Question: What the hell is going on with Grey’s Anatomy‘s Denny and Izzie? — Jackie
Ausiello: Don’t be so quick to judge. Who among us hasn’t gone to first base with a dead ex at least once in our lives? Exactly.
Question: Okay, I’m officially worried that Izzie really does have a brain tumor and Shonda Rhimes is paving the way for Katherine Heigl’s departure at the end of the season. Reassure me, Mike! — Alex
Ausiello: Hold on, Alex, I’ve got Shonda Rhimes on the line….She says she heard through the grapevine that I’ve been flooded with hundreds of e-mails from mostly irate and confused Grey’s fans wondering WTF is going on with this bizarre love story between a dead Denny and an alive Izzie….She says she’d like to address Ask Ausiello readers directly via this exclusive statement….
“I think the love triangle with Denny, Izzie, and Alex is among the most interesting we’ve ever done. Watching the chemistry between Jeffrey and Katherine again has been really touching. I can’t wait for our viewers to see where we’re taking it. But what it won’t involve is Izzie having a brain tumor.”
Alright, so the brain tumor theory is out the window. What does that leave in the way of logical explanations? Scroll down to the comments section and start brainstorming. You never know, I may run your idea in next week’s Ask Ausiello and pass it off as my own!
Question: What’s next for Callie on Grey’s Anatomy now that Hahn’s gone? — Amy
Ausiello: The official ABC logline for the Dec. 4 episode includes this little morsel: “Callie can’t figure out if Sadie is just friendly or flirtatious.” Translation: Sadie’s next for Callie.
Question: Your Office teaser last week leads me (and probably 99 percent of your readers) to believe that a Toby comeback is in the not-too-distant future. How’d we do? — Kevin
Ausiello: Not bad. Not bad at all. Pretty good, in fact.
Question: Are you ignoring me? What is the deal with Big Love? Doesn’t HBO know that some of us are eagerly anticipating the creepy, captivating antics of polygamists? When is the show returning? — Jenn
Ausiello: I’m not so much ignoring you as I’m pretending you don’t exist. There’s a difference. Anywhoo, HBO’s most entertaining drama series since Deadwood launches its third season on Jan. 18, and it looks like the Grim Reaper has been elevated to a series regular. My Big mole reveals that there will be at least two significant deaths this season, one of which is so top secret only a handful of people were allowed to witness it. “The scene wasn’t on the call sheet and it was shot with minimal crew,” whispers the insider. “But it wasn’t too hard to figure out what was going on. The screaming was painful.”
Question: Please tell us what the answer is to your blind item, “War Declared Backstage at Cult Fave.” We’re going crazy trying to figure it out. — Krista
Ausiello: It’s not Pushing Daisies. Or Dirty Sexy Money. No more clues.
Question: Your “War Declared Backstage” blind item has me worried it’s Eli Stone. — Kevin
Ausiello: It’s not Eli Stone. Hey, wait a sec, I said no more clues. You tricked me!
Question: Scoop on The Unit? Oh please, oh please, oh please! — Marah
Ausiello: Okay, Okay, Okay! Two roles currently being cast for a Scott Foley-directed episode hint at big trouble a-brewin’: One character’s the middle-aged leader of a pack of Chilean monks who tests Jonas’ mettle, the other’s a younger holy man who cares for an injured-to-the-point-of-dying member of the Unit. (Dying?! Egad! Maybe Jonas’ mettle flunks its test?) In any case, maybe neither actor who gets the parts should get too excited: I was directed once by the Felicity alum on his alma mater… right onto the cutting-room floor. I kid, I kid.
Question: There’s a Snapple coming your way if you can tell me when Bones will be revisiting the “Gravedigger” plot. — Joey
Ausiello: Jan. 15 at 8 p.m./EST, and not a moment sooner. Gimme my free snaps!
Question: I’m dying for some scoop on Brothers & Sisters. — Eva
Ausiello: You’re dying for Brothers & Sister scoop, and I’ve got Brothers & Sisters scoop about someone possibly dying. It’s kismet! A special two-hour episode airing in March will find a member of the Walker clan experiencing a potentially life-threatening medical crisis.
Question: Are you freaking for real? You can’t just say two people are going to be making out on the Dec. 9 House and not say who! — Reina
Ausiello: My math sucks, so help me out here: What does seven plus seven equal?
Question: It’s almost time for Christmas angst (er, um, cheer?) on House! What’s in store for the holidays at Princeton Plainsboro this year? — Yolanda
Ausiello: A miracle. A true blue spectacle. A miracle come true.
Question: Got anything new on Chuck? — Laura
Ausiello: Zachary Levi. Naked. In 3-D. On Feb. 2. Kind of. According to exec producer Josh Schwartz, a scene in the blockbuster episode features “Chuck without his pants clinging to the outside of a glass elevator for dear life. I wouldn’t say he’s naked, but you might see some thigh.”
Question: I’ve noticed that Jeffrey Reiner hasn’t directed many episodes of Friday Night Lights this season. He’s such a great talent. Do you know what happened? — Isa
Ausiello: No clue, but he directed Scott Porter’s swan song tonight, and guess what? It’s a work of freakin’ art! One scene in particular, involving Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, deserves to be played on an endless loop at the Museum of Television and Radio. Definitely one of my favorite Coach-Tami moments to date. Spoiler-wise, someone suffers a heart attack, Tyra makes what could be the biggest mistake of her life (and that’s saying something considering the mess she got herself into last year), and Matt comes up with a surprising solution to his QB problem.
Question: You are seriously lacking when it comes to NCIS anything. Give me something. Now! — Kirsti
Ausiello: As you may have heard, there are some dark days ahead for Ducky. But how dark are we talking? Pretty damn dark! Executive Producer Shane Brennan reveals to me exclusively that the Duckster gets stabbed in an episode airing early next year. The incident will launch David McCallum head first into a powerful story that reveals a side to Ducky no one knows about — not even Gibbs. “David puts in an astonishingly powerful and moving performance in this episode,” raves Brennan. “It’s a story I first talked about with David almost two years ago. It’s been a long time coming, but well worth the wait.”
Question: Both Brooke Shields and Kim Raver are insisting that Lipstick Jungle is not canceled. What are you hearing, wise-and-all-knowing-TV-guru? — David
Ausiello: I’m hearing the same thing I did a week ago: NBC won’t be ordering any additional episodes beyond the 13 it originally commissioned. Nothing has changed.
Question: Please tell me there’s going to be a 9th season of Smallville after what is possibly one of the best seasons so far? — Joanne
Ausiello: I hear The CW will likely take the don’t-fix-if-not-broke approach and keep its Thursday line-up intact next season. (Attention Smallville fans: Scroll down to the bottom of this column and watch an exclusive preview of Chloe and Jimmy’s apocalyptic nuptials!) In related news, there was a wild rumor going around last week that Supernatural received a green light for a fifth season. The network quickly squashed it, but, man, for about 30 minutes last Monday I thought Christmas had come early for all you Supe Nazis.
Question: Just wanted to thank you for the wealth of Supernatural scoop this season. You rock. It’s so great to know my favorite show’s getting some buzz. Keep it coming! — Stephanie
Ausiello: In a February episode, the Brothers Dubya get put under a spell that forces them to beat the living daylights out of each other and confront their true feelings. And in exactly that order.
Question: Why, oh, why did The Ex List get canceled? — Lily
Ausiello: Elizabeth Reaser is asking herself the same question. “I don’t quite know what went wrong,” she lamented at Monday’s Twilight premiere. “Not enough people watched it, I guess, is the simplest reason. I was having a good time on the show. I liked the idea of the show. I never quite understand how ratings work or time slots or how they make the decisions to cancel a show. It is very hard for a new show to survive these days unless they are a blockbuster hit from the pilot. But I really don’t know what went wrong. I am at a loss and disappointed and I think everyone on the show and involved in it felt the same way. But we aren’t alone. A lot of shows have already been canceled.” The good news? Ex List will complete its 13-episode order with an eye towards international sales and a DVD release. “I’m still shooting the show, which is odd,” she admitted. “The scripts have been rewritten to give [fans] some closure. [Bella] will figure out which ex is the one. I do find the guy, and it’s someone we met in an earlier episode.”
Question: Can you verify that Aaron Pierce is returning to 24 this season? — Yong
Ausiello: I can. A Fox insider says Pierce is back for “multiple episodes.”
Question: Anything on Rescue Me? It’s bad enough that I have to wait until 2009 for the new season, but to make things worse, I can’t seem to find any spoilers for it. You’ll be my new hero if you give me something new. — Joanna
Ausiello: There’s a new Probie in the firehouse — and it’s someone we’ve met before.
Question: I love Medium. Is it ever coming back? — Kendra
Ausiello: It’s returning in January, and here’s some exclusive casting scoop to tide you over: Hugh Laurie’s onetime House nemesis, David Morse, has booked a two-episode arc as the owner of the shady company that employs Tracy Pollan’s character. Speaking of Medium, NBC has upped the show’s episode order from 13 to 19.
Question: Any Nip/Tuck scoop? I’m sick of waiting for the new season to start! Thanks! — Aimee
Ausiello: Sounds to me like someone’s headed for the slammer. The show’s searching for a Chris Meloni type to play a hardened convict with a nasty habit of knocking cell-blockheads together and a would-be Cuddy to play the corrupt prison warden.
Question: Any Heroes scoop? — Diana
Ausiello: Everything I’m hearing tells me the show will turn a corner with “Fugitives.” One thing is certain: It will be a lot easier to kept track of what’s going on. According to an NBC insider, “They’re changing the style of storytelling. Instead of five or six stories to follow, there’s more like three or four. It’s like the first season in many respects.”
That’s all for this week! Please forward any/all questions/hot tips/random stuff to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell and Andy Patrick)