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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Grey's,' 'House,' 'Bones,' 'Gossip Girl,' and more!

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Question: All I ask for is some scoop from one of my “G” shows: Glee, Greek, Gossip Girl, or Grey’s Anatomy. —April
For a second there I thought I was finally going to be able to unload the humongous Gary Unmarried scoop I’ve been sitting on. Maybe next week. In the meantime, here’s something on Grey’s: Seattle Grace’s merger with Mercy West claims its first victim this week. (Hint: The pink-slipped party is female and has been around since season 1. And no, it’s not Mer. Or Izzie. Or Cristina. Or Bailey.)

Question: Is there any good Grey’s Anatomy scoop? —Bryan
There is if you’re a Calzona ‘shipper: Seattle Grace’s token lesbians make it official this week. Well, officialish.

Question: Rumor has it that Ausiello has been slacking on his Gossip Girl scoop. —Tina
Rumor has it you smell, but you don’t see me spreading that around, do you? Here’s your damn GG scoop: Tyra Banks’ guest turn as a tempestuous film actress in Monday’s episode is highlarious. Even better, she wasn’t trying to be funny, so you’ll be laughing at her and not with her! Awesome, right? Well, the news just keeps getting better ’cause I gots me a clip! READ FULL STORY

It's official: Vincent D’Onofrio to exit 'Law & Order: CI'

Vincent-Donofrio_lUSA Network is finally confirming what I first hinted at last week: Vincent D’Onofrio is exiting Law & Order: CI. He’ll say good-bye in the show’s two-part season 9 premiere, at which time he’ll pass the baton to co-star Jeff Goldblum. READ FULL STORY

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

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

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

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

Scoop: Shakeup brewing at 'Law & Order: CI'

law-and-order_lUSA Network is finalizing a deal to bring Law & Order: CI back for a ninth season, but there’s a catch. Actually there are a few catches. Here’s what I’m hearing…

* Julianne Nicholson is out. The actress, who recently gave birth to her second child, has opted not to return. Saffron Burrows (My Own Worst Enemy) has emerged as the frontrunner to replace her. READ FULL STORY

'Law & Order' twist: Erbe in, Nicholson out!

Kathrynerbe_lLaw & Order: Criminal Intent is temporarily merging half of its A and B Teams.


Kathryn Erbe has agreed to fill in for the very pregnant Julianne Nicholson while the latter is on maternity leave, sources confirm to me exclusively.


The move means that for the final four episodes of CI‘s current eighth season (premiering this Sunday on USA), Erbe will alternate between her current partner, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Nicholson’s new partner, Jeff Goldblum.


Hey, that wasn’t nearly as scandalous as the accompanying headline seemed to imply!

[Grins mischievously]

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Question: I’m so excited about the return of Chase and Cameron on House! Do you have any insider info on what they’ll be doing? –Leigh
Do Twitter feeds qualify as insider info? ‘Cause on March 16, Omar Epps and a bunch of his House cronies were tweeting about a big bachelor party scene that was being shot that day, fueling speculation that Chase is about to march down the aisle with Cameron. Sounds plausible to me. In related news, I’m on Twitter, too! (Come on, I had to go there.)

Question: Any truth to your frenemy’s report about a big death coming up on House? –Drew
Yep, there’s a lot of truth to it.

Question: The Office? Pretty please (with cherries and anything else that you especially like on top)!? –Laura
I’m partial to rainbow sprinkles and crushed Oreos. Regarding Office scoop, we’ll soon learn that Ryan pulled a Margene during his time away. (Ask a Big Love fan; they’ll know what I’m getting at.)

Question: Do you have any more scoop about The Office? I’m starting to feel like Andy without a penny for his loafers. –Tiffany
Think Michael’s abrupt resignation last week was nothing more than a one- or two-episode sweeps stunt? Think again. Not only will his departure stick, he’ll decide to start up his own paper company  — presumably one that competes directly with Dunder Miff!

Question: Is Desperate Housewives playing another trick on us re: Edie’s death? –Sam
Nah, they really killed the ol’ broad this time. But Edie
returns in a big way in the April 19 episode via newly-created
flashbacks with each of the main housewives. It’ll be just like the
100th episode, only swap out Beau Bridges and insert Nicollette

Question: There has been a complete lack of Law & Order: Criminal Intent scoop in AA. Let’s change that, okay? –Kristi
Sure, but only because you asked so very nicely. Criminal
‘s eighth season (and second on USA) kicks off April 19 with a
Goren-Eames episode. But things get really interesting the following
week with the arrival Jeff Goldblum’s character, Zach Nichols, who’s
partnered with Wheeler (Julianne Nicholsen). Let’s just say
communication doesn’t seem to be this duo’s forte.

Question: Is Elizabeth Mitchell leaving Lost? It will break my heart if she does. –Cristiane
I address the murky Mitchell situation in this week’s EW (on
sale Friday), but this much I can tell you now: Juliet will definitely
appear on Lost next season.

Question: Any Smallville finale spoilers that don’t involve the Grim Reaper? –Graham
The fight scene between Doomsday and Clark is going to be big. One might even call it ginormous.

Question: Any clues on the Smallville vet getting killed off in the finale? –Brad
The *er**n d***g ** *** C****.

Question: Rumor has it the Veronica Mars movie is dead. What’s the deal?! –Andrew
It’s not dead. It’s not alive. It’s… I better let Rob Thomas explain: "I haven’t received an official no [from Warner Bros.]. It’s being considered, but at this point the chance of a quick green light isn’t there. It’s true I’m a bit discouraged, but I wouldn’t pronounce it dead-dead. It’s like the wheezy old man they’re trying to cart off to the graveyard in Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Keep the faith, people!

Question: I am dying for some Gossip Girl scoop regarding the season finale. –Lara
I’m hearing there will be multiple cliffhangers, one of which may include an appearance by Rufus and Lily’s presumed-dead love child.

Question: Any scoop on the Gossip Girl spin-off? Please tell me they’re not calling it Lily. That would be L-A-M-E. –Blake
They’re not calling it Lily; nor will it be Lily of the
, which was also rumored. The Valley was discussed but, alas,
that was the name of the faux soap on The O.C. That leaves… um… If you’ve got any
suggestions, post ‘em in the comments!

Question: Do you have any awesome scoop on what’s ahead on Grey’s Anatomy? –Jim
The wedding taking place in the 100th episode on May 7? It’s not Mer-Der after all! The plot thickens!

Question: Any news on whether T.R. Knight will get a story this season on Grey’s Anatomy? –Craig
Remember me telling you last month about a proposed storyline
that would find George developing an interest in Owen’s specialty as a
military/trauma doc? You know, the one ABC insisted had been scrapped
and replaced with something even better? Well, my colleague, Jennifer
Armstrong, just spoke to Kevin McKidd, and the new story sounds a lot
like the old one. "Hunt [will start to] see something in George that no
one else has," McKidd revealed. "There’s an event that happens and
[Hunt] realizes there’s a lot more to him… that he has a set of
skills that maybe he isn’t even aware of. And Hunt starts to mentor him
in a way that gets really interesting." Translation: My initial theory
about Shonda Rhimes having George join the military and go off to Iraq as a
way of accommodating Knight’s departure is so happening. Right?

Question: Will Cristina and Owen hit the sheets anytime soon on Grey’s Anatomy? –Erin
Let’s ask Kevin McKidd. "A lot happens this week," he said.
"I think they’ve drawn that one out a lot, and I know people are
getting frustrated. I think it’s good because they’ve really connected
on a mental and emotional level. And now I think it’s time they connect
physically." (Oh, they’re going to connect physically, alright.)

Question: You were right, the Big Love finale did not disappoint! HBO
has a new best show. And how good was Chloe Sevigny? If she doesn’t get
any Emmy love, there’s going to be at least one angry person out there.
Make that two. Three if you count my colleague, Nicholas
Fonseca. Four if you add my boss, Henry Goldblatt. Tim Stack brings it
to five. Tina Jordan makes it six. Missy Schwartz is seven. Jeremy
Medina is eight. Kristen Baldwin = nine. Annie Barrett’s 10. Dalton Ross,
11. Margeaux Watson, 12. Ken Tucker, 13…

Question: Is it too early to ask for Season 4 Big Love scoop? –Mari
It’s never too early. We have not seen the last of Ana (a.k.a. Wife No. 4). I’ll have more on that later in the week.

Question: Did Roman really die in the Big Love finale? –Melanie
Yes. That’s why I labeled this story "Who’s gonna die?" and not "Who might die?"

Question: How about some Ugly Betty scoop? –Kelly
First, the good news: Ugly Betty‘s final four season 3
episodes will not be burned off this summer, as some (read: me) feared.
ABC announced last week that Betty would return from its unexpected
spring hiatus on May 7. Now, the bad news: Daniel is going to have to
sell his soul to bail out Meade. And by sell I mean dress up in a bunny
costume at the behest of some rich tycoon named Hartley. Oh, how the
boring mighty have fallen.

Question: What’s the deal with your disrespect of Stargate: Universe?
MGM gives you an exclusive cast photo and you can’t even be bothered to
identify all of the cast? How unprofessional. You may not be a fan of
Stargate, but it’s been around for a long time. Give it and the fans
some respect. –James
Hey, I told you who the old middle-aged guy in the front row was. Doesn’t that count for something?

Question: Will Rhys Coiro (Sean) be back on 24? –Bob
I have a hunch Sean will likely remain lawyered up and out of
sight for the rest of the day. A really good hunch (wink, wink).

Question: What’s the word on Friday Night Lights? –Tony
The two season, 26-episode pickup will be announced any day
now. Unfortunately, it looks like Tyra will only be appearing in a
handful of those 26, as (future CSI: Miami guest star) Adrianne Palicki
is not expected back full time. Ditto Minka Kelly, who was recently
cast in the CW pilot Body Politic opposite Veronica Mars‘ Jason
Dohring. Both will likely be given multi-episode arc send-offs a la
Gaius Charles’ Smash and Scott Porter’s Jason. 

Question: There appears to be agreement amongst most Bones fans that
the ridiculously adorable Wendell must be crowned Brennan’s permanent
grad student. (I mean, come on! The guy geeks out with Brennan and the
Squint Squad and he’s Booth’s hockey buddy? How can you say no to
that?) Any idea as to when we’ll see the end of
rotating-intern-palooza? –Olivia
Maybe never. "As of now we’re going to continue to rotate
them," says exec producer Stephen Nathan. "We were looking back at all
the interns we used this season and trying to figure out who would work
out best, and we can’t make a decision. We love them all. And I think [the variety] has really helped the show a lot, because fans have their favorite, so
people tune in to find out who’s going to be on that week. Also, we’ve
been extremely lucky with the actors we’ve cast. Everybody our casting director
Rick Milligan has brought in could easily be a regular on our show, and
that’s a very rare thing to find. It seems like we have a permanent
cast of players now."

Question: Bones scoop? –Stephen
"Sweets and his girlfriend wind up in bed with Booth and
Brennan," reveals EP Stephen Nathan. Okay, he’s kidding, but an
upcoming episode will find the quartet in an awkward situation. "Booth
and Brennan think Sweets’ girlfriend is getting married to somebody
else and hasn’t told him," says Nathan. "It’s a bit of a Bridezilla
episode that takes a look inside the wedding industry."

Question: I just found this website where unemployed creepy guys can
pretend to be millionaires and scam exceedingly naive women. Can I plug
it in your column? –Pat
Will we get a link back? If so, you got a deal.

Question: Any Unit scoopage? –Dana
In the second to last eppy of the season (airing May 3),
Scott Foley’s real-life wife, Marika Dominczyk (Brothers &
), guests as a Russian snitch with intel that will help — who
else? — Foley’s Bob!
Also in this ep, we’ll discover that someone isn’t who he claims to be,
and Bob uncovers the ultimate goal of the season’s big conspiracy.

Question: I hear Life won’t renewed for next season. Say it ain’t so, Mike! –Bev O.
It ain’t so! At least not yet anyway! Life co-star Donal Logue told us
at the Monsters vs Aliens premiere that NBC probably won’t make a decision until May. And unlike you, the uncertainty isn’t keeping
him up nights. "I am in a different position on this show than on shows
I have done in the past where I was more the lead or title character,"
he says. "On other shows I have done, I would be more in Damien’s
position. He’s the one that is really feeling the concern. I feel free
and open; it has been a great experience." Logue adds that they’re
shooting the season (or series?) finale as we speak. "It is really a
super action-packed episode and it will answer a lot of questions. I
think it is a very strong script and, so far, what we have shot looks
great. Charlie confronts the deep dark parts in this episode. He is
going to confront the conspiracy against him and it gets pretty

Question: Can you please give me some good news about The Sarah Connor Chronicles. –D’rick
I’m hearing rumblings that a major male character will be
killed in the season (series?) finale. Also, one of the women in John’s
life will leave him. Another will betray him.

Question: Please give us a hint about the big death in the Lost finale. –Bill
Just this one: That’s not what people will be talking about the next morning. Trust me.

Okay, that’s a wrap! Please direct questions/comments/anonymous tips to Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by
Jeremy Medina and Carrie Bell

Random scooplets: 'Grey's' planning surprise twist for Mer-Der? Plus: 'House,' 'Pushing Daisies,' 'Big Love,' and more!

•    The latest Grey’s Anatomy rumor making the rounds has Shonda Rhimes mulling a bait and switch that would find terminally ill Izzie living and George dying. Oh, wait, I forgot — neither of them is leaving (wink, wink). In other Seattle Grace happenings, Grey’s scribe Pete Nowalk sprinkled some cryptic teases into his lengthy postmortem on last night’s episode. The big takeaway: Mer-Der "is not going where you think."

•    Fox just released the following logline for the March 9 episode of House, titled "The Social Contract": House and the team take on the case of Nick (The Shield‘s Jay Karnes), a book editor who loses his inhibition and starts insulting coworkers at a dinner party one night before falling ill. The team realizes Nick has frontal lobe inhibition, which has caused him to lose his filter and vocalize all of his innermost thoughts, resulting in extremely insulting outbursts. As Nick’s free speech lends to some amusing and insightful comments regarding the team, he must deal with the consequences of being unable to lie to his wife and everyone else important in his life. Meanwhile, House suspects Wilson and Taub are keeping something from him when he catches them both in a lie. House is determined to get to the bottom of it."   

•    Pushing Daisies‘ Raul Esparza has booked an ep of Law & Order: Criminal Intent that starts shooting next week. He’ll play a shady district attorney in a Goren-centric episode. BTW, USA Network has announced an April 19 premiere date for CI‘s eighth season. Better late than never!

•    Speaking of Daisies, the show’s final three episodes will screen at PaleyFest09. Tickets are available via, and believe me when I tell you that the finale alone is worth the $15 admission charge. I just watched it and it’s fanfreakingtastic. If you’ve got a burning Q, e-mail me and I’ll try to include an answer in next week’s AA.

•    Is it just me, or did the majority of Supernatural fans skim right past the line in this week’s AA where I tease a pivotal death coming up? I don’t think it was just me.

•    Henry Winkler is reprising his role as Agent Bloom on Numb3rs later this season.

•    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, watch Big Love this Sunday, people. I don’t throw the word masterpiece around often, but it definitely applies here. Also, I counted at least a dozen "WTFOMG!" moments, including one featuring Ben, Margene and not a single piece of clothing.

Exclusive: Will 'Law & Order' star's pregnancy be ripped from this headline?

New Law & Order: CI detective Jeff Goldblum may have just been handed his first major mystery: cracking the case of who knocked up his partner.

A CI spokesperson confirms to me exclusively that Julianne Nicholson is pregnant, and producers may incorporate her “condition” into the show. “At this point, there is no definitive plan,” says the rep. “The writers are weighing various options.”

Should they decide to let art imitate life for Nicholson’s Det. Wheeler, it won’t be too difficult to figure out who the daddy is; in last August’s season finale, we learned that Wheeler has a fiancé (played by the actress’ real-life hubby, British actor Jonathan Cake). We also subsequently learned that the FBI is after him for fraud, money laundering and racketeering, so adding a baby to the equation would certainly make things interesting.

A likelier scenario (it would seem) is that the powers that be will follow the template established by sister show SVU when its star, Mariska Hargitay, announced that she was expecting three years ago. In other words, they’d shoot around her protruding tummy, then use her maternity leave as an opportunity to stunt cast.

Of course, there’s no telling when any of this will play out on screen since USA Network has yet to announce a CI premiere date. Like last season, the show — which is midway through shooting its 16-episode eighth season — will have its first run on the cable net, followed by a second run on NBC.

This will be the second child for Nicholson and Cake; their son. Ignatius. was born in Sept. ’07.


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