By Sandra Gonzalez
November 05, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST
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Does Castle have a plan of action? Who’s Justified‘s big bad this season? Is Supernatural getting a Psych visit? These questions and more are answered in this week’s Spoiler Room!

Send all follow-up Qs and scoop requests to spoilerroom@ew.com.

‘CASTLE’: ACTION-PACKED EP WITH SEN. BRACKEN IN THE WORKS?

When I asked for questions for my interview with Castle EP Andrew Marlowe, fans delivered once again. And among the deluge came this question from Ellie Spears: “Is there any action sequences coming up for Beckett of the caliber of the rooftop in Always? I love Beckett in action.”

It hadn’t crossed my mind that we’ve been low on the hard-core action thus far. The good news? Marlowe is as eager as we are for Action!Beckett as well. The sad? It won’t happen this fall. “The problem with episodes like that is that they cost a great deal of money, and in a challenging environment, we already have a tough time with the budget we have,” he says. “So part of what I have to do is figure out how to save money in a couple of episodes to be able to do something like that. But I, like you, love to see Beckett as the tip of the spear going after somebody.”

Challenge No. 2, he says, is making sure he has “a compelling villain” waiting in the wings who can carry such a story. Luckily, he already has that! “We’ve talked about bringing [Sen.] Bracken back this year. It’s about finding the right type of story so that it has the weight we’re looking for. But I’d love to see some of those coming up in the spring if we can.”

‘JUSTIFIED’ SEASON: THE CROWES SWOOP IN

Justified fans, you’ve probably heard the news, but in case you haven’t: THE PREMIERE DATE HAS LANDED! But as you mark Jan. 7 on your calendars, allow me to tell you more about the season. Rather, let executive producer Graham Yost:

“The big thing would be Dewey Crowe, our beloved Dewey, who we didn’t even see last year — it’s a big season for him,” Yost says. “It’s also his family — these Crowes from Florida come up and cause a lot of problems for Raylan and Boyd.” And yes, says Yost, they are this season’s big bad. (Michael Rapaport, who is playing Daryl Crowe, Jr., Alicia Witt, and Amy Smart are among the guest cast we’ll see.)

As for Raylan, the season picks up a few months after last season’s finale — so, yes, the baby has arrived! “That has a profound effect on him,” teases Yost. “So what does he want to do going forward? And the baby is not in Kentucky. So what is he going to do? And that’s one of the big questions of the season.”

The other? Can Boyd get Ava out of the pokey! “As much as we don’t want to repeat anything done by Orange Is the New Black or…Sons, we do have a woman in prison. So we have stories about that. That’s going to be her big story this season.”

‘SLEEPY HOLLOW’ BOSS ON ‘ICABBIE’

Ichabod and Abbie: To ‘ship or not to ‘ship; that is the question.

The easy answer? Do what you want, because overall, they’re friends first, according to EP/showrunner Mark Goffman. “I think it’s important that Abbie and Crane have a connection. I think it’s important that they become friends,” he says, “but at the same time, it’s a very uneasy friendship, because also dramatically, you need to realize that they come from very different worlds. They’re together through fate, and because they have an important mission that they have to go through together.”

Also, there’s that little issue of the fact that HE’S A MARRIED MAN, people. In fact, last night’s episode — where we saw the first time Ichabod met Katrina — was an important piece of understanding their connection. “That instant, immediate spark between them, that there was a connection well beyond the physical — that she really played a role in his turn, and bringing out the best in him. I think that’s important,” he says.

A few more tidbits:

+ Goffman loved Ichabod’s thoughts on plastic as much as I did, and there’s more great “Ichabod meets 2013” moments ahead. In fact, in an upcoming episode, he’s going to learn about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings.

+ John Noble’s debut last night was awesome and we haven’t seen the last of him. “He’ll be playing an arc over the rest of the season,” says Goffman. “We’ll find out his fate too. Every character in every show in this season has meaning, and the fates of the characters are highly intertwined.”

+ Tom Mison is a man of many talents, and in an upcoming episode, we get to see another: sword fighting! “We just shot a couple days ago a duel that he did. The man is a swordsman,” says Goffman. “It’s going to be really fun. That episode will air in November.”

NEXT: SIDE DISHES on SUPERNATURAL, GLEE, NCIS, ARROW AND MORE THIS WAY…

Is Tim Omundson going to be on Supernatural?!?!?! — Vivian

YES!!! I can confirm the Psych fave is headed to one of my favorite shows on TV, and I could pop from excitement. Furthermore, I bring you a little scoop on his role: I’m told Omundson is going to play Cain, of Cain and Abel lore!! Now, if you’ve watched this season’s Dorothy/Oz episode, you know Supernatural writers never play these things straightforward, so look for this classic character to have his own Supernatural twist!

Glee scoop? — Macie

Ever wanted to see Sue and Mr. Schue dance like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire? Of COURSE you have! And soon your wish will come true, reports the lovely Jane Lynch. “That was a lot of fun,” she says. “That’s the point of it — to do everything backwards and in high heels. [Matthew Morrison] carries the number…that was really fun to do.”

Any scoop on Olicity?! — Patty

When we caught up with Emily Bett Rickards, we posed to her a question that’s been on our Olicity-loving brains: When are Oliver and Felicity going to lock lips already on Arrow? (Didn’t they hear? All the ‘shipped couples are doing it!) “They kind of have to earn it,” Rickards opines. “I understand that there are those moments, but they have to get to the point where there’s the option, because there honestly hasn’t been an option. They are alone together sometimes, and they haven’t really ever talked about it or they’ve never hung out outside of the Arrow cave.” Moreover, she says, “I don’t want Felicity to get lost in Olicity moments. I would love to see Felicity do things other than things that revolve around Oliver…once she does start doing other things, then Oliver will have his eyes opened. I think that’s the only way to do it, for him to be like, ‘Oh something’s missing.'” Fair enough. Now let’s get this girl a hobby ASAP.

I love Diggle and Felicity’s relationship, any scoop you could tease about them? — Angel

I do too! It’s very big brother/little sister…with guns! In this week’s episode, the focus is largely put on the gang trying to teach the Canary how to be part of a team, which doesn’t go too smoothly. But I think the Nov. 13 episode is going to be the one for you if you like seeing Team Arrow together — the Dig-centric ep will find him going overseas to go after Deadshot!

Are we ever going to learn more about the numbers that Ray got in the Blacklist? You know the “payment” he got in that one episode? — Annie

It will come back into play soon! And while you’ve had to wait a bit for answers, says EP Jon Bokenkamp, “Those are sort of the little breadcrumbs that are exactly what’s fun about the show. The viewer who comes back and watches more than just the third episode, there is sort of a larger puzzle that’s developing.”

So Nick killed a guy on Grimm. I’m guessing that’s going to come back to bite him in the butt? — Laurie

You bet! (Well, not literally) But the guilt is going to weigh very heavily on Nick, throughout the third episode. But my highlight in episode 3 actually had little to do with that. The best part was watching Nick and Monroe get in the most intense physical fight we’ve ever seen between them. There’s more to this story; don’t worry.

Any scoopage on Sons of Anarchy? — Tim

Tonight’s episode is huge and gross. Huge because someone’s house of cards is going to start to crumble, leading to a chilling final shot of the episode, and gross because Clay **t** *** someone’s ****.

The new Nikita promo has me so worried about Michael and Nikita. What the heck is going on? They can’t end up NOT together, right? Freaking. Out. — Danielle

Let Maggie Q quell your fears a bit. “When people love each other the way that they do, it’s hard to think that there isn’t [hope for the two characters],” she says. “I think people would be really upset if, in the end, nothing happened for them. They’ve been fighting for them all these years.” Moreover, the actress teases that in the fourth or fifth episode of the short season, there will be a third party who is “sort of the catalyst for the understanding of how big it all is and what she really sacrificed.” “That moment happens for Michael, which I think is really important, because without it, it’s hard for him to step back from all the emotion, all the pain and hurt of it to go, ‘Well I get why she did this,’ because he’s too in it,” she says. So who is this third party? Q teases the character is someone she’s been fighting to bring back since season 2! “He is the person who sort of looks at Michael and says, ‘I get [that] you’re mad, but do you even understand what’s happening here?’ And I think that really, really changes Michael’s perspective of everything,” she says. The fourth and final season begins Nov. 22.

I’m LOVING Reign. Please give me any scoopage you have!! — James

The next two episodes are SO good!! Here are four blind teases:

+ [Spoiler] dies.

+ [Spoiler] will find herself doing some dirty work for the queen.

+ Someone from Francis’ past comes back into the picture, and I don’t like her one bit. Mary hates her too, especially when Francis bitterly threatens to [spoiler]!

+ Two people share a surprise [spoiler].

Any new NCIS scoop? What’s in store for my favorite special agent DiNozzo? I love that the show still acknowledges Ziva’s absence and I hope it doesn’t disappear completely as I’m not ready to move on. — Cheryl

It won’t. 1) Michael Weatherly seems to be enjoying having so much to sink his teeth into. 2) EP Gary Glasberg says it won’t. And 3) Nos. 1 and 2 are enough. “We’re letting the character continue on this natural path of dealing with the ups and downs of Ziva’s absence,” says Glasberg. “Those ups and downs will continue. Slowly but surely — just as in the real world — he’s getting refocused and getting his life together. He’s figuring things out.”

NCIS scoop! Where was Vance last week?! — Terri

Don’t worry, he’s around. And look for him to have a huge storyline in a December episode that will [SCOOP!] guest-star BEN VEREEN as a relative of the late Jackie Vance. “Vance and his kids have to get through the holidays with all the emotion that comes with it, and part of it is to introduce this character and the interaction that Vereen’s character will have with Vance,” says Glasberg.

Any Scandal scoopage? — Lindsey

While many more twists await us this season, Dan Bucatinsky warns that we should watch episode 9 with a cuddle-willing companion because it’s “crazy.” “I’m not just saying that. We just did the table read for the ninth episode, and I needed to be held afterwards,” he says. “The question if those writers could keep it up is yes. I don’t know what Viagra they took over the summer. They have taken a writer’s Viagra and the show is really exciting. You learn things about Olivia Pope that you never imagined you’d know.”

Originals!! — Nina

There’s a pool scene in tonight’s episode that’s going to be equal parts steamy, sweet, and life-saving. You’ll see why.

(Hillary Busis, Marc Snetiker, Samantha Highfill, and Jake Perlman contributed to this column.)

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