Will Fringe issue an “amber” alert for Olivia? Does Glee make “Time” for Klaine kloseness? Who’s the new girl on Grey’s? When will Eyal embark on his next Covert mission? Read on for answers to those questions plus other teases from hot shows.
Fringe | We open this week’s column with a bit of visual splendor: a first look at Season 5, which premieres Sept. 28. In this exclusive image from the final season’s first episode, titled “Transilience Thought Unifier Model 11,” you’ve got circa-2036 Peter, Astrid and Etta checking out a block of amber from which, it appears, at least a few people have been sawed out. Could it be that Olivia, too, was ambered for twentysome years? “You’ll have to wait and see,” showrunner Joel Wyman hedged during our fall preview Q&A. “If she got ambered, if she’s the same age, if she’s not…. You’ll have to wait and see.” Wyman did allow this much; whether it’s a hint is for you to decide: “You’ve got to figure that ambering yourself is kind of a cool thing!”
Glee | TVLine’s resident Gleek, Michael Slezak, has already shared his 13 observations of the Season 4 premiere, but what’s the harm in a few more? I see some of you asking about “Klaine,” and the fact of the matter is they really don’t share a quality scene until about two-thirds of the way into the hour – but when they do, I have every faith it will satisfy their fans, as Blaine finds a special way to tell his beau “It’s Time.” (But for what…?) All in all, I found it to be a rather strong premiere, buoyed by solid debuts from Kate Hudson (as a cocksure NYADA teach who isn’t without her tragic flaws) and Melissa Benoist (playing New Direction wannabe Marley Rose, who boasts one of the meatier backstories for a noob. But I must agree with Slezak that the new girl falls short in her “duet” with Rachel. ) Plus, the on-location NYC shots help sell Rachel’s metropolitan odyssey, which in the first hour ends in tears – including likely your own. On the lighter side, Brittany has two of her funniest lines ever – one involving a case of mistaken identity with Unique, and the other lamenting what she and Santana can and cannot do via Skype.
Grey’s Anatomy | Is this woman, at right, the one with which Alex will, as Shonda Rhimes previewed, find “real love with,” “somebody who doesn’t leave him for once”? Make no mistake, I am 115-percent spit-balling with that opening line, but it does pave the way for me to introduce you to Jerrika Hinton, who ABC has confirmed will recur during Season 9 as Stephanie, a Seattle Grace intern. (Hinton blogged a photo of herself on set.) The actress’ credits include guest-starring turns on Season 1 of Rhimes’ Scandal, as well as Bones and Lie to Me.
Covert Affairs | Eyal fans, we’ve got some news you’re going to love. Oded Fehr is coming back for five of the final six episodes of Season 3, which kick off on Oct. 16. “Annie’s in some jeopardy, and Eyal comes in to help her in Episode 311,” executive producer Matt Corman tells TVLine, adding that the hour is the show’s “most high-octane” one yet. “Their relationship is going to develop over this back six [episodes]. They’re spending more time together, so it’ll deepen and it will be tested in ways that we haven’t yet seen. You’ll see more complexity out of that relationship.”
Leverage | The TNT drama’s double-episode summer finale arrives Sept. 16, and the second hour leaves the heavy lifting to Hardison, Parker and Eliot. “It’s a really great episode because you get to see the three kids go off to play without ‘mommy and daddy’ for a minute,” Aldis Hodge told me. “You get to see us truly in our element, and for the first time see what our team looks like when we’re on our own.” As directed by exec producer Dean Devlin and involving a biological threat to D.C., Hodge says the finale features “cool new shots” and a “different style,” all adding up to offer “a different version of what Leverage can be…. I think it will be one of the best episodes we’ve had.”
Reader Mail Rapid-Fire | No, Mel, I just checked and there is no word yet on A&E’s The Glades being renewed…. Yes, Linda, Body of Proof‘s Megan is getting a new – or new/old – love interest in Human Target‘s Mark Valley, who plays an ex-flame now working for the Philly PD, and there are no plans at this time for Jamie Bamber to return as Aiden…. And to Charlie, who’d been asking about The Mentalist‘s 100th episode: Check out our Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular!
If there’s a show you’d like the Inside Line on, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe it’ll get some love the next time around! (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)