Brace yourselves, Gossip Girl fans, because one of the series' key couples may not be getting back together! Yep, we're hearing not-so-encouraging things about the future of Dan and Serena, and we'll tell you what new paradigm they are living under next season.
Plus, all your burning Q's about summer TV are answered: Who's alive, dead and undead on True Blood? What do you need to know about Michael Westen's new nemesis on Burn Notice? And who dreams of a dead Nancy Botwin on Weeds? Want to know? Read on!
G. in New Jersey: Any news on 24?
Jump to the spoiler section for some goodies from Carlos Bernard, but first we must point you to Kristin's frenemy, who broke the news this morning that Starbuck, er, Katee Sackhoff is joining the cast of 24 as a data analyst with a dark secret in her heart and a hot guy on her arm, one who comes in the form of fellow CTUer Freddie Prinze Jr.
Alison in Newport News, Va.: No question here, just wanted to say that I love Kendra's new show! She's so adorably clumsy and naive sometimes! She is what made The Girls Next Door, and I'm so happy to see her have her own show now. Not to mention that her fiancé is gorgeous, but the two are just beyond adorable and complement each other, and I loved watching her show!
You're not the only one! Kendra's series premiere pulled a 2.13, which is double the last Girls Next Door episode. Poor Holly and Bridget! BTW, if you haven't seen it yet, check out the official Kendra show site for a ton of video!
Mitchell in Portland, Ore.: Any scoop on the Pushing Daisies finale?
Raising the Bar's Wilson Cruz plays a suspect in the series finale of Pushing Daisies, airing this Saturday on ABC. However, Wilson tells us not to expect him back on RTB to continue his relationship with Charlie (Jonathan Scarfe).
Jennifer in Pasadena, Calif.: Pushing Daisies please!
You will get a happy ending for the characters, but it does not necessarily end there. Don't forget that Coeur d'Coeurs lives on in the comic-book world. In the finale though, we can tell you that more people find out about Chuck (Anna Friel) being alive.
Meredith in Clearwater, Fla.: Any news on Sons of Anarchy?
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter said at last week's joint Shield-SOA event that Jax is working out his identity. According to Kurt: "I really wanted a leading man who was a man but hadn't really decided what kind of man he was going to be yet. He was more of a Shane than a Vic [speaking in Shield terms], more of a Christopher than a Tony [speaking in Sopranos terms]...The arc we'll explore if we get to continue is seeing what kind of man Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) becomes, and the struggle—rather than Vic who clearly decided what kind of man he is and navigates through life with that decision, as did Tony Soprano."
Joanna in Laguna Hills, Calif.: I know it's early, but do you know anything about the new season of Big Love yet?
Wish we did, but it's still too early to tell. We can report that if you love Bill Paxton (Bill Henrickson) and are in the Los Angeles area this week, he'll be throwing out the first pitch at the Dodgers game on Wednesday night. The boys in blue are suiting up against the San Diego Padres and tickets are still available, so go check out everyone's favorite polygamist on the mound around 7:05 p.m.
Adam in Corona, Calif.: Any news on Gossip Girl yet? What about Dan and Serena for season three?
It's too early to say for sure, but our sources tell us that next year on Gossip Girl does not look like the Year of "Dan Serena Dan Serena whoo!" At this point it looks like you can expect more of a brother-sister vibe from Dan and Serena (remember, they do share a half-sibling, Chris Riggi's Scott), rather than a whole epic love story thing, à la Chuck and Blair.
Rachel in Seattle: Is Georgina going to be Blair's roommate next season on Gossip Girl?
While we know Michelle Trachtenberg is tied to NBC's new medical drama, Mercy, she will be causing some trouble for Blair. Leighton Meester tells us, "Blair is going to NYU, so she might have some trouble there on her own regardless, but maybe Georgina will be coming in to stir some stuff up. I really like working with her, so it's good."
Jamie in Crawfordsville, Ind.: Seriously, is Lafayette dead on True Blood?
We now know the correct answer to this question—and seriously, we can't tell you! Argh. (All will be revealed Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO, when True Blood's second season premieres!) However, because we like to push our luck, we will offer you this new Spoiler Chat feature in consolation: The Clue That Helps Only One Person. Attention Lindsey O. (formerly of Illinois): The person who sat next to us that day we had lunch at the Farm in Beverly Hills is the person whose body is in the backseat of the car on True Blood. Don't tell anybody what you know, though, or it wouldn't be the Clue That Helps Only One Person anymore, now would it? BTW, if you're a Blood fan and you haven't picked it up yet, the official True Blood soundtrack features Louisiana artists like Lucinda Williams, Allen Toussaint and C.C. Adcock, and it is sooo good.
Jeanna in Las Vegas: Talk to me about True Blood! I am so excited!
We just caught up with Evan Rachel Wood, who's promoting her role in Woody Allen's Whatever Works, and she tells us this about her vampire queen True Blood character: "Sophie is half Patrick Bateman, half Paris Hilton. She loves to tell people what to do—like, she could tell Bill to go play Yahtzee or something—but she's not going to sleep with him, because she likes the ladies." Want more True Blood? We're hitting the premiere tomorrow, so email firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter @kristinalert #trueblood with your Q's, and we'll try to get you answers!
Tony: Will 24's Carlos Bernard be returning in season eight?
Try as we might, we couldn't get a straight answer out of Carlos Bernard at the Paley Center's sixth annual celebrity golf classic this morning. Says Bernard, "I can't comment on that; that would be giving way too much away." Does that mean there's a chance he could be back? Hit the comments with your pleas to see Tony Almeida on 24 next season. Until then, you can check out the new online series Carlos is working on called 101 Ways to Die. Carlos says they're trying to turn it into a live-action series that "is very similar to 24's dark action genre, the power drama."
Mari: I need some Bones scoop! Will Booth's brother be back?
We caught up with Brendan Fehr at the golf classic this morning, and he told us, "As far as I'm told, I will be back. I don't know how many episodes. I don't know in what capacity or anything like that, but I have been told that I can expect a little bit of employment in the upcoming season." Since Booth is in recovery, Fehr thinks it would be interesting for him to fill in for Booth, and maybe even attempt to sweep Bones off her feet again. "I suppose he does stand a chance [with her]. He's a fairly handsome guy," joked Brendan, "but ultimately it's Seeley and Bones' deal."
Melissa in San Diego: Any word on Mark Pellegrino being on Lost next season, or is Jacob really dead?
We posed that question to Michael Emerson who claims he doesn't know the fate of Jacob, but since Ben was the one to stab him, we don't quite believe him. "I have no idea, honestly, I wonder. I can't wait to see that next script," he says. The cast of Lost goes back to Hawaii in the middle of August to shoot the final season, and Michael is really looking forward to it: "It's certainly bittersweet, but it's sort of exciting to know that they're not going to string it out. They are going to end that sucker in 17 episodes. I can't wait to see how they do it." We can't either!
Silvia in Kansas City, Kan.: What's with the new ABC promo that has Dominic Monaghan saying he "used to be dead"? Is that a huge clue that there will be a reset and Charlie Pace will be back on Lost?
That was the big rumor on Friday; however, sources now tell our friends at IGN that Dominic Monaghan has a major role in ABC's new series Flash Forward. No word yet on his character, but we do know that he won't be introduced until episode two or so.
Richard in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: I know it's a while until we get new episodes, but any news yet on House?
Another one of House's loony-bin buddies will be Stomp, a character described as a natural "percussionist" who constantly taps out his own personal rhythm. Wow. That's not going to annoy House at all! BTW, if you have Q's for anyone from House, send 'em to email@example.com or tweet @kristinalert #house and we'll try to get you answers!
Barry in Dallas: What can you tell us about the Greek finale?
Frannie is finally leaving Cyprus Rhodes University, but not before she stirs up some trouble, causing Ashleigh to almost get expelled from school. Also, Calvin becomes the first gay purity club member, just so he won't sleep with one of his fraternity bros. What Calvin didn't plan on was Dale pretending to be his boyfriend.
Mary in Los Angeles: Any scoop on Moon Bloodgood's role on Burn Notice?
Detective Paxton (Bloodgood) seriously means business. She is digging into Michael's life, and he realizes she is bound to find something she shouldn't, so he tries to get her fired, which only leaves her gunning for more.
Brad in Orlando, Fla.: Weeds is finally back tonight! What can you spill?
Guillermo's in prison! Since Esteban's men are watching Nancy, she creates a diversion so she can see him. Unfortunately, it's not a friendly visit because he knows that she's the rat and threatens her life. But just because he's behind bars doesn't mean he can't stir up some classic Weeds trouble. BTW, if you haven't seen it yet, do check out part one of our exclusive Q&A with Mary-Louise Parker. She told us about everything!
James in Teaneck, N.J.: I know The Body Politic hasn't been picked up, but does that mean Minka Kelly is still leaving Friday Night Lights?
We're sorry to tell you, but Lyla Garrity is not returning to Dylan, Texas. Minka tells us, "I actually will probably be moving on. I think it would make sense story-wise that I graduate from high school and move on to college. I think I'll be moving away."
Nancy in Lakeside, Mont.: I can't wait for Saving Grace to start again! Can you give us any hints about it?
From what we've seen so far, the second season of Saving Grace won't disappoint! Let's just start with this juicy tidbit: Grace (Holly Hunter) and Ham (Kenny Johnson) do the deed while hanging from a bridge...and there are consequences. Also, there's a new angel in town. Grace's angel, Earl (Leon Rippy), has to compete for Grace's attention—and things get dirty. Oh! And we can't tell you who, but someone gets engaged in the first episode, and you'll never believe to whom!
Bobby in Brooklyn, N.Y.: What's going on with Ricky and Amy's relationship on The Secret Life of the American Teenager?
We caught up with Daren Kagasoff, who plays Ricky, and here's what he told us: "I think deep down he wants to be with her and he wants to try to make this work, but the stage he's at in his life right now, it's just not going to happen. And I think his main focus right now is just trying to be the best dad he can to the kid, regardless of if his relationship with Amy works out. So, that's his main objective—just taking care of the kid."
Kelly in Brattleboro, Vt.: Thanks for the Californication scoop last week. Do you know if Hank and Karen stay together?
We can't tell you what happens with them just yet But we can say that Californication show runner Tom Kapinos doesn't think that once a couple ends up happy, the show goes down the tube. He said, "I feel like we're not a Moonlighting type of show where all the tension is resolved at the end. I decided at the end of the first season to just say f--k you to that principal and just keep them together and call bulls--t on happy endings and see what would happen the next morning when they woke up."
Bill in Cleveland: What can you tell us about Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Vartan's new show, Hawthorne?
We can tell you that Cloris Leachman and Malcolm-Jamal Warner will be showing up as guest stars. Michael tells us, "[Cloris] played a zany, zany patient who gives one of our young nurses the hardest time she could ever handle. I didn't get to work with her. I just met her briefly. I saw the episode she's in. She's insanely funny. She is a character to say the least. Malcolm-Jamal Warner was on. I got to work with him. He's awesome. He plays someone who gets sick and starts hallucinating and actually thinks Jada's character is his wife in real-life. There's this whole weird storyline between them." For more from Michael, check out our interview here.
—Reporting by Natalie Abrams, Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna, Jennifer Godwin, Kirstin Heinle, Natasha Vargas-Cooper and Megan Masters