It’s that time of year again, Roomies! I’m headed west (like Fievel!) from my home base here in NYC to hit up the annual PaleyFest celebrations in Los Angeles.
So if you’re a fan of Community, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, The Vampire Diaries, Castle, and Revenge, you’ll want to be following my moves on Twitter for the next week for the latest from all those panels. (My colleague Tanner Stransky will also be out there, covering Revenge, Parks, and more!) Be on the watch for plenty of goodies coming your way. (And there will also be a few more treats in store if your favorite show’s not mentioned in the sentence above. Just sayin’!)
Until then, enjoy this week’s offerings. I have to pack.
THE OFFICE: B.J. NOVAK PREVIEWS ARRIVAL OF KELLY’S ‘HERO’
Post-Florida fun, Ryan Howard is going to be in for a big (and completely unwelcome) surprise. Though he ever-so-briefly had his eye on Erin (Ellie Kemper), he’ll soon find that Kelly has a new crush of her own – except from the sounds of it, this is much more serious. Enter Heroes alum Sendhil Ramamurthy.
“When he gets back, Jim and Pam have set [Kelly] up with this handsome Indian pediatrician, who is their family pediatrician, and for some reason, he really likes Kelly. They get along perfectly, and this seems to be the perfect solution – not just for Kelly but for the office, which is really sick of Ryan and Kelly distracting them,” says writer and co-exec producer B.J. Novak, who reveals that the writers took inspiration from – oddly enough – The Jersey Shore’s own embattled couple, Ronnie and Sammi. “They’re [both] terrible couples that just needed to be kept apart for their own sanity…. So Jim and Pam set Kelly up with this real adult relationship, and Ryan finds himself very jealous and tries to win Kelly back.”
And their romance will be anything but fleeting. Ramamurthy has currently filmed one episode and they’re hoping to get him for more. Even if they can’t, however, Novak says “the story line is definitely alive whether he’s in the episode or not” and it will be the driving force for Ryan and Kelly’s story line for the rest of the season.
“The whole point of [Ramamurthy’s character] is to show what a loser Ryan is, including physically, so that really was his job – to just make me look like [bad] and like only an idiot would choose me,” jokes Novak. “There’s a great line, I think Justin Spitzer wrote it, where Kelly, who is deciding between them, says all these great things about Ravi. ‘[He’s] an Indian doctor, he’s handsome, he treats me well, and he’s successful, and he’s loving. And Ryan puts me through so much drama, so I just have to decide which of those two things is more important to me.’ The girl loves drama, so I think that’s the only thing going for Ryan.”
‘REVENGE’: BACK TO SCHOOL
REVENGE CAME BACK THIS WEEK!! …Erm, and now it’s gone again. And while I know the wait until April will be a painful one, I turned to Christine B. Allen for a preview of what’s to come for the Graysons and Co. as the drama – not to mention Charlotte’s drug addiction – continues to ramp up. Among the nuggets she shared? Char’s going to let her inner Grayson/Clark flag fly.
“How Charlotte goes about getting her drugs [will] become integral to the story,” she says. “They’re being obtained illegally. She gets them from one source and runs out and has to find a new source.”
So where’s a rich teen go to score some not-so-legal substances? Her ritzy prep school, apparently. “It’s private school with a bunch of rich young Hamptonites, and you know, I think bribery and deceit and less-than-kosher means will be how she goes about getting more pills – as addicts do.” And while Declan and Emily remain privy to her secret, don’t look for her preoccupied parents to catch on so quickly. “That’s the sick thing about it. From my perspective, she’s never really had the attention from her parents. Daniel has always been the golden child for reasons that Victoria has only ever fully known. But Char has always sort of been the black sheep, and this is her first major attempt at crying out and saying [she] needs love, too,” Allen says. “I think that just might be the deeper motivations – or one of them.”