This week I’m in the middle of PaleyFest madness, which means a lot of long nights interviewing pretty TV actors, sitting through sneak-peek previews of new episodes, and enduring delightfully fun Q&A panels with the casts of some of my favorite shows. Wait, who am I kidding? I love PaleyFest! Even though it’s a bit exhausting, I love knowing that I’m gathering a plethora of spoilers for all you TV lovers out there, so it's all worth it.
From a supernatural drama to quick-witted procedural to a weekly dose of comedic perfection — this week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List has a fun mix of of five top-notch shows. Hollywood.com chatted with Glee’s most sassy singer, Naya Rivera to bring you all the latest news from her NYC adventures, nabbed heartbreaking details from The Vampire Diaries’ boss lady Julie Plec, and talked with Joelle Carter to gather scoop about the season finale of Justified. Plus, I previewed upcoming episodes of Psych and Parks and Recreation and I’ve got all the hilarious highlights. Read on for all the TV craziness below!
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1. Glee: Santana Speaks!
Three weeks ago, Glee shocked audiences everywhere when besties with breasties, Santana Lopez and Quinn Fabray, hooked up at the almost-wedding reception. To discuss this drunken romp in the sheets, I caught up with the always-wonderful Naya Rivera last week at the Paley Center for Media to honor Ryan Murphy. (Psst! I also nabbed some awesome Glee scoop from Murphy right here!)
After ooh-ing and aah-ing over each other’s shoes, the actress revealed her first thoughts after reading the script for the “I Do” sex scene: “When I first read it, I was like, ‘That’s so weird! What’s going on?’ But when we shot it we had a bunch of fun running through the hallway, pretending to be wasted. So it just ended up being like a fun ha-ha moment,” she says. Now before you throw your laptops against the wall in outrage Brittana lovers, read on!
Rivera says that despite the hook up, Quintana will not become a full-fledged sweet lady-kissing couple, and she’s grateful for all the Brittana fans that are still standing strong. When asked if she had a special message for the Brittany and Santana shippers, Rivera immediate smiled and said, “Aww! Thank you for still supporting us!” Rivera added that the fans should “always” have hope for the couple. Now, by a show of tweets, how many of you Brittana fans are freaking out right now?
The actress says that her days are overflowing with laughter now that Santana is living in the loft in New York. “It feels very sitcom because it’s just like the four of us or the three of us and the banter is just very witty. Santana has never been funnier!” Rivera explains she was excited to discover brand-new sides to her character, saying, “She has all these weird quirks that you find out when you live with someone. She’s really funny and it’s great, I love it.”
Oh and get excited to see Santana’s new job! I can’t reveal what it is, but for those of you who have been guessing that she’ll be a Starbucks barista, Rivera has a few words for you: “Come on now, it’s Santana! You’ve got to think a little crazier.” Tweet me your guesses Glee-bees!
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2. Justified: Season Finale Scoop!
Still reeling from the big reveal that Sheriff Shelby is Drew Thompson? Us too. So Hollywood.com sat down for a chat with Justified's blonde bombshell, Joelle Carter (aka Ava) to find out more about what's coming up next. She revealed that there’s trouble down the line for her and Boyd (oh no!), and teased an epic finale that will shake up the lives of all of our Harlan County favorites.
"She listened to her moral compass [when she killed Delroy last year]," Carter says. "She still battles with that, you'll she in the next couple of episodes." Still, Carter emphasized that Ava isn't losing too much sleep over that decision, or the one to embrace the life of a redneck mafia wife. "As long as she can work out in her heart, mind and soul she's going to go down this road," she says. "Unless something stops her — which it looks like might happen this season." Yikes!
The one person who knows the secret behind Delroy's death — Ellen May — is still alive, so does this mean that Ava might spend time behind bars? Well… we're not sure. But Carter says that the March 26 finale will definitely be one you won't want to miss. "The finale isn't going to disappoint anyone… it's going to stand up there with all of the finales," she says. "It's really exciting. This finale is going to leave everyone in a different place than they've ever been. All of the main characters. It will be a true test for Ava and Boyd." We can’t wait!
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3. Parks and Recreation: A Second Saperstein!
Stop whatever your doing (which is reading this lovely spoiler-filled list) and get ready to do a happy dance. Not only does next week’s Parks and Rec feature the incredibly amazing return of Jean-Ralphio, but there’s also a second Saperstein headed to Pawnee: His twin sister!
SNL’s Jenny Slate is the epitome of perfection as Mona Lisa, Tom’s newest employee at Rent-a-Swag. Hmm, let’s see, how can I put this nicely? Mona Lisa is absolutely, one hundred percent, bats**t crazy! She steals, she’s lazy, and she’s intimidating as hell, but after some fatherly advice from Chris, Tom finds the perfect way to put Mona Lisa in her place.
In the same wonderful episode (which is entitled, “Bailout” p.s.) Leslie is doing her best to save the local Pawnee video store because she thinks that it brings culture and class to the city. Things are going absolutely Knope-tastic until Ron decides to step in. Let me just say if you thought this Ron Swanson GIF was the best thing to happen to the Internet, just wait until you see the one you’ll get after “Bailout.” It’s better than bacon. (Gasp!)
Also, Chris receives some advice on his decision to be a daddy from Ben and Jerry (no not that kind of Ben and Jerry!). Oh, and Ann and April spend some quality girl time together complete with pedicures, building the perfect man, and a very Romy and Michelle moment. Wait, what do you mean you’ve never seen Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion?! Watch this and you’ll thank me forever.
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4. The Vampire Diaries: Sweet Caroline v. Erratic Elena
Even though Jeremy's death may have eclipsed Tyler's exit from The Vampire Diaries, that doesn't make the beloved hybrid's absence any less devastating. Watching Caroline leave increasingly sad, unanswered voicemails for Tyler during the tragic death episode was heartbreaking, and his absence will plague Caroline throughout the rest of the year.
Vampire Diaries boss lady Julie Plec tells Hollywood.com that Tyler's disappearance as he runs from Klaus will certainly continue to affect Caroline as Season 4 progresses, although she'll have a lot of other stuff on her plate when the show returns March 14. "Caroline gets caught up very quickly in the 'What can we do to keep Elena from feeding on the neighboring cheerleading squad?' storyline. It puts a big wedge between the two girls and their friendship takes a big hit when we come back," Plec says.
Caroline will have essentially lost two of the most important people in her life — Tyler and Elena — and those losses will compound to make things very difficult for her. "She's struggling with both the absence of Tyler, and the loss of her best friend in Elena, and trying to figure out how she can make things better," Plec says. Fingers crossed that the TVD gods find a new way to bring happiness into Caroline’s life. I hate it when my favorite character is sad.
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5. Psych: Lost in the Woods
Much like Castle and Bones, Psych is one of the few procedural shows that I genuinely enjoy watching — and that’s mainly because the characters involved are quirky, unique, and make me smile. So you can imagine my delight when Psych finally returned to our TV screens last week with Season 7.
Next week’s episode is a really fun and crazy experience. Even if you’re not the world’s biggest Psych fan, I highly suggest you tune in to “Lassie Jerky” because is a hair-raising good time. So here’s the sitch: Shawn and Gus team up with two students/aspiring filmmakers who are on the quest to capture Bigfoot. Oh yes you read that correctly: they’re creating a documentary to prove that the mythical creature is very much alive and extremely dangerous.
The really wonderful thing about episode — airing March 13 — is that the entire hour is told through the various cameras that Shawn, Gus and the film student have. Think The Blair Witch Project but without the bloody nose. (And more laughs.)
Here are just a few wacky moments you can look forward to: Someone’s foot gets caught in a bear trap, someone gets stabbed in the back (literally), one of the students is a overly blunt nymphomaniac, and Gus’s infamous sniffling skills are put to the test. Oh and Shawn saves the day with his “visions,” but I’m sure you already knew that part was going to happen.
What do you think Santana’s new job is going to be on Glee? Excited to see the season finale of Justified? Dying for the return of The Vampire Diaries? Tell me everything in the comments below!
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S3E17: Not every episode of The Vampire Diaries can bowl us over, and “Break on Through” is an example of that. After last week’s episode focused wonderfully on the major issue at hand—Alaric’s murderous turn—with a few delicious twists—like Damon’s brotherly advice for Stefan—this week offered a winded tale. Hopefully, all this madness will set up a few fantastic episodes that deal with the White Oak and the Originals, Stefan and Elena, and it would seem a potentially murderous Jeremy. If not, then we just sat through a messy episode without much payoff.
“Rebekah may be an original, but she’s a girl. Find her weakness and exploit it.” -Sage
As workmen are rebuilding Wickery Bridge, Damon runs into Sage, the vampire who taught him to “enjoy” women in 1912. Rebekah is immediately jealous, apparently miffed over Sage’s relationship with her Original brother, Finn. Damon’s sure she’s up to something, so Sage convinces him to seduce Rebekah and read her mind in her vulnerable state.
At his house, Damon tells Rebekah he doesn’t want Sage, he wants her: boom, the perfect seduction. Sage finds Rebekah and Damon in bed, and reads Rebekah’s mind. Of course, instead of telling Damon, Sage proceeds to make out with him as a means of telekinesis. This scene is an example of why some non-shippers get annoyed with this show: it was hot, but it was just about the most ridiculous way to reveal that Rebekah found out about the second White Oak and that she’s been looking for it. Damon quickly checks the unfiled town records on his shelves (does Mayor Lockwood know about this) and it turns out the Oak was built into Wickery Bridge.
There’s just one issue: Sage is in love with an original and that White Oak kills originals. Damon makes a deal: Damon rids Sage of Rebecca, and he’ll leave Finn alone. But that would be too easy so Sage tells Rebekah about Oak at the bridge and she burns it. Sage knew he was lying about saving Finn because she read his thoughts and learned that the Originals are all linked.
But wait, there’s still another twist! Damon “sold his rage” about Sage telling Rebekah about the bridge, but in reality, he’s got the commemorative sign for Wickery Bridge—which just happens to be made out of some of that White Oak. This means it’s time to kill some Originals. It’s great that we’re finally at that point, but the way in which TVD got us there through a series of sudden sideshow twists and turns was a little too snappy. There’s something to be said for taking one’s time.
“I don’t know how to do this.” -Abby
“Do what? Be a vampire or be a parent?” -Caroline
Abby is still in transition after Damon turned her into a vampire, but she’s distraught because she can’t feel nature anymore. If that wasn’t enough, she’s scared she’ll hurt her family—and her non-son Jamie is afraid of that too. As Caroline helps Abby get stronger and learn to resist her urges, she also convinces Jamie to embrace Abby. Unfortunately, Abby’s not ready to be that close to a human and she bites him. As a result of the incident, she elects to leave and Caroline, fueled by how much she misses her father, begs Abby to stay for Bonnie. But it doesn’t work.
But Jamie and Bonnie probably won’t be hurting for long. After his “The guy who lives out back, you know the one you’re not related to” comment, it seems pretty likely that they’ll seek solace in each other.
“Do you ever feel remorse?” -Alaric
Elena manages to convince Bonnie to help put a spell on Alaric to help keep his evil side at bay, but before she can figure out a way to do it. But Alaric’s evil side is starting to come out even when he’s sober. Meredith is convinced she can help, even forgiving Alaric for killing her cousin, Logan Fell.
Despite her forgiveness, the dark side takes over and he goes after Meredith for being a member of the council who helps/sides with vampires. She escapes without being killed, but she is injured.
“Not everyone can be saved.” -Stefan
“I wasn’t planning on giving up on either of you.” -Elena
But there’s more to the Alaric issue than we previously knew. Stefan helps shed some light on the issue—rather harshly at first. Elena goes to Damon and Stefan’s to get the book about her ancestor who went crazy from the Gilbert ring. It’s palpably awkward and Stefan tells her what happened: Samantha Gilbert killed herself because she went insane. He’s callous about it and Elena storms off.
The tense moment drives Stefan to stress-eat (or drink blood) and it’s pretty clear that as much as he says he can’t be what Elena wants, it kills him that the notion continues to prove true. When Elena goes to Alaric’s to get his wedding ring for Bonnie’s spell, Stefan meets her there because he found out more about Samantha Gilbert: she still murdered people even when the ring was off. So Alaric is still murderous.
But it gets worse. They find pictures of all Alaric’s victims and a roster of council members along with a note to Jeremy about carrying on “the work.” Elena and Stefan get to her house and find Rick there. He attacks Elena, but Stefan stops him just before smelling Meredith’s blood upstairs. Stefan needs Elena’s help to deal with it, but he knows he needs to help Meredith. He feeds her his blood, but only stays long enough to help and then runs out of the room. Even so, it proves one thing: if he can keep his cool in a blood-soaked bathroom, he can keep his cool in other bloodlust situations.
Finally, Bonnie shows up and does the spell to keep Rick’s evil at bay, but she seems standoffish. Elena apologizes with tears in her eyes and Bonnie hugs her and says she forgives her. Their pre-existing relationship carries this scene because Kat Graham seems almost out of it every time she has to try to be mad or at odds with Elena.
Of course, there’s just one loose end: Jeremy. Elena calls him because she’s worried his Gilbert ring is turning him into a secret accidental murderer like Alaric. He says he hasn’t heard from Alaric and that he’s fine, but he’s got that mischievous, bad Jeremy twinkle in his eye. Something tells me this isn’t the end of the Gilbert ring curse.
Did you like “Break on Through”? Or did you think it was just a little all over the place? Were you disappointed that the White Oak issue was solved too easily? Let us know in the comments or get at me on Twitter @KelseaStahler.