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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Ugly Betty,' 'House,' 'Scrubs,' 'CSI: Miami,' '24,' and more!

House-Ugly-Betty-Ausiello_l 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 
ausielloscoop@ew.com
. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by David Yi and Carrie Bell)

This just in: Bryan Fuller exits 'Heroes'

Heroes-Bryan-Fuller_l Just as Heroes was gaining some creative momentum comes word of another setback: Bryan Fuller has vacated his post as consulting producer.

The acclaimed Pushing Daisies auteur tells me that he left to focus on developing new projects for NBC, and not (as some have speculated) due to creative differences with series creator Tim Kring. 

“I’m crafting two pilots right now and it’s a lot of work,” admits Fuller, who has an overall deal with NBC. “It was just too hard to [juggle] Heroes and my development; something had to give.”

Fuller’s exit was first reported by Herc at Ain’t It Cool News.

Fuller returned to Heroes last December, shortly after ABC dropped the ax on Daisies. Many (yours truly included) credited him with the show’s end-of-season creative rebirth.

Reaction to Fuller’s exit? Are you as bummed as I am? Sound off below!

Exclusive: 'Heroes' recruits Sue Thomas, Darth Maul

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British actor Ray Park, whose role as Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace made him an icon to fanboys far and wide, is joining the cast for a sizeable arc. Additionally, Deanne Bray (Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, The L Word) has inked a deal to come on board for multiple episodes.

Who are they playing and how long will they be sticking around for? Keep reading for the scoop…

Little is known about Park’s role, except that he’s playing one of the colorful characters at the center of the show’s Carnivale-esque storyline. (My guess? He’s the character described in the breakdowns as “Knife Thrower.”)

Bray, meanwhile, will play a deaf love interest for one of the main Heroes. As I previously reported, the part specifically called for a deaf actress. (So much for my campaign to get Jericho‘s Shoshannah Stern the gig!)

In addition to Park and Bray, Heroes‘ fourth season will welcome Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper (as a new villain) and Californication‘s Madeline Zima (as Claire’s quirky college roommate).

Thoughts?

Spoiler Alert: 'Heroes' resurrects 'Carnivale'

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Wanna know what Season 4 of Heroes is gonna be like?

Go back and watch Carnivàle.

Based on the casting breakdowns that are making the rounds in Hollywood, it seems safe to say that the creatively resurgent NBC drama’s new volume, "Redemption," will bear more than a passing resemblance to the much-missed HBO show.

Besides a Knife Thrower and a sexy, twentysomething Tattoo Girl, Heroes is on the hunt for a middle-aged Eddie Izzard type to play the Carnival Barker, a smooth operator with a wicked wit. This character, I hear, will start small and grow. (Not grow as in grow-into-World’s-Tallest-Man grow, but grow nonetheless.)

In addition, the series is searching for its own Ellen Page to play Claire’s (Hayden Panettiere) quirky college roommate, and a stalwart — think Andre Braugher — for the role of Matt’s (Greg Grunberg) partner… and mentor.

Sound good to you? Or at least better than this season of Heroes? Or does it just annoy you that somebody is doing Carnivàle other than, er, Carnivàle? (My opinion? Yes, yes, and a little.) Sound off below! (Additional reporting by Andy Patrick)

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Scooplets: '24,' 'Heroes,' 'HIMYM,' and more!

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If this week’s Ask Ausiello were to be repackaged as a DVD, the following scooplets would constitute the bonus material…

24
: Is Kim Bauer following her dad to New York next season? You tell me: The show is looking for a 6-year-old actress to play Kim’s now-4-year-old kid for an arc. Shooting gets underway later this month, assuming Kiefer Sutherland’s recent headbutt heard ’round the world doesn’t screw everything up.

Heroes: Tim Kring and Co. are on the prowl for a twentysomething actress to play a love interest for one of the main Heroes in season 4. The character will be introduced in the fourth episode and, here’s where things get interesting, interested candidates must be hearing impaired. My peeps on Twitter are already campaigning for Jericho‘s Shoshannah Stern to get the part.

Monk: The series may be coming to an end but the webisodes are only beginning! An insider confirms that USA is developing a 10-episode web series about Monk’s childhood. 

How I Met Your Mother: Neil Patrick Harris is pretty much confirming what I reported in Ask Ausiello today: Stella ain’t the mother, despite how things may have looked at the end of Monday’s episode. "There have already been episodes where older Ted is saying that she’s not, so we’d have to go against our word to make that the case," he says. "But I think she’ll have something to do with the realization of who the mother is." (Additional reporting by Emmet Sullivan)

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Fringe: Major season finale spoiler
Lost: Time travel coming to an end

Breaking: NBC cancels 'Life,' plays hardball with Chris and Mariska

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Just returned from NBC’s upfront infront presentation. Highlights below.

•    Peacock co-chairman Ben Silverman confirmed that Life will not go on. (Bubble Show Cheat Sheet updated accordingly.)

•    As I reported earlier today, the fates of Medium, My Name is Earl, Chuck, and Law & Order will be decided on or before May 19.

•   If Chuck is renewed, it probably won’t be returning to Mondays. Silverman said Heroes would be paired with "a new show" on the night (my guess: Parenthood)

•    NBC is prepared to move forward with Law & Order: SVU with or without Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay. "There’s an offer on the table," said co-chair Marc Graboff, cryptically.

•    Special guests included Amy Poehler (wearing a swine flu mask) and Donald Trump (wearing his soggy raincoat).

•    Light refreshments were served. And enjoyed.

(BTW, if you were following me on Twitter you would have known all this already. Just sayin’.)

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Smallville,' 'Heroes,' 'Dexter,' 'Ugly,' 'Grey's,' 'Gossip Girl,' and more!

Ausiellohousetom_lQuestion: Give me a reason to watch House next week. –Jo
Ausiello:
House and Cuddy get physical!

Question: As much as I loved your all-House Ask Ausiello, I have to admit I was just a tiny bit disappointed that we didn’t get even a little Huddy-related scooplet. In honor of my birthday next Tuesday, give me something about the May 4 episode. –Megan
Ausiello:
Okay, but I expect you to reciprocate when my b-day rolls around next February. And sending me a greeting via Facebook or Twitter doesn’t count. In Monday’s ep, House suspects his drug habit is fueling his Amber hallucinations, so he decides to quit Vicodin cold turkey. Cuddy comes to his apartment to personally empty out his medicine cabinet, a struggle ensues, and, before you know it, they’re both wrestling on the bathroom floor and … well … roll the clip.

Question: So Faraday is the "less ish, more major" death on Lost, right? What a reveal! Can we expect any more mayhem before the season finale? –Tim
Ausiello:
Yes and hell yes.

Question: Any news on the upcoming season of Dexter? –Rosalie
Ausiello:
Production on season 4 starts May 28 and, if all goes according to plan, new episodes will begin airing this fall. Spoiler-wise, six months will have lapsed on-screen between the finale and the premiere, which means the birth of Dexter and Rita’s son will have already happened.

Question: Okay, Ausiello, tell me the truth. Is the person being killed off in the season finale of Law & Order: SVU listed in the opening credits? –Geoff
Ausiello:
No.

Question: Is there any news as to whether Jessica Capshaw will be back on Grey’s Anatomy next season? –Jay
Ausiello:
Not only will she be back, she’s finalizing a deal to become a full-fledged series regular! Holla if you’re a lesbian!

Question: Please give us a hint about the special guest that will appear in the season finale of Smallville and then return next season! –Jorge
Ausiello:
I’ll give you two: He shows up in the final scene, and he’s going to cause big problems next season. 

Question: How about you give us another clue as to who is dying in the Smallville season finale? –Kendall
Ausiello:
I’ve said all I’m going to say on the subject. I lied, here’s one final hint: I can confirm that there is a twist, but it doesn’t involve anyone coming back to life. Okay, now I’m done. 

Question: I know Weeds started filming season 5 recently so you’ve got to know something! I need to know what’s up with Nancy. –Brandy
Ausiello:
Producers are auditioning thirtysomething actresses to play Nancy’s trusted gynecologist on a recurring basis. The role is calling for tasteful nudity and simulated sex, which makes sense since I hear she’ll be getting busy with Andy.

Question: The Heroes finale made it seem like Zachary Quinto might not be back next season. What’s the deal? –Antonio
Ausiello:
Zachary Quinto will without question be back next season. But I hear the show is also planning to introduce a cool and mysterious new villain. And, let’s face it, it’s time. 

Question: You were right: The Heroes finale was fantastic. Any scoop on season 4? –Eric
Ausiello:
Tracy’s whole revenge arc will serve as a centerpiece of next fall’s "Redemption" volume. 

Question: Any news on what we can expect from the new season of Entourage? –Deirdre
Ausiello:
The other man currently destroying Robert and Kitty’s marriage on Brothers & Sisters, Matt Letscher, has been cast as the TV exec overseeing Drama’s show.

Question: Please, please, please have some good scoop for The Office. I feel like it has been forever since we have learned something new. –Matt
Ausiello:
Here’s what you already know: Everyone (including Amy Ryan’s Holly) gathers together for Dunder Mifflin’s annual company picnic. Here’s what you don’t know: The episode ends with a doozy of a twist, the repercussions of which will be felt well into next season.

Question: I am dying here. Do you have anything on 90210. –Shay
Ausiello:
Interesting choice of words. Makes me wonder what Jim Walsh is up to. I hear we may find out in the finale.

Question: You’re funny! Will Luke Grimes be a regular cast member next season on Brothers & Sisters? –Henri
Ausiello:
Yes, I can confirm that I am funny. Oh, wait, that wasn’t a question. My bad. Re. Grimes, I believe making him a series regular was the plan, but that may change in light of growing Ryan backlash. Personally, I have no problem with the actor. It’s the way they’re writing him that irks me. His creepy obsession with Rebecca was bad enough, but now he’s teaming up with Holly to take down the Walkers? And the fact that the writers allowed their sharpest character — Sarah — to fall for it hook, line, and sinker is unforgivable. Can you tell I’m a little down on B&S these days? 

Question: With the May "upfronts" coming soon, could you be wonderful enough to put together a list of those shows already renewed, those going to the MIA network, and those shows up in the air? Pretty please? –Paige
Ausiello:
Nah. On second thought, okay.

Question: What is your gut feeling on Chuck‘s chances of renewal? –MD
Ausiello:
After watching the finale, my gut feeling is that Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak left NBC with absolutely no choice but to bring it back for a third season.

Question: I’m writing you as I watch Ugly Betty film a scene outside the Woolworth Building, which doubles as Meade Publications Headquarters on the show. It looks like someone important has fallen from the building and onto a car. Who is it?! –Rachel
Ausiello:
Let’s ring-up executive producer Sylvio Horta and find out! (And by "ring-up" I mean conduct the interview I had previously arranged through ABC that just happened to coincide with your eyewitness report.) "Yes, someone plummets to their death in the season finale," Horta confirms. "It will play a big role in the plot."

Question: Will Meredith and Thatcher finally resolve their issues on Grey’s Anatomy? –Gabby
Ausiello:
Not exactly. She, will, however reach a new understanding with the Chief. She even gives him a gift. A pretty major gift. A gift I have a hunch will play a big role next season (if the story is going where I think it’s going.)

Question: Can you give me some Grey’s Anatomy scoop about Mer/Der? I’m tired of hearing about Izzie! –Angelique
Ausiello:
You’re in luck! I just hung up with Sharon Lawrence, who guest stars this week as Izzie’s trailer-trash mom, and she had some interesting things to say about working alongside Katherine Heigl. For starters, they didn’t get a chance to speak to each other prior to rehearsing their first scene, which called for Lawrence to practically tackle Heigl in her hospital bed. "The first thing I did was barge in and hug her," Lawrence explains with a laugh. "I could tell right away she was present and not guarded. We got to know each other as the day went on, because we would have time to talk about other things while we were waiting to work. It’s an odd thing we do for a living. Sometimes you have to get very close to somebody right away. That’s why I was so grateful for her openness and warmth, and it’s because of that that we were able to make physical and emotional choices that really conveyed the intimacy these two had. She is such an honest and open actress. There is not an untrue bone in her body as an actor, and it made my job so easy." Despite all the media attention focused on Heigl’s uncertain Grey’s future, Lawrence insists she came into the job with no preconceived notions about her TV daughter. "I would never judge the situation from the outside," she says. "I’ve been around long enough to know that the outside does not have all the facts. All I care about is that the storyline is served well."   

Question: Scoop on Gossip Girl please. –Bri
Ausiello:
First, a correction about something I said last week. Turns out, Chuck does not try and sabotage Blair’s campaign for prom queen. It’s actually just the opposite.

Question: Any Gossip Girl season finale scoop? –Patricia
Ausiello:
The episode revolves around the gang trying to smoke out Gossip Girl.

Question: Hey, Jerkface. The producers, show-runner, as well as some of the actors from Sarah Connor Chronicles are all going on record saying you are wrong about Fox canceling the show. Not only that, but that they are making a point of mocking you in the process. –LT
Ausiello:
Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will … they didn’t drag the Smurfs into it, did they?

Question: I was wondering if you had a scoop on Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni’s contract with a guy named Dick? –Grace
Ausiello:
My NBC mole says there is some back-channel negotiating going on and there’s cautious optimism that a deal will be worked out. And if not, don’t expect Benson and Stabler to get a sendoff befitting their decade-long service. The season finale makes no mention of either of them possibly moving on.

Question: When will Alpha be unmasked on Dollhouse? –Art
Ausiello:
This Friday!

Question: Please tell me if you have some spoilers on the next season of Secret Life of the American Teenager? I can’t wait until June! –Holly
Ausiello:
A significant male character will die early into the season. And something happens as a result of it that will probably piss off the [insert name of conservative TV watchdog group].

That’s a wrap! Questions, anonymous tips, other stuff go here: ausielloscoop@ew.com. Thanks for playing!

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

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Question: This two-week Lost hiatus is killing me! More scoopage before the final episodes, please! –Brad
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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 
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
She uncovers the identity of someone connected to GG, but not GG herself.

Question: I need Gossip Girl scoop, preferably about the prom. –Lindsay
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
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
Ausiello:
"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
Ausiello:
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 ausielloscoop@ew.com Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell)

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Lost', 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Housewives,' 'Scrubs,' 'Bones.' 'Supernatural,' 'Heroes,' '24,' and more!

Housegreyslost_lQuestion: Do you have any snippet to share with us about Lost‘s season finale? –Megan
Ausiello:
We will come to learn that the dude who may or may not be playing Jacob bore witness to pivotal events in the pre-island lives of Locke, Sayid, and Sawyer. Speaking of Lost, I wanna say a few words about Evangeline Lilly’s performance in tonight’s episode: Wow. (Okay, one word.)

Question: Will we ever find out what happened to Rose and Bernard on Lost? –Lucas
Ausiello:
I’m hearing we will.

Question: Any news on Heroes? Maybe something on the season finale? –Dennis
Ausiello:
Sylar kills a regular Hero that’s been on the show since Season 1. And it sticks.

Question: I am a huge Bones fan. I am also a huge Buffy-Angel fan. Any chance the Bones producers would think about bringing Sarah Michelle Gellar on for a guest appearance? –Dana
Ausiello:
I think you’re more likely to see an appearance by, oh, I dunno, Cyndi Lauper than SMG. In unrelated news, sources confirm to me exclusively that ’80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper is in talks to recur next season as a kooky psychic that Booth and Brennan bring on as a consultant.

Question: Desperately need some scoop on One Tree Hill. Are Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray returning next season? –Scott
Ausiello:
They’re negotiating new deals now. Everything you’ve been hearing, reading, and seeing about how Warner Bros. and the CW don’t want them back is bunk, so don’t fall for it. 

Question: Please can we have some scoop on USA’s In Plain Sight? Some Mary-Marshall tidbits perhaps? –Becky
Ausiello:
Following her near-death experience, Mary is much more emotional and erratic in the second season premiere (airing April 19). As a result, she leans on Marshall more than ever. And although she’s supposed to be on administrative leave, she’s recruited to assist Marshall on a case. Of course, taking a backseat to Marshall isn’t really in Mary’s DNA…

Question: Shonda Rhimes said the 100th episode of Grey’s Anatomy takes place on Mer and Der’s wedding day, but you said they’re not getting married. What’s the deal? –Claire
Ausiello:
Do I have to remind you of Shonda’s long and well-documented history of injecting her spoilers with tricky and misleading wordplay? Case in point, Izzie doesn’t have a brain tumor, she has a brain metastasis. Here’s the deal: Unless the script underwent an 11th hour rewrite, I stand by my earlier statement that Mer and Der do not get married on May 7. The only thing I’m unsure of is whether or not I should reveal the name of the bride and groom who are tying the knot in that episode. I’m on the fence about that one. What do you think I should do? Submit your pro/con arguments in the comments section. I’ll get one of our interns or Annie Barrett to tally up the votes at the end of the day.

Question: Are Cristina and Owen really done on Grey’s Anatomy? I actually will be in mourning if that one bites the dust. It is the first interesting plot in a while. –Elise
Ausiello:
They’re far from over. As Kevin McKidd himself told EW’s Jennifer Armstrong, the exes will be thrown "a huge curveball that neither of them see coming. Just as he starts to get over his thing, something else happens. Which is good and bad. It’s like, ‘Oh my God, this is big.’ It will be interesting to see how it leads into next season." Any guesses as to what the curveball is? Come on, it shouldn’t be that hard to figure out. Think. It’s bad and good. You can do this! 

Question: First off, I have to say thank you. Because of all the props you’ve been giving Big Love, I watched the first two seasons on DVD and now I’m hooked! I know you reported that Ana would be back for the fourth season, but please tell me she isn’t going to marry Bill again. –Manda
Ausiello:
I’d be shocked if they go down that road with her again. BTW, exec producer Mark V. Olsen told the L.A. Times that it’s not an absolute certainty that Ana will be back next season. "Ana is someone I think deserves to come back into the life of the family, but there’s not a guarantee that it will be in the fourth season," he said. "I talked to [Ana’s portrayer] Branka, and I said, ‘You’re definitely going to come back either this season or in a later season. We want you to come back.’ And then what happens is we don’t always have a completely planned-out season when we go into the writers’ room. If we come up with a premise that’s going to take us through this next year, and it relates somehow to Ana coming back into the family to cause trouble or to dramatize that theme, then she’ll definitely come back."

Question: Got some Scrubs scoop? Seen the finale? Does it rock? –Lucy
Ausiello:
I have not seen it. Of course, neither has Donald Faison, so I don’t feel so bad. "I wasn’t [on set when they shot] the big reveal," he says of the episode’s major twist. "So I’m excited to see what happens, too." Wait a sec: There’s a major twist in the Scrubs finale?! Did we know this?!

Question: How about an extra juicy Desperate Housewives spoiler? –Niki
Ausiello:
A main character will seriously consider getting a facelift. No big whoop, right? Wrong. It’s not a housewife mulling a little nip/tuck it’s a househusband

Question: I’m hearing rumors that a certain redhead on Wisteria Lane will be having an affair with someone from the past. Any hints as to who it might be? –Karin
Ausiello:
All I’ll say is the redhead in question will start spending a lot of time with one of Susan’s exes. Hint: He’s the one you go to when you want a divorce, not when you want your toilet fixed. 

Question: I am so excited about the third season of The Tudors! Got any new scoop? –Hannah
Ausiello:
Pay close attention to the "previously on" recap airing right before Sunday’s premiere, because methinks Showtime orchestrated an elaborate cover-up. Actually, meknows. In an effort to make us forget that the role of Jane Seymour had been recast during the hiatus (Annabelle Wallis is in, Anita Briem is out), Showtime digitally removed Briem from all the scenes featuring the future Queen and inserted Wallis instead. Translation: Either Showtime thinks we’re really stupid or Briem burned some serious bridges on her way out the door.

Question: If I offered you $500 and a trip to Smurf Village, because I can totally arrange that, can I have some Supernatural scoop? –Ashley
Ausiello:
Does that trip to the Smurf have any blackout dates? If not, you’ve got a deal: Sam learns in the season finale that ******i** ******* is the ***** **** that has ** ** ****** ****** ******* can ***e.

Question: Your April Fools tweet about a Gilmore Girls movie being greenlit was just plain cruel. You can make it up to me by giving me some scoop on Alexis Bledel’s appearance in this week’s ER finale. –Jennifer
Ausiello:
Okay, but you have to admit the one about Paramount producing a road-trip comedy starring Keri Russell, Lauren Graham, Kristen Bell, and Mariska Hargitay was pretty genius. Anyway, Alexis — who plays an intern in the ER finale — described the experience as "wonderful" and "emotional," adding that the ER vets "did not want to part ways… everyone was crying." Despite the positive experience, she’s still not ready to make a full-time return to TV. "There were a few [pilots] that I looked at," she says. "[But] I just wasn’t ready to sign up for six years. I have commitment anxiety at the moment. I’m sure it will wear off in the next couple of years." And because I know you’re wondering, yes, she saw LG in Guys and Dolls. "I went last weekend. She’s totally amazing. She sings beautifully, she dances… I was totally wowed."

Question: Do you have any CSI season finale scoop? –Meredith
Ausiello:
What happens when a stash of vintage casino chips worth 1K each lands in the wrong hands? Murder happens, Meredith.

Question: There’s a rumor that Warner Bros. tore down all the Sarah Connor Chronicles sets, which typically means a cancellation announcement is coming. What are you hearing? –Val
Ausiello:
The SCC sets have not been struck, a Warner Bros. insider maintains. They’ve simply been "shuffled around." (Hopefully not from the soundstage to the landfill).

Question: Any other clues for who will be dying in the Smallville finale? –David
Ausiello:
The *er**n d***g ** n** C***e.

Question: What is the deal with the House promo for next week’s episode? Why is it so dramatic? What’s going to happen next week? –Samantha
Ausiello:
Something very, very bad. And that’s not a knock against special guest star Meat Loaf. I swear!

Question: Regarding the bachelor party coming up on House, there’s a rumor out there that in order to prevent deportation, Chase gets married to Wilson. True? –Luna
Ausiello:
False.

Question: Have you uncovered any details about Anne Dudek’s return to House? –Patrick
Ausiello:
I have, and this is the only one I’m prepared to divulge: House is the only one who sees her, and the vision does not take place while he’s making love to Cuddy.   

Question: Got anything on 30 Rock‘s season finale? –Martin
Ausiello:
Picture a "We Are the World"-esque charity single. Then picture one of the celeb participants being Jenna. Now picture yourself laughing until your spleen ruptures.

Question: Yes, 24 has been rocking this season, but I’m missing Chloe! I know Mary Lynn Rajskub had to take time off from filming for her maternity leave but enough’s enough! What ep will Chloe be back? –Nicole
Ausiello:
I’m told the Chloester reappears in mid-to-late April.

Question: Counting the days until Ugly Betty returns. Got scoop? –Suzie
Ausiello:
Things will get serious between Hilda and her city-official beau Archie, prompting her to declare herself the Michelle Obama of Queens.

That’s a wrap! Submit questions/anonymous tips/beauty tips to ausielloscoop@ew.com, and then come back here next Thursday and we’ll do it all again! (Additional reporting by Lindsay Soll, Jeremy Medina and Jeff Labrecque)

Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' wins again on Monday

No surprise, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars was far and away the Monday night winner with 20.2 million viewers, according to preliminary overnight ratings. The network’s mid-season series, Castle, meanwhile, held steady with 9.8 million fans, same as last week. Over on Fox, a guest appearance by rapper/actor Mos Def helped drive House to a solid 12.2 million. The night was not good for NBC’s Chuck, though, as the series struggled with only 5.6 million viewers.

 
   
   
      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

 

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8pm Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
House (Fox)
Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Chuck (NBC)
Gossip Girl (The CW)
20.2
12.2
9.8
5.6
2.5
8:30pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 9.2
9pm Two and a Half Men (CBS)
24 (Fox)
Heroes (NBC)
One Tree Hill (The CW)
14.4
11.2
6.3
2.3
9:30pm Rules of Engagement (CBS) 11.0
10pm CSI: Miami (CBS)
Castle (ABC)
Medium (NBC)
13.4
9.8
7.3

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Grey's,' 'Smallville,' 'True Blood,' 'Ugly Betty,' 'Prison Break,' 'Numb3rs,' 'Heroes,' 'NCIS,' 'Housewives,' Bones,' and more!

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Question: What is up with this supposed marriage that will take place at the end of the season on Grey’s Anatomy? I’m assuming that a Meredith and Derek wedding would be too rushed. –Dana
Ausiello:
You know what they say about people who assume: They make an a out of ss and ume. I hear Der will finally propose to Mer in the March 26 episode titled "Elevator Love Letter" (gee, I wonder where he pops the question?), so, assuming she accepts, that gives the happy couple about seven weeks to pull something together. That’s more than enough time, no?

Question: Enough with the endless Twitter plugs. We get it, you’re twittering. Let’s move on. –Doug
Ausiello:
I’m a step ahead of you, Doug. This week’s AA contains nary a single shout-out to the T-word. I’ll be the first to admit I went a little overboard last week.

Question: This is my first time asking a question, so, for the sake of a newbie’s sanity, could you please give a good Grey’s Anatomy spoiler on Cristina/Owen? –Sasha
Ausiello:
Sorry, but the hazing section of the AA bylaws state that all virgin question-askers must be given an ugly, painful spoiler their first time out. With that in mind, remember me telling you that Owen’s PTSD would cause him to physically harm Cristina? Well, that little scratch last week wasn’t it. The violence I was referring to comes next week when Owen strangles the you-know-what out of her. Everyone join me in congratulating Sasha on getting her first AA question answered! You’re now eligible to join the AA frequent question-asker club. Click here for details on how you can earn points towards free hotel stays, a Macy’s shopping spree, complimentary upgrades on flights, and much, much more!

Question: How long will Izzie’s condition remain a secret on Grey’s Anatomy? –Tammy
Ausiello:
Not long. Loose-lipped Cristina blabs all to Bailey and Alex right before she performs her first solo surgery. BTW, can anyone explain to me why on earth Izzie chose to confide in Cristina and not George? I mean, aside from the obvious: It would’ve required giving T.R. Knight something to do.

Question: The Burn Notice finale was incredible! Got any scoop on season 3? –Jennifer
Ausiello:
Jennifer Esposito’s no longer playing season 3’s big bad! Click here to find out who is!

Question: Dude! What’s going on?! Where’s all the True Blood scoop!? –Ryan
Ausiello:
Chill, bro, I’ve got just the tease for ya — and so does the show. Alan Ball and Co. are currently talking to "name" actresses to appear in just one episode this season (and more in future ones). The character? No less than Sophie-Anne, the 500-year-old queen of the Louisiana vampires. My mole tells me that Her Highness is as bright and witty as she is powerful and dangerous. (Isn’t that always the way?) Michelle Pfeiffer, call your agent — yesterday!

Question: Smallville scoop, please! –Jason
Ausiello:
John Schneider, Annette O’Toole, and John Glover are back! Sort of! The Smallville vets will appear via flashback in the April 2 episode, which delves into Davis’ backstory. Is it old footage? New footage? CGI? No comment, no comment, and no comment! Oh, speaking of Smallville, click here to see Erica Durance in action as Stiletto!

Question: Please give me some information on My Boys. I’m going through withdrawal here. –Krysten
Ausiello:
The season 3 premiere on March 31 resolves the whole Bobby-PJ-Jack love triangle (hint: farewell, Jack!). Meanwhile, Stephanie and Kenny keep their tryst under wraps. For now.

Question: Please tell me the rumors aren’t true about Lynette and Carlos having an affair on Desperate Housewives. –Barrie
Ausiello:
First I’m hearing of that rumor. I mean, she will end up working for him. And he will accidentally see her naked. And he will kind of like what he sees. And she will be flattered by the attention. But an affair? Again, first I’m hearing of it.

Question: Is Ugly Betty killing off Ashley Jensen? –Henry
Ausiello:
Nah. My Ugly mole assures me that a much happier ending awaits Cristina. One that involves a kidnapping, a medical test, and a reunion with the two men in her life.

Question: Do you have anything on Prison Break‘s last episode? –Abby
Ausiello:
Justice will be served to both Pad Man and Christina, although one will involve far more blood than the other. Also, I have some more information on the finale’s Alias-esque epilogue: The closing minutes of the swan song will flash forward four years to show where all the main characters ended up. For more on PB‘s big climax, pick up the new issue of EW (on sale Friday) and turn to page 56.

Question: Please help out a Numb3rs fan out with some good scoop! –Hope
Ausiello:
The show’s 100th episode on May 1 will be stockpiled with Easter eggs that only longtime fans will be able to spot. Or AA readers, since I’m about to slip you three insanely Googlable clues: Rooker, Merrick, and Rossmo.

Question: I just noticed that Numb3rs seems to have dropped Sophina Brown’s name from the opening credits. Any saucy scoop? –Bernd
Ausiello:
Sophina remains a series regular. It’s possible her name was dropped from the credits because she wasn’t in that particular episode; not all Numb3rs regulars are contracted for every episode.

Question: I am hooked on Big Love. I’m begging for scoop on Sunday’s season finale! –Heather
Ausiello:
Bill Paxton dropped by earlier this week to shoot a guest appearance on Ausiello TV (look for that video tomorrow), and he revealed that, unlike last season’s capper, this one ends with a cliffhanger. And here’s a little season 4 scoop: Damages‘ Zeljko Ivanek, who debuted two weeks ago as a creep who may or may not have fathered a child with Nikki way back when, will be back next season in a major way.

Question: I heard through the grapevine that you’ve seen the series finale of Battlestar Galactica. What the frak are you waiting for? Spill it! –Jacob
Ausiello:
Unfortunately, the producers made me sign some lame no-spoiler agreement prior to the screening. Fortunately, the name I signed was Vanity Smurf! I’m a genius! Turns out Ellen isn’t the fifth cylon — Adama’s dead son is! OMGWTF, right? And that’s not even the biggest twist, this is: I’m kidding! (Or am I… )

Question: Got any good scoop for the Battlestar finale? –Andrew
Ausiello:
This much I’ll say: If you’re a fan of BSG‘s third and current fourth seasons, then you’ll probably love Friday’s two-hour send-off.

Question: Brothers & Sisters scoop, please? –Harrison
Ausiello:
There’s a surprise engagement in the finale (Rebecca and Ryan, perhaps?).

Question: I thought you were just kidding about Tommy fleeing to Mexico on Brothers & Sisters! –Jenny
Ausiello:
That raises the inevitable follow-up Q: Was I also joking about him joining a cult? Hmm…

Question: Can you please tell me that Fringe has a chance — a good chance — of being renewed for a second season? –Daniel
Ausiello:
Fringe has a very good chance of being renewed for a second season. And if it’s not, the actor they end up casting in the role of "Dr. Smith" is going to be royally pissed off, since he’s appearing in just one scene in May ahead of what promises to be a major recurring arc next season. Who’s Dr. Smith, you ask? A 55-65-year-old scientist and contemporary of Walter Bishop. Cue the inevitable "Is he Olivia’s stepdad?" speculation.

Question: I need some Heroes scoop, my dear! –Heather
Ausiello:
The working title for next fall’s fifth volume is "Redemption." That’s according to James Kyson Lee (Ando), who told us that production on season 3 wrapped last Friday and the cast is now in the midst of a three-month hiatus. He also called this Monday’s Bryan Fuller-penned episode a "monster" hour of TV. "Ando learns a new trick with his mojo," Lee revealed. "He will not just be a supercharger anymore. He will be something more from that point on. He is becoming a legitimate superhero this season. which is really fun for me to go from powerless sidekick to hero."

Question: Kill the Cheerleader, Save the Show. Please tell me Claire is one of the two for real deaths on Heroes. Her character is annoying. –Bishop
Ausiello:
She is not. Claire will be back next season, although for a few hours late Tuesday things were looking iffy. There was a rumor going around that Ms. Hayden was taking meetings with top TV execs at the major studios. The rumor ended up being true, but it wasn’t acting work she was looking for, it was producing work: She’s pitching a new show and she’s searching for a buyer.

Question: Any chance there’s a sliver of truth to the rumor that Gale Harold is joining Supernatural next season? –Brianne
Ausiello:
Nope, not even a sliver.

Question: Anything you can tell us about the two-part NCIS episode that sets up next season’s spin-off? –Linda
Ausiello:
The eps air on April 28 and May 5, and, according to exec producer Shane Brennan, Gibbs and Co. "travel to Los Angeles and work with the new NCIS team to solve what begins as a murder investigation and turns into something bigger."

Question: Are there any cast changes in store on NCIS? –Kate
Ausiello:
Yes, but they’re additions, not subtractions. The show is introducing two new recurring characters later this season: Thirtysomething ICE agent named Julia Yates and mid-50s FBI director Barry Hutchinson.

Question: Any scoop on 30 Rock for us? –Matt
Ausiello:
"We’re ending the season with some big family revelations about Jack," reveals exec producer Robert Carlock, "that will allow him to ask questions about himself and where he comes from." I’m guessing Jack’s mom will be dropping at least one of the bombshells since Elaine Stritch is slated to return in this season’s homestretch. 

Question: First you did it with Emily VanCamp, then with Brittany Snow, now I am begging you to please work your magic on Heather Locklear. I’d love to see her on Desperate Housewives as the new troublemaker. –David
Ausiello:
I’m pretty sure I’d be wasting my time. Housewives, like every other hour-long series on the air, is being asked to trim costs (see: Nicolette Sheridan’s exit). And Heather Locklear’s special brand of bad girl does not come cheap. Having said that, I’m sure ABC could find enough cash to bring her on for an arc during sweeps. Or at the very least a one-off guest stint. Okay, you convinced me. I’ll make some calls. (BTW, in case you haven’t heard, Locklear has officially said no to Melrose 2.0.)

Question: What’s the latest on Zack returning to Bones? –Will
Ausiello:
The latest is he’s probably definitely most likely going to be in the finale on May 14. And he won’t be the only Bones alum appearing in the ep. "The finale is pretty much going to have everyone who has ever been on the show," reveals exec producer Stephen Nathan, who says Patricia Belcher (Caroline) and Ryan O’Neal (Max) are among the MVPs slated to join Eric Millegan (Zack). "It’s going to be an interesting last episode of the season. Very different for us, but it should make sense in the context of the season."

Okay, that’s a wrap! Send questions/anonymous scoops/early Easter greetings to ausielloscoop@ew.com. And you can also follow me and my scoops at, uh, er, um… nevermind! (Additional reporting by Andy Patrick, Jennifer Armstrong, Lynette Rice, Carrie Bell, and Aly Semigran)

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Question: Got any clues as to what’s ailing Izzie on Grey’s Anatomy? –George
Ausiello:
Sources confirm to me exclusively that Izzie will learn in this week’s episode that she has ***** * ********** ******** that has spread to her ***** and *****.

Question: I need some Mer-Der proposal scoop, please! –Dee
Ausiello:
Der’s second attempt goes haywire, but the third time’s the charm — Patrick Dempsey (sort of) said so himself on The View yesterday! In totally unrelated news, you can now follow me and my scoops on Twitter!

Question: Any news on a possible Chuck renewal? A petition for a third season has already started. –Dianne
Ausiello:
Petitions are nice. Viewers are nicer. With that in mind, here’s a recap of all the mind-blowing stuff coming up this spring on TV’s funniest comedy:

•    Multiple weddings
•    A shocking death
•    Morgan departs the Buy More
•    Chuck and his father are reunited
•    Chuck and Sarah are going further than they ever have before
•    Chevy Chase
•    The return of Jeffster
•    The return of Bryce
•    The return of the Awesomes
•    A game-changing twist that will (hopefully) launch the show into season 3.

Question: NCIS… anything good going to happen? –Beth
Ausiello:
Did you miss this week’s EW, or are you just that greedy? As I report in my print column, the NCIS spin-off-launching episodes will fill in a blank that’s long been missing re. Gibbs. "There’s a resolution to him," says ex producer Shane Brennan, "in a story that has spanned the entire series, from the very first episode all the way through. It really is a piece of information the audience is well aware of — part of his back story — and in the spin-off [episodes], he lays that to rest." Any clue what it could be? Head to the comments and get a mass debate (tee-hee) going!

Question: Do you have anything on Prison Break‘s last episodes? –Abby
Ausiello:
Yes, but perhaps nothing that’ll really surprise you. I mean, it’s Prison Break — you kinda figure people are gonna die (like, several of ‘em). Aside from that, a few past characters are gonna resurface (including C-Note and Sofia), and the Company is gonna get shut down. (Yay!) Hey, on second thought, this might titillate you: Apparently, Michael is smacked with a Sophie’s choice and has to decide whether to save Lincoln’s head or Sara’s. And since she’s already lost hers once…

Question: It seems like you have something against giving out How I Met Your Mother scoops, but I’ll take my chances, anyway. Any scoop you can reveal? –Andrea
Ausiello:
I have nothing against giving out HIMYM scoop, Andrea, it’s actually you I have something against. Nonetheless, I will tell you that Alyson Hannigan finally left for maternity leave last week. And not a moment too soon. "She is not a big person to begin with, [so she is literally] now half baby," laughs EP Carter Bays. "Even if we had the option to keep her around, it would be comically difficult to hide that growing child inside her." Luckily, despite her maternity leave, she won’t be left out of the show for too long. "We have a funny way to cross her out for a few episodes," teases Bays, "and we shot some of her scenes in advance."

Question: Got anything on How I Met Your Mother? –Luke
Ausiello:
How ironic would it be if, after spending the entire season hiding Alyson Hannigan’s pregnancy, HIMYM producers ended the season by making Lily pregnant! Pretty ironic, right? Well, guess what — it just might happen! "It’s a distinct possibility," says EP Carter Bays. "On the one hand, there are a lot of funny baby stories just waiting to be told. But on the other hand, that could mean the end of all the stories we could tell at the bar. You kind of have to reach the point where it’s like, "Alright, there are no more stories to tell in the bar, so it’s time to start telling baby stories." So, I guess the question is, Is HIMYM at that point yet? Sounds like more mass debate (tee-hee) fodder for the comments section.

Question: Okay, after watching Laura Prepon’s annoying Karen nearly ruin an otherwise outstanding episode of HIMYM last Monday, I’m left wondering how long we have to put up with her. –Steve
Ausiello:
Maybe we were watching different shows, because I thought Laura’s Karen was a riot. But you’ll be pleased to hear that her arc will come to an end after just one more episode. (Some ignoramus originally reported that she was booked for five episodes, which couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Nothing pisses me off more than sloppy journalism.)

Question: Got any good gossip on Law & Order: SVU? –Laura
Ausiello:
The best: Mariska Hargitay is expected to make a complete recovery and will (hopefully) be back to work at the end of the month. The news isn’t so rosy for one of her co-stars, however. Exec producer Neal Baer tells me that "someone bites the dust" this May.

Question: How about some Bones scoop? –Amy
Ausiello:
The March 26 episode is a big one for Tamara Taylor’s Cam, who discovers that her ex-boyfriend has been murdered. "This was the love of her life," explains exec producer Hart Hanson. "She lived with him for two years and raised his daughter. She now has to go back and tell the now-16-year-old daughter — who doesn’t remember her — that her father is dead. It’s a very emotional episode for us. And Tamara is brilliant in it."

Question: i want to see some privets parts of you. –nicol
Ausiello:
Stand in line.

Question: I need a Heroes scoop. Got anything juicy? –Aled
Ausiello:
Consulting producer Bryan Fuller is putting to rest rumors that Ali Larter wants off the show. "She’s not going anywhere," he tells me. "I’ve never seen somebody so committed to the show as Ali, and the show is absolutely committed to Ali." Fuller says he jumped at the chance to pen an upcoming episode (No. 20) that focuses on Larter’s Tracy. "If you look at the ‘Fugitives’ arc, it all kind of leads up to episode 20 in a nice way," he says. "There’s a great twist in her arc." Might that twist be connected to one of the three big deaths coming up (one of which is a fake-out)? Fuller won’t budge, except to say Tracy "ends the season in a fantastic way."

Question: Jesse Spencer has already confirmed that he’ll be back on House next season, but what about Jennifer Morrison? Is she leaving at the end of this season? –Maria
Ausiello:
Not according to series creator David Shore, who insists Morrison figures into his long-term plans. But that’s not to say that someone else won’t be leaving Princeton-Plainsboro. Asked if he’s planning any staff changes heading into the fall, Shore tells me we’ll "pretty much see the same cast." Let me call your attention to the following words: Pretty and much.

Question: Do things work out for Wilson and his brother on House? –Monica
Ausiello:
If they do, we won’t find out this season. "That [story] won’t be forgotten," says David Shore. "But that is not where we’re going at the end of this year."

Question: Got any scoop on my new favorite show, The Mentalist? –Katie
Ausiello:
The season finale will revisit the mystery surrounding who killed Patrick’s wife and child. Furthermore, executive producer Chris Long teases that "something happens at the end of [the episode] that will change the way you look at Patrick." As long as you don’t change the way he looks, we’re good!

Question: We already know that Edie is going to die on Desperate Housewives. What else can you tell us? –Jason
Ausiello:
Orson’s antics will lead Bree to seriously contemplate the D-word. Also, the Dave Williams (Neal McDonough) saga will take a crazy turn when it becomes clear that the psycho has been targeting the wrong Wisterian!

Question: It’s been weeks since you’ve given us something on the Veronica Mars movie. Can you help a fan in desperate need of some good news? –Elise
Ausiello:
Progress has been made! "I pitched [it] to Joel [Silver]," Rob Thomas reports. "He seemed to really like the pitch. Waiting to hear whether he can get The Powers That Be at Warner Bros. to take a chance on it. If they say no, we’re out of luck, as the studio owns the rights. There’s really nowhere else I can take it." Let’s focus on the positive, shall we? Joel liked the pitch! Woo-hoo!

Question: I’m sure you’re not going to tell us who kicks the bucket on the Big Love finale, but could you perhaps tell us how? Murder? Suicide? Falling toilet seat? –Ava
Ausiello:
Su****a**on?

Question: Got any 24 scoop? Please tell me there’s some Jack and Renee romance on the horizon! –Emily
Ausiello:
Hey, Renee’s still romantically attached to Larry, although probably not for much longer. I’m told a shocking turn of events will further test their already strained relationship.

Question: For the sake of my eyes, please tell me that Ryan and Rebecca on Brothers & Sisters will not shack up. –Jennifer
Ausiello:
Sorry, but they’re shacking up (as in moving in together; not sure if it’ll turn romantic.) Speaking of Ryan, I hear the little bastard is hiding something.

Question: April 7 is a long way away. Gimme some good Fringe scoop to ease the pain. Please? –Kelli
Ausiello:
"Peter’s shady past will catch up with him," reveals exec producer Jeff Pinkner. "Specifically the work he was doing in Iraq at the start of the series. Those criminal doings will have direct consequences to his work on the Fringe team." Got anything else, Mr. Pinkner? "Olivia will learn more about the experiments done to her as a child with the drug Cortexiphan. She’ll also meet a man who underwent the same experiments as a child — but [he] can’t control the dangerous results." Got anything else, Mr. Pinkner? [Crickets] Guess not.

Question: Got any Gossip Girl/Jenny Humphrey scoops? –Giovanni
Ausiello:
According to exec producer Stephanie Savage, Dan’s kid sis "has a big Blair, Mean Girls story for the end of the season that also ties in with the Rufus/Lily story. And you will see that a new course has been charted for Jenny Humphrey in the fall."

Question: Do we know anything about Gossip Girl‘s prom episode? –Charisma
Ausiello:
Only that No Doubt will be performing, just not in this decade and not as No Doubt. "No Doubt is going to be playing in our ’80s flashback/[spin-off] episode," reveals Stephanie Savage. "They’re playing an up-and-coming ’80s band."

Question: Will we ever meet Harry’s real son on 90210? –Christopher
Ausiello:
Not this season. And probably not next, either. Newly crowned show-runner Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair says "there was an overabundance of adoption-centric stories when I came to the show. And I didn’t feel like we could tell the story of the real son on the heels of the imposter son, because the issues that they would be going through would be too similar. So I don’t think there’s a place for that this year, but that’s definitely something that’s out there." Speaking of 90210, I hear the first new episode back is nuts. And I mean that in a good way.

Question: Please tell me Chloe isn’t dying on Smallville. –Ken
Ausiello:
Sorry, but I will have no further comment on the Smallville deaths. I’ve already said too much. (Pssst: Check my Twitter  feed in the coming days for a clue!)

Question: Your frenemy is reporting that a major character will be killed on Lost this season. Is this the same character you’ve been referring to? –Pamela
Ausiello:
Sure isn’t. The death I’ve been teasing is merely major-ish. This new one’s major sans the ish.   

That’s a wrap! Send questions/anonymous tips/more questions to ausielloscoop@ew.com. Oh, and you might want to start following me on Twitter. You never know when I’m going to tweet an exclusive scoop or two. (Let me know if I’m driving home this Twitter thing too hard, k?)

'Heroes' scoop: Early sneak peek at season 4!

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The ink on NBC’s unofficial renewal of Heroes is barely dry and already the show’s producers are looking ahead to the fourth season. Truth be told, they’ve been looking ahead for some time now.

"We’ve spent a lot of time in the writers room talking about what season 4 is going to look like," consulting producer Bryan Fuller told me earlier this week. (At the time he was cautiously optimistic about the show’s chances of returning.)

Fuller says the final moments of the season 3 finale will set the stage for what’s to come in the fall. "Basically, the last act of episode 25, similar to what’s been done in the past, opens up a new chapter of Heroes. It sets up arcs for a variety of characters."

That’s particularly true in the case of Claire, Fuller says. "We set all the pieces up in terms of Claire’s attitude and what her trajectory is going to be in season 4. You will have a very strong idea by the end of this season’s final episode where Claire is going and what’s going to be happening with the Petrellis."

Of course, the bigger question is whether anyone will care where they’re going. Personally, based on what I’m hearing about this season’s final batch of episodes, I actually do care. But enough about me, let’s talk about you: What do you think of Heroes‘ early (and still unofficial) pickup? Relieved? Indifferent? None of the above? Sound off below! 

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