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Do you know who the mole is on The Blacklist? —Dominic
NATALIE: When the NBC drama returns, everyone who was in attendance during Garrick's incursion on the black site will be a suspect, and a familiar face will end up on Red's hit list. See, he's determined to avenge Luli's death, taking down anyone and everyone who was involved in the raid.
Will Joe Carroll have to rebuild his cult on The Following since he's been presumed dead for a year? — Megan
ADAM: The number of Joe's followers does seem to have dwindled as the new season begins, and those that do remain — including Valorie Curry's Emma — may be as shocked as anyone to learn that Joe's still alive. Interestingly enough, there seems to be a second group of crazies forming, and they could be the key to luring Joe out of hiding. And trust us, this new group's leader, who spends way too much time with his victims after he kills them, is even creepier than Joe. In fact, you could even say he's double trouble.
What's coming up on The Walking Dead? — Jason
NATALIE: If you've read the comics, you can probably guess — especially if you paid attention to the trailer. Rick and Carl will be on their own for a while, with Carl really needing to take a leadership role as his father grieves the potential loss of Judith and the prison. "It's going to hit [Rick] in a way that we haven't seen before," executive producer Scott Gimple says. "If it's just the two of them, [Carl is] going to have to step up quite a bit because circumstances are wildly different and a lot will depend on him in terms of them just surviving. They don't have an awesome, dual-layer fence and brick buildings to hide behind. They're out in the world."
With more and more people finding out about Emily's identity and shadiness, is this the beginning of the end for her and Revenge? — Sarah
NATALIE: Definitely not! "Surprisingly, there's so much story left to tell and one of the things the finale helped do is change the nature of how we can do [those stories]," executive producer Sunil Nayar says. "Definitely one of the things we're talking about is that Emily needs a measure of success by season's end, just so we understand she is good at what she does."
What can you tell me about the new season of Community? — Hunter
ADAM: As you may have guessed from some of the promos, Jeff's time away from Greendale has turned him back into the jerk we met at the beginning of the series. He might be suing the community college in the season premiere, but by the end of the episode, his time with the study group will once again warm his heart. And even though Chevy Chase has left the cast, Pierce's presence is still very much felt — especially when the show reveals just how permanent his exit from the show truly is.
Are Elena and Damon really over on The Vampire Diaries? And does that mean we're back to the triangle? — Eloise
NATALIE: They're not down for the count just yet! "I wouldn't say it's a reset of the triangle," executive producer Caroline Dries tells us. "What the show does well is that it doesn't just make rash decisions with people that causes them to just stop loving the people they love. Damon and Elena have a deep-rooted love for each other and you can't just turn your back on that. Elena will always feel that for Damon even if they fight or [break up]. But we will see in future episodes that there is a huge strain in their relationship, bigger than them in a way."
I can't believe Julia actually kissed Ed on Parenthood! Will it happen again? — Mary
ADAM: To the contrary. Julia, burdened by guilt, will start avoiding Ed at school and ignoring his e-mails. Sadly, Ed has a tough time getting the picture and confronts Julia at a school charity auction after he's had one too many drinks. Suffice it to say that Joel will (eventually) notice the ruckus. But will it be Julia or Ed on the receiving end of his wrath?
Do you have any scoop on Nyssa al Ghul's arrival on Arrow? — Tricia
NATALIE: Interestingly enough, Arrow's version of Nyssa (Katrina Law), who is sent to hunt down Sara Lance, will be similar to her sister Talia al Ghul. "She's the next wave of the League of Assassins that comes to Starling City," explains executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. "She's certainly exotic, beautiful and smart. She has some interesting secrets as well." (Fun fact: Law almost landed the role of Shado, but because she'd share so many scenes with Manu Bennett, they thought it would be Spartacus overkill.)
I am loving The Goldbergs! Got any scoop? — Jenny
ADAM: You heard about The Goonies episode, right? After that, they will take on another '80s classic, When Harry Met Sally..., with an episode that will follow Adam's friendship with a girl. Yes, it's also inspired by creator Adam F. Goldberg's childhood. "The When Harry Met Sally... episode about me and one of my best friends who is godmother to my kids," he tells TVGuide.com. "She was a girl and everyone was like, 'You two are hooking up,' but we were like brother and sister. ... It's like that moment -- can men and women be friends? -- played out with 12-year-old kids." Something tells us that diner scene won't be in it.
Got any scoop on the Pretty Little Liars premiere? — Rachelle
NATALIE: Ezra is acting extra-creepy now that we know he's probably "A." For example, he's very tellingly teaching his students about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Meanwhile, when the girls focus on who's in the grave (since Ali isn't) they're led to a story eerily similar to their own.
Any scoop on The Fosters? — Jeannie
NATALIE: The premiere will pick up immediately after the finale, but the family won't realize that Callie is actually gone. As soon as they do, Lena and Stef immediately set out to locate her, coming thisclose to finding her when she eludes them once again. Alone, scared and on the run late at night, Callie takes drastic measures in the final minutes of the hour to find shelter — even if that means getting arrested in the process.
I need some Justified scoop! — Brandon
ADAM: The Season 5 premiere is a very bloody affair, especially when Boyd and his new partner Wynn Duffy have to make a trip to Detroit to settle a beef about a drug shipment gone wrong. On a lighter note, Raylan's living arrangements get a serious upgrade (bye-bye, barroom) and he and Winona share a very nice moment. But Raylan's happiness might be fleeting, especially when Art begins digging into exactly how Nicky Augustine met his demise last season.
Cougar Town is almost back! — Mike
NATALIE: Get ready to see a new (and alarming!) side of Ellie: Charming Ellie. You may think I jest, but Ellie will be on her best behavior when she must mingle with society ladies to help Andy's burgeoning political career. However, Charming Ellie is so, in fact, charming that she may throw a wrench in Ellie and Jules' friendship. That question may become moot when Andy's political career starts to come between him and Bobby. Which will he choose?!
Natalie's Mega Rave: Arrow's midseason finale was hands down one of the best episodes of the series. Oliver faced his past when the "Three Ghosts" of the episode's title appeared. We found out that Slade Wilson is the big bad. And we actually witnessed the creation of the Flash!
Adam's Mini Rant: I was shocked that I actually felt bad about Brody's fate on Homeland, but all of Carrie and Brody's lover's babble after the pregnancy reveal caused perhaps the biggest eye roll of the season. I, for one, am glad to move past that.
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[Editor's Note: This will be the last Mega Buzz column of the year. Until we return in 2014, entertain yourselves with our Best of the Year special section. Happy Holidays!]
(Additional reporting by Joyce Eng, Sadie Gennis, Robyn Ross, and Kate Stanhope)