Question: Seems like forever since Gibbs had a love interest on NCIS. Any scoop about that please? –Maya
Ausiello: There’s a chance he’ll see some action later this month when he travels out west to meet the crew of the NCIS spin-off. As exec producer Shane Brennan tells me, sparks will fly between Gibbs and Louise Lombard’s character, Lara. "Gibbs and [Lara] have some past history that goes back a long, long way," he teases. "And quite clearly, Gibbs is not very keen to actually fly to Los Angeles and work with her — particularly when she’s given the lead on the case." Brennan adds that it’s not immediately clear whether the baggage they share is romantic in nature, "but it is resolved over the two-part episode. The audience will find out exactly what it is, and I can guarantee no one is going to guess what the connection is."
Question: You said that there would be some major Tony-Ziva action coming up on NCIS, but, so far, nada! What gives? –Shoshana
Ausiello: Exec producer Shane Brennan clearly stated last month that the "Tiva" rollercoaster wouldn’t leave the station until the April 28 episode, so I think what gives is you’re losing your mind.
Question: Any idea how the new Melrose Place will explain what the hell happened to Sydney? If she didn’t go six feet under, where did she go? –Dave
Ausiello: I’ve got two words for you: Women’s. Prison.
Question: Kutner’s death on House didn’t quite shock me, but it did have an emotional punch. My question: Does his death mean we won’t be seeing Amber this season? –Shane
Ausiello: You’ll definitely be seeing Amber this season, the only question is when. Hey, check out the tantalizing teaser Fox just sent out for the April 27 episode: "House’s lack of sleep starts to play tricks on his mind, but he finds insomnia may be a gift instead of a burden." Hmmm…..
Question: Can you please give us a hint about the twist that follows Cameron and Chase’s forthcoming breakup on House? –Ronnie
Ausiello: It involves a piece of luggage belonging to Chase. (And contrary to speculation, he’s not being deported.)
Question: I’m not so much interested in the twist surrounding Chase and Cameron’s split as I am about the reason for the split in the first place. Spill! –Kelly
Ausiello: All I’ll say is there’s some major foreshadowing in the promo for next week’s episode.
Question: Got anything on Desperate Housewives? — Cyndi
Ausiello: Orson must’ve contracted one of those contagious strains of kleptomania, ’cause I’m getting some fuzzy intel that Bree is about to participate in a burglary.
Question: I think it’s time for an update on T.R. Knight’s efforts to flee Grey’s Anatomy. Will he get his wish by the end of the season? –Amy
Ausiello: It certainly sounds like Shonda Rhimes is setting the stage for his departure. A Grey’s insider is now confirming what I previously predicted: George will not only (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) march off to war, but he’ll be wounded (perhaps mortally) in the line of duty by season’s end.
Question: I went ahead and tallied up the votes in the comments section of last week’s Ask Ausiello and an overwhelming majority of your readers want to know who’s getting married in the 100th episode of Grey’s Anatomy. What are you waiting for? Spoil it! — Craig
Ausiello: I’ll do you one better: I’ll drop a clue into my Twitter feed in the next few days. That is better, right?
Question: I loved Ari Graynor in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and I’m loving her now on Fringe as Olivia’s sister. Is she in for the rest of the season or what? –Jack
Ausiello: She’s sticking around for a few more episodes, during which we’ll learn a little bit more about her estranged hubby.
Question: Leonard Nimoy as William Bell on Fringe? In a word, awesome. How long will he be around for? –Jeremy
Ausiello: He’ll appear in one scene in the May 12 finale and then return next season for three more episodes. I hear the character’s arc was significantly cut back to accommodate Nimoy, who was only interested in doing a handful of episodes. The moral of this story: A little Leonard Nimoy is better than no Leonard Nimoy.
Question: Your Supernatural asterisk quiz last week was just plain cruel! –Betsy
Ausiello: You know what else it was? Wrong! Turns out I had one too many asterisks in the second word. The revised (and correct) quiz is below. Sorry for the inconvenience. As a make-good, I went ahead and filled in an extra word.
Sam learns in the season finale that ******i** ****** is the ***** **** that has ** ** broken ****** ******* can ***e.
Question: My husband and I have been debating whether or not most of the questions you get are actually real. They seem just too perfect and clever sometimes. –Alicia
Ausiello: [Laughs] That’s a good one! I wish I had the time to sit around making up questions. I should be so lucky.
Question: I just watched the latest episode of ATV and, man, you are looking fine these days, Mr. Ausiello. Are you aware of just how hot you are? –Vanity Smurf
Ausiello: OMG, you’re making me blush. I’m so embarrassed. What an incredibly sweet thing to say. You made my day with that, VF. Thank you.
Question: What are your top three favorite shows to watch right now? –Jeremy
Ausiello: Lost, 90210, and The Big Bang Theory.
Question: Do you have any info on Dollhouse‘s second season chances? I’ve fallen in love with the show and I’m on pins and needles waiting to hear if I’ll get another season of it. –Mandi
Ausiello: I wish I could share your enthusiasm. I’m trying really hard to get into this show but it’s just not happening. I actually thought the recent (and much-heralded) reboot episode was one of the weakest of the season. As far as a second season goes, I don’t have any solid evidence to back this up (aside from those anemic ratings), but I’d say it’s a long shot.
Question: I am going to see Guys and Dolls soon and was wondering if you had any tips on how I could get a Lauren Graham autograph? –Nicky
Ausiello: Find a recent picture of me on the Internets, enlarge it, print it out, tape it to your face, and then stand outside the stage door after the show.
Question: What is your take on the series finale of Life On Mars. –Diane
Ausiello: I admired it on an artistic level. But on an emotional level, it left me a little cold.
Question: Everyone is so worked up about the Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray’s negotiations for the seventh season of One Tree Hill, but what about Sophia Bush and James Lafferty? –Adrienne
Ausiello: James’ deal is closed. Sophia’s is not, but my OTH mole assures me that she will definitely be back.
Question: What can you tell us about Booth’s undiagnosed health issue on Bones? Does Booth have a brain tumor? David Boreanaz isn’t leaving, is he? –Rachel
Ausiello: The answer to one of those two questions is yes.
Question: Are you ever going to be a guest on Idolatry? Or is the rumor true that you and Slezak don’t get along? –Owen.
Ausiello: The answer to one of those two questions is also yes.
Question: How about some scoop on the most underrated show on TV: Numb3rs. –Jeffrey
Ausiello: How’s this for some fraktastic guest casting: The May 15 season finale will feature Battlestar Galactica‘s James Callis and Everwood‘s Sarah Drew! Callis will play a charismatic sociopath who is suspected of abducting Amita. Drew co-stars as one of his followers.
That’s a wrap! Please submit questions/anonymous tips/Easter bunny sightings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for playing!