'The Mentalist,' 'Terra Nova,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'NCIS': spoilers
As we all prepare to celebrate the annual celebration of Saturnalia, it is with great excitement that I present to you this week’s column! Why am I so excited? Because I get a week of vacation starting… Oh, crap! Ten hours ago!
We better get a move on. But while I’m away, remember to keep sending in your questions to email@example.com and sending em via Twitter. (@EWSandraG) See y’all soon!
‘THE MENTALIST’: RED JOHN MYSTERY WILL ‘RAMP UP’
The Red John story line has taken so many twists and turns since last season’s epic finale that that story line has largely taken a backseat to other fun capers. But that won’t be the case all season. In fact, Daniel Cerone, executive producer and writer of next week’s “Fugue in Red,” tells me this week’s episode, which will find Jane reverting to his con-man ways after an accident, will “reframe who Red John is in the life of our character” and ultimately set the stage for a second half of the season that will see more action from this fan-favorite story line.
“[This] will definitely ramp up toward the end of the season more than the middle part, but we do have a nice build,” he says. “We’ve introduced this character, Darcy, who is investigating the supposed reemergence of Red John, but the more time that she spends with Jane, the more suspicious she’s going to become of him. So that investigation into Red John is going to take many twists and turns before the end of the season.”
Meanwhile, loyal reader Rebecca wrote in asking for scoop on Cho and his new CI, Summer. Happy to hear of the positive response to Summer, Cerone offered up, “Cho is such a mystery man because he has a very stoic exterior,” he says. “So we thought it would be fun to create a character who could try to get under that and, you know, opposites attract. So we wanted to find both a character and an actress who were sort of completely random and untethered as possible just to see what would occur. So far, it’s been a lot of fun because there is natural chemistry between them.” (Come back next week for more on the midseason finale of The Mentalist and more from my chat with Cerone!)
‘TERRA NOVA’: ALLISON MILLER TALKS ‘HEARTBREAKING’ FINALE DEATH, MORE
Terra Nova‘s future remains unknown, but should there not be a second season, Allison Miller (who plays Skye on the Steven Spielberg-produced drama) wants fans to know, you will hate not knowing what comes next. “There’s going to be so much left unanswered,” she says with a laugh. “It would not be fair to anyone to not give us a second season.”
That doesn’t, however, mean everything will go unanswered. For one, fans will learn why Lucas is trying to get the portal to go both ways, they will learn of an organization that has “something else in mind for Terra Nova,” and the source conflict between Lucas and Taylor will be revealed (“You’ll know exactly what has been driving them apart all these years,” she says). Meanwhile, Skye will busy herself trying to get Taylor’s son to spare Josh’s life and “she may be responsible for saving someone else’s life as well.”
“It felt like we went back to the pilot as far as the scope and scale of everything,” she tells EW. “It’s just so huge, it sort of has this post-apocalyptic feel to it that’s dark and interesting.” But what of the death producers have been teasing? Sworn to secrecy, Miller would only say, “I was so disappointed. I mean, it’s heartbreaking. It’s so, so sad.”
‘HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’: WHAT’S NEXT FOR ROBIN?
I know many of you weren’t too pleased with the way How I Met Your Mother dealt a hard hand to Robin in the midseason finale by revealing she can’t have children. And, as executive producer Carter Bays confirms to yours truly, we also know that Robin never becomes a mom, period. (So, no adoption, etc. — as I had assumed in my recap of the episode. Still, I know the confirmation hurts.)
But what does the new year hold for our dear friend? For one, Bays tells me the next new original episode, airing Jan. 2 (Yay! That’s not too terribly far!) will “reset the stage for Robin.” “In the last episode, she kind of talks about how no one is going to get in the way of her career, and we kind of see her career start to take off, actually,” he says. “She’s going to have some success in an unlikely way. There’s a nice symmetry to what ends up happening with Robin, career wise. There’s other little surprises along the way — that’s the big headline for Robin.”
And as far as how long the gang will be in the dark about her struggles? (Let’s face it, the pole vaulter thing won’t stick for long.) That’s something that will be cleared up fairly quickly, he says. “It just felt right that she wouldn’t tell anyone,” says Bays. “It felt weird having the big heart-to-heart moment with somebody — this is how we felt she would do it. That being said, obviously, the narrator knows about this, he’s telling the story. The secret will get out. It’s not even like it’s this huge secret, but it will come to light down the road.”
Hey Sandra. NCIS seems to set up things for some bigger Tiva movement. The lack of emotional scenes, the “we need some time”-moment early this season, Tony’s bucket list and Tony’s dad telling his son he should come to his senses and pick Ziva. Am I delusional or are they up to something? — Svenja
Well, these are interesting clues you’ve pieced together, but a return from a very important character might throw a wrench in this plan you predict. The Jan. 10 episode will see a return from none other than Agent Ray Cruz (Enrique Murciano), who, according to executive producerGary Glasberg, “returns to sweep Ziva David off her feet.” “There are always plenty of sparks between Cote and Enrique, but this time we’re taking things to a whole other level,” he teases. One other blast from the past we’ll be seeing? The infamous ring box!
I need me some GREAT Castle scoop! — Shane
You can’t ask for much more good news than this, if you ask me. But if you want to try, make sure you e-mail me your questions for executive producer Andrew Marlowe, who I’ll be chatting with soon!
Can you give me some Criminal Minds spoilers? Do you happen to know how many episodes Bellamy Young will guest-star? Will it be just in episode 10 or are there more? Thanks! — Sofia
Thomas Gibson wouldn’t spill the specifics when we chatted. But it sounds like she’s in it for the long run, literally. Her character and Hotch are training for a marathon together — and that’s all. For now. The best part? The ribbing Hotch gets from Rossi about the new lady in his life. “There’s a great scene where Rossi is egging him on. He says to him at one point, ‘When you’re on the bike ride with her, make sure you wear a helmet.’ [Laughs] It’s a nice little double entendre.”
Any chance you have any scoop for Will and Emma from Glee? — Michael
Er, my bag of tricks reveals a shortage of Wemma for you. Can I offer a consolation prize with some good news on another character? We hear word that newbie Gleek, Damian McGlinty has been offered an extended stay on the show! He reports: “I found out this week that I am getting more than seven; I am getting kept on,” he says. “That’s nice. That’s what I was working towards. It’s an early Christmas gift. For how much longer, who knows? I am trying to learn to just enjoy things as they come.” And what IS to come? A possible new flame! “There’s a line in the Christmas episode that possibly hints at it for Valentine’s Day,” he tells us. “All the girls on Glee are gorgeous. I’d be a lucky guy with any of them, I’m telling ya.”
Are there any disaster episode spoilers on Desperate Housewives? – seiyausako
There is no impending disaster I’m aware of — unless you count Bree’s life, which will really see some tough (coughandsluttycough) times when the ladies return in January. Luckily, when Kyle MacLachlin returns as Orson, there might be brighter days in her future. Only hitch? He might have to kick someone’s ass before that happens.
Any Vampire Diaries scoop pleeeassseee? — Sophie
While Paul Wesley has made no secret of his love for playing Evil Stefan over Good Stefan and while there’s always a possibility he might revert to the latter sometime this season, there’s one character the actor says will likely never show his sweeter side. “I don’t think Klaus is in any danger of ever becoming a good guy,” he tells EW. He will either stick around as a villain for quite a while or he’ll be sent out with a big bang. I don’t think we’ll ever convert Klaus into like one of the guys in Mystic Falls who works at the Mystic Grill flipping burgers. That would be a big mistake. He needs to be that big dark entity.” Additionally, Wesley teases that Klaus is “definitely still a huge part of the second half of the season,” and that he and Stefan will “continue to walk that fine line between friendship and foe.” “There’s things we need from him and there’s things he needs from us. It’s that sort of back-and-forth for the rest of the season,” he says.
Sandra, I’m soooo excited for the return of White Collar. Scoop, please? – Anna
Considering the cliff-hanger we left off on, count me among the excited! I mean, we can all pretty much assume Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen) is going to be found alive and well. But Neil and Peter’s relationship won’t emerge from her kidnapping quite as unscathed, according to Matt Bomer, who we ran into at the Trevor Live! benefit last weekend. In fact, he teases, things get physical! “Oh, we’re definitely on the outs,” he says. “When we come back in January, it’s really the most fraught with tension their relationship has ever been. It even gets physical at one point.But in typical Neal and Peter fashion, they find a way to work together and sort of make amends, only to have the tension re-created, I assure you. That’s the natural cycle of their relationship, it seems.”
Thanks for any and all Dexter scoop you can provide! — Shiela
As we get closer to the end of the season, it’s harder and harder for me to guess where they’re going with Deb. This week’s episode will give you a much clearer idea… and it’s so weird. Take a look at this promo scene from the episode. See if you can guess. Also this week: LaGuerta takes her role as the season’s most unredeemable character to a new level, we learn that one of our new-ish characters has a warped mind, and Harrison goes on the annual “Dexter’s pissed off a serial killer” trip out of town.
Hi Sandra. Thanks for taking questions about Pretty Little Liars! Hope you had fun at the party! My question is for Lucy. I want to know if she thinks we’ll find out who A is this year. Thx a bunch! — Holly
Well, naturally, she couldn’t tell me that, but here’s what Lucy Hale did share over the weekend at ABC Family’s Winder Wonderland party! “It’s Pretty Little Liars, so there are a lot of twists and turns. But I can tell you that by the end of this season, there will be an answer to a major, major, major question that everyone’s been wondering about,” she teases. On second thought, maybe she did just tell me.
Sandra, I heard Chuck and Sarah share kisses with other people in the Christmas episode. Hints/anything to add? — Melissa
Personally, I was most amused by the almost-kiss that happened between guest star Stan Lee and -e—– —–a-!! Also, two members of the team will find themselves in life-or-death situations (pretty par for the course), but one will get dangerously close to the latter option. So much so that they actually say some very sad goodbyes!
Sandra, nothing on One Tree Hill? — Abigail
I can’t say too much now, but I can tell you that the first episode of the season features a breakup and so, so, so much more. But it’s how the ep sets up the rest of the season that’s going to drive us all nuts (in the best possible way!).
Please tell me Parenthood isn’t in danger of being canceled because the season finale is in February! – Amy
If it is in danger, I’ve heard no such rumblings. (Also, we should keep in mind that Parenthood‘s chances of another season are certainly helped by the fact that the Peacock Network has seen a number of underperformers this season. Woo for us!) And nothing could make me happier than to see this heartfelt series get another season. Meanwhile, here’s something fun to look forward to: In the second half of the season, Sarah and Mark will find themselves in an awkward encounter with some of Mark’s friends at a bar that will leave Sarah feeling self-conscious about their age difference. Of course, there’s really nothing for Sarah to be ashamed of! Rock on with your bad self — and, dear God, please make your boyfriend shave.
How come no one is asking about Homeland!? — SandraG
Yes, this is me asking my own Homeland question because no one did! For SHAME! Especially considering this week’s episode is the best yet: You see Carrie unravel before Saul as her bipolar disorder gets out of control, something happen with Brody that is SO BIG that I can’t even tease it. And by the end of the episode, the investigation unravels just as Carrie and Saul are closer than ever to cracking the case. I really shouldn’t have rewarded you all like that. You didn’t even send a question. I really should have sent you all to the chokey… together!
(Benjamin Wood, Carrie Bell, and Erin Strecker contributed to this column.)
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