Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on The Good Wife, NCIS and Other Hot Shows

Mondays tend to suck. Let’s see what I can do to make yours a bit better with a flurry of scoops, teases and sound bites from some of TV’s hottest shows and stars.

A Kiss Is Just a Kiss…? | Apparently there is no such thing as a run-of-the-mill episode of CBS’ The Good Wife, because this Tuesday’s hour raised my eyebrow at least twice. For the case of the week, you have Ken Leung delivering a nicely understated performance that’s a far cry from Lost’s Miles, plus there’s a nifty callback to a previous episode. Beyond that, you get:
* Alicia caught off guard by a gesture of Kalinda’s
* Cool zigs and zags (including one untimely death) as the equity partner vote nears
* A “smoking gun” –- and from a surprising source — that may shoot down someone’s bid for the state’s attorney office
* A kiss that (almost) comes out of nowhere
Oh, and if you thought Peter and Will were the only ones who are chasing after Alicia, think again. By episode’s end, somebody else will express an avid interest in her. And it’s not necessarily a guy.

“CI-Ray Is On the Way!” | That is wordsmith Michael Weatherly’s way of trumpeting that fans of CBS’ NCIS will meet Ziva’s mystery man later this season, and he will be played by Without a Trace‘s Enrique Murciano. “I think it’s going to be interesting,” Weatherly told me. After all, he notes, “Tony killed Ziva’s last boyfriend.” (Hate when that happens.) There’s also the none-too-small fact that “Tony cares about Ziva and wants to make sure she’s not mixed up with the wrong kind of guy, so he’s going to be watchful and protective of her.” Check back Tuesday for Weatherly’s full Q&A, where he talks about making his directing debut on TV’s most-watched scripted series and previews the sparks-filled arrival of Special Agent EJ Barrett (played by Brothers & Sisters‘ Sarah Jane Morris).

Castle‘s New Adversary | At Sunday’s Night of 100 Stars Oscars viewing party, TVLine ran into Bruce Davison (X-Men), who this week is shooting an episode of ABC’s Castle. Davison revealed that his district attorney character will be “trouble for everybody. I piss everyone off!” Davison said he would “love” to see the role become a recurring gig, if only so that he could work more opposite Stana Katic (with whom he previously costarred in The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice).

A Big Engagement? | Now that The Big Bang Theory has three of the boys in committed relationships, we have to imagine that at least one of them might be heading for a wedding. But who? Johnny Galecki told me that his money is on Howard and Bernadette, “because whether he is or not, Howard fancies himself a romantic. So I wouldn’t be shocked if he got down on bended knee.” What do you think, Big Bangers, is “Hownadette” (yes, I just made that up) built to last? And don’t you worry that wedding bells will break up that gang of ours?

Smallville: The Lost Footage! | The Mattcave (aka my apartment) is getting an upgrade, so I’ve been packing for the move. Along the way, I came across videos that I shot of Smallville cast members answering this question: “What would you like to see happen for your character during the show’s final season?” Mind you, I put them on the spot with this inquiry, so bless the actors (Mr. Welling included) for patiently thinking up replies. Here is what each of them said:
* Allison Mack: “I’d like to see Chloe fulfill her destiny – and I’m not going to say more than that!”
* Erica Durance: “Well, I have been pushing for Lois to go undercover as a dude….”
* Justin Hartley: “What I would like most is to see my character extend his wardrobe a little bit, beyond underwear. That’d be nice!”
* Tom Welling: “I’d like to see Clark inspire people that the future is going to be OK.” [Cue imagery of American flag waving behind Supes.]

And perhaps my favorite answer, from Cassidy Freeman: “What I would love is for Michael Rosenbaum to come back and for Lex and Tess to have an absolute throwdown. He always got beat up, and I always get beat up, so I wanna know who’d get beat up between the two of us.” Hmm, with Rosie now booked for the grand finale, sounds like someone’s wish has a chance to be granted!

If there’s a show or hot topic you’d like the Inside Line on, email mattmtvguy@gmail.com, and maybe it’ll get some love the next time around. (Additional reporting by Michael Maloney)