'Castle,' 'Leverage,' 'Supernatural,' 'Fringe': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room


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No time for small talk, today. Sorry. A storm a’brewin’ on the East Coast!

I have TV on DVD to purchase, windows to tape, snacks to buy, and an entire wall of attractive celebrities to encase in plexiglass in the event water levels reach EW’s third floor!

Thankfully, I will still be able to check your scoop requests over the weekend, so send them in! (spoilerroom@ew.com — Remember, if you don’t ask, you’ll never know!) Also, follow the progression of my hurricane-cause cabin fever on Twitter: @EWSandraG.

See you next week… (I hope).


Before we get down to business, you’ve already checked out that exclusive clip of the Leverage summer finale I served up for you on Wednesday. Right? If you haven’t, shame on you. Click there immediately. If you have, proceed for further scoop.

This Sunday’s episode of Leverage is, as recurring guest star Mark Sheppard sees it, a “very simple episode,” but don’t let him fool you. Sure, Nate’s (Timothy Hutton) old friend Sterling’s reappearance in the team’s lives certainly leads to a classic caper, but there’s also so much more. “I think it’s a very interesting way to write a relationship,” Sheppard tells me of Nate and Sterling’s slowly unraveled past. “The relationship is established but more of how they got there is being revealed.”

He adds: “I think [Sterling] is the person who knows Nate best — obviously in a different way than [his team]. But I’ve probably seen the worst of him and am probably the person who’s spent the most time with him and known him the longest. I’m like his ex-wife, in a very strange way,” he says laughing. “I’m part of his old life.”

Interestingly, Sunday’s episode particularly has some juicy bits about Sterling’s old life, but you’ll have to see those for yourself. All I can say is that you’ll definitely walk away looking at Sterling in a different way. Meanwhile, for you ‘shippery types, the episode also features some of my favorite Hardison and Parker scenes of this season. I’ll say one word: Hum. I guarantee you’ll be swooning along with me.


While I had Mark Sheppard on the phone, how could I resist talking to him about Supernatural? Though he wouldn’t reveal much (he’s a pro at dodging by now!), he did say that he was excited about the possibility of more Crowley this season. “Sera [Gamble] said that what Cas has said about this demon was going to be explored at some point, and that she has plans for this demon. But who knows? Maybe they just blew me up,” he says of his confirmed appearance in episode 1 (by way of the show’s amazing new promo!).

Sheppard, a longtime viewers of the CW show, also says he’s noticed Supernatural has gone back to basics, focusing on character development. “It’s going back to what made the show so popular,” he explains. “You’ve had these big, angels and demons wars, and the devil, and death. These things will obviously continue on in some way, but the root of it is Dean and Sam and I think it’s fascinating. It’s very much back to the root element.”

But will that “root element” include more appearances by Crowley? Of course, he won’t say. He did, however, hint: “It’s a lot of fun when Crowley is connected to the boys in a lot of ways. The fans have enjoyed that connection. They do well in that situation. It always pays off very well. I’m looking forward to seeing whether that happens or not.”

NEXT: “Scoop on ‘Fringe,’ ‘Castle,’ ‘House,’ and more!”

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  • Cari

    Sandra, can you ask Shane Brennan if they’re ever going to explain how Nate and Nell know each other? Thanks!

    • Color Me Impressed

      The dude on the left is Romo Lampkin! What show is he in now?

      • Kelmar

        I still call him that, too! He is on just about every show I watch at one point or another. Great actor.

      • HairyLime

        He’s still Badger to me, although Romo was awesome…

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  • Erin

    I’m super nervous they’re going to break up Ben and Leslie. DON’T DO IT!

    • DocRules

      The only major pairings that would bum me out would be Ben-Leslie and April-Andy. I hope it’s not either of them.

      Maybe it’s Tom and Jean-Ralphio…

      • Chelsea

        tom and jean-ralphio does make sense since they began the business together and i have a feeling it won’t work out very well.

        it can’t be ben and leslie. i would be so very sad.

      • tracy bluth

        I don’t even want to think about Ben and Leslie or Andy and April splitting up.

      • Ash

        My gut reaction was April and Andy (and I died a little inside just at the thought) then when I heard your idea of Tom and Jean Ralphio it made more sense. Especially since the guy who plays Jean Ralphio has a new show he’s on.

      • shelljc

        All the spoilers out there point to Leslie/Ben breaking up due to Leslie’s running for office. This makes me sad. I hope it’s just a temporary break.

      • Julia

        The Tom/Jean-Ralphio theory makes me a lot happier.

    • Kmb

      I know I’m in the minority on this, but I never really liked Leslie and Ben as a couple. I don’t know why. I love Amy Poehler and I’ve been a big fan of Adam Scott since Party Down but for some reason it just doesn’t work for me. I honestly wouldn’t be too upset if they broke up.

    • murley

      me too but i would prefer this to april and andy. that would totally break my heart. at least if it is ben and leslie it could be a temporary thing.

    • RLH

      I’m pretty certain it will be Ben and Leslie, I just hope they’ll get back together this season. The writers definitely set them up to be endgame ever since Ben was introduced, so at this point it’d be damn cruel to break them up permanently.

  • Zoe

    need more Crowley

    • Tajah

      Crowley is excellence. I second this.

  • Lee

    Thanks, Sandra. Very excited about the “back to basics” approach to the new season of Supernatural and seeing what’s in store for Crowley.

  • J. Baker

    We were told the same exact story last year about Supernatural going back to its roots, focusing more on Dean and Sam and depending less on a season-long plot line. Never happened.

    • Anne

      The show has always been focused on Sam and Dean. They’re the stars. Last season focused on Dean’s struggle when Sam returned and he had to leave Lisa and Ben, and on Sam losing his soul and getting it back. We didn’t even get to see very much of the war that was going on between the angels. In fact, Cas was gone for most of the season.

  • Hesh

    It BETTER not be Andy/April. I will cry.

  • Amy

    Ben and Leslie would make my super sad, but if it is Andy and April I will literally die of sadness and probably throw something at the TV and write strongly worded letters to Parks and Rec writers.

    • Fez

      I agree Amy.. But I suggest writing the strongly worded letter before dying of sadness.

      • Molly

        This reply made my day.

      • Ace

        I dunno. A strongly worded letter from beyond the grave might make a bigger impact, especially if delivered in person by the (*preemptive groan*) ghostwriter in question.

    • Rosemary

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  • Mal

    You know who I think HIMYM should bring back this season? Victoria, Ted’s cupcake making ex played by Ashley Williams. I think it would be cool for them to run into each other and go hang out, and Ted can see how lost he’s become in his search for The Mother. Plus, it would be a little funny for her to ask how Robin is doing, since she’s the reason they broke up, only to find out not only are Ted and Robin not together anymore, Robin is actually more into Barney. I don’t think it needs to be a big arc, just an episode, but it would be fun.

    • Flyer

      I always wished that Victoria would end up being the mother. Of all of Ted’s girlfriends, I liked her the best by FAR.

      • AC

        I agree wholeheartedly!

      • melita

        absolutely she deserved to be the mother

    • Ms. Chanandler Bong

      Totally! Awesome!

    • Christine

      The show needs more Bard. He was redonk.
      And I know, he’s busy, but still.

      And please no Victoria, she was so sweet I literally vomited every time she appeared.

      • Christine

        Sorry. Brad. Not Shakespeare, lol.

    • Kate

      Me too…heck, I would go so far as to ask at some press thing of Nikita and ask Lindsay Fonseca did she and David Henrie ever film a scene where they said, you made us sit here for all of this? And you just lied about her name so we wouldn’t know? What is this Definetely, Maybe? I think that would be funny, but yes, I think Victoria is actually perfect for this Ted that is around now (watching reruns, he was kind of a douche back then, and I watched to hit him every time he was bulling Lily about getting back with Marshall – I am comforted with the idea that now that she is comfortable, Robyn would smack him upside the head).

  • The Bambino

    That Maggie Q really needs to eat some food. She’s horrifying to look at in bikinis with her ribs and hip bones ready to burst through her skin.

  • Ferniesfreckles

    Love when Crowley is mocking the boys. Hopefully he will do a lot more episodes this season.

    LOVE your wall, Sandra :)

  • Dilys

    I’m happy to see more Crowley but what I really want to see is more Cas. I hope that Cas is desouled and given the opportunity to have a redemption arc. He has sacrificed his life twice for Dean and the world. He has saved both Sam and Dean from hell. Shouldn’t they save him?

    So yea for more Crowley. Now please Sera – more Cas?

  • Kate

    That is great stress-reducing Castle scoop! I do not want to watch yet another significant other interfer too much with Castle and Beckett. Perhaps she’ll be around just enough to make Beckett a little jealous and it will cause her to pull her head out! :-) I’m also really glad they’re bringing the 3XK back. Last years episode was awesome! Thanks for the info.

  • Linda

    LOVE CROWLEY!!! I for one have really enjoyed the angel/demon storyline. I love love love the brothers and their relationship, but come on, how can anyone not be totally absorbed and compelled by the idea of Crowley and this excellent actor who gives him so much life? I have never seen a single scene with Crowley that wasn’t compulsively watchable–I especially love his interaction with the boys. As with Cas, he BRINGS something to the brothers–something about his interaction with them makes their bond seem even more important. And, he is hilarious and strangely believable and sympathetic. Not sure how he manages to make a Demon sympathetic, but he does. Can’t wait for season 7 to start!

  • Cathy

    Sandra, regarding Castle, and Beckett’s new psychiatrist….do you mean Star Trek TNG’s Michael Dorn, who played Worf? Oh be still my beating heart!!!! I’ve wanted to see him back on tv, with his human face this time!

    • Mikey M

      I met him once at a Convention and he wasn’t very cool.

  • Mincha

    Sounds like things are going to be pretty grim in the lab and the field on Fringe. I hope we see more of either or both Lincoln Lees.

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