Mega Buzz: A Girls Boy, Castle's Miley Homage and a Downton Wedding

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Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams.

What can you tell us about the new season of Girls? — Leona
Elijah (Andrew Rannells), Hannah's complicated roommate, will resurface with a new boyfriend in tow. Pal (ironic name alert!) is played by Buffy alum Danny Strong — who's also an Emmy winner for writing HBO's Sarah Palin movie Game Change  and he sounds like a handful. "I don't know if Hannah's a fan," Strong says. "I don't know if any of Elijah's friends are fans of Pal."

What's coming up on Castle? — Ginger
NATALIE:
The "September" wedding is still a long way off. In the meantime, on Monday's episode, the death of a Miley Cyrus-like pop star will remind Beckett that she is marrying someone in the public eye. "What happens when stories about him appear in the press that aren't true? How does she feel?" executive producer Andrew Marlowe asks. "She's kind of private person."

Will there be a wedding on Downton Abbey this season? — Ellen
Would it surprise you to learn that three Downton ladies will receive marriage proposals this season? Well, maybe not, since people love to propose on this show. Making it down the aisle, however, is another matter altogether. In possibly related news, Downton's first black character will make his debut next week.

Will April choose Jackson or stay with Matthew on Grey's Anatomy? — Amber
You all seem to want her and Jackson together, right? Well, it might not be that easy. "It's incredibly tense and there are going to be a lot of regrets either way," Jesse Williams says of April's choice. Williams also teases that Jackson will face new professional challenges. "He is really going to have to find a balance between his personal relationships and his bias and the fact that the Avery Foundation runs everything, but he's very junior to some of the other attendings."

Big Bang Theory scoop, please! — Raina
In the Valentine's Day episode, Amy and Sheldon take the next baby step in their relationship during a trip to Napa Valley. "They have a very real moment and it means a lot to them and to anyone who's a fan," showrunner Steve Molaro tells me, confessing that he teared up during shooting.

I was just getting on board with Katherine and Stefan and now she's dying?! Will we get anything more with them on The Vampire Diaries? — Sarah
I feel you! They'll share an intense moment in the 100th episode when Stefan helps Katherine recall the birth of her child, which led to the death of her parents. And if you think you've seen the best of Nina Dobrev, just wait for this scene.

What's coming up on Modern Family? — Dean
More of Phil's high jinks, of course! "Phil is charged with hosting the Southern California annual realtors banquet," Ty Burrell tells me. "He does it Billy Crystal-style and tries to do a big number and stuff." Unfortunately, Phil's jokes won't quite land the way he hoped they would. In other news, showrunner Steve Levitan tells me that the Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker clan is heading to Australia because of "a very personal reason relating to Phil."

Can you share anything about Laurel on Arrow? — Jessica
Laurel's spiral into drug and alcohol abuse will worsen after she learns a dangerous secret. But there's some optimism on the horizon. "Laurel will be learning that her sister is alive," executive producer Marc Guggenheim says.

Do you know anything that's coming up for Scandal? — Mel
It's Election Day, and Mellie remains focused on her husband's re-election. "We're going to spend a lot of time with the campaign, so it's the machinations of trying to get us back in the White House for another four years," Bellamy Young says. So how does Mellie's rumored love interest (Major Crimes' Jon Tenney) fit into Fitz's strategy? "[He'll] throw a wrench in the works in the very best of ways," she says.

I need some Schmidt scoop for New Girl. — Mike 
Schmidt is finally getting back on the horse after his calamitous breakup with Cece. "Schmidt decides to go out, get a girl and bring her back to his new place," Max Greenfield says. "He's telling the guys, 'Guys, any time you want to come over here, this is your place too.'" But what if they all bring home girls on the same night? "He tries to come up with some sort of plan where it can work out for all of them and of course it blows up in his face," he says.

I'm really enjoying Intelligence. What can you tease? — Donna
We haven't seen the last of Mei Chen, the woman who got a chip implanted in her head. The chip-for-hire is actually set up as a rival for Gabriel. "She's Gabriel without the conscience," executive producer Michael Seitzman says. "She seems to feel that she and Gabriel are the only ones on the planet. I think she loves him in her own way. She thinks they're Adam and Eve."

Any scoop on Veep now that Selena's running for president? — Damon
Don't expect Selena's staff to be any more competent just because the stakes are higher. "We're starting on the campaign trail, so it's how we can be idiots in public instead of private," Anna Chlumsky says. Amy, Selena's chief of staff, will experience some stress-management issues. "She's never been the most graceful under pressure. She thinks she is, but she's not. Her integrity gets tested a bit, but I think she knows she's doing everything for the greater good."

Mega Rave: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for co-presidents of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association! The dynamic duo proved they pretty much rule the world (of awards-show hosting) at the Golden Globes, with hilarious, playful jabs at George Clooney, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Matt Damon. Honorable mention goes to Emma Thompson, who just became America's favorite drinking buddy.

Mini Rant: How I Met Your Mother's fourth slap was l — wait for it — ame.

This week's recommendation: Discovery strikes gold with Klondike, its first foray into scripted programming. The Richard Madden-starring miniseries about the Yukon gold rush evokes Deadwood, but without all the cursing and nudity. Trust me though, there's enough murder and betrayal to fill that void.

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(Additional reporting by Adam Bryant, Sadie Gennis and Robyn Ross)


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