Ausiello: No chance, I'm afraid. But based on some of the other names being tossed around to play Bobby Cannavale's lovah half (********* ***** and ******* ****** to name two), I have every confidence that Rob Thomas will find a worthy successor to Paula Marshall.
Ausiello: As of now she's signed on for three episodes (including a cameo in the premiere). Her participation beyond that is TBD.
Ausiello: Based on her morning-after post-mortem, I think she was referring to Mer/Der's big smooch. Personally, the Alex/Izzie kiss was the only one that made me lean into the TV.
Ausiello: Really? He said that? My sources are telling me it'll be closer to 24 episodes.
Ausiello: Moonlight on the CW? Ain't happening. Sorry.
Ausiello: It's half true. Sci Fi passed on picking up new episodes, but there's still a chance it could air
Ausiello: Based on the finale, I'd say there's a 33.333333 percent shot, right? Truth be told, no final decision has been made yet. Wisely, McManus isn't twiddling her thumbs waiting for producers to decide her fate. The up-and-comer has booked a juicy guest stint on CSI: NY to air next fall. She'll play a flight attendant who gets caught up in a hijack scheme and ends up helping Mac.
Ausiello: Sounds like someone (read: Stacie) neglected to watch last week's Ausiello Report vodcast, in which the Nip/Tuck minx answers both those questions. (BTW, an FX rep denies McCord's assertion that Nip/Tuck is coming back this summer. They claim the show's return date is TBD.)
Ausiello: Normally, I'd enforce the "Only one question per Aushole" rule, but considering I left you guys high and dry last week, I'll make an exception just this once. Your answers are as follows: Yes, yes, perhaps, and testing for pilots.
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Ausiello: The significant death I hinted in the last AA? It's for sure an original cast member.
Ausiello: I hear someone may be preggers — and that someone shared a red-hot smooch in the finale!
Ausiello: Casting scoop! Sources confirm to me exclusively that Jessalyn Gilsig is reprising her role as Claire's white-trash mom for five episodes next season.
Ausiello: The only "locks" for next season are James Spader and, surprisingly, Christian Clemenson. There are no deals currently in place for William Shatner or Candice Bergen to return, but everyone expects that to change in the next few weeks. As for the rest of the cast — or the "below the marquee" talent, as you so aptly put it — they should probably start looking for other work. If they haven't already.
Ausiello: Let's go with who and when. The hitcom is casting three new roles to debut next season. First up is Dr. Andy Adams, Sam's a-dork-able neurologist who, once her insurance stops covering her treatments, finally gets the opening he's been waiting for to ask her out. Don't expect the path to be clear for him, though. In addition, the show is on the lookout for someone to play Owen, a squeaky-clean but filthy-rich Bruce Wayne type who's catnip to the ladies. Finally, there's Seth, so named because producers are going for a Seth Rogan archetype — a sloppy goofball who answers to the name "Dude" as often as the name "Seth." Oh, and here's another little tidbit for you: One of these roles is
Ausiello: One of the three Emmy-worthy leads will face a cancer scare this season.
Ausiello: What gives is… I'm about to more than make it up to you with the following exclusive mini-Q&A with exec producer Shane Brennan featuring your burning questions about the season finale! Woo-hoo!
• Are they really writing out McGee, DiNozzo and Ziva à la House, or will they all be back next season?! Patrick
• Please, please, please tell me that they’re not really breaking up the team on NCIS! Lu Ann
• Will the show be introducing any new team members next season? Chris
Ausiello: I'm guessing not. When asked who got blown up in the episodes final seconds, exec producer Ed Bernero said in this week's issue of TV Guide, "The person who's injured is the right person to have been injured, and it will all make sense when you see the rest of this story." Notice how he said
Ausiello: Yeah, well, can't help you there. Dean
Ausiello: There will be numerous injuries, but only one death.
Ausiello: The show has cast the Mexican George Clooney (aka Demian Bichir) to play Mary Louise Parker's new love interest this season. His character, Esteban, is the mayor of Tijuana, and he's described as sexy, dangerous and powerful — the trifecta!
Ausiello: Would you believe Simon Elder has a son? Well, believe it. The demon’s spawn, who we’ll meet early next season, is 17 and is not a big fan of pop’s new girlfriend.