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Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Josh Holloway (Lost) and T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy)

Every week, senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

I know you guys have some hints about Lost's finale. Don't hold out. — Joseph
TIM:
ABC's promos spoil that Sawyer, Kate and Juliet return to the island, so we asked Patrick Fischler (aka the Dharma Initiative's Phil) what could possibly turn the sub around. "Let me see, how do I put this? Sawyer," he said. Fischler says Phil plays an "interesting part" in a season finale that answers lots of questions, but ends with a game-changing cliff-hanger. Might Phil face the music for belting Juliet last week? "I think Sawyer may have to have a little payback," says Fischler. Look for our full Q&A with the actor, whose credits also include Southland and Mad Men, next week.

What can you spill about the Grey's Anatomy season finale? Are we definitely saying goodbye to George and T.R. Knight? — Kellie
MATT: Yes, there are rumors swirling that the finale not only paves the way for George's departure ... read more

NCIS Preview: "You Are Witnessing the Calm Before the Storm"

Merik Tadros with Cote de Pablo, NCIS

There are just two episodes to go in this season of CBS' NCIS, and playing a sizable role in them is Michael Rivkin, the Mossad agent who last week surfaced in bed alongside Ziva. This Tuesday, Tony finally gets some quality face time with Rivkin, and it's unlikely either gent will be smiling. Merik Tadros, who plays Rivkin, shared a look at what's to come.

TVGuide.com: So, the elusive Michael Rivkin is now among us....
Merik Tadros: [Laughs] Yes, apparently so. 

TVGuide.com: Did they tell you, back during [the Season 6 premiere] "Last Man Standing," that they had plans for you to return, but that you'd have to sit tight?
Tadros: The way they set it up, I figured I would make some sort of comeback at one point, but I never knew when it was going to be. I had no idea. 

TVGuide.com: You have not exactly endeared yourself to fans landing in bed with Ziva.
Tadros: Yeah, I had a sense that people would probably be angry ... read more

Mega Minute: Can Lost's Jacob Be Killed? Plus 24, Cold Case

Now playing in this week's Mitovich Mega Minute:

• As 24 stages another enjoyable showdown 'tween warring computer wonks Chloe and Janice, the question looms: Might Janeane Garofalo be kept around for next season? I've got Mary Lynn Rajskub's take on her real-life gal pal's possible encore.

• If Cold Case gets picked up for seventh season, what new ordeals await Lilly Rush? Kathryn Morris shares a sneak peek.

• And as Lost's two-hour season-ender nears, I have to wonder: Can Jacob even be killed, as Locke aspires to do? Michael Emerson shares his qualified (and always-entertaining) two cents.

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Getting Lost: Richard Alpert Theories Revealed, and More!

What is Richard Alpert, other than a kick-ass Maybelline pitchman?

Featured in this week's installment of TVGuide.com's Getting Lost video series:

• Ben describes his mysterious former colleague as "an advisor," and one who has held that job "for a very, very long time." But really, who or what is Richard Alpert? I share the two prevailing theories submitted by TVGuide.com readers — one of which just got some added juice from this week's episode

• Has Jack gone off the reservation with his plan to detonate a 40,000-lb. hydrogen bomb, all in the name of "saving" everyone? Executive producer Damon Lindelof ... read more

Lost: Why Is Jack Such a Jerk?

Matthew Fox

Let's face it: Lately Jack Shepard has been kind of a jerk.

Lost's heroic surgeon, played by TV vet Matthew Fox, has seen some hard times since the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. Even the most strident Jack fans have questioned his leadership — and his character. With two episodes to go in Season 5, culminating in the two-hour season finale on May 13, we ask: When in the name of Alvar Hanso will Jack get his life-saving groove back? Read on to find out

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Mega Buzz on SVU, NCIS, Housewives, Private Practice & More

Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Mark Harmon (NCIS) and Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives)

Every week, senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Now that Michaela McManus has left Law & Order: SVU, is there any word on who will replace her as the ADA in the fall? Having Stephanie March back would be great. — Jose
MICKEY: By my count, there could potentially be four vacancies in the cast next season, including the two big guns, the ADA slot and another member of the SVU team who I'm hearing is going to die in the June 2 season finale. And while I agree that March returning would be great, all signs point to something similar to this season's "dual ADA" situation happening. Who would you cast? Send your suggestions and I'll bring them to the producers myself.

I heard a very nasty rumor that Michael Weatherly is leaving NCIS. When? Why? It would take an amazing actor to fill the hole left in Gibbs' family/team if Tony left. — Laura
MATT: It is entirely likely that Tony will be a victim of ... semantics. When I asked NCIS boss Shane Brennan about the rumor that Gibbs will lose a team member by season's end, he said ... read more

Mad Men Adds Jared Harris for Season 3

Jared Harris

The filming of Mad Men's third season just began Monday, and there's already a new face in the Sterling Cooper office.

Jared Harris has joined the acclaimed AMC drama for a 10-episode arc, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Harris will play Lane Pryce, Sterling Cooper's financial officer.

Harris recently appeared in a guest arc on Fringe and in the Oscar-winning film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The British actor also just signed on ... read more

Here We Go Again: Is Stella the Mother?

Stella's not out of Ted's life just yet.

Just when you thought she was out ... they pull her back in.

Sarah Chalke's Stella resurfaced at the end of CBS' How I Met Your Mother this week, and at a most interesting moment. Throughout the entire episode, Narrator Ted had set the stage for an encounter which, had it hot happened, his kids wouldn't be here today.

Now, mind Adult Ted's words carefully: Never did he tell his kids that this latest story — in which food poisoning, Barney's 200th conquest and an intervention all led his younger self to this run-in — was about meeting their mother. After all, Ted has ... read more

Which Idol Judges Will Be Back Next Season?

Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul

Simon Cowell has confirmed that all four Idol judges will return next season.

"I think certainly next year everyone's going to be back," he told Ellen DeGeneres during a pre-taped Tuesday appearance on her show ("Yeah, absolutely," he added.) Read on to see how Simon feels about having four judges...

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House Preview: Things Are About to Get "Pretty Hot"!

"Cuddy has a complicated relationship with men, it seems," says Edelstein. "She likes the screwed-up ones!"

Coming up this week on Fox's House (Mondays, 8 pm/ET), at least one sect of 'shippers will have their wildest dream come true when Dr. Crankpot and Cuddy (presumably) leave their animus on the nightstand in the name of getting horizontal.

"It's a pretty hot scene," Lisa Edelstein, who plays Cuddy, tells TVGuide.com. When we asked the actress if the characters' coupling was "good" and thus worth the long (long) wait, she answered ... read more

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