Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on House, Bones, SVU, The Mentalist and More

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

House On Fire | If you thought the House/Cuddy dynamic was prickly before they paired up only to peter out, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Lisa Edelstein told me that the break-up stands to “add a lot of really great texture to how they have to deal with each other.” That’s right, neither party will be scurrying off to a new job to dodge old hurt. “These are two grown-up complicated people who love what they do,” Edelstein explains, “so I think they will, no matter what, always find a way to continue doing what is their life.” During this difficult time, might Cuddy get a comforting dose of warm and fuzzy when her mom (played by Candice Bergen) returns in Episode 20? “No, definitely not,” Edelstein says with a laugh. “They are still at each other’s throats.”

Special Report | If Law & Order: SVU showrunner Neal Baer didn’t ease fears enough with his recent TVLine interview, I asked Ice-T (aka Detective “Fin” Tutuola) about the prospects for a 13th season. “We’re the highest-rated drama on NBC, so I think we’re pretty guaranteed to come back,” he offered on the red carpet for Comedy Central’s roast of Donald Trump (airing Tuesday night). But before we bid Season 12 adieu, count on a compelling hour guest-starring V’s Elizabeth Mitchell as a woman accused of killing a young girl. Mitchell acknowledges that the material is “so dark,” but says it’s also “terrific stuff. It definitely opened my eyes to a lot of things I didn’t know about.” Plus she got to share scenes with Jeremy Irons (reprising his role of sex therapist Dr. Cap Jackson). “I’ve always wanted to work with him, so that was nice.”

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Mentalist’s Hot Date | Speaking of V beauties killing time on crime dramas, Morena Baccarin gave me this sneak peek at her upcoming turn on CBS’ The Mentalist: “I run a dating service, an eHarmony kind of thing, and my husband is murdered, so it’s all about investigating who killed him.” Hmm, if the hubby is newly dead, is there no chance of striking sparks with Simon Baker’s Patrick Jane? “There is, in fact,” Baccarin counters with a wink. “I’m going to try my best!”

Grim Bones | After I posted this story on Sweets/Daisy, many inquired (though not always with the best intentions) as to whether either half of that couple might fall prey to on-the-loose sniper Jacob Broadsky before Bones‘ season is over. Carla Gallo has heard a rumor that someone will die, yet she refuses to fret. “Really? Can Sweets stand another tragic death in his life?” she rationalizes. “I’m going to put out positive thoughts; I don’t think Daisy’s the one.” Yet not all of the squinterns are as calm, cool and collected. “[We’re] like, ‘Whoever gets a pilot is probably who’s going to die,’” says Gallo, who, along with Ryan Cartwright (aka Vincent Nigel-Murray), falls into that category. Or might the season end on a sour note for Sweets? Says John Francis Daley, “Maybe I haven’t heard about [who’s dying] because I’m the next to go!”

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T-Bag’s Back! | I leave you with this photo of Robert Knepper slipping back into Theodore Bagwell’s slithery skin for next Sunday’s episode of A&E’s Breakout Kings. Knepper raves of the encore, “Nick Santora, who was one of my favorite writers on Prison Break, sent me an email before I started shooting, saying, ‘This might be the best dialogue I’ve ever written for T-Bag.’ And I am here to tell you it was.” Watch for Knepper’s full Q&A on Friday. (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)