Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Supernatural, Once, White Collar, Leverage, Saving Hope and More!
What has Supernatural Sam gained — and given up on — during Dean’s absence? Which fairytale character did Once Upon a Time almost not get its hooks into? Is a White Collar bromance over? What secret is Leverage keeping? Read on for answers to those questions plus other teases from fall and summer shows.
Leverage | We open this week’s column with a pair of burning questions. No. 1: What the heck was that cryptic exchange between Nate and Hardison at the close of the season premiere? Something about a secret they are keeping from the rest of the team? I pressed Aldis Hodge, who plays Hardison, on the issue, but all he would say is, “That gets paid off in the season finale, so you’ll have to wait and find out.” C’mon, not one more clue? “Like I said [in this TVLine Q&A],” he added, “there’s a reason why we’re now in Portland.” Hit the Comments with your theories!
White Collar | Burning question No. 2: Have we seen the last of Neal and Mozzie as partners in conning? Because as Neal got flown back to the States in Episode 2, Moz chose to stay behind in their idyllic getaway. But fear not, “At the end of the day Mozzie realizes that without Neal it’s no fun,” Willie Garson told me. “Mozzie wants to be in the action, and the action is with his buddy Neal!” (Staying in the mix also means doing The Suit a solid, as Moz does in the next episode.) Turning from bromance to romance, might Mozzie find a new flame this season, as hard as it would be to top the likes of Diane Farr and Lena Headey? “We’re shooting Episode 11 right now and Mozzie doesn’t have a girlfriend… yet,” Garson said. “But there is always a chance.”
Supernatural | Pamela emailed to ask if I have “any inside scoop on the Winchester boys.” Well, this week’s Ask Ausiello – coupled with this casting news – gave you a taste of what Dean will be dealing with at the start of the season. So let’s turn to Sam. Because while this other (and prettier) piece of casting may have you thinking (proactively freaking?) that time will be spent on lovey-dovey romance, Jared Padalecki reveals, “Sam is no longer with [Amelia]” when the season starts. “Most of the love interest stuff we see is all in flashback, though I know she will come back to non-flashback at some point in time.” What else was Sam up to while Dean was in purgatory, aside from getting’ down with his new girl? Not killing things that go bump in the night, it turns out. “Essentially, Sam walked away from the life when Dean, Castiel, Kevin and Crowley disappeared,” Padalecki previews.
Once Upon a Time | With the casting of Sleeping Beauty and Mulan, the question becomes: How will the new princesses be threaded into Season 2? “They come into the show in a very surprising and unique way,” series cocreator Eddy Kitsis says. “We’re really excited because like everything we’ve done, we’re not interested in retelling you the version that you’re used to. We feel like we have great spins on both characters, and what we love is how they’ll interact with the people we already know and love.” As for the Comic-Con reveal that Captain Hook is also on the horizon, it’s interesting to note that that cameo almost didn’t happen. “Peter Pan is my favorite fairy tale, but for the last year, Adam [Horowitz] and I could not get the rights,” Kitsis shares. “So we’ve had Captain Hook on our shelf… for a while.”
Saving Hope | Dipping again into the reader mailbag, Kim wants scoop on Alex and Charlie, stat! “I am getting attached to these characters and hope to hear that Charlie wakes up before it gets cancelled or — gasp — renewed.” Well hurry up and read this, Kim, because a critical arc kicks off tonight. “While Alex continues to work with a new and intriguing case, Charlie’s need to connect to life in any way intensifies,” Erica Durance tells me, previewing Charlie’s bond with a fellow comatose spirit (and a bride-to-be, at that). What’s more, “The need for Alex to bring Charlie back escalates when [his ex-wife] Dawn comes back into the picture petitioning for the legal right to determine Charlie’s life-and-death decisions — thus setting up the ultimate challenge for Alex in Episode 8, airing next week.” Super drama.