Hey there, people. It’s that time of the week again.

Hope you enjoy this week’s spoils and join me in pre-mourning the inevitable hiatus that is headed our way (if not, already in progress). Why must the TV world put a damper on my holidays with such a dark time? I mean, what am I supposed to do with my evenings now? Talk to people?!? Sleep? Well, sleep does sound good. But the former just sounds exhausting and frustrating. Am I alone in scrooging?

Regardless, I hope this puts you in a slightly better mood if you are in the dumps about hiatus time. We’ll ride it out together! (Um, except when I go on vacation…) Anyhoo, make sure you’re sending me your spoiler questions, thoughts, and general suggestions to and following me on Twitter @EWSandraG for the latest goings-on in TV land (and, sometimes, pictures of pretty people on red carpets). Speaking of pretty people, if you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars or Burn Notice, you’ll want to read the column very carefully today. (There’s some news about what I’ll be up to in the next week that you might find interesting.)

And to all, thanks a bunch as always!


After getting a flood of emails from Criminal Minds fans asking me about the 150th episode, I knew I had to toss in a few questions about it when I hopped on the phone with Thomas Gibson literally a few hours ago to chat about Hotch’s upcoming possible romance (more on that soon!). And while details on the case are a little premature to reveal, he did talk about the rumored revealing scene between Hotch and Emily. “It’s a really nice scene, and it touches on where she was in her personal and professional life in the last year when she was dead,” Gibson reveals. “And it also allows Hotch to reveal a little bit to her about what goes on with him. He says at one point that he’s tired of being profiled through his office window, where prying eyes are wondering what’s going on when he’s talking to people….There’s some really great stuff between these two. I’m hoping people will tune in and like it.”

As some fans might expect, the scene is more emotional than romantic, which is just how Gibson would prefer it. “So many people have said that they were upset that she and I have put the kibosh on whatever people thought was happening between them, but I think that both are professionals. They’d never indulge in anything more than a professional relationship,” he says. “Some were saying they want the two together, but as much as we want the fans to be happy, that we don’t see happening.” But one thing fans can count on is a building of tension between Hotch and Morgan in next week’s episode, which stems from the ongoing resentment some members of the BAU have felt toward Hotch after learning he’d lied about Emily’s death.

“It’s still not sitting right with Morgan. There’s still a little ways to go for Morgan and Hotch to clean the deck,” he says. “I don’t think Hotch thought it was going to go away and Morgan knew it wasn’t going to go away. But there’s a process and we’re still in the middle of it. I hope we can move past it.”


I think it’s safe to say that this has been Sons of Anarchy‘s best season yet. (You’re welcome to disagree… but you will be laughed at. :D) And come Tuesday, the final installment of the finale ends on a note that promises next season could top it. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me tackle some stuff from the inbox:

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Can you give me any scoop about Caroline on The Vampire Diaries? — Amy

Boy can I. It looks like Elena isn’t the only person who’ll be celebrating a birthday on-screen this year. Executive producer extraordinaire Julie Plec recently dished to EW about the second half of the season, which will find Caroline celebrating her 18th birthday — but there’s one small issue. She’s technically not aging anymore, leaving Caroline experiencing a bit of a “teenage life crisis.” “She says ‘I couldn’t wait to be 18. Seventeen is a filler year. I’m stuck in a filler year for the rest of eternity,'” says Plec. “She’s just starting to question what her life is gonna be as a vampire and kinda mourning the loss of her relationship with Tyler and feeling kind of unsettled and a little sad. And for Caroline to be sad, especially when there’s a party to be had, makes Elena and Matt and Bonnie realize they need to do something nice for her to kind of get her out of her funk, and they give her a very unconventional, untraditional birthday.” Fun, right? Erm… maybe not. “As things tend to happen in our show, things go terribly, terribly wrong,” Plec adds with a laugh.

NEXT: Scoop on ‘Ringer,’ ‘Community,’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and more

Six whole weeks, Sandra. I don’t think I can do it. Please give me some Ringer dish before I lose it!! — Carly

Well, I wouldn’t want you to do that. (Or would I?) Nonetheless, EW caught up with Ioan Gruffudd at the BAFTA LA Britannia Awards this week, where he told us that the second half of the season would explore the not-so-innocent side of Andrew. “What is great is that we’ve set it up from the very beginning, that something is not quite right with him and we’ve hinted every so often of this thing,” he says. “I just read a script for an episode in probably late January early February and there’s a huge revelation. We’re going to definitely get to see the darker side of Andrew, the duplicitous side.” Juicy, right? All I ask in return is that someone get me this portrait for my living room.

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I am still very upset about Community not returning in January. Maybe some scoop about the next episode airing on Dec. 1 can ease the pain. – Amy

Oops. It appears my inbox swallowed your request. (Quick aside: How awesome was the reveal about Jeff and Shirley’s past encounter in this week’s episode? Also, did it remind anyone else of the Friends episode where Phoebe revealed that she robbed Ross? I digress.) Anyway, please let me make it up to you, Amy, with a few tidbits on next week’s Christmas episode, which centers around the group slowly falling under the musical spell of Greendale’s crazy-ass glee-club director (SNLer Taran Killam). As Yvette Nicole Brown already teased to us, it’s a very musical episode. But what she didn’t tell us previously was how truly hilarious the original songs are. Among the best? Abed and Troy’s Jehovah’s Witnesses rap. Also, Jeff and Annie fans, the two share a completely unforgettable (awwwkwaard) scene that involves one of them dressed in a sexy Christmas outfit. Do. Not. Miss.

I’m going to annoy you every week until you give me some Shameless scoop! I’m lazy so make it easy & scoop me, please! — @secretsvsrumors

Your request literally made me laugh out loud, particularly your admission of being lazy. What can I say? I relate. Anyway, how about a game? At least two of these will happen in the next season. (The other is something I totally made up.) Someone will spend some time in the psych ward, one of the kids will ride an alpaca, and one of the boys gets kicked out of the house. Guess away!

Thanks for all your HIMYM coverage! But what about Ted? They talked a lot about how he was going to be a big part of this season and all we’ve seen is Barney and Robin! — Jess

I threw this exact question directly to executive producer Carter Bays when we chatted. His message? Wait for next week. “I can’t really say how [the Robin-baby drama is going to affect Ted] because that’s part of the story,” he says. “But I think Ted’s story this season has been sort of playing under the surface and it will start to come to the surface in the second half of the season.”

I’m so excited about the news that Louis C.K. is returning to Parks and Rec! I really liked his character with Leslie, but, wait, I also like her with Ben….Oh, crap. Any hints as to how this is going to pan out? — Trey

When we next see Dave, he definitely has some unfinished business (<3<3), which he brings up with Leslie over dinner with Leslie and Ben. Also, please note I don’t make use of emoticon hearts unless they serve a purpose.

CASTING EXTRA: We’ll have to wait until January to find out exactly what kind of laughs are on the menu over at NBC’s Laura Prepon starrer, Are You There, Chelsea?, but there’s one thing I know for certain that’s going to be served up: Beefcakes. Following the news that Wilmer Valderrama will guest star on an upcoming episode, I can tell you exclusively that Mario Lopez is also slated to make a guest appearance on the show sometime in February. Although, unlike Valderrama, who will play a minor league baseball player, Lopez will be playing himself.

New Girl scoop pleeaassee. Schmidt-related, if you’re looking for extra credit. — Monica

Calling it “extra credit” is pretty clever there, Monica, because that term always brings out my scary, Tracy Flick-like need to be a high achiever. And it worked again: In the Dec. 6 episode, Schmidt wins the episode (which is a pretty commendable accomplishment since it’s one of my faves so far) by showing he can be the life of the party. At any party, which includes all-female baby showers.

NEXT: Scoop on ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ ‘Burn Notice’ and more

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Aria & Ezra scoop please! Do they tell her parents the first episode back, or will that happen further into the season? — @goodr_a

They’ll learn the truth — and they’re anything but pleased. But I promise you that the scene is pure gold — and not just for the heaps of awkward silences and looks (it’s really fun watching Ezra squirm!). Someone ends up getting punched! As for dish on the rest of the season, you’ll have to wait just a bit. I’m going to a little ABC Family holiday party this Sunday, and will be hard at work searching for answers to all your burning questions. So send them to me, PLL fans! and follow me on Twitter for fun pics and updates: @EWSandraG.

Sandra, I’m not sure what’s wrong with my friends. None of them watch Homeland! I’m really reconsidering our relationship. But I know you watch, so what can you tell me about Brody’s plan. — Michael

This week’s episode, titled “Representative Brody,” doesn’t particularly give us too many more clues about any secret plot he might have going because everything about his future is seemingly out on the table — as you might have surmised from the title of the episode. The problem is Jessica has to be on board before Brody makes any leap, and let’s just say she’s less than thrilled about the idea. Bonus dish: The end of the hour will find one of the main characters in a hospital bed after a horrible and incredibly terrifying incident.

Hi Sandra. It’s been a while since I’ve seen any good Blue Bloods scoops. Anything will be great, but I’m wondering are we going to revisit Jamie’s undercover with the mob storyline soon? Thanks! — Traci

Not sure about Jamie, but since you said “anything”: an episode in the second half of the season will find Frank somewhere he’s never been before — on a therapist’s couch!

Harry’s Law is fantastic. Thanks for showing it some love every now and then. Would love some more scoop if you have it! Is that greedy? Oh, well. You’ll forgive me, right? :D — Alison

Sure. What’s some scoop between friends? Plus, there’s no way I wasn’t going to pass along this little bit courtesy of Christopher McDonald, who told us about an upcoming episode of the NBC drama that was inspired by that tragic animal massacre that took place in Ohio a few weeks ago. (Fair warning: The full story will pretty much leave you devastated.) “[Harry and Tommy] are out shooting birds when what walks by but a Bengal tiger, and Tommy goes after [it] with birdshot. Seriously, I’m not making this up. It is good fun. We report the animal that they missed. What they find in the process is a woman who is living with a great ape,” he says. “It could rip her face off, but is actually tame. She knows sign language, and it knows sign language. She’s been having a great time with this ape for about a month but that is just not cool for the rest of the neighbors. Is not a great storyline? I loved it.”

Suburgatory scoop plllleaaaassseeeeeeeeee!!! — Kelly

Next week features a breakup and a very important kiss under the mistletoe that just filled me with holiday cheer… and filled someone else with rage. Also, keep an eye out at the end of the episode, where Jeremy Sisto fans will get a cute reminder of his Elton days!

Do you have any scoop on the Bernadette/Howard wedding? I am so excited for this. Blessings and regards from Cologne, Germany. Have a nice day Sandra. — Svenja

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The pair has a little bit to go before making it down the aisle, and there are some important conversations to be had, particularly one about the possibility of mini-Wolowitzes. (Wolowitzi?) Anyway, I hear that will happen in early January and it’s a hoot of an ep!

Thanks for the Leverage scoop, but you gotta tell me, are we going to see any Nate/Sophie action?! — Becky

Then I’m fairly certain you’ll be pleased with the sweet Nate/Sophie smooch in the episode airing on Christmas Day. Sincerely, Sandra Clause.

It’s been weeks since you’ve had Hawaii Five-0 scoop. Anything for me this week? Don’t make me beg!! — Becca

Part of me likes this whole begging idea, but ’tis the season to be not-a-jerk, so here ya go: the show is currently casting a boy to play 16-year-old McGarrett for a few short flashback scenes in an upcoming episode that will take us back to a very painful part of his past.

Sandra, I don’t know why everyone keeps saying last week’s Gellar reveal on Dexter was predictable. Am I the only one who didn’t see it coming?! Anyway, I will say that I’ve been a little down on this season. Is it going to get better in the last episodes? –Kim

I can say that next week’s episode is better than many this season — thanks in no small part to the debut of My Boys‘s Jordana Spiro, who plays one half of a crazy-ass couple who follows Professor Gellar’s teachings. If it sounds like a dark role, it’s because it is. And she totally kills it. (I’m so pun-ny!) Meanwhile, I feel like the stakes are raised in this episode, giving it a sense of urgency that’s been missing this season. This may or may not involve one or more officers being put in great danger by the end of the hour… (Also, did you read this?)

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Chuck scoop please! I don’t like this extended break I’m having to suffer through. — Karen

Breaks are never fun, but at least when the show returns you’ll be treated to an awesome guest spot from Rebecca Romjin, who plays Robyn Cummings, an operative at the CIA who is tied into the plot to destroy Charles Carmichael and his young fledgling company. “And she also has a special skill,” adds executive producer Chris Fedak. “She calls it an art-form — but other people might call it torture.” And even though she’ll only appear in one episode, Fedak says she’ll have an “incredibly important effect on the rest of the season, especially considering the plot we have in motion.” “It’s going to lead into our midseason episode — which is our Christmas episode the week after,” he says. “It’s a very big story and a lot of very exciting things happen. And Agent Cummings is tied into that.”

Burn Notice, please! — Taylor

First, a notice: Next week, Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar will be coming into EW to chat with me, and I’m always looking for questions! Hint, hint. Actually, that wasn’t a hint at all. I’m telling you to send your questions. Anyway, I’ll leave the major teases for the stars, but all I can say is that after watching the finale, I’m not sure how the team is going to get themselves out of the major predicament we see them in at the end of the season. Cliffhanger? Oh, you bet.

(Mandi Bierly, Lynette Rice, Carrie Bell, Lanford Beard, and Ben Wood contributed to this column)

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