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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Secret Circle, Grey's, NCIS: LA, Castle, Criminal Minds and More!

What did the original Secret Circle do to their sleepy little town? Will Grey’s Anatomy’s Teddy Altman try to play doctor with Owen again? How did NCIS: LA‘s Kensi Blye get so awesome? Read on for those answers, plus other teases from TV’s hottest shows.

The Secret Circle | You want Gale Harold, I got Gale Harold! And I hit him with two burning questions I had coming out of the CW series’ premiere. No.1: What the heck happened 16 years ago in Chance Harbor? “Well, there’s the real version,” he started, “and then there’s Charles’ version, and then there’s Dawn’s version, and then there’s what the kids know or have heard.” In other words, the show will take its time to reveal The Incident (as I like to call it), and change up the context as it goes along. But rest assured, it was a cataclysmic event. “I have probably created some [version of the truth] to justify it to myself because it was bad, it was really bad,” Harold notes, “and it is human nature to make excuses.” Question No. 2: Why not just kill Adam’s chatty drunk of a dad? Did someone run out of kitchen matches…? For starters, Harold reckons, “I can go out of town and take somebody out, but if I do it next door, it might make things too complicated.” Plus, Harold likes having fellow Queer As Folk alum Adam Harrington around as a sparring partner. “The anger and the heartache and the jealousy that Ethan has wrapped up in all of this is going to put his son in a very difficult situation.”

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Criminal Minds | As you may have noticed during Wednesday night’s premiere, JJ Jareau is kinda “badass” now, as A.J. Cook raved to us recently. “She’s been off with the State Department, and she’s learned a lot and matured a lot during this time away,” says the actress. Plus, Cook happily points out, “JJ is stepping back into that profiler zone, which is exciting for me because now I get to be doing what everyone else is doing. We don’t need to come up with excuses why JJ is in a certain scene. She’s there because she should be. Yeah, she’s pretty badass now.” (And, well, simply pretty.)

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Grey’s Anatomy | As you will see very early on in the season premiere, Teddy and Henry are going strong (and going at it like rabbits). So “Crowen” fans needn’t worry that Dr. Altman tries to climb that tree again. “I think for the first time she’s really found ‘true love,'” ventures Kim Raver. “Teddy has fallen very hard for Henry, and the great thing is that it’s reciprocated and it’s sort of the first time for Teddy that that’s really happened. It’s a really great, healthy, loving thing.” OK, but is it a time-sensitive thing as well, seeing as Scott Foley popped up in the True Blood season finale a few weeks back? “People have juggled two shows at once,” Raver reminds. “We’ll have to see!”

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Castle | As part of what series creator Andrew W. Marlowe calls “our typical mixture of really fun episodes and really serious episodes,” Castle this Monday will find the team tasked with tracking down a masked vigilante who fancies himself a superhero. Jon Huertas didn’t want to reveal too much about the outing – “I have my own secret identity called No Spoiler Man,” he jokes – but he did say the case will find the team taking sides. “This superhero gets things done, and is a force to be reckoned with, so some of us root for the guy, and some think he’s a wacko who needs to be gotten off the streets before he gets hurt.” All told, Esposito’s portrayer promises “a fun episode. People are really going to enjoy themselves.”

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Parenthood | If you noticed, as we did, that Fiona Gublemann of FX’s Wilfred was playing Sandy, the waitress crushing on Crosby in the season premiere, you should also know this: “We do see her in another episode, but not dating Crosby,” series boss Jason Katims tells TVLine. Instead, Crosby’s dance card will be filled with other lovely lasses, to be sure. Says Katim, “We will, over the course of the season, see at least one or two other potential romantic interests for him” – maybe a certain White Collar hottie included?

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NCIS: Los Angeles | Those who gobbled up my season preview with EP Shane Brennan saw that at some point this winter, the show will delve into Kensi’s backstory. Will these reveals tell us a bit about how she got to be so spunky? “It definitely informs why she is who she is, and it also informs the real truth behind why she became an agent,” Brennan told me. In a previous episode, he reminds, “We revealed that her father was murdered, so we explore that, and it is gut-wrenching and heart-wrenching.” Teases the boss, “It’ll be very interesting to see how she comes out of that [revisiting]– or whether she does.”

If there’s a show or hot topic you’d like the Inside Line on, email mattmtvguy@gmail.com, and maybe it’ll get some love the next time around! (With reporting by Meg Masters and Vlada Gelman)