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I am so excited for The Good Wife to return! Any scoop on upcoming cases? — Rosie
ADAM: Strangely enough, The Good Wife will take inspiration from Friends for an upcoming episode — but probably not how you think. The case of the week is based on the (eventually dismissed) 2004 sexual harassment lawsuit brought against several of the NBC comedy's writers by a former writer's assistant. "Lockhart/Gardner gets in trouble," co-creator Robert King says. "One of their paralegals sues the firm for sexually harassing her and the firm unfortunately can't represent itself. So, over David Lee's objections, they go to Elsbeth Tascioni [recent Emmy winner Carrie Preston] to try to defend them." Will she be there for them?
James Remar as Alex's dad on Grey's Anatomy is great casting! Do you have any details? — Barbara
NATALIE: Remember Alex's brother, who tried to kill their younger sister? Apple, meet tree. "He's not a guy who's been living a very wholesome life," Remar tells me of Alex's dad, who will be introduced for a brief arc early on this season. "He's a drug addict and really on the skids. Their reunion is charged and difficult."
Got any How I Met Your Mother scoop? — Darcy
ADAM: You remember from all those flash-forwards that both Barney and Robin get cold feet, right? We can pretty much assume that Robin's arrive courtesy Ted and that damned locket, but don't underestimate the influence of Barney's brother James (Wayne Brady) for his.
Thanks for the Revolution scoop, but what's going on with Monroe this season? — April
NATALIE: The deposed leader of the former Monroe Republic is drowning his sorrows in, well, sex — as is Charlie, who, thankfully is not sharing Monroe's bed. But the horndogs will cross paths early on. Unfortunately, their meeting will be even more devastating for Charlie than that time that he, you know, tried to kill everyone she loves.
What can you tell me about Lisa Edelstein's character on Castle. Does she actually come between Castle and Beckett? — Kyle
ADAM: I wouldn't say that Rachel McCord is actively scheming to tear the lovebirds apart, but she doesn't necessarily see their relationship as a good thing. "McCord views Castle as a threat to Beckett," Edelstein tell us. "He is hampering her potential." That said, Edelstein says that she eventually warms to our favorite mystery writer. "She's not an enemy of Castle's," she says. "She gets who he is, but she also knows what her job is. ... McCord has made mistakes of her own, and that's why she feels qualified to help Beckett avoid doing the same thing."
Will the park actually get built before Ann leaves on Parks and Recreation? — Paul
NATALIE: We posed that very question to executive producer Mike Schur. "It won't become a park, but when Ann makes her decision to leave, the original project that brought the two of them together starts to take on a certain importance in Leslie's mind," he says. "There's an episode that will deal with the psychological importance of making progress on that and it does come back into play." In other Parks news, this happens a lot sooner than you'd expect.
Benson looks pretty bruised and battered in the SVU promo. How will she handle her ordeal emotionally? — Erica
ADAM: Strangely enough, she won't draw strength from thinking about her current beau Cassidy. Rather, it's her ex-partner Stabler who's on Benson's mind during her face-off with Pablo Schreiber's Lewis. Then again, those memories may do more harm than good. Speaking of the ghosts of relationships past, ADA Barba will reunite with an old friend in an upcoming episode inspired by Anthony Weiner's failed New York City mayoral run. "A guy who is a week away from being the first Hispanic mayor of New York is a childhood friend of Barba's and comes to him for a favor," executive producer Warren Leight teases. "We'll get a very strong sense of where Barba comes from and what his conflicts are."
Do you have any scoop on The Originals? — Janette
NATALIE: Klaus' daddy issues will resurface when Sebastian Roche returns in a flashback as Original father Mikael Mikaelson. "We'll certainly get a better idea of why Klaus has turned out the way he has," Joseph Morgan tells us. "One scene in particular, filmed in the woods in the dead of night, will hopefully help people to empathize a little more with this bloodthirsty, murdering sociopath I play."
What's coming up on Chicago Fire this season? —Carlene
ADAM: As if Firehouse 51 wasn't under enough scrutiny after last season's sexual harassment debacle, this year the police will come looking for Dawson, Otis and Herrmann when Molly's big-franchise neighbor goes up in flames. Did the bar-on-bar rivalry get too, um, heated? Or is someone framing our boys?
What the heck was that horned thingy at the end of Sleepy Hollow?! — Jerry
NATALIE: "That's a great question!" executive producer Alex Kurtzman says. "It's going to be one of the driving questions of the first season." The producers call the horned monster "The Blurry Man," and say that he is responsible for unleashing Headless. His unique appearance is actually inspired by a famous figure, but don't go poring through your Bible to find him.
What else can you share bout the NCIS: Los Angeles premiere? — Shelley
ADAM: If you thought that Sam and Deeks' torture in the finale was hard to watch, sorry, the brutality ain't over yet. More than one team member will be shot in the first episode, which also features a dismembering and a really gross (if clever) ploy involving a large chunk of skin. But it'll all be worth it in the fight against Sidorov and Janvier. By the end of the hour, one will be dead and the other will be locked away.
What can you tell me about the Elementary premiere? — Hank
NATALIE: On the London-set episode, Sherlock and Watson make a bet about something very curious: whether his brother Mycroft wants to bed Joan. It's not as implausible as it seems, since it would technically make things even. Let's just say that the brothers will get even one way or another.
Adam's Mega Rave: Broken record alert! Breaking Bad's most recent episode was brutal, heartbreaking and nauseating. And yet I loved every painful minute of it. This is how you end a television show.
Natalie's Mini Rant: Should we be worried about The Walking Dead becoming overexposed?
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(Additional reporting by Joyce Eng, Robyn Ross and Kate Stanhope)