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Did Liars Cheat Too Much? Could Castle Save ABC Tuesday? Is The Underworld Not Hot as Hell? And More TV Qs

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Scorpion, Pretty Little Liars, Nashville and How to Get Away With Murder!

1 | On Hawaii Five-0, is Ingo Rademacher not quite Ingo Rademacher without his Aussie accent?Grimm

2 | How hard did you laugh when Grimm unveiled its Renard campaign poster… and it was a carbon copy of Obama’s “Hope” ad?

3 | Are you impatient for Sleepy Hollow to get to the bottom of its “Who’s controlling Daniel/the FBI?” mystery? And isn’t Jenny still being a bit harsh about Joe’s actually-really-sweet gesture (aka buying her a new trailer) from weeks ago?

4 | How non-toasty is Once Upon a Time‘s Underworld that people are wearing knit caps and we can see their breath outside?

5 | Do you have even less confidence in Quantico‘s FBI after seeing the relative ease with which Natalie and Alex were able to smuggle a suicide belt into the bureau’s headquarters?

6 | Despite the buzz surrounding The Carmichael Show‘s Bill Cosby episode, was the installment that followed — about the death of Joe’s father and featuring a surprise cameo by Jeffersons vet Marla Gibbs — better overall?

7 | So… Girls newlyweds Desi and Marnie are doing an ambitious renovation on an apartment they’re renting?

8 | How many of you were so fascinated/frightened/saddened by Alicia Witt’s Paula on The Walking Dead that you were like, “Negan? Who needs ’im?”

9 | On Shameless, why can’t Fiona stop Debbie from moving out to live on a commune? Isn’t she still her guardian?Gotham

10 | How perfectly cast was Lori Petty as Gotham’s quirktastic Jeri? And with that mouth, was she intended as another Joker tease?

11 | When Cat is denouncing Supergirl, where does she think her conspicuously absent assistant Kara is during the important moment?

12 | Wouldn’t the Scorpion team have been more efficient to approach the blood supply terrorist with a plea deal, rather than try to figure out his “secret code”? And how did they not immediately get caught hijacking the government van, given how loudly their ladder was clanking on its roof?

13 | Bates Motel sleuths, do we think Emma’s mom Audrey is still among the living? And, if so, where do we think Norman is keeping her?

14 | Given the brilliance of Reba, Cher and this week’s Patti LaBelle as Voice guest mentors, should NBC consider adding a “Lady Legend of a Certain Age” to its panel the next time Xtina, Adam or Pharrell wants a season off?

15 | How many eagle-eared NCIS fans (a la TVLine reader Marguerite) noticed that Episode 300 ended with the same “Hallelujah” song used for the West Wing episode in which Mark Harmon’s character died?

16 | We’re glad the Pretty Little Liars finale reunited so many of the show’s original couples, but couldn’t those reunions have happened without so much cheating?

17 | As much as we love black-ish‘s Bow, who brings gazpacho to a basketball game?!

18 | Whose Nashville wedding-day drama was more outlandish: Deacon, who suddenly felt he would mess up his relationship Nashvillewith Rayna, or Maddie, who suddenly decided her dad was too emotionally volatile to marry her mom? And didn’t something look off about the single shot of Rayna during the ceremony?

19 | If Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ Clara had just boasted of knowing “a few shortcuts” in Thailand, why were she and Jack following Matt to the local cop shop? (Meanwhile, could the original Criminal Minds‘ promo for next week have undercut the “Was Derek shot?!?!” tension any further?)

20 | Younger‘s Liza doesn’t have a passcode on her tablet?! Rookie mistake! And was that death-by-crane ending the craziest cliffhanger you’ve seen in some time, especially for a comedy?

21 | Given the ratings for Of Kings and Prophets, Wicked City, Forever, Mind Games, Killer Women and (whew!) Lucky 7, is it time for ABC to accept Tuesdays-at-10 as a dead zone for new shows and relocate a veteran (such as Castle, should it be renewed) come fall?

22 | Is there any chance whatsoever that American Idol mentor Scott Borchetta doesn’t immediately sign his personal fave — 15-year-old Tristan McIntosh — to his Big Machine label, despite her so-so sixth-place run?

Grey's Anatomy23 | Will Grey’s Anatomy next need a quintuplets storyline, and thus five fetal heart monitors, to continue obstructing pregnant Jessica Capshaw? And how long before Nathan becomes aware and possibly jealous of Meredith’s hot new side piece?

24 | Can Scandal quickly spin off the Sally Langton-hosted Liberty Report, to cover the real-world election for these last seven months? Also, did this week’s multi-framed climax give anyone else a case of 24 déjà vu?

25 | We understand How to Get Away With Murder‘s Sam insisting that Frank keep his betrayal of a grieving Annalise to himself — but why didn’t he at the time also demand that Frank give his notice, pack his belongings and never enter the Keating household again? And as great as Season 2 turned out to be, didn’t the super-hasty conclusion of the Hapstall case underscore that the Caleb/Catherine/Philip mystery was the weakest link in the storytelling chain?

Hit the comments with your answers — and any other Qs you care to share!

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64 Comments
  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    Number 21 – ABC should move Castle to Tuesdays @ 10 next season if the Nathan Fillon led series gets renewed.

    • SAM says:

      And bring back “Forever” in the Monday slot.

      I know – never ever going to happen…

    • Susan Smith says:

      Wow.You do know that Mr Fillion has a Co-Star Stana Katic.You know he followed her around for 7 years:”a writer and his muse solving murders together.”

    • Steven says:

      All you did was rephrase the question. But I don’t think they should. They should just end it this season.

      • Mr. Tran K says:

        Who cares and why you guys keep on complaining about whether Castle will end this season or next season if it gets renewed? Stop making excuses and no more whining and complaining when you comment and/or reply.

  2. KLS says:

    #21: not sure if Castle goes with Agents of Shield @ 9pm on Tuesday. That time slot is a dead zone for all networks. But maybe NCIS: NO fans will switch over to ABC at 10pm.

  3. LADY_in_MD says:

    #20-I thought it was a bit weird that she didn’t have a passcode seeing how she’s trying to hide so much from her daughter and everyone else
    Also I feel that the ending was changed because they got a renewal something about it get off and a little ridicilious but then again I guess that’s the whole premise of the show

    #10- Lori Petty was a great guest star hope she comes back I always loved tank girl lol

    #6- I think all the topics on the Carmichale show are great to get people talking but I did enjoy the 2nd episode more than the 1st

  4. Mary says:

    11. I also wondered if Cat had picked up on the change in Kara (or as she calls her Keira) happened at the same time as the changes were happening in Supergirl, as well as the fact that Supergirl says she learned a lot from Cat Grant.

  5. KLS says:

    #8: loved Alica Witt in TWD. Strong, confident, smart woman, but she lost her humanity.

  6. Kevin says:

    #14 I have always said that it would be great to have 2 males & 2 females in the big red chairs.Would be an interesting dynamic for sure.

    • Bryan says:

      I really want Shakira, Gwen and Xtina all coaching in the same season but i think the producers are afraid to have diva-offs from multiple female coaches.

  7. PatriciaLee says:

    3. H…no, I’d flip for eons if my husband went off and spent tons of money on a living situation without checking with me, much less a new guy in the life of. You could tell she thought it was sweet, but that ground rule has to be made clear, again and again, because the first ten times of telling might not stick. The brain does get foggy with lovey dovey wanting to please feelings.

  8. Jennifer says:

    On #15 … Noticed. And PLEASE tell me this isn’t a foreshadowing of the Blind Item of a major character being written off. We can’t loose Tony AND Gibbs in the same episode.

    • MMD says:

      WOW, I’m impressed with how observant you are!!! Truly – because I was a die hard West Wing fan and I totally missed it. Kudos to you.

      Please don’t even think it though because NCIS was renewed for 2 more seasons because Mark Harmon just signed a 2 year contract. Like you, I couldn’t bear to lose both Tony and Gibbs at the same time (especially Gibbs).

  9. Jennifer says:

    #21 … just bring back Forever. Please.

    • Emma says:

      ABC was too quick to pull the plug on that one. It was gaining viewers each week. In the olden days networks gave some iffy shows a chance, like Cheers. It didn’t do well the first year but NBC renewed it and it ended up going for 11 yrs.

      • Gospino says:

        It is NOT true that Forever “was gaining viewers each week.” It actually ended its run with about half the number of live viewers that the first episode drew–a HUGE drop. It also declined in total number of DVR viewers from season beginning to end. The 18-49 demo numbers dropped significantly as well by year’s end. Some of the episodes did better than the preceding one or two did, but the overall pattern was a clear and substantial decline across the board. I liked the show too, but making up stuff about the ratings is just not right.

    • sakkt says:

      this!!!!

  10. robandco says:

    23. I was not aware Jessica Capshaw was pregnant and I can’t stop laughing at the question. It explains so much close ups!!

  11. tallsy says:

    9. Shameless has never had a strong grasp of the real world, but the breathtaking drop in quality has made it noticeable.
    17. Ruby’s reaction to gazpacho was hilarious.
    19. It’s dead, Jim.
    25. I was a little worried about HTGAWM about 5 episodes ago, but the last few have been a return to form.

  12. NotHardly says:

    #3 – yes I agree that jenny had reason to be upset – initially. However, the mistake made, sincerely apologized for, and corrected. That’s all anyone can do to make amends. But for her to STILL be whinging on and on about it just shows a complete lack of grace. You can’t expect to get forgiveness for your transgressions if you’re not willing to give it to others for theirs. Yes, this is probably the writers setting up their break up, but it really makes her look like more than a bit of a tool.

  13. PatriciaLee says:

    12. Time was of the essence, and the terrorist might have strung out the negotiation, having fun with it or whatever.

  14. Luis says:

    2. I laughed my ass off when I saw that poster!!

  15. Maria says:

    ABC can bring the entire cast of Castle to perform it live in my living room for all I care…and I still wouldn’t watch. The writing has gone way downhill and the leads look like they can’t stand each other.
    Now, if they had given Forever a chance in that spot…

    • Susan Smith says:

      The Show Runners and Writers (with one or 2 exceptions) have hurt the show to the point it’s hard to watch.They have changed the DNA of the Show.The Show Runner who said there will likely be a cliffhanger regardless of whether the show is renewed or not is the perfect example of the disrespect for the fans,story, and history of this beloved show. I haven’t watched in almost 2 months but #BadAssBeckett will be the focus on the show on March 21.I will watch I keep hoping Castle the show we fell in love with would come back so I would watch again.Castle PI/GDS is losing millions and it is sad.

  16. Pia says:

    4. I’m so behind on Once that I don’t know what the Underworld looks like, but: one of Dante’s circles in The Inferno is a frozen lake.

  17. Sara says:

    Number 16: FINALLY! A media outlet said it!!! Nobody seems to want to address the copious amounts of cheating and how unromantic and disgusting it actually was.

    • Pamela says:

      True, but the writers should never have split up all the couple’s in the first place, I don’t know what the point was if they were going to bring them all back together within several episodes :)

  18. jj says:

    You are using hell (from Christian based religions) interchangeably with the underworld (from Greek mythology). But they are not the same.

    • wgsecretary says:

      Very true. In Greek and Roman mythology everyone goes to the Underworld. The section you go to is based on your life. For example, Elysium was the best place to be, but hard to get into!

      On Once Upon a Time, they are in the Greek Underworld where Hades rules. The reason it’s not on fire is because of this, but also because it’s apparently created in the image of Storybrooke. So, it’s likely that whatever is happening top side is going to be similar in the Underworld.

  19. Read the whole article to find out about Hawaii 50 and. Saw nothing.

  20. Ram510 says:

    21) that time slot belongs to Body of Proof! But yea the Castle thing is a good idea, should’ve been done years ago

  21. Wendy says:

    4. Perpetual cold is certainly my idea of Hell.

  22. Erin Lowrie says:

    #18. Why do the writers for Nashville, and for Castle too, need to stir up drama for a couple that fans have been waiting so long to see happy? It drives me nuts! And i know this is a night soap, but for the love, just please give them some stability. I also wish that Gunner and Scarlett would realize they need to be together and for something good to happen to Will! The promos though do not look promising.

  23. Marco says:

    4. Maybe it’s the famous cold day in Hell?
    5. Every time I think the FBI in Quantico has reached rock bottom, it starts to dig.
    16. You even need to ask that question? YES!!! If SPENCER can do it, the other ones (especially Airhead Aria and her One True Creep) can too!
    21. That would be a good idea!
    25. Convenience; he wanted to have Frank by the balls so he could use him. And yes.

  24. Alichat says:

    2) I actually rolled my eyes…..something Renard should have done as well.
    3) They have been letting that story lie for a long time. I’m hoping it ties into the Pandora story, otherwise what was the point? And yes….Jenny is being too harsh. Ok…we get it…the RV was a bit much. Don’t touch the stuff. Got it. Can we let the horse die peacefully now??
    5) I know right!? This isn’t really painting a good picture of the FBI. Background checks missing big reveals, two bombs, and someone kidnapping and drugging loads of their new agents.
    11) The same place she always is when Supergirl suddenly shows up somewhere to save someone.
    23) I had forgotten she is pregnant in RL. And regarding Nathan…..I found it weird that he doesn’t know the connection between Blake and Shepherd…….surely someone somewhere has mentioned the connection.
    25) Sam didn’t boot him because either 1) He wasn’t a nice man to begin with and knew he would need to call in a favor, or 2) there’s more to the connection between them than we’ve been told. Analise did say that Sam urged her to hire Frank. And I can’t believe Oliver pulled one on Connor! He’s sliding to the dark side!

  25. Bwhit says:

    5) that is a logical point and nothing on Quantico comes close to logical.

    9) had Fiona been home at all with the kids instead of sorting out what man she wanted to be with, Debs may not have gotten pregnant.

    13) I’m starting to wonder myself. I thought he may have taken her to where Bradley is. The quarry and lake could be ‘mother’s’ dumping ground, a la Dexter Morgan.

  26. Candace says:

    9 – The writers and producers seem to have a difficult time remembering storylines they’ve done, ages of characters, etc, so I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if they forgot Fiona was legal guardian to her siblings.

  27. David4 says:

    Catle is long dead and can’t save anything, including itself.

    • A fan for now says:

      So what cattle has long since died and where did the beef go? A dead cattle becomes beef and sure saves people from hunger.

  28. drhenning says:

    I thought REVENGE did good business on Tuesdays before it was moved to Sundays..

  29. Heather says:

    Forever could’ve survived the Tuesday 10pm death slot but ABC dropped it because it was produced by WB so it was less profitable than a show they produce, they just can’t seem to produce anything good.
    I miss Forever so much!

  30. fiberlicious says:

    #24: I see what you did there.
    .
    I thought that the episode would have made a fine SERIES finale….

  31. A fan for now says:

    Castle, as a veteran that many still think should be renewed, plugged the hole that was 10pm Monday. However, judging by its current performance and a presumable rating next season would hardly mean anything if it moved or stayed. The usual decline ratings between season to season would make Castle an expensive veteran show giving almost the same low ratings compared to struggling new shows they’ll be trying next fall.

  32. Marci says:

    17 | As much as we love black-ish‘s Bow, who brings gazpacho to a basketball game?!

    Bow can sometimes be as annoyingly pretentious as Tracy Ellis Ross’s mother, Diana Ross.

  33. nadialus says:

    I don’t understand why so many people get upset about cheating on dramatic television. Spencer has cheated many times and nobody really seems to care about Aria sleeping with Ezra, but Hanna thinks she may die and tells her ex bf, who she was with for a really long time, information about their breakup that he didn’t know and god forbid it’s the end of the world when he kisses her. The show is basically a soap opera with bad judgment on all ends and cheating is what gets everybody to lose their minds.

    • rebecca says:

      The only part I was annoyed with was Aria and Ezra, because I will never be ok with that relationship. Super creepy.

  34. Grey’s already did a quintuplet episode, when each intern was responsible for one of the babies after they were born.

  35. Carol C says:

    #20 ~ A fitting ending for Thad. I just wanted him gone boy.

  36. Jane says:

    #4-I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks it’s weird. They’re all super bundled too. They knew they’d be filming this arc in through all the winter months, you’d think production would have made it appear darker and colder. Plus the UW isn’t hell, but an in between place, so they could have designed whatever they wanted and had it make more sense.

    #16-Yes, agreed. We did not need to see Spencer in skimpy panties either. There was literally no point to that scene.

  37. Beckstle says:

    Could Castle save Tuesdays….that’s hilarious! Castle can’t even save itself. It’s not suffering because of its time slot. It’s the season 8 trashing of the prior 7 seasons and the bad writing that’s killed its ratings. Maybe if they make all but the last couple minutes of season 8 a dream and Caskett wakes up the morning after Hollander’s Woods ended they’ll have a shot at bringing back viewers. However, I don’t see TPTB trying to reverse the mess of season 8. They keep talking about how “fun” and “great” it’s been.
    .
    Besides the writing problems, moving it to Tuesday won’t be any less competitive for Castle. Monday nights NBC’s Blindspot kicks Castle’s butt and CBS’s NCIS LA takes second. Tuesday nights it would be NBC’s Chicago Fire trouncing Castle and CBS’s Limitless would take second.
    .
    Finally, on top of all of the above, Castle’s season 8 demo ratings are about the same as Forever’s were – and they didn’t renew Forever. They’re going to move a show in with the same ratings as what they cancelled? How is that saving Tuesdays?
    .
    It’s clear that the answer to ABC’s Tuesday night woes isn’t moving Castle there – nor is doing so a solution for Castle.

  38. Boiler says:

    I think a move to Tuesday may be good for Castle and ABC and I would watch even if it was a spinoff. The network has totally bombed there since Lee stupidly cancelled Body of Proof. As to those commenting on writers, why are you even watching if it so hard to watch

  39. 3. I agree Sleepy Hollow has not show us the real big bad for this season. Pandora and the Hidden One are just an annoying distraction.

    4. OUAT is showing a sideways rundown Storybrooke as the underworld. It does not need to be hot or cold temperature-wise. It just needs to be off kilter looking.

  40. Fran says:

    Don’t care what night just bring Castle back!! Also would love to see Forever back!!