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'Fringe,' 'Castle,' 'Raising Hope,' and 'Grey's Anatomy': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

spoiler-roomImage Credit: Smallz and Raskind/Fox; Adam Larkey/ABC; Matthias Clamer/Fox; Eric McCandless/ABCNo need to charm you with a fancy intro this week. There’s already enough frill as we head into Valentine’s Day, right? And if you happen to find yourself without a Valentine this weekend, here’s my box of Godivas to you: Raising Hope scoop from Greg Garcia, news on two big episodes of Fringe and Castle, a chat with a Grey’s Anatomy cast member about what could be the next heart-wrenching death, and a talk with Gossip Girl‘s new villainess (who may turn out to have a soft spot or two).

Read on! And also remember to email spoiler questions to or send them to me via Twitter (@EWSandraG). READ FULL STORY

'Fringe': Is Peter going to a very, very dark place? PLUS: Joshua Jackson wants to answer your questions! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Fringe-Joshua-JacksonThe grand design of Fringe’s fantastic third season is becoming increasingly clear. The first half of the season was all about Olivia’s parallel world plight (and a showcase for Anna Torv to strut her considerable stuff); the second half of the season is about Peter’s possibly soul-corrupting doomsday machine destiny (and a showcase for Joshua Jackson to take center stage). The past couple episodes have suggested a potentially dark fate for Peter, whether or not he blows up the multiverse; his interface with the doomsday device seems to be making him go all Die! Die! Shapeshifters, DIE! and possibly downright Dark Phoenix-ish. Or Galactus-y. Or Crisis On Infinite Earths-issy. READ FULL STORY

'Gossip Girl,' 'Good Wife,' 'Supernatural': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Spoiler-RoomImage Credit: John Paul Filo/CBS; Giovanni Rufino/The CW; Jordan Nuttal/The CW; Adam Taylor/CBSWhat is it about Leighton Meester that makes her so incredibly pair-able with others? Whether she’s standing beside Chuck or Dan (or Minka Kelly, for that matter), she simply oozes chemistry. Well, whatever “it” is, it makes for great TV (and perhaps also movies that you really want to see despite a fear of losing self respect). This week, I talked chemistry and more with Blair Waldorf’s amazing puppetmasters, Stephanie Savage and Josh Safran, who dish about what we can expect next from our favorite schemer and the rest of the gang. I also spoke with Matt Czuchry (insert tiny cartoon hearts here) about The Good Wife, dug up some dirt on Supernatural‘s (now postponed) return, spoke with Rachelle Lefevre about Off the Map, and much more. READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' video preview: Doomsday looms! -- EXCLUSIVE

For those expecting doom and gloom from Fringe with its move to Friday, the exclusive news that we have for you today is that you’re going to get it. Using an old time machine that we found in Walter’s dusty lab of fringe science wonders, we peeked into the months ahead and saw that death, destruction, and despair awaits those committed to the Fringe ride. I’m sorry. Stock up on tissues, because I worry that the season finale could be a gut-wrenching affair for all of us … and that the cliffhanger ending will have us wanting the immediate arrival of Season 4. READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' makes Friday debut, doesn't drop in ratings!

Image Credit: Liane Hentscher/Fox

By some miracle of magic or science, Fox’s Fringe moved to Friday night  and did not go down in the ratings.

The episode — titled “The Firefly” (nicely ironic considering the show’s move to Fox’s infamous Death Slot) — actually improved upon its most recent Thursday performance.

Fringe, which featured Christopher Lloyd as a guest star, delivered 4.9 million viewers and a 1.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating last night. That’s right in line with its Thursday season average. Remember, Fox’s Kevin Reilly said if the show maintains its Thursday numbers on Friday, he’d renew it, so let’s hope the drama can keep this up. (Ken Tucker’s recap here). READ FULL STORY

'Castle,' 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Detroit 1-8-7,' 'Justified': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

spoiler-roomImage Credit: Byron Cohen/NBC; Bob D'Amico/ABC; Prashant Gupta/FX I feel all tingly inside, Roomies — and that’s not just my body responding to that Swanson I ate for breakfast. Frankly, it’s because TV shows are coming back from their breaks (a.k.a. the cold, dark months of TV hell), and there’s a lot to be pumped about.

First up this week, we have Castle scoop, info on Detroit 1-8-7 (SAVE IT!), and what you can look forward to from Pawnee (besides a sunnier life in general) now that Parks is back. There’s also casting bit on Smallville, Chuck EP Chris Fedak responds to our cries for justice, Chris Colfer weighs in on Kurt’s return to New Directions, and much more. Eat up. Go ahead. Make a pig of yourself. All I ask is that you feed me your scoop requests in return. (E-mail them to or Tweet them to me directly @EWSandraG.)


It’s almost here, Castle fans (who have been begging me all week for dish on the show’s big Jan. 24th episode). Almost. Here. The smooch you’ve been waiting for. And I’m happy to say that the episode is completely worth the wait. But not so fast. Don’t start picking out china patterns for the pair just yet. While the kiss is, indeed, not a dream, you know that this is still Castle. This is still Beckett. And there’s still a very important case — the one of Beckett’s mom’s murder — being investigated. That’s all I can say. On that note, however, the kiss, in my opinion, isn’t even the best part of the episode. (You probably guessed that they wouldn’t put the best part of the episode in promos, right?) I’d say there are two better moments. The first comes before the smooch when Castle is talking with his mom about his most recent brush with death, and he admits to her (in his Nathan Fillion melt-me-into-goo voice) that his time with Beckett is “*** ****t *** ****s **y****.” And the other comes sometime after the roughly 13-second smooch. After the episode airs, be sure to check for my exclusive chat with Andrew Marlowe and Will Beall, who penned the episode. READ FULL STORY

Watch the 'Fringe' music video 'Echoes' -- EXCLUSIVE

Sound the Klaxons — Fringe returns with new episodes on Friday! And by Klaxons, we do not mean the trademarked vehicular horn or “alerting device” whose distinctive sound, according to Wikipedia, should be depicted in print as “ah-WOOOGA!” (I prefer “ah-ROOOGA!”), but rather the English alternative rock band Klaxons. (Of course, you knew that.) Fox has taken the group’s 2010 single “Echoes” and created a Fringe music video that recaps the season’s Two Olivias parallel world storyline and functions as a ‘shipper ode to the developing Olivia/Peter romance. As we reported last month, Fox is working hard and creatively to not only encourage Fringe fans to follow the series to its new timeslot, but to also grow the show’s audience by going after teens and young adults. Judging from the video’s dark romantic vibe, I’d say Fox is hoping to entice newbies by positioning the cult fave as a sophisticated sci-fi Twilight. Check it out: READ FULL STORY

Fox on 'Fringe': 'Don't write the eulogy'

Fox executives told TV critics at press tour that just because Fringe is moving to Fox’s sci-fi death slot on Fridays doesn’t mean the show is necessarily going to suffer the same fate as Dollhouse … and Sarah Connor Chronicles … and Prison Break … and Wonderfalls … and Dark Angel … and — sniff — Firefly.

“I appreciate the support in this room, and I beg you not to write the eulogy prematurely,” said entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “Friday is a troubled night. We are continually looking for a solution on the night. I was happy that Fringe turned up on a number of top-10 lists. We’re looking for it to go a little bit broader with ratings. I really hope fans go with it. Right now, we’re down to a core loyal audience.” READ FULL STORY

J.J. Abrams, 'Fringe' writers pitching new crime show called 'Pulp'

jj-abramsImage Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage.comRemember in Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban when overachieving Hermione Granger used a magical “time turner” to be able to take multiple classes at once? Well, J.J. Abrams must have scored one of those thingies for himself, because somehow he’s managed to squeeze in another TV project for himself amid a busybusybusy spring. Sources confirm that the producer/director — currently developing three other series for the next television season, editing his hush-hush summer flick Super 8, and gearing up for the Star Trek sequel due in 2012 — is pitching yet another new TV series through his Bad Robot production company, this one entitled Pulp, created by Fringe writers/producers Monica Breen and Alison Schapker. READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' exclusive: Fox execs on its 'deathslot'-spoofing promo and plans to attract new viewers

Fringe-time-slotEver since Fox announced it was moving its acclaimed but ratings-challenged sci-fi saga Fringe to Fridays from its current home on Thursday, fans have been blogging and tweeting much pessimism about the show’s chances for survival beyond this season. Friday is one of the least watched TV nights of the week, and in recent years, it hasn’t been too kind to sci-fi series — or at least Fox’s sci-fi series. See: Joss Whedon’s Firefly; Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Fox execs and Fringe’s exec producers have tried to get the word out that the network remains committed to the series, but fans remain nervous that Friday = Death for Fringe. So to further combat the perception that Fox has basically issued a “no confidence” vote in Fringe, the network did something unusual: It created a cheeky promo that tackles the fear-mongering head-on, spliced with darkly comic death-themed clips from the show and even spiked with quotes from a variety of Chicken Little bloggers. (“…a Friday air date is usually the beginning of the end for any series…” – Ethan Anderton / Collider.) Take a look:  READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' exclusive: The producers on tonight's new episode, the future of the parallel world storyline, and the move to Friday

FRINGE-309Image Credit: Liane Hentscher/FoxTonight’s winter finale of Fringe brings the show to a turning point in more ways than one. In the wake of last week’s stand-out installment “Entrada,” in which the two parallel world Olivia Dunhams returned to their respective home realities, “Marionette” focuses squarely on “over here” Olivia and how she transitions back to normal life… or at least, as “normal” as life can be for an FBI agent who works out of a secret lab at Harvard University with a pastry-fixated, drug-addicted genius and his son investigating the breakdown in the physical universe and other fringe science horrors. Complicating factors: Dealing with the post-traumatic stress of being a physically and psychically abused hostage in the over there world, not mention learning that Fauxlivia made a mess of her developing relationship with Peter Bishop. In an interview with Fringe masterminds Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, Pinkner summed up “Marionette” thusly: “The headline here is ‘Picking up the pieces.’ Olivia’s had this real Rip Van Winkle experience; while she was away, life went on without her. Now she’s back and she’s going to find out what happened while she was gone. It’s going to shatter her.”

Now that the Olivias are back where they belong, Fringe will focus on the drama in Earth Prime; no more alternating one episode “over here”/one episode “over there” storytelling… for now. “You definitely haven’t seen the last of the ‘over there’ world,” says Wyman. READ FULL STORY

Fall winners and losers: 'NCIS' reigns supreme; 'Dancing with the Stars' is most-watched reality show

2010-Fall-TV-StandingsImage Credit: Eric McCandless/ABC; Justin Lubin/Fox; Richard Cartwright/CBS; Eric McCandless/ABCWe’ve already seen the death of six new shows (Lone Star, My Generation, The Whole Truth, Undercovers, Outlaw and Running Wilde, though Fox hasn’t officially canceled the latter) as well as the departure of some old ones (So long, Medium! Looks like you’re out the door, too, Life Unexpected!) So it probably shouldn’t come as any surprise that HUT levels among CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC (that’s “homes using television”) are down 3 percent this year (from 39.7 million to 38.5 million).

Does that mean there weren’t enough good shows to watch on the Big Four this fall? Glee, Modern Family and The Good Wife fans would probably disagree, but it’s never good when so many freshman series tank before the holidays. Here’s how all the shows ranked in total viewers from Sept. 20 to Nov. 28:

1. NCIS (CBS) 21.3 million
2. Dancing with the Stars (ABC) 21.2 million
3. NFL Sunday (NBC) 20.2 million
4. Dancing with the Stars results (ABC) 18.5 million
5. NCIS: LA (CBS) 17.4 million
6. The Mentalist (CBS) 17.3 million
7. Criminal Minds (CBS) 16.2 million
8. CSI (CBS) 15.9 million
9. Two and A Half Men (CBS) 15.5 million
10. NFL Sunday pre-kickoff (NBC) 15.2 million
11. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 15 million
12. Modern Family (ABC) 14.7 million
13. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 14.6 million
14. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 14 million
15. 60 Minutes (CBS) 13.9 million
16. The Good Wife (CBS) 13.7 million
17. Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS) 13.3 million
18. Blue Bloods (CBS) 13.25 million
19. Desperate Housewives (ABC) 13.22 million
20. Castle (ABC) 13 million READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' Scoop: Anna Torv on tonight's ep, the Olivia-Peter romance, and the move to Friday

308_entrada_fringeImage Credit: Liane Hentscher/Fox“It’s all kicking into gear,” says Anna Torv about tonight’s pivotal episode of Fringe, entitled “Entrada,” in which the season’s epic tale of conflict between parallel worlds reaches a major turning point. Peter Bishop — shell-shocked by the revelation that he’s been sleeping with the “over there” enemy Olivia Dunham — is roused to mad-as-hell action, while the “over here” Olivia, currently trapped in the alt reality, makes her move to get back home. (To read EW critic/resident Fringe recapper Ken Tucker’s rave review of the episode, click here. And have you seen the movie-style trailer Fox produced to promote the ep? If not, see it here — and begin to dream about the potential for a Fringe feature film in the future.) Prepare for an episode that deviates from the season pattern of one episode largely set “over here” followed by one episode largely set “over there.” Says Torv: “It was the first time we were playing both worlds in the same episode. A lot back and forth, and a lot of let’s-get-cracking momentum.”

Torv has been given the challenge of not just playing two different Olivias this season, but playing one Olivia pretending to be the other Olivia and playing the other Olivia as someone who’s been brainwashed into thinking and acting as someone she’s not. (I would say she’s more than risen to the task — and I hope Emmy voters are taking note.) Torv says the work “has been fun” but that it hasn’t been easy, especially since she’s learning the story and her character(s) arc(s) as the scripts come in. “It’s not always easy to see where they’re pushing things,” she says. “I try not to get too frustrated that we don’t have the time of a feature film to sit down and plot out and plan out every beat of the character,” she says. ”I often rib myself: ‘Ah! I forgot about this! I could have that!’” One of the choices she made last season when the “two Olivias” idea was introduced was to create a different kind of physical demeanor for “over there” Olivia to help distinguish her from “over here” Olivia. Not just adopting a different hair color for Fauxlivia (brunette), but a different way of holding herself — “a different silhouette,” as she puts it. “She’s got a little firefighter, a little military in her.”

In “Entrada,” Peter will confront Fauxlivia about deceiving and seducing him. READ FULL STORY


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