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Ask-Ausiello_l Question: Your lack of reporting on the Veronica Mars movie has me feeling like it’s DOA. Any news on it? — Andrew
Yep, but it ain’t good. At last weekend’s Saturn Awards, Kristen Bell told us, “I don’t think it will ever happen, and here’s why: [Series creator] Rob Thomas and I had a powwow, and we were both 100 percent on board. We took our proposal to Warner Bros. and Joel Silver told us that there is no enthusiasm [there] to make a Veronica Mars movie, and that is unfortunately a roadblock we cannot compete with.” But — like the rest of us, I suspect — she isn’t giving up hope. “Maybe if we bombard them with letters?” she suggests. “Maybe [then] they will change their tune.” What are you waiting for, a written invitation from Veronica Mars herself? Start bombarding Warner Bros. with letters!

Question: Do you have any Big Bang Theory scoopage? –Sara
Do locusts have leg muscles that are, like, a bazillion times stronger than an equal weight of human muscle? (Yes, I broke a sweat on that one. Thanks, this site.) Although Simon “Wolowitz” Helberg says, “We are still on summer vacation — we go back August 5 — and I have not seen the first script,” he admits, “I just saw Jim [“Sheldon” Parsons], and he certainly did let on that he knew something. I just assume they will pick up right where we left off in terms of the North Pole… Maybe we needed to eat Sheldon to survive.” All kidding aside, what would the actor like to see happen this season? “It’d be interesting to see [Wolowitz] try to move out [of his mother’s basement]. I would also like him to meet his father, and I would like his father to be Ringo Starr. How cool would it be if Wolowitz is the son of a Beatle? [Besides] I would actually like pants I can breathe in and an operational fly so I don’t have to pull down my pants to my ankles every time I need to pee.”

Question: Any update on Lauren Graham joining the cast of Scrubs? –Jenny
As I suspected, it’s not happening. I don’t even think it got past the wish list stage.

Question: Like most Friday Night Lights fans, I was devastated to read in last week’s AA that Zach Gilford will not return as a series regular next season. Do you know how long he will return for? –Amanda
It’s looking like five episodes, maybe more. And I’m a little bummed myself. 

Question: Will House recover from whatever it is that landed him in the psycho ward? –Catherine
You mean will he stop being crazy? “No,” says Robert Sean Leonard. “It would be like Quincy suddenly getting nice and loving examining dead bodies. There are certain things that are just givens about the show, and one is the general makeup of House’s attitude and personality. He may stop hallucinating but he’d never stop being sarcastic.” Adds series creator David Shore: “It depends on how we define better. That is the question. How sick is he? Does House want to get better? Can he get better? And how much better? And how much will the team be told and how will the dynamic shift with House away? Those are the questions we are going to deal with in the first bunch of episodes, and perhaps even the whole season to a certain extent.”

Question: Is it true that Gregory Itzin will be back on 24 next season? –Arleen
That’s false.

Question: Is it true that Claire on Heroes is going to have a romantic relationship with Rachel Melvin’s new character, Annie? –Elizabeth
That’s true. Kind of. I’m not sure about a full-blown relationship, but I can confirm that the college roomies will engage in a little sapphic experimentation. At least that’s the plan. Meanwhile, Hayden P. insists rumors that she tried to wiggle out of her Heroes contract at the end of the last season have been greatly exaggerated (i.e., all lies!). “I love my job and I love where I am,” she maintains. “Heroes has been such a massive part of my life. I’ve been doing it for four years, and at times you get restless; I think anyone would in any job. But I love what I do. I love my job. I love my cast members. They’re all my family. I don’t pay attention to rumors like that. That’s why they’re called rumors. ‘Cause they’re rumors.” Thanks for clearing that up!

Question: Jennifer Jason Leigh was hilarious as Nancy’s sister on Weeds. Will we see her again? –Paul
If Weeds creator Jenji Kohan has anything to say about it, we will. “We loved having Jennifer on the show and were dazzled by her performance and her chemistry with our cast,” she raves. “We have no idea when she’ll be back, but we’d love to have her return if our story and her schedule align. Fingers crossed.”

Question: Is the Comic-Con meet-and-greet happening or not? My calendar is filling up! –Kevin
Keep open Thursday, July 23, at 8 p.m., because that’s when I’ll be getting plastered with a bunch of Ausholes at an undisclosed San Diego-area location. Well, undisclosed to all but the first 75 of you who RSVP via Did I mention the open bar? Hurry!

Question: Any hints about who or what Annie hit at the end of 90210? –Craig
It’s a person.

Question: Will we see Mekhi Phifer and/or Jennifer Beals back on Lie to Me next season? Any other new faces coming on board?–Bernd
Mekhi has been promoted to a series regular, while Jennifer will continue to recur as Lightman’s ex. As far as new blood goes, we’ll meet Lightman’s longtime rival, an on-camera expert in the same field.

Question: With regard to your 24 asterisk quiz in last week’s Ask Ausiello, is it safe to say that Ethan will be promoted to Commander-in-Chief next season? –Neely
 You’d be safer going with Secretary of State. 

Question: Now that Drea de Matteo is on Desperate Housewives, what does that mean for her character on Sons of Anarchy? –Brandon
It means “she is not currently scheduled to appear in season 2,” per an FX spokesperson. Speaking of season 2, it debuts Sept. 8.

Question: Is Kyle MacLachlan seriously leaving Desperate Housewives? –Elina
Nope, he’s returning. And he’ll remain a series regular.

Question: Wentworth Miller has had a few months off now. It’s time for him to get back to work. Any word on his next TV gig? –Deirdre
As first scooped by TV Guide mag, he’s guest-starring in the season premiere of Law & Order: SVU as a cop who comes to the aid of a rape victim.

Question: Heroes scoop, please? –Justin
Remember me telling you that producers were casting an 11-year-old version of Nathan? Well, thanks to Adrian Pasdar, now we know why! “I absorb a memory from an article of clothing that sends me back in time to when I was 11,” he explains. “Something happened to young Nathan but old Nathan doesn’t remember it. How can that be? It has to do with a character we have met before.”

Question: Regarding Ugly Betty, got any spoilers that don’t involve Matt and Betty? –Kelcy
Mode’s getting a new editor! Her name’s Amber, she’s in her 20s, she’s Asian, and is a master at the backhanded compliment. Casting is under way. Also, I’m hearing (and already laughing) about a possible Mob subplot involving Hilda. BTW, congrats to Ana Ortiz on the birth of her daughter!

Question: I’m having Glee withdrawals! News, please? –James
I don’t want to blow my whole Glee wad before the show even returns! Oh, who am I kidding, yes I do. MADtv‘s Michael Hitchcock — yet another Christopher Guest alum — will be appearing alongside Eve as the director of a rival choir.

Question: Ever since the news of Callum Blue being cast as Zod on Smallville was reported, there is one question we are all dying to know: Was the “Mason” role, in fact, Zod? –C.B.
Yep, it sure was. Speaking of which, Justin Hartley doesn’t think a Green Arrow-Zod face-off is in the cards next season. “I have the good sense in my head to let Clark deal with [him],” he says with a laugh. “I’ll stick to dealing with the ladies. Why would I start something with that guy? That guy looks tall in photos. I don’t need a piece of that guy.”

Question: Could you kindly tell us Smallville fans what Season 9 will be
about? –Colin
According to Justin Hartley, a portion of it will be about Oliver confronting his demons. “I think he is going to struggle with the things he has been afforded [as a result of] his powers,” he says. “He has sacrificed things and done things that haunt him… It’s bad stuff. We need to get to the bottom of it.”

Question: Got Greek scoop? –Karen
G4 hostess Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show!) is joining the cast in the recurring role of Lana, a beautiful yet guarded waitress who doesn’t realize how drop-dead gorgeous she is.

Question: Hey, did you hear the new Smurfs movie will be in 3-D?! Anyway, do you have any more Lost scoop? –Erick
May’s series finale is going to be a real downer, predicts Michael Emerson. “I don’t think Lost will have a happy ending,” he confessed to us at the Saturn Awards. “It’s the end and I think we are going to start seeing more casualties. I would put money on major characters being killed. I believe it will be a sad ending to the show — or at least bittersweet. I think it will definitely be a series finale for grown-ups.” Emerson, meanwhile, is still trying to make sense of the season 5 finale. (Join the club!) “I killed Jacob… maybe…probably,” he hedged. “It isn’t like we haven’t seen plenty of other people be killed and somehow come back. And what does it mean if I did kill him? Who the hell was he anyway? Obviously, Ben wanted a father. So much of our show is about bad fathers. It is one of our biggest themes. And Jacob disappointed in those final moments. And maybe Jacob made it easy for him. Maybe that was all meant to happen. Is it all ordained? Maybe. And for that matter, can Jacob even be killed? Stay tuned is my response.” Click here is mine.

That’s a wrap! Feed questions/comments/anonymous tips to Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell, Missy Schwartz, and Ben Katner)

Exclusive: 'Desperate Housewives' recruits 'Sopranos' vet Drea de Matteo

Drea-de-Matteo_l Afraid Desperate Housewives would lose its edge without Nicolette Sheridan’s Edie around? You can fuhgettaboutit.

Emmy-winning Sopranos heroine Drea de Matteo is joining the cast as Wisteria Lane’s newest vixenish housewife, sources confirm to me exclusively.

De Matteo, who will be a series regular, will play the matriarch of a new Italian family. Casting is underway for her landscape designer husband and their tightly wound son.

Thoughts? IMHO, this is the second coolest piece of casting of the 2009-10 season (behind Katee Sackhoff joining 24, natch). Agree?

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Gossip Girl,' 'Dollhouse,' 'Scrubs,' 'NCIS,' 'Grey's,' and more!


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
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
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
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
happened? –Laura
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
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
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
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
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
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)!
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
scoop. –Jeff
It’s moving to Fridays at 8 p.m.! Here’s The CW’s new Fall sked:

8 Gossip Girl
9 One Tree Hill

8 90210
9 Melrose Place (NEW)

8 America’s Next Top Model
9 Beautiful Life (NEW)

8 Vampire Diaries (NEW)
9 Supernatural

8 Smallville
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Just watched the pilot and I predict it’ll be huge.

That’s a wrap! Send questions-anonymous tips-Without a Trace eulogies
to 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!

Random scooplets: 'Dollhouse' renewed! Jorja Fox returns! 'Housewives' finale buzz!

•    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!

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'The Office,' '24,' 'HIMYM,' '90210,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Psych,' 'One Tree Hill,' and more!

Question: Anything new about The Office finale? –Cindy
The twist ending I’ve been telling you about? Not a single
one of you has come close to guessing what it is.

Question: As the finales air, you should update your Season Finale Scorecard! –Matt
What a great idea. Wish I had thought of that. (Man, I can be a pissy bitch sometimes.)

Question: Just watched the Lost finale and WTFJULIET?! –Margaret
No comment.

Question: News on Tony and the 24 finale? –Aaron
One of the slots in my Season Finale Scorecard is reserved
just for him. Can you guess which one? Speaking of Tony, the evil douche was the topic of conversation at Tuesday’s finale screening in Hollywood.
Kiefer Sutherland admitted that Carlos Bernard wasn’t expecting fans to
hold him personally accountable for his character’s actions. "Two
episodes in he started getting hate mail," he said. "Then he started
getting the hate phone calls. It made him a little nervous." For his
part, Bernard views Tony as a victim. "I don’t perceive Tony as evil.
He’s gone through really traumatic events. He’s a damaged individual.
He’s a guy who doesn’t trust anybody anymore, feels abandoned and feels
he has to take matters into his own hands." Exec producer Jon Cassar urges viewers to reserve judgment until after Monday’s finale.
"I know right now they are kind of upset that he’s bad, but it all kind
of becomes clear in episode 24. We really wanted [the season] to end
with Tony and Jack, and that’s how it’s going to end." Fellow e.p.
Howard Gordon was slightly less apologetic. "If people are disappointed
or don’t like [how Tony’s arc is resolved], too bad." (Make that a lot less apologetic.)

Question: Do you know if Janeane Garofalo will be back on 24 next season? I’m kind of digging Janis. –Jason
Sorry to disappoint, but Janis will not be making the trek to New York. "I think the secret of this show is knowing when characters have had their story," explains exec producer Howard Gordon. "And to transpose everybody [from D.C. to New York] starts feeling very coincidental. Even getting Chloe there … you have to explain how she got from Washington to New York and what happened. You can’t do that for everybody."

Question: Any scoop on the 24 finale? –Kristen

"Renee is all over the place in these last two episodes," reveals Annie
Wersching. "I got to do my favorite stunt [of the season] — and they
let me do it myself. It involves hanging off of a car and shooting and
saving someone. It was really cool."

Question: Any scoops on Ugly Betty‘s season finale? –Thiago
Betty makes out with someone, and his name is neither Matt nor Henry. Guesses? Head to the comments section and … eh, forget it. It’s Antonio Sabato Jr.

Question: How about you give Psych some love this week. –Darren
It would be my honor. The Princess Bride‘s Cary Elwes has closed a deal to guest star in a season 4 episode as Pierre Despereaux, a world-class art thief who’s been eluding capture for years. 

Question: What does the future hold for Annie and Liam on 90210? –Stephanie
Based on the finale, a straitjacket and an STD, respectively.

Question: What’s the latest on Chuck‘s renewal? –Dave
Warner Bros. and NBC are haggling over money. Shocking, I know. If a deal can be worked out — and I have every reason to believe it can (and will) be — it’ll be back for a 13-episode third season. BTW, renewal and cancellation scoop is best served instantaneously, so now would be a good time to start following me on Twitter. I’m just sayin’. 

Question: Please tell me CBS is picking up the NCIS spin-off. I liked it a lot, but leaving a cliffhanger like that for a show that hasn’t officially been picked up is cruel! –Angel
CBS is picking up the NCIS spin-off. Feel better?

Question: Any news about the new season of Entourage? –Bob
Lloyd’s out … as Ari’s punching bag. Producers are auditioning twentysomething actors to play Ari’s new assistant on a recurring basis next season. My guess? Lloyd finally gets promoted to agent. Or, even better, he takes a job at another agency and becomes Ari’s rival!

Question: Could you please give us some juicy scoop on the Gossip Girl finale? It would really make my day. –Kari
One of the cliffhangers involves Georgina … and Dan, and another Blair and Chuck. Actually, the latter is less a cliffhanger and more a itisaboutfreakingtime. (Real word. No lie. Look it up if you don’t believe me!) 

Question: Bummed about Chad and Hilarie leaving One Tree Hill. At least tell me Lucas and Peyton get a proper sendoff in Monday’s finale. –Tracey
According to EW’s Jennifer Armstrong, who screened the finale yesterday, Leyton "definitely comes to a natural resting place that feels right for them and ties up their story nicely; however, they do not get an actual sendoff of any kind." Speaking of Chad and Hilarie’s exit, in the very near future I’ll be posting something every Tree Hill fan will want to read. Trust me.

Question: Give me something about the One Tree Hill finale! –Christy
What else you got, Armstrong? "Brooke finally gets two things she’s long wanted, we find out the fate of Peyton and the baby, and Whitey (the retired HS basketball coach) and Karen (Lucas’ mom, played by Moira Kelly) appear." Thanks for ID’ing those last two JA, ’cause I wouldn’t have had a clue who you were talking about. Still don’t, in fact. 

Question: Give us scoop on the new characters that will be joining One Tree Hill next season. –Janelle
The three new faces include: Quinn, Haley’s free-spirited, strong-willed older sister; Alexis, a model-actress-crazy bitch in her 20s who Brooke hires to be the new face of her clothing line; and Clayton, a young and brash sports agent who takes on Nathan as a client.

Question: Got any scoop on this Friday’s Ghost Whisperer season finale? –Amanda
Melinda gives birth in the opening minutes, but there’s a twist. (Hint: The new arrival will not be mentioned in my Season Finale Scorecard for a reason.)

Question: The slap bet between Barney and Marshall is one of my favorite storylines on HIMYM. Any chance they will hit us up in the finale? –Sarah
There will be lots of smacking, but not between those two. In related news …

Question: Are we going to see that freaking goat next week on How I Met Your Mother? –John
Yes! "We’re going to learn all about the goat in the season finale," confirms Neil Patrick Harris. "I can’t wait to hear the audience reaction. My only concern is a PETA backlash … [But] no goats were harmed in the making of this TV show." Ted on the other hand …

Question: I hear something big will happen Monday on How I Met Your Mother with regard to the identity of the mother. Will we finally find out who she is? –Stephen
We won’t find out who she is, but we will find out where she is.

Question: I know you said to stop bugging you about the Smallville death, but is there anything you can tell us about the finale? –Kate
Yeah, come straight here after it’s over (on the West Coast).

Question: Please tell me that Dave doesn’t kill MJ on Desperate Housewives. I don’t know if I could handle that. –Alisa
You see, that’s where you and I differ. I’d be perfectly happy with one less brat kid on that show. Here’s what I’ll say about Mike and Susan’s brat son in Sunday’s episode: I can confirm that the finale includes a cemetery scene. And I can also confirm that brat MJ is in it.

Question: It would make my day extra Smurfy if you could tell me who’s coming back to Desperate Housewives, and if he/she will be back next season. –Jennifer
No one is coming back. That idea, first teased by Marc Cherry last month at PaleyFest ’09, has been scrapped. There’s more to the story, but I’m saving it for my memoirs, due out in 2022 by Penguin ($39.99).

Question: You Twittered that tomorrow’s Prison Break finale brings the show to a satisfying conclusion. My question to you: Will it be satisfying to Michael and Sara fans? –Dina
I know a trick question when I see it. Nice try, Dina.

Question: Will diehard Barney-Robin fans be satisfied with the How I Met Your Mother finale? –Andree
They’ll be ecstatic… hey, you tricked me! No fair!

Question: Do you have any information on the new Melrose Place? –Jeff
Only that the opening sequence is apparently a jaw-dropper — and so top-secret members of the show’s own writing staff haven’t seen it.

That’s a wrap! Send questions/anonymous tips/summer vacation tips to Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Jennifer Armstrong, Michelle Castillo and Dan Snierson)

UPDATED season finale scorecard: Weddings! Deaths! Pregnancies! Arrests! Cyndi Lauper!

Seasonfinales_lAs we enter the last leg of the season, plot twists piling up on all sides, you can do one of two things: You can let the tension get to you and bite your nails down to nubs, or you can make fun of the suspense by trying to guess what’s going to happen to whom. Of course, you don’t have to guess which option I’m in favor of. As you will see below, I went ahead and compiled a by-the-numbers list of almost-spoilers — all of which take place within the next two weeks. Now it’s your turn. Connect the dots to answer your own burning questions. I’ll even give you a (big) hint: At least one incident from the list pertains to the finales of each of the following shows: Desperate Housewives, 30 Rock, House, Ugly Betty, The Office, CSI: NY, Smallville, Supernatural, How I Met Your Mother, Prison Break, Lost, Gossip Girl, 90210, Grey’s Anatomy, 24, and Bones. Mind you, in spite of appearances to the contrary, I can’t know everything, so there may be a surprise or three that isn’t mentioned below. But this rundown ought to be comprehensive enough to keep you up nights. Enjoy! FYI: The events apply to regular or recurring characters, not random guest stars. Also, the chart will be continually updated to ID the person (or people) connected to each milestone shortly after said milestone takes place. In other words, beware of spoilers! 

Number of couples tying the knot: 4
1) May 11: Cameron & Chase/House
2) May 14: Daniel and Molly/Ugly Betty
3) May 15: Melinda and Jim-Sam/Ghost Whisperer
4) May 17: Mike and ?/Desperate Housewives

Number of positive pregnancy tests: 2
1) May 14: Pam Beesly/The Office
2) May 17: Lynette Scavo/Desperate Housewives

Number of couples (maybe) having sex for the first time: 2
1) May 14: Booth and Brennan/Bones
2) May 19: Liam and Jen/90210

Number of confirmed fatalities: 7
1) May 14: Jimmy Olsen/Smallville
2) May 14: Davis-Doomsday/Smallville
3) May 14: Ruby/Supernatural
4) May 14: Jessica Angell/CSI: NY
5) May 15: Michael Scofield/Prison Break
6) May 15: Christina Rose/Prison Break
7) May 21: Molly/Ugly Betty

Number of first-time love confessions: 3
1) May 14: Cristina and Owen/Grey’s Anatomy
2) May 18: Barney and Robin/How I Met Your Mother
3) May 18: Chuck and Blair/Gossip Girl

Number of possible fatalities: 5
1) May 13: Juliet Burke/Lost
2) May 14: Izzie Stevens/Grey’s Anatomy
3) May 14: George O’Malley/Grey’s Anatomy
4) May 14: Tiva/NCIS
5) May 21: Hotchner/Criminal Minds

Number of babies born: 3*
1) May 15: Michael Jr./Prison Break
2) May 18: Sawyer Brooke Scott/One Tree Hill
3) May 19: Adrianna’s daughter/90210

Number of presumed-dead characters returning (in the flesh or as a hallucination): 3
1) May 11: Dr. Lawrence Kutner/House
2) May 15: Paul Kellerman/Prison Break
3) May 18: Lily and Rufus’ son, Scott/Gossip Girl

Number of characters sent directly to jail (or taken into custody): 4
1) May 15: T-Bag/Prison Break
2) May 15: The General/Prison Break
3) May 18: Olivia Taylor/24
4) May 18: Tony Almeda/24

Number of former loves resurfacing: 2
1) May 14: Holly Flax/The Office
2) May 21: Henry/Ugly Betty

Number of Cyndi Lauper cameos: 1
1) May 14: 30 Rock

Number of characters converting to Scientology: 0

Number of car crashes: 2
1) May 17: Mike crashes into Dave/Desperate Housewives
2) May 18: Bunch of ‘em on 24!

Number of characters institutionalized: 2
1) May 11: Dr. Gregory House/House
2) May 17: Dave Williams/Desperate Housewives

Number of first kisses: 1
1) May 17: Bree and Karl/Desperate Housewives

* One of the three births takes place during a time jump.

Think you can match the season-ending events with the shows they take place on? Take your best shot in the comments section! Oh, and you shouldn’t necessarily read anything into the photo collage above. There could be some clever misdirection at work there.

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'Housewives' wedding mystery: Who's getting hitched?

Desperatehousewives_lIt may not be a game-changer along the lines of last year’s five-year time jump, but this should still get the kids talking: Desperate Housewives will conclude its season on May 17 with a surprise wedding, sources confirm to me exclusively. The nuptials are so top secret that even members of the show’s cast and crew don’t know who’s walking down the aisle. "People are being told on a need-to-know basis," whispers a Housewives insider. "Marc [Cherry] doesn’t want a repeat of last year when the flash-forward thing leaked." His hard-line approach seems to be working: I don’t have the foggiest idea who’s getting hitched. I do, however, have a few theories…

Susan and Jackson
Why Them? Gale Harold’s Jackson returns from Siberia this Sunday and promptly pops the question to Susan. Yes, that question.
Why Not Them? Too obvious, for one. Also, can you think of a less exciting way to end the season than with a Susan-Jackson wedding? Cherry’s got to be thinking bigger. Like…

Susan and Mike
Why Them? Considering they’re both otherwise engaged (quite literally, perhaps), no one would see it coming. And it’s going to happen eventually, so why not now? Well, because…
Why Not Them? … Cherry wants to wait. “This is the traditional problem in doing soap operas is that happily married couples are the death of drama,” he told fans earlier this month at PaleyFest ’09. “Right now it’s interesting exploring a relationship between these two divorced characters and their child. But if [ABC] makes deals with all of us, it looks like we’ll get a few more years to play this out and I would imagine at some point in the continuum Susan and Mike will find their way back together."

Mike and Katherine
Why Them? Dana Delany recently hinted to us that there may be "wedding bells on the horizon" for the pair. Plus, what better way to prolong the inevitable Mike-Susan reunion than by marrying him off to another woman?
Why Not Them? The all-too-obvious factor comes into play here as well. As we saw in the promo for this Sunday’s episode, MJ conveniently broaches the subject of a Mike-Katherine wedding in front of his dad.

Bob and Lee
Why Them? With the debate over gay marriage hotter than ever (thanks Miss California!), it would certainly be timely.
Why Not Them? Apparently, they’re already married (see comments section)! Who knew?!

Carlos and Lynette
Why Them? He saw her naked — and he liked it! More importantly, this would definitely qualify as a surprise.
Why Not Them? Two couples would have to get divorced first, and it’s my understanding that the finale is only two hours long. Also, it’s one thing to get people talking over the summer, but it’s quite another if the words they’re saying are "jump the shark."

Bree and Karl
Why Them? This Sunday, Bree hires Karl to represent her in her divorce from Orson. Will one thing lead to another? (Hint: Yep!) Marrying these two off would surely stir up a little conflict between Bree and Susan. 
Why Not Them? Jumping into another marriage so soon after Orson would be out of character for Bree. And would she really do that to Susan?

Dave and Mrs. McCluskey
Why Them? Because I’m in a silly mood today and the thought of these two canoodling in bed together makes me giggle.
Why Not Them? Not everyone shares my unique sense of humor. There’s also the fact that he’s a psycho killer.

Who do you think the bride and groom will be? Cast your votes in the comments section below!

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's,' 'Big Bang,' 'Lost,' 'NCIS,' '90210,' and more!

Question: This two-week Lost hiatus is killing me! More scoopage before the final episodes, please! –Brad
The major-ish Lost death is coming up soooooon. Also, it’s less ish and more major than I first thought.

Question: Please, please, please give us a hint about whom Sylar kills in Monday’s Heroes season finale! –Claire
It’s a major character, and the death definitely sticks. But there is a twist. (Hint: It’s possible no one will be leaving the show.) BTW, the finale is fantastic. It’s compelling, suspense-filled and, most importantly, events occur consecutively and in the present day. Heroes is back, people!

Question: Any more Big Bang Theory scoop for the finale? –Hannah
It’s going to be full of crap! Kaley Cuoco explains: "The [guys] build a toilet and things go horribly wrong. They all find poop hilarious. It’s a space toilet, so I don’t have to use it or anything. Of course, it’s a space toilet on this show!" On the hotly debated subject of a Penny-Sheldon hookup, Cuoco confesses that she’s not a fan of the idea. "I don’t think it makes any sense," she says. "Sheldon has no use for women. If it happened, I bet it would be a nightmare sequence. Sheldon is nowhere near boyfriend material and Penny loves him that way. [Besides], Sheldon barely lets her into his apartment — how would he get to the point of hooking up with her?"

Question: Your single-topic AA on Grey’s gave us nothing on the best couple, Meredith and Derek! Please, can you give us something juicy? — Hayley
Okay, here’s something: A longtime Grey’s duo are about to break up — presumably for good — and it’s not Derek and Meredith. Nope. It’s Bailey and Tucker! In the May 14 season finale, Bailey takes the bold step of leaving her husband after he once again fails to support her career.

Question: Can you tell us how much time has lapsed between the elevator proposal episode of Grey’s and the episode that airs this week? –Jasmin
A few days, I believe. It’s not long at all.

Question: I’ve decided that I want your job. May I ask, how good is the pay? –Saramarie
Where I come from, it’s tacky to discuss such things in public. It’s not, however, tacky to show you a picture of the second home I just purchased in the Hamptons and let you draw your own conclusions.

Question: Any scoop on the anticipated Thatcher return on Grey’s next week? I’m hoping for some overdue Meredith and Lexie scenes! –Dana
Two of my favorite Mer-Lexie scenes ever take place in next week’s episode, but it’s more a result of the thorny Derek-Mark situation than Thatcher’s return. 

Question: Any insight on what is going to happen with Mer-Der now that Ellen Pompeo is preggers in real life? –R Aliberti
If you’re asking me whether there’s a McBaby in their future, I don’t know. I can tell you that if Pompeo takes the standard two-month maternity leave following the birth of her first child this fall, Grey’s could be Mer-less for a portion of next season. Maybe they’ll send her to some really long medical convention. Or dispatch her to the parking lot to look for Dr. Hahn. The possibilities are endless!

Question: Will Jeffrey Dean Morgan be appearing in Grey’s Anatomy’s 100th episode? –Javier
Let’s examine the evidence, shall we? Exhibit A: Morgan appeared in the 100th ep photo-op, which took place on the Grey’s set during filming of the said 100th episode. Exhibit B: The official logline for the landmark ep says, "Izzie fears the worst when she begins experiencing familiar symptoms." Exhibit C: I have to warn you that this one’s really spoilery, but I’m hearing … wait, what’s that? The jury of Ausholes has already reached a unanimous verdict? Eh, so much for my Exhibit C. It was really good, too.

Question: Please give us some more dish on Law & Order: SVU‘s death mystery! –Bri
I doubt there will be many fans mourning this person’s passing. I’ll leave it at that.

Question: Any advance scoop on Glee? The commercials alone make me smile. –Chris
I’m in love with the commercials. I want to marry the commercials. I want to have babies with the commercials. Unfortunately, I only want to date the actual show. That’s right, the revised pilot for the program I’ve been prematurely raving about for months recently fell on my lap and, well, it didn’t exactly wow me. The good news: There’s more tweaking going on that may address some of my complaints — most of which concern the schizophrenic pacing and tone. Bottom line: There’s an awesome show in there somewhere and I’m praying Ryan Murphy finds it by May 19. And if not by May 19, then by next fall when it returns.

Question: Any scoop on who is going to die on CSI: NY? Is it someone shown in the opening credits? — Carissa
Yes. And as exec producer Pam Veasey reveals, in addition to the death "something happens to someone else. There will be a life-changing experience for another character." Veasey declined to say whether that something was good or bad, although she did offer what could be a clue: "We really want to have a hopeful and heroic start to next season. It’ll be really positive, fun, and spirited."

Question: I’m happy Lindsay’s returning to CSI: NY next month, but do we know for a fact Anna Belknap ever gave birth? I searched high and low on the Interwebs but I can’t find any info about it. –Claire 
That’s probably because there’s no info to be found — until now! Sources confirm to me exclusively that Anna gave birth to her second child, son George, on Feb. 6. (You’re welcome, Google.)

Question: 24 scoop, please! –Matt
Chloe returns next week! Woo-hoo! And she’s forced to work alongside Janice! Double woo-hoo!

Question: You said that NCIS fans shouldn’t be worried about Michael Weatherly leaving, so tell me straight out: Is Cote de Pablo leaving the show? — Jillian
All exec producer Shane Brennan would tell me is that the season ends "on a cliff, not so much a hanger." Um, huh? "It’s an episode that will compel people to come back for the first episode next season," he elaborates. "They will have to come back and watch what happens in the first episode next season because of what we do at the very end of this season. We’ve already worked out what that episode is. We’ve got a fantastic season opener that is set up in the finale. The thing about the opener for next season is, once again, your expectations of what you think you’re going to see will be turned on their head with the season premiere. I’m a great believer in tying the audience in knots over the summer. It’ll have people arguing whether it was a good thing or a bad thing and what the outcome will be." Still a little confused about the difference between a cliff and a hanger, but I’m admittedly not the brainiest Smurf in the village.

Question: Got anything on Psych? –Sean
I’ve got the first significant piece of guest casting for season 4! In an early eppy, Christine Baranski will play Alice Clayton, the well-maintained widow of a billionaire hedge fund manager who believes her husband’s death in a plane crash was not  accidental, but murder.

Question: Here is my weekly request for some Private Practice scoop. –Stacey
Prepare yourselves for the most disturbing childbirth scene since Jessica Lange forced Gwyneth Paltrow to deliver her baby via an oxytocin-laced layer cake in 1998’s Hush.

Question: Got any information on the upcoming season of Weeds? –Brandon
I’m hearing Silas is going to take on a partner to help run his little business.

Question: 90210 has turned a corner. I’m hooked. Scoop, please. –Tiffany
It’s so bad it’s awesome, right? Here’s a little big scooplet: Liam will sleep with someone in the finale … and it’s not Naomi! (Or *****!)

Question: Any chance Dustin Milligan will return to 90210 to wrap up his story next season? –Ian
No. He will not be back.

Question: I read somewhere that the season finale of Gossip Girl includes Serena uncovering the identity of GG. Will she be successful? –Mike
She uncovers the identity of someone connected to GG, but not GG herself.

Question: I need Gossip Girl scoop, preferably about the prom. –Lindsay
Revenge-seeking Chuck, furious at Blair for attending the big ball with Nate, hatches a plan to make Nelly Yuki prom queen. Meanwhile, Dan and Serena end up going together, but as friends, not lovers.

Question: Please give some good Desperate Housewives scoops! Is it true that Bree is going to have an affair with Karl? –Martin
Can’t confirm an affair. Can confirm a kiss.

Question: Are Mike and Susan ever going to get back together on Desperate Housewives? I’m really thinking of tanking the show next year if not. Give us some good news, please! –Nadine
James Denton and Teri Hatcher told us at PaleyFest ’09 that it’s "inevitable" the two will reunite, but neither had specifics on when. "It’s always been Marc Cherry’s plan to have them together by the end of the show," said Hatcher. "But I think the road getting there is getting bumpier and bumpier." Added Denton: "I think there will definitely be at least another near miss for them,  but for the rest of the season and the near future, it is Mike and Katherine. They are getting pretty secure. We are already living together. And I think there may be some engagement news on the horizon."

Question: I haven’t heard anything on Greek in a while. Any scoop? –Jaclyn
"The finale has a really good cliffhanger," Scott Michael Foster (Cappie) revealed at Saturday’s GLAAD Awards in Los Angeles. "And Jesse McCartney plays a really big part of that cliffhanger. It has a lot to do with him and Rusty …. I guess I get some action, too. In my women’s studies class I’m the only guy, so the ladies are like sitting ducks. Of course, he will always be at least partly stuck on Casey." What’s Casey doing while Cappie’s getting busy? She’s getting busy herself! "She gets a lot of action … from multiple sources," confirmed Spencer Grammer. "Cappie is her soul mate, but she’s young and she doesn’t always see that."

Question: Got anything on the Supernatural finale that you don’t have to block out with hundreds of asterisks? –David
Comic book geek-slash-prophet Chuck will be back! See, no asterisks!

Okay, that’s a wrap! Send questions-anonymous tips-housewarming gift certificates to Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell)

ATV spoiler alert: 'Chuck' finale sneak, 'NCIS' mystery deepens, 'Housewives' murder plot, and more!

The latest episode of Ausiello TV has arrived! Highlights include:

•    An exclusive sneak peek at a truly awesome scene from next week’s Chuck season finale. (Notice how I said season and not series? Take note, NBC.)
•    A killer Desperate Housewives spoiler from next month’s two-hour climax.
•    Scoop on the latest twist in NCIS‘ Tony-Ziva love story.

All of that plus a first look at my newish spring wardrobe! Press play after the jump!

Exclusive: Is 'Housewives' killing off Orson?

"Marc Cherry just told me that I go up in a plane in the finale and my parachute doesn’t work. Do you think that means something?"

What it means is that Kyle MacLachlan is maintaining a very healthy sense of humor about rumors that his Desperate Housewives days are numbered.

All joking aside, MacLachlan — who was among the Wisteria Laners at Saturday’s Desperate Housewives event at PaleyFest ’09 — admits he’s anxiously awaiting word on what the future holds for Orson. "I don’t know Orson’s fate for sure, although I am pretty sure I am scheduled to be back next season," he says. "I like these rumors because they keep people guessing… I want to come back for sure. I love this show and I think that Orson has gotten interesting again."

It’s that, ahem, interesting place that has fueled buzz that Cherry is writing
Orson into the kind of corner lesser villains would have trouble
escaping from. And according to a DH insider, upcoming events
(including Bree’s decision to divorce him) will further isolate the

MacLachlan acknowledges that Orson has entered a bleak period. "He
is in a very dark place right now. His kleptomania and need to punish
Bree and the others around him essentially caused Edie’s crash, and it
may be responsible for more tragic and bad events. It will come to
a head and I am not sure if Bree and Orson’s marriage can survive all
this. But he isn’t evil. I just think he is pushed to the breaking
point. I don’t think Orson is like Dave. He isn’t nuts, but he is very
tired and very angry."

What do you think? Is Orson beyond redemption — especially when you consider
this isn’t his first time at the loco rodeo (see also: running Mike
over)? Or do you agree with MacLachlan that a cuckoo Orson presents far more storyline possibilities than a sane one? Sound off below! (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Chuck,' '24,' 'Big Bang,' 'CSI: NY,' 'The Office,' 'Lost,' and more!

24bigbanghouse_lQuestion: For the love of God, please give me some Big Bang Theory spoilers! –Laura
Leonard’s "Stuart" problem rears its nerdy little head again on May 4 when Kevin Sussman’s comic-book guru returns to take Penny out on a date. But as exec producer Bill Prady reveals, "The date doesn’t go well and Leonard comes to possess a piece of information that makes him very happy." Care to elaborate, Mr. Prady? "I’m not usually cagey, but it’s such a fun reveal at the end of the episode that I’m going to be a little cagey… I will say now that Leonard has this information, he’s going to find the events of the season finale confusing. And he’s going to spend the season finale trying to add up all the information he has and see if he can get it to make sense." Oh, I get it now. Actually, no I don’t. Someone help me, please.

Question: Will Annie Wersching be back next season on 24? I hope so. The Jack-Renee dynamic is one of my favorite things about this season. –Josh
Not only is she coming back next season, but exec producer Howard Gordon tells me that "some part of her past will be necessary in the context of the next crisis." Gordon also confirms that Cherry Jones’ President Taylor will return for the Big Apple-set Day 8. "Cherry truly defined this character and fashioned our first truly aspirational President since David Palmer," he says. "She brought an emotional weight and intelligence that exceeded even our expectations."

Question: Was the majorish death you were referring to on Lost that of Caesar in Episode 12? — Ian
Nah. He’s not big enough to garner an –ish, IMHO.

Question: Who did The Office end up casting as Ryan’s mom? –Joel
Couldn’t tell you. I could, however, tell you who they didn’t get: B.J. Novak’s real mom. They asked her and she turned ‘em down!

Question: I’m begging here. Please give me something good on Gossip Girl‘s Chuck and Blair! All we’ve been getting is bad news and I need something to keep me sane! –Nadia
This season’s final two episodes will make you very happy.

Question: You spoiled recently that there will be a permanent veteran death in the Smallville season finale. Is this character featured in the Season 8 opening credits? –Krissy

Question: Any word on the renewal of Privileged? –Wendy
"No word yet on anything but we have our meeting set with the network for early May," series creator Rina Mimoun tells me. "Hoping to wow them with our plans for Season 2. And if that doesn’t work, the boys are gonna come into the meeting with their shirts off and make out with Dawn. I play dirty." And we love you for it. 

Question: Please take pity on us CSI: NY fans and tell us when on earth Lindsay is coming home from Montana. We miss her! — Laurzz
She’s back in the Big Apple on April 29, but we won’t actually see her until May 6 when Anna Belknap officially returns from maternity leave and promptly delivers another baby. "Lindsay pops right back into work and, before you know it, she’s in labor," exec producer Pam Veasey says with a laugh. "You see her for a second and her water breaks. We couldn’t do anything else but bring her back and let her give birth." Danny, of course, is at Lindsay’s side for the main event and, like any new parents, "they’re overwhelmed by it," says Veasey. The big question: What do they have? "It’s a girl," she reveals. "I won’t tell you the name because we don’t know if the audience will respond to it." Hmm…. any ideas what it could be? Head to the comments with your guesses!

Question: I was just wondering if you were ever going to reveal who the person was that got axed in the blind item you did. Was it Balthazar Getty from Brothers & Sisters? — Misty
For the millionth time, y**.

Question: I haven’t seen any scoops for Private Practice lately. Got anything on the April 26 finale? — Mary
Certain events in the episode will leave you wondering if both Amy Brenneman and KaDee Strickland have been fired. (Allow me to put your mind at ease: An ABC insider assures me that they’ll both be back.) Elsewhere, there are major turning points in the Violet-Pete and Sam-Naomi romances, and Dell *e** *u**o** *f ****y.

Question: Any good scoop on Chuck? — Andrew
Only one thing will stand in the way of Chuck and Sarah having sex next Monday. And that one thing looks like this.

Question: This week’s Chuck was unbelievable, and the final two episodes of this season look to be even better. Any news or predictions? — Josh
A few predictions: You’re going to love next week’s Ausiello TV; Subway will see a dramatic surge in business the night of the finale on April 27; and NBC will renew Chuck for a third season because I will come down on them like a ton of bricks if they don’t. (That last one was more like a threat disguised as a prediction than an actual prediction, FYI.)

Question: Why didn’t you tell us there are two weddings in the season finale of Chuck? One is obviously Ellie and Awesome’s. What do you know about the other one? — Isabelle
I forgot about the second one. Just kidding, I remembered and decided not to tell you. Just kidding, I honestly didn’t know. Just kidding, I know everything. Just kidding, there are some things I don’t know — like the fact that Kara and Paula were once roommates. Just kidding, I was their landlord. Just kidding, I lived upstairs from them. Just kidding, I lived downstairs. Just kidding, Kristen Wiig’s going to sue me for copyright infringement. Just kidding, Lorne Michaels actually owns the rights to this shtick. Just kidding, NBC does. Just kidding, what was your question? Oh, right, you want scoop on the second wedding. Per Josh Schwartz, "Chuck throws it for someone he cares about."

Question: I heard a rumor that the couple on Grey’s Anatomy that is really getting married is Sloan and Lexie. Please, oh please, tell me this isn’t true. — Terry
Brace yourself: The couple getting married on May 7 is, in fact, [drumroll, please] not McSteamy and ‘Lil Grey.

Question: Any dirt on Brothers & Sisters? — Jennifer
Jason Lewis returns this Sunday and makes Kevin and Scotty an offer they shouldn’t, but probably will, refuse. (I’m talkin’ ’bout a threesome.) Speaking of long lost loves returning, Roger shows up at Nora’s door and drops a D-bomb, and Tommy delivers some news to Julia that could upset the balance of the Walker clan.

Question: How long ’til House starts banging his hallucination? — Adam
Sit down, relax, and flash back to Jan. 26. It was on that day that I first broke news of the forthcoming plot involving Anne Dudek’s dead doc. It was also on that day that exec producer David Shore went on the record as saying, "It would never be a dead ghost sex love triangle thing like on [Grey’s]." Fellow e.p. Katie Jacobs added: "I think that would make a large [number] of people switch off their TVs. I think if we tried that, heads would roll." And that concludes our trip down memory lane.

Question: A lot of Huddy fans fear that the House-Cuddy sex might not happen this season after all. Could you please reassure us? — Camelias
I’ll do you one better. For the first time, I will run the actual transcript of the interview we did with David Shore and Katie Jacobs at House‘s 100th episode party back on Jan. 21. If this doesn’t calm your nerves about the impending Huddy nookie-nookie, nothing will…

EW: What’s the latest on House and Cuddy having sex?
Katie: We have definitely figured how the act will play out. And true to vibe of the show and the characters and thanks to David Shore’s wonderfully creative twists and turns, it won’t be what you expect. We have to be careful about making moves like that. We do not want to disappoint fans and just do something out of left field."
David: Yes we have figured out the details surrounding Huddy having sex. There is a light at the end of the tunnel for fans of Huddy hoping for a hookup. It definitely won’t be what people expect. We have to do things our way, the House way. We wouldn’t want to have the characters do anything out of character.
EW: Just to be clear, the sex will happen by the end of the season?
David: Yes. 
Katie: Yes. Now that we’ve given you that scoop, you have to leave us alone on everything else!

Feel better now, Camelias?

Question: I miss the old Silver on 90210. Please tell me she’s going to return! — Christina
I’m told prom is going to be the eye-opening event that resurrects the Silver we all know and love. Speaking of 90210, Rob Estes says this of the season finale: "There might be a death, perhaps a murder. I don’t know if they will actually die because it is a cliffhanger. We left it open-ended. There may be a death in the finale. I can only promise bodily harm. Expect bodily harm."

Question: I heard the Ryan Eggold is moving over to the new Melrose Place. Is that true? — Lexi
Let’s ask Ryan himself: "I don’t know if it is happening or how exactly they would do it," he told us at Saturday’s PaleyFest ’09 event honoring 90210. "We’ve talked about me being the crossover character but they say I will still be on 90210 as well. I think it would be really cool if it happened, but it’s too early to say it with certainty. If it does happen it will be the same character on both shows. It would not make any sense if I was playing two different characters." It would make a hell of a lot more sense than half of the crap I witnessed in this week’s episode, every second of which I loved.

Question: Do you got any news about the season finale of Lie to Me? — Luca
Would you settle for the penultimate episode instead? It involves Lightman going on a very unorthodox undercover mission, and features guest turns by Rescue Me‘s Daniel Sunjata and Carnivale‘s Clea Duvall.

Question: How many original episodes of NCIS are left this season? — Kate
Four. You’ve got the spin-off launching episodes airing on April 28 and May 5, followed by two regular episodes on May 12 and 19. And according to exec producer Shane Brennan, "You have to watch all four of them because they’re all linked together. Even though we’re off in Los Angeles [in the first two episodes] doing stuff with the new team, they’re all tied very closely together by Tony, Ziva, and Gibbs."

Question: Rumors are flying that Michael Weatherly won’t be returning next season on NCIS. Please tell me that it is not true! — Kristen
Michael Weatherly isn’t the one you should be worried about.

Question: Got any scoop on Desperate Housewives‘ season finale? — Jenny
Lily Tomlin returns to help her sis, Mrs. McCluskey, solve the Crazy Dave mystery once and for all. They better hurry up, ’cause I hear Edie’s widower is going to take Susan on an impromptu fishing trip. Because if it’s one thing we’ve learned over the past five seasons it’s that Susan loves to fish.

That’s a wrap! Please deposit questions-anonymous tips-gratuitous fawning here: Thanks for playing! BTW, still Twittering! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell and Aly Semigran)

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'NCIS,' 'House,' 'Grey's,' 'Numb3rs,' 'Fringe,' 'Melrose Place,' and more!

Askausiellohouse_l Question: Seems like forever since Gibbs had a love interest on NCIS. Any scoop about that please? –Maya
There’s a chance he’ll see some action later this month when he travels out west to meet the crew of the NCIS spin-off. As exec producer Shane Brennan tells me, sparks will fly between Gibbs and Louise Lombard’s character, Lara. "Gibbs and [Lara] have some past history that goes back a long, long way," he teases. "And quite clearly, Gibbs is not very keen to actually fly to Los Angeles and work with her — particularly when she’s given the lead on the case." Brennan adds that it’s not immediately clear whether the baggage they share is romantic in nature, "but it is resolved over the two-part episode. The audience will find out exactly what it is, and I can guarantee no one is going to guess what the connection is."

Question: You said that there would be some major Tony-Ziva action coming up on NCIS, but, so far, nada! What gives? –Shoshana
Exec producer Shane Brennan clearly stated last month that the "Tiva" rollercoaster wouldn’t leave the station until the April 28 episode, so I think what gives is you’re losing your mind.

Question: Any idea how the new Melrose Place will explain what the hell happened to Sydney? If she didn’t go six feet under, where did she go? –Dave
I’ve got two words for you: Women’s. Prison.

Question: Kutner’s death on House didn’t quite shock me, but it did have an emotional punch. My question: Does his death mean we won’t be seeing Amber this season? –Shane
You’ll definitely be seeing Amber this season, the only question is when. Hey, check out the tantalizing teaser Fox just sent out for the April 27 episode: "House’s lack of sleep starts to play tricks on his mind, but he finds insomnia may be a gift instead of a burden." Hmmm…..

Question: Can you please give us a hint about the twist that follows Cameron and Chase’s forthcoming breakup on House? –Ronnie
It involves a piece of luggage belonging to Chase. (And contrary to speculation, he’s not being deported.)

Question: I’m not so much interested in the twist surrounding Chase and Cameron’s split as I am about the reason for the split in the first place. Spill! –Kelly
All I’ll say is there’s some major foreshadowing in the promo for next week’s episode.

Question: is hosting a "Save Chuck" rally. You might want to pass it along to your Ausholes. –Adam
Ausholes. Rally. Rally. Ausholes. Take a few minutes to get acquainted.

Question: Got anything on Desperate Housewives? — Cyndi
Orson must’ve contracted one of those contagious strains of kleptomania, ’cause I’m getting some fuzzy intel that Bree is about to participate in a burglary.

Question: I think it’s time for an update on T.R. Knight’s efforts to flee Grey’s Anatomy. Will he get his wish by the end of the season? –Amy
It certainly sounds like Shonda Rhimes is setting the stage for his departure. A Grey’s insider is now confirming what I previously predicted: George will not only (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) march off to war, but he’ll be wounded (perhaps mortally) in the line of duty by season’s end.

Question: I went ahead and tallied up the votes in the comments section of last week’s Ask Ausiello and an overwhelming majority of your readers want to know who’s getting married in the 100th episode of Grey’s Anatomy. What are you waiting for? Spoil it! — Craig
I’ll do you one better: I’ll drop a clue into my Twitter feed in the next few days. That is better, right?

Question: I loved Ari Graynor in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and I’m loving her now on Fringe as Olivia’s sister. Is she in for the rest of the season or what? –Jack
She’s sticking around for a few more episodes, during which we’ll learn a little bit more about her estranged hubby.

Question: Leonard Nimoy as William Bell on Fringe? In a word, awesome. How long will he be around for? –Jeremy
He’ll appear in one scene in the May 12 finale and then return next season for three more episodes. I hear the character’s arc was significantly cut back to accommodate Nimoy, who was only interested in doing a handful of episodes. The moral of this story: A little Leonard Nimoy is better than no Leonard Nimoy.

Question: Your Supernatural asterisk quiz last week was just plain cruel! –Betsy
You know what else it was? Wrong! Turns out I had one too many asterisks in the second word. The revised (and correct) quiz is below. Sorry for the inconvenience. As a make-good, I went ahead and filled in an extra word.

Sam learns in the season finale that ******i** ****** is the ***** **** that has ** ** broken ****** ******* can ***e.

Question: My husband and I have been debating whether or not most of the questions you get are actually real. They seem just too perfect and clever sometimes. –Alicia
[Laughs] That’s a good one! I wish I had the time to sit around making up questions. I should be so lucky.

Question: I just watched the latest episode of ATV and, man, you are looking fine these days, Mr. Ausiello. Are you aware of just how hot you are? –Vanity Smurf
OMG, you’re making me blush. I’m so embarrassed. What an incredibly sweet thing to say. You made my day with that, VF. Thank you.

Question: What are your top three favorite shows to watch right now? –Jeremy
Lost, 90210, and The Big Bang Theory.

Question: Do you have any info on Dollhouse‘s second season chances? I’ve fallen in love with the show and I’m on pins and needles waiting to hear if I’ll get another season of it. –Mandi
I wish I could share your enthusiasm. I’m trying really hard to get into this show but it’s just not happening. I actually thought the recent (and much-heralded) reboot episode was one of the weakest of the season. As far as a second season goes, I don’t have any solid evidence to back this up (aside from those anemic ratings), but I’d say it’s a long shot. 

Question: I am going to see Guys and Dolls soon and was wondering if you had any tips on how I could get a Lauren Graham autograph? –Nicky
Find a recent picture of me on the Internets, enlarge it, print it out, tape it to your face, and then stand outside the stage door after the show.

Question: What is your take on the series finale of Life On Mars. –Diane
I admired it on an artistic level. But on an emotional level, it left me a little cold.

Question: Everyone is so worked up about the Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray’s negotiations for the seventh season of One Tree Hill, but what about Sophia Bush and James Lafferty? –Adrienne
James’ deal is closed. Sophia’s is not, but my OTH mole assures me that she will definitely be back.

Question: What can you tell us about Booth’s undiagnosed health issue on Bones? Does Booth have a brain tumor? David Boreanaz isn’t leaving, is he? –Rachel
The answer to one of those two questions is yes.

Question: Are you ever going to be a guest on Idolatry? Or is the rumor true that you and Slezak don’t get along? –Owen.
The answer to one of those two questions is also yes.

Question: How about some scoop on the most underrated show on TV: Numb3rs. –Jeffrey
How’s this for some fraktastic guest casting: The May 15 season finale will feature Battlestar Galactica‘s James Callis and Everwood‘s Sarah Drew! Callis will play a charismatic sociopath who is suspected of abducting Amita. Drew co-stars as one of his followers.

That’s a wrap! Please submit questions/anonymous tips/Easter bunny sightings to Thanks for playing!

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ATV spoiler alert: 'House' duo splits! 'Desperate' questions popped! 'Gossip' scene sneaked!

The latest episode of Ausiello TV is here, and so are the bullet-pointed highlights:

* Blair makes a deal with the devil in the April 20 episode of Gossip Girl, and, for once, said devil is not Chuck. Then who? And is this the first sign of trouble for Blair and Nate? (Hint: yes!)

* Cameron and Chase are breaking up on House… but is there a twist?

* Will Desperate Housewives end the season with not one but two weddings?

* Will Annie ever return to ATV?

Answers await you below. Just press play. It’s that easy. 


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