Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'True Blood,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Bones,' 'Smallville,' 'Chuck,' and more!

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Question: We already know that Booth met someone during Bones‘ time jump. But what about Brennan? She didn’t actually go an entire year without romance, did she? —Missy
Ausiello:
No, she didn’t. She went seven months without getting any. That’s technically how much time will have passed when the season starts up. In related news, Brennan is in what exec producer Stephen Nathan calls a “surprising situation” when we meet up with her on that archaeological dig in Indonesia.

Question: I love your Bones scoops. Could I pretty please have another one? —Chandler
Ausiello:
All this talk about a Bones character getting killed off may be much ado about bubkes. “Whether or not we’re going to have an actual fatality is still under discussion,” maintains Nathan. “And if it happens, it would be later in the season.”

Question: I need some Chuck scoop! —Taylor
Ausiello:
Captain Awesome won’t be reviving his short-lived career as an international superspy anytime soon. “Last season Awesome realized if there was one place in the world where he wasn’t awesome, it was on spy missions,” notes exec producer Chris Fedak. “He’d like to stay as far away from the spy world as he can.” That’s particularly true now that there’s a mini Awesome on the way. “He is going to be way more into all of the rituals of pregnancy than even Ellie is,” says fellow EP Josh Schwartz of the daddy-to-be. “Like all things in life, Awesome is going to throw himself into the pregnancy with his usual fervor.”

Question: I have a letter written by Bing Crosby to my mother from 1944 along with the envelope. Is this something you might be interested in? —Susanne
Ausiello:
That depends. Did it contain any cash?

Question: Can you give us Smallville fans any juicy Lois and Clark spoilers? —Wahyu
Ausiello:
Episode 6, titled “Harvest,” contains some good Clois action. “It’s a creepy ghost town episode, and Lois and Clark find themselves forced together,” reveals exec producer Brian Peterson. “He doesn’t have his powers, and she finds out a lot more about him than she thought she knew.”

Question: Any word on Calleigh and Eric’s romance on CSI: Miami? —Lila
Ausiello:
A few words, actually. “They will spend some time assessing their relationship,” reveals exec producer Marc Dube. “It could go either way…but Delko’s return is about getting back to being a CSI. He missed it.” Adds fellow EP Barry O’Brien: “You may see that relationship evolve in a way that surprises even us, the writers. We’re kind of letting it grow right now on its own.”

Question: Any scoop about a possible comeback for Andrea Bowen on Desperate Housewives? —Ingmar
Ausiello:
As I previously reported, Bowen will not be back as a series regular this season. Exec producer Bob Daily, however, says viewers have not seen the last of Julie. “We try to find something for her every year if we can,” he notes. “We have this revolving repertory company of people that keep reappearing—like Joy Lauren, who’s coming back for an episode as Bree’s daughter.”

Question: What the bloody hell?! You haven’t had anything about True Blood—the hottest show on television—in forever. Has the mighty Ausiello lost his mojo in getting a good scoop? —Angi
Ausiello:
It’s not lost, just a little rusty. This should turn things around: We may soon get a crash course in Werewolf Sex 101. Asked if there’s any wolf nookie in the final two episodes, Alcide’s portrayer, Joe Manganiello, replies, “I don’t want to give that away.” Manganiello was a tad more forthcoming when the topic turned to his psycho ex Debbie, who I’m hearing will be back in a big way next season. Teases: Joe M.: “I think Debbie’s gonna be a thorn in Alcide’s side for a while.”

Question: Please, tell me that Scotty and Kevin are not going to have an open marriage on Brothers & Sisters this season. —Maria
Ausiello:
Scotty and Kevin are not going to have an open marriage on Brothers & Sisters this season. Exec producer David Marshall Grant threw cold water on my theory when I spoke to him last week. “Big Love it won’t be,” he said with a laugh. “But there are some unexpected developments in their relationship.”

Question: Any new One Tree Hill scoop? —Ryan
Ausiello:
The rumors are true: Life is imitating art for Bethany Joy Galeotti, who’s expecting her first child this winter. There’s also buzz that Galeotti has informed One Tree Hill producers that she will not be sticking around beyond this season, but a source close to the show tells me that’s hogwash. (Yes, he/she actually used the word hogwash.)

Question: Got any really good Grey’s Anatomy scoop on Meredith and Derek? —Megan
Ausiello:
We’ll finally sneak a peek at their Dream House this season. “We’re going to start the construction on the Dream House,” reveals exec producer Shonda Rhimes. “We’ve been talking a lot about what that means, what it looks like. We’re actually going to see it [later] this season.”

Question: We’ve heard about how so many Grey’s Anatomy characters will be acting post-shooting, but what about Alex? The guy dragged himself, bleeding, into an elevator and was operated on in a conference room without drugs! The guy has to have some issues coming! —Cristina
Ausiello:
Not so much, actually. His reaction to the big Seattle Grace Shooting Massacre of ’10 will be…very Alex. “There’s a lot of bravado,” explains Rhimes. “He tells stories about how he almost got the shooter and how he’s carrying this bullet around in his chest. He’s covering all of that vulnerability he showed when he got shot with that [typical] Alex behavior.” He at least lets his guard down around Lexie, right? Wrong. “He’s kind of cold to Lexi,” says Rhimes. “He talks about how easy it is to get laid now because all the women think he’s a hero.”

Question: My birthday is this Thursday, so I think I deserve some House scoop. I miss Jennifer Morrison and I was wondering if she is still returning for a few episodes this season. —Jen
Ausiello:
Producers have an option to bring her back for three episodes, but it remains to be seen if that option will be exercised. My guess is it will, but not until later in the season.

Question: Any word on if we will see House babysitting Cuddy’s baby this season on House? —Janine
Ausiello:
We will. An early season 7 eppy will find Dr. Crankydoodle spending some one-on-one time with little Rachel. The playdate will underscore one of the biggest challenges facing Huddy. “She’s a single parent, and I think it’s only right that we deal with that issue,” says exec producer Katie Jacobs. “House is her significant other, and she also has a kid. We will explore the reality of what that means and how willing Cuddy is at first to share Rachel and expose her child to the relationship. And because it is a real relationship, I think she feels obligated to.”

Question: When does the 10-episode final season of Greek premiere? —Emily
Ausiello:
Sometime in January. Speaking of which, the final day of shooting is Aug. 26. I’ll be hosting a group hug that morning aboard Los Angeles-bound American Airlines flight # [spoiler alert]. Let’s meet outside the rear lavatory at around, say, 10 a.m. ET.

Question: Will we ever learn Cappie’s real name on Greek? —Lou
Ausiello:
Yes. In the series finale.

Question: What did CW prez Dawn Ostroff mean when she said at press tour that Dean will be like Sam and Sam will be like Dean on Supernatural this season? —Isaiah
Ausiello:
Let’s ask exec producer Sera Gamble. “When we start the season we very consciously riff a little bit on season 1 in that Dean is out of the business and Sam comes for him,” she explains. “When we started the series, Sam had attachments. He had a girlfriend he was really serious about, and he had retired from hunting essentially. Dean was this very intense hunter who came for his brother. On the surface anyway, the situation is reversed at the beginning of the season.”

Question: What will happen on The Office now that Dwight owns the building? —Adam
Ausiello:
Well, for one thing all the thermostats will be caged, locked, and set to a below-freezing temperature.

Question: Any scoop on what’s going to happen to Dell’s orphaned daughter, Betsy, on Private Practice? —Afton
Ausiello:
I hear an entire episode will be devoted to answering that very question.

Question: Will Dr. Fife be around on Private Practice this season? There is a special Smurf clue in it for you if you can find out. —Amanda
Ausiello:
There’s a very good chance we’ll see him, but not until later in the season. His portrayer, Michael Patrick Thornton, is taking some time off to do a play. What’s the clue? There’d better be a damn clue. I’ve keyed people’s cars for less.

ncis-ralph-waiteImage Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBSQuestion: You disappoint me, Mr. Ausiello. Last week’s NCIS spoiler was such old news! Can we please have some NEW dirt? —Annabelle
Ausiello:
Gibbs Sr. survived the cliff-hanger, and this exclusive image (look over to your left!) from NCIS‘ Sept. 21 season premiere proves it. I can’t vouch for his well-being by the end of the episode, but he’s alive and, well, a little freaked out at the beginning. Am I off the hook now?!

Question: Please tell me some good Castle scoop about Castle and Beckett. —Ilaira
Ausiello:
This is probably more bad than good, but Monet Mazur is confirmed to reprise her role as Castle’s ex Gina in this season’s fifth episode.

Question: I need a Castle scoop that’s not about Castle and Beckett. Can you tell us anything about Alexis’ new boyfriend, aside from the fact that he is on The Secret Life of the American Teenager? —Katie
Ausiello:
Can I let exec producer Andrew W. Marlowe tell you instead? I’m starting to drag a little as I near the end of this week’s column. “Ultimately, it is an Alexis/Castle story,” says the boss of Alexis’ first real romance. “What we’re doing this year is challenging Castle as a father. It’s inevitable that Alexis is going to grow up, and he’s been encouraging her to test boundaries. And when she does, it will be interesting to see his reaction to that. I think there will be some fatherly pride in her testing boundaries, but he’ll also respond as a typical father.”

That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to ausielloscoop@ew.com. Also, you can follow me on Twitter via @michaelausiello. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Tanner Stransky and Tim Stack)

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  • Ana

    I hope we see MerDer’s house sooner than later this season. I don’t want to see the house of homeless residents too much.

    • LM

      Yeah, what’s up with that? When the Grey’s people spoiled that Mer would be the caretaker this season, I guess they literally meant she would be the caretaker. I thought Derek wanted them to have their own home now that they are married, but before they get their dream house they have to let in Jackson and the girl who had a total crush on Derek? Where did they live last season?

    • Kris

      The house of homeless residents is where the show began. I hope they don’t totally cut that out of the series.

      • giselle

        ditto

      • RLH

        I second the ditto.

      • Rax

        I third the Ditto! That house is the last remainder of anything George and Izzie!!

  • liza

    Where is the Gossip Girl scoop?!

    • j

      Ditto

    • Jersey Jeff

      Where is any scoop, this was all a bunch of nothing. Snooooozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Cheery

    Lame, Ausiello. Your House “scoop” is non-news; that stuff’s been revealed in like every interview. Share some actual spoilers next time!

    • mini

      same with the True Blood spoiler….

  • ncis_crush

    You just keep digging the hole deeper and deeper with every NCIS spoiler attempt…

    • eskeigh

      Show some appreciation for god’s sakes. We NCIS fans should feel lucky he even gives us scoop for a show he doesn’t watch. When he does have awesome scoop you guys don’t say a word of thanks and only complain about TiVa. When he has mediocre scoop you guys say he’s not doing enough. Just…stop already.

      • ncis_crush

        Don’t turn this into a Tiva thing. It has nothing to do with that.

      • badprobiemcgee

        Let’s not attack Mr. Ausiello. He’s doing the best he can. Let’s just all sit and be thankful that at least as far as we know of now, Daddy Gibbs is still alive. Can’t we just revel in the good things. Every little bit counts. Whether it be about Tiva, McAbby, or just about Gibbs measuring his basement. So Thank You, Ausiello for taking the time to investigate a show you don’t watch!

      • Lyss

        Yeah I agree, Ausiello is the only one who actually answers our questions… Matt Mitovich and Kristin NEVER do… or seldom do… two weeks ago he gave us THREE for gods sake. Yes I’d like to hear stuff about Tiva but I can wait as long as I get a little NCIS news every week (: If you need Tiva, McAbby, or any other ships head over to fanfiction.net, writer’s on there will give you what you need…

      • sun

        I agree! Love NCIS, it’s the best!

      • Jenn

        Could we just not mention Tiva? Like, ever again?

  • Laura

    Thanks for the House spoilers.

    House and Rachel is a match I wanna see.

    Season 7 will rock!!

    • Esmeralda

      House always had a weird chemistry with children. I´m looking forward to see how he reacts with Cuddy´s child.

      • Ange

        Hugh Laurie has chemistry with children. Anyone who would leave House to babysit her child needs to be investigated by the department of child services.

  • Tim Caulfield

    I’m first…WOW!
    Thanks for all your hard work.

    • Jersey Jeff

      Congratulations Tim, you win the Prize for the latest poster who ever thought they were first. and the good news it wasn’t even close. so I think this is a record that will stand the test of time. Good Job.

      • Sandy

        lol.

  • k

    loving the chuck, smallville and supernatural news! thanks, ausiello!

    • Not Shaken Just Nerd

      Yes thanks for these spoilers. It sounds like Awesome has his prioritys right. He had to in order to land major babe Ellie.

  • Keith

    Thanks Ausiello for the Supernatural and Smallville news. Awesome stuff buddy.

  • mary q contrary

    werewolf sex. yum.

    • Ayn

      I second that “yum”…

      • KarlHall

        Highly, highly hairy situations abound.

  • Jacob

    All I ever do now is skim Ask Ausiello. I miss the days when I actually cared about the majority of the shows he’d scoop. *sigh*

    • Jacob

      And yeah, this is more of a personal problem.

    • Jen E.

      It’s true. I think TV kinda sucks as of late.

      • Jersey Jeff

        Well at least most of the shows he “scoops” sucks. and I use the term “scoops” very lightly.

    • Nicole

      Agreed – this is no slight against Ausiello – I love the column. But I find that the shows that get most of the attention are shows I don’t watch (House, Greys). But I do love Chuck, TB and Supernatural which are featured pretty regularly, so it’s all good. But damn, House and Grey’s get a sh!t ton of coverage here.

    • Ange

      Same here. House is unwatchable, I used to like NCIS but it’s same old, same old, Grey’s killed my interest with the Owen/Teddy mess, and Castle spoilers just get worse and worse.

  • John

    How is that a One Tree Hill spoiler? LOL
    Thanks for the Chuck stuff at least……..

    • lorna

      As a former die hard OTH fan, please just let the show DIE. It stopped being good in s5.

  • tvcinews

    Absolutely perfect as usual . Oh YEAH!

    TvCinews – Pedro Barreira

  • Elissa

    THANKS for the GREEK scoop Michael!! It’s really SAD that they are finishing next week, they’re all so awesome and I’m going to miss this show very much when it ends!!

    • Melissa

      Agreed! I’m sad there will only be ten episodes! When do they premiere?

      • Elissa

        no date yet! in the month of january..

  • SCLove

    House, Castle, Bones, AND Greek scoopage in one post?

    God I love you! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

    • TY

      IA with SCLove. Thanks for the [H]ouse, NCIS, Bones and Castle scoops, Mike. Looking forward to the new seasons of all of these shows.

  • Gail

    The next time you talk to HH or SN will you ask if there is anything coming up in S6 that’s not stomach churning?

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