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ELEMENTARY

Changes are afoot after a sizable eight-month time jump. The Season 3 opener finds Joan with her own apartment, a steady boyfriend (played by Smash's Raza Jaffrey) and a solo P.I. gig (which leads to a case involving guest star Gina Gershon, pictured left). Then, someone familiar returns: Sherlock. “It is understandably very awkward,” executive producer Rob Doherty previews. “We'll find out that Sherlock left New York [to work with MI6] without so much as a goodbye.” Making things even more uncomfortable is his new and decidedly different protégé, Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond), who is based on a character from the short storyThe Adventure of the Illustrious Client. “I would say she’s very coiled. She is certainly rougher around the edges than Joan Watson is or was.” So what do the two women in Sherlock’s life think of each other? “Things don’t get off to a great start,” Doherty admits. “In fact, their first confrontation is physical.”

BONUS SPOILER | “There’s a character from canon known as Baron Gruner, and he is an important part of Kitty’s backstory in the short story and inElementary,” the EP teases.

RETURN DATE | Thursday, Oct. 30 at 10/9c (CBS)

THE BIG BANG THEORY

Season 8 picks up 45 days into Sheldon’s head-clearing, cross-country train excursion, and all is not well. “His belongings have been stolen and he needs Leonard to come pick him up in Arizona,” previews showrunner Steve Molaro. Making matters worse, he returns home to an angry girlfriend. “Amy’s not pissed at him for leaving, but she’s certainly not thrilled that when he ran into trouble he called Leonard instead of her.” Leonard, meanwhile, will find that money changes (almost) everything when fiancée Penny puts her failed acting career on hold to work as a pharmaceutical sales rep at Bernadette’s company. “It alters their dynamic because now she’s actually doing well financially,” says Molaro. “It’s a new chapter for her.” Elsewhere, Howard is aghast to discover that Stuart has now become Ma’s permanent caretaker. And expect to see a lot more of Raj’s new girlfriend Emily (Laura Spencer). “We’re going to explore more of her personality,” he teases, “and what she’s really like.”

BONUS SPOILER | A Howard-Bernadette baby will not “be happening anytime soon,” maintains Molaro. “We’re not in any rush to have a baby on the show.

RETURN DATE | Monday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c (CBS)

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