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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Revenge, Sons of Anarchy, Criminal Minds, NCIS: LA and More!

Will Emily Thorne make trouble for Emily Thorne? Will Otto ultimately be the Sons’ undoing? What slice of sweet scoop does a Criminal Minds star have to share? Read on for those answers, plus other teases from TV’s hottest shows.

Revenge | As you likely surmised from promos, the real Emily Thorne (played by Vanished alum Margarita Levieva) is going to be sticking around, apparently while wearing barely-there swimwear. Given her rap sheet (including the way she took Frank out of the equation), don’t be surprised is this gal is trouble with a capital T. “I would say she is comparable in power and strength to any Tyler, any Victoria, any ambitiously villainous character that we have had on the show,” Gabriel Mann (aka Nolan) warns. “She’s a force of nature.” The bad girl’s first order of business: setting her sights on one of the faux Emily’s men.

TNT Schedules Winter Runs for Leverage, Southland and Others, Sets Mystery Movie Slate

Leverage | I got an overview of the TNT drama’s Season 4.5, and there is a lot of fun stuff coming. I’ll let Aldis Hodge deliver the details when his full Q&A runs closer to the Nov. 27 return date, but for now here he is to tease a big treat. “This season we brought back a lot of favorites” – including but not limited to Mark Sheppard (as Sterling) and Jeri Ryan (returning soon as Tara) – “but for people who are true fans, we have a big surprise in the season finale,” he shared. “We’ve got some love coming to you.” When I ventured that I might be able to figure it out, Hodge retorted, “You think you will, but you won’t!” Challenge accepted!

Exclusive: Sons of Anarchy Boss Kurt Sutter Sheds Light on This Week’s Very Dark Twists

Sons of Anarchy | While debriefing series creator Kurt Sutter on recent, dark twists, I was sure to also ask if AUSA Lincoln Potter will succeed in his mission to goad Otto (played by Sutter) into snitching on SAMCRO. He answered, “We’ll definitely continue to see [Potter] whittle away at Otto’s resolve” – perhaps even reaching his goal. “For me, it was very interesting that all these horrendous things kept happening to [Otto], with no ramifications… and this is really the season where all the s— that Otto’s done for the club ultimately comes back to bite the club in the a–,” Sutter added. “He will become very aware of the fact that he’s been lied to [about Luann] and manipulated, and feel some sense of, ‘What’s the point?'”

NCIS: Los Angeles Exclusive: Hetty Fires [Spoiler]!

NCIS: Los Angeles | Shane Brennan, who helped NCIS celebrate the holiday season in notable ways when running the original series, promises a “pretty amazing Christmas episode” for the spin-off. Just what sort of present will fans get? “Christmas episodes are those kind of episodes where we’re allowed to sort of push the envelope — and we certainly push it a little with this one,” he shared. “There’s some fun stuff in it, and there’s a pretty spectacular action sequence set on Christmas Eve, in downtown L.A. It is not to be missed.”

Exclusive: Criminal Minds Collars The Shield‘s Jay Karnes For 150th Episode

Criminal Minds | While speaking with Kirsten Vangsness about the “very special Garcia episode” airing next week, I asked what other scoop she had to share. “There’s romance in the air for Mr. Aaron Hotchner,” she confirmed (alluding to the recent casting of Dirty Sexy Money‘s Bellamy Young). “And there is nothing official yet, but I have heard tell of my boyfriend (Kevin Lynch, played by Nicholas Brendon) making an appearance.” The conversation then turned to Reid turning the big 3-0, and she had something “sweet” to reveal. “Garcia makes the birthday cake, but because Reid is a tried-and-true Luddite — and Garcia is not — she doesn’t make him the right cake. And I’ll let those who watch the episode decide what that means!”

Parks and Recreation | When TVLine caught up with Jim O’Heir (aka Jerry) at TV Guide Magazine‘s Hot List party, he hinted at “some big news” that will soon hit Pawnee regarding Leslie’s campaign for a city council seat. He also said that despite a rough patch Chris hits with Jerry’s gorgeous daughter this Thursday, the couple will continue strong – and boy, will daddy dearest be kept awkwardly apprised. “Chris gives me a frightening amount of details,” O’Heir laughed. “But Jerry knows he’s the boss, so it’s a tough spot to be in.”

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