Questions: I just finished watching the Gossip Girl finale, and it was awesome. My question for you is about Georgina: At the end of the episode she announced she was going to be Blair’s roommate at NYU — strongly implying that she would be a presence, if not a regular character, in season 3. But Michelle Trachtenberg is in NBC’s new fall drama, Mercy. What does this mean about Georgina and Gossip Girl? –Cory
Ausiello: It means producers thought ahead and made sure Trachtenberg negotiated a three-episode Gossip Girl “out” in her Mercy contract. You didn’t really think the Georgina-Blair roommate thing would last longer than that, did you?
I’m curious to hear your take on the whole Scrubs renewal. The “series finale” was so wonderfully sweet and sappy, how can they come back from something so final? –Sydney
Ausiello: I would have preferred it end right there, but it’s hard to argue with Bill Lawrence’s justification for continuing. “There are 107 people that work on that show,” he reminded me earlier this week. “I’ve worked with them for eight years now. If there’s a chance for everybody to work another year, my attitude, business-wise, is ‘legacy-schmegacy.’ I couldn’t give a f–k, to tell you the truth. I thought the first eight years of Scrubs was great. I’m super proud of it. There’s absolutely nothing that could possibly happen that could change that… On the creative side, some people are like, ‘It should end on a high note creatively. It shouldn’t be something that taints our memory.’ And I get that. [But the other] 50 percent of the people are like, ‘Oh my god, I’m so glad to have a show back that I care about.’ The way to bridge that gap is I’ve got to consider Scrubs over. The way that I’m viewing it is the way Frasier was to Cheers: It’ll be essentially a new show with some characters that people liked.”
Question: What will the ninth season of Scrubs look like? Will Sarah Chalke be taking over JD’s duties? –Tony
Ausiello: Probably not, considering Chalke isn’t looking to return
full time, per Bill Lawrence. “I would’ve had Sarah in a
heartbeat,” he says. “I think she’s got enough going on in her career
[right now]. I’d say it’s 50-50 she’s in some episodes. I know she’ll
at least be in one or two.” My guess? In light of the fact that ABC
passed on Donald Faison’s comedy pilot, The Law, Lawrence
will go with the “Turk teaching at med school” premise he’s been
kicking around. Whatever idea he ultimately goes with, “The one promise I would make to people is that if this does suck, it won’t suck in a lame fizzle-out kind of way,” he says.
“It will suck in a huge way. It will really, really suck.” If I’ve said
it once, I’ve said it a million times: Few things in life are as
entertaining as interviewing Bill Lawrence.
Question: Wasn’t a character from the early seasons of Desperate Housewives
supposed to return in the last five minutes of the season finale? What
Ausiello: Change of plans. And it’s probably for the best. From what I hear, it really
wouldn’t have been all that exciting. (And despite rumors, it wasn’t Jesse Metcalfe.)
Question: That 24 finale was awesome! Do you have any scoop about Carlos Bernard’s role in season 8? –Rob
Ausiello: As of now, it’s non-existent. But did you see who they cast as Cherry Jones’ new Chief of Staff?!
Question: So I’m at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood last Friday, and I
see Zachary Quinto with a group of people. Cool to see New Spock. Plus
he was really funny as Sasan on So NoTORIous. Then I realize he’s
there with Kristen Bell, and it starts to feel creepy. This isn’t New
Spock or Sasan. It’s Sylar and Elle. Together. I couldn’t decide if I
should wrap my head in tinfoil to keep him from stealing my superpowers
or put on rubber soled-shoes to keep her from zapping me. Then I went
to see Angels & Demons. Afterward, I realized I had more fun in the
lobby than in the theater. –Jeffrey
Ausiello: Look, the column was running short and this made for good filler. It’s upfront week — I’ve been busy!
Question: During your interview with Chuck boss Josh Schwartz, did he happen to
mention if Chuck’s new abilities will be all over the spectrum? –Dana
Ausiello: No, but speaking of that Q&A, here’s the (extra spoilery) portion of the interview I held over for Ask Ausiello:
MICHAEL AUSIELLO: Will Chuck and Sarah start the season off as a full-fledged couple?
SCHWARTZ: Chuck having the Intersect in his head will severely
complicate their ability to be a couple … [And] look for
a potential new love interest on the show.
Really? For who?
Someone who could triangulate between a couple of characters.
Male or female?
Gosh, isn’t it more fun to tease?
Question: I just finished watching the NCIS finale. Will Ziva be back next season? Please say yes! –Bethany
Ausiello: Yes, Cote de Pablo will be back next season. But she’ll be a changed woman.
Question: Kirk Acevedo has apparently been fired from Fringe, according to his
Facebook status. This is so sad, Charlie was just getting interesting.
Do you have any info on that and what it means for his character? –Caroline
Ausiello: It means his character won’t be back.
Question: The Glee pilot was more than priceless. I can’t remember the last time
a show captivated from the get go. Oh yeah, Pushing Daisies. But I
digress …. I’ll take anything you can give me on the upcoming season
and/or on Matthew Morrison (a.k.a. Fox’s newest hottie-in-the-making)!
Ausiello: Morrison’s Will
is not going to cheat on his psycho wife — even though it’s obvious that
he and Emma are made for one another.
Question: I’ve been watching Smallville since day one, but after last week’s
finale, I’m feeling like for every two steps forward the show takes one
step back. Give me some hope for next season by giving me some big
Ausiello: It’s moving to Fridays at 8 p.m.! Here’s The CW’s new Fall sked:
8 Gossip Girl
9 One Tree Hill
9 Melrose Place (NEW)
8 America’s Next Top Model
9 Beautiful Life (NEW)
8 Vampire Diaries (NEW)
9 Top Model encore
I’ll be Twittering live updates from today’s CW upfront presentation, so best start following me!
Question: Do you have any idea who Mike was marrying on Desperate Housewives? –Flore
Ausiello: I do. And if you think about it for a second, you do, too.
Question: How have your Smurfs settled into your new surroundings at the EW? Any adjustment issues? –Jason
Ausiello: They don’t like the dirty looks Tim Stack’s been giving them, but other than that they’re cool.
Question: OMG. Grey’s finale. George or Izzie? What’s the deal? –Olive
Ausiello: My guess? One will live, another will die. Although I have to
say I’m intrigued by this theory from an Aushole named Keven: “T.R.
Knight is leaving the show, but George is staying. What with being
grossly disfigured in the finale, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to
let George live and then, a few weeks later, Mark Sloan works his
plastic surgery magic and, voila, a new George!”
Question: Is the Veronica Mars movie a goner? –Liz
Ausiello: Just checked in with Rob Thomas and there’s nothing new to report. The ball remains in Warner Bros.’ court.
Question: Why wasn’t Lauren Graham’s new show picked up by ABC? –Claire
Ausiello: I didn’t see the pilot, but one of my moles did, and this is
what he e-mailed me immediately after watching it: “If you ever get
your hands on Lauren Graham’s pilot, do yourself a favor and don’t
watch it.” Consider that your explanation.
Question: Since Amy Acker’s show Happy Town has been picked up, what does that
mean for Dr. Saunders on Dollhouse? Is she headed for the attic? –Mike
Ausiello: Not if puppetmaster Joss Whedon has anything to say about it.
He tells me he’ll be “sending [Happy producers] chocolate and flowers,”
he laughs. “We’re desperate to have her.” As such, he is disinclined to
put another doctor in the d’house. Only if “we find out that we’re not
going to use her for the bulk of the season” would he do that, he says.
“[But] everyone is not going to be in every episode, so it’s perfectly
possible that there will just be stories that don’t involve Dr.
Question: What is your take on CSI:NY pulling a Dynasty and having all
of the main cast potentially gunned down in a hail of automatic weapons
fire (fade to black) cliffhanger? –Eric
Ausiello: My take is that if Gary Sinise doesn’t accept CBS’ salary
freeze proposal, Det. Jessica Angell won’t be the only supporting
character headed six feet under.
Question: Got any news on the new HBO show Hung? –Sasha
Ausiello: Just watched the pilot and I predict it’ll be huge.
That’s a wrap! Send questions-anonymous tips-Without a Trace eulogies
to firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to vote for me in PETA’s
Sexiest Veggie contest. I’m in it to win it this year. I’ve been
working out really hard. I even have an ab! Okay, it’s half of an ab, but, hey, it’s a start!