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‘NCIS’: THERAPY FOR THE GANG?
The NCIS team has been through a lot of tough times together — but could the aftermath of last year’s finale explosion include some deep emotional and psychological consequences? That’s what one guest star will be tasked with finding out in the second episode of the upcoming tenth season. “A head-shrinker is coming to assess the mental status of our people,” star Michael Weatherly reveals. “And I don’t think anyone on this team should ever get looked at too closely by a psychiatrist.”
Weatherly assesses: Between Ducky “who talks to dead bodies,” Abby “who’s strung out on Caf-Pow,” DiNozzo’s “series issues,” McGee dad’s troubles, Gibb’s basement of boats and bourbon, and Ziva’s “almost Shakespearean” daddy issues, he laughs, “we are a motley crew of headcases.” “So, yes, there is fallout [from the explosion]. It is dealt with and investigated in the unique fashion of NCIS — liberal doses of drama and comedy.”
To elaborate in the drama department, executive producer Gary Glasberg tells me fans can expect Abby to reach out to her brother early in the season as she deals with trauma following the explosion. “It’s a beautiful couple of scenes, and we’re really excited about it,” he says. So am I! Is it Sept. 25 yet?
‘90210’: TREVOR DONOVAN ON TEDDY’S BIG DECISION
To be, or not to be the babydaddy? That is the question. And while it’s the kind of crazy-bananas dilemma we should expect from 90210, that doesn’t mean Trevor Donovan ever expected his character would be wrestling with such a decision. But that’s exactly where the season finale left off — with Silver asking Teddy to help her get pregnant after she rejected both Navid and Liam’s offers to do so. (We’ve all been there! — God, I hope that always remains a joke.) So where does the new season pick up? With a major crisis, obviously.
“It’s going to be addressed in both the first and second episodes and it’ll definitely be a process for it to come to fruition as far as what he decides,” Donovan tells me. “He was as surprised as I was, and obviously he has to contemplate what his role would be in the child’s life, what his father’s role was in his life…there [are] a lot of issues that he’s concerned about.”
And what of Dixon’s crash, that is so bad it’s apparently bringing mom Lori Laughlin back into town? Well, the crash itself is “massive,” he says. But in better news, he reports the episode, while dramatic, doesn’t veer into complete Bummer-ville. “It’s certainly not a depressing episode, that’s for sure. It’ll tap on real life dramatic issues and still have light moments,” he says. “It’s always balanced — we got Naomi! She brings a whole lot of color.”
‘BONES’ GOES ‘SUNSHINE CLEANING’?
Let’s review: The season premiere of Bones will focus on getting Brennan out of the majorly sticky situation that literally ran her out of town. Episode two will focus on a high-profile divorce attorney who turns up dead — and provides a nice little parallel as B&B struggle with their own relationship issues. (Though, promises EP Stephen Nathan “It’s not going to be about bitterness. We’re still going to love seeing them together.”) And in episode 3: BOOM! Bomber. Good so far? I certainly think so. And here’s the latest in-the-works Bones episode to get ramped up about: a nod to 2008’s Sunshine Cleaning…sorta.
“We have one murder that involves a crime scene clean up team,” reveals Nathan. And this never-before-seen-but-oh-so-important crew, he adds, are more dangerous than your average criminals. “They are one step ahead of our people and they know how to get rid of evidence.”
Bones duo Nathan and Hart Hanson have said since the summer that the upcoming season (starting Sept. 17) would deliver some of the best murder cases yet, and if this is any indication, keep ’em coming! (In case you missed it: ‘Portlandia’ meets ‘Bones‘?)