forth, which was done in my opinion to keep the fan base watching. It has worked up until last season, when the majority of fans wanted them to make a decision or being together.

        • Jules says:

          I don’t want Fitz with neither Mellie or Olivia. They are both way too good for him.. He’s not the heart of anything. He’s a terrible POTUS who makes god-awful decisions regularly, he’s a terrible father & a lousy husband. Why should it fall on Mellie to do something when he’s the one who wanted out of the marriage, why did he not do anything about it.
          Mellie stuck with Fitz not for love but her love for power, she has never lied about her ambitions and hunger for power and she might as well get that from Fitz seeing as he’s not good for anything else really. Fitz’s love-sick persona was ok in the first two seasons. Now it’s annoying & downright boring.

          • KEA says:

            It’s neither annoying nor boring to watch the characters of Olivia and Fitz. What made a lot of the fans upset was the back and forth of Olivia and Fitz. The two have amazing chemistry together and their time has been wasted with all of the hurdles that have been thrown at them to keep them apart. There’s not another love interest for Olivia or Fitz that could match the chemistry that these two have created on screen. It’s not Jake or Mellie and I’m sure the show runner and company have known that for a long time. I’ve accepted that from the very first episode of Scandal. If they didn’t want the fans to fall in love with this couple, then they shouldn’t have written them together for the last 4yrs. finding another love interest for Fitz would be totally unbelievable and pretty much fraudulent on Scandal’s part. Olivia has had two other boyfriends and yet it’s Fitz that she loves and it shows on screen. I think its past time for Scandal to move these two forward, if Fitz and Olivia are not together there’s no reason for the Fitz or Mellie character to be on the show. So, if there’s another show out there that’s looking to bring in Bellamy Young as another supporting actress, then maybe that’s the best route to go.

      • TrudiV says:

        What a stupid wish!
        Dude or dudette – the show is about a fixer Olivia and her love relationship with the president of the USA (Fitz).
        Mellie was an after thought.
        No one except for you and DMAC would watch the show if Fitz is not there
        Mellie was never meant to be a powerful woman. Where on earth do you continually get this nonesense from? The Mellie character was only supposed to be in one or two episodes in season 1

    • arial2 says:

      Totally agree with Lizo and Dmac. The show was so good at the start, but now seems to be spiraling into some sort of abyss. What happened to the strong characters of the first few seasons? Most of them have become just pathetic shadows of the original characters. It’s reached the point that Jake is the only one with any values; never thought I’d read myself saying that, given his B613 career.

      • TrudiV says:

        Jake is the only one with values? Sigh….You must be Shonda in disguise. No one else but Shonda could make a comment like that

  9. lil_lexi says:

    In the arrow, won’t malcom merlyn go badass since he is the new Ra’s Al-Ghul

  10. Naomi says:

    Thank you for the Iris scoop! I can’t wait to see her in her element next season. I’m super excited for season 2 of the Flash :D

  11. M. says:

    Nice to read Castle-scoop every other week, but just for once I’d love to read something Caskett-related.

    • Just one thing says:

      That would require Caskett-related stories in the pipeline, no?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      There are few scoops out there for Booth and Bones. Same for Ichabod and Abbie. Same for Oliver and Felicity. Same for Rayna and Deacon. Same for Olivia and Fitz. (Seeing any pattern here…?)

  12. Maysa says:

    Is really nice to see news about Laurel that are not Sara related. Excited to see her fighting crime with more skill this season. She is having a gradual growth, and we are following step by step, unlike the other characters in this series.

  13. Alex says:

    No Castle’s dad please, this was an awful storyline. Like almost every storyline related to Castle’s character these last seasons, unfortunately.

    • Barry says:

      Alex, I am convinced that Castle’s dad will have something to do — either directly or indirectly — with the 2 months he was gone and the fact that he was shot in the side. In my humble opinion, it will be something Rick either witnessed or participated in that he wanted to forget — or that the dad wanted erased from Rick’s memory. Time will tell — but my gut says that’s the story.

  14. Maria says:

    I absolutely adore Martha, but I am glad she is moving out of the loft so it can be Rick and Kate’s own space. Happy to hear she will still be around on a regular basis, though. Susan Sullivan lights up the screen every time.

  15. Cyn says:

    Thanks for the Iris scoop! I’m so excited about her storyline in season 2.

  16. Carrie says:

    Thanks Matt for answering my Iris West question, great scoop.

  17. Brad says:

    So if castles dad is mentioned in the premiere must mean that Rita is connected to him but if the premiere has to do with bracken why have someone connected to castle appear

  18. Nilani says:

    YES! Can’t wait for Iris West officially joining Team Flash and her journalism arc finally getting its due on the show. Bring on kick-ass reporter Iris helping The Flash take down metahumans in Central City! Also looking forward to ALL of the Westallen loveliness we’ll hopefully get come October! Barry + Iris <3

  19. D says:

    Ok, So I have been searching and I can’t seem to find the Fall TV Premier calendar. Has one been done, if so, can someone share the link?? Thanks!!

  20. Penny says:

    Can’t wait to see Iris West ace reporter in action! I’m really excited for Season 2 now!

  21. FlashLover (Jessica) says:

    Everything about the The Flash sounds like it’s going to be a great season. Wally, Jay and now Iris being a kickass reporter and working with Team Flash. Leaving her the dark really made it hard for her to be part of the plot finally we are gonna get some more action.

    To be honest, I wasn’t sad to see Eddie go, I’m hopeful she won’t mourn too long and the scoop sounds like she’ll want to honor him. So it’s all awesome. Thanks for the great scoop.

  22. Ab1973 says:

    So basically, it has taken Oliver 8x as long as Laurel to be a fully-functional, no-more-learning-curve vigilante? I love it, because that’s a backhanded admission that Oliver is actually as dumb as a non-working doorknob.

    • Lizo says:

      Hahaha so true. I think Laurel had more fight in her to begin with too. Like Oliver was forced to become who he is now; spoiled rich boy who had everything taken away. Laurel has chosen to become this person, so there’s more of a will to be better through choice than coercion.

    • JC1 says:

      Hahahahaha! :)

    • Liz says:

      OR it’s taken him longer because he’s the lead of the show and people want to see his origins and how he’s become a hero. Many people couldn’t care less about Laurel’s journey so they rushed it.

  23. Kelsie H says:

    Yes all around! Gotham, The Flash and Chicago Fire. Let it be Sep/Oct already.

    Iris West protecting the city with the STAR Labs Team and being a reporter full time. Yes!

    Sadly Reign spoilers aren’t interesting. They really ruined the show with Season 2. Hope this season can be better.

  24. Anna says:

    Thanks for the Belle scoop! Finally something that makes me want come back for S5!

  25. Bwhit says:

    I think they should at least mention Casey on PD, like the investigation is ongoing, no new leads ect. I get why they don’t fully explain it on PD because a lot of people only watch Fire. I wonder if they wouldn’t have done this story for a cliffhanger had they know when they wrote it that Fire was going to premiere later than PD.

  26. Jill says:

    Is Laurel going to have a really really tough time keeping her secret identity? She’s running around town wearing fingerless gloves, leaving her ADA fingerprints everywhere.

    • Lizo says:

      Hahaha. The cops in Starling City are extremely stupid though. They never figured out that Arrow was Oliver; like my god

  27. M says:

    Olivia & Fitz need to go die in a hole, I swear.. I don’t think there has ever been a more pathetic couple.

    Yasssss for Iris. I’m so glad they’re doing right by her & keeping her in the team, with her own storyline and not just mourning Eddie all season.

    So many people bitter af about Laurel not needing five years to become a fighter, even though she has a martial arts background, even though she was taught by Wildcat, even though she was trained by one of the most deadliest assassins, even though there is time jump of a few months. You all had no problem when Oliver took on trained fighters in season one after he slapped a few bowls of water & made constipated faces.

    • Jill says:

      Oliver got his ass handed to him many times on the island when he was training, also in Hong Kong by Maseo. By the time he got to Starling City five years later, he was a trained killer.

      Laurel-in-comic-books has a martial arts background, not the Laurel on TV. In The Uprising, Wildcat even told Laurel she hadn’t had enough training to be out there fighting yet.

    • JC1 says:

      She does not have a martial arts background. I would love it if she had a martial arts background. I think it’s the stupidest thing ever that they did not actually give their future Black Canary a pre-existing martial arts expertise. But no. What she does have is some undetermined level of self-defense training, which is not nearly the same thing. She also at this point has a few weeks of training with Wildcat, a few weeks of training with Nyssa, and presumably five months of training with Diggle and Thea.

    • Ab1973 says:

      Laurel does NOT have a martial arts background. In S1 she was shown sucker-punching a rich white douche in the kidneys from behind, and did okay against a couple thugs trying to kidnap her in her apartment (probably her best fight scenes, although she would have been less successful if they hadn’t been trying to take her alive), which was the result of, in her own words, self-defense classes. In S2 she hit like two guys in the face, and one Mirakuru guy in the back of the head (after which she immediately dropped her weapon, so silly). Until Nyssa started training her, for what, a few weeks before Nyssa was kidnapped, Laurel never had one single moment of “martial arts” training. So unless Nyssa can telepathically place martial arts ability/knowledge into Laurel’s head, her sudden abilities make no in-show, not comics, sense.

      However, I don’t care, because I simply don’t care about Laurel. It’s too many years of the writers screwing her up, and nowadays I enjoy anything that telegraphs Oliver’s utter stupidity.

    • Liz says:

      People aren’t bitter about Laurel not needing five years. It’s just inaccurate. Her training with Wildcat was barely anything at all. We hardly saw anything. I just think it would be a lot to believe if they expect her to be on the same level as Oliver who has 8 years of training and experience on her.

      I’m glad that whoever asked the Laurel question got an answer though. Maybe then they’ll stop complaining about lack of Laurel spoilers. This is a blessing!

  28. It's Delovely says:

    Thanks for bringing us some Belle news. I still don’t really care about Merida, so I hope the “adventure” has more to do with Belle’s story/character than that of yet another guest character. (And let’s hope that, unlike the scene in the Belle photo used for the article, this scene doesn’t get cut!)

  29. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for getting the scoop on Candice Patton! This is everything I wanted for Iris in season two. Looking forward to seeing her be part of team Flash and also kicking butt in her job. Soooo excited!

  30. Lizo says:

    Yay!! Glad to read that Laurel and Iris will be more developed going in to next season. Laurel is my favourite so I’m always excited to see more for her.

  31. Thanks for trying to get news on The Devil You Know! I’ll continue to keep my fingers crossed. :)

  32. George says:

    So the best story/arc spoiler they could give you for Laurel on Arrow is that she has to balance her job as ADA w/being the BC at night? That’s kind of what everyone else has been doing for 3 seasons now. What’s next, her struggle between choosing between the turkey or ham for lunch? Paper or plastic at the grocery? What was given for her has been very vague this season so far. I’m beginning to think they actually don’t have a story lined up for Laurel and her job will be to be a supporting player to Sara’s return and be a background mask fighting in the action scenes to look “comic cool”.

    • Carla Krae says:

      Either that……or it’s too spoilery to give further details. That is a reason to not give much info, too.

    • Lizo says:

      I’m all for Sara’s return. They may transition Laurel over to Flash at some point; she fits in really well when she’s guested on there and Barry could use the help lol. Plus, the comics.

  33. Andrea says:

    Thank you for the Castle scoop. I love Martha!

  34. K says:

    Thank you for the Belle news! I’m excited but a little wary since we’ve had many of Belle’s adventures with other princesses before (Mulan, Ariel, Anna), and yet none of the friendships we see ever seem to have any real consequences.

    • It's Delovely says:

      The Belle/Ariel team-up in Season 3 was lots of fun, and I like how it was briefly re-visited at the end of the Neverland arc, when Belle helped Ariel reunite with Eric. I’d like to see Mulan again, too. The Anna thing ended up being pretty pointless, since they never had Belle see Anna when she finally made it to Storybrooke. After all of Belle’s agonizing about letting go of Anna’s hand on the cliff, it was kind of weird that there was no closure on that front. But then, they also dropped the “Belle’s mom” thread from that episode, which was a shame–especially since they brought Frances O’Connor on for the role.

  35. JJ fan says:

    Thanks for the Criminal Minds spoiler, Matt.

    Despite Erica’s words I really hope it somehow works out and he’ll end up showing up, because well, I miss my favorite couple… but more importantly for me it doesn’t make sense to not see him (especially now that JJ had her second baby and I’m sure will find it difficult to manage work and home). I’m still gonna hope.

    • Angela says:

      Is Josh Stewart involved with any other projects at the moment? I imagine if so, that’d probably explain most of the difficulty in getting him back for an appearance.
      But still, yeah, considering JJ’s family’s expanding, it would definitely make sense to see him at least once or twice, so I too will hope they can work something out. And if not, then hopefully they’ll find a good explanation why he’s not there (at work or something like that).

      • JJ fan says:

        TBH I don’t actually follow his career. I checked his IMDB page and wow, yeah he have been busy. He has 3 movies in post-production (2 to come out 2015 and other for 2016), also says he’s currently filming a TV mini series. I gotta say that despite this, despite what Erica said (btw I didn’t like her line: “There are currently no plans” – because I think there should be plans, they should be thinking of trying to get him to guest star), I sincerely hope they somehow manage to get him to appear. It was one thing to mention him in 10×06 (I still missed Will though) and it somehow worked in 10×11 (though would have loved seeing how he dealt with it), but for JJ to have a new born baby which will be addressed, and also I’m thinking we’re gonna see how she handles having another baby and dealing with her job, like for me it just doesn’t make sense for him to not appear at all. JJ’s storyline needs him.
        *Sigh* we’ll see I guess. I’m still gonna try and keep hope because he’s really needed on screen IMHO.

  36. Sandy Camargo says:

    Laurel as Black Canary makes me sick. I can’t stand to watch her as either character, really.
    This is a disappointing move in a show that I otherwise like very much.

  37. Crysania says:

    Oh my gosh thank you SO MUCH for that scoop on Belle and Merida. I’m even more excited for season 5 now!

  38. This really should have been a storyline she had earlier. :) In my head I have this alternate version of her story where she and Oliver are on similar journeys simultaneously, but handle their challenges much differently. Due in great part to the fact that I think keeping her out of the suit was a mistake in the first two seasons. That being said, I hope it’s still shown she has things to learn.
    As for Castle, I adore Martha and will at least *settle* for a mention of his father. Though that may depend on *how* he’s mentioned…
    I’m excited about Iris. I think they learned their lesson in keeping Laurel back and are putting Iris into a position she really should be in at this point: by Barry’s side. If they plan to make her the love interest at any point, she needs to be more visible. Great job, everyone!
    And yes, happy to see Jay Garrick coming in. I thought the helmet was an Easter Egg, but I’m so glad to be proven wrong!

    • Lex says:

      They definitely learned their lesson with Laurel. Instead of a season-long bender, Iris is taking positive steps in her life that Eddie would have been proud of. People grieve in many different ways, but Laurel’s season 2 arc in the wake of Tommy’s death didn’t do her any favors. I figure I should get used to rolling my eyes at the sudden lack of a “learning curve,” and hope that efforts are at least being made to have Laurel build relationships with other Team Arrow members organically. Last season started with Felicity questioning if she and Laurel were ‘favor friends,’ intimating there already was a very one-sided relationship going on. After the hiatus both Diggle and Felicity are making efforts to comfort/encourage Laurel with a complete lack of reciprocation, making everything feel less like relationships being built and more like using popular characters to legitimize unpopular ones. There was too much of that in season 3 already, so I’m hoping for bonding that doesn’t feel like contrivances.

  39. Liz says:

    I’m very excited about Iris West in season 2. Should be good!

  40. Linda says:

    It good to see that Laurel is getting her own Story line this Season. She is why I kept watching Arrow . I am happy to know the Laurel ‘s Path as The Black Canary is going so well. She is a great student and would get the hang of Fighting I feel . Also She was a great student in the Comics .

  41. Asad says:

    We’ve heard that zoom will be the main antagonist in the flash season 2 but do we know yet who will be playing him? Also in the comics eobard thawne is also called professor zoom so is the zoom in season 2 going to be eobard thawne or someone else?

  42. Drew says:

    People who complain about Laurel need to stop asking how long Oliver was stranded (she is not on his level and he was still in action long before returning home) and maybe ask how long some soldiers in real life train… Months, not stranded on an island.

    • JC1 says:

      Months, full-time. Not part-time in the evenings after work. If Laurel had taken a leave of absence from her ADA job and spent the entire five months doing hard training with Nyssa, it would be a different conversation.

      • ComicBookGuy says:

        Some people learn faster than others. BFD. This is a freaking comic book not reality.

        • JC1 says:

          RME. Hey if they want to treat her like they did Roy this year, fine. But if they’re going to start pretending like she’s suddenly got the skills of her comic-book counterpart and able to fight on a level with Oliver and Diggle (not to mention Sara), well, that’s another story.

          • Paria says:

            Cause more than a yr layer she can’t be a capable fighter…,ok

          • JC1 says:

            Ok. Except that’s absolutely not what I said. Unless you’re insinuating Roy wasn’t a capable fighter. I said she shouldn’t be on Oliver’s, Diggle’s, and Sara’s level.

    • Trish says:

      Uhhh, please do not speak on things you know nothing about. Marines train on Parris ISLAND for months for BASIC training. And then move on to the next level of their training. Soldiers are continuously trained the entire lifetime of their service and are tested annually on their skills. So please don’t try to disrespect that to prove a point for a fictional character.

  43. Nory says:

    I hope the fans will just let go of Castle’s dad. That ship has sailed!

  44. Vivian says:

    How are things going with the Immortal Instrument TV series you think it will be worth watching and when will it premiere. Also will they follow up with the ClockWork Angel

  45. Sorry to say this but that Apple person is insane

    • Maria says:

      He is definitely insane. Not only do they ask a question, but they have to be all shady about it. Like calm down. There’s a reason why there aren’t many Laurel questions. You can even see in that video with the arrow cast at 2015 comic con that most questions are for Oliver and Felicity. They dominate. The fact that fans get called out for “hogging” press questions is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Maybe if you were nice in your questions and didn’t shade the reporter they would be answering more.

  46. Kim says:

    I am excited for Castle! The new show runners have been there from beginning and have written some of my favorite episodes. There has to be new relationships for it to grow! I am staying positive that caskett will thrive working together in different ways. As long as there is no breakup I will be happy with exciting new stories and what comes from them. I seriously doubt writers are stupid enough to break them up bc that would probably be it for the series! I get the impression they have a outline for a cool story so I can’t wait to watch my favorite show.

  47. Jade Perreida says:

    When will reign season 3 start?

  48. Tom-VA49 says:

    Dear Castle Show Runners: If you put Beckett through another brief career change that doesn’t pan out you’re going to lose us. We still have questions that Castle and Beckett need to answer together. They have solved the mystery of her mother’s killer, put an end to the two most nefarious criminals in series’ history, and have finally met Castle’s father (yay Dad!). A season of normal challenges would be a breath of fresh air.

    Beckett has no more business being behind a desk than Castle does working with a new partner. She can now enjoy the family life that she has been seeking since the day she lost her mother and she’s rich. Surely a Stanford grad who speaks multiple languages can find something to do.

    By the way, Alexis has waited 21 years to get a mother figure who is stable and smart. Martha considers Kate to be an ‘elegant lady’. Surely there’s a story for the three of them.

    Could it be that the rumors are true about Nathan and Stana not getting along, and these shifts are the result of cast feuds? I hope not.

    • Kim says:

      I hope not true about Nathan and Stana, not getting along either! I don’t think it is…I think they went through a lot with ppl wanting them together in real life that they cooled public appearances? If was a problem I truly don’t think there would be a season 8. Why go through the it if relationship is bad, when season 7 ended as if it could have been series finale. If they don’t get along, they do a darn good job hiding it on screen, bc chemistry is still there!!

  49. GA says:

    I’m looking forward to the fall season, especially “The Big Bang”, “Gotham” & “The Flash”. Is there any way to let the people producing any and all the shows to turn down the lousy, annoying background music? It gets so bad that one cannot hear the dialogue.

  50. TrudiV says:

    A presidential divorce could certainly interesting.
    It is time the Mellie character be put out to pasture though. The character is silly and serves no purpose except to cater to those people who must have some while female that must be saved.
    Enough already! This is 2015! No need for more of that crap. Get rid of that Mellie character and let Olivia and Fitz live their fabulous life as was designed.