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WARNING: Stop reading if you have not watched the series finale of Prison Break. I mean it. Everyone else, onward and downward…
I know. Since Prison Break concluded its four-year run tonight by sending its chiseled protagonist to the big slammer in the sky, you’re grieving. You want answers. You want justice. You want someone to pay.
Would you settle for answers?
‘Cause that’s all I’ve got. But at least there are a lot of ‘em, straight from executive producer Matt Olmstead. Read ‘em and… oh, I see. You’re already weeping. Well, read ‘em, anyway. Maybe it’ll help.
Why’d you have to kill him?!
MATT OLMSTEAD: It started as a discussion with Wentwoth [Miller] around Season 2. He brought up a good point: His character’s hands are as dirty as anyone’s. If you look at the initial act that he committed — robbing a bank to get into prison to break his brother out — there were ramifications to that; a lot of people got hurt. Not by them, but when they rattled the cage of the company that was after them, the body count started to pile out. And Michael was aware of this. And we’ve addressed his guilt throughout the show. But at a certain point, it felt nobler to have the character die so that others could live. It just felt a little weird for us to have Michael and Sara holding hands on the beach walking away — though that would be gratifying in the moment. Knowing that there was pretty much a scorched path behind them in terms of what happened, [having him die] balanced the books for us. He also paid the ultimate sacrifice and, in doing so, everyone else close to him was able to live, including his child.
Michael-Sara fans will argue that they deserved a happy ending
after watching these two go to hell and back for four seasons. What
would you say to them?
OLMSTEAD: For me, it is a happy ending. Look at the very first
episode of the season when Michael realizes Sara’s alive. They have a
chance to run away, and they both elect not to because, as two
people of conscience, they can’t live with what they both now have
experienced. And at the end of the finale, when they’re on the beach and talking about the baby that’s coming, that’s a huge victory in
that they both stood their ground and, with the help of other people,
brought down the ultimate antagonist. So they have their moment.
Can we assume that we’ll learn more about the ultimate sacrifice
Michael made in the two-hour direct-to-DVD prequel movie [due July 28]?
OLMSTEAD: Yes, it dramatizes what happened to Michael. The nose bleed
that reared its ugly head at the end of [tonight’s finale] was a factor
in his ultimate demise in that he knew that he probably didn’t have
that long to live, but it wasn’t the sole factor. It informed certain
decisions that lead to his demise.
The two-hour movie picks up right after the finale, right?
OLMSTEAD: Yeah, it takes place fairly soon after they’re exonerated.
What’s the premise?
OLMSTEAD: Sara is on the hook for [killing] Michael’s mother and she
gets locked up while pregnant. The tables are turned… once a doctor in
prison now imprisoned, and Michael’s on the outside. The majority of
the cast is back. It’s Michael, Lincoln, Sara, Sucre, T-Bag, Mahone… all the heavy-hitters.
Seeing Paul Adelstein back as Kellerman was a nice surprise. How’d that come about?
OLMSTEAD: We reached out to Paul and pitched him the idea of what
his character would be doing, and he liked it very much. And then I
told him that we would be jumping ahead four years to show where all
the characters are, and I asked him where he would want [Kellerman] to
be; he was included in the [creative process]. We traded
a lot of e-mails and the ideas ran the gamut. We ultimately arrived at
what it was, which is he rose to a position of power, but that the
widow of his [former] partner that he killed revisits him. In the scene
I wrote, she spits on his shoes. [On the day of shooting], I got a call
from the director, Kevin Hooks, and he said, "Paul’s here, and he [thinks] she would
spit in his face." And I said, "Have at it." So she spit in his face.
And then he’s in the limo afterward and you can see that private
moment where [he realizes] he can never outrun his past. That’s one of
my favorite sequences in the flash-forward. He played the self-loathing
and regret beautifully.
Did you encounter any problems getting ABC to loan him to you since he’s now on Private Practice?
OLMSTEAD: Everybody was very accommodating, and I think it all stems
from a universal goodwill towards Paul as a person. He’s a really good
guy and people wanted to do him a favor. And we were able to get all
his scenes done in one day.
Was there anyone you wanted to get back for the finale and couldn’t?
OLMSTEAD: The only person we couldn’t get was Marshall Allman, who
played Lincoln’s son. We would have loved to have gotten him.
Looking back on the four seasons, anything you would have done differently?
OLMSTEAD: I don’t have a whole lot of regrets. [Another journalist]
wrote that we left it all out on the field by the end of the series,
and I feel the same way. Every story was exhausted. Every creative
juice wrung out. It was a completely worthwhile experience, and I know
the other writers [agree]. It was a difficult show to pull
off, and we did it.
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Question: Anything new about The Office finale? –Cindy
Ausiello: The twist ending I’ve been telling you about? Not a single
one of you has come close to guessing what it is.
Question: As the finales air, you should update your Season Finale Scorecard! –Matt
Ausiello: What a great idea. Wish I had thought of that. (Man, I can be a pissy bitch sometimes.)
Question: Just watched the Lost finale and WTFJULIET?! –Margaret
Ausiello: No comment.
Question: News on Tony and the 24 finale? –Aaron
Ausiello: One of the slots in my Season Finale Scorecard is reserved
just for him. Can you guess which one? Speaking of Tony, the evil douche was the topic of conversation at Tuesday’s finale screening in Hollywood.
Kiefer Sutherland admitted that Carlos Bernard wasn’t expecting fans to
hold him personally accountable for his character’s actions. "Two
episodes in he started getting hate mail," he said. "Then he started
getting the hate phone calls. It made him a little nervous." For his
part, Bernard views Tony as a victim. "I don’t perceive Tony as evil.
He’s gone through really traumatic events. He’s a damaged individual.
He’s a guy who doesn’t trust anybody anymore, feels abandoned and feels
he has to take matters into his own hands." Exec producer Jon Cassar urges viewers to reserve judgment until after Monday’s finale.
"I know right now they are kind of upset that he’s bad, but it all kind
of becomes clear in episode 24. We really wanted [the season] to end
with Tony and Jack, and that’s how it’s going to end." Fellow e.p.
Howard Gordon was slightly less apologetic. "If people are disappointed
or don’t like [how Tony’s arc is resolved], too bad." (Make that a lot less apologetic.)
Question: Do you know if Janeane Garofalo will be back on 24 next season? I’m kind of digging Janis. –Jason
Ausiello: Sorry to disappoint, but Janis will not be making the trek to New York. "I think the secret of this show is knowing when characters have had their story," explains exec producer Howard Gordon. "And to transpose everybody [from D.C. to New York] starts feeling very coincidental. Even getting Chloe there … you have to explain how she got from Washington to New York and what happened. You can’t do that for everybody."
Question: Any scoop on the 24 finale? –Kristen
"Renee is all over the place in these last two episodes," reveals Annie
Wersching. "I got to do my favorite stunt [of the season] — and they
let me do it myself. It involves hanging off of a car and shooting and
saving someone. It was really cool."
Question: Any scoops on Ugly Betty‘s season finale? –Thiago
Ausiello: Betty makes out with someone, and his name is neither Matt nor Henry. Guesses? Head to the comments section and … eh, forget it. It’s Antonio Sabato Jr.
Question: How about you give Psych some love this week. –Darren
Ausiello: It would be my honor. The Princess Bride‘s Cary Elwes has closed a deal to guest star in a season 4 episode as Pierre Despereaux, a world-class art thief who’s been eluding capture for years.
Question: What does the future hold for Annie and Liam on 90210? –Stephanie
Ausiello: Based on the finale, a straitjacket and an STD, respectively.
Question: What’s the latest on Chuck‘s renewal? –Dave
Ausiello: Warner Bros. and NBC are haggling over money. Shocking, I know. If a deal can be worked out — and I have every reason to believe it can (and will) be — it’ll be back for a 13-episode third season. BTW, renewal and cancellation scoop is best served instantaneously, so now would be a good time to start following me on Twitter. I’m just sayin’.
Question: Please tell me CBS is picking up the NCIS spin-off. I liked it a lot, but leaving a cliffhanger like that for a show that hasn’t officially been picked up is cruel! –Angel
Ausiello: CBS is picking up the NCIS spin-off. Feel better?
Question: Any news about the new season of Entourage? –Bob
Ausiello: Lloyd’s out … as Ari’s punching bag. Producers are auditioning twentysomething actors to play Ari’s new assistant on a recurring basis next season. My guess? Lloyd finally gets promoted to agent. Or, even better, he takes a job at another agency and becomes Ari’s rival!
Question: Could you please give us some juicy scoop on the Gossip Girl finale? It would really make my day. –Kari
Ausiello: One of the cliffhangers involves Georgina … and Dan, and another Blair and Chuck. Actually, the latter is less a cliffhanger and more a itisaboutfreakingtime. (Real word. No lie. Look it up if you don’t believe me!)
Question: Bummed about Chad and Hilarie leaving One Tree Hill. At least tell me Lucas and Peyton get a proper sendoff in Monday’s finale. –Tracey
Ausiello: According to EW’s Jennifer Armstrong, who screened the finale yesterday, Leyton "definitely comes to a natural resting place that feels right for them and ties up their story nicely; however, they do not get an actual sendoff of any kind." Speaking of Chad and Hilarie’s exit, in the very near future I’ll be posting something every Tree Hill fan will want to read. Trust me.
Question: Give me something about the One Tree Hill finale! –Christy
Ausiello: What else you got, Armstrong? "Brooke finally gets two things she’s long wanted, we find out the fate of Peyton and the baby, and Whitey (the retired HS basketball coach) and Karen (Lucas’ mom, played by Moira Kelly) appear." Thanks for ID’ing those last two JA, ’cause I wouldn’t have had a clue who you were talking about. Still don’t, in fact.
Question: Give us scoop on the new characters that will be joining One Tree Hill next season. –Janelle
Ausiello: The three new faces include: Quinn, Haley’s free-spirited, strong-willed older sister; Alexis, a model-actress-crazy bitch in her 20s who Brooke hires to be the new face of her clothing line; and Clayton, a young and brash sports agent who takes on Nathan as a client.
Question: Got any scoop on this Friday’s Ghost Whisperer season finale? –Amanda
Ausiello: Melinda gives birth in the opening minutes, but there’s a twist. (Hint: The new arrival will not be mentioned in my Season Finale Scorecard for a reason.)
Question: The slap bet between Barney and Marshall is one of my favorite storylines on HIMYM. Any chance they will hit us up in the finale? –Sarah
Ausiello: There will be lots of smacking, but not between those two. In related news …
Question: Are we going to see that freaking goat next week on How I Met Your Mother? –John
Ausiello: Yes! "We’re going to learn all about the goat in the season finale," confirms Neil Patrick Harris. "I can’t wait to hear the audience reaction. My only concern is a PETA backlash … [But] no goats were harmed in the making of this TV show." Ted on the other hand …
Question: I hear something big will happen Monday on How I Met Your Mother with regard to the identity of the mother. Will we finally find out who she is? –Stephen
Ausiello: We won’t find out who she is, but we will find out where she is.
Question: I know you said to stop bugging you about the Smallville death, but is there anything you can tell us about the finale? –Kate
Ausiello: Yeah, come straight here after it’s over (on the West Coast).
Question: Please tell me that Dave doesn’t kill MJ on Desperate Housewives. I don’t know if I could handle that. –Alisa
Ausiello: You see, that’s where you and I differ. I’d be perfectly happy with one less
brat kid on that show. Here’s what I’ll say about Mike and Susan’s brat son in Sunday’s episode: I can confirm that the finale includes a cemetery scene. And I can also confirm that brat MJ is in it.
Question: It would make my day extra Smurfy if you could tell me who’s coming back to Desperate Housewives, and if he/she will be back next season. –Jennifer
Ausiello: No one is coming back. That idea, first teased by Marc Cherry last month at PaleyFest ’09, has been scrapped. There’s more to the story, but I’m saving it for my memoirs, due out in 2022 by Penguin ($39.99).
Question: You Twittered that tomorrow’s Prison Break finale brings the show to a satisfying conclusion. My question to you: Will it be satisfying to Michael and Sara fans? –Dina
Ausiello: I know a trick question when I see it. Nice try, Dina.
Question: Will diehard Barney-Robin fans be satisfied with the How I Met Your Mother finale? –Andree
Ausiello: They’ll be ecstatic… hey, you tricked me! No fair!
Question: Do you have any information on the new Melrose Place? –Jeff
Ausiello: Only that the opening sequence is apparently a jaw-dropper — and so top-secret members of the show’s own writing staff haven’t seen it.
That’s a wrap! Send questions/anonymous tips/summer vacation tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Jennifer Armstrong, Michelle Castillo and Dan Snierson)
As we enter the last leg of the season, plot twists piling up on all sides, you can do one of two things: You can let the tension get to you and bite your nails down to nubs, or you can make fun of the suspense by trying to guess what’s going to happen to whom. Of course, you don’t have to guess which option I’m in favor of. As you will see below, I went ahead and compiled a by-the-numbers list of almost-spoilers — all of which take place within the next two weeks. Now it’s your turn. Connect the dots to answer your own burning questions. I’ll even give you a (big) hint: At least one incident from the list pertains to the finales of each of the following shows: Desperate Housewives, 30 Rock, House, Ugly Betty, The Office, CSI: NY, Smallville, Supernatural, How I Met Your Mother, Prison Break, Lost, Gossip Girl, 90210, Grey’s Anatomy, 24, and Bones. Mind you, in spite of appearances to the contrary, I can’t know everything, so there may be a surprise or three that isn’t mentioned below. But this rundown ought to be comprehensive enough to keep you up nights. Enjoy! FYI: The events apply to regular or recurring characters, not random guest stars. Also, the chart will be continually updated to ID the person (or people) connected to each milestone shortly after said milestone takes place. In other words, beware of spoilers!
Number of couples tying the knot: 4
1) May 11: Cameron & Chase/House
2) May 14: Daniel and Molly/Ugly Betty
3) May 15: Melinda and Jim-Sam/Ghost Whisperer
4) May 17: Mike and ?/Desperate Housewives
Number of positive pregnancy tests: 2
1) May 14: Pam Beesly/The Office
2) May 17: Lynette Scavo/Desperate Housewives
Number of couples (maybe) having sex for the first time: 2
1) May 14: Booth and Brennan/Bones
2) May 19: Liam and Jen/90210
Number of confirmed fatalities: 7
1) May 14: Jimmy Olsen/Smallville
2) May 14: Davis-Doomsday/Smallville
3) May 14: Ruby/Supernatural
4) May 14: Jessica Angell/CSI: NY
5) May 15: Michael Scofield/Prison Break
6) May 15: Christina Rose/Prison Break
7) May 21: Molly/Ugly Betty
Number of first-time love confessions: 3
1) May 14: Cristina and Owen/Grey’s Anatomy
2) May 18: Barney and Robin/How I Met Your Mother
3) May 18: Chuck and Blair/Gossip Girl
Number of possible fatalities: 5
1) May 13: Juliet Burke/Lost
2) May 14: Izzie Stevens/Grey’s Anatomy
3) May 14: George O’Malley/Grey’s Anatomy
4) May 14: Tiva/NCIS
5) May 21: Hotchner/Criminal Minds
Number of babies born: 3*
1) May 15: Michael Jr./Prison Break
2) May 18: Sawyer Brooke Scott/One Tree Hill
3) May 19: Adrianna’s daughter/90210
Number of presumed-dead characters returning (in the flesh or as a hallucination): 3
1) May 11: Dr. Lawrence Kutner/House
2) May 15: Paul Kellerman/Prison Break
3) May 18: Lily and Rufus’ son, Scott/Gossip Girl
Number of characters sent directly to jail (or taken into custody): 4
1) May 15: T-Bag/Prison Break
2) May 15: The General/Prison Break
3) May 18: Olivia Taylor/24
4) May 18: Tony Almeda/24
Number of former loves resurfacing: 2
1) May 14: Holly Flax/The Office
2) May 21: Henry/Ugly Betty
Number of Cyndi Lauper cameos: 1
1) May 14: 30 Rock
Number of characters converting to Scientology: 0
Number of car crashes: 2
1) May 17: Mike crashes into Dave/Desperate Housewives
2) May 18: Bunch of ‘em on 24!
Number of characters institutionalized: 2
1) May 11: Dr. Gregory House/House
2) May 17: Dave Williams/Desperate Housewives
Number of first kisses: 1
1) May 17: Bree and Karl/Desperate Housewives
* One of the three births takes place during a time jump.
Think you can match the season-ending events with the shows they take place on? Take your best shot in the comments section! Oh, and you shouldn’t necessarily read anything into the photo collage above. There could be some clever misdirection at work there.
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Grey's,' 'Smallville,' 'True Blood,' 'Ugly Betty,' 'Prison Break,' 'Numb3rs,' 'Heroes,' 'NCIS,' 'Housewives,' Bones,' and more!
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?)
Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Daisies,' 'Damages,' 'Smallville,' '24,' 'Burn Notice,' 'NCIS,' 'Prison Break,' 'CSI,' 'ER,' 'Dollhouse,' '30 Rock,' 'Lost,' and more!
Question: Another episode of House this week with little or no Cameron and Chase. David Shore promised we’d see more of them — but when? –Aleki
Ausiello: Soon. “I think your audience feels that we’ve teased them on that too many times, but this is not a tease,” Shore told me yesterday. “The last four episodes of the season, [Chase and Cameron] are going to have a larger part.” And what about next season? “I haven’t mapped out next year yet,” he hedges, “but, certainly, it would appear so.”
Question: Are House and Cuddy ever going to talk about the fact that he tracked down her old med school desk and had it delivered to her office? –Zathrina
Ausiello: I asked David Shore about that, too. “No, it’s too late,” he says. “We had it in that one episode, and it was a wonderful thing. It turned her around and he, of course, found a different way of screwing it up, and she found a way of screwing it up, and we just left it at that.”
Question: Can you give at least a hint about what’s ahead for Wilson on House? –Monica
Ausiello: Big Robert Sean Leonard episode coming up on March 9 when Wilson at long tracks down his mentally ill, homeless brother. With Taub’s assistance, Wilson gets his bro back on his meds and into an institution — but he does so behind House’s back. At least he tries to do it behind his back.
Question: Enough with all the Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy and Supernatural scoop. I want some dish on the hottest zip code, 90210! –Gina
Ausiello: Supernatural it is. The show is dedicating the March 12 episode to its late, beloved director Kim Manners, who passed away on Jan. 25. I’m told the ep will conclude with a 10-second photomontage followed by a brief message.
Question: I can’t wait for Greek to start up again, and I am dying for a little scoop. –Matt
Ausiello: Bummed that Rusty and Dale are no longer roomies? You’re going to be very pleased with what happens in the closing minutes of episode 4. Also, get ready for Rebecca Logan: Double Agent.
Question: So, you’ve seen the Pushing Daisies finale (you lucky bastard). Can you give us any scoop about it?! –John
Ausiello: As a regular episode of Pushing Daisies, it was an absolute triumph. The main plot pits Vivian and Lily against their old synchronized swimming rivals, The Aqua Dolls (played by Wendy Malick and Nora Dunn). As you can imagine, inspired silliness ensues. Highlights include enough bitchy one-liners to fill a dozen EW SoundBites columns, Jaws-themed scene transitions that are a perfect blend of cheese and cheesier, a cameo by a very grown up (and rather buff) Wilson Cruz, and an unrecognizable Josh Hopkins as the Aqua’s bitchy, bleach-blond manager. Now, as a satisfying conclusion to the series, the episode falls a little short — but through no fault of Bryan Fuller and his extraordinary team. Remember, this was never intended to be a series finale. Fuller & Co. had to piece together a prologue using existing footage and some well-placed CGI, and the finished product is pretty amazing. Will it leave you wanting more? Probably. Is it better than the alternative (i.e., ending on a cliffhanger)? Damn straight it is. I’m more than happy with the end result, and I have no doubt you will be, too. Speaking of which, tickets to the Paley-hosted finale screening go on sale today. If you can’t make it to Los Angeles because you live somewhere far away like, I dunno, Belgium, then buy the DVD when it comes out. And it will come out. Eventually. “I was just going over the specs yesterday with the DVD people,” Fuller tells me. “They don’t know when it’s coming out because it’s contingent on when/if ABC airs [the final three episodes]. ABC has the rights to air them through September. So they’re hoping that they’ll know when so they can schedule a release date because the DVDs can’t come out before [the final episodes] air.”
Question: About a month or so ago, you were doing an episode of Ausiello TV from your desk, and I noticed you had one of J.J. Abrams’ limited edition Bad Robot statues. Do you know where I can get one of those? –Sue
Ausiello: In the lobby of EW’s New York offices tonight at 7 pm/EST. The catch: You’ll need to stop at the bank first. E-mail me for further details.
Question: Why, oh why must you deprive us of our Ausiello TV. You tease us with one then take forever to give us more. –Jennifer
Ausiello: That’s my bad. I forgot to advise you that ATV is now running on a bi-weekly schedule, with new episodes premiering every other Tuesday. The grind of headlining a weekly show just became too much for me. I honestly don’t know how Hugh Laurie does it.
Question: I need something on Damages. Got anything for me? –Andrew
Ausiello: The Patty-Ellen conflict will be “dealt with and exposed” by the end of the season, reveals exec producer Todd Kessler. And if you’re worried that FX might try and take back the early third-season pickup on account of the show’s relatively soft ratings this season, don’t be. “No one is saying we need to look at the numbers before we move forward with a third season. [FX president] John Landgraf has said he hopes the show will be on for many more seasons. People can change their minds, [but] Glenn Close is contracted for six seasons. We hope we can do at least six seasons.”
Question: I heard that someone on 90210 is gonna die in the season finale. Who is it? –Isabela
Ausiello: It’s (drumroll, please) no one! At least not that I know of. In other news, Sara Foster has been cast as Naomi’s sister, Jen. She’ll debut in April and make a beeline for Mr. Matthews.
Question: You haven’t given us 90210 scoop in a while. Care to share some? –Derek
Ausiello: Word around the Peach Pit is that producers are once again pursuing Brian Austin Green for an episode. Timing may be in their favor: Sarah Connor Chronicles wrapped production last Friday.
Question: We know that Tom Welling will be returning for Smallville‘s ninth season, but what about the rest of the cast? –Bill
Ausiello: My Small mole assures me that all principal cast members are on board for next season, with one possible exception: The dude who plays Doomsday. (I’m blanking on his name and I’m too lazy to look it up.)
Question: Do you have anything new on cable’s ever-so-addicting Burn Notice? –Garrett
Ausiello: The over-arching theme of the show’s third season will be Skeletons in Michael’s Closet. “Michael has to deal with a whole new set of problems as various people from his past come back to haunt him,” teases my Burn mole. In possibly-related news, the show is casting the role of Michelle Paxon, a Miami PD detective who’s hell-bent on uncovering the truth about Michael.
Question: Will we ever get to see the six unaired episodes of ABC’s Commander In Chief? –Garrett
Ausiello: It’s time we had a little chat, Garrett. Just you, me, and Guy Finley, author of The Secret of Letting Go, available on Amazon for as little as $10.17.
Question: How about some 24 scoop? –Josh
Ausiello: Longtime executive producer-director Jon Cassar has left the show after failing to come to terms on a new contract. “I will not be involved with the upcoming eighth season,” he tells me. “Although that’s sad for me to leave after six years, it’s also very exciting to be back in the marketplace working with different people and facing different challenges.” (First up for Cassar is CBS’ new Ed Bernero pilot, Washington Field.) His split from 24 is particularly surprising considering the close relationship he formed with Kiefer Sutherland. In fact, Sutherland himself expressed confidence that Cassar’s contract negotiations would yield a positive result when I spoke to him last month. “There is no more integral part to the success of 24 than Jon Cassar, and I think [exec producers] Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon will tell you the same thing,” he said. “We’re a whole unit, and one part doesn’t work without the other. He’s also obviously one of my best friends and someone that I absolutely adore working with. I have all the faith in the world that things will work out, as they have over the last seven years.” Or not!
Question: I’m beginning to think you have something against Goths, Ausiello! Please, please, please can we have some NCIS scoop — even if it’s not about Abby! –Jo
Ausiello: But it is about Abby! Seriously! In an April episode, Tony and McGee must take over duties in Abby’s lab after she’s recruited to work a secret mission for the Army CID. Now, picture for a moment Tony and McGee trying to do Abby’s job in Abby’s lab. Hilarious, no?
Question: The trailer for Brothers & Sisters‘ big two-hour movie event makes it look like Rob Lowe’s character is kicking the bucket. Is he? –April
Ausiello: Appearances can be deceiving. Now, replace the “can be” with an “are” and you have your answer.
Question: Does Sarah’s miscarriage on last week’s Big Love count as one of the major deaths this season? –Deanna
Ausiello: No. The two deaths I’m referring to are of the non-fetus variety.
Question: Holy crap. I just watched the new episode of Big Love and it was so intense! I’m getting anxious about the two deaths. Do you know if they’ll be airing soon or is it a season finale thing? –Kristina
Ausiello: One in the season finale and one before.
Question: How ’bout some scoop on The Office? –Jacqueline
Ausiello: Done. Producer-co-star Mindy Kaling plans to ruin Jim and Pam’s wedding. “America just loves [them] so much,” she notes, “and since we are one of the only shows that doesn’t [score its episodes], the worst thing we could ever do is, like, score [their big nuptial kiss] with some Edwin McCain song. So I am going to probably pitch that we do that.” What a little troublemaker!
Question: It’s been a while since I’ve seen some good Prison Break series finale scoop. Do you have any spoilers on how it will end? — Leah
Ausiello: Personally, I’m hoping producers pull an Alias and make the last scene a flash forward that shows us Michael, Sara, and their child living happily ever after in some remote location. Wouldn’t that be awesome? I really hope they go in that direction (wink, wink).
Question: Got anything on CSI: Mothership? –Claire
Ausiello: You already know that Taylor Swift plays the D.G.T.W. (dead girl of the week) on March 5, but we also learn in the episode that Nick suffers from the Buffy Birthday Curse. The ep starts on his b-day with the discovery of Swift’s corpse, and a good part of the hour is comprised of flashbacks to previous cases (including another one on his birthday) that involved Swift. Poor guy breaks down at the end, thinking he could have prevented her death if only he had tried harder on those other cases.
Question: I would be eternally grateful if you had any 411 on when Shane West’s second appearance will be on ER. –Susan.
Ausiello: Finally, I have some news for all you Reela nuts! His second ep airs March 19, and an ER insider tells me that Ray’s return “disrupts Neela’s equilibrium.” Loosely translated into Spanish: She wants to get into his pantalones.
Question: How about a Without a Trace spoiler? I heard something about an accident. –Lily
Ausiello: Maybe we have the same mole, because I heard the same thing. Let’s see what Trace‘s leading lady, Poppy Montgomery (Sam), knows: “All I can say is that something happens to Samantha, Jack (Anthony LaPaglia), and Brian (Adam Kaufman) that throws [the love triangle] into a tailspin,” she teases. “It’s shocking, it’s disturbing, it comes out of nowhere, and it changes everything for these characters.”
Question: I’m dying to know who is playing Alpha on Dollhouse! Rumor has it it’s… –Lelia
Ausiello: Let me stop you right there. Trust me, you do not want to know who’s been cast in this role. Knowledge of this person’s identity will ruin a major Alpha-related twist that Dollhouse boss Joss Whedon has been desperately trying to keep a lid on. Loosely translated into riddle form: What if we were to meet Alpha without knowing we were meeting Alpha? You with me, Lelia?
Question: Do you think the major-ish character that will be killed this season on Lost could be Juliet? Please say no. I have a girl-crush on her. –Michelle
Ausiello: Join the club. Nah, Juliet is considered a major character, no “ish” about it, so I think she’s safe. In other Lost news, look for the season finale to intro two new, potentially recurring, characters: Jason is a former soldier whose gravitas makes him a natural-born Pied Piper; and Samuel is a J.R. Ewing (minus the Stetson, accent, and drunk wife) whose day isn’t complete without a corporate takeover.
Question: Is Penny dead on Lost?! OMFG, what is this show doing to me! –Gaby
Ausiello: Penny, on the other hand, definitely falls under the “ish” category. And even more ominous than the big fat target on her forehead is the fact that her portrayer, Sonya Walger, has landed the lead role in a new ABC pilot that, appropriately enough, is already drawing comparisons to Lost. The show is called Flash Forward, and it’s based on Robert J. Sawyer’s apocalyptic tome that chronicles the mass chaos that comes after everyone on the planet blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. The flash-forward part applies to the vision of the future that everyone experiences during the blackout. But even if ABC orders the show to series, as many expect it will, that doesn’t mean Walger is done with Lost. Quite the contrary. As a well-placed Lost insider tells me, “She will juggle both shows.”
Question: I saw you walking down 8th Ave. We locked eyes. You looked at me like I was a creeper, which I am. I had a brain fart and couldn’t place your face to your name until it was too late and you had walked out of my life. I apologize. With that apology, can I maybe get some 30 Rock scoop? –Jackie
Ausiello: If you promise never to lock eyes with me again, sure. Jack and Tracy are both about to get new relatives. For Jack, the fresh blood is Milton, a scholarly octogenarian who offers parental guidance (hey, it’s never too late). For Tracy, the insta-kin is a 40 year old who, by dressing like he’s half that age, thinks he can pass himself off as the funnyman’s son — at least long enough to collect enough back allowance to open his own dojo.
Question: Can someone please explain to me how it is that year after year the award season comes and goes without The Unit even being mentioned? It is the best show on TV, more real than “reality” TV with compelling story lines and characters portrayed by actors who actually have bona fide talent! I demand a recount! –Kathryn
Ausiello: It’s the curse of the CBS procedural, Kathryn. You can’t fight it. But maybe I can distract you from it with some scoop. What would you say if I told you that the team and their families have to fight for their lives when a deadly gas attack strikes a little too close to home on March 15? Still fuming, huh? Well in that case, what if I told you that CBS will run four back-to-back original episodes beginning March 8? Still seeing red? You’re on your own.
Question: Any news on Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7? –Jim
Ausiello: Only that Sharon Lawrence is on board. And I do mean only that. “I can’t talk about what I am going to be doing this season,” she told us at last Friday’s Women in Film pre-Oscar party. “I will say I had a blast on that show. You get a chance to experiment.” Um, good to know. The NYPD Blue alum was significantly more forthcoming about her hopes to return to Privileged as Megan’s mom if that show is renewed. “I want to come back and try to redeem my character — apparently, she had a very good reason why she took that money. She is not as hard-hearted as one might think. Or so I was told by the writers.”
Question: Anything on The Mentalist? I’m not sure if I have ever seen it mentioned in Ask Ausiello, and it’s becoming one of my favorite shows. –Big D
Ausiello: Amanda Righetti says “they are planning to play a lot with the budding relationship between Grace and Wayne. But it is always two steps forward and four steps back in terms of my character’s love life.” But enough about Grace. Anything on Jane? One episode that we recently shot has a case where he is temporarily blind. That was a lot of fun to shoot. Without giving away too much, Simon [Baker] plays it to the hilt.”
Question: Do you have any juicy Ghost Whisperer spoilers? –Mary
Ausiello: For real, yo. Exec producer P.K. Simonds teases that “the rest of our season isn’t about death — it’s about new life.” Say what? “[That] isn’t to say, in a show called Ghost Whisperer, that no one will die,” he quickly clarifies. “Obviously, people will die — including someone close to one of our main characters.” Whew.
Wow, that was a long column this week. Kudos to me. Send questions/anonymous tips/Bad Robot bids to email@example.com. Thanks for attending AA! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell, Lynette Rice, Oriana Schwindt, and Andy Patrick)
It’s a question that has to be on the minds of Prison Break producers as they make their way toward the show’s series finale: How do you redeem one of the most despicable, soulless characters in TV history in just a handful of episodes?
It’s easy, says T-Bag’s portrayer, Robert Knepper, in the exclusive video interview below: You don’t.
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Big news from Fox’s portion of winter press tour! The net just announced that Prison Break would be coming to an end this season. Oh, did I say big news? I meant news we all saw coming a mile away.
The final string of episodes will kick off April 17, but exactly how many episodes there will be is an open question. "We’ve got our remaining batch of four episodes and then there are a couple more we’re contemplating," says network prez Kevin Reilly, adding that the four-year old Prison has simply run its course. "The show is played out."
Do you agree? Will you miss it? Looking for more scoop? Check out what Prison Break‘s exec producer told Lynette Rice exclusively about the series finale (for starters, "There will be deaths”) at EW’s Hollywood Insider.
Beheaded Prison Break heroine Sarah Wayne Callies attended Fox’s press tour bash last night at Santa Monica Pier and had lots to say about her controversial comeback, rumored bad blood between her and the show’s producers and why she may have underestimated Dr. Sara fans.
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