Mega Buzz: New Love Interests on Mentalist and Dexter and an NCIS: LA Return
Simon Baker, The Mentalist; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Chris O’Donnell, NCIS: LA | Photo Credits: Jaimie Trueblood/Warner Bros.; Randy Tepper/Showtime; Matt Kennedy/CBS
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What else can you tell me about Patrick Jane's new love interest on The Mentalist? — Christine
ADAM: Creator Bruno Heller wants to be clear about one thing: Loralei (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is no ordinary cocktail waitress, and as such viewers should take this relationship seriously. "It's certainly not a fling and it's not a spur-of-the-moment booty call or anything like that," Heller says. "She comes into Jane's life at a very, very low ebb. He's at a moment when he really needs a helping hand and a little ray of light, and she provides that."
Please tell me you have info on Dexter! — James
NATALIE: Could Dexter be getting a new lady-love partner-in-crime? It has been a whole season since the vengeful Lumen left Dex, and we're hearing that we'll meet a new lady with a violent past this season — but we also hear she's actually expected to stick around for a while. She's now trying to live a quiet life... until she meets Dexter.
Anything on the NCIS: Los Angeles finale? — Will
ADAM: Remember Special Agent Renko (Brian Avers) from way back in Season 1? He'll resurface when the team is called in to assist him on an undercover operation in which his cover has potentially been blown. But as the team digs for answers, they soon learn they're playing into the hands of a criminal mastermind. Also: Callen's nemesis, The Chameleon, will return. Coincidence?
How will The Vampire Diaries' vampires deal with the fact that killing one of the Originals could kill them? — Trish
NATALIE: "The theme of mortality definitely rings true throughout the remaining episodes of the season," Candice Accola says, noting that it will be easier for Damon and Stefan, who have been around for over a century, but harder for younger vamps like Caroline. Plus: Without knowing who turned Rose, the bigger question is: "Who's willing to sacrifice their lives for the greater good?" Accola says cryptically.
I need details on the CSI: NY finale! — Jackson
ADAM: Mac gets shot! But don't worry, he'll at least survive long enough for all the show's characters to wax sentimental about him. "It's about all of their relationships and closeness with Mac as a father figure, as a friend, as a boss," executive producer Pam Veasey tells us about the season (series?) finale. "Some people are releasing demons, others are talking about their future." In particular, Veasey says Danny and Lindsay (who will have little Lucy in tow) will make an unexpected announcement about their plans for the days ahead.
I loved how Game of Thrones' Tyrion exposed Cersei's informant. He's unstoppable! What's his next political scheme? — Jo
NATALIE: Tyrion will have success setting up his own spy in the castle. But another one of his attempts to exert influence will backfire on him, thanks to his dear nephew Joffrey. Warm up those hands because you'll want to be ready to give the boy king a good slapping!
When will Strauss be back on Criminal Minds? — Allen
ADAM: She will be back from rehab just in time for the two-hour finale. And although she usually stirs up drama, she'll pretty much have the team's back as they try to defuse a hostage situation at a bank. Why the sudden turnaround? "Watch closely, because there's a little personal connection she has with a team member that will be surprising," executive producer Erica Messer teases.