Since Christmas is less than a week away, I wanted to do something special for my fellow TV fanatics. So I gathered up scoop for 6 fantastic shows, stuffed ‘em in an article, and wrapped it all together with a big sparkly bow. This is way better than a candy gram you guys! (Sorry Glenn Coco.) This week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List features exclusive Arrow scoop from the loveable Seth Gabel, upcoming details from the all-knowing Vampire Diaries boss Julie Plec, and hilarious Happy Endings dish from the cast. I also threw in some stocking stuffers from the premieres of Suits, Bunheads and Shameless!
Plus, for the first time ever I answered one of your Twitter questions! I think I’d like to make this a regular thing so don’t forget you can request scoop on your favorite shows using the hashtag #LeannesList. Remember, I give extra point for alacrity and effulgence. Happy Holidays TV Lovers! 1.Arrow: Starling City Pill Pusher
You all know that I love me some Arrow — and that’s not just because Stephen Amell is the closest thing to a perfect human being since Hunter Parrish. Arrow is smart, creative, thrilling, and has a vast repertoire of comic book characters that spice up every episode. (Granted the closest I’ve ever come to a comic book is through the cast of The Big Bang Theory, but hey, I’m sure they’re great!) One of the most highly anticipated Arrow villains is without a doubt Count Vertigo, and what makes it even more exciting is the fact that beloved Fringe alum Seth Gabel will be bringing the antihero to life.
Gabel — who first appears in episode 12, entitled “Vertigo” — explains, “It’s a definite adaptation to this darker, more realistic world that is “Vertigo.” And instead of being an Eastern European count as is depicted in the comic, I am a street thug drug kingpin who doesn’t have superpowers.” The actor continues, “But the superpowers that the character has in the comic book are manifested in the form of the drug called Vertigo, which I push on the citizens of Starling City.” Oh! This is gonna be good, I can tell.
Fans of The CW freshman hit know that Oliver is not particularly focused on the petty street crimes of his city — however, it seems that The Count’s drug dealing might hit a bit too close to home. When I pressed for details, Gabel revealed that The Count would not just be sharing scenes with Arrow/Oliver. Could this be connected to Thea and her drug habits? Gabel was sly with his answer, saying, “Hmm, it’s possible but I can’t say for sure.” I’m just going to go ahead and say with Thea’s less-than stellar track record, I would not be surpised at all if she went on a little superhero drug binder. (P.S. I am in no way obligated to tell you that Gabel’s movie Allegiance is now available on VOD, in theaters on December 28th in New York and January 4th in Los Angeles. Just thought you’d like to know.)
Bunheads: A Gilmore Girls Guest Star!
Bunheads is one of the cutest shows to have ever graced our TV screens, and the fact that reminds me so much of Amy Sherman Palladino’s first great love Gilmore Girls is just icing on the cake. I don’t usually like to admit this, but one of the reasons I wanted to become a journalist is because of Rory Gilmore. So yes, Gilmore Girls will always have a special place in my heart. So you can imagine my squeals of delight when I was watching the Bunheads winter premiere and saw a familiar Stars Hallow face. Remember TJ (Michael DeLuise)? Well, he’s back and more magical than ever! A few months ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with the legendary Sutton Foster to discuss the Bunheads finale, and we gushed on our shared loved of all things Gilmore Girls (Psst! You can check it out right here!). Now I was able to chat with the iconic Broadway legend about what fans can expect from the show’s Jan. 7 premiere. When we last saw Michelle, she had just maced her entire class minutes before their big Nutcracker finale, and she left the hospital full of shame despite the adorable "Oh captain! My captain!" salute the girls gave her. So where is Michelle after the summer jump? “I’ve left Paradise and I’m living in Vegas on a friend’s couch," Foster says. "And working in Henderson, Nevada as a magician’s assistant in a casino. Everyone is kind of at a standstill." I can safely reveal that Michelle does indeed make it back to Paradise, but it does take quite a bit of coaxing, and one adorably sweet video. Foster explains, "It takes several forces to get Michelle to come back, and I think it all boils down to people seeing greatness in Michelle that she actually has to offer that even Michelle doesn’t believe in." But Hubbell does...
3. Suits: Handsome? Party of Two?
Dapper, dashing, and damn he’s sexy. There’s just something about a man in a suit that puts a smile on a girl’s face and daydreams in her head. Luckily, I was able to catch up with my favorite stylish twosome in the Suits winter premiere. When we first see the Pearson Hardman gang for the second half of Season 2, the mood in the office is — how shall I put this? — tense, to say the very least. Morale is less than stellar following the big partnership civil war, especially for Louis. (He was on the losing side of that fight, remember?) With Mike still reeling from the death of his grandmother, the case he and Harvey tackle in the premiere hits especially close to home. Mike lost his parents when they were hit by a drunk driver, so the fact that he's defending a teenage driver who killed a man and fled the scene doesn't exactly sit well with him. But not to worry Suits-lovers! It's not only gloom and doom — there's still room for a little levity thanks to Donna and Louis' romantic tryst with the spunky Sheila Sasz. (Say her name out loud. Laugh. Repeat.) Oh and bee tee dubs, Suits returns to our lives on Thursday, Jan. 17.
4.The Vampire Diaries: Mystic Falls Magic
After last week’s Christmas massacre, many fans (myself included) are dying to know what’s in store for the second half of Season 4. Not only did executive producer Julie Plec reveal an obscene amount of details to Holywood.com about Klaus and the cure, she also shed some light on our new oncam eye-candy Professor Shane. Plec says that the all-knowing teacher will continue to be a major presence in the second half of the season. “We'll definitely learn a lot more about Shane's agenda — the why, the where, and the how, the who — over the next couple of episodes.” We do know one thing for sure: Professor Shane is one super shady guy. He is currently teaching Bonnie — aka the most boring character of the season (come on you know it’s true!) — about a new type of magic called Expression. For those of you that are still in shock over the death of Mayor Lockwood, let me remind you: Expression is an unnatural form of witchcraft that requires the use of 12 human sacrifices in order to channel a darkness that is even worse than black magic. What’s most curious is the fact that Professor Shane helped get those 12 hybrids slaughtered/sacrificed, so does this mean that Expression becomes even more powerful? Plec explains that almost all of the answers that we need have already been revealed, “If you look back from the beginning of the season and sort of connect all the dots we've given you so far you can probably piece together quite a lot of the story.” Looks like this is a perfect excuse to binge-watch the first nine episodes again over our holiday break!
5. Happy Endings: Best News Ever!
Yes, it’s true that Happy Endings has without a doubt one of the quirkiest and most all around awesome casts on TV, but there is one person who is the hilarious cherry on top of a perfect sundae: Derrick. For those of who don’t know who Derrick is, I’m sorry but I don’t think we can be friends. (D-R-A-M-A. Drama!) Sigh. Okay, fine, watch this. Amahzing, right? Now that you all understand the perfection of Derrick, I am beyond excited to tell you that he’s coming back! A few months ago I visited the set of Happy Endings, and was overloaded with fantastical details of what’s to come — and now I can finally spill! One of my favorite people in this world, Adam Pally, reveals, “Derrick has a fun story line with me where I'm having trouble finding my gay identity, and Derrick takes me through the gay underworld on kind of a gay vision quest.” We’ve seen Max in the past as a bear — no, I’m, serious — but Pally says that our favorite freeloader is now evolving. “He was a cub, but the years are passing…. he's not quite a bear anymore, so he's gotta figure it out.” Casey Wilson adds, “Not quite a bear, not yet a woman.”
Another giggle-worthy episode that’s coming up features the best co-dependent girl and gubby (gay hubby) relationship on TV. Fans will soon be treated to an episode that Pally describes as “Penny and Max’s Requiem For a Dream storyline.” Wilson explains, “There's a real funny story coming up with us… Penny's coaching Max on how to not call a guy too much if you don't want to call him, and how to lose weight, which is to take NyQuil and drug yourself around 4pm so you sleep through the night. So you don't call anyone and you lose weight. And they become NyQuil addicts and never leave the apartment. And we think we look great.” Just you wait, NyQuil-ing is now going to be one of the hottest dieting trends of 2013. “I like when they treat Max and Penny like girlfriends," Pally says. "That to me is some fun stuff.” Well, to me, anything this show does is “fun stuff,” but I think that’s enough Happy Endings gushing for one day. Moving on!
6. Twitter Question: @NotATherapist What do you have on Shameless or House of Lies?
Eenie meenie miney… Shameless! Confession: I love this show. Like almost to an unhealthy level. When I watch it I suddenly feel like I’m just as much of a badass as the Gallaghers, and at any moment I’ll break a beer bottle and threaten to stab someone with it. But then I remember that I’m 5’3”, from Orange County, and have a Sprinkles cupcake subscription.
The Season 3 premiere of Shameless is filled with everything we’ve been missing these past 6 months: crazy characters, hilariously crude plotlines, and dead naked guys. (Oh yes, you read that last one correctly.) It’s been 137 days since the Gallaghers have seen their pathetic patriarch Frank, and it seems like Debbie is the only one who is desperate to see him. Jimmy is now a Rachel Ray-watching, cookie-baking Mr. Mom, but a visit from his past could ruin his chaotically perfect life with Fiona. Lip and Ian get into a inhaler-inducing chase with the police, and Veronica and Kevin are performing a racy and racist new web show. Madness! Also, get excited for one of the most exciting battle robot competitions you’ve ever seen.
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If there was any doubt that the seventh season of Dexter was going to be a big one, they were put to rest at the Comic-Con panel tonight. Lucky for you, Hollywood.com's own Shaunna Murphy was on the scene to get all the killer details.
Fans were treated to several exclusive insights on where the show takes our beloved serial killer, his lovelorn step-sister Deb, and his toddler son Harrison. It should go without saying that major spoilers are awaiting you if you choose to read on!
Attending the panel this evening were cast members Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), and guest star of Chuck fame, Yvonne Strahovski (newcomer Hanna). Also on hand were executive producers Sara Colleton and Scott Buck.
So what are we in for next season? As we mentioned before, a big part of the season will deal with Deb's knowledge of Dexter's dark passenger — well, at least she knows he killed Colin Hanks. Fans were treated to two minutes from the opening of the season, which picks up right where we left off all those months ago: Travis is on the table dead, and Deb cannot deal with what she's seeing. Dexter lies to her (of course) and tries to explain that he'd come to do one more forensics sweep. Deb is clearly not buying it, as she continues to mention the fact that he was wrapped just-so in plastic. The scene ends with Deb calling the police while Dexter screams "no!" You can check it out here:
So where does this leave us? With a lot to unravel, apparently! Carpenter told the audience that "this is the first year where I [as Deb] have felt lost...there's no compass. I've never moved with such uncertainty through every line; through every 'f**k' and bad word. In a weird way, the tables feel like they've turned: I'm the one that's trapped in my f***ing head." This uncertainty and instability is a continued thread throughout the season, as both Dexter and Deb have to deal with the repercussions of Dexter's son Harrison getting older.
Michael C. Hall explained it thusly: "As Harrison gets older and grows more receptive, it becomes a dicier propostion every day. The fact that someone who is also one of Harrison's guardians, Deb, has a sense of what she's dealing with, that changes things as well. But Harrison is still an individual." So what does this mean for adorable little Harrison? Will he start to sense his father's evil deeds? Will Deb feel a need to protect him or take him away from his father? Looks like Dexter may have to finally, actually figure out a way to shield his son from his own handiwork.
But that isn't the only thing that's shifted: it seems as though Deb's confidence in her position (at work, and now over Dexter) does not waver (even if her emotions go on a roller-coaster): "If anything, it's not that she's shying away from the power that she has. She actually needs it. Its the one card she has to play."
Also bringing some mysterious power to the table is new guest star Yvonne Strahovski. Her character Hanna has a dark past (or does she mean...dark passenger?!) that must somehow come into play this season. Strahovski explained that she plays "a woman who is a woman of mystery with a dark past. She meets Dexter, and helps him with an investigation." That's all you're going to get, though. Mystery and intrigue abound!
Towards the end of the panel, things got more lighthearted. There was a joke that this will be an "all bath salts season" because the show takes place in Miami (the same place where the gruesome cannibal-tinged murder took place earlier this year. Florida, man!), as well as something that seemed to be a jab at Jennifer Carpenter's cooking skills. At one point a fan asked about the biggest lie Hall had ever told. "That was delicious," was his response. There were some side-eye/death stares then exchanged between Hall and Carpenter, causing a raucous laughter to emit from the crowd.
Fans were also treated to a season 2 trailer for Homeland, Showtime's other award-winning hit show. There was a brief discussion surrounding the state of the characters on the upcoming season — as well as an announcement that the show will return to the Middle East. At the end of season 1, fans were devastated when the eternally beleaguered Carrie Mathison Claire Daines underwent electroshock therapy. This season will dedicate some time to putting the pieces back together, according to producer Howard Gordon.
So there we have it! Another panel down: are you happy with what you learned about the upcoming season of Dexter, or did you wish you knew more? Let us know in the comments below!
Additional reporting by Shaunna Murphy.
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If you haven't seen last season's Dexter, it should go without saying you should turn away now, because you've entered Spoilertown, population: us! And if you don't want to speculate on next season, feel free to see yourself out as well. Thanks!
Now that's taken care of: OMG, you GUYS! Everyone's favorite show about a lovable-slash-hot-slash-creepy serial killer (also known as Michael C. Hall) is back for season seven. I don't know if you noticed, but, The Internet is real excited. As am I (I'm into full disclosure). So when a :15-second trailer debuted today after some TV Guide scoopage last week, proving Deb will definitely know all about her brother's Bay Harbor-tendencies, it was time to get down to dissection. Finally! In a fantastic twist that will (hopefully) finally show what happens to Dexter now that his dark passenger's picked up a hitchhiker, Deb saw Dex finishing off Colin Hanks' character from last season. And by the looks of the clip, unpacking that now weirder-than-ever relationship will be the focus of the season. Oh and that whole, will-he, won't-he be arrested, ever for all the bad guys he's murdered? In the very least, can we at least hope this puts an end to that terribly-creepy Deb Does Dexter thing the writers went and did us wrong with? I dream of that world. Besides, incest is so last season thanks to Game of Thrones and all.
But let's delve into the video, shall we? I might have carpal tunnel now from excessive space bar-ing, but hopefully it's worth it.
Where we left off: Deb sees Dexter mid-kill. Uh, my bad, dude?
And then, we see a fire! That looks like some brother-sister bonding of a sort: a tampering with a crime scene sort!
Yep, definitely destroying a crime scene. But it's for (hopefully not creepy-incesty-sorta) love and family! Hopefully more family than love though (please guys).
Covering up a murder on local television? All in a day's work for Deborah Morgan, it seems. We imagine it goes a little something like this: "blah blah blah the f**ko set fire to the place as a final self-sacrifice for God blah blah holy s**tballs, etc."
Then Deb does some pensive sitting.
And more sitting...
And some sad sitting.
And more crouching: Apparently this will be a free-from-standing season for Deb Morgan. Hoo-kay.
Dexter even gets in on the sitting game: This time with more daddy issues!
And then there's baby Deb, sitting and emoting: And Dexter the baby murderer looks on, emotionlessly because he's a sociopath.
Woops! Almost missed another crouch.
THIS guy! I KNEW something creepy was up with this MFer right here. Ever since he showed up all obsessed with crime. And then Dexter. And then his weirdo video game. And then THE HAND.
Also, (of course), Deb's life is in danger! It's probably Captain Creepsicle up above that's trying to kill her so he can keep Dexter's secret alive (he's so creepy there's no way he doesn't find out that Deb knows, somehow). And then he will be afraid she'll do the right thing and turn him in, and then he won't be able to profit off of his video game (that he'll probably update with a new level every time Dexter kills someone of note) that he's making!
Also there looks like there might be some hazy scenes where either Deb loses her memory or is drugged? Shenanigans! Either way, there it is, and here we are; armed to the teeth for the premiere (Sunday, September 30th @ 9/8c). What do you think about the upcoming season of Dexter? Do you think our ideas are correct? Let us know what you think in the comments after you watch the video below. It's worth it to see the crazy-fast clip in action; they pack in so much stuff, it is (as Gwen would say) B-A-N-A-N-A-S (score one for the dated musical references).
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Simon Cowell is expanding his horizons. Next he aims to tackle another realm of music-making: DJ-ing. Cowell, who has spent years bolstering and crushing dreams of hopeful performers on American Idol, The X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent, is launching a new series dedicated to discovering aspiring DJs. The mission statement of the untitled series is to "find the world’s greatest DJs." Cowell has professed a great deal of respect for this particular community, stating, "DJ’s are the new rock stars, it feels like the right time to make this show.” Overbrook, the company owned by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, will produce the series along with Cowell's company SyCo. -MusicWeek
What do you get when you combine unapologetic snark with nearly impossible adorability? That's a sociological experiment that the Writers Guild of America seems to be undertaking, as they have enlisted Joel McHale and Zooey Deschanel to play host at the WGA awards show ceremony on Feb. 19. McHale is celebrated as host of The Soup and the leading man on Community for his sardonic glibness and unrepentant charm. And New Girl star Deschanel is basically a talking kitten. It's almost impossible to deny that this pair is pretty much the perfect comic balance. The awards will not be televised, but you can catch New Girl Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, and Community when it returns to NBC this spring (hopefully). -Deadline
Homeland has made many people reevaluate their stance on Claire Danes. but the Showtime series has also turn our attention to the incredible talent that is Morena Baccarin, who we first came to know on the killed-too-soon series Firefly. Baccarin will be lending her skills to CBS' The Good Wife, on which she will portray a power exec who gets involved in the lives of Alicia Florrick and company when she sues recurring character Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) for sexual harrassment. The Good Wife airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. -EW
Happy Endings seems to be making a habit out of casting actors to play themselves in one-off roles. Earlier this season, we got to see Fred Savage make a quick cameo, followed by a more recent (and more self-deprecating) play by actor/activist Ed Begley, Jr. A particularly exciting name on this list is Colin Hanks, who will be stopping by the show sometime in the spring. In the particularly malleable reality of Happy Endings, Hanks will be a fan of Dave's thriving food truck, Steak Me Home Tonight, after it becomes renowned throughout Chicago for its "designer drinks." Of course...it won't last. But due to the series' penchant for up-to-date pop culture referencing, we might be getting a few jokes about Hanks' murderous turn on the most recent season of Dexter. Happy Endings airs Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -EW