By Michael Ausiello
Updated July 29, 2020 at 04:59 PM EDT

Question: With Sarah Connor Chronicles canceled, please tell me there is a possibility of Summer Glau making an appearance on Dollhouse! –Jenn
The noise you’re about to hear is the sound of the Whedonverse exploding. Joss confirms to me exclusively that, well, he’s one step ahead of you. “If anybody thinks [bringing Summer onto Dollhouse] hasn’t occurred to me already then they have not met me,” he says. “I mentioned it to her before [SCC] was canceled. I was like, ‘You know, we should get you in the ‘house.’ But first we have to come up with something that works.” And casting her as a doll would not work, insists Whedon. “Summer would be perfect to play an active, but she’s done that [type of role] a lot,” he says. “I’d rather see her play someone who talks too much. The most fun I have is when I get somebody who’s good and comfortable at doing something, and then I make them do something else. Summer said to me, ‘I would like to play a normal girl before I die of extreme old age.'” Got any ideas? Head to the comments section!

Question: Since you’ve seen the first four True Blood episodes of season 2, is there anything you can share? –Sanna

Ausiello: They’re bloody fangtastic! (Never. Gets. Old.) Seriously,

season 2 — premiering June 14 — gets off to a thrilling, gory, scary,

sexy, disgusting, funny, suspenseful start. Alan Ball would drive a

wooden stake through my heart if I spoiled any of the big twists (i.e. my lips are sealed about the fate of a certain flamboyant vampire blood

dealer), but here are a few juicy morsels to whet your appetite:

• There are three orgies, all of them powered by Maryann’s (Michelle Forbes) aphrodisiac fairy dust.

• Alexander Skarsgard’s Nordic vamp has an extremely homoerotic

encounter with a character who shall remain nameless. In related news,

there are about two dozen gratuitous shirtless shots in the first four episodes, all of them belonging to either Mechad Brooks (Tara’s new BF, Eggs) or Ryan Kwanten (Jason).

• Sookie has a very revealing conversation with a new character in episode 4.

• If you’re wondering what secret Merlotte’s newest waitress (played

by Ashley Jones) is harboring, a clue can be found on her skin.

Question: Got any Dexter casting scoop? Who will be this year’s Jimmy Smits? –Medve

Question: Got anything on 24? –Chris

Ausiello: Big casting scoop: Freddie Prinze Jr. has been tapped to play CTU’s head of Field Ops. Thoughts?!

Question: Any scooplets on the end of Nip/Tuck? –Ellen

Ausiello: Patience, Ellen. Patience. Oh, sorry, I meant patients. Among the last

clients looking to go under the knife will be an elderly Holocaust

survivor keeping a nasty secret from his wife and middle-aged daughter,

and a 60-something Asian porn star who wants his open-heart surgery

scar removed before trying to, er, score in the American market.

Question: Any chance Bill Lawrence will keep any of Scrubs‘ new interns around next season? –Joel

Ausiello: I’m willing to bet he’ll keep at least one. “I really

responded to Eliza Coupe,” he tells me. “But there’s nothing set in


Question: Are you going to post a summer premiere schedule? –Sara

Ausiello: I have no plans to. Why, did someone tell you otherwise?

Question: In December, Lisa Edelstein was your best supporting actress

in a drama on your Best of ’08 list. So imagine my shock when she

didn’t even make the cut for your Dream Emmy Ballot. What happened to

the love? –Megan

Ausiello: Nothing happened to the love, but a lot happened to the

supporting actress category. First and foremost: Chloe Sevigny,

Ginnifer Goodwin, and Connie Britton all decided to enter the supporting

race instead of lead, creating the mother of all logjams. If it’s any

consolation, look at the amazing actresses joining Lisa on my standby

list: Callie Thorne, Amanda Seyfried, Michelle Hicks, Elizabeth

Mitchell, Cherry Jones, Chandra Wilson, and Sandra Oh.

Question: I just finished watching the pilot episode of Glee and it was

amazing! Do you have any info/spoilers about the show that can hold me

over until fall? –Heather

Ausiello: The club’s token gay (a.k.a. Kurt) gets a love interest in the third episode, but not one he was expecting.

Question: What are the chances you could link to our Save Samantha Who? petition? –Michelle

Ausiello: I’d say the chances are good.

Question: We’re so close to the new season of Burn Notice. Can we get some info on our favorite ex-spy? –Brad
Next Thursday’s premiere picks up right where season 2 left off: with Michael up to his neck in the Atlantic Ocean. By the end of the episode, he’s back in hot water. Literally. (I’m talkin’ ’bout the water being on fire!)

Question: Any news on the CW drama Body Politic? Will it be picked up for mid-season? –Corinne

Ausiello: It won’t. But I keep hearing rumors that one of the show’s

stars may find work on another high-profile CW drama. If it happens,

and all of my sources insist it probably won’t, it would create quite the


Question: This is probably a long shot, but got any Lost scoop? –Jeff

Ausiello: Yeah, having Lost scoop in late May is about as unlikely as me combing through my old

transcripts and finding an unused Damon Lindelof quote pertaining to

the show’s series finale. OMG, looky here: “We’ve been planning out the

final season for four years now. And of all the talks we have had about

the show, [reuniting all the castaways] is the subject that has come up

the most. The ending was almost where we began, and we had to figure

out how to get there. It’s like a wedding where the reception is the

part that requires the most planning and is the most fun to plan. We’ve

exchanged our vows and I am ready to go party.”

Question: You single? You are cute as all get-out! –Bob

Ausiello: No, but thanks for the perfect segue: Voting for PETA’s annual Sexiest Vegetarian contest ends in the next 24 hours and sources confirm to me

exclusively that I’m getting beat by Joaquin freakin’ Phoenix! What the

hell?! Luckily, there’s still time to prevent this travesty. All you have to do is

click on this link and vote for me. And when you’re done with that,

forward the link to 10 friends and have them vote for me. Then take a 10-minute break and start the process over again. You guys are always talking about wanting to do something positive with your lives. Well, here’s your chance!

Question: Why did The CW kill the Gossip Girl spin-off? –Tammy

Ausiello: I’m told the higher-ups never embraced the whole ’80s

conceit. I’m also told the reason CW boss Dawn Ostroff stopped short of

declaring the project dead last week was because there’s a chance it could be

reconceived down the road.

Question: Realistically, how many episodes of Lost do you think Elizabeth Mitchell will be in next year? –Derek

Ausiello: My gut is telling me we’ll see her in two episodes max. But

my gut has been wrong before. Oh, who am I kidding, no, it hasn’t.

Question: Any Eureka scoop? –Paige

Ausiello: Three of the show’s stars — Joe Morton, Erica Cerra and

Niall Matter — have signed on to guest star on Sci Fi’s new paranormal

series, Warehouse 13, which debuts on July 7. Cerra and Matter will

play small-town thieves who hit the jackpot thanks to a luck-inducing

artifact, while Morton has been cast as a charismatic religious leader

doing time in a Florida prison. Eureka, meanwhile, returns with new episodes three days

later on July 10.

Question: Do you have any scoops on the new season of The Secret Life of The American Teenager? –Laura

Ausiello: I have a scoop: Brando Eaton (Mental, Bones) has been cast as Ashley’s new gay sidekick, Griffin.

Question: Have you seen the Melrose Place pilot? Thoughts? –Doug

Ausiello: I thought I would hate it, but I didn’t. It was 10 times

better than the 90210 pilot, that’s for sure. But I’m a sucker for

murder mysteries.

Question: Any more Bones scoop? Pretty please? –Charlee Ann

Ausiello: Since it doesn’t look like Brennan and Booth will be having

real sex anytime soon, how about Brennan and her bisexual BFF Angela? “We’ve never discussed

that but I wouldn’t put it past [producers],” says Emily Deschanel with a

chuckle. “I feel like Brennan’s the type of character that if she had

feelings for a woman she wouldn’t question that and she’d go for it.

But it would be kind of complicated with her best friend.”

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