Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on HIMYM, Bones, New Girl, H50, Sleepy Hollow, Reign, Justified & More

How I Met Your Mother SpoilersWhy did How I Met Your Mother‘s Ted decide to tell his tale? Will Five-0‘s Chin mix business with pleasure? How does a Founding Father figure into Sleepy Hollow‘s finale? Is Bones chasing a ghost? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

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Please share any spoilers you have from How I Met Your Mother‘s 200th episode celebrations. – Babar
Episode 200 aka “How Your Mother Met Me” will show what Cristin Milioti’s character has been up to all these years, “intersecting” her path at times with familiar past storylines. “It’s a fun little ‘Disneyland tour’ through the series, from the perspective of someone outside the group,” EP Carter Bays shared at the CBS sitcom’s final TCA panel. “It’s very emotional, and we could not have done this with any other actress.” (Carter also said that “some fun trickery” was used to drop The Mother into past episodes.)

Do you have any spoilers for How I Met Your Mother? –Shari
“There’s an episode coming up about the fact that Robin’s mom hasn’t come to the wedding — and Lily really, really wants Robin to be upset about it,” EP Craig Thomas shares. “Lily thinks Robin needs this emotional catharsis about this fact.” And speaking of mothers: By the series’ end, we will learn that there is a specific reason why Adult Ted chose the time he did to tell the kids about how he met you-know-who.

Since The Mother is played by Tony nominee Cristin Milioti, any chance we’ll hear her sing on HIMYM? Especially given that she is the lead singer of the wedding band. –Vanessa
“There’s a lot of live music coming up,” is all EP Bays would say on that topic. Added Thomas: “Stay tuned!”

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Any scoop on the next bunch of Hawaii Five-0 episodes? –clarlee
Episode 18 finds Chin and Jerry attending their high school reunion, where a murder takes place — and in the course of solving it, a flirty, man-hungry classmate will set her sights on Chin.

Matt, could you please give us a spoiler about Brooklyn Nine-Nine? –Kendall
Previously on TVLine.com, we told you who will be playing Holt’s husband. Now, here’s why we’ll meet his mate. “Holt’s birthday party is coming up and everybody just fails” while attending it, Melissa Fumero shares with a laugh. Among the  agendas in play as the 99ers visit the boss’ “amazing” house: “Amy really wants to take advantage of the fact that she’s in Holt’s personal space, because she believes there’s information there that will help her in her quest to bond with Holt. And she is so mistaken!”

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What can the cast tease about Bones‘ ongoing Ghost Killer arc? –Rachel
Cast shmast. EP Hart Hanson tells me, “The Ghost Killer plays heavily through the end of this season. But does this killer exist, or is it the one last paranoia that Pelant left behind? That is the question. And is that the world’s best camouflage, that this person might not exist?”

Do you have anything new on Bones‘ Dr. Sweets? –Ed
In a manner of speaking, yes. Just hear Hart Hanson out. “When we get an official pick-up [for Season 10], we’re going to know one way to go [storyline-wise]. And if we don’t get a pick-up and it’s the last season — which I don’t think will happen, but you have to ready for anything — we have another way to go. That’s not necessarily applying to Sweets, but anyone‘s future could be in flux.”

Do you have any final Sleepy Hollow teasers, maybe about the George Washington twist? –Gianna
I asked the gorgeous Nicole Beharie about the discovery that the premiere POTUS apparently lived beyond his official expiration date, and all she would say is that many characters “find themselves intimately involved, somehow, in the season finale” airing Monday. “They’re interconnected in a very complex way — and that includes George Washington. That reveal that he wrote this letter to Ichabod after he died? The finale is the culmination of them trying to figure out where he was and what it all means.”

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I am really into Reign on The CW. Any scoop? –Niki
A new queen is coming! Casting is underway for the recurring role of Penelope, a twentysomething kitchen servant who becomes “queen for a day” when she finds a bean in a slice of cake – as part of a yearly tradition at the castle. When Catherine assigns Penelope a little “job” in exchange for better treatment, the 24-hour royal uses that opportunity to get what she wants.

When will we see more Schmidt/Cece action on New Girl? –Andy
Apparently not any time too soon. Hannah Simone came up empty on that scoop front when I saw her at Fox’s TCA soiree. Instead, she offered up this preview: “A great episode is coming up where Nick can’t be at the bar, so Cece has to work with the manager, played by Ben Falcone, and that is really funny, because he’s a little tough on her! All while Cece is trying to do her best at a job she’s not very good at.”

Any new NCIS scoop from the TCAs? –Cheryl
My So-Called Life‘s Bess Armstrong is set to guest-star in Episode 250, though aparently not as the new lady in DiNozzo Sr.’s life. “The woman in his life plays as a bit of a mystery,” show boss Gary Glasberg tells me. “It’s coming, but it’s not cast yet.”

I am needing/obsessing over/wanting scoop on Justified‘s Raylan and Winona, please! –Marisa
I asked series boss Graham Yost to confirm why Raylan didn’t pay his baby momma a visit while in Florida — even with everyone urging him to! — and he explained, “I think he’s afraid, and he doesn’t know why he’s afraid. And that’s something we’ll get into over the season, as much as Raylan’s willing to get into anything like that. But the simple answer is: Look at who his father was. That brings up a lot of concerns about what kind of father you will be.” As for whether we’ll see Winona and child again this season, Yost said that is TBD. “The plan was yes, but plans change.”

On Elementary, will Watson’s online dating project deliver her any romance? –Melinda
EP Robert Doherty says that’s “a little hard to predict at the moment,” in part because the one decent-ish date she got out of it was played by an actor who has since relocated to the West Coast. “But as everyone now knows, Joan and Mycroft have something of a history,” Doherty reminds, “and that may be something we revisit as we get into the end run for this season.”

While Despereaux and Ives fought in slow motion in the Psych premiere, a song played. Could you tell me the name of the song?—Peter
The tune was “Big Beatoff,” by Chris Child.

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I’ve noticed on Castle that nothing has been mentioned lately about Rick writing. Are we ever going to hear anything about the Nikki Heat novels again? –Melissa
Ooh, you may like (a little bit) the video sneak peek I’m posting Friday….

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