Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Smallville,' 'Grey's,' '24,' 'Ugly Betty,' 'Housewives,' 'Bones,' 'Big Love,' 'Lost,' 'The Office,' and more!
Question: I’m so excited about the return of Chase and Cameron on House! Do you have any insider info on what they’ll be doing? –Leigh
Ausiello: Do Twitter feeds qualify as insider info? ‘Cause on March 16, Omar Epps and a bunch of his House cronies were tweeting about a big bachelor party scene that was being shot that day, fueling speculation that Chase is about to march down the aisle with Cameron. Sounds plausible to me. In related news, I’m on Twitter, too! (Come on, I had to go there.)
Question: Any truth to your frenemy’s report about a big death coming up on House? –Drew
Ausiello: Yep, there’s a lot of truth to it.
Question: The Office? Pretty please (with cherries and anything else that you especially like on top)!? –Laura
Ausiello: I’m partial to rainbow sprinkles and crushed Oreos. Regarding Office scoop, we’ll soon learn that Ryan pulled a Margene during his time away. (Ask a Big Love fan; they’ll know what I’m getting at.)
Question: Do you have any more scoop about The Office? I’m starting to feel like Andy without a penny for his loafers. –Tiffany
Ausiello: Think Michael’s abrupt resignation last week was nothing more than a one- or two-episode sweeps stunt? Think again. Not only will his departure stick, he’ll decide to start up his own paper company — presumably one that competes directly with Dunder Miff!
Question: Is Desperate Housewives playing another trick on us re: Edie’s death? –Sam
Ausiello: Nah, they really killed the ol’ broad this time. But Edie
returns in a big way in the April 19 episode via newly-created
flashbacks with each of the main housewives. It’ll be just like the
100th episode, only swap out Beau Bridges and insert Nicollette
Question: There has been a complete lack of Law & Order: Criminal Intent scoop in AA. Let’s change that, okay? –Kristi
Ausiello: Sure, but only because you asked so very nicely. Criminal
Intent‘s eighth season (and second on USA) kicks off April 19 with a
Goren-Eames episode. But things get really interesting the following
week with the arrival Jeff Goldblum’s character, Zach Nichols, who’s
partnered with Wheeler (Julianne Nicholsen). Let’s just say
communication doesn’t seem to be this duo’s forte.
Question: Is Elizabeth Mitchell leaving Lost? It will break my heart if she does. –Cristiane
Ausiello: I address the murky Mitchell situation in this week’s EW (on
sale Friday), but this much I can tell you now: Juliet will definitely
appear on Lost next season.
Question: Any Smallville finale spoilers that don’t involve the Grim Reaper? –Graham
Ausiello: The fight scene between Doomsday and Clark is going to be big. One might even call it ginormous.
Question: Any clues on the Smallville vet getting killed off in the finale? –Brad
Ausiello: The *er**n d***g ** *** C****.
Question: Rumor has it the Veronica Mars movie is dead. What’s the deal?! –Andrew
Ausiello: It’s not dead. It’s not alive. It’s… I better let Rob Thomas explain: “I haven’t received an official no [from Warner Bros.]. It’s being considered, but at this point the chance of a quick green light isn’t there. It’s true I’m a bit discouraged, but I wouldn’t pronounce it dead-dead. It’s like the wheezy old man they’re trying to cart off to the graveyard in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Keep the faith, people!
Question: I am dying for some Gossip Girl scoop regarding the season finale. –Lara
Ausiello: I’m hearing there will be multiple cliffhangers, one of which may include an appearance by Rufus and Lily’s presumed-dead love child.
Question: Any scoop on the Gossip Girl spin-off? Please tell me they’re not calling it Lily. That would be L-A-M-E. –Blake
Ausiello: They’re not calling it Lily; nor will it be Lily of the
Valley, which was also rumored. The Valley was discussed but, alas,
that was the name of the faux soap on The O.C. That leaves… um… If you’ve got any
suggestions, post ’em in the comments!
Question: Do you have any awesome scoop on what’s ahead on Grey’s Anatomy? –Jim
Ausiello: The wedding taking place in the 100th episode on May 7? It’s not Mer-Der after all! The plot thickens!
Question: Any news on whether T.R. Knight will get a story this season on Grey’s Anatomy? –Craig
Ausiello: Remember me telling you last month about a proposed storyline
that would find George developing an interest in Owen’s specialty as a
military/trauma doc? You know, the one ABC insisted had been scrapped
and replaced with something even better? Well, my colleague, Jennifer
Armstrong, just spoke to Kevin McKidd, and the new story sounds a lot
like the old one. “Hunt [will start to] see something in George that no
one else has,” McKidd revealed. “There’s an event that happens and
[Hunt] realizes there’s a lot more to him… that he has a set of
skills that maybe he isn’t even aware of. And Hunt starts to mentor him
in a way that gets really interesting.” Translation: My initial theory
about Shonda Rhimes having George join the military and go off to Iraq as a
way of accommodating Knight’s departure is so happening. Right?
Question: Will Cristina and Owen hit the sheets anytime soon on Grey’s Anatomy? –Erin
Ausiello: Let’s ask Kevin McKidd. “A lot happens this week,” he said.
“I think they’ve drawn that one out a lot, and I know people are
getting frustrated. I think it’s good because they’ve really connected
on a mental and emotional level. And now I think it’s time they connect
physically.” (Oh, they’re going to connect physically, alright.)
Question: You were right, the Big Love finale did not disappoint! HBO
has a new best show. And how good was Chloe Sevigny? If she doesn’t get
any Emmy love, there’s going to be at least one angry person out there.
Ausiello: Make that two. Three if you count my colleague, Nicholas
Fonseca. Four if you add my boss, Henry Goldblatt. Tim Stack brings it
to five. Tina Jordan makes it six. Missy Schwartz is seven. Jeremy
Medina is eight. Kristen Baldwin = nine. Annie Barrett’s 10. Dalton Ross,
11. Margeaux Watson, 12. Ken Tucker, 13…
Question: Is it too early to ask for Season 4 Big Love scoop? –Mari
Ausiello: It’s never too early. We have not seen the last of Ana (a.k.a. Wife No. 4). I’ll have more on that later in the week.
Question: Did Roman really die in the Big Love finale? –Melanie
Ausiello: Yes. That’s why I labeled this story “Who’s gonna die?” and not “Who might die?”
Question: How about some Ugly Betty scoop? –Kelly
Ausiello: First, the good news: Ugly Betty‘s final four season 3
episodes will not be burned off this summer, as some (read: me) feared.
ABC announced last week that Betty would return from its unexpected
spring hiatus on May 7. Now, the bad news: Daniel is going to have to
sell his soul to bail out Meade. And by sell I mean dress up in a bunny
costume at the behest of some rich tycoon named Hartley. Oh, how the
boring mighty have fallen.
Question: What’s the deal with your disrespect of Stargate: Universe?
MGM gives you an exclusive cast photo and you can’t even be bothered to
identify all of the cast? How unprofessional. You may not be a fan of
Stargate, but it’s been around for a long time. Give it and the fans
some respect. –James
Ausiello: Hey, I told you who the
old middle-aged guy in the front row was. Doesn’t that count for something?
Question: Will Rhys Coiro (Sean) be back on 24? –Bob
Ausiello: I have a hunch Sean will likely remain lawyered up and out of
sight for the rest of the day. A really good hunch (wink, wink).
Question: What’s the word on Friday Night Lights? –Tony
Ausiello: The two season, 26-episode pickup will be announced any day
now. Unfortunately, it looks like Tyra will only be appearing in a
handful of those 26, as (future CSI: Miami guest star) Adrianne Palicki
is not expected back full time. Ditto Minka Kelly, who was recently
cast in the CW pilot Body Politic opposite Veronica Mars‘ Jason
Dohring. Both will likely be given multi-episode arc send-offs a la
Gaius Charles’ Smash and Scott Porter’s Jason.
Question: There appears to be agreement amongst most Bones fans that
the ridiculously adorable Wendell must be crowned Brennan’s permanent
grad student. (I mean, come on! The guy geeks out with Brennan and the
Squint Squad and he’s Booth’s hockey buddy? How can you say no to
that?) Any idea as to when we’ll see the end of
Ausiello: Maybe never. “As of now we’re going to continue to rotate
them,” says exec producer Stephen Nathan. “We were looking back at all
the interns we used this season and trying to figure out who would work
out best, and we can’t make a decision. We love them all. And I think [the variety] has really helped the show a lot, because fans have their favorite, so
people tune in to find out who’s going to be on that week. Also, we’ve
been extremely lucky with the actors we’ve cast. Everybody our casting director
Rick Milligan has brought in could easily be a regular on our show, and
that’s a very rare thing to find. It seems like we have a permanent
cast of players now.”
Question: Bones scoop? –Stephen
Ausiello: “Sweets and his girlfriend wind up in bed with Booth and
Brennan,” reveals EP Stephen Nathan. Okay, he’s kidding, but an
upcoming episode will find the quartet in an awkward situation. “Booth
and Brennan think Sweets’ girlfriend is getting married to somebody
else and hasn’t told him,” says Nathan. “It’s a bit of a Bridezilla
episode that takes a look inside the wedding industry.”
Question: I just found this website where unemployed creepy guys can
pretend to be millionaires and scam exceedingly naive women. Can I plug
it in your column? –Pat
Ausiello: Will we get a link back? If so, you got a deal.
Question: Any Unit scoopage? –Dana
Ausiello: In the second to last eppy of the season (airing May 3),
Scott Foley’s real-life wife, Marika Dominczyk (Brothers &
Sisters), guests as a Russian snitch with intel that will help — who
else? — Foley’s Bob!
Also in this ep, we’ll discover that someone isn’t who he claims to be,
and Bob uncovers the ultimate goal of the season’s big conspiracy.
Question: I hear Life won’t renewed for next season. Say it ain’t so, Mike! –Bev O.
Ausiello: It ain’t so! At least not yet anyway! Life co-star Donal Logue told us
at the Monsters vs Aliens premiere that NBC probably won’t make a decision until May. And unlike you, the uncertainty isn’t keeping
him up nights. “I am in a different position on this show than on shows
I have done in the past where I was more the lead or title character,”
he says. “On other shows I have done, I would be more in Damien’s
position. He’s the one that is really feeling the concern. I feel free
and open; it has been a great experience.” Logue adds that they’re
shooting the season (or series?) finale as we speak. “It is really a
super action-packed episode and it will answer a lot of questions. I
think it is a very strong script and, so far, what we have shot looks
great. Charlie confronts the deep dark parts in this episode. He is
going to confront the conspiracy against him and it gets pretty
Question: Can you please give me some good news about The Sarah Connor Chronicles. –D’rick
Ausiello: I’m hearing rumblings that a major male character will be
killed in the season (series?) finale. Also, one of the women in John’s
life will leave him. Another will betray him.
Question: Please give us a hint about the big death in the Lost finale. –Bill
Ausiello: Just this one: That’s not what people will be talking about the next morning. Trust me.
Okay, that’s a wrap! Please direct questions/comments/anonymous tips to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by
Jeremy Medina and Carrie Bell)