Once upon a time, LA TV Insider Examiner used "Danielle's Dish" as a tag for the more spoiler-y of our specific episode preview posts. We asked our readers on Twitter to submit questions about the next episode of X show, which we were screening in advance, and we would do the best to give the people the answers they were seeking...without completely giving away the episode's secrets. Now, though, we are reviving that idea into a brand new, more general spoiler column. Yes, we're diving into the dark side!
We screen so much TV in advance of airing, and we chat with so many wonderful talent in the world of television, we often find out great tidbits that might not make it into their own individual articles but are certainly still worth sharing. You, our lovely readers, are still welcome to submit questions through Twitter, but you won't be limited to one specific show or episode at a time. Ask us anything, about any show, and where we can, we will include it in this column, which we are aiming to post bi-weekly, with the shows discussed varying each time. If there's a show we've been leaving out that you want explored, comment, and we will bring it to you the next time.
So without further ado, LA TV Insider Examiner presents the newly revamped Danielle's Dish! SPOILERS AHEAD!
- A FAMILIAR FACE RESURFACES, BUT IT'S NOT A HAPPY FAMILY REUNION, ON SHAMELESS. So far season three has been Karen-less, but that all is about to change in "A Long Way From Home." Laura Slade Wiggins returns for the season, and while audiences may be happy to see the fearless actress, they are not going to feel the same way about the troubled character. The timing of her return is suspicious-- after Sheila (Joan Cusack) agrees to split custody of baby Hymie with his father and paternal grandmother-- and of course, Lip (Jeremy Allen White) was doing so well without her, that now he's bound to be in a tailspin, right? Well, true to Karen form, the timing turns out not to be coincidental. And we're just not quite sure we can trust Karen's stories about where she's been this whole time. The question is, though: will Sheila and Lip finally call her on her B.S. and kick her out for good?
- BUNHEADS HAS A SEX AND THE CITY MOMENT-- WITH A SWEET TEEN TWIST. It's about that time for the girls of Bunheads-- well, mostly Sasha (Julia Goldani Telles) and Boo (Kaitlyn Jenkins) to start thinking about having sex with their respective boyfriends, and while Boo had originally discussed waiting with her guy, Sasha will convince her to "step it up" and push the date up a bit. In the next new episode, "Next!", starting at a sleep-over, no less, and continuing to the library (what? what year is this!?), the girls will talk and research and obsess over the topic. We have to admit, we always thought Sasha would be the Samantha of the group, as she's rebellious enough in her daily life, but here she is actually the one who wants to be the most practical about things. Who actually does the deed is not something we'll spill, but the music-box music set montage of "preparation" leading up to the potential act is much more fascinating than any fumbling under the sheets could be because it shows just how different these girls are than most you see on TV today. But the harsher reality is not what they learn about sex but what they learn about auditioning after they follow Michelle (Sutton Foster) to Los Angeles. That sequence is so sobering and a chance for these girls to grow up so quickly we don't want to say much more, though.
- JIMMY CAN'T HACK THE HARD WORK OF ACTUALLY BEING A WORKING COMPOSER ON SMASH. It certainly seemed like things were turning around for the dynamic writing duo of Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) and Kyle (Andy Mientus) when Derek (Jack Davenport) not only showed up at their shanty to hear their musical idea out but also smiled a little when doing so. In the next new episode, "The Song," Jimmy and Kyle are tasked with writing an original number for Ronnie (Jennifer Hudson) to sing at her special, Bravo-filmed concert show, but the stress coupled with the collaboration with people like Tom (Christian Borle) and Derek himself proves to be a bit too much for Jimmy. He crumbles and goes on a bender. He may manage to squeak out a song in there, too, but will it be strong enough to warrant such immature behavior surrounding the writing process of it?
- ONCE UPON A TIME EXPLORES A MOTHER'S LOVE...OR LACK THEREOF. When we were on set with Lana Parrilla last fall, she expressed great interest in wanting to know just why Regina's mother Cora (Barbara Hershey) has hated her the way she must hate her in order to be as cold and evil to her as she has been. Parrilla has gotten her wish, and soon the audience will have a much better understanding of Cora and her relationship with her daughter because in the March 10th 2013 episode, "The Miller's Daughter," we flash back with a young Cora (guest star Rose McGowan) to see how she became the woman we know today, and we get solid answers about what she sacrificed to have the wealth and power Regina was born into. It's bound to be quiet a shock to the system, especially after watching Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and her own mother's (guest star Rena Sofer) deep bond the week before in "The Queen is Dead."
- IT'S NOT YOUR TYPICAL "MEET THE PARENTS" FOR ROY HARPER AND THEA QUEEN ON ARROW. Though Roy (Colton Haynes) warned Thea (Willa Holland) to stay out of The Glades, and implied to stay out of his life, when they first met on Arrow, the attraction is going to prove too strong to keep them apart, and Haynes teased that things get serious enough that in episode 1.18, he does meet the Queen family. "There’s something that happens to Roy in a very public way, so they’re introduced to Roy [but] not in an ideal way of him coming over for dinner. It’s a thing that makes him a little famous in a non-glamorous way," he told us.
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