While some shows wrapped up their seasons this week (Teen Wolf), others are heading toward their finale and others (Syfy's Haven, TNT’s Cold Justice) are set to return/debut in the near future.
The good news is I’ve got some scoop on all of them – and some wedding reflections from Emmy nominee Cat Deeley. Ready to open up this week's Notebook? Let's do this!
HAVEN As you saw in my exclusive interview with Kate Kelton, her character of Jordan McKee will be back when Haven Season 4 kicks off on September 13 on SyFy. The actress told me that she knows a thing or two about holding a gun on the show even when she can use the weight of it for her character. She told me they have both a rubber gun and a decommissioned gun, but she recently had to work with the latter: “There is a scene where I’m holding it up for quite a long time. Let’s just say that it’s a testament to the brilliance of the writers that Jordon’s emotional state is quite shaky when she’s holding the gun because, I was quite shaky when I was holding the gun through all of the takes and close-ups and long-shots and covered shots and reverses.”
However, being the consummate professional, Kelton gave it her all even when she doubted she could: “You forget just how many takes and minutes you’re actually standing there holding a gun up when it’s just a few seconds on screen, but there was a moment there where I’m not sure I could have held it up any longer even if I wanted to!”
TEEN WOLF The MTV summer finale aired earlier this week and I asked creator Jeff Davis if seeing Allison (Crystal Reed) and Isaac (Daniel Sharman) together at the end if we can expect their relationship to go to the next level coming in Season 3B, which starts in January. “Yes, definitely,” Davis said. “We’ve come up with some bumps in Scott and Isaac’s friendship but what I wanted to do was handle a breakup in high school and what happens if one of your best friends starts dating the girl you thought you were going to be with forever and how weird that is. Can you get over it? Can you be okay with it?”
Also, did you know that the character of Lydia (Holland Roden) has origins with a character in one of the weaker installments in one of the biggest movie franchises? “Not many people know this,” Davis told me, “but her character is actually inspired by a character in Superman III. Isn’t that crazy? The character of Lorelai is this blonde secretary to the rich, evil guy and she is secretly a genius and doesn’t show anyone but she’ll pop out with a genius remark here or there.” He likened that to the early days of the show where Lydia didn’t let anyone see her true intelligence or (now) her supernatural powers.
CAT DEELEY Besides her Emmy-nominated host gig on So You Think You Can Dance, Deeley is also hosting a new TLC pilot called Best Wedding Ever where she helps give an unsuspecting bride her dream wedding. Deeley kept her own wedding last year to Patrick Kielty low key, though she can now look back and be happy she did some things she initially fought.
“The biggest thing was my grandma couldn’t be there. My mom was never given the opportunity to come to the bridal store and have the day and tears and the crying and all the rest of that and she said to me ‘Look, the one thing is your grandma can’t be there so could you do a wedding video?’ I went ‘Absolutely not under no circumstances. I am not doing that. Are you joking?’ She’s like ‘it’s the one thing I’m asking you for. Do you think you could?’ We actually got the girl who films “In The Dressing Room [Deeley’s Yahoo series] and I flew her there because I knew that she’d be uber cool and it wouldn’t be in your face."
Deeley said she’s now grateful for that video, even when she’s just hanging out at home with her new hubby: “Sometimes if we’ve had a bottle of wine with dinner, we’ll sit down and we go ‘Should we just put the wedding video on?’ We do and there’s a ten minute version and then there’s a 45 minute super deep version and we’re like ‘should we just put the 45 minute version on?’ (You can read my full interview with Deeley right now.)
COLD JUSTICE From Executive Producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order) and Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz (Top Chef), this real life crime series premieres September 3 on TNT and follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime scene investigator (and inspiration for Marg Helgenberger’s CSI character) Yolanda McClary as they dig into small town unsolved murder cases. Here’s the trailer for the new series, courtesy of TNT: