Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, NCIS, Sleepy Hollow, The Originals, Shameless, The Middle and More

Once Upon a Time Belle FlashbacksWill Once Upon a Time reveal what makes Belle ring? Will NCIS revisit Daddy issues? Does a big Sleepy Hollow moment get your vote? Should Middle fans “brace” themselves? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

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Do you have any scoop about Once Upon a Time’s Belle that doesn’t involve Rumplestiltskin’s dagger? –Natalie
What if I told you that we just may get to see some of Belle’s life before she met Rumplestiltskin. That would fit the Belle, er bill, yes?

In Season 10 on NCIS, we finally met McGee’s dad. Will we see him this season or at least get an update on his cancer? –Linda
“I don’t know if we’ll see McGee’s dad or not,” show boss Gary Glasberg said when I brought your question to him, “but we’ll certainly revisit that storyline.”

I’ve heard a rumor that Emily Wickersham (Bishop) will only be back for a couple of NCIS episodes in Season 12. Can you confirm or deny? –Antonia
Oh, Internet. You amuse me. Let’s dismiss this tall tale, seeing as the show has plans to explore the probie’s past and personal life. Says Gary Glasberg, “We’ll be getting into Bishop’s background a little and meet her husband Jake, understand what their relationship is all about.”

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Any scoop at all about the second season of Sleepy Hollow? –Advanteege
When Abbie goes to vote in a November election, Ichabod must take note of the remarkable occasion. “What I like about this moment is it’s special for both of them,” says EP Mark Goffman. “Crane, seeing how our society has gotten to the point where [blacks] can actually vote, and having a point of view about that fact that no one is at the polling station. And also the fact that Abbie can vote. It took two constitutional amendments before Abbie got the right to vote.”

Do you have any scoop on Syfy’s Defiance, especially regarding Nolan and Irisa? –Mena
Yes, but no – because this vittle is about the show’s other dysfunctional family. Ingenue Amy Forsyth, who just landed a gig on MTV’s Scream pilot, will appear in an end-of-season arc as Andina, a Castithan who unwittingly becomes entwined in Tarr family politics.

I can’t wait to see Daniel Sharman on The Originals. Any other new faces we should be looking out for? –Morgan
You’re not alone in your excitement, and the former Teen Wolf star certainly won’t be the season’s sole addition. Episode 6 will introduce us to a “respected and feared” werewolf pack leader. What sets this guy apart from the rest of the Big Easy’s lycanthropes? He’ll spend quite a bit of (non-romantic) time with Davina, teaching her how to extend her power. In short, Klaus will not be a fan of this guy.

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On Major Crimes, are we going to discover Dr. Morales’ first name? –Ilona
Series creator James Duff likes how you think, Ilona! “If you guys really want to know Dr. Morales’ first name, I will give him a first name,” he told me. “Jonny [Del Arco] has come to me a couple of times and said, ‘Can I have a name?’ — it’s like that episode in Voyager when The Doctor tells Janeway, ‘I’d just like to have a name’ — so I’m thinking about how to introduce it and what the name will be. You know, it took me six seasons to give Provenza a first name! I just wouldn’t do it.”Agents of SHIELD Pasdar

Please, please, give me anything you´ve got on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2! –Ana
I can confirm the rumblings started over at io9 that Adrian Pasdar and a big, fake mustache will reprise the role of Colonel Glenn Talbot in the season opener.

Do you have any scoop on Shameless, especially on Ian and Mickey? –Jennifer
As Season 5 gets underway, it appears Ian is once again having a manic episode and may be cheating on Mickey, who’s understandably not very happy about his boyfriend’s ups and downs. What’s more, while Ian’s still dancing at the gay nightclub, he may be exploring an even more scantily clad profession.

When can we expect to get some details on why and how the kidnapping went down on Finding Carter? –Bruce
Before the MTV drama directly addresses the kidnapping, we’re going to see a little more of Carter’s life with Lori, beginning this Tuesday. “You keep seeing flashbacks of things Lori did, and they start to seem a bit weird,” star Kathryn Prescott teases. “There’s a scene where they’re looking at babies, and Lori asks Carter which one she wants, but Carter doesn’t get that there’s more to the joke. Over the course of the episode, Carter starts to think, ‘Maybe Lori’s not who I thought she was.'” Yathink?

Will Mike & Molly have a full 22-episode season this year like it did last season, or will it be shortened? –Jordan
Fans of the CBS sitcom – which is again slotted for a midseason return — will get a full run of episodes, I am told.

Any scoop on Modern Family? –Aleksandra
A few episodes into the new season (premiering Sept. 24), we’ll meet Lily’s elementary school teacher — an abnormally strict woman who strikes fear not just in her charges but the parents as well!

Will Sue Heck be getting her braces off soon on The Middle? –Amy
Amy, I am resurrecting your question because I have an update too delicious not to share: Lo and behold, Season 6 will open with Sue getting her braces off, finally — and despite the orthodontist’s protests. But as it turns out, maybe she and Mom should have paid more mind to the expert… and I’ll leave it at that.

Real questions, real answers. If you need the Inside Line on a favorite show, email InsideLine@tvline.com(With reporting by Vlada Gelman and Andy Swift)

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