February 12, 2009 at 09:00 AM EST

Question: Now that it seems likely that Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight are leaving Grey’s Anatomy, does this mean there’s a chance Isaiah Washington could return as Burke? — Dion
Dion, listen up, ’cause I’m only going to tell you this once: Um, no. But while we’re on the subject of the looming mass exodus at Seattle Grace, a little birdie at Grey’s confided to me that Shonda Rhimes briefly flirted with the idea of having George develop a sudden interest in Dr. Hunt’s background as an army doc. You thinking what I’m thinking? ‘Cause I’m thinking what better way to get rid of George than to have him join the military and go off to Iraq. It’d be perfect, right? Only trouble is, an ABC insider tells me that story has been scrapped and replaced with “something even better.” I’m not sure what that something is, but I have a call into my new BFF James Pickens Jr. to find out!

Question: The Office scoop? — Gerald

Ausiello: The titles of two upcoming episodes have piqued my curiosity.

One is called “Two Weeks Notice,” and the other is called “The New

Boss.” My guess? Either Michael is faux bolting Dunder Miff or those titles

herald the arrival of Wire star Idris Elba as the new big shot in


Question: Anything good coming up on Ugly Betty that you can tease? — Sandra

Ausiello: You mean aside from a fourth season? (Phew!) Um, let’s see…

someone will get married, someone will die, and Betty will find herself

with a surprising new boss.

Question: Has Tom Welling signed on for season 9 of Smallville yet? — Pat

Ausiello: No. I’m not sure what’s taking so long.

Question: Any news from Lois’ big return to Smallville? — Claudia

Ausiello: It airs March 12. It features a return appearance by Tori

Spelling. It finds Clark revealing his true identity to the world. And

I’m told it will have Lois and Clark fans forgetting Lana appeared in any

episodes at all this season.

Question: I just read that Nicollette Sheridan is leaving Desperate Housewives. Is this true? — Mike

Ausiello: Perhaps. I, for one, find it curious that ABC is only

confirming that “Edie Britt will be leaving Wisteria Lane.” They’re not

saying anything about Nicollette Sheridan. THIS JUST IN: Nic’s rep is

now confirming that she is, in fact, leaving the show. THIS JUST IN: I’m still not convinced.

Question: OMG, the Tony-Ziva tension on NCIS is so hot right now. Got any scoop on these two? — Jackie

Ausiello: Ziva may want to plant a bug in the interrogation room,

because in the March 17 episode, Tony lets some rather shocking details

about his love life slip while interviewing a woman in custody.

Question: Please tell me Heroes didn’t really kill off Daphne! — Patty

Ausiello: Heroes didn’t really kill of Daphne — at least not yet. 

Question: I really need a Fringe scoop! — Bryan

Ausiello: You know Olivia’s MIA stepfather? The evil guy who leaves her

creepy birthday cards every year? Well, we’re “most likely” going to

meet him in the flesh before the end of the season, confirms executive

producer J.J. Abrams. “It’s a huge story,” he says, “and I don’t want

to rush it.” Abrams wouldn’t tell me who’s on his short list to play

the baddie, so I’ll tell you who’s on mine instead: Carnivale‘s Clancy


Question: First-time writer. Long-time reader. Looking for scoop on Psych. Totally love that show. For real. — Stef

Ausiello: This isn’t scoop so much as it is a random tidbit from Super

Bowl weekend: At NBC Universal’s tailgate party, James Roday, Dule

Hill, and Chris Meloni took on Burn Notice‘s Jeffrey Donovan, The

O.C.‘s Ben Mackenzie, and an unidentified executive’s son in an

impromptu game of pick-up touch football. Team Roday-Hill-Meloni

prevailed by a score of 21-7. And because I know you’ll ask, both

teams kept their shirts on the entire game. “At one point shirts and

skins were suggested,” whispers my gridiron mole, “but it was too chilly.”

Question: If Friday Night Lights gets picked up for a fourth season, who among the cast will return? — Thomas

Ausiello: The only locks are the core Taylors (Kyle Chandler, Connie

Britton, Aimee Teegarden) and incoming senior Landry (Jesse Plemons).

Beyond that, exec producer Jason Katims is keeping his options open. “I

want to wait until I get the [fourth season] pickup before I really

decide,” says Katims, who cautions fans not to read too much into the

events of the season 3 finale. “Things might change in the time between

the finale and where we start with season 4… The truth is, some

people go off to college and then it doesn’t work out. Something brings

them back to town. And some people never end up leaving town.” Cuts will eventually have to be made, Katims concedes. “It’s a phenomenal cast,” he

says. “It’s not easy for me to say I’m willing to let go of any of


Question: Since I’m being good and not throwing a fit about Ask

Ausiello moving to Thursdays, can you give up some Big Love scoop? —


Ausiello: I’m hereby ordering all Emmy voters to watch the Feb. 22

episode. It finds the entire Henrickson clan embarking on a 2,500 mile

road trip and it easily ranks as the finest hour of television all

season. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to throw a parade in

honor of Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin. But

more importantly, stuff happens. Ben-and-Margene stuff. Sarah-pregnancy

stuff. Nicki-birth-control stuff. Big stuff. Speaking of which, I’m

surprised you guys aren’t hounding me about the big death coming

up. What’s up with that?

Question: Has anyone been cast on the new Melrose yet? — Berk

Ausiello: No, but I hear producers continue to aggressively pursue

Heather Locklear. And now that we know that Jake’s son will be a

player in the reboot, Grant Show will probably be next.

Question: Since we didn’t get a new House this week, do you have any scoop to hold us over until next week? — Morgan

Ausiello: I’ve got something better — scoop in the form of a

frustrating fun game. Try and guess what House-related question prompted Jesse

Spencer to declare, “If there is, I’m done. I’ll walk. I’m freaking done.” The answer is hidden somewhere in this week’s AA. Happy hunting!

Question: I’ve decided I’ll forgive your moving Ask Ausiello to

Thursdays on one condition: you provide some new House scoop. — Kate

Ausiello: Congratulations all you game-players — you found it! Here’s

the question that prompted Jesse Spencer to declare, “If there is, I’m

done. I’ll walk. I’m freaking done.”:

Any plans for a very special episode of House in which Chase and Cameron get married?   

Did anyone guess correctly? If so, congrats! You just won exclusive access to the rest of

Spencer’s quote. “I think [producers] are wary about getting into too

much relationship stuff,” he says. “It’s a procedural show at its core.

That’s why people like it. That’s why I like to watch it… [Besides],

how much do people want to see well-adjusted, happy Chameron? Because

of David [Shore]’s general disdain for life, you can rest assured that

what we won’t be doing next season is getting happy. You won’t see

Chase and Cameron make a home and have babies and other greeting card


Question: Hugh Laurie was spotted filming a beach scene in Malibu while wearing a

Hawaiian shirt. Do you know if it was a House scene he was shooting?

— Martina

Ausiello: Yes, it was. And if I say anything more than that Katie Jacobs will kabob my kabits.

Question: I may be the only person in the world who’s extremely excited

by the breakup of Dan and Serena on Gossip Girl. What’s next for both

of them? — Randi

Ausiello: A new love triangle for Serena that will eventually set in motion

that whole Anne Hathaway-inspired plot I told you about last week. What I failed to mention in that story was that when Serena’s grifter love interest is first introduced, he’s in

a relationship with her socialite bud, Poppy Lifton!

Question: Does First Husband Henry Taylor die on 24? Please say no. He is one of my new favorite characters! — Nicole

Ausiello: I’ll say this about Henry’s fate: Nothing. I will, however,

divulge that his shooting leads to the introduction of First Daughter

Olivia, played by Jericho‘s Sprague Grayden. “She [became] estranged

from the family during the campaign after a small scandal,” reveals

exec producer Howard Gordon. “She’s adversarial and very formidable,

and actually had a position of power in her mother’s campaign.” We’ll

meet Olivia in Monday’s episode when a VIP who’s very familiar to 24

fans summons her. 

Question: 24 scoop, please! This is the best season ever. What can you give us?  — Robin

Ausiello: I thought I had the whole FBI mole situation figured out. I thought wrong.

Question: Any news on the Veronica Mars movie? — Esme

Ausiello: Yes. Big news. Here.

Question: What’s going on with Sam on Supernatural? Is he going to succumb to the Dark Side? — Jon

Ausiello: Let’s just say Sam may need to start going to meetings. The

kind of meeting where you step up in front of a room and declare, “Hi.

My name is Sam, and I’m a Demon Bloodholic.”

Question: Totally psyched about the return of Rescue Me in April. How about some scoop? — Sean

Ausiello: A major character will be diagnosed with cancer this season.

And because it’s Rescue Me, it’ll be both sad and hilarious. Probably

more of the latter.

Question: I have just been blown away by these final episodes of

Battlestar Galactica. I’m almost afraid to ask for spoilers. Eh, frak

it, what’s to come? — John

Ausiello: I’m told this Friday’s episode is 33 percent about Ellen

Tigh, 31 percent about Brother Cavil, and 5 percent about

awesomeness. The other 31 percent remained unaccounted for at press time. (And I

agree with you about these BSG eps being top-notch. Well, mostly

top-notch. I still maintain that the Jan. 23 episode was a dud.)

Question: Is Roma Maffia gone for good on Nip/Tuck?  I hope not. — A. Swift

Ausiello: She is not. Hey, speaking of Liz, did anyone else spot Days of Our Lives alum Lisa Howard playing her girlfriend in last week’s episode? I sure did!

Question: Is it too much to ask for some scoop about the return of George Clooney and Julianna Margulies to ER? Jackie

Ausiello: Is it too much to answer in the form of a multiple choice

quiz? Cool. How much did George and Julianna each get paid for their

two days of work?

A)    $125K

B)    $225K

C)    $500K

D)    Scale

Submit your best guess in the comments section below and check back next week to see if you’re a winner!

And on that note, it’s time to bring this historic edition of Ask

Ausiello (first time on Thursday!) to a close. Please send

questions/anonymous tips/other stuff to ausielloscoop@ew.com.

(Additional reporting by Carrie Bell and Dan Snierson)

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