By Sandra Gonzalez
May 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
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We’re in the thick of finales, folks! I never thought it’d get here (and part of me hoped it never would!), but that’s indeed the case.

Having fun? Me too!

But it’s also been a ridiculously busy week, with a rush of renewals (O. M. G.), cancellations (R.I.P. Alcatraz), and pick ups (welcome, newbs). Next week? More madness, as the networks have their annual Upfront presentations here in NYC. But the good news for you is that I’ll be trolling around getting answers to your burning questions! So send them my way. Usual means works great: spoilerroom@ew.com and @EWSandraG on Twitter!

‘ONCE UPON A TIME’: JOSH DALLAS PREVIEWS FINALE. WILL STORYBROOKE STEP UP?

After working on Lost, Once Upon a Time executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsiss know how to tease finales. Proof? This timely characterization of Sunday’s season finale: “They are the gang. They are the Fairy Tale Avengers,” they told EW in a chat earlier this week. Take a moment to take that in. Squeal with excitement. Now, compose yourself long enough to take in some elaboration, straight from Josh Dallas, who stopped by the office just yesterday.

“There’s a lot going on,” he says. “Charming’s in prison, Henry back in Storybrooke has eaten the pie. We don’t know what’s going on. He’s in a coma right now. They’re trying to convince Emma that all this is real so that she can be the savior. There’s a lot of things to deal with in the finale, and it’s like a train that will not stop. It just keeps on going.”

But how will all of these moving parts intersect in the finale? And will it possibly involve a situation that mirrors Regina’s dream in the penultimate episode? “I can say that the people in Storybrooke — some people have already started to wake up and realize what the deal is and what’s going on,” Dallas says. “We also know that some people in Storybrooke know who they are and what’s going on — like August, who is Pinocchio. We know something is stirring in Storybrooke and hopefully some things happen in the finale.”

Cagey, I know. But there’s a lot to protect here. As has been said, the finale is a classic Lost-style reset that will deliver answers, questions, and, surely, frustration, since we have to wait months for a new episode. “You get a lot, and you get a lot taken away,” he says.

More from Dallas on Sunday ahead of the finale. And make sure you come back to EW on Sunday for a ViEWer chat, hosted by Prince Charming himself!

WHY THE PENULTIMATE EPISODE OF ‘HOUSE’ IS A TEAR-JERKER

For the longest time, I refused to accept that the end is near, but I’m slowly coming to peace with it. That’s, oddly, the theme I took away from the penultimate episode of House, which I checked out this week. While I’d largely like to preserve the integrity of the episode (after all, it’s one of only TWO left!), here are a few teasers for you:

– THIRTEEN is back and takes a meeting with Wilson and House separately that are both everything I could have wanted from their respective reunions. Her interaction with House is particularly poignant. (And her one-line assessment of their relationship made me laugh out loud.)

– HOUSE DOES… something for Wilson that will make you cry. But as always, everything is not as it seems. Just remember his heart is always in the right place.

– THERE’S a cliffhanger. A huge, juicy, “OMG” cliffhanger that sneaks up on you. Well, it snuck up on me anyway. All I can say is pay very close attention to everything going on in the episode.

‘BURN NOTICE’ BOSS PREVIEWS SEASON 6 AND FIONA IN PRISON: ‘SHE’S IN THERE FOR A WHILE AND IT’S A BIG DEAL.’

“There’s a flash forward of five minutes, if that. You could pretty much hold your breath in the time between when the last season ended and when it picks up,” Matt Nix told me this week after we wrapped up the very first Spoiler Room Live Chat. Little did he know, that’s exactly what fans have been doing since last season ended — holding their breath. But the payoff for our wait will be huge. Not only will Fiona spend some time in prison this season after turning herself into authorities, but, Nix says ominously, “She’s in there for a while and it’s a big deal.”

“In the early years in the show, for a lot of reasons — some of them having to do with how the show was structured, some of them having to deal with the fact that it was early [in the show’s run] — most things that happened in the finales had to sort themselves out in one episode so we could more or less get back to how the show worked. In season 6, we realized we didn’t have to do that anymore — and we didn’t want to,” Nix says. “We wanted to do an event that would have a real impact and serious, longer term repercussions.”

In a sense, he says, for at least the first part of the season, Fiona is the gang’s client — with the mission being to get her out of her sticky situation. “So far this year — we’re six episodes in — we haven’t done any ‘I’m a client. I need help’ kind of episodes. Not one, which used to be every episode,” he says. “They might help someone or do something along the way but it’s in service of a larger goal.”

Burn Notice returns June 14.

SIDE DISHES

VAMPIRE DIARIES!!! — Lorraine

To be fair, you sent this BEFORE the finale aired, Lorraine. But I assume to could use a little scoop following that EPIC season finale? Yes/No? I’ll assume you said yes. Thankfully, Mandi Bierly spoke with Julie Plec literally minutes after the show’s season finale last night, and got a little scoop on what’s next for Team Human. “Jeremy now truly is the ‘man of the house.’ He’s also the human of the house,” she says with a laugh. “Matt just had his life spared. Everything that’s about to happen to Elena is because she wanted him to live. So that’s a big burden on a young man. He’s gonna have to figure out a way to earn that and to feel good about the way he lives his life, so that he feels like he lived up to her sacrifice.” Dear Hallmark, It’s finally time to roll out that “Thanks for becoming a vampire for me” line you’ve been sitting on!

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What the hell just happened on Grey’s?! — Sue

Who here didn’t have the same reaction to last night’s penultimate episode? Anyone? Bueller? Didn’t think so. But luckily, I was a little prepared for a big shocker after talking to Shonda Rhimes, who warned that the finale contains the biggest of them all. (Yes, we know. There’s a death.) “I don’t know how to explain it —  it’s a little out there,” she says of the events in the finale. “And I was worried about it — whether it would work — or if I’d lost my mind or was crazy.” Um, crazy GENIUS.

Hi Sandra. Is it too early to ask for a little info on the next season of Psych? Specifically, Henry’s fate?! — Jen

It’s never too early for scoopage! But telling you anything about Henry crosses the line into total ruinage, no? I hope you’ll accept this consolation scoop: Gus might be the one getting a girl this season (LOVE Parminder Nagra; she’ll play new his new boo, Rachel), but Juliet is also going to get back into the dating world! Not to worry Shawn/Juliet fans, it’s for a case. But that doesn’t mean Shawn’s happy about it. Also juicy? I hear Rachel has a secret — it’s about 8 years old.

Last chance to give me something on Smash before the end of the season!! — Sabine

The cliffhanger is totally poetic and involves Ivy.

Hi Sandra! I’m a big fan of both ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘NCIS’, and my favorite characters are Reid and McGee respectively (I guess I just have a thing for the tall, cute, and geeky type). We NEVER hear anything about these awesome characters! Can you make my day?  Pleeeeeease?? — Jackie in Boston

I judge no one’s taste in men. Once upon a time, I had a mad crush on a Ninja Turtle. I was six, but you get my point. Anyway, I will continue to side-step your question because Reid didn’t really come up when I chatted with his co-star Joe Mantegna earlier this week. But I can tell you that next season will have more of the great backstory exploration CM fans love. And if Mantegna had his say, we’d get one episode that deep dives into Rossi’s military past. “I think there’s a good chance we do one with my military background because there’s a story to be told there. I’m the one character old enough where I could have conceivably come in at the end of Vietnam. Hopefully we’ll deal with that,” he says.

The end of Supernatural last week left me wondering: Is that the last of Castiel we’ll see this season or forever?! I hope he gets a better ending than that! — Judith

Not to worry. Misha Collins is confident we’ll see more of our trenchcoat-wearing angel in the now-official season 8. “There is definitely room for Castiel to come back on Supernatural,” he says. “I think it would certainly be unsatisfying for him not to come back because the character’s story has not been wrapped up.”

I know David McCallum just extended his contract with NCIS. Can we assume he’s safe in the season finale? — Carolyn

I’d say it’s a safe bet, but as EP Gary Glasberg told me, it doesn’t mean Ducky won’t face a whole other set of challenges in the season closer and beyond. “The fact that [McCallum]  is committed to continuing on the show is wonderful for us, but it’s not going to keep us from trying things and surprising people. That’s true of any of the characters on the show,” he says. “We’re always interested in keeping things challenging and entertaining for them as actors, and we’re going to continue to push the envelope for them so they can continue to do some phenomenal work.”

I was left hugely disappointed by this week’s NCIS: LA. Got anything that might cheer me up? — Amy

Look at this and tell me if you’re seriously still bummed/not totally bursting with excitement about the finale. If you are, I owe you a Coke (and vice versa — what do you think I am, some sort of soda fairy?) Shall I give you my address now or later?

Sandra!! It’s almost summer and you know what that means… Teen Wolf!!! Scoop soon? — Kristie

Soon? What about NOW? I just finished checking out the first of TWO episodes that landed on my desk and my immediate reaction is “woohoo!” — and not just because of the steamy sexytime Allison and Scott share in the first five minutes. There’s also a the introduction of Allison’s creepy (and ruthless!) grandfather, a major development with Lydia (who goes a little whack-a-doodle — like, “let me go for a naked stroll” crazy), and Jackson will find himself a little worse for wear in a way that will completely gross you out.

I’m in love with Mike & Molly but I feel like I never see anything on it. Any season finale scoop? — Miriam

You mean other than it’s freaking a-dorable?! You probably do, so here’s what I got:

Molly’s day goes awful (we’re talking bird’s nest hair, a broken vehicle, and general life suckage), and Carl makes a bold move with Christina that goes just about as well as his ‘I love you.’

Can we please get some good news about Chuck & Blair for the finale? Everyone is ready for them to finally reunite. #GossipGirl — @wrightst3

Well, I’ll tell you one thing: the odds of them reuniting are certainly better than things smoothing out between Blair and Serena. At least by the look of the clip from the finale I’ll be posting soon. Hint. Hint. Actually… that’s not a hint at all. It’s pretty much clear what I’m saying.

Any final HIMYM scoop you can share? — Frank

Ahead of the season finale, I’ve pretty much given you what I can. But here’s one bit more: As you might have guessed from the title of Monday’s hour-long ep, there’s definitely some tricks in this episode. There. Done. Also, make sure you come back to InsideTV on Monday for more good teases, my on-set report, and on Monday night, Tanner Stransky’s chat with EP Craig Thomas!

Drop Dead Diva comes back soon. I LOVE that show and would love you even more if you had some Grayson scoop for me! — Nilde

Well, first a little background. The first episode back, airing June 3, picks up after Jane’s been in Italy for a bit, and as executive producer Josh Berman promised at the end of last season, this season has turned the tables. Grayson is now pining after Jane. And in the premiere, we get an idea of just how smitten he is, thanks to a scene at the airport that will just crush you. (It involves flowers and an arrival gate.) More on this show’s return soon, because I think you’re going to love it.

Hi Sandra. I hear that you were lucky enough to chat with the stunning Stana Katic. What did she have to say about the season finale? I know how much she was rooting for Castle/Beckett to finally get together. Any teases for what is to come in season 5 or what she hopes to come? — Cheryl

Since season 5 has yet to hit paper, no teases. But she certainly echoed executive producer Andrew Marlowe’s statements about the chemistry we will see between the two. “I don’t know what they’re going to do. I know that Andrew has always felt like the show has that kind of His Girl Friday feel,” she says. “And as in any relationship, there are all these charmingly complicated moments of adjustment and getting to know each other in a relationship that could be charming and compelling to watch.” Full chat goes up today. Promise. And want to thank me ahead of time? Please be sure to take a second to fill out my Spoiler Room survey. We’re coming up on the last day to do so!

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