Happy end of the week, roomies! This week’s spoiler helping is jam-packed, so grab a drink, grab a snack, then dive in. I think we’ll have a lot to discuss in the comments.
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P.S. - Holy hot Spoiler Room collage, Batman! I can’t be the only one who had this thought…
‘NCIS’: MICHAEL WEATHERLY ON HOW TONY COPES WITH ZIVA’S DEPARTURE
NCIS fans may be waiting eagerly/nervously/anxiously for next week’s farewell to Ziva episode, but while the wound of Ziva’s departure is going to be very fresh after next Tuesday, over at the set, they’ve had a few episodes to deal with the shock and are looking toward the future with high hopes. Especially Michael Weatherly, who opened up to me about the upcoming addition of Emily Wickersham as a new agent named Bishop. “We’re excited about is having Emily join us on these little adventures we do every week and seeing how she is in the world that we create together,” he says. “I hope the audience likes her as much as we did right away.”
But to those who are worried about a possible romance between the two, Weatherly assures that’s probably the last thing on Tony’s mind. “I don’t think there’s any chance of Bishop being involved in that in any way. If anything, she would be deeply, deeply off-limits for him,” he says with a chuckle. “It won’t even enter his brain – and that’s another thing. I think she’s going to be very attractive, but I just don’t think DiNozzo will see her like that for even a heartbeat. I think there’s a level of maturity for him. He’s averse to anyone who would sit at that desk, I think.”
Weatherly sees Tony’s maturity shining through in other ways, too, he says, particularly when it comes to the character’s attention-seeking ways. “Here’s a funny thing I’ve discovered: when it’s just McGee, DiNozzo and Gibbs in the squad room, DiNozzo doesn’t really have anyone to perform for,” he says. “Tony just kind of calms down and does his job.” That said, there’s still fun to be had. Proof? There’s a headslap coming. And while Weatherly wouldn’t elaborate, he did call it “a classic moment.”
‘THE MENTALIST’: HOW WILL JANE AND LISBON’S RELATIONSHIP CHANGE AFTER RED JOHN IS CAUGHT?
We have several episodes to go before Red John is caught. (But having seen Sunday’s season premiere, I can tell you they waste NO time narrowing down the suspects.) That said, we know an end is coming, which begs the question: What comes next for The Mentalist – and The Mentalist?
If we’re talking about the show itself, there’s an answer. But exec producer Bruno Heller wouldn’t utter a word about it when I sat down with him last week with some other reporter. (“I can’t say more than that because arcs by their nature, as soon as you shoot an arrow in the air, it lands somewhere. And I don’t want to shoot that arrow quite yet,” he says.) He merely confirmed that another big arc will make itself clear and it would have a personal connection to our characters. But while he was mum on that front, he, Simon Baker, and Robin Tunney were very forthcoming about how Jane and Lisbon would change post-Red John, saying after the storm, there will be much for both characters to deal with emotionally.
“I think they’re both going to start thinking in ways that they never have before about the other person,” Heller says. “They’ve always had this mission but now the mission is gone. After that, they have the luxury of thinking of each other as individuals – a man and a woman. That’s going to be explored in-depth.”
Baker, meanwhile, says he doesn’t see the post-RJ world as a shift in dynamic for the pair so much as an opportunity to explore interesting questions. “Do they look at each other and go, ‘Jesus you’re annoying’ or do they look at each other and go ‘Let’s lay down and make love,” he says. “It’s an interesting road to go down,” agrees Tunney.
But is it safe to say that Jane and Lisbon will at least admit their love for each other? Well, Heller hesitates to use the word love in a romantic sense, but, he says, “I think there’s a great deal of love between them and they now have to find out what kind of love that is and what does it mean.”
‘H50’: FIVE PREMIERE TEASES FROM ALEX O’LOUGHLIN!
Tonight’s Hawaii Five-0 season premiere is packed! With Kono and Adam on the run, some gunmen, who are very interested in finding out where Kono and Adam are, storm the Five-0 at what unravels is something I think H5-0 fans are going to really enjoy. But for some deeper scoop on what to expect in the premiere and beyond, read below!
+ As previously reported (and seen in the promo), Chi McBride makes his debut as SWAT captain Lou Grover and in one of his first scenes, he strip down to his skivvies! But it’s for a good reason and will show just how crafty this new captain is! But he and McGarrett are going to butt heads in a big way, paving the way for more tension. “I know I just read episode 8 and I’m up to page 50 and we’ve argued for 47 of the pages” he joked. “They’re really getting into it with those two characters.”
+ In the episode, Catherine finds herself in major dangers thanks to the aforementioned gunmen. “In the first episode she becomes an incredibly liability,” he says. “We really see the extent of his emotional connection to this woman….she’s getting really close to the team and we start to wonder how dangerous that is for her and the team.”
+ McGarrett pulls off one of his most impressive stunts yet. It involves a helicopter.
+ The upcoming Pearl Harbor episode is “one of the most beautiful 5-0 scripts I’ve read,” according to O’Loughlin. It’s told through the eyes of an elderly Japanese character who is arrested at the beginning of the episode, and it will feature flashbacks that show what happened to him as a child. “It’s a very important episode for a lot of reasons,” he says.
+ Catherine’s ex figures heavily in an early episode and while McGarrett tries to play off her former boyfriend’s reappearance as no big deal, he’s “simmering on the inside.” “He thinks he’s keeping it under wraps [but] he’s not cool at all,” says O’Loughlin. “[McGarrett] is tested in the first few episodes.”