By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated September 23, 2011 at 02:35 PM EDT
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System failing. Too much TV. Abort! Abort!

Anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed by all the amazing television this week? Well, buck up, sissy pants! Fall TV is not for the weak. It’s for the bravest, strongest, most wonderfully reclusive individuals. Together we will conquer.

That said, I need your help. Be sure you’re sending in your scoop requests, sharing your TV ponderings, and telling me your general shows of interest so I can make sure I’m filling your need for scoops during this hectic TV time. (Send e-mails to spoilerroom@ew.com or follow me on Twitter: @EWSandraG) Until next week!

(Side note: In case you missed it, we also had a special Emmy scoops edition earlier this week that you can read here.)

DEXTER REVISITS THE PAST IN AWESOME PREMIERE

Last season of Dexter ended with the door open for anything to happen. Lumen lost her darkness and left, Dexter had taken down the season’s villain, and there was even a small note of optimism on his part that he could one day live without his own darkness following him.

On Oct. 2, we pick up with Harrison starting pre-school and Dexter very much at peace with his darkness. And, dare I say, enjoying it again.

Without ruining too much (because I honestly felt incredibly psyched by the premiere and want you to experience it for yourself), much of the episode centers around Dexter tracking down a potential victim at his 20th high school reunion. There, we not only get a great picture of who Dexter was as a high school student, but also get a good laugh out how his classmates perceive him now. (He’s… popular!)

We’re also introduced to Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos’ demented characters. I can happily report that the first murder they are responsible for is one of the most disgusting ones I’ve ever seen on the show. Congrats, newbies!

Need more Dex? Send in your – questions! (spoilerroom@ew.com)

‘FRINGE’: LINCOLN LEE STEPS UP

Tonight is Fringe! Tonight is Fringe! Tonight is Fringe!

Yes, I could have thought of a more eloquent way to begin this oversized scooplet, but that’s honestly the more genuine way to express my feeling right now because I think you’re in for a treat.

If you haven’t checked out my report from a chat with Fringe bosses J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner, I suggest you read that. But to supplement that, I can tell you that what tonight’s premiere lacks in Peter (and you should know, he’s not totally absent — but I can’t say more than that), it makes up for in a great new narrative involving Lincoln Lee, who joins the Fringe team and gets a chance to interact with all the members in what will likely become new classic moments among Fringe fans.

Other goings on: You might find your heart bleeding for Walter in the worst way because of his obviously troubled state, Olivia has not forgotten her past with Bolivia despite the truce (and has the best bitch-tastic interactions with her about it), and I’d pay attention to Walter’s experiments. I don’t know for sure, but my Fringe-y senses tell me they’re going to come back into play eventually.

‘CRIMINAL MINDS’: IS LOVE IN THE AIR FOR HOTCH?

My post-premiere conversation with executive producer Erica Messer was eye opening in many ways and gave me many things to look forward to about this season. (Action Reid! Lingering hard feelings! Possible Prentiss flashbacks!) But the most intriguing bit, for me anyway, was the knowledge that one of the members of the BAU would be getting a new love this season!

When asked about who would be getting a romantic interest, Messer was understandably coy, saying only that people will “know who it is” based on the casting. (They’re still far away from starting that process, however.) My mind, however, went immediately to Hotch, since Messer had told me that she hopes to put a smile back on his (later non-bearded) face. So we asked Gibson himself for insight. “God, I hope [it’s me]. It’s too sad otherwise. This man needs to get a life outside of that building,” he tells us.

But if love isn’t on the horizon, we at least have some good cases to look forward to. Gibson teases, “[In] one we are shooting right now, we’ve got a serial killer in the middle of tornado alley. Remember the name of Margaret Hamilton’s character in The Wizard of Oz before she became the Wicked Witch? She was Emmy Gulch. So the name Gulch in Kansas pops up again and again in this episode. So there are tornadoes going on, and there’s killing. It seems a little nuts, but it’s not. It’s just twisted. Ah! It’s just twisted!” What a pun-y guy!

SIDE DISHES

Craig Sjodin

Sandra, you enjoy well-dressed men as much as I do. What did you think of the pictures of Stefan dressed in ’20s gear? Wowza!! What can you tell me about the ep? — Jessica

According to Nina Dobrev, next week’s flashback-heavy Vampire Diaries episode is “almost like a movie” and sure to top the fans’ favorite episodes. “We’re introduced to a couple of new characters and there are huge surprises and a cliffhanger of sorts,” she says. “You learn a lot of information and is very visually stimulating. I think people are going to go crazy for this one.”

NEXT: SCOOP on ‘Happy Endings,’ ‘Revenge,’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’

Craig Sjodin

I adore Happy Endings! Any scoop on its return? — Alice

If you read the Bullseye page in the last issue of EW, you’ll notice we gave a shout out to the first few minutes of Wednesday’s season premiere. And rightly so! In this scene (which might be my favorite cold open of the fall), there’s one major injury, someone has a brush with death, and someone’s huge lie is revealed. THIS is how you start a season! Elsewhere in the ep, you’ll be introduced to my new favorite dance move: the hula hoop.

Please, someone give me an explanation as to why Haddie’s hair and clothes are so awful this year. I keep waiting for someone to make a comment or a joke about it, but they never do! I can’t tell which kid is Max and which is Haddie this year-because they both look the same. Make it stop! — Amy from Lincoln, Neb.

Some things defy explanation, unfortunately. But let’s consider organizing an intervention.

I just finished watching CSI and loved Ted Danson’s character. When are we going to learn more about him? — A.J.

Well, I can tell you the second episode of this season is just as good as the first! And next week, we’ll get a chance to see more Russell’s unique form of crime solving comes in handy after a seemingly simply (and very grizzly) case takes an incredibly complicated turn. There’s also great interaction between Russell and Catherine, who is increasingly fraying at the edges, at the end that I think you’ll enjoy.

I really enjoyed the Secret Circle. More than I thought I would. Scoop? — Amy

Well, when EW caught up with Thomas Dekker recently, the actor revealed that his favorite episode so far has been the fourth one because “it’s when the show catapults into a much darker, more mature, aggressive tone, which is what I’m attracted to.” Also, “it gets gory,” he teased. If that’s not enough scoop for you, shoot me your questions for Dekker ASAP. I’m chatting with him later today: spoilerroom@ew.com

When will Hawaii Five-0 write a story to bring the biggest star of Hawaii back to the islands? Bring [Blue Bloods star] Tom Selleck back for a story! There’s tons of backstory to use, and they are even using many of the same backdrops [as Magnum P.I.]. — Michael

I think Commissioner Regan will be a little busy dealing with budget issues in New York to head to the islands, but you never know.

Any news on Desperate Housewives’ return this Sunday? — Ally

The dead body gets dealt with early on in the episode (in true Housewives, soapy fashion), but the guilt of the situation weighs heavily on a few. The rest of the ladies are just concerned with getting away with it (which isn’t easy when someone is dating a detective!) On the personal front, we will find Tom and Lynette pretending to be a happy couple for the sake of their children. (Of course, we know it won’t last since Tom is getting a girlfriend this season.) Got more questions about the ladies? Send them along. Episode 2 awaits my eyes as I type.

I loved Two Broke Girls. Does it look like they’ll be sticking around? — @taygabwil

Considering it sort of kicked ass in the ratings, I’d say it’s a safe bet for the time being. Random poll: What’s the one new show y’all really hope sticks around for another season? (This poll may or may not determine which new shows I start scooping for you.) Sound off in comments, via email, or on Twitter!

Thank you for the great Mikita scoop last week! Any word on Birkhoff? — Emilie

You’ve probably heard that our beloved computer geek is majorly manning it up this season. That’s enough to make me excited. But then Aaron Stanford painted the following visual for me, and I could barely contain my excitement: “There’s a scene where a massive Division hit-squad raids my brand new headquarters. Birkhoff, decked out in Kevlar, returns fire with a .44-caliber, Dirty Harry [hand] cannon. That’s going to be fun.” Hell yes, it is! (New season premiere’s tonight!)

The Good Wife! Please! — Liz

You’re in luck! This weekend during Emmy madness, a member of the EW Army caught up with Alan Cumming and got him to talk about what’s next for Eli. Bottom line: It’s going to be mad as cheese! “Now I work in the firm, so [Kalinda and Eli] have a lot of scenes together,” Cumming said. “In the first two seasons, I never did any scenes with Archie and I always wanted to. Now I do lots. We have a little frisson but so far it hasn’t come to anything. And Parker Posey is coming on as my ex-wife. It’s hilarious. Parker Posey is mad as cheese. I’ve done a few films with her. It’s a nice combo.”

Anything on Castle!? Particularly, can you guarantee me we’re done with that Josh business? — Val

We’re done. Like, done, done. Um, for now, says EP Andrew Marlowe. “Nobody is ever gone for good, but I have no immediate plans to bring him back into the storytelling. If I ever have the appetite, rest assured I’m going to do it in a surprising way — not in an annoying way.”

Craig Sjodin

Revenge. Now. I’m not above pandering. Do it. — @xxtriplestarxx

Next week’s episode will reveal why Nolan’s (Gabriel Mann) so eager to help Emily (Emily Van Camp) — and as you might have guessed, it has to do with her father. Elsewhere, it’s a tough episode for Declan (Connor Paolo) — and not just because he learns some shattering family news. He’s also ends up on the receiving end of a major ass-kicking.

I know you mentioned last week that Justified isn’t quite back at work yet, but is there anything more you can tease? It’s my favorite show! — Brenda

You’re right: I don’t have much quite yet. But if what Joelle Carter had to say about the season proves true, I’m highly encouraged that it’s going to be fantastic: “I get to join Boyd in his shenanigans. And I think we get a little Bonnie and Clyde action. The fans seem to really like Ava with a shotgun.”

(Lynette Rice, Nicholas White, and Carrie Borzillo contributed to this column.)

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