Now that the initial burst of excitement surrounding Jorja Fox’s CSI comeback has died down, it’s time to get down to business — the business of getting answers to some burning questions! What prompted her return? How long will she be sticking around? What impact will Sara’s reappearance have on the rest of the team? And, last but not least, is Grissom next? CSI showrunners Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar tackle all those Qs and then some after the jump.
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Ausiello: Yes — the entire cast will be following T.R. Knight out the door. At least series creator Shonda Rhimes is braced for them to. Eventually. She got to thinking about it both because of Knight’s exit and Ellen Pompeo’s impending maternity leave. “It’s going to be tricky,” Rhimes acknowledges. “Ellen is incredibly optimistic and somehow thinks she’ll be back and ready to rock ‘n’ roll. [But] I have a child, so I know that that’s not true. [So] we have a lovely story [on deck] that will take us into her maternity leave. And we have plans for some really interesting stand-alone episodes for [while she's gone]. But we’re heading towards the future of the show and eventually, unless we’re really lucky, everybody’s going to go. That’s what the end of season 5 taught me. So we’re looking at, How do we mess with that structure now while we have everybody and figure out ways in which, ‘What would we do without Ellen? What would we do if we had an episode without Patrick Dempsey?’ So season 6 is important. A lot of shows don’t make it through season 6 because they don’t know how to transition.” Can Rhimes envision Grey’s someday going on with Pompeo (and Mer) completely out of the picture?! “I don’t know” she hedges. “I clearly want Mer Grey on the show for as long as Ellen Pompeo wants to be on the show; that’s not even a question. But I think that there’s a possibility of [her leaving for good at some point]. I haven’t even thought that far. That’s the one blank spot I have in my head. I can’t really picture Mer Grey not on the show. But [at least] we have Lexie Grey. There is another Grey if we really needed one.” But would anyone watch Lexie Grey’s Anatomy? Would you? Scroll down to the comments! (BTW, here’s an exclusive first look at this week’s Grey’s-themed EW cover story, penned by yours truly!)
Question: Will Ellen Pompeo’s pregnancy be written into Grey’s Anatomy?
–John Ausiello: No. “Ellen is pregnant, but Meredith is not,” Rhimes tells me. “Meredith wouldn’t be pregnant [right now].”
Question: Now that Grey’s Anatomy has finally started production, you got anything? And I really mean anything. –Dana
Ausiello: Look for Owen’s PTSD to possibly flare up in the Sept. 24 opener. I say this because my Grey’s mole tells me that Seattle Grace’s go-to shrink, Amy Madigan, will appear in the second hour of the two-hour premiere.
Question: So, what exactly will you be doing during your virgin Comic-Con voyage? –Damon
Ausiello: You mean when I’m not riding around the convention floor in the Pope’s bulletproof jitney? I’ll be holed up in Entertainment Weekly‘s ultra swanky (or so they tell me!) suite interviewing lots of famous TV people on camera. The resulting video will then be quickly uploaded to the blog you’re currently reading, so check back often. But first do me a solid and send me some really smart questions to ask the folks listed below via firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and as for the 75 of you coming to my very first Aushole gathering tonight, I can’t wait for you to tell me how much thinner I am in person to meet you! Kristen Bell Michael C. Hall/Dexter Lucy Lawless/Spartacus Jim Caviezel/The Prisoner Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku/Dollhouse David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel/Bones The Big Bang Theory cast 24 cast Stargate Universe cast True Blood cast V cast Vampire Diaries cast Chuck cast
Question: I have a need for Speed! So will we be seeing Speed(le) in the flashback episode of CSI:Miami, or did Rory Cochrane turn it down? –Kristine
Ausiello: Believe it or not, Rory Cochrane turned ‘em down. I kid you not. Methinks someone’s still a little peeved about getting killed off. Question: Please more CSI: Miami scoop! –Jordan
Ausiello: The aforementioned flashback episode will reveal how Tripp lost all his hair — and it wasn’t because he was late to the Propecia party. As exec producer Ann Donahue explains, “We’ll see Tripp with a comb over and Calleigh says something like, ‘You know, bald men are really sexy.’ And then the next time we see him he’s shaved his head.”
Question: Will Grissom be joining Sara back on CSI early in the season? –Lois
Ausiello: No, but some old friends of his will be. Exec producer Carol Mendelsohn reveals to me exclusively that CSI will be bringing back a few members of the infamous Millander clan in this season’s second episode. “The last time we saw [serial killer] Paul Millander was in season 2 when Grissom had dinner at [his alter ego] Judge Mason’s house, because, if you remember Paul lived a double life as a judge. And we met Mrs. Mason and their young son, Craig. Well, Paul’s dead, but Mrs. Mason and Craig live on. And we will see them in episode 2.” Why? Keep reading for a possible clue…
Question: The season premiere of CSI is only two months away. I’m sure that you’ve gotten some kind of spoiler or tidbit to throw to us! –Andy and Rebecca
Ausiello: You can drop the “or.” I’ve got a spoiler and a tidbit, courtesy of exec producer Naren Shankar. First the tidbit: “You’re going to get an explanation for that ring Langston (Laurence Fishburne) still has on his finger in [episode 2].” Now for the spoiler: “We’re going to launch a new season-long serial killer arc. Starting at the end of our premiere, a brand new nemesis [will emerge] who has a very unique way of killing.” More unique than that whole miniature thing? “This time, the crime scene is always the body,” Shankar teases. “We’re calling him Dr. Jekyl.”
Question: Will David Ramsey (Anton) be back for the fourth season of Dexter? –Katya
Question: Any info on Bones? –Grace
Ausiello: The show is looking for an actress in her late teens to play Cam’s adopted daughter Michelle. I know what you’re thinking: “We’ve already met Cam’s adopted daughter Michelle!” Do I have to draw you a picture? Obviously, we’re going to learn that Cam’s got another adopted daughter around the same age and with the same name. Duh.
Question: Regarding the controversial hookup that Dan partakes in on Gossip Girl — is the show finally following the books and exploring Dan’s bisexuality? –Michael
Ausiello: That’s a negative. His controversial hookup is with a girl.
Question: Okay, I’m ready for another clue about the lead character getting shot multiple times. At least eliminate a show from the list. –Bruce
Ausiello: It’s not Mad Men.
Question: Any scoop on Nurse Jackie? –Soomi
Ausiello: Peter Facinelli’s Coop kisses a dude in the season finale.
Question: Out of all the fall pilots you’ve seen, which are your three favorite broadcast comedies and dramas? –Conor
Ausiello: Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Community are tops among comedies, while Parenthood, Vampire Diaries, and The Good Wife rate best among dramas. But I still have a bunch more to watch, including Flash Forward.
Question: What does ABC plan to do to reestablish Ugly Betty as a force again? –Dave
Ausiello: You mean aside from moving it to red-hot Friday nights? Well, it looks like the musical episode is finally going to happen in the spring. And they just hired Meadow Soprano to play Daniel’s new assistant. Oh, and Rescue Me‘s Adam Ferrera is guest starring as a Queens contractor who crosses paths with Hilda. That’s all I got at the moment.
Question: I’m sad Kirk Acevedo is leaving Fringe, but what I really want to know is if Ari Graynor is coming back for season 2. She and the niece added something special to the show, and showed us a different side of Olivia. –Tim
Ausiello: Yes, Graynor’s Rachel returns in the season premiere. Her involvement beyond that is TBD.
Question: Do you have any information on Barney and Robin on the next season of How I Met Your Mother? –Lynn
Ausiello: Their relationship will be one of two major focal points of season 5, per exec producer Craig Thomas. “Barney’s feelings for Robin are out there, and it seems like Robin might have feelings for Barney herself,” he says. “And it’s so much fun to write for two people who are emotionally illiterate like the two of them are.” (For the record, the other major season 5 story is the Mother being one of Ted’s students.)
Question: Any more scoop on Eric McCormack’s arc on Old Christine? –Joey
Ausiello: “He’s going to be a therapist in Matthew’s suite of therapist offices and I’m going to start to see him as a therapist,” says leading lady Julia Louis-Dreyfus, adding that, “a [possible] romance and plenty of dysfunction abounds.” JLD also tells me that Wanda Sykes’ upcoming late night talk show on Fox shouldn’t interfere with her day job as Christine’s sassy sidekick. “But I’ll let you know a couple of months in,” she adds with a laugh.
Question: Do you know if Kate Voegele, Ashley Rickards, and Stephen Colletti will be reprising their roles as Mia, Sam, and Chase next season on One Tree Hill? –Jillian
Ausiello: Yes, maybe, and yes.
Question: Are you doing the Press Tour Diaries this year? –Christine
Ausiello: Let’s get through the Con first, k?
Question: Any info on which ABC show Dominic Monaghan will be on this season? I’ve scoured the web high and low and couldn’t find any info. –Stacey
Ausiello: I think you mean what shows. And you’ll get your answer soon enough.
Question: I can’t wait for Cougar Town. Do you have an spoilers? –Becca
Ausiello: Courteney Cox’s old Friends will definitely be paying her a visit. “You and I both know that we’ll do that eventually,” concedes exec producer Bill Lawrence of a visit from Aniston, Kudrow, Perry, Schwimmer, or LeBlanc. “But right now [ABC] is marketing and selling Courteney, not the [possible] guest stars.”
Question: What episode marks the return of Jennie Garth to 90210? –Lee
Ausiello: That would be episode 3.
Question: Has anyone ever told you that you look a lot like Brandon from The Killers? –Melissa
Ausiello: I’m not seeing it.
Question: I’m wondering if you have some Glee scoopage. –LH
Ausiello: Gilmore Girls crossover alert! Mitchum Huntzberger (a.k.a. actor Gregg Henry) has been cast as Quinn’s dad!
Question: Wow! Torchwood: Children of Earth pretty much ascended to a BSG level of fraktacularness. Is there even the slightest chance that the franchise will continue? Personally, I can’t see it coming back from the emotional shock at the end. –Amy
Ausiello: First off, we’re only up to Part Four here in the States, so watch the spoilers, missy. Second, yes, Torchwood will most likely live on, according to T-boss Russell T. Davies. “I’m fairly confident the series [will continue] in some shape or form,” he says. “I will just sit down and invent new stories and characters — that’s what I’ve spent my entire life doing.” Wait a sec, new characters? Jack will continue to be the show’s central hero, right? “Oh, I would think so,” he says. “I would hope so. He’s absolutely fundamental to Torchwood.” (For more on the emotional shock that Amy referred to above, come back here tonight after Part Four airs. Trust me.)
Question: Will the events of Torchwood: Children of Earth be referenced in any way during the upcoming Dr. Who specials? –Patrick
Ausiello: “Not as such, no,” says Davies, who is editing Dr. Who‘s “great big finale” as we speak. “My God, these [specials] are brilliant. I’m really happy with them.”
Question: One day I’ll remember it’s Thursday and I’ll ask you something. –Mia
Ausiello: I’ll be here! Okay, that’s a wrap! Send questions/comments/anonymous tips/Comic-Con sightings of me to email@example.com. Thanks for playing!
Less than a year after walking off into the sunset jungle with leading man William Petersen, Jorja Fox has inked a deal to return to CSI as Sara for multiple episodes — sans Grissom.
According to executive producer Carol Mendelsohn, Fox will reappear in the Sept. 24 episode when viewers will “discover where life has taken Sara Sidle and what brings her back to the CSI team in Las Vegas.”
I’m guessing a nasty breakup is what brings her back, but maybe that’s the pessimist in me talking. What do you think is behind her return? And do you hope it becomes permanent? Sound off in the comments!
• I just upgraded Dollhouse from "prospects brightening" to “renewed” on my Fall TV Cheat Sheet amidst news that Fox has picked up the show for a 13-episode second season. The catch? Joss Whedon agreed to a drastically reduced budget. (Note to JW: Dumping that annoying Topher dude should free up at least 15K an episode. Just a thought.) Fox will make an official announcement Monday morning prior to its upfront presentation. BTW, ABC and NBC announce their skeds on Tuesday, followed by CBS on Wednesday, and The CW on Thursday. For up-to-the-minute renewal-cancellation-pickup scuttlebutt throughout the weekend and into upfront week, stay close to both my blog (the one you’re reading now!) and Twitter feed. And for the official schedules once they’re announced, head to our Hollywood Insider blog.
• Ex-CSI sleuth Jorja Fox has closed a deal to guest star as a soccer mom with a criminal past in an episode of the new Lifetime comedy series Drop Dead Diva. Premiering July 12, DDD centers on a deceased model whose soul takes up residence in the body of a plus-sized attorney.
• Hey, Prison Break fans: What are you planning to do after tonight’s two-hour series finale? What’s that — you don’t have any plans? Now you do. Come straight here and read my postmortem with executive producer Matt Olmstead where all your burning questions will be answered. I’ve seen the episode and, trust me, you will have questions — and some of ‘em will burn!
• Desperate Housewives‘ season finale is Sunday, so there’s still time to weigh in on the big wedding mystery. Who do you think is getting hitched? And is part of you worried that Marc Cherry might make us wait all summer for a definitive answer? (I am.)
• Speaking of season finales, Gossip Girl wraps up its sophomore year on Monday. To whet your appetites, there’s a special treat waiting for you below. Enjoy!
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.
THE BIG BANG THEORY
Monday, May 11
As he prepares for a three-month science expedition, Leonard reconsiders his feelings for Penny.
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
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.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Monday, May 18
Ted gives Barney his blessing to finally profess his love to Robin.
TWO AND A HALF MEN
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.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
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.
WITHOUT A TRACE
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
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
Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Lost', 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Housewives,' 'Scrubs,' 'Bones.' 'Supernatural,' 'Heroes,' '24,' and more!
Question: Do you have any snippet to share with us about Lost‘s season finale? –Megan
Ausiello: We will come to learn that the dude who may or may not be playing Jacob bore witness to pivotal events in the pre-island lives of Locke, Sayid, and Sawyer. Speaking of Lost, I wanna say a few words about Evangeline Lilly’s performance in tonight’s episode: Wow. (Okay, one word.)
Question: Will we ever find out what happened to Rose and Bernard on Lost? –Lucas
Ausiello: I’m hearing we will.
Question: Any news on Heroes? Maybe something on the season finale? –Dennis
Ausiello: Sylar kills a regular Hero that’s been on the show since Season 1. And it sticks.
Question: I am a huge Bones fan. I am also a huge Buffy-Angel fan. Any chance the Bones producers would think about bringing Sarah Michelle Gellar on for a guest appearance? –Dana
Ausiello: I think you’re more likely to see an appearance by, oh, I dunno, Cyndi Lauper than SMG. In unrelated news, sources confirm to me exclusively that ’80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper is in talks to recur next season as a kooky psychic that Booth and Brennan bring on as a consultant.
Question: Desperately need some scoop on One Tree Hill. Are Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray returning next season? –Scott
Ausiello: They’re negotiating new deals now. Everything you’ve been hearing, reading, and seeing about how Warner Bros. and the CW don’t want them back is bunk, so don’t fall for it.
Question: Please can we have some scoop on USA’s In Plain Sight? Some Mary-Marshall tidbits perhaps? –Becky
Ausiello: Following her near-death experience, Mary is much more emotional and erratic in the second season premiere (airing April 19). As a result, she leans on Marshall more than ever. And although she’s supposed to be on administrative leave, she’s recruited to assist Marshall on a case. Of course, taking a backseat to Marshall isn’t really in Mary’s DNA…
Question: Shonda Rhimes said the 100th episode of Grey’s Anatomy takes place on Mer and Der’s wedding day, but you said they’re not getting married. What’s the deal? –Claire
Ausiello: Do I have to remind you of Shonda’s long and well-documented history of injecting her spoilers with tricky and misleading wordplay? Case in point, Izzie doesn’t have a brain tumor, she has a brain metastasis. Here’s the deal: Unless the script underwent an 11th hour rewrite, I stand by my earlier statement that Mer and Der do not get married on May 7. The only thing I’m unsure of is whether or not I should reveal the name of the bride and groom who are tying the knot in that episode. I’m on the fence about that one. What do you think I should do? Submit your pro/con arguments in the comments section. I’ll get one of our interns or Annie Barrett to tally up the votes at the end of the day.
Question: Are Cristina and Owen really done on Grey’s Anatomy? I actually will be in mourning if that one bites the dust. It is the first interesting plot in a while. –Elise
Ausiello: They’re far from over. As Kevin McKidd himself told EW’s Jennifer Armstrong, the exes will be thrown "a huge curveball that neither of them see coming. Just as he starts to get over his thing, something else happens. Which is good and bad. It’s like, ‘Oh my God, this is big.’ It will be interesting to see how it leads into next season." Any guesses as to what the curveball is? Come on, it shouldn’t be that hard to figure out. Think. It’s bad and good. You can do this!
Question: First off, I have to say thank you. Because of all the props you’ve been giving Big Love, I watched the first two seasons on DVD and now I’m hooked! I know you reported that Ana would be back for the fourth season, but please tell me she isn’t going to marry Bill again. –Manda
Ausiello: I’d be shocked if they go down that road with her again. BTW, exec producer Mark V. Olsen told the L.A. Times that it’s not an absolute certainty that Ana will be back next season. "Ana is someone I think deserves to come back into the life of the family, but there’s not a guarantee that it will be in the fourth season," he said. "I talked to [Ana's portrayer] Branka, and I said, ‘You’re definitely going to come back either this season or in a later season. We want you to come back.’ And then what happens is we don’t always have a completely planned-out season when we go into the writers’ room. If we come up with a premise that’s going to take us through this next year, and it relates somehow to Ana coming back into the family to cause trouble or to dramatize that theme, then she’ll definitely come back."
Question: Got some Scrubs scoop? Seen the finale? Does it rock? –Lucy
Ausiello: I have not seen it. Of course, neither has Donald Faison, so I don’t feel so bad. "I wasn’t [on set when they shot] the big reveal," he says of the episode’s major twist. "So I’m excited to see what happens, too." Wait a sec: There’s a major twist in the Scrubs finale?! Did we know this?!
Question: How about an extra juicy Desperate Housewives spoiler? –Niki
Ausiello: A main character will seriously consider getting a facelift. No big whoop, right? Wrong. It’s not a housewife mulling a little nip/tuck it’s a househusband.
Question: I’m hearing rumors that a certain redhead on Wisteria Lane will be having an affair with someone from the past. Any hints as to who it might be? –Karin
Ausiello: All I’ll say is the redhead in question will start spending a lot of time with one of Susan’s exes. Hint: He’s the one you go to when you want a divorce, not when you want your toilet fixed.
Question: I am so excited about the third season of The Tudors! Got any new scoop? –Hannah
Ausiello: Pay close attention to the "previously on" recap airing right before Sunday’s premiere, because methinks Showtime orchestrated an elaborate cover-up. Actually, meknows. In an effort to make us forget that the role of Jane Seymour had been recast during the hiatus (Annabelle Wallis is in, Anita Briem is out), Showtime digitally removed Briem from all the scenes featuring the future Queen and inserted Wallis instead. Translation: Either Showtime thinks we’re really stupid or Briem burned some serious bridges on her way out the door.
Question: If I offered you $500 and a trip to Smurf Village, because I can totally arrange that, can I have some Supernatural scoop? –Ashley
Ausiello: Does that trip to the Smurf have any blackout dates? If not, you’ve got a deal: Sam learns in the season finale that ******i** ******* is the ***** **** that has ** ** ****** ****** ******* can ***e.
Question: Your April Fools tweet about a Gilmore Girls movie being greenlit was just plain cruel. You can make it up to me by giving me some scoop on Alexis Bledel’s appearance in this week’s ER finale. –Jennifer
Ausiello: Okay, but you have to admit the one about Paramount producing a road-trip comedy starring Keri Russell, Lauren Graham, Kristen Bell, and Mariska Hargitay was pretty genius. Anyway, Alexis — who plays an intern in the ER finale — described the experience as "wonderful" and "emotional," adding that the ER vets "did not want to part ways… everyone was crying." Despite the positive experience, she’s still not ready to make a full-time return to TV. "There were a few [pilots] that I looked at," she says. "[But] I just wasn’t ready to sign up for six years. I have commitment anxiety at the moment. I’m sure it will wear off in the next couple of years." And because I know you’re wondering, yes, she saw LG in Guys and Dolls. "I went last weekend. She’s totally amazing. She sings beautifully, she dances… I was totally wowed."
Question: Do you have any CSI season finale scoop? –Meredith
Ausiello: What happens when a stash of vintage casino chips worth 1K each lands in the wrong hands? Murder happens, Meredith.
Question: There’s a rumor that Warner Bros. tore down all the Sarah Connor Chronicles sets, which typically means a cancellation announcement is coming. What are you hearing? –Val
Ausiello: The SCC sets have not been struck, a Warner Bros. insider maintains. They’ve simply been "shuffled around." (Hopefully not from the soundstage to the landfill).
Question: Any other clues for who will be dying in the Smallville finale? –David
Ausiello: The *er**n d***g ** n** C***e.
Question: What is the deal with the House promo for next week’s episode? Why is it so dramatic? What’s going to happen next week? –Samantha
Ausiello: Something very, very bad. And that’s not a knock against special guest star Meat Loaf. I swear!
Question: Regarding the bachelor party coming up on House, there’s a rumor out there that in order to prevent deportation, Chase gets married to Wilson. True? –Luna
Question: Have you uncovered any details about Anne Dudek’s return to House? –Patrick
Ausiello: I have, and this is the only one I’m prepared to divulge: House is the only one who sees her, and the vision does not take place while he’s making love to Cuddy.
Question: Got anything on 30 Rock‘s season finale? –Martin
Ausiello: Picture a "We Are the World"-esque charity single. Then picture one of the celeb participants being Jenna. Now picture yourself laughing until your spleen ruptures.
Question: Yes, 24 has been rocking this season, but I’m missing Chloe! I know Mary Lynn Rajskub had to take time off from filming for her maternity leave but enough’s enough! What ep will Chloe be back? –Nicole
Ausiello: I’m told the Chloester reappears in mid-to-late April.
Question: Counting the days until Ugly Betty returns. Got scoop? –Suzie
Ausiello: Things will get serious between Hilda and her city-official beau Archie, prompting her to declare herself the Michelle Obama of Queens.
That’s a wrap! Submit questions/anonymous tips/beauty tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, and then come back here next Thursday and we’ll do it all again! (Additional reporting by Lindsay Soll, Jeremy Medina and Jeff Labrecque)
Good thing E.T. isn’t around to see this.
Henry Thomas has been cast as a convicted murderer in a May sweeps episode of CSI that delves into Catherine’s (Marg Helgenberger) early days as a crime scene sleuth, sources confirm to me exclusively.
The 38-year-old actor will play Jeremy Kent, a presumed killer that Catherine put away during her first solo case back in 1991. Now, after nearly two decades in prison, during which he learned everything he could about forensics, Thomas’ character is calling her original findings into question.
Did Cath make a rookie mistake?! Will new technology exonerate E.T.’s BFF?! Is Thomas’ 1984 masterpiece Cloak & Dagger the most underrated crime thriller ever? Don’t know, probably, and damn straight it is!
If you had any doubts that CSI‘s creative team was made up of a bunch of rabid Battlestar Galactica fanboys and girls, this next story should erase them.
As first reported by Chicago Tribune, an upcoming episode of CBS’ still-powerhouse procedural will feature guest appearances by BSG‘s fifth cylon, Kate Vernon, and the show’s creator, Ronald D. Moore.
“It’s about a murder at a science fiction convention,” explains executive producer-BSG fanatic Naren Shankar of the April 16 installment, which once again puts the show’s lab rats front and center. “It has a bit of a Battlestar Galactica vibe to it.”
I’ll say. In addition to boasting Vernon and Moore, Shankar says the ep also features, “Hodges (Wally Langham) and Wendy (Liz Vassey) re-enacting scenes from a campy — and entirely fictional — 1960′s era sci-fi TV show.”
As you’ll recall, CSI producers were eyeing BSG‘s Katee Sackhoff to replace Jorja Fox last season, but they were ultimately overruled by execs at CBS and Jerry Bruckheimer Television.
So, what do you think? Are CSI and BSG two great tastes that taste great together? Share in the comments!
Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Daisies,' 'Damages,' 'Smallville,' '24,' 'Burn Notice,' 'NCIS,' 'Prison Break,' 'CSI,' 'ER,' 'Dollhouse,' '30 Rock,' 'Lost,' and more!
Question: Another episode of House this week with little or no Cameron and Chase. David Shore promised we’d see more of them — but when? –Aleki
Ausiello: Soon. “I think your audience feels that we’ve teased them on that too many times, but this is not a tease,” Shore told me yesterday. “The last four episodes of the season, [Chase and Cameron] are going to have a larger part.” And what about next season? “I haven’t mapped out next year yet,” he hedges, “but, certainly, it would appear so.”
Question: Are House and Cuddy ever going to talk about the fact that he tracked down her old med school desk and had it delivered to her office? –Zathrina
Ausiello: I asked David Shore about that, too. “No, it’s too late,” he says. “We had it in that one episode, and it was a wonderful thing. It turned her around and he, of course, found a different way of screwing it up, and she found a way of screwing it up, and we just left it at that.”
Question: Can you give at least a hint about what’s ahead for Wilson on House? –Monica
Ausiello: Big Robert Sean Leonard episode coming up on March 9 when Wilson at long tracks down his mentally ill, homeless brother. With Taub’s assistance, Wilson gets his bro back on his meds and into an institution — but he does so behind House’s back. At least he tries to do it behind his back.
Question: Enough with all the Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy and Supernatural scoop. I want some dish on the hottest zip code, 90210! –Gina
Ausiello: Supernatural it is. The show is dedicating the March 12 episode to its late, beloved director Kim Manners, who passed away on Jan. 25. I’m told the ep will conclude with a 10-second photomontage followed by a brief message.
Question: I can’t wait for Greek to start up again, and I am dying for a little scoop. –Matt
Ausiello: Bummed that Rusty and Dale are no longer roomies? You’re going to be very pleased with what happens in the closing minutes of episode 4. Also, get ready for Rebecca Logan: Double Agent.
Question: So, you’ve seen the Pushing Daisies finale (you lucky bastard). Can you give us any scoop about it?! –John
Ausiello: As a regular episode of Pushing Daisies, it was an absolute triumph. The main plot pits Vivian and Lily against their old synchronized swimming rivals, The Aqua Dolls (played by Wendy Malick and Nora Dunn). As you can imagine, inspired silliness ensues. Highlights include enough bitchy one-liners to fill a dozen EW SoundBites columns, Jaws-themed scene transitions that are a perfect blend of cheese and cheesier, a cameo by a very grown up (and rather buff) Wilson Cruz, and an unrecognizable Josh Hopkins as the Aqua’s bitchy, bleach-blond manager. Now, as a satisfying conclusion to the series, the episode falls a little short — but through no fault of Bryan Fuller and his extraordinary team. Remember, this was never intended to be a series finale. Fuller & Co. had to piece together a prologue using existing footage and some well-placed CGI, and the finished product is pretty amazing. Will it leave you wanting more? Probably. Is it better than the alternative (i.e., ending on a cliffhanger)? Damn straight it is. I’m more than happy with the end result, and I have no doubt you will be, too. Speaking of which, tickets to the Paley-hosted finale screening go on sale today. If you can’t make it to Los Angeles because you live somewhere far away like, I dunno, Belgium, then buy the DVD when it comes out. And it will come out. Eventually. “I was just going over the specs yesterday with the DVD people,” Fuller tells me. “They don’t know when it’s coming out because it’s contingent on when/if ABC airs [the final three episodes]. ABC has the rights to air them through September. So they’re hoping that they’ll know when so they can schedule a release date because the DVDs can’t come out before [the final episodes] air.”
Question: About a month or so ago, you were doing an episode of Ausiello TV from your desk, and I noticed you had one of J.J. Abrams’ limited edition Bad Robot statues. Do you know where I can get one of those? –Sue
Ausiello: In the lobby of EW’s New York offices tonight at 7 pm/EST. The catch: You’ll need to stop at the bank first. E-mail me for further details.
Question: Why, oh why must you deprive us of our Ausiello TV. You tease us with one then take forever to give us more. –Jennifer
Ausiello: That’s my bad. I forgot to advise you that ATV is now running on a bi-weekly schedule, with new episodes premiering every other Tuesday. The grind of headlining a weekly show just became too much for me. I honestly don’t know how Hugh Laurie does it.
Question: I need something on Damages. Got anything for me? –Andrew
Ausiello: The Patty-Ellen conflict will be “dealt with and exposed” by the end of the season, reveals exec producer Todd Kessler. And if you’re worried that FX might try and take back the early third-season pickup on account of the show’s relatively soft ratings this season, don’t be. “No one is saying we need to look at the numbers before we move forward with a third season. [FX president] John Landgraf has said he hopes the show will be on for many more seasons. People can change their minds, [but] Glenn Close is contracted for six seasons. We hope we can do at least six seasons.”
Question: I heard that someone on 90210 is gonna die in the season finale. Who is it? –Isabela
Ausiello: It’s (drumroll, please) no one! At least not that I know of. In other news, Sara Foster has been cast as Naomi’s sister, Jen. She’ll debut in April and make a beeline for Mr. Matthews.
Question: You haven’t given us 90210 scoop in a while. Care to share some? –Derek
Ausiello: Word around the Peach Pit is that producers are once again pursuing Brian Austin Green for an episode. Timing may be in their favor: Sarah Connor Chronicles wrapped production last Friday.
Question: We know that Tom Welling will be returning for Smallville‘s ninth season, but what about the rest of the cast? –Bill
Ausiello: My Small mole assures me that all principal cast members are on board for next season, with one possible exception: The dude who plays Doomsday. (I’m blanking on his name and I’m too lazy to look it up.)
Question: Do you have anything new on cable’s ever-so-addicting Burn Notice? –Garrett
Ausiello: The over-arching theme of the show’s third season will be Skeletons in Michael’s Closet. “Michael has to deal with a whole new set of problems as various people from his past come back to haunt him,” teases my Burn mole. In possibly-related news, the show is casting the role of Michelle Paxon, a Miami PD detective who’s hell-bent on uncovering the truth about Michael.
Question: Will we ever get to see the six unaired episodes of ABC’s Commander In Chief? –Garrett
Ausiello: It’s time we had a little chat, Garrett. Just you, me, and Guy Finley, author of The Secret of Letting Go, available on Amazon for as little as $10.17.
Question: How about some 24 scoop? –Josh
Ausiello: Longtime executive producer-director Jon Cassar has left the show after failing to come to terms on a new contract. “I will not be involved with the upcoming eighth season,” he tells me. “Although that’s sad for me to leave after six years, it’s also very exciting to be back in the marketplace working with different people and facing different challenges.” (First up for Cassar is CBS’ new Ed Bernero pilot, Washington Field.) His split from 24 is particularly surprising considering the close relationship he formed with Kiefer Sutherland. In fact, Sutherland himself expressed confidence that Cassar’s contract negotiations would yield a positive result when I spoke to him last month. “There is no more integral part to the success of 24 than Jon Cassar, and I think [exec producers] Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon will tell you the same thing,” he said. “We’re a whole unit, and one part doesn’t work without the other. He’s also obviously one of my best friends and someone that I absolutely adore working with. I have all the faith in the world that things will work out, as they have over the last seven years.” Or not!
Question: I’m beginning to think you have something against Goths, Ausiello! Please, please, please can we have some NCIS scoop — even if it’s not about Abby! –Jo
Ausiello: But it is about Abby! Seriously! In an April episode, Tony and McGee must take over duties in Abby’s lab after she’s recruited to work a secret mission for the Army CID. Now, picture for a moment Tony and McGee trying to do Abby’s job in Abby’s lab. Hilarious, no?
Question: The trailer for Brothers & Sisters‘ big two-hour movie event makes it look like Rob Lowe’s character is kicking the bucket. Is he? –April
Ausiello: Appearances can be deceiving. Now, replace the “can be” with an “are” and you have your answer.
Question: Does Sarah’s miscarriage on last week’s Big Love count as one of the major deaths this season? –Deanna
Ausiello: No. The two deaths I’m referring to are of the non-fetus variety.
Question: Holy crap. I just watched the new episode of Big Love and it was so intense! I’m getting anxious about the two deaths. Do you know if they’ll be airing soon or is it a season finale thing? –Kristina
Ausiello: One in the season finale and one before.
Question: How ’bout some scoop on The Office? –Jacqueline
Ausiello: Done. Producer-co-star Mindy Kaling plans to ruin Jim and Pam’s wedding. “America just loves [them] so much,” she notes, “and since we are one of the only shows that doesn’t [score its episodes], the worst thing we could ever do is, like, score [their big nuptial kiss] with some Edwin McCain song. So I am going to probably pitch that we do that.” What a little troublemaker!
Question: It’s been a while since I’ve seen some good Prison Break series finale scoop. Do you have any spoilers on how it will end? — Leah
Ausiello: Personally, I’m hoping producers pull an Alias and make the last scene a flash forward that shows us Michael, Sara, and their child living happily ever after in some remote location. Wouldn’t that be awesome? I really hope they go in that direction (wink, wink).
Question: Got anything on CSI: Mothership? –Claire
Ausiello: You already know that Taylor Swift plays the D.G.T.W. (dead girl of the week) on March 5, but we also learn in the episode that Nick suffers from the Buffy Birthday Curse. The ep starts on his b-day with the discovery of Swift’s corpse, and a good part of the hour is comprised of flashbacks to previous cases (including another one on his birthday) that involved Swift. Poor guy breaks down at the end, thinking he could have prevented her death if only he had tried harder on those other cases.
Question: I would be eternally grateful if you had any 411 on when Shane West’s second appearance will be on ER. –Susan.
Ausiello: Finally, I have some news for all you Reela nuts! His second ep airs March 19, and an ER insider tells me that Ray’s return “disrupts Neela’s equilibrium.” Loosely translated into Spanish: She wants to get into his pantalones.
Question: How about a Without a Trace spoiler? I heard something about an accident. –Lily
Ausiello: Maybe we have the same mole, because I heard the same thing. Let’s see what Trace‘s leading lady, Poppy Montgomery (Sam), knows: “All I can say is that something happens to Samantha, Jack (Anthony LaPaglia), and Brian (Adam Kaufman) that throws [the love triangle] into a tailspin,” she teases. “It’s shocking, it’s disturbing, it comes out of nowhere, and it changes everything for these characters.”
Question: I’m dying to know who is playing Alpha on Dollhouse! Rumor has it it’s… –Lelia
Ausiello: Let me stop you right there. Trust me, you do not want to know who’s been cast in this role. Knowledge of this person’s identity will ruin a major Alpha-related twist that Dollhouse boss Joss Whedon has been desperately trying to keep a lid on. Loosely translated into riddle form: What if we were to meet Alpha without knowing we were meeting Alpha? You with me, Lelia?
Question: Do you think the major-ish character that will be killed this season on Lost could be Juliet? Please say no. I have a girl-crush on her. –Michelle
Ausiello: Join the club. Nah, Juliet is considered a major character, no “ish” about it, so I think she’s safe. In other Lost news, look for the season finale to intro two new, potentially recurring, characters: Jason is a former soldier whose gravitas makes him a natural-born Pied Piper; and Samuel is a J.R. Ewing (minus the Stetson, accent, and drunk wife) whose day isn’t complete without a corporate takeover.
Question: Is Penny dead on Lost?! OMFG, what is this show doing to me! –Gaby
Ausiello: Penny, on the other hand, definitely falls under the “ish” category. And even more ominous than the big fat target on her forehead is the fact that her portrayer, Sonya Walger, has landed the lead role in a new ABC pilot that, appropriately enough, is already drawing comparisons to Lost. The show is called Flash Forward, and it’s based on Robert J. Sawyer’s apocalyptic tome that chronicles the mass chaos that comes after everyone on the planet blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. The flash-forward part applies to the vision of the future that everyone experiences during the blackout. But even if ABC orders the show to series, as many expect it will, that doesn’t mean Walger is done with Lost. Quite the contrary. As a well-placed Lost insider tells me, “She will juggle both shows.”
Question: I saw you walking down 8th Ave. We locked eyes. You looked at me like I was a creeper, which I am. I had a brain fart and couldn’t place your face to your name until it was too late and you had walked out of my life. I apologize. With that apology, can I maybe get some 30 Rock scoop? –Jackie
Ausiello: If you promise never to lock eyes with me again, sure. Jack and Tracy are both about to get new relatives. For Jack, the fresh blood is Milton, a scholarly octogenarian who offers parental guidance (hey, it’s never too late). For Tracy, the insta-kin is a 40 year old who, by dressing like he’s half that age, thinks he can pass himself off as the funnyman’s son — at least long enough to collect enough back allowance to open his own dojo.
Question: Can someone please explain to me how it is that year after year the award season comes and goes without The Unit even being mentioned? It is the best show on TV, more real than “reality” TV with compelling story lines and characters portrayed by actors who actually have bona fide talent! I demand a recount! –Kathryn
Ausiello: It’s the curse of the CBS procedural, Kathryn. You can’t fight it. But maybe I can distract you from it with some scoop. What would you say if I told you that the team and their families have to fight for their lives when a deadly gas attack strikes a little too close to home on March 15? Still fuming, huh? Well in that case, what if I told you that CBS will run four back-to-back original episodes beginning March 8? Still seeing red? You’re on your own.
Question: Any news on Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7? –Jim
Ausiello: Only that Sharon Lawrence is on board. And I do mean only that. “I can’t talk about what I am going to be doing this season,” she told us at last Friday’s Women in Film pre-Oscar party. “I will say I had a blast on that show. You get a chance to experiment.” Um, good to know. The NYPD Blue alum was significantly more forthcoming about her hopes to return to Privileged as Megan’s mom if that show is renewed. “I want to come back and try to redeem my character — apparently, she had a very good reason why she took that money. She is not as hard-hearted as one might think. Or so I was told by the writers.”
Question: Anything on The Mentalist? I’m not sure if I have ever seen it mentioned in Ask Ausiello, and it’s becoming one of my favorite shows. –Big D
Ausiello: Amanda Righetti says “they are planning to play a lot with the budding relationship between Grace and Wayne. But it is always two steps forward and four steps back in terms of my character’s love life.” But enough about Grace. Anything on Jane? One episode that we recently shot has a case where he is temporarily blind. That was a lot of fun to shoot. Without giving away too much, Simon [Baker] plays it to the hilt.”
Question: Do you have any juicy Ghost Whisperer spoilers? –Mary
Ausiello: For real, yo. Exec producer P.K. Simonds teases that “the rest of our season isn’t about death — it’s about new life.” Say what? “[That] isn’t to say, in a show called Ghost Whisperer, that no one will die,” he quickly clarifies. “Obviously, people will die — including someone close to one of our main characters.” Whew.
Wow, that was a long column this week. Kudos to me. Send questions/anonymous tips/Bad Robot bids to email@example.com. Thanks for attending AA! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell, Lynette Rice, Oriana Schwindt, and Andy Patrick)
Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Bones,' 'House,' 'Sarah Connor,' 'Grey's,' 'Lost,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Damages,' 'Supernatural,' 'CSI,' '24,' and more!
The end of the TV season is fast approaching, and that can only mean one thing: Your favorite characters are going to start dropping like flies! This week’s Ask Ausiello features exclusive intel about which shows the Grim Reaper will be targeting in the coming months. Also in AA: More spoilers than you can shake a stick at, an answer to last week’s tantalizing ER quiz (it’s buried, so be sure to read each and every Q/A!), scoop about my latest Lauren Graham sighting, and much, much more. Let’s get to it!
Question: So, how exactly is House going to make his pain magically disappear next week? — Reina
Ausiello: He switches to a new drug — and no, it’s not heroin. But that’s not the big news, this is: House and Wilson go on a date!
Question: What’s up with the McFight on tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy? Is Derek hitting Mark over Lexie? — Michelle
Ausiello: Kind of, but not really. It’s a classic case of transference. Derek’s really mad at Addison, but he ends up taking his frustration out on Mark instead. And man, do those two beat the crap out of each other. There’s even blood!
Question: Can you give us some scoop on tonight’s Grey’s? — Greysfan
Ausiello: Izzie finds out that her blood sample was mixed up
(shocker!), which means she’s suffering from something far worse than
anemia (double shocker!). But what? Sadly, we have to wait until March
12 for the official diagnosis.
Question: Will we be getting any Callie-Arizona scenes on Grey’s Anatomy this week? — Alyssa
Ausiello: That’s affirmative. Callie asks Arizona out on a date!
Question: I want to congratulate you on your 26th birthday coming up on
Monday! Now, how about some juicy Lost scoop. — Anglique
Ausiello: How about you get my age right first. Twenty-six?! Do I
really look that old? Ugh. So much for Oil of Olay Daily Regenerating
Serum. Anywhoo, Lost scoop: Someone will be joining recent time travel
victim Charlotte six feet under before the season is over. My source
describes the character as "major-ish," which most likely rules out any
of our series regulars. Guesses? Post ‘em in the comments section!
Question: Dude, the foreshadowing in this week’s 24 has me worried for Chloe’s safety. Please tell me she’s not going to take
a header into the Dead Pool come season end. — Nicole
Ausiello: Relax, Chloe isn’t dying. But someone else is this Monday. Also in next week’s ep: A 24 fave returns and a new threat will be revealed! (Is
it just me, or did that last sentence read like a Fox promo? I think
I’ve been doing this too long.)
Question: Since Scrubs moved to ABC, there is always a character missing from each episode. Why? — Shanon
Ausiello: Money. In order to make the season 8 pick-up financially
feasible for ABC, Bill Lawrence had to trim some serious coin from the
show’s budget. The easiest way to do that was to give every cast member
two episodes off. Zach Braff included.
Question: Ask Ausiello is a day late! Oh, that’s right — you had to up
and change everything. For my troubles, can you at least tell me if
there’s any hope for a second season of Privileged? — Heather
Ausiello: I’m not going to sugarcoat this for you, Heather: Rina
Mimoun’s critical darling is fighting for its life, and time is running
out. The season finale airs Tuesday and even the slightest ratings bump
could increase the show’s season 2 odds. To the uninitiated, I urge you
to read Jennifer Armstrong’s "5 Reasons to Save Privileged" in the new
issue of EW (on sale Friday). Girlfriend makes some very persuasive arguments.
Question: Seriously, Mike? You’ve gone weeks without giving us new Bones scoop! — Esther
Ausiello: I was saving up for something good — something like… this:
According to executive producer Hart Hanson, a series of attacks within
the Lab will cause "dissension and suspicion" amongst all of the main
players by the end of the season, adding, "It will affect the way each
and every character regards the others." Oh, and the Booth-Brennan sex
thing in the May finale? Yep, still happening.
Question: Were you suggesting that Kristen Bell was in the running to play a young Lily in the Gossip Girl spin-off? — Tara
Ausiello: I was not. I’m actually going to keep quiet about which
actress I was referring to until there’s something solid to report.
Don’t want to jinx things. Having said that, I’d
like to take this opportunity to nominate American Dreams ingénue
Brittany Snow for the role. Not only does she have "young Kelly
Rutherford" plastered across her forehead, but as she proved on her
much-missed NBC drama, she has a timeless quality. (If she can pull off
the ’60s, the ’80s oughta be breeze.) Plus, anything that keeps her
away from Prom Night 2 has to be a good thing, right? If you agree,
please, say so in the comments section. It’s no fun being out on this
limb all alone.
Question: Please, I need some Gossip Girl scoop on Blair and Chuck! — Carla
Ausiello: Okay, but I have to warn you, it’s going to make you very
angry. Leighton Meester’s real-life beau, Sebastian Stan, will be
reprising his role as the shifty Carter Baizen. He’ll appear in the
next two original episodes and, per my source, his mission is twofold:
to mess with Chuck and hook up with Blair. Don’t shoot the messenger!
Question: I am leaving for France tomorrow for nine days. Could you please give me some Gossip Girl to hold me over? — Rachel
Ausiello: You know Serena’s new grifter beau, Gabriel (Armie Hammer)?
She’s met him before — only she can’t remember where or when.
Question: Do we have to beg for some Big Bang Theory spoilers? Because I will beg. — Irrel
Ausiello: Begging works. I’ve got additional deets about Summer Glau’s
hilarious sounding Amtrak run-in with Leonard & Co. in the March 9
episode courtesy of exec producer Bill Prady: "For the guys, there’s
probably no more awesome sci-fi female to encounter than Summer Glau,
with her nerd-cred times four. Normally, these guys might only have a
split-second autograph encounter with her at Comic-Con, but now they
have 11 hours to get up the courage to talk to her — and she’s
sitting alone! Of course, Sheldon does offer a word of caution: If
Terminators actually did exist, a perfect way they could lull victims
into a false sense of security would be to pose as actors who have
played Terminators." ROFWLOLOMGILOVEIT!
Question: Any rumors, tidbits, scoops, or details regarding Terminator:
The Sarah Connor Chronicles? Is what I fear most about to pass — is
Summer Glau leaving the show? — Kevin B.
Ausiello: No, but one of her female co-stars is on March 6.
Question: Any scoop on Flight of the Conchords? — Harry
Ausiello: In Sunday’s episode, Bret and Jemaine will literally duel to
win the love of Brahbrah, played by SNL‘s Kristen Wiig. The two meet
her in the park while she searches for her missing dog, Charlie. Bonus
Conchords goss: Bret takes up Jazzercise! Now in totally unrelated
news, the answer to last week’s multiple choice ER quiz is A: $125K.
Thanks for playing!
Question: After seeing Ugly Betty last Thursday, it’s about time Ms.
Meade (Judith Light) got a man. And I know just the man for the role:
Tony Danza. She could even answer the door in her robe. — Sina
Ausiello: Funny you should mention that. It just so happens that Betty
is casting the recurring role of Richard Hartley, a fiftysomething Ted
Turner-type and the father of Betty’s new love, Matt (Daniel Eric
Gold). Sure, this probably means he’s married to Matt’s mom, Christine
Baranski, but, hey, that’s a minor obstacle for someone like Ms. Meade.
Either way, Danza should probably put a call into his agent.
Question: I recall Damages was renewed for seasons 2 and 3
simultaneously. Given this, are we going to get a resolution to the
Daniel Purcell case this season, or is that going to carry over to
Season 3? — Jake
Ausiello: The Purcell case will end when Season 2 does — but that
doesn’t mean we will have seen the last of William Hurt. "Things are always open to
change, but Season 2 wraps up much like Season 1 did," reveals
exec producer Todd Kessler. "[But] William Hurt’s character has a very
strong personal relationship with Patty — he’s the father of her son.
So his character remains vital and important to the lives of Patty and
Michael Hughes. There’s always a chance he will come back. It’s
Question: To celebrate the premiere of Dollhouse, I think it
would be very fitting for you to give us some scoop — or at the very
least tell us what you thought. — Sydney
Ausiello: I have mixed feelings about Dollhouse. My biggest complaint is the complete and utter lack of
humor. Where’s the Whedonesque ha-ha we’ve all come to depend on? And
when I am laughing, I don’t think I’m supposed to be. For
instance, Eliza Dushku as a ball-busting hostage negotiator? Highlarious. And I may be in the minority here, but I find the Topher "I’m the lovable, quirky one"
Brink character to be unbearable. The only thing I find relatable about him is his
taste in sweater vests. Despite all this, I’m four episodes in and I can’t wait for No. 5. Go figure.
Question: Okay, I’ll bite: Give me some spoilerage about the two deaths coming up on Big Love. — Jenna
Ausiello: One’s male and one’s female. Additional clues can be found here, but click over at your own risk.
Question: Please, I need big spoilers for Big Love. What is coming up!
What is going to happen to poor Sarah? And what is going on with
Margene? — Katie
Ausiello: Sarah’s baby daddy, Scott (Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul) returns
on March 15. And Margene starts her own business selling, what else,
Question: What’s the latest on Numb3rs? — Samantha
Ausiello: Don suffers a life-threatening injury later this season, and
Charlie feels he might be responsible because he wasn’t focused on the
case and might have overlooked something. And the show’s 100th episode
finds Don and Charlie tackling a case with eerie similarities to the
first crime they worked on together.
Question: I’m hearing Chloe makes a decision that will change her
friendship with Clark forever in episode 20 of Smallville. What is it? — Amber
Ausiello: The answer lies in a recent Ask Ausiello.
Question: You have to stop teasing Supernatural fans about this big
Winchester brawl that’s going to happen in the season finale. Just
answer us this question: What causes the big hoopla? Ash
Ausiello: I honestly don’t know. Maybe it has something to do with
Sam’s demon blood addiction. Or maybe it’s fallout from a
certain death that’s coming up in April. Or maybe… nope, those are
the only two theories I’ve got.
Question: CSI… anything? — Kent
Ausiello: Yuh-huh. In an upcoming eppy, wacky shenanigans ensue when a
sci-fi icon is bumped off at (more or less) Comic-Con. My money’s on a
rogue Tribble — so many places to conceal a weapon on a body that’s
nothing but fur.
Question: I saw your BFF Lauren Graham in Guys & Dolls this weekend
and she was amazing! Now can you give me some scoop on my second favorite
show (after Gilmore Girls, of course) Brothers & Sisters? –
Ausiello: I saw her, too. What do you want to bet my seats sucked worse
than yours? I’ll wager $10K. Note: Do not purchase orchestra seats in
the high 20s rows A thru L. You’ll miss half the show. Literally. The half I saw I
really enjoyed. And man, Lauren can sing. I met her backstage afterwards and she
couldn’t have been nicer. I’m hoping to see it again after its official opening in early March — if for no other reason than to catch the half of the show I missed. As for your question (you thought I
forgot, didn’t you?), in the finale of Brothers & Sisters, I hear Kitty goes house-hunting
with someone other than Robert. Could it be this
Okay, that’s a wrap! Send questions/anonymous tips/birthday wishes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for playing! Oh, I almost forgot: I’m officially a Twittering fool! You can follow me at
twitter.com/ewausiellofiles. Woo-hoo! (Additional
reporting by Lynette Rice, Andy Patrick and Aly Semigran)
Consider the case of House‘s disappearing P.I. officially solved: Michael Weston, who enjoyed a high profile run as Hugh Laurie’s spykick this fall only to vanish without a trace, has turned up on CBS, sources confirm to me exclusively.
The former Six Feet Under kidnapper has been cast as a charismatic con man in an upcoming episode of CSI. Juggling multiple aliases, including a real estate mogul, a movie producer, an art dealer, and his brother, Weston’s character has spent much of his adult life scamming those around him. But it’s his newest identity — psycho killer — that gets the attention of the CSIers.
Weston’s episode begins production today and is slated to air this March.
Talk about the worst-kept secret in the TV biz: More than a month after we first brought you news of the talks between Laurence Fishburne and CSI, CBS is now confirming that the Oscar-nominated actor is joining the cast this season as William Petersen’s pseudo replacement.
Says CBS: "Fishburne will play a former pathologist who is now working as an itinerant college lecturer, teaching a course in criminalistics. His focus is on understanding criminal behavior, how and why people commit acts of violence — tendencies he disturbingly sees within himself. In the course of a murder investigation, he comes into contact with the CSI team and ultimately joins the Las Vegas Crime Lab as a Level-1 CSI."
Says me: He’s got some funky serial killer DNA!
"CBS asked us, ‘Who’s at the top of your dream list?’ CSI executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar said in a joint statement. "Without hesitation, we said Laurence Fishburne. He is a powerful and intense actor, with an incredible range….If you distill CSI down to its essence, it’s a collaboration — and we are so looking forward to collaborating with Mr. Fishburne. For all of us at CSI, this is truly a dream."
"I am elated and delighted to be joining the cast of CSI," said Fishburne. "I look forward to a wonderful collaboration with the creative and talented team of such a successful and distinguished show."
Fishburne will debut in this season’s ninth episode, right around the time Petersen departs.
OK, the big question: Will Fishburne be able to fill Petersen’s size 12s? Comment away! And then head over to Hollywood Insider to find out why Fishburne felt "stupid and embarrassed" when he was first approached to join the show.
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