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Mega Buzz: Ziva's NCIS Exit, Arrow's New Villains, and a New Good Wife Lover

Cote de Pablo, Stephen Amell, Archie Panjabi

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them at @Adam_Bryant and @NatalieAbrams.

So, how will NCIS actually write Ziva's exit from the show? — Samantha
ADAM:
Given that Ziva was one of three agents who resigned to protect Gibbs, it actually won't be that far-fetched. The season will open with a two-parter that features Colin Hanks returning to threaten Gibbs, prompting a team reunion. "Ziva is out in the ether and Tony has to go off and find her," executive producer Gary Glasbgerg says. "The second episode is really all about Tony and Ziva, and, I hope, delivers all the things the Tiva fans are going to want." Adds Michael Weatherly: "The will they/won't they is answered. Tony's going to be forced to face this Sword of Damocles that's been hanging over him since Season 3." That's Greek for "they're totally gonna do it," right? ... read more

Exclusive Mentalist Postmortem: Robin Tunney Breaks Down the Big Red John Reveal

Robin Tunney and Simon Baker

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 5 finale of The Mentalist. Read at your own risk.]

And then there were seven.

The Mentalist finale: Who is Red John?

As promised, The Mentalist's Season 5 finale found Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) narrowing down the list of people who could possibly be his serial killer nemesis Red John to just seven names. But in a final twist and display of power, Red John "changed the game" by predicting — in the form of a video message from the now-dead Lorelei Martins (Emmanuelle Chriqui) no less! — which seven names Jane was going to end with. He also shared this parting threat: "I'm going to start killing again, often. Until you catch me, or I catch you."

Creator Bruno Heller insists that one of these suspects is indeed Red John... read more

The Mentalist Finale: Who Is Red John?

Simon Baker

By the end of The Mentalist's Season 5 finale, viewers will finally know Red John's real name.

On Sunday's episode (10/9c, CBS), Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) narrows down his list of suspects to seven people. And despite the twists and tricks of the past (remember Bradley Whitford as Red John?), creator and executive producer Bruno Heller insists that one of the names on Jane's list is indeed his serial-killing nemesis.

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"The cards are up on the table and they're the real cards," Heller tells TVGuide.com... read more

Pilot Season: Mandy Moore to Star Opposite Benjamin McKenzie in CBS' The Advocates

Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore may find her way to TV this fall after all.

Moore, who was previously attached to ABC's Pulling, has landed the leading role opposite Benjamin McKenzie in CBS' The Advocates, TVGuide.com has learned.

In the drama pilot... read more

Lorelei Returns to The Mentalist on a Murderous Mission

Emmanuelle Chriqui

As fans of The Mentalist know only too well, you'd have to be nuts to purposely piss off Red John. But that's just what will happen in Sunday's ­episode, titled "There Will Be Blood," when the serial killer's accomplice, Lorelei Martins, goes rogue. Played by Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui, the needy, high-strung Lorelei packs an all-purpose gym bag of devastation (gun, Taser, rope, handcuffs) and sets out to avenge the murder of her sister Miranda — a crime that... read more

Pilot Season: Is Southland Doomed? Benjamin McKenzie to Star in CBS' The Advocates

Benjamin McKenzie

Should fans be worried about the future of Southland? Benjamin McKenzie has been tapped to star in the CBS pilot The Advocates.

McKenzie will play... read more

The Complete Pilot Report: CBS Has Beverly Hills Cop, Josh Holloway and Toni Collette

Eddie Murphy, Toni Collette

The fall TV season is taking shape. Networks have ordered dozens of new pilots starring familiar faces like Lost's Josh Holloway, Andy Samberg, The Office's Ellie Kemper and Malin Akerman (Watchmen), and from proven producers like J.J. Abrams, Arrow's Greg Berlanti, David Shore (House) and Joss Whedon.

To keep track of who's doing what, read our complete list of all the series projects in contention — there are nearly 100! — and check back for updates on their status. Here are the CBS pilots: (Click here for ABC, CW, Fox and NBC.) read more

Pilot Season: CBS Orders Comedy Based on Bad Teacher, Drama From Mentalist Creator

Cameron Diaz

CBS is hot for teacher — Bad Teacher, that is. The network has ordered a comedy pilot based on the 2011 big-screen black comedy of the same name starring Cameron Diaz.

Happy Endings writer Hilary Winston will write the... read more

On the Set: The Mentalist Goes Back in Time for the 100th Episode

Simon Baker

Think about it. We're now five seasons into The Mentalist and we still don't know all that much about Simon Baker's title character — the sad, tormented, ultra-private Patrick Jane. What happened to him right after the murder of his wife and daughter by the mad slasher Red John? Is it true he was in a mental hospital under suicide watch? And, if so, how did he ever get his act together to join the major crimes unit at the CBI? To celebrate the 100th episode of the CBS series, creator-exec producer Bruno Heller is flashing back — eight years to be exact — to cough up a few answers. Prepare for a... read more

Mega Buzz: A "More Lethal" Beckett, a Revenge Triangle and Revolution Fallout

Stana Katic, Emily Van Camp, Tracy Spiradakos

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

I'm worried that Castle has nowhere to take Beckett now that her mom's murder has been solved. Make me feel better? — Valerie
ADAM:
Stana Katic doesn't think you should be worried. "There's a certain amount of closure, but it doesn't mean that the tale is done," she says. In fact, Katic is finding it much more fun to play the "new" Beckett. "She's more lethal because she's thinking more clearly. She's not running on emotion anymore," she says. "She's become more dangerous to the bad guys." Sounds like Castle better stay in line!

Will Emily get Revenge on Ashley for dating Daniel? — Mary
NATALIE:
She certainly has a few tricks up her sleeve. "You're going to find that Ashley is not a random friend for Emily," creator Mike Kelley tells us. "There's... read more

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