By Sandra Gonzalez
August 25, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
Christos Kalohoridis/USA Network

True story: I’m so excited for fall TV that I’ve been having dreams about watching season premieres. Seriously. My entire dream is me sitting on the couch, watching TV. Part of me thinks that maybe I’m clairvoyant and all the secrets of the fall season are playing out on Dream Sandra’s TV. The more likely possibility is that I need a real life. (My birthday was last week, and I’m now starting to think I wasted that wish. Damn.)

Regardless, as TV continues to invade my dreams, I encourage you to engage with it in reality by sending me your questions! Email spoilerroom@ew.com or ask via Twitter @EWSandraG. Belated birthday wishes also accepted. (Just don’t ask for age specifics. I’ll never tell.)

PERSON OF INTEREST: RISE OF THE MACHINE

It will take more than one episode for Finch (Michael Emerson) and Reese (Jim Caviezel) to get back to their regular operations following last season’s cliffhanger, which left Finch in the grasp of psycho hacker Root (Amy Acker). And while Finch is away, look for Reese to be doing what Emerson calls, “creatively improvising.”

“For a while in the early going of the new season, [the person of the week stories] will be mixed in with the ongoing backstory of The Machine and of Mr. Finch being unavailable and of Mr. Reese figuring out how to do their usual work single-handedly,” he says.

Considering the first episode is called “The Contingency,” it’s assumed that we learn the back-up plan that Finch had previously mentioned.  But, says Emerson, don’t expect all the details right away. “I don’t know if we see the full-on super emergency system he was alluding to,” he says. “The machine in season 2 gets more important and it becomes more of another character in the storytelling, I would say.”

Tiny bonus scoop: I hear someone’s getting a furry companion.

‘GRIMM’: HANK UNHINGED!

Did you see this clip? If not, scurry over faster than a Wessen in heat. (Weird.) Meanwhile, I’ll take three of y’all’s most pressing Grimm questions!

I’ll take any scoop on Capt. Renard! — Lisa

Could the Captain be headed to Europe for a family reunion? Well, not any time soon. But Sasha Roiz would certainly be open to the idea. “I don’t know if we have any plans just yet for me to go to Europe. With this show, you never know,” he says. “I know [the family drama] is gonna come to head; it’s gonna have to. So I think it’s gonna be fun to watch how these two brothers eventually have to lock horns.” Let’s hope they do it in Europe! (Also, click here to read our post-mortem with Roiz!)

I think it’s really mean of Nick to keep Hank in the dark letting him think he’s crazy. When’s he going to come clean?!– Sharon

Possibly sooner than you think. But know that he’d only do so if the circumstances absolutely called for it.

Is Juliette going to remember Nick next week? Or is she going to stay this way for a while? — Abby

Well, I’ll tell you this: Next week there’s a heartbreaking scene where Nick tries to jog his love’s memory by showing her pictures. The results are less than promising. (Cue group hug with Nick! – then I kick you out so we can share one alone.)

‘WHITE COLLAR’: SARA RETURNS – TO SHOOT NEAL DOWN?

Thanks to all who reached out via Twitter with their White Collar queries. But one from @Noora7 stood out to me as a great place to deep-dive this week. She asked: “Are we gonna see anymore Sara-Neal? I love them together.”

Well, next week, Noora, Sara returns! But unfortunately for Neal, it’s to deliver a big, ugly truth bomb. “A lot of [the episode] is them trying to define who they are,” says executive producer Jeff Eastin. “She really bursts his bubble. One of my favorite lines is, ‘You know, you left, and, guess what, the world kept turning.’”

Cold, Sara. Cold. But also true. Eastin explains that from Sara’s POV, she really “expected nothing less from [Neal]” and doesn’t hold it against him as a friend. But, he warns, their conversation leaves them with “a sort of uneasy friendship” that will play out for a while.

As for the search for Sara’s sister, the episode doesn’t deliver a great deal of new info, but “we do know the events that happened toward the end of the season with her do involve the sister,” says Eastin.

Next: Scoop on Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Nikita and more!

SIDE DISHES

I’m really worried about Michael’s mom after the watching the finale of Burn Notice, which was SO GOOD. Can you help ease my fears? — Sara B.

I can’t. Because you should be afraid for her. More details in my post-winter finale chat with EP Matt Nix, which I’ll put up tomorrow if you ask nicely.

Supernatural scoop. Please please please!! — Leslie

That sounds an awful lot like begging. I like it. So here’s what I can tell you: Episode 5, titled “Blood Brothers,” will find the brothers on somewhat separate journeys. Dean is called to aid the being that helped him out of Purgatory (but can’t tell Sam!) and Sam, meanwhile, spends some time with the lady friend he fell for while apart from Dean.

Hi Sandra. Just heard that Castle and Beckett finally make it to the Hamptons for a romantic weekend! Words can’t express how excited that makes me. I know it won’t be all sunshine as there will be a case they will have to investigate, but what else can you share about this episode? Hoping we’ll get to see some cute moments of them as a couple since they will be away from the precinct and wont’ have to hide their relationship.  — Cheryl

I think my favorite parts might end up being AT the precinct, where the pair will become very good at stealing glances and moments. “I’m hoping the audience is interested to see how we deal with that material — how we deal with them two in a relationship together and what that looks like when they’re out together in public, when they’re stealing moments or when they have to pretend that they’re not,” says executive producer Andrew Marlowe.

Damages! — Melissa

The series famous for its twists delivers tenfold in the final episodes, which I can tell you features a very unexpected departure, a flashforward, and a drastic professional move. Maybe in that order — maybe not.

Can I get some Alex scoop? #Nikita — Nicole

When the new season begins, Alex is having what Maggie Q calls “a little bit of an identity crisis” after coming clean about her identity at the end of last season. “She can’t be as effective as a member of the team as she’d like to be because of her new-found fame,” says Maggie Q. “The downside [of her reveal] is that she is now a public figure…She’s going to struggle with that.”

Hey, Sandra! It’s been WEEKS since Vampire Diaries scoop. So help a girl out. – Heather

While some of the gang might be looking to help Elena fight her craving for a kill, there’s one person who certainly will not: Damon. Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec says the elder Salvatore is rooting for Mystic Falls’ newest vamp to give in to what he feels is certain to happen. “In his mind, there’s an inevitability to being a vampire that we should just get to and get past. [It’s] the equivalent of kicking Elena out of the bird’s nest and letting her fall and see if she can fly.” What do we say gang? Fight or flight?

I have read a rumour of the possibility that Jessica Capshaw will not be returning to Grey’s Anatomy for season 9. Do you have any information regarding this rumour? Thanks! – Scully

I don’t. But the promos that keep popping up have me worried. What also worries me? What Shonda Rhimes told me during our last chat. “I can’t say anything other than [Callie and Arizona’s arc] is interesting. There’s a big story this year in the Callie camp – but that’s all I’m going to say.” Now, please leave me so I may watch the latest promo on a loop in peace. (Also, read this great chat EW’s Tanner Stransky had with Mrs. Former-Chief, Loretta Devine.)

Any Grey’s Anatomy scoop on MerDer? How will Meredith deal with Lexie’s death? Will Derek ever be able to operate again? Thanks. — Barbara

Mere will deal in a way that’s a little surprising. And as for Derek, I think it’s safe to say that he’ll always be a doctor, but says Rhimes, he’ll deal with the question of “what kind of doctor are you when you can’t do the thing you’re greatest at any more?” “We’re going to see him head back, but there is that question for him,” she says. 34 days to go, people!

Any Auggie/Annie scoop?! – Shane

Here’s something that might entice you: The Sept. 4 episode ends on a note you won’t see coming (it involves a betrayal and a death), and that will bring A-squared together in the following week’s episode, which is likely to go in the shipper Hall of Fame!

I LOVE #CSINY & specifically Adam…… Got any scoop?! Please help me! #SpoilerRoom — @RebeccaReswig

Then you are going to LOVE episode six of next season. This Adam-heavy hour finds the lab tech entertaining some kids he meets with a mysterious story — which doubles as the show’s case of the week! Expect big laughs.

Gimme some Nick/Jess scoop! PUH-LEASE!!! — Gabrielle

I’ll tell you this: Jess losing her job might actually turn out to be a good thing when it comes to Nick and Jess time! EP Liz Meriwether explains: “Because she’s lost her job she’s actually at home a lot more. She’s on Nick’s schedule a lot more. They’re just spending more time together.”

I don’t see any questions about Mike & Molly. I love that show and happily admit it! — Joanne

Well, you never asked! But since you did, exec producer Mark Roberts says the season premiere will see M&M returning from their honeymoon and we “get a sense of what changes have taken place back home while they’re gone.” Good or bad changes? You’ll have to find out. Bonus scoop: “We might meet Mike’s boss this year,” Roberts reveals.

(Nuzhat Naoreen and Emily Rome contributed to this column.)

Related:

All the fall premiere dates — IN CHART FORM

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