Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Gossip Girl,' 'House,' 'Lost,' '24,' and more!

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Question: In honor of Neil Patrick Harris being cast in the Smurfs movie, you should give us some big scoop. It’s what the Smurfs would want. —Riina
Actually, I just conducted a straw poll in Smurf Village and turns out what the Smurfs really wanted was me, not NPH. All kidding aside, I really did conduct a poll. And I won. By a landslide. Seriously. Moving on… here’s your big scoop: My magazine column is movin’ on up to the News & Notes section beginning with this week’s issue (on sale Friday). Someone please start a congratulatory thread in the comments section so I don’t have to.

Question: I heard Desperate Housewives is casting a new vixen to replace Nicolette Sheridan. Any idea whom they’re looking at to play her? —Scotty
You’re assuming the role is female. Speaking of Housewives, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT.

Question: Got some scoop for you: Neil Patrick Harris will play the live action lead in The Smurfs movie. Since I got you some scoop, how about some Lost scoop in return? —Antonio
Thanks for keeping me plugged-in, Antonio. Here’s your Lost scoop: If you’re expecting the Sawyer/Kate/Jack triangle to move front and center during these final 10 episodes, it may be time to start managing those expectations. “We’re moving into the endgame of the show [and] the stakes have moved beyond, ‘Who’s Kate going to pick?’ and into, ‘Is anyone going to be left alive?,’ says executive producer Damon Lindelof. “I hope [viewers are] going to be satisfied with what we’re doing, but we’re not writing a romance novel here. I understand in seasons past how that was much more relevant. We’re not neglecting it, but there’s a lot of fish to fry. The elements of the love triangle — Kate’s relationship with Jack, her relationship with Sawyer, Sawyer’s relationship with Juliet, who’s dead — are a huge part of the season. All that stuff is in play.”

Question: Will we find out why Richard doesn’t age on Lost? —Julie
Yes. The big reveal occurs in the March 23 Richard-centric episode. And if you think you know the answer, think again. “I definitely had a number of theories about why he doesn’t age and I was dead wrong,” confesses Nestor Carbonell, who adds that the episode is unconventional in that “the ‘A’ story focuses on the origins of this character. There’s a little bit of stuff on the island, but not much. It [mostly] deals with the past.” In other news, click here for a major scoop/spoiler!

Question: I kept reading about this Chuck guy from your spoilers, so I checked out Chuck and now I’m obsessed. Please give me some scoop. This really is your fault after all! —Heather
I’m more than happy to take the blame! On the scoop front, look for a major reveal — actually, make that three major reveals — about Casey in the March 15 episode. The following week, Chuck and Sarah go out on a stakate (that’s a mash-up of stakeout and date), and someone adjusts to a brand new way of life.

Question: Is something going to happen between Dan and Blair on Gossip Girl? Or were you just pulling our legs? —Janice
Maybe a little of both? I asked executive producer Stephanie Savage about the possibility of a Dan/Blair hook-up down the line, and here’s what she said: “There are only so many combinations [you can explore] on the show, so I think you have to be open to all of them at some point. So, certainly, we have an open mind when it comes to them… Those two are really gold when they’re together. They have great on-screen chemistry.”

Question: I need some scoop on Gossip Girl. More importantly, good news about Chuck/Blair. —Vanessa
I’m going to let executive producer Stephanie Savage take this one. “The good news about Chuck and Blair is that when we come back [on March 8] they’ve got a really incredible run with each other. They’re [involved] in a very emotional storyline regarding the mystery lady at Bart’s grave. They solve that mystery together and it’s a great example of Chuck and Blair working together and being very emotionally supportive of each other.”

Question: Is it true that Chuck and Blair break up again on Gossip Girl? —Mary
I will neither confirm nor deny that particular rumor on the grounds that it’s too spoilery. Besides, it’s also kind of a non-issue since any Chuck/Blair break-up will undoubtedly be followed by a reunion at some point. Isn’t that right, Stephanie Savage? “We really feel like those guys are made for each other,” she tells me. “But it’s not going to be an easy ride because of their personalities and their dynamic. It’s our job to throw some good obstacles in their path, but we always root for them to find their way back to each other.”

Question: Keep the Glee spoilers coming Michael! —Sarah
Yes ma’am! Click here and prepare to squeal.

Question: Modern Family? Anything? —Holly
One of this season’s final episodes will find Claire attempting to take the perfect family portrait.

Question: We need a sex scene on House with House this season. Could be any woman and I’ll be happy. —Bete
Ask and you shall receive: I can confirm that House will partake in a one-night stand towards the end of the season. And it’s quite possible his little lady friend is someone we’ve met before. Also, look for Andre Braugher to reprise his role as House’s shrink, Dr. Nolan, for at least one episode in May. Could that have something to do with this? (That’s not rhetorical, I really want to know.)

Question: How about something on the series finale of Numb3rs? —Joseph
That’s potential series finale. Remember, CBS has yet to officially cancel the show — although, let’s face it, the writing is on the wall. Anyway, Numb3rs‘ unofficial swan song airs March 12 and here are three tantalizing teases courtesy of exec producer Cheryl Heuton:

* Colby, Liz and Nikki discuss a threesome, “just like in the movies.”
* Don makes not one but two major life decisions, one involving his career, and the other involving his love life.
* You’ve heard of Deus ex machina? How about Deux ex Lou Diamond? As in, Ian Edgerton, played by Lou Diamond Phillips, who makes a special appearance at a crucial moment.

Question: Got anything juicy on 24? —Cole
In the next three or four hours, something truly horrible will happen at CTU. And I swear that’s not a subtle dig at the horrifyingly awful Dana Walsh subplot.

Question: I need some 24 scoop, STAT! —Emily
The aforementioned horrifyingly awful Dana Walsh subplot is about to become slightly more bearable thanks to the fantastic Stephen Root. The alum of True Blood, Pushing Daisies, etc, joins the cast next week as the parole officer of Dana’s dead ex who starts looking into his disappearance.

Question: Has My Name is Earl been canceled? —Ellen
Yes. Now a question for you: How was your coma?

Question: How awesome was Lauren Graham in the Parenthood premiere? Any scoop on upcoming episodes? —Barb
Actually, next week’s episode is an even better showcase for LG. Sarah goes on a job interview and her prospective boss is about half her age. The scene calls for LG to be alternately comical, vulnerable, intimidated, and hopeful, and she nails all four. The episode — which scores bonus points for including both Felicity‘s Amanda Foreman and Everwood‘s Tom Amandes in memorable guest roles — also features a very funny scene that’s reminiscent of this.

Question: Rabbit is my favorite character on Trauma! What’s coming up for him? —Dina
In the March 22 episode, we’ll learn via childhood flashback why he has such guilt issues.

Question: Any scoop on Saving Grace‘s final season? —Jenna
It kicks off March 29 with an episode featuring the return of Holly Hunter’s real-life partner, actor Gordon MacDonald. This time around MacDonald plays a writer investigating miracles. However, when Grace discovers his face in a photo from 1927, she quickly realizes that he might not be exactly who he says he is.

Question: I’m a huge fan of Burn Notice. Spoil me! —Paul
In the last five minutes of this week’s season finale, someone gets taken into custody, someone gets shackled, and someone hits an FBI agent. And these are three different people we’re talking about.

Question: I’d like White Collar with scoop, please. Hold the snark. —Lisa
But the snark’s the best part! In March 9 finale, Neal finally gets his hands on the music box, and another character’s fate is left up in the air. On another (possibly-related) note, Neal and Kate’s relationship, ahem, flames out.

Question: Psych scoop! —Peter
Don’t miss the last two minutes of the March 10 season finale. Let’s just say something happens that will leave you with some big questions about Shawn. Oh, and there’s a somewhat significant death.

Question: Do you know of any plans to resolve some of the issues/unanswered questions surrounding Tony and Ziva on NCIS this season? —Catherine
If you’re referring to what transpired between them in Paris earlier this season, Michael Weatherly (Tony) thinks he has the answer. “The truth of what happened is probably something that can be discovered inside the episode itself,” he says. “If you really listen to what they say, I think it is pretty clear what happened: Nothing.” Way to kill the mood, buddy. For her part, Cote de Pablo (Ziva) hopes that particular question never gets answered. “If you solve something completely, especially on a TV show like this, it is no longer that fun,” she says. “It is a really complex relationship, and there is so much more to explore.” Adds Weatherly: “I am very happy with where it is now, but you never know what will develop. The writers may think they’ve cracked the chemistry riddle. They may come to think they can make us a full-on couple without killing the chemistry and tension that make people watch. But making the audience get their cake and eat it too is not outside of [exec producer] Shane Brennan’s wheelhouse.”

Question: Every day I come home from school, drop my bags, and search “Ask Ausiello and NCIS” on my computer hoping you’ve answered my question about Tony and Ziva. —Olivia
You’re going to be mortified when you get home tonight and realize your question doesn’t actually include, you know, a question.

Question: Any news on what brings Holly (Dina Meyer) back to NCIS? —Mark
“Gibbs will use her in an investigation,” explains Mark Harmon. “She is an interesting ally, an odd ally, an uncomfortable ally in some ways. But I think the writers and producers like what Dina did before. A madam character is pretty fascinating.”

Question: How does Damon cope with the news that Katherine was never in the tomb on The Vampire Diaries? —Christine
“Damon spends most of episode 14 and a good portion of 15 drunk,” reveals exec producer Julie Plec. “Watching him sort of spiral into the abyss of self pity is kind of hilarious.”

Question: Besides the wedding, any scoop on Ugly Betty‘s final episodes? —Mitchell
A pivotal male character will profess his love for Betty, but I’m not saying which one.

Question: Caprica is fraktacular! Got any scoop? —Sarah
I’m hearing something about a bitter mental standoff coming up between Zoe and Daniel. And THIS JUST IN from exec producer Jane Espenson: “Lacy is pulled deeper into a dangerous orbit. When the center cannot hold, we’ll see more than one character take genuinely desperate  actions that change the course of the story entirely.”

Question: Any scoop on Southland? Love that show. —Yasmin
The March 16 episode is a big one for Ben McKenzie and his alter ego, Ben Sherman. The former gets to sink his teeth into some meaty material when the latter goes out on patrol alone for the first time and gets a little too invested in a domestic violence case.

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 Sandra Gonzalez, Carrie Bell, Keith Staskiewicz, and Vlada Gelman)

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  • Jessica

    Oh Hell noo to Dan Blair. Dan belongs with Serena and Blair with Chuck, it would be way too weird and damaging to many relationships. So Just say No!

    • Jules

      Just say NO to Dair!! Awesome.

      • BlairWitch

        “Blan” sounds better

      • em

        OMG NO dan and blair would ROCK. That frenemy chemistry would jump off the screen

      • jules

        Dan and Blair as a couple would totally NOT rock. But Dan and Blair on screen as frenemies would.

    • CC


    • lime

      Chair is definitely meant to be, but have we ever really given Danessa a chance? Derena was cute for a while, but I think that would be weird now.

      • michael

        Chair? Really? I prefer Bluck. Chair is too boring.

      • Nicole

        Why not CBW Chuck Bass- Blair Waldorf… Or better yet, how about no nickname at all?

    • HC

      Dan and Serena are step-siblings now and they also know that they share a sibling. They are definitely not meant to be together. Creepy.

    • Danielle

      Dan and Serena are sooo over. Plus, it’s a bit weird that their parents are married, and even though they’re not blood related, they’ve already expressed how weird it is for them (I just so happen to agree).

      Also, I really think it’d be fun for Blair and Dan to hook up. It’s totally the whole opposites attract thing, but the only problem is… everyone hooks up with everyone… and though most shows are like that, this one is starting to go way overboard with that. Bring in new characters, like they did when they brought in Hilary Duff (I liked her, even though her acting sucked, lol).

      If they go thru with Blair/Dan, then let that be the last of it and stop switching partners every few episodes. Lol.

      • Danielle

        BTW just came up with a good Blair/Dan nickname (assuming no one else thought of it yet, lol)


        haha. yea, I’m awesome, I know.

      • Felipe

        Agreed, Danielle. Especially with the Hilary Duff part. I didn’t like but I thought her chemistry with Dan was watchable.

    • Sammie

      I dont want Dan/Blair either. Enough with everyone hooking up with everyone and we all know Chuck and Blair are meant to be. I swear, if DB happens, I am out.

    • Ameera Farook

      I agree !! Dan and Blair together is just wrong and makes me cringe.

    • Stephanie

      Decided I’m not happy with having to search through several pages to find someone to congratulate Ausiello’s win, so I interrupt the flavor-of-the-week argument to say – Wow, Ausiello! You must feel FOUR apples tall today!!

    • LH

      No worries, it’s not going to happen. It would be so OOC for Blair–even as a drunken ONS. Dan and Blair have a great frenemy vibe, but there is ZERO romantic spark there. Besides, we all know CHAIR is endgame. CB MAKE THE SHOW. Blair & Chuck are EPIC LOVE!!!

    • Tego Livi

      The hottest potential pairing would be…….Dan and Nate.

      • Reena

        AGREED Throw in Chuck and I am set!

    • Sofia

      LOL Dan & Serena? They’re step-siblings! Creepy as crazy.

      I thing Dan/Blair would be wonderful. They’re sooo much like SETH/SUMMER and they bicker and are adorable while doing so.

      Chuck/Blair? SO EXTREEEEMELY BORING these days.

      If Dan/Blair hook up, at least HE can take his shirt of if they have sex. Have we ever seen Chuck without his shirt? Nope.

    • em

      I think it’s kind of obvious that Chuck/Blair and Dan/Serena will eventually end up together, but sometimes you don’t want to watch depressingly tragic or boring couples. At least I know that Dan and Blair would be definitely interesting.

  • tyson

    No Smallville? FAIL.

    • Beth


    • JaySin420

      I read they are working on signing Rosenbaum back for 10 episodes next season.

      • Rebekah

        Oh my, I certainly hope that’s what they’re doing! Bring back MR!

  • Natalia

    COME ON…give us Dan/Blair already!!!!

    • Alyssa

      That would be such an entertaining relationship. I don’t understand why some fans are so against it. It doesn’t mean that Chair would never be together again.

    • Li

      I totally agree! I ADORE them! Such an interesting relationship those two have.

      • Olivera

        Great job, Jerry. This is a really nice video eninaixplg the benefits of creating a makerspace as a community hub for local makers. Now, if I could only come see it for myself

  • Davis

    Regarding the 24 scoop, I seriously hope that it’s not another CTU invasion.

    • Deion

      Or explosion, and honestly, I really can’t take another nerve gas attack. *Cries for Edgar*

      • Miguel

        Thanks for the good words! From you it means a lot to me, Dale! Jess did a fantastic job on the shoot edit. Lighting was great. I love the way the sand fire pit build porsregses thru the spot from early work thru operation. I’m working to figure a way to get you out here Dale. Maybe we can wrangle you a good make-cation. Looking forward to seeing you on CNN this weekend . and at the symposium in April.

    • Ajay

      I agree with you Davis, we cannot revisit season five. However, I have read and heard from multiple sources that episodes 15, 16, and 17 will be the “best episodes in the history of 24″.

      • Derek

        The best in history? I seriously doubt it…they might not even be as good as the white house episode, etc from last season…but if they really are that good, then why did they wait to make them good in episodes late in the season when they have lost 3 million viewers already! I have loved this show for many years, but I think they have finally reached a point where they can not do anything more. they’ve done it all. attack on ctu? again? really?

    • Maria

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  • Fia

    I’m going through Bones withdrawal (thank God for TNT, which seems to only show Bones). I’m disheartened by the lack of scoop.
    In other news, I love EVERY character of Modern Family. That’s never happened. So great.

    • Megan

      I agree about Modern Family! After last night’s episode, I even like Hayley. She was the one I wasn’t much of a fan of before.

  • Pedro

    No Grey’s Anatomy? FAIL.

  • Mike


    • sanyaronald

      i want you to send for me a small ville scoop and some magazines

  • Clare

    On another (possibly-related) note, Neal and Kate’s relationship, ahem, flames out.

    YES! I am pleased. She’s annoying.

    • CC

      I am so, so happy about this too. I tweeted their official account last night asking exactly for this – that the music box story move on, and that the thing with Kate ends. I am *so* happy for this spoiler!

      • Sarah O

        I agree! Matt Bomer’s sexiness and chemistry with other females on the show is being wasted by his pining away for Kate all this season.

    • Minnie

      Total agreement here. I hope he discovers how much of a bitch she is.

      • Pratik

        Actualoly, I personally would still like to keep the Tria stysem because if 2 treatments (after two weeks) could made a little bit of change on my under arms, I suppose a few months from now it would remove all the hair from my body. Now for you, if you can’t afford it and are afraid of getting cheated by it, better to go with a cheaper stysem or keep the traditional stysem. There are laser hair removals for only $150, they work on some people and don’t on others. good luck

    • Karin

      Sounds to me like she’s going to die. “Flames out”?

      • RyRyNYC

        I think Ausiello was making a pun on the fact Matt Bomer is “allegedly” gay.

      • timotey

        If you’ve seen the promo, it looks like something will go ka-boom at the airport or something. I think that Kate dies in an explosion – or at least Neal will think that she died.

  • Jules

    C/B endgame!! They will always find their way back to each other!! YES!

    • Leigh

      So True. CHAIR is EPIC. The ULTIMATE pairing!!! Love them.

  • miribella

    I’m honestly a little bit in love with you for this snarkastic moment:

    “You’re going to be mortified when you get home tonight and realize your question doesn’t actually include, you know, a question.”


    • jp

      I admit I laughed when I read that too…regrets to the Olivia. Wish I was back at school and not at work…

  • Angelina

    Dan and Blair? Is that a joke? lolololol

  • V

    Of course they would be to any pairing on Gossip Girl, it’s not a surprise though I must admit that as a viewer, it would totally turn me off Dan and Blair’s characters if something were to happen. It would just ruin the show. They have a great dynamic but that’s about it. It would be horrible to be developed into a romance. But good news on the writers feeling Chuck/Blair are meant to be

  • Avery

    Dan belongs with Vanessa<3 B always looks down at Dan :lol: she is to shallow for him

    • Karin


      Lady Hobo belongs with no one. I hope they get rid of her soon. I can’t stand her!

    • Jacob

      Vanessa needs to killed off sooner rather than later. Her death would be an epic season finale.

    • Li

      Vanessa is the most annoying character ever. She is so extremely useless. She makes Dan super boring. Or more boring. Whatever.

  • Amanda

    I think it’s Daniel who says he loves Betty…

    • Adam

      I agree it has to be Daniel because he is the most pivotal male character in her life that has never really profess his love for Betty.

    • Alex

      Mark my words: It’s Marc. And it’s not romantic.

      • Lili

        @Alex – I think you’re right. I freaked a little and thought, “oh no, it’s Dan”, but I think you’re right :]

      • Betty

        There are only 2 male characters on the show who are not related to Betty or dating and her sister. I would say it is going to be Mark who says he loves her.

      • shaz10

        what is the point of Marc revealing he loves her.what is so spoilerish’m hoping its Daniel, he has never told her he loves her.And he does.Even if it platonic.He loves Betty.

      • Alex

        @Shaz – what would be the point of Dan telling Betty that he loves her (“even platonically”, I mean) when he has many times before, if using other words?

        It would be something if it were Marc, only because he puts up such a show of being disgusted by and/or annoyed by Betty (even if playfully so) rather than ever being sincere. That’s all.

  • Clari

    Thanks for the NCIS scoop, but too much Tony/Ziva. Give us some Abby or Ducky spoilers next time!

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