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Question: Any info on Castle‘s mid-season two-parter, or any other episodes? —Sandra
Ausiello: So much has already been spilled about the February sweeps event, you instead get this: Matt Mitovich chatted up Stana Katic at HBO’s Golden Globes party, and she teased that Rick and Kate are “going to Mars,” as they (separately?) work a case involving “Mars, spacesuits and space travel.” The episode’s ominous title? “The Wrong Stuff.” #MarsNeedsCaskett
Question: Mom has become one of my favorite shows thanks to its ability to mix the serious with some absolutely high-larious comedy! Any scoop on what’s coming up? —Nick
Ausiello: There’s a surprise cameo on the horizon that will have you screaming, “Jesus Christ!” And that’s because it is Jesus Christ. According to sources, the Prince of Peace will turn up in one of Bonnie’s dreams in this season’s 16th episode.
Question: Longtime fan of yours from the Gilmore Girls days… still bowled over by your appearance on the show! Kidding aside, I have a Mentalist query. What’s the deal with Patrick Jane’s wedding ring from his first wife who was murdered? Now that he’s in a relationship and planning a “Jisbon” future, when is it coming off? —Esther
Ausiello: Ha! That was a funny joke you made at my expense! Here’s your Mentalist answer, directly from EP Tom Szentgyorgyi: “The ring is obviously hugely important to Jane. It will be addressed, but we can’t give away how.”
Question: I love Scorpion, and I’d love to hear any scoop you have about this show. —Sara
Ausiello: An origin episode is coming! “We’ve talked about doing an episode that takes place entirely in the past, where we’d get to see when Walter met all these guys for the first time and put together the team,” reveals EP Nick Santora. “Backstory is important to us, and we love that fans of the show care about it.”
Question: Any The Big Bang Theory scoop? —Alek
Ausiello: Still no bun in Bernadette’s oven. At least “not at the moment,” says exec producer Steve Molaro, who adds with a laugh, “Bernadette already has a baby in her life, his name is Howard.”
Question: I loved everything about the season premiere of Looking except the lack of Richie! When will he come back? Will he still pursue Patrick? —Julius
Ausiello: He resurfaces in the very near future when he has an unexpected and somewhat awkward run-in with one of Patrick’s BFFs, an encounter that subsequently brings him back into his ex’s orbit.
Question: It’s been forever since you’ve said anything about Shameless. —Christina
Ausiello: Things are not completely over between Lip and ex Mandy. “We definitely have a little bit left over this season where it’s kind of one last-ditch effort – are they are going to make it?” executive producer Nancy Pimental previews. But with Lip broadening his horizons, the female Milkovich “really just represents his old way and his old life, and that’s just not who he is anymore.”
Question: I’ll settle for any Flash scoop you have. —Mason
Ausiello: Any Flash scoop is yours for the taking. “There’s an unexpected, accidental time travel coming up,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg previews. “And it is played both for hilarity and darkness. It happens in an episode we’re really excited it — the first Weather Wizard episode with Liam McIntyre” (AKA Episode 15).
Question: Will Natalie Zea be returning as Winona for Justified‘s last season? —Reagan
Ausiello: For sure. At first, you will only see Winona and baby Willa via video chats, them being in Florida and all. But Natalie Zea tells TVLine that Episode 7 of the final season brings Raylan’s baby mama back to Kentucky, for a Winona-heavy storyline beat.
Question: Anything on the Parenthood finale? —Joyce
Ausiello: Matt Lauria will be back (briefly) as Ryan in the final episode, airing Jan. 29. Interpret as you like!
Question: Can you give this Original Team Arrow fan anything to look forward to? It really feels as though Diggle and Felicity are getting lost among this push for the “suits.” H.I.V.E.? Andy Diggle? Felicity’s father? Anything? —Trish
Ausiello: On the topic of Felicity’s dad (versus her returning mom), exec producer Marc Guggenheim tells TVLine that unraveling that mystery is something the show will do “probably further down the line,” rather than this season. “That said, if everything goes according to plan, we will learn a little bit more about dad” before Season 3 wraps. “But we haven’t gotten to the episode yet or written the actual scene, so no specific promises.” As for Dig, David Ramsey confirms, “You’ll see me back in the Arrow suit” after Oliver turns up missing. That same bleak twist also will raise the question, “‘Why does the team stay together?’ If we stay together. This crusade that began with Oliver has become our crusade, but why? What does Oliver mean to me? Why do I love this guy? Some of those questions will be answered during this emotional examination.”
Question: Are we going to learn why The Originals‘ Esther and Dahlia are so scared of Mikael? —Tom
Ausiello: You’ll gradually learn more about Esther and Dahlia’s feelings on Mikael as the season progresses, but not before Esther makes a pretty big decision: “I cannot say whether she does or does not [transition into a vampire],” hedges executive producer Julie Plec, “But I can say that we learn which choice she made in the very first episode back.”
Question: Hey Aus, in Episode 2.04 and 2.05 of The Originals we saw Klaus and Camille get much closer. Can we look forward to more of their amazing chemistry this season? —Melissa
Ausiello: The chemistry can’t be denied, but don’t count on him acknowledging his feelings for her — or for anyone other than Hope — anytime soon. “Klaus is someone who believes that love makes him weak, and he is terrified of it, yet he’s opened his heart to this daughter that’s filling his heart in a way he never thought it could be filled,” says EP Julie Plec. “Given his hesitation about embarking on too many feelings, I think he’s full up at the moment. There isn’t necessarily a romance he’s going to be interested in exploring in quite some time.”
Question: Any Revenge scoop? — Neil
Ausiello: Brace yourself, Neil… As Revenge showrunner Sunil Nayar revealed to TVLine last month, Ben’s ex-wife will soon be making an appearance in the Hamptons — and now, I’ve got more scoop: Her name is April, and she’s currently working as a waitress at a diner. Described as “pretty-but-scrappy,” she’s become quite independent since splitting from her ex. But the question remains: How will she re-enter Ben’s life?
Question: Any scoop on Sleepy Hollow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, SVU, NCIS, or Once Upon A Time’s Captain Swan? —Kate
Ausiello: I choose… Column B! Kyle MacLachlan tells us that even though Skye spared Cal’s life in the midseason finale — just prior to her “transformation” — “I think it’s only going to get more difficult” for daughter and father as Season 2 resumes. At least as far as he can tell. “When they hand me the scripts, I’m always pleasantly surprised by the direction they take the character in and what they’re asking me to do,” the actor says. “I like playing his scary side, and I like playing the father and man who has been through a lot.”
Question: Bridget Regan’s “No. 1 fan” here, hoping you can tell something about her Agent Carter role! —Bill
Ausiello: The White Collar/Jane the Virgin actress debuts this Tuesday as Dottie Underwood, “another one of these kind of softly spoken women who comes along and starts to have a relationship with Peggy,” says Hayley Atwell. “But the thing with Peggy is that she can’t really get close to a lot of the people that are living and working outside of her secret life, so we see her struggling to really want to form intimacy with these women…. You see that she’s kind of missing out on being girly.”
Question: Can I please get some Masters of Sex scoop? —Madison
Ausiello: Season 3 will time-jump further “into the ’60s,” Showtime president David Nevins told reporters this week at the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour, noting that it’s “a pretty big leap” from 1961, where Season 2 ended. As such, when we next meet up with Bill and Virginia, they’ll be grappling with their celebrity status. “Last season was kind of a down period for them,” Nevins noted. “This season will be [about] fame and celebrity, and the effect of what they’ve done has started to have on the world.”
Question: Ugh! I just binge-watched the first two seasons of Orphan Black and was reeling when I found out I would have to wait until April to see more of my favorite clones. Anything you can tell us about Cosima’s fate? Or what will become of Helena? Or scoop on the freaky-looking dude clone doing pull-ups? —Reva
Ausiello: Sarah and that freaky-looking dude AKA Rudy/Scarface are going to have an antagonistic relationship, especially given that he has the 411 on Project Leda while Sarah’s only just learned about Castor. “He knows who he’s talking to,” portrayer Ari Millen says of their confrontation. “He knows her story. And he knows why she’s there. He’s not giving her anything. He’s just going to play the game. He’s just going to have a good time.”
Question: Have you got any exciting spoilers from Grimm? I’ll take anything! —Larsen
Ausiello: Remember how Hank sorta easily accepted the fact that Wesen exist? Don’t expect the same reaction from Wu, portrayer Reggie Lee says, even once the sergeant has fully absorbed the idea. “How he deals with it now, and how [the gang] deal with him, is going to flesh out the next several episodes,” Lee tells TVLine, adding, “It’s so unlike anybody else that has gone through this situation on the show.”
Question: I want to know more about Sadie and Avery working together on Nashville. Please tell me this isn’t going to be a problem for him and Juliette. —Christine
Ausiello: I’ll let Laura Benanti field that one, Christine. “They have a good energy together,” she tells TVLine, but “it’s not romantic. I go on Twitter, and people are like, ‘Leave him alone!’ Everybody, calm down. Men and women can be in a room and no one’s genitals have to touch. It happens in real life.” Their “purely business” arrangement (you’ll remember that Avery is helping produce the new Highway 65 artist’s upcoming album) will result in “a very rootsy vibe that is different from what Rayna and Juliette have going on,” she adds. “It’s a little more Americana, which I appreciate.”
Question: Is Syfy’s 12 Monkeys worth watching? —Janet
Ausiello: Yep. If you’ve seen the 1995 movie, the new series is different enough that it’ll hold your interest. And if you haven’t, the show’s twisty take on time travel — as well as the chemistry between Suits‘ Amanda Schull, who plays a virologist, and Nikita‘s Aaron Stanford, as a man trying to avert a global plague — will quickly pull you in.
Question: Can I get some more scoop about the most recent Blind Item? Pretty please with Smurfs on top! —Kyle
Ausiello: It’s not Scandal. Or any ABC series for that matter. It’s also not Jess on New Girl.
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Andy Swift, Vlada Gelman, Kim Roots and Rebecca Iannucci)