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News Briefs: Bow Down Before The Bible’s Ratings

March 6, 2013 Leave a comment

DIVINE RATINGS

… History Channel had a big night on Sunday with its dual premieres of The Bible and Vikings, two historical fiction miniseries. The Bible, a 10-parter about a do-gooder from the olden days, drew 13.1 million viewers to make it the biggest cable entertainment broadcast of the year (i.e. the biggest audience for a non-sports broadcast). The book was better, but 13.1 million! That’s like three weeks of everything on NBC! Vikings followed with 6.2 million viewers, good enough to embarrass the major networks and win the 10pm timeslot. [History via press release]

 

NOSE-DIVING RATINGS

… You’re all dying to hear those Red Widow premiere ratings, right? 6.58 million viewers and a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo! See you in the junkyard, Red Widow. Let me know how Zero Hour and 666 Park Avenue are doing. [EW]

 

GEEKY NEWS

… Robert Kirkman, creator of the The Walking Dead comics, has his next project lined up, but he’s doing it kind of backwards. Kirkman has teamed with Fox International Channels, the worldly arm of Fox that airs The Walking Dead overseas, to develop a series based on a script of Kirkman’s that deals with exorcism. The show would follow a man who’s been possessed his whole life and seeks answers to his condition and discovers that it could lead to the end of the world. The project would need a domestic distributor before it goes anywhere, so it’s gonna be a while before this ball gets rolling. [EW]

… Charles Dance plays Tywin Lannister on the HBO series Game of Thrones and people are making a big deal over him saying that he was going to shoot Season 4 later this year because HBO hasn’t yet announced that Season 4 will happen even though we all know it will so please let’s stop making a big deal out of this because Game of Thrones will go to Season 1,000. [Den of Geek]

 

CASTING NEWS

… Supermodel and former Seal-lover Heidi Klum will be the newest judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, bringing the total number of judges on the “talent” show to four for the first time. Klum, who has plenty of reality-show experience after Project Runway, joins new judge Mel B. (yes, the Spice Girl), and returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern. [NBC via press release]

… Chloe Sevigny,  has signed on to play for former wife of Chris Messina’s Danny in Fox’s comedy The Mindy Project for at least three episodes. Look for her in April. [TV Line]

… Samaire Armstrong  will star in ABC’s pilot The Returned, about a town that finds its population increasing when the dead come back to life. Don’t call them zombies, though; these guys just come back from the dead and behave like their old selves. She’ll play a woman who goes a little nuts when her dead dad shows up on her doorstep. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Scott Bakula will guest-star on Two and a Half Men as a used-car salesman who gets tied up in Jake’s love life.  Look for him on the CBS comedy in April. [TV Line]

Babe‘s James Cromwell is on-board for ABC’s soapy thriller Betrayal, about a woman who has an affair with a lawyer who ends up defending a murder suspect that the woman’s lawyer husband is prosecuting and oh man this already sounds like a messy good time. Cromwell will play the head honcho of a wealthy and powerful Chicago family. You last saw Cromwell as a crazy doctor on American Horror Story: Asylum  [THR]

Lost‘s Naveen Andrews (Sayid!) has joined the ABC pilot Reckless. The thriller stars that kid from Almost Famous as a man caught up in political intrigue when his wife is imprisoned overseas. Andrews will play a renegade who’s willing to get his wife back for a price. [TV Line]

… Indie darling Lily Taylor has joined J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams’ Fox pilot about robot cops in the future! Taylor will play a human police captain. [Deadline Hollywood]

Chuck‘s Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) has joined the TBS comedy pilot Do It Yourself. The pilot is a workplace comedy set in a home-improvement store, and McPartlin will play an overenthusiastic employee who works in the paint department. [TV Line]

… INSTANT CRED: Fox’s drama pilot Gang Related has booked The RZA, the beat genius behind The Wu-Tang Clan. The series follows a gang member who infiltrates the San Francisco anti-gang unit. The RZA will play a cop. [THR]

‘Bones,’ ‘NCIS’, ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Following,’ ‘Smash': Find out what’s next in the Spoiler Room

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

 

‘BONES’: SWEETS ON THE MOVE

I get asked about Sweets and Daisy almost as much as Booth and Brennan. (Almost.) So you’ll be happy to learn that we’ll see Daisy once again very soon. How? Nathan explains: “We are revisiting Sweets and Daisy. We have once where they kind of saw each other again and realized it was over. But we do have an episode coming up where Sweets’ living arrangement will change yet again. and Daisy is in that episode. But I don’t really want to say what happens.”

Subtext: Yes, Sweets’ stay with Booth and Brennan is coming to an end in a few episodes. (Awww! I liked the roomies!) But it could mean good news for Sweets and Daisy.

Fair trade? Thoughts?

‘NCIS’: PALMER AND DUCKY  SCOOP

Think you’ve seen all NCIS has to offer? Think again. In an upcoming episode, the show will blow the lid off the mysteries of…the NCIS van? Yup.

Usually, when the gang leaves a crime scene, the body magically ends up back at autopsy, but in an episode slated to air later this season, we’ll see the process of getting a body back to the lab is anything but simple for Palmer and Ducky. “I asked [writer] Steve Binder to think of an episode about what happens when they leave the crime scene with the body and all the little details of what happens in their van,” executive producer Gary Glasberg says of the episode. “He came up with a really funny script that I’m very excited about. It’s the two of them on the road, on a crime scene, going back to NCIS….Fans are going to get all sorts of little quirks that they’ve never seen before.”

In related Palmer news, I asked Glasberg if we’ll be seeing his new wife any time soon and he confirms that they’re hoping to work that in “soon.”

Additionally, if you haven’t checked out my exclusive photos of Abby as a youngin, make sure you do so. Bonus scoop: I’m told there’s a really sweet scene between her and Gibbs at the end of the episode that’s not to be missed!

‘ARROW BOSS TEASES DEATHSTROKE’S RETURN
Arrow continues to surprise me, y’all. I’ve been a fan since the pilot, but I never could have foreseen how fast they’d jump into some of the heavier Green Arrow mythology. Color me pleased!

Also pleasing? The impending return of the Huntress and Deathstroke, who we saw donning a mask earlier this season. I got even more excited about the latter when speaking to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, who teased what we can expect when Manu Bennett (Spartacus) makes his first appearance in episode 13.

“One of the things we like to do on the show is use the comic book expectations to surprise people. So I will say that when Oliver meets Manu’s character, it’s a seismic change in the level of trust that Oliver does or does not feel on the island,” he teases. “And the connection with Deathstroke is probably not what people are expecting.”

Not enough to entice you? Guggenheim confirms that the Huntress and Dig will definitely not be the only ones to learn Oliver’s secret this season. “We’re wasting no time,” he says.

SIDE DISHES

So what did I think of the Following, Sandra? LOVED IT! Need more NOW! But scoop will also do… — Kristy
I wouldn’t get too attached to any of our investigative team, as one of them isn’t long for this world. Additionally, if you thought last night’s episode was gore-tastic, wait till you see what the person in the Poe mask does next week…

Smash scoop would be smashing. See what I did there? — Jenna
We all know that Ellis will not be appearing on this season of Smash, but I promise you, his name will come up in episode 3. And by the end of the episode, you’ll probably be screaming his name/tweeting in anger. Shall we decide on an angry hashtag to use now?

Hi Sandra! My first time writing to you! Can I please have some Banshee scoop, especially on Carrie/Lucas scoop, they are so hot together! Thank you. — Olivia
YES! Banshee is awesome. And I promise you that things only heat up from here on. Episode 9 is going to be especially good — but not for good reasons. In the episode, Carrie is going to be anything but pleased with Lucas after someone she loves ends up smack in the middle of his feud with Rabbit.

I’m so excited about Piper Perabo on Go On. Anything for this fellow Covert Affairs fan, Sandra? — Amber
Despite major sparks between Matthew Perry’s Ryan and Perabo’s Simone, their connection will hit a major snag in the Jan. 29 episode. Let’s just say he commits what some might consider the sin of sins: After being invited to a hotel for a rendezvous, Ryan abandons her naked in the shower. But what causes him to cut and run? Ghosts…I’m serious.

Justified theory: Is Ellen May going to die soon? I just feel like her days are definitely numbered. — Nikki
You’ll find out in episode four exactly what Boyd and Ava’s plans are for her. But be warned: It won’t go as planned.

Any more details on Aidan’s love interest Kat on Being Human? He was so cagey in his interview! — Sasha
That’s because Kat — who is a human — is anything but a simple love interest. I’ll just say that things are more complicated than you can imagine. “We do some very interesting things this year — things that when I read in the script I said, ‘We’re going to do this!?’ We did things this season that I never thought we were going to do,” Sam Witwer told me.

Anything on Jimmy and Sabrina’s wedding on Raising Hope? — Melissa
The Jan. 29 affair will be one to remember. Let’s just say on a scale of William and Kate to April and Andy, it ranks about Jim and Pam on the class level. Totally respectable. But one thing none of those weddings had that Jimmy and Sabrina’s will: a surprise wedding crasher! And when I say it’s a surprise, trust me, you won’t see it coming.

We could sense a little sexual tension between Juliette and Liam since the last episode of Nashville, anything you can tease about that? — Anjelia
I’ll tell you this much, it’s not going to be Liam and Juliette that the paparazzi are interested in later this season. But on the Juliette front, someone new will be coming into her life soon — her mom’s sober companion, who is going to cause the singer to open up in ways we’ve never seen. Hint: It involves a heartbreaking story about her childhood and a dark confession.

Hi Sandra. Do you watch The Mindy Project? If so, I’m wondering what’s going to happen between Danny and Eye Patch Girl (Allison Williams’ character). I like them together, but I’m also not shy about wanting Danny and Mindy to happen eventually, too. Scoop? Thoughts? — Leigh
I’ll tell you this much, Chris Messina, who plays Danny, is as torn as you are on the whole Danny/Mindy issue. Are they a Sam and Diane? Or are they meant to be best friends? Long term, he says, he’s in the dark, but adds, “it’s kind of fun not to know.” “[I] think they’ll always get annoyed with each other and get snippy with each other [but] I think there is love and respect there,” he says. “This is high comparisons but we strive for Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn or something like Moonlighting. It’s fun to have that back and forth, but it’s also fun to sort of come to her defense or her some to my defense, as you’ll see if you keep watching the show. I’m curious where it goes.” His answer was short on scoop, I know. So here’s a bit for you: Someone wants Danny’s sperm — to make babies, in case that wasn’t clear. And the shocker? He agrees.

I’m a big CBS comedy girl. So anything on HIMYM, BBT or 2 Broke? — Nikki
Max and Caroline have faced many foes on their path to success but here’s one they probably could have never seen coming: a puppeteer. In an upcoming episode, the two will encounter a man with a sick obsession with marionettes who plans to sue the girls for damages after injuries are sustained. Did I mention the injuried party is a puppet?

Hey, Sandra. I never got my Archer scoop! C’mon! Any little bit will do. — MadatYou
Episode 4 of this season broke my list of top 10 episodes of all time, and you might feel the same way. In this episode, Archer and his stepfather Ron have to outrun some gangsters after Ron rescues Archer from Canada. More importantly, I ask: What makes Archer so angry that he makes Woodhouse eat a bowl of spiders? Sincerely, We’reSquare.

 

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‘White Collar,’ ‘Arrow,’ ‘Revenge,’ ‘Justified,’ ‘NCIS': Find out what’s next in the Spoiler Room

January 9, 2013 Leave a comment
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Hey, gang! How’ve you been?

Personally, 2013 is off to an insanely fun start. Just yesterday, for example, I spent the day on the NYC set of CBS’s upcoming procedural drama, Golden Boy. (Hence the column’s one day delay!) The show stars Theo James (a name/face Downton Abbey fans probably know) and debuts in February. I’ll have plenty from that visit soon.

I hope your New Year has been equally thrilling, but if not, spice up your life by submitting your spoiler Qs! (As usual, spoilerroom@ew.com is the best way!)

‘WHITE COLLAR’: SCOOP ON SARA’S ‘BIG ROLE’ FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON

I want to know if we’re going to see more Sara now? I was a little disappointed by the beginning of this season, because I was expecting to see much more [of] her character, due to the actress, Hilarie Burton, [being] made regular. And if you can give me some spoilers about this, I really hope to Neal and Sara back together!! Thank you so much; I look forward to January 22nd!!!!! — Clemence.

First, I got so many wonderful questions for my chat with executive producer Jeff Eastin and a little closer to the premiere, I’m going to highlight several more for a post. Thanks to everyone who sent them in! But until then, I’ll delve a little deeper into this question. In short: YES! More Sara is on the way, and, in fact, I can tell you she’ll be around for much more than just assisting on capers. “The last couple of shows before the finale, Sara plays a very big role,” says Eastin. “I have to say what happens to them [in the finale] is pretty spectacular.” (Hint: The Empire State Building is involved.)

Additionally, Eastin shares that Sara will have a pretty significant development in her professional life: She gets a job offer! The problem? It’s in another country! And while she and Neal have enjoyed their friends-with-benefits arrangement thus far, “when this job offer comes up in the U.K., it certainly puts a lot of pressure on them.” “They realize this [could be] the end,” he says. “Suddenly, because of that pressure, Neal certainly feels pressure to make a decision: Is he content to let her disappear for his life.”

Are you all thinking what I’m thinking?! Again, I say, more scoop soon!

‘REVENGE’: WHO’S THE NEXT TO DIE? PLUS, IS THERE HOPE FOR EMILY AND JACK?
The threat of death on Revenge is no joke. People die and come close to death all the time on this delicious soap, but who’s the next to go? Well, with the plotline at the Stowaway heating up, there have been more than a few names flying around. (Declan?) So I turned to Nick Wechsler, whose character we last saw getting hauled away by the po-po, for a little insight into which character might be the next to go.

“I don’t know who it is, but I’ve heard some whisperings about who it is,” he tells me. But the one safe bet? Adorable baby Carl is as safe as can be (naturally). “But I think basically everyone else is fair game,” he says.

Meanwhile, as Jack and Amanda continue their road to the altar, Wechsler admits that he sees Emily eventually crossing romantic paths with Jack again, saying, “I think that’s what she and I are supposed to have…a [relationship] where circumstances are such where we can’t be together now. But I think we’re meant to always root for them. I think the fates may conspire to give them opportunity again.” Soon? Probably not. “That’s my guess,” he says, “but who the hell knows? It could always go some other way. She could always find a fourth guy.”

SETH GABEL ON ‘ARROW’ AND CHANCES OF A ‘FRINGE’ RETURN
Of all the exciting things coming up on Arrow, nothing makes me more pumped than the upcoming guest spot from Fringe alum Seth Gabel, who will play an adapted version of supervillain Count Vertigo.

In the episode, airing later this month, Gabel plays a street thug who is spreading a drug called Vertigo all over the streets of Starling City. Naturally, Oliver (Stephen Amell) won’t let him get away with that for long. “[The character] really wants to be one of the most powerful people in Starling City, so to have the opportunity to take on the Arrow and prove himself to himself and the rest of the city is everything he wanted and more,” Gabel says.

But as Gabel prepares for his debut in the Arrow-verse, some are wondering if the actor, who also stars in Allegiance (out on DVD Jan. 15), will make one final visit to the land of Fringe before the show finishes its run Jan. 18. So I had to ask: Is a return in the cards? “I’m not able to say anything either way about it,” he says. “I’m sworn to secrecy on either front.”

SIDE DISHES

I love me some HIMYM scoop. And I love you for all the Barney/Robin awesomeness in your last chat with Craig Thomas. Any more hints about what awaits the betrothed couple? (I hope they find a way to keep Barney true to his Barney-ness…) — Angie
Well, now that you know about all the guest stars slated for the return of Robin Sparkles, I can tell you that it’s going to be more than just our normal romp with Lady Sparkles. “It’s a whole new way of seeing a new part of Robin Sparkles history that also has an effect on the present day dynamics between Robin and Barney,” teases executive producer Craig Thomas. “But it’s going to be really fun.” Additionally, if Thomas has it his way, you won’t notice any major changes to group’s dynamic as a result of the engagement. “Ultimately, it’s my hope that it will feel like these characters that we know and love are entering into this new chapter and they will be willing — as audience members — to go on that journey with them,” he says. “[The engagement] has been such a long time coming. I want to see them be engaged and I want to see them head toward this wedding and I hope the audience does, too. I feel like if you care about these characters, you’re willing to go new places with them.”

SO excited for the return of Justified. Any intel on this new rival for Boyd I’ve been hearing about? — D & B
Boyd will definitely have a bone to pick with the snake-charming preacher, who has put a new substance on the market that is threatening Boyd’s business. On a lighter note, Patton Oswalt is brilliant as a bumbling constable who finds himself working with Raylan quite a bit in the first episode and you’ll see one thing we’ve never seen on the show before: a furry. (Note: I laughed out loud.)

Is Elementary going to introduce Moriarty this week? You can tell me. We’ll keep it just between us. — Lauren
I’ll say this, his presence will be felt. Additionally, after Sherlock walks down a decidedly dark path in pursuit of his foe, Watson will tell a lie that will greatly affect them both.

Scandal comes back this week! PLEASE tell me if Fitz is going to make an appearance. I miss him!! — Laura
You’re not the only one hoping Fitz opens his peepers. In fact, a few characters could be facing jail time if he doesn’t. You’ll learn why in this week’s episode…

Fringe!!! PLEASE SANDRA! — Tori
With only a few episodes left, I’m going to tread lightly and say that “The Boy Must Live” (airing Jan. 11) is entirely packed with info on The Plan, features a touching Walter-September moment where they chat about the white tulip (sobs forever), and ends with a great scream-at-your-TV moment that will ensure your attendance to the series finale.

I need some Girls scoop, ASAP! — Ryan
How about a puzzle platter?
+ [A] wakes up next to [B] in one episode, but has a shocking hookup up with [C] that you won’t see coming.
+ Even though [spoiler] has a new girl/boyfriend, [spoiler] might still have feelings for him/her, which leads to a big blowup in episode 4.
+ In episode 2, there are two breakups. Guess the couples.
+ Fill in the blank! In the season premiere, it takes ___ minutes for Hanna to show her assets.

It’s been a while since we had some NCIS scoop. Please help! — Denise
You’ll want to watch tonight’s episode for a development that will change a lot for at least two members of the team.

I loved NCIS’s Christmas episode, but I want to know if anyone from the team going to see Tony’s apartment? — Kim
Sooner than you think. But you should be asking exactly why she ends up there.

Sandra, I read on Twitter that you’re liking Chicago Fire. So am I!! Would appreciate any scoop on the show. Thanks! — Michelle
Episode 15 is going to find one member of the crew out for revenge after a family member is shot.

Anything on Smash? — Renee
You mean a cover isn’t enough!?! Greedy. That said, I’m an enabler so…with Bombshell in major trouble, some of the cast and creative team have time to explore side projects. (For Karen, that’s talent scouting.) However, for one person, the search for other work isn’t exactly voluntary…

I’m confused as to why Happy Ending was moved to Sunday night. While I recognize most folks don’t watch TV on the day it airs, Happy Endings certainly doesn’t feel like a Sunday night show. It’s more of a Tuesday/Wednesday show. Any reason for the move? Thanks. — Lauren
I wouldn’t call it a “move” so much as an expansion. Happy Endings will continue to air new episodes in its normal Tuesday timeslot and in addition to those you also get new episodes on Sundays “for the next few weeks,” I’m told. You can pick any reason you’d like out of the Bag of Excuses, but I’m just going to sit back and enjoy it.

AHS’s season is winding down and I can honestly say I have no idea where it’s going to end up. Any hints appreciated. — Dave
Funny you form your question that way because to many, this week’s episode will feel like a finale, with a death and one (seemingly) happy ending. But, as you might expect, a lot gets thrown back into the air in the final minutes…

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‘Castle,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Arrow': Find out what’s next in the Spoiler Room

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment
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It is trying times for some here on the east coast, but as many have said much more eloquently this week, we soldier on.

Here’s some scoop. I hope it makes you smile no matter where you live.

CASTLE CHRISTMAS EP SCOOP
Castle is doing its first Christmas episode! And while I was chatting with executive producer Andrew Marlowe about Castle’s slate of November episodes, I made sure to ask him about this hotly anticipated hour, which will be the show’s last new episode of 2012 (aka: midseason finale).

Per the boss, the “charming and heartfelt” episode will chronicle Castle and Beckett’s first Christmas as a couple. “We’ll see the pressures of that and what each of their personal traditions are and how those might clash — and complement each other,” says Marlowe. Meanwhile, fans to see Christmas through the eyes of lots of our precinct faves. “[We’ll see] what Esposito is doing for Christmas, what Lainey is doing for Christmas — and what they may or may not be doing together, and Ryan is having a little Christmas crisis of his own,” he says.

There’s also a Santa falling from the sky (Marlowe jokes that we should not to watch with Santa-loving children “unless you want to have to explain some stuff”) and a gift exchange to remember. Oh, and those of you claiming it’s time for the Ryan family to expand? “We certainly plant some seeds about that in the Christmas episode,” he teases.

CRIMINAL MINDS: MORE ON REID’S MYSTERY WOMAN!
You learned earlier today that Michelle Trachtenberg is going to go crazy on Criminal Minds! (You’re welcome.) But what I’m sure especially caught your eye was the tidbit where I told you that the episode would delve deep into Reid’s mystery woman. An additional nugget? It’s one of TWO upcoming episodes that will introduce us to this yet-unseen woman a bit more. (The identity of the actress is still a technical secret, but I can tell you that I have seen correct guesses.)

Executive producer Erica Messer tells me that episode 10 and 12 — the latter has Trachtenberg — will both inform audiences about who this woman is and show us a bit more of her unique relationship with Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). (Also, she will be unmasked!) “Episodes 10 and 12 are the really big ones for [audiences] to see this character who we all know and love actually feel emotion for another person in a way that is not typical of him,” she says. “I think what we’ve all promised you guys is that it’s not going to be a typical love story or anything we’ve seen on this show. And I think Matthew would argue that you haven’t seen a story like this at all.”

In both episodes, she adds, the show will follow up in the information audiences learned in episode 4 — that the mysterious character is “running from someone and something.” And naturally, Messer teases, “her journey collides with the team.”

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM: LET’S PLAY A GAME…

Guys, I just can’t with AHS. I mean, I can. I do. I watch. I love. But last week almost made me sick.

Luckily, there’s a little less gross-out in the next two episodes and a lot of developments. (Mind you, there are still some gross-out moments.) For a taste of what’s to come: Who’s up for a game?

+ This week, [character] will [spoiler] with [character] in the kitchen.
+ Did we know that [character] knows about [character]’s evil deeds? I don’t think we did…
+ [Character] is going to try to [spoiler] [character]!! [Her or she] might succeed…
+ Two patients will be outside Briarcliff’s walls sooner than we think. But there’s a twist…
+ As EW told you first, this week, you’ll be introduced to a character named Anne Frank (Franka Potente). (Don’t scoff, watch.) Along with making crazy accusations about [character], she’ll have [character] questioning [his or her] sanity.

SIDE DISHES

I think I’m getting spoiled. Any time I don’t see Sons of Anarchy here, it feels like a big mistake! Where’s the scoop? — Linden
It’s inside these two counter-questions: Why is Gemma breaking into a mausoleum in next week’s episode? And whose name are you going to be screaming at the TV by the end of the hour?

THANK you for the Huntress pic. It made me all the more eager to see Laurel turn into the Black Canary. Any update on that? — Patrick
For the time being, we’ll continue seeing “glimpses” of Laurel’s badass side, according to EP Andrew Kreisberg. Those teases, he says, are the fun of the audience knowing her ultimate destiny. “There will be more stuff coming up where you see glimpses of her as the hero and — especially as her relationship with the arrow deepens — her seeing the benefits of working outside the law,” he says. More immediately, look for Laurel to have a night out on the town — and she’s not exactly happy about it! “There is a fun double-date with Oliver, the Huntress, Laurel and Tommy,” says Kreisberg. “For the Birds of Prey fans out there — you do get to see a Laurel and Helena not entirely enjoy having dinner with each other.”

Thanks for staying on top of Arrow, Sandra! Now you need to tell me: Deadshot isn’t dead, right? — Lillian
Per Kreisberg: “I didn’t see him put in a bodybag. So…”

It’s been WAY too long without some How I Met Your Mother scoop. Please help, Sandra! I’ve had a bad week on the east coast. — Ann
I will say this as an east coast HIMYM fan, at least we didn’t miss out on any new episodes last week. Whew! But here’s something for you to chew on: Something’s going to happen in December that will have many of us reacting like this. That’s a Borrower-sized hint, I know. But there’s more soon; I promise. Meanwhile, any guesses?

Any news on the Leverage renewal? And thanks for all the great spoilers each week. All my best — TVDIVA
No word yet. (Hurry up, TNT!) But I can tell you that the first episode back from break (airing Nov. 27) is a doozy about the team taking on an evil box store in its usual stick-it-to-the-man type of way. This particular case, however, hits very close to home for Eliot (Christian Kane), who is so moved by the events that occur that he’ll reach out to someone from his past with possibly devastating results.

I personally have no issue with Sweets on Bones. I don’t get the big fuss. That said, I’ve love some Booth AND/OR Bones scoop. — Kelly
The Nov. 12 episode has three of my favorite things: Good writing, *crying Bones, and Booth in dress blues. (*I don’t necessarily enjoy seeing Bones cry, but c’mon, Emily Deschanel is a master of tears!) Strange bonus scoop: Bones does a lot of ass slapping.

I heard some Rizzoli & Isles screeners went out! (I follow too many of you people on Twitter.) Can I get some scoop? — Emily
The return of R&I is well worth the wait as the pair take on a very interesting case involving a man who was poisoned — and died in front of Mrs. Rizzoli! Meanwhile, one of the girls has a shower scene — with a twist — and we get to meet Vince’s ex-wife.

Parks and Recreation! — Sara
EMERGENCY IN PAWNEE!! Don’t worry, it’s just a drill. But you can bet that when someone from Indiana’s Department of Emergency Preparedness comes to Pawnee in an upcoming episode, Leslie takes it VERY seriously.. Meanwhile, if you could think of ONE person who would be the LEAST qualified person to fill in for Joan on her show, who would that be? If you said Ron, you win bacon and an amazing episode.

I’m LOVING Last Resort. Any scoop on what the SEALs are up to? — K.H.
I’ll tell you what one is up to…visiting EW! Andre Braugher, who plays Capt. Marcus Chaplin, will be stopping by on tomorrow to answer your spoiler questions for an upcoming Spoiler Room video. Send all your burning scoop qs to spoilerroom@ew.com Subject line: Andre F—ing Braugher! Just kidding about that last part. Or not?

Hey, Sandra! The Middle is hilarious this year. Can you give a little love to the Heck fans? — Sue (it’s a coincidence…)
In an upcoming episode, Axl and you Sue will find themselves spending more time together than ever before after not only do they end up in the same class but having to do a project together! Meanwhile, another Heck is heading to therapy.

Not gonna lie, as a Deeks/Kensi fan, that Eric/Nell spoiler left me disappointed, like bitterly disappointed.  Anything Densi to ease the pain? – Amy
Nov. 20 will! In this episode Deeks will go undercover as a surfer and exec producer Shane Brennan promises an hour filled with great moments. “We gave some fun moments with [Eric Christian Olsen] out on the water, and later in the episode, we see Kensi out there as well,” he says. “There are some very funny moments in it, and there’s a great bar room brawl. For people who love Kensi and Deeks, they’re going to love the episode.”

Sandra! It was so great seeing Hawaii Five-0 get some love last week. Can you ask someone if we’ll ever see Scott’s dad (James Caan) on the show again? — Rebecca
Great minds, Rebecca! I brought this up while chatting with Scott Caan about next week’s Danny-heavy episode, but sadly, he doesn’t see it happening. “I really wanted to, but scheduling and trying to make a deal got complicated,” he says. But speaking of family…

More Hawaii 5-0, please! — Jen
Danny has some family stopping by! The show is currently looking for a Jersey Shore-type lad to cast as Danny’s nephew, who comes to visit his dear ol’ uncle from the east coast after getting into various forms of trouble. If there’s one guy who can straighten this kid out, I’m thinking it’s Danno.

Parenthood needs to come back now, please. And if the world insists on making me wait, you can help with some scoop! — Rachel
You know who’s still got a way with the males? Kristina! While out for an evening with Adam, Mrs. Braverman finds herself attracting the eye of a good-looking gentleman while separated from her hubby! Not to worry, though — this isn’t another wandering eye storyline. Considering Kristina’s current cancer battle, expect this encounter to pack a different punch.

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‘Arrow,’ ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Person of Interest,’ ‘The Walking Dead': Find out what’s next in the Spoiler Room

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment
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There are two positives about Mondays: 1) I know an entire week of good TV programming awaits me. And 2) I know it’s the day I answer your questions! Yes, it’s actually fun.

So keep ‘em coming: spoilerroom@ew.com

‘ARROW’ DISH!
The Arrow cast was out in full force during New York Comic-Con this weekend.  And I was lucky enough to snag a few minutes backstage with Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy so they could answer a few questions for fans who made the premiere a record-breaker.

Will we see some Laurel/Oliver flashbacks any time soon? — Joy
“You’ll definitely get to see more of the history between Laurel and Oliver, and where they come from,” assures Cassidy, who adds that she loves playing a character with “a huge heart.” Which is also something that likely endears her to Oliver. “Laurel lost her sister because her boyfriend had an affair and invited her [on the boat]. It’s basically his fault. And I think if any man did this to me and my sisters, I would never forgive that person,” she says. “I feel like she has a lot of soul, and she’s clearly very strong because she tries to see the best in everyone. I think that says a lot about her.”

Sandra, can we please get Revenge/Arrow crossover? I think Emily and Oliver would make amazing partners! — Leslie
…And have amazingly beautiful justice-seeking babies! Ehem. No spoiler here because this is a crazy bananas idea. But, for the record, Amell is on board: “Let’s cross pollinate. Let’s do it. I don’t understand why we wouldn’t. Maybe ABC and CW would have issues, but that’s not for me to discuss. But in a perfect world, we would just do it.”

Sandra, please tell me we’re going to see that ladder thing on Arrow again. Please. Please. – Kristine
As I reported in post-premiere scoop, no salmon ladder again any time soon. (Sniff.) But if it’s action you like, I hear there’s some very impressive machete stunts in this week’s episode (not to mention, a Kardashian joke). And in the seventh episode, there’s a fight scene that Amell is “very proud of” against a character that “D.C. comics fans will recognize.” “It’s another fight in my plain clothes and when I’m in my plain clothes, it has to be only me because I don’t have a hood on; you can’t hide my face,” he said. “It got a really nice reception from the crew after we shot it.”

‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’: FIVE JUICY TEASES
Can’t wait for American Horror Story? Good; you should be very excited. Oh, and terrified. As the first five minutes hinted this season is even sexier, scarier and more sinister than season 1. That said, because there’s so much brand new about this season, it’s hard to tease without giving a great deal away. So I took 5 FAQ from my inbox:

Do we see Bloodyface right away? Is he disgusting?
Define “right away.” And yes.

What the f— happens to Adam Levine after this?
I’m not ready to talk about it yet. Blame the PTSD. But you probably heard a rip, right?

When do we find out the story about the body parts?
Season premiere.

How is Lizzie Brochere?
We only see her briefly in episode 1. But she’s important over all. Her loyalties will be tested at Briarcliff.

Were they serious about the aliens?
It is a word heard in the season premiere, yes. But that’s all I’ll say.

‘PERSON OF INTEREST’ SCOOP FROM NYCC
Also at New York Comic Con this weekend? The gang from Person of Interest. And after the fun, the cast and creator Jonathan Nolan sat down with reporters to give a few tastes of things to come. (Thanks to everyone who answered my Saturday morning call for questions!)

On Root’s return:
Root (Amy Acker) said she’d be back and her promise will reign true, says Nolan, “it’s just a question of when and how.” As for whether that will happen before midseason, Nolan said coyly, “no comment.” Also, in case you missed it, Mark Pellegrino is going to guest!

Not-so-happy family?
While the core four will remain on the same side, Nolan hinted at a few fractures to come. “We have four characters who like each other, understand each other — still have lots of secrets there — but they’re allies… you gotta throw a winkle in there eventually,” teases Nolan. “Expect things to take a turn for the worst.”

Fusco vs. Carter?
“Carter is a natural detective. She’s never going to be satisfied with being kept at arm’s length,” says Nolan of Carter’s instincts to seek out the truth when it comes to her dealings with Finch and Reese. And in the third episode, Nolan teased that viewers will see her approach directly conflict with Fusco’s method of operation. “They have a somewhat different philosophy about just how far they should push that issue,” he says.

SIDE DISHES

My jaw is on the floor after [Sunday's] Homeland. I can’t even form a proper question at this point, so can you help me out and think of something clever to tell me. — Natalie
Well, way to be totally lazy, Nat. I’ll brush this off as shock (but you better bring your A-game next time!). And I can’t blame you for being in a little stunned. That said, if you think this week was good, prepare yourself for more. I feel like every episode is leaving us on a HOW COULD THEY POSSIBLY CONTINUE FROM THERE?! moments. As for next week? Let’s just say Carrie and Brody finally have some scenes together, and one involves a hotel room. Bonus tease: two people will share their first kiss.

 

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HOLY S**T, Walking Dead! — James
Let me just say, I’m extremely when people send questions (or, in James’s case, expletive-ridden reactions) on the same night episodes air. That’s dedication! Thus, I must reward: I wouldn’t get attached to all the prisoners we met in the season premiere. But the ones who do live to see another day might surprise you. Bonus: MAJOR Lori and Rick moment in next week’s episode. In fact, it’s kind of brutal.

Hey Sandra. I’m a big Stokes fan. Can I get some Nick-centric CSI scoop? — Dani
Nick Stokes is going to get his by a major case of puppy love — literally. In the in Oct. 31 episode, Nick will find himself bonding with a dog from the K-9 unit while investigating the death of the pooch’s human companion. By the end of the episode (and after heaps of adorable moments), he might find himself in a committed relationship.

Sandra!! The first episode of The Vampire Diaries had me bawling. Damon scoop would make me feel a LOT better. — Amanda
If episode 1 had you all weepy, just wait until the end of the second, when Damon has an unforgettable moment with someone of great importance to him. It will make you cry, laugh, and have a whole lot of hope for more moments like this to come. (This will all make more sense Thursday. I promise.)

Sandra,  Any scoop on the Winchester boys or their trench coat-wearing Angel pal? — Emily
The Winchesters definitely experienced a set back when it came to tracking down the word of God, which, as you know, is going to help them padlock the gates of hell for-ev-er. Luckily, we know that they will have another pair of hands in the fight when Cas re-enters the human realm. (Yes, when.) But as Misha Collins teases, Cas’s involvement could put him in major danger. “I think that that’s sort of the pivotal object of the season, that’s what everyone is after from every realm,” he says. “Cas is definitely involved in that process and caught in the crossfire.”

Sons! PLEASE! — Lisa
Thought we’d seen the last of death on Sons? If so, you’re a fool! No less than three people are killed in Tuesdays episode. Two are significant (but nowhere near Opie-level important). Also, did someone say Joel McHale!? Yes, I did. Because he’s in this episode and you won’t believe who he’s hitting on…

Any news on my fave comedies? Modern Family, Parks and Rec, or The Office? –
On this week’s Modern Family, two members of the family will reveal issues with bullying. The twist? One of them is living with their tormentor. (Teens can be so cruel.).

Any HIMYM scoop? It’s been a while! — Sally H.
When Joe Manganiello returns to the show, prepare to see Brad rocking a look you haven’t seen from him before. (And I’m not just talking about his facial hair, which is new for the previously clean-shaven character.)

Gossip Girl’s final season just became SO much more awesome because of Katie Cassidy. But you skimped on the details, Sandra. Let’s get some more info! — Sarah
I pressed the lovely Cassidy for details after our Arrow chat above, but she too was under strict orders to stay mum. But she did share that her role in the final episode is “definitely a little scandalous.” “I think everyone may be surprised,” she says.

Hey, Sandra. You asked about my new favorite show: Mine’s Elementary! I’d love some scoop on Watson and Holmes! — Maggie
An upcoming episode will find Watson worried about Holmes after he fails to keep in contact with her. Her primary concern? Relapse.

I’d love some scoop on Mindy Project. Is this show growing on anyone else? — Michelle
Mindy’s new guy Josh has a big secret. And when it is revealed, Mindy’s going to have a very public confrontation with his secret [SPOILER].

 

 

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‘Glee,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘90210,’ ‘Bones,’ ‘NCIS': Find out what’s next in the Spoiler Room

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

We’re only one week into season/series premieres and I want to share some embarrassing figures:

4: Number of times I cried during Parenthood‘s premiere.
3: Number of dinners eaten straight out of a container/box because I was too lazy/tired to cook.
1: Times I teared up during Glee (Lea Michele’s phone call KILLED me.)
4: Times I shouted at the TV during Sons of Anarchy‘s premiere.
~22: Number of times I laughed out loud during the New Normal. (I’m guessing it was once per minute)

My point? The fall TV season is already starting off AMAZING, and it’s only going to go up from here. Can’t wait? Not to worry; I have some nice scoop to hold you over until then. Enjoy!

(And don’t forget to keep in touch! E -mail questions to spoilerroom@ew.com or on Twitter @EWSandraG. Also, if you’re so inclined, share some numbers of your own below. Purely for my entertainment, of course.)

‘GLEE’: FIVE MINI-SCOOPS

From what I can tell, Glee fans seem a little split on the new season. (Also, the Grand Canyon is a kinda big and cookies are sorta delicious.) So, in an effort to please as many people as possible, I’ve included a little scoop for everyone below. Enjoy (and play nice, please)!

+ WHERE’S MS. PILLSBURY!? Around. And we’ll see her quite soon, Matthew Morrison promises. In fact, he says, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Will and Emma’s home life than you might think based on the first episode. “We have never seen them actually living together, and now they’re living together this season, cohabitating under one roof,” he says. “It should be interesting. It’s not as easy as I think he thought it was going to be!”

+ SKIN ALERT: Chord Overstreet claims he has a shirtless scene in episode 3. You’re welcome.

+ MORE BIEBER ON THE WAY? It’s no secret that I fell deeply in love with Overstreet’s version of “Baby.” And he says there’s a good chance there’s more Bieber in the works! “I’m a big fan of ‘As Long As You Love Me’ right now. [I] may be doing a couple of mash-ups of some different stuff — and maybe some acoustic stuff,” he says.

+ WHEN THE TWO PUCKERMANS MEET…expect fireworks. “It’s definitely kind of shocking for them both initially,” says Jacob Artist, who says we’ll soon see Puck come face-to-face with his half-brother. “Puck has never met [my character], and I’ve never met Puck. Obviously, the confrontation — there’s a lot of tension going on…it’s definitely a touchy moment for the both of them. [The outcome] definitely affects them.”

+ LOVE TRIANGLE NO. 100000000 Glee loves love triangles. I love a good one, too. And it sounds like Puck Jr. could be involved in one of the many we’ll see this season. “Jake is definitely going to have some romantic drama going on. He’s interested in the new ladies,” Artist says. “I think [he's looking] for somebody that can balance him out. He can be a little crass — so I think [he wants] somebody that can balance him [out].” Any guesses, gang?

’90210′: 100th EPISODE SCOOP!
90210 will hit a big milestone this year — 100 episodes! That’s no small feat in TV land, and what better way to mark the occasion than with Homecoming Weekend! Showrunners Patti Carr and Lara Olsen recently gushed to me about this super-packed episode when we hopped on the phone ahead of the show’s upcoming premiere on Oct. 8.

“We get to go back and re-live a few memories.” Carr said. “And we also have things getting bigger and more out of hand. We got to the Playboy mansion, we have musical performers, and some very revealing moments for our cast.” Also expect some “fan favorites” to pop up.

But, adds Carr: “It’s not just the clip show where they all remember and come out of it unaffected. They’re all profoundly affected by what happens.”

Another treat? Denise Richards, who, as EW previously reported, will appear as an alum-turned-socialite. “There’s so much happening in the 100th episode, I don’t know how we’re going to fit it all in one episode,” says Olsen. Carr jokes: “Maybe it will be a two-part 100th episode — 99.5/100.”

‘GREY’S ANATOMY’: QUICK HITS FROM KEVIN MCKIDD
True story: I adore Kevin McKidd. Not only is he a hard-working guy — currently, he’s editing the fourth episode of the season, which he directed — but he’s a massively good teaser. Here are some really tasty bits from our chat. (And, yes, this is a totally mean way for me to do this. But, you have to admit, it’s also a little fun — for me):

SG: Is the cheating issue from last season still hanging over Owen and Cristina this season?
KM: I think we’ve kind of blown past that in a way because the cataclysmic events of what happened, especially everything with Cristina. It’s going to come back and affect Owen as well — even though he wasn’t on the plane. In retrospect, it’s going to come back and really affect him in a big way too and in a way that we don’t expect.

SG: We know that not all of the doctors are going to be working at Seattle Grace in the first episode (which is a flashforward). Obviously you can’t say who, but is it safe to assume that Owen and Christina are still in the same place working on these issues together?
KM: That is not safe to assume…[truncated]

SG: Let’s talk about the flashbacks.
KM: I can’t really say too much because that would be giving stuff away. Flashbacks are featured heavily in episode two and may appear in other ones.

SG: Did any of the characters reactions to the crash surprise you? 
KM:…the writers have kind of turned everything on its head and under duress and under stress people do act in a way out of character…

SIDE DISHES
Your scoop on Bones last week was SO good it has me wishing Monday already. Anything else you can share? It’s fine if it is about an upcoming episode! — Amelia
The lovely Tamara Taylor gave us a nice little scooplet at the Fox Fall Eco-Casino Party this week – and it has an out-of-this-world twist! “In episode 5, a body washes up on shore in what appears to be a spacepod,” she teases. “We don’t know why or how.”

I can’t wait to see Booth and Brennan dancing on Bones. What can you tell me about that undercover episode? — Mary
Straight from executive producer Steven Nathan: When a dancing competition stops in town for a few days, the only way for the gang to figure out a murder is to get some people on the inside. “It allows us a lot of fun with them dancing – or trying to dance. One is a better dancer than the other. We won’t say which one,” he says.

NCIS is my favorite TV show.[Here are some] season 10 questions: 1) Any chance we’ll ever get to meet McGee’s dad, as we’ve met the dads for Gibbs, Tony and Ziva? 2) Is there a chance we’ll get to see Tony/McGee do an undercover episode? Would love to see how they would get along. 3) Cote and Pauley have mentioned that they would love to do an episode with Ziva and Abby working together, undercover or not. Any chance we’ll get to see that happen this season? 4) So is there a chance that when DiNozzo Sr. visits, this will push Tony and Ziva even closer together? — Marla
The answer is yes to at least two of these four questions.

Hi Sandra! I really need a scoop on McGee from NCIS! He had way less screen time last season! Thank you in advance! — Daniël
There’s a lot going on in the premiere, but everyone has pretty good screen time considering. In regards to McGee specifically, there’s an unexpected twist in his post-blast outcome. A scary twist.

Hey Sandra. Can you give me any scoop about Caroline Forbes that isn’t “love triangle” related? Thanks! – Amy
Not today. BUT I hear from a little birdy that my colleague Nuzhat Naoreen is headed to The Vampire Diaries set NEXT WEEK. So send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com or directly to her @NuzhatNaoreen.

What about some spoilers about Homeland next week? ;) — ‏@Mus1c_
The second episode ends with the word “truth,” and you’ll never guess who says it — and who hears it.

This week’s Covert Affairs was AWESOME. I can’t take it. PLEASE tell me about next week’s finale! PLEASE PLEASE! – Shanna
Well, first, it’s not a finale, per say. We’re calling it a BIG episode because the show is back in three weeks. But, I assure you, it’s a good one. There’s some good Annie/Auggie moments (including some sparring!), a r——t–n, and a showdown!

Sandra, you’ve been great recapping Doctor Who! Now how about some scoop, my friend? – Amanda
The Doctor wields a gun — and you’ll never guess who he ends up pointing it at in Saturday’s episode.

Hi Sandra! I’m so excited for fall TV! I know, I know, Nerd Alert. Ok, so Cougar Town doesn’t technically come back until winter, but I’ve been rewatching the DVDs and I just can’t wait. Any scoop on my favorite show? I hope TBS treats the cul-de-sac crew well. Thanks! — Jen
Based on the promo they released this week, it looks like it’s business as usual over there. And I couldn’t be happier. You should be happy, too, because here’s some scoop: Someone’s getting a new name! Sorta. In an early episode, Jules and Grayson are going to disagree on whether or not Jules has to change her last name now that they are married. (She’s resistant.) As a compromise, they end up trying some…interesting combinations. And while I’m on the subject of Courteney Cox: Everyone owes her a big congratulations! Yesterday, the lovely lady became a three-time EWwy Award winner! (Also, congratulate yourselves because you all voted to make it happen!)

Hiya Sandra! Quick Parenthood question for you. Will Sarah Ramos be back this season? Thanks! – Ann
Ann, keep up! I posted about this earlier this week!! (The answer is yes.) But, if you all have any other questions about the rest of the season, send em my way. I’m chatting with boss Jason Katims on Monday. (That’s almost two full days to ponder.)

New Girl scoop would be much appreciated! – Martha
I can’t put it any better than the brilliant Lamorne Morris: “There is a little ho’in,” he says. “[Jess] has got multiple dudes. Schmidt’s penis is working now, so he is going to be running around, doing crazy stuff. And I may be around doing some crazy things. I’m having a different kind of sex that you will see – it’s a different kind of love that I’m giving out.” I’m a little disturbed. Any one else disturbed? Yes, definitely disturbed. And excited.

Hey Sandra! Any New Girl scoopage? – Julia
Schmidt is becoming a Romney! In one episode, he pretends to be Mitt Romney’s son to pick up a girl, and Morris teases, “there’s a really cool fashion statement he ties to make” in the episode. “It’s really funny, so you have to pay attention to it. It’s really fun, but stupid.” THAT’S MY FAVORITE KIND OF FUNNY!

Hey Sandra. What’s up? Looking for some Shameless scoop. Can you help out? — Tori
At least two Gallaghers will be on the brink of a bright future in the next season: Fiona will excel in her new job as a telemarketer (despite her foul mouth) and Lip will find himself being courted by MIT.

(Nicholas White and Tara Fowler contributed to this column.)

 

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Sep 8 2012 01:00 AM ET ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Castle,’ ‘Fringe,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Bones': Find out what’s next in the Spoiler Room

September 9, 2012 Leave a comment
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True story: The other day, I spent three hours planning my TV schedule for fall. Yes, three hours. And yes, I took into account the fact that I have two DVRs. (Work and home!)

Like any good athlete, I’ve prepared and am ready for battle. THIS IS OUR TIME, fellow couch potatoes. Join me!

And now that we’re all motivated, I invite you to channel that excitement into some questions! Send all burning questions to spoilerroom@ew.com. And if you’ve already submitted one, maybe it made this week’s Spoiler Room column…

‘PRETTY LITTLE LIARS’: WHEN WILL SPENCER LEARN THE TRUTH?
I know we were all incredibly shocked by Toby’s betrayal. (Also, none of us actually believe he’s evil, right?) But I’m willing to bet that our broken hearts are going to be mere blips on the pain radar compared to what Spencer will feel when she finds out the truth. And according to Troian Bellisario, that might be sooner than we think.

“She doesn’t know about it [yet] but she’s a very smart girl, so you can expect that she’s not going to stay in the dark for very long,” she told EW at the Tadashi Shoji fashion show this week. “One of the things that we setup very well is that other than the girls, the only thing in the world that Spencer truly loves and feels comfortable with is Toby. So, you’re going to see a storm [when she finds out].”

Meanwhile, Bellisario said she’s excited for fans to check out the Halloween episode on Oct. 23, which picks up a few months after the events seen in the summer finale. “It’s the craziest episode we’ve ever filmed [and it's] a different setting than you’ve ever seen,” she says of the big train ride from Hell. “Everybody’s there and it’s in a very confined setting. It’s like a boiling pot [and] everybody’s problems kind of [come] to a head.”

As long as none of this results in someone actually losing their head, I’m in. But with PLL, you never know, do you?

‘FRINGE’ ACTOR LANCE REDDICK: ‘EVERY DAY IS A BATTLE’ FOR BROYLES

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Not being among the Ambered comes with a price, according to Lance Reddick. And he’s not just talking about spending an extra two hours in the makeup trailer getting old age makeup applied. “For Broyles, every day is a struggle,” Reddick says of the weight on his character’s shoulders this season on Fringe.

From what we’ve seen in the intense promos for the final season, which is set in 2036, that assessment is not terribly surprising. A lot has happened to the world, including, of course, the Observer invasion, which — in the first few episodes, at least — will be shown in flashbacks that “really fill in the blanks.” “I’m excited about my character’s function plot-wise [this season],” he says.

But with only 13 episodes in this season, he can’t say much more. Not only is our time in this strange and unusual world precious, but the serialized elements of the show are unapologetically prominent this year — meaning no crimes-of-the-week to pad the season’s mythology. “We’re much more like a cable show this year — except with the swearing,” he jokes.

‘CASTLE’: THREE BURNING QUESTIONS
While sifting through all the amazing tweets of thanks I’ve been sent this week in response to the Castle article in EW’s Fall TV Preview, I realized that there were a few burning questions many of you had. So I’ll go ahead and tackle those now!

+ Will Beckett and Castle stay together for good?
While I won’t say “for good” (because there’s just no way of me looking that far into the future), I will echo what creator and executive producer Andrew Marlowe told me: “I think it would be unfair to the audience to have them invest all this time and all this time together only to pull the rug out. I think that was one of the fundamental mistakes they made in Moonlighting. They got them together and then they split them up.”

+Is Maddox the big bad this season?
Well, if you didn’t already hate this guy, you’ll definitely hate him in the premiere — largely because he’s the thorn that bursts our happy couple’s Bubble of Happiness. “When we left last season, we know that whatever bubble Castle and Beckett wake up in, she’s still under active threat,” Marlow reminds us. “And in the last scene, Maddox said, ‘When I have those files, I’m going to put Beckett into the ground.’ And we know he’s close to getting those files. So as is often the case, in a moment of bliss, real life intrudes and the characters have to deal with that and deal with it in a new way, given where they are in the world.”

+ Will there be a two-parter this season?
Maybe. And if we see one, it will not be like any of the ones from past seasons. “We’ll probably do something different — something a little more personal,” says Marlowe.

Got more? Send ‘em my way.

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