Mega Buzz: Five-0's Cliff-Hanger, New Faces on Once and CSI's Family Matters
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I know everyone is excited about McGarrett's mom on Hawaii Five-0, but what about Kono!? She was drowning! — Kim
ADAM: Relax, Kim. Kono's not going to become a floater. Once she's back on dry land, she and the rest of Five-0 will go hard after Wo Fat and Delano. But the near-death experience will change Kono: During an interrogation, look for her to use some of the more, ahem, physical tactics usually employed by McGarrett to extract information.
Got any scoop on the new season of Once Upon a Time? — Sarah
NATALIE: In Season 2, we'll meet "Anastasia," a princess who is willing to sacrifice her life of privilege for love, and "Magnolia," a tough Asian warrior. There are quotes around their names because we're guessing that the producers are trying to throw us off with fake character names. If we're right, get ready for Aurora and Mulan to come to town!
Got any hints about how CSI will resolve its cliff-hangers? — Eric
ADAM: I'd wager that most of the members of D.B. Russell's family will be fine, which also means they'll be around more! "We are going home with our characters more, so there is room to explore the larger circle of Russell relatives," executive producer Don McGill says. We'll also see more of the father-daughter bond between Morgan and Conrad Ecklie, who was shot in the finale. "Morgan can see her father has evolved as a human being and sees in him the father she always wanted," McGill says. Killing him now would just be cruel, right?
Can we get some Walking Dead scoop? — Andy
NATALIE: Carl killing zombie-Shane wasn't just the loss of his innocence; it was the beginning of his transformation. "We're interested in exploring Carl as a child soldier in this war against the walkers," executive producer Glen Mazzara tells us. "He becomes a very, very effective, strong part of the group. He's no longer the young child who needs to be cared for and who needs to be minded. That Carl is gone."
What's coming up on True Blood? — John
NATALIE: You know that creepy story we heard this week about Lilith, the first vampire, for whom Adam and Eve were supposedly created as food? Well, guess what? We'll actually meet her this season — but not everyone will believe that she is who she says she is. "I don't know if Roman believes it," Christopher Meloni tells us. "He puts on the garb of a spiritual leader, possibly with a wink and a certain cynicism, so he's willing to take that bet now that [she] isn't real."
How much will Gibbs be affected by Dr. Ryan's departure on NCIS? Will Jamie Lee Curtis ever come back? — Derek
ADAM: Executive producer Gary Glasberg says the loss isn't particularly hard on Gibbs, especially since Dr. Ryan is still breathing. "I really didn't want to treat this relationship as if she was dead," Glasberg says. "The show has a history of doing that and that's not the case here." So might the alive-and-well Dr. Ryan be back? "I'd like to believe that we approached it realistically, and that there are priorities she has in her life," Glasberg hints. "But if they were able to reconnect down the road, I'd love to have Jamie Lee come back."
Who's the shooter on Weeds? — Jessica
NATALIE: Seriously? Who doesn't have a motive to shoot Nancy? You won't guess who it is, but we'll tease that it's a blast from her past — way back in her past. Shane will give chase to the shooter, which will lead to the reveal of Shane's big secret.
Can you tell us anything else about Adam Baldwin's guest role on this season of Leverage? — Nick
ADAM: You'll actually see him in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in the Season 5 premiere, but his character, Col. Michael Vance, definitely has an existing relationship with Eliot (aka Baldwin's former Angel co-star Christian Kane.) Look for Vance to call on Nate & Co. to stop a biological attack on D.C. much later in the season.
Tell me my eyes aren't deceiving me! Mike and Rachel kiss on Suits?! — Jenny
ADAM: Your eyes don't lie! They lock lips right in the office this week after Mike tells her that he got her message. Done squealing? Good, because problems arise when Mike wants to tell Rachel his secret, which naturally doesn't exactly go over well with Harvey.
Wilfred scoop, please. — Liam
NATALIE: Wilfred will get his memory back, but that doesn't mean he and Ryan will be on the best of terms. In fact, Wilfred has a new best friend, and it's the last person you'd expect.
Hank's love life is going to heat up on Royal Pains, but what about Divya? — Kendra
ADAM: As we teased a few weeks ago, Divya's love life will mostly be a disaster, but she will share some sparks with an attractive polo player named Rafa. He's a bit (read: extremely) arrogant, but the duo's shared love of horses will bring out his softer side.
I can't wait for Shameless to return. Do you know what's coming up? — Marie
NATALIE: Fiona's getting a new love interest — and he's more treacherous than any of her past beaus. This new guy is a henchman to a Brazilian drug lord who also happens to be the father of Jimmy's gal Estefania. The drug lord asks this thug to stay in Chicago to watch over Jimmy and Estefania, but he ends up developing an impossible crush on Fiona.
Adam's Mega Rave: Watch the sweaty brows of the cast of The Newsroom — Alison Pill and John Gallagher Jr. are standouts — as they make music of the tongue-twisting dialogue of the bard Aaron Sorkin. It's our new favorite TV pastime.
Natalie's Mini Rant: Given how hard Lindsay Lohan (and the crew) seem to be working, Liz & Dick better be Emmy-worthy.
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(Additional reporting by Joyce Eng and Kate Stanhope)