10 Spoilers: A 'Gossip Girl' ethics issue and a fan favorite returns to '90210' (again)
For this week's Monday Kickstart, find out what's coming up for Teddy on "90210," Elena's latest "Vampire Diaries" brush with death, "The New Normal's" latest offense to the sanctity of marriage, and much more.
"Gossip Girl": The final season of The CW's flagship series begins tonight at 9 p.m. EST -- and we've already told you ten things you can expect to see in the first two episodes. Now we've got one more for you: One of the new characters you meet in Episode 1 will have a compelling reason to research New York's statutory rape laws in Episode 2. Hmm.
"The Vampire Diaries": One way or another, Elena does complete her transition in the first episode of the season. In episode 2, "The Memorial" -- which is, by the way, one of the 5 best "Vampire Diaries" episodes ever -- we'll discover that it's not as easy as she thought. Elena's body begins to reject every blood source she tries (and she tries a lot). Without nourishment, she could die. Again. Also, expect to see her first compulsion as a vampire in "The Memorial" as well.
"Scandal": So, you've heard that "Everwood" alumni Tom Amandes and Brenda Strong are guest-starring on an upcoming episode as a governor and his wife. Their specific details of their reason for coming to Olivia Pope are, like pretty much everything else in Shondaland, under lock and key. But their case will shed some more light on the political world of the show.
"The League": After what happened during last year's draft, don't expect Kevin and Jenny to trust any of their fellow league members during this year's, even if it takes place during a major life event -- like, say, the birth of their new baby boy.
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia": Season 8 kicks off with Dee and Dennis deciding whether or not to pull the plug on their grandfather. In true "Sunny" fashion, episode quickly devolves into ridiculousness as the gang searches for a watercolor of a german shepherd possibly painted by Adolf Hitler. Typical.
"The New Normal": Jane is equal opportunity hater when it comes to the sanctity of marriage. Ellen Barkin's character is just as upset with children pretend-marrying on the playground as she is with the idea of gay marriage, and tries her hardest to disrupt the ceremony when her great-granddaughter, Shania, decides to (fake) tie the knot before she and her mom have to move back to Ohio.
"Community": The show will get spooky once again when the Greendale crew celebrates Halloween together. Naturally, Troy and Abed dress up in tandem in a joint costume. "It shows you that Troy and Abed are in a good place in their relationship to be able to dedicate Halloween to each other," teases star Danny Pudi. "Secondly, it's a costume that our fans are really going to appreciate." Any guesses?
"90210": Trevor Donovan returns as Teddy (aka our favorite part of the show ever) in tonight's Season 5 premiere. As we first reported, Teddy will have a multi-episode arc (two, to be specific) at the beginning of the season. Silver wants him to be her baby's biological father -- but Teddy wants to be part of the kid's life, not just the test tube conception. And now for the best news ever! Zap2it has exclusively learned that we can expect to see Teddy make a big return later in the season, too. Donovan is heading back to set soon to film another (longer) arc for Teddy.
"Ben & Kate": In an upcoming episode, it's high school reunion time! Kate goes to the event to confront a bad high school memory named Anna, and Ben goes to the event with the intention of coming clean to Kate about something that happened back in the day. Oh yeah -- and musical hijinks ensue. Yes, musical.
"New Girl": The following line, presented without commentary, appears in a script for an upcoming episode: "Just then, SCHMIDT runs out of his room, sweaty and wearing nothing but a strategically placed toy space shuttle." You're welcome for the imagery.