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What's coming up on Grey's Anatomy? — Heather
NATALIE: A breakup! One of the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital couples will be calling it quits after some serious dishonesty in the relationship. Shonda Rhimes would have my head if I told you who, but I'll give you this one hint: It's not Meredith and Derek.
What can you tell me about the new season of Mad Men? —Juliet
ADAM: Lane Pryce's suicide — and indeed the darkness of mortality itself — looms large over the new season, both literally and creatively. (No more lyrical, stirring speeches about slide projectors!) When one character goes missing, it's Betty whose attempt at self-sacrifice leads her, predictably, back to Narcissus' mirror. And here's a fun game you can play when you watch the season premiere: Guess what year it is just based on all the new facial hairscapes.
Things have been so awkward between Alicia and Will since they kissed on The Good Wife. Are they going to jump back in the sack or what? — Amber
ADAM: Not exactly, but you will see some very steamy scenes when Alicia's memories of a murdered client (Fringe's John Noble, who hands in a stellar performance) also bring back flashes of her time with Will. When someone else — cough, Laura, cough —inquires about Will's availability, Alicia is forced to make a decision between him and Peter. Sure, it seems obvious that she would choose Peter, but those flashbacks are pretty, uh, convincing.
I want some scoop on New Girl! — Jaime
NATALIE: Get ready for Cece's bachelorette party! Jess will throw the affair, which will also mark the returns of Dr. Sadie and Cece's roommate Nadia. While Jess is partying with the ladies, Nick will have a more daunting task for Shrivang's bachelor party. He has to take a picture of Shrivang's penis for Cece, who's never seen him naked. Yowza!
When is the so-called "next chapter" of Joe's plan going to begin on The Following? — Will
ADAM: Good question! Even James Purefoy admits that it seems like Joe and his followers are just kind of waiting around. But there's a reason. "Joe is really all about Joe," Purefoy says. "Until he gets Claire and Joey together with him, he's not particularly interested into moving on to anything else. ... People are beginning to realize that there's a dual plan: one that they've been told about and another that... [only] Joe's thinking about." But that strategy may not pay off for him in the long run. "Although Joe claims to have dozens and dozens of people who will die for him, he starts running out," Purefoy teases.
Is winter here yet? I need some Game of Thrones scoop to hold me over until the premiere! — Philip
NATALIE: Watch out, Khaleesi! When Daenerys visits Slaver's Bay to recruit help for her quest to reclaim the Iron Throne, another attempt will be made on her life. Never fear though. We won't lose the dragon mother that easily. A familiar face arrives unexpectedly to save her, and this person could provide important insight into her enemy.
I can't believe Klaus and Haley hooked up! Will that continue on The Vampire Diaries spin-off? — Charlie
NATALIE: Not so fast. While we loved the fact that Klaus finally got some, Joseph Morgan says this is not a story line that will continue on The Originals. "Because we were the first people cast — myself, Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin — it's easy to assume that it'll be a love triangle with Haley and the two brothers, but it's something so utterly different," Morgan says, adding, "That would be a cheap shot to have a carbon copy of The Vampire Diaries, which [the spin-off] really isn't." Well, it was fun while it lasted.
What can you tell me about Deacon's new love interest on Nashville? — Heather
ADAM: Although the character, played by Susan Misner, is a veterinarian, she is also a West Coast Nashville transplant — which means she's not intimidated by Deacon's celebrity status. And although Deacon is drawn to her "outsider" ways —a tour of the city ends in Deacon's bedroom — she's none too impressed by the way he just drops everything for a gig.
Do you have any scoop on the Arrow season finale? — John
NATALIE: The finale will include a "seminal moment in Oliver's evolution on the island," executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells me, noting that the climax of the season in flashback will be as pivotal as the one in present day. "What's Fyres up to, where do Yao-Fei's allegiances lie, why is Shado on the island, the missile launcher that you saw at the end of Episode 16; all these things will get paid off in the last episode of Season 1."
What can you tell me about Ryan's undercover episode on Castle? — Brittney
ADAM: When the team's murder investigation leads to an Irish crime family Ryan once infiltrated, he dusts off his old tough-guy persona (and clothes), which comes as a major shock to his colleagues. "He's mild-mannered and he's a family man. We always see him in the sweater vests and the ties," Seamus Dever jokes. But perhaps worse, Ryan has to reconnect with an old flame, which he can't tell his wife. "It cuts close to the bone," Dever says. "He can't explain all the things and he doesn't want to scare her and tell her that he's walking back into the hornet's nest."
Got any scoop on 2 Broke Girls? — Larissa
NATALIE: Caroline gets fired from the diner! Speaking of jobs, the ladies dabble in the TV world as extras, but when they find out they may need to sleep their way into a speaking role, Caroline balks. Back to the breadline for her! What about Max? Oh please, she'll totally keep her job, if you know what I mean.
I really liked Bates Motel. Any teases of what's to come? — Kevin
ADAM: Norma and Norman's trouble with the law is far from over. In fact, before helping his mother dispose of the body of Keith Summers, Norman actually kept a souvenir that could potentially ruin them both. Plus: We'll get a first look at Norman's killer instinct during an argument with his brother Dylan. But ask yourself this: Why can't Norman remember the fight?
Natalie's Mega Rave: The ladies of Once Upon a Time — specifically Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parrilla — showed real heart, heh, in Sunday's episode. Here's hoping that Emmy voters were watching.
Adam's Mini Rant: Hey, American Idol: Revealing the contestants' ranking each week was a bad, suspense-deflating idea when X Factor tried it. So why are you bothering?
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(Additional reporting by Hanh Nguyen, Liz Raftery, Robyn Ross and Kate Stanhope)