Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to email@example.com or tweet them to @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams
Any How I Met Your Mother scoop? - Brandon ADAM: Get ready to see another familiar face next month! Ted will bump into a blast from his past who will have a "big influence on his search for the mother," co-creator Carter Bays tells us. Guesses? If it helps, it's "someone you wouldn't expect to see," Bays says. OMG! Will Hannah turn in Dexter during the Dexter finale? - Justin NATALIE: That will be the big question of the hour. But Michael C. Hall says Dexter may come to regret turning her in for more than one reason. "I think he was open to a sense of possibility and open to a sense of a legitimate future in a way that he never has been before and that's not going to be an easy thing to dismiss," he says. "He believes that Hannah does love him and will keep his secret. He, if nothing else, believes she'll do it out of a sense of self-righteousness, that she was able to keep secrets in a way that he couldn't."
Do you have any more clues about Booth's big secret on Bones? - HeatherADAM: Allow executive producer Stephen Nathan to further stir the pot. "It doesn't have to do with our people," he says. "It has to do with Booth's relationship with the outside world." Also, when creator Hart Hanson said that the mystery is something between Booth and God, he may have been more literal than we first expected. "Booth has a way of doing things - in some ways he's very, very Catholic," Hanson teases.
Will Bailey actually make it down the aisle on Grey's Anatomy? - Brenda NATALIE: The promos don't look promising, right? Bailey will contemplate pulling a Runaway Bride after receiving some horrifying advice from one half of a rocky Seattle Grace couple. However, there is good news on the horizon for one group of 'shippers, but mum's the word on which one. Hit the comments with your guesses!
I'll take any spoilers you have on the NCIS Christmas episode with Tony and his dad. - Marla, via Twitter ADAM: Unlike in years past, the elder DiNozzo (guest star Robert Wagner) isn't involved in the team's case. "He comes back because he wants to spend Christmas with his son," executive producer Gary Glasberg says. "There are many years of issues that exist between them. So, it's not about a case -- it's really a personal story between the two of them." Given some of the more "personal" moments that Tony has had with Ziva lately, could the conversation turn to her during the father-son heart-to-heart? "It definitely comes up," Glasberg hints.
I can't wait for The Vampire Diaries midseason finale! Any scoop for when it returns? - Sarah NATALIE: The first episode back will mirror The Breakfast Club with several characters stuck in the school library, ultimately revealing things about each other they were hoping to hide. But think more sad and dark, rather than cheery dancing in the halls, as a few of the scenes will force certain truths to come out from both Stefan and Elena that might forever change their relationship.
What's coming up on The Mindy Project? - AndreaADAM: Get ready to meet Mindy's younger brother Rishi! It turns out that Mindy's been footing the bill not only for his cell phone plan, but also his college tuition at Stanford. So how do you think that Mindy will react when she learns that Rishi has his heart set on dropping out to become a rapper?
Will Charlotte make it through the pregnancy on Private Practice? - Tori NATALIE: There's a reason that Charlotte will be doing this. But it's Cooper who we should be worried about for now as Mason begins to act out in fear that Charlotte will die. "One of those babies in is in the NICU and Cooper refuses to leave," Paul Adelstein says. "Charlotte's on bed rest and is useless, by her own admission, and he's terrified his child is going to die. Cooper's handling it, but he's absolutely spinning out of control."
Loved the Sons of Anarchy finale. Does that last image mean that Gemma's calling the shots once again? - Tim ADAM: That's certainly part of creator Kurt Sutter's intention. While he won't say for sure that Gemma is the one who gave the cops the intel they needed to arrest Tara, he does believe that next season will see a return to form for the former queen. "Women like Gemma, they are cockroaches," Sutter says. "They can take a lot of hits, and they always find a way to come back and crawl out a little bit stronger. We saw her really astray at the beginning of the season, but ... we slowly saw her find footing. I think by the end of the finale, she's got her balls back."
Will there be a time jump when The Walking Dead returns? - James NATALIE: Expect to see how Daryl and Merle get out of the clutches of the Governor - if they both can - pretty much immediately. "It'll be very satisfying," showrunner Glen Mazzara tells us of the midseason return. "I don't usually do cliff-hangers like this and I would probably never do a cliff-hanger like this between seasons, but for a couple of months, I'm willing to suffer the slings of all the Daryl fans. People will return and get their answers. People will not be frustrated when they come back and they will get the story they're expecting."
So sad to think Leverage could be ending this year. What can you tell me about the "series finale"? - Shane ADAM: Executive producer Dean Devlin insists that he and his team have been working toward this exact final episode since they shot the pilot. Fittingly, there will be some callbacks. "It harkens back to the story line of Nate dealing with the death of his son. That comes back full circle," Devlin says, adding that it's "the darkest episode we've ever done." Could that spell disaster for Nate or one of team members? "The reverberations of how they all have to deal with this [case] affects every single teammate in a deeply profound way," Devlin says.
I can't wait for next week's Burn Notice finale! What's going to happen to the team? - ShellyNATALIE: Next week's two-hour season finale will not disappoint. Look for the very determined Olivia Riley to find a way to take Jesse into custody. His allegiance to Michael and the team runs deep, but when Olivia offers to show him confidential information on his mother's unsolved murder in exchange for Michael's whereabouts, it's an offer Jesse might not be able to refuse.
Adam's Mega Rave: Thanks, Homeland, for finally letting Brody and Jessica have that talk and actually giving Morena Baccarin something to do. More, please.
Natalie's Mini Rant: Stephen Collins' inept reporter was a blight on what is arguably the best episode of Scandal to date.
Crave scoop on your favorite TV shows? E-mail Adam and Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a line at Twitter.com/TVGuide
(Additional reporting by Joyce Eng, Robyn Ross, and Kate Stanhope)
View original Mega Buzz: A HIMYM Return, a Dexter Double-Cross and Bones' Big Secret at TVGuide.com
Other Links From TVGuide.com
NCISDean DevlinRobert WagnerMichael C. HallGrey's AnatomyBonesHow I Met Your MotherPaul AdelsteinHart HansonCarter BaysGlen MazzaraDexterKurt SutterPrivate PracticeBurn NoticeSons of AnarchyLeverageThe Vampire DiariesThe Walking DeadGary GlasbergThe Mindy Project