What a crazy few weeks it’s been! Pre-Emmy speculation! Comic-Con! Emmy noms! And now the Television Critics Association Press Tour is upon us! That’s where I’m headed this weekend, in fact. There, I will run into all your favorite stars and the ones you don’t know you like yet (aka: people from new shows!) So make sure you stay in touch via Twitter (@EWSandraG). And I don’t mean “stay in touch” in the way people say it insincerely in yearbooks. I mean it for real. Tweet me! And I’ll be tweeting what I see, hear, and pictures I take while being impatient.
Also, send me your burning spoiler questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Summer fun is over, TV watchers. WE’RE GOING BACK TO WORK!
‘BREAKING BAD’: ANNA GUNN: SKYLAR LIVING ‘IN TERROR’
The end of last week’s premiere of Breaking Bad, Skyler found herself on the receiving end of Walt’s “forgiveness.” But the fear we saw in her eyes as he approached her was anything but fleeting, according to EMMY NOMINEE Anna Gunn. “She’s really scared of him right now,” she says. “She’s living with somebody now who terrifies her, and she can not predict what he’s going to do. And she’s truly so in terror for her children.”
Backed into a corner, Gunn teases that Skylar will begin to crack. “That’s what this season is about for her. She’s no longer able to pretend that she can control it. She knows now that it’s out of her control and it’s just her desperate. Every minute is a desperate thought. What do I do for my children and how do I protect them?”
As she attempts to do so, Gunn says there’s no boundaries for how far she’ll go. But will doing so result in Walt Jr. finally learning the truth about his parents? “That’s a definite possibility and that’s a question that’s been asked a lot,” she says. “I think that’s part of what scares her but I also think she’s thinking how much longer this can go on before he finds out. How long will it be before all this danger and all these things end up in her house and at her doorstep? I really think that scares her.”
‘BONES’: EPS DISH ON SEASON’S THEME
Did you miss all the Bones fun at Comic-Con? Shame! But not to fear, Stephan Nathan and Hart Hanson (who was absent for medical reasons) were stand-up gentleman and hopped on the phone to help those who couldn’t make it out. And while I got more dish on the first few episodes coming to you soon, here’s what I can tell you:
‘GRIMM’: DISH ON ‘BIG HANK EPISODE’
Grimm has a lot of fun in store for its second season. But the casting new from earlier that made me cheer? Mark Pellegrino, who is popping up in the third episode this season playing an old friend of Hank’s (Russell Hornsby) and goes to him for help after his daughter goes missing. Oh, and he’s a coyotl. And when I last spoke with executive producers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, they teased that this “big Hank” episode will also touch on a larger theme. “He’s a guy who tried to break from his past and his past has come back to haunt him,” Kouf says. Greenwalt adds: “It’s a violent, gang-like past and he doesn’t want to raise his kid that way.”
While he’s only slated for one episode, Kouf says the character’s closeness with Hank definitely leaves the door open for a return. And though we might have to wait a while to see that happen, one thing we won’t have to wait for? Resolution to the season-ending cliffhangers! The pair shared that major cliffhangers will be dealt with in “the first couple of episodes,” which will result in Nick feeling “stretched to the limit.” “He’s overworked; he’s beat-up; he’s underpaid. He’s got the woman he loves in the hospital. He’s doing everything he can on all fronts,” says Greenwalt. Kouf jokes: “He doesn’t sleep much. We’re going to have one episode where Nick just sleeps the whole time.”
Meanwhile, did you see the awesome first look at Grimm‘s first baddie? If not, click here. If you’ve already seen it, allow me to continue sharing: I was close to sharing another picture from the first episode with you, but the problem? It was deemed too bloody! Executive producer Jim Kouf explains: “It was a massacre. [The monster] is not a nice guy. But he does have to eat. He’s not that different from you and me.” (Click to the next page to see my chat with them from Comic-Con!)