'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'NCIS,' 'Modern Family': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room


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Happy Tuesday, gang.

I hope you enjoy the offerings this morning, but before you dig in, an announcement: Friday’s mega scoops (the paragraphs you see before “side dishes”) will be READER’S CHOICE and will be chosen purely based on your e-mail requests. Most requested shows win. I’ll be picking three.

So take a moment to dream. If you could have scoop on ANY show, which would it be, and what would you want to know. Again, these will be based purely on volume of requests. (Usually, I pick based on buzzworthiness.)

So cast your vote by emailing me a request to spoilerroom@ew.com or request via Twitter (@EWSandraG).

See you Friday!

Is there a more romantic story than two nerds in love? If so, I don’t want to know.

But while Wolowitz and Bernadette are certainly two geeks meant to be, don’t look for them to make it down the aisle any time soon. Like any hubby and wife-to-be, they have some major obstacles to cross first. No. 1 on the list? Meeting with the parent.

I teased earlier that an upcoming episode would find Bernadette and Wolowitz’s mom in a confrontation  — but the results are disastrous. Like, hospitalization required.

“It’s potentially one of the worst daughter-in-law/mother-in-law situations I’ve heard of,” executive producer Bill Prady says. “And I think the person who comes out the least good in all of this is Howard. He’s caught between — I mean, look who he’s caught between! He’s caught between that mother and the woman he loves.” No easy task, indeed.

But even though it’s mom who ends up in a hospital bed, Prady says fans of the loud-talking character shouldn’t worry. “I don’t think anything can kill that woman. I think she represents a level of tenacity that is not found elsewhere in nature.”

In the realm of slightly smaller battles, Howard will also soon find himself defending not his relationship, but his ego! “Bernadette gets her Ph.D., which is the academic equivalent of ‘my girlfriend makes more than me,’” Prady laughs. “She also looks like she’s headed toward a job that’s going to pay a lot of money. So it’s a double whammy on Howard’s male ego.”


So, some of you are Dairing and other of you are Chairing, but where’s Team Royal Wedding? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Hmm … that’s what I thought.

But let’s be realistic. A man shows up at your doorstep with a shoe you lost months ago in Paris? You’re not gonna take the shoe, say thanks, and close the door in his handsome face. So we wouldn’t expect Blair, ever the royal in waiting, to do that either. The problem? SO MANY OTHER MEN! Also, not everyone will be thrilled to see civilian Blair on the arm of a prince — namely the Royal brood. Winning them over could turn out to be Blair’s biggest challenge yet, if she chooses to stick by him. Note that I said if. You will know her answer by the end of the April 25 episode.

Also in that ep, Chuck is off attending to Bass matters, and while it seems he might have checked out of the fight for Blair, something tells me his discoveries could lead him to a dark place. You know, the kind of dark place he and Blair always seem to meet. And in the case of Dair, it will be a big episode for the pair because it sheds light on their true feelings.

Conclusion: In the coming episodes, deciding your allegiances might be as confusing as the most convoluted of Gossip Girl schemes. Enjoy.


NCIS, please! Bonus points for something on Tony! — Jan
Time is ticking down to a major development in Tony and E.J.’s relationship. Exec producer Gary Glasberg tells me that, as we head into the finale, fans should be looking for the Port-to-Port killer case to “affect Tony and E.J. in a huge way, and it will affect Ziva and Ray in a big way.” The strange thing? I don’t think that sounds quite like imminent death, but rather a shake-up. After all, Glasberg did say, “When you’re putting together a story like this, not only do you want it to drive story-wise through the end of the season, but you want it to propel things into next season.” Taking guesses now! Proposals? Break-ups? Or just lots of shacking up?

L&O: Criminal Intent is returning! Any scoop for the last 8 episodes? Nicole Wallace returning? What is the scoop? — Tom, Ohio
Well, you’re obviously a big fan. So you know Nicole is, you know, dead. And sorry, there aren’t even any Nicole flashbacks in the first episode back to help fill your (somewhat supernatural) request. But when the show returns May 1, you will be having flashbacks to the hey-day of Dets. Goren and Eames when the pair cracks a case involving the Catholic Church. That’s not to say Goren’s return is seamless. Look for him to butt heads with new Major Case Capt. Hannah (Jay O. Sanders), especially when his superior learns he’s been skipping out on mandatory psych appointments.


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I’d love some Modern Family scoop! I feel like this season hasn’t been as buzzy, but I still love it. — Vanessa
Lady Gaga will guest star! … sort of. In an upcoming episode, Cam and Mitch get tickets to go see the Lady herself, but when Cam gets sick, Mitchell will stop at nothing to get him back into concert-going form. “I desperately still want to go, so I do everything in my power to get him to let me go and that might include drugging him a little bit,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson teases. “Maybe he falls asleep a little bit and I sneak out.”

I love the Chicago Code. Scoopage? — Wayne
Next week is going to be a tough one for Superintendent Colvin as she finds her days at the helm possibly numbered. Luckily, Jarek is there to help her solve the case that could make the difference — and provide a little moral support afterward as well.

I loved your write up on your Castle set visit. But did you seriously get no peeks at the finale! Bad, scooper! — Karalyn
Well, remember that tiny mention of a finale twist that was at the bottom of the post? I wasn’t kidding! What I didn’t tell you? The twist involves Beckett’s mom’s murder. I’m told it’s a huge one.

I’d love some Vampire Diaries info. Pretty please! :) — Mary
Guessing what’s going to happen next in Mystic Falls is often moot — the twists and turns always catch yours truly by surprise (in the best possible way). That said, Kat Graham has a warning for fans: “By the time the season finale happens, a lot of people’s judgments of characters are going to change.”

Vampire Diaries is AMAZING! It was so worth the wait. What’s next with Bonnie and Jeremy? They’re my favorite couple. — Barb
Well, my fear is that their future might have to do with what Graham told me in our convo last week: “I think Bonnie has to make some really hard decisions, and she makes them out of love. She basically realizes a position that she was constantly put in throughout season 1 and into season 2, she’ll now find that she’s putting someone else in that position.” If any of that sounds good to you … you’re nuts.

When’s Hellcats coming back? Soon, right? I need some info! I wanted to see Marti and Dan together. Any hope? — Steph
Not particularly. The pair are very much friends in the first episode back, especially when she confides in him when she uncovers a deep family secret. Moreover, Savannah proves herself to be a very loving girlfriend when she encourages Dan to be proud of his zombie-rific film after some high-brow film students leave him less than confident in his abilities.


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Pretty Little Liars is too far away!!! Scoopage, please! — Jennifer
Guess who’s getting a new girlfriend? No, not Ezra. (Yes, I saw the sweat gathering on your brow.) Emily! And “not just one,” teases Shay Mitchell, who we caught up with at the GLAAD Awards this weekend. “She has a very fun love life,” she said. “She has fun with it! It’s very fun to play her.”

Anything on Grey’s? — Rose
There might not be a mega shooting happening at the end of this season, but Sarah Drew promises big twists — at least when it comes to her character April. “There is something big that will happen to her that will change the course of her future. That’s all I can say,” she teases. “I don’t actually know what the arcs are going to be, but I know this one thing that’s going to happen in the finale is going to affect whatever she does next season.” And before you even ask, no, this doesn’t have to do with her virginity. (Yes, I know how your mind works.) “In my latest conversations with producers and writers they were very adamant that April’s going to hang on to her virginity for a really long time. I don’t know if that means ’til the end of next season or ’til the show ends,” she says.

Is there any hope for Britta and Jeff on Community? Please say yes. I love that pair! thanks, Sandra! — Cris
I’d say yes; there’s always a chance. In fact, there’s a sweet moment in the April 28 episode where Jeff (despite teasing her earlier in the episode) helps Britta get through a moment of doubt while helping Shirley give birth. Long term love? Hmm … that’s another story.

I need some news on the Calizona wedding! — Teri
Mama Torres isn’t going to make things easy for the couple on their big day. In fact her sour ‘tude — including her very non-grandmotherly treatment of the new baby — could put a big damper on the happy day. It will be a happy one for viewers, though. Because there are two joyous occasions taking place.

What can we expect from the Fringe finale? — Rob
If Fringe exec producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel H. Wyman’s teases turn out to be true, the three-episode arc (beginning April 22) that closes out this season will likely send theorists into a tailspin. “Pretty much every question anyone had this season will get answered,” Pinkner says. “If we do our jobs correctly, we’ll make people look at the entire season through a different perspective.”

Glee, please!!!!! It’s been too long since a new episode! – Amanda
If you thought time would do anything to diminish April Rhodes’ love for Mr. Schue, think again. She’s got her eye on his curly mop-top once again, and as always, she’s not going to back down easily. “April Rhodes is still in fine form,” Kristin Chenoweth told EW this weekend. “You know what I like about her is that she is a hot mess but you love to love her.” << truth.

Thanks for the 90210 info! But what about Max and Naomi!? — Elsie
They definitely set out for a good time together when the gang heads to Mexico — and are actually holed up in a hotel room the entire time. Ehem, only don’t cue the sexy music sound effect yet. They’re in a hotel room … doing math.

(Hillary Busis and Bryan Lufkin contributed to this report.)

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  • MK

    If you are going to give scoop, at least get the characters right. In L&O: CI – GOREN is a guy and the one who has to attend psych evals, not EAMES.

    • Sandra Gonzalez

      Thank you, MK. My mistake.

      • Sinchy

        What I really want to know is whether Carver will be back in the DA’s office. That would be icing on the cake!

    • Javadude54

      If I’ve learned one thing from this article it’s that Sandra Gonzalez has never watched an episode of Law&Order: Criminal Intent. Her loss. I’m a big fan and will miss it when it’s gone. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Detective Goren will always be, to me, the most unique and memorable character in the L&O universe, and his partnership with Detective Eames the most complex and interesting.

      • lefty

        The commentors are revolting against Sandra for some reason today. Keep your chin up, kis.

    • Leslie Gailloud

      @Javadude54 and @MK- Relax, damnit! It was one simple mistake. No need for the sass!

      • Jhonatan

        My central meomry of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights—or very early mornings—when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder’s jacket . . . booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change) . . . but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that. . . .There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda. . . . You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. . . .And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back. I submit to you that Hunter S. Thompson on song like that is up there with Hemingway and Fitzgerald in perfectly capturing the key melody of a certain time and then, when they realise it’ll never happen again, getting rid of their head instead.And some more Hunter. Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives and to the good life , whatever it is and wherever it happens to be. Spoken like a true Southern gentleman and a lousy member of normal society.

  • Mel

    “That’s not to say Eames’ return is seamless. Look for him to butt heads”…Eames is a woman…Goren is the D’Onofrio character.

  • mk

    If you are going to give “scoop”, at least get the characters right. In L&O: CI, GOREN is a guy and the one who has to attend psych evals, not EAMES who is female.

    • Darvy

      Hey, since you fans know who the characters are, don’t you think you could figure out her spoiler without giving her grief. Do you watch every show, no, neitehr does she. Unless you’d like her to only give spoilers on the shows she watches and you guys can go without any scoop on your L&O shows. I heart you Sandra. keep up the good work.

      • Karen

        Amen! Relax people!

    • Diandra

      Never would have thunk I would find this so indispeasnlbe.

      • Arko

        One more thing. It doesn’t really sripruse me that the Illuminati worship Satan. Jesus said the love of money is the root of great evil. even watched a video from this guy saying he was in one of these secret societies, and the people in it were doing rituals and worshiping Satan (Jesus Christs enemy)and talking to Demons (Angels).The goal of the Illuminati is to destroy Christs church,and thats exactly what Satan wants too.This NWO was prophesied guys, read you Bible! Jesus died for all of us.

  • Pam

    Re The Chicago Code – “and provide a little moral support afterward as well”. Ugh! I hope that does not mean the two are hooking up.

  • kate

    Thanks for the GG scoop. As much as I want Chuck and Blair to end up together I am seriously enjoying Dan and Blair.

    • Brenda Barrett

      Same here. I love watching Dair…but when this show ends, it had better be with Chuck getting that Harry Winston ring and putting it on Blair’s finger…permanently.

    • Ada

      I still hate Dan. Haha! I am looking forward to the prince showing up though. I hope it makes Chuck insanely jealous.

      • Ella

        Dan Humphrey is one of the worst characters ever on the show. Blair and Dan are only entertaining as frenemies, and any interaction between them past that is vomit worthy. Thank God the prince is showing up. And any Chuck screentime is always worthy.

  • David

    Maybe Eames had a sex change while he/she was gone and that’s why there is trouble with her/his superior.

    • Gerri

      Gosh, I wish I would have had that information ealirer!

  • Joanie 22

    How about some The Good Wife info.

  • Kristy

    It makes no sense for Mama Torres to be acting ugly regarding the baby and wedding. It was Papa Torres who was bent out to shape by Callie’s coming out. When he finally came around, he and Callie had a talk about the big wedding and grandbabies that would be so important to Mama Torres.

    • steph

      Is Grey’s really that good about charater continuity though

  • Jerz

    The Gossip Girls writers made me a fan of the Blair/Dan pairing. I hope they don’t undo all their work in the coming episodes. Chuck and Blair feels so played out.

  • Songwevr

    Also, I believe it’s April RHODES not April Rose played by Kristin Chenoweth on Glee.

    • Sandra Gonzalez

      Thanks, Songwevr. Fixed :)

  • NCIS

    I’m so hoping we soon see the last of snotty little EJ on NCIS. She’s annoying and conniving. Spin her off, kill her off, doesn’t matter to me.

    • spikesgrl

      I totally disagree, EJ and Tony are HOT together. Please keep her around.

    • gemini

      I agree! Don’t need EJ on this show–or her team. Like NCIS the way it is. Besides there is no chemistry between EJ & Tony. Not like there was between Jean (Shawn) & Tony.

      • Abbie

        I don’t mind EJ- I’m glad Tony’s got someone. But I am thinking/hoping she’s gonna get killed off by p2p. It’ll make lots of good opportunities for Tony vs. self, which I love! MW is the best. Also, it’s “Jeanne”, pronounced really closely to the man’s name. it’s french.

      • Erin

        Agree with Abbie on all points! (Also I love him but I think Gibbs has been the jerk in the Gibbs vs EJ face-off, don’t know why she’s getting all the flack – she’s just doing her job).

    • as

      absolutely disagree….love EJ & what she’s been bringing out in tony…haven’t seen him like this since they killed off Paula. they really need to keep her as a recurring character

      • vickils

        I really like Tony-EJ – hope they can stay together. And yes, I think Gibbs was a jerk.

      • Peter

        Either EJ is off the show, how I don’t care, or we will be seeing the end of Tony. Gibbs has made it clear he will not tolerate the relationship. I fear that Tony will be leaving the show if they don’t get rid of EJ. Don’t want to see that happen. I think this season has been pretty drab. Boring. I fear something big is coming and we are going to see a main character leave us.

      • Jazlyn

        You keep it up now, unedrsatnd? Really good to know.

  • Shannon

    Kristin Chenoweth’s character on Glee is April Rhodes, not Rose.

  • The Dolt

    I’m really disappointed in the lack of Friends spoilers.

    • Nicole

      Joey, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe end up in jail after they have to experience one too many conversations about Rachel and Ross’ will-they-or-won’t-they situation and fly into a mutual murderous rage. After their eventual release, Emma, now grown, opens a lunch spot with her uncle Joey called “Noodle Soup n’ Sandwiches”. It’s a hit. Their number one seller? The Thanksgiving Moistmaker. Chandler and Monica stay married, but he decides to follow in his dad’s footsteps and perform in drag under the name “Ms. Chanadaler Bong”. Pheobe divorces Paul Rudd and lives out the rest of her days making depressing twin porn with Ursula.

      • Dave

        Lmfao! Seriously Nicole, I love Friends, but that was awesome. I almost wish it actually ended that way!

      • The Dolt

        The only way it could be better is if Sweet Kate Gosselin appears in the finale. That swine of an ex-husband is a fool. His words are as empty as his soul.

  • jm

    Not only to do screw up characters’ names, there isn’t really any scooop here! “There’s a big twist coming.” OOOO. “Jeff has a moment with Britta.” Seriously? This is my first time reading this feature–EW must be hurting since MA left. Maybe study his old posts & learn something.

  • Jon88

    Re Bernadette meeting W’s mother: This hasn’t happened? I recall her telling Penny and Amy that, after every dinner with mom, he buys her jewelry. Did I make this up?

    • Brianna

      No I also remember this! I think maybe they were talking about telling his mom that they’re getting married, not that they are meeting for the first time

      • Soledad

        You can certainly see your eptsrxiee in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

    • Auntie D

      And I seem to remember one episode where Bernadette stayed over and could not live under the same roof. That was also the show that had Howard move in with Bernadette.

      • Ozan

        all he succeeded in doing is mkanig empty promises and bringing the education system and health service under further threat, however the longer brown is in power the worse off we all seem to get

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