Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Glee, Once Upon a Time, Happy Endings, Parenthood and More!

What new problems await the Glee club? Will “happily ever after” continue to elude Once Upon a Time‘s Charmings? Will a second go at Parenthood put Julia and Joel to the test? How is the Happy Endings gang now paying the bills? Read on for answers to those questions plus other teases from fall and summer shows.

Glee | So get this: Winning nationals may turn out to be the worst thing to happen to New Directions! As such, Mr. Schue will have his work cut out for him. “We’ve never been on top before,” Matthew Morrison explains, “so the season starts with [the questions of] A) How do you stay on top? And B), how do you keep those spirits up and try to do it again? And with a whole new crop of people.” Indeed, ND will get an infusion of new blood as a result of its shiny new trophy. “Now it’s the ‘cool club’ in school — everyone wants to be a part of it – and Will is having a hard time trying to find people who are passionate about performing,” Morrison says. “It’s a whole new slew of problems.”

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Happy Endings | New (and neutered) careers will be a theme in Season 3 of this ABC com, according to exec producer Jonathan Groff. For one, he says, “We’re going to see more of Jane at work” — including, TVLine hears, her gig a Volkswagen dealership. (The show’s dream get to play her boss? Dan Aykroyd.) Brad, as you recall, was laid off in the April finale, “So we’re going to see how he bounces back from that… or doesn’t,” says Groff. “He’s going to have trouble with both working and not working.” In fact, in an act of desperation (or more likely giddy distraction), Brad may join one of his buds in his own new job. “In addition to the limo, Max will dabble in the world of bar mitzvah hype,” Groff shares, “being one of those guys who ‘gets the party started.'”

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Breaking Bad | If you wondered if DEA agent Merkert’s lament – that Gus Fring “was somebody else completely … right under my nose” – put a bug in Hank’s ear and might put him back on Heisenberg’s (aka Walt’s) trail, you’d probably be right. As the acclaimed AMC drama unspools its final season, “We are not going to shy away from that confrontation,” Dean Norris, who plays Hank, assures. After all, with Gus gone and Walt and Jesse seemingly free to reign as meth kings, “That’s the only conflict left, and they’ve been setting it up for four years. How that plays out we can’t say,” Norris hedges, “but it’s gonna happen.”

Alphas | Lord of the Rings vet Sean Astin’s two-episode arc doesn’t arrive until October, but according to Laura Mennell, it will be worth the wait. In fact, his Alpha is among her favorite newbies of the season. “Sean has a really cool character, one who has the ability to be able to retain the memories of other people,” Nina’s portrayer shares. “When I started reading that script, I was like, ‘Oh wow!’ And he’s such a phenomenal actor, so… it’ll be exciting to see what he does.” Mennell also sings the praises of Katie Douglas, the ingenue who plays Young Nina in Episode 4. “Azita [Ghanizada, Rachel] was like, ‘Why aren’t you playing teenage Nina?’ But when I saw the girl they cast, I saw why. She basically looks 13, so that might have been a stretch for me!”

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Covert Affairs | Auggie may have survived pirates this week, but the next three episodes just may get the best of him. “He’s not an addict, but to can use that terminology, you see him hit bottom,” Christopher Gorham told us. “You see Auggie go to a place you know he would never want to be and certainly would not want anyone ever to see him at.” That dire downturn is what will lead him to the couch of CIA shrink Dr. Suzanne Wilkins (played by One Tree Hill alum Daniella Alonso). The straw that breaks Auggie’s proverbial back? “It is very personal,” Gorham hints.

Once Upon a Time | As predicted by Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, the Charming family reunion might not exactly be all hugs. As EP Eddy Kitsis explains, “Emma is a character who her entire life wanted to meet her parents — and now she’s met them. But this isn’t exactly how she pictured it, and that’s not an easy thing to deal with.” And getting to know their grown daughter won’t be the only thing on Mary and David’s plate, as their “happy ending” continues to prove elusive. “It would be awfully cruel to torture them continually, but in the same respect, there’s drama in every relationship,” EP Adam Horowitz previews. That said, “The drama that they experienced in Season 1 is not the same drama that we want to put them through in Season 2. We want to take that relationship in a new [direction].” P.S. On the casting front, watch for Episode 4 to feature a shady fairytale land denizen who is involved in the backroom bartering of “unusual antiquities.”

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Parenthood | Remember how Season 3 ended, way, way back in February, with Julia and Joel welcoming to their home, no, not Zoe’s newborn but the 9-year-old son of a freshly incarcerated woman? Yeah, that’s likely to shake up their household, and in unanticipated ways. “I have no doubt it’s going to cause a rift with our daughter,” Sam Jaeger ventures – if only because Sydney was expecting to be a doting big sister. “I think the drama’s going to come a bit from having two kids the same age.” Plus, the new arrival may not be as accepting of his new stead as some benign baby would be, and that in turn could put his new ‘rents on guard. “Joel has always been a constant, but I would imagine if I had a 9-year-old son that wasn’t ready to be my son, that’d be a difficult situation to navigate,” Jaeger offers. “This kid has got to be pretty defiant.”

Raising Hope | Are Jimmy and Sabrina heading for a wedding? Lucas Neff told me that amidst all sorts of “traumatic things happening in the Chance household” during Season 3 – including some packed into a two-part October episode – there specifically are “some changes for Jimmy – a big life step is about to happen for him that I’m very excited about.” So, is Jimmy going to pop the question…? “I can’t speak to that,” Neff deflected with a wide grin. “I’m just saying, ‘Tune in Tuesdays at 8/7 Central, on Fox’!”

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