Mega Buzz: A CSI: Miami Romance, Grey's Babies and Criminal Minds' Cliff-Hanger
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What's the deal with Calleigh and Delko on CSI: Miami? Should we give up hope on ever seeing them together again? — Megan
ADAM: Nope. Co-executive producer Barry O'Brien says their cooling-off period this season was necessitated by Emily Procter's real-life pregnancy. "It was a little bit of a detour, a little bit of a left turn," he says. "But... we know those kind of feelings don't just go away ... They may be made for each other." Hope restored, Megan?
What's the deal with those Grey's Anatomy photos of Meredith and Derek holding a baby? — Regina
NATALIE: Well, it's certainly not what it looks like, as Justin Chambers explains to us. "You know everyone's trying to be Chief Resident, so they have their own little bag of tricks," he says. "Alex has got one that involves orphans [from Africa]. It's kind of crazy and funny." But! It's just possible that Alex's stunt may have some exactly-what-it-looks-like consequences.
Do you know if Criminal Minds is planning a cliff-hanger this season? I don't want to lose sleep all summer! — Liza
ADAM: Executive producer Erica Messer says yes, but nothing over which you'll lose sleep. That is to say, no one's getting blown up in an SUV. "It's about our team and the financial cost of crime fighting," Messer says. "The goal was to show how much the world needs our heroes and how important it is that we keep the team together. ... Bad guys seem to have endless funds but, as in real life, there are budget cuts in the government, and the team is in jeopardy of being split up."
Anything interesting coming up on Desperate Housewives? — Louise
NATALIE: One of the Housewives is getting arrested! We'll nix Bree as a suspect, even though she'll soon be on a date with hot cop Jonathan Cake. Hit the comments with your guesses as to who's headed for the clink. In unrelated — and decidedly more intriguing — news, Gabby and Carlos will share their bed with a third!
What can you tell me about Alcide in the new season of True Blood? — Rebecca
ADAM: Dude's got a beef with just about everyone. Well, almost everyone. "Alcide doesn't like vampires at all, so you'll definitely see that conflict," Joe Manganiello says. "But he doesn't like werewolves [either]. He does like Sookie." How's that going to sit with Bill and Eric? "His situation gets very complicated very fast," he says.
I'm loving Parks & Recreation this season. Ron Swanson is the man. Got scoop on him? — Paul
NATALIE: Despite Ron's efforts to redact any trace of his true age, Leslie Knope figures it out just in time to plan a huge birthday party! While she's off battling her nemesis (Parker Posey), April starts covert party planning, which sends Ron into a bout of hilarious paranoia and panic. However, as with every surprise party, there's a twist!
Is Marg Helgenberger really leaving CSI? Does the Langston-Haskell finale take time to give Catherine a good send-off? — Jackson
ADAM: There's no send-off, but that's because Catherine isn't going anywhere for the time being. "We expect to see Catherine back next season," executive producer Carol Mendelsohn says. "She will be the supervisor of the graveyard shift. Fans don't have to say goodbye quite yet." That doesn't rule out a send-off next season, of course, but it doesn't sound like one will come quickly. "I would say that Marg will be a big presence in a lot of the season," Mendelsohn says.
Got any scoop on Private Practice? — Emma
NATALIE: Dell's orphaned daughter Betsy returns in an upcoming episode, landing in the ER in a coma. (Jeez, as if this kid hadn't gone through enough!) It turns out, her new foster brother is no angel. In fact, think Dexter, the early years.
Any more teases about the end of Castle's season? — Greg
ADAM: There may be yet another familiar face we see less of next year. But this one doesn't involve the Grim Reaper: Castle's daughter Alexis may be leaving the city. "[Her boyfriend] is going off to college — he's going to Stanford," creator Andrew W. Marlowe reveals. "So how is the long-distance relationship going to work? When we leave Episode 23, Alexis has vowed to go to college early, because she has the credits, so she can be with Ashley." Someone should tell the Grim Reaper Castle might have a special job for him.
What kind of trouble will the It's Always Sunny gang get into when the show returns? — Aaron
NATALIE: Vase stealing, that's what! Charlie, Dennis, Dee, Mac and Frank break into a house to nab a prized artifact, but they're not alone. The woman of the house is still there and will be joined by her husband, her daughter... and the man she's planning to move away to California with — all while the group is hiding in the closet.
I am obsessed with The Killing. What can you tell me? — Brandon
ADAM: In Sunday's episode, all eyes will continue to be on Bennett, including those of a couple different neighbors who saw Rosie at her teacher's house after the dance on the night of the murder. But the person who's really staring a hole through Bennett is Rosie's grief-stricken father.
Anything cool coming up with Rizzoli's family on Rizzoli & Isles? — Sam
NATALIE: You bet. Colin Egglesfield (Melrose Place) has booked a recurring role as Jane's youngest brother, Tommy, a lovable screw-up whose back home after a stint in prison. Sasha Alexander's Maura offers Tommy her couch while he sorts his life out. But that kindness quickly comes into question when her apartment is found ransacked and burglarized, leaving Jane to find her brother before the cops do.
Adam's Mega Rave: I'm so happy Treme is back. I'd watch for the music alone, but then there's the infinitely talented ensemble, who say so much with so few words. I definitely feel like funkin' it up all over again.
Natalie's Mini Rant: Steve Carell is leaving The Office, people! Let's not waste the precious little time we have left with him on lame do-overs like the Dundies.
(Additional reporting by Denise Martin and Kate Stanhope)
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