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Burke returns to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ — sort of

Michael Ausiello dishes on what’s coming up for the doctors of “Grey’s Anatomy,” including some firings, plus inside info about “NCIS,” “House,” “Greek” and more.
/ Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Question: Is it at all possible that Shonda Rhimes would bring Isaiah Washington back to “Grey’s Anatomy” for even one episode now that T.R. Knight has left the show? —Ben

Ausiello: Listen to me very carefully, because I’m only going to say this once: Never. Gonna. Happen. But Washington kinda-sorta gets a shout-out in this week’s episode when Owen-lovin’ Cristina utters three shocking words: “I miss Burke.”

Question: Sounds like you’ve already seen this week’s “Grey’s,” so I’ve got a Q: Any good Mer-Der scenes? —Megan

Ausiello: Nothing stands out on the Mer-Der front, but there’s a memorable Mer-Cristina-Alex scene at the end that will have you crying and laughing (and in that order).

Question: Any “Grey’s” scoop? —Sharon

Ausiello: You already know that someone gets fired in this week’s episode. But what you may not know is that someone gets fired next week, too!

Question: Julie Benz just Twittered a photo of a guy she says will be part of a big reveal in the “Dexter” season finale. What can you tell us about this? —Matt

Ausiello: Here’s what I can tell you: If this guy is who I think he is, fans are not going to be happy.

Question: Jenny is so boring on “Gossip Girl.” Please tell me she will become mean. —Juliana

Ausiello: Mean enough to drive her BFF away. I hear Jenny and Eric’s relationship will suffer big time due to her new “Queen Bee” status.

Question: I’m thrilled Jorja Fox is sticking with “CSI,” but what about William Petersen? I want to see Grissom and Sara together. —Alex

Ausiello: They were just together, albeit off screen. As exec producer Carol Mendelsohn tells me, Sara will reveal in this week’s episode that she “just got back from visiting Grissom in Paris.” Mendelsohn adds that, “We have no plans for Billy to return at the moment, but the door’s always open.”

Question: Will we see a storyline involving Chloe and Oliver on “Smallville” anytime soon? —Marie

Ausiello: Yes, very soon. Next Friday’s episode, “Roulette,” is all about Oliver, with a little Chloe twist thrown in.

Question: Why are you ignoring the No. 1 show in the ratings? Seriously, give us some scoop on “NCIS”! —Alexandra

Ausiello: This may or may not be a first for the show, but this season “NCIS” will devote special episodes to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. How much you wanna bet that last one will feature a golden Ziva moment? I’m in for $10.

Question: I am really confused. Did I miss a scoop that Tracie Thoms was leaving “Cold Case”? I liked her character and enjoyed how Miller was starting to get to know ADA Bell. Is she off the show for good? —Paige

Ausiello: No, not for good. Thoms’ episode order was cut back this season, so Miller will be missing in spots. But a “Cold Case” insider assures me that she remains a series regular and we’ll see her again “soon enough.”

Question: Rumor has it someone’s dying on “Melrose Place.” Who is it?! —Shane

Ausiello: It’s not a major character, so relax. If you want to discuss a major upcoming death, ask me who’s going to bite it on “Vampire Diaries.”

Question: You recently said that Robert Sean Leonard should prepare an Emmy acceptance speech, so that must mean Wilson has some juicy storyline action coming up on “House.” What can you tell us about our favorite boy wonder oncologist? —Clover

Ausiello: Don’t be surprised if around episode 10 the tables turn and House ends up nursing Wilson back to health.

Question: I am dying to know what’s going to happen before the season ends on “Greek”? —Paola

Ausiello: The Nov. 2 finale promises to be the show’s most ambitious to date. In a word, musical! “Our girls’ story is centered around a traditional sorority competition called ‘Songfest,’” explains series creator Sean Smith. “[They perform] some big song-and-dance numbers as they go up against Gamma Psi to get the house back on top.” That explains the return of High School Musical’s Olesya Rulin as perky ZBZ pledge Abby, who Smith says sprinkles some “great HSM references” throughout the episode. And then there’s this: “One of our Kappa Taus graduates,” Smith reveals. “That’s right, I used the G-word.”

Question: I am dying to know what happens with Casey and Cappie on “Greek”! —Bri

Ausiello: Wow, you “Greek” fans are playing the death card to, um, death this week. Well, it’s working, because I can tell you that this season’s penultimate (and prematurely Thanksgiving-themed) episode on Oct. 26 will reveal which way Casey’s love life is going — towards Evan or Cappie.

Question: Is there any news on that planned “Pushing Daisies” comic book? —Tommy

Ausiello: Bryan Fuller just turned in the script for the first one and he’s currently working with the show’s writers on the next three. Here’s a spoiler to whet your appetites: The first comic, which I’ve read and is awesome, features the return of ***a* *****iu*!

Question: Two “Criminal Minds” Qs for you: Is Hotch going back to his ex-wife Haley after he catches Foyet? And will Emily finally have a love life? —Marbs

Ausiello: “Hayley will definitely play an important role in the taking down of The Reaper,” responds exec producer Ed Bernero. “That’s really all I can say about that right now. And as far as Emily, we’ve all been talking a lot about her and her ’status,’ though no final decision has been made. She’s become a very important character for us in a number of ways. I think it’s fair to say that we are as interested in Emily Prentiss finding love and balance in her life as the audience is.”

Question: Is there a chance J.J. and Reid will hook up on “Criminal Minds”? —Elle

Ausiello: I suppose anything’s possible. Speaking of J.J., her portrayer, A.J. Cook, got to do something in the upcoming Gavin Rossdale episode that she’s been wanting to do since she first joined the show. Here’s a clue: It involves giving someone a good *is*** w*i**i*’.

Question: Where has Mohinder gone from “Heroes”?! —Rachel

Ausiello: Sendhil Ramamurthy resurfaces in November, so you’ll get your explanation then. Not sure if this is a clue but my “Heroes” mole tells me that more than 50 percent of Ramamurthy’s scenes since returning have been with Masi Oka.

Question: I heard that Sylar is going to have a love interest this season on “Heroes.” Could it possibly be Claire? That would make some people happy. —Laurie

Ausiello: The show has 12 episodes in the can and, so far, there’s nothing to suggest that Sylar will take a lover. “We [only] have six more episodes left [to shoot],” reports Zachary Quinto. “I suppose anything’s possible, but I don’t think the seeds for that have been planted in my storyline yet.”

Question: If somebody put a gun to your head and asked for a “Fringe” spoiler, how would you scoop your way out? —Nihat

Ausiello: I’d give you a “Fringe” spoiler. Duh. The episode currently in production — this season’s 10th — features the return of Leonard Nimoy’s William Bell.

Question: Is Astrid ever going to get her time to shine on “Fringe”? I don’t think we’ve ever seen out of the lab. —Oli

Ausiello: Good news, she’s coming out! “Astrid gets out of the lab a lot more this season,” reveals exec producer Jeff Pinkner. “And we just wrote a Astrid/Walter arc.” Adds fellow e.p. J.H. Wyman: “We adore her. She’s a diamond in the rough, and we know that. And we’re looking actively for ways to expand the character.”

Question: Is the actor from your “Fired Leading Man” blind item on “Lost”? —Jarrod

Ausiello: No.

Question: Any further hints you can give us regarding the significant death on “Dexter”? —Emily

Ausiello: Look for a major clue at the end of this Sunday’s episode!

Question: Rumor has it (via Twitter) that you’ve seen the season premiere of “Friday Night Lights.” The first season was the best. Does season 4 have that same feel? —Shannon

Ausiello: It does. As I tweeted earlier today, the premiere (airing Oct. 28 on DIRECTV’S The 101 Network) is an epic triumph. Exec producer Jason Katims promised that the episode — which focuses on Coach Taylor starting over from scratch with the East Dillon Lions — would feel like a second pilot, and he wasn’t kidding. Katims (who wrote the ep) did a remarkable job balancing the new (six characters!) with the old (Tami, Julie, Saracen, Riggins, Landry, and J.D.) BTW, one of the six returning faves I just mentioned transformed into an unbelievable douchebag over the summer. I totally didn’t see it coming. Equally as shocking: The episode’s gut-wrenching climax.

Question: How much screen time does Riggins get in the “FNL” premiere? Is his character regressing? Does he get even hotter? —Shannon

Ausiello: He’s rather prominent, his brother certainly thinks he is, and get ready to press the pause button at about the 28-minute mark (excluding commercials). In related news, I’m firing my trainer and hiring Taylor Kitsch. To train me. Anything more than that would be illegal.

Question: If “Southland’s” sixth episode ends up being its last, will we get any closure (assuming the episode ever airs)? —James

Ausiello: Yes and no. It’s a self-contained ep, so the procedural element will be wrapped up. But there won’t be any big-picture closure — although Michael Cudlitz hints that the final scene contains “a little Easter egg for people who have followed the show and my storyline.”

Question: Do you answer your blind items after a certain time? Or do we have to wait until the story is “officially” broken? I’m particularly interested in finding out the answer to your most recent “Fired Actor” post. —Silmarwen

Ausiello: I take it on a case-by-case basis. Some blind items are so sensitive I can’t even offer any further hints. Others I feel comfortable narrowing down the possibilities to the point where it becomes painfully obvious who (or what) it is I’m talking about. And occasionally I’ll just end everyone’s suffering and solve the damn thing. Regarding the “Fired Actor” item, I’m going to try a new approach. I will relay the name of the fired actor plus two red herrings to the first Aushole that runs into me in Austin over the next three days.* And just to sweeten the deal, said Aushole will also receive a cool and extremely valuable piece of TV swag. Happy hunting! (BTW, I’ll be tweeting and twitpicing up a storm from “FNL’s” Austin set, so you best start following me.)

Question: USA is calling this week’s episode of “Psych” the “fall finale.” Is that the same thing as the season finale, or will there be more episodes later on? —Kristin

Ausiello: More episodes later on. This Friday’s episode marks the end of the first part of season 4. The second half will run in early ‘10 and climax with the return of Ally Sheedy as the Ying Yang Killer! The ep, co-written and directed by star James Roday, revolves around the release of Yang’s tell-all book.

That’s a wrap! Send questions/comments/anonymous tips to Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Adam B. Vary)

*Contest rules state that you must run into me somewhere other than on or near the “FNL” set.