Every week, senior editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vampire Diaries scoop, please! — Micah
MICKEY: We'll learn pretty quickly how Jeremy and Caroline fare in their stare-downs with the Grim Reaper, but the answers won't be simple... or permanent. Also: The premiere (Thursday, 8/7c, CW) features a devastating scene between Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder. I'll leave it up to you to guess which character Dobrev is playing in it.
Will there be any friction between Abby and Gibbs in the new season of NCIS? — Melanie
ADAM: While there still may be some fallout from Abby's discovery of Gibbs' murderous past, executive producer Shane Brennan doesn't think the secret will greatly change their relationship. "It's a complex relationship and we've just added another layer of complexity," he says. "But we would not jeopardize the relationship that the audience has come to love. It does bring a different perspective, but it's not like they're going to be busted up. Gibbs and Abby are going back to being Gibbs and Abby."
How can Orson leave Bree? They're the king and queen of Desperate Housewives' Wisteria Lane! — Vicki
MICKEY: Well, I hate to break it to you, Vicki, but Bree is definitely single for now. And according to Marcia Cross, her behavior might be kind of pearl-clutching. "I feel protective of her," Cross says. "There have been some things that have gone on with Brian Austin Green's character, where I was like, 'She'd never do that.'" Can't wait!
I would love some Grey's Anatomy scoop about Derek! — Jaqueline
ADAM: Don't let the stories about Derek being thrown in jail for becoming a speed freak fool you. He's actually coping with last season's bloody finale much better than the rest of the docs. "He gets cleared [for surgery] very early on," Patrick Dempsey tells us. "That's actually a fun scene."
Will Quinn still be nice when Glee returns? — Carrie
MICKEY: Now that Quinn has discharged her cargo, it sounds like she's pretty much back to being an emotional terrorist. "She's mean again," Dianna Agron tells us. "She's looking for a way to torment Rachel; Santana has become a very big threat to her." Perhaps a Destiny's Child cover is in order: "Right now, she's very happy on her own and she likes rubbing it in Puck's face."
Can you give any clues about the Criminal Minds premiere? — Chiara
ADAM: I can tell you that Morgan is vital in bringing down Tim Curry's serial killer and that the child he kidnapped in the finale has an impact that reaches beyond the season premiere. "The carryover from that story is still around," Thomas Gibson tells us. "There's a very wonderful story that we are shooting right now that involves the little girl from last year and my family and Agent Morgan's connection with the little girl. All of those threads are brought together ... and intertwine in a really great way."
After seeing the adorable Rico Rodriguez on the Emmys red carpet, I need to know: What's new for Manny on Modern Family this season? — Anna
MICKEY: Remember how cute — and hilarious — it was in the pilot when Jay and Gloria took Manny to the mall so he could read poetry in a puffy shirt to his much-older crush? Well, it sounds like the kid's at it again, because we're hearing that he'll find love at a quinceañera, which is a party to celebrate a young lady's 15th birthday.
Can't wait for Castle to come back. Just how angry with Castle is Beckett? — Anthony
ADAM: Let's just say that there's a whole lot of woman-scorned subtext when Beckett gets Castle in the interrogation room after he becomes a murder suspect. (And you've seen the promos where they're point guns at each other, right?) But it's pretty clear by the end of the premiere that she wants him back on her team, much to the chagrin of Esposito and Ryan, each of whom spends most of the premiere trying to become Beckett's new favorite.
How long before Chuck returns to New York on Gossip Girl? — Millicent
MICKEY: Not too long. He'll be stateside by the second episode, but that doesn't mean he'll immediately be welcomed back into the fold. Nor does he want to be. (Aside: According to True Prep — aka the new Preppy Handbook — it's still not OK to wear an ascot. Take that, Mr. Bass!)
Anything on The Mentalist? — Clarisse
ADAM: You know how Patrick Jane loves rebelling against authority? He'll get even more opportunities, because the show is adding a stern federal judge to antagonize him. She's a wealthy former DA from a family of blue bloods, and we're hearing the two will clash spectacularly over one of Jane's cases.
I don't understand how Divya can leave Royal Pains. Tell me she won't. — Matt
MICKEY: Did you like the Royal trip to Cuba? I hope so, because there'll be more globe-trotting in the show's future when Divya starts "commuting" between London and the Hamptons. Needless to say, it won't just be the job that keeps her coming back.
I could really use a Supernatural spoiler fix. Can you help? — Leslie
ADAM: Series star Misha Collins warns viewers not to expect the same old Supernatural when the show returns Sept. 24, especially with regards to Castiel's relationship with the Brothers Winchester. "Castiel has his own host of problems ... dealing with maintaining a balance of power in heaven," Collins says. "It's really not something Sam and Dean are any longer involved with. Cas is much less concerned with Sam and Dean and much more concerned with his own problems."
Adam's Mega Rave: Can anyone possibly top Jon Hamm's masterful performance in Sunday's Mad Men? Whether yelling, vomiting or sobbing, he set the bar very high. (My catchphrase of the week: "That's what the money is for!")
Mickey's Mini Rant: Jersey Shore, no more girl-on-girl crime. It's ruining your feminist rep.