Mega Buzz: HIMYM's Biggest Reveal, a Grey's Exit and The Following's Followers
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Does Jeannette being Ted's "final mistake" on How I Met Your Mother mean that she's his last girlfriend before we meet the mother? — Brian
ADAM: Yes, but before we get to her, Ted needs to resolve his feelings about Robin once and for all. Though executive producer Craig Thomas wouldn't pinpoint exactly when he'll accomplish that and thus, when we'll meet the mother, he insists that Robin and Barney's established wedding date — May 25, 2013 — will stick. And we all know who's performing at that wedding...
Please give us scoop from the Grey's Anatomy set! — Stacie
NATALIE: With the fate of Seattle Grace in jeopardy, it seems only natural that the doctors will fear for their jobs. But just because Dr. Cahill threatened Dr. Webber's employment doesn't mean he's the doctor who'll hit the bricks. But someone else definitely will! Gasp! (It may or may not have to do with the series regulars I talked to on set today!)
I am ob-sessed with The Following. Please give me some spoilers on what's next? — Chase
ADAM: Things get even more personal in the next episode when newly outed follower Maggie lures Ryan back to Brooklyn... by kidnapping his sister! Although the episode does a great job at highlighting Ryan's past pain as the reason he pushes everyone away, it also puts him in mortal danger by way of one of the show's most inventive killing methods yet. (Hint: Remember how Homeland's Brody killed the vice president?)
What kind of Valentine's Day shenanigans can we look forward to on Castle? — Gina
ADAM: Let's just say that Castle learned his lesson at Christmas when he foolishly didn't buy Beckett a gift even though she told him not to. "This time, I think he might be overcompensating," creator Andrew W. Marlowe says with a laugh. "Castle's trying to outdo himself, and of course Castle's best-laid plans go awry." But don't expect Castle and Beckett to have all the V-Day fun. "If [Esposito] has plans, he's keeping them very secretive," Jon Huertas teases. "Castle's investigating Javier's plans and constantly nagging him about... who he's hanging out with. [He's] trying to see if my plans are not as good as his, not as romantic."
Where have Tyler and Caroline been the last two episodes of Vampire Diaries? I need them back! — Jessica
NATALIE: The good news is that they're back on screen Thursday. The bad news is that Caroline is put in perhaps her most dangerous situation yet and by someone pretty shocking. Hopefully, she's not who we're talking about here.
When are we going to learn who Benson's mystery man is on SVU? — Mel
ADAM: While I hear Benson's secret lover will definitely be revealed before the end of the season, you'll have to settle for the occasional tease in the meantime. For example, on Wednesday's episode, Olivia shows up in a hot red dress when an investigation interrupts a little pre-Valentine's Day date. Perhaps further interrupting the holiday plans: Benson is forced to take a road trip to Ohio with Bayard Ellis (Andre Braugher) to reopen the case of a Death Row inmate (guest star Mike Tyson). Conversation naturally turns to Ellis' involvement in ending Benson's relationship with ADA David Haden. Is that perhaps a tease in itself?
What time will the Once Upon a Time Lightning Round article be posted? —Hannah JoAnn, via Twitter
NATALIE: Soon, Hannah. Better yet, because I'm feeling generous today, I will give you a sneak preview! Will poor Belle ever get her memories back? The answer is... yes! "If it was permanent, that would be the most bleak end," executive producer Edward Kitsis says, noting that how Gold helps her gets her memory back will certainly be a story line to watch out for. Let's take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief. Good? OK.
Is there any hope for Laurel and Oliver on Arrow? — Sarah
NATALIE: We'll certainly see some hope as Laurel begins to rely more on the Arrow's help — even in secret — in trying to clean up the city. "Her dealing with the Arrow is going to complicate her relationship with Tommy," executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. "It's also going to have a massive impact on her relationship with her father."
What's going to happen on Nashville now that Rayna and Deacon are out on the road together? — Shelly
ADAM: Adultery is definitely in the air on Wednesday's episode, but you might need to look beyond the tour bus to find the culprit. Then again, Rayna and Deacon do have a number of awkward moments in elevators during the episode. Might the words of that immortal prophet Steven Tyler ring true once more?
If Scandal's Hollis didn't put the hit on Fitz, then who did? —Dani
NATALIE: If I told you, you wouldn't believe me. But you will find out this week in an episode that would've served perfectly as a season finale had ABC not picked up the series for a full season. But even more shocking will be which of the couples do — and do not — end up together, especially when it comes to the sacrifice that one character makes for his/her job. You think I'm talking about Fitz, right? Wrong.
I'm so excited Tyrese is on The Walking Dead. What can you tease? — John
NATALIE: Rick's group is certainly low on manpower — and could get even lower soon. Seriously though, can you really trust these guys? The real question is whether we can trust fan favorite comic book character Tyrese. "Tyrese's allegiance is to his group," executive producer Glen Mazzara says. "He doesn't know Rick or his people from a hole in the wall, so he has no allegiance to them. He's just looking for a safe place to stay so he can protect his people."
Anything you can tell me about the new season of Southland? — Caleb
ADAM: The new season begins with Officer Sherman receiving a medal for his bravery for shooting that pimp in the Season 4 finale. As Sherman continues to be recognized as the LAPD golden boy, look for his partnership with Sammy to become more and more strained. (Of course, that could also just be because Sammy's ex-wife is dragging him through an ugly custody battle). And Cooper has a new boyfriend — or at least a friend with benefits. Cooper's unwillingness to commit could endanger the former addict's sobriety.
Natalie's Mega Rave: I hope Emmy voters were taking note when Scandal's Gladiators sat around spilling their guts on the shady things they've all done in the name of Olivia Pope, culminating in them figuring out the election was rigged.
Adam's Mini Rant: I know nobody was prepared for the Super Bowl blackout, but CBS might want to think about hiring people who know a little bit more about how to vamp during emergencies. Un-aired episodes of Partners would have been a better choice than what we got.
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(Additional reporting by Joyce Eng, Robyn Ross and Kate Stanhope)