Question: Any truth to rumors about a wedding on Grey’s Anatomy? —Nic
Ausiello: That depends. Are you referring to the Callie/Arizona nuptial buzz, or the rumor about Der/Mer finally getting that pesky Post-It note blessed by a priest? I believe the first one to be true; not sure about the second.
Question: Any more scoop on the Grey’s Anatomy musical episode? —April
Ausiello: It isn’t just the veterans who are doing the singing. Seattle Grace rookie Eli (Rescue Me‘s Daniel Sunjata) gets in on the action, too. “I sing as a chorus member in ‘How to Save a Life,’ and then I have a small part in ‘Running on Sunshine,’” Sunjata told us this weekend at the Bohemian Dream soiree benefitting the Young Storytellers Foundation. “Most of the singing, as it should be, is weighted toward Sara Ramirez, who has vocal cords that have been touched by God. For me, singing was a bit out of my comfort zone. It was an interesting challenge. I hope I don’t fail publicly doing it.” Sunjata also shared that Eli’s mostly-physical relationship with Bailey will become “a bit more substantive and meaningful” in the coming weeks. And beyond that? “My [involvement] is kind of open-ended,” Sunjata said of his arrangement with Grey’s. “I may be on until the season finale and possibly next season from what I’m hearing, but it hasn’t been hammered out yet.”
Question: Any Parks and Recreation scoop? —Laura
Ausiello: I have it on good authority that those attending the show’s panel at PaleyFest Wednesday night will be treated to a screening of the March 17 episode, “Harvest Festival.” I also have it on good authority that there will be some major spoilerage dropped during the Q&A because, duh, I’ll be the one grilling the cast and producers. Speaking of which, if you’ve got a burning Q for Amy Poehler and her fellow Pawneeians, send ‘em to email@example.com
Question: Before I have my knee surgery, I need some Glee spoilers. I’ll take anything. —Shannon
Ausiello: Look for some romantic shakeups in the adult world, specifically involving Will. Hint: There’s a reason Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holly Holiday is back for more than one episode. And despite speculation, it doesn’t involve Cheyenne Jackson’s returning Vocal Adrenaline coach, Dustin Goolsby (although he does make a play for her.)
Question: Pretty please, can I get some No Ordinary Family scoop? —Stephanie
Ausiello: A series regular will perish in the show’s season finale.
Question: Any CSI: NY spoilers? —Jackie
Ausiello: The memory of Cold Case will live on in a May episode of NY that finds Mac (Gary Sinise) delving back into a nine-year-old double-murder investigation.
Question: Anything else you can share about Bree’s new boyfriend on Desperate Housewives — like maybe why his profession will cause problems for a fellow Wisterian? —Jon
Ausiello: He’s an experienced detective! And if your name is Paul Young, that’s the last person you want hanging around the neighborhood. The newbie — who has not yet been cast — is also much more age-appropriate for Bree: He’s about a decade older than former flame Keith (Brian Austin Green). Got casting tips? Hit the comments!
Question: Three weeks and no Fringe spoilers. I call that a massive failure on your part. You better make up for that with something big. —Duncan
Ausiello: No pressure though, right? Let’s see…. My gut is telling me that Episode 18, titled “Bloodline,” will be set Over There because it marks the return of both Andre Royo and Amy Madigan as Olivia’s alterna-sidekick and mother, respectively. Don’t keep me in suspense — how’d I do?!
Question: Seriously, where is the Fringe scoop lately? —Jeff
Ausiello: Ugh, not you too. Sorry, I’ve got nothing else… THIS JUST IN: Sources confirm to me exclusively that Kevin Corrigan is set to reprise his role as Olivia’s bowling alley counselor/confidante Sam Weiss in Episodes 20 and 21!
Question: Anything on what is coming up for Alicia on The Good Wife? —Marissa
Ausiello: She’s going to make Eli a very happy man later this season when she makes a surprising contribution to Peter’s campaign.
Question: Depressed Huddy fan here in need of some positive House scoop. —Ellen
Ausiello: This should turn that frown upside down: Series creator David Shore confirms that later this season “there is an episode in which there is a wedding,” adding with a laugh, “I can almost guarantee it’s not what you’re expecting.” Hmm… I’m beginning to think this might involve Thirteen.
Question: Any news about those House renewal talks? —Sasha
Ausiello: Talks are ongoing, but Shore insists “it’s going to happen. Don’t worry about it.”
Question: I love Parenthood, just wondering if you know if it will be picked up for a third season. —Stephanie
Ausiello: Per TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard, it’s holding steady at a “safe bet.” My suggestion: Vote ’til your fingers fall off when the show takes on The Defenders next week in TVLine’s “Renew Our Show” Bracket Tournament. These are uncertain times, and you don’t want to leave anything to chance. On the scoop front, it looks like the show’s season finale will serve as a “coming out” party of sorts for Sarah the Dramatist. The play she wrote (under the direction of Mr. Richard Dreyfuss) has its opening night. The twist? The entire Braverman clan is in it! Turns out the characters are not so loosely based on her crazy-ass kin.
Question: My favorite character on 90210 right now is Naomi’s geek crush, Max — do you know if he’ll be back next season? —Lily
Ausiello: Given what goes down in the finale between the unlikely lovebirds I’d say there’s a very good chance we’ll be seeing a lot of Max in Season 4.
Question: Any word on a renewal for Chuck yet? I hope to God that it comes back next season! —Archana
Ausiello: Per TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard, it’s holding steady at “Could go either way” — an assessment recently confirmed by an NBC insider. On the scoop front, General Hospital‘s Lisa LoCicero has been cast as Daphne Peralta, the titular, Jersey-bred adversary in this season’s 21st episode, “Chuck vs. the Wedding Planner.” (And though I say “adversary,” no, she is not from the spy realm.)
Question: I’d like any scoopage you have on The Walking Dead. —Ruth
Ausiello: When the gang stumbles on Hershel’s Farm in the early part of Season 2 they’ll encounter “a lot of new characters,” reveals exec producer Robert Kirkman, noting the new blood is necessary to “replenish the ranks” as the body count climbs. And from the sounds of things, it will climb. Kirkman says the sense if danger will be heightened dramatically when the AMC drama returns. “In the first season, there was a lot of hubbub in Atlanta and then there was a lot of downtime at the farm. We’re definitely going to have quiet moments and everything, but being on the road in a world like this and in that traveling caravan, running out of food, having to stop to get supplies despite being in a dangerous area, there’s going to be some really high drama [and] intense stuff.”
Question: Any scoop about Lady Heather’s imminent return to CSI? —Jennifer
Ausiello: That’s Dr. Kessler to you now. Turns out LH has officially traded in her whips and chains for a PhD in psychology.
Question: I’m looking forward to Abed’s Pulp Fiction-themed birthday party on Community. Can you share any other details about the episode? —Laurie
Ausiello: The bash is held at a diner — a very special diner. All together now: “What’s so special about the diner, Ausiello?” Oh, you know, not much… except that Britta works there as a server! Who knew?!
Question: Any plans for Connor Paolo to become a series regular on Gossip Girl? I love the character of Eric but it’s frustrating when he vanishes for long stretches. —Justin
Ausiello: Paolo himself doesn’t seem to mind it. “I’m very happy with my position on the show and I have no interest in changing it,” says the actor, who was offered the chance to become a series regular back in Season 2 but respectfully declined. “Watching Blake [Lively] and Penn [Badgely] and the things they have to deal with as [a full-time cast members]… because they are on the posters and they are the face of the show, is not something I’m totally ready for right now.”
Question: I am addicted to Castle! Please, please, please tell me that Josh will be gone by season’s end. And any really good spoilers leading up to the season finale? —Laura
Ausiello: Poor Victor Webster. Sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t believe we have seen the last of Josh. In other Castle news, I hear a dangerous character from the past will reappear in the season finale. And that can’t be good.
What's going to happen to Prentiss on Criminal Minds? Please tell me she doesn't die. — Janelle
ADAM: The March 16 episode will most likely be her last, but something tells me her sendoff will allow Prentiss to return, should Paget Brewster be so inclined. But what, short of death, will send Emily packing? Matthew Gray Gubler, who directed the episode, tells us that Prentiss' dirty laundry will finally be aired. "[Prentiss] is in a tricky situation. She may have done some things in her past that wouldn't be looked upon favorably," he says.
What can you tell me about CSI: Miami? — Jamie
ADAM: Sounds like the show might be getting closer to finding a love interest for David Caruso's Horatio. In the season finale, we'll meet a sexy Secret Service agent who is assigned to aid Horatio's team and quickly takes a shine to him (and vice versa). As it stands now, the character could recur next season — provided of course that a critical mistake Horatio makes doesn't end up getting her killed.
Glee scoop, please! — Bobbie
NATALIE: What would bring the disgraced Sandy Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) back to McKinley High? The chance to topple Mr. Schu's glee-topia, of course! In an upcoming episode, he'll be on hand to critique a Jack Johnson number. The question is: What the heck are Becky and Jacob doing there?
Got any hints about what Desperate Housewives has planned for the end of the season? — Regina
ADAM: There have been lots of cops on the show, but none that have waved their nightsticks at the ladies of the Lane. That's about to change. Word is that the show is looking to add a handsome, middle-aged police detective with strong family values to the mix. He'll start out as a guest star, but we're hearing he could be a series regular (aka love interest) next season.
Thanks for the True Blood spoilers. Got anything else? —James
NATALIE: Remember that creepy doll we saw at Jessica and Hoyt's new home in the season finale? "I can tell you that the doll is more than just a doll," executive producer Alan Ball tells us. "That doll has a passenger."
What else do you know about the upcoming Bones spin-off? — Seth
ADAM: Agent Booth is no fan of "Finder" Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults). However, the question remains: Is it because of their spotty working relationship or because, before the hour is up, Walter gets a "booty call" from Brennan?
Any scoop on The Walking Dead? — Kyle
NATALIE: Andrew Lincoln tells us he can't wait to play the deterioration of Rick as the leader, but Sarah Wayne Callies is just as excited because it means Lori will get her chance to shine. "Right now, Lori has the luxury of indulging in her own sorrow and sadness and fear and loss partly because Rick is so strong," Callies tell us. "Marriages are often a yin-yang balance, which is to say, the weaker Rick becomes, the stronger Lori will become to support him."
Do you think Hawaii Five-0 will ever give Kono a real love interest? — Jackson
ADAM: According to co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski, no. "It's tough. We talk about it, for sure," he tells us. "I don't think we're in a place where we want to tie up our characters in a heavy relationship and close the door to any other potential relationships." Poor Kono.
What's coming up on Parenthood? — Casey
NATALIE: Lauren Graham is getting a new love interest! Producers are searching for a formidable foil for Sarah Braverman, to recur next season. He's a protégé of theater producer Gilliam (upcoming guest star Richard Dreyfuss), Zeek's old pal who knows people who could kick-start Sarah's playwriting career. Unfortunately for Sarah, he kind of hates Gilliam.
What can you tell me about my favorite new show, The Chicago Code? — Wes
ADAM: It sounds like Vonda (Devin Kelley) and her partner Isaac (Todd Williams) might be doing more than just working cases. "We just got upgraded to organized crime, so we're going to explore a little more of that," Williams tells us. "And then we're going to explore a little more of each other." But it won't all be about, er, nightstick-waving. We'll also learn more about Wysocki's family through his cop niece. "It gets a little rocky," Kelley tells us.
I'm so glad Stargate Universe is back. Can you share any spoilers about the final season? — Toby
NATALIE: Two main characters will bite the dust, and much sooner than you think. Plus, two other passengers of the Destiny fall victim to a deadly radiation attack.
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