Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Dollhouse,' '24,' 'Burn Notice,' 'True Blood,' 'Lost,' 'Eureka,' 'Bones,' and more!

Elizasummer_lQuestion: With Sarah Connor Chronicles canceled, please tell me there is a possibility of Summer Glau making an appearance on Dollhouse! –Jenn
Ausiello:
The noise you’re about to hear is the sound of the Whedonverse exploding. Joss confirms to me exclusively that, well, he’s one step ahead of you. "If anybody thinks [bringing Summer onto Dollhouse] hasn’t occurred to me already then they have not met me," he says. "I mentioned it to her before [SCC] was canceled. I was like, ‘You know, we should get you in the ‘house.’ But first we have to come up with something that works." And casting her as a doll would not work, insists Whedon. "Summer would be perfect to play an active, but she’s done that [type of role] a lot," he says. "I’d rather see her play someone who talks too much. The most fun I have is when I get somebody who’s good and comfortable at doing something, and then I make them do something else. Summer said to me, ‘I would like to play a normal girl before I die of extreme old age.’" Got any ideas? Head to the comments section!

Question: Since you’ve seen the first four True Blood episodes of season 2, is there anything you can share? –Sanna
Ausiello:
They’re bloody fangtastic! (Never. Gets. Old.) Seriously,
season 2 — premiering June 14 — gets off to a thrilling, gory, scary,
sexy, disgusting, funny, suspenseful start. Alan Ball would drive a
wooden stake through my heart if I spoiled any of the big twists (i.e. my lips are sealed about the fate of a certain flamboyant vampire blood
dealer), but here are a few juicy morsels to whet your appetite:

•    There are three orgies, all of them powered by Maryann’s (Michelle Forbes) aphrodisiac fairy dust.
•    Alexander Skarsgard’s Nordic vamp has an extremely homoerotic
encounter with a character who shall remain nameless. In related news,
there are about two dozen gratuitous shirtless shots in the first four episodes, all of them belonging to either Mechad Brooks (Tara’s new BF, Eggs) or Ryan Kwanten (Jason).
•    Sookie has a very revealing conversation with a new character in episode 4.
•    If you’re wondering what secret Merlotte’s newest waitress (played
by Ashley Jones) is harboring, a clue can be found on her skin.

Question: Got any Dexter casting scoop? Who will be this year’s Jimmy Smits? –Medve
Ausiello:
None other than John Lithgow!

Question: Got anything on 24? –Chris
Ausiello:
Big casting scoop: Freddie Prinze Jr. has been tapped to play CTU’s head of Field Ops. Thoughts?!

Question: Any scooplets on the end of Nip/Tuck? –Ellen
Ausiello:
Patience, Ellen. Patience. Oh, sorry, I meant patients. Among the last
clients looking to go under the knife will be an elderly Holocaust
survivor keeping a nasty secret from his wife and middle-aged daughter,
and a 60-something Asian porn star who wants his open-heart surgery
scar removed before trying to, er, score in the American market.

Question: Any chance Bill Lawrence will keep any of Scrubs‘ new interns around next season? –Joel
Ausiello:
I’m willing to bet he’ll keep at least one. "I really
responded to Eliza Coupe," he tells me. "But there’s nothing set in
stone."

Question: Are you going to post a summer premiere schedule? –Sara
Ausiello:
I have no plans to. Why, did someone tell you otherwise?

Question: In December, Lisa Edelstein was your best supporting actress
in a drama on your Best of ’08 list. So imagine my shock when she
didn’t even make the cut for your Dream Emmy Ballot.  What happened to
the love? –Megan
Ausiello:
Nothing happened to the love, but a lot happened to the
supporting actress category. First and foremost: Chloe Sevigny,
Ginnifer Goodwin, and Connie Britton all decided to enter the supporting
race instead of lead, creating the mother of all logjams. If it’s any
consolation, look at the amazing actresses joining Lisa on my standby
list: Callie Thorne, Amanda Seyfried, Michelle Hicks, Elizabeth
Mitchell, Cherry Jones, Chandra Wilson, and Sandra Oh.

Question: I just finished watching the pilot episode of Glee and it was
amazing! Do you have any info/spoilers about the show that can hold me
over until fall? –Heather
Ausiello:
The club’s token gay (a.k.a. Kurt) gets a love interest in the third episode, but not one he was expecting.

Question: What are the chances you could link to our Save Samantha Who? petition? –Michelle
Ausiello:
I’d say the chances are good.

Question: We’re so close to the new season of Burn Notice. Can we get some info on our favorite ex-spy? –Brad
Ausiello:
Next Thursday’s premiere picks up right where season 2 left off: with Michael up to his neck in the Atlantic Ocean. By the end of the episode, he’s back in hot water. Literally. (I’m talkin’ ’bout the water being on fire!)

Question: Any news on the CW drama Body Politic? Will it be picked up for mid-season? –Corinne
Ausiello:
It won’t. But I keep hearing rumors that one of the show’s
stars may find work on another high-profile CW drama. If it happens,
and all of my sources insist it probably won’t, it would create quite the
hubbubaloo.

Question: This is probably a long shot, but got any Lost scoop? –Jeff
Ausiello:
Yeah, having Lost scoop in late May is about as unlikely as me combing through my old
transcripts and finding an unused Damon Lindelof quote pertaining to
the show’s series finale. OMG, looky here: "We’ve been planning out the
final season for four years now. And of all the talks we have had about
the show, [reuniting all the castaways] is the subject that has come up
the most. The ending was almost where we began, and we had to figure
out how to get there. It’s like a wedding where the reception is the
part that requires the most planning and is the most fun to plan. We’ve
exchanged our vows and I am ready to go party."

Question: You single? You are cute as all get-out! –Bob
Ausiello:
No, but thanks for the perfect segue: Voting for PETA’s annual Sexiest Vegetarian contest ends in the next 24 hours and sources confirm to me
exclusively that I’m getting beat by Joaquin freakin’ Phoenix! What the
hell?! Luckily, there’s still time to prevent this travesty. All you have to do is
click on this link and vote for me. And when you’re done with that,
forward the link to 10 friends and have them vote for me. Then take a 10-minute break and start the process over again. You guys are always talking about wanting to do something positive with your lives. Well, here’s your chance!

Question: Why did The CW kill the Gossip Girl spin-off? –Tammy
Ausiello:
I’m told the higher-ups never embraced the whole ’80s
conceit. I’m also told the reason CW boss Dawn Ostroff stopped short of
declaring the project dead last week was because there’s a chance it could be
reconceived down the road.

Question: Realistically, how many episodes of Lost do you think Elizabeth Mitchell will be in next year? –Derek
Ausiello:
My gut is telling me we’ll see her in two episodes max. But
my gut has been wrong before. Oh, who am I kidding, no, it hasn’t.

Question: Any Eureka scoop? –Paige
Ausiello:
Three of the show’s stars — Joe Morton, Erica Cerra and
Niall Matter — have signed on to guest star on Sci Fi’s new paranormal
series, Warehouse 13, which debuts on July 7. Cerra and Matter will
play small-town thieves who hit the jackpot thanks to a luck-inducing
artifact, while Morton has been cast as a charismatic religious leader
doing time in a Florida prison. Eureka, meanwhile, returns with new episodes three days
later on July 10.

Question: Do you have any scoops on the new season of The Secret Life of The American Teenager? –Laura
Ausiello:
I have a scoop: Brando Eaton (Mental, Bones) has been cast as Ashley’s new gay sidekick, Griffin.

Question: Have you seen the Melrose Place pilot? Thoughts? –Doug
Ausiello:
I thought I would hate it, but I didn’t. It was 10 times
better than the 90210 pilot, that’s for sure. But I’m a sucker for
murder mysteries.

Question: Any more Bones scoop? Pretty please? –Charlee Ann
Ausiello:
Since it doesn’t look like Brennan and Booth will be having
real sex anytime soon, how about Brennan and her bisexual BFF Angela? "We’ve never discussed
that but I wouldn’t put it past [producers]," says Emily Deschanel with a
chuckle. "I feel like Brennan’s the type of character that if she had
feelings for a woman she wouldn’t question that and she’d go for it.
But it would be kind of complicated with her best friend."

That’s a wrap! Send questions/anonymous tips/summer travel tips to ausielloscoop@ew.com. Thanks for playing!

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  • thelittlefluffycat

    I’d love to see Summer play a female version of Topher, a little like the Sierra version, good with the computers, jittery with caffeine, a geek. Maybe she could move into November’s old apartment and begin watching the FBI guy? And he could be wildly suspicious that this is someone from ANOTHER house.

  • christina

    Weak. Very weak.
    I hate the lack of tv in the summer.

  • The_1337

    Summer Glau + Dollhouse = Awesome
    No info on Chuck?

  • Amy

    She could play Caroline’s (aka: Echo) sister. That’s if she has one, lol.

  • patrick

    PRAISE JOSS WHEDON! i’ve wanted summer on the show since it started. i hope they give her a regular part

  • Michelle

    Yell to the Yeah on two counts! 1) Thanks so much for linking to the Samantha Who? petition!! You are my hero! We will save it yet, and you are getting our backs and 2)Summer on Dollhouse *explodes* A kickin’ assassin is a role she’s done repeatedly, but she does it so well!! Happy to have her on in any capacity.

  • Emily N.

    Super excited about Summer Glau on Dollhouse.

  • Lee

    The biggest mistake the CW did was not picking up “The Body Politic.” A show about smart, driven adults? A show NOT about rich, white, bitchy teenagers? Oh, the HORROR!

  • UltimateToronto.com

    Posting Lost news like that is just a dirty tease, Aus!

  • TV Gord

    Is Joss not the greatest guy EVER? His answer about Summer was perfect. I really get the sense that he will never lose what it is to be a fan.

  • Lindsey

    I may get shot for saying this, but I’ve always wished Joss had cast someone from the ‘verse other than Eliza Dushku for Dollhouse. Eliza is just not a strong enough actress for the role. Even if Summer Glau wouldn’t be starring, she would make an amazing addition in ANY kind of character.

  • Melissa

    Summer Glau on Dollhouse is one of the best ideas I’ve heard in a LONG time. Please please please let this happen!

  • Amanda Carvalho

    Brangela on Bones? That would be fun… lol

  • Emily

    Burn Notice and Dollhouse news? And something kind of ok coming out of SCC’s cancelation? You just made my day!

  • Erica

    I’ve been saying since the show started that I would like to see Summer as a Dollhouse higher up, that would come in and clash with Adelle and create tension. I hate typecasting her too. She would be brilliant in that role I think.

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