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I want some Parks and Recreation news, STAT! — John
NATALIE: Is a Pawnee progeny on the way? It would make sense, now that Ben and Leslie are tying the knot. But then why is Ann looking at sperm donors? "She's on this whole self-discovery kick and she is exploring all of her options for her future," executive producer Mike Schur tells us. Who else thinks that Jean-Ralphio will be involved somehow?
Give me some Revolution scoop! It's going to be a long four months! — Sarah
ADAM: Want to know more about Miles and Nora's past? You got it! "It's a little twist on their history. It's not exactly what you think it would be," Daniella Alonso tells us. Allow co-executive producer David Rambo to elaborate: "She and Miles blew stuff up. They would work for anybody: bounty hunters, militia, drug lords. ...They were mercenaries — and they loved it." The show will also peel back some layers on another duo. "We are going to learn a lot more about Randall and Grace," Rambo teases. "Especially Randall, and the project that lead to the lights going out and Randall's association with the Mathesons."
How will Elena cope with her breakup from Stefan on The Vampire Diaries? — Jodi
NATALIE: The very last way you'd expect — though it may make some fans happy. The big question now becomes: Why? Are Elena's intentions pure?
Is there anything you can tell us about McGee on NCIS? — Tara, via Twitter
ADAM: McGee's upcoming undercover mission with Fornell and Gibbs' ex-wife Diane (returning guest star Melinda McGraw) will be very uncomfortable for him. "She ends up having to spend the night with McGee, and you can only imagine what sort of comes out of that," executive producer Gary Glasberg says with a laugh. "This is a woman who is very sharp and very shrewd," he says. "This a situation that she can't help but have some fun with, and she takes full advantage of that. McGee is absolutely terrified."
I love seeing Jake and Puck together on Glee! Will we get more of the Puckerman brothers soon? — Alice
NATALIE: Yes, Glee's holiday episode will set the stage for the brothers' reunion, as well as the introduction of Jake's mother. "[Aisha Tyler] starts in our Christmas episode and you really get all of the details of their whole backstory — what happened with Jake and his mom and the dad, so you'll definitely get to explore that whole scenario," Jacob Artist tells us. The best part? The Puckerman boys will duet on "Hanukkah Oh Hannukkah." We'll light the menorah to that!
Isn't it a little too soon for Chin to have a new love interest on Hawaii Five-0 ? His wife just died! — Elizabeth
ADAM: It's a fair point, but rest assured the show will be delving into how Chin is doing in the wake of the trauma he suffered earlier this season. Unfortunately, Chin may not be doing so well. "He's been keeping all this anger suppressed and you find out that he's been channeling it in an interesting way," executive producer Peter Lenkov tells us. "The team thinks he's moved past [Malia's death] and found a good place, but you're going to find out ... he hasn't been sharing what he's feeling with his family. And you ask yourself: Why?" More bad news: Chin's revenge killing of Frank Delano will not go unpunished. "That's going to come back to bite him in the ass," Lenkov teases. "There's going to be payback for what he did."
Will LaGuerta ever figure out who the Bay Harbor Butcher is on Dexter? — Winston
NATALIE: LaGuerta and Matthews will return to the scene of a particular crime that will send them down a path that can only end with Dexter — and they know it. But someone else who gets too close to the things Dexter cares about most will pay the ultimate price this week, marking a series-long turning point for our favorite serial killer.
Parenthood has been so good this season. What else is coming up for the Braverman clan? — Maria
ADAM: A new baby Braverman! But don't break out the sparkling cider just yet. The impending arrival, which is revealed in one of the last episodes of the season, is a huge shock for this beloved couple — and one that is guaranteed to send shockwaves through the rest of the extended family. That is, if they ever find out about it. So who's the lucky couple? Leave your best guesses in the comments!
I'm so excited about the Huntress on Arrow! — Maya
NATALIE: Me too! But talk about an awkward double date: Oliver and Helena will join Tommy and Laurel for a dinner that will make Birds of Prey fanboys squeal. Helena will also be a different kind of love interest for Oliver than Laurel could ever be. "In talking to her and getting to know her, Oliver realizes that, in some ways, she's the only person in the world who truly understands him because Helena has a very tragic backstory as well," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says.
I liked Finlay's ex on CSI last week. Will we see him again? — Janice
ADAM: Although there's no official word that the character will pop up again, "I would love for him to come back," Elisabeth Shue says. "I'm open to Finn growing up and having a real relationship." Perhaps one of the things keeping Finn from settling down is her strange connection to D.B. Russell. But Shue doesn't see that ever becoming physical. "I think it has to be [platonic] as long as he stays married," she says. "I don't think she's that kind of person and he's definitely not that type of person. I like that there's a barrier. It's great to have two people that really, on some level, want to be together and not be able to be together because that's where chemistry comes in."
On American Horror Story, is the devil really in the nun or what? — Rick
NATALIE: Or what. We will find out exactly who (or what) is inside Sister Eunice, and how he, she or it is related to Frances Conroy's mysterious character. Conroy gives us a few clues: "I enter into everyone's lives and I'm very helpful," she says. "I wear a very nice hat with feathers on it. I play an important role in people's lives. I've been in some scary moments, but I haven't had to do anything scary." That said, she will inadvertently harm someone who you couldn't imagine suffering any further.
Anything cool coming up on Leverage? — Philip
ADAM: Ever wonder what Nate & Co. might have done if they were in Inception? Wonder no more. Next Tuesday's episode finds the team manipulating a man's dreams in order to find answers about why he wants to sell off his company. It's a challenge unlike any the team has faced before, mostly because they're trying to help their mark rather than take him down. As such, the risky con puts everyone on edge, including Hardison and Spencer, who have a rather bromantic spat, and Parker, who must relive some personal trauma to save the mission.
Natalie's Mega Rave: Thank goodness Homeland's Mike finally put whiny Dana in her place! We'd never wish ill will on a child, but we were getting close!
Adam's Mini Rant: Sorry, X Factor, but you're not ever going to make CeCe Frey happen. (Ditto Khloe Kardashian.)
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(Additional reporting by Sadie Gennis and Kate Stanhope)