Matt's Inside Line on CSI: NY, The Good Wife, Supernatural, Parks and Rec, SOA and More

Will CSI: NY‘s stirring season opener cover all the bases? How Big will Chris Noth’s Good Wife presence be this season? Will Supernatural‘s Crowley ally with the boys or Cas? Can Leslie Knope handle the end of the world? Read on for those answers, plus other teases from some of TV’s hottest shows.

CSI: NY | Ever since TVLine started previewing the new season – namely, the Sept. 23 opener revolving around 9/11, when Mac lost his wife – I’ve had a lot of readers ask if we’ll get the perspective of other team members as well. As seen in the First Look photo I shared, you will indeed get Danny and Flack’s take on the tragic day, which happened to have served as the setting for them first meeting each other. I also hear that although Lindsay and Adam were not in New York City at the time, their whereabouts will be accounted for, seeing as they each hightailed it to the Big Apple to volunteer with the bucket brigades. Likewise, we will get the viewpoint of Jo, who of course was in D.C. – the other target of the terror attacks – at the time. All told, Anna Belknap (aka Lindsay) says of the hour, “It was more emotional than we thought it would be.”

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The Good Wife | If you’re among those still grumbling that Chris Noth’s presence in Season 2 felt more medium than Big, the Good word is that the acclaimed CBS drama won’t Peter out any further. (And with that I set a record for groan-worthy puns in a single sentence.) Since That Championship Season, the Broadway play which Noth was a part of last spring, has wrapped its run, “We are in a much better scheduling place,” says series cocreator Robert King, “but we cross our fingers every time we say that” – if only given Noth’s in-demand status, on both stage and the big screen. “Hopefully we’re better off this year,” reiterates King, who anticipates featuring Alicia’s especially estranged husband/the newly elected State’s Attorney at least “10 percent more” in Season 3, which christens its new Sundays-at-9 time slot on Sept. 25.

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Supernatural | As you may have heard, pulling scoop out of Mark Sheppard is like getting blood from a stone – if only because the actor finds great enjoyment in having viewers be surprised, no matter the show on which he guest-stars. That said, I like to think I culled from him a hint of what’s to come when Crowley resurfaces this fall, particularly as to whether he teams with bigger, badder Castiel to raise heavenly hell, or collaborates with Sam and Dean to demote this new deity. “Isn’t that the best part of Crowley, when he’s dealing with the boys? Isn’t is so much fun when he does?” Sheppard effused, fanboy-like, when I asked which side of this supernatural standoff the King of Hell might land on. “So yeah, I really hope that’s what happens. I think it’d be a lot of fun to see.” Wishful thinking or morsel of scoop? I relate, you decide.

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Necessary Roughness | Fans of the freshman USA Network series who clamor to know just a bit more about the Hawks’ enigmatic “fixer,” Nico (played by Gilmore Girls vet Scott Cohen), would be well advised to keep an eye out for the season’s finale two installments, kicking off Sept. 7. “There is a very Nico-centric [storyline] that everybody’s kind of been waiting for,” teases series lead Callie Thorne, “and they held out long enough on it that it’s going to be very rewarding.” How so? All Thorne would allow is, “There are things you’re going to learn about Nico that are very sexy, but very fantastical. It’s good stuff!”

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Breaking Bad | As previously reported, Hank will employ Walter, of all people, to assist in his hunt for the elusive drug kingpin “Heisenberg.” But what’s more, he’ll also enlist his son. Previewing this Sunday’s episode, Dean Norris says, “I have Walt Jr. take me on a little trip to Los Pollos Hermanos,” the fast-food stand where the sidelined DEA agent plans to conduct a little stakeout. “Yeah, I check out ‘the chicken guy’ [Gus] a little bit.” But will Hank grill him?

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Screened & Heard | I’m a few episodes into the new season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy (premiering Sept. 7), and I can hereby tease that the brotherhood is poised to take one of its most monumental votes ever, over an issue that will divide the club if not “destroy SAMCRO” altogether (as one character puts it)…. ABC’s Happy Endings this season will hold a Halloween party in which one character’s costume leads to an extended and very funny case of mistaken gender identity…. As if Leslie Knope didn’t have enough on her plate as head of Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation department, this fall she will have to contend with the end of the world – at least as predicted by a small, local cult comprised of hippie doomsayers. The best part? How Ron parlays the group’s “end of days” into a personal payday.

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