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Question: Anything on Grey’s Anatomy? It would really make my day! —Tia
Ausiello: You already know that the survivors strike it rich with the airplane lawsuit in this week’s episode. You also know after watching our exclusive first look clip that Callie is way more excited than the rest of the gang. But what you may not know is that “Callie wants to go out and celebrate,” reveals Ellen Pompeo. “But nobody is really into celebrating because it’s blood money. People died. Arizona lost her leg.” They decide to tag along anyway, leading to “a very awkward dinner,” says Pompeo. “But Callie has her reasons for wanting to celebrate and she explains it at the dinner.”
Question: Any Leonard and Amy-related Big Bang Theory scoop? —Troy
Ausiello: The show’s Valentine’s Day episode promises to be a hoot, mostly because “Amy tells Sheldon that she got him the perfect gift,” reveals exec producer Bill Prady. “And Sheldon doesn’t like gifts, so it’s a very difficult time for Sheldon trying to reciprocate.” A hint about said perfect gift? Teases Prady: “It’s not sexual. I’ll tell you that much.” Bonus Scoop: Episode 16 features a marriage proposal!
Question: Do you have any scoop about the Private Practice series finale? —Tara
Ausiello: What if I told you that in next Tuesday’s series finale, Parenthood‘s Sarah Ramos is guest-starring as… the entire Private Practice audience? Amy Brenneman told Matt Mitovich that Violet’s final storyline is “this beautiful, metaphorical thing” in which a patient of five-plus years has trouble saying goodbye. “She’s ready to move on, but she’s like, ‘I need you.’ And I say things like, ‘We’ve been meeting together once a week for a little more than five years…. You’re going to be OK,’” Brenneman previews. “And I am Shonda [Rhimes] talking to our sweet audience.” (Hmm, does that mean the episode ends after 45 minutes…?)
Question: Did you get any exciting scoop at the TCA press tour about what’s coming up on Bones in the second half of the season? —Cassidy
Ausiello: Yes! “Angela goes undercover as a roller-derby girl,” Michaela Conlin shared with us. “They need somebody to help them with a crime that occurs around a roller rink, and Angela used to skate, so it’s very much in her wheelhouse” — presumably no pun intended. To prep for the wild ride, “I got to train with the L.A. Derby Dolls, which was super-fun,” she said, “and fall a lot on my rear end!”
Question: Any more intel on the plot of Elementary‘s Super Bowl episode? —Joel
Ausiello: How’s this for a touchdown? An escaped murderer on the loose in New York City gets back to business as quickly as possible, and Sherlock’s paired with a FBI profiler (played by Covert Affairs‘ Kari Matchett) to figure out how to catch the killer (played by this guy). “We’ll find out that there’s something of a history there between Sherlock and this profiler,” previews executive producer Rob Doherty, who adds that Sherlock “has very strong feelings about profiling in general, but he has even stronger feelings about this particular character.” From what Doherty says, the post-Bowl episode sounds like a strong one. “We tried to find just the right amount of humor and action and backstory for that particular show.”
Question: You must know what Modern Family‘s Gloria and Jay are going to name their baby – or at least whether it’s a boy or girl. How about giving us a hint? —Erica
Ausiello: I can confirm that the show’s adding a new… female! But it’s not what you’re thinking. She’s 40, she’s Gloria’s polished new friend and – though not a bombshell – she’s very educated.
Question: Is it too soon to ask about Unforgettable? —Lindsey
Ausiello: It’s a little early but I’ll allow it. Let’s start with the basics, Lindsey. You know it’s back for a second season on Sunday, July 28, yes? And that Michael Gaston, Kevin Rankin and Daya Vaidya (who played Detectives Mike Costello, Roe Saunders and Nina Inara) are no longer part of the full-time cast? Okay, on to new business. Looks like the show’s about to inject some fresh blood by way of two new Major Cases team members. The first, Eliot, is the intelligent, politically savvy new head of the division; in one of his first moves, he transfers Carrie and Al from Queens into his unit. Next is Jay, a whip-smart detective with a wide range of expertise in a lot of obscure topics – and I’m hearing that the show is willing to completely change his backstory if the right actor comes along.
Question: Would love some Arrow scoop, especially since we know you spoke to Stephen Amell at the Golden Globes. —M.J.
Ausiello: Nothing gets past you, M.J. I can offer up three pieces of information. One: Star Stephen Amell recently tweeted that the title of the upcoming Episode 16 should be “Holy S—balls!” Two: At the Golden Globes, he was stoked to elaborate. “In Episode 9, a lot of stuff happened. And in Episode 16, it’s just thing after thing after thing after thing happening and coming to a resolution or taking it in the next direction. And then, after all that, after the episode’s over, there’s the biggest cliffhanger.” And finally, three: One of the “things” he mentions is that Oliver’s secret is not as secret as he wants it to be.
Question: Any scoop on if/when Helena will return to Arrow? —Jason
Ausiello: EP Greg Berlanti assures us she’ll return. In fact, “We’re just writing that episode right now. We like to think of her as the crazy ex-girlfriend,” he says, laughing. “Her mission isn’t done nor complete yet in terms of: She wanted to kill her dad, and he’s still alive.”
Question: Anything on TV’s most underrated comedy The Middle? Are we ever going to see Jane Kaczmarek again? —Rebecca
Ausiello: I have it on good authority that the Malcolm in the Middle mom will be back later this season as dental diva Mrs. Armwood – and that she’ll front-and-center in a scene that involves Frankie, a tooth-scraping tool and severe bodily harm.