SAYID IS FACED WITH A DIFFICULT DECISION, ON ABC'S "LOST"
"Sundown" - Sayid is faced with a difficult decision, and Claire sends a warning to the temple inhabitants, on "Lost," TUESDAY, MARCH 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Lost" stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Terry O'Quinn as Locke and Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana.
Guest starring are Kevin Durand as Keamy, Anthony Azizi as Omar/Arabic man, Hiroyuki Sanada as Dogen, John Hawkes as Lennon, Andrea Gabriel as Noor "Nadia" Abed Jaseem, Kimberley Joseph as Cindy, Cas Anvar as Omer, Kailee Velasco as Eva, Aramis Knight as Sam, Peter Stray as doctor, Salvatore Abbadessa as cabbie, David Griffith as screaming Other, Mickey Graue as Zack and Kiersten Havelock as Emma.
"Sundown" was written by Paul Zbyszewski & Graham Roland and directed by Bobby Roth.
Lost's Sayid (Naveen Andrews) may be in for a couple difficult talks — not one, but two of his former lovers are returning to the show. Both Shannon (Maggie Grace), his dead island girlfriend, and Nadia (Andrea Gabriel), his dead off-island wife, will return in the final season.
Production on several films initially kept Grace from reprising her role as Shannon, Boone's stepsister who was killed by Ana Lucia in Season 2. "We're really excited about having her back on the show," executive producer Carlton Cuse told Entertainment Weekly, "and we have a good story for her."
Nadia also was murdered — her life taken by one of Charles Widmore's assassins, who ran her over in a crosswalk as Sayid helplessly looked on.
Reps for the ABC series would not comment to TVGuide.com on when Grace and Gabriel will return, how long they'll appear on the show or whether either will suck face with Sayid.
Libby (Cynthia Watros), Michael (Harold Perrineau), Charlotte (Rebecca Mader) and Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies) are among the other departed characters we'll see again in the final season of Lost.
Question: Will House try to break up Wilson and his new/old girlfriend on House? —Nikki Ausiello: And how. As series creator David Shore explains, “This isn’t just House being protective of Wilson, this is him being protective of Wilson against somebody who arguably knows Wilson as well as House does. And I think that’s what makes the scenes [between Hugh Laurie and Cynthia Watros] so interesting. You have these two people who apparently care about Wilson, although they’ve both made some dramatic mistakes in that regard, kind of fighting over him.”
Question: Do you have any more details about Cynthia Watros’ character on House aside from her being Wilson’s first ex-wife? —Gavin Ausiello: Her name is Dr. Sam Carr, her area of expertise is radiology, and she’s “smart, capable, and a little offbeat,” says David Shore. “Anyone who is going to be involved with Wilson is going to be a little bit different. We wanted her to be worthy of Wilson’s strengths and worthy of Wilson’s weaknesses.”
Question: What will Booth’s new love interest mean for Booth and Brennan on Bones? —Ellouise Ausiello: I don’t think there will be any long-term fallout, especially since Rena Sofer is only on board for one episode at this point. But in the short-term, the date will “cause a little turmoil” in their emotional lives, according to exec producer Stephen Nathan, who adds, “It’s nice to confuse Booth and Brennan every now and then. You don’t want the show to become predictable or complacent.” Nathan also points out that “Booth has really neglected his personal life. We wanted to see what it would be like for him to [briefly] explore a potential life with another person… and let him see what it’s like to just be a guy.”
Question: I do not like this whole Booth with a new love interest nonsense! Any hope for Booth/Brennan fans by the end of season 5? —Shorty Ausiello: Exec producer Stephen Nathan hinted that Booth’s big date with Sofer’s Catherine — which is slated to air in the April 22 episode — will help move B&B “forward towards a bit of a change in their lives.” What does that mean exactly? Grrr. Let me come at this from a different angle: How does the date go? “I guess how the date goes depends on what you think of Booth and Bones and the show Bones. Some people are going to like it, some people are not going to like it.” Let me come at this from a different angle: Nah, I give up.
Question: Need some Bones scoop, please! —Amy Ausiello: Cam’s getting a new love interest! “We have an episode coming up where Cam meets someone,” reveals Nathan, “and it complicates her relationship with her adopted daughter, Michelle.” Nathan adds that we’ll meet Cam’s suitor in “a very bizarre way.”
Question: What year are the Glee kids in high school? Will they ever graduate? —Mike Ausiello: Sounds like series creator Ryan Murphy is keeping his options open. “The thing about the show that’s important is we try to be real, but it is also a fantasy high school,” he says. “I don’t know. We’re still trying to get through [season] one. I think it’s important to have new voices and new kids come in [each year]. That’s definitely something that we’re doing.”
Question: I am red hot mad with ABC over the offing of Ugly Betty! They are ending one of the best shows on television! What are the chances that it can be moved to another network? —Melissa Ausiello: The chances are about zero to none. As far as I know, there’s no effort underway to find Betty a new home. On the bright side, I have some scoop for you: Aaron Tveit (a.k.a. Nate’s cuz and Serena’s ex from Gossip Girl) has been cast as a playwright who Betty goes on a date with in a late March episode. According to my Ugly insider, “The relationship starts great and ends horribly.” Not unlike every single episode of Saturday Night Live.
Question: How about another hint about who’s getting married in the Ugly Betty series finale? —Carol Ausiello: It’s a heterosexual couple whose names rhyme with Silda and Cobby. In related news, the lovely, talented, and loose-lipped Ana Ortiz confirmed over the weekend that Hilda will marry Bobby in the Ugly Betty series finale.
Question: I’m thrilled that Big Love was renewed for a fifth season, but do you know how many episodes there will be? Hopefully it’s more than the nine we’re getting this season. —George Ausiello: I can confirm that season 5 will be longer than season 4, but just barely. HBO ordered 10 episodes this time around.
Question: In light of Smallville not being renewed for the next season yet, I am feeling down! I need some juicy scoop to feel better! —Anibal Ausiello: Two characters will soon discover each others’ secret identities.
Question: Thanks for the Cable Renewal Scorecard, but you forgot to include Legend of the Seeker. Will it be renewed? —David Ausiello: I think you forgot that Legend is a syndicated show. That list only covered cable shows, hence the words “CABLE EDITION” in the headline. Capiche? But to answer your question, I’d say the cult fave is a safe bet for renewal. In related news, I’ve got more scoop from exec producer Ken Biller! In the episode airing the weekend of March 20, “Kahlan is going to have a very powerful spell put on her, and, in order to save Kahlan’s life, Richard is going to have to protect Kahlan’s greatest enemy, who is the only one who can remove the spell,” he says. “But at the same time, Kahlan is forced to go and confront her father (played by Michael Nouri), who is the man who abused her terribly as a child.” Confession: I have no idea what he just said.
Question: You haven’t had any juicy tidbits on Burn Notice lately. Pretty please with yogurt on top? —Vanessa Ausiello: The new season of Burn Notice will find Michael going where he has never gone before: Somewhere other than Miami! “Michael goes on a field trip somewhere in South America,” reveals series creator Matt Nix. And by South America he means “Florida’s foreign-ish areas.” Fiona won’t be tagging along, but Nix hints that certain unnamed “frenemies” will.
HURLEY MUST CONVINCE JACK TO GO WITH HIM ON AN UNSPECIFIED MISSION, ON ABC'S "LOST"
"Lighthouse" - Hurley must convince Jack to accompany him on an unspecified mission, and Jin stumbles across an old friend, on "Lost," TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Lost" stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Terry O'Quinn as Locke and Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana.
Guest starring are Veronica Hamel as Margo Shephard, Mark Pellegrino as Jacob, Hiroyuki Sanada as Dogen, Dayo Ade as Justin, Dylan Minnette as David and Sean Kinerney as Japanese boy.
"Lighthouse" was written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse and directed by Jack Bender.
Denise in Janesville, Wis.: I'm hoping you can answer this question since it has turned into a very heated debate among the Supernatural fandom. The so-called hot topic is this: Does Misha Collins' contract with the show end this year, or does it run through the newly announced season six? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
We checked on this for you, and insiders tell us that as of right now, Misha Collins' Supernatural contract is just through to the end of the current fifth season—in part because when his deal was being worked out, there was no such thing as a season six.
Sources close to the CW Award-winning Best Supporting Actor are "hopeful" that Misha will be asked back for season six, but as of right now, folks close to the recurring player are in the same holding pattern as the rest of us.
News about whether or not we'll get more Misha should come down over the coming weeks and months as the writing staff sorts out storylines for season six.
Will Sawyer Stay with Fake Locke? Or will he go back where he's "destined," on Team Jacob? I asked Josh Holloway himself whether his character is ultimately good or evil in the end, and he tells me: "Sawyer is both. He is good and evil. He walked most of his life towards evil, but now he more comfortably walks towards good. But he can always cross the line. It's a very interesting place to play this season because of the loss of Juliet and the anger, frustration, sadness that's here has brought him back to his original personality of being angry at the world and keeping everyone at a distance." Still, I'm hearing rumblings from reliable sources that Sawyer probably will not be on the dark side of it all at the very end. Phew.
The Flash-Sideways Losties Will Start Getting Some Memories. You didn't think the "Safe 815"-ers would be left adrift forever without any consciousness of what's happened on the island, did you? They all belong there, after all.
Casting note: Sheila Kelly (the creator of celebrity strip workout S Factor and wife of Richard Schiff) was originally slated to appear in episodes 8, 10 and 11 of Lost's final season, but despite being--spoiler alert!--killed off at the end of that initial run, she's returning to the show. An insider tells us, "Sheila's role has been extended—she's doing at least one more episode than originally planned, maybe more. Her role was changed last minute. She flew to Hawaii again last week to film the added episode." So is she the zombie? Kidding.
What's in store for Jack on Lost? — Edison MICKEY: Matthew Fox tells us that Dr. Shephard is not so interested in saving people anymore. "For the first time in his life, he's really listening to his own sense of what his fate is. He actually believes he's completely ready to give his life for what he is meant to do on this island." Gulp. That sounds ominous, huh?
Give me scoop on the Glee Madonna episode. Who's going to sing what? — Kristy MICKEY: Forget what they're going to sing; look at what Sue Sylvester is going to wear! As this video indicates, the Cheerios will tackle "Express Yourself" and Rachel will be wearing a "Team Finn" T-shirt when the show returns in April.
On The Vampire Diaries, are we going to find out that Alaric's wife is a vampire? — Mirabel MICKEY: Interesting theory, M! We've already seen a particularly bloody flashback in which Isobel is attacked by a familiar-looking vampire. Get ready to learn more about her interactions with bloodsuckers. It's no accident that Alaric is teaching in Mystic Falls, but is his assumption that Isobel is dead correct? This is a good question to ask. Related question: Does Bonnie's college-aged cousin have any supernatural secrets of her own?
What's coming up for Chloe on Smallville? — Robin ADAM: Allison Mack tells us that even though she'll be back at the Daily Planet later this season, don't expect to see her behind a desk. "I think the journalist in Chloe is something that she finds in her work at Watch Tower now," Mack says. "Chloe just wants to know the truth. Now that she recognizes how corrupt the Daily Planet and the media is, she's doing things on her own and you really see her desire to change the world... come out in her experience at Watch Tower and working with the Justice League."
Any other V babies that you know of? — Cahn MICKEY: Elizabeth Mitchell says she's not ready to be a grandmother to an alien baby, but she's OK with Lisa, her son's alien girlfriend. "She didn't really seem to mind too much that he had a girl in his room," Mitchell says of her character. "She just wants him to be physically safe. He's not obviously. He's in great jeopardy — she just doesn't know it yet." Play safe, Tyler!
Famine, step aside. Following the stomach-turning cannibalistic introduction of the first of Four Horseman of the Apocalypse on last week's Supernatural, the just renewed CW hit is searching for a 40-50 year old man to play Pestilence. This latest Horseman is described as quirky, unassuming and highly intelligent. Oh, he's also a bit neurotic and has a..a...ha-choo! A cold! Nasty!
Since Pestilence is defined as "a fatal, usually fatal epidemic disease," we can expect our Winchester brothers to be challenged by Pestilence's smarts as he attempts to carry out a diabolical plan of bio-terrorism. Stock up on the Cold-Eeze!
How’s poor Sawyer holding up when we see him again in Tuesday’s episode? He’s still racked with grief and full of guilt for allowing [Juliet’s death] to happen.
But Juliet’s the one who let go of Sawyer’s grip and detonated the bomb! That doesn’t erase the shame and guilt of not being able to hold on. At the core, it’s a man’s responsibility to protect, no matter what. Going forward, Sawyer’s all anger. He hooks up with Locke because he just doesn’t care to live anymore. He’s already dead inside.
Are things officially over then between Sawyer and Kate? Any feelings he allows for Kate are a betrayal to Juliet and their love. As the character, I don’t want anything to do with it. It’s shameful to him. Yet there’s an inevitable attraction. I want the writers to honor what Sawyer and Kate have built together, but I don’t know what that looks like.
Is it fun to get to play two versions of Sawyer this season — one on the island and one in the flash-sideways? With all the things I’ve been through with this character already, it’s interesting. I thought I’d just figured out Sawyer and now it’s like, “Not so fast!” But life is that way — we think we learn lessons but then they come back for another round.
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W/Terry O'Quinn (Locke)
If there’s been one knock on ‘Lost’s new season, it’s that the alternate reality where Flight 815 didn’t crash has left people a bit cold. Are those storylines going to get more compelling? I have no way to read that kind of thing; I simply do my best when I’m performing it. But I’ve been told by one person who’s seen it that in the episode coming up, [the "sideways" storytelling] really kicks in.
In one clip that ABC released, it looks like John’s box-company boss isn’t very happy with him. Yeah, Randy is just a little upset. There are repercussions for John’s trip to Australia that send him on a new journey in that “alternate universe” – and that will overlap with other characters from the island.
On the romantic front, things seem to be going well for John and Helen (played by Katey Sagal). In that same clip, there’s mention of a wedding. Yeah, but I wouldn’t say it’s Helen [who is marrying John]. I wont say it’s not Helen either. Yes, apparently a wedding is being planned – but John might be making that up too!
How soon will we learn why Smokey was “very disappointed” with the people there on the beach? I’m not exactly sure why Smokey said that – maybe it was just because they were pointing guns at him when he came out? I wonder if there’s going to be a payoff to that line or not.
Is it safe to say that Smokey swiftly silenced Richard because he was afraid he’d reveal too much to the onlookers? No, it’s not safe to say that. Locke speaks to why he silenced Richard so quickly in one of the next few episodes. He tells Richard why he did that.
I read that around midseason, you have a scene where you unload a lot of island history. Was it hard to grasp all of it as you said it? It’s delivered so piecemeal, and I’m fed it the same way the audience is fed it, that it’s not hard to grasp. All I have to know is “What are my lines?” and “What is my character’s objective in this scene?”
Have you got a happy scoop on ‘Smallville’s Lois and Clark? I hope they’re not heading for a break-up, as some are thinking. Please reassure me. – WendySue Yeesh, who is thinking that? Not only are they a couple through “Escape,” but romance is still on the table when Mrs. K (played by Annette O’Toole) resurfaces toward season’s end. “Martha is coming back at a time when Lois and Clark are still trying to figure out their relationship,” says exec producer Brian Peterson, “and doing that under mother’s watchful eye is going to present a new dynamic for them.”
Samm Levine’s been a Geek and a Basterd, and now he’s about to get Lost.
The former Freaks & Geeks star, who also appears as one of Brad Pitt’s troop of Jewish commandos in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated "Inglourious Basterds," told TV Guide Magazine that he just wrapped a guest spot for Lost’s final season, a gig that came about thanks to his longtime friendship with series co-created Damon Lindelof.
“I got a paid 30-hour vacation to Hawaii, just like everyone wants,” said Levine, who kept us guessing as to exactly what he’ll be doing on the show. “I am the smoke monster and I lift the whole…no! I'm just making stuff up!
As a longtime Lost viewer, Levine also kept himself in the dark as to what exactly was going on when he appeared. “I wouldn't expose myself to any of the secrets because I'm also a fan and I don't want to get any spoilers.” He’s also been waiting a long time to get his invite to the island.
“I've been friends with Damon Lindelof, one of the producers of the show, for ten years,” he revealed. “I mean, six years ago when he started the show I sat in his living room and watched the screener of the pilot months before it aired, and I went, 'Oh my God, this is the greatest show ever! When are you going to get me on this show?' For six years he's been going, 'I'm going to write you something on the show.'”
“And so I was driving up to San Francisco a couple of weeks ago and I see a voicemail,” Levine continued, “and it's Damon and he says, 'Hey, man, me and Eddie [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] wrote you a goofy thing. It's a one-scener but we wrote it just for you. Let me know if you want to do it.' I called him back and left him a message. I said, 'I don't care if it's one line. Of course I want to do it! It's the best show on TV!' Then just a couple of hours later I hear from the AD department confirming my flight.”
Levine said he’s enjoyed watching the impact of Lost’s huge following on his pal. “It's been quite a treat seeing Damon have this success because I used to hang out with him when he lived in a crappy one bedroom apartment in Hollywood, and then I watched him go from that to a small house to a bigger house to a really nice house.”
Their friendship also resulted in one extra special perk for the actor – regular guidance when it comes to the labyrinthine Lost mythology. “If I ever watched an episode and I wasn't quite sure of something, I'd just send him an email the next day going, 'What exactly does that mean?' He would go, 'It's from that thing four episodes ago. Now leave me alone.'”
Chuck (Zachary Levi) promises to cook dinner for Hannah (guest star Kristin Kreuk), Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) but must first assume the identity of the world's most dangerous assassin for his latest mission. Meanwhile, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) is determined to keep her relationship with Shaw (guest star Brandon Routh) strictly professional. Adam Baldwin, Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay and Mark Christopher Lawrence also star.
Jon Brazier is set to return as Richard's father Panis Rahl,Brooke Williams will return as Jennsen and Michael Nouri will play Kahlan's father
Other Actors appearing this season in guest roles include Neill Rea, Jonathan Hodge, Abigail Greenwood, David Aston, Stephen Papps, Damien Avery, Mick Rose, Ella Edward, Dwayne Cameron, Donogh Rees, Meryl Main, Alison Bruce, Lachlan Parkinson and Andrew Beattie. Paul Barrett reprise his role from season 1 (confessor)
If you're a fan of the syndicated fantasy series Legend of the Seeker, you must not miss this weekend's all-new "Torn." It features some ultrasexy Richard-and-Kahlan scenes, and we just chatted with Bridget Regan exclusively to find out why the Confessor and the Seeker are making out, plus we got scoop on how come the show shook up season two with a new castmember and a new look for Kahlan...
OK, so we hear this weekend's episode is a big one for Kahlan—tell us what's she in for. The episode is called "Torn" and Kahlan is summoned to Aydindril, which is her home normally, and where the Mother Confessor would preside and live. She goes, and something really horrible happens, and Kahlan gets literally split into two. So, I have the absolute pleasure of playing nearly two different roles. And one side or the other can completely go out of control, especially when one side has this magical power that can really take over when it's not balanced with emotion and compassion and so forth.
So one side has the Confessor's power and the other side has the Confessor's grace and wisdom? The way I like to think of it is that one woman is all just duty and responsibility, and the other woman is all love, heart and emotion.
Do Richard, Cara and Zedd know what's happened to Kahlan, or does it take them a while to catch on? That answer to that question plays out throughout the episode, they obviously get to the bottom of it. Somebody has to figure it out, right, so we can save the world again? Because that's what we do! Kahlan is slowly figuring it out herself, but these two separate women are like a yin and yang sort of thing, and they are both quite happy to stay the way they are.
Can't wait to see it. This whole season has been great because Richard and Kahlan have been able to see much more affectionate. I fight for that so much, and not just because Craig's dreamy. I think, like, how could you go that long, you know? You'd have to break sometimes! They have to stay human. Every time we're around a campfire, I'm ask, "Should we be spooning? Can we spooning please? Or like wake up holding hands?" And everybody's like, c'mon, you'd be dead. It's true, and in front of Zedd and Cara, you really do have to keep that [façade] up.
And Craig's character Richard Cypher turns out to be so important! He's the Seeker, he's Lord Rahl, he's a wizard—he's got everything. Sometimes I'll look at Craig and I'm like, you're pretty important, right? They diverged from the books so much in the first season that I didn't know if they were going to stay true to that and have him become this wizard, and that was such a really cool journey. Plus then there's the prophecy that, "As long the Mother Confessor's pure heart beats, the keeper will fail," which has been really cool, because it's given Kahlan this duty to stay alive. She's always been like, "Hey, I'll lie down in traffic for you, Richard, I’m here for you." The prophecy has tipped the scale the other way, and now she has to stay alive, because Kahlan believes in prophecies, she always has. But that's been challenged as well because of the [Shota] prophecy about Richard failing, but Kahlan believes Richard.
What's it been like to have Tabrett Bethell's character Cara join the cast? Tab was the missing piece of the puzzle. I think that's what made this season take off. She just came in and challenged all of us and our characters challenged her. Kahlan, at first, if she had a chance, she would kill her or confess Cara, and to have it change so that Cara is someone she actually has this affection for and trust and believes in? Really cool. And also just having a woman on the set…oh my god, it was such a boy's club last year. Tab and I are a bit of a little team because our fighting styles are also quite similar, so we work together on that. And we're both in the make-up chair pretty damn early. I have someone I can say to, "Oh my god, it's not even light out yet!" We're in it together, which is great.
Speaking of makeup and Kahlan's look, let's talk her new costume. Where did that come from? I wanted it to be more warrior-like. Kahlan needs to stay alive, she needs to fight, and I think it's a more fighting-friendly costume. She always had the long skirt, and I think maybe she just slit it up the front so she can kick and run quicker and all that. We like to think she ripped out the lining of her coat and cut it off and made it all herself. It's fun to do that stuff. I love it. Everyone wanted Kahlan to change a bit. And I like the idea that Cara's influence has affected her. Don't worry, the white dress is still in her backpack, rolled up. It comes back out now and again. When she needs to be a Confessor, she put thats on—I like to think that it means something. It says something like, I'm a person of the highest authority in the Midlands, so when I put this on, ya'll better listen. I like that it's a choice to put it on. And that's really similar to the books.
I just hung up with House creator David Shore, and — no beating around the bush here — he promised me, “Eventually, it’s going to happen. This is the thing we’ve been dancing around — even before we knew we were dancing around it. They’re two very flawed people, but they’re two people that are very attracted to each other.
“I’m a Huddy fan, [too],” Shore added. “Just keep watching the show. It’ll happen eventually.”
I can confirm that there was not a single qualifier in that sentence. I listened to the tape three times. Not a single “maybe” or “possibly” in there.
Coincidentally, Shore also happens to be in the middle of breaking this season’s final episodes. Could it possibly culminate with real, non-hallucinatory lovemaking? My gut is telling me yes.
Battlestar Galactica's sexy Cylon Michael Trucco is heading to ABC's alien-invasion series V as the mysterious underground leader, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
So far, John May has been more an enigma on the series. He's been discussed as the leader and founder of the Fifth Column, an underground group of rebel Visitors that Ryan (Morris Chestnut) and Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) have been attempting to resurrect.
Trucco, who is best known for his role on Battlestar, Final Five Cylon Sam Anders, will appear in one episode slated to air April 13. Let's hope we see much more of John May!
TENSION SURGES WHEN JACK BAUER CLOSES IN ON A KEY LEAD AND PRESIDENT TAYLOR MEETS WITH OMAR HASSAN ON AN ALL-NEW “24” MONDAY, MARCH 1, ON FOX
As the terror threat continues, the Hassan family turmoil fans the flames of the increasingly urgent situation. When Jack closes in on a person of significant interest, an already tense meeting between President Taylor and Omar Hassan takes an unexpected turn in the all-new “Day 8: 1:00 AM-2:00 AM” episode of 24 airing Monday, March 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (TWF-810) (TV-14 S, V)
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer; Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O’Brian; Cherry Jones as Allison Taylor; Annie Wersching as Renee Walker; Anil Kapoor as Omar Hassan; Mykelti Williamson as Brian Hastings; Chris Diamantopoulos as Rob Weiss; Katee Sackhoff as Dana Walsh; Freddie Prinze Jr. as Cole Ortiz; John Boyd as Arlo Glass
Guest Cast: Akbar Kurtha as Farhad Hassan; Necar Zadegan as Dalia Hassan; Nazneen Contractor as Kayla Hassan; Mido Hamada as Samir; Ethan Rains as Ali; Rami Malek as Marcos Al-Zacar; Frank John Hughes as Tim Woods; Ryan Cutrona as Admiral Smith; Scott Lawrence as Dr. Ben Landry; Mare Winningham as Elaine Al-Zacar; Steve Filice as Agent Rahim; Sashi Bommakanty as IRK Aide; Julian Morris as CTU Agent Owens; T.J. Ramini as Tarin Forush; Hrach Titizian As Nabeel; Matt Yang Kin as CTU Agent King; Jüergen Prochnow as Sergi Bazhaev; Clayne Crawford as Kevin Wade
1. Someone seeks a career change; someone else gets one. 2. The show goes international. Again. 3. A feint and a double-cross keep our heroes on their toes. 4. A pair of related deaths will have major repercussions. 5. The pasts of two characters come back to haunt them. Subway is a place of comfort for one.
Stephen Martines has landed a recurring role on the CW's freshman drama "Vampire Diaries."
He will play a bad-ass vampire named Frederick who is locked in the tomb with Katherine (Nina Dobrev) and is up to no good when released.
Following last night's episode, the vampire drama is going on a six-week hiatus, returning with originals on March 25.
Stephen Martines, a former soap star who started off on "General Hospital" and "The Guiding Light," recently recurred on TNT's crime drama "The Closer, " where he played a news reporter who asked Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) some tough questions.
Mary clashes with FBI hotshot MIKE FABER (Cast: STEVEN WEBER), who has misled witness EARL LEVERTON into testifying. But when Earl refuses to go into protective custody with his family, Faber realizes that his unethical methods just may get a nice guy killed...
While fans of Smallville have longed to see longtime friends Chloe (Allison Mack) and Clark (Tom Welling) take their friendship to the next level, there's a new relationship coming to light. Oliver (Justin Hartley) and Chloe will develop a spark in the coming episodes, but it's a bond unlike what we've seen between Lois (Erica Durance) and Clark. TVGuide.com spoke with Mack on her second time directing (Friday's episode, "Warrior"), her thoughts on Lois and Clark and much more!
TVGuide.com: Let's start off by discussing this week's episode, "Warrior." Mack: They assign all of the directors numbers ... I was given Episode 13 this year and I was given Episode 13 last year, so apparently 13 is my lucky number because I've ended up with great scripts for both seasons. This one ... I had heard that it was like a little kid in a big body story a few weeks before I actually received the script. I started studying Big, but it wasn't until I actually got the script that I started to understand the real essence of the episode and got really excited about the opportunity to explore it on camera.
TVGuide.com: What kind of relationship are Chloe and Oliver going to have? Mack: Oliver and Chloe are both coming from very similar mindsets and they're very professional. A relationship that develops out of those types of people is never one of softness or romance. It's a really interesting dynamic because both are aware that the most important thing is their mission in the world, not their relationships. They have a very strained and secretive relationship, which is similar to Clark and Lois, but they don't have the softness or the romance that Clark and Lois have. It's very fun, it's very mature and very secretive, strategic and interesting.
TVGuide.com: What are your thoughts on the Smallville fans that want to see Chloe and Clark together? Mack: It's lovely that they're keeping the hope alive. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: How does Chloe feel about seeing Lois and Clark together? Mack: I don't think she's a very big fan, but I don't think it's coming from a place of jealousy. I think it's coming from a place of practicality. I think that Chloe recognizes, and you'll see this in "Persuasion," that when Clark is distracted, Clark does not do his best work. When Clark is in love is when Clark is distracted. Chloe is very reticent of being supportive of anything that will distract from naturalizing his heroic position in the world. His relationship with Lois is definitely proving to be a distraction just as she expected.
TVGuide.com: Will Clark and Chloe's friendship come together more? Mack: They're working towards the same mission, they have the same ideals, but their journey, their path and their choices to actualize those missions are very different. While they are working together, because they always have and always will need each other, they also, both of them, have projects they're working on the side that don't involve the other, which puts a really interesting divide between the two characters and allows them some great dramatic tension.
TVGuide.com: How will the Justice League now develop or change in the coming episodes? Mack: I think they become a much more deliberate group of superheroes. They have a system and we have a commitment now, all of them do. All of them are actually out and proactively seeking to fight crime and save the world in a way that was a little more haphazard before. With Chloe at the helm of all of them, I think they're a lot more effective and intentional in what it is they're trying to achieve.
TVGuide.com: What's your take on Dr. Fate's statement that he and Chloe share the same path? Could he mean that she's the next Dr. Fate? Mack: We have played around with lots of different things. It could mean she's the next Dr. Fate. It could mean that she will soon be ridiculed and put in the hospital for being insane, like her mother, sort of a throwback to Chloe's fear of adopting her mother's mental illness.
TVGuide.com: What role will Chloe play in investigating Checkmate and Agent Waller (Pam Grier)? Mack: Chloe plays a very proactive role in the relationship between Clark and Amanda Waller, mainly because she's a threat to her league. As part of her duties as Watch Tower, she is very protective of her league and what they represent and stand for. She's very aggressive about trying to figure out who Checkmate is, what it's about and how to stop her.
TVGuide.com: Will being big brother as Watch Tower come back to hurt her eventually? Mack: She's definitely experiencing the challenges of being so aggressive with her pursuit to save, especially in her relationship with Clark. She's also starting to understand what it means to put yourself in the line of fire. So her safety is threatened several times and she's starting to recognize that she's in the big kids league now and there's not really any turning back ... At this point in Chloe's life, she doesn't have a whole lot to lose.
TVGuide.com: What is Chloe's driving force and her mindset as we continue through the season? Mack: I think Chloe is really exploring that question, "Do the ends justify the means?" Because I think Chloe is at a place right now that she sees how bad the world is and sees the need for some really dramatic and drastic decisions. She's struggling to decide whether or not what she needs to sacrifice is worth what she needs to save.
Marsha Thomason’s lesbian agent on White Collar will be getting a much heavier workload in season 2.
Sources confirm to me exclusively that the former Las Vegas and Lost star has been upgraded to a full-fledged series regular on the USA Network smash.
Thomason’s character, junior FBI agent Diana Lancing, turned up in the White Collar pilot, but hasn’t been seen or heard from since. I’m told she’ll reappear in the season 1 finale on March 9 and then return full-time in season 2.
Thomason recently completed an arc on General Hospital as the manager-girlfriend of James Franco’s psycho killer-slash-painter.
Question: You’re blaming the late arrival of Ask Ausiello on the blizzard? Lame. But I’ll forgive you if you give me a really juicy Lost spoiler. —Jesse Ausiello: Would you believe me if I told you my laptop got stuck in a 5-foot snowdrift? No? Okay, I’ll think of something else. In the meantime, here’s your juicy Lost spoiler: Someone has a kid in their flash-sideways. Guesses? Head to the comments!
Question: What can you tell me about Libby’s Lost return? —Joe Ausiello: I can’t tell you very much. Cynthia Watros, however, describes her onscreen reunion with Jorge Garcia as “so sweet and honest. And I think, hopefully, when people see our scenes that they’ll get that feeling, too. [Libby and Hurley] are so incredibly real with each other. I was really grateful that I got to play those scenes and Libby got to sort of express herself in ways that she hasn’t been able to.”
Question: Kurt’s new BF on Glee is out, proud, fabulous and a football player. But is he in the glee club? —Ashley Ausiello: Yes, he will be a member of New Directions. He won’t, however, be an R&B singer — a rumor I dispelled in the newest episode of Ausiello TV.
Question: Is there another kiss coming up for Will and Emma on Glee? I hope so! —Carrie Ausiello: There are definitely other kisses in Will and Emma’s future. More so in Will’s.
Question: I noticed a really, really interesting video on Cory Monteith’s Twitter. He posted a short clip of the Glee cast goofing off, but what was more interesting was the wardrobe sported by two of my favorite characters, Kurt and Mercedes. The dominant divas both appeared to be clad in William McKinley High School Cheerio uniforms. Are these two the newest thorns in Sue Sylvester’s side? —Chris Ausiello: Not quite. I hear Sue recruits them.
Question: I’m obsessed with Castle. Scoop me! —Denise Ausiello: I’m hearing something about Beckett getting a significant new love interest by season’s end.
Question: There are never any spoilers for In Plain Sight on here. Can you change that? —Tessa Ausiello: This is more scoop than spoiler, but singer-songwriter Liz Phair has been tapped as the composer for the new season (debuting March 31). Liz previously served as a composer on 90210, Swingtown, and The Beautiful Life. Who knew? Not me.
Question: What brings Leslie Hope back into the fold on The Mentalist? —Liz Ausiello: She’s hired by a local police department to help solve the same case that Jane and the CBI team are working on.
Question: These Chuck ’shippers are driving me crazy with their negativity after “Chuck Versus the Mask.” Can you give them something positive in regards to Chuck/Sarah that will get them to retract their claws? Please help! —Jason Ausiello: This mini Q&A I conducted with exec producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak via e-mail shortly after Monday’s episode should do the trick…
Q: Did you anticipate that the episode would elicit this kind of reaction? SCHWARTZ AND FEDAK: We knew it was going to cause a bit of angst in some viewers. We didn’t expect this level certainly, though we are appreciative that our fans are this invested in the characters. One thing we didn’t anticipate when we made this episode was that it would be the last episode before a three-week hiatus.
Q: Why did you decide to have both Chuck and Sarah embark on new romances (with Hannah and Shaw, respectively) in the same episode? SCHWARTZ AND FEDAK: Because we are masochists. We kid, we kid. It happens sometimes in life. If you see one person moving on, it can spur you to move on as well. But we want to stress, Chuck and Sarah are not emotionally in the same place at the end of this episode.
Q: Which of the two relationships poses the bigger threat to Chuck and Sarah? SCHWARTZ AND FEDAK: There are things far greater than a relationship that threaten Chuck and Sarah… Stay tuned.
Q: Can you offer any hope to Chuck/Sarah fans? SCHWARTZ AND FEDAK: As we’ve said before, [Monday's episode] was Chapter 7 of 19 of this season. We love and appreciate our fans. We know our fans are why we’re back this season. But we need them to trust us to tell the most emotionally satisfying story possible. This has been mapped out from the start, and we always knew telling this portion of the story would be difficult for some. But we need people to come to back to the show March 1st — now more than ever — and we think if they do take this journey with us, they will see what we had planned the whole time. This is part of a bigger story than just “will they or won’t they.”
It’s worth pointing out that not everyone was disgusted by Monday’s turn of events…
Question: I absolutely love Kristin Kreuk as Hannah on Chuck. Any idea how many more episodes she will be in this season? —Jeremy Ausiello: Just one. Schwartz and Fedak confirmed that Kreuk’s arc will conclude on March 1. Meanwhile, Brandon Routh’s stay has been extended yet again, although Team um… Schwedak (?) wouldn’t provide an updated episode count.
Question: Any chance the name of Christopher Lloyd’s shrink on Chuck is Doc Brown? Also, does his episode have a title? —Jeremy Ausiello: His character’s name is not Doc Brown. And the episode is called “Chuck Versus the Tooth.”
Question: Thank you for mentioning Legend of the Seeker in your last Ask Ausiello column. I really love the show and the more exposure it gets, the better. —Jason Ausiello: I’m glad you feel that way, because exec producer Ken Biller gave me at least three more weeks’ worth of scoop. “We are doing a really fun episode that is guest starring Parker Stevenson of The Hardy Boys and Baywatch fame,” reveals Biller. “He’s playing a nobleman who has made a deal with the Keeper — who in our world is essentially the devil — for eternal life in exchange for turning over Kahlan. And because he is going to live eternally but be relegated to the confines of his own kingdom, he needs to choose a new wife. And so the character of Cara, who is the least ladylike of all our characters, in order to infiltrate the palace and rescue Kahlan, is going to have to try and pose as a very ladylike princess. That’s a lot of fun. Zed and Richard have to go in with her as her royal retinue and keep up this ruse in order to try to rescue Kahlan.”
Question: It’s time for a 24 spoiler. Get it? —Jonathan Ausiello: I get it! As you no doubt saw in the previews for next week’s episode, Jack finds himself on the receiving end of yet another brutal interrogation. But this one may be worth sitting through, if only to witness the shocking (literally) conclusion.
Question: I love the idea of Cynthia Watros playing Wilson’s first wife on House. How long will she be sticking around for? —Rose Ausiello: That’s TBD. As of now, it’s a handful of episodes. Should producers decide to keep her around long-term, they won’t have a tough time coming up with an organic way to integrate her into the show: Her character is a doctor.
Something tells me this is not going to sit well with B&B ’shippers.
Sources confirm to me exclusively that Rena Sofer is joining the cast of Bones as a potentially recurring love interest for — don’t shoot the messenger! — Booth.
The former General Hospital Emmy winner — who’s currently recurring on NCIS as a (possibly romantic) foil for Mark Harmon’s Gibbs — will be playing Dr. Catherine Klein, a marine biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who has been called into the Jeffersonian after finding human remains inside a dead tiger shark. Sparks fly between her and Booth and the two agree to go on a date.
LOCKE SEARCHES FOR HELP TO FURTHER HIS CAUSE, ON ABC’S “LOST”
“The Substitute” – Locke goes in search of help to further his cause, on “Lost,” TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Terry O’Quinn as Locke and Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana.
Guest starring are L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Katey Sagal as Helen, Billy Ray Gallion as Randy, Suzanne Krull as Lynn Karnoff, Kenton Duty as teenage boy, Eddie L. Cavett as courier and Joshua Smith as school kid.
“The Substitute” was written by Elizabeth Sarnoff & Melinda Hsu Taylor and directed by Tucker Gates.
The Island Is Being Divided: Insiders tell me that the Losties we have known and loved since the beginning of the series will be divided into two camps as the final season goes on: Good (presumably Jacob's followers) and Evil (presumably the Man in Black's followers). It would seem that those who are "infected" are on the side of MIB, but I can't help but wonder if Dogen (Hiroyuki Sanada) is not what he seems. We just don't know yet.
The List Is Coming Back: In a big way.
My Guess of the Week: Baby Aaron is still somehow huge to the mythology of this show—which would explain why that evil vulture Ethan is still circling. As I've said before, my sources told me that from the initial concept of Lost, Claire's baby was "tied to the history of the island." I'd bet good money that Claire and Jack are somehow biologically related to someone who is a key player in what the show/island are ultimately all about. Maybe Jacob? Again, just a guess!
Also: I'd bet a little money that the Man in Black has been duping Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) all along by pretending to be Jacob. This would explain why in the past, when Ben went to visit Jacob at his cabin in the woods, we saw Jack's father Christian Shepard (Damon Lindelof confirmed to me that those were his shoes) sitting in the chair of Jacob. And why Ben has always seemed to believe he's on the path of the righteous while acting out some seriously shady orders (i.e. kill Jacob). Obviously the MIB can shapeshift into the form of a dead body on the island, so he could easily mess with Ben as "Jacob" and/or "Alex". Which also makes me wonder…Is there any way MIB has now taken on the form of Jacob, who is now a dead body on the island, and is messing with Hurley? And if so, could the Temple, where he told Hurley to take Sayid, actually be the house of evil/MIB? And if that's true, perhaps Sayid and Claire are still on the side of good?
What the heck was Desmond doing on that plane? Any idea where the Lost powers that be are going with this? — Nora MICKEY: I have some idea. If you'll recall, our friend Des has certain abilities that can supersede the time-space continuum. Is he really on that plane? When we pumped Henry Ian Cusick for scoop at the premiere in Hawaii, he would only say that off the island, Desmond is not happy. "The motivation has always been to get to Penny, and now he's got something slightly different. It's not about him, he's being more selfless. He's trying to help everyone," Cusick says.
Any Booth-Brennan dirt on Bones? — Nikki ADAM: Obstacle No. 473 standing in the way of a Bones-Booth hookup: marine biologist Catherine Klein. Booth and Dr. Klein will hit it off while investigating some human remains that are discovered inside a dead tiger shark. Although they keep it professional, we're hearing Booth agrees to a date with Klein, who could become a recurring character.
Now that Ugly Betty is officially on its last season, how has the story changed? — Darren MICKEY: I'm told that a lot of the will-they-or-won't-they has been scrapped; they're definitely working toward Betty's happy ending now. Part of that story involves Betty finally getting her braces removed. It will happen in an It's a Wonderful Life-style flashback episode in which Betty imagines what life would have been like if she had never gotten braces.
Any FlashForward scoop before it returns? — Sandra MICKEY: If you're wondering how Tracy Stark ended up alive and at home again, you're not the only one. Her father, Aaron, will travel to Afghanistan in an upcoming episode, as we saw in his flash-forward. What he'll find will explain why his dear daughter has been hitting the sauce so hard.
What can you tell me about the two-part Castle episode that guest stars Dana Delany? — Mitch ADAM: Delany plays an FBI agent who joins Castle and Beckett in the hunt for a serial killer who's a little obsessed with Nikki Heat, the character Castle based on Beckett. Delany gets abducted, but Beckett is the one who should be looking over her shoulder. "I don't know if Beckett's going to survive the episode," Stana Katic jokes. Even so, Beckett's apartment is blown up before the first hour ends.
Will we ever see the world of Battlestar Galactica come crashing into Caprica? — Tally MICKEY: I will bet you one meeellion cubits that we will. Caprica executive producer Jane Espenson tells us that the new show will address the overlap through the backstory of the Final Five, who, as you remember, started their "lives" on Caprica. "If you actually do the math, the [human-Cylon] war starts about five years from where our characters are in Caprica," Espenson says. And what's this? The producers have already contacted Spartacus' Lucy Lawless about reprising the role of D'Anna on Caprica. Watch your back, Eric Stoltz!
Please tell me that Heroes will be given a chance to wrap up its storylines. I'll take anything: another season, a TV movie event... — Blue ADAM: The show's cast couldn't agree with you more, Blue. "It's not time yet — I feel we have a lot more stories to tell," James Kyson Lee tells us. He thinks a fitting ending might include a star-studded guest list at Ando's wedding. Greg Grunberg, on the other hand, wants NBC to set an end date, like ABC did for Lost. "People are into that show right now, even if they don't know what's going on," he says. "Heroes can have that same level of interest again. These are characters that people care about, and I think we just need to know the endgame."
If a 24 movie really is in the works, someone should tell Kiefer Sutherland.
Just last month, Kiefer himself told us he wouldn't even consider doing a 24 movie until the TV show was done. "We have developed some ideas through 20th Century Fox Films," Kiefer said. "And we've all agreed that until we finish the [TV] series, we would not focus our attention on the film because this [the TV show] requires all of our attention. We're not starting a film anytime soon."
So now that a screenwriter has been hired for a 24 flick, does this mean the TV show is ending? Or how about the rumor that Freddie Prinze Jr. will take over in some capacity on TV? Here's the scoop…
According to insiders, the 24 movie might not be as close as recent reports would lead you to believe. While a rep for 20th Century Fox studios tells us, "We are in discussions with [State of Play and Shattered Glass screenwriter] Billy Ray to write a script based on his original idea," I'm told that the movie will probably only happen after the TV series has ended.
And although there are no deals in place for a ninth season (the studio's contracts with both the network and with Kiefer expire this year), Kiefer has said he wants the TV series to continue on.
"This has been an unbelievable experience for me," Kiefer told us a few weeks ago. "It's been a learning experience, and unbelievably gratifying. So I've wanted to make this show as long as an audience is there to watch it. We've had the most loyal fans you can imagine stick with us from day one. So as long as they're watching, we'd love to make it."
Though 24's audience has dipped about 10 percent this season, it's still the third highest-rated Fox show, with more than 11 million viewers.
As for the rumors that season-eight addition Prinze (Agent Cole Ortiz) might get some sort of 24 spinoff, possibly with onscreen love interest Katee Sackhoff (Dana Walsh), Sackhoff herself tells us no one has talked to her about it: "I've heard the spinoff rumor, and I have no idea! I've heard this may be the last season, and I've heard this won't be the last season. There are so many factors that go into that, it's so far above my head."
The rumors most likely started up because Freddie's character Cole has been called "the new Jack Bauer," as he shares the same position (head of Field Ops) and background (ex-Marine) as season-one Jack.
However, reliable sources connected to 24 tell me flatly: There is no way there will be a spinoff with Freddie. "The producers love him," one mole says, "but it just won't be happening."
Well, there you have it.
The current eighth season of 24 will wrap production March 24, which means that the show's executive producers will have little time to write up a series-ending finale if Fox were to decide not to pick up a ninth season anytime soon.
And if 24 does return for season nine, it's highly unlikely the movie script would be written in time for shooting during this year's TV-show production hiatus.
Even those of us lacking Patrick Jane’s keen observational skills could spot the sparks flying between Simon Baker’s sleuth and Leslie Hope’s psychic, Kristina, when the ex-24 heroine guest starred on The Mentalist last season. Exec producer Bruno Heller certainly picked up on something, because he just invited Hope back for the final two episodes of the season. And this time around, the romantic tension will be much more overt.
“Jane tries to prove once and for all that she is a charlatan,” Heller reveals. “At the same time, [he finds] himself strangely attracted to her.”
Might that attraction lead to a full-fledged romance? “All [the producers] told me was they had some fun stuff for me to do,” says Hope. “I don’t know what their version of ‘fun’ is, but I’m hoping it involves Simon and not wrestling a barracuda in a tank.
“He’s not so hard on the eyes,” she adds of Baker. “I was happy to go flirt around with him for an episode [last season]. There are worse jobs on the planet.”
Whether or not Hope’s Mentalist arc continues into the fall may depend on what transpires with Tangled, the Canadian-produced pilot the actress recently shot. “I’m in this weird holding pattern on that,” she explains of the action-drama, in which she plays big sister to Prison Break’s Sarah Wayne Callies. “Even if [The Mentalist] wants me back next season, I have to wait and see what’s happening with Tangled.”
What do you think? Is it high time TV’s hottest widower stopped grieving and started getting it on? Would you prefer he hold out for Lisbon? Sound off below!