What’s better than a fun, weekly con drama with beautiful outfits, luxurious sets and a gorgeous cast? One that comes from TV mastermind Shonda Rhimes, of course.
The Catch, starring Peter Krause as reformed conman Benjamin Jones and Mireille Enos as Alice Vaughan, the private investigator who won his heart, returns Thursday night for a second season of cat-and-mouse storylines. There are some changes to the series to look forward to; rather than having a con of the week story coupled with the overall “Romeo and Juliet” drama between Alice and Peter, this is a more of a partnership between the newly united couple.
Here’s everything you need to know heading into the new season.
Get ready for a rom-com
The stakes will be just as high when The Catch returns, what with Ben in jail and whatnot. But this is TV land so it won’t take long for him to get out on a technicality. And when he does, you can bet there will be a massive reunion between him and Alice. That reunion paves the way for a new, lighter show that plays these two off each other and all of their frenemies.
“These cases were not allowing me to spend as much time getting to know the characters as I wanted to, and they were crowding out some of the soap I really wanted to do,” showrunner Allan Heinberg says. “I made a promise this year that we would just get rid of all that stuff in Season 2, and only do cases that actually ended up exploring their lives, their backstories, their relationships, so that there are no wasted moments on the show. We embraced the show as a comedy; the show really is a romantic comedy at its heart.”
Some new faces
Suits fans will recognize the new season’s catalyst, Agent Justine Diaz, as one
Jessica Pearson Gina Torres. Heinberg asked the actress (who recently closed a deal to star in a potential Suits spinoff) to join the show in its second season, as he created the role with her specifically in mind.
“I’m here to start some trouble, to stir the pot.” Torres tells us. “That is basically my function. I’m just so thrilled to be part of this amazing, fun, smart, talented cast. And they’re letting me have their way with them.”
Torres won’t be the only new face this season. T.R. Knight, whom we haven’t seen since his Grey’s Anatomy days (RIP, George O’Malley), is also making a TV comeback this season in a top-secret role.
The honeymoon is over
Now that Ben has “reformed” and given up on his criminal tendencies, what does that mean for the straight-shooting Alice and the couple as a whole? Obviously, there are going to be some tough waters to navigate when the show returns.
“Ben was well described last season as a ‘gentleman bandit,’ who happened to fall in love with his mark, and so change has to occur afterwards,” Krause says. “You find these two certainly dabbling in different areas of how things are done, the legitimate way and the illegitimate way, and those lines start to get blurred from these two.”
“The world that they’re in, the context that they’re in is still very, very complicated,” Enos says. “So, now, it’s like their relationship has evolved, and now, they’ve got to sort out all of the details.”
So like a marriage, right?
“It’s sort of that first year of marriage a little bit, like once you’ve declared yourself and you’re holding hands and saying, ‘We’re going to do this,’ you’re sort of realizing I just made this decision based on my ardor for this person, but I don’t really know who he is,” Heinberg confirms.
Some girl power
One of the things we really loved about the first season of this show was the fact that Alice and her business partner Val (Rose Rollins) had an equal, non-catty partnership and friendship. So we couldn’t help but wonder how that relationship would be affected now that Ben is in the picture.
“Well, I think in the beginning, we’re basically having to bust our asses picking up the pieces because of our involvement with this one,” Rollins tells us. “But then, you also end up getting to see a bit of our back story and how we met and how we built AVI. So, that should be interesting to watch.”
“That’s the whole first half of the second season which is really built around finding out how these two people got together and the part they played in each other’s lives before AVI, which is fun,” adds Heinberg.
As much as we love the scenes between Ben and Alice, or Ben and Margot (Sonya Walger) or Alice and Val, two of our favourite moments from the first season were when worlds collided. Namely, when Alice sat down with Margot, thinking she was a therapist, and then in the finale when she finally met Rhys (John Simm). Turns out Heinberg really loved those moments too and now that the show has established itself a little bit he’s looking forward to all kinds of new character pairings.
“Coming into Season 2, I’ve been very open with everybody about, ‘I really want you to have scenes with people you’ve never had scenes with before,'” he explains. “And there was really surprising chemistry, which I hope will — which I hope you will be delighted by, as I was. And it’s taken us into some places this season that last year, I would never have imagined we went to.”
Well consider us on board.