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Mega Buzz: Supernatural's Foe, Diaries Side Effects and a Mentalist Confession

Jensen Ackles, Nina Dobrev, Simon Baker

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.

Can you give us any more information about Bartholomew on Supernatural? —Gina
ADAM:
 Let's just say that he might pose a few more problems for the Winchester boys than previous angel Naomi did. "Bartholomew set out to be a headhunter to kind of rule the roost, whereas Naomi was more in the business of trying to preserve heaven and ruling that landscape," Jensen Ackles tells us. "With that comes [new] rules of the game." And those new rules are likely to more deadly. "Bartholomew is malicious in a way that Naomi wasn't," Misha Collins says. "She would engage in torture, but there's something more sinister about Bartholomew. He seems to me to be less sympathetic."

Any scoop on The Vampire Diaries? So many twists last week! —Tonya
NATALIE: Seriously. For one, Katherine getting her blood drained won't come without consequences... read more

Masters of Sex's Nicholas D'Agosto: Ethan Still Carries a Torch for Virginia

Nicholas D'Agosto

"If you were having a contest for the most sexually adventurous girl in the hospital, who would win?" Nicholas D'Agosto, who plays Dr. Ethan Haas on Showtime's Masters of Sex (Sunday, 10/9c), doesn't blame his character for his obsession with trying to find a sexually liberated woman. After all ... read more

The Weekend Playlist: Walking Dead Is Back, and So Is Homeland's Brody

Andrew Lincoln

It's raining zombies, quite literally, by the end of the first hour of The Walking Dead's fourth harrowing season (Sunday, 9/8c, AMC). And when it rains, it pours blood. Just how fans like it.

But it's in the pauses between the gruesome action, those eerie and unsettling silences, when we're reminded there's no rest for the living in a treacherous world where swarming walkers are constantly pressing against the prison-shelter gates, insatiable and relentless. In these quieter moments, Dead reinforces its claim as TV's greatest horror drama by making us care so desperately about the characters' humanity.

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The Weekend Playlist: Simpsons' Halloween Tradition, PBS's Paradise, More Witches

The Simpsons

Next to Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin, my favorite Halloween TV touchstone is The Simpsons' annual "Treehouse of Horror" special, with Mad Magazine-worthy parodies of things that go "D-oh!" in the night. It's airing unusually early this year in advance of post-season baseball pre-emptions, but what better way to get in the spirit — and as a bonus for the 24th edition (Sunday, 8/7c, Fox), horror maestro Guillermo Del Toro has designed an elaborate "couch gag" opening sequence that's a kaleidoscopic homage to... read more

Masters of Sex's Teddy Sears on Dr. Langham's Sex Scenes and Issues with Women

Teddy Sears

"This whole thing feels like Christmas or something!" Participating in the Masters and Johnson sex study is the gift that keeps on giving for Dr. Austin Langham (Teddy Sears) on Showtime's Masters of Sex (Sunday, 10/9c). read more

Just How Sexy Is Showtime's New Drama Masters of Sex?

Lizzy Caplan

It's clear that anyone tuning into Masters of Sex expects to see, well, lots of sex. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that viewers are using the series as some form of surrogate pornography, but rather are curious about how the series treats sex -- as smut? as science? as procreation? as titillation? In short, just how sexy is the sex on the show?
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Weekend Playlist: Masters of Sex and Homeland, Breaking Bad Finale on Jam-Packed Sunday

Caitlin Fitzgerald

All work and no foreplay makes Dr. William Masters anything but a dull boy.

With the assistance of a free-thinking single mother named Virginia Johnson, this renowned fertility specialist and pioneer in the study of sexual physiology challenges the repressive social mores of the late '50s, when Peyton Place is considered risqué and most people (according to Masters) "sit hunched in the dark like prudish cavemen filled with shame and guilt" when it came to thinking about sex.

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Veteran Broadcaster David Frost Dies at 74

David Frost

Veteran British broadcaster David Frost, who was famous for his interviews with former PresidentRichard Nixon, has died, his family told the BBCHe was 74.

Frost suffered from a suspected heart attack on Saturday night while aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship where he was due to speak. "His family are devastated and ask for privacy at this difficult time," a rep for Frost's family said in a statement to the BBC.

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Critic's Notebook: The CW and Showtime at TCA

Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo

Let's start with a little pop quiz from Tuesday's leg of the TCA press tour. Guess which network president summed up his programming philosophy this way — "The enemy of good television is boredom and predictability" — the head of The CW or the leader of Showtime?

If you guessed the latter, it really wasn't much of a guess, was it? Because few things are more predictable than a new CW fall programming slate, which hardly seems new at all: not with a Vampire Diaries spin-off on tap — The Originals, which could hardly be less original — and a remake of the British series The Tomorrow People that looks like any number of interchangeable CW shows about moody teens with superpowers (minus the ability to credibly emote). While CW president Mark Pedowitz discussed plans to introduce a possible Flash spin-off within Arrow this season, and to spin off the way-past-its-prime Supernatural with a show about hunters and monsters set in Chicago, you'd be forgiven for thinking the network's initials now stand for "Clone World." read more

Masters of Sex's Unconventional Sex Scenes Made Stars Feel "More Naked"

Master of Sex

By now, Masters of Sex star Michael Sheen has gotten used to nudity and watching sex acts performed in front of him.

"We've seen so many people do bizarre things in front of you, you get used to it," Sheen said at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Tuesday. "There's a naked woman in front of you masturbating ... and you almost don't notice."

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