Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on The Mentalist, Teen Wolf, Walking Dead, Chicago Fire, Glades & More

Red and ItchyWill The Mentalist‘s hunt get 14 percent easier? Is Teen Wolf‘s Scott a true alpha male? Which Scandal storyline has Kerry Washington cheering? Will The Glades wedding go off without a hitch? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

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What do you know about Season 6 of The Mentalist? –Brooke
Gale Bertram. Ray Haffner. Bob Kirkland. Sheriff Thomas McAllister. Brett Partridge. Reede Smith. Bret Stiles. What I know… by way of series boss Bruno Heller… is that “by the end of the premiere episode, there may be one less suspect” in the hunt for Red John. Who do you think will fall off the list first?

Will Teen Wolf’s Scott become the Alpha before the midseason finale (airing Aug. 19)? –Anonymous_A
“Scott is well on his way to becoming an Alpha,” answers exec producer Jeff Davis. “Whether he remains a True Alpha — one who doesn’t have to kill or steal the power — and who survives to make up his pack, might be the important questions.”

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How about some juicy Scandal scoop to celebrate Kerry Washington scoring an Emmy nomination? –Miranda
Are you suggesting that in the course of congratulating Miss Emmy Nominee last week, that I pumped her for scoop? Handled! First, we batted around theories on who ratted out Liv to the press, and Washington believes Mellie is “too obvious” a culprit. (Plus, she noted, “Mellie got [Fitz] back at the end, so I don’t know why she would do that.”) Washington then relayed the cast’s excitement about Scott Foley being upped to series regular, though we both agreed it’d be a shame if Jake stayed in “the hole” all season long. On the topic of the premiere, she was skeptical that it will pick up with Olivia and her dad still in the car, saying, “I really love how the show plays with time and jumps all around, so I hope there’s some of that.” But one of the Season 3 stories that has Kerry most jazzed is this one: “Shonda [Rhimes] has teased that we are going to get more backstory on Harrison” – finally, I say – “and when I heard that, I was jumping up and down in the hair-and-makeup trailer like, ‘Yeah!’”

I was wondering if you knew how many episodes Scandal has this season? Also, are they doing what OUAT is doing with the show running? –Lizzie
Scandal as of now is working off a 22-episode order, and if the second part of your question meant to suggest “airing non-stop”-ish/in repeat-free chunks, I have nothing to report on that. Yet.

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Info request: Person of Interest! –Katherine
How will Root extricate herself from the loony bin? And who is the mystery woman Hersh and Terney were reporting to in the finale? If you have a couple minutes to spare, I invite you to watch Michael Ausiello throw hit the cast with such Qs in this Comic-Con video:

The Glades is my favorite summer show!!! Any details on Jim and Callie’s upcoming nuptials? –Kari
As the wedding gets closer and the to-do list continues to grow, so will the list of family and friends that come out of the wood work — some more welcome and expected than others, I hear. That throws a few wrenches in their plans… and potentially ruins Jim’s big surprise for his bride.

Call me crazy, but I can’t wait for The Neighbors to come back this fall. Any scoop for me? –Hailee
1. You crazy. 2. Would you believe those puckish aliens – the ones many of us a year ago predicted wouldn’t last long, let alone beyond a whole season – take a dig at the once-buzzy, now-deceased Smash in the season opener?

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I’m so excited for this next season of The Walking Dead — the trailer looks so good! But I’m starting to get scared for the lives of the prisoners. Is there any word of another major character getting killed off? I don’t know who I’d spare first. Maybe Carl… –Rebecca
But… Carl just scored a glossy magazine cover! That’d be just cruel. While I can’t say if we’re due for another major death anytime soon, it’s looking like there will be warm bodies to fill any gaps. For midseason, the show is casting the recurring roles of John Tyler, a rough-around-the-edges and vulgar man with a propensity towards violence; Wayne Kesey, a gent in the 30s/40s whose book smarts are his main tools in survival; and Jordana Barraza, a Latina with a shameful past but a desire to learn right from others.

Considering Cote de Pablo’s (incredibly disappointing) departure from NCIS this fall, does the show have plans to introduce another female agent (as they did when Sasha Alexander departed)? Or are they planning something very different to fill the void? –Cassaundra
While I haven’t heard anything about a replacement for Ziva per se, I do know that — as teased by NCIS boss Gary Glasberg — we will in fact be laying eyes on McGee’s new (and yet-to-be-cast) honey: Delilah, a “perky, smart, eccentric and downright lovable” computer wonk at the Department of Defense. And that role is possibly recurring.

Anything “burning” on the Chicago Fire front? I desperately miss the folks at 51. –Vikki
Here’s something that’s “heating up” – a love life! Blonde beauty Larisa Polonsky, who guested last season as Otis’ Russian cousin Zoya, is set to recur during Season 2, pouring drinks at her cousin’s bar and ultimately “lighting Cruz’s fire,” as a love interest.

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Could you please tell me if Jeff Eastin plans to explore more about Neal’s mother on White Collar? – Ellie13
In a word (or three_, not right now. As a note I was just slipped from the White Collar writers room explains: “Having spent time with dear old Dad last season, Neal is done looking backward for now, and will be focused on moving forward in his life for Season 5. But the story of Neal’s mother is definitely a tale we hope to tell down the road.”

On Rookie Blue, will Marlo sharing her secret with Andy keep us from getting “McSwarek”? –Deb
As detailed in Vlada Gelman’s preview for this week’s episode, Andy and Sam already have obstacles. And Marlo’s bipolar secret sure won’t help matters. “This revelation and its repercussions will play out over the season in a way that, I hope, is dramatic for Sam and Andy and Marlo,” says EP Tassie Cameron. “In the immediate present, sharing that news with Andy — the last person she would have wanted to tell — was very, very difficult for Marlo. It’s very private, and something that can jeopardize not only her relationship but her career.” For Andy, too, “It will be a struggle, to know something about your former boyfriend’s new girlfriend like that. And part of what I hope is interesting about the next few episodes is how Andy’s handling it.”

Ioan Gruffudd has to return to Necessary Roughness, right? I mean, that storyline totally hasn’t been wrapped up. –Allie
Alas, Gruffudd’s Nolan Powers is not due back this season, though he could possibly return if the USA Network drama earns a renewal.

Can you share anything about who ends up in the hospital on The Fosters? –Mariana
You can probably already guess who ends up in the hospital from the promo, so let us instead tease that the dire situation opens the door for some touching and emotional flashbacks revealing how Stef and Lena came to create their loving family. Also in the hour: Wyatt does something that should endear him to even the most hardcore Callie/Brandon ‘shippers (who, by the way, will not want to miss this episode).

Love The Bridge. And Demian Bichir’s TV wife is beautiful. Who is she? We need more shows like this and more of this beautiful lady actress –Starvafo
Marco’s Mrs. Is played by Catalina Sandino Moreno, a Colombian actress whose credits include Love in the Time of Cholera, Fast Food Nation and the title role in 2004’s Maria Full of Grace. (And grace is what Alma will need if she ever finds out what her husband did last night!)

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