Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Grey's,' 'Supernatural,' '90210,' 'Smallville,' 'Heroes,' 'Greek,' and More!
I'm really liking
The Ex List. What is your psychic reading for the future of this show?
Hold on, I'm getting something: It's going to be replaced with encores of The Mentalist if it doesn't start retaining more of its Ghost Whisperer lead-in.
What the hell is up with
Heroes' ratings?! Where'd all the viewers go!
prayinghoping a few million of them turn up on Oct. 13 when the live-plus-three-day DVR data starts to trickle in.
Are you watching Dancing with the Stars? Any predix?
No, I'm not watching. In sort-of-related news,
Lance Bassis lending his vocal talents to some Disney Channel show called Handy Mandy this Friday.
Do you have any information regarding
Prison Break's future? Is there any hope of getting all 22 episodes this season?
Well, there is now. Not so much two weeks ago, when Fox told producer Twentieth Television that they only needed 16 episodes this season instead of the originally-agreed-upon 22. (Quick sidebar: Ironic that the network would make such a request this season when the show's actually good. Where were they last season when it sucked!) Anyway, Twentieth's response to Fox went something like this: "You asked for 22, you're getting 22!" So, to answer your question, Adry, yes, there will be 22 Prison Breaks this season.
Got any more details about the upcoming
30 Rockepisode featuring Gossip Girls
I'd call this a pretty substantial detail: It ain't happening! According to a 30 Rock insider, the show scrapped the hilarious-sounding cameo -- the frenemies were supposed to appear in a flashback as high school classmates of Liz Lemon's -- for "logistical" reasons.
Spoilers Behind Their Respective Cuts:
Question: First off, could I pleeeease get some
Grey'sspoilers? Second, Foreman and Thirteen on House should be called Foreteen, not Thoreman! -- Heather
Ausiello: First off, I saw the error of my ways and replaced Thoreman with Foreteen earlier this week. Get with the program. Second, here's your Grey's scoop: The long-simmering Mer-Der-Izzie-Alex quadrangle comes to a head this week. Okay, maybe "long-simmering" is a bit much. Basically, Derek gives Mer an ultimatum about their new living arrangements: "If I move in, your friends (i.e. Izzie and Alex) must move out." I won't reveal how the housing shakeup plays out, but I can tell you that by the end of the episode a new classic TV odd couple will be born.
Question: Been watching the past two seasons of
Big Loveon DVD and I'm hooked. Any news on Season 3? -- Ray
Ausiello: I've got big scoop about Big Love! (You see what I did there? Clever, right?) Damages Emmy winner Zeljko Ivanek just inked a deal to join the cast in a role that is so top secret HBO threatened to decapitate my life-sized Papa Smurf statue if I spilled a single bean.
Question: My Wednesday morning routine has long consisted of settling down at my desk with a cup of tea and bowl of cereal and reading Ask Ausiello with much gleeful anticipation. Since you destroyed that dream yesterday, I demand
Smallvillescoop as recompense. -- Meredith
Ausiello: Hey, I had a damn good excuse for postponing AA. I can't for the life of me remember what it was, but I know for a fact it was good. I think. Anyway, here's that Smallville scoop you demanded: Although there are no firm plans for Michael Rosenbaum to return as Lex this season, if producers have their way, you'll likely be hearing him long before seeing him.
Question: When is
Law & Order: CIreturning? Got scoop? -- Jason
Ausiello: L&O: CI kicks off its new season on USA on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m., and here's a little casting nugget to tide you over: Lynn Redgrave will guest star in a late-November episode as a wealthy, formidable and elegant woman coming to grips with her impending death. Piper Perabo also appears in the episode.
Samantha Who? What? When? Why? How? Anything? -- Bev
Ausiello: Um, I'll go for "who" and let you guess at "what." Team Samantha is currently casting the one-ep role of a hunky pro basketball player for whom boy-crazy Andrea falls. Trouble is, there's more to the dribbler than meets the eye. "What?" you ask. Here's a hint: He probably DVRs Top Design.
Question: Got any scoop on my two new favorite shows:
90210? -- Sarah
Ausiello: Let's start with The Mentalist: Noel Fisher has bounced back from The Riches' cancellation with a nice guest spot on CBS' freshman smash. Airdate TBD. Over on 90210, Annie's boyfriend from back home is coming to town, and producers are only interested in auditioning actors with "ridiculously hot bodies," per a 90210 insider. Makes sense considering we first meet him as he's coming out of a pool.
Question: Can I just say that I hate
90210. It makes me want to tear my hair out. -- Anya
Ausiello: And yet you continue to watch. Why is that, Anya? While you ponder that question, I have good news to share: The show will soon start sucking less. We got our hands on the script for episode 10, the first one rewritten by Gilmore Girls scribe Rebecca Kirshner, and according to my colleague Kristen Baldwin, "It's definitely much sharper and funnier. There's a David Mamet joke in the first scene that is pure Lorelai." In another promising sign, sources confirm that one of Kirshner's fellow Gilmore producers, Gayle Abrams, will be joining her in the 90210 writers room, effective immediately. Can Amy and Dan be far behind? (Answer: Yes they can be far behind. Very far behind.)
Korbi, did you watch
90210? Is Adrianna going to die? I'm assuming her death is the reason she was excluded from all the show promos and the opening credits. -Kat
You're basically saying that Adrianna is the Scott Scanlon of 90210-2.0! Actually, not so. Adrianna will survive her O.D., go to rehab and live to see another West Bev day. In fact, I hear she's got a new post-Promises love interest looming: Navid!
Hey Korbi, Any word on whether Jennie Garth will return to the new
90210? Jennie's the main reason I watch this show so I hope she comes back. -Rachel
Don't fret, I do believe we'll see more of Jennie Garth. But I'm hearing that while she's away, Silver will throw a wild party at her house: a party that involves cops, noise violations and Annie vomiting... And speaking of Annie, it won't be long before she and Ethan are making out in public -- which could be an issue when her Kansas boyfriend comes to visit! -- Good thing Naomi will be available to entertain him...
Do you like the new
90210? Any inside info? -Keesh
Yes and yes: We'll be meeting Harry and Tracy's illegitimate son next month. His name is Sean and he's technically an orphan, as his adoptive parents passed away after a recent car accident. I'm hearing Annie and Dixon sort of freak when they find out their dad's got another kid (but he's supposedly really nice)... and I'm hearing Harry will freak when a rumor regarding Mr. Ryan Matthews and new student/undercover cop Kimberly begins to circulate.
Episode Stills from 109 "There's No Place Like Homecoming"
(I haven't seen the last several episodes, so I don't know if this is news. It was news to me. More pics at the source)
Question: Anything about
Ghost Whispererthat doesn't involve Melinda and Jim? -- Deb
Ausiello: You bet ya. From what I'm hearing, Delia is about to get her own very special episode. Casting calls have gone out for two of her old party-girl pals from high school -- and one more who's still a teenager because she's a ghost who never "graduated" to the other side.
Question: How long will Max be around on
Greek? I love him and Casey together. -- Mindy
Ausiello: I hope he's around long enough to distract her from this dude: The show is now seeing exceptionally hot young actors to play the recurring role of the exceptionally hot new hasher at ZBZ. And though the college-age Brad Pitt look-alike tries to hold onto his job by resisting the comely co-eds, his attraction to one of our heroines soon gives way to action.
Question: Anything big coming up on
Greek? -- Edward
Ausiello: No, nothing. Are you kidding? Of course there is! A major defection in the Oct. 28 season finale will shake up Greek life like never before. It's a game-changer reminiscent of BSG's big Tigh-Galen-Tyrol-Tory-are-Cylons reveal. Declares series creator Sean Smith: "It's hands down our biggest episode to date."
Hi Korbi, Will Max be staying with Casey, and on
Greekfor a while? Love him and the new storyline/love interest. -saw117
Yes, indeed, Michael Rady -- who plays Max (and who played Kostas in The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants, too) -- is sticking around. In fact, when sorority rush rolls around next year, ZBZ will be rocking a Traveling Pants theme and the Kostas character gets a cute shout out... But be prepared for someone else in Casey's life to finally say sayonara. Seems a faction of sisters will be seceding from the sorority and the Pied Piper role will be played by Frannie, of course.
Thanks for the
How I Met Your Motherscoop, Korbi. Any info on how Ted and Stella will end it? -J
I'm hearing Mr. Mosby will suffer a major heartbreak at the hands of S.
Question: How awesome is this season of
Supernaturalso far? -- Jeff
Ausiello: I'm not going to lie to you -- the show is on fire. And the best is yet to come: A sweeps episode finds Sam, Dean and Ruby literally getting caught in the middle of a war between angels and demons. Also, Dean is going to be infected with Ghost Sickness in what a Supe insider predicts will be "the funniest Supernatural episode ever."
Question: I admit it, I'm greedy. You gave us such amazing
CSI: NYscoop about Danny-Lindsay last week, but I want more! -- Christina
Ausiello: Lucky for you I neglected to answer one of the biggest questions surrounding the D-L baby plot: What happens to Lindsay when Anna Belknap takes off for maternity leave later this season? According to exec producer Pam Veasey, "We have a variety of options. A lot has to do with learning more about her and her family. It's possible we may send her back to Montana to reassess some things. We haven't quite decided that, but [Lindsay] will have a very good reason for taking some time off."
Question: Have you got any scoop on
Pushing Daisiesand its future on ABC? I heard the premiere ratings weren't all that great. Should we be worried? -- Julia
Ausiello: Nah. I think you should be nervous, but not worried. If by the end of the month ABC doesn't place an order for additional episodes -- beyond the 13 it initially ordered -- then you can start worrying. In the meantime, I've got a little scoop that is sure to be music to your ears: Olive (Kristin Chenoweth) is going to sing "Eternal Flame" to Ned (Lee Pace)! Only, well, he won't be there. (That's so like Olive.)
Brothers & Sistersscoop, please! Adrian
Ausiello: Saul's getting a boyfriend! The show is looking at actors in the 50-to-60 age range to play a love interest for Ron Rifkin for at least three episodes.
I know a lot of
Brothers & Sistersfans were upset about the Justin-Rebecca relationship, but I hope they've gotten over it. I think they're good together. I just hope the producers don't break them up right when everyone's starting to accept them. -Michelle
Justin and Rebecca are still together in the episode that's currently shooting, so I wouldn't worry too much. Not to say they won't be having problems. Dexter fans, you remember how our guy met that witch Lila last season? Well, Justin will be frequenting AA/NA meetings this year too, and it seems there's a hot (and manipulative) recovering addict who's got her eye on J Walk.
Question: Oh great Scoop Master, do you have any
Heroesscoop for us humble peasants? -- Ashley
Ausiello: The show has a problem. No, not the ratings (more on that in a sec). The problem concerns a kid named David. He's teenage angst incarnate and he'll be featured in at least three episodes of the "Fugitives" arc. Casting is underway.
Sarah Connor Chroniclesnews, please? -- Jamie
Ausiello: Former West Winger Richard Schiff will appear in episode 10 as someone who may or may not have come from the future to help the Terminators. Buffy alum Adam Busch (a.k.a. the bastard that killed Tara!) is also in the episode, but I can't say who he's playing. Too spoilery. Also, Fox threatened to badmouth me to Keri Russell if I did. (Is it just me, or are the networks getting more aggressive with their anti-spoiler tactics?)
Question: It seems as if the spoiler well has run dry for
The Office. Did you get your wrist slapped for revealing too much about the "momentous event in the rain"? -- Eileen
Ausiello: Please. Those guys love me over there. In fact, just the other day one of the show's writers floated the idea of not buying me a drink. How cool is that? And if it's a massive Office spoiler you crave, it's time to manage your expectations, 'cause all I got is Melora Hardin confirming that we will eventually meet Jan and Michael's unborn demon spawn. "You will see the baby," she says. "You will eventually see how Jan is as a mother and you will also see how Michael is as a surrogate father."
Jim and Pam are engaged!!! Finally. Shotgun
Officewedding in the works? -Carrie
Um, no. We've got another long wait ahead of us. When this week's episode opens, Jim hasn't even shared the big news with his Dunder-Mifflin co-workers yet... though Pam does persuade him to do so. Still, things will move at a slow pace. I'm hearing we won't even see Ms. Beesly in this Thursday's half hour. Instead, Jim spends the ep quite productively, practicing his greatest skill: torturing Dwight K. Schrute.
The Officeis my favorite show, can you please give me a hint on what Meredith's ethical misconduct might be? -John
Meredith's ethical misconduct includes sex, lies and... steak.
30 Rock! 30 Rock! 30 Rock! -Bill
The first episode back isn't their best work, but still funny. Oprah's episode, which airs the week after that btw, is stupendous. So many laughs. Some scoop on what goes down? Lemon and O may or may not be sitting next to each other on a plane...
Hey Korbi, have anything on
Dirty Sexy Money? Is Karen going to ditch Simon for Nick? -Kel
Simon is a scum bag and we will see more and more of that as the season goes on. He's not to be trusted. And on the subject of trust, I'm hearing Lisa and Nick's lack of it will lead to a separation later this year. That, and the fact that he's still into Karen!
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I mashed up the Ausiello scoop with the Korbi from Zap2It (and Kristin's former cohort).