Blind Item: Hour drama mulls groundbreaking twist

Now here’s a blind item you don’t see every day: An hour drama is contemplating making one of its male leads HIV-positive.

If producers go for it, the story has the potential to be tremendously groundbreaking — à la General Hospital‘s long-infected and (knock wood) healthy lady doc, Robin. But…

What? There’s always a “but,” right? There’s still a chance the powers that be will go with Plan B and give the guy a scare rather than a positive diagnosis. Plan C — scrapping the story entirely — is also a possibility.

Regardless, we’ll find out around November, my source says, when the plot thickens — or doesn’t. One thing’s for sure, though: You will be watching. On an Aushole popularity scale, the show is about a 6.7.

So, guesses? The message board below is all yours. (Hint: I’m not talking about Saul on Brothers & Sisters.)

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  • Mindy

    It has to be Brothers and Sisters, Uncle Saul.

    • eliott256

      We know he has it, so it’s not Bro’s and Sis

    • Elizabeth

      I love how 90% of the following posts are saying Saul WHEN AUSELLO ALREADY SAID IT WASN’T HIM!

      Its no fun to play along with people who can’t read…

    • ythu

      True Blood

      • lauren

        i thought true blood as well! layfette or jason

      • PattyC

        True Blood will be done with season 3 by November. Do I don’t think it will be True Blood

    • Ben

      Why? Because he is gay? Newsflash: It is 2010 and straight men are HIV positive, idiot.

      • amy

        no idiot its cuz the only other male lead on the show is a vampire!

  • Mindy

    It has to be Brothers and Sisters, Uncle Saul.

    • eliott256

      We know he has it, so it’s not Bro’s and Sis

    • Erinn

      Read people, it’s not Saul.

      • Bfleet

        The ‘hint’ above was added at least an hour after the article was uploaded to EW.com. Stop being retarded about it. (SARAH PALIN IM SORRY)

    • Cynthia

      um…hello Saul at the end of last season…. another member of the Walker family???

    • one thing

      Nope. Sounds like Shonda on the rampage…

      • mary q contrary

        My thoughts exactly. I’m thinking the new guy, with the pretty eyes?

      • Cheery

        Exactly, first person I thought of was GA’s Jackson Avery.

      • Becca

        I thought Shonda on the rampage aswell, but look at the Ausiello rating. Only 6.87? Grey’s is defo up higher than that.

      • martina

        Arizona? Please, give it to Hunt and wrap it up already!

        6.7, I wouldn’t care if a character show that unpopular got HIV.

    • Elizabeth

      I love how 90% of the following posts are saying Saul WHEN AUSELLO ALREADY SAID IT WASN’T HIM!

      Its no fun to play along with people who can’t read…

    • Ben

      Why? Because he is gay? Newsflash: It is 2010 and straight men are HIV positive, idiot.

      • amy

        no idiot its cuz the only other male lead on the show is a vampire!

  • James

    Not a blind item. Saul. Brothers and Sisters.

    • Amy

      LOL I like how Ausiello is all LATE when we all knew this information, already.

      • Tori

        Come on guys, the hint was added after she posted that comment. Stop being jerks.

    • Julie

      We already know Saul is HIV positive so that means the blind item is about someone else. Get it?

    • Biggers

      this is easy, its the guy on Brothers and Sisters. it was the big surprise in the season finale.

  • James

    Not a blind item. Saul. Brothers and Sisters.

    • Amy

      LOL I like how Ausiello is all LATE when we all knew this information, already.

      • Roger

        I love how you don’t know how to read! LOL

      • Nan

        LOLOLOLOLOL! Reading is SO hard isn’t it Amy?! ZOMG! Get real!

      • Tori

        Come on guys, the hint was added after she posted that comment. Stop being jerks.

    • Julie

      We already know Saul is HIV positive so that means the blind item is about someone else. Get it?

    • Martha

      Roger, Nan, THANK YOU. James, Amy, whoever passed you out of the third grade should be fired.

  • Romain

    Brothers & Sisters ?

  • Romain

    Brothers & Sisters ?

  • PC

    Brother’s & Sister’s Saul?

  • PC

    Brother’s & Sister’s Saul?

  • step

    SVU

    • tvfan

      If it is SVU, would it be groundbreaking??? I can’t see them giving the story line any time to develop. This is a procedural and not a nighttime soap.

      • Chance

        Not to mention basically everyone on that show has already had a scare at one time or another.

  • step

    SVU

    • tvfan

      If it is SVU, would it be groundbreaking??? I can’t see them giving the story line any time to develop. This is a procedural and not a nighttime soap.

  • Greg Hathaway

    I’m hearing rumours that NCIS is going to give Weatherly’s DiNozzo a meaty ground breaking storyline that deals with his catting around. is this it?

    • Bigbri

      I could see this- This would allow for an end of the year “cliffhanger” on can he stay on as an NCIS agent or not.

      • Cheery

        I dunno, is Tony really such a cad that he could possibly catch HIV? Sure it only takes one time, but this kind of story seems a little too melodramatic/personal for the likes of NCIS. Plus, then Ziva would never get with him!

      • Drew

        I was thinking it would be either a cop or medical drama. Either Tony, or maybe someone from Bones.

      • Jenn

        It would be the first interesting thing NCIS has done in a long time, but I don’t think they’d do the storyline justice. Although, if it ends Tiva, go for it.

      • Nici

        Well… it could prove interesting if it is Tony because of what happened or what did not happen in Paris with Ziva… but I also wouldn’t like it because they already gave him the plague! Even if it had a suicide chain he already had a deadly disease

    • Mary

      Where did you hear the rumor about Tony getting a storyline? I haven’t seen any spoilers yet…

      • Mel

        Exactly my question. Anyone could just throw a statement like that out there. Name your source, otherwise it’s just another rumor with no merit.

    • Tia

      Huh…if it worked for Bobby Caldwell…I wonder what Mark Harmon would say about something like that. Been there, done that?

  • Greg Hathaway

    I’m hearing rumours that NCIS is going to give Weatherly’s DiNozzo a meaty ground breaking storyline that deals with his catting around. is this it?

    • Bigbri

      I could see this- This would allow for an end of the year “cliffhanger” on can he stay on as an NCIS agent or not.

      • Odette

        I was totally guessing Tony on NCIS! I don’t think I’d have a problem with it-because it’s SO Tony! And I’d heard that same thing, Greg. Can’t wait to see!

      • Cheery

        I dunno, is Tony really such a cad that he could possibly catch HIV? Sure it only takes one time, but this kind of story seems a little too melodramatic/personal for the likes of NCIS. Plus, then Ziva would never get with him!

      • Jenn

        It would be the first interesting thing NCIS has done in a long time, but I don’t think they’d do the storyline justice. Although, if it ends Tiva, go for it.

      • Nici

        Well… it could prove interesting if it is Tony because of what happened or what did not happen in Paris with Ziva… but I also wouldn’t like it because they already gave him the plague! Even if it had a suicide chain he already had a deadly disease

    • I

      NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    • Angela

      I believe it is either Scotty or Kevin which will make it tie into their having a baby. As for Tony, I think the catting around story is going to surround his finding out he has a child.

    • Rob J. (ShutUpRob)

      How groundbreaking could Tony getting HIV be when Mark Harmon already played a Tony-like cad who contracted HIV/AIDS on St. Elsewhere 25 years ago!
      .
      — Rob

      • Swerds

        My thoughts exactly.

      • Jenn

        That… actually give the NCIS idea some weight. That’s what they do – recycle old storylines from the actors’ pasts. Hell, the Jeanne/Frog thing was just recycling the Berrisford Agenda from Dark Angel.

    • Kerrin

      I would not enjoy that storyline on ncis. I don’t watch that show for groundbreaking

      • Darken Rahl

        No one watches that show for groundbreaking.

    • Anne

      I can see this too, but I’m really kinda hoping you’re wrong.

    • Tia

      Huh…if it worked for Bobby Caldwell…I wonder what Mark Harmon would say about something like that. Been there, done that?

  • Trooper

    Grey’s Anatomy.

    • rke

      Mark Sloan of Grey’s was my first thought.

      • Mise, Ireland

        me too. He gets around haha

      • Cheryl

        that was my first thought, too…but the popularity of a 6.7 throws me off…

      • Evangeline

        Me too!

    • sunsetsnow81

      Hmmm! I immediately thought of Grey’s but Alex not McSteamy. He’s due a major storyline.

      • B

        I hope not – they need to stop hurting Alex. He needs a major storyline, but a happier one, for a change.

      • Sally

        If Alex was hiv possitive, that could effect Lexi and Izzy, if it is grey’s I think it would be the new guy.

  • Trooper

    Grey’s Anatomy.

    • rke

      Mark Sloan of Grey’s was my first thought.

      • Michelle P

        That is exactly the first person I thought of! Has to be someone on Grey’s Anatomy!

      • Evangeline

        Me too!

  • Dave

    Clark on “Smallville.” PLEASE let it be Clark on “Smallville.”

    • Lily

      Uh…. I’m pretty sure kryptonians are immune to HIV.

    • Alex

      lol too funny. Krpytonian HIV immunity aside, Smallville is about a 9.8 on the Aushole popular scale.

    • Nicotine

      Ha! That made me laugh, Dave. Good one. Although I wonder if Superman did get HIV/AIDS, wouldn’t it become like the worst epidemic ever? No human medicine could contain it.

    • Amy Leigh

      LMAO That’s awesome.

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