'Dexter,' 'Fringe,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'The Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

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System failing. Too much TV. Abort! Abort!

Anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed by all the amazing television this week? Well, buck up, sissy pants! Fall TV is not for the weak. It’s for the bravest, strongest, most wonderfully reclusive individuals. Together we will conquer.

That said, I need your help. Be sure you’re sending in your scoop requests, sharing your TV ponderings, and telling me your general shows of interest so I can make sure I’m filling your need for scoops during this hectic TV time. (Send e-mails to spoilerroom@ew.com or follow me on Twitter: @EWSandraG) Until next week!

(Side note: In case you missed it, we also had a special Emmy scoops edition earlier this week that you can read here.)

DEXTER REVISITS THE PAST IN AWESOME PREMIERE

Last season of Dexter ended with the door open for anything to happen. Lumen lost her darkness and left, Dexter had taken down the season’s villain, and there was even a small note of optimism on his part that he could one day live without his own darkness following him.

On Oct. 2, we pick up with Harrison starting pre-school and Dexter very much at peace with his darkness. And, dare I say, enjoying it again.

Without ruining too much (because I honestly felt incredibly psyched by the premiere and want you to experience it for yourself), much of the episode centers around Dexter tracking down a potential victim at his 20th high school reunion. There, we not only get a great picture of who Dexter was as a high school student, but also get a good laugh out how his classmates perceive him now. (He’s… popular!)

We’re also introduced to Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos’ demented characters. I can happily report that the first murder they are responsible for is one of the most disgusting ones I’ve ever seen on the show. Congrats, newbies!

Need more Dex? Send in your – questions! (spoilerroom@ew.com)

‘FRINGE': LINCOLN LEE STEPS UP

Tonight is Fringe! Tonight is Fringe! Tonight is Fringe!

Yes, I could have thought of a more eloquent way to begin this oversized scooplet, but that’s honestly the more genuine way to express my feeling right now because I think you’re in for a treat.

If you haven’t checked out my report from a chat with Fringe bosses J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner, I suggest you read that. But to supplement that, I can tell you that what tonight’s premiere lacks in Peter (and you should know, he’s not totally absent — but I can’t say more than that), it makes up for in a great new narrative involving Lincoln Lee, who joins the Fringe team and gets a chance to interact with all the members in what will likely become new classic moments among Fringe fans.

Other goings on: You might find your heart bleeding for Walter in the worst way because of his obviously troubled state, Olivia has not forgotten her past with Bolivia despite the truce (and has the best bitch-tastic interactions with her about it), and I’d pay attention to Walter’s experiments. I don’t know for sure, but my Fringe-y senses tell me they’re going to come back into play eventually.

‘CRIMINAL MINDS': IS LOVE IN THE AIR FOR HOTCH?

My post-premiere conversation with executive producer Erica Messer was eye opening in many ways and gave me many things to look forward to about this season. (Action Reid! Lingering hard feelings! Possible Prentiss flashbacks!) But the most intriguing bit, for me anyway, was the knowledge that one of the members of the BAU would be getting a new love this season!

When asked about who would be getting a romantic interest, Messer was understandably coy, saying only that people will “know who it is” based on the casting. (They’re still far away from starting that process, however.) My mind, however, went immediately to Hotch, since Messer had told me that she hopes to put a smile back on his (later non-bearded) face. So we asked Gibson himself for insight. “God, I hope [it’s me]. It’s too sad otherwise. This man needs to get a life outside of that building,” he tells us.

But if love isn’t on the horizon, we at least have some good cases to look forward to. Gibson teases, “[In] one we are shooting right now, we’ve got a serial killer in the middle of tornado alley. Remember the name of Margaret Hamilton’s character in The Wizard of Oz before she became the Wicked Witch? She was Emmy Gulch. So the name Gulch in Kansas pops up again and again in this episode. So there are tornadoes going on, and there’s killing. It seems a little nuts, but it’s not. It’s just twisted. Ah! It’s just twisted!” What a pun-y guy!

SIDE DISHES

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Sandra, you enjoy well-dressed men as much as I do. What did you think of the pictures of Stefan dressed in ’20s gear? Wowza!! What can you tell me about the ep? — Jessica
According to Nina Dobrev, next week’s flashback-heavy Vampire Diaries episode is “almost like a movie” and sure to top the fans’ favorite episodes. “We’re introduced to a couple of new characters and there are huge surprises and a cliffhanger of sorts,” she says. “You learn a lot of information and is very visually stimulating. I think people are going to go crazy for this one.”

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  • QWERTY

    Not even gonna lie, if Hotch has a love interest and it’s not Prentiss I will cut a b-tch.

    • sarahj

      I’ll help you!–ONLY PRENTISS FOR HOTCH!

      • kissyou

        My best friend has just announced her wedding with a great man who is a cele+brity!
        They met-via { himillionaires*c”o’M }
        It is nice club for rich men or pretty girls mate.
        You do not need to be wealthy or famous, but you can meet your true love, it’s worthy a try.

      • lovesil

        I’ll help you too…it has to be Emily. They’re perfect for each other.

    • CM

      OH GOD! IT HAS TO BE EMILY. I don’t want any new recurring characters on the show, which will happen if Hotch’s romantic partner isn’t someone who’s a regular, and the only female character on the show that is not yet taken is Emily, and she understands and supports him, like we already saw on 5×01 and 5×02, always there by his side, and after catching the unsub on 5×06, the glance and the smile. If the writes didn’t want to follow that path, they should have never started it. Emily is the best for Hotch and Hotch is the best for Emily. Anything that isn’t that, it’s WRONG.

      • Dee

        What are you people smoking? Hotch dating Emily would be like Hotch dating his sister. Gross. Just no. NO INTER-TEAM ROMANCES EVER. They’re the kiss of death. You shipper kids stick to your fantasy fan fiction, but LEAVE IT OFF THE AIRWAVES.

      • CM

        You mean INTRA-team. And as for Hotch’s sister, that would be JJ.

    • Jerri

      Ugh no Prentiss for Hotch! >:( Prentis and Morgan, maybe. Prentiss and Hotch? Nah.

      • sophie

        Shemar already said that there won’t be ANY romance for Morgan. He’s too busy kicking down doors and catching unsubs.

      • Dora

        Write me down for some Hotch and Prentiss flirting, but no hook up.. Would be cool to see some meaningful looks between the two or to see them spending some time toghether in season 7, but it shouldn’t go any further. Season five showed, there is some potential for Hotch and Emily, but there is no room for a hook uo on the show.

    • ksoze.

      I think it’s going to be Rossi and Strauss.

      • justjack

        eeeew.

  • Michael

    How cool would it be if they got Jenna Elfman to play Thomas Gibson girlfriend that would be Awsome

    • Sean

      People like you make me sick.

      • Jack

        Yes, but it’s a really funny thought!

    • Rose

      That would be awesome Michael.

    • jennrae

      Jenna Elfman is the worst.

  • Paula

    I know is a gulty pleasure, but please scoop on The Lying Game, so addictive.

    • Bruce_F

      I second this.

  • Joe

    It’s Elvira Gulch not Emmy. Dorothy’s Aunt was named Em(ily)

    • tiffytutu

      Elmira Gulch

  • Joe

    Jenna and Thomas Gibson reprised their Dharma and Greg characters on 2 1/2 Men. Tehy were looking to buy Charlie’s House.

    • neen

      what is with people like you? why do you feel the need to state the obvious? are you trying to get a job at EW? cause let me tell you, this is not the way. people like you make me sick.

  • NEW GIRL!!! I love that show I hope it sticks around for a long time I mean it’s ten times better then the crapfest that is glee now

    • neen

      why even mention Glee? it has nothing to do with New Girl other than that they both happen to air on the same network. that being said, new girl blew big fat monkey chunks. tried way too hard to be precious. unrealistic storylines and relationships. no chemistry between the actors. i hope this show ends and soon. but then maybe it will get better. cougar town sucked at first and while i never checked it out again, people claim it’s better now….

  • Mrs. T

    Tonight is Fringe! Tonight is Fringe! Tonight is Fringe! a thousand times. Finally!!!!!

    • Bette

      FRINGE FRIDAY !

      • Karen

        YES FRINGE FRIDAY!!!!!!!!

      • kim in kentucky

        All a’tingled — less than 2 hours to go!!

    • Kelly

      I second this! My absolute favorite show…tonight’s premiere can’t get here fast enough.

      • Trish

        Bitchtasticness between Olivias! Awesome!

  • Temp

    FRINGE! wooo!

    Also: This page is “Inside TV with James Hibberd and Lynette Rice” but written by Sandra Gonzalez.

    Poor Sandra, stuck doing all the work while others hog the byline ;-)

  • Cara

    I like that Nina Dobrev was saying that the next episode of TVD had a cliffhanger. Um they all DO! That’s what is so great about TVD! Every single episode I find myself thinking about it all week until the next episode. Love it!

    • Pan

      You aren’t the only one. I’m dying for next week already. Soo excited!

      • S.

        Agree – No other show makes me count the days to the next episode (well, ok, maybe Justified also when it’s on).

  • John

    Are we going to see Bad Olivia’s ex-boyfriend again? Technically since Peter never existed, she did not cheat on him, no?

    • Kat

      I asked that question too..We’ll see.

  • CMFan

    Glad to hear the CM is looking to cast the new love interest meaning it will not be team members. And I do agree Hotch is the one the needs some love.

    I wouldn’t mind watching Morgan and Prentiss grapple with their relationship (the whole I didn’t realize how much you meant to me till you weren’t there thing) but not a full blown romatic involvment.

    That would feel too much like the beginning of the end for the show, to me.

  • Josh

    I hated, hated, HATED Whitney. It stuck out like a sore thumb with the other Thursday night NBC comedies. Does it get any better or do we give up on it?

  • Leila

    Sandra–You’re killing me here! Supernatural is premiering TONIGHT. Where oh where are my spoilers?!? If I can’t turn to you for Supernatural news, where can I turn? Send us fans some love please and give us news on what Dean & Sam are going to face this season.

  • Michael

    Oh God dont do to CM what Tiva has done to NCIS

    • sophie

      Tiva has done nothing to NCIS because Tiva doesn’t even exist. they never intended to get them together, just tease each other. On CM they want romance, not teasing, that they already have between Morgan and Garcia.

  • Della

    I’m all for loosing Hotch up a bit, but please, no love interesst for him. I really don’t want the show to go there.

    • Sue1

      I agree. He lost his wife not that long ago, and considering the circumstances, I don’t think it’s time for a new relationship . More scenes of him with his son would be an ideal way to show him unwinding.

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