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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Glee,' 'Fringe,' 'One Tree Hill,' 'Desperate Housewives,' '30 Rock, and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Ali Goldstein/NBC; Ron Tom/ABC; Adam Taylor/ABC; Adam Rose/FoxGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: Rumor around the Glee circuit is that Quinn and Rachel lock lips in episode 6. Any truth to that? —Joan
Ausiello: Sorry, no. If it’s any consolation, it looks like the frenemies get fairly close to first base in the new GQ. Speaking of Glee, I can now confirm that the show is planning a Christmas episode. I don’t have any other details at the moment. I do, however, have a suggestion for Ryan Murphy: Please give us (read: me) an It’s a Wonderful Life homage with Sue at the center. I, er, we don’t ask for much.

Question: Glee scoop, please! —Jeffrey
Ausiello: Someone’s about to get expelled!

Question: One Tree Hill. You’re a stingy Smurf when it comes to scoop on this gem of a show. —La-roo
Ausiello: Sources close to the National Weather Center confirm that Mother Nature is doing me a solid and sending a major hurricane Hill‘s way before season’s end. READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock' Scoop: Matt Damon joins live episode!

30-rock-damon-feyImage Credit: Ali Goldstein/NBC30 Rock‘s live episode is turning into quite the A-List affair. Sources confirm that Matt Damon is set to reprise his role as Tina Fey’s emotionally raw pilot beau in this Thursday’s live outing. READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock' Exclusive: Tina Fey's 'Mad' about John Slattery, too!

slattery-feyImage Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC; Mary Ellen Matthews/NBCIf I didn’t know better I’d say Tina Fey really likes Mad Men.

The 30 Rock Emmy winner—who wisely finds every available opportunity to work Mad leading man Jon Hamm into the show (including the upcoming live outing)—has now tapped his costar, John Slattery, to guest-star, sources confirm to me exclusively. READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Glee,' 'Grey's,' 'Weeds,' '30 Rock,' 'Bones,' 'Smallville,' and more!

ausiello-glee-greysImage Credit: Adam Larkey/ABC; Carin Baer/Fox; Brian Cyr/The CW; Ali Goldstein/NBCGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: Let’s assume Chord Overstreet’s Sam is not a love interest for Glee’s Kurt, and Darren Criss is. Well, who will Sam be paired with? —Jeff
Ausiello:
I’m hearing single mom Quinn. But if you’ve got a better idea, the comments section below has your name written all over it, Jeff.

Question: Is Mike Chang going to get a solo on Glee? I’m swooning over his dancing (and now his abs!), but a solo would just be the icing on the cake. —Kraig
Ausiello:
He’ll get the next best thing to a solo in episode 4: a duet with Tina!

Question: With the Britney tribute episode and talk of possible Michael Jackson or Bruce Springsteen episodes, when the hell are the folks at Glee going to do a second Madonna episode? I want my Madge! —Dan
Ausiello:
Not this season, apparently. Word on the street is that the Super Bowl episode will be the last tribute we’ll see this season. Of course, given the record ratings the show got with last night’s Britneypalooza, the word on the street could change, and fast. READ FULL STORY

Fall 2010 ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' blasts off in new timeslot, 'The Apprentice' sinks to a new low

insider-ratingsImage Credit: Kevin T. Gilbert/NBC; Bob D'Amico/ABC; Monty Brinton/CBSAll that promotion about Big Bang Theory’s big move to Thursdays paid off for CBS: The comedy posted a 37 percent increase among adults 18-49 last night versus the debut of the first half of Survivor: Samoa last September and dominated in all of the major demographics. Buoyed by the Emmy win for star Jim Parsons last month, the sitcom easily won its timeslot at 8 p.m. and averaged a stunning 13.95 million viewers opposite heavy competition from the other broadcast networks.

The rest of CBS’ lineup faired equally as well. The debut of $#*! My Dad Says posted a slight gain over Samoa among 18-49 and averaged 12.4 million viewers. It also won its timeslot in viewers and key demographics. And the Justin Bieber-boosted premiere of CSI attracted the biggest audience at 9 p.m. with 14.5 million and even posted a rare win among female teens. With The Mentalist averaging 15.25 million viewers at 10, CBS easily won the night in viewers (14.3 million) and adults 18-49. READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Glee,' 'Grey's,' 'NCIS,' 'Smallville,' 'House,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Andrew Macpherson/Fox; Giovanni Rufino/The CW; Adam Rose/Fox; Michael Courtney/The CW Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: Okay, so in order for me to make it till Thursday, I need some Grey’s Anatomy scoop—specifically on Mer-Der. —Olivia
Ausiello:
By the time Meredith tells Derek about her pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage in next week’s episode, she will have kept both secrets for a grand total of three months. Why wait so long? “The man was shot, and he’s already feeling [responsible] for getting a bunch of people killed,” explains series creator Shonda Rhimes. “So for her to tell him that the shooting also caused her miscarriage seems a little bit cruel. He doesn’t need one more thing to worry about.” Makes sense to me!

Question: I’d love a little Grey’s Anatomy scoopbit. —Christine
Ausiello:
Yet another Buffy grad is checking into Seattle Grace. Amber Benson (ex-Tara) will guest-star in this season’s seventh episode as the estranged daughter of one of Cristina’s patients.

Question: Any scoop on Ziva’s story line on NCIS? —Jennifer
Ausiello:
During November sweeps, Ziva “comes face-to-face with her father for the first time since her return from Israel,” reveals exec producer Shane Brennan. “It’s an emotion-charged reunion in a two-part episode that also reveals much about the enigmatic Eli David and one of the other team members.” READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Grey's,' 'Bones,' 'Chuck,' 'Gossip Girl,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Danny Feld/ABC; Adam Taylor/Fox; Greg Gayne/Fox; Trae Patton/NBCGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com.

Question: Where is the Hugh Laurie interview you promised us from the Emmys?! House fans are an impatient lot! —Gillian
Ausiello:
First off, simmer yourself. I’ve had a lot on my plate the past few days, if you hadn’t noticed. Second, the interview is RIGHT. HERE.

So they’re finally going there with Huddy.
HUGH LAURIE:
It seems that way.

Scared?
LAURIE:
I’m scared for him. Terrified. But so far so good. Baby steps.

Are you happy they finally took the plunge?
LAURIE:
I care less about what happens than how it happens. And if you do it right, it will work. And if we don’t do it right, nothing works. But I think we’ve danced around the idea long enough; it was time to take some action.

Is it safe to say that if it doesn’t work with Huddy it won’t work with anyone?
LAURIE:
That’s a possibility. He might be fatally flawed.

Question: Please give me some scoop about Jenny’s return to Gossip Girl! —Giovanni
Ausiello:
I was right. Jenny’s reappearance is directly connected to Tim Gunn’s upcoming cameo. Turns out Blair permits her nemesis to return to the scene of her last crime (i.e., Manhattan) just long enough for her to interview for a job with Gunn at Parsons. Without giving too much away, Raccoon Eyes inadvertently gets caught up in Chuck and Blair’s latest drama, and the whole mess comes to a head at (natch) a big fancy party. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Video: Tina Fey nabs Jon Hamm for '30 Rock' live episode (and Paul Giamatti, period!)

Sometimes it’s like pulling teeth on the red carpet. But bless her heart, 30 Rock funny lady Tina Fey volunteers the scoopage as freely as that nice lady at the Piggly Wiggly who gives out the free samples of GoGurt. In this pre-Emmy clip, she reveals that she’s booked Mad Man Jon Hamm for a return appearance as Drew in her show’s much-anticipated live episode, and she’s nabbed Emmy winner Paul Giamatti (John Adams) to play… Well, you’ll just have to watch the video after the jump to find out! (No, seriously, you have to watch it, because you won’t find out anywhere else. She promised me the exclusive. And she wouldn’t lie to me. Wait, would she?) READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Castle,' 'Burn Notice,' 'HIMYM,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Carin Baer/Fox; Ray Mickshaw/CBS; Giovanni Rufino/The CW; Glenn Watson/USA NetworkGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: Any Glee scoop? —Ines
Ausiello:
I’m hearing a major character (a series regular!) will find himself/herself in a literal life-and-death situation in this season’s third episode. In possibly related news (I say possibly because I honest-to-goodness don’t know), Chris Colfer’s Emmy-nominated TV dad Mike O’Malley tells us that episode 3 will be “another emotional, emotional episode” for father and son. The actor goes on to hint that the show will revisit the complicated dynamic between Burt and Kurt’s crush, Finn. “The last time I was on the show, [Burt] threw Finn out of the house. There [may] be some resolution there. One of the things I think is really important in life and for human beings is to forgive and be able to rise up from our mistakes. I’m hoping that Finn and Burt are able to cross that chasm.”

Question: I seem to recall you said that Chord Overstreet (a.k.a. Glee‘s newest stud) wouldn’t turn out to be Kurt’s new boyfriend. Jane Lynch tells it differently. —Ashley
Ausiello:
Actually, Jane Lynch tells it exactly the same way I did. Snap.

Question: Will Glee ever cast Rachel’s “two gay dads”? Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are my top picks! —Kim L
Ausiello:
Series creator Ryan Murphy sounds doubtful. Though “people always ask me to do that…I don’t know that we ever will.” Maybe he’ll go with Lea Michele’s idea. Says the boss, she suggested “we see them in season 3, like a shot of Elton John cheering her on in an audience. I haven’t decided how I’m going to do that.” READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2010: How 'Lost,' 'Mad Men,' 'Glee' and 'Modern Family' will go after the gold

ausiello-emmy-predixImage Credit: Mike Yarish/AMC; Carin Baer/Fox; Bob D'Amico/ABC; Mario Perez/ABCWill the super-sized series finale help Lost win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama? Will the pilot and Madonna episodes be enough to convince voters that Glee was the funniest show last season? We found out what episodes the shows are submitting for Emmy night’s biggest categories on Aug. 29. But first, know this: a reported 300 or so members of the TV Academy serve as judges for the two categories, though they don’t see all the episodes submitted for consideration. Six are handed over from each show, and then the judges are separated into three groups, each receiving two episodes (the show producers actually choose the pairings).

Do the voters take the time to watch all of the pairings? We sure hope so. Here are all the submissions: READ FULL STORY

Emmy predix: Best drama and comedy series

ausiello-emmy-predixImage Credit: Mike Yarish/AMC; Carin Baer/Fox; Bob D'Amico/ABC; Mario Perez/ABCWe’re in the homestretch! The 2010 Emmy Awards are this Sunday—my tux is scheduled to arrive from Filene’s Basement Paris tomorrow morning!—and I’ve got two categories left to handicap: Best drama and comedy series. BTW, my Schmemmy picks were 50 percent accurate, so I guess you can say I’m on a bit of a roll this year. READ FULL STORY

Emmy predix: Who will win best lead and supporting actress in a comedy

ausiello-emmy-predixImage Credit: Justin Lubin/NBC; Bob D'Amico/ABC How competitive are the Emmy races for lead and supporting comedy actress? Any of the following 10 women could grab a fistful of gold on Aug. 29 and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t two very clear favorites… READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2010: How Edie Falco, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch and others hope to earn the comedy actress statue

insider-emmy-awardsImage Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS; Phil Caruso/Showtime ; Ondrea Barbe/CBS; Ali Goldstein/NBC; Patrick Ecclesine/FoxWill Glee’s Lea Michele triumph over 30 Rock’s Tina Fey with an episode that showcases one of her best musical performances of the season? Will Two and A Half Men’s Holland Taylor beat out the Emmy worthy Jane Lynch, who earned a nomination for guest-starring in the same CBS comedy?

We found out which episodes the actresses — and supporting ones — are submitting for consideration in the comedy categories. Nominees send their episodes to a select group of TV Academy members/volunteers, who then screen the submissions at home. Ballots are due back to Ernst & Young by Aug. 17; the Emmys will air Aug. 29. See which episodes the female nominees submitted after the jump.

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