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Question: Please, any scoop about Revenge? —Julien
Ausiello: Sunday’s season finale isn’t just gonna be nuts, it’s gonna be an entire display case of Payday bars. We’re talking handcuffs for one major character, toe tags for two others, the emergence of a new scheme team and a scene that’s so horrifying, it’ll make Pascal’s death-by-helicopter-blade seem mercifully tame by comparison.
Question: I will happily take a Big Bang Theory season finale spoiler. —Kerry
Ausiello: And I will happily give one to you. Jim Parsons is confirming what CBS’ official finale logline strongly hinted at: Sheldon goes AWOL by the end of the episode. “He gets the hell out of there and I have no idea where he’s going or what he’s planning,” the Emmy winner tells me. “I won’t know until I come back and read the first episode [of Season 8].” What Parsons does know is the reason behind his alter ego’s fast break. “All the [personal and professional] changes that are taking place finally start to come home to roost for him as problems,” he explains. “It was very interesting to read it for the first time and then to play the final episode because it really gets at the crux of something that is perhaps his defining characteristic as a character on television — which is his resistance to change. If you look at it through that lens, so many of the things he does, the things he says, the places he sits, etc, have everything to do with the fact that this is the way it’s done, this is the right way to do it and this has served him fairly well as a human. They’ve got him in a situation now, the writers do, where it’s not possible to carry on without some of these changes.”
Question: Is there any hope for Bash and Mary on Reign? —Sara
Ausiello: Don’t shoot the messenger, Sara, but star Toby Regbo tells TVLine that Reign‘s original love triangle is no more. “The writers might come back and turn it on its head, but for the most part, the show has entered a different [chapter],” he explains. “I don’t think people expected things to settle down that quickly; Francis and Mary were married by Episode 13. So this whole Team Bash/Team Francis thing they set up … that part of the show has shifted.”
Question: I love Major Crimes and I can’t wait to watch it again! Do you have some spoilers or info for us? –Luana
Ausiello: Jon Tenney will reprise his role as G-man Fritz in at least one early episode of Season 3, which opens June 9. Alas, still no signs of wife Brenda Leigh!
Question: Are we going to meet Will’s “friend” from Texas on Nashville this season? They keep alluding to him. —Kelly
Ausiello: We put that Q to series creator Callie Khouri and here’s what she A’d: “Not this season.” (I’ll take that to mean we’ll be meeting him next season. Or never.)
Question: Got any intel on next season of The Following? –Kevin
Ausiello: Lest you think Max and Mike’s romantic moment was a one-time thing, executive producer Marcos Siega assures TVLine the attraction will continue. Their finale kiss gives you “just enough… to clearly set up that there’s going to be something [in Season 3],” he says. He adds that the first kiss almost took place in Episode 7 – “They were pursuing something and their car had gotten into an accident and they were trapped in the middle of nowhere” – but the moment didn’t feel exactly right, so the plans were scrapped.
Question: Is the plan still on for Will and Margot Verger to have a relationship on Hannibal? And is it the result of some matchmaking by our titular psychopath or are Will and Margot hooking up with their own agenda? —Nicole
Ausiello: Intersting that you use the word agenda, Nicole, as the beleaguered Ms. Verger may be thinking of Will as not just a boozy booty call, but also as a potential baby daddy who could stand up to her awfully dangerous — emphasis on awful — brother Mason, and give her some claim on the family fortune in the process. Of course, with Hannibal serving as the therapist to Margo, Mason and Will, you can bet the good doctor is composing a twisted symphony of his own, too. The question is, will any of the “instruments” realize they’re getting played?
Question: I’m loving NBC’s Hannibal, but sometimes it’s so freakin’ scary I can’t deal. Is there any chance Bryan Fuller & Co. are going to ease up on the terror factor the remainder of the season? –Michelle
Ausiello: Ask a silly question, get a chilling answer. Indeed, the opening five minutes of Friday’s antepenultimate Season 2 installment feature three separate scenes guaranteed to send you into the emotional fetal position. And if you’d like some cryptic hints, let’s go with: Birth, birdies and Ghost Rider.
Question: Do you have any Jane and Lisbon spoilers for the season finale of The Mentalist? —Erin
Ausiello: These two new images from the May 18 closer (see photos, right) suggest a quite different, maybe-not-so-happy ending for the pair (at least compared to these more optimistic-looking pics).
Question: I know it’s probably early yet, but anything on the huge, final season of Haven? –Amy
Ausiello: Could the Syfy series possibly end with the titular town cured of all its troubles? That’s something to ponder as the show sets out to cast the recurring role of a military vet/doctor who comes to suspect that science might be able to snuff the supernatural.
Question: Will Arrow‘s Laurel reveal Oliver’s secret to her father before the season is over? —Markus
Ausiello: Whether Laurel plans to go against her father’s wishes — remember, Quentin has gone on record as saying he’s fine not knowing — will be made clear during Season 2’s final two episodes (kicking off tonight). “She definitely wants to tell him,” Katie Cassidy shares. “But whether she does or not… you’ll have to wait and see.”
Question: I would love a scoop on The Good Wife’s final episodes. —Curt
Ausiello: I’m all tapped out on The Good Wife Season 5, but I’ve got a Season 6 scooplet burning a hole in my pocket. According to exec producer Robert King, the events of the May 18 finale will catapult the show onto a “bigger battlefield” in the fall, complete with “bigger emotions” and “more serialized storytelling.” Adds the EP: “We’re taking what we thought worked in Season 5 and seeing if we can make that stuff do something different in Season 6.”
Question: I’m dying to know if The Crazy Ones will be renewed! Please, tell me! It can’t be cancelled after that finale. —Annie
Ausiello: It’s not looking good, and it breaks my heart. Keep tabs on TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard for the latest pickups and cancellations.
Question: Any chance Chris and Ann will pop back up on Parks and Rec next season — even if for just an episode? —Joel
Ausiello: At the very least we’ll get an update about them via one of the show’s regulars, per exec producer Mike Schur, who tells us, “They were such a huge part of the show that I don’t think it would be appropriate to go a whole season without knowing what’s happening to them or seeing them.” The fact that their portrayers, Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones, have already booked follow-up gigs — he has the NBC pilot The Pro, she’s starring in a new TBS comedy — could create “practical production” challenges, notes Schur, “But no matter what, the show will keep tabs on the two of them.”
Question: Do I smell another Chicago Fire spinoff? Maybe…Chicago Medical? —Gary
Ausiello: It was discussed but I’m told it’s not happening.
Question: Even with addition of the Knave next season on Once Upon a Time, is there any chance Robin Hood could become a series regular? I love him and Regina together! —Robyn
Ausiello: Even though series cocreators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis are both fans of Sean Maguire’s work as the Prince of Thieves, “It’s too soon to say,” Kitsis answered when we ran your Q by them. “I would wait and see.”
Question: Any scoop on the third and final season of The Newsroom? Will Maggie and Jim end up together, and will the Sloan-Don relationship have legs? –Laura
Ausiello: I’ve got some scoop that could affect both of those relationships, as well as the ribald work atmosphere at Atlantis Cable News. The show is casting Wyatt, ACN’s head of human resources (AKA someone in charge of dealing with interoffice relationships), and Alex, a female 20-something ACN staffer who files a complaint against two of the network’s producers. Now, a question for you to ponder: Might this be a chance for Sloan to finally stop getting called “girl” by Charlie and a way for series creator Aaron Sorkin to officially address claims that women on his HBO series are treated as inferior to their male counterparts?
Question: Avid Blacklist viewer here, asking how long will it take to find out about the relationship between Red and Elizabeth? Or will it just be a continuing theme? Love your spoilers. –Mickey
Ausiello: Matt Mitovich just got off the horn with Megan Boone, and somewhere amid their in-depth talk, she promised “a lot of answers” — on assorted fronts, the Red/Liz bond possibly included — in Monday’s freshman finale. Among the show’s other ongoing mysteries, while we might not finally put a face to the nefarious “Berlin” in the closing hour, “You certainly get more of the back of his head, for sure,” Boone quipped.
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Andy Swift, Michael Slezak and Kim Roots)