Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on NCIS, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Smash, Justified and More!

Will NCIS bossman Gibbs get Freaky with Jamie Lee Curtis? What will a Revengeful flashback reveal? Is the doctor out on Once Upon a Time? Read on for those scoops, plus other teases from TV’s hottest shows.

NCIS | It’ll be a Freaky Tuesday next week when Mark Harmon reunites with Jamie Lee Curtis, who on Feb. 21 and then March 20 is guesting as Dr. Samantha Ryan of the PsyOps Division. Do we sense a possible spark? “Her character is sharp and funny and witty and determined,” series boss Gary Glasberg shares. “They’re going to have a lot of fun together.” Noting that Harmon and Curtis have known each other for years, and costarred in 2003’s Freaky Friday, Glasberg when I spoke to him was “excited about getting them on-screen together and seeing how that chemistry comes across.” The showrunner is quick to acknowledge, though, that since Gibbs has quite a history with redheads, “this is a departure from that — and yet I think people are going to find it engaging and fun.”

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Revenge | That fleeting “knowing” look between Nolan and Takeda at the Fire & Ice ball would suggest/confirm that the Internet titan has a revengenda not necessarily in line with Emily’s. And an “all-flashback” episode on tap for the back half of Season 1 may shed light on that. “You’re going to start finding out how Nolan went from a Pearl Jam-loving Seattle grunge musician standing outside of an Escalade with an infinity box to a Peter Pan-looking, popped-collar guy,” Gabriel Mann tells us. The reveal of that transition, he says, will directly inform Nolan’s recent antics — including but not limited to what he may have been up at behind Em’s back at the engagement soiree.

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NCIS: Los Angeles | If what Shane Brennan teased as a part of this week’s Ask Ausiello made you a bit concerned for Hetty, allow me to balance things out what a scoop on a much lighter moment for the ops manager. In an episode filming this week, “We have a fun moment where Hetty is refereeing a game of basketball between the rest of the team,” Brennan tells me, barely able to hold back a chuckle. “I’m not go to give too much away, but it is absolutely hilarious.”

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Once Upon a Time | Dipping into the reader mailbag, Macario wonders, “Do you know what the plan is (or was) for David Anders’ character on Once Upon a Time?” Well, what I know is that Dr. Whale will resurface in Episode 15 (approximately mid-March), when the show turns its focus to Little Red Riding Hood and, presumably, shiny li’l Ruby as well. But if you’re also wondering if Mary Margaret might return to “playing doctor” if she and David can’t get their predestined act together, rest assured — that “fling” has flung. As a source tells the Inside Line, “The thing about Dr. Whale is he can’t be tied down.” Hmm, is that a Pinocchio reference?

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Smash | What happens now for Karen Cartwright, having lost out the lead in Marilyn to Ivy Lynn? She’ll receive the consolation prize of being included in the musical’s ensemble, yet prove less than adept at taking a back seat to its star. “Not on purpose, but I get in trouble a bit,” Katharine McPhee shared at a recent NBC party. “I’m singing too loudly, I’m not blending in correctly, and I’m getting slowly but surely left out of the numbers, which is really upsetting.” And that’s not to mention any guff she gets from Ivy herself. When asked if her veteran chorus girl has any vicious moments, Megan Hilty promised, “I sure do, and it comes up really soon!”

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Justified | Checking my Facebook wall, Farley posted, “OK, I need scoop after watching the last five seconds of this week’s Justified!” Ah, yes, the near-silent sequence in which, after a long day of exacting justice, Raylan went home to his baby mama Winona… only to find instead a note that visibly upset him. Let’s just say that the content of that missive will weigh on him heavily and constantly throughout the next episode, and ultimately lead the lawman to make a startling discovery about something Winona did in the not-too-distant past. I promise it’ll be a gut-punch as much for you as for him.

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