Question: Can you please give us some House news that is not about Huddy? —Monica
Ausiello: Here’s something: Series creator David Shore confirms that producers are casting a new female doc to fill the temporary void left by Olivia Wilde. “We’re working on it,” he tells me. “There’s no definitive answer, [but] it’s something we’re figuring out.”
Question: Last week you asked if anyone watches My Boys other than the very question-y “Kim.” I do! As a girl who’s always been equally boy-crazy and sports-crazy, I completely dig the show, and I’ve seen every episode. —Darcy
Ausiello: Thanks for letting me know. I will sleep much easier tonight, Kim.
Question: Any chance you have a scoop on season 8 of Curb Your Enthusiasm? —Jim
Ausiello: Did you hear the one about 30 Rock‘s Cheyenne Jackson guest-starring? No? Cool, because that’s all I got.
Question: I know I am weeks late on who should play Chuck’s mom on Chuck, but without a doubt it should be Sela Ward! —Kat
Ausiello: Is there a question in there, Kat? No. Fine, then. Let’s ask Zachary Levi who he thinks should play his mom. “I honestly have no idea,” he says, but “I’m excited to see who it winds up being. A lot of people have brought up Lynda Carter — Wonder Woman — which fits into the whole sci-fi/fantasy geek thing our show has going on.” Even better, the actor thinks the erstwhile Diana Prince looks like his TV sis “Sarah Lancaster. Two beautiful brunettes.” Unfortunately, EP Josh Schwartz pretty much ruled Carter out when he told me, “[Lynda's] an icon as an actress and is someone who fits the show’s universe…but not necessarily for this role.”
Question: Just letting you know I love My Boys and will be sad if it doesn’t make it to a fifth season. —Leesa
Ausiello: And by “Leesa” you mean “Kim.” I’m on to you.
Question: Can you please give us some information on season 3 of Castle? It’s my favorite show. —Malisa M
Ausiello: How’s this? The season premiere promises to be a hot one, as it takes place in a hush-hush burlesque club and introduces us not only to the joint’s star/owner, a knockout by the name of — I kid you not — Kitty Canary, but also to her equally attractive hubby.
Question: I love My Boys! —Lisa
Ausiello: Whatev, Kim.
Question: Can you give me some scoop on the new season of Big Love? —IRHNFD
Ausiello: I can and will. The new season starts shooting July 13, and based on some fresh casting intel, we’ll be seeing a lotta fallout from the Henricksons’ “outing” as polygamists, especially at the elementary school some of the kids attend. Maybe Bill will find a sympathetic ear in Richard Dwyer, the majority leader of the Utah State Senate and a new recurring character? On second thought, not likely, eh?
Question: Please post something about Gossip Girl! —Emily
Ausiello: It’s official: The Katie Cassidy-Leighton Meester death match is on! Exec producer Stephanie Savage confirms that Cassidy’s new vixen will tangle with several characters, including the show’s reigning beeyotch, Blair. “When we had the idea for the role, we knew there was going to be a really short list of actresses who could actually stand up to Blake [Lively] and Leighton on the screen,” says Savage. “And Katie felt like a great choice.”
Question: Any news as of yet regarding the season-long mystery/mythology for Fringe? —James
Ausiello: Negatory. Can I interest you in the title of the season premiere instead?
Question: My friend Neosha and I have been watching My Boys from the beginning, and we can’t wait until July for its long-overdue return! —Courtney
Ausiello: Two fun facts: Your name is Kim, and you have no friends.
Question: Regarding last Sunday’s True Blood sexcapades, I was not expecting that from Bill. Please may I have a scoop, since I have to wait until July 11 for the next episode? —Angi
Ausiello: I warned you it would go down as the most, ahem, twisted sex scene in television history, didn’t I? Anyway, Kevin Alejandro — who goes back to work on Southland in October — says we’ll “be seeing more of Jesus” beginning July 18. “I come back in the fifth episode, then you see me pretty regularly from there to the finale.” And, erm, a lot of him. As things heat up between Jesus and Lafayette, he says, “I promise it gets racy.”
Question: More True Blood scoop, please! —Sam
Ausiello: Alan Ball reveals that there will be lots of “werewolves and vampires throwing down” at the end of the season. I know, not much of a scoop. Cut me some slack. It’s the Thursday before the Fourth of July. Is anyone even reading this thing?
Question: Please answer my burning question: Will Jason Ritter be returning to Parenthood in season 2? —Cowsxgoxmooxtoo
Ausiello: Ask me again in September when the ratings come in for Ritter’s new NBC drama The Event. In the meantime, remember my item last week about Parenthood producers casting the role of Adam’s (Peter Krause) boss? Well, I neglected to tell you that the new guy will also be a love interest for Sarah (Lauren Graham).
Question: I am loving Pretty Little Liars. Definitely my new guilty pleasure. Have any scoop? —Kim
Ausiello: Silly question, Kim. And here’s a serious answer: Yes. By season’s end, the plot will thicken so much, it’ll damn near solidify. For starters, Emily’s dad is about to come home and get a big shock from his little girl. Plus, Agent Wilden’s “bad cop” will soon get a “good cop” counterpart, a lady fed who sounds like someone Diane Lane was born to play. And we’re about to start spending more time at the bank where Ashley works – at least enough to delve into her desperate financial situation and meet her 30ish boss.
Question: With all these crazy casting changes going on at Brothers & Sisters, do you know what the deal is with Balthazar Getty? Is he returning? —Anthony
Ausiello: There’s no definitive word on that yet. My guess is he’ll probably work out a reduced-episode arrangement similar to last season’s.
Question: I’m really happy that so many of the original cast members are coming back for the final season of Friday Night Lights. But what about Minka Kelly (Lyla)? —Isabellea
Ausiello: No plans for Minka to return, but if it’s any consolation, Jesse Plemons has officially signed on for the finale!
Question: I watch My Boys. And my name’s not Kim. And as I remember, a bunch of people at EW must watch it too, considering all the love it’s gotten in the past. Has it fallen from grace so quickly? And since I answered your question, I will ask one of my own: I heard a rumor that Cassidy Freeman’s Tess is still listed as a series regular on Smallville. True? —Tom
Ausiello: I started that rumor, and with good reason: Freeman was among the returning series regulars listed in The CW’s upfront press release. In other Smallville news, IGN is reporting that John Schneider will reprise his role as Clark’s late adoptive pa in the Sept. 24 premiere. Thanks for your question, Kim.
Question: My Boys! Love it! —Sara
Ausiello: I can see you, Kim.
Question: Love your column, and your scoops. I was wondering if there has been any update on the Heroes movie that was being talked about over at NBC. —Scott
Ausiello: Here’s your update: Don’t hold your breath.
Question: I love reading Ask Ausiello, but I never see any Entourage spoilers. Got anything? —Sarah
Ausiello: Get ready to see a lot more of Autumn Reeser’s little-agent-that-could beginning with the July 11 episode, when she helps Ari score a huge piece of business. But is she looking out for Ari or herself? My guess is the latter, since Ari will come to suspect that she’s stealing some of his clients.
Question: Love My Boys. —Leslie
Ausiello: Kim! Kim! Kim! Kim! Kim! Kim! Kim! Kim!
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can follow me on Twitter via @michaelausiello. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell and Andy Patrick)