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Breaking: CBS picks up 'Criminal Minds' spin-off

It’s official: CBS’ Criminal Minds spin-off has been greenlit for fall. The procedural, starring Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, joins fellow Eye pickups Hawaii 5-0, Defenders, Blue Bloods, and Mike and Molly. Viewers were introduced to Whitaker’s BAU agent in an episode of Minds that aired last month.

Scoop: Forest Whitaker to headline 'Criminal Minds' spin-off!

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is nearing a deal to headline CBS’ in-the-works spin-off of Criminal Minds, sources confirm to me semi-exclusively. READ FULL STORY

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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

Question: What’s coming up for Sam and Addison on Private Practice? —Lisa
Things will heat up between those two crazy kids in February, but their guilty consciences will prove a major obstacle. There will also be an added complication involving (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) another doctor who has long been waiting in the wings.

Question: I am drinking a Diet Raspberry Snapple and thinking of you (in a non-stalker sort of way) and am hoping you might give me some Grey’s Anatomy scoop! —Lesley
Mexie is M’over. The lovers will break things off this week, but it doesn’t really become official until next week when word of their respective dalliances comes to light. Interestingly, someone’s not as pissed off as I would’ve thought. READ FULL STORY

Scoop: Who's who on 'Criminal Minds 2'

With potential Criminal Minds spinoff characters now a part of the mother ship’s spring agenda, the powers that be have put their heads together and begun looking for actors to fill out their would-be cast. Now it’s our turn. Who do you think should play these newbies, keeping in mind that, should the series be greenlit, we’d be seeing them every week, come fall? READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Glee,' 'Smallville,' and more!

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

Question: House writer Tommy Moran tweeted that episode 14 is big for Cuddy. My question for you is how big? —Anna
So big that I hear Cuddy will be sharing her bed with two different people by the end of the hour.

Question: I feel an urge to poison my liver with a bottle of 150-buck Russian vodka after the rumor I just heard regarding episode 14 of House. Cuddy and Lucas are going to have sex? Seriously? What does your mole say about it? Can I head to the liquor store? Should I buy some Valium just in case? —Andie
I hope you’re sitting down Andie because I have some earth-shattering news for you. Cuddy and Lucas have already had sex. Lots of it. That’s what boys and girls do when they’re in a romantic relationship. Now, as far as the Feb. 8 episode goes, all I’ll say is that Cuddy does, in fact, have a sexual encounter.

Question: I need some House scoop! —Raymond
House is going to pull some strings to get someone a job at Princeton Plainsboro in early ’10. And someone else (a current employee) is not going to be happy about it. READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'NCIS,' 'House,' 'Grey's,' 'CSI,' 'Greek,' 'FNL,' and more!

Greys-Sandra-Oh-Isaiah_lGot 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

Question: Is it at all possible that Shonda Rhimes would bring Isaiah Washington back to Grey’s Anatomy for even one episode now that T.R. Knight has left the show? —Ben
Listen to me very carefully, because I’m only going to say this once: Never. Gonna. Happen. But Washington kinda-sorta gets a shout-out in this week’s episode when Owen-lovin’ Cristina utters three shocking words: “I miss Burke.”

Question: Sounds like you’ve already seen this week’s Grey’s, so I’ve got a Q: Any good Mer-Der scenes? —Megan
Nothing stands out on the Mer-Der front, but there’s a memorable Mer-Cristina-Alex scene at the end that will have you crying and laughing (and in that order).

Question: Any Grey’s scoop? —Sharon
You already know that someone gets fired in this week’s episode. But what you may not know is that someone gets fired next week, too!

Question: Julie Benz just Twittered a photo of a guy she says will be part of a big reveal in the Dexter season finale. What can you tell us about this? —Matt
Here’s what I can tell you: If this guy is who I think he is, fans are not going to be happy.

Question: Jenny is so boring on Gossip Girl. Please tell me she will become mean. —Juliana
Mean enough to drive her BFF away. I hear Jenny and Eric’s relationship will suffer big time due to her new “Queen Bee” status. READ FULL STORY

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

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Question: All I ask for is some scoop from one of my “G” shows: Glee, Greek, Gossip Girl, or Grey’s Anatomy. —April
For a second there I thought I was finally going to be able to unload the humongous Gary Unmarried scoop I’ve been sitting on. Maybe next week. In the meantime, here’s something on Grey’s: Seattle Grace’s merger with Mercy West claims its first victim this week. (Hint: The pink-slipped party is female and has been around since season 1. And no, it’s not Mer. Or Izzie. Or Cristina. Or Bailey.)

Question: Is there any good Grey’s Anatomy scoop? —Bryan
There is if you’re a Calzona ‘shipper: Seattle Grace’s token lesbians make it official this week. Well, officialish.

Question: Rumor has it that Ausiello has been slacking on his Gossip Girl scoop. —Tina
Rumor has it you smell, but you don’t see me spreading that around, do you? Here’s your damn GG scoop: Tyra Banks’ guest turn as a tempestuous film actress in Monday’s episode is highlarious. Even better, she wasn’t trying to be funny, so you’ll be laughing at her and not with her! Awesome, right? Well, the news just keeps getting better ’cause I gots me a clip! READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: 'Criminal Minds' nabs Gavin Rossdale

Gavin-Rossdale_lHere’s an unusual combination: Gavin Rossdale and Criminal Minds. But the two shall meet this November when the British rocker and sometime-thespian guest stars on the CBS procedural. READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Bones,' '24,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'True Blood,' 'Smallville,' and more!

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Question: Ask Ausiello’s back! Let’s mark the occasion with some awesome House spoiler! —Mandi
A member of the team gets fired in the first three episodes!

Question: Is it true that House moves in with Wilson after he returns from the asylum? —Joel
It’s true. That’s one of two major life changes the ornery doc makes early in the season. What’s the other one, you ask? Cooking lessons!

Question: You better deliver a blockbuster Ask Ausiello this week to make up for the column’s two-week hiatus. No pressure though! —Jay
Sounds like someone’s still bitter about not getting into last month’s Ausholefest.

Question: Do you have any other hints about what main character is going to get shot on either Nurse Jackie, Rescue Me, True Blood, Weeds, The Closer, Mad Men, Entourage, or Burn Notice? Seriously, there are too many possible characters! —Maddie READ FULL STORY

'Criminal Minds' exclusive: D.B. Sweeney's on the case for six episodes

DB-Sweeney_lCriminal Minds has tapped D.B. Sweeney  for a six-episode arc, exec producer Ed Bernero confirms to me exclusively. “He’s playing a U.S. Marshal who’s brought in to help with a big [case] that arcs through the first part of the season,” Bernero reveals. “He’s a contemporary of our team and knows several members of our team really well.”

In other Minds news, Bernero confirms that co-star Shemar Moore broke his leg after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle over the weekend. The injury will have little impact on Moore’s Minds workload, however. “We’re not even going to write it into the show,” says Bernero. “He’s going to be back to work next Monday.  It’s right under his knee and he has a walking cast. He’s just really sore right now. ”

Moore’s co-star, Matthew Gray Gubler, didn’t fare as well. READ FULL STORY

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

Heigl-Greys-finale-George_l Question: Any Grey’s Anatomy scoop? –Laura
Yep, a pretty big one. More on that later.

Question: Got any more Grey’s scoop? –Katie
Okay, you wore me down: Remember the haunting image of an army-clad George waiting outside the elevator for Izzie in the season finale? Well, it wasn’t supposed to be George standing there. The scene was originally shot with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Denny playing the role of Izzie’s heavenly escort. But as Grey’s boss Shonda Rhimes explains to me exclusively, “I received the first cut [of the finale] on a Friday and something didn’t feel right. All weekend long something was bugging me. And then I woke up Monday morning and it hit me, ‘My God, it’s George! When the elevator opens, it should be George we see.'” There was just one problem. Actually, there were two problems. And to find out what they were and how they got resolved (apologies in advance) pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on sale Friday!

Question: How much longer do we have to wait for Grey’s scoop?! –Carly
One of the two problems involved Katherine Heigl’s location at the time of Shonda’s epiphany. That’s all you’re getting. You have to pick up the mag for the rest.

Question: Anything on Grey’s? –Nancy
The other problem involved what T.R. Knight did to his head after production wrapped. Now I’m really done.

Question: Emmy nominations are in a few hours. Any last-minute predictions? –Keith
I’m willing to bet big money that Chuck, Friday Night Lights, Big Love, and The Shield will all get bupkes. This just in: Emmy nominations are announced

Question: Why is Kirk Acevedo leaving Fringe? His choice? Storyline dictated? –Dee
Storyline dictated. Charlie wasn’t going to have much to do this season, and rather than waste Kirk’s time, they cut him loose. But as I teased last week, we haven’t seen the last of him.

Question: Has Friday Night Lights officially settled on the Lions as the mascot for East Dillon? –Clay
They’re using that as a placeholder, but I’m told it will likely change. The team’s colors are also TBD, so if you’ve got ideas about either, post ‘em in the comments. 

Question: We haven’t heard anything new on House for a while. Can you give us something nice and juicy? –Mariel
Not sure if this is juicy but it’s definitely nice: I think House and his asylum mates are going on a field trip to an amusement park in the two-hour opener. According to a completely sane insider, the show shot scenes on location at Universal Studios last week. I’m told House was working the Skydiving Fan. Whatever that is.  

Question: What’s this I hear about a Booth and Brennan kiss on Bones? Confirmation, please! –Molly
Series creator Hart Hanson confirms that a season-opening smooch “was scripted,” but adds, “I’m in no way confirming that it was a sincere scripting. Could have been a way to identify leaks.” Now, as someone who’s been in this situation before, here’s what you need to do next, Molly: Get in touch with your mole and tell him to pack his bags, grab his passport and get the hell out of the country. They’re onto him!

Question: I’m really hoping you’ve got some Criminal Minds news. Please tell me Hotch is still alive! –Chrissy
I think it’s a positive sign that Minds is casting the role of an emergency room doctor for the season premiere.

Question: Now that Mercy will begin on NBC earlier than expected, will Michelle Trachtenberg still be able to fulfill her three-episode arc on Gossip Girl? –Parm
Unfortunately for Blair, yes, she will. The onetime Queen Bee will have a hard enough time adjusting to college life. Georgina’s arrival as her roommate in episode 2 compounds her misery tenfold. 

Question: I would love the scoop on just how much The CW pays you every time you cover Gossip Girl. I don’t doubt that the show has followers, but the coverage EW is giving it has gotten ridiculous! —Frank
Oooooh, that reminds me: A major Gossip guy decides not to go to college very early in the season. Take your best guess to the comments!

Question: Chuck-Blair scoopage would be delightful! –LH
Look for C and B to take an unorthodox approach to warding off the seven-week itch.

Question: Weeds scoop? –Melissa
“Little Boxes” makes a tiny comeback in Monday’s episode. Also, Andy refuses a gift — a gift he really wants. Oh, and one more thing: Keep your ears open for a Comic-Con reference! Speaking of which, Ausholes unite and get drunk in one week! Sources confirm to me exclusively that there may be a few special guests!

Question: Got any Weeds scoop? –Mohammad
Celia goes into business with an Avon-esque company, and the results are predictably disastrous.

Question: Any Melrose Place dish? –Jacob
The show is adding the recurring role of a Madam — and you’ll know why after watching the pilot. The producers should throw us old timers a bone and cast Kristian Alfonso as the head whore. Who’s with me? 

Question: I am psyched about CSI: Miami‘s flashback season opener! Anything else you can offer up? –Monica
We’ll catch our first glimpse of new castmember Eddie Cibrian in one of the episode’s flashback sequences. Apparently, his character crossed paths with one (or more) of our vets back in 1997. Speaking of Cibrian’s alter ego, exec producer Ann Donahue says reports that he’ll be transferring from the Hollywood division are “a misnomer… He’s actually worked robbery homicide in L.A.”

Question: How soon into CSI: Miami‘s premiere before Delko is found? –Jimmy
“We find him in the first two minutes and he is unconscious,” reveals Ann Donahue, who adds that the flashback portion of the ep begins while he’s en route to the hospital. “The ambulance is hurtling down alligator alley and we [close in] on the license plate, which says ’09. And then we change the license plate to ’97 and suddenly he’s in his tow truck.”

Question: I just saw the trailer for the new Joel McHale comedy Community and I almost fell out of my chair when I saw my favorite Daily Show British man John Oliver. Who does he play and is it a recurring role? –Clumsy chair girl
He plays Jeff’s (Joel McHale) good friend and colleague, Professor Duncan. And he just signed on for an additional two episodes, so, yes, I think it’s accurate to say it’s a recurring role. (BTW, the actual pilot is as funny as the trailer lets on.)

Question: I’ve been asking for weeks and I refuse to give up: Please give us some Legend of the Seeker scoopage. –Jeff
I’ve got just the thing to get you off my case: In season 2’s fifth episode, we’ll meet a young (20s-30s) version of Zedd.  

Question: There have been conflicting reports about where Smallville is heading in the romance department this year. Is it the season of Clois, or are they really revisiting Lois and Ollie again? –Jeff
It’s full-tilt-Clois. I’m sure they will touch on Lois-Ollie, but it won’t be anything significant. 

Question: Will Glee introduce Lea’s mom? Wouldn’t it be cool if it turned out to be Idina Menzel? Just a thought. –Wendy
 I like the way your mind works. Unfortunately, there are no immediate plans to bring on Lea’s mom. We don’t even meet her dads in the first 13 episodes.

Question: I’m dying for some Dexter scoop. –Meg
Season 4 will herald the arrival of new loves for both Batista and Laguerta. Very happy about the Batista part of that. His love story with the undercover hooker last season made me throw up in my mouth a little. 

Question: When can we finally expect to see Maura Tierney on Rescue Me? –Justin
Her arc kicks off on July 28. And because it warrants repeating: Get well soon, Maura!

Question: I saw your tweet about having seen Dollhouse‘s “Epitaph One” episode. What did you think? I can’t wait to see it next week at Comic-Con! –Tim
Before I answer that, you should know that (A) I was a little buzzed wh
en I tweeted that, (B) I’m not that bright, and (C) aggressive watermarks make me dizzy. With that out of the way, here’s my review: I was completely and utterly lost. I may try watching it again this weekend. Or just let one of you explain it to me at Comic-Con.  

Question: Please give us something on Grey’s. –Jay
The second problem involving T.R. Knight’s head eventually became the solution. Okay, now I’m really, really done. Get the rest of the scoop in this week’s EW!

That’s a wrap! Send questions/comments/anonymous tips to And start following me on Twitter! Thanks for playing! Safe travels to San Diego!

Season finale spoilers on 'CSI,' 'NCIS,' 'Mentalist,' 'Trace,' and more!

Eye like it! CBS just released a rundown of all its season finale air dates, but there’s a twist: They included some rather juicy spoilers along with it! Sure, some of this stuff is already out there, but there are quite a few new scooplets, too. Happy hunting!

Sunday May 3 and Sunday May 10
The music of Pearl Jam will rock throughout the two-part sixth season finale. Rush and the team delve into the 2005 murder of the first female cadet of a local military school who didn’t live beyond her first semester. The stakes of the case are raised after the cadet’s unknown killer commits a shocking act against Rush designed to thwart the investigation. Bonus scoop: Friday Night Lights‘ Jesse Plemons guest stars!

Sunday, May 10                     
The Unit must locate and defuse three sets of dirty bombs headed for unknown locations across the U.S. Meanwhile, the team prepares for a wedding of one Unit member and the end of a marriage for another.

Monday, May 11                   
As he prepares for a three-month science expedition, Leonard reconsiders his feelings for Penny.   

Wednesday, May 13            
Christine learns some shocking news about New Christine’s father (Scott Bakula) after
the two of them rekindle their romance at Richard and New Christine’s
wedding. James Lesure guest stars as a wedding guest and
potential hook-up for Barb.

Wednesday, May 13               
Gary and Allison’s frustrating personal lives lead them back into the bedroom… repeatedly.

Thursday, May 14                  
The CSIs investigate a series of murders tied to a scam involving
valuable poker chips from a long-gone casino and Det. Ray Langston must
use deadly force for the first time in his career as a CSI. Cynthia
Watros and Gerald McRaney guest star.

Friday, May 15                      
When a ghost pays Melinda an unexpected visit, she worries for her unborn baby. Meanwhile, wedding bells ring for Melinda and Jim.

Friday, May 15                      
When Amita is abducted, Don and the team’s frantic search leads to a
charismatic sociopath (James
Callis), but it is up to a distraught Charlie to discover
what’s behind the suspect’s bizarre plans for her. The situation causes
Charlie to reassess his relationship and future with Amita. Lou Diamond Phillips returns as
Agent Ian Edgerton.

Monday, May 18                   
Ted gives Barney his blessing to finally profess his love to Robin.

Monday, May 18                   
Charlie starts to question his relationship with Chelsea when he hears
that Mia is back in town. Meanwhile, when Judith goes into labor,
Charlie, Alan and Herb rush her to the hospital.

Monday, May 18                   
Jeff wonders if he and Audrey are lacking spontaneity in the bedroom.

Monday, May 18                   
Horatio fights to save Yelina while Delko goes against Calleigh’s pleas
and helps his dangerous father with life-threatening consequences.
Brian Austin Green guest stars as an alleged carjack victim.

Tuesday, May 19                   
Ziva’s homecoming to Israel with Gibbs leads to a tense reunion with
her father, the enigmatic and powerful head of Mossad. As this delicate
situation escalates, Gibbs is forced to make a decision that sends
shockwaves through NCIS.

Tuesday, May 19                   
Lisbon suspects that serial killer Red John is drawing Patrick Jane
into a trap when the CBI team investigates the murder of a young girl
and the abduction of her twin sister. 

Tuesday, May 19                   
The team searches for a man who disappears after a late-night ocean
dive that includes stolen drugs and three dead bodies. Meanwhile, Danny
and Elena take their relationship to another level. Martin Landau
reprises his role as Frank Malone, Jack’s father. Adam Kauffman, Poppy
Montgomery’s real-life boyfriend, reprises his role as Brian Donovan,
the father of Samantha’s son, Finn.

Wednesday, May 20               
The BAU tracks a serial killer who picks up junkies, prostitutes, and the
homeless off the streets of Detroit and takes them across the border
into Canada. After solving that case, another killer returns to exact
his revenge.

Wednesday, May 20               
A member of the team is murdered after a deadly group of kidnappers
snatch Robert Dunbrook’s son while he is being transferred from prison
to court. And, if that loss isn’t enough, the life of another CSI is

Exclusive: 'Moonlight' vamp Alex O'Loughlin returns to CBS

Alexoloughlin_lFinally, I have a bone to throw all you inconsolable Moonlight fans.

The dead drama’s central blood sucker, Alex O’Loughlin, is returning to CBS in an upcoming episode of Criminal Minds, sources confirm to me exclusively.

The change-of-pace hour, which is tentatively scheduled to air in April, will track a case from the POV of a serial killer, played by O’Loughlin.

This is O’Loughlin’s first leap back into TV since Moonlight was laid to rest nine months ago. At press tour last month, CBS president Nina Tassler — who signed the Aussie hunk to a development deal in August — hinted that we may see him back on the network “soon” in a new project.

What say you, Moonlight fans? Happy to see O’Loughlin sinking his teeth into another meaty TV role — even if he’s not literally doing so? Sound off below!


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