CSI Spoilers: Gil Grissom Bids Goodbye to ‘CSI’ on ‘One to Go’ Episode

In the episode airing December 11, Grissom announces his retirement, and the rest of the episode focuses on the gang’s reaction – Willows knew it was coming before Grissom did, etc. Fishburne’s character, Dr. Raymond Langston, is introduced in a classroom setting, but Grissom’s current investigation and Langston’s lesson plan – interviewing a serial killer as an academic exercise – soon intersect. Langston busts Grissom in a lie shortly after they meet, but don’t worry; their clash is quickly put aside when that jailbird serial killer Langston was interviewing starts spilling secrets about a series of recent homicides taking place in the city. Langston doesn’t join the team in this episode, but the foundation is laid, and it looks to be a strong one. [Watch With Kristin]

Through a press release, it has been revealed that William Petersen will act as Gil Grissom for one last time on ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ when the series air its January 15 episode.

” will indeed see the last of as Gil Grissom in the series’ first episode in 2009. Through a recently-outed press release, it has been unraveled that the bowing out of Peterson has been embedded in the forthcoming episode entitled “One to Go” as his character takes a sudden leave from the CSI team.

On the episode scheduled to air on Thursday, January 15, 2009, Peterson’s character will stun his co-workers with an announcement that his time as a CSI has come to an end after working with Dr. Raymond Langston on the “Dick & Jane” murders. Before leaving the team for good though, he offers Langston a permanent position on the CSI team.

“One to Go” will see show’s regulars, , George Eads, Paul Guilfoyle, Eric Szmanda and many others. It will also feature the newest cast addition as Dr. Raymond Langston. The episode directed by Alec Smight is written by executive producers, Naren Shankar and Carol Mendelsohn.

Reports on Peterson leaving the show has been broken out in July 2008 by Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar. It was mentioned that though he won’t be the series’ regular anymore, he has agreed to return for occasional guest appearances. He will also remain being the series’ executive producer. — Ace Showbiz

CW Mid-Season Schedule

CW Mid-Season Schedule

THE CW NETWORK ANNOUNCES MIDSEASON SCHEDULE INCLUDING PREMIERE OF NEW FRIGHT-FILLED REALITY SERIES “13 – FEAR IS REAL” AND RETURN OF “REAPER”

December 3, 2008 (Burbank, CA) ─ The CW Network has set its midseason schedule, featuring new episodes of its scripted series and the premiere of the scare-fest reality series “13 – Fear Is Real.”

The CW’s smash hit Monday lineup returns on January 5, with new episodes of sophomore sensation “GOSSIP GIRL” (8:00-9:00p.m. ET), followed by fan favorite “ONE TREE HILL” (9:00-10:00p.m. ET).

Two freshman series return to the Tuesday lineup on January 6 with new episodes of this season’s most buzzed-about series, “90210” (8:00-9:00p.m. ET), leading into the critical hit “PRIVILEGED” (9:00-10:00p.m. ET).

The new Wednesday night schedule kicks off on January 7, featuring the premiere of new horror/reality series “13 – FEAR IS REAL” (8:00-9:00p.m. ET), in which 13 people compete to “stay alive” while facing their deepest fears in an all-out elimination competition and scare-fest. An encore performance of “90210” (9:00-10:00p.m. ET) will follow the new series on Wednesday nights.

On Thursday, the heroic team of “SMALLVILLE” (8:00-9:00p.m. ET) and “SUPERNATURAL” (9:00-10:00p.m. ET) will return to The CW’s line-up with new episodes on January 15.

On Friday night, “EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS” (8:00-8:30p.m. ET) and “THE GAME” (8:30-9:00p.m. ET) return to The CW’s comedy block with new episodes on January 9. Encore performances of “13 – FEAR IS REAL” will begin airing Friday nights on January 9.

The Devil and his minions will be back on the trail of evil-doers when “REAPER” returns to the schedule on Tuesday, March 17 (9:00-10:00p.m. ET).

Following is The CW’s midseason schedule:

Monday
8:00-9:00 p.m. “GOSSIP GIRL” (New Episodes Begin January 5)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “ONE TREE HILL” (New Episodes Begin January 5)

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. “90210” (New Episodes Begin January 6)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “PRIVILEGED” (New Episodes Begin January 6)

Wednesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. “13 – FEAR IS REAL” (Series Premiere January 7)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “90210” (Encore Episodes Begin January 7)

Thursday
8:00-9:00 p.m. “SMALLVILLE” (New Episodes Begin January 15)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “SUPERNATURAL” (New Episodes Begin January 15)

Friday
8:00-8:30 p.m. “EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS” (New Episodes Begin January 9)
8:30-9:00 p.m. “THE GAME” (New Episodes Begin January 9)
9:00-10:00 p.m. “13 – FEAR IS REAL” (Encore Episodes Begin January 9)

Tuesday (Beginning March 17)
8:00-9:00 p.m. “90210”
9:00-10:00 p.m. “REAPER”

New Grey’s Anatomy Spoilers! Callie’s New Romance!

Grey’s Anatomy Same-Sex Smooch Revealed!

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Is Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) trading up? Out with the older and wiser cardiac doc, in with the cute Brit intern…or maybe even the hot young surgeon? Or will Callie stick with friends-with-benefits Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) for the time being?

I’ve got the exclusive dish on which hot young things might be cozying up to Callie on Grey’s Anatomy in the coming weeks…

As first reported by my friend Shawna Malcom in the L.A. Times Show Tracker blog, Jessica Capshaw (or J.Caps as we’ve been calling her around here) is joining Grey’s Anatomy for a three-episode arc as pediatrician Dr. Arizona Robbins, who comes to Seattle Grace to help Bailey on a case.

But sources now tell me exclusively that’s not all that’s happening in Arizona territory. Word is, she’s also going to share at least one smooch with Callie Torres! Yes, I hear that Arizona will be a love interest for Callie for those three eps.

But what about Melissa George‘s Sadie and the insinuation in last night’s ep that Callie and Sadie might be heading toward a romance? I’m told by sources that their initial flirtation won’t really go anywhere. However, Sadie isn’t totally out of the love loop on Grey’s.

“She’ll be having lots [of love interests],” Melissa herself tells us. “Of course, it’s Grey’s Anatomy. Everybody loves everybody. The girls, the guys, everybody.”

Do you think Jessica Capshaw and Sara Ramirez will be able to create a little chemistry? Are you disappointed that Callie-Sadie isn’t going to work out? Post in the comments…

New Chuck Spoilers!

Anna is back in a huge way next week. [Michael Ausiello]

Josh Schwartz talking about the Dark Intersect storyline: “The Dark Intersect is the first sign that the bad guys (read: FULCRUM) are figuring out that if they can’t find the Intersect, why not rebuild it — which makes Chuck even more valuable. And yes, it is a trilogy.” [Michael Ausiello]

Brooklyn Decker and two other S.I. models head for Chuck in an upcoming episode, and Chuck (Zachary Levi) is in for a surprise when she slaps him. [Watch With Kristin]

  • Episode 2.10 – Chuck Versus the Delorean [Airing December 8]: Sarah’s dad is in town and helps Sarah, Chuck and Casey with a case. He tells Chuck that Chuck made him a believer that he and Sarah are a couple. We see a flashback to when Sarah was a preteen. Source: SpoilerFix.com
  • Episode 2.11 – Chuck Versus Santa Claus [Airing December 15]: A gunman holds people, including Chuck, hostage in Buy More. Casey and Sarah freak out and are prepared to storm the store when a news reporter announces that another hostage has been released but they aren’t sure of the identity because his head is covered when he is led to an ambulance. Sarah and Casey realize the “released hostage” is Chuck and that Fulcrum now has him. Source: SpoilerFix.com

New Gossip Girl Spoilers: Georgina Returns Plus a Spinoff?

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Ding, dong, the witch is so not dead.

Sources confirm to Kristin at E!Online that Gossip Girl producers are actively planning to bring back Michelle Trachtenberg’s delightfully wicked Georgina Sparks for another guest stint toward the end of this season.

The boss himself hints it’s true: “It’s safe to say you haven’t seen the last of her,” says executive producer Josh Schwartz, according to Nylon Online.

So what nefarious scheme brings Georgina back to town?

According to sources, this plot twist is still in the early planning stages—there’s no deal or script done yet—but it is in the works for the last third of season two. (So we’ll likely see Georgie-poo late spring.)

Source: E!Online

Gossip Girl – The Night We Met the Creators

It was bound to happen eventually. Like all good obsessives, the orbits we’ve created around Gossip Girl executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz have been shrinking and shrinking ever since we started recapping the show in September 2007. We interviewed both of them for our bodice-ripping cover story in April, but we didn’t meet them in person until last night, when the pair appeared at the Apple store in Soho for a talk, and to celebrate the success of their show on iTunes.

We approached the evening with a little trepidation. A publicist had invited us (and saved us front-row seats!), but what if Josh and Stephanie thought we were stalkers?

Turns out, both of them were perfectly happy to meet us. Or polite, at the very least. Nobody got hugged or anything. But they were very gracious about our insane support, and we even chilled with Josh’s mom! Other than that, it was pretty unremarkable. They’re smaller in person. And neither of us peed ourselves or even tried to smell their hair. They did tell us (and later the audience, during a chat moderated by Jay McInerney) some secrets about the show. Of course, we wrote them down for you! Here’s what we learned:

• The cast will, indeed, go to college next year. “One of the problems with 90210, for example, was that their stage was high school,” Savage told us. “We feel like ours is New York.” There are many colleges in New York, they explained, pointing out that the education element is not central to the show — they don’t even have a classroom set. “And some of them won’t go to school, let’s be honest,” Schwartz cracked.

• Even though Kelly Rutherford (a.k.a. Lily van der Woodsen) is newly pregnant, they won’t be writing a baby into the script. “We’ll write around it,” Savage assured us.

• New York, and the Palace Hotel specifically, are great places to film — and are happy to embrace even a show that depicts underage drinking, drug use, and limo sex. “When we filmed The O.C., we couldn’t even get a permit to fly a helicopter over the beach,” Schwartz said. “We’re grateful New York has lower standards.”

• There will be (as one commenter pointed out) a new villain introduced soon: Jack Bass, uncle of Chuck! Dum Dum DUM!

• Our New York cover story (remember? “Best. Show. Ever.”?) was part of how they knew they’d made it!

• Stephanie Savage is the cutest little thing!

• Savage and Schwartz loved Ed Westwick from the moment he came in to read (for the role of Nate!). “But he looks like a serial killer!” the network protested.

• Some of our beloved characters will be returning! “You might not have seen the last of Georgina Sparks,” Schwartz told the crowd. “It’s hard to imagine a boarding school for bad girls in Idaho would be able to hold her for long,” Savage said.

• We are “older type media.” That’s what an audience member called us and Gawker (Awkwardly! We were sitting right next to her!) while asking whether our exhaustive coverage bothered them. They said they read it but they don’t let it affect them. (Savage reads our recaps closely! And she wants you to know that Kim Ly IS a real Vietnamese name and it DOES mean “Golden Lion.”)

• Jay McInerney knows a LOT about Gossip Girl. Seriously, he asked every question we could have thought of. It’s partially because he was on the show, and partially because his daughter is obsessed. Also, Jay is funny. One of his last (quite correct) questions was: “How did Penn get published in The New Yorker when he was 18? I was 32…”

We didn’t take our pictures with Josh and Stephanie because we thought if we published one of us all together on the blog, it would explode. But we did get to see a sneak preview of the next episode. And oh boy, is it gonna be good.

Source: NY Mag

Gossip Girl – Spinoff – Are you in Favour?

The CW may utilize an episode of “Gossip Girl” later this year to test the spinoff waters.

According to netlet insiders, one of the hit teen skein’s segs later this season may double as a backdoor pilot for a “Gossip Girl” spinoff. Such a move would save in pilot costs, and allow the CW a chance to gauge viewer reaction before moving forward on such a companion show.

Rumors of a “Girl” spinoff have been percolating for some time, in part because Alloy Entertainment’s “Gossip Girl” book series — from which the TV show was based — already has a spinoff of its own, “The It Girl.”

But sources say a televised “Gossip Girl” spinoff would not be “The It Girl,” nor would it focus on the character of Jenny Humphrey (the character spun off from the “Gossip Girl” books for “The It Girl”), played on TV by Taylor Momsen.

The TV spinoff would nonetheless likely center on one of the show’s nine regular characters — although there’s always a chance a new character could be planted in the backdoor pilot.

A “Gossip Girl” spinoff is still in the very early stages of development, and didn’t seem likely earlier this year. However, the CW may have decided to move forward with one after all now that it’s been forced to scrap “The Graysons,” an origins tale revolving around Batman’s sidekick, Robin.

“The Graysons” was set to serve as the tentpole of this year’s CW development slate. With that project out of the picture, the CW has been hunting for another big-ticket title to prep for next season.

Warner Bros. TV is behind “Gossip Girl,” which comes from exec producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, as well as Alloy.

Source: Variety

New Ghost Whisperer Spoilers: How the Melinda-Jim/Sam Relationship will Progress

On Ghost Whisperer, how is it that the people of Grandview aren’t a bit curious about Madly-in-Love-with-Jim Melinda becoming Wildly-in-Love-with-Sam Melinda just weeks after Jim’s funeral? Those close to her get it, OK, but surely the neighbors are talking. Are we going to get an episode addressing the human tendency to gossip? — Casey
Matt: “
It’s a good question,” GW exec producers P.K. Simonds, Ian Sander and Kim Moses say in an email to the Buzz, “but we’ve tried to be clear that at least to the outside world, Melinda is not ‘wildly in love’ with Sam (Jim). At least not yet. Though there is plenty of aching and longing, the two of them are scrupulously respectful of each other’s boundaries — he because she is grieving her husband, and she because he is grappling with memory loss. We’re planning to address what friends and neighbors think, in a big way, as we move forward in Season 4.” — Source: TV Guide

Ghost Whisperer Episode Recap: “Pieces of You”

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The ‘Ghost Whisperer’ falls to pieces — Zap2it.com

The courtship of Melinda and Sam/Jim continues this week on Ghost Whisperer, but it’s not the focal point of the episode. The writers are on to you, you know. You didn’t think you were going to get resolution on this new plot line so quickly, did you?

So, Sam/Jim is Melinda’s garage roommate, and they’re crushing hard on each other, literally running away and to each other at the same time. Sam/Jim has gotten a job doing some demolition, and brings in a box of antiques, including some tiles, into the store. When Melinda picks one up, she cuts herself, and has a vision of a young girl drowning.

Melinda convinces Sam/Jim to take her to the demo site, where she finds a wishing well, where the tiles originally came from. When she looks into the well, she has the same vision of the girl. The vision is disrupted by Sam/Jim throwing a coin in, and the dead girl appears to say “be careful what you wish for.”

Back at the store, Melinda recaps the moment to Delia, and they discuss what the warning could have meant. Delia thinks perhaps Sam/Jim wished for getting his memory back. Melinda can’t find anything online specifically about the girl and the house, but she says she’s willing to wait to find out if her warning was a threat or a promise.

Sam/Jim is hard at work at the site. A car backfires, and he’s thrown into a strange flashback moment where he remembers a bit about being shot, and he gets a sharp pain in his shoulder. Memory flashes!

That night, Melinda comes home and runs some groceries over to Sam/Jim’s garage. She walks in on him, naked. No worries, for those of you who didn’t see the episode. We didn’t get to see any of David Conrad’s naughty bits. Melinda is embarrassed, but not overly so. He gets the pain in his shoulder again, and he explains the strangeness of the car backfire, and how the pain only started after he heard the “shot”. Melinda asks if he was near the well when he had the moment, or if he knows anything about the owner of the house. Sam/Jim doesn’t, and while Melinda tries to explain her interest, we see the drowned girl again.

Melinda heads outside to talk to the ghost, and asks her to leave Sam/Jim alone. Before saying anything, the girl disappears. Later, Melinda tells Delia on the phone how much she misses Jim (not Sam/Jim) and that she thinks his flashback episode is the ghost’s fault, if indeed he wished to remember his past. She’s worried about what he might have to go through to come back to her, and what if he doesn’t want to keep going. Delia reassures her that he will, and he’s already gone through the hard part.

In the middle of the night, Melinda has a vision that all of her limbs have been severed, and are laying on the bed next to her. The ghost appears and tells her that terrible things will happen if she doesn’t stay away from the well. Melinda asks if someone did the limb-severing to her, but she disappears before answering.

But this is Melinda, of course. She heads to the house, in the middle of the night, with her Partner-in-Ghost-Whispering, Eli. They let themselves in, and find a bunch of dolls with their arms and legs ripped off. They also find a box full of wishes written on scraps of paper. Most are by children, but one is written by an adult that reads “I wish he could know that she was here.”

The next morning, at daybreak, after a hard night of Scoobying, Eli drives Melinda home and runs into Sam/Jim. There’s a moment of strangeness when they realize what the situation looks like, but Sam/Jim changes the subject by telling Melinda that he’d asked around about the well and found out that the former owner of the house’s son is staying nearby. Melinda then asks him what he wished for when he threw the coin into the well, and Sam/Jim refuses to tell her because then it may not come true.

Eli tracks down the son, Travis, and asks him about the doll parts and wishes. He says that when he was 15, he’d found a pile of doll parts at the well along with a note. He decided to replace the parts with a new doll – granting a wish. He didn’t know who the girl was who brought the parts. Travis said though, that he learned to keep his distance from the well, because when he was 18, a horrible wish he once made on it came true – he’d wished that his pregnant girlfriend would lose the baby, and she did. Eli tells him about the ghost in the well, and he decides to drain the water out of it.

Melinda isn’t sure about Travis, or what caused the girl’s death. She makes the connection that the girl who was on the receiving end of Travis’ wish when he was 15 is the same drowned girl. After a quick online search, she and Eli  find that a Gretchen Dennis has been missing since 1996. At the house, they find Gretchen’s remains in the well. Travis is very upset, and asks about the spirit, and hopes she’s at peace. Well, maybe, but there’s more mayhem. Melinda has another vision, of blood all over the well, and of another child, missing his arm. She says she doesn’t think Gretchen is the only one there.

Melinda and Eli head to Gretchen’s family’s house, where a group has gathered for an impromptu memorial. Gretchen herself appears, screaming “Look at me Clay, look at what you did to me!” She tells Melinda that Clay is her brother. The next morning, Eli and Melinda discuss the situation, and Eli finds out from his friend at the morgue (my, Grandview is a small town) that the skeleton wasn’t cut up, and that no other bones were found in the well. Eli also points out that the armless boy was part of Gretchen’s past, and may not be a ghost. Eli thinks that the armless boy was Clay’s first victim, and Gretchen got knocked off to keep quiet about his wrongdoings.

Eli, shifting into experienced grief counselor mode, heads to see Gretchen’s parents, and asks about her relationship with Clay. They say Clay was a wonder boy before Gretchen went missing, but then shut down after she disappeared. They say they fought, but nothing out of the ordinary but they do remember a time when Clay cut up her dolls. They hem and haw, and ask Eli if that kind of thing was normal. Uh. No not really. We flash to Clay, who is a delivery boy of some sort. He’s making a delivery to a butcher, and gets stuck in a freight elevator, with his arm hanging outside of the door. Mangled limbs… hmmm.

The next morning, Eli calls Melinda to tell her that he’s still trying to get in touch with Clay. While on the phone, Sam/Jim comes over with breakfast for Melinda. Freshly made waffles. And there’s orange rinds in the waffles; something Jim used to do. Melinda apologizes for always bringing him up, and Sam/Jim says that she can talk to him anytime, especially now that his job is halted. He asks what the deal was her asking so much about the well, and that she seemed to sort of sense that something was wrong. He asks if she’s psychic, which she denies. The phone rings, and Eli tells her about Clay’s accident.

Melinda and Eli get together to ponder who the one-armed kid was. They look Clay up online, and find out that the one-armed kid and Clay are one in the same. Melinda heads over to talk to Clay, and tells him that she’s seen Gretchen, and that she doesn’t usually admit her gift to strangers unless their life is in danger. Clay tries to brush her off, but she explains about her missing arm vision. He tells Melinda about the dolls, and how mean he’d been to her. He’d cut all her dolls up, and then snooped through her room and found a note she’d written about how she wished the same thing would happen to him. He then staged an incident to make it look like his arm had gotten cut off, and Gretchen ran out before he could stop her. She never came back.

Gretchen finds Melinda, and tells her that there are no take-backs when it comes to the well, and that she should ask her friend Sam. At that instant, we see Sam/Jim in the garage, right when a safe-deposit box key falls out of his old jacket.

Instead of heading to see Sam/Jim, Melinda is determined to give Gretchen closure. At the house, with Clay and Travis, she speaks to Gretchen. She says she’d fallen in the well when trying to take back the wish she’d stuck in a stone inside. Clay and Gretchen find peace together, and she tells Travis that his girlfriend had visited before, with the baby she didn’t lose after all – his daughter – “I wish he knew that she was here.” Gretchen also tells her that she helped Sam remember a piece of his life. With that, Gretchen heads into the light, leaving Melinda to wonder what piece.

We end with Sam/Jim going through the box, and telling Melinda about it. In the box was an engagement ring, purchased less than a month ago. But he doesn’t remember who he bought it for. Future love triangle!

Thoughts and musings:

  • Eli’s superhero power line was funny, but how come he didn’t get to hear Gretchen at all? It seems his ability is only used sporatically on this show. If he’s got the gift, give it to him for real.
  • Did JLH get a new stylist or something? New designer? The look and feel of the whole episode was different. Very earth-mothery with warm lighting. The shop looked different too.
  • I’m still not sure about how long this Sam/Jim thing can go on. Morally, Melinda has to be feeling something is wrong about this. The writers aren’t doing her justice there. I’m not sold, even though the concept is good, because eventually, this is going to have to end, either with Jim going into the light where he’s supposed to go, or Sam leaving her. Either way, she’s going to get left.
  • I am glad Delia is on her side, but being the pessimist that I am, that only marks her for something bad to happen.
  • WHERE ARE THE WATCHER WOMEN? AND THE SUB-GRANDVIEW GHOSTIES?
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