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Three important notices for all Spoiler Room readers:

1) Next week, I’ll be in California, so expect this column to be 30 percent less cold and bitter. 2) Don’t forget to send in your questions. ( If you do — I don’t know if you know this — but all the puppies everywhere will cry. And 3) Space Jam is awesome — and so are you.


As we know, someone is going down with the Amanda. But who? We’ll definitely find out sooner than you might think.

In fact, Gabriel Mann tells me that the big reveal has already been filmed and “it’s a very touching, very action-packed” script. “It is very moving and very poignant, and let’s just say it kind of re-ups Emily’s game in a lot of different ways,” he says.

And while he couldn’t say a single thing about the victim (naturally), Mann did tease that the next few episodes will be the perfect build up. “From a personal point of view, I tend to think that Jack’s fatal flaw is his pride. He’s been keeping the goings on with the Stowaway close to the vest while Emily has been caught up in the Aiden of it all and I’ve been caught up in the NolCorp-takeover-Padma-Marco of it all. I think all of a sudden, our eyes are starting to turn back to the Stowaway and say, ‘What’s been happening here right under our nose?’ he says. “I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to have Emily and Nolan’s sights set on you with laser intensity. Nobody messes with our Jack.”

Now deep into filming the second half of the season, Mann promises that viewers will soon see all the plot points connecting. “I think the ways in which [creator] Mike Kelley has managed to weave all of these things that seem to be coming from a lot of different angles is really one of his fortes,” he says. “I think for viewers of the show — any questions that they may have had or confusion about what came up in the first half of the season will be answered very deliciously in the second half.”

Guesses? Hopes?


The Office is preparing for its big goodbye but for one member of the current crew, goodbye is going to come a little early — they’re getting canned! But while the Office cast is mum on who gets the ax, Kate Flannery tells us of the firing: “I don’t think anyone will see coming.”

“When you think about it, Meredith is crazy, drunk and has been topless in the office more than once, and she hasn’t been fired…In no real workplace, would she still be around,” she says. “So you know what this person did is either really bad or there is something else that leads to it like someone just has it out for them.”

Angela Kinsey happily reports that everyone’s favorite miniature person is and will remain employed, but that doesn’t mean all is well for her. “There is a huge public humiliation in store for Angela,” she teases. “She is a woman scorned, and she can’t be held accountable for what her scorning is doing to her. She’s spiraling, and it is going to get out of control. We have been building to it and it’s a-coming — just you wait.”


Our Seattle Grace gang has been off in a few different directions these days — getting preggo, wooing interns, getting rich. So when are we going to get a chance to see a few of our favorite pairs of pals back together again?

If my Twitter account is any indication, y’all are missing the fun we used to have watching Arizona and Alex pal around. What you might not know is that Jessica Capshaw misses it as much as we do! “I know, I know. They’re a good pair aren’t they? It’s so funny you say that because I was just thinking about that. We have a table read today and I was wondering if they were going to get back together,” she says. “But I mean everybody is off in all different directions because there’s a lot of us now and a lot of different stories happening and each of us have been busy with different things.”

But while Alex seems to have his hands full wooing what could be his most significant relationship in years, Capshaw reports, Arizona will soon find herself getting reacquainted with another colleague. “There’s more Arizona-Bailey stuff coming up!” she says happily. “I love their dynamic because both of them are so feisty and so unapologetic about thinking they’re right all the time that they’re fun. I love their character stuff.”

In the love department, Capshaw reports that we will continue to see Arizona on the healing path — both physically and mentally — and doing so will definitely help her relationship with Callie get back to full strength as well. “I think they’re back on the road,,” she says.

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Community scoop would Chang my life! — Elizabeth

Jeff is headed for an important change in his life as well, if I had to guess. Why? It has to do with a new neighbor… Bonus scoop: Troy and Britta are most definitely a thing when the show comes back on Feb. 7, but it’s not all sunshine and roses in the first episode back. Fountain fight, anyone?

When is Booth’s son Parker returning to Bones? I miss his adorable little face and the dad & son bonding!!! — Kay J

We might see Parker,” reports executive producer Stephen Nathan. “Parker is back and forth between England and Washington, so we might see him one more time this season.”

Hi Sandra! Could you tell me something about the aftermath of NCIS’ double death? What are the long-term effects that they have on Ziva and Vance? — Jenny de Jong

Vance will continue to have a tough time as he struggles with grief, and as executive producer Gary Glasberg teases, it will make for quite a few heart-tugging moments. “There’s a tremendous amount for him to tackle and then come back to work,” says Glasberg. “We introduced the Deputy Director Craig character (Greg Germann), who will be around for a while and will come at things in a little bit of a quirkier way than Vance does and that will be present over the next few episodes. And there are definitely some very touching, heartfelt moments that are coming.” But the traumatic loss of Vance’s wife has given both the writers and actor Rocky Carroll just the dramatic meat they were hoping for, he adds. “When Rocky and I first spoke about this arc, the goal was to really open some doors for the Vance character and have him deal with some very personal matters for him as a father and a widower,” says Glasberg. “Vance has to continue raising his kids and going about his life and [we’ll explore] how that affects him at home and at work. It’s going to carry through well through the end of the season.”

Glee scoop, please! It’s been a looooonnnnnggg time since you’ve shown Gleeks some love. — Nikki

Please accept my forgiveness with this scoop: We’re going to the movies! An upcoming episode of Glee will feature movie song mash-ups as part of another boys vs. girls challenge. True story: I LOVE mash-ups.

Any Glee news on my favorite couple? — Tracey

You forgot a key part of that question, T: YOUR FAVORITE COUPLE! I do have some juicy couple scoop, however. The twist? I’m making this a mini-blind item. “I just found out a few days ago that [SPOILER] cheats on me,” a cast member told EW this weekend. “I did not expect that from that character. I would love it if [SPOILER] gets really mad about it and vindictive. I can play mean and vindictive.” Hit the comments with guesses, Gleeks. I apologize in advance for the turmoil.

Any scoop on Chicago Fire? I’m officially obsessed with Taylor Kinney — and Shay (Lauren German). I can have both, right? — Mandy

Greedy. But in all fairness, I can’t blame you. In this week’s fantastic episode “Warm and Dead,” look for some major shakeups as at least two people on the squad find themselves with new roommates. And another person contemplates moving to a new house — a new firehouse, that is.

I hope Necessary Roughness does a Manti episode. I think that’d be super interesting. Any idea what else they have planned for season 3? — Crystal

Season 3 is going to thrust Dani into what executive producer Liz Kruger calls “the Jerry Maguire world.” “We are going to bring in some new cast, we’re going to bring in a new character and a new world that Dani is going to enter that’s going to be fascinating,” she says. But what exactly leads to that crossroads? “Let me just say this,” says Kruger, “we leave off with some game-changing moments that will truly blow things up in season 3.”

Asking a question about Downton is so tricky because I’ve seen the entire season. (Thank you, Internet!) So can we assume everyone knows what’s going to happen in season 3 so I can ask for some season 4 scoop? — Maggie

Well, aren’t you cool — and totally illegal — Maggie? I won’t tell on you, though — as long as you promise not to tell anyone that we’re going to move forward on this column as if everyone has heard all the massive season 3 spoilers. Deal? Cool. So let’s assume we all know what goes down and proceed to this fun scoop from Michelle Dockery, who weighed in on Mary’s life in season 4: “I imagine Mary will not be able to move on very quickly,” she says of the death that rocked Downton. “It will be very difficult to replace the love of her life. The thing is that for the third [season] Mary was largely happy and content and they got the money to save Downton. I find myself smiling more often as the character and my guess is that I will not being that smile again for awhile. I’m sure she won’t come out of mourning too quickly.”

Any scoop on The Following? On a creepy factor of 1-10, it clocked in around a 11.5 last week, and I’m officially hooked! — Jess

Tonight’s episode will probably leave you with questions about a book. But don’t expect answers all that soon.

Sandra, this is my PLEA for a little love for The Middle, TV’s greatest comedy that could. — Jen

Cassidy and Axl are going strong by the time episode 18 rolls around, but warning: The show is currently casting the role of Cliff, Cassidy’s ex-boyfriend who crashes a meet-the-parents dinner!

Any news on Danny’s new partner on Blue Bloods? Thanks. – Geraint

No news to report. But look for him to work closely with Gormley on an upcoming case involving some Bonnie and Clyde-type bank robbers

Psych scoooooopppppp. PLEASE! — Cassandra

There are no flashforwards, no hedging and no tricks in the season opener. Henry is in real danger. And even if he’s ok — and that’s IF — I wouldn’t expect him to be running around and solving crimes right away.

(Carrie Bell contributed to this report.)

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