Every week, editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant answer your burning questions. Want some TV scoop? Please send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should House fans hold out any hope for more Huddy? — Maureen
MICKEY: Right now, the best I can promise you is that Dr. Crankypants will experience something of a thaw when it comes to Cuddy in next week's episode. There will still be scads of ice floes between them, but they'll look smaller, like in An Inconvenient Truth, except without all the dead polar bears and with Lucas.
I know it's a little early, but any scoop on what to expect from this year's NCIS finale? — Jackie
ADAM: It's never too early, Jackie! Especially not for executive producer Shane Brennan. "I'm a great believer in planning it out and knowing where we're going to land," he tells me. "The audience has already seen some of the elements — we've already started the finale in a way. You won't see it in every episode, but we'll tease it out. It'll be surprising, and [this year] it's going to be controversial."
Widmore, Ben, Locke, Jacob, Man in Black... will we ever find out who the good guys really are on Lost? — Lin
MICKEY: We asked Josh Holloway, who portrays Sawyer, one ethically complicated dude, what he thinks. "I think the whole beauty of this show and the intrigue has been the constant question of what is good and what is bad and what is right or wrong," he says. "That is the entire crux of the show, so no, you're never going to get a clear picture. You're going to be left with that question to answer for yourself." Next you'll be telling me the numbers are just... numbers!
I really like Sarah's new boyfriend on Brothers & Sisters. Is he going to stick around? — Gemma
ADAM: He'll be around at least until the Valentine's Day episode (Feb. 21), in which Sarah gets a whole lot more than candy and flowers: Gilles Marini's Luc makes a surprise return. "Sarah's going to have to make a decision about what she wants with her life," executive producer David Marshall Grant tells me. "Roy and her are in a good place right now, but Luc is one of those relationships that was really romantic for Sarah. I think she's going to have a pretty conflicted Valentine's Day."
Will Rachel and Finn ever get back together on Glee? — Benji
MICKEY: Will you forget about those two for a minute, please? Ryan Murphy tells us he was taken off guard by how involved fans were in the Will-Emma pairing. As a result, he and the writers are drafting a "relationship timeline" for the future couple. Yes, couple! Says Murphy: "We have a lot of conversations about 'When should they kiss again? When should they sleep together? Should they sleep together? Should they stay together?' We talk about that a lot." I'm hearing the spring episodes will make quick work of Terri and Will's separation, but that Emma's story line will be of the "be careful what you wish for" variety. Also: Before Rachel and Finn can walk off into the sunset, there's the small matter of Quinn's baby, who we'll also meet this spring.
I'll miss Dom on NCIS: Los Angeles. How is it going to affect the team members? — Christine
ADAM: Daniela Ruah says her character will become a little more vulnerable. But don't expect to see the tomboy in her go away, especially in the romance department. "Considering how difficult and independent she is, she's going to have to be swept off her feet somehow," she says. "For someone to break this hard outer core, he's going to have to drill away for a consistent amount of time to crack her open." (Is it getting hot in here... or is it just all that drilling?) Sex aside, she's going to need someone to lean on when she gets shot in an upcoming episode.
I'm not sure I even understand what the Desperate Housewives mystery is anymore. Didn't Angie reveal it all already? — Tricia
MICKEY: Um, nope. In fact, my mole tells me that Angie's protestor past might be one big red herring. Instead, we should be looking at Angie and Nick's relationship with their son. Or should I say her son?
Any cool cases coming up on CSI: NY? — Kyle
ADAM: Aye, laddie. By the harp of St. Seamus, indeed! The show's St. Patrick's Day-themed episode — which marks Madchen Amick's first appearance and also features Ian Ziering — involves the double murder of two young journalists investigating a gold fraud. Even better: The presumed murder weapon is of the 24-karat variety. Remind us not to follow that rainbow.
I want to see "over there" again on Fringe!!! — Dan
MICKEY: Me too, Dan! So I can't wait for Thursday's episode, titled "Jacksonville," in which a natural disaster blurs the boundary between "over there" and "over here," giving us a revealing look at how things are fundamentally different between the two. Brace yourself for some icky (though fantastic) effects and think back to that guy stuck in the bank vault way back when.
What's coming up on Castle? — Meg
ADAM: Castle's having daddy issues, which resurface when Castle and Beckett investigate a former major league baseball player's murder. Bringing the father theme full circle, Beckett — whose pops raised her to be a hardcore baseball fan — absolutely freaks out when the case forces her to cross paths with Joe Torre.
How bad do things look for Scrubs and Better Off Ted? — Emily
MICKEY: Pretty bad. We have it on good authority that both shows, despite being in-house favorites at ABC, are hanging by a thread and that, barring an abysmal pilot season for the network, neither will be back in the fall.
What's next for Maya on Private Practice? — Julie
ADAM: How's that old children's rhyme go? First comes pregnancy, then comes marriage? No? Well, anyway, wedding bells are in Maya's future, and the proposed walk down the aisle won't sit well with Naomi. Cooper and Charlotte, meanwhile, will be in the mood for more love after the wedding, something they will both regret almost immediately.
Adam's Mega Rave: It's no secret that I'm a Jon Hamm fan (I attend Maddicts Anonymous meetings weekly), but I loved watching him go for broke in a number of ridiculous SNL sketches. (Best examples: the Scott Brown sketch and the creepy "Sergio" digital short.) But nothing tops his testimonial during the closet organizer sketch. "Let's do this thing" is my official 2010 catchphrase.
Mickey's Mini Rant: Remember when the Recording Academy paired, like, a bluegrass fiddler and a classical bassoonist and had them perform a polka version of "Parents Just Don't Understand"? [Editor's Note: This never happened.] Those were the days, man. Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks? Come on! Try harder, Grammys!
Reader Quote of the Week: "How is it that the Black Eyed Peas make money, let alone get nominated for awards? Wha-Wha-Wha-What's with every song saying words 15 times in a row and every on-air performance sounding like a Super Friends: Don't Smoke performance at your high school gymnasium? I'm getting tired of watching these hacks." —CptPickle, who's clearly not a fan of "Imma Be"
(Additional reporting by Natalie Abrams)
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