Have you seen the new Lost promo? If so, have you managed to hinge your jaw back on yet?
To keep the spine-chilling teases going for tomorrow night's big final-season premiere, I can tell you that I just caught up with Terry O'Quinn in Hawaii, and he mentioned something so revealing about his role in the upcoming season, he asked me not to react for fear the show's producers (Team Darlton) would see. So what was it? And what did Matthew Fox say we'll find out about Jack and Claire (Emilie de Ravin)? Read on for the scoop on Lost, Fringe, The Vampire Diaries, The Office and more...
Megan in Toluca Lake: Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. The new Lost promo is insane. Will we really find out why they are on the Island? And what is up with Locke?
As you know, I just got back from Oahu, which was heaven on Earth, not only because I stayed at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, which is just about the best place you could ever stay, especially with a little one (they have dolphins, turtles, waterfalls and an insanely delicious restaurant, Hoku's, for mom and dad!), but I also spent some quality time on the Lost set. I'll be hurling a whole slew of scoop at you tomorrow, plus posting the first Lost Redux tomorrow night. But in the meantime, can we just talk about the awesomeness that is Terry O'Quinn?
In the promo above, you see that Terry's character will most likely be the one to reveal what the Island is, and what the whole show has been about. Holy. Freaking. Goosebumps. When I was on the set in Hawaii, I saw quite a few scoopy reveals (and signed a confidentiality agreement to go along with it), but I was kindly escorted off set before they shot a big night scene with Matthew Fox and Terry. Terry talks about that very scene in the video clip above and adds: "It was four pages of the history of the Island." How awesome does that sound?
As you know by now, Terry is playing someone other than John Locke when the show returns tomorrow night. So who is he? Terry's clue (which almost caught the eye of producer Carlton Cuse—whoopsie!) will give confirmation to some of you, and get others of you thinking. It's not too spoilery, but it's fun and it's all in the video at top. Keep reading down below for a little more Lost scoop...
Randall in Omaha: What did you think of the premiere?
More on that tomorrow, but it's probably my favorite episode since the pilot. If anyone of you were in Hawaii and saw it, let me know what you thought in the comments below (without giving away any spoilers, please!). And check back tomorrow for more scoop.
Bobby in Boulder, Colo.: I really hope they don't write David Wallace out of The Office. Have you heard anything else about it?
Well, how about this? Our friends over at OfficeTally caught last week's chat item about the future of The Office's David Wallace (Andy Buckley), and took it upon themselves to start the Save Wallace campaign. What are you waiting for? Go support that thing!
Johnnie in Sacramento: I can't wait for America's Next Top Model cycle 14 to start. Any news?
Tyra Banks tells us there are big changes afoot over at ANTM. The tall ladies are back, and the judges table has been revamped. "Andre Leon Talley, the American editor at large for Vogue is a new judge. Miss J came to us and said that he wants to go back into the field with the girls because he feels so many of the girls have busted walks, and his name was on that walk," teases Tyra.
UnofficialME via Twitter: What's next for Joss Whedon now that Dollhouse is over? Any chance that we'll know his next project soon?
Unfortunately no, but Joss did give us a few hints right before he and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog were honored at last week's Producers Guild Awards. "Dr. Horrible turned from the little engine that could, to the little engine that destroyed Tokyo!," said the humbled show runner of the award. "For [producers] to honor it, and what we're continuing to try and accomplish on the Internet, means a great deal to me, because I see a lot of my future there. A lot of what I hope to accomplish in the next few years taking place there." Joss also confirmed that there won't be a Dollhouse comic. "We've done some comic books with Dr. Horrible, and it leads itself to it and it's really fun. Dollhouse really doesn't," he explained. "It's about people's personality change, which is very hard to draw. It isn't a comic book world. Dollhouse was Dollhouse, and now is next."
Danielle in Washington, D.C.: Thanks for the news on Holly Madison's new show. Have you heard anything else about it?
If you love the former Girls Next Door star, you'll love her new E! series, Holly's World. "Vegas, for me, is daytime Vegas. It's all of the fun, quirky, really funny Las Vegas, so I'm excited to share that with the world," she tells E! News. We'll also get a glimpse into her romantic life, although according to Holly, there's not much to see. "It's definitely going to be in the show, but it's hard to find time for dating because I'm super, superbusy."
Corinne in Seattle: Could you tell Merlin fans that Syfy will air season two starting April 2 and will rerun the first season in March to catch up new fans of the show? I've seen the entire second season, and it is fantastic and much better than the first, and I can't wait until it comes to the U.S.
Thanks so much for the news, but I double-checked with Syfy and got back, "We cannot confirm Merlin." That doesn't mean that Syfy won't eventually confirm that they've picked up Merlin, but so far it remains unofficial. I hope this happens, though—that kid who plays Arthur is like Jesse Spencer with an English accent...and a sword.
Melissa: When does voting end for the CW Awards?
Voting is open for the next week, and we'll announce the winners of the second annual CW Awards on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Good luck everybody!
David in Rhode Island: Will there be resolution about Claire and Jack? Will she find out they're related?
According to Matthew Fox, yes! He says the fans will be satisifed and that will not be left hanging.
Edward in New York: Will Ben Linus get any more honest this season?
According to Michael Emerson, no. "I have always meant to be forthright, it's just that sometimes you get in a pinch and your mission requires that you fudge the truth a ilttle and get things done!" That said, when you meet the new big bad you will see that Ben is a cowering puppy dog in comparison.
Emily in Tallahassee, Fla.: I'm not expecting a big makeout scene, but is there any hint of Olivia/Peter coming up in Fringe?
Ahem. Everybody must watch this week's Fringe (but especially you Emily in Tallahassee, Fla.) even if you've been wavering a bit on that series. Something that we've been waiting to see since the pilot finally (finally!) happens. The scenes in question are totally gratifying (albeit rushed a bit, when this subplot might have been better served with a little foreplay preamble), but then what we are given is snatched away again, in totally heartbreaking and perfect TV form. Excellent work, Bad Robots. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Montserrat in Glendale, Calif.: Please tell me this Cuddy-Lucas liaison is almost over on House. I can't stand it anymore!
OK, the bad news is that next Monday's House ep, "5 to 9," is Cuddy-centric and therefore riddled with Cuddy-Lucas PDA. Blech. On the other hand, the good news is that "5 to 9" is Cuddy-centric and therefore riddled with scenes that reveal House and Cuddy's genuine emotional and psychological intimacy, and that remind us fans why she loves that dude's deranged narcissistic ass in the first place. If you Huddy fans can just squint through the Cuddy-Lucas scenes, you'll find that when you come out the other side, the Huddy material is very rewarding.
Pete in Phoenix: Give me an update on House, stat!
Look for actor-comedian Orlando Jones to pop up in tonight's House, bringing along a few surprises for his brother, Foreman (Omar Epps). We checked into reports that Orlando will possibly be back on a full-time basis next year, but a House rep tells us that the writers don't yet know anything past this season. So for now, Foreman's big bro is only expected to show up once.
Cody in Cincinnati: I love the scenes between Ed O'Neill and Eric Stonestreet on Modern Family. Can we look forward to more coming up soon?
This week, Jay and Cam hit the gym together for an old-fashioned game of racquetball, and Cam cannot wait. Jay, on the other hand, has some reservations about it. This brilliant quote sums it up: "For me it's a locker room; for him, it's a showroom."
Brynn in Jacksonville, Fla.: Any more Modern Family scoop would be greatly appreciated.
If you're a fan of Phil (Ty Burrell), and generally fond of facial hair, Wednesday night's episode will not disappoint. Also, there isn't really a nice way to put this, so we're just going to rip the band-aid off: Minnie Driver pops up, and she's kind of a slut! The movie star plays Claire's (Julie Bowen) coworker, and the two don't quite see eye-to-eye.
Christian in Burbank, Calif.: Private Practice has been so good this season. I can't believe Sam and Naomi's little girl is pregnant! What's coming up with that storyline?
Two of Private Practice's finest are thisclose to grandparenthood, and now might also be joining the ranks of parents-in-law. Sam and Naomi's knocked-up (and teenage) daughter Maya and her boyfriend, Dink, decide that now is the time to get married, even if her parents aren't on board. And Rosanna Arquette shows up as Dink's mother, offering her support to let the kids make it official.
Tammy in Pittsburgh: Anything fun coming up on Community?
Pierce (Chevy Chase) is going to (unsuccessfully) try to worm his way into the Troy-Abed bromance this week. Plus, we heard from a little birdie over on the Community set that Joel McHale and upcoming guest star Katharine McPhee have a supersteamy makeout sesh, so ladies, prepare yourselves.
Kim in Texas: Will The Office's corporate buyout really change things at Dunder Mifflin?
Several stars of The Office have told us not to worry, everything will be fine. But we can tell you that when Kathy Bates' CEO Jo Bennett finds out Michael and Jim are splitting managerial duties, the you-know-what hits the fan. She might even demand that only one man keeps the top spot, and the other goes back to sales. Guesses as to which way things ends up? Can they really demote a brand new baby daddy?
Jacquie in Los Angeles: What's up with the new-and-improved Kevin Malone on The Office?
Brian Baumgartner tells us Kevin 2.0 isn't too different, just striving for a little more: "He's given an opportunity to get out from under Angela's heel and make himself better, and through the new regime he's given an opportunity to do that." And Kathy Bates' new position as head honcho has nothing to do with it. "It's not mandated. He just kind of wants to do better," says Brian.
Liz from Fargo, N.D.: I need some Friday Night Lights in my life! What's going on with my favorite brothers: Tim and Billy Riggins?
NBC will be lighting up your Friday nights soon enough, and the upcoming episodes currently airing on DirecTV are leading up to some real Riggins drama. In the Feb. 3 episode of Friday Night Lights titled "Laboring", all is well for the Rigs Bros with the birth of Billy's son and their completely illegal but booming chop shop raking in the dough. In fact, Tim (Taylor Kitsch) is downright giddy for parts of the episode. But does Tim ever remain happy and carefree? Shucks no! He takes a one-two punch in the form of a confession and an investigation. And yes, we are still recovering from the news that Taylor will soon be wrapping up his role of Tim Riggins. Recovering, but still mourning. Thanks so much for asking.
Cynthia in Merced, Calif.: I love that Renee is back on 24. Any chance she and Jack will find some real love this time around?
We'll let Annie Wersching (Renee) take this one: "I think fans will be pleased." Whoot! You heard it here first, folks, but it's not all romance for the two throughout 24's eighth season. "This day, they go through a lot of stuff again that brings them closer together. So they have their own interesting relationship," Annie explains. We're down for a badass Renee and Jack Bauer hookup anytime—even if she is supercreepy this year.
Abby in Wisconsin: Big Love is delightful this year. What's to come?
Ana (Branka Katic) is coming back! We'll see the Henricksons' fourth wife again on the Valentine's Day episode, and she comes with a "surprising revelation" that probably has something to do with the fact that she's engaged to be married—to someone else. Tramp!
Amy in London, Ontario, Canada: 10 Things! 10 Things! 10 Things!
In case you missed it last week, we scooped that Kat (Lindsey Shaw) and Patrick (Ethan Peck) kick off volume two of 10 Things I Hate About You "On the beach. With smooches." Yay! As for the littlest Stratford, Meaghan Martin tips that Bianca's relationship with Joey (Chris Zylka) is going strong when the show returns on March 29, "Yeah, [Bianca and Joey] gets very real. It's definitely first love for both of them, and it's sweet. Very, very caring, and they do like each other a lot, and you can tell it's not a fake hormonal teenage relationship."
Mel in Seattle: Any new news on 30 Rock?
Liz is pregnant with Jack's love child! This scandalous and delightful fact (yeah, we said it out loud: we ship Liz and Jack!) will be revealed in the opening scene of this week's wonderful 30 Rock, and then it will all be taken away again with the arrival of a monstrosity known only as "Meat Cat." Meat Cat appears to be something of a love child himself—perhaps the misbegotten offspring of Cheetos' Chester Cheetah and MC Skat Kat, with just the tiniest genetic strain of Poochie from The Simpsons to make the abomination complete. You must watch Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC, or you'll miss out on what is sure to be a pop culture moment of moment.
Jessalyn in Butte, Neb.: I can't wait for this week's flashback episode of Vampire Diaries. Is anything revealing going to happen?
How does this sound? This week's The Vampire Diaries reveals one of the biggest secrets of all: What actually happened to make Damon and Stefan hate each other? "We get to see the incident that drove them apart for the first time," says show runner Julie Plec. Ooh, "the incident"? sounds a little Lostish! Also, we'll see Dexter's James Remar for the first time as Papa Salvatore. Let's just hope he lives by a very different code than Harry Morgan!
Dru in Chicago: Tell us more abut this Vampire Diaries "incident."
All right, but I feel the need to throw out another spoiler alert warning before revealing the following: The incident that tore Damon and Stefan apart involves their mutual love of a certain Elena look-alike vampire. Turns out, Stefan might inadvertently be the reason Katherine was locked up in the tomb, hence Damon's desire to free her, and his unexplained hatred of his little bro.
Jonathan from Phoenix: I'm so excited for the new season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Any scoop?
We caught a sneak peek of ep one at the Absolut premiere party, and the first Lip-Sync for Your Life is not to be missed! See it tonight at 9 p.m on Logo.
Lamar in Dahoga, Pa.: Can you tell us anything about Leverage? It's such an underrated series.
Luke Perry guest stars as a clairvoyant con man on this week's ep, and fans of the former heartthrob will not be disappointed. Most of Perry's scenes are with Jeri Ryan, and Luke just can't say enough about her. "Jeri Ryan and I had a great time. When you're the guest cast, you never really know how it'll be, but it was good," he tells us. Obviously it's Leverage, so they tend to catch the bad guy in the end, but might Luke be back again? Here's what he says: "I just sort of play it as it comes. But we may get together on something down the road." And there you have it.
—Additional reporting by Jennifer Godwin and Megan Masters