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.
Now that we’re back from our holiday vacation, our Monday Kickstart,
has some fun spoilers for our Friday night faves “Fringe” and “Grimm,” plus the highly anticipated “Cougar Town” return and much, much more.
“Fringe”: As we already know, Observers have the ability to see and understand all timelines and universes, and Michael, the child Observer, is no exception. In the upcoming episode, we learn that through Michael, Walter was able to “remember” moments from other timelines… including the time he was up late making a sandwich and Peter slipped, and called him “Dad.” Oh, and a bonus spoiler? Look for the return of the white tulip in the next episode, a nice nod from the writers to the die-hard fans.
“Grimm”: When the show returns, there’s a potential for Nick and Renard
to… become allies? Yes, you read that right. “There’s some big issues
that have to be dealt with for Renard and for Nick, and they have to
come to terms with those,” says EP Jim Kouf. David Greenwalt adds, “It
depends what service that Nick can perform for Renard. He’d rather have
him as an ally than an enemy, but he could have him either way. This had
to come to a head. We didn’t want to just play it out forever between
the two of them, because, you know, it is [Nick’s] girl that Renard is
messing around with, albeit under a spell.”
“Justified”: Patton Oswalt plays a Harland County constable who helps Timothy Olyphant’s Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens on a case. The character is usually a guy who serves legal papers, but he is a lot tougher than he looks… although he may not be as tough as he says.
“Portlandia”: Bonus Oswalt scoop! He’s not quite as scary on “Portlandia,” where he plays a local celebrity. What is he famous for? Let’s just say you might want to think twice before sending this guy an Evite to anything.
“Scandal”: In order to stop Sally Langston from making a complete power grab as acting president, Fitz’s team of behind-the-scenes puppetmasters spring into action. The First Lady goes so far as to commit an act of treason — though of course, we had no doubt she was capable of such a move.
“Smash”: New executive producer Josh Safran is making some big changes in Season 2, but he isn’t looking to alter the DNA of the show. In addition to adding more cast members, he’s introducing another musical in addition to “Bombshell”; this time, an edgy off-Broadway show very much in the vein of “Rent.” We got a sneak peek at Jeremy Jordan’s performance from the show — and we got all kinds of tingles.
“Cougar Town”: Look for the connection between Travis and Laurie to continue to deepen this season when the show returns on TBS. “We pursue Busy and Dan again a lot this year and kind of build towards something at the end of the year,” says E.P. Bill Lawrence. Before that “something” happens, though, Laurie’s boyfriend comes home. “My boyfriend Wade comes back from Afghanistan, so I no longer have to have cybersex with him,” says Busy Phillipps.”I got to actually make out with him in real life. As an actress sometimes you get to go to work and you make out with guys. That’s all right. It’s fun. Your husband can’t get mad at you.”
“Pretty Little Liars”: We definitely haven’t seen the last of Meredith — she’s got a new long-term sub position at Rosewood, which obviously causes some awkwardness for Aria. Who wants to go to an English class taught by her dad’s mistress? Nobody. Thankfully (?), Mona is on the case. Um, yikes.
“Grey’s Anatomy”: In episode 15, a newborn’s life hangs in the balance and the doctors are unsure as to whether or not to perform an extremely risky surgery. Things are made more complicated by the fact that the baby’s parents barely know each other — the child is the result of an office party hookup between virtual strangers. What they do know of each other, they don’t particularly like.
“Girls”: Last season, creator Lena Dunham was criticized for not including any significant characters of color in the show. This season, several are introduced — most notably, Hannah’s new Republican boyfriend Sandy (Donald Glover). In a particularly uncomfortable conversation between the two characters, Hannah’s naive (and sort of ignorant?) views on race and politics are revealed. It’s a very self-aware moment for the show, but we’ll leave it up to you as to whether the issue is adequately addressed or just exacerbated by the scene.