Fall TV Preview

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Good Wife, Grey's, Gossip Girl, the Community Kiss and More

Got the Monday blahs? Let’s see if I can perk up the start of your week with a flurry of scoops, teases and sound bites from some of TV’s hottest shows and stars.

The Good Wife | Just how bad is good wife Alicia going to be? Will her season-ending romp with Will be a onetime thing, or are these two en route to an all-out affair? Julianna Margulies has yet to get wind of what series creators Robert and Michelle King have set for Season 3, but tells me the long-awaited hook-up, as rapturous as it may be, probably “is going to cause a lot of sadness and friction and unrest, because of the Peter situation.” That is, with Peter now locking his crosshairs on not just the governor’s office but on his romantic rival, Alicia must carefully navigate the waters before her. “I have a feeling that Peter is going to go after Will, and Alicia is always first and foremost concerned with other people, ” Margulies ventures. “So, I think she’ll probably do what’s best for Will, and not what’s best for her.” Hey, as long as they get their $7,800 worth out of the hotel room first.

Exclusive: Ellen Pompeo Opens Up About Her Uncertain Grey’s Anatomy Future

Grey’s Anatomy | Series boss Shonda Rhimes knows that not only did this year’s season finale give Mer-Der fans pause, it also has Cristina-Owen shippers in a lather, given Yang’s seemingly insurmountable opposition to going through with her unplanned pregnancy. In her defense, Rhimes told me, “What we try to do all the time is take chances with our characters; if we didn’t, we would have all been bored and quit by now. We are trying really hard to keep story fresh and keep the audience on the edge of their seat not knowing where were going to go with it.” And that is why Cristina now finds herself pregnant with a child she doesn’t intend to carry. “Cristina has always been a person who said she never wants children, so this is interesting,” argues Rhimes. “It’s the ultimate dilemma for her.” To which I suggested that Private Practice‘s Sam would pair up nicely with Seattle Grace’s own baby-averse doc. “Yes,” Rhimes concurred, he probably would!”

Shonda Rhimes: Grey’s Anatomy Finale Sets Up What May Be Original Cast’s Final Run

Gossip Girl | Dair opponents, rejoice! As seen during the final episodes of this season, there’s a new sexy miss whose kiss is on Dan’s list, and given that Kaylee Defer is now a series regular, Charlie/Ivy is here to stay. “They’ve been pointing me at Dan, so… maybe I’ll stay with him,” DeFer forecasts. “The girls on the show tend to bop around [from guy to guy], but maybe I’m the only faithful one? ” To which I’ll say: Nahhhh. Regardless of who fills Dan’s dance card, DeFer promises “all sorts of drama boiling” at the hands of Ivy, an actress posing as Serena’s cousin — though DeFer doesn’t peg herself as a one-for-one substitute for Taylor Momsen (Jenny). “There’s no way I could replace Taylor,” she defers. “No, she has her own thing.”

Community | Speaking of stolen kisses, fans of this acclaimed NBC comedy are curious as to what will come of the season finale clinch shared by Annie and — of all people — Abed. Noting that “nothing happens on this show that doesn’t have weight to it,” series boss Dan Harmon previews, “It’s more about how Annie was affected by that kiss,” seeing as Abed was technically channeling Han Solo at the time. “We know that Annie has a [bad boy] ‘type,’ and Abed accidentally stumbled into it,” says Harmon. “But it remains to be seen whether Abed was ‘there’ for it.”

Ricky Gervais: The Office‘s Star-Studded Finale Jumped a ‘Big’ Shark

Outsourced | Anyone who is having trouble bidding adieu to this one-and-done NBC comedy can find solace in the fact that it was accidentally listed as a Returning Series in a handful of NBC press binders at last week’s upfront event, and that errant leaflet (obtained by Deadline) shares this now-moot morself of Season 2 scoop: “After surviving his first year managing the call center in India, Todd’s ready for some bigger challenges — should he try to make his relationship with Asha a bit more than work-related? Is his team ready for a trip to America for training and some good ol’ USA traditions like beer pong?”

TNT Announces The Closer Spin-Off, New Mystery Series With Best-Selling Authors

The Closer | One of the highlights of Upfronts Week is a luncheon Turner hosts at NYC’s tony Del Posto, where this year my tablemates included The Closer‘s Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Tenney and Robert Gossett. Prior to breaking bread with that trio, I chatted with Corey Reynolds, who at this early date does not know if Gabriel or any of the other MCD detectives will crossover to the Mary McDonnell-fronted spin-off premiering in summer 2012. But Reynolds did have this to joyously tease about The Closer‘s final season premiere, airing this July 11: “The last few minutes will absolutely leave your jaw. On. The. Floor. Something unbelievably unexpected happens.” Hit comments with your guesses!

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