Since Mondays are just the worst, we here at Zap2it
have decided to give your week a much-needed wake-up call with 10 TV
teasers — just to remind you that when the work day is over, your DVR
waits to welcome you home.
For this week’s Monday Kickstart, we’ve got some good news for “Parenthood” fans, dish on the upcoming return of “Suits,” plus some “Vampire Diaries” insight from Joseph Morgan himself!
“Burn Notice”: Thursday’s explosive sixth-season finale sees the return of another Michael Westen frenemy: Jason Bly, who proves to be a powerful ally. The team desperately needs someone in their corner, because Riley’s increasingly unhinged vendetta against Michael & Co. has changed from capture to kill.
“Cougar Town”: It’s a cul-de-sac flashback! Look for an episode later this season that takes us back a few years to show how Jules, Ellie, Andy et al became as close as they are — and the first time Travis saw his as-yet unrequited love, Laurie.
“Parenthood”: If you’re like us, you’re probably still a little teary-eyed over last week’s heartbreaking Christmas episode, but we’ve got some good news for you! While there’s obviously no miracle cure in sight, Kristina is headed for an upswing when it comes to her health. Looks like Adam’s prayers may have paid off. Oh, and some more good news? We absolutely have not seen the last of Ryan this season. The split with Amber pushes him to make some changes, and we’re happy to report that things are looking up for him, too.
“The Vampire Diaries”: Good morning, Rebekah! Now that she’s awake, is there any chance that Rebekah and Klaus could possibly be close again? “I’d like to think so,” Joseph Morgan tells us. “Obviously there was a major betrayal there, but I think that if anyone could forgive Klaus, Rebekah has been there with him for a thousand years, they’ve been very close, and I think she could forgive him. I don’t like when she’s daggered! Claire [Holt] just goes back to Los Angeles when Rebekah is daggered, and that’s no fun.”
“How I Met Your Mother”: Remember the announcement about Abby Elliott guesting on the show, and how she’s playing the “craziest girl the ‘HIMYM’ gang has ever encountered”? Well, you’ll finally get to see her on the show around February sweeps, and the focus of her crazy will be one Ted Evelyn Mosby. Co-creator Carter Bays assures us it’s a “really fun arc.”
“Pretty Little Liars”: She’s baaack! In Season 3’s spring premiere (Jan. 8), Mona is out of Radley and tormenting/begging forgiveness from the Liars. Is “She Better Now” as the episode title implies? Consider what “PLL” executive producer Oliver Goldstick tells Zap2it: “Mona’s capable of really dastardly things.”
“Parks and Recreation”: In an upcoming episode, Tom starts a new business — called “Rent-a-Swag,” naturally. His endeavors land him on Indiana’s Entrepreneur Magazine’s “30 Under 30” hot list. Unfortunately, the timing is bad — he’s been lying to a potential love interest, Lauren, who only dates men over 35. Oh, and in the same episode? Get ready to meet Dong Swanson. Two words: Porn parody.
“Suits”: When Season 2 returns on January 17, Mike has gone pretty off-the-rails. He’s smoking a lot, still sleeping with his married ex-girlfriend, and when he finally does return to work, he’s over-emotional and off his game. Harvey once again has to make a major sacrifice in order to save Mike’s job and cover for his bad behavior — but we get the sense that after this, Harvey isn’t interested in doing Mike any more favors.
“Beauty and the Beast”: In episode 113, we’ll finally meet Joe’s wife, the sharp and intelligent Miranda Bishop. When she shows up at Joe’s office, she makes it immediately clear that she knows something has been going on between Joe and Tess. Expect to see a bit of a stand-off.
“Southland”: The first time we meet Chad Michael Murray’s character, Dave Mendoza, he and Ben are drunk and partying with two dancers in an alley behind a strip club. Classy! When one of the strippers steals Mendoza’s gun, he tasers her before the situation gets out of control — and then he covers for Ben, making sure that he doesn’t face any consequences for the incident. The men become fast friends after that — but we’ve got a feeling Ben is going to end up regretting it.