Mega Buzz: SVU and Elementary's Finales, and a Modern Family Road Trip
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Can you share some details about the SVU finale? — Ben
ADAM: As a matter of fact, I have some exclusive casting scoop! Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, A Gifted Man) will play a charming but vicious man suspected of rape — and possibly murder. (One of his alleged victims is an aging photographer played by Judith Ivey). Rollins becomes fixated on busting the guy, but when the detectives can't find a single shred of physical evidence and their eyewitness turns up dead, he may walk free. And trust us, that's very bad news for Detective Benson.
Got any scoop on the Elementary finale? — Norman
NATALIE: First of all, there's this. Then this. And, oh yeah, this. But if that isn't enough, I've exclusively learned that Nurse Jackie's Dominic Fumusa (aka Jackie's ex) will guest-star in the finale as Mr. Gerard, the bodyguard of a Greek politician who is embroiled in the case of the week. Sherlock, of course, will soon discover that Gerard is protecting more than his client; he has secrets.
I'd love some info on the upcoming Modern Family episodes. — Melanie
ADAM: Who's ready for a family road trip? When one of Phil's clients offers to loan the Dunphy clan one of his RVs for the summer, Phil enthusiastically organizes a quick weekend test drive. But Claire, who insists the kids can't handle a long ride together, eventually picks a fight among the children to prove her point. During the melee, lots of family secrets emerge, including Haley's (failed) attempt to become a Laker Girl. Oddly, it's that tidbit that saves the outing from ending in total disaster.
I loved the first 10 minutes of Sunday's Once Upon a Time! Please give me some scoop on that episode! — Sharlene
NATALIE: Regina is in a very shocking (heh) position, but it's who comes to her aid that'll really shock you. In an attempt to fix her blackened heart, Snow and Charming will enlist Rumple to help track her down. But all magic comes with a price: This particular spell will connect Regina and Snow in a very dangerous way.
The Following's cliff-hanger is killing me! Any hints about who will be coming back next year? — Dan
ADAM: Are Joe and Claire alive? That remains the biggest question, but I can say with certainty that Ryan Hardy will live to bungle another lead. But if Joe's dead, who'll Ryan chase? Infer what you will from this news: Executive producer Marcos Siega tells us that fan favorite Emma (Valorie Curry) and Ryan's partner Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) will have larger roles in Season 2.
Do you have any Nick-and-Jess scoop for the New Girl finale? — Heather
NATALIE: At Jess' behest, Nick will put hos before bros when Schmidt asks him to help sabotage Cece's wedding, according to Jake Johnson. "Nick doesn't help the guys because he's trying to be considerate of Jess' feelings, which leads him into a weird spiral," aka relationship clarity. "They put a name to what it is and make a decision to how they're going to move forward."
Is there any hope for a relationship between Kalinda and Cary, given how The Good Wife ended? — Samantha
ADAM: Yes! Although Cary appeared to screw over Kalinda by choosing Robyn to work at his new firm, Matt Czuchry (spelled the usual way) hints that it may actually foster a reunion. "Because they're not working at the same place, there may be a chance for more life for that relationship," he says. But won't Kalinda hold a grudge? Czuchry is optimistic. "Certainly there are... fences that are going to need some mending, but they've been able to do that in the past," he says.
Is Klaroline totally over now that The Originals was picked up? — Lisa
NATALIE: Not necessarily, and certainly not this season! When we asked Joseph Morgan about the "surprising encounter" that's being teased between the two this week, he told us, "It's going to come in the guise of an olive branch, and then it'll start as something that I think people have wanted for a long time — but we'll see where it goes." Could this be the kiss that some of you have been waiting for?!
I need some NCIS: LA scoop on Kensi and Deeks. Will the box return? — Chelsea
ADAM: Sort of. Executive producer Shane Brennan says that what the box symbolizes will be explored. "If you look at the box as a ratcheting up of their personal relationship, you will not be disappointed," Brennan says. "There is a very poignant moment between Kensi and Deeks in the finale that will surprise everyone." How poignant, you ask? Let's just say that people do crazy things when they're about to die.
I can't believe The Americans finale is this week! What can you tease? — Samuel
NATALIE: As the meeting with the colonel draws near, Phillip and Elizabeth will find themselves heading into a trap — and only one of them will come out unscathed. Yes, someone will die in Wednesday's finale, and it will come at the hands of a very surprising familiar face.
Why don't you ever show Doctor Who any love? — Noah
ADAM: Well, in the upcoming episode, "The Crimson Horror," the good Doctor meets someone who develops quite a dangerous crush on him. (She even gives him a funny pet name!) What's more, we'll see the Time Lord lock lips with a lovely lady... who isn't his companion Clara! As for the episode's titular "horror," let's just say that one character has a very close (and kind of disgusting) relationship that is key to solving the episode's mystery.
Is there any good news for Tom Haverford in the Parks and Recreation finale? — Beth
NATALIE: For once, yes! "Tom's business has gone well enough and has made a big enough impression that he's attracting the notice of some bigger fish in the business community," executive producer Mike Schur tells me. "He gets approached in the finale and is presented with a situation." Here's hoping Jean-Ralphio won't mess this one up!
Natalie's Mega Rave: Sure, How I Met Your Mother's gimmickry has really tested our patience of late, but we loved Barney's failed-turned-epic bachelor party, especially when it was revealed that Karate Kid's William Zabka was the clown the whole time! Bravo.
Adam's Mini Rant: Come on, Bones. Couldn't Booth and Brennan at least have their moment of happiness over the summer before this Pelant arc ripped it away?
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(Additional reporting by Hanh Nguyen, Liz Raftery, Robyn Ross and Kate Stanhope)