Question: All of these Lost promos are getting me super pumped for January! Any more news on casting or plot twists to get me even more excited? — Sam
Ausiello: How about a scoop that’s equal parts casting news and plot twisty? Per my Lost mole, we’re going to meet Jack’s grandfather for the first time in episode 7! He’ll be played by actor Raymond Barry, who’s probably best known for his role as Tom Cruise’s dad in Born on the Fourth of July.
Question: Does Bryan Fuller’s decision to rework Pushing Daisies‘ finale to have more closure mean that there is less of a chance that there will be a comic book continuation of the series? — Shawn
Ausiello: No. Although closure will come to nearly all of Daisies‘ main characters in the final episode, Bryan still plans to keep the franchise alive in comic book form.
Question: I was wondering if you have heard anything new about Mad Men. I am going through serious withdrawals. — Jo
Ausiello: There’s still no deal in place for Matthew Weiner to return
as show-runner, if that’s what you’re asking. But this may satisfy your
Mad cravings, even though it’s not specifically about the Emmy-winning
masterpiece: Sources confirm to me exclusively that Maggie Siff, a.k.a.
Don Draper’s season 1 mistress, has been tapped to play the daughter of
Harvey Keitel’s ornery lieutenant on Life on Mars.
Question: Please, please, please tell me there’s a chance T.R. Knight
is not leaving Grey’s Anatomy! Will they really let one of the original
five leave? — Virginia
Ausiello: Let’s ask Knight’s co-star, Eric Dane: “I have not heard
confirmation [that he’s leaving] yet. I don’t know anything about when
or how. If that happens, of course I would be bummed. He’s a great guy
to work with and a great character for the show, but he’s gotta do what
he feels is right.” For his part, Dane has no plans to flee Seattle
Grace before his contract expires — particularly now that Mark is
McSteaming up the sheets with Lexie. “It is a good place to work and
there are good people behind and in front of the cameras. I’m not going
anywhere. I just started getting some action again. Why would I leave?”
Question: There’s an official law in the NYPD that married couples are
forbidden from working together. Someone in the couple has to transfer
to another department/precinct. So, if Danny and Lindsay are getting
married on CSI: NY, how are they going to work together at all if
they’re breaking an official law? Does this mean one of them is going
to leave the lab for good? — K.C.
Ausiello: You may want to double-check your facts, KC. While it’s true
that such a rule existed at one time, it has since been dropped,
according to CSI: NY executive producer Pam Veasey. “Our former NYPD
Detective John Dove, based on his own experiences and confirming with
The Chief’s office, says there is no department law that two detectives
can’t work in the same department and be married. This was our belief
when we started this story.” Is it just me or did Ms. Veasey just
confirm that Danny and Lindsay will eventually tie the knot?
Question: So, who’s playing the role of Catherine Howard on The Tudors?
Surely, someone at the show responded to your plea for scoop in last
week’s Ask Ausiello. — Ted
Ausiello: They sure did, Ted. A well-placed (and, as promised, totally anonymous) Tudors spy e-mailed me to
say up-and-coming UK actress Tamzin Merchant scored the plum part, and
she’ll debut in season 3’s eighth episode. In other news, I would just like to take this opportunity to say key grip assistants are the unsung heroes of Hollywood.
Question: I thought your mailbag could benefit from a little more
variety given that half or your questions last week were solely devoted
to Grey’s Anatomy. So here’s a list of other shows that I think are
overdue for spoil goodies. Please pick the most anticipated one in your
opinion…or you can make my day and spoil them all: 90210, Fringe,
Greek, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Ugly Betty —
Ausiello: What do I look like to you? Santa? You’re gonna take some
AmTeen prattle and only some AmTeen prattle, and you’re gonna be happy
about it. Deal? Okay, then. In an upcoming episode, titled “One Night
in Band Camp,” a cute young girl tries to go all American Pie on Ricky,
but, sufficeth to say, they don’t end up making beautiful music
together. Also, Molly Ringwald is getting a potential new love
interest, and it’s Cynthia Nixon’s onetime Sex and the City boy toy,
Skipper Ben Weber!
Question: When is Greek returning? I miss the angsty college students
of Cyrus-Rhodes University. Got any scoop to tide me over until class
is back in session? — Jon H.
Ausiello: Sure do. Shortly after the show returns in March, you’ll be
treated to an “outing” called “Isn’t It Bro-mantic?” in which Calvin’s
super hot, super charming new roommate reveals that he’s gay.
Question: Ugly Betty scoop you have been seriously lacking on? — Sarah
Ausiello: Yes, yes, Yoda, your point I get. So here’s a little preview
all gussied up as a guessing game. Since the show is currently casting
about for a journalism bigwig and a female bookworm — the latter could
recur — I’m thinking Betty makes a new friend at a journalism seminar.
Your turn. What do you think this means? (Seriously, I have no idea.)
Question: Last Monday’s episode of Gossip Girl was devastating! I
don’t know how I’ll wait until January. Please give me some good news
to hold me over! — Alyssa
Ausiello: Lily and Rufus’ love child is coming to town! Eventually!
According to one of my anonymous Gossip gurus, Eric, Serena, Jenny and
Dan’s long lost half sib is not expected to show up until April or May
at the earliest. Also, I’m told no final decision has been made about
the little bastard’s gender, but, c’mon, it’s got to be a girl. For the
catfight potential alone.
Question: Can you give us any hints on the Heroes return you teased in last week’s Ask Ausiello? — Sasha
Ausiello: Sure. The answer is contained somewhere within my exclusive Bryan Fuller Q&A. Happy hunting!
Question: So, as I was watching last week’s episode of Friday Night
Lights, I was once again reminded that the people who choose the Emmy
and Golden Globe nominations are dumb! Agreed? — Tara
Ausiello: Agreed. FNL is on fire this season, and it sucks that Globe voters failed to recognize that. In fact, in EW’s
annual best and worst issue (on sale Friday), Smash’s farewell episode
is singled out by yours truly as one of the best hours of television all season. It was a close call between that ep and the Jeffrey Reiner-directed
episode 8, which featured my favorite FNL scene of all time. It was the
one where Eric and Tami came to an agreement that buying that fancy new house would
be a terrible mistake. The subtle nuances that Connie Britton and Kyle
Chandler brought to what could have easily been a throwaway scene just
blew my mind. I’ve watched it, like, 11 times. And there’s a good
chance I’ll make it a perfect dozen today. It’s that good. On the FNL spoiler
front, Landry and Tyra’s looming reunion gets sealed with a sorta-kiss
in tonight’s episode. And looking ahead to the finale, a beloved
character whose name begins with E or T and is cited somewhere in this
answer will be fired from his/her high profile job.
Question: Please tell us anything you know about Lauren Graham’s
as-of-yet untitled comedy on ABC. Will it really happen? — Michelle
Ausiello: Provided Warner Bros. and/or Jenny Bicks don’t claim the
concept infringes on the intellectual property that is the late, great Men in Trees,
yes, I believe it will happen. We may have to wait a while though. As you
know, Lauren is headed to Broadway this February in a revival of Guys
& Dolls, so the earliest this thing could get on the air — and I’m
just guessing here — is next January. But, hey, LG’s worth the wait!
Question: Any news on a possible return of Amy Ryan to The Office? — Amy
Ausiello: As luck would have it, my colleague, Adam Vary, just asked
Ryan that exact question. Here’s her response: “We don’t have plans for
it, but, you know, there were niceties exchanged about wanting to. And
then I don’t know what one would write for that, because they belong
together, but there has to be conflict. Someone’s going to screw it up,
Question: A bunch of us House fans are debating whose bathroom House is
in when he takes a bath in the Jan. 19 episode. Based on the promo Fox
aired at the end of last week’s episode, I think it Cuddy’s bathroom.
Others, however, think it’s either Wilson’s or House’s. Who’s right? —
Ausiello: The “Others” win! The bathroom is most definitely House’s. In related news, I worry about you and your friends, Erin.
Question: Will Cuddy’s happiness with the baby last, or is there more heartbreak looming? — Naomi
Ausiello: Things will get worse before they get better. Let’s just say
Cuddy’s maternal instincts don’t kick in immediately, and it freaks her
out a little.
Question: Do you have any scoop on the upcoming season of Scrubs? — Rachel
Ausiello: In only her second episode as the new hospital chief,
Courteney Cox does the unthinkable: She fires Janitor! And wait until
you see the dude she replaces him with.
Question: What happened to Ausiello TV? Did the economic slowdown hit your budget? — Mark
Ausiello: We had to take a little break to sort through some, ahem,
issues with our on air talent. Said issues will be painfully obvious
when the next new episode premieres, either later this week or early next.
Question: Could you please give us some scoop on Numbers? — Lauren
Ausiello: Yes, but only because you asked nicely. John Glover will
reprise his role as psychic Samuel Kraft in episode 13 when mysterious
deaths among Chinese immigrant women lead the FBI into a spooky web of
conspiracy. And you’ll never believe who penned the episode. No, not
Chad Michael Murray…Peter MacNicol!
Question: Damages is starting in a few weeks. Got any scoop? — Dart
Ausiello: A shocking, stalkerish link between two characters will be exposed early into season 2. Guesses? Proceed to the comments!
Question: The Big Bang Theory is my new obsession. What can you tell us? — Irrel
guy is guest starring as a possible nemesis to Sheldon early in ’09.
Question: I need some scoop on True Blood! Dish it, please. — Katie
Ausiello: Look who’s joining the cast next season!
Question: What can you tell me about the upcoming Smallville episode,
“Hex”? I hear that by some magic spell Chloe turns into Lois, which has
further inflamed the rivalry between Chloe fans and Lois fans. — Trisha
Ausiello: Well, if that inflamed it, then this little spoiler is going to,
um, er,… drive it one notch above inflamed. In one scene from the ep,
Clark stares lovingly into Chloe’s eyes, but only because he thinks
it’s Lois. It’s at that moment that Chloe learns how hard Clark has
fallen for Lois. Um, awkward!
OK, that’s a wrap! I leave you this week with some good news and some
bad news. First, the bad: Ask Ausiello is taking the next two
Wednesdays off on account of Santa Claus. Now the good: Ausiello Files
is staying open for business throughout the holiday season! Woo-hoo!
C’mon, it’s going to take a lot more than the perfect storm of
Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Three Kings
Day, and Festivus to shut a massive operation like this down.*
(Additional reporting by Carrie Bell, Lindsay Soll, Jennifer Armstrong,
and Andy Patrick)
* Postings may be less frequent during this period. Happy Holidays!