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Castle Spoilers Beckett in NYCWhen will Beckett visit Castle in NYC? With what “trick” will New Girl treat viewers? Which Once Upon a Time character has Daddy issues? Will Benson’s SVU romance survive her assault? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

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I’ll take any scoop you have on Castle, particularly how much longer Beckett will be a Fed. She belongs in the NYPD close to Castle! –Kristen
As you may have gleaned if you came across the photos from Episode 3, “Need to Know,” Beckett soon enough has cause to revisit the 12th, when a high-profile case that Ryan and Espoito are working catches the Feds’ attention. In fact, the instant that Castle talks his way into helping out the boys, “Beckett and McCord come in and take over the case,” show boss Andrew W. Marlowe previews. “So now it’s the boys against the girls. And Castle’s caught in the middle.” Bonus scoop: Having been on set for this episode, I can tell you that at one point they needed to do a close-up of Caskett’s hands as one slipped something small and shiny to the other.

Any scoop on Castle‘s Lanie/Esposito? Esplanie shippers are hoping to see more of them soon! –Marine
When I spoke to Marlowe, nothing was firmly on the books yet, though he did tease “some Esposito/Lanie stuff coming up towards the end of the fall that we’re going to be exploring.” Between that, Ryan’s imminent fatherhood and, well, Alexis/Pi, “We’re taking a look at our secondary characters and having fun with them.”

Andrew Marlowe said there were a few milestones between Castle and Beckett that he didn’t get a chance to show in Season 5. Any hints toward those? –Christina
I ran your question by Stana Katic, and this is what she was thinking: “I wonder where they’re going to live this season…” After all, she noted, with Pi now slinging papaya all over the place, more than ever “Castle’s loft is Union Station!”

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Any info about the Halloween episode of New Girl that’s coming up? –Kass
I “scared” up something for you, yes. When Jess throws a Halloween soiree at the loft, the gang finds themselves “catfishing” a sullen Schmidt with his childhood idol — Michael Keaton.

I’ve heard a rumour that we will meet Rumple’s father in Once Upon a Time Season 3. Is this real? –OUAT Spain
This much is real: Episode 4, titled “Nasty Habits,” will serve up Rumple’s first backstory of the season. “We’ve hinted in the past that his father was a coward and that his father’s name was something that haunted him and that his father left him,” cocreator Eddy Kitis reminds. “He definitely seems to have [Daddy issues].”

I really loved the first episode of The Blacklist. Will Elizabeth Keene at one point find out the truth about who her husband really is? –Daniel
Outside of the boxful of passports and money she found hidden in their home, “Elizabeth doesn’t have anything to go on right now,” Ryan Eggold, who plays Tom, points out, “so the next few episodes is her trying to deduce if she can trust this man that she’s married to. But in terms of it taking a big leap towards something really happening, it’s like Episode 5, I think, when things really shift, in a big way.”

I was devastated by the news of Lee Thompson Young’s passing – anything on how Rizzoli & Isles plans to address it when the show comes back? –Louisa
Nothing to report yet. (Because: No showrunner, no one to make a plan.)

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I heard somewhere that Kevin Chapman is leaving Person of Interest this season. Please say is isn’t true. Fusco is so central to the show and such a beloved and broken character. –Casey
Now that you mention it, EP Greg Plageman did only discuss Carter when I asked for any scoop on “Carter and Fusco.” Hmm. Here’s what’s for certain: As Fusco helps out with Carter’s investigation into HR, it will involve him in a potentially dangerous situation. [Gulp]

Will Scandal ever bring up the fact that Cyrus hired Charlie to kill Amanda Tanner way back in Season 1? –Dee
With that show, who knows. But if that reprehensible deed ever does come to light, don’t count on James to bail on his hubby. “There’s a lot about what my husband is capable of that I don’t know,” Dan Bucatinsky notes, “but I feel like on some level James knew exactly what he was getting in to — maybe not to that extent, but I think there’s a lot more to James than meets the eye in terms of raw ambition, not just to be a parent, but to succeed in Washington.”

I know we won’t know for a bit about how Coulson survived Loki, but can the writers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at least promise us that they do have an answer in mind, and they won’t make it up at the 11th hour? –Joel T
It is on the record that Joss Whedon, in asking Clark Gregg to do S.H.I.E.L.D., sketched out for the actor some of the Level 7 details about Coulson’s après-Avengers existence. So at least some of the story is living in Whedon’s noggin. But, he has said, “It will be something of a drawn-out explanation… drawn out over several episodes.”

Have you got any scoops on NCIS’ McGee or if we’ll get to see Delilah again? I really loved seeing her with McGee and how she held her own against Abby. –Marla
Thus far, Margo Harshman has shot one additional episode, with the potential for more drop-ins here and there.

Who was the female artist singing at the end of the NCIS season premiere? Sounded like Enya. –Pat
Good ear — that was Enya’s “If I Could Be Where You Are.”

The SVU premiere was rough, had me in tears. Any idea what’s the longterm forecast for Benson and Cassidy? –Melissa
The forecast looks a bit bumpy, if only because Benson will put up a tough front as her beau tries to glean what she needs coming out of that ordeal. “Benson is so stoic that she’s hard to crack, and that’s what were going through right now, her letting me in — and so far she’s not,” Dean Winters shares. “We’re working on the fifth episode now, and we’re slowly trickling into that story.” But for however long it takes, Winters is anxious to be on hand. Having rejoined the NBC drama last spring, he says, “I hope they have me for the rest of the series!”

Are we finally getting the good stuff on The Mentalist this season? And by “good stuff,” I totally mean the Jane/Lisbon relationship. –Katherine
I answered a similar Q last week, but have since come upon this bit of Simon Baker gold that’s too good not to share. As he puts it, “Like any relationship that’s put into a pressure situation, the relationship tends to suffer a little duress… and there’s always the question of what’s there when they climb off the trapeze, off the high wire, when they’re on solid terra firma and there is no dust to settle or anything, no obstacle or hurdle…. Do they look at each other and go ‘Jesus, you’re annoying’ or do they look at each other and go, ‘Let’s lay down and make love’?” (Ed. Note: For the record, some are known to do it standing up.)

I just watched the first episode of Masters of Sex (premiering Sunday), thanks to Showtime, and was wondering how are they going to play the Masters and Johnson relationship? Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan have amazing chemistry together! –Ti
If you’ve seen the premiere, you know very well the huge cliffhanger it leaves us with. And let’s just say that before an answer can be spoken, something quite dramatic happens to interrupt the moment. P.S. I totally agree about the lead actors; Caplan in particular is wowing me in every episode.

I had the privilege of seeing Charles Esten perform at the Grand Ole Opry last Saturday night. He played two songs which he co-wrote, one of which, “Scars,” he said “[we] wrote for our good and troubled friend Deacon,” and the song was absolutely amazing. I really hope he meant that it will be used in the show. Any knowledge of early Season 2 music to indicate that this might be the case? –Matt
While “Scars” hasn’t been used in any Season 2 episode filmed thus far, I’m told the producers have the song and like it, so… time will tell.

Is Xosha Roquemore a series regular on The Mindy Project? Because if she’s not, she needs to be promoted immediately. She is my favorite addition to a show since Amy and Bernadette on Big Bang Theory. –Rebecca
Your voice has been heard! Or at least you can pretend it was. (Xosha was promoted at the beginning of Season 2.)

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