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'Once Upon a Time,' 'House,' 'Burn Notice,' 'Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

We’re in the thick of finales, folks! I never thought it’d get here (and part of me hoped it never would!), but that’s indeed the case.

Having fun? Me too!

But it’s also been a ridiculously busy week, with a rush of renewals (O. M. G.), cancellations (R.I.P. Alcatraz), and pick ups (welcome, newbs). Next week? More madness, as the networks have their annual Upfront presentations here in NYC. But the good news for you is that I’ll be trolling around getting answers to your burning questions! So send them my way. Usual means works great: and @EWSandraG on Twitter!

After working on Lost, Once Upon a Time executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsiss know how to tease finales. Proof? This timely characterization of Sunday’s season finale: “They are the gang. They are the Fairy Tale Avengers,” they told EW in a chat earlier this week. Take a moment to take that in. Squeal with excitement. Now, compose yourself long enough to take in some elaboration, straight from Josh Dallas, who stopped by the office just yesterday. READ FULL STORY

'House' series finale: Cast reflects on what they'll miss the most about the show -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The countdown to the House finale is on, ladies and gentlemen, and if you’re starting to well up already, join the club. If not, here’s something that might get you going:

In this short video piece, which you’ll see first here on EW, the House cast reflects on what they’ll miss most about going to the set every day and their characters.

“It’s going to be very, very, very sad,” says Hugh Laurie. “Most of that has to do with not coming here and seeing these people every day.”

And we’ll miss them. Check out the video below!

EW's season finale calendar

Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off.  Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY

'House' scoop: Jennifer Morrison returning for series finale

House‘s series finale just became a little more magical.

Once Upon a Time star and House alum Jennifer Morrison is set to return to the show following her 2009 departure from the medical drama, EW has confirmed. (The news was first reported by TVLine.) The cameo will take place in the show’s final episode, airing May 21.

As previously reported, Kal Penn, Amber Tamblyn, and Olivia Wilde are also set to return.

Back in March, Morrison had told EW she was not expecting to return to the series as she had not been approached. (Perhaps her kind words about the show changed that?) “No one’s contacted me [about returning], and we’re way too close for it to even be a possibility,” she lamented at the time. “It was an incredible part of my life….It changed my life in so many wonderful ways.”


Ryan Seacrest will host 'Fox's 25th Anniversary Special' on April 22

Fox announced today that Ryan Seacrest — American Idol host, national radio personality, television producer, celestial mouthpiece, and soon-to-be Olympics team member — will host Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special, airing Sunday, April 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

House‘s Hugh Laurie, The Simpsons‘ Kelsey Grammer, and In Living Color‘s Tommy Davidson will be joining a slate of previously announced Fox family members for the two-hour special that the network promises “will showcase our hits, our misses, and everything in between.”

It’ll be reunion time for the casts of That ’70s Show, Married…With Children, Beverly Hills, 90210, and The X Files. Also slated to appear: All three American Idol judges (expect Randy Jackson to yell “Ryan’s gotta have it, Ryan!” during the show), all three Wayans brothers, Kiefer Sutherland from 24 and Touch, Ally McBeal‘s Calista Flockhart, and Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and American Dad.

Read more:
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'Bones,' 'Supernatural,' 'NCIS,' 'Game of Thrones': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Hey y’all. It’s a busy day here in the Spoiler Room, so I’ll take just a beat to say thanks for your questions this week. I hope you enjoy everything (and be sure to check out the special treat for 90210 fans on page 2).

If yours didn’t get in, make sure you’re following me on Twitter, where I often Tweet a mid-week treat of some sort. (See: awesome Supernatural exclusive!) Or just keep trying me at See y’all next week!


Olivia Wilde returning to 'House'

Thirteen is checking in one more time.

EW has confirmed that Olivia Wilde is set to reprise her role as Thirteen in the show’s series finale, airing May 21. TVLine first reported.

Wilde last appeared on the show in October, and left — seemingly for good — after House (Hugh Laurie) fired Thirteen. (He did it so she wouldn’t feel compelled to return to her post out of guilt.) Well, obviously it won’t stick.

The question now is, how will she return? As a patient? (Her character has long suffered from Huntington’s disease) A doctor? Or in a dream? (Hey, crazier things have happened.)


Michael B. Jordan checking into ‘House’ final season tonight

Michael B. Jordan checking into 'House' final season tonight

A lot has changed since Michael B. Jordan filmed his guest stint on tonight’s episode of House. For one, at the time, he (and likely many of those around him) had no idea they were working on one of the show’s last episodes ever.

“I don’t think at the time I was shooting the show people knew it was going to be the last season,” he says. “But it’s one of those shows that you want to be involved in at some point in your career — like a Law & Order or CSI. To be able to work on the show on its final season, it’s definitely an honor.”

As patient-of-the week, Jordan, 25, admits he spends a lot of time in bed — naturally. But Will Westwood’s (Jordan) life outside of his medical struggles (he’s been blind since birth and is suffering from a life-threatening infection) is pretty complicated, too. “It’s a roller-coaster ride episode. It’ll make you laugh, smile, make you sad. It has everything wrapped into one — House style,” he says.

Jordan’s own career has been a bit of a thrill ride lately as well. After his memorable stint on Friday Night Lights (the series ended last year), Jordan has appeared on several episodes of the latest season of NBC’s Parenthood, which is executive-produced by FNL head writer-executive producer Jason Katims. Jordan is also set to appear on Katims’ next project, County, which was ordered to pilot from NBC in January. The show follows a group of doctors, nurses, and administrators as they navigate life in an underfunded L.A. Hospital.

“We’re still figuring him out,” Jordan says of his character, intern Travis Hancock. “But I’m looking forward to it. You see so many hospital dramas and — not to take anything away from any of them — but we’re trying to do something different. We want to breathe new life into an old idea.”

The show will also reunite Jordan with his Parenthood costar Jason Ritter, with whom, Jordan points out, he never shared a scene. “We’ve been talking about doing something together since then, and look what happened. It’s going to be a good year,” he says.

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Jennifer Morrison on ‘House': ‘It changed my life’ — EW VIDEO
Fox’s ‘House‘ will end this season

Jennifer Morrison on 'House': 'It changed my life' -- EW VIDEO

House is set to close out its eight season run this May, but they’ll do so without returns from a number of alums. But one of them, Jennifer Morrison, says she’s thankful for the time she did have on the show.

“No one’s contacted me [about returning], and we’re way too close for it to even be a possibility,” she told EW while at PaleyFest this weekend, celebrating her current show, Once Upon a Time. “It was an incredible part of my life….It changed my life in so many wonderful ways.”

Last month, star Hugh Laurie and executive producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs announced the show would conclude at the end of this season. And it’s also been announced that former star Lisa Edelstein, whose abrupt exit was the cause of much backlash, will also not be returning before the end of the series. READ FULL STORY

'House' star disputes claim he was tired of working

Hugh Laurie released a statement in response to a Telegraph report that suggested House was ending its run on Fox because he was tired of going to work. The network recently announced that the drama will sunset after eight years.

“Some newspapers, obviously dissatisfied by the statement we released last week, have suggested that ‘the truth’ — a modern journalistic shorthand for ‘not even remotely the truth but it’s creepy enough so let’s go with it’ — behind our joint decision was that I was sick of going to work,” according to Laurie’s statement released to TV Guide. “The evidence for this was a remark I made five years ago about a different subject. READ FULL STORY

Fox's 'House' will end this season

Dr. House is hanging up his cane.

The network will conclude the long-running medical drama House this season.

“The decision to end the show now, or ever, is a painful one, as it risks putting asunder hundreds of close friendships that have developed over the last eight years — but also because the show itself has been a source of great pride to everyone involved,” said executive producers David Shore, Katie Jacobs and star Hugh Laurie in a joint statement. “The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature;  he should never be the last one to leave the party. How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still some promise and mystique in the air.”

House is produced by Universal Television and the question has been raised in the past if the studio’s sister network NBC would pick up the show if Fox cancels it. Sources say there’s no plans to take the drama to NBC, however, and NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said last month it was unlikely the network would pick up the show given its age and cost. It also seems rather unlikely a cable network would be able to afford the show. READ FULL STORY

'House' EP Greg Yaitanes on tonight's episode, Chase's future, and leaving the show to work on the new Alan Ball series

After getting a chance to check out tonight’s major episode of House a bit early, I knew we’d all be filled with questions and thoughts on the exceptional hour. Thankfully, executive producer and episode director Greg Yaitanes was ready and willing to chat with EW.

To recap, the episode found House and his team under the scrutiny of Jeffrey Wright’s Dr. Walter Cofield, an old mentor of Foreman’s (Omar Epps) who came to Princeton-Plainsboro to determine whether House was at fault for an incident that resulted in Chase (Jesse Spencer) being gravely injured. The episode, says Yaitanes, examined “the show at it’s very core” and really put the series on trial, which in turn, [put] House’s process on trial.”

Though the episode ended, ultimately, with House not being held liable, it also left us on a milestone note: House took responsibility for the incident and apologized to Chase, who had been paralyzed as a result of his injuries. He was expected to fully recover after a successful surgery, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a host of challenges before him, says Yaitanes. READ FULL STORY

Jeffrey Wright teases turning the tables on the unorthodox doc in upcoming 'House' guest role

When Jeffrey Wright’s character Dr. Walter Cofield sits down with House for the first time, he doesn’t mince words: “I’ll be deciding your fate today.” It’s an interesting position for House, who is usually the one who literally decides people’s fates as he diagnoses what ails them. Wright talked to EW about his appearance on Monday night’s episode. He plays Foreman’s old mentor, who has been called in to determine whether House can continue practicing medicine. “He’s a guy who, unlike House, has made a career of coloring inside the lines,” explained Wright. The Golden Globe winner also discussed Cofield’s push-pull dynamic with House, his relationship with Foreman, and how he fits into the “circus” that is the House universe. Keep reading for hints about what happens when order collides with chaos. READ FULL STORY


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