I’m still not sure how to feel about this Office spin-off. On one hand, this show needs some new juice fast. On the other, not sure I’d be up for an entire show about the farm adventures of Dwight. Thoughts? — A.J.
Fact: I’d like the idea 100 time more if Creed Bratton snags the dream role he described to us. “I’d be an animal trapper coming in there to get some animals off his farm and [Dwight] would shoot me with a 12-gauge,” he says. Okay, maybe substitute the words “tranquilizer gun” for “12-gauge” and then I’m on board. In related news, B.J. Novak tells EW that fans will see Dwight’s farm again this season in an upcoming episode written and directed by Paul Lieberstein. (Related: ‘Office’ scoop: Cast talks Rainn Wilson spin-off, renewal odds)
Hi Sandra, I’m a fan of Dr. Reid on Criminal Minds. He was having headaches earlier in the season. Do you know if that will be revisited. Also, do you have any scoops you can share about Criminal Minds in general? Thanks — Kim F.
The case is sorta closed for now, according to showrunner Erica Messer. But that could very well change if Sue Sylvester can tear herself away from McKinley High for a brief re-appearance on the show. “It’s hard to do another big Reid story about his health without having Jane Lynch in it,” she says. “It just feels false to us, and we haven’t been able to get her since she’s been on Glee. Our hope is that we’ll do that in Season 8. We need to get Matthew [Gray Gubler] and Paget [Brewster]’s contracts done so that we have them for Season 8. Then, we’ll explore that story more then because we’re almost done this year breaking episodes.” The team had considered bringing up the issue in the recent Reid-centric “True Genius,” but Messer says, Gubler agreed that it was best to hold out for Lynch. “We hear about a pre-glaucoma condition that he discusses in an episode just as throwaway stuff, but overall, I think it just adds another level to your shell of who you are. For Reid, he struggles with headaches. We all have moments where those kind of things — health issues — creep up with us and either you get over it or it’s always going to be an issue for you.”
Is there going to be a time jump on the next new episode of The Walking Dead? Are they still on the farm? — Dave
No time jump. It picks up right where we left off — and it’s just as emotional, too. In fact, it proves a lot to handle for poor Hershel and a select few must venture off the farm in order to go find him after he runs off to seek liquid comfort. But one persons solo adventure away from farmville might leave them in grave danger.
I would love some Grimm scoop. — Sue
You’re going to find out very soon why Nick can’t tell others the truth about who he is, but not telling people is going to get harder and harder, according to EPs David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf. “Their partnership will be tested and its going to get to the point where some things are going to happen that are truly not easily explained to Hank. So we’re going to push it as far as we can and hold off as long as we can.”
Game of Thrones!!! — Sarah
Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy, was most helpful with your demand when EW caught up with him at the SAG awards. Preview: Dragons! Full scoop: “Basically, John Snow goes out into the wilderness; my character ends up going back to see his family, and a lot of dragons basically happen in the second season. I loved working with Patrick Malahide, who played my dad, and Gemma Whelan, who played my sister.” But his favorite episode of the season? The same as co-star Emilia Clarke, episode 9. “Fighting. Killing. Killing and fire,” he says bluntly — and never have five simple words made me so excited.
The Good Wife has been AMAZING. Scoop, please? — Kelly
Someone at the State’s Attorney’s office is moving on up — or out. It depends on how you take this tease from Matt Czuchry. “You’re going to see big stuff at the state’s attorney’s office, which is going to affect everyone’s position and stature there,” he tells EW. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for the next Spoiler Room video edition. Archie Pankabi might have some Kalinda/Cary scoop for y’all.
I’ll give you all the change in my penny can in exchange for a little Cougar Town love. — Robert
Devil babies! The Old West! Ankle monitors! Shark cars! And that’s just the first 10 minutes. And I hate pennies — but I do like wine.
I’m really curious about the picture of Tony interrogating Ziva on NCIS’s 200th. But I’m more interested to find out if we’re going to be treated to more of the unforgettable moments we’ve been getting lately between the two of them. Help a girl out? — Vera
I’ll pose this question and more to Michael Weatherly on Monday. Yup, he’s coming into the EW offices. So fill the mailbox with your spoiler q’s, people: email@example.com.
Do you know when/if The Glades and In Plain Sight will return? I keep seeing cast members in other shows and am hoping this doesn’t mean the shows were canceled. They are two of my favorites and everything was left hanging on both of them. — Merrilee
Of course they’ll be back, but Glades isn’t slated to come back until summer. In Plain Sight, meanwhile, returns March 16 with a batch of eight new episodes. As you’ll recall, the latter ended with Mary going into premature labor and still uncertain if she was going to keep the baby. Your scoop? An episode in this upcoming season will find her doing background checks on nannies! And I don’t think it’s for Marshall. (Related: In Plain Sight casts Twin Peaks alum)
Got anything on 30 Rock? — Katie
J.D. Lutz wants some lovin’! On the upcoming Valentine’s Day episode, Lutz goes on a search for a date, but in his time of need, Tracy and Frank try to hook him up. “We just give him man to man advice on how to work with the ladies on Valentine’s Day,” says Judah Friedlander.
(Carrie Borzillo, James Hibberd, and Tanner Stransky contributed to this column.)