Jim's Notebook: Arrow, NCIS, Scandal and More!

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Too many of our favorite shows remain in reruns... but next week we’ve got new episodes of Arrow, NCIS and Scandal - and I have some scoop for TV Fanatic about each of these hit programs.

Before they air, though, take some time this weekend to watch the phenomenal Call Me Crazy on Lifetime, executive produced by Jennifer Aniston. Alright? Now let’s empty out the Notebook…

Jim's Notebook

ARROW Felicity is about to leave her desk and hit the streets. Make sure to watch in “The Undertaking” (airing 5/1), where the quick-witted Miss Smoak actually gets to go out in the field. And while we normally see her with Ollie and Diggle, with whom would Emily Bett Rickards like to share more scenes?

“I haven’t had any scenes with Susanna [Thompson] and she’s a phenomenal actor,” she told me of the actress that plays Ollie’s mother, Moira. “Even at the table reads – I feel like such a dork but she knows I love her - I look up to her a lot and I would just love to have some really meaty scenes with her.”

And while Rickards is admittedly “green to the industry,” she’s quickly gotten into social media. “Oh, I like Twitter,” she said with a huge grin. (Make sure to follow her @EmilyBett.)

NCIS Ready for Ziva and Tony to finally take that next step in their relationship? I talked to Executive Producer Gary Glasberg about it and he told me that more is coming with Tuesday’s “Berlin."

“We went into season 10 with the idea that we would certainly move their relationship forward, and I think we will have, certainly by the end of the finale, succeeded in doing that," he said.

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And while Glasberg and the writers have carefully drawn it out over the years, the creator teased that “Ziva fans will not only be satisfied with a lot of what they get, but there are also things that they’ll have to wait on as well, so…I think about Moonlighting, and I think about Northern Exposure, and I think about other shows that had relationships built into the structure of the storytelling that they did, and it was very smart, even back then, of giving it to people in little bits and pieces.”

SCANDAL One of my favorite things about my job is talking to people on TV who are TV fans themselves. For example, Scandal is back next Thursday and I spoke to Guillermo Diaz about his great scenes with Katie Lowes (as Quinn) and whether he thinks the characters would ever go horizontal in the sack.

While he sees #HuckleberryQuinn as more brother/sister, he did say “a lot of people keep asking if we’re going to get together and hook up romantically and I honestly have no idea. I would rather just see them as friends, but who knows what could happen in the future. I mean, you know, remember when Chandler and Monica got together on Friends? I never expected that to happen either, but it happened and they ended up getting married. You never know what could go on in eight seasons, you know?” 

And guess who Diaz is traveling with during his hiatus? None other than Lowes! They are heading to Israel with America's Voices and the actor said he’s beyond excited since it’s his first trip there. We’ll keep an eye on your Twitter account for pics, Guillermo!

CALL ME CRAZY Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the Los Angeles premiere of the new Lifetime movie, Call Me Crazy, which depicts women dealing with mental illness and airs tomorrow (April 20) on Lifetime. 

Starring Jennifer Hudson, Brittany Snow, Parenthood’s Jason Ritter, Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland, Octavia Spencer and Melissa Leo, the five short films were directed by Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sharon Maguire, Lea Thompson and Bonnie Hunt. While the subject matter is heavy, the writing, acting and directing are top notch, giving you a unique window into mental illness, both in those who are afflicted with it or those who are close to someone who is.

The anthology, part of the Five Film franchise on the network (last year’s film dealt with breast cancer), also had help from Marta Kaufman (co-creator, Friends) and Jennifer Aniston, who were among the executive producers on the project.

That’s a wrap for this week! Anything else you’re dying to know about your favorite show? Leave a comment here or you email me directly at jim@jimhalterman.com. And remember: follow @TVFanatic for all your TV scoop!

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.


But people gotta stop saying Tony is incompetent, because, and maybe I'm watching a different show, but I specifically don't remember him screwing up a case. So yeah, I don't see why he is incompetent, because I don't remember a storyline where Tony was in trouble for screwing up a case.


I gotta ask. To the people who don't want Tiva to happen... (@S and @Annalise, among others) Do you at least agree that Michael is insane?


Can't wait to see how this all plays out on NCIS. Love the Tony/Ziva dynamic!


I think that the two have no actual UST between them. They kind of did in the early years, but it's long gone. Now random guest stars have to make comments about their obvious coupleness. I guess the writers are afraid we won't be able to tell otherwise. It's all written in and contrived. CBS seems to want to attract the younger end of the 18 - 49 demographic so they've pushed the most juvenile appealing character (Ziva) to the front with constant tragic personal dramas, and given her a Nickelodeon type story romance. I miss competent bad ass Tony, but he's been sacrificed so that Ziva can predictably out do and undo him. It's your basic adolescent romance dynamic.


Ditto, Ness.




o_o Just gonna overlook the rest of the thread and put my two cents in about Tiva...XD I've shipped them ever since I got into the show about a year and a half ago (lucky me, I joined in season 9, so I've been able to just watch season1-8 on DVD. I haven't really had to wait as long as most Tiva shippers have). Their chemistry is very unique and, as a writer, I admire the the NCIS screenwriters for how their dialogue is written. Very impressive. :) Obviously they're doing something right; I don't watch a lot of TV because of all the trash out there, but NCIS I can thoroughly enjoy.
Tiva's a great pairing, in my opinion, because the characters are so different, yet the writers, directors, and actors have made them mesh really well. I've seen the trailer for "Berlin" and it's awesome!! If Tony and Ziva acknowledge the tension, it will make for a very interesting tail end of the season. I think the worst thing they could do would be to kill off one of them immediately afterwards (as some have claimed will happen).
I don't think they've demeaned or dumbed down either character to suit the pairing. To me it seems as if they introduced Ziva, and her personality just clicked with Tony's already established character very well. Can't wait to see how this leads (though if they move right into sex, I'll be very let down, admittedly....me and my morals XP).


I wonder if batman will appear on Arrow?


@Michael: @gatorgal Who killed a ice agent thats Ziva knew about and help him with or have you forgotten that I am insane im not the one who want to s
see two grow adults have sexs on top of dead bodys like the Tiva fans do. Did you really just write that? I stand by my earlier statement: you are seriously psychotic and need help now! And I am not being glib or rude.


@retiredinlavernia Are you seriously saying it's ok for Tony to have sex with lots of women, like he claims to have had, but not ok for Ziva to have slept with men to get info? Tony acts like going a week or two without sex is rare for him, yet he hasn't had a serious girlfriend in years. Ziva only mentioned that she had used sex to get info, as has Gibbs, but did not state how many times. I'm a guy and I think your judgement on Ziva is incredibly sexist against women. Ziva may not be pure, but Tony ain't no saint either.

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NCIS Quotes

Tony: One other question, I know you're an expert in English history. And I was just wondering, have you ever heard of Archibald Drummond, the 17th Earl of Trent?
Ducky: The Earl of Trent. No, I can't say I have. Why?
Tony: I was just wondering. Thanks.

McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a....
McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye.
Bishop: Such as.
McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh...
Bishop: What?
McGee: Does she know you have these?
Bishop: Does she know you have these?
McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out.
Bishop: These are all very specific.
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: These ideas apply to you?
McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so.
Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.