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Blaine's not really going to go back to the Warblers on Glee, is he? — Sammy
NATALIE: Thursday's superhero-themed episode sure makes it look that way! Even worse, we're going to meet the "other man," the boy with whom Blaine cheated on Kurt. Can he sink much lower? Yes, but look for a surprising ally to give him a kick in the pants so he'll get his act together.
What can we expect from Finn's big episode of CSI? — Brandon
ADAM: We'll finally meet one of Finlay's cop exes (Cougar Town's Brian Van Holt) when she returns to Seattle to reopen the case that got her fired. Although Finn is none too pleased that D.B. sent her ex to keep an eye on her, the former couple soon falls back into familiar rhythms.
I love the friendship between Stefan and Caroline on The Vampire Diaries. Will we see more of that? — Joan
NATALIE: Definitely, and in fact, together they'll make an important discovery in the next episode. Candice Accola also tells us that she's happy that Stefan and Caroline are finally sharing more screen time. "They're both struggling with trying to support the ones they love in difficult circumstances that they don't necessarily agree with," she says. "So they come together over that and find a friendship that's long overdue."
I would be extra-thankful for a little pre-holiday Castle scoop. — Jenny
ADAM: Did you enjoy Castle's foray into the world of rock 'n' roll during the documentary episode? Well, get ready for more music when Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a DJ. Among the suspects: Taylor Cole (The Event, CSI: Miami) plays an aging pop star whose album launch party was the victim's final gig. The suspicious diva must have had some really killer tracks!
On Dexter, will Dexter finally get to kill Isaak? — Matt
NATALIE: More than one Koshka Brotherhood associate will end up dead this week, but not via Dexter's table, after he and Isaak figure out another way out of this game of cat and mouse. Unfortunately, it will involve putting Hannah's life in danger — and considering that Dexter killed Isaak's loved one, that's not a good thing. However, she isn't the only significant other put in a compromising situation.
Now that JJ's not going undercover anymore on Criminal Minds, what will she be doing? — Nancy
ADAM: JJ will have "a lot of emotional stuff" coming up involving her family, executive producer Erica Messer tells us, but don't worry — it won't be anything like last season finale's bank hostage fiasco. "It's really more about the home life," Messer says. "We didn't want to make her any kind of victim when the whole team is under attack. There's some very nice family story lines with her." As for that aborted undercover episode — which will be directed by Thomas Gibson —now the BAU will try to solve the case of two missing teenage girls whose mother went missing a year ago.
What's coming up on Parks and Recreation? — Nathan
NATALIE: A little birdie told me Li'l Sebastian is returning! Considering that our favorite miniature horse died, I turned to executive producer Mike Schur to get the low down. "I would only say that Li'l Sebastian is really dead," he says. "There's no miracle here. There's no 'It was all a dream, Bobby in the shower.' Li'l Sebastian is really dead and gone and so there's no fake-out, but I think it would be appropriate and realistic to say that he lives on in the hearts of the people who love him and that they're always looking for ways to celebrate his memory." Sniff.
It sounds like Will & Co. lost that high-profile murder case on The Good Wife. How much worse are the firm's finances going to get? — Kathryn
ADAM: Although Lockhart Gardner's hopes of reclaiming the 27th floor seem to be dashed for now, executive producer Robert King hints that an end to the firm's financial woes may be in sight. The secret? Getting rid of Nathan Lane's efficiency expert. "This is what law firms are going through right now. We want to have [this story] happen through the antagonist of Nathan Lane's character," he says. "We have Nathan through the 13th episode. The thread of the economic problem they're in now is going to continue through all the Nathan Lane episodes."
Got anything on The Big Bang Theory? — Harper
NATALIE: Sheldon can't hold his liquor, so it should come as no surprise that a little bit of egg nog will lead to one of the most hilarious Bang sequences in history. (Hint: It involves Santa and a shotgun.)
Rizzoli & Isles scoop, please! — Megan
ADAM: Can Maura ever date again after Dennis' near-homicide? Eventually, but don't look for any guys in her life when the final episodes of Season 3 pick up next week. Jane, however, will get a return visit from Casey, who has some not-so-good news.
I still can't believe Private Practice is going off the air. Will you give me some scoop to console me? —Remi
NATALIE: On the Sheldon-centric episode, the doc will turn to a therapist (Medium's Kathy Baker) after he suspects that James (Matt Long) may have been right about his patient Nick's involvement in the disappearance of a missing girl.
Have you heard anything about the new season of Southland? — Tyler
ADAM: Don't look for Ben and Sammy's partnership to be in much better shape than it was when the show left off. In fact, Sammy gets a bad vibe from a cop named Mendoza, with whom Ben has begun spending lots of time outside the precinct. (One particular outing involves a drunken Ben, strippers and a Taser.) Although Mendoza does his best to help Ben by hiding his involvement in the unsavory scene, Sammy's instincts about Mendoza will eventually be proven correct.
Adam's Mega Rave: Kudos to Simon Baker for his third directorial effort on The Mentalist, a stylish episode that dropped the biggest Red John bombshell since the series began (Jane has met him and has shaken his hand).
Natalie's Mini Rant: The Walking Dead's phone calls from dead people was brilliant, but why not include Shane (Jon Bernthal)? It would be great to see Rick face what he did to him.
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(Additional reporting by Joyce Eng, Robyn Ross and Kate Stanhope)