Question: Is How I Met Your Mother going to show us the “Mother’s” face in the season finale? Or are they going to make that the cliffhanger? —Matt
Ausiello: No idea. I bet if we knew what the title of the episode was we could extract a clue or two from it. THIS JUST IN: I can exclusively reveal that the title of How I Met Your Mother‘s sixth season finale is… “Challenge Accepted.” What does it all mean? I believe that’s what God invented comments sections for.
Question: Tell me something about How I Met Your Mother that doesn’t involve the mother or the mystery wedding. —Jill
Ausiello: The gang will suffer another devastating loss later this season. Hint: For the past six years, it’s been more up-close and personal with their privates, in particular their butts. I’m talking about their booth at MacLaren’s! A new group of friends enter the pub and steal their coveted perch. Cue World War III.
Question: Is Terri returning to Glee his season? I have a sinking feeling she won’t be back next year. —Rion
Ausiello: I can’t speak about next season, but I can tell you that Jessalyn Gilsig reported back to the set this week for an episode to air in late March/early April. And rumor has it Terri’s up to her old tricks again.
Question: Any clues about the big Glee death at Regionals? —Cindy
Ausiello: I never said the death was big — I said the fallout was. And the only other clue you’re getting is the gender of the victim: male.
Question: Any other cast additions to Boardwalk Empire in Season 2? —Jacob
Ausiello: In addition to the arrival of legendary gangster Bugsy Siegel, S2 will introduce Al Capone’s twentwsomething brothers, Ralph and Frank.
Question: Any chance I could get a Brothers & Sisters scoop? —Amy
Ausiello: The buzz around the Walker watercooler is that if the show returns next season, there’s a good chance Ryan Devlin will be upgraded to a full-fledged series regular — something the actor would neither confirm nor deny. “All I know is that I’m shooting the season finale in a couple weeks and have heard rumors that Seth will be back next year,” Devlin tells me. “Calista [Flockhart] said there are some surprises coming, but despite my prodding, she wouldn’t reveal what they are.” Wait a second — Calista Flockhart knows what’s happening in the finale and I don’t? That’s it. Heads are gonna roll.
Question: Have we seen the last of America Ferrera on The Good Wife? Hope not. It was really nice seeing her back on my TV. —Charlotte
Ausiello: Wasn’t it, though? Luckily her character Natalie is back for another two episodes when a guilt-ridden Eli convinces Lockhart & Gardner to help sort out her immigration issues. A complication arises when her father, played by New York actor Jaime Tirelli, gets in trouble with the law and faces possible deportation. Speaking of Good Wife, was this week’s episode all that and a bag of Pop Chips or what?
Question: Please tell me that ABC Family didn’t totally spoil the Greek series ending in this promo! —Britney
Ausiello: ABC Family didn’t totally spoil the ending of the series in the promo. They only partially spoiled it. But under no circumstances should you let that deter you from watching the feel-great swan song. There are several fun surprises that weren’t teased in that clip, including this one: A Buffy vet makes a hilarious cameo in the first 30 minutes!
Question: is Keith from Desperate Housewives really leaving The Lane for good? —@LexieKarev
Ausiello: Unfortunately he is. Brian Austin Green scored the lead (opposite Lost‘s Harold Perrineau) in the TBS comedy pilot The Wedding Band, so he’s otherwise engaged (see what I did there? Wedding Band? Engaged?). Bree won’t be without male companionship for long though. The show is currently casting a new love interest for her, and rumor has it her suitor’s profession will cause problems for a certain Wisterian.
Question: When will Jenny come back to Gossip Girl? —Phillip
Ausiello: That’s the $1 million question. Officially, exec producer Josh Safran would only say, “You’ll have to wait and see.” Taylor Momsen is currently touring the country in support of her new album, although she is scheduled to make a pit stop in New York on Wednesday. Maybe she’ll drop by the UES for a quickie?
Question: Can you confirm that Michelle Trachtenberg is returning to Gossip Girl? —Jen
Ausiello: I can’t, but Mr. Safran sure can. “Georgina is coming back later this season,” the boss man tells me of the hellion’s one-episode encore. “We love Michelle. We love Georgina. We love coming up with new [schemes] for Georgina. If you’re a fan of [her previous stints], then this one will be very satisfying.”
Question: How will Prince Louis’s return on Gossip Girl affect the budding relationship between Dan/Blair? —Katie
Ausiello: By the sounds of it, Blair’s royal crush will figure into this season’s final salvo in a significant way. “I’m very proud of this season, but I’m especially proud of these last five episodes,” says Safran. “I feel like they go to all the places I would hope — if I were just a fan just watching — the show would go. And that involves Prince Luis. But in what capacity, I don’t want to say. Obviously there are [paparazzi] shots of him out there so people know he’s coming back, but I think they might be surprised about the way in which he comes back.”
Question: Any scoop on the arrival of Aunt Carol on Gossip Girl? —Craig
Ausiello: Yes, and it’s a doozy: She won’t be coming to town alone. As first hinted at by Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, she’ll be accompanied by her daughter (played by The Mountain‘s Kaylee Defer). I’m guessing producers have big plans for Serena and Eric’s cousin since her deal with the show includes an option to become a series regular next season.
Question: Ausiello, if you had to pick a comedy that airs at 8 pm on Wednesdays on ABC to give me scoop for, would you choose The Middle and what would you tell me about it? —Andrew
Ausiello: Well, although the competition among shows that air on ABC Wednesdays at 8 was stiff, I would in fact choose The Middle. So here’s your scoop: Axl will be going to the prom with a girl who is about as far from his type as Patricia Heaton is from Charo! And that may be an understatement. His date is so weird, she makes Brick seem normal. Well, normal-ish. Needless to say, there are extenuating (and presumably highly amusing) circumstances that lead to him asking out the school outcast known as “Weird Ashley.”
Question: Parenthood scoop? —Deb
Ausiello: Here are two words I never thought I’d include in the same sentence: Amber and prom. However, the former will most certainly be attending the latter this spring, but not on the arm of Greek‘s Scott Michael Foster. She attends the big dance with a friend of Alex’s (Michael B. Jordan), and the results are — no surprise here — disastrous.
Question: Modern Family scoop, please? –Carter
Ausiello: Since the show is currently casting a young Carey Hart type to play a go-kart racetrack cashier during May sweeps, I’m thinking Family members are about to make like hell on wheels. Either that, or Dylan has another rival for Haley’s attention.
Question: Anything on the new season of Hung? — Charles
Ausiello: Ray may be about to experience another first, even for him: The show is casting the recurring role of a knockout pre-op transsexual woman (in other words, a genetic male who is about to undergo gender reassignment surgery). Doesn’t matter to the show whether it’s a woman who can pass for a man, or a man who can pass for a woman; they just have to be pretty.
Question: I’ll take a Big Bang Theory scoop please! —Denny
Ausiello: Oh, you will, will you? How’s this? Sheldon is about to take the law into his own hands… and then put the law in the hands of a 40ish police officer. The crime: an online gaming robbery.
Question: In last week’s AA, you said that Community‘s Firefly reference brought to 134 the number of times the show was given a shout-out on a scripted series this season. Can you publish a list of the other 133? —Miranda
Ausiello: I actually can’t, but I have a very good excuse: I was exaggerating for comedic effect! Speaking of Community, Abed’s birthday is coming up and it’s going to be epic. Think **** *******.
Question: So what’s the deal with Two and a Half Men — is it over for good? —Andy
Ausiello: This could change, but the last I heard was that Chuck Lorre has a plan in place to save the show, which means he’ll most likely be needing this. And while we’re on the subject of Charlie Sheen, I do not appreciate him dragging Ask Ausiello into the mud pit with statements such as this one: “I was shackled and oppressed by the cult of AA for 22 years.” For starters, AA hasn’t been around that long. Second, who’s forcing you to read it? Exactly. Winning.
Question: House and Cuddy fans are just dying to see next Monday’s “Bombshells” episode. Could you share whether or not the episode ends on a positive note for Huddy and their relationship? —Lane
Ausiello: I’ll say this about the ending: There’s absolutely nothing ambiguous about it.
Question: I’m obsessed with 90210 — particularly the Silver/Adrianna plot. Scoop? —Nick
Ausiello: You already know that Adrianna’s going push Silver off the deep end by screwing with her bipolar meds. But what I’m pretty sure you don’t know is what will happen to Silver’s hair as a result: *t *u*** ******!
So, will Kurt be back with New Directions on Glee any time soon? — Lizzie
ADAM: Sorry to break it to you, Lizzie, but Kurt will still be singing with the Warblers at least through Regionals. That means he won't be singing Glee's original song, the geek anthem "Loser Like Me," either. But don't worry, Kurt and the Warblers have their own underdog ode. Hint: It's by Pink!
I can't believe we won't get a new episode of Grey's Anatomy until March 24. Can you give us some scoop to tide us over? —Rachel
NATALIE: In the next new episode, Arizona is going to see a new side of Callie. "Callie has this obsession with baby showers, and she has this massive need for attention and girliness," Jessica Capshaw tells us. "Arizona keeps guessing wrong on what Callie would want and Mark keeps guessing correctly. Arizona just gets sick of it, so Callie gives Arizona, as a baby shower present, a trip away for the weekend."
Got any Blue Bloods scoop? I'd love something about my favorite character, Danny. — Jennie
ADAM: Well, you might want to brace yourself. When Danny angers a South American drug lord, his wife is kidnapped just before he is scheduled to testify at the kingpin's trial.
Any spoilers for the return of The Event? — Marcus
NATALIE: We'll learn right away that the message that Thomas (Clifton Collins Jr.) sent was an invitation of sorts, and you'll soon be reminded of the final scene of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Meanwhile, Sterling (Zeljko Ivanek) will find himself in the middle of a violent break-out at Inostranka that not everyone will survive.
When will we see Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-0 again? Will his story be resolved with the "champ box" mysteries? — Greg
ADAM: Wo Fat's connections to McGarrett's father will be brought up again in the next new episode (airing March 21), which also introduces Larisa Oleynik's new team member. "She brings some of that Wo Fat backstory to light and sheds new light on his character. She sort of reinvigorates McGarrett's interest," co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski tells us. But I wouldn't expect to see all of Wo Fat's story wrapped up this year. "We see him more in terms of a series-long character, much like the original Five-0," he says.
What's coming up for Ivy and her new boyfriend on 90210? — Jaime
NATALIE: Since Raj has a terminal cancer diagnosis, he's working on checking things off his bucket list. First up: a drunken threesome with a waitress working at Ivy's prom. Classy.
So, what's the deal with Rigsby and Cho on The Mentalist? The writers kind of left us hanging after Cho perjured himself. — Evan
ADAM: Patience, Evan. No one, especially Cho, has forgotten the risk he took by lying to cover Rigsby's alibi. "Cho proved his baseline loyalty. And as much as he resented Rigsby getting him into that trouble, to a degree it has brought them closer," creator Bruno Heller tells us. But Heller says that all will change when Rigsby's "badass dad" blows into town later this season.
Are Tommy and Mina really going to hook up as the Off the Map promos suggest? — Heather
NATALIE: Yes, but that doesn't mean they're going to become a couple. Surprisingly, it'll be ladies' man Tommy who wants to settle down. Mina, on the other hand, will find a new love interest in a hippie volunteer who's in the jungle building a school.
Justified is so good this season. What's coming up? — J. Baker
ADAM: Even though Boyd roughed up fellow miner Kyle at the end of last week's episode, the two will soon make peace — at least long enough to plan a robbery. As with most things Boyd gets involved in, the results are both explosive and deadly.
What's coming up on Mr. Sunshine? — Jack
NATALIE: Pill-popping eccentric Crystal will approach Alice (Andrea Anders) for advice on dating "a brother," as she puts it. While it may appear the writers are playing her casual racism for laughs, once we meet her gentleman friend, it'll be clear they're doing something altogether different.
Any scoop on Nikita? —Sarah
NATALIE: Michael and Nikita are getting married! OK, so they're just going to act like a married couple to infiltrate the home of a Guardian, but that still counts, right?
As promised, Spoiler Room is now twice a week! So keep those questions about your favorite shows coming in. With our new programming schedule, I have a chance to get to a bunch more of them — hopefully yours snuck in here this week. If not, keep harassing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @EWSandraG.
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MAGGIE Q. TEASES ‘NEW SIDE’ OF NIKITA AND MICHAEL ON ‘NIKITA’
If there’s one thing Nikita knows how to do, it’s cliffhangers. And the one on last week’s episode (the last new episode until April) was one of the best of the series so far. But assuming Michael doesn’t pump Nikita full of lead with that giant gun he was hanging on to, what can we expect from the next new episode? Maggie Q. dished exclusively to EW about it, and gave a little preview of the upcoming exploration of Mikita. (We all use the term; I say, embrace it.)
“What I really like on an emotional level about the next episode is that you’re going to see a new side to Michael and Nikita and their relationship you’ve never seen before. And you’re going to see a type of vulnerability from the both of them that they don’t really ever have around anyone else but each other,” the actress says. “And it’s not only what you’ve never seen it before, you’re going to understand where it comes from and a lot of the source of the pain as to why they’ve been at odds.”
But as the show starts getting deeper and deeper into the pair’s story, she teases, there could start to be cracks in Nikita’s stony mask. “You’re going to see Nikita shift a bit when Michael’s in the room and shift when Michael’s around because he provides a presence for her that she doesn’t have with anyone else,” she says. “I think that at the end of the next episode, everything that they’re going to go through — and there’s a lot — I think it’s going to be a sad thing for people. Then I think that after the sadness, there may be hope out of a dark place.”
‘GREY’S ANATOMY’: SARAH DREW ON HER NEW, SHOCKING ROMANCE
So this is happening — and I don’t think anyone saw it coming.
After surly Dr. Stark (Peter MacNicol) awkwardly asked sweet, innocent April out at the end of the last episode of Grey’s Anatomy, the stunned audience was exactly where Sarah Drew found herself when she first read the script. But, Drew says, this interesting new pair will make a lot more sense after the next new episode, which will jump forward a month from where we left off.
“In the next episode, we’ve been on several dates at that point,” she tells EW exclusively. “She sees a side to him that he doesn’t show to anyone else at the hospital, and she finds that part endearing. I think they enjoy the companionship.” But it’s companionship that will no doubt come with a few wagging fingers and commentary from her fellow residents.
“You get an insight into what’s going on in the next episode. It’s funny and a little sad and sweet,” she says. “But we’ve never done anything like this on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s usually gorgeous men like Jesse Williams taking his shirt off and getting it on in the on-call room. We haven’t really seen this kind of a thing before, so I think it’s fun.”
Just don’t look for virgin April to be having, ahem, too much fun with her significantly older companion.
“I’m almost positive she’s not losing her virginity by the end of the season. The latest I’ve heard from the writing room is that she’s going to hold on to it for some time,” she says. “I think they’re really planning to take care of that and make it really beautiful and really sweet and develop that story.” Sorry, Stark.
CASSI THOMSON ON CARA LYNN’S TEACHER SCANDAL ON ‘BIG LOVE’: ‘IT’S KIND OF A SLAP IN THE FACE TO EVERYBODY’
Oh, Cara Lynn. As if the Henrickson clan didn’t have enough heat on them, things are about to blow up even bigger on the final season of Big Love.
In the last episode, we saw Nicki in a gleeful mood (well, as gleeful as she’s going to get) following her marriage to Bill, but once she gets word about Cara Lynn’s relationship to Mr. Ivey, calm won’t exactly be the word of the day. “She definitely kind of drops the bomb on the household when that comes out,” Cassi Thomson says, before attempting to describe Nicki’s reaction to the revelation. “Oh, how do you even describe anything from Nicki? Just utter and complete horror and shock. It’s the end of the world for Nicki.”
And even though the marriage has been finalized between Nicki and Bill, Thomson reveals that “Cara Lynn doesn’t necessarily want this adoption” because of the toll on the family that has brought her into their lives — a fact that makes her secret scandalous relationship hurt the family even more. “When this thing comes out about Greg Ivey, it’s kind of a slap in the face to everybody. They’re doing everything in their power to welcome her into their home, and then she turns around and does something so off the charts that nobody expected. And from her side of things, it’s very challenging, because what do you do?” Hmm, let’s say you start by not sexing it up with teach.
White Collar is wrapping up soon. Devastating! What can you tell us? — Kristy
Well, I can’t ruin the big ending for you. Creator Jeff Eastin took care of that a few months back when he told you that the ending was literally Neal standing in a room. (That’s very much the truth — with notable omissions of crucial information, obviously.) What Eastin didn’t tell you was that Neal shares a passionate kiss with someone in the finale after a brush with death — and it’s not Sarah. But she does see it, and it leads to a very awkward dinner dinner at Peter’s house. (Awkward Neal, FTW!) Also, I will be chatting with Eastin about the finale, so start sending in your burning questions now about season 3. Yeah, I know you haven’t seen the finale yet but get creative.
It has been said that Finchel will get back together this season — when will we start to see that happen? — G
Word is still out on Finchel, but I can tell you of another Gleemance (eeeeww, I hate myself for that) in bloom. By the end of next week’s episode, the door will be open for Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) and Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow) to possibly become a couple. (You’ll see why.) What my tipster didn’t weigh in on, however, was whether Paltrow would be back a third time. And my question for you, Gleeks, is: Would you want her back?
Hot in Cleveland was renewed. Happy day! Any idea what’s in store for the hilarious ladies? — Raye
Yes, we’re getting one more hilarious lady! I’m told Doris Roberts is filming an episode this week that will air in June and she plays a woman Elka’s husband had an affair with who has a secret [SPOILER] of his that neither he nor Elka knew about.
I’m shamefully excited about the Secret Life coming back. What’s going to happen with the gang, especially Amy and Ricky!
Well, the good news is that instead of flirting with Ricky, pouty-as-ever Ashley starts to flirt with the idea of homeschool. Meanwhile, Amy pressures hesitant Ricky into getting tested for STIs/STDs/parting gifts of his promiscuity. It seems she’s ready when he is for a second go at it…. (Here’s hoping this one doesn’t end the way the last one did.)
Eastbound & Down. PLEASE! – Jason
Well, all I have for you is a bit of promising news. (Hey, they haven’t even started writing season 3. Give me a break.) EW caught up with John Hawkes at the Indie Spirit Awards this weekend, and he said he was hopeful about a return for his character this season after being MIA throughout most of last season.” I don’t think Danny’s written it or anything. Last season most of it took place in Mexico and my guy has a family and is settled, so there was no need for me until the finale. I really hope Kenny Powers stays local because I would love to go back and be involved in season 3. It is a great show and fun people.”
I’m on the verge of begging! Greek is almost done, and Evan and Rebecca just broke up! I have an idea where everyone else is going but what about these two? PLEAAAAAAAASSSSSEEEEEE! — Eli
I almost waited until you begged, but we’re running out of time here! (Sniffle) So instead, I’ll let creator Patrick Sean Smith give you a few clues as to how things end between the two. “I can’t help but read the message boards and people’s responses, and I know that they’re upset right now to see him be such a jerk and how harsh he was to Rebecca,” Smith tells me. “But I wanted to earn that dip to make this rise all the much more exciting, to be an adult and a grown up.” And if you love Greek so much, you’re going to love my post-mortem with Smith that’ll post here on EW’s InsideTV blog immediately after the finale. We talk about everything from Ashley and Cappies’ eyebrow-raising ending, to Rusty’s new…oh, that’s too good. Sorry. But trust me, it’s good.
I’m loving Mr. Sunshine, and I hope it gets a fighting chance. Any word on what’s coming up?
Tomorrow’s episode is a doozy and might leave you subconsciously creating inappropriate mnemonic devices after Ben creates nicknames for people in the office in order to remember their names. (Example: Doug Miller = disgusting moles) And if that’s not enough to make you tune in, watch to see Allison Janney with a ‘fro. (“I look like Art Garfunkel!”)
Hi Sandra. Is there any news on the fate of Off the Map? Great show that isn’t a spin-off (seriously — how many CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, etc. do we need?) but no one is watching. What gives? Crappy time slot? — Jennifer B.
The fate of Map very much lies in the hands of the powers that be, and it remains in the danger zone on EW’s TV Survival Scorecard. Creatively, however, it’s as healthy as can be, according to Jason George, who plays Dr. Otis Cole. And it’s about to get even better: Otis is going to prison! But not in cuffs. (Hey, it wouldn’t be safe to put someone that pretty in jail!) George sats we’ll soon see what the cast is referring to as Map‘s “Shawshank episode”: “We literally go to prison. There’s a hepatitis outbreak at the prison, and Otis volunteers there routinely, every few months. There’s some great stuff in that one.”
Would love some news on Skins. All the hooking up is totally trashy…and I can’t stop watching!! — Stanley
Next week, Daisy gets in on all the inter-sexing when she sleeps with Abbud. (Don’t worry, PTC, it’s not graphic.) But that’s only a sliver of what happens in the heartbreaking episode that takes us into her broken home life and her fractured relationship with her former musician dad, which hits even harder times when she decides to try out for a spot at a conservatory.
Hey, why no love for CSI: Miami? Maybe some Delko news? — Joanna
I hope you love a hottie in peril as much as you love CSI: M. In an upcoming episode about a mysterious murder in a club, Delko has a tower-of-terror moment in an elevator.
Blue Bloods scoop, please! — Laura
Linda (Amy Carlson) will go through a tough time in an upcoming episode when her young, beautiful niece (who the audience has yet to meet) is at the center of a case that could have deadly consequences.
Any scoop on my favorite show The Good Wife???? — Becky
You mean other than all the goodies I gave you last week? Hmm… how about this: Tonight, Zach gets in on the campaign action and ends up giving his dad a leg up in the race in a huge way.
Congrats on expanding your spoiler empire. Any Community scoop you can dig up, please? It might help the next three Greendale-less weeks go by. — Robin
Painful as they are for us all, if this works out, something tells me it will be well worth the wait.
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