By Sandra Gonzalez
October 01, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
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It’s October!! Holy muffins. How did that happen?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks on my end. First, there was the Emmys, immediately followed by a series of set visits in Vancouver that sucked the life out of me in the best way possible. Now I’m back in New York, fall is in full swing, new shows are beginning to stick (and others, not so much), and hopefully we’re all enjoying having DVRs full of goodness. I know I am.

So let’s get to it. Remember to be sending me your scoop requests (spoilerroom@ew.com) and follow me on Twitter for witty commentary and TV news. Also, if you’re emailing, take a second to tell me your favorite new show of the fall. This is an informal poll, but I’m really curious what scoop you might be craving in the near future. Time for some dish. Nom. Nom. Nom.

‘FRINGE’: FOUR TEASES FROM THE SET

There’s no place as wonderfully warm and weird as the set of Fringe. A few journos and I had the pleasure of visiting the gang in Vancouver last week, and when I wasn’t handing out EWwy awards, I was gathering some fun little intel for fans of the mind-bending cult fave. (If you haven’t read the post-mortem from Friday, head here.)

+ Episode 4 is a game changer for Peter. After asked what Peter’s greatest challenge in the new world is, Joshua Jackson smiled and teased: “Ask me again after episode four.” “There’s pretty major revelations through this three-act play that we’re doing, but for [Peter] there’s a pretty major shift that comes after 4,” he says.

+ Jackson, ever the tease master, adds this about the menacing nature of the world they live in: “We have a scene — with a character who I will not name, doing a thing I can’t tell you about — where [a dangerous] scenario plays out. It’s just a small, quotidian thing. [But] one break from the routine leads to disaster. I mean, really f–king major disaster. And if that sense of dread permeates the show this year, I think that’s really good.”

+ Did you think egg sticks were clever? Wait till you see what apples look like in 2036.

+ Lastly, Jackson can’t wait for super-fans to check out one specific moment that happens in the first batch of new episodes.”This is one of those things you don’t want to tease it too much, because maybe everyone will be like, ‘Eh.’ The thing that we reveal in the episode that we’re shooting right now is — if you’re geeked out on the mythology of the show, it is going to be one of those knock-your-socks-off moments.”

‘HIMYM’: PLUS, THE FIRST COUPLE TO FALL WILL BE…

Can you believe it’s already October?! And you know what that means? OCTOBER BLOODBATH! (We’re talking about relationships, people.)

As previewed for you during summer, tonight’s episode kicks off the month of relationship casualties with an episode that executive producer Craig Thomas previously called a “Neil Patrick Harris tour de force.” In it, Barney draws up a completely ridiculous pre-nup that will likely make women (and every decent man) cringe.

But which couple will be the first to go? Well, we know Victoria isn’t the mother, but I’m thinking it’s still too soon to bid farewell to Victoria. (Also, Klaus is in this episode, and I’m not ready to say goodbye to the wonderful Thomas Lennon either.) That leaves Barney and Robin, and per Thomas, we know that “[November] sweeps will really heat up [the] progression of Barney and Robin getting back together.” But first? Splitsville! The answer will likely not come as a huge surprise, but the episode coda definitely warm your heart. All the better to prep you for November, when Thomas says Barney and Robin reunite in “a fun, weirdly appropriate way.” “It’s a weird way to get them back together, but it’s really fun and circuitous,” he says.

(Read our full premiere post-mortem here.)

‘PARENTHOOD’: MORE ON KRISTINA’S STRUGGLE, AMBER’S NEW LOVE

In three episodes, Parenthood has already managed to top last year’s season — a feat I didn’t think was possible. And if you read my post-mortem with Jason Katims, you know this is only the beginning. But for those of you who clamored for even more scoop, here are three outtakes from our chat that might satisfy your craving for Braverman scoop.

+ FAQ1: Will Monica Potter have to cut her hair? Katims isn’t sure yet, saying they’ll cross that bridge a little later in the season. But, he says, “we are committed — as Monica is — to telling this story in a way that is realistic. I think it would be unfair to tell the story and have her and not lose her hair. How we’re going to do that, we haven’t decided yet. But it doesn’t mean she literally needs to cut her hair.”

+ FAQ2: What’s going on with Drew post-Amy?/Any chance there will be a gay twist? No. Drew’s not gay. In fact, Amy’s not even gone for good, as Katims assures “we haven’t seen the last of her.” And Drew’s troubles aren’t limited to his romantic life. When Sarah moves in with Mark later this season, the teen is less than pleased. “I think the episode last year we did between Miles and Jason Ritter — where they were trying to connect and it turned out badly — [was great]. I’m excited to explore that relationship and the stories of the three of them trying to live in a small apartment together,” says Katims.

+ FAQ3: Amber scoop! Look for Matt Lauria, who plays a soldier returning from Afghanistan, to be more than a fleeting romance for the young girl. “We’re really excited about that storyline because Ryan, the character that Matt plays, is such a different type of guy than any we’ve seen her with the entire series,” says Katims. “We’ve seen her always finding the wrong guys and this guy is really different, but he definitely has things he’s still working out from what he’s been through. We get to watch Amber be in a more adult and more mature relationship than we’ve seen her before.”

SIDE DISHES

Hey, Sandra! Heard you went to the set of Supernatural. I’m patiently waiting for some scoopage! — Harriett

We were on set for the eighth episode of the season, which, as you know from this behind the scenes photo, involves a little greenery. I can’t say much more, but it’s a wacky journey unlike any we’ve never seen before involving —–o–.

I can’t wait until new Gossip Girl!!! Can you PLEASE share some Chuck and Blair spoilers? Thank you. — Karen

For old time’s sake, there’s a Chuck and Blair scene in a limo in the Oct. 8 premiere. But I won’t say what goes down.

I’m dying for some Serena/Blair, Chuck/Blair or Serena/Nate scoop! — Kellie

One of these pairs is on the worst terms they’ve ever been by the end of the premiere episode. And by the second episode, another pair will be connected in a completely unexpected (and, some might argue, twisted) way.

Loved your Q&A about NCIS last week, but was hoping you’d ask if Dr. Ryan was coming back. Loved her with Gibbs! XOXO — Marissa

I loved Dr. Ryan, too. Gibbs spent less time in the basement and more time above ground with the living when she’s on the show. (There’s a wood joke in there that ‘m not going near.) So I did ask executive producer Gary Glasberg about this. “The door is always open, as far as I’m concerned,” he says. “We so enjoyed [Jamie Lee Curtis] and what she brought to the show and that character. If the time is right, we’ll talk about it.”

I’m still crying over Opie’s death. Any Sons scoop to cheer me up? — Emily

No. In fact, I’d stock up on more tissues before Tuesday because I’m told the final minutes — which take place at Opie’s wake — will tear you apart. Meanwhile, can someone say FemFight? Guess who’s involved…

Do you have scoop on Addison from Private Practice? — Danielle L.

Well, we all know that Kate Walsh is done with Private Practice after the this season, but from what she tells us, our farewell to Addison might not be forever. “I’m sure she could still pop up on either [Private Practice or Grey’s Anatomy] occasionally,” she says. “That’s Shonda’s decision really. I wouldn’t want to do it all of the time but I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to it either especially if a good storyline came up that needed her.”

THANK YOU FOR YOUR BBT COVER!!! IT WAS SO GREAT!!! And I hate to be greedy, but some Shamy scoop would be the cherry on top of all this awesome. — Candice

I’ll hand this over to Mayim Bialik, who, by the way, looked completely great at the Emmys: “There’s a really funny spying scene with Amy and Penny; we’re spying on Sheldon! And that was one of my favorite scenes,” she says.

I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE some Dexter scoop! — Annie

Full disclosure: This query came in before last night’s epic premiere. But I’m guessing you still want some intel, yes? (*pigeon voice*: Yes. Coo.) In next week’s episode, Deb will learn more about Dexter’s dark passenger than she ever wanted to know…including its name. And her reaction is priceless. Meanwhile, Dexter realizes something about Louis that makes him very, very uneasy.

Anything on NCIS: LA? It’s been a while… — Ed

How about some news on an NCIS: LA/30 Rock crossover? Not really. But sources confirm to me exclusively (ehem, Keith Powell told me at the Emmys) that Keith Powell recently wrapped up a guest stint on the CBS cop drama. And I’ll tell you that what brings him to the show is no laughing matter…

Revenge!!! — JJ

Well, as you saw last night, Daddy Grayson is working against his own daughter. His daughter is protecting her very-not-dead mother. Victoria is fooling everyone. And Daniel is dating Ashley. And as Henry Czerny tells me, there could be yet another connection to be revealed involving Conrad and Daniel’s new squeeze! “It is a layered soap format so there’s a good chance all the characters have something to do with each other at some point. How deep it goes will be up to time. But [Ashley] definitely caught Conrad’s eye as a kindred spirit,” he says. “So in terms of getting her to work for him, he is definitely working on it, but if I were Ashley, I would be very hesitant. But Ashley’s decisions — like Conrad’s — are blinded by greed and her hunger for power and status.”

Hi Sandra! Revolution is my favorite new show so far. Anything to share? — Kyle

Nothing super juicy — but I do have a plea from Giancarlo Esposito so passionate that I’d be remiss not to share. “People should really stick with it as the story gets better and better and the plot of what happens is well thought out, and there’s a big grand plan that I think is really rewarding,” he says. “So don’t get scared off by the type of big arc, please. Stick with it. It is worth it.” And it sounds like you (and a few million of your friends) are right on track, Kyle.

Can you share with us anything on Meredith and Derek?— Jessica B.

Besides the obvious? (That they’re going to continue to pluck at our heart strings.) No. But will you take April/Jackson as a consolation prize? Because Sarah Drew promises “a lot of fun stuff” between the two in the next episodes now that April is headed back to Seattle Grace. (Really, April; was the decision between hot surgeons and pigs really that difficult?) “I think the audience will find it fun and charming and raw and real,” she says. “She’s going to still have her freak-outs and meltdowns because that is who she is, but she also is the type who picks herself up and carries on and tries again.” She’s even going to hop aboard the Jesus train again, but from that stems even more problems for the pair. “She’s going to embrace her religion in a way that she hasn’t before and that is going to be hard and confusing for Jackson who does not share the same system of belief,” she previews.

Modern Fam’s premiere was SO cute! I love the time jump. Scooplet? — Abby

Lots will have changed in the second episode — and I’m not just talking about Gloria’s swollen belly. In the episode, Haley ‘s exit from the house will have a ripple effect on the whole family. “We will find out that Luke is actually pretty sad to have Haley gone,” says Nolan Gould. “He seems cynical and sarcastic and goofy all the time, but he’s actually pretty sensitive and emotional and he is affected by his sister going away.” Meanwhile, Ariel Winter says while Alex’s “balance is thrown off” by her sister’s exit, hr story this season will teach her “that she doesn’t need to change who she is to fit in with other people.” But first? A goth phase.

I miss Suburgatory!! — Lisa

ME TOO! I also miss Medium. And as we learn in the premiere, so do a lot of people in Chatswin. Weird.

(Carrie Bell contributed to this report.)

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