Here are the news items for today:
Actress Brianna Brown (Devious Maids) will guest star in an early 2014 episode of The Mentalist, playing Krystal Markham, a woman connected to a case that the FBI is working on; and much to everyone’s surprise Jane (series lead Simon Baker) asks Krystal out on a date – the first one the widower has had in years. The Mentalist will air its fall finale on December 8. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)
The History Channel is teaming with executive producer John Shiban to develop a mini-series tentatively entitled Jamestown that is inspired by the 2007 Benjamin Woolley book “Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America”. The mini-series will explore the true story of the beginnings of America, following the dreamers and schemers who settled in the new colony of Jamestown. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
BOX OFFICE NEWS
Actress Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) will appear ad Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, the adoptive mother of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) in the box office adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. (Bruna Nessif at E! Online)
Actress Gal Gadot (from the Fast and the Furious franchise) will play Wonder Woman in the as-yet titled Batman vs. Superman movie. (Variety)
The Veronica Mars movie will hit theatres on March 14, 2014. Mark your calendars! (Kickstarter)
Q&A SECTION (with TV Scoop Team at E! Online, Natalie Abrams and Adam Bryant at TV Guide and Michael Ausiello at TV Line)
Question: I need Scandal scoop! Gimme anything you’ve got. – Becca M.
TV Scoop Team: One lucky lady is getting a new love interest. We’re not going to tell you who will be romanced, but we will tell you that Andrew is handsome, charismatic and extremely intelligent. Keep an eye out for him in episode 11.
Question: I seriously need Felicity and Oliver to get together, like yesterday, on Arrow. Is there any hope? – Cady
TV Scoop Team: Expect the introduction on Barry Allen, who makes his debut tonight, to have a major impact on Felicity and Oliver’s relationship for the remainder of the season. “That relationship is really moving in a new direction,” Stephen Amell says of the duo. “It’s one of those things where, guys do this all the time, you don’t realize the depths and levels of your feelings for someone until someone else likes them.”
Question: Cannot believe I have to wait six weeks for The Blacklist to return! Scoop me please to dull the pain! – Thomas
TV Scoop Team: Prepare to learn a whole lot more about Lucy Brooks, the woman Red looked into (and had a photo of) several episodes ago. And you can expect it to intersect with Tom’s storyline.
Question: I’ll take anything I can get on Teen Wolf’s Derek! – Farrah
TV Scoop Team: How about that he will finally take on a real big brother role in season 3B for Scott, with Tyler Posey telling us it’s his “favorite relationship” right now on the show. As for when Derek will be back in Beacon Hills, let’s just say you’ll find out where he is in the season premiere and who he’s with is pretty surprising.
Question: How about something on Hart of Dixie? – Claire
TV Scoop Team: Prepare for one of the most epic mug shots in TV history. One of our Bluebell residents will be facing some time in the slammer, and it will cause all kinds of chaos. Seriously, everyone on the Rammer Jammer will be talking about this crime. Curious? Well, let’s just say that it involves boys, cars, and stolen property.
Question: What’s coming up on Arrow? — Elliot
NATALIE: By the end of the mid-season finale, you’ll find out exactly who Brother Blood is working for, but Oliver won’t be privy to that information anytime soon. “He finds out about his Brother Blood persona before we wrap the fall run, but he doesn’t discover that that person is connected to Sebastian,” Stephen Amell says. Complicating matters is Blood’s burgeoning relationship with Laurel. “They start running into each other more,” Katie Cassidy says. “They do get involved in a certain way.”
Question: Is Castle done with the Sen. Bracken-Beckett story? — Nina
ADAM: Not if the show wants to keep leading lady Stana Katic happy. “I think that story needs really great closure,” she tells us of Beckett’s series-long search for her mother’s killer. “They did a really nice job of developing this ‘sleeping dragon’ story, and [the end] of that should be done with justice to all of the years that they spent developing that.” The good news? Creator Andrew W. Marlowe insists that he has plans to bring Jack Coleman’s dirty politician back — but only when the perfect story comes up.
Question: Do I sense some chemistry between Kennex and Stahl on Almost Human? — Jason
NATALIE: You’re not the only one. “There’s huge potential there,” Karl Urban tells me. “There’s definitely a spark between those two characters.” Co-star Minka Kelly echoes that sentiment, explaining that Stahl really admires Kennex. “She’s been a really big fan of his for a really long time, so she’s in awe of him returning to the office,” she says. “They’re very like-minded when it comes to wanting to save the world.”
Question: How long before people figure out that Peter Pan is in Henry’s body on Once Upon a Time? — Missy
NATALIE: It won’t be very long at all. “Emma can tell immediately something is off and tries to justify it because he’s been through a lot; he’s been traumatized in certain ways. He’s been with Pan and the Lost Boys in the forest for so long, so there’s a lot of justifying going on basically,” Jennifer Morrison tells me. “She’s not sure what but she knows something’s wrong.” Look for the famous storybook to help Emma figure it out.
Question: Any update on new Arrow villains arriving soon? —Harry
Ausiello: Yes, Clock King’s time has come! Sources confirm that the CW hit will introduce the pivotal DC Comics baddie (aka William Tockman) later this season. The casting notice calls for an actor in his 40s or 50s to play the criminal mastermind who has “the mind of a chess grandmaster, and can envision all the interlocking pieces of Starling City and adjust them in favor of his crimes.”
Question: Can you offer up any clues on the location/setting for the second half of Once Upon a Time Season 3 (premiering March 9)? Will it take place entirely in Storybrooke, or will there be trips to another never-before-seen world? — abz
Ausiello: Better than clues, we have cold, hard facts. More akin to Season 1′s storytelling, “The second half [of Season 3] will take place between Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest,” series co-creator Eddy Kitsis told Matt Mitovich. In other words, EP Adam Horowitz underscored, “It’s not a ‘journey to another land’ paradigm” à la the Neverland arc concluding Dec. 15. “We always have the ability and the desire to dip into other lands, which it’s more than likely we shall do,” Horowitz added, “but it will be in the way that we’ve done it in the past, as opposed to locking all of our characters onto a boat and sending them [to a new realm].”
Question: On Sleepy Hollow, are we ever going to find out who vouched for Ichabod when Luke called Oxford? –Irene
Ausiello: Executive producer Ken Olin tells TVLine that the episode’s script originally revealed that Capt. Irving set up the charade to throw a suspicious Luke off Ichabod’s trail… but that tidbit never made it to screen. “I didn’t edit it, but I think it was probably removed for time,” Olin says. As for the loose end – whether created on purpose or by a pressed-for-time editing staff – the EP admits, “I don’t know whether now that will be paid off, but it was certainly left hanging.”
That’s it. Enjoy!