Mega Buzz: Scoop on Lie to Me, Royal Pains, Hawaii Five-O and True Blood
Tim Roth (Lie to Me), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) , Alex O'Loughlin (Hawaii Five-O)
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Any juicy teasers for the remaining episodes of Lie to Me's second season? — Kim M.
ADAM: Outgoing showrunner Shawn Ryan says the final nine episodes build to a cliff-hanger leading into Season 3, even though many of the episodes stand alone. One reunites Ryan with six cast members from his hit cable series, The Shield. Airing Aug. 16, the episode finds Lightman (Tim Roth) wondering if he sent the wrong person to jail in a child murder case. "We get called to an execution and the guy says he didn't do it, and he didn't do it," Roth says. "The reason he is getting executed is because I was a witness. So he's sentenced to death based on my science and my testimony."
When is Royal Pains coming back? What has Hank been doing all winter? — Michael
MICKEY: Nothing. In fact, there is no winter in Hank's world, just eternal summer. So when Pains returns to USA on Thursday, June 3 at 10/9c, it picks up almost immediately after the events of last season. HankMed is still bankrupt, Boris is still dying, and believe it or not, Divya is still engaged. That wasn't a fake-out, and her reasoning for entering a loveless marriage is actually quite touching, and a lesson for Evan.
Now that hunk Alex O'Loughlin is in a new series, any chance we will ever see the last few episodes of Three Rivers that are in the can? — Kathy
ADAM: Yes, CBS will burn off those episodes beginning Saturday, June 5. As for that "new series," the third time may be the charm for O'Loughlin and CBS. The Hawaii Five-O remake backs up its leading man with a solid cast and manages to honor the original without cheesiness. It doesn't hurt that Buffy the Vampire Slayer's James Marsters plays O'Loughlin's lethal nemesis. Given O'Loughlin's stint on Moonlight, vampire lovers should go especially giddy.
Is Jason going to get away with shooting Eggs on True Blood? — Jen
MICKEY: For now, yes. Andy has a pretty hilarious way for the dunderheaded Jason to remember how to avoid suspicion — a mantra, if you will. Wait until you hear it.
Any scoop on what's coming up on Burn Notice? — Skye
ADAM: Viewers will catch up with Michael in the exact suite where the show left him last season, but it won't be long before he's back home working a new task for Vaughn (The Wire and Supernatural's Robert Wisdom), a spy handler for the company that burned Michael. Michael's reunion with Fiona won't be very sweet, because she and Sam have taken on a new client (Mad Men's Rich Sommer) in Michael's absence. Also, before the premiere ends, Michael will make a move that devastates another spy.
I'm intrigued by the news that Julie Benz is returning to Dexter, but I'm more curious to hear about her new ABC show. — Tess
MICKEY: It's called No Ordinary Family, and the simplest way to describe it is to say that it's a live-action The Incredibles. Michael Chiklis plays Benz's Mr. Incredible, and though his character is in law enforcement, he's a far cry from The Shield's Vic Mackey.
Now that Cooper and Charlotte are engaged on Private Practice, can we expect some happiness? — Alexis
ADAM: You do know you're talking about a TV show, right? Of course there have to be some obstacles. Creator Shonda Rhimes, however, says the engagement will definitely stick. And KaDee Strickland, who plays Charlotte, is looking forward to her character's first meeting with Cooper's parents. "I'm not exactly a good little Jewish girl that he grew up with, so I'm interested to see how they receive Charlotte," she says. "I've always thought the Jewish and southern cultures are so similar, because family is such an important priority. What the dynamic will be, if we decide to start a family, will be interesting."
Is Rob Estes leaving 90210? — Barbara
MICKEY: Yes. As has been previously reported, neither he nor Jennie Garth will be back next season. It's no secret that the new showrunners have officially shut down Operation Nostalgia. Shannen Doherty tells us that plans for Brenda to return have been scrapped, and don't expect Donna to ever drop in from Tokyo again — with or without David.
When V returns next year, where will it pick up? — Van
ADAM: Right where it left off, executive producer Scott Rosenbaum tells us. He also says the plan for Season 2 is to speed up the storytelling to get a few answers out of the way quickly. "We're going to learn why the Vs are here, all the mythology of what they're doing here, how they got here ... what they specifically want from us and how this upcoming battle is going to play out," Rosenbaum says. "You'll see different fronts or parts of the war begin in Season 2 — not an all-out attack, because that's not Anna's style."
What's your favorite pilot so far? — Andres B.
MICKEY: It's the CW's Nikita. Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) stars in this remake about a reformed assassin hell-bent on taking down The Division, a shadowy organization that turns felons into killers-for-hire. It'll definitely make you look at cutesy former teen stars Shane West (ER) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Desperate Housewives) differently. One quibble: It kind of reminds me of Dollhouse, a show I didn't love.
What can you tell me about the Justified season finale? — Marcus
ADAM: The episode is bit of a bloodbath, and one recurring character will die. Plus: Raylan will once again be forced to decide just how much he can trust Boyd Crowder, who understandably acts as a man with nothing to lose.
I can't wait for the Nurse Jackie finale! Will she finally get hers? — Tina and Jeremy
MICKEY: All I can tell you is that the finale is a tense piece of business, all in the service of a moment two seasons in the making. When it finally arrives, it proceeds pretty much as expected until... the last frame of the episode, when Jackie utters two words that change everything.
Adam's Mega Rave: Breaking Bad continues to surprise (and delight), as Skyler gets further entangled in Walt's meth-manufacturing business. How awesome was it to see Skyler, who doesn't have the audience's insight into Saul's lawyering skill, sit baffled in Mr. Goodman's sleazy office? Almost as awesome as watching Walt squirm every time Saul opened his mouth.
Mickey's Mini Rant: Why wait until the series finale to advance the plot of FlashForward?
Reader Quote of the Week: "Syfy is becoming to sci-fi [what] MTV became to music videos. How long before there's a Syfy2 that actually shows some sci-fi?" — kavefish, on Syfy picking up three reality series
(Additional reporting by Natalie Abrams and Joyce Eng)
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