Tomorrow's all-new Lost episode is Kate-centric (Evangeline Lilly) and, well, it's all about the relationships—romantic and otherwise. Will the foxy fugitive remind sexy con man Sawyer (Josh Holloway) that they were once the Island's hottest twosome, and entice him to forget about his Dharma-era romance with Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell)? I've got the exclusive scoop on the current love-polygon situation, plus more TV news, including whether Kristin Kreuk is sticking around on Chuck, what's going to happen with Matt and Julie on Friday Night Lights, and which superceleb is confirmed for a Glee guest gig!
Heroes Lover in Corpus Christi, Texas: I just heard that the season finale of Heroes is tonight, Feb 8.! Why is it ending so soon?
Sorry, Heroes fans, but it's true for a couple of reasons: NBC ordered a shortened Heroes season this year—only 18 episodes instead of the standard 22—and then comes the Olympics. The Peacock will have wall-to-wall Vancouver Games coverage beginning Friday and running through the end of February. As for the future of Heroes, the network will make a decision about a fifth season closer to upfronts in May. Do you think Heroes should stay or go?
Melissa in San Francisco: Is NBC really going to let Chris Meloni leave Special Victims Unit like he said he wants to do?
NBC insiders tell us, "Chris is doing the show, is very happy and is signed until the end of next season." Now, it's worth noting that NBC hasn't picked up the show beyond that, but the end of next season is season 12, which is exactly what Meloni says his departure date would be. No matter what, it seems like season 13, if it happens, will be a time of major change for SVU.
Melanie in Washington, D.C.: I am going into serious Glee withdrawal. Do you have any news?
Yes, insiders confirm to me that our favorite multihyphenate Neil Patrick Harris is going to do that guest spot on Glee. The deal was nowhere near finished when reports first started surfacing that he will guest star, but now I'm told the wheels are very much in motion. Hurrah! Now, what songs do you want NPH to sing? P.S. On a related note, I believe I may have spied a real-life contender for "The Mother" on How I Met Your Mother when I ran into HIMYM boss Carter Bays and a lady friend in Los Olivos Wine Country this past weekend!
Michael in Trenton, N.J.: Any news on the new season of Sons of Anarchy yet?
Did you hear the one about the big Sons of Anarchy-Glee crossover? Suffering from a bout of writer's block Friday night, SOA mastermind Kurt Sutter took to Twitter with this news: "I'm contacting Ryan Murphy next week about doing a Glee-SOA crossover episode," he teased. OK, so he's not serious, but he did have this to say of the season-three premiere: "Writing on 301 coming along very, very slowly. This Tig gay dream sequence is a bitch. And the dance number in act 3 is way too on the nose." Come on, Kurt! Give us something—although we really wouldn't mind both the latter and the former.
Jim in Pittsburgh: I know it's a ways off, but do you know anything about the next season of Californication?
David Duchovny just filled us in on three very important Californication facts: (1) They start filming season four in April; (2) "I directed the season opener the last two years and I'll probably direct the opener of this one," he says; and (3) He knows nothing of what's to come for Hank Moody, and prefers to keep it that way. "I keep my head out of the writer's room," he quips, "because I seem to have terrible ideas for the show."
Gabby in Cortland, N.Y.: I loved seeing Lisa Kudrow on Cougar Town a few weeks ago. Will she be back again?
Maybe, but not just yet. "We'll see. I don't want to overstay my welcome," Lisa tells us. She does have a new NBC series starting in March called Who Do You Think You Are? "It's a genealogy series. There are seven episodes, and each week you'll see a different person," she explains. "There's Sarah Jessica Parker, or Spike Lee, and I'm doing one of the episodes. They're all very different stories."
Katrina in Boston: I love Life Unexpected, but I wish Kerr Smith had been cast as Baze. Have you heard anything about that?
We've received tons of questions from WWK readers about the same thing since Life Unexpected premiered, so we went straight to the source, and Kerr Smith was really straightforward about how he ended up with his given part. "It wasn't really the character that attracted me to the project, it was the script. It was great writing," says Kerr. "I love the role of Ryan. I was actually given the choice to read for Baze or Ryan, and I don't remember what the decision was at the time, but I just decided to go in for Ryan. It was just the way it worked out." So, there you have it.
Rachel in New York: Any Sawyer and Kate scoop on Lost?
Tomorrow night on Lost Sawyer and Kate will share a beautiful and heart-wrenching scene at the end of a dock, and then another one inside of a house that might turn some Skaters into Sulieters. She sees how deep his feelings for Juliet really go, and they go very deep. (Hint: He has a ring.)
Lily in England: So glad Lost is back! Do you have any dish about my favorite characters, Jack, Sayid or Hurley?
Well, let's see: In this next ep, Jack tries to kill himself. (Sorta. And perhaps not intentionally.) And speaking of death and self-destruction, Rousseau and "the infection" come back into play. As I mentioned in the previous Redux, the final 10 or so minutes of this week's Lost are not to be missed.
Bett in Roswell, N.M.: Scoop me some Lost!
In this week's flash-sideways, Kate and Claire spend more time together and we see that Kate may be destined to be a part of Aaron's life regardless of whether they crashed on the island, and someone else might have the same destiny. Keep your eyes peeled for the surprise return of an old frenemy!
Trey in Nevada: Any news about Nip/Tuck's final episodes? I still love this show.
The growing tension between Sean and Christian finally comes to a head this week when the guys head to therapy to mend their relationship. Secrets are revealed (an affair with Kimber and embezzling from McNamara/Troy), but the biggest shock comes when one of Nip/Tuck's original castmembers seemingly says so long a few episodes before the series finale. Any guesses? The biggest challenge ahead for the docs is the apparent demise of plastic surgery and the surge of "injectables," which we'll see the faux bros face in its final days.
Amanda, via Twitter: What's up with Matt and Julie on Friday Night Lights?! And how's Tim Riggins lookin' in the episode?
You'd think after Matt (Zach Gilford) just books it to Chicago without so much as a good-bye text to Julie (Aimee Teegarden), she'd want nothing to do with him when he returns to Dillon for a visit. So much for that. Girl has no willpower. In the season-four finale of Friday Night Lights, they have a heart-to-heart sesh about their relationship that ends with Matt offering Julie a plane ticket to Chicago. As for our dear Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch), he ain't looking so hot. Well, less hot than usual. Tim will be making a huge sacrifice for his brother, Billy (Derek Phillips), and the consequences that come with it are hardcore. Also, I'll have you know that Taylor's performance in the final scenes did in fact make me cry.
Penny in Washington, D.C.: Are Addison and Sam really over on Private Practice?
The feelings are there for both parties involved, but it looks like Addison isn't willing to give up her friendship with Naomi for a shot at real love with Sam—and he's not happy about her choice.
Patricia in White Plains, N.Y.: Do you have any scoop on Richard and Kahlan? Legend of the Seeker is my guilty pleasure. I love it. Can we expect any hookups from them anytime soon this season?
Yes, Richard and Kahlan will hook up again. As Legend of the Seeker show runner Ken Biller tells us, "We have not seen the last time where circumstances create the conditions by which these two characters may in fact be able to fulfill their sexual desires for each other."
Pete in Pasadena, Calif.: I can't wait for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains to start! Do you know anything about the new season?
All we can tell you about this week's Survivor premiere is that it is cra-zy good. How good, you ask? In the first 20 minutes of the very first challenge you'll see an injured shoulder, a broken toe and a topless finish! Did we mention this Hero-Villain stuff is cray-zay?
Reina in St. George, Utah: Thanks for The Office scoop last week. I just signed the Save Wallace campaign! Do you know anything else about the Jam baby yet?
Remember the greatness that was Jim and Pam's one-hour Office episode? NBC just announced that instead of stretching the arrival of the Jam baby over two weeks, we'll get another one-hour supersize ep March 4—how amazing is that?! As for any details surrounding the birth, Ellie Kemper wouldn't tell us much but did tease, "I know the fans will love it. I'm a fan, I like it. I speak for all fans."
Cana in Seattle: I am hearing a rumor that Dean Winters (Dennis Duffy), Jon Hamm (Dr. Drew Baird) and Jason Sudeikis (Floyd) are returning to 30 Rock and in the same episode. Is this true? That would be an amazing storyline.
It's true, as you can see from the picture above, it's happening this Thursday, and Jon Bon Jovi will be in the mix as well, playing himself! It's a Valentine's Day episode, and Liz is planning a root canal to celebrate the day, but then all her old flames return to disrupt her plans. (Psst—Elizabeth Banks also guests as a love interest for Jack.)
Max in Tempe, Ariz.: I really love what Parks and Recreation has going on with Andy and April. Are they going to become official anytime soon?
Parks and Recreation isn't making these two official just yet, but Andy's band does score a gig this week, so we're guessing their No. 1 fan, April, will get involved somehow. Elsewhere in Pawnee, Leslie and her new boyfriend, Justin (Justin Theroux), spend Valentine's Day playing cupid as they try and set up Leslie's mom (Pamela Reed) and her crush, guest star John Larroquette.
Delia in Grand Rapids, Mich.: Will Arnett was high-larious on Parks and Recreation as that MRI guy. Will Amy bring him her man back? And when are we going to get that Arrested Development movie?
To answer your first question, Will's guest gig wasn't even driven by his close personal relationship to Amy Poehler (her being his wife/baby mama and all that), but rather by his relationship with P-Rex boss Mike Schur. Will says, "Mike Schur who runs the show over there with Greg Daniels is a good friend of ours. Mike called me and said, 'Hey, we're writing this character right now that we think would be great for you.' He said, 'What do you think?' and I said, 'I'd love to do it.'" As for the A.D. movie, Will says, "We're going to be making it later on. Depends on when the script gets finished. Hopefully that will be sometime soon. Because I've been working with Mitch [Hurwitz] for almost a year now [on the Fox pilot], my schedule is his schedule. I'm available when he's available."
Sherrie in Baltimore: Modern Family keeps getting better and better! Anything fun coming up?
Expect to see some sexy time gone wrong on Modern Family this week. "We have a Valentine's that goes awry, involving missing clothing and public nudity," Julie Bowen teased when we chatted with her recently. We're not sure how the nakedness comes about, but Claire and Phil are in the midst of spicing things up with some role playing when things go bad. And just because we're baby crazy around here, little Lily pops up in some adorable Cupid wings.
Neil in Sacramento, Calif.: Anything good coming up on Community?
Britta's always-changing feelings about Jeff finally get the best of her this week when she drunk-dials Jeff as Valentine's Day approaches on Community. Without stating the obvious too much, things get pretty awkward between the will-they, won't-they lovebirds.
Melinda in Pittsburgh: Good Day, Kristin! Any word on if Kristin Kreuk will be sticking around on Chuck?
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Kristin is only set to appear on four episodes of Chuck, which means there are just two left with the adorable Hannah. The newest Nerd Herder pops up again tonight and wraps up her gig on March 1.
Deanne in Michigan: Chuck me, please. When are we going to see Chuck and Sarah hook up with Hannah and Shaw?
Sparks really start flying in tonight when Chuck inadvertently involves Hannah (Kristin Kreuk) in Agent Shaw's (Brandon Routh) mission, thus propelling Sarah into the mix. Oh, what a tangled web these folks weave.
Vivien in New London, Conn.: Huge fan of Mercy here! What's coming up?
This Wednesday's ep is a heartbreaker! Veronica thinks her infidelity-tastic relationship with Chris is finally going somewhere when he asks her to dinner on Valentine's Day, except the course of true adulterous love never did run smooth. On her way to dinner, Veronica gets caught in a violent and tragic situation, and we're pretty sure she never makes it to the flowers-and-chocolate part of the evening. In other news, Angel and Chloe get temporarily reassigned to the ER, where Chloe comports herself better than expected. She might just make it after all.
Callie in Ypsilanti, Mich.: So excited that NBC is bringing back Trauma for so many new episodes. What can we expect when it returns?
We hear that Trauma has been tweaked a little by the writers, but only for the better. Star Aimee Garcia says: "We listened to our critics, we listened to the EMT community, and we actually incorporated their thoughts into the show." Plus, look for a big Rabbit (Cliff Curtis) storyline. He gets sent to therapy because of misbehavior on the job and we'll learn a lot from his chats with the shrink about his background and how he ended up so crazy.
—Additional reporting by Megan Masters, Jennifer Godwin, Marc Malkin and Jenna Mullins