The Big Tease: Scoop on ‘Grey’s,’ ‘Mentalist’ and More!



Wanna know what’s coming up on your favorite show? Tuesday is tease-day at Fancast, and is the place to send you questions. Here now the scoop!

Do you know with whom ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘s’ Alex is supposed to have a one-night stand? – Lori
Indeed, “a lot of people do the deed” during the January 14 ‘Grey’s’/’Private Practice’ crossover episodes, Shonda Rhimes says in the current TV Guide Magazine. Although Alex is married and as such is not supposed to get it on with anybody but his Mrs., yes, I know the identity of his indiscretion, and I can reveal that she has an “e” in her first name. My advice to Korev: Dude, sort through whatever issues you’ve got and soon, because the wife, Izzie, is resurfacing on January 21!

Can you help out some spoiler-hungry lesbians? We haven’t heard a peep regarding upcoming storylines and/or the next big hurdle for Callie and Arizona on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ You have your ear to Shonda’s door – heard anything promising? – Dars
There’s a writers’ meeting going on right this second, so let me press my good ear against Ms. Rhimes’ door…. OK, I’m hearing fragments of conversation. “Callie battles”… something… “and Arizona is there by her side.” Hold on, ABC security is walking by. [Whistling innocently while flipping through a copy of Men’s Health] Back to the door: “…but let’s also give them a good amount of make-out time!” Does that suffice?

I heard that Aunjanue Ellis (‘True Blood,’ ‘E-Ring’) has been cast on ‘The Mentalist‘ as the next CBI boss, and she’ll start appearing in April. With Minelli (played by the ’24’-bound Gregory Itzin) retiring, who’s going to run CBI until she shows up? – Clarisse
I’ve asked around and best I can surmise, any “gap” in leadership will be a non-issue – especially since Ellis’ “beautiful but tough” CBI boss will likely show up sooner than April.

I’ve read that there will be more flashbacks to 1864 on The CW’s ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ Will Katherine’s handmaiden and Bonnie’s 4th-great grandmother, Emily (played by Bianca Lawson), be appearing again anytime soon? – Tonia
Your instincts are correct. Executive producer Julie Plec tells me that Emily will be seen again in Episode 12, which is titled “Children of the Damned” and airs February 4.

The official episode description for ‘Smallville‘s’ “Disciple” (airing January 22) is out, and it says that Dark Archer seeks revenge on Green Arrow by kidnapping Speedy. Is there a little something going on between Ollie and Mia at this point? – Debbie
I kinda doubt it. When I suggested such a mentor-padawan romance to Justin Hartley, he countered, “I hope it’s more of a ‘big brother’ dynamic, because, well, she’s a little young” – at least going by DC Comics lore. Besides, he added, “I think it’s more interesting if it’s not a romantic thing, since we’ve seen that with Oliver before.”

Any scoop about the upcoming episodes of ‘NCIS‘? – Alice
If you were  fearing that series boss Shane Brennan would use the occasion of Episode 150 (airing January 12) to off a major character, you are advised to instead sit back, relax and enjoy Robert Wagner’s guest-star turn as Tony’s pop. “Everybody comes out intact; we don’t lose any cast members,” Rocky Carroll (aka Vance) assured me of the milestone episode. “The one thing I can tell you is that there are no surprises. We all live to make it to Episode 151.”

I love the writing on ABC’s ‘Castle‘ – it’s smart and funny, and the repartee between the characters is wonderful. Any info or dish for us? – Pager6
This doesn’t fall under “funny” (at all), but the January 18 episode revolves around the hunt for a killer who may have played a role in the murder of Beckett’s own mother. Eek.

Do Kristin Kreuk and Zachary Levi have chemistry on ‘Chuck‘? – KreukieFan via Twitter
Hells yeah! I finished screening the first five ‘Chuck’ episodes this weekend, and Kreuk positively twinkles when she hits the screen and starts making banter with Mr. Bartowski (who, at the time, is posing as a fellow jet-setting airplane passenger). The lighter, comedic fare suits the luminous ‘Smallville’ alumna, for sure. P.S. Be sure to check out my Yvonne Strahovski Q&A!

I am a huge Jayma Mays fan and was glad to read that she’ll be appearing in the ‘Heroes’ season finale. Any more scoop on that? – Ed
Only that Masi Oka might one day “return the favor” by guest starring on Mays’ show, ‘Glee.’ “I actually talked to [Fox entertainment chief] Kevin Reilly about that, and he was intrigued,” Oka tells me. I know what you’re thinking: Hiro can carry a tune? (And hopefully sans subtitles?) “I can sing enough,” says Oka. “Let’s put it that way.” Ten bucks if he covers a certain song by Enrique Iglesias.

So, I have the season so far of ‘Melrose Place‘ DVR’d. Worth watching? – ndvdub via Twitter
I’m going to say… no, don’t watch them all. Watching just the premiere (meet the not-terribly-complex complex dwellers!) and the December 8 winter finale (find out who the killer is!) should prep you adequately for when the show returns on March 9.

Please, can you tell me who got cast as the Habitat for Humanity guy in Episodes 9 and 10 of ‘Friday Night Lights‘? (You can see a few pictures of him here.) He looks like a new diversion for Julie. – Amy
Yes, judging by the kiss he’s leaning in for in that one pic, I’d say that sexual tension as well as a two-bedroom house is being built there. I can confirm that Matt Barr plays Ryan Lowry in those two episodes, which air January 13 and 20 on DirecTV. In addition to his run as ‘Harper’s Island’s’ Sully, Barr recently guest-starred on NBC’s ‘Trauma’ – which is exec-produced by ‘FNL’ creator Peter Berg.

What’s coming up for Noah on ‘Heroes‘? – Denise
Not much lovin’, despite having reunited with almost-flame Lauren (played by ‘Law & Order’ alumna Elisabeth Rohm). As series creator Tim Kring explains, “One of the problems for a show like ‘Heroes’ is that romance is harder to do when you need to stop a moving train, so that gets sort of put on hold as they solve the issues at hand.” And that’s a bit of a bummer, since Rohm winningly brings out Jack Coleman’s cuddlier side. Kring concurs: “Because of the stuff Elisabeth played back in the [flashback episode “Once Upon a Time in Texas”], we decided to go farther into that and bring Lauren into the present.”

Did I miss an episode of ‘Eastwick‘ somewhere? Kat had been last seen in a tub full of bloody water and the other girls were in trouble, and the next episode I saw featured their pact about not saying that Jamie is dead and buried. Help! – Naomi
A lot of people were bedeviled by ABC’s screwy scheduling of what appear to be the axed series’ final episodes. “Red, Bath & Beyond” was set to air December 23, but it got bumped by a double bill of ‘Cougar Town.’ And then for reasons unknown to even one of my better ABC sources, “Magic Snow and Creepy Gene” – not “Red, Bath & Beyond” – aired on the 30th. Adding salt to your wound of confusion is that ‘Eastwick’ has now signed off for good, with two episodes – including the season finale “Pampered and Tampered” – left unaired. ‘Ugly Betty’ claims the Wednesdays-at-10 slot starting January 13.

Is that really ‘All My Children’s’ Cameron Mathison in the toothpaste commercial I keep seeing on TV? Or is it a look-alike? – Jan
Multiple Mathisons? That’s sure to send women into a tizzy. But yes, it’s the real Cam, though he’s actually shilling for Cheer. (Watch videos here.) Or do you brush your teeth with laundry detergent, Jan?

Heads up, Fancast fans: Starting this weekend, I’ll be reporting to you (nearly) live from the Winter TCA Press Tour, serving up the latest news on ‘Lost,’ ’24,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘FlashForward,’ ‘Human Target’ and other hot shows. Send your requests for scoop to and follow me on Twitter!

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