10 Spoilers: 'Vampire Diaries' witch woes, Jim and Pam on 'The Office,' and The Flash gets an 'Arrow' mention
This week, our Monday Kickstart includes scoop on all those Jim-Pam troubles that have been killing us on "The Office," insight about "The Vampire Diaries'" Bonnie, and some "Arrow" flashback dish.
"Arrow": One of the writers' favorite things to do is offer fans of the DC Comics little nods and mentions -- "Easter eggs," as they call them -- throughout the series. Keep your ears peeled for one in Episode 18. "There's a great joke that mentions The Flash," executive producer Marc Guggenheim promises. Additionally, fans can look forward to a whole different kind of flashback in upcoming episodes, when we get to see a taste of what Oliver's life was like before the shipwreck that changed him forever. (Yes... with some much-needed insight into Laurel's sister, Sara.)
"The Office": Those of you upset about Jim and Pam's recent rough patch -- patience. Executive producer Greg Daniels says PB&J are "stressed" right now, but the story is not done. "We're in the Act 2 zone," he says, and if you stick with it, you'll probably get what you're looking for.
"The Big Bang Theory": The show's writers are having a lot of fun with Raj's new relationship, so look for more of that as the season rolls toward its finale. Raj and Lucy are both "broken" people, EP Steven Molaro says, and they want to explore a little of what that means for the two of them.
"The Carrie Diaries": Lately, Carrie has been having some trouble coming to terms with the fact that her father is a person -- not just a parent. Sebastian, on the other hand, has the opposite relationship with his parents. His mother will be returning, and let's just say that she could really use a filter. "His parents are really out there," says executive producer Amy B. Harris. "They're absolutely people to him. We're going to see the mom again, and she really doesn't have a line between son and confidante. It gets awkward, and kind of gross."
"Castle": The big 100th episode of "Castle" is coming up, and while it's a major episode, don't expect crazy revelations like mother murderers or spy dads. Instead, according to executive producer Andrew Marlow, the 100th episode will refocus on the core relationship between Beckett and Castle. "We really wanted an episode that really focused on our main characters. We've had a lot of big storytelling this spring," Marlowe told us at the 100th episode celebration on the show's set. "We wanted to do something that put the lens front and center on the Beckett-Castle relationship and the Beckett-Castle dynamic. You know, something that could have played first season or any of the other seasons."
"Nashville": When "Nashville" returns this week, one of the things we will see is the fallout of the Rayna-Teddy divorce. Teddy will be staying at home with the girls, but he will also be getting visits from Peggy. Mr. Mayor has started to refer to her as his "special project" to make it all seem official. For the sake of her traumatized daughter, Rayna asks her ex-husband to keep his "special-projecting out of the family home." We'll have to wait to see if Teddy complies.
"New Girl": Great news: in this week's episode, Nick and Jess finally confront their feelings for each other. (And "confrontation" is just about the only word we can use to describe that conversation. It gets ugly. And amazing.) Less great news: Toward the end of the season, any possibility of true romance could be snuffed out when Nick starts to remind Jess of her father. Uh-oh.
"The Newsroom": Season 2 opens up with some serious fallout from Will McAvoy comparing the Tea Party to the Taliban in the Season 1 finale episode. Will's network, AWN, is banned from house judiciary negotiations on SOPA legislation, and Charlie moves to pull Will from the net's 9/11 anniversary coverage. Tensions remain high in the love triangle between Don, Maggie, and Jim, while Sloan finds a new role in the office... as commissioner of the news team's fantasy football league.
"The Vampire Diaries": The last time we saw Bonnie, she was scaring us more than a little. Is she really willing to go full-villain and bring back all the evil vampires, witches, werewolves, and who-knows-what-else just to reanimate the small handful of good ones? "Well, she could. She's at a fork int the road, and that is definitely one of the prongs in the road," says executive producer Julie Plec. "Definitely, we haven't seen the height of intensity of Bonnie's storyline yet. This Shane/Silas person has an enormous amount of control over Bonnie. Shane as a human, Professor Shane, with no supernatural abilities whatsoever, was able to get such a strong hold on Bonnie that she came to believe she couldn't control her own magic without him. Now that you add a supernatural component to that, it becomes really extreme and really severe."
"Legit": Billy declares war on Jim when he decides to perform his community service hours at the adult care facility in order to hit on nurse Allie -- she's like "a hot porn star who cares." The war in question takes place during the Summer Fun Activities competition, where Jim manages to lose one of the disabled participants on his team.