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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Chuck,' '24,' 'Supernatural,' 'Private Practice,' and more!

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Question: Any more clues on who dies on Private Practice? —Katie
Well, Addison was already a long shot, but considering what happens to her in the finale, I can’t imagine Shonda Rhimes would be so cruel as to kill her. [MAJOR SPOILER ALERT] “You’ve watched her get really beat up all season,” says the boss lady, so “I wanted to sort of see her have a chance at really being happy…to finally sort of get the guy and find some peace.” (No word if the guy she gets is named Pete or Sam.)

Question: Do you know anything about House‘s season finale? —Eva
I know it will raise some big questions about a certain character’s future on the show.

Question: Please give me some The Good Wife scoop! —Hayley
Look for Alicia to make a pact with the devil — a.k.a. Eli — in order to save her job in the May 11 episode. READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Smallville,' 'Good Wife,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's,' Fringe,' and more!

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Question: Will anything ever happen between Will and Alicia on The Good Wife? —Stef
Maybe. Eventually. Perhaps. Exec producer Robert King explains: “[They have] one of the most complicated relationships… because it really is a friendship that doesn’t want to lose its friendship by going to the next step. There’s an episode [coming up in April] that’s all about not knowing what a jury is thinking and it’s a metaphor for how Alicia and Will can’t get into each other’s heads. During this trial, they have to make moves, guessing where the jury is headed. Sometimes we see that they’re just completely wrong.”

Question: I could probably be persuaded to send you a case of your favorite flavor of Snapple if you’ll give me some Good Wife scoop. —Brooke
I could probably be persuaded to accept those terms. The rivalry between Alicia and Cary will come to a head in May. According to exec producer Robert King, the season will feature two big climaxes — one of which we’ve already witnessed. “The first was ‘Hi,’ the episode where Peter gets out,” he explains. “[The second] will play into [the rivalry].” READ FULL STORY

Press Tour Scoop: 'Three Rivers' axed, 'Numb3rs' not dead

Greetings from the first day of Winter Press Tour, where CBS president Nina Tassler just tossed a few scoopbits our way during the network’s exec session. Here are the highlights… READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: 'CSI' books Rascal Flatts

CSI is about to go a little bit country: The Ausiello Files has just learned (exclusively, to boot) that Rascal Flatts has signed on to appear in an episode to air sometime next year. READ FULL STORY

'CSI' exclusive: George Eads and girlfriend engaged!

george-eads_lMy little spoiler operation is expanding into late night!

During a taping of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (scheduled to air tonight), CSI‘s George Eads revealed that he’s engaged to longtime girlfriend Monika Casey.

Eads explained to Ferguson that his recent medical woes — the actor underwent back surgery over the summer to fix a herniated disc — strengthened the couple’s bond. “When you go through something that terrible together… I don’t know, maybe it happened for a reason,” he said. “She really was my champion and helped me get through that.”

What are you waiting for? Congratulate the happy couple in the comments section!

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

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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

Exclusive: Jorja Fox makes her 'CSI' return (more) permanent!

Jorja-Fox-CSI_lThis long-distance marriage thing seems to be working for Grissom and Sara on CSI. Exec producer Carol Mendelsohn confirms to me exclusively that Jorja Fox’s five-episode comeback has been extended indefinitely.

“We will be seeing a lot more of Jorja,” says Mendelsohn. “The season is about bringing the [CSI] family back together again, so [this] was just a natural. Jorja has been the glue that has really helped to reform the bond of our team.” READ FULL STORY

Exclusive first look: 'CSI' channels 'Office Space'

What could be cooler than an episode of CSI written and directed by executive producer Naren Shankar that pays homage to cult classic Office Space and features guest turns by Tim Blake Nelson and Wayne Knight? How about an exclusive first look at a scene from said episode (airing tonight)? Are we all in agreement? Cool. Now press play.

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'CSI,' 'True Blood,' 'The Office,' 'Smallville,' and more!

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Question: Any more True Blood season 3 casting news? —Richard
Yes! Alan Ball confirms that he’s currently casting the role of Talbot, “trophy husband” to Denis O’Hare’s same-gender-lovin’ King of Mississippi.

Question: I know I’ve been bombarding you with Heather Locklear questions lately, and I promise to stop after this one: How long will she be staying on Melrose Place? —Sam
There’s no such thing as too many Heather Locklear questions when it concerns her imminent return to the Place called M. I hear she’s on board for at least seven episodes.

Question: I just finished watching the first three seasons of Dexter and I can’t wait until the season 4 premiere. If you have a scoop, that would be awesome. And if you have more than one scoop — or a scoop-fest, if you will — that would be even more awesome. —Jared
To quote my onetime Ausiello TV co-star Ana Ortiz, “Oh, I will, honey. You bet your ass I will.” John Lithgow’s Trinity Killer will claim a high-profile victim (a.k.a. significant character) during the first half of the season. READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Gossip Girl,' 'Office,' 'House,' 'Fringe,' and more!

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Question: Can you do me a huge favor and give me some Gossip Girl scoop pertaining to Blair-Serena? I’m dying to know if my favorite frenemies will be loving or hating each other this season. —Sally
They’ll start out loving each other, but by November, the hate is on! What triggers the war? Let’s just say Blair doesn’t follow the bros before hos belief system (or, in this case, hos before bros).

Question: Can you please tell me if there are any good Owen and Cristina scenes in Grey’s Anatomy season premiere? I know they won’t have sex in the episode, but will the tragedy bring them closer? —Iris
They have a really moving handholding scene. Does that count?

Question: After watching the Grey’s Anatomy premiere can you please tell me anything about Mer-Der? —Erin
If you were among those fans who thought their Post-It note wedding was some kind of bad joke, there’s a scene at George’s funeral that should put a smile on your face. READ FULL STORY

'CSI' scoop: Sara's back! Is Grissom next?

Csi-Jorja-Fox_l 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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Chyler-Leigh-replaces-Ellen-Pompeo_lQuestion: Hey, do you have any Grey’s Anatomy news that doesn’t involve George or Izzie? –Salma

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 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

Ausiello: Yes

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 Thanks for playing!

Breaking: Jorja Fox returns to 'CSI'

Jorja-Fox-Happy-Place_dl So much for Grissom and Sara’s happy ending!

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!


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