Mega Buzz: A Castle Kiss, a Grey's Partner Swap and a Major House Showdown
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I hear there's going to be a kiss in Castle's 1940s film noir episode. Is that true? — Erin
ADAM: After chatting with Stana Katic, my money is on a kiss... and much, much more. "What fans will see is probably the fulfillment of what most any fan would like to see happen with the Castle and Beckett relationship," Katic says of the episode, in which Castle daydreams about a detective who falls in love with a gangster's moll (played in Castle's fantasy by Beckett, of course). "Fans will be seeing the ultimate expression of love for those two characters." Ultimate expression of love? Is that what the kids are calling it these days?
How will Owen and Cristina be changed in Grey's Anatomy's alternate universe? — Vanessa
NATALIE: For one, they're not together. Owen is actually with Callie (!?), and executive producer Shonda Rhimes calls that relationship "the largest mistake of both of their lives." As for Cristina, well... "It's the idea that without Meredith to be her ally in anything, and if Meredith hadn't been there to cut her out of that wedding dress, who would Cristina have been?" Rhimes asks. "She's just a fundamentally different person, and, I think, a lonely one."
I need some House scoop, stat! — Ted
ADAM: Look for all hell to break loose when Emmy winner Jeffrey Wright visits Princeton Plainsboro as Foreman's old mentor who is arbitrating a case against House. "Jeffrey's character really decides the fate of the series — he puts House's process on trial," executive producer Greg Yaitanes says. "These are questions we've never really asked of the series before, one of which is: What is the responsibility of everybody in an environment of recklessness? I think every character is forever changed by the events that take place in that episode."
I'm so happy Lea Michele will be back on Glee next season! Will Cory Monteith be back too? — Remi
NATALIE: Though Finn is graduating, we can confirm that Cory will return. "Rachel and Finn's relationship will very much be setting the scene and pace for the beginning of Season 4," Monteith says. "They're going to be a very central part of the show." Michele teases that we'll see them trying to find a compromise when it comes to their respective dreams -- or in Finn's case, lack thereof.
Give me some really good Bones news to keep me excited when the show goes on hiatus. — Lacy
ADAM: Thursday's episode (the last for at least a couple months) introduces the show's new villain (Andrew Leeds), who, it sounds like, will cause Booth and Brennan plenty of headaches. "Hopefully by the end of the season, he will change the course of the series for a little bit," executive producer Stephen Nathan says, promising a Season 7 cliff-hanger to rival last year's pregnancy reveal. "It's going to put [Booth and Brennan] in a completely different situation than they've been in before professionally. And that will affect them personally to a large, large extent."
Fringe is returning! Scoop, please. — Dick
NATALIE: There's a mole in the over-there Fringe Division, and he's in cahoots with a pretty nasty guy who we've met before. No, it's not Walternate, but he makes a brilliant return in Friday's midseason premiere. You'll barely recognize him though.
Anything on Person of Interest would be nice. — Val, via Twitter
ADAM: Ever wonder what would happen if Reese was manning the surveillance station and Finch was out roaming the streets? You'll find out in Thursday's episode, in which Reese keeps tabs on an apartment super who may be stalking one of his tenants while he recovers from a gunshot wound. And while Finch is at large, he comes up with clever ways to get the CIA off Reese's trail and to give Detective Carter a first-hand look at exactly what Reese and Finch's game is.
What can you tell us about Braveheart's Angus Macfadyen, the final villain on Chuck? — Harry
NATALIE: We turned to series star Yvonne Strahovski to get the scoop on his character, Nicholas Quinn, a former CIA agent-turned-mercenary. "He takes something away from Chuck and Sarah, and it may not necessarily be something physical." For a guy who used to have a supercomputer in his brain, this could be really bad news.
Suburgatory is my favorite new show. Got any spoilers? —Michelle
ADAM: Yeah, a doozy: Dallas and Stephen are getting divorced! Look for Dalia to seek the help of a James Lipton-like therapist to deal with her parents' split. Oh, and George, you might want to change your locks.
What's coming up for Leslie and Ben on Parks and Recreation? — Maggie
NATALIE: "Ben is going to try to figure out what to do with his life," executive producer Mike Schur tells us. "We'll see him pursuing hobbies that he's always wanted to pursue. He's starting to grow a beard and wearing a Letters to Cleo concert T-shirt from 1996 and he's in couch potato mode. Leslie and her new Bad News Bears team put together their first event to relaunch the campaign and those two stories will intersect in a way that will explain the rest of the season." We vote for Ben as her campaign manager!
What can you tell me about Baby Hope on Raising Hope? — Philip
ADAM: You know how they say the cutest babies always grow up to be strippers? (They don't?) In any case, an upcoming flashforward will feature a 21-year-old Hope, and Jimmy's pride and joy knows her way around a pole, ifuknowhutimsayin.
How will Bobby feel about Grayson and Jules getting married on Cougar Town? — Otis
NATALIE: "He's genuinely happy because he loves Jules and Grayson and he's supportive, but he's also lonely and he wants that kind of relationship for himself," Brian Van Holt says. "He's growing up a little bit and he realizes it's something that he misses." Enter Scrubs' Sarah Chalke, who will play Travis' photography professor... and Bobby's new love interest.
Natalie's Mega Rave: Contract negotiations aside, Grey's Anatomy will likely return for another season, says ABC prez Paul Lee. Now let's hope that Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey are as amenable as he is to the idea.
Adam's Mini Rant: Hey, American Idol judges/producers: When you're the No. 1 show on TV, you don't talk like this.
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(Additional reporting by Kate Stanhope)