I like to think of myself as a fairly plugged-in individual, but I have to admit I had no clue Friday Night Lights‘ Adrianne Palicki and Dollhouse‘s Alan Tudyk were a couple. At least I had no clue until they strolled into Entertainment Weekly‘s pre-Emmy party last night hand-in-hand. Well, good for them. And good for me since it meant I got two spoilery interviews for the price of one! Speaking of which, if you want to know when Tyra and Alpha are returning to FNL and Dollhouse respectively, there’s some embedded video with your name on it after the jump… READ FULL STORY
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Question: Grey’s Anatomy scoop on Owen and Cristina, please! —Jenilee
Ausiello: They’re headed for a dry spell. In the season premiere, Amy Madigan’s shrink advises Owen against making any further sexy time with Cristina until he can get the voices in his head to shut the hell up. Relax, they’re not breaking up. Just taking things slooooow.
Question: No Grey’s Anatomy scoop in the last Ask Ausiello? Forget trying to get Mark-Lexie scoop, I’ll take anything on Grey’s at this point! —Maddy
Ausiello: Too bad, because Mark-Lexie scoop is what you’re getting. “They’ve got a lot of challenges coming down the pike,” concedes exec producer Krista Vernoff. “The most consistent challenge is the one that’s built into the fabric of their relationship: He’s pushing 40, she’s in her early 20s.”
Question: What will happen to Patrick Dempsey on Grey’s when Ellen Pompeo heads off on maternity leave? —Jacob
Ausiello: He’ll get some much-needed alone time. As exec producer Krista Vernoff explains, READ FULL STORY
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Question: Give us a House spoiler, please! —Zachary
Ausiello: Cuddy knows that House made imaginary love to her last May. “It’s referenced in an upcoming episode,” House boss David Shore tells me. “She’s aware of it and she confronts him. She wants to know where all that stands.” That makes two of us.
Question: How long will Cameron and Chase hang on to their old jobs on House? —Jeff
Ausiello: “We don’t have a specific end in mind,” says Shore. “It appears to be temporary, but [there's] no specific end date.”
No, not hoops legend Michael Jordan. Up-and-coming actor Michael B. Jordan!
The alum of All My Children and The Wire is joining Friday Night Lights as Vince, East Dillon’s resident troublemaker. Although charming at times, the junior running back can be dangerous and menacing—a result of his crime-riddled upbringing. He quickly finds himself at odds with the team’s new pretty boy Luke (played by the just-cast Matt Lauria).
Like Lauria, Jordan is a series regular.
Has Friday Night Lights found its next Tim Riggins?
Lipstick Jungle‘s Matt Lauria—he played Lindsay Price’s gay assistant on the late NBC soap—is joining the season 4 cast in the series regular role of Luke, a charming yet cocky junior who reluctantly finds himself playing for Coach Taylor’s East Dillon squad.
FNL’s 13-episode fourth season debuts Oct. 28 on DirecTV.
So, has Friday Night Lights found its next Tim Riggins? Sound off below!
THIS JUST IN: Find out who’ll be playing Lauria’s on-screen nemesis!
Zach Gilford has scored more playing time on Friday Night Lights. Sources confirm to me exclusively that the actor’s season 4 farewell arc as Matt has been expanded from five to seven episodes.
According to my Panthers mole, Gilford’s run will likely fall during the first half of FNL‘s 13-episode fourth season, which premieres on DirecTV Oct. 28 with an episode directed by series creator Peter Berg.
Does this news make you more or less pumped for FNL‘s new season? I pretty much know the answer to that question but I figured I’d ask it anyway. Oh, and this seems like a good time to plug my recent interview with Gilford’s FNL leading lady, Aimee Teegarden (below). There’s some good Matt-Julie stuff in it!
Not according to Aimee Teegarden, who told me at NBC’s press tour bash last night that not even Zach Gilford’s reduced role on Friday Night Lights this season can keep Matt and Julie apart. “It’s Matt and Julie,” she professed, “it’s forever-after love.” My entire red carpet run-in with Teegarden is below.
To see all my interviews from Wednesday’s NBC shindig, including my revealing chats with Mercy‘s Michelle Trachtenberg, Heroes‘ Greg Grunberg and Adrian Pasdar, and Southland‘s Ben Mackenzie, head over to the Ausiello TV hub!
WHO: Peacock entertainment prez Angela Bromstad, alternate programming and production VP Paul Telegdy, and the ghost of ex-chairman Ben Silverman.
PREDICTIONS: Silverman postmortem, lots of chatter about the late-night wars and Leno’s move to 10 p.m., possibly some Paula Abdul reaction…
9:44 am/PST: Not even the promise of a “hot breakfast” could drag me to this morning’s Wake Up With Al [Roker] panel. Don’t we already wake up with Al? The whole thing is confusing to me.
9:48 am: Appropriately, the first two words uttered are “Ben” and “Silverman.” The context: Why didn’t any of his summer experiments (Merlin, The Philanthropist, etc) work?
9:52 am: The Paula Abdul question! Might she come work for NBC? “Paula is an exceptional talent,” says Telegdy. “We have no specific plans for her, but I read the breaking news last night and wouldn’t rule anything out.”
9:53 am: On losing Bryan Fuller again on Heroes, “He was there to get them back on track,” says Bromstad. “Our deal with Bryan now is development. We’re looking forward to his development…. He’s no longer in the writing room and the show is doing exceptionally well creatively.”
9:54 am: Bromstad says it was always Silverman’s plan to come in, run the network into the ground, and then walk away in disgrace. Here’s how she actually put it: “This has always been Ben’s plan to transition back to his entrepreneurial roots. I don’t think he was looking to be at NBC for a long-term thing.” (This gets a huge laugh in the ballroom.) READ FULL STORY
Comic-Con news alert: Plans for Adrianne Palicki to return
to Friday Night Lights this fall to give Tyra some closure have hit a
snag. “I’m actually going to be shooting [Red Dawn] during the fourth
season, so I don’t know if I’m going back,” she told me during a break
from promoting her upcoming Biblical thriller Legion. “I know they want me to [come
back].” The actress confessed that the thought of leaving FNL for good
makes her “very sad.. I had such a great time on that show. They’re like my
family.” There’s always season 5!
Question: Got any more Grey’s scoop? –Katie
Ausiello: Okay, you wore me down: Remember the haunting image of an army-clad George waiting outside the elevator for Izzie in the season finale? Well, it wasn’t supposed to be George standing there. The scene was originally shot with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Denny playing the role of Izzie’s heavenly escort. But as Grey’s boss Shonda Rhimes explains to me exclusively, “I received the first cut [of the finale] on a Friday and something didn’t feel right. All weekend long something was bugging me. And then I woke up Monday morning and it hit me, ‘My God, it’s George! When the elevator opens, it should be George we see.'” There was just one problem. Actually, there were two problems. And to find out what they were and how they got resolved (apologies in advance) pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on sale Friday!
Question: How much longer do we have to wait for Grey’s scoop?! –Carly
Ausiello: One of the two problems involved Katherine Heigl’s location at the time of Shonda’s epiphany. That’s all you’re getting. You have to pick up the mag for the rest.
Question: Anything on Grey’s? –Nancy
Ausiello: The other problem involved what T.R. Knight did to his head after production wrapped. Now I’m really done.
Question: Emmy nominations are in a few hours. Any last-minute predictions? –Keith
Ausiello: I’m willing to bet big money that Chuck, Friday Night Lights, Big Love, and The Shield will all get bupkes. This just in: Emmy nominations are announced!
Question: Why is Kirk Acevedo leaving Fringe? His choice? Storyline dictated? –Dee
Ausiello: Storyline dictated. Charlie wasn’t going to have much to do this season, and rather than waste Kirk’s time, they cut him loose. But as I teased last week, we haven’t seen the last of him.
Question: Has Friday Night Lights officially settled on the Lions as the mascot for East Dillon? –Clay
Ausiello: They’re using that as a placeholder, but I’m told it will likely change. The team’s colors are also TBD, so if you’ve got ideas about either, post ‘em in the comments.
Question: We haven’t heard anything new on House for a while. Can you give us something nice and juicy? –Mariel
Ausiello: Not sure if this is juicy but it’s definitely nice: I think House and his asylum mates are going on a field trip to an amusement park in the two-hour opener. According to a completely sane insider, the show shot scenes on location at Universal Studios last week. I’m told House was working the Skydiving Fan. Whatever that is.
Question: What’s this I hear about a Booth and Brennan kiss on Bones? Confirmation, please! –Molly
Ausiello: Series creator Hart Hanson confirms that a season-opening smooch “was scripted,” but adds, “I’m in no way confirming that it was a sincere scripting. Could have been a way to identify leaks.” Now, as someone who’s been in this situation before, here’s what you need to do next, Molly: Get in touch with your mole and tell him to pack his bags, grab his passport and get the hell out of the country. They’re onto him!
Question: I’m really hoping you’ve got some Criminal Minds news. Please tell me Hotch is still alive! –Chrissy
Ausiello: I think it’s a positive sign that Minds is casting the role of an emergency room doctor for the season premiere.
Question: Now that Mercy will begin on NBC earlier than expected, will Michelle Trachtenberg still be able to fulfill her three-episode arc on Gossip Girl? –Parm
Ausiello: Unfortunately for Blair, yes, she will. The onetime Queen Bee will have a hard enough time adjusting to college life. Georgina’s arrival as her roommate in episode 2 compounds her misery tenfold.
Question: I would love the scoop on just how much The CW pays you every time you cover Gossip Girl. I don’t doubt that the show has followers, but the coverage EW is giving it has gotten ridiculous! —Frank
Ausiello: Oooooh, that reminds me: A major Gossip guy decides not to go to college very early in the season. Take your best guess to the comments!
Question: Chuck-Blair scoopage would be delightful! –LH
Ausiello: Look for C and B to take an unorthodox approach to warding off the seven-week itch.
Question: Weeds scoop? –Melissa
Ausiello: “Little Boxes” makes a tiny comeback in Monday’s episode. Also, Andy refuses a gift — a gift he really wants. Oh, and one more thing: Keep your ears open for a Comic-Con reference! Speaking of which, Ausholes unite
and get drunk in one week! Sources confirm to me exclusively that there may be a few special guests!
Question: Got any Weeds scoop? –Mohammad
Ausiello: Celia goes into business with an Avon-esque company, and the results are predictably disastrous.
Question: Any Melrose Place dish? –Jacob
Ausiello: The show is adding the recurring role of a Madam — and you’ll know why after watching the pilot. The producers should throw us old timers a bone and cast Kristian Alfonso as the head whore. Who’s with me?
Question: I am psyched about CSI: Miami‘s flashback season opener! Anything else you can offer up? –Monica
Ausiello: We’ll catch our first glimpse of new castmember Eddie Cibrian in one of the episode’s flashback sequences. Apparently, his character crossed paths with one (or more) of our vets back in 1997. Speaking of Cibrian’s alter ego, exec producer Ann Donahue says reports that he’ll be transferring from the Hollywood division are “a misnomer… He’s actually worked robbery homicide in L.A.”
Question: How soon into CSI: Miami‘s premiere before Delko is found? –Jimmy
Ausiello: “We find him in the first two minutes and he is unconscious,” reveals Ann Donahue, who adds that the flashback portion of the ep begins while he’s en route to the hospital. “The ambulance is hurtling down alligator alley and we [close in] on the license plate, which says ’09. And then we change the license plate to ’97 and suddenly he’s in his tow truck.”
Question: I just saw the trailer for the new Joel McHale comedy Community and I almost fell out of my chair when I saw my favorite Daily Show British man John Oliver. Who does he play and is it a recurring role? –Clumsy chair girl
Ausiello: He plays Jeff’s (Joel McHale) good friend and colleague, Professor Duncan. And he just signed on for an additional two episodes, so, yes, I think it’s accurate to say it’s a recurring role. (BTW, the actual pilot is as funny as the trailer lets on.)
Question: I’ve been asking for weeks and I refuse to give up: Please give us some Legend of the Seeker scoopage. –Jeff
Ausiello: I’ve got just the thing to get you off my case: In season 2’s fifth episode, we’ll meet a young (20s-30s) version of Zedd.
Question: There have been conflicting reports about where Smallville is heading in the romance department this year. Is it the season of Clois, or are they really revisiting Lois and Ollie again? –Jeff
Ausiello: It’s full-tilt-Clois. I’m sure they will touch on Lois-Ollie, but it won’t be anything significant.
Question: Will Glee introduce Lea’s mom? Wouldn’t it be cool if it turned out to be Idina Menzel? Just a thought. –Wendy
Ausiello: I like the way your mind works. Unfortunately, there are no immediate plans to bring on Lea’s mom. We don’t even meet her dads in the first 13 episodes.
Question: I’m dying for some Dexter scoop. –Meg
Ausiello: Season 4 will herald the arrival of new loves for both Batista and Laguerta. Very happy about the Batista part of that. His love story with the undercover hooker last season made me throw up in my mouth a little.
Question: When can we finally expect to see Maura Tierney on Rescue Me? –Justin
Ausiello: Her arc kicks off on July 28. And because it warrants repeating: Get well soon, Maura!
Question: I saw your tweet about having seen Dollhouse‘s “Epitaph One” episode. What did you think? I can’t wait to see it next week at Comic-Con! –Tim
Ausiello: Before I answer that, you should know that (A) I was a little buzzed wh
en I tweeted that, (B) I’m not that bright, and (C) aggressive watermarks make me dizzy. With that out of the way, here’s my review: I was completely and utterly lost. I may try watching it again this weekend. Or just let one of you explain it to me at Comic-Con.
Question: Please give us something on Grey’s. –Jay
Ausiello: The second problem involving T.R. Knight’s head eventually became the solution. Okay, now I’m really, really done. Get the rest of the scoop in this week’s EW!
Friday Night Lights has started scouting Hollywood talent agencies for new season 4 blood. Over the weekend, casting officially got underway for three new series regulars and one recurring guest star to fill the void being left by exiting MVPs Adrianne Palicki, Zach Gilford, and Minka Kelly. Condensed character descriptions are below.
Vince: A charming yet dangerous East Dillon junior. He’s African-American and, when we first meet him, he’s running from the cops. Look for Coach Taylor to put his speed to better use as a member of the Lions. Series regular.
Luke: Vince’s classmate and arch nemesis. He’s Caucasian, cocky, and charming. Reminds some of a young Paul Newman. Dillon’s new geographical breakdown has him playing for the Lions, and he’s not happy about it. Series regular.
Wait, there’s two more after the jump!
Jess: The super-energetic daughter of a onetime NFL hopeful, she knows the game inside and out. When she’s not busy coaching her younger brothers, this sophomore/junior is getting crushed on by every guy in Dillon, East and West. Series regular.
Becky: A freshman beauty queen whose family is purebred trailer trash. Think Blair Waldorf with lousy genes. She finds Riggins in bed with her mother and reacts by trying to seduce him herself. My new favorite character is listed as recurring.
Got casting suggestions? Post ‘em below!
Question: Your lack of reporting on the Veronica Mars movie has me feeling like it’s DOA. Any news on it? — Andrew
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Did I mention the open bar? Hurry!
Question: Any hints about who or what Annie hit at the end of 90210? –Craig
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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.
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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 email@example.com. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell, Missy Schwartz, and Ben Katner)
Question: Will Daniel Eric Gold, who plays Betty ex-BF/boss Matt, be returning to Ugly Betty next season? –Janeen
Ausiello: Not only is he returning, but sources confirm to me
exclusively that he’s been promoted to a full-fledged series regular! But don’t take that to mean Matt and Betty will reunite and live happily ever after. In fact, I hear Betty producers are already cooking up a fresh obstacle for the pair, and rumor has it they want him to be lovable and blue collarish. (Think Seth Rogen, only much cheaper.)
Question: Doesn’t Scrubs‘ surprise renewal present a challenge for producers? I mean, last month’s finale already showed us what happens to J.D., Elliott, and Co. in the future! –Sydney
Ausiello: I posed that exact question to Bill Lawrence last week. Here’s what he said: “[The flash-forward epilogue] just showed J.D. and Elliott together, and I’ll stay true to that. Those two will still be together. But [next season] won’t be about tracing that relationship… There’s no possible way the show will succeed if it’s just more trials and tribulations of J.D. Zach is basically doing [an arc] to help us transition to a new show. It’s like if Hawkeye had done AfterMASH.” (Click here to see what Scrubs will be about next season.)
Question: Thoughts on Lauren Graham possibly joining Scrubs? –Shelly
Ausiello: Shhhh…you’re gonna jinx it!
Question: Any House scoop, other than the prolongation of Huddy after House leaves the loony bin? Translation: Why should non-Huddy fans tune in to House next season? –Luke
Ausiello: Because the Princeton Plainsboro that House left in the season finale will not be the same one he returns to next fall. And admit it, you’re dying to know how it’ll be different. “How [the hospital] works when he comes back will be different,” teases exec producer Katie Jacobs. “A doctor can’t check into a mental institution and just walk back into his job like nothing happened. We will not start forsaking reality. This [story] will have consequences.”
Question: How much of Cameron and Chase’s home life will we see next season on House? –Diane
Ausiello: Not much, according to Katie Jacobs. “I don’t know that we will show any more of their private lives than we have anyone else’s. The hospital stuff is first and foremost for us and everything we show furthers those story lines. I don’t think lovey-dovey, at-home relations is what people watch our show for.”
Question: As a huge Friday Night Lights fan, I absolutely loved your interview with Connie Britton. Is there any more news on who will be coming back next season? I live in Austin, and need to know who to be looking out for around town come September. –Amanda
Ausiello: In addition to Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, full-time returnees include Jesse Plemons, Taylor Kitsch, Aimee Teegarden, and Jeremy Sumpter. Adrianne Palicki, Minka Kelly, and Zach Gilford will likely be back for short-term farewell arcs.
Question: You don’t talk much about Raising the Bar. –Ben
Ausiello: I was waiting for someone to finally ask me about it! Producers are adding a young, idealistic female lawyer to the cast in a recurring capacity.
Question: Any idea who The Tudors will cast to play Henry’s final wife, Catherine Parr? –Chris
Ausiello: I only know who was at the top of their wish list: Gillian freakin’ Anderson! Sadly, I don’t think it’s going to happen.
Question: CSI: Miami scoop? Please tell me Delko survives. –Jennifer
Ausiello: Sources confirm that Adam Rodriguez will be back next season, so, yeah, I think it’s safe to say Delko survives. Meanwhile, we caught up with Rodriguez’s former costar, Rory Cochrane, at the premiere of his new film, Public Enemies, and asked him whether another Speedle cameo was in his future. His answer was, um, interesting. “I can’t really talk about it,” he said. “They talked to me about something that I cannot get into details about… I did come back once as a figment of Delko’s imagination, but I am pretty sure that is it for me on that show. I told them not to kill me but they didn’t take my advice.”
Question: I’m not happy that Bryan Fuller has left Heroes again. Remind me again why I should even bother watching next season? –Tricia
Ausiello: Because my good pal Greg Grunberg wouldn’t lie to you. Shortly after news of Fuller’s exit broke, Grunberg reassured fans via Twitter that the scribe is “leaving [Heroes] in great hands… the scripts for season 4 and the stories we’re about to tell will ROCK YOUR WORLD. BEST. SEASON. EVER.” Plus, if you quit watching now you won’t get to see a miniature version of Adrian Pasdar! My Heroes mole reports that the show is looking for a young actor to play an 11-year-old Nathan.
Question: Any goodies on the new season of Leverage for Parker and Eliot fans? –Kelly
Ausiello: If by “goodies” you mean “romance,” the answer is no — at least not in the season 2 opener. That’s not to say the July 15 premiere is devoid of action, though. The hour includes a car explosion, multiple gunshots, and a bone-crushing fight scene. And it definitely ends with a bang, er, three. Expect one character to get shot with not one or two, but three, bullets lodged in their chest.
Question: Is Jennie Garth going to appear in any episodes of 90210 next season? –Emil
Ausiello: There’s nothing on the books yet, but a rep for the show says “the intention is to have Jennie back next season.” In other 90210 news, former Law & Order ADA Elisabeth Rohm will guest-star as a robot bitchy socialite who locks horns with Naomi in at least one episode.
Question: I just read that Nip/Tuck wrapped production on its series finale on June 12. Got any spoilers on how it’ll end? –Bernd
Ausiello: I’m hearing that someone will get left at the altar.
Question: Can we get an update on Noah Wyle’s negotiations to star in Steven Spielberg’s new alien invasion pilot for TNT? –Kelly
Ausiello: Sure can: He’s definitely doing it!
Question: There’s a new season of Entourage right around the corner. Have you seen any of the new episodes? –Jonathan
Ausiello: Just screened the July 12 season premiere last night and I’m pleased to report that it focuses almost entirely on my favorite couple: Ari and Lloyd. Basically, Lloyd wants a promotion and Ari is having none of it.
Question: So does Ethan become the Vice President of 24 next season? Or maybe the new First Gentleman? –Chris
Ausiello: You’re wrong on both counts. According to an aide close to President Taylor, who asked not to be identified because he/she could get fired for talking to me, Ethan will be appointed the new ********* ** *****.
Question: Here’s a question: What the heck has the awesome Melinda Clarke been up to? –Tammy
Ausiello: Big scoop: She’s starring in a new TV series as a housewife by day and a spy by night. Unfortunately, the show isn’t real; it’s part of an upcoming Entourage subplot.
That’s a wrap! Feed questions/comments/anonymous tips to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by David Yi and Carrie Bell)
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