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Question: What’s going on with Katherine Heigl? Is she ever going to be returning to Grey’s Anatomy? —Hannah
Last I heard, she’s due back on the Grey’s set at the end of the month, which means we probably won’t see Izzie again until late April. Coincidentally, that’s right around the time a very special patient will be checking into Seattle Grace: Alex’s brother! Sources confirm to me exclusively that Grey’s is currently casting the role of Karev’s estranged sibling. For those keeping score at home, this will be our first time meeting a member of Karev’s troubled clan. Look for bro to dredge up a lot of ugly family history, including that nasty business about daddy beating mommy.

Question: What’s up with the Mercy West residents on Grey’s Anatomy? Will they be sticking around next season? —PT
I’m fairly certain one of them won’t be. A reliable source tells me that one of the four has received his/her walking papers and will exit the show before the end of the season. Guesses? Scroll down to the comments!

Question: Will House try to break up Wilson and his new/old girlfriend on House? —Nikki
And how. As series creator David Shore explains, “This isn’t just House being protective of Wilson, this is him being protective of Wilson against somebody who arguably knows Wilson as well as House does. And I think that’s what makes the scenes [between Hugh Laurie and Cynthia Watros] so interesting. You have these two people who apparently care about Wilson, although they’ve both made some dramatic mistakes in that regard, kind of fighting over him.”

Question: Do you have any more details about Cynthia Watros’ character on House aside from her being Wilson’s first ex-wife? —Gavin
Her name is Dr. Sam Carr, her area of expertise is radiology, and she’s “smart, capable, and a little offbeat,” says David Shore. “Anyone who is going to be involved with Wilson is going to be a little bit different. We wanted her to be worthy of Wilson’s strengths and worthy of Wilson’s weaknesses.”

Question: What will Booth’s new love interest mean for Booth and Brennan on Bones? —Ellouise
I don’t think there will be any long-term fallout, especially since Rena Sofer is only on board for one episode at this point. But in the short-term, the date will “cause a little turmoil” in their emotional lives, according to exec producer Stephen Nathan, who adds, “It’s nice to confuse Booth and Brennan every now and then. You don’t want the show to become predictable or complacent.” Nathan also points out that “Booth has really neglected his personal life. We wanted to see what it would be like for him to [briefly] explore a potential life with another person… and let him see what it’s like to just be a guy.” THIS JUST IN: Big Bones scoop!

Question: I do not like this whole Booth with a new love interest nonsense! Any hope for Booth/Brennan fans by the end of season 5? —Shorty
Exec producer Stephen Nathan hinted that Booth’s big date with Sofer’s Catherine — which is slated to air in the April 22 episode — will help move B&B “forward towards a bit of a change in their lives.” What does that mean exactly? Grrr. Let me come at this from a different angle: How does the date go? “I guess how the date goes depends on what you think of Booth and Bones and the show Bones. Some people are going to like it, some people are not going to like it.” Let me come at this from a different angle: Nah, I give up.

Question: Need some Bones scoop, please! —Amy
Cam’s getting a new love interest! “We have an episode coming up where Cam meets someone,” reveals Nathan, “and it complicates her relationship with her adopted daughter, Michelle.” Nathan adds that we’ll meet Cam’s suitor in “a very bizarre way.”

Question: Are Leonard and Penny ever going to break up on The Big Bang Theory? —Beth
Gee, Mr. Negativity, how do you really feel? I actually don’t know what lies ahead for Penny and Leonard. For that matter, neither do the producers. “Unlike the series Lost, we have no idea where we’re going,” confesses executive producer Chuck Lorre. “We really are learning as we go, and we make decisions based on the best choices and information we have at any given moment. It really is just a gut check as to what feels right. I wish I could say yes, we have these magnificent plans and an overriding arc to the season, but nothing could be further from the truth. We’re not really sure what’s going to happen next week. It really is a mad scramble.” Ah, honesty. How I’ve missed you.

Question: How about some good Nip/Tuck scoop since there are only a few episodes remaining? —Brandon
The psycho transsexual bitch is back! I’m referring, of course, to Famke Janssen’s Ava Moore, who returns for the show’s last two episodes on Feb. 24 and March 3. And get this: The gender-bending nutjob (see what I did there?) has the cojones (and again!) to show up at McNarmara/Troy to ask Sean and Christian for a surgical favor. She also pays her ex, Matt, a visit, and she offers him and his fiancée, Romona, a six-figured wedding gift! Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Ava’s ex-husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Barrett Moore (played by Alec Baldwin), will not be back. But he has a good excuse. Turns out the doc’s dead!

Question: What year are the Glee kids in high school? Will they ever graduate? —Mike
Sounds like series creator Ryan Murphy is keeping his options open. “The thing about the show that’s important is we try to be real, but it is also a fantasy high school,” he says. “I don’t know. We’re still trying to get through [season] one. I think it’s important to have new voices and new kids come in [each year]. That’s definitely something that we’re doing.”

Question: I followed you here from TV Guide and was hoping my loyalty would win me a favor. Please promote and sign the Save Better Off Ted petition. —Rachel
Done and done.

Question: I could probably be persuaded to send you a case of your favorite flavor of Snapple if you’ll give me some The Good Wife scoop.  Pretty please? —Brooke
I’m told the next three episodes — airing March 2, 9 and 16 — will set the tone for Alicia and Peter’s future. Also, Alicia will finally find out about Zach’s secret sleuthing and the mysterious packages that had been left at her door.

Question: I am red hot mad with ABC over the offing of Ugly Betty! They are ending one of the best shows on television! What are the chances that it can be moved to another network? —Melissa
The chances are about zero to none. As far as I know, there’s no effort underway to find Betty a new home. On the bright side, I have some scoop for you: Aaron Tveit (a.k.a. Nate’s cuz and Serena’s ex from Gossip Girl) has been cast as a playwright who Betty goes on a date with in a late March episode. According to my Ugly insider, “The relationship starts great and ends horribly.” Not unlike every single episode of Saturday Night Live.

Question: How about another hint about who’s getting married in the Ugly Betty series finale? —Carol
It’s a heterosexual couple whose names rhyme with Silda and Cobby. In related news, the lovely, talented, and loose-lipped Ana Ortiz confirmed over the weekend that Hilda will marry Bobby in the Ugly Betty series finale.

Question: There’s buzz that the talented Joe Flanigan will be cast as the lead in NBC’s Rockford Files remake. Is this true? —Joan
Definitely not true. I think that rumor got started in a Stargate chat room.

Question: How many more episodes of NCIS will Rena Sofer be in? —Kate
She resurfaces in the March 2 episode and she’ll be back for at least one more after that. And even Sofer doesn’t know where producers are taking her relationship with Mark Harmon’s Gibbs. “Mark doesn’t know either,” Sofer tells me. “We talk about it every time we do a scene. We don’t know. Personally, I think it’s more fun to play the ambiguity. Once you go to bed with someone, it’s over. Where do you go from there? There’s a part of me that hopes we never know.”

Question: I’m thrilled that Big Love was renewed for a fifth season, but do you know how many episodes there will be? Hopefully it’s more than the nine we’re getting this season. —George
I can confirm that season 5 will be longer than season 4, but just barely. HBO ordered 10 episodes this time around.

Question: In light of Smallville not being renewed for the next season yet, I am feeling down! I need some juicy scoop to feel better! —Anibal
Two characters will soon discover each others’ secret identities.

Question: Thanks for the Cable Renewal Scorecard, but you forgot to include Legend of the Seeker. Will it be renewed? —David
I think you forgot that Legend is a syndicated show. That list only covered cable shows, hence the words “CABLE EDITION” in the headline. Capiche? But to answer your question, I’d say the cult fave is a safe bet for renewal. In related news, I’ve got more scoop from exec producer Ken Biller! In the episode airing the weekend of March 20, “Kahlan is going to have a very powerful spell put on her, and, in order to save Kahlan’s life, Richard is going to have to protect Kahlan’s greatest enemy, who is the only one who can remove the spell,” he says. “But at the same time, Kahlan is forced to go and confront her father (played by Michael Nouri), who is the man who abused her terribly as a child.” Confession: I have no idea what he just said.

Question: You haven’t had any juicy tidbits on Burn Notice lately. Pretty please with yogurt on top? —Vanessa
The new season of Burn Notice will find Michael going where he has never gone before: Somewhere other than Miami! “Michael goes on a field trip somewhere in South America,” reveals series creator Matt Nix. And by South America he means “Florida’s foreign-ish areas.” Fiona won’t be tagging along, but Nix hints that certain unnamed “frenemies” will.

Question: Anything happening in the world of Law & Order: CI? —Neal
Can I interest you in a Tracy Pollan guest stint? Mrs. Michael J. Fox has just been cast as a super-successful and extremely attractive magazine writer. Full disclosure: I served as a consultant on this episode.

Question: Got any Desperate Housewives scoop about Lynette and Tom? —Serena
This woman is about to turn their life upside down.

That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, anonymous tips to Also, you can follow me on Twitter via @ewausiellofiles. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Archana Ram)

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  • Dars

    Re: The booted Mercy Wester on Grey’s.

    Please God, let it be Reed. Not Jackson Avery, due to upcoming storylines to further enmesh him. Haven’t the other sort of all dropped of the map?

    • Caroline

      I second this. I want to like her, but I just don’t.

      • Katie

        I agree… send Reed home! Not a big fan of her and Avery is absolutely amazing! I don’t think it will be Avery or the girl that was just hired back… we shall see!

      • Molly

        Definitely! And why haven’t they done anything with Frankendoctor liking her? Or her connection with Alex? I’m frustrated that all of these new characters have been introduced, but NOTHING has been done with them! They’re entirely superfluous.

    • alisa

      See, i like Reed and Avery (thats his name right? the dude who likes Yang.) but i dont like that one guy who is into Reed (the one who kinda sorta got Izzie fired). I dont know his name and his scenes are totally irrelevant to every episode. I dont even know the guys name! I like Reed and her semi-bitchiness and attraction to Karev, and i totally dig Avery. That other dude needs to go.

      • spikesgrl

        I totally agree. I care about this character so little that I don’t even know what his name is!!

    • Mells

      I totally agree – I think Reed may irritate me even more than that Melissa George character they had last year….ick!

      • J

        I know that Melissa George character (can’t even remember her name) was terrible but this Reed character and the one who is crushing on her, I just hate. Avery on the other hand can stay as long as he likes.

      • Lauren

        Actually I hope its Dr. Charles Percy who leaves (i.e. Mr. Unibrow), he hasn’t had any good scenes in a while anyway.

      • nik

        I think her name was Sadie. She was annoying on Grey’s and she was annoying on Alias (RIP)

      • cs

        @nik, AMEN to that!

    • maiv

      ugh i agree with this too. but i’m thinking it’ll be that guy that likes her since he hasn’t had as big a part as her in the show after getting izzy fired

    • aaa

      I hope it is the guy who looks like frankenstein

    • GeeMoney

      As long as Dr. Avery (aka Dr. McFine) stays on the show, I could careless who gets booted! Make Jesse Williams a cast regular already!

    • ernie

      At least we know who Reed is. I think she can be redeemed. Get rid of the Frankenstein-looking guy who helped get Izzie fired. He’s too mean to live.

    • EveatEden

      I think it will be the other guy, not Reed or Avery, and now that we know 2 aren’t coming back, not sure if April will make the cut the 2nd time, McDreamy brought her back but she’s falling apart so she may not last. I’d like to keep Reed and Avery but if one has to go then it should be Reed. Avery is the best of the Mercy West crew.

    • Trina

      Don’t know his name but PLEASE GOD don’t let it be the pretty boy with the eyes…….

  • chris

    How bout some 90210 scoop? It does return March 9th U know!

  • JennaD

    Karev’s fam, might have to watch Grey’s again.

    You should cover One life to live/Kish, just saying!

    • Stephanie

      Oh yes, if I could get some OLTL scoop, I’d be all about it. Will Kish get Stacy’s baby? Oh I hope so! I love me some Kyle (now that he’s done blackmailing everyone)!

  • Fallen

    Yeah… the whole Cynthia Watros thing kind of keeps ruining my day everytime I see a spoiler with her name in it. Thanks you so SO much.

    • Already bored with Dr Sam Carr

      I’m with you. This whole Wilson-Sam- House rubbish is boring. It has so been done to death with the Wilson-Amber-House crap of season4.

  • Kory

    I love House! Thanks for the spoiler, can’t wait for the hiatus to end, can’t wait to see Wilson’s ex and future girlfriend.

    • Adela

      This has been the best house spoiler in a long time. I want Wilson to be happy and get over Amber.

  • Ari

    Legend of the Seeker, Smallville, AND NCIS scoop?? You just made my day!

    • Jason

      Ausiello is just “guessing” that Legend of the Seeker is safe. I work for a station which carries the show, and was told by management that the Tribune station group has not picked it up to air for a 3rd year, and unless they change their mind, ABC/Disney will NOT renew the show.

      So if you live in an area serviced by a Tribune-owned station, it would really pay you to bombard them with complaints.

      This is really an outrage, if you ask me. Legend of the Seeker is a high-quality, family series with a wonderful cast and great stories, and to lose the show because of one station group–TRIBUNE–would be a huge slap to the many millions of fans around the world.

      Tribune, however, has clout because their stations reach so many people in large markets. Seeker costs about $1-million per episode to make, so it MUST have distribution in the major market.

      Pass this word along, because it’s the absolute truth, guys.

      • Stephanie

        Family series? I dunno what you let your kids watch, but I sure don’t let mine watch this show. Don’t get me wrong I love Legend of the Seeker, and I would be sad if it was cancelled, I just don’t think it’s appropriate for children…

  • Bobby

    Smallville spoilers are always awesome!

  • Alex

    That’s some pretty juicy but vague Smallville scoop!

    • Leora

      I mean, there aren’t that many characters left with secret identities who don’t know about each other… My money is on Oliver and Tess.

      • EvaneSam

        Yeah that’s what I was thinking too but I included Chloe in the equation as well. After Pandora Tess would probabyl keep an eye on her just in case. So I think Tess/Chloe or Tess/Oliver.

      • scott

        i second that

  • David

    RE Grey’s – surely it’ll be that Charles guy? He’s done absoltuely nothing since he pissed off Izzie in his first episode.

  • elissa

    no GREEK scoop? One tree hill? gossip girl? true blood? 90210? vampire diaries? :( damn.

    • Wills

      SAVE GREEK!!

  • Kate

    In one of the first few episodes of Glee, Rachel says that she’s a sophomore. Although, other tv shows have been known to change the school year of characters in the past.

    • Molly

      Yeah, I think they’re all supposed to be sophomores, but how are the football players and Cheerios supposed to run the school as sophomores? Where are the seniors who (in real life) take that role?

  • Kay

    Michael ~ Do you have ANY “Army Wives” spoilers? They left fans w/ a huge question w/ their finale. What happens to Jeremy? What happens to Joan? Anything?

  • Mary

    Legend of the Seeker scoop, YES! Thanks!

  • Kay

    RE: Grey’s …. I would think the MW guy who pissed Izzie off way back when. See? I can’t even remember his name. If anyone should stay, it should B Jackson. he has hella potential.

    • diva

      I totally agree with you. He should go. His face scares me. And even though I don’t like Izzie, she did not need to be treated that way by him.

      • Xoxo

        You mean nose dive? He should definitely leave! I might even prefer Reed to him. The wonders of this world!

    • Mothra

      Hey, hey, ho, ho! FrankenDoc has got to go! He’s such a non-entity, it has to be him. At least Reed is annoying, we all remember her.

  • Linda

    Re: Grey’s. I hope it’s Reed who goes! She is SO annoying and…UGLY!

    Can’t wait for Izzie’s return!

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