November 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

Happy Thanksgiving, Roomies!

As I’ll likely be in a Turkey coma on Friday, here’s something to be thankful for a little early… Spoiler Room: Special Wednesday/Pre-Holiday/Yay For a Long Weekend Edition! Yup, just a few scoops to take you into your hopefully lovely holiday.

But before the 411 — and at the risk of sounding very sappy — I have to say that I’m very thankful for your readership and highly entertaining comments and questions this year. Here’s to another great one!

On that note, don’t slack! Send questions and ponderings to or Tweet ’em to me @EWSandraG. Be well!


The logline for next week’s How I Met Your Mother is incredibly teasey. Observe: When “Robin receives bad news, she decides to lie about it to the gang. Meanwhile, Marshall hangs Christmas decorations on the house in the ‘burbs with help from his neighbor.” But still unsatisfied, I hopped on the phone yesterday with HIMYM executive producer Carter Bays, who talked about the next episode. (To read part of our chat, click here.)

What I left out about the Dec. 5 episode, however, is something that truly sent chills of anticipation down my spine: While Bays said he believes it’s “one of the best episodes we’ve ever done,” he also expressed a little apprehension, saying he hopes viewers will see it the same way. “You know, honestly, I hope people stay on board after the next episode,” he tells me. “I think there’s some incredible acting in it, and it’s a really nicely told story that we’re very pleased with. But… this Barney and Robin stuff is a third rail for our show in a good way. It’s nice to get a little jolt every now and then, but it is so divisive among fans from what I’ve gathered. So hopefully people will enjoy the story for what it is. But yeah, we’re nervous about where the story goes. Excited, and very proud of it, but I hope people stay on board. I think they will.”

Meanwhile, after two separate episodes that centered around Marshall and Lily making the decision to live in the ‘burbs, one would assume the plan was to keep them out there a while. But Bays adds, “They have made this decision and we’ll see where the series goes. Obviously without Marshall and Lily sitting in the bar with the rest of the gang, there’s no show, so, again, the wheel isn’t done turning. I can’t reveal too much more than that.”

Take all that how you will, my friends. Regardless, I think we’re in for another emotional rollercoaster. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. As Bays says, “Our first loyalty is to reality, I think — well, as much as we possibly can in a show where guys wear scuba suits to pick up girls.”


There’s nothing I don’t love about Christmas episodes, readers — except that I often use ugly double negatives when I talk about how excited I am about them. They’re always full of equal parts heart and plot twists, and if there’s one thing (on a list of a million) that I’m going to miss about Chuck when it bows, it’s the show’s Christmas episodes. And this year looks to be no exception. “The Christmas episode works almost as a finale in its own right for the first half of the season,” EP Chris Fedak told me this week. “For all the characters, there’s a lot.”

But before we get to that, last week’s epic ending with Casey must be dealt with, and Fedak promises Casey’s troubles are not to be taken lightly. “You’re going to get that prison episode you always knew you wanted,” he says, laughing. “It’s a big deal. One of the things that we’ve always thought about is when our characters do stuff like shoot a bunch of bad guys, they’re killing people. That is, they are breaking the law. So we wanted to see, in the nature of making Carmichael Industries about the CIA and not giving our guys a Get Out of Jail Free card, we wanted to deal with that. You’ll see next week, they’re going to have to pay the piper.”

The episode will also see the return of Carrie-Anne Moss, who Fedak says is “outrageously awesome” as Verbanski. But while I’ve been fascinated by the past Verbanski shared with Casey, Fedak says we won’t be seeing any flashbacks because “unlike a lot of the women from Casey’s past, Verbanski is very much about the future.” Anyone else smiling right now? I’m smiling.


If you thought watching Rory get hit in the face was a dodgeball was tough to watch, wait until Glee’s Christmas episode.

Earlier this week I hopped on the phone with Glee‘s Damian McGinty to chat about the show and his work with Your Dollar Our Future. And during our chat, the Glee Project co-winner told me a bit about the upcoming Christmas episode that will find Rory experiencing a bout of homesickness from his native Ireland. “It’s just all about him growing up at the minute,” McGinty says. “He’s very young compared to everyone — he’s such a kid. So it’s going to be a whole journey for him.”

Surely it hasn’t been easy making the transition to McKinley High, but the actor says newbie syndrome is something lots of kids and teenagers can empathize with. He hopes that Rory’s “sad” Christmas episode storyline further drives home the message. “It’s probably going to relate to a lot of people.”

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