Archive for September 29th, 2008
‘Heroes’: Cast Overrun
The series becomes bogged down with too many characters and too many unlikely plotlines, including Hiro’s second childhood, Sylar’s good deeds, and Claire’s and Tracy’s self-analysis… READ MORE
After last week’s huge revelation that Angela Petrelli was Sylar’s mother, the big questions on everybody’s mind (or at least mine) were: Who’s the daddy? How was his birth covered up? Then of course, we had the mysterious Tracy Strauss and her newfound freezing abilities, a gang of villainous criminals (one of whom was carrying Peter along inside) on the loose, Parkman talking to turtles in Africa, Hiro chasing Speedster Daphne across the globe and future Peter just popping up all over the place. Where would all of that lead? Let’s find out!
The episode picked right back up in Sylar’s cell where we left off, and although none of the “big” questions were answered (come on, it’s Episode 3!), Mama Petrelli does tell Sylar that she gave him up for adoption. She comforts him by again reminding him how special he is, and also warns that he needs to be strong for the road ahead. How do you make him strong, you ask? By “feeding” him unwitting victims, like the young lady who can learn people’s history by touching them. The pleased look on Angela’s face as the screams echo through the halls of Primatech prove she’s enjoying creating (or re-creating) her monster…. READ FULL RECAP
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Dan’s in grave danger, Nathan may finally achieve his NBA dream, Brooke has left her company to Victoria and Peyton is one step closer to her real dad. A lot sure did transpire on this week’s chilling episode of One Tree Hill.
It looks like Peyton and Lucas have set a wedding date. Peyton is ecstatic when sharing the news with her BFF but Brooke doesn’t seem to share the same sentiment. Nothing is thrilling her these days so when Peyton asks her to design her wedding dress Brooke sarcastically responds, “Want the Lindsay Strauss tear-away train? It’s what all the runaway brides are wearing this season.” Kinda funny actually. And speaking of Lindsay this week she’s back, well actually Lucas paid her a visit. Apparently the two are still working together and now that his second novel, titled “The Comet,” is out, it’s time to discuss his book tour. Great way for the ex to find out about Lucas’ wedding plans. “I guess I was right all along about you and Peyton, but I wish you could’ve done this over the phone.” Lindsay was pretty hurt but eventually got over it since she had always pretty much known P & L would end up together…. READ FULL RECAP
‘Gossip Girl’: Runway Dreams
Feeling threatened on all fronts, from her mother to her best friend, Blair goes into overdrive, while Dan seeks inspiration for his weak writing.. READ MORE
This week on Gossip Girl, it was Fashion Week in New York City, and we were treated to not only high fashion, but high drama as well. High drama that included feuding of course. So many truths and lies came out, mostly stemming from secrets. As Gossip Girl herself said, “There would be no gossip without secrets.”
So Lily’s been keeping a secret for quite some time. Back in her wild groupie-filled youth, she posed naked for Robert Mapplethorpe. Now that her children are older, she felt it was safe to let the cat out of the bag and proudly display this piece of art. Only when she went to buy it, she discovered it had already been purchased…by Bart. And Bart didn’t want to put it on display – he wants it to remain hidden forever. His dirty little secret? He’s been keeping tabs on Lily, to the point of hiring someone to look into her past. She demanded to see her entire thick file, and in it was yet another secret. A truly awful one, apparently – so awful that we don’t even know what it is yet… READ FULL RECAP
Spoilers: After seeing Thursday’s episode, “In the Beginning,” I think it’s fair to say that this season Sam has a problem, and that it will be the major arc of the year, much in the way Dean’s damnation arc played out through most of last season. It’s a bit of a heartbreaker, not to mention practically a love letter from Kripke to all you Winchester-mythology-lovin’ fans. — Kristin at E!Online
Dean is transported back in time and is shocked when he lands in Lawrence, Kansas. However, that shock turns to amazement after he runs into a young John Winchester (guest star Matthew Cohen) and Mary (guest star Amy Gumenick), who have just fallen in love. Dean isn’t sure why he was sent back, so he begins to enjoy the time with his parents and newfound grandfather (guest star Mitch Pileggi, The X-Files), who may be hiding a secret that is key to Sam and Dean’s entire predicament.
Kristin at E!Online is convinced the winner has to be Elina. t Lauren Brie goes far but is a bit…boring. And interesting note on Clark: Her appearance changes a tiny bit and gradually as the season goes on because of something she did before coming on the show.– Kristin at E!Online
Have you seen the new web series called Mode After Hours?
Do you remember the sexy, albeit suicidal, Captain Gault (Grant Bowler) from Lost? Grant will be playing Meade’s new CFO, and he tells me that his character “is a bit of a maverick and is very, very good at what he does. He manages to place himself squarely between Daniel and Wilhelmina.” That’s what she said? And in other hotness news, look for an Eddie Cibrian shower scene! — Kristin at E!Online
You ain’t seen nothing yet! Dave (“Neal McDonough) is hunting someone down on Wisteria Lane, but someone will be hunting him as well. Mrs. McCluskey teams up with her sister (Lily Tomlin) to find out why Dave Williams is so devilishly nice and mysterious. Kathryn Joosten told me Dave gets so crazy that Mrs. McCluskey actually goes into hiding for part of the season. — Kristin at E!Online
Owen returns and tries to win Brooke back. And Gigi, Mouth’s former intern, returns and tries to get between Mouth and Millicent. Scandal! — Kristin at E!Online
Season Premiere: Except for a little wibbling at the top of the episode, Addison is the amazing hero we know and love in the season premiere. This premiere genuinely feels strong and refreshed, like the show’s been staying at Canyon Ranch since we saw it last. Story-wise, Cooper blows off Violet in favor of sex with Charlotte, Dell quits the practice and Addy is crazy angry with Naomi for making an unethical choice about a patient. Also, Amy Acker from Angel is the main patient in the ep, and she does her usual sterling acting job. — Kristin at E!Online
Ming Na, who once played a doctor on ER, next will be playing with the doctors of Private Practice.
In the fifth episode of the ABC drama’s second season (which kicks off this Wednesday), Ming Na will guest-star as a friend of Violet’s, and thus will help shed some light on Amy Brenneman’s introverted shrink. (Oh wow, it just hit me — she’s a “shrinking Violet.” D’oh!)
Ming Na’s other credits include NBC’s short-lived Inconceivable and Fox’s almost-as-fleeting Vanished (in which she was woefully underserved).
Previously announced Private guest-stars for the coming season include Billy Dee Williams (as a man who has taken care of his ill wife, at great cost to his own health) and Grant Show (playing Addison’s brother). — TV Guide
Hiro and Ando are headed to the lockup known as Level Five (where Angela and her cronies keep the likes of Sylar and other villains), but they are not going of their own accord…
Kristen Bell will be definitely back, and when she returns, we see that Elle has quite literally be on the fritz—her power keeps overloading and blowing out of control—and she’ll turn to Claire for help. — Kristin at E!Online
Is Heroes‘ Angela Dreaming a Nightmare of a Future?
Last week’s reveal that Angela Petrelli is sinister Sylar’s mother is but the beginning of a shocking new arc for Heroes. Cristine Rose teases the next shoe to drop, sheds light on upcoming flashbacks and broaches the mother of all paternity questions. NBC’s Heroes airs Mondays at 9 pm/ET. — Matt Mitovich, TVGuide
TVGuide.com: That was quite a reveal in the season premiere!
Cristine Rose: It was! It’s a good one, I think.
TVGuide.com: How did you react when you first read that script?
Rose: Well, they had been hinting at a big surprise. Actually, it was Zach [Quinto, Sylar] who said, “I think I know, I think I know…,” the day before I got the script. He told me and I said, “That’s so cool!” What’s interesting is we actually shot almost the entire scene just before the [winter 2007-08 WGA] strike, when it was in Episode 13. In the interim, they added the fact that he is my son, so we reshot parts of it. They actually have split the scene in two, and at the beginning of [this week's Episode] 3 you’ll see it has a double punch. The revelation that he is my son is just the beginning. In Week 3, you get beyond the “icky” factor.
TVGuide.com: Is Sylar “happy” to hear the news? Will he be sending you Mother’s Day cards?
Rose: Hmmm, does that fit into his character? No…. [Chuckles] But that’s not why I need him or want him. In the past I’ve dealt with whether or not I love my children or whether I had indeed bore them out of a need for power, to use them as tools or weapons. She can be torn at times, but they are weapons for her.
TVGuide.com: So she’s happy with Sylar’s bad boy status?
Rose: She has to harness him. And he only has the power of telekinesis at this point, and that’s not going to be much good to her. The reason she needs these tools in the first place is it’s rather frustrating just having the power of dreams.
TVGuide.com: It is a pretty mediocre party trick.
Rose: Yes, in the end I’d much rather have the ability to change my hairdo. But having those dreams and no other active ability, it makes sense that she would use [her children]. I have come to think of Sylar as my weapon of mass destruction. But how is she going to harness his potential?
TVGuide.com: How was the role of Angela first presented to you?
Rose: In that first pilot scene, she’s rather dominated by Nathan — she has just stolen a pair of socks, and came off as a rather mealy mouthed type of character. But I played it with a tinge of humor, and in the next scene with Peter you saw a bit of her gumption. I saw her as not being born into wealth, but coming from somewhere else. She’s not hurting for money, and she’s not hurting for spunk. I was open to anything.
TVGuide.com: Think we’ll ever get flashbacks to a younger Angela, to explore her origins?
Rose: Well, I do know that in the middle of this “Villains” volume we go back — I cant say how far back — and get insight into who Angela is and why she is the way she is. It wasn’t too long ago that she was very different. But something happened that really set her on a course to be the woman she is today.
TVGuide.com: Do you enjoy more working with the younger folk or your contemporaries?
Rose: What a terrible question! [Laughs] There is no answer. I have been blessed to work with incredible people on this cast. It’s been fun to work with Milo [Ventimiglia] and Adrian [Pasdar] because they give as good as they take.
TVGuide.com: And then you have the Malcolm McDowells….
Rose: I have not, as of this point that we are talking about, had scenes with him, but… that might be coming up. And we know that Robert Forster is appearing this season as Arthur [Petrelli], who we know is dead, so it has to be in the past. He has been lovely to work with. I have worked with Malcolm this season and I have worked with Robert and it is a different, delicious dynamic playing with my contemporaries.
TVGuide.com: Speaking of Arthur, is he necessarily Sylar’s father?
Rose: [No response]
TVGuide.com: “And there was deafening silence.”
TVGuide.com: Moving onto the next question….
Rose: I will tell you, I have a theory from when I heard that Malcolm McDowell was coming on to join us. My fantasy was that he was actually the father of Nathan, and out of that sprung the possibility that we all met at Woodstock, dropped some acid and enjoyed the “Summer of Love.” And then when George Takei came into play, I was just grinning so big. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Has Cristine Rose ever dreamed the future?
Rose: You know, I never dreamed that I would have at this late date such a glorious bit of my career. I had a nice career on the stage, a lovely two decades in L.A….. So now that this has come along, I’ve been overpaid.
TVGuide.com: And lastly, has How I Met Your Mother expressed a need to have you back this season as Ted’s mom?
Rose: I don’t know, they haven’t called. I figure that when he gets married I have to be at the wedding! They’ve used me a couple times, and I would love to be there when he meets “the mother” and gets married.
Where in the world is Matt Parkman? Turns out that Future Peter has banished him to Africa, where the former flatfoot has crossed paths with a mysterious newcomer (played by Ntare Mwine; see related video). In this on-the-set video, Greg Grunberg details Matt’s reaction to realizing he has a “stalker” — one who’s rather handy with a paint brush at that!
Grunny also previews Matt’s run-in with “the Speedster,” saying that he and new cast mate Brea Grant “have done some great stuff together,” and then raves about this season’s “unbelievable” new scripts.
Since this volume of the NBC series is dedicated to “Villains,” might Matt be lured to the dark side? “Parkman has the potential to go there,” says the actor. — TV Guide
Tonight on Gossip Girl: First Serena starts reclaiming her queen-bee throne from Blair, and now she’s scoring front-row seats to Eleanor’s Fashion Week show. And she’s attending said show with her new socialite buddy, Poppy Lifton, no less. So is Blair going to just sit back and take this? If you have to ask that, you don’t know Blair. Meanwhile, Serena’s ex, Dan, also gets a new pal: Chuck. He tags along with bad boy Chuck for a little walk on the wild side and soon learns just how wild things can get. — Jennifer Sankowski, TV Guide
Jenny kissing Nate on Gossip Girl?: Oh, you mean that eye-popping photo above?! Jenny actually has the most outrageous storyline of everyone coming up… Our wittle girl is all growed up!
Episodes 6 through 10 are amazing. The sixth ep is where Serena and Blair go to Yale and get in a physical catfight. Also, Serena really starts falling for Aaron Rose, the artist I told you about whom she knew when she was younger. Looks like S is most def. into creative types.
That photo is no joke. And I can tell you that Jenny is growing up in more ways than one this year. Sources say she might be dropping out of school to start a big, fancy career! What will Rufus say? — Kristin at E!Online
Chuck and Sarah are in for a roller coaster this season: They get together because they think Chuck is going to be free, they flirt with third parties (her ex-BF and his ex-roomie Bryce Larkin and Melinda Clarke as foreign operative Sasha Banacheck), and then they realize that there’s no getting out of it: Sarah has to be Chuck’s protector and not girlfriend. Wahh! Also, Lester (Vik Sahay) operates like a crack-addled Dwight Schrute when he becomes assistant manager of Buy More, and it’s pretty funny… — Kristin at E!Online
Fans of Chuck, you’re in luck! The seriously solid comedy-drama about a meek, geeky freak (Zachary Levi) returns for a second season. In the opener, unlikely spy Chuck is still entangled in guns, gadgets and girls. (Or is that bullets, bombs and babes?) Here, he mixes it up with a formidable operative (Michael Clarke Duncan) named Colt. This Colt has real kick: He’s out to obtain a device that would potentially give rise to a new Intersect. Later, believing his spy career is behind him, Chuck asks Sarah out on a true first date. Back at superstore Buy More, Morgan uses quirky means to hire a new assistant manager. — Dean Maurer, TV Guide
Zachary Levi reflects on the comedy’s strike-shortened first season, saying, “It’s tough when you’re off the air” for so long. That said, he’s glad to celebrate the series’ return on Sept. 29, “which just so happens to be my birthday!”
Levi also talks about his “double”-the-everything promise for Season 2 (at the 2:45 mark), the prospects for Chuck and Sarah moving in together (3:30), and the fine roster of guest stars on the way, including John Larroquette, whom he says “is a god, but not the God.” — TV Guide
America’s favorite adorkable TV spy, Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi), is back tonight, as NBC launches the long-awaited second season of the loveable action-comedy Chuck. This sophomore series has most definitely upped its game: The first hour back is even funnier, sweeter and more entertaining than what we saw last fall, so you best be setting your DVR.
Zach spilled on why he loves being on such a family-friendly show and on what’s in store for Chuck and Sarah (Yvonne Stra-hot-ski) this season. – Kristin at E!Online
Jesse McCartney, the actor/singer/songwriter has joined the cast of the ABC Family hit for the second season, the network has announced.
The ex-Summerland orphan will play the recurring role of Andy, a heavily recruited freshman jock who’ll be torn between rushing the KT and OX houses. The fact that he’s an old friend of Calvin’s may offer a clue as to which way he’ll ultimately swing. (Don’t read into my shameless double entendre, kids; Greek creator Sean Smith says Andy is of the straight persuasion.) – The Ausiello Files
Playing Andy, a high school pal of Paul James’ Calvin, McCartney’s character will, uh, fraternize with both Kappa Tau and Omega Chi as a coveted pledge.
McCartney, who has flexed his acting muscles on Summerland, isn’t the only new face at Cyrpus-Rhodes University. Ken Marino, he of Veronica Mars fame, will guest star in the mid-season opener as a summer camp counselor.
Greek will return to airwaves in spring 2009. — TV Guide
It’s back this Wednesday! Ned’s dad is going to pop up in the premiere, though Ned just doesn’t know it yet. Speaking of fathers, watch for Emerson to try and track down his missing daughter this season. Chi McBride told Kristin at E!Onlibe at the ET/People post-Emmys party that the audience will be seeing her before Emerson does, and that there’s some serious baby-mama drama.
Trouble is afoot at Olive’s nunnery, so the gang will be going undercover in an upcoming episode. I’m pretty sure that’s when we’ll hear Kristin Chenoweth sing The Sound of Music, god bless her perky little awesome soul. — Kristin at E!Online
From the Ausiello Files
Pushing Daisies is about to get seriously bizarro.
Orlando Jones (Drumline), Michael Weaver (Notes From the Underbelly), and Ivana Milocevic (Casino Royale) have been cast as a band of Norwegian detectives who bear striking similarities to Emerson, Ned and Chuck, sources confirm to Mike Ausiello exclusively.
The trio flee their home country looking for bigger, better crimes to solve, which makes things mighty difficult for Emerson and his untouchy-feely sidekicks.
Rumor has it the script for the episode, titled “The Norwegians” and slated to air in November, is nothing short of Snapplarious (i.e., so laugh-out-loud hysterical Snapple will likely shoot out your nose). If it’s half as funny as this Wednesday’s second season premiere — particularly a certain subplot involving reluctant nun Kristin Chenoweth and Mother Superior Diana Scarwid — then we are in for a treat.