Question: I just watched the first seven minutes of the Grey’s Anatomy finale on Hulu. I hope you alert everyone because, as I’m sure you’ve seen, it is very disturbing/shocking! —Elizabeth
Ausiello: News flash: If you thought the first seven minutes were disturbing/shocking, I strongly suggest you skip the remaining 78-odd minutes. Some seriously dark and depressing s**t goes down in that hospital, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Fun fact: Something big happens in the second hour that doesn’t fit into any of the categories in my May Sweeps Scorecard.
Question: Is the Grey’s Anatomy finale truly going to be epic, or is the hype a bit exaggerated? —Dana
Ausiello: Based on what I’ve seen (the first hour) and heard (much of the second), it’s no exaggeration.
Question: Got any Smallville season 10 scoop? —Matt
Question: You ruined my weekend by announcing FlashForward‘s cancellation, so could you please make it up to me with some scoop on the final two episodes? —Cameron
Ausiello: According to Jack Davenport (Lloyd), the series goes out with a (mostly satisfying) bang. “The last [two] episodes are pretty fantastic,” he raves. “We were all blown away when we read them. Do I think the story could have gone further? Sure. No one intends to do [just] one season — especially not with a grand concept-y show like this. I don’t think it will be unsatisfying, but it will not answer all the questions. The [producers] had to be mindful that they may only get one season, so there are some satisfactory wrap-ups.”
Question: From one Mike to another, I just want to say thank you for your Glee scoop on Will and Emma. Is there anything more you can add? —Mike
Ausiello: From one Mike to another, I found out who’s to blame for Will and Emma getting such short shrift in this season’s final episodes: Gargamel! True story. At Entertainment Weekly‘s pre-upfront bash Sunday, Jayma Mays told me that producers agreed to write her out so she could go to New York and shoot her role as Neil Patrick Harris’ wife in The Smurfs Movie. But as I reported in last week’s AA, Emma returns in the season finale to break the news to Will that she’s dating her dentist — a triangle I’m told will get major play this fall. Casting for her tooth doc is currently under way. Got suggestions? Hit the comments!
Question: How does Will take the news that Emma is seeing her dentist on Glee? —Nicole
Ausiello: Not well.
Question: Any scoop on what’s going to happen on Warehouse 13? —Kate
Ausiello: Tia Carrere, who just shot her first episode playing a former flame of Pete’s, insists her character isn’t there to ruffle Myka’s feathers. “It’s not a three’s-a-crowd situation — at least not yet,” Carrere maintains. “I am helpful to a case they are working on.”
Question: Any updates on Boston’s Finest, the Katee Sackhoff pilot? It’s not on ABC’s new schedule. —Sean
Ausiello: There’s a good reason for that: It’s dead.
Question: Do you know if the producers of Dexter have plans to introduce a new love interest for Deb? —Paul
Ausiello: Introduce probably isn’t the right word, since her new love interest is someone she already knows. I’m hearing that new showrunner Chip Johannessen is finally going to pull the trigger on a Deb-Quinn romance. Dexter’s going to be so thrilled!
Ausiello: I know of no such plans. Jacobs, however, confirms that Cynthia Watros will be back as Wilson’s former (and current) love, Sam. “She absolutely factors into the beginning of the season,” she says. “Where that relationship ultimately goes I don’t know.” Jacobs notes that this marks the first time that both House and Wilson will be involved in serious relationships simultaneously. “Wilson will be with Sam, and House will be with Cuddy,” she points out. “What does it look like for Princeton Plainsboro thematically? Does it work? We’re going to look at that next season.” Speaking of House, don’t forget to check out the first Nurse Jeffrey appisode next Monday. Click here for a preview.
Question: With Cary being fired on The Good Wife, are we going to see Matt Czuchry back as a series regular in season 2? —Jess
Ausiello: Yes. In fact, don’t be surprised if Czuchry’s role gets expanded next season now that he has gone to work for the enemy (a.k.a. Glenn Childs). As Czuchry reveals, Cary’s new role will allow producers to open up the show in season 2. “We’ll be able to show more of the other side, the prosecution side, which we haven’t seen that much of. It’s a great way of seeing a different perspective, as opposed to just looking at the cases through Stern Lockhart.” Next Tuesday’s season finale will give viewers a taste of what’s to come when Cary goes toe-to-toe against the firm, taking on not only Alicia but Will and Diane as well. “It’s a great setup for next season,” says Czuchry. “It’s going to up the competition. And [taking a job with Glenn] is such a direct F-U to Alicia.”
Question: Any season-finale scoop on Will and Alicia from The Good Wife? —Kristen
Ausiello: Just as Alicia decides to try to make things work with Peter, Will tells her he wants to make a go of a relationship. Go figure.
Question: Was Vanessa’s absence in these final Gossip Girl episodes a creative decision or a contractual issue with Jessica Szohr? —Jessica
Ausiello: E.P. Stephanie Savage says it was the former. “The big story at the end of the season was the [William] story, and we wanted Dan to be available to really be in that story with everyone else,” she explains. “And it felt like it was nicer to give Dan and Vanessa their own ending to their story rather than try to thread that through [William’s] story.”
Question: This is it. The clock is winding down. The final silent ticks. Your last 24 spoiler. Damn it, Michael! Tell me something! —Ryan
Ausiello: The final line of the series is **** ** *o**.
Question: I have a feeling that your Feb. 10 Blind Item was about my favorite actress, Katie Cassidy. Am I right? —Jack
Ausiello: Close but no cigarillo.
Question: I’m a bit confused about The Vampire Diaries and the number of fatalities you have listed in your May Sweeps Scorecard. You list Anna and Uncle John as confirmed fatalities and Jeremy as a possible fatality, but what about Mayor Lockwood? After watching the finale, I figured he’d be a confirmed fatality. —Audra
Ausiello: I didn’t deem him important enough to include in the Scorecard. I’m sure he was a lovely man, but the dude was in, like, two episodes.
Question: Do you have a purpose in life? —Andrew
Ausiello: Honestly, it depends on the day.
Question: Could you give us some scoop on the Glee finale concerning Finn and Rachel’s relationship? —Nils
Ausiello: Something major happens. And it’s major. It’s also really major.
Question: It’s been weeks since you’ve given us any scoop on 30 Rock! Can you give us any hints as to what’s coming up in the finale? —Maria
Ausiello: Weeks? Clearly you missed my blockbuster interview with Tina Fey from Monday’s NBC upfront, during which she unequivocally ruled out a romance for Liz and Jack while strongly hinting at a series-ending sunset stroll for Liz and Wesley.
Question: Where can I find the answers to your Blind Items? Is there a certain place you reveal the answers? —Patrick
Ausiello: Yes. Last call at the Times Square Applebee’s on the final Sunday of every alternate month.
Question: I’ve really been loving Caterina Scorsone on Private Practice. I didn’t even watch the show until I found out she was going to be guest-starring. Any chance we’ll be seeing her return next season? —Steph
Ausiello: I’m willing to bet Mister Scooch’s Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy that not only will she return, but she’ll also be promoted to a series regular.
Question: I need one final Lost scoop before Sunday. It’s my last chance! —Ben
Ausiello: You know that big gathering in the Sideways world that everyone was heading off to at the end of Tuesday’s ep? Rumor has it something very *a* happens.
Question: Don’t you consider Mark telling Lexie, “You could have a husband” in the May 13 episode of Grey’s Anatomy a proposal? Or am I just reading too much into it? —Cheryl
Ausiello: You’re reading too much into it. In order for their engagement to be recognized by my May Sweeps Scorecard, dude needs to put a ring on it.
Question: I heard that Supernatural was planning a time jump at the beginning of season 6. Is this true? —Tiffiny
Ausiello: No. But I think I know how the rumor got started. Apparently, Jensen Ackles was asked in a recent interview what he would like to see happen next season, and he threw out the idea of a flash-forward. And like a game of telephone, that got turned into “Supernatural is jumping forward!” Could it happen? Sure. Will it happen? That’s yet to be determined.
Question: I heard Greek was starting off its new season with a time jump. True? —Becky
Ausiello: This one is true… ish. Allow series creator Sean Smith to explain: “The fact is, we aren’t picking right up after Spring Break. Our first episode opens at Casey, Evan, and Ashleigh’s graduation about a month later. After that, we ‘flash-forward’ to, like, two months later, so we’re not stuck with the summer months.”
Question: Burn Notice spoilers? —Damon
Ausiello: My colleague Vlada Gelman snuck a peek at the first five minutes of the season premiere. She then filed this report: “Michael’s voice-over reveals that he’s been MIA for weeks, but there’s little time for explanations or even small talk when he’s reunited with Fiona. She greets him with a kiss and then a slap before pulling him into the job she’s currently working on with Sam.”
Question: Loved the Gossip Girl finale! But regarding your asterisk quiz from last week, the possible fatality was Chuck, not *a*e, so that was very misleading. —Janice
Ausiello: Chuck isn’t male?! A spoiler alert would’ve been nice!
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can follow me on Twitter via @michaelausiello. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell)