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Question: Will anything ever happen between Will and Alicia on “The Good Wife”? —Stef
Ausiello: Maybe. Eventually. Perhaps. Exec producer Robert King explains: “[They have] one of the most complicated relationships… because it really is a friendship that doesn’t want to lose its friendship by going to the next step. There’s an episode [coming up in April] that’s all about not knowing what a jury is thinking and it’s a metaphor for how Alicia and Will can’t get into each other’s heads. During this trial, they have to make moves, guessing where the jury is headed. Sometimes we see that they’re just completely wrong.”
Question: I could probably be persuaded to send you a case of your favorite flavor of Snapple if you’ll give me some “Good Wife” scoop. —Brooke
Ausiello: I could probably be persuaded to accept those terms. The rivalry between Alicia and Cary will come to a head in May. According to exec producer Robert King, the season will feature two big climaxes — one of which we’ve already witnessed. “The first was ‘Hi,’ the episode where Peter gets out,” he explains. “[The second] will play into [the rivalry].”
Question: I’m bored with Teddy on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Please tell me she’ll interact with someone other than Owen and Cristina soon? —Maya
Ausiello: I can confirm that in the March 25 episode Teddy will interact with someone other than Owen and Cristina. And there’s a good chance sex will be involved. In other (possibly related) “Grey’s” news, Leven Rambin is due back as Mark’s preggers daughter, Sloan, on April 29. (I can’t keep a secret — Teddy and Mark are hooking up!)
Question: Who would I contact to pitch my idea for the plot of a “Gilmore Girls” movie? —Stacy
Ausiello: You can pitch Amy directly. Let me know if you need her e-mail address.
Question: Any juicy tidbits for the rest of the season on “Smallville”? —David
Ausiello: Clark and Zod will have an inevitable (and rather spectacular) showdown before the end of the season. And look for Lois and Perry to team up on the Kandorians story.
Question: “Glee” starts soon! In honor of that, some scoop? —Loki
Ausiello: Just 34 days! Here’s another tidbit about the Joss Whedon-Neil Patrick Harris hour: Harris and on-screen rival Matthew Morrison will find themselves up for the same role in a community theater production — hence the “Dream On” duet/showdown I teased in Ausiello TV.
Question: What’s this I hear about “24” being canceled? Please say it isn’t true! —Jaime
Ausiello: As of today, it’s not true. By Friday or Monday, I imagine it will be.
Question: Is it true that Rousseau is returning to “Lost”? —Jaime
Question: Is “Gossip Girl” ever going to revisit Blair’s eating disorder? —Lauren
Ausiello: Yes, but if you blink you’ll likely miss it. Exec producer Stephanie Savage tells me that there’s a “moment” coming up that touches on B’s struggle with bulimia. “It’s very subtle,” she quickly adds. “But for people who are looking for it, they will find it.”
Question: What can you tell me about Carter’s return on “Gossip Girl”? —Lucia
Ausiello: It’s tied to the arrival of Serena’s father (Billy Baldwin).
Question: I think you’re really cool and occasionally awesome. I also think you have the coolest job ever. So anyway, I have a question about “NCIS.” Any dish on May sweeps? —Annie
Ausiello: Occasionally awesome? This next scoop begs to differ: “Abby will face the biggest dilemma of her professional life,” reveals exec producer/showrunner Shane Brennan, “when she must decide whether to withhold or reveal a secret that could destroy the NCIS team.” Occasionally awesome my arse.
Question: Tiva this, Tiva that. Got any “NCIS” scoop not connected to those two? —Alexa
Ausiello: There may be trouble in paradise for NCIS’ hopeless bromantics, McGee and Tony. “We are going to explore McGee and Tony’s relationship a little more in an upcoming episode,” reveals Sean Murray. “They have a very older brother-younger brother type [of] relationship. They protect and tease each other and show off in front of each other. But there is a pecking order, and Tony is on top of it. But he may be challenged by something McGee says or does.”
Question: Please tell me it isn’t true. Please tell me Ruby won’t be in the 100th episode of “Supernatural”! I’ll give you ice cream with sprinkles on top. —Ann
Ausiello: No, Ruby won’t be in the 100th episode (titled “Point of No Return” and airing April 15). But Zachariah (Kurt Fuller) will be. I scream, you scream, gimme this ice cream!
Question: Any tidbits about the season opener of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”? The 30-second spots now showing on USA tell us nothing! —Maureen
Ausiello: As previously reported, the two-part premiere — airing March 30 and April 6 — bids adieu to Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Eric Bogosian. How do they depart? All I’ll say is the second episode features a funeral, a firing, and a resignation. Suck it, 30-second spots!
Question: Now that we know that Neil Patrick Harris is not playing Gargamel in the “Smurfs” movie, can you tell us who is? I think Martin Sheen should be sitting by his phone. —Mike
Ausiello: The role hasn’t been cast yet. I heard offers went out to Sacha Baron Cohen and Mike Myers, but I believe they both passed. Martin Sheen’s an interesting idea. Personally, I’m still pulling for my first choice: Alan Rickman.
Question: Please could you serve up a tasty helping of “Greek” scoop? —Kelly R.
Ausiello: The show’s just-announced, 10-episode fourth season — slated to debut later this summer — will most likely be its last. “That is the plan,” confirms series creator Sean Smith, who hopes to lure back some old faves like Charisma Carpenter and Michael Rady for the final stretch. “We’re all looking at this as an opportunity to come back, wrap up the show, and end strong. ABC Family could’ve ended it, but they gave us this opportunity and I don’t want to squander it.” Meanwhile, an ABC Family spokesperson insists buzz that Dilshad Vadsaria (Rebecca) is leaving the show (perhaps to star in a new pilot) is not true. The rep says all of Greek’s regulars will be back for season 4.
Question: Got a “CSI” spoiler, preferably something not related to Laurence Fishburne? —Ashley
Ausiello: I don’t know about you, but when I think of things not related to Laurence Fishburne my mind immediately goes to Jennifer Tilly. Coincidentally, the bride of Chucky has signed on to play a sex-obsessed, pill-popping former showgirl under suspicion for murder in the first episode of May sweeps. And here’s the best part: Tim Conway is playing her husband.
Question: Anything on “Entourage”? —Jimmy
Ausiello: Autumn Reeser’s returning! The O.C. triple threat (gorgeous, talented, loves me) just signed on to reprise her role as junior agent Lizzie Grant for a handful of episodes in season 7. And next week she starts work on the Greg Berlanti-produced ABC pilot “No Ordinary Family.” Someone’s in demand!
Question: Does anyone even remember that someone almost killed Julie on “Desperate Housewives”? Will that storyline ever be resolved? —Darin
Ausiello: I remember! And so does Marc Cherry, who confirms that the serial strangler will be unmasked during May sweeps.
Question: There’s some confusion about the duration of Brandon Routh’s stay on “Chuck.” We know it was extended from four to eight episodes, but another rumor suggested that his stint has been extended even further. Can you clear this up? —David
Ausiello: Here’s what I can tell you without totally ruining the story: Shaw will be around for a little while longer.
Question: When are we going to meet Cam’s parents on “Modern Family”? —Eddie
Ausiello: Next season! “We wanted to do an episode with Cam’s parents coming to town and staying with them, but we never got around to that this season,” says exec producer Steve Levitan. “So we’ll do it next season I imagine.”
Question: I am so ecstatic that “Fringe” was picked up for a third season. Help us celebrate by giving us a scoop about the second half of this season. —Erin
Ausiello: I think exec producer Jeff Pinkner has something he’d like to get off his chest: “At the beginning of the next episode, Peter and Olivia are in bed together.” I know what you’re thinking — he’s got to be kidding. Well, guess what?!?! Yep, he’s totally kidding. Fellow executive producer J.H. Wyman, however, is as serious as a heart attack when he says any romance between the two “needs to be earned… it’s trite TV when it’s not. We want to avoid that. We wanted to avoid that from the beginning.” Wyman goes on to tease that this season’s final episodes will feature a number of “revelations about their relationship and who they are.”
Question: Some “How I Met Your Mother” scoop, maybe? —Vanessa
Ausiello: Ted’s mom (a.k.a. “Heroes’ ” Cristine Rose) is returning later this season! Why? No clue! (Thanks for the tip, Alison!)
Question: I must have spoilers on “United States of Tara”! It is one of the best shows on television! —Avery
Ausiello: Tara starts off season 2 (debuting March 22) successfully warding off her alters, but her neighbor’s suicide brings a certain sauntering, chauvinist man’s man back out into the open. Buck ends up bedding a local bartendress, but Tara opts to keep the news of her transition/Sapphic encounter from her family. Oh, and wait until you see who they got to play Tara’s shrink.
Question: I know you hate “One Tree Hill,” but do you have any scoop on what’s coming up? —Jessica
Ausiello: The season finale is currently being shot on location in Utah. And if you have to ask why, you obviously haven’t been watching this season. In related news, can someone please tell me why they’re shooting on location in Utah?
Question: Is there any word whether TNT will order additional episodes of “Southland”? —Ken
Ausiello: No word. Worst-case scenario, the April 6 episode turns out to be a series finale. And although it wasn’t intended to bookend the series, exec producer Ann Biderman tells me there’s a “moment” at the end of the episode “that kind of defines what it means to be a cop. It was very serendipitous.”
Question: Does “The Vampire Diaries” have plans to resurrect Vicki? I’m hearing conflicting things. —George
Ausiello: The truth is right here: “We are not averse to bringing people back from the dead,” says exec producer Julie Plec, “but we would not do it with the first tragic death out of the gate. In the future, we absolutely will use those mystic tricks, but not with Vicki — as much as we loved Kayla [Ewell]. It would ruin the impact.”
Question: Do you really read all the questions you get from readers? —Paige
Ausiello: Every single one. And I don’t just skim them looking for key words that match whatever scoop I happen to have. I actually read them.
Question: Enough of “The Vampire Diaries.” Got any scoop on “True Blood” that can hold me over till June? —Brittany
Ausiello: More “Vampire Diaries” scoop it is! Exec producer Kevin Williamson teases that the season is “building to the Founder’s Day Celebration. That will be our last episode of the season. We will bring that historical storyline somewhat to a close and at the same time, we will start the next chapter. We will involve some of the town council and we will also take it to the next level.”
(Additional reporting by Sandra Gonzalez, Carrie Bell, Lynette Rice, Keith Staskiewicz, and Tanner Stansky)