The long-running Jennifer Love Hewitt drama — which was axed by CBS last week — will not be jumping to ABC after all. READ FULL STORY
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here.* CBS’ daring new fall schedule (Big Bang to Thursday! Survivor to Wednesday! CSI: NY to Friday!) can be found
* All signs point to ABC rescuing Ghost Whisperer from CBS’ trash heap. An Alphabet reprieve for Old Christine, however, appears unlikely. And I think we can all agree that that sucks something major. READ FULL STORY
In a stunning move, CBS has axed both Ghost Whisperer and The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Also gone: Gary Unmarried, Cold Case, Miami Medical, Accidentally on Purpose, and Numb3rs.
Medium and Rules of Engagement, meanwhile, have been renewed.
Fans may want to hold off on eulogizing Ghost and Christine for a day or two, however. READ FULL STORY
Love Bites for Jennifer Love Hewitt. No, that’s not a snarky comment on the actress’ highly-publicized romantic travails. Rather, the newly-single Ghost Whisperer star and self-professed romantaholic has been tapped to guest star in the promising NBC pilot from Sex and the City scribe Cindy Chupack.
Details about her cameo are being kept under wraps, but READ FULL STORY
Question: I’m wondering if it’s too early for anything related to House. September seems so far away. –Brett
Ausiello: Definitely not too early. House‘s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-inspired season premiere has been expanded to two hours and is being directed by exec producer Katie Jacobs. Holla!
Question: You probably get this a lot, but I don’t have an agent. I don’t have anything. What I do have is previous experience being a patient at Greystone Park State Hospital, the New Jersey psychiatric facility that is doubling as House‘s temporary home. It would be a true honor to go back there as a quasi-sane person and go play the nut I once was. Think you can tell your insider about me? Everyone’s got to get a break somehow, right? –Donna
Ausiello: Answer me this: How are you on the drums? Producers are currently on the prowl for an older actor who “stomps to his own beat” and is a “real percussionist” to play one of House’s fellow patients. They’re also looking for a young actress who can play the cello if that’s a better fit for you. Let me know and I’ll see if I can set something up. Given your history, you may have to audition via closed circuit camera from the McDonald’s across the street from the studio. It’s nothing personal. It’s just a safeguard in case you lunge at Katie Jacobs with a hammer. BTW, all of these casting calls have me thinking House is going to form his own loony bin pit band. Hugh Laurie has already established that he can sing as well as play the piano, guitar, harmonica and saxophone. Call me crazy, but I think I’m on to something here.
Question: Is Brian Austin Green doing One Tree Hill or not? –Jacob
Ausiello: Not. As I teased last week, Green’s reps got cold feet and pulled out of the deal. Lipstick Jungle hottie Robert Buckley has just signed on to replace him.
Question: I’m pretty sure I saw you at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn last weekend. You’re even cuter in person! With that said, can you give me anything on Lost? –Sean
Ausiello: I was hoping I’d have an excuse to run this question, and my prayers were answered last night when this piece of scoop fell in my lap: Contrary to what a loose-lipped agency assistant Twittered yesterday, no deals are in place for any season 1 Lost alums to return for the show’s sixth and final season. That said, I can confirm that Team Darlton is checking the availability of several MVPs. My guess: We’ll get the official scoop on who’s returning at Comic-Con next month.
Question: I’m officially following you on Twitter! Fun, right? So, how’s about a little Bones scoop? I heard that Booth does remember who Bones is, but he thinks that his dream was real, so he’s just confused. Any truth to that? –Esther
Ausiello: Sounds like a question for exec producer Hart Hanson. “Booth’s problem isn’t remembering who Brennan is,” he tells me, “it’s remembering which Brennan she is.” Sneaky!
Question: Are we ever going to find out who Red John is on The Mentalist? –Thaddeus
Ausiello: Yes, but first PJ is going to need some help. Enter California Bureau of Investigation Agent Sam Glenn. The new recurring character, currently being cast, heads up the division handling the Red John investigation and is apparently the one person who doesn’t get seduced by Simon Baker’s pretty face. He’s also Lisbon’s (Robin Tunney) onetime mentor and ex, so cue the flying sparks!
Question: I just read your online column for the first time last week. It’s great! But what do the initials BTW and TBD mean? Thanks in advance. –Tommie
Ausiello: There’s no such thing as a stupid question. Just really, really dumb ones. I keed, I keed. BTW means “bi tranny wreck,” and TBD stands for “terribly b’smelly doo-doo.”
Question: Loved the Burn Notice premiere. What’s ahead? –Kristin
Ausiello: The show is currently in production on its midseason finale, and as Jeffrey Donovan reveals in this exclusive Ausiello TV Q&A, it’s chock-full of Fiona-Michael drama — most of which is triggered by the appearance of that evil Irishman (Paul Blackthorne) from Fi’s past. And now for something timelier: In tonight’s episode, Fiona plants a wet one on birthday boy Michael. (Her real gift cuts deeper.)
Question: Is there still time to get producers of Ghost Whisperer to change their minds about this five-year flash forward? I think it’s a mistake. — Claire
Ausiello: Don’t think so. Any and all hope of getting them to un-ring the time jump bell was pretty much lost on Tuesday when they put out a casting call for Melinda and Jim’s now-5-year-old son Aiden.
Question: Where’s all this Glee scoop you’re supposed to have? –Tessa
Ausiello: Lose the ‘tude, Tessa. Here’s your Glee prattle: Whitney Houston apparently doesn’t share EW staffer Tim Stack’s love for singing high schoolers. Last week, Ryan Murphy, creator of Fox’s musicomedy, told us he’s been engaged in “ongoing talks” with the Grammy-winning superstar to make a guest appearance this fall. But a rep for Houston, whose first studio album in seven years drops Sept. 1, insists “it’s not happening.” Responds Tim Stack in a statement: “It’s not right, but it’s … nope, it’s not okay either.”
Question: I just saw via your Twitter feed that Zachary Levi randomly stopped by your office last week. Lucky you! When will you be posting the interview? –Crosby
Ausiello: Most likely next week! To tide you over, the Zachster let slip a very spoilery tease about next season’s Chuck. It involves the new kung fu-esque intersect in his brain. Apparently, there are some kinks to be worked out.
Question: It’s been quiet around Ugly Bettyland. Got any scoop on the upcoming season? –Kelly
Ausiello: Forget next season — I’ve got some scoop for next week. I’m going on a date with Becki Newton! Here’s the sitch: With her hubby busy hanging with Jack Bauer in L.A., Becks (yep, we’re there already) invited me to go see Michael Urie’s play The Temperamentals with her on ***day. What’s the catch? There isn’t one! Although, come to think of it, it was my Amex the tix got charged to. Eh, I’m sure she’ll pay me when I see her. Or she can buy the drinks at intermission. We’ll work something out, don’t you worry.
Question: One of my favorite summer shows, Leverage, is returning next month. Got any scoops on my fave thief-peeps? –Dana
Ausiello: Producers want a “star name actor” to play Nathan’s evil doppelganger, Bierko. The mastermind behind his own crew of thieves, the big baddie has assembled a “whizbang mob,” which is a fancy way of describing a group of people who move into town, execute a big job, and then move on. Although I’m guessing since the role is recurring, that last part doesn’t work out so well.
Question: I’m handing in my Comic-Con virgin card this year and couldn’t be more excited. I was hoping for some advice from your expansive Con experience on how to nab some autographs and pictures with my favorite TV peeps — especially the Winchester Bros. –Jake
Ausiello: I’m handing in my V-card, too (is that really a thing?), so I can’t help you. My colleague Whitney Pastorek, on the other hand, is practically a Con slut, so let’s see what wisdom she has to impart: “A) I resent the implication that attending one Comic-Con out of wedlock has made me a ‘slut,’ but I suppose coming from the Heidi Fleiss of TCA I should take it as a compliment and B), Jake, my advice to you is simple: Get a schedule, attend the panels you want to see, haunt the convention center floor for signings at network and studio booths, and take advantage of the fact that San Diego’s beautiful downtown is very walkable — you never know who might wander past behind a pack of really tall Jawas.” Hey, while we’re dispensing advice, here’s a piece for you, Whit: Don’t ever insult me in my own column again. All I have to do is make one phone call and you’ll be spending Labor Day weekend live-blogging the Jerry Lewis Telethon with Annie Barrett. You mess with the bull, you get the horns, you hear?
Question: To get the deets on your Comic-Con meet-and-greet we have to Tweet (Ask Ausiello/June 3)? Really? So all your loyal fans on E
W.com, ya know, the ones who read you when you were at TV Guide, we don’t rate unless we follow you on Twitter? Hmm… Might have to start burning some Smurfs. –MJ
Ausiello: I was joking! All of the pertinent information about my highly anticipated Con pow-wow (i.e., how much I’ll be charging for my autograph, how many bodyguards I’ll have, what snacks you’ll need to bring, etc.) will be posted on my Facebook page as well as on Twitter. Okay, all joking aside, there’ll also be a note on my office door.
Question: Have you heard anything about ABC responding to the Save Samantha Who? petition? –Mel
Ausiello: All’s quiet on the ABC, but there’s some noise coming from a cable net. All hope is not lost! Yet!
Question: Any scoop on TNT’s Saving Grace? It is my favorite summer show! –Cristin
Ausiello: Let’s just say that many unanswered questions from last season’s finale will definitely be resolved in a timely fashion. For starters, within the first 10 minutes of the June 16 season premiere you’ll find out who exactly that girl on the corner is and how she relates to Grace’s life. How exactly she changes it is still TBD. Also in the upcoming season: Earl has a rival, someone gets engaged, and Grace may end up in prison!
Question: How about a Dexter scoop, sir? –Mark
Ausiello: We’re going to be meeting more of Dexter’s neighbors next season. Serial guest star Rick Peters (Veronica Mars, Swingtown, Heroes, Bones, etc.) has been cast as Dexter’s next-door nabe, Elliott. We’ll also come face-to-face with Elliott’s wife as well as a third neighbor by the name of Andy. Hmm … I see an extremely awkward block party in Dex’s future.
Question: What ever happened to that Gilmore Girls movie? –Corey
Ausiello: The man who would have a hand in green-lighting such a project — Warner Bros. Television boss Peter Roth — recently told me that he’d be more open to the idea of a Gilmore feature film than a TV movie. Not sure why. He ran away before I could sneak in a follow-up. In related news, if you want to see Peter Roth do a 100-yard dash in under three seconds, ask him about a Gilmore Girls movie.
Question: Wait, I thought that it was confirmed that Kirk Acevedo wasn’t fired from Fringe? But here you are saying that a new female agent will replace him. What happened? –Michele
Ausiello: All I know is what my sources have told me: Acevedo is leaving for creative reasons and a new female agent will replace him.
Question: What’s this I hear about Cappie turning down Casey on Monday’s Greek finale? Finally she comes around, and now this? Why’s Cappie holding out? –Caitlin
Ausiello: Casey is quickly becoming Greek‘s Joey Potter, what with all the oscillating between men. So who does she finally pick? Assuming the rumor you heard is true, you could say that maybe Cappie doesn’t want to be a Pacey. Maybe he wants Joey to be with her Dawson. Love is complicated, dammit! (Click here for an exclusive sneak peek at the finale.)
Question: Do you have anything on True Blood? –Rebecca
Ausiello: Not now, but I will right after Sunday’s season premiere. Come back then.
That’s a wrap! Feed questions/anonymous tips/Con tips to
email@example.com. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Tim Stack and David Yi)
Whitney here with the last word: Bull? Horns? Did that expression work out for Principal Vernon, Aus? Did it inspire fear or respect? No. No, I don’t believe it did. Just sayin’.
A Ghost Whisperer insider confirms that producers of the CBS drama are toying with the idea of kicking the new season off five years into the future. The move would allow the show to introduce Jim and Melinda’s son as a pre-schooler instead of as a newborn.
As you’ll recall, the season ended with Melinda learning that her offspring would possess psychic powers even greater than her own. Probably a tough story to do with a burping, teething toddler.
Meanwhile, One Tree Hill — which famously leaped ahead four years at the start of season 5 — is mulling another flash forward at the onset of season 7 this fall. But this one’s not nearly as drastic; a OTH source says the action would likely pick up just one year later.
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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: No comment.
Question: News on Tony and the 24 finale? –Aaron
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: Based on the finale, a straitjacket and an STD, respectively.
Question: What’s the latest on Chuck‘s renewal? –Dave
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: CBS is picking up the NCIS spin-off. Feel better?
Question: Any news about the new season of Entourage? –Bob
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: 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
Ausiello: They’ll be ecstatic… hey, you tricked me! No fair!
Question: Do you have any information on the new Melrose Place? –Jeff
Ausiello: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Jennifer Armstrong, Michelle Castillo and Dan Snierson)
As 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.
addCredit(“Office: Mitch Haddad/NBC; Greys: Scott Garfield/ABC; House: Isabella Vosmikova/Fox; Smallville: Michael Courtney/The CW “)
Eye like it! CBS just released a rundown of all its season finale air dates, but there’s a twist: They included some rather juicy spoilers along with it! Sure, some of this stuff is already out there, but there are quite a few new scooplets, too. Happy hunting!
Sunday May 3 and Sunday May 10
The music of Pearl Jam will rock throughout the two-part sixth season finale. Rush and the team delve into the 2005 murder of the first female cadet of a local military school who didn’t live beyond her first semester. The stakes of the case are raised after the cadet’s unknown killer commits a shocking act against Rush designed to thwart the investigation. Bonus scoop: Friday Night Lights‘ Jesse Plemons guest stars!
Sunday, May 10
The Unit must locate and defuse three sets of dirty bombs headed for unknown locations across the U.S. Meanwhile, the team prepares for a wedding of one Unit member and the end of a marriage for another.
THE BIG BANG THEORY
Monday, May 11
As he prepares for a three-month science expedition, Leonard reconsiders his feelings for Penny.
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
Wednesday, May 13
Christine learns some shocking news about New Christine’s father (Scott Bakula) after
the two of them rekindle their romance at Richard and New Christine’s
wedding. James Lesure guest stars as a wedding guest and
potential hook-up for Barb.
Wednesday, May 13
Gary and Allison’s frustrating personal lives lead them back into the bedroom… repeatedly.
Thursday, May 14
The CSIs investigate a series of murders tied to a scam involving
valuable poker chips from a long-gone casino and Det. Ray Langston must
use deadly force for the first time in his career as a CSI. Cynthia
Watros and Gerald McRaney guest star.
Friday, May 15
When a ghost pays Melinda an unexpected visit, she worries for her unborn baby. Meanwhile, wedding bells ring for Melinda and Jim.
Friday, May 15
When Amita is abducted, Don and the team’s frantic search leads to a
charismatic sociopath (James
Callis), but it is up to a distraught Charlie to discover
what’s behind the suspect’s bizarre plans for her. The situation causes
Charlie to reassess his relationship and future with Amita. Lou Diamond Phillips returns as
Agent Ian Edgerton.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Monday, May 18
Ted gives Barney his blessing to finally profess his love to Robin.
TWO AND A HALF MEN
Monday, May 18
Charlie starts to question his relationship with Chelsea when he hears
that Mia is back in town. Meanwhile, when Judith goes into labor,
Charlie, Alan and Herb rush her to the hospital.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Monday, May 18
Jeff wonders if he and Audrey are lacking spontaneity in the bedroom.
Monday, May 18
Horatio fights to save Yelina while Delko goes against Calleigh’s pleas
and helps his dangerous father with life-threatening consequences.
Brian Austin Green guest stars as an alleged carjack victim.
Tuesday, May 19
Ziva’s homecoming to Israel with Gibbs leads to a tense reunion with
her father, the enigmatic and powerful head of Mossad. As this delicate
situation escalates, Gibbs is forced to make a decision that sends
shockwaves through NCIS.
Tuesday, May 19
Lisbon suspects that serial killer Red John is drawing Patrick Jane
into a trap when the CBI team investigates the murder of a young girl
and the abduction of her twin sister.
WITHOUT A TRACE
Tuesday, May 19
The team searches for a man who disappears after a late-night ocean
dive that includes stolen drugs and three dead bodies. Meanwhile, Danny
and Elena take their relationship to another level. Martin Landau
reprises his role as Frank Malone, Jack’s father. Adam Kauffman, Poppy
Montgomery’s real-life boyfriend, reprises his role as Brian Donovan,
the father of Samantha’s son, Finn.
Wednesday, May 20
The BAU tracks a serial killer who picks up junkies, prostitutes, and the
homeless off the streets of Detroit and takes them across the border
into Canada. After solving that case, another killer returns to exact
Wednesday, May 20
A member of the team is murdered after a deadly group of kidnappers
snatch Robert Dunbrook’s son while he is being transferred from prison
to court. And, if that loss isn’t enough, the life of another CSI is
Lizzie Mac is back!
Sources confirm to me exclusively that Hilary Duff will appear in an upcoming episode of Ghost Whisperer as a “beautiful woman of mystery” who (duh) may or may not have been involved in the death of some dude.
Random fact that may help explain how this whole thing came about: Duff and Jennifer Love Hewitt are BFFs! Who knew?
Duff’s Ghost gig comes amid news that she’ll headline Barely Legal, an NBC comedy about an 18-year-old who passes the California bar and becomes the state’s youngest attorney. (Additional reporting by Oriana Schwindt)
Sometimes I don’t know my own strength: My little story from two weeks ago about the (stop reading now, spoilerphobes!) impending death of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Ghost Whisperer hubby has sparked the kind of fiery backlash that would wipe the smile off even Casper’s face. Who knew? Okay, I did! (That’s why I wrote it. Duh.) Less prepared were the show’s spoiler-wary producers, who now find themselves in the unusual position of doing damage control on a plot twist they didn’t want revealed in the first place. In this exclusive interview, Whisperer‘s executive-producing team of P.K. Simonds, Ian Sander, and Kim Moses set the record straight about “the bomb” they’re dropping this November, and why they’re confident it’ll have fans swooning, not fuming.
Ausiello: Let’s start with the basic question: What’s going to happen to Jim this season?
Simonds: I’ll try to be a little bit coy but not too coy. What we said from the beginning of the season is this is something that we’ve been thinking about and planning for a long time, and the show has been dropping clues and hints for quite a long time. There’s been a lot of Internet speculation about what’s going to happen, and some of it’s right. But what a lot of people don’t understand, what a lot of people have been getting wrong, is why we’re doing it. Number one, what we’re doing is very big and we’re very excited about it creatively, but not because it’s going to get a momentary burst of ratings; we believe it will thrill our audience in a lot of different ways, and reconnect them to the show, and sort of intensify the bond they feel between themselves and our characters. Our show is sometimes procedural in nature in that Melinda meets new people every week and helps them with their problems. But the show has not always been as much about her life and her relationships and her problems. What we’re trying to do is this season is do an overall arc or mythology which is entirely about Melinda and her relationships. It’s also a way of kind of bringing together all the strands of the show, because it is a show, let’s face it, that deals with death. And the reason the audience loves the show so much is that we find ways to deal with death that are honest; we’re not changing anything where that’s concerned. We are going to confront our main characters with death in an intense and personal way, but we’re going to find the real point of the storytelling. It’s not who or what or when, really, it’s about what comes next. And I think a really important thing for the audience to remember is that this is also a show about love. Love between human beings and how powerful and eternal it is. This all began a long time ago as a conversation about how do we make this show even more romantic than it already is. A lot of people feel like the relationship between Jim and Melinda is a wonderful and almost too perfect relationship, and we felt that way too. So we wanted to kind of shake things up.
Moses: And also explore some ghost rules, but still stay true to the ghost rules that were set up in the beginning.
Ausiello: When does this story start to unfold?
Simonds: The bomb is going go off in November. It’s not a literal bomb, but it’s going to feel like one. The repercussions are going to carry forward throughout the entire season.
Sander: This bombshell is part of the mythology and raising the stakes on the mythology. What I believe we’re also saying is that this is not the endgame. It is, in fact, part of, a new beginning of a mythology that we think will become exciting and build over the course of the season. The show will also deliver on what the audience has come to love and expect, and that is Melinda still will be dealing with ghosts, still dealing with their issues and unfinished business. There will be closure at the end of each episode and satisfaction at the end of each episode while she performs that heroic task. In addition to that, we will have that personal mythology that folds back on her.
Moses: In season 1 the mythology was the spirit world is getting stronger. Then in season 2, the veil between the living and the dead is getting thinner, and we continued that into season 3. And the mythology this year is that love transcends death.
Ausiello: A lot of fans are saying that a big reason they tune in is for the Jim-Melinda relationship. Obviously, they’re worried that killing him off will screw with that.
Simonds: We’re not going to confirm or deny anything, and I apologize because we’re all professionals and that seems silly. But we can’t do that. Because if you do that, there are a number of people who are going to use that as an excuse not to watch. And we want people to watch, because the whole point of this is the journey. It’s not about knowing what happens or what’s going to happen; it’s about experiencing it. And we want people to experience that. What I will say is that what the audience cares about is the exact same thing we care about, and we would never do anything to betray our audience or the investment that they have in those characters and that relationship. If there’s one thing they don’t have to worry about, it’s that ultimately that won’t be taken away.
Ausiello: The skeptics out there are saying this story is essentially a ratings stunt.
Moses: It’s definitely not a stunt.
Sander: We’ve all tried those — a big stunt that gives you a lot of flash, and when the dust settles, you’re left with a lot less than you had before. We would never let that happen to this show. It’s too valuable and too important to us to play games with. It’s really not about that.
Ausiello: There’s also a theory floating around that perhaps this idea was born out of David Conrad’s desire to have more to do on the show.
Simonds: We have an embarrassment of riches on this show in terms of our cast. We always want to find ways to use those actors in new and interesting ways, so that was, of course, part of our thinking. None of them have ever complained to us about what we asked them to do, but, of course, all artists ever want to do is something new. I can only assume that they were and are thrilled whenever we can give them new kinds of challenges.
Sander: I’m directing the current episode, and they not only take those challenges, they’re running with them. Anybody who’s been underused who’s getting used more is absolutely relishing it and stepping up. It’s been really great to watch.
Ausiello: Are you concerned at all about the “jumping the shark” factor?
Simonds: For me, jumping the shark is when you change the rules to the show — somehow it’s harder to believe in, or impossible to believe in.
Sander: If the audience feels betrayed with what they believe up until that point, then you run that risk, so, in that sense, we were concerned about it. But we have no concern whether that is actually going to happen. People just need to watch, and if they watch, I can pretty much guarantee that they will be really satisfied with the experience. The show for us has certain rules, and certain sacred trusts with the audience in terms of what we give them every week and the way the world works. None of those rules are broken and none of those trusts are broken. We take that very seriously.
Simonds: The audience is not going to feel betrayed or in any way disappointed as they’re watching this show.
Now it’s your turn, GW fans: Does this game-changing twist have you more or less spooked now that you’ve heard from the show’s creative team? Got ideas on how you’d like to see this particular Ghost story unfold? Sound off below! I guarantee you TPTB will be reading every word.
Consider this your final warning.
Okay, so, death is no stranger to Ghost Whisperer. Heck, the show’s very premise hinges on Jennifer Love Hewitt chatting with the dearly departed every week. (Or so Mandi Bierly tells me.)
But this season, the Grim Reaper makes it personal.
Although CBS declined to comment, multiple sources confirm what has been buzzing on the Internet for weeks (final final warning): Melinda is about to become a widow, as producers have decided to kill off TV hubby Jim (David Conrad) early in season 4.
Remember, this is Ghost Whisperer, people. It’s highly unlikely that Jim’s death will mark the end of Conrad’s GW run (see also: sassy Talk Soup lady). But how long will he be sticking around and in what capacity? God only knows.
Bottom line: If, like Ms. Bierly, you only watch GW for “those special moments when he actually gets to do something, like wear a wifebeater to bed,” don’t freak out. At least not until I tell you to freak out.
Okay, time to freak out.
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