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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Castle, NCIS, Good Wife, Grey's, Once, Arrow, Scorpion, Chicago Fire and More

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Is this finally going to be the Arrow season that Felicity Smoak gets a code name to help protect her identity? —Julie
Ausiello: We took your Q to executive producer Wendy Mericle, who admitted that there’s a running joke in the writers room about what Felicity’s alias would be if they were to give her one. But at the moment, the tech wiz isn’t getting a second moniker. “Dig is out in the field, so there’s a necessity for [him to have one],” Mericle explains. “But not quite yet for Felicity, although you never know. We all love the idea of her getting her out there more and being a badass. It’s just a question of finding the right way to do it.”

Invitation to an InquestQuestion: Can you please find out if The Good Wife will be bringing Robyn back this season? With Kalinda gone, Lockhart Agos Lee needs a new investigator. —Maddie
Ausiello: Series co-creator Robert King would love to make that happen, but he needs your help. “Can everybody write Jess Weixler and get her to move to New York again?” chuckles the EP of Robyn’s L.A.-based portrayer, before further explaining that budget restrictions preclude the show from “flying her out for every episode” — at least for the time being. “Jess is amazing,” King adds, “and things may change; they always do.” In the meantime, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s freelance investigator character will fill the Kalinda void at both Lockhart Agos Lee and Alicia’s fledgling new practice, a juggling act King says “is going to cause some strain” between the rival firms.

Question: I can’t wait for Season 13 of NCIS, please give me some scoop on our lovable Abbys (Sciuto or/and Borin). –Ann
Ausiello: There are no plans (yet) for another visit from Diane Neal as Abigail Borin, but we have better news regarding the other Abby: Episode 5 of the new season features what show boss Gary Glasberg touts as “an Abby/Die Hard story,” where the forensics whiz, all alone in a lab, “must use her wits” to save the day. One out of two ain’t bad!

Question: Will fans of NCIS: LA’s Deeks and Kensi get to see their relationship develop more through Season 7? —Tony
Ausiello: That would be a definitive yes. “Things must be getting serious if he makes the choice to introduce her to his mom (played by Pamela Reed),” says Daniela Ruah, who plays Kensi. “Throughout that episode, Deeks gets calls on his phone, he doesn’t tell Kensi who it is, he doesn’t pick up… so you can see he’s making the decision about whether he wants to take this step or not. And then he ends up taking it,” previews the actress. “I like that they’ve made it a thought-out decision.”

Question: Anything new about Castle? —Rachael
Ausiello: As part of the Season 8 plan to present twentysomething Alexis as “a young woman as opposed to a child,” Rick’s daughter will find an influential new mentor, in Scotland Yard alum-turned-security specialist Hayley Shipton (played by new series regular Toks Olagundoye). “Hayley is going to help Alexis find herself,” says co-showrunner Terence Paul Winter, who sees the two sharing “a different kind of energy” than when Alexis interned for M.E. Lanie. “What we’ve shot with [Alexis and Hayley] together is magic, it really is.”

Question: Any spoilers on Chicago PD? Can’t wait to see what happens with Erin and Jay. —Tara
Ausiello: Not much is happening — at least romantically — between them at the start of the season, since Erin is still spiraling from last May’s cliffhanger. Jay is “just worried about her surviving,” executive producer Matt Olmstead tells TVLine. “Then once she gets her feet [back] under her, we may have the romance kick back in.” May?! Clarifies Olmstead: “I’m pretty sure it’s going to kick back in.”

Question: In light of Nadia’s death on Chicago PD, it seems like the perfect time for Erin and Kelly on Chicago Fire to reconnect and bond, especially as friends. It was a great bridge between the two shows as they had such great chemistry. Is there any chance of that? —Alice
Ausiello: A reunion is highly unlikely considering Kelly is getting a new love interest (played by Continuum‘s Rachel Nichols). After getting demoted from his lieutenant position, the firefighter “has to go to a management trainee [program],” executive producer Matt Olmstead previews. “There he meets [Nichols’ character]…who is also a troubled manager at her law firm. They’re kindred spirits who meet, essentially, in detention, and there’s a romance there that turns into a fairly large complication going forward.”

AAQuestion: Did you ever find out if Martin Henderson will be playing his Off the Map doctor character on Grey’s Anatomy? —Jenny
Ausiello: “Absolutely not,” Shonda Rhimes maintained when I presented her with my synergistic conspiracy theory at TCA press tour. BTW, Rhimes also noted that Henderson’s new MD will not be checking in until late fall.

Question: Will Einstein return on Criminal Minds? –Emilie
Ausiello: There are no plans at this time to bring back the forensics whiz (played by Aquarius‘ Candace Hammer) that Reid met in February — though Matthew Gray Gubler is currently “hopeful” that his brainiac lands a(ny) new girlfriend “in the future.” Alas, neither has the crime drama been able to follow through on its wish to revisit Reid’s mother, now that Hollywood Game Night host Jane Lynch also has a new comedy (Angel From Hell) on CBS’ fall chedule. As show boss Erica Messer laments: “We never seem able to get her!”

Question: Any word on a second season for Sense8? —Sam
Ausiello: Five words, actually: Get. With. The. Program. Sam.

Question: Got any scoop on Scorpion? —Shon
Ausiello: Yes, but promise me you won’t breathe a word of it to Paige. Episode 6 will find Walter getting aggressively pursued by a disarmingly beautiful woman at a hotel bar. But wait, there’s a catch! The hottie in question is later suspected of planting a worm in a security system Walter is designing. In other words, she probably was just pretending to be interested in him. So it’s cool if you wanna tell Paige.

Question: Anything you can give us about Bones? —Deborah
Ausiello:  Trouble’s afoot for Cam and Arastoo. “In the six months since Brennan left, Arastoo has pretty much been the main person taking over the lab,” executive producer Michael Peterson previews. “With everything [that happens] in the first two episodes, it’s going to be a challenge for their relationship.”

Question: Can you give us Marc and April fans any scoop on Mistresses‘ Season 3 finale? —Semaj
Ausiello: First, the good news: Remember the dreamy look that the newly single April got on her face while watching Marc assemble Scotty’s school project at the end of Episode 11? The show plans to explore that further. The bad news? We asked executive producer K.J. Steinberg which is the biggest risk to the odd-couple roommates’ potential romance — the fact that Marc never told April about his alcohol relapse or the fact that his sister was the woman for whom April’s first husband feigned his death to start a new life in Florida? “The secret lapse would definitely be more of a threat,” Steinberg says without hesitation. “Miranda, you know, isn’t really family [to April], so that hasn’t been an issue for either of them.” Marc’s battle with the bottle, however, will play into the final two installments of Season 3 — so don’t expect everything will be coming up glue sticks-and-cardboard for the duo.

Question: Is there any hope that we will see Once Upon a Time‘s Robin Hood in a new adventure? When I heard Merida was coming (played by Amy Manson), I immediately thought that she would somehow end up related to him. –Chris
Ausiello: “We are going to see his adventure side,” series cocreator Eddy Kitsis answered when Matt Mitovich delivered your Q. As for the other ace archer entering the series’ mix, “Robin does not have a connection to Merida,” Kitsis said, “but he will intereact with her.”

This AAnd That…
♦ Here’s a little exclusive tidbit about CSI series finale: Michael Beach (ER, Sons of Anarchy) will guest-star in the two-hour swan song airing Sept, 27, playing a Harbor Patrol officer who arrests a boat owner in the port of San Diego.
♦ I’m hearing Flash Season 2 will drop some clues about Iris’ MIA mom.
How to Get Away With Murder‘s second season will waste no time solving the mystery set up in the finale. “We’re going to learn who killed Rebecca in the premiere,” shares series creator Pete Nowalk, who says viewers can count on the series to once again play with time and structure. As such, Katie Findlay will remain a presence on HTGAWM, despite Rebecca’s death. Confirms Nowalk: “We will see Rebecca again.”

That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments and anonymous tips to askausiello@tvline.com. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman and Michael Slezak)

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221 Comments
  1. Nick went to San Diego. Can chance that George Eads will appear?!?!?!

    • BrittBrat says:

      I thought they said he wasn’t going to be in it.

    • Wonder if George had a change of heart? I thought Marc Vann wasn’t coming back as Ecklie but he was definitely on set and filming. Keeping George’s appearance a secret?

      • Mike says:

        Cmon now…
        There’s not much that could draw everyone back together for a finale…
        We’ve already been told a key member of the team is dead at the start…
        And the last time people on CSi had trouble with Mr. Eads they buried him alive.
        Safe to say Nicky ain’t long for the world.

  2. Gaby says:

    Every new Castle scoop involving Alexis I just cringe. 8 season in, and they’re still trying to force her down our throats? Really? *le eyeroll*

    • DL says:

      Never had a problem with her aside from the infuriating Pi storyline. Always enjoyed her interactions with dear old dad (and Martha, too). Admittedly though she never really had much chemistry with Beckett.

    • Barry says:

      Not to mention, Gaby, that Kate is probably not going to like it — what with Hayley being her subordinate. That’s all this show needs is Kate and Alexis to not get along — and Rick caught in the middle.

    • JBKD says:

      The more spoilers I read about Castke, the more it makes me wanna pass on Season 8. Just not interested in anything involving Akexus and her new BFF. For 7 years, they had a chance to build up her relationship with Kate. And now this? Seriously, does this all go back to Season 6 and Nathan Fillion’s tantrum and his demand to producers to “fix it”. Cuz all its done is make this once proud show…must not see TV.

      • Boiler says:

        You and your awful spelling enjoy not watching. Personally I look forward to it

        • lkh says:

          whatcha talkin’ bout?

        • Just one thing says:

          When you don’t have an intelligent rebuttal, just deflect.

        • Teri says:

          I feel Castle fans should be more positive and focus on how great it is that it can continue to grace our TV screens.

          • John NYC says:

            This fandom? Hahaha, good one.

          • Just one thing says:

            If viewers don’t like a show, they have two options: Talk about it online and stop watching.
            .
            The former suggests there’s still some sort of investment; the latter, complete detachment.
            .
            I’m not saying people should keep watching what they loathe. But they at least have a right to air their grievances as much as those who adore it.

          • JImN says:

            No Caskett. No Castle.

          • Beckstle says:

            It’s not going to be. I don’t know what the heck this thing is they have coming on that’s using the same title, but it’s not Castle. People say if you don’t like it, stop watching. Well that started last season (well really it started with 6×23 – which was the setup). The “Castle mythology and the P.I. arc cost the show 2 million viewers after going 6 seasons with gaining viewers each year. So naturally the thing to do is expand on the ideas that cost viewers the previous season? Someone at ABC has lost their mind because this pseudo Castle they’re putting together is insane.

      • giggle says:

        Well, if we’re taking gossip rags as Bible now, then maybe it’s all because Stana Katic is a b**ch who wants all men at her feet, or because she tried to have an affair with Brolin and got spurned by Babs? I mean if we’re talking tantrums then we might as well talk about every other fantasy that Castle ever gave to the gossip rags industry. All of them explain the writing for Alexis in the new season with equal accuracy.

        • Just one thing says:

          I love you leaps of logic. They’re so cute.

          • WB says:

            So you say that we should believe in the gossip about NF throwing tantrums but not believe in gossip about SK from the same gossip source, because it’s logic?

          • Just one thing says:

            I’ve been posting here since that little “news item” was leaked to the press, and when it was reported, I tried to give everyone the benefit of the doubt while recognizing that some things I’d noticed suddenly made sense. Since then, I’ve chosen not to address that rumor because I think there are still too many holes in the story.
            .
            That said, bringing up the nasty rumors about Katic to explain the series’ new direction is a leap of logic. Or more deflection. Whichever you prefer.
            .
            The fact of the matter is, the network fought to meet two goals: Fillion’s new contract and Katic’s new contract.
            .
            At this time, given the way news has been shared, it does not appear that the network decided to trouble themselves with securing”Caskett” from here on out – at least not in the way “Caskett” has been developed over the last several years.
            .
            So, it really doesn’t matter which star is the most or least liked by their peers at this point. That’s not to say there isn’t some connection or causality or whatever. But it doesn’t change the potential reality of the show moving forward.

          • WB says:

            So like I said. Gossip about one actor is a “news item that’s been leaked”, and about another one is “nasty rumors”. All from the same gossip rag and its relatives. But because it “suddenly made sense to you”, it’s logical. Cute.

          • Just one thing says:

            I only referenced the tantrum bit as being a news item because it came at the same time as a widely reported set walk-off. But I have my doubts, hence the quotation marks.
            .
            Rumors about Katic have yet to be widely reported or to accompany reports about any incidents with her on set.
            .
            When I talk about my thoughts on the show, and how it’s changed over the last few years, I don’t mention that incident with Fillion from a few years ago. There’s plenty of more recent evidence to bring up.
            .
            Your nitpicking my use of “‘news item'” and “nasty rumors” is still missing my point, which is that none of it matters. Castle is going to be what it’s going to be.

          • WB says:

            I’m surprised that with such seemingly deep involvement in all things Castle you weren’t exposed to the similar rumors about Stana Katic. But good for you, less gossip – better sleep. And as for your explanation about “news item” and walk off story, I still fail to see the logic of him wanting to work less (walk off) and more (tantrums) at the same time. In fact it seems like the most obvious proof of this gossip’s ridiculousness. But what do I know, like I said if it was up to me we wouldn’t be discussing gossip in the first place. But some people insist on taking it as a “news item” when it comes to one actor and totally dismissing it when it comes to another one, that’s what looked even more ridiculous to me.

          • Just one thing says:

            Alright, buddy. You win the TVLine Logic Wars today, since that’s what you want.
            .
            Here’s your prize: 🌟

          • WB says:

            Thanks. Weren’t you the one who said something about deflection here? Feel free not to reply *kisses*

          • Just one thing says:

            I tried to avoid having to write an essay, but here it goes:
            1.) I never said on this thread that people should believe the rumor that Fillion “threw a tantrum” a few years ago. I did comment on someone’s post that blasted another for their spelling, versus the actual content.
            .
            2.) Fillion’s set walk-off a few years ago was, indeed, widely reported by numerous reputable sites (likely thanks to ABC), and that incident was almost immediately followed by trashy tantrum rumors from a less-than-reputable source.
            .
            3.) Other less-than-reputable sources have posted rumors about Katic’s character and reputation. It is a logical leap to associate those rumors with the way the show is headed, considering ABC and the showrunners clearly fought to bring her back. If her reputation is so awful and her co-stars can’t stand her, why bother? (The same can be said for Fillion, who seems to have a ton of friends in the industry. Clearly he’s not some horrible guy.)
            .
            4.) So… while I have my doubts about all that went down back in 2012/2013, and while I don’t really care anymore, when people start assigning fault to showrunners, directors and network executives for an issue that has been systemic, my hackles rise.
            .
            5.) From my perspective, it makes sense to assume that SOMETHING happened following the alleged incident, when you look at the timeline:
            * Season 5 two-parter showcased Castle on an action-packed journey to save his daughter, with Beckett in the background. No other two-parter prior to that had focused SOLELY on one of the leads.
            * Season 6 saw less Caskett romance and minutely fewer case-solving scenes between the pair. Later in the season, each character was relegated to specific episodes where Beckett was the focus of drama episodes and Castle was the focus of comedic episodes.
            * Incidentally right before the network/studio would enter into contract negotiations, Season 7 saw a noticeable departure from the series format, where Beckett not only took a backseat but was sometimes far in the background of a season that focused primarily on the Adventures of the Title Character. More comedy, less drama. Less Caskett.
            .
            Now, you can attribute everything listed above to rumors about Katic or rumors about Fillion, or you can continue to blame Marlowe. Everyone is gonna look at the last few years differently and form their own opinions.
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            I’m saying that it DOESN’T matter. Not in the end. We are likely never gonna learn the whole truth, and that truth isn’t going to fix the problem anyway.

          • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

            Are y’all done yet?

          • lkh says:

            Kids, kids, kids! I get up, have my coffee and off to save lives. Check in with y’all and once again, you’re fighting! sigh.
            Believe what you see with your eyes and what you hear with your ears–and double, no triple check all that.
            Of course, you can believe Matt and Michael. :}

        • T says:

          Fillion’s fans at their best

          • WB says:

            When Castle fans in the TV line comments start labeling each other as typical “fans of this” and “fans of that” instead of actually discussing things… you recognize that it’s a TVline comment section about a Castle article. In other words, nothing new.

            But I’m still curious why it’s ok to believe in gossip about one actor and ignore gossip about the other one. As if it goes without saying and anyone who asks is a “Fillion’s fan” and that’s it. Personally I find it ridiculous to even bring up National Enquirers and the like, but if you do bring them up be consistent about it. Equal opportunity dirt, I say!

          • Liz says:

            @WB here here here, probably fans believe the gossip about Nathan because it was about castle but what stana does with her personal life it shouldn’t interfere with her professional life.

          • Lol says:

            Actually, Fillion fans at their best are the one saying stuff like ‘I’m not gonna say anything about Stana cutting Kris face by respect for her’ about her instagram pic.
            Yeah you are sooo respectful ¿

          • Liz says:

            Even if she cuts the whole face, they shouldnt even talk about it, it’s not their business, they should talk about krista instead.

          • Liz says:

            Aaan why they are talking about Kris?
            It’s not their business LOL

          • WB says:

            Um, I can’t even imagine what you’re talking about… cutting faces… and all that is somehow connected to those bloody “Fillion’s fans”… Some local fan wars going on probably.

        • Gaby says:

          HAHAHAHAHA Oh, honey, you’re going by a National Inquirer article here? REALLY? Poor soul…

        • annek says:

          If his reputation was so bad and he was so “childish” walking off the set, etc, I hardly think he’d continue to be on the show. Also, 99% of the guest stars on Castle are from his past. He cant be that terrible…

          • Barry says:

            Annek — did you see the Paley Center video (2010 I think???) which had Ron Bowman discussing how after they had signed Nathan (their main target according to him), they needed to find him the right co-star. He was mentioning how Nathan had read with more than 100 women — and when Stana started reading, he was sort of blown away (my words, not Bowman’s) — because she was throwing it right back at him. I recall clearly Bowman saying “and with a ton of attitude, which they have to deal with from time-to-time). Castle had only been around for a season or two so my conclusions are much like yours — I have no idea what, if anything, is wrong between them — but as Bowman was saying, Stana does have “attitude.” With that as my only clue, there’s is no freaking way I could lay it all on Nathan if they are indeed actually having an issue with each other.

    • Court says:

      The writers tried to show Alexis was growing up in season 6 and it was badly perceived by fans. Alexis is a goody goody. She always plays by the rules.

      • Ines says:

        Exactly! Why is it so hard for the network to understand that not every girl has to be out party, drinking and having sex like crazy. It’s like Gilmore Girls with Rory all over again and look how well that turned out.

    • S. says:

      Force her down your throat? I happen to enjoy her. Molly’s a talented young lady. Alexis’ existence matters to Castle’s character and she’s doing things that you’d expect for a young woman trying to find herself who also grew up acting like the parent when her parents and grandmother weren’t so much on the maturity thing. Pi’s gone, take a breath.

  3. mac says:

    So…any chance for Arrow scoop not involving Felicity or that annoying ship? No? Guess that’s what the show has come to

  4. StephonJS says:

    I;m glad Robin and Merida will interact.

  5. Jen says:

    They do play with time travel on The Flash. Makes me wonder if Iris West’s mother will be from the future?

    • Delirious says:

      I guess they’ll have to justify Wally’s appearance. Just hope they don’t make them brother-sister.

      • herman1959 says:

        Ditto. I like the idea another poster had of him being Iris and Barry’s son from the future. Since they can’t exactly tell people that, they can say he’s Joe’s nephew.

  6. twin63 says:

    Thanks for the Robin Hood (OUAT) scoop, Matt. I’m surprised he doesn’t have a connection to Merida, but maybe it would have seemed *too* obvious to the writers. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him in season 5 though and exploring his adventurous side sounds exciting!

  7. TW says:

    Yassss for info on Iris’ mum. Not so much for Felicity. Why the hell does she need to & “get out there more”, she’s the tech wiz, that’s her role, why do the writers want to shove her in any & every single thing.

    TGW should just stop trying, it’s done. It’s treatment of Kalinda & Archie will bite them in the arse when s7 starts, just see.

    • GildedRose says:

      Actually, Felicity was involved in field work and out there in Season 1 and 2. She was only sort of benched in Season 3 til the end. So actually, this woudl b getting back to what they were doing from the beginning, and I welcome it. Felicity’s awesome behind a keyboard and in the field. No reason that should change or that she should start being limited now.

  8. MK says:

    Can’t wait for HTGAWM!

  9. StephonJS says:

    I want to see a archery match between Merida, Robin, and Snow.

  10. Chet says:

    Yippy. Hood. I can’t wait to flashforward through scenes with him in them.

  11. Angela says:

    Doesn’t surprise me it’d be tough to get Jane Lynch back on “Criminal Minds”-the woman likes to keep busy, it seems! But I continue to hope that someday they can manage to work something out-the fact that she’s at least on the same network as “Criminal Minds” now might allow for a little more leeway if possible. I’d really like to see her and Reid meet up again. Regarding Einstein, I liked her, but yeah, her interaction with Reid was pretty brief, so I wasn’t expecting much to come of that. And if things weren’t able to go anywhere between Reid and Lila or Reid and Austin, who, like Einstein, lived in entirely different states, I imagine the same might apply with Einstein, too. I’m thinking at this point he’d like to meet someone who lives in town, and whom he can actually see and spend time with every day, or on a regular basis, at least. And I hope that happens eventually, too.
    As for “How to Get Away with Murder”, I liked Rebecca and found her an interesting character, so I’m cool with her still being part of the show, even if only in flashback form :).

    • Steven says:

      True, but Angel from Hell is on CBS so surely they could make it work for her to make a guest appearance.

      • Angela says:

        Oh, yeah, I agree! Like I stated, I am hoping that her being on CBS could provide some opportunity that her being on FOX might not have allowed for, and I would think it should. But since she does also do “Hollywood Game Night”, maybe juggling both that and her CBS show will make it tougher, too, who knows?

    • Messer likes to squish our hearts… But me personally, I’m hoping he doesn’t end up with Einstein or that girl who also spoke Russian. I don’t know what it is about pairing Reid up with these one time only girls… with the exception of the person who shall not be named but died. I wish Messer would actually let a good pairing happen…

      • tannerose5 says:

        I agree with you about Messer. She promises the moon, and then dashes our hopes. I have read that Aisha Tyler’s Agent Lewis and Reid will have sparks fly. I see no sparks between them at all. She’s 10 years older and 6 feet tall. If they want him to fall for an older woman bring back Emily. Now, those two had chemistry!
        He needs a shorter, younger woman to sweep him off his feet. We have waited so long for a love for Reid that lasts longer than, say 2-3 episodes. Sadly, I don’t think Tyler is the woman to do the sweeping. Now, maybe Marisol Nichols, the other new agent, might do the trick. She’s younger and ever so pretty. Just an opinion.

        • Angela says:

          I would take the whole thing about Tyler’s character and Reid getting together with a MASSIVE grain of salt, actually. From what I’ve seen when I looked for further information on that idea, that’s basically just some random blog writer’s speculation, based solely off the fact that: a) the show has talked about exploring Reid’s love life in the future, and b) the fact that when Tyler was being welcomed onto the show by a Twitter account related to the series, her Twitter handle was next to MGG’s, and apparently, that’s enough for some random person on the internet to speculate about the idea of them being potential love interests.
          To my knowledge, however, nobody actually officially tied to the series has said a single word of confirmation about Reid and Tyler’s character possibly getting together, and I’m pretty certain that’s not going to wind up happening. Unless the show really wants to surprise us and put co-workers together after all this time, I believe if they do go ahead with a new love interest for Reid, it will be someone outside of his workplace altogether.
          Whichever way they go, though, so long as Reid’s with someone who clicks with him and “gets” him (they don’t have to have EVERYTHING in common, no, but it would be nice to have some shared interests), and makes him happy, that’s all I care about :).

          • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

            MGG indicated nothing along those lines when I asked. Said “We’re both doctors, we’re both tall and we wear the same kind of pants. “

          • Angela says:

            @Matt: Haha, really :D? Hm. He has a point…:p.
            Like stated, I’d still be surprised if they went that way, but I may well indeed wind up being wrong, too (especially since it sometimes seems when I say something will or won’t likely happen, the opposite winds up being true :p).

      • Angela says:

        Regarding the “one time only” people, eh, maybe he just wasn’t ready to get serious with anyone when he was younger? When he was struggling with his addiction, and then later when he had those headaches, he probably felt he wouldn’t make the best boyfriend or husband for somebody at that point. Mind, Austin was between those two events, but even still… Plus, some people do like being single and like their alone time, too, and I could see Reid being like that for a time, choosing to focus more on his interests and studies, as well as his job, instead of a relationship.
        Don’t get me wrong, I completely agree with others here that it’d be wonderful to see Reid in a happy, proper relationship, especially since that and a family are things he’s clearly expressed wanting and being ready for. And I so wish Maeve were still alive, because I think she and Reid were lovely together and would’ve lasted for sure.
        But some people take a little longer than most to find that “right person” for them (I’m certainly like that), and I think Reid is one of those people. So the “one episode only” flirtations make sense to me in that regard.

  12. M. says:

    I have yet to read a Castle-spoiler that actually makes me looking forward to the new season.
    I’d love to be excited, but by now I’m just not :(

    • bill says:

      I agree 100 percent. I have heard nothing that gets me excited about Season 8.

      • Barry says:

        Pretty much agree with both of you — but I’m excited to see Slaughter and Rick working together again. I hope he’s in more than just one episode — Rick needs a new partner and they were both hilarious before.

        • lkh says:

          yeah, and in addition to Adam, we could get Gina, Alan, and Morena and instead of a trashed spaceship we could use that burned out Mercedes. I see Emmys.

    • Brad says:

      Yup nothing

    • Just one thing says:

      I believe that’s indicative of what’s to come. In some ways, I think fans – especially the most positive and judgmental of negative fans – should appreciate the warning to set their expectations to LOW.

      • Laura says:

        It’s like they’re laughing at us. Gonna give them everything they hate about Castle and take away what they most love, Caskett.

        • Barry says:

          Well Laura — then they should have ended it last season with Kate pregnant and Caskett going off into the sunset — just like on The Mentalist. I sure hope you’re wrong.

        • Just one thing says:

          I honestly don’t think anyone is laughing about this. I think every showrunner since Season 5 has been doing the best with what they’ve got.

    • JImN says:

      Something about what Katic and Fillion are doing together in an episode would be exciting.

      • Annie says:

        Seriously, how hard would it be to mention that “Rick and Kate are learning how their relationship functions with their new professional roles”?

    • Annie says:

      I agree. I really want to be excited but I watch for Caskett and an interesting cotw. I really don’t care much about Alexis and Hayley is quickly becoming a name I dread seeing in the spoilers. I can’t for the life of me imagine what “magic” these two characters could create that I would be interested in watching.

  13. Jules says:

    HTGAWM needs to cool it with the Flashbacks..!!

    • robandco says:

      You’re talking about the main plot device of the show. They are necessary to the story and rhythm of the show. That’s like talking about removing the flashbacks/forwards of Lost.

  14. Just one thing says:

    Haylexis? What a treat. Can’t wait!

  15. CO says:

    Alexis is the worst character ever. I’m really not interested in her becoming a young adult. Why can’t Beckett mentor Alexis? After all she is her stepmother. I cringe every time Molly and Nathan are on screen together. It’s so awkward and uncomfortable.

    • lkh says:

      why can’t we disappear her?

    • Teri says:

      Nathan and Molly are great onscreen and their characters are the backbone for Castle being who he is. Beckett fell for him because of his love for his daughter and the kind of Dad he was. Give Alexis a chance. Molly could not help it that she had to act out that PI storyline. She just acts what is written.

      • Court says:

        I agree with you. Beckett did fall in love with castle because it really was a turn on for her seeing him being a father for Alexis. Beckett got to see another side of castle. She got the chance to see him being a parent. Beckett never once tried to come between castle and Alexis because she admires that relationship. She sees how close they are.

    • Jim says:

      She’s not the worst character ever, but she is the least liked on the show, for sure. Alexis is certainly one of the characters I don’t think about or care about, so this spoiler makes no difference to me. I’m glad Beckett is not mentoring Alexis because Id rather enjoy seeing Beckett work her magic than see her with Alexis, a character than often annoys me.

      The Hayley character, though I have not seen her yet, is shaping up to be a character I wont enjoy(based on spoilers so far). So 2 characters I don’t quite like-Alexis and Hayley together, would make it easier to just skip those episodes.

      The fact is very few, if not any at all want to know about Alexis. So the showrunners are honestly wasting their time. I mean just go on every chat site or view every comment after an Alexis focused ep. Fans do not enjoy her. That’s not Mollys fault, I’m sure she is a great person/actress, but her character has turned into somewhat of a pesticide. So the writers have already messed her up.

      Anyway, I did say I’d give ep 1 a try, and I will. If its not the show I love any longer, then there’s always the remote control;)

  16. Val says:

    I do like the Marc and April angle – but yes he does need to tell her his relapse.
    Look forward to HTGAWM
    I am glad Robin doesnt have a associate with Merida. Dont like him much,

  17. Tamoor says:

    Alexis and Hayley ? Who cares about THAT ??!

  18. Tamoor says:

    You know it’s going to be bad when Castle’s writers use words like “magic” …

  19. lame says:

    Absolutely love the idea that she might follow in the steps of her grandfather. Now that would stand the series on its head.
    Think of a female James Bond. Then dad could use her as his inspiration for a new st of books. Ha.

  20. lame says:

    I can’t see Feliciy as someone who’s gonna belethal in hand to hand combat, they should just give her a very high caliber gun and let her blow bad guys to smitherings.

  21. I am delighted there are no plans to bring back Einstein, and I hope it stays that way. As a character she was all right (if a bit annoying), but I could never understand where this idea came from to try and pair her with Reid. Neither displayed any sort of romantic interest in the other.

  22. I’m sick of hearing about Linstead. SICK OF IT. I want to know what the hell is up with antonio. Erin and Jay ARE NOT the only characters on this show for Christ sakes.

  23. Darlene says:

    Looking forward to the Abby/Die Hard story on NCIS. A Think-Outside-The-Box episode. Based on today’s just-released season premiere promo and your Abby scoop, looks like NCIS is going to be doing a lot of that in Season 13.

  24. Denise says:

    Castle show runners giving lessons this summer on story lines that will make Castle fans NOT watch season eight.
    ​These include:
    Castle PI
    Focusing on Alexis
    Joke of a new character Hayley
    Castle and Beckett NEVER in scenes together
    Great job Alexis Hawley and Terrance Paul Winter

  25. kmw says:

    I have never been a fan of Cam and Arastoo so trouble between them is fine. I like them separately not as a couple. if Arastoo took over for Brennan that would be an even bigger conflict of interest than there already was. I love Bones but why they need to pair everyone up just irritates me.

    • suzi says:

      I agree. I liked Cam and the gynecologist (she claimed they broke up because it was weird dating her daughter’s doctor, ignoring the fact that she found Michelle another one in the episode he was introduced), especially because he WASN’T part of the Jeffersonian. Booth and Brennan together was a given since Day One, and Angela and Jack are actually cuter than B&B, but I’d be happy if the pairings stopped there.

  26. Liz1 says:

    Good Felicity question. Ever since Sara said she heard them on coms I’ve thought it safer that everyone had a codename, even Felicity. Just incase bad guys found out their coms.

  27. Dean says:

    NCIS nice to see Abby have her hero episode.
    Chicago Fire haven’t watched since the season 3 premier but I do love Rachel Nichols so I’ll tune in solely for her episodes.
    Chicago PD looking forward to it since they’re re-establishing Voight wasn’t all Mr. Niceguy.

  28. diane says:

    Thanks for the NCISLA spoiler.

    Not too pumped the Castle spoiler.

  29. lqza says:

    Stopped watching NCIS, way passed it’s sell by date, and is very, very samey!

    • Mandy Reynolds says:

      Really looking forward to NCIS, love the cast and the various stories they continue to tell. The various plots and the continuing story lines of all the characters is what makes it great. Fantastic show!

  30. Teri says:

    Looking forward to some mature stuff from Alexi on Castle. Feel Molly Quinn is an excellent actress and hope the writers can explore more scenes with Alexis and Beckett.

  31. Part of that meme with all the archers saying “I got this” will finally come true on OUAT. Robin and Merida should say that line, actually.

  32. liame says:

    I hope Kelly’s fling doesn’t stick around too long, he belongs with April.

  33. Semaj Debose says:

    Can’t wait for Marc and April scenes in the season 3 finale

  34. Kim says:

    Any just Caskett news? Haven’t heard anything except anonymous rumors?

  35. Barry says:

    Kim — that’s what concerns me — no news (or not much news) is not a good sign IMO. If Season 8 is designed to keep them off the set together, color me gone.

    I’m very open to change — but keeping them apart is not why I became a Castle fan. It’s about the 2 of them TOGETHER — not patched together as if the producers are out to con us.

  36. Kate says:

    I’ve been a huge Castle fan from the very beginning. I’ve tried to remain positive when I’ve watched others become increasingly negative over the last few years. I always look forward to reading spoilers this time of year to get me even more excited about the new season starting. It made me sad today when I realized that there isn’t one thing I’ve read this summer that has made me even a little excited for the show to come back. All of the spoilers have left me with a big ‘ol “meh” feeling. While I’m not someone who will decide to watch or not watch based on spoilers and rumors, I’m really hoping to hear something soon that will make me excited to tune in when it returns.

    • JoyAnne says:

      I’ve been a castle (Casket) fan from the beginning. However last season was the first one I didn’t buy the DVD as soon as it was released. There just was something missing + Castle as a PI was dumb, boring, whatever. Personally I enjoy the scenes between Castle and Alexis but it time to put their laser ‘gun’ toys away. I think Alexis many times is more grown up than Rick. Just hoping for a better season next time.

  37. dave says:

    they could kill cam and arastoo and it wouldn’t matter.

    • tannerose5 says:

      I don’t know if I would go as far to say kill, but if they both ran off together, I wouldn’t mind. I’d probably be waving goodbye.I do agree with your assessment about Jack and Angela. It’s time for them to have another child.
      What I am getting sick and tired of is Brennen and her holier than thou attitude. She needs to be knocked down a peg or two. She is too arrogant for her own good. It’s really grating on my nerves.

    • Wicked says:

      I love this idea!! It’s so inappropriate for Cam to be having her love toy work for her and promoting him no less! I don’t understand how no says this is wrong?
      How could this be allowed in this day and age? The two of them need to go for sure!

  38. John NYC says:

    Castle’s looking good. That’s such a terrific ensemble cast I expect the additions to only add to the show!

  39. Erin says:

    Glad Abby is at least getting a one and done this season. Last season neither Abby or Tony had much of anything to do and it was pretty dull as a consequence. Would love to see a Tony arc. I’m beyond tired of the constant stream of Gibbs melodrama. Enough already! There are other fun and interesting characters who have been pretty much forgotten.

  40. m3rcnate says:

    Busted opportunity with Felicity is given her hacker status in the past, to have her “moniker” be an already established hacker name that she had back in her bad-girl-black-hair-days. But they didn’t establish that so we won’t get it.

    • GildedRose says:

      That’s actually a great idea. I love that. Even if we don’t know what her hacker name was before, it could easily be incorporated in a future ep to bring the past & present together to fuel more story for her & bring that identity back to life. I like it!

  41. bridyyc says:

    O M G. I will start a crowdfunder for Jess Weixler (to get her to move back to New York) if that’s what it will take to get her back on the Good Wife. Seriously, this needs to happen!

  42. Athena says:

    Felicity doesn’t need to be out in the field to need a codename. Not when Oliver is yelling her name over the comms. And if she takes a more prominent role publicly as CEO of Palmer Tech, then she’ll definitely need to protect her identity more, IMO. I do love, love, love the idea of getting her out of the lair more and I hope we get more of that. I missed that last season, as well as Oliver and Felicity stunts. The episodes that feature Original Team Arrow in missions, such as the Merlyn Global break-in, the bombing of QC’s Applied Sciences division, etc. are always the most fun for me.

    • Liz1 says:

      Exactly. I don’t know why they keep thinking Felicity fans want her out in the field. Maybe on some covert ops once or twice but I prefer her doing what she does best and she still needs a codename for that.

      • GildedRose says:

        I’d love to see her get into the field again like she was in the past. It doesn’t have to be all the time, but she shouldn’t be excluded completely for it. I think a lot of people are like me. They miss Felicity being involved in the actual action, danger, adventure, mystery, etc., and want to see more of what she was doing in Season 1 and 2. Season 3 really departed from it and, for me, the show suffered for it. I like danger and action best when the characters I like are caught up in the thick of it. If I don’t care about a character, I don’t care if they’re in a situation where they can die. Oliver, Felicity, Diggle in a life/death situation? I care and I’m engaged (and excited).

    • GildedRose says:

      Exactly. Most of the eps I rewatch the most always involve Oliver/Felicity/Diggle working together and having action on their doorstep. City of Heroes remains one of my most watched & those joint oliver/felicity stunts definitely play a big part in that.

    • ab1973 says:

      They are constantly yelling each other’s real names; it’s so frigging dumb. At least sometimes Digg is “John,” which is fairly common, but there cannot be more than a couple, at most, women named Felicity in that city. And how many named Felicity who’ve been publicly linked with someone accused of being the Arrow multiple times? I swear, sometimes I think the Arrow writers/EPs are seriously intellectually challenged.

  43. JImN says:

    Not really looking for info on Alexis or any new characters on Castle. Couldn’t care less. I’m looking for new info on Fillion and Katic working together. Caskett makes ratings for Castle. We need more information about what they are doing on the show.

  44. GildedRose says:

    Love Felicity on Arrow. Still think it makes sense to give her some kind of code name considering everybody in the field keeps yelling, “FELICITY!” all the time. LOL. Doesn’t exactly protect her identity, does it? Thrilled to hear the execs love the idea of getting her out there more and being “badass.” Some of my favorite Season 1 and 2 moments included Felicity in the field, in action, and part of the dangerous adventures. Looking forward to seeing how the writers find a way to do that in Season 4.

  45. Trish says:

    Oh good. Finally a Felicity question. If like to find out more about her storyline and papasmoak in season four. But we can’t have that. As for a code name, yes she should have one. How many Felicity’s are there in Starling? And for Pete’s sake the woman has been doing undercover and field work since she joined in season one. Let’s stop acting like having her in the field more is so unthinkable or illogical. If anything, it seems to have lessened since the addition of new people in season three to make room. I’m not OK with that.

  46. Dr. M says:

    Felicity will end up being ‘Oracle’, which is a name she’s used before, or they’ll just refer to home base as ‘Watchtower’.

  47. Phillip says:

    I don’t care about Alexis growing up
    I don’t care about Alexis having sex
    I don’t care about Alexis needing a mentor
    Wait…actually I just don’t care about Alexis.
    How about giving us some spoilers about the actual stars of the show, they are Castle and Beckett. Heard of them? No? Its the characters that made the show what it is for the past 7 years. Its the characters fans tune in for. I’m considering just giving up and not bothering. At first I figured I’d watch the premier and decide, but the spoilers are getting worse and worse, that even the 40 minutes in the first episode might be a waste of time.

    • lkh says:

      I really think we could make your post into a song with ‘I don’t care about…’ as the refrain. I see it as “Castle-The Musical”

  48. Stephen S. says:

    Wait a sec, Pamela Reed is going to be on NCIS: Los Angeles? God, I hope she has a scene with Hetty. Because Kindergarten Cop reunion! :)

  49. Marie says:

    Since when did Castle change names to The Alexis Hayley Show? Why is there a ridiculous amount of spoilers on 2 secondary and unimportant characters? I’m a mom who looks forward to Monday nights for fun banter between Castle and Beckett, and good cases. Don’t need to see more teenagers trying to grow up. Have enough of that at home.

  50. ndixit says:

    Castle fans do nothing but complain. I think they pretty much badmouth anything that is not Beckett-Castle related. Its kind of sad and it speaks about the elemental problem of the show. The makers have spent 7 years on Castle and Beckett and did nothing for the supporting characters. So what has happened is while there is a strong foundation for Castle and Beckett fans, there is pretty much no one who cares for the supporting characters. This is the difference between Castle and a show like Bones. Bones actually has a pretty healthy supporting cast that picks up the slack when the leads are in the background. That’s why people were actually upset when Sweets died. Think about it, Lanie has been on the show since ep 1 and what do we know about her apart from her on-off relationship with Espo. Alexis, Ryan, Esposito all get token episodes every season. I think the writers are trying to expand the stories of the supporting cast as a way to increase the show’s longevity but all it does is irritate Castle fans who don’t seem to care about much apart from Caskett. Its both a problem of the fans as well as a problem with the writers.

    • Fran says:

      I do agree with some of what you’ve said…but now it’s a bit too late to focus on others because the draw is caskett. As for lanie…I completely agree! Which is why I don’t appreciate the casting of 2 new people when they can easily focus on Ryan, espo and lanie. They have earned their screentime. But it seems this newbies are going to come in and take screentime. I’m not interested in these newbies. Focus on the original cast instead of adding new ones. If they are trying to focus on the supporting cast, then fine, do it with Ryan espo and lanie. Not new ones.

    • sam says:

      I agree that Castle fans complain a lot. But on the other hand isn’t it the goal of TPTB to please the fans? In fact Castle became a success because somehow they were able to please the most of the fans, most of the time. In S7 they pleased very few and the ratings plummeted.
      I agree that so far the spoilers have not motivated me but I will give season 8 a chance.

      I also agree that they neglected the supporting cast but although I think that may come back to haunt them now, maybe it can be fixed. But this show needed a change, It was becoming too routine.
      And S7 does not even deserve a mention. It and Castle PI was just a train wreck.
      But remember that the Blind Item said that TPTB were preparing for a backlash when they decided to change the DNA of the show.
      What fans may be ignoring is that maybe there is some truth to Stana and Nathan not getting along very well. And maybe this separation has a lot to do with that. Maybe the separation is just fine with Stana and Nathan. Nobody can deny that the chemistry was gone. I don’t know why, if true, but something was missing. I detected a chill between them after Nathan had the hissy fit and told them to fix it.
      I just do not believe he had a hissy fit but maybe just discussed the situation of the focus being too much on Beckett. But whatever it was, when they put the focus on Castle it just did not work. Castle needs Beckett. The show needs Beckett.
      But if there is a problem between Stana and Nathan I wouldn’t want them to be forced to work together.
      I think fans should start letting go of Caskett. It’s over. Just give S8 a chance. At least Stana resigned. Try imagining a Beckett-less show. Can you spell Cancelled.

      • sam says:

        I forgot. Please No Alexis. Please. I won’t even give that a chance. Let her go and live on campus or give her a boyfriend and they run off together, forever. Never to heard of or seen again.
        But keep Martha, please, please.
        I will miss Sir.

    • Vanessa says:

      Castle has never been an show with an ensemble cast, it has always been about the story of Castle and Beckett and their dynamic. It is what drew people to the show and what made it the wonderful show it was. So there was never and would never be a concentration on the secondary characters. They add to the show, but it was never going to be about them. The secondary characters are not why the vast majority of people watch the show.

      Changing the show that drastically, to change its very DNA (as that Blind Item said), to make it into something that is a shell of its former self, is going to be met with dismay, even anger, because the show people have come to love over the years will be no more. That PI arc from last season resulted in a loss of 1.5 million viewers, and the Alexis centric episodes of the past couple seasons did poorly in the ratings too, so the fact that they are changing this into the Castle/Alexis/Hayley show boggles the mind. The vast majority of fans that tune in for the Castle/Beckett dynamic will no longer have that show to watch, and ratings will sink further. So it begs the question – why are they doing this. There’s a reason, and it has nothing to do with Marlowe, ABC, or the new showrunners. They are merely working with the hand that has been dealt them.

      As for Stana signing on for season 8, I’m sure ABC threw her some serious money and other concessions (producer, time off, etc) because if she hadn’t signed, the ratings would have tanked starting with 8.01(instead of later when fans realize what is going on). At least with Beckett on the show, fans have hope that despite the spoilers, they’ll still like it, that there will still be Caskett. Without Beckett and so many people would not even bother to watch.

      • Barry says:

        Vanessa, I could not have presented my feelings any better — so I won’t even try. And if this decline in viewer interest is all because one and/or both of the stars had a “diva-like” tantrum and they can’t be mature enough to get past it, please producers, make Season 8 the end of Castle so , when I tell my friends this was one of the greatest TV shows of all time, at least I won’t be lying. I can say this — that’s currently what I say about The Mentalist — because the creator was smart enough to end the right way with class, even with only a 13 episode final season — and with complete concern for the show’s loyal fans.

      • sam says:

        I still suggest that fans do not set their radar for a lot of Caskett. The spoilers seem to be setting the stage that will lessen the focus on that.
        I do not think they will break them up, such as a divorce, but that they will share less screen time together.
        I think it is beyond the control of the new show runners. Don’t know why.
        Although this was the strength of the show during the earlier seasons and it was very successful, it lost its strength even before 623. That episode was just the prelude to the change.
        Think back to the opening scene in Limelight. Beckett was reading the newspaper and kidding Castle about a gossip article about Castle and an ex wife. To show him she was not jealous, she affectionately nuzzled his ear. Here we have Stana in sleep shorts, revealing those long sexy legs and basically being totally irresistible.
        What does Castle do? He just sits there like a lump of coal and jumps up to answer the door to of all people, Pi. He acted like he was afraid to touch Beckett, his soul mate.
        Caskett was done. I stuck a fork in it.
        He kisses Gates in front of his wife. Done. He continues to ogle other women, openly. Done. His level of maturity goes into a recession followed by bankruptcy after his marriage. Done. Instead of a close and involved relationship, we get Castle crawling around in some grass like an 8 year old and making faces with children. Done. During slapstichk by slipping on marbles. Done. Was that Caskett?
        Yes people will have hope of Caskett because Stana signed on but I have decided that they should resuscitate a Beckett who is not so foolish as to forget a 15 year marriage. A tall and sexy Beckett that is in your face committed to taking down the bad guys. A strong and intelligent Beckett who can throw off a one-liner with the best of them and not have it seem forced.
        The ray of light I that read is that Bracken reappears and I hope he brings an interesting and well acted and executed episode like Veritas or Knockdown or Knockout.or Kill Shot or Suckerpunch.
        Even if I must take a dose of Castle PI in order to get this type entertainment from Stana, I will. I can always skip or fast forward those.
        But I can’t take Alexi, period.

        • lkh says:

          Well, this is a very complete exploration of what seem to be the missteps in the development/execution of their story. Not sure I’m where you are-‘Done’ in all those instances, on the other hand, you appear to be hoping for a Beckett before she became a prop. I couldn’t agree more. Here’s hoping you’re right.

      • John NYC says:

        Two lead characters doesn’t mean there isn’t an ensemble of second level characters.

    • kmw says:

      Not having watched Castle as much as Bones, I cannot speak to Castles secondary characters. While Bones secondary characters are good they cannot carry the show as proven by last season. Ten to twelve of Bones episodes were put on the shoulders of their supporting cast( and in first half, it was a new character, Aubry, taking over most of screen time, at least that is how it felt) and even with Sweets death their ratings stayed pretty even for awhile. Then fifth episode thru ninth happened as well as TBBT came to Thursday night and Bones ratings started to sink bad, worse than any other season. By the time their 200th episode came around they couldn’t get back what they lost(aided eventually by long layoff as well). Near the end of the season they were barely holding on to 1.0 in demos. Booth and Brennan being in the background did not help show just as I suspect Castle and Beckett having no scenes together will not help Castle. If Castle does indeed have fewer scenes of Castle and Beckett together I will also go with the ratings going down. They will indeed have a big problem

      • Ella says:

        The Bones rating decline can be attributed to Bones going up against TBBT and then the ridiculously long mid-season hiatus.

        10×04 got a season high of 1.7 but then episode 5 got a 1.3 going up against TBBT. Sorry, but ppl are going to pick TBBT over Bones bc it’s the more popular show. It had nothing to do with the screentime of certain characters. Episode 9 managed a 1.5 because it wasn’t airing opposite TBBT. And that episode had very little Booth/BB, so how does that fit into your narrative that the ratings decline happened because of a perceived lack of BB screentime or too much of the secondary characters?

        And the second half of the season suffered because ratings always decline in the spring and then unfortunately Bones ended up airing after the end of the tv season into summer.

        Plus it’s a 10 (now 11) year old show! A ratings decline is expected, it’s not necessarily indicative of the quaility of the show.

        • kmw says:

          Yes the show is older and yes people are going to pick TBBT over Bones, and the long hiatus hurt and of course running into spring and summer was also bad but as a long time Bones fan I wanted to stop watching in the fall and not because TBBT was on. I see your point on ratings but the show was creatively not good. I like Bones supporting cast but not front and center. Bones is definitely on a difficult night but the way Nathan presented Bones last year, springtime or not, hurt the show. Bones shoving their new character down our throats may not have hurt ratings but a lot of fans were irritated by the way he was introduced and basically took over for Brennan( and yes I realize Emily was pregnant, they still could have put her in more scenes at the FBI sitting down) My real point is that both Castle and Bones are heavily dependent on their leads and separating them on screen and giving them no scenes together does nothing for either show.

          • Ella says:

            Do you think they write some episodes with less BB to piss of fans? Of course not! They have a multitude of things to take into account, including actor availability. I think it’s very unfair that fans fail to take that into consideration. Last year, Emily was basically pregnant throughout the whole season, if they can make her workload easier by giving more fbi scenes to Aubrey then why not? It’s not a big deal and not detrimental to the show if Aubrey does the interrogations or goes out into the field instead of Brennan sometimes. Your solution would be to have her ‘sitting down’ for scenes- isn’t it more preferable to their leading lady if they can scrap unnecessary scenes altogether? Now that Emily is a mother to two young children, don’t hold your breath for lots of BB heavy episodes, it’s not going to happen anymore. Both David and Emily can’t work as much as they used to in the past, so the writers have to utilise them as best they can. And before you say ‘write them together all the time for the scenes they are available’…well then you’d lose an important part of the show which is Brennan’s interactions in the lab. And also, that would leave Aubrey with nothing to do and Booth wouldn’t interact with anyone outside Brennan.

            Also, Brennan’s fieldtime has been reduced for a long time, so why are people acting like this is new for the show? People had been complaining for a long time that Sweets did too much field work but suddenly people forget about that and piled onto Aubrey, as though he came in and stole Brennan’s screentime.

            Are you going to complain about the fewer BB scenes in 11×01 and 11×02 as well? I don’t put it past people in this fandom to do that, despite knowing about David’s health scare.

            Sure, there were a few BB-lite episodes in the season but there always are. The second half of the season had plenty of BB because of the gambling storyline.

            I understand that you didn’t like S10 and it’s your opinion and you’re entitled to that. But I know plenty of people who enjoyed S10 just fine (including myself). Maybe it wasn’t the best season but it certainly wasn’t the worst.

          • Ella says:

            @kmw

            I understand your frustrations, but at this point I think we should just be grateful that we’re getting another season. If they overworked Emily and David in S10, they probably wouldn’t have signed on for S11. Remember, they have a say on their roles in the show, and if they wanted more scenes, they would get it. But it’s clear they no longer want to work crazy hours like they used (nor should they be expected to). B&B’s professional relationship is no longer the focus of the show and that’s okay imo, because their personal relationship is more important at this point in the show’s run.

            It’s the same story with Stana/Nathan on Castle- they want more time off, and like Emily/David, they definitely deserve it. But the difference is that Bones is more equipped to handle it, given their excellent development of secondary characters- the same cannot be said of Castle.

        • Angela says:

          Plus it’s a 10 (now 11) year old show! A ratings decline is expected, it’s not necessarily indicative of the quaility of the show.
          This. I can’t speak to the specific situations going on on these shows, since I haven’t seen them-there may well be stuff going on with the storylines and characters that is impacting the ratings somewhat.
          But I think fans of any show that’s 8 years old or older should always take its age into account when discussing ratings-it’s rare for ANY show that’s lasted 8 plus years to still keep the kind of ratings it had when it was in its heyday. A decline in ratings and viewership, even if only slightly, is natural for long-running series.
          And I understand that sucks for people who want a show to run for as long as it possibly can, but at some point every series has to have an endpoint, and sometimes those ratings are a wake-up call that the show either needs to change how it’s doing things or just wrap up for good.

          • kmw says:

            I realize Bones is an older show and yes ratings are going down ( and not just for them a lot of other shows) I am also not expecting David and Emily to be in every scene. I know full well she is a mother of two now and yes David will be limited in first two episodes. We all understand that and that will most likely be the case going forward. However going from 8 or 9 scenes an episode to 3!!! No that hadn’t happened in previous seasons including her last pregnancy. They mixed their cast much better even with Sweets being in the field more often and that is the real point. A good example is The Lost Love in A Foreign Land; Booth and Brennan had opening scene and then not one more till almost the end of the show. That had never happened before. And sure when his gambling arc started they had plenty of scenes but the actual episode when she kicked him out? 3 scenes in a episode that should have had more weight to it, but instead it was mostly about Cam and Arastoo. Brennan and Booth are a good couple and good partners but I didn’t see any of that last year. Once again I do not expect them to be on all the time but balance what scenes they do have better. It may seem like I am bashing David and Emily but I am not. I appreciate their work over the last 10 seasons and know they deserve a break. I realized with their season finale that Booth and Brennan will most likely not be the center of the show anymore and I will have to accept it. I know that. I also accept that a lot of people liked this past season and that is fine. To each his own. Also I think it is terrific that the Bones crew including writers, directors and editors and actors have allowed time for David Boreanaz to get better and accommodate him to the point we will at least get to see him a little bit. Despite the noted lack of them in episodes coming up they should still be good shows. As for how long Bones will run, well I thought their 9th season was going to be their last one and here we are at season 11!!

      • John NYC says:

        If Castle gets set against a juggernaut like The Big Bang Theory it will suffer, whatever or whoever they give screen time to.

        • lkh says:

          would that be the same demographic?

          • Barry says:

            Heck no it’s not — but maybe the posters back on the “gay” thingy again. :-)

          • John NYC says:

            It is in my case and let’s be real with TBBT monster numbers a ten percent overlap would pull pushing two million viewers off Castie. Iirc Castke couldn’t afford a drop of two million viewers.