The Ausiello Files: February 13, 2008
EW's TV scooper has the details on ''Gossip Girl'''s Anne Hathaway-inspired con-man plotline, ''Desperate Housewives,'' and more
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Blake Lively reenacts a tabloid tale
Forget that ho-hum Oscar nomination. Now Anne Hathaway has something even cooler to brag about: her very own Gossip Girl plot!
The CW soap is planning a season-ending story line loosely inspired by the actress’ infamous (and fizzled) romance with Italian grifter Raffaello Follieri, who was convicted last October on 14 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. In the world of Gossip Girl, Blake Lively’s Serena will play the unsuspecting ingenue who falls for a handsome European socialite — in this case a hunk named Giorgio (casting is under way).
Though she won’t confirm or deny the story’s Hathaway-esque twists, executive producer Stephanie Savage reveals that Serena’s beau is ”very well-traveled, part of the global elite. He’s not a brooding artist like Dan or Aaron Rose. He’s definitely a grown-up, and that’s something Serena is very attracted to.”
Word is that GG‘s version of the story will take a turn that is so much darker than the Hathaway saga that it ultimately puts Serena’s life in danger. Moreover, it triggers the return of Michelle Trachtenberg’s Georgina Sparks and casts our heroine’s sworn frenemy in the unlikely role of savior. And Lively’s gotta hope the fictional tale ends in a similar way to Hathaway’s real-life one: with an Emmy nod. Or, at the very least, one of those groovy Teen Choice surfboards.
Q: For once in your life, give me some Desperate Housewives news! —Chris
A: Okay, but just this once: Orson’s darker underbelly will rear its ugly head again. ”He starts to steal things,” reveals the klepto’s portrayer, Kyle MacLachlan. ”It isn’t a burglar thing. He starts taking things that don’t belong to him, often from his friends and neighbors. I don’t know where that is eventually going to go, but it’s going to be delicious.” As delicious as Bree’s tasty herb-crusted tempeh steak? Hey, Orson, could you steal us the recipe for that?
Q: I’ll take one extra-large Medium scoop to go, please. —Tim
A: I’m seeing a Moonlighting reunion in the show’s future. Series creator Glenn Gordon Caron, who birthed the ’80s hit, is developing an episode for Allyce Beasley, a.k.a. Blue Moon’s quirky, rhyme-inclined secretary Agnes DiPesto. ”She’s going to be playing a psychic,” he says. ”Because how could Allyce not be a psychic?”
Q: Do you have any juicy spoilers for us Nip/Tuck fans? —Shelley
A: The show’s sixth and final season is now shooting, so it’s time to play the previously-unknown-relative card! (See also: Cousin Oliver.) Producers are casting the role of Sean’s younger bro Brendan, a meth addict who lives in a nature preserve. But before you go throwing around shark-jumping allegations, let me remind you that this is Nip/Tuck. Been there, jumped that.