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Mega Buzz: A Bones Death, Derek's Grey's Recovery and an NCIS Flashback

Emily Deschanel, Patrick Dempsey, Pauley Perrette

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 details on Brennan's near-death experience on Bones? — Destiny
ADAM:
"I am shot and I die," Emily Deschanel deadpans.  Fortunately, she continues, while Brennan is trapped between planes, she reunites (and has a heart-to-heart) with her long-dead mother, which could change Brennan's view of the world completely. "She has some big words of advice for me," Deschanel says. "You discover where Brennan's hyper-rational perspective came from, and ... her mother shatters it a bit. No one changes over night, but that does change Brennan and really seeps into her life."

Will Derek ever return to surgery on Grey's Anatomy? — Katie
NATALIE:
I posed that very question to executive producer Shonda Rhimes and her response may scare you... read more

Is American Idol Still Relevant in Season 12?

American Idol

To watch or not to watch? That is the question TVGuide.com examines as Idol enters the twilight of its tween years:

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Exclusive Arrow First Look: Seth Gabel Debuts as The Count

Seth Gabel

The Count is coming!

Fringe alum Seth Gabel will make his way to Arrow in the upcoming Wednesday, Jan. 30 episode, fittingly titled "Vertigo." The Count is actually based on DC Comics' supervillain Count Vertigo, though in Arrow's take, Vertigo will actually be the name of a drug that plagues Starling City.

That drug comes from The Count, so it should come as no surprise that when Thea (Willa Holland) falls victim to it, Oliver (Stephen Amell) will go after the man himself. "What gets Oliver into The Count's orbit and puts the two of them in conflict is actually a really personal motivation," executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells TVGuide.com. "Someone... read more

Exclusive Scandal Video: Will Edison Uncover Olivia's Affair with Fitz?

Kerry Washington

Olivia Pope is known for covering up all sorts of secrets, but what will she do when faced with the possibility that her own deepest, darkest secret will come out?

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This week's Scandal, titled "A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar" — you'll love who that's referring to — will put Olivia (Kerry Washington) in that position when Edison (Norm Lewis) accuses her of having an affair with (gasp!) the President of the United States (Tony Goldwyn). How will Olivia react? Check out a sneak peek at Edison's accusation below and hit the comments with your thoughts on how Olivia can weasel her way out of this one! read more

Exclusive Necessary Roughness Sneak Peek: T.K. Goes Toe-to-Toe with His Replacement

Mehcad Brooks

It may say "King" on the back of his jersey, but is Necessary Roughness' Terrence King (Mehcad Brooks) still king of the New York Hawks?

In this exclusive clip from the midseason premiere (Jan. 23 at 10/9c on USA), T.K. is (finally!) back on the field. Unfortunately his return is made not-so-triumphant by his mouthy replacement, Joe "Toes" Kittredge (Robbie Jones), who has no qualms about telling T.K. his pigskin skills aren't... read more

Exclusive: Blue Bloods Books Mark Moses

Mark Moses

Former Desperate Housewives and Mad Men star Mark Moses has booked a guest spot on CBS' Blue Bloods, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Moses will play Curtis Swint, a racist, xenophobic talk-radio host who visits New York for a live broadcast of his show. His outspoken views will force police commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) to choose between his sworn duty to ensure Swint's rights to free speech and assembly, and his own personal creed of tolerance and equality.... read more

Exclusive Suburgatory Sneak Peek: Which Shay Is Hiding Out in George's Basement?

Suburgatory

Suburgatory's Chatswin is a quiet place. So when George (Jeremy Sisto) hears something go bump in the night during dinner, he goes down to the basement to see what's causing the odd noise.

In this exclusive sneak peek from Wednesday's episode (9:30/8:30c on ABC), George discovers something much more horrifying than a rat or insect in his house — he discovers a... read more

NCIS Boss on Double-Death Twist: What's Next for Ziva and Vance?

Cote de Pablo, NCIS

When NCIS goes for an emotional gut-punch, it always hits hard.

In last week's episode, the veteran CBS drama walloped its audience with not one, but two deaths, as a shooting spree at the home of Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) took the lives of both Ziva's father Eli (Michael Nouri) and Vance's wife Jackie (Paula Newsome). 

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"I just couldn't help myself," executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TVGuide.com of the body count. "This is a story line that we've actually been thinking about for a long time — all the way back to last spring. I pulled Rocky Carroll aside and told him I was thinking of this scenario, and we really talked it through. We talked about the doors it would open for his character and things that this character would have to face as a single dad and as a widower. It all seemed exciting. It was new material and a new direction for Vance."

Indeed, Tuesday's episode ... read more

Fringe Oral History: Building the World of "Science Fact"

Fringe

A mad scientist, his genius prodigal son and a noble FBI agent compose the surrogate family at the core of Fox's supernatural drama Fringe that, under the direction of sci-fi kingpin J.J. Abrams (Lost), struggled through five low-rated seasons of endlessly fascinating twists and turns that, quite literally, attempted to tell the story of the universe, er, universes. It will all come to an auspicious end Friday at 8/7c, in what devotees hope will be a satisfying ending to the little series that could... read more

Parenthood Boss on Sarah's Choice, Julia's "Wrenching" Battle and Hope for Amber and Ryan

Parenthood

With the success of reality series such as Teen Mom and High School Moms, TV is no stranger to teen pregnancy. However, it's still widely the exception rather than the rule that a scripted character — on a network show no less — will have an abortion. But after riding a wave of critical and commercial success thanks to its honest-to-life depictions of breast cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others, Parenthood tackled the issue head-on in last week's episode. One minute, Drew (Miles Heizer) was worrying about college acceptance letters and the next, he was watching his girlfriend walk through the door at Planned Parenthood to take care of the unwelcome surprise. "We attempted to tell the story in a way that was balanced and would be fair to people watching the show who might have different points of view," showrunner Jason Katims tells TVGuide.com. "We've really been able to tackle difficult subjects in a way that is very honest and that's what we really were trying to do."

With just two episodes left in Parenthood's fourth season (Tuesday at 10/9c on NBC), Katims discussed the decision behind the shocking plot point, Sarah's (Lauren Graham) big decision between Mark (Jason Ritter) and Hank (Ray Romano), why there's hope for Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ryan (Matt Lauria) and previews one of his favorite scenes from... read more

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