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Breaking: Is Charlie returning to 'Lost'?!

Charlie-returns-to-lost_l That’s the vibe I got after watching a new ABC promo (embedded below) that just made its way onto the Internets. The cheeky clip, part of the network’s fall ad campaign, features new and returning ABC stars Courteney Cox-Arquette, Ed O’Neill, Patrick Dempsey, and… Dominic Monaghan?!

An ABC spokesperson declined to comment, but a network insider cautions against reading too much into the spot. “There’s obviously a lot of ABC talent in the promo,” the source points out. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that Dominic is returning to Lost.”

Monaghan’s rep, meanwhile, had this response when asked if his client was being resurrected on Lost. “You never know. Stay tuned.”

Watch the clip yourself after the jump and let the speculation continue in the comments section!

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Lost,' 'The Closer,' 'Weeds,' 'True Blood,' 'Burn Notice,' 'Fringe,' and more!

Claire-lost_l Question: I miss Claire on Lost. Emilie de Ravin is such a great actress. Will she be back for all of next season? –Kelly
Ausiello:
Yes! After sitting out last season, de Ravin will return as a full-time series regular for Lost‘s sixth and final season, Team Darlton confirms. “Damon and I are very excited to bring Claire back to the show,” says Carlton Cuse, “and even more excited for people to experience just how she will return.” And even more exciting than that? Experiencing Doc Jensen’s theory on how she’ll return. Take it away, DJ:

“Any scenario that brings Claire back to Lost must address the mysterious circumstances of her disappearance at the end of season 4, in which many of us were led to believe that she was as dead — or rather, undead — as the Ghost Christian that’s been haunting The Island since season 1. So here’s one thought: Juliet changed time in the season finale by detonating Jughead, and season 6 will tell the story of the new timeline, one in which Claire is alive. Another thought: In light of the revelation that John Locke was actually a supernatural impostor for half of season 5, perhaps in season 6, we’ll get a storyline in which Claire just emerges out of the jungle, with no memory of what happened to her — just like season 1 — and we and the castaways will be left to wonder: Is this the real Claire or another impostor infiltrating them a la Locke? Heck, maybe that’s going to be the major idea of next season: Who’s really alive and who’s really (un)dead? It really will be the fabled zombie season of Lost!” Thanks  a million, Doc!

Question: What’s the deal with Louise Lombard’s exit from NCIS: Los Angeles? I thought she was great. Are they recasting the character, or making a new one entirely? –Amy
Ausiello:
That’s TBD. My guess? They’ll introduce a new character. And as far as why Lombard got the boot, I hear Macy didn’t test well with viewers.

Question: What’s this I’m hearing about an Aushole meet-and-greet at Comic-Con next month? –Diego
Ausiello:
I can confirm that something is in the works. More details to come on Twitter!

Question: I must confess, I’m kind of loving the idea of Brian Austin Green on One Tree Hill. –Jules
Ausiello:
Well, I hope you don’t love it too much, because I’m hearing the deal may be unraveling. Word is Green’s reps got spooked by the negative spin some bloggers were putting on their client doing OTH. As a result, they may be getting cold feet. Personally, I can’t see Green walking away from a gig that could potentially fetch him north of $1.5 million. Of course, that’s the same figure Chad Michael Murray said no to, so who knows? In their defense, $75K a week — after taxes and agency fees — does not go very far these days. I know that more than anyone

Question: The forums over at TheEnvelope.com are reporting that ABC may not have submitted Pushing Daisies leads Lee Pace and Anna Friel for Emmy consideration. Is this true? –Mindy
Ausiello:
It’s true that Pace and Friel are not in the running for an Emmy this year, but don’t blame ABC. The actors — or their reps — are responsible for submitting themselves, not the networks or studios. Not sure why they chose to sit this one out. It’s certainly perplexing. 

Question: Can you please give us some Burn Notice spoilers — preferably about Michael and Fiona’s relationship? –Jessica
Ausiello:
I have a hunch Fi is going to need Michael more than ever in light of this exclusive casting scoop: Lipstick Jungle hottie Paul Blackthorne has been tapped to play Thomas O’Neill, an Irishman who arrives in Miami with a longtime grudge against Fiona. He shows up towards the end of the season 3, which debuts tomorrow! BTW, Jeffrey Donovan is dropping by tomorrow for an ATV Q&A, so send those Qs to ausielloscoop@ew.com ASAP.

Question: I see Michael Rady from Greek is on the new Melrose Place. Does this mean Max is leaving? Hope so. He’s too geeky for Casey. –Jessica
Ausiello:
That question will be answered in Greek‘s June 15 season finale.

Question: Is it true that Fringe will be adding a new cast member next season? –Izebel
Ausiello:
Yes, ’tis true. Producers are currently casting a new female agent to replace Kirk Acevedo’s Charlie. The character is described as brash, outspoken, quick-witted, and capable, and possesses a “deep core belief” in the wonders of the universe. Translation: She’s a Mulder.

Question: Please give us fang bangers some True Blood scoop. I cannot wait for season 2. Will some of it take place in Dallas like the second book did? –Jessie
Ausiello:
Yep. In the new season’s fourth episode, Sookie, Bill, and their adoptive vamp Jessica (played by the awesome Deborah Ann Woll) wing it to Dallas, but there’s a surprise waiting for them at the airport. Later in the episode, an even bigger shock awaits Sookie when a, ahem, special visitor drops by her hotel room. 

Question: Not that I don’t appreciate the awesome True Blood scoop we got last week, it’s just that I need, really need, scoop on Sookie/Eric. Is anything gonna happen between them? –Sofia
Ausiello:
Something happens in the first four episodes that may lead one to believe Eric has eyes for someone else (hint: it’s a dude!). But maybe I’m reading too much into it.

Question: Any news on The Closer? –Debra
Ausiello:
Big news: Someone’s leaving the show! Kyra Sedgwick reveals that “a change in the squad” will come early into the new season (debuting June 8). “We lose a squad member,” she says. “It’ll be quick and painless, and it’ll be soon.” The departure is fitting given the overarching theme of the season: change. “The first and most obvious change is [Brenda's] married,” Sedgwick says. “Which is a big thing. How do you live as an individual you defined yourself as and thought of yourself as and now you’re attached to this other person? That’s a big change for her.” Also, Brenda’s beloved cat falls ill, Provenza gets a girlfriend, and, as I previously reported, Mary McDonnell joins the cast for an arc as an internal affairs officer. “She’s the complete opposite of me; we’re at odds,” Sedgwick says. “Brenda’s always had antagonists who are men, so it’ll be great to have an antagonist who’s a woman.”

Question: Weeds hasn’t been good since Nancy torched Agrestic. Any chance that this season will be worth watching? –Meaghan
Ausiello:
I handed your question off EW to intern/Weeds addict Jeremy Medina, who just watched the first three episodes of the new season (premiering June 8). Here’s what he said: “Hi Meaghan! I agree, last season was easily the series’ worst — up until the finale shocker that revealed Nancy’s pregnancy. The new season starts off with the fallout from that announcement. Her family is pissed. Even Andy, who loves her. Nancy basically acknowledges she’s a terrible human being, but then proceeds to act like even more of one. She dumps Shane off to live with her volatile sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) because he isn’t safe at home. She even purposely gets drunk to antagonize her Mexican drug lord boyfriend, simply because it’s the last card she can play in her epic power struggle. What will continue to make the season worth watching is to see if Nancy can win back a shred of dignity. She needs to have some sort of redemptive arc to make the show compelling again. Whether that will actually happen remains to be seen.”

Question: Any scoop on how Jim and Pam will adjust to parenthood on The Office? –Dave
Ausiello:
First we need confirmation that she is, in fact, pregnant. I mean, that’s how I interpreted that scene in the season finale, but Ed Helms has me wondering if there’s a bait and switch at play. “I don’t know exactly what’s going on there,” he told us over the weekend at the MTV Movie Awards. “There was an ambiguous hospital scene; that’s about all I know.” Translation: She’s pregnant. 

Question: Is The Unit really gone? Say it ain’t so! –Elise
Ausiello:
It’s so. Sorry.

Question: Any scoop on Mariska and Chris’ contract negotiations? Are they still going to be on SVU next season? –Kae
Ausiello:
Still no official deal, but things are looking good.

Question: The season finale of Law & Order: SVU was extremely disappointing! We were all led to believe that a “major” character was going to die. I’d even read/heard it was going to be someone in the opening credits. Then it turns out to be the guy in the lab? It was so misleading! –Jill
Ausiello:
Don’t go pointing fingers at me. I strongly hinted back in April that reports of a major SVU death were greatly exaggerated. [Beat] You’re still pointing at me. [Beat] Stop.

Question: Did your rec
ent blind item have anything to do with Lauren Graham or Kristen Bell? –Elle
Ausiello:
No, but the actress in question shares a first initial with one of them.

That’s a wrap! Send questions/comments/anonymous tips to
ausielloscoop@ew.com
. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Jennifer Armstrong and Jenny Sundel)

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Dollhouse,' '24,' 'Burn Notice,' 'True Blood,' 'Lost,' 'Eureka,' 'Bones,' and more!

Elizasummer_lQuestion: With Sarah Connor Chronicles canceled, please tell me there is a possibility of Summer Glau making an appearance on Dollhouse! –Jenn
Ausiello:
The noise you’re about to hear is the sound of the Whedonverse exploding. Joss confirms to me exclusively that, well, he’s one step ahead of you. "If anybody thinks [bringing Summer onto Dollhouse] hasn’t occurred to me already then they have not met me," he says. "I mentioned it to her before [SCC] was canceled. I was like, ‘You know, we should get you in the ‘house.’ But first we have to come up with something that works." And casting her as a doll would not work, insists Whedon. "Summer would be perfect to play an active, but she’s done that [type of role] a lot," he says. "I’d rather see her play someone who talks too much. The most fun I have is when I get somebody who’s good and comfortable at doing something, and then I make them do something else. Summer said to me, ‘I would like to play a normal girl before I die of extreme old age.’" Got any ideas? Head to the comments section!

Question: Since you’ve seen the first four True Blood episodes of season 2, is there anything you can share? –Sanna
Ausiello:
They’re bloody fangtastic! (Never. Gets. Old.) Seriously,
season 2 — premiering June 14 — gets off to a thrilling, gory, scary,
sexy, disgusting, funny, suspenseful start. Alan Ball would drive a
wooden stake through my heart if I spoiled any of the big twists (i.e. my lips are sealed about the fate of a certain flamboyant vampire blood
dealer), but here are a few juicy morsels to whet your appetite:

•    There are three orgies, all of them powered by Maryann’s (Michelle Forbes) aphrodisiac fairy dust.
•    Alexander Skarsgard’s Nordic vamp has an extremely homoerotic
encounter with a character who shall remain nameless. In related news,
there are about two dozen gratuitous shirtless shots in the first four episodes, all of them belonging to either Mechad Brooks (Tara’s new BF, Eggs) or Ryan Kwanten (Jason).
•    Sookie has a very revealing conversation with a new character in episode 4.
•    If you’re wondering what secret Merlotte’s newest waitress (played
by Ashley Jones) is harboring, a clue can be found on her skin.

Question: Got any Dexter casting scoop? Who will be this year’s Jimmy Smits? –Medve
Ausiello:
None other than John Lithgow!

Question: Got anything on 24? –Chris
Ausiello:
Big casting scoop: Freddie Prinze Jr. has been tapped to play CTU’s head of Field Ops. Thoughts?!

Question: Any scooplets on the end of Nip/Tuck? –Ellen
Ausiello:
Patience, Ellen. Patience. Oh, sorry, I meant patients. Among the last
clients looking to go under the knife will be an elderly Holocaust
survivor keeping a nasty secret from his wife and middle-aged daughter,
and a 60-something Asian porn star who wants his open-heart surgery
scar removed before trying to, er, score in the American market.

Question: Any chance Bill Lawrence will keep any of Scrubs‘ new interns around next season? –Joel
Ausiello:
I’m willing to bet he’ll keep at least one. "I really
responded to Eliza Coupe," he tells me. "But there’s nothing set in
stone."

Question: Are you going to post a summer premiere schedule? –Sara
Ausiello:
I have no plans to. Why, did someone tell you otherwise?

Question: In December, Lisa Edelstein was your best supporting actress
in a drama on your Best of ’08 list. So imagine my shock when she
didn’t even make the cut for your Dream Emmy Ballot.  What happened to
the love? –Megan
Ausiello:
Nothing happened to the love, but a lot happened to the
supporting actress category. First and foremost: Chloe Sevigny,
Ginnifer Goodwin, and Connie Britton all decided to enter the supporting
race instead of lead, creating the mother of all logjams. If it’s any
consolation, look at the amazing actresses joining Lisa on my standby
list: Callie Thorne, Amanda Seyfried, Michelle Hicks, Elizabeth
Mitchell, Cherry Jones, Chandra Wilson, and Sandra Oh.

Question: I just finished watching the pilot episode of Glee and it was
amazing! Do you have any info/spoilers about the show that can hold me
over until fall? –Heather
Ausiello:
The club’s token gay (a.k.a. Kurt) gets a love interest in the third episode, but not one he was expecting.

Question: What are the chances you could link to our Save Samantha Who? petition? –Michelle
Ausiello:
I’d say the chances are good.

Question: We’re so close to the new season of Burn Notice. Can we get some info on our favorite ex-spy? –Brad
Ausiello:
Next Thursday’s premiere picks up right where season 2 left off: with Michael up to his neck in the Atlantic Ocean. By the end of the episode, he’s back in hot water. Literally. (I’m talkin’ ’bout the water being on fire!)

Question: Any news on the CW drama Body Politic? Will it be picked up for mid-season? –Corinne
Ausiello:
It won’t. But I keep hearing rumors that one of the show’s
stars may find work on another high-profile CW drama. If it happens,
and all of my sources insist it probably won’t, it would create quite the
hubbubaloo.

Question: This is probably a long shot, but got any Lost scoop? –Jeff
Ausiello:
Yeah, having Lost scoop in late May is about as unlikely as me combing through my old
transcripts and finding an unused Damon Lindelof quote pertaining to
the show’s series finale. OMG, looky here: "We’ve been planning out the
final season for four years now. And of all the talks we have had about
the show, [reuniting all the castaways] is the subject that has come up
the most. The ending was almost where we began, and we had to figure
out how to get there. It’s like a wedding where the reception is the
part that requires the most planning and is the most fun to plan. We’ve
exchanged our vows and I am ready to go party."

Question: You single? You are cute as all get-out! –Bob
Ausiello:
No, but thanks for the perfect segue: Voting for PETA’s annual Sexiest Vegetarian contest ends in the next 24 hours and sources confirm to me
exclusively that I’m getting beat by Joaquin freakin’ Phoenix! What the
hell?! Luckily, there’s still time to prevent this travesty. All you have to do is
click on this link and vote for me. And when you’re done with that,
forward the link to 10 friends and have them vote for me. Then take a 10-minute break and start the process over again. You guys are always talking about wanting to do something positive with your lives. Well, here’s your chance!

Question: Why did The CW kill the Gossip Girl spin-off? –Tammy
Ausiello:
I’m told the higher-ups never embraced the whole ’80s
conceit. I’m also told the reason CW boss Dawn Ostroff stopped short of
declaring the project dead last week was because there’s a chance it could be
reconceived down the road.

Question: Realistically, how many episodes of Lost do you think Elizabeth Mitchell will be in next year? –Derek
Ausiello:
My gut is telling me we’ll see her in two episodes max. But
my gut has been wrong before. Oh, who am I kidding, no, it hasn’t.

Question: Any Eureka scoop? –Paige
Ausiello:
Three of the show’s stars — Joe Morton, Erica Cerra and
Niall Matter — have signed on to guest star on Sci Fi’s new paranormal
series, Warehouse 13, which debuts on July 7. Cerra and Matter will
play small-town thieves who hit the jackpot thanks to a luck-inducing
artifact, while Morton has been cast as a charismatic religious leader
doing time in a Florida prison. Eureka, meanwhile, returns with new episodes three days
later on July 10.

Question: Do you have any scoops on the new season of The Secret Life of The American Teenager? –Laura
Ausiello:
I have a scoop: Brando Eaton (Mental, Bones) has been cast as Ashley’s new gay sidekick, Griffin.

Question: Have you seen the Melrose Place pilot? Thoughts? –Doug
Ausiello:
I thought I would hate it, but I didn’t. It was 10 times
better than the 90210 pilot, that’s for sure. But I’m a sucker for
murder mysteries.

Question: Any more Bones scoop? Pretty please? –Charlee Ann
Ausiello:
Since it doesn’t look like Brennan and Booth will be having
real sex anytime soon, how about Brennan and her bisexual BFF Angela? "We’ve never discussed
that but I wouldn’t put it past [producers]," says Emily Deschanel with a
chuckle. "I feel like Brennan’s the type of character that if she had
feelings for a woman she wouldn’t question that and she’d go for it.
But it would be kind of complicated with her best friend."

That’s a wrap! Send questions/anonymous tips/summer travel tips to ausielloscoop@ew.com. Thanks for playing!

'Lost' scoop: Juliet mystery (sort of) solved

Elizabethmitchell_lAnd now for some news that should surprise no one: ABC is expected to announce tomorrow that it has picked up a reboot of the camptastic ’80s thriller V and that Lost heroine Elizabeth Mitchell is a full-time castmember.

Translation: She will not be returning to Lost as a series regular.

However, before you go declaring Juliet DOA from last week’s detonated hydrogen bomb, I should point out that this piece of scoop comes with a big but attached: Mitchell’s Lost days are not done. Multiple sources confirm that the actress is expected to appear in an unspecified number of episodes next season, so it’s entirely possible Juliet survived Jughead and her absence will be explained in another way. (Check out Doc Jensen’s column this Wednesday for a comprehensive Juliet theorypalooza.)

What do you think happened to Juliet? And are you as bummed as I am that we’ll be seeing less of her next season? Sound off below!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Number of characters converting to Scientology: 0

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

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

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

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

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

addCredit(“Office: Mitch Haddad/NBC; Greys: Scott Garfield/ABC; House: Isabella Vosmikova/Fox; Smallville: Michael Courtney/The CW “)

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Lost,' 'House,' 'Bones,' '24,' 'NCIS,' 'Grey's,' 'Greek,' and more!

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Question: Got any scoop on the Lost finale? –Carolyn
Ausiello:
Funny, we posed that exact question to Damon Lindelof at the Hollywood premiere of Star Trek earlier this week. "All I will say is that it is
time for the time travel craziness to end," he said. "And once it does
end, something very, very surprising will happen in its wake. It is a
little bit of a game-changer."

Question: Any spoilers about Lost‘s season finale? Please! –Sarah
Ausiello:
Funny, we posed that exact question to Damon Lindelof Jorge
Garcia at the Hollywood premiere of Star Trek earlier this week. "People will
find out why [Hurley] got on the plane and how he came to get that
guitar case in his hands," he said. "I’ve been wondering about that,
too. I remember at one point asking a question about it and getting a, ‘We don’t know yet.’ I had to ask
once, ‘How heavy is it? Is it just a guitar? Is it something else? How
heavy is it supposed to be?’ Sometimes I get an empty case to lug
around in a scene and sometimes it has a guitar in it, but we don’t
actually know what’s in it because that has not been [revealed] yet. It
could be a case full of food or money or guns or papers or anything. So
you see me get the case by the finale, but I don’t know that we will
find out what’s in it. It was hard for me to play because at first I
did not understand why Hurley would have ever changed his mind about
going back to the island, and I’m sure fans are thinking the same
thing. So it will be nice to be able to give them that information."

Question: Any new scoop on Gossip Girl? –Kathleen
Ausiello:
One relationship won’t survive prom night.

Question: I am so obsessed with Fringe right now. Any mind-blowing scoop? –Mindy
Ausiello:
Aside from it getting renewed for a second season? Let’s see … "Look for a very special gravestone and [take note of] whose name is on it," teases co-exec producer Roberto Orci of the May 12 finale. "My God [I just gave you] a big puzzle piece." No kidding. When we pressed Anna Torv about said gravestone she pleaded the Fifth. “I can’t say anything about the grave. But that’s a big plot [twist]. The grave is the key." Torv was more forthcoming about the drama coming up for Olivia and Walter. "A whole lot of information starts to come to light about the trials and Olivia’s part in the larger puzzle," she reveals. "Olivia decides to push Walter to his breaking point in order to get answers. She wants to know what happened to her and what is going on. She pushes a couple of buttons and Walter gets a little out of sorts and reverts to some of his old ways. I’m glad because it would be no fun if Walter fully recovered from his mental illness. People love him because he is eccentric and brilliant."

Question: Thanks for the Emily Deschanel Q&A. Now tell us what she said about the triangle with Booth’s bro! –Deb
Ausiello:
The events of the season finale will further complicate the triangle, she told me. "Booth’s suspicion of his brother and his inability to fully trust his brother [is heightened]. It will give us some different dynamics to play next season."

Question: Emily said the sex between Booth and Brennan isn’t going to be a dream. What about a hallucination? –Maggie
Ausiello:
She also confirmed that it is not a hallucination. I suspect it’ll be something in between the two. A dreamination, if you will.

Question: Can you ask Emily Deschanel if, before joining Bones, she had read the books by Kathy Reichs? –Kim
Ausiello:
Sorry, got your question too late. Can I interest you in this answer she gave me about the show traveling overseas again next season? "We’re not traveling at the beginning of the season, but we may go away at the end of the season or the beginning of the next. The intention is to travel again. But the way the next season is going to begin it wouldn’t make sense." Hmm … the way next season is going to begin? There’s a clue in there somewhere. 

Question: Please, give me something about next week’s season finale of House! –Angelina
Ausiello:
There’s so much I want to tell you I don’t know where to begin. That’s a lie, yes I do: There’s a wedding!

Question: House-Cuddy scoop, please! Will I need tissues? –Eve
Ausiello:
Probably. And just to be safe, pick up some mood stabilizers, because Monday’s finale will have Huddy fans experiencing a wide range of emotions, including (but not limited to) happiness, sadness, and "I’ll cut a bitch"-level anger.

Question: Please tell me House will see one last awesome Amber hallucination in next week’s season finale! –Luke
Ausiello:
Not only will Amber be back, but another memorable Princeton Plainsboro alum will descend from heaven to haunt House next week. Guesses? Head to the comments!

Question: Is there any news on who is gonna take the ol’ dirt nap in the Smallville season finale? Just a little hint? –Brad
Ausiello:
Hey, we had a deal!

Question: Have you heard anything about Friday Night Lights‘ plans for the next year, and which castmembers are coming back? Hoping I haven’t seen the last of Tim Riggins. –Diana
Ausiello:
You haven’t seen the last of Tim. I’m told Taylor Kitsch is definitely returning for season 4.

Question: Is Stella really the mother on HIMYM? Not that I don’t love Sarah Chalke, but I was hoping the show was heading somewhere else with the mystery. –Michael
Ausiello:
Exec producer Carter Bays isn’t saying either way, but A Mother insider tells me that she is not the mom. Still, it looks like Chalke will be sticking around next season — in some capacity. "We haven’t talked to her or her people about it yet, but there’s something very exciting about next season [involving Stella] that will sort of be alluded to in next week’s episode," teases Bays. "We’re excited to see how it’ll play out next season." Speaking of Monday’s ep, Bays says it ranks among the show’s best. "It’s a real good, classic How I Met Your Mother," he declares. "There are a few episodes of this show that, when we were shooting it, felt like an old movie. You just want to put it in black and white. Next week’s episode felt like one of those."

Question: Tell me something about the 24 finale. I’m dying to hear anything! –Ferlay
Ausiello:
Can’t help you with the finale. Can help you with Monday’s penultimate ep, which finds Jack Bauer going all Jack Bauer on Tony. It’s a brutal scene, so if extreme violence isn’t your thing, run for cover right around the halfway point. Just make sure you come back in time to catch Chloe and Janis’ hilarious sneer-off.

Question: 24 scoop, please? –Jacob
Ausiello:
I actually do have something about the finale: Kim will play a major part in it. And you’ll find out why next week.

Question: Any chance you’ll be nice and elaborate further on what curve ball will be coming Owen and Cristina’s way on Grey’s Anatomy? –Maya
Ausiello:
It’s not this one.

Question: Do you have any Greek spoilers? –Krissy
Ausiello:
The season finale — airing June 15 — centers around the End of the World Party at KT where the gang is faced with this hypothetical quandary: "If the world were to end tomorrow, what would I want to do?" That paves the way for "some major developments in the Cappie-Casey-Max department," previews series creator Sean Smith, "as well the return of one of our favorite teachers and the bittersweet departure of one of our favorite snarky sorority sisters."

Question: Show me … True Blood! –Daniel
Ausiello:
EW’s Whitney Pastorek asked the show’s shirtless wonder, Ryan Kwanten, to sum up season 2 in just five words and, dang-it, the over-achiever did it in four! "Orgy, cult, locked up." I’m there, can’t wait, and June 14 can’t come soon enough!

Question: It’s been about 14 days since your last NCIS update. That is a bit of a problem — especially after the shenanigans that took place in this week’s episode. Please, oh fountain of knowledge, tell me you have more on the season finale. –Katerina
Ausiello:
You think 14 days is long? Fans of ‘Til Death have been waiting 14 years for me to give them a spoiler on their favorite show. (Finally got one: Next season will be as unfunny as this one!) What can I tell you about NCIS’ May 19 finale that hasn’t already been said? Here’s what: Tony will have a run-in with Ziva’s father, and it will be far from pleasant. And once and for all, no, Michael Weatherly is not leaving the show. 

Question: Just wanted to let you know that Chuck fans are stepping up their efforts and are partnering with American Heart Association for our latest campaign. Details can be found here. Please join us in supporting a great charity, a great sponsor, and an awesome show! –Amy
Ausiello:
Fine, but if I fork over my heart I want at least a two-year pickup.   

Question: When will we see you guest star on another show? Isn’t it about time? –Ang
Ausiello:
Funny you should ask. I had a dream the other night that Ugly Betty producers personally asked me to play a black Santa-slash-deejay at Mode’s annual holiday party next season. Foreshadowing? Fingers crossed!

Question: Your twitter scoop of the NBC "infront" that Life was officially dead saddened me. Please tell me there is a chance for resuscitation on any of NBC’s sister networks (i.e. USA Network)? –Antonio
Ausiello:
No chance. Sorry.

Question: Any news about season 3 of Mad Men? –Lynn
Ausiello:
The bun in Betty’s oven at the end of season 2? It doesn’t belong to Captain Awesome (aka Ryan McPartlin). "It belongs to Don," confirms series creator Matthew Weiner. "For some reason there was some confusion about it because she was unfaithful, but there shouldn’t be. It is Don’s baby." Even I knew that.

That’s a wrap! Deposit questions-anonymous tips here: ausielloscoop@ew.com. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell)

More TV Scoop
24: Look who’s returning next season
Heroes: First season 4 spoiler
Monk: Spin-off news

Ratings: Fox wins Wednesday with 'Lie To Me,' 'Idol'

Fox may have expected a ratings bump for Lie To Me, having made the decision to air original programming instead of Pres. Barack Obama’s press conference, but Lie To Me‘s total viewership was consistent with last week’s episode. Meanwhile, the American Idol results show audience was down about two million from its past two Wednesday airings, but still blew away the rest of the 9 p.m. hour. ABC’s struggling new cop series The Unusuals saw a small increase in viewership this week.

 

   

      

      

      

      

      

 

 

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. Lie To Me (Fox)
Obama Press Conference (NBC)
Obama Press Conference (ABC)
Obama Press Conference (CBS)
America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
7.9
6.7
6.1
6.0
4.0
9:00 American Idol (Fox)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
90210 (The CW)
21.9
13.3
8.8
4.8 (repeat)
1.3 (repeat)
10:00 CSI: NY (CBS)
Law & Order (NBC)
The Unusuals (ABC)
12.5
7.7
5.1

More on Wednesday night’s TV:
Michael Slezak recaps ‘American Idol’
Adam Vary’s on-the-scene ‘Idol’ report
Jeff Jensen recaps ‘Lost’

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)

Ratings: Fox wins Wednesday with 'American Idol' and a bloody 'Bones'

Fox won Wednesday night easily, this time thanks to the powerhouse combination of Bones (up 17 percent from last week) and the American Idol results show. The second episode of ABC’s new quirky-cop series The Unusuals lost only 8 percent of last week’s debut audience — not bad! (A 10-15 percent drop is considered normal.) Meanwhile, ABC’s new comedy Better Off Ted, which had dipped a little last week, upped its total viewership by 8 percent. Scrubs‘ viewership was up from last week, too, by 15 percent.

 
   
   
      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

 

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. Bones (Fox)
The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Law & Order (NBC)
Scrubs (ABC)
America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
10.8
5.7 (repeat)
5.6 (repeat)
5.3
3.8
8:30 Gary Unmarried (CBS)
Better Off Ted (ABC)
5.9 (repeat)
4.7
9:00 American Idol (Fox)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Law & Order: SVU (CBS)
90210 (The CW)
23.5
10.5 (repeat)
9.0
5.5 (repeat)
0.9 (repeat)
10:00 CSI: NY (CBS)
The Unusuals (ABC)
Law & Order (NBC)
12.0 (repeat)
6.2
6.0 (repeat)

Read more: Wednesday night’s TV
‘American Idol’ recap: Better safe than sorry!
PopWatch: On the Scene at ‘Idol”s Top 7 results show
‘Lost’ recap: Rewriting his story
‘Bones’ recap: Bridezilla and Dr. Burn in Hell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feel better now, Camelias?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew Perry shoots down 'Lost' buzz

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It was a fun rumor while it lasted. I’m talking about the one that had Matthew Perry showing up in Lost‘s season finale. The ex-Friendster officially squashed the rampant foiler at last night’s Hollywood premiere of 17 Again (opening Friday), in which he plays the grown-up version of Zac Efron.

“It is not true,” says Perry. “I really don’t know why those rumors have been floating about. I have admitted I am a Lost junkie. And at the press junket for [17 Again] I was asked what my favorite TV show was and I said [Lost], so maybe that’s how they started.”

The fact is, Perry wouldn’t appear on Lost even if Team Darlton sent him a handwritten invitation. “That’s probably the one show I wouldn’t do,” he confesses. “I don’t want to know how they shoot it and all that stuff. I don’t want to know the secrets of the smoke monster or the island before other people. I want to be able to sit back and get swept away like everyone else. I want to develop my theories from my armchair. I just want to be a fan.

“Of course, I say that and then six months from now I will end up being an Other,” he adds with a laugh. “If that happens, EW can totally accuse me of being a hypocritical sellout.” (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

Ratings: 'American Idol' scores, 'The Unusuals' struggles on Wednesday

The American Idol results show dominated Wednesday night’s ratings, as usual, and the CBS lineup put in some typically solid results. But there was little good news for ABC, whose sitcoms Scrubs and Better Off Ted lost half a million viewers from last week. Lost, too, was down 14 percent from last week, and the debut of the cop series The Unusuals drew a mediocre 6.8 million viewers (88 percent of its lead-in audience from 9 p.m.’s Lost). Fox’s Lie To Me hit another all-time low in total viewership, while NBC’s Life was down 25 percent from last week’s new episode.

 
   
   
      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

 

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. Lie To Me (Fox)
The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Law & Order (NBC)
Scrubs (ABC)
America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
8.4
7.3
5.4 (repeat)
4.4
3.7
8:30 Gary Unmarried (CBS)
Better Off Ted (ABC)
7.3
4.2
9:00 American Idol (Fox)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Life (NBC)
Top Model Clip Show (The CW)
22.4
13.3
8.3
4.5
2.0
10:00 CSI: NY (CBS)
The Unusuals (ABC)
Law & Order (NBC)
12.5
6.8
4.7 (repeat)

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Ratings: 'American Idol' wins Wednesday, 'I Get That a Lot' takes its time slot

Fox’s American Idol results show dominated Wednesday night as usual, but good news for NBC’s Life, which aired in the same time slot as Idol: Total viewership was up 22 percent from last week. ABC’s Better Off Ted
also has reason to celebrate, as viewership was up slightly from last
week; that’s terrific news for a new series, and especially a new
sitcom. CBS’ celebrities-undercover April Fool’s Day special, I Get That a Lot, won the 8-9 p.m. hour, pushing Fox’s Lie To Me to its lowest ratings all season. The CW’s America’s Next Top Model gained back the million viewers it had lost last week (likely thanks to last week’s Idol performance night occurring on Wednesday instead of Tuesday). The series finale of ABC’s recently canceled Life on Mars drew in about a half million more pairs of eyes than it had over the last few weeks. R.I.P., Michael Imperioli’s ‘stache.

 
   
   
      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

 

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. I Get That a Lot (CBS)
Lie To Me (Fox)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)
Scrubs (ABC)
America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
10.3
9.0
5.1 (repeat)
4.9
3.9
8:30 Better Off Ted (ABC) 4.7
9:00 American Idol (Fox)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Life (NBC)
90210 (The CW)
23.7
10.0 (repeat)
9.3
5.6
1.2 (repeat)
10:00 CSI: NY (CBS)
Law & Order (NBC)
Life On Mars (ABC)
10.0 (repeat)
6.3 (repeat)
5.9

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