Mega Buzz: New Girl's First Date, Following's Alliances and a Nashville Triumph
Zooey Deschanel, Kevin Bacon, Hayden Panettiere
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New Girl is killing me with this relationship drama! Please tell me that Nick and Jess will wise up and get together, and that Cece will dump her fiancé for Schmidt. — Mina
NATALIE: Good news: Nick and Jess will go on a first date. Bad news: Their date doesn't go as planned. "Neither one of us wants to admit to being on a date," Zooey Deschanel tells us. "And then Russell, Dermot [Mulroney]'s character, is in the same restaurant." Awkward ex alert! Meanwhile, it seems that Schmidt is not going to try and win back Cece after all. "He will try and get a plus-one for her wedding and tries to find an ex-girlfriend of his [played by Merritt Wever]," Max Greenfield says. "And when he finds her, he realizes, 'Oh, wait a minute. This was special when we were together.'"
So Ryan's new boss on The Following is clearly one of Joe's people, right? — Jason
ADAM: Wow, you don't trust anyone, huh? Then again, it was suspicious that Agent in Charge Donovan (Mike Colter) just so happened to send Weston home early on the same day that Joe's cronies planned to abduct him, right? "It did seem a little odd," Colter admits with a laugh. "You are always are going to have to look at everyone... and watch everything they do carefully because you just don't know where the weaknesses are or whose allegiance is there." Hmm, that didn't sound like a denial! But speaking of allegiance, Donovan & Co. may be able to use Joe's cult members against each other. "What happens when Jacob and Paul actually catch up with Emma? ... She double-crossed them," Colter teases. "She's backstabbing. ... It seems like everybody has their own motivation."
What's next for Juliette on Nashville after she fired her manager? — Emily
ADAM: "[She's] taking her career into her own hands and singing the things that she's really passionate about," Hayden Panettiere says. "People assume... that she's just somebody's puppet, and she wants to prove everyone wrong." But will that ambition come back to bite her in the long run? "[Taking] hold of her own empire ... can be good or it could be disastrous," executive producer Dee Johnson says. "But I think she is largely going to continue to be successful. The question is: What's it like when you get everything you want?"
I can't wait for Annie Wersching on Revolution! Got any scoop? — John
NATALIE: As you may have heard, Wersching's character Emma was actually Miles' first love, but Billy Burke told us at PaleyFest that the two share an even deeper connection. "She's his high school sweetheart," Burke says. "They were actually engaged at one point, but as life happens, something came between them much earlier than the event that the show is about. We revisit Bass and Miles' hometown and that's where we'll find her."
Do you have any hints about this year's Castle finale? Will Jack Coleman's Bracken be back? — Kristen
ADAM: While executive producer Andrew W. Marlowe doesn't rule out a return from Sen. Bracken this season, he says that character doesn't really figure into the finale. Instead, expect an "emotional" season-ender that pays off some of Beckett's season-long questions about her man. "We've spent four and a half years really unpeeling who Beckett is, but we haven't learned a lot about Castle," Marlowe says. "We want to have Beckett look at that and wonder what kind of relationship she's going to be in if he is withholding stuff. To what extent can he open up and be secure enough with her?" But before you start thinking breakup, let Stana Katic calm your fears. "There are some mini bumps," she says," but there is some high-stakes stuff that brings them even closer."
The Walking Dead scoop, please! — Seth
NATALIE: Fans of the comics will be both pleased and absolutely terrified by a particular setting in this Sunday's episode that is pulled straight from one of the most vile and frustratingly heartbreaking portions of Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead comic book. But, just like an earlier scene this season, the twist involves who will step foot in this infamous location.
What's next for Jane on The Mentalist now that Red John killed Lorelei? — Bryan
ADAM: Lorelei may be gone, but the intel she's already shared with Jane — that Red John is someone Jane has shaken hands with before — will remain crucial to the remainder of this season. "This season has been about Jane digging into the notion that it's not that Red John could be anyone; it's that Red John is one of a very specific set of people that Jane is uniquely qualified to investigate," Tom Szentgyorgyi tells us. "The finale is going to pay that off in a way that will completely change the hunt for Red John. We are going to know some very specific things about who he might be."
The Evil Queen rides again! How will Regina get her revenge on Once Upon a Time? — Alison
NATALIE: "All bets are off," Lana Parrilla tells me and adds that Regina with be more than pissed off with both the Charming Family and Rumplestiltskin. "I think she's more dangerous than she's ever been. She's even more dangerous because... she makes the choice to be the bad girl again and that's scary because she's just so angry. Her relationship with Rumple before was a game, but now I think she's going to really go after him."
How will Sue Ellen react to J.R.'s death on Dallas? — Heather
ADAM: Though we saw a temporary moment of weakness as the long-sober Sue Ellen chugged some of J.R.'s finest bourbon, don't expect that lapse to send her into a downward spiral. "She has to take a little pause to reflect [but] she keeps going," Linda Gray says. "She's very strong. In the original episodes, she was rather a victim. When J.R. did something, she would react. Now she's like, 'I'm stepping up. I'm in control. I know all the tricks of the oil business.' Look out world, here she comes."
OMG, is Sarah really alive on Arrow? — Mellie
NATALIE: The Arrow writers are masterful magicians, because while we're all focused on that question, there's an even bigger reveal on the horizon. "Believe me when I tell you there is another bombshell that will really... shake Laurel down to her core," Marc Guggenheim says. But there is a chance of seeing Sarah again; the show will eventually flash back to before the Queen's Gambit sunk to reveal why Oliver brought that Lance sister along.
On Justified, Boyd is in deep. Will he survive this season? — Terry, via Twitter
ADAM: The better question might be: Will he survive next week's episode? At least a couple of bodies will pile up as seemingly every thug in Harlan County tries to kill Drew Thompson, despite his being in Marshal Service's custody. That leads to a number of intense, hold-your-breath standoffs between Raylan and Boyd as well as a particularly bloody showdown between Boyd and Mike O'Malley's Nicky Augustine. Somebody will lose a body part....
What's coming up on Parks and Recreation? Something about Ron, please. — Danny
NATALIE: Although Ron punching Jamm in the face was pretty much the best part of Ben and Leslie's wedding — other than them actually getting hitched, of course — our favorite bacon-loving director of the Parks Department may come to regret that moment. "There is an episode down the line where his actions come back to affect him," executive producer Mike Schur tells me. "Councilman Jamm is not an easily forgiving person, so suffice it to say, there will be ramifications."
Natalie's Mega Rave: What a difference a host makes! Justin Timberlake restored my faith in Saturday Night Live hosts — and fortunately my favorite mother lovers came along for a ride. Here's to Timberlake eventually getting inducted into the 10-timers club.
Adam's Mini Rant: Thanks, Lena Dunham and Girls! I've never been more afraid of Q-Tips in my life!
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(Additional reporting by Hanh Nguyen, Liz Raftery and Kate Stanhope)