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How long can House and Cuddy actually be together as a couple? It almost seems antithetical to the character and the show. — Dave T.
MICKEY: Executive producer Katie Jacobs has made it clear that Huddy is not a ratings ploy; she intends to see it through to its logical conclusion. If the snuggly promo photos are any indication, at least initially they'll be aiming for true romance. But House will still be a medical drama and Master Gregory will still be very, very cranky. So for now, wipe those Moonlighting-related thoughts from your mind.
Will Bones and Booth really be apart when Bones comes back? — Marta
MICKEY: It's looking that way, particularly now that we know that Booth will meet his new love interest, a journalist, when she's embedded with his unit in Afghanistan. In a seemingly Grey's Anatomy-inspired Teddy-Owen-like twist, she'll follow Booth back to Washington, where they'll attempt to be together in the real world. And we all know how that goes. But don't blame Bones — she'll be nothing but supportive of the born-under-fire union.
If this is the last season of Law & Order: SVU, does it mean we'll finally see Benson and Stabler together? — Gloria
MICKEY: Well, it may or may not be the last season; nothing official has been announced. It all depends on how Law & Order: Los Angeles does. As for an ultimate Benson-Stabler hookup, don't hold your breath. First, it's totally not Dick Wolf's style to center one of his shows on a romance. Second, Olivia is already getting a new love interest. (Good to see you again, brutha.)
I heard Kevin and Scotty will lose their surrogate when Brothers & Sisters resumes. Please tell me it's not true! — Brittney
ADAM: Would that I could, Brittney, but it sounds like after all that worrying last season, adopting a baby isn't in the cards for the couple. Instead, look for the guys to open their home to an underprivileged teen this season.
So glad CBS renewed Medium. Got any scoop on the new season? — Evan
ADAM: The Season 7 premiere will revisit Detective Scanlon's relationship with older brother Paul, who was killed last season. Viewers will see pieces of the boys' childhood with an abusive father, which Lee (David Cubitt) reflects on while trying to bust a deadbeat dad. Don't rule out an appearance from Ghost Paul.
Have we seen the last of Shelby Corcoran on Glee? — Matty
MICKEY: I have a feeling that Idina Menzel will be back when the plot calls for it, but in the meantime, the writers are turning their attention toward Rachel's as-yet-unseen two dads. It's a little suspicious that we haven't met them yet, but it seems that will change next season. Any casting suggestions? I vote for Taye Diggs and House's Peter Jacobson.
I need Grey's Anatomy info, stat. I'll take anything. — Melanie
ADAM: How about another dose of Chandra Wilson directing? The actress tells us she will step behind the camera again for the upcoming season's fifth episode. Her most recent directorial effort featured a romantic moment with new boyfriend Ben (Jason George), so should we expect the same? It's too soon to tell, but we do know what we won't be seeing. "[Creator] Shonda Rhimes keeps threatening to do the musical episodes of Grey's," Wilson says. "And I kept saying, 'I'm just walking away!'"
Any scoop on The Vampire Diaries' new season? — Lally
MICKEY: The much-teased werewolf storyline will get under way quickly when an estranged relative breezes into Mystic Falls to act as a Mr. Miyagi type to the afflicted party. Apparently, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec didn't think my idea for a hoops-shooting wolf in the cast was so good (or original).
Happy to hear that Mark-Paul Gosselaar will guest-star on Rizzoli & Isles. Any other details about his role? — Angela
ADAM: As we exclusively reported, he's a wealthy former college beau of Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), but his character is also a triathlete. And although Alexander says she enjoyed checking out MPG's body while filming swimming scenes, it doesn't sound as though the old flames will begin burning again. "I don't know that he will be coming back, if you get what I mean," she says. "He does some pretty bad things. He does some real shady stuff here. Zack Morris, how could you?!"
What can you tell me about the new season of Eureka, particularly about James Callis' character? — Chris
ADAM: Callis plays Dr. Grant, a brilliant physicist who takes an instant shine to Allison and who butts heads with Sheriff Carter. Despite his brains and his former ties to Eureka, he is a bit ... out of place when he turns up on Founder's Day.
It's awesome to have Warehouse 13 back on the air. Any hints about what's ahead? — Trey
ADAM: While Myka and Pete chase down a superhero in Detroit (yes, a missing artifact brings one of Pete's favorite childhood comic heroes to life), Artie is haunted by the ghost of McPherson in the Warehouse. Also look for Claudia to eventually make peace with Leena, who is still feeling some serious side affects from being manipulated by McPherson's Pearl of Wisdom.
What can we expect for Season 2 of Life Unexpected? — Liza
MICKEY: Baze will be playing the field a bit this season — both romantically and, well, vocationally. Don't worry — Open Bar isn't going anywhere (well, it is, but not right away). But it's Baze's unlikely new career that jump-starts his social life. In related news, Open Bar itself will serve as the spark for at least two new love connections, for characters who really deserve them.
Mickey's Mega Rave: It's not often we get to see a man joyfully fling himself on to the ritual pyre of the celebrity machine (as seen in most Pink Floyd videos). It was a particularly squirmy pleasure to watch Jake Pavelka's studied lacquer of poise and charm crack like the Liberty Bell during ABC's relationship check-in chat as part of Monday's The Bachelorette. Schadenfreude aside, I was stunned at how far the genre has come, and how little was off-limits for public consumption.
Adam's Mini Rant: I've got no problem with Tommy getting introspective in these final seasons of Rescue Me, but I miss the show's mordant comedy.
Reader Quote of the Week: "If they keep losing cast members, they're going to have to change the title to Brother and Sister." — sirlizard, upon hearing that Emily VanCamp will be leaving the cast of Brothers & Sisters
(Additional reporting by Natalie Abrams and Kate Stanhope)