Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on House, Smallville, Parenthood, Glee, True Blood and More!

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com.

Question: What can you tell us about Episode 15 of House? I’ve seen a lot of stuff on Twitter from producers @GregYaitanes and @SaraHess, and even @MMRAW about some epic stuff: dance sequences, zombies…. What is going on?! —Reana
Ausiello:
You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. You might, however, believe Hugh Laurie. “It contains some ingredients that we have not seen before on House — or many other television shows — for quite some time,” he teases. “It’s quite a trip. It’s a viewing trip but it’s also a trip trip. I haven’t seen the result of it yet, but I have the utmost confidence [in our producers]. I go where they point me. I’m a willing passenger on this journey.”

Question: Should we be nervous that Fox hasn’t renewed House for next season? —Joel
Ausiello:
As coincidence would have it, I asked showrunners David Shore and Katie Jacobs exactly that question when I chatted them up at Fox’s press tour party. “I’m not worried about it,” said Shore, whose deal with House producer NBC Universal is up for renewal at season’s end. Jacobs seconded that emotion. “I can’t imagine it not coming back,” she said, adding that she’s still thinking up ways to extend the franchise when the day does come that the show ends. “I once thought of a Three’s Company kind of spinoff with Wilson, Cuddy and House,” she admitted. “I don’t think that will happen. But I have thought about it.”

Question: Is there any possibility of Jennifer Morrison returning to House this season? —Isabela
Ausiello:
The possibility definitely exists, but Shore says there’s “nothing in the works at this time.”

Question: Any news on Parenthood‘s Haddie and Alex?! I hope Alex (Friday Night Lights‘ Michael B. Jordan) is with us for a long while, despite Hattie’s parents’ concerns! —Angie
Ausiello:
I am loving those two together. And so is Parenthood boss Jason Katims, who tells me that the Hattie/Alex romance will “take us through pretty much the rest of the season. It’s big. What we started the past couple of weeks — with the two of them not being allowed to see each other — goes on for quite a while. And then after that there’s a story about them getting to the next level in their relationship.” I can’t be sure but I think he’s talking about — come in a little closer — SEX!!!!!!!!! (In other P’hood news, did you see this?)

Question: I miss The Event! Got any scoop? —Carter
Ausiello:
Jason Ritter’s Sean is going to find himself entangled in a very unlikely romance with [major spoiler alert] when NBC’s serialized thriller returns from its midseason break in late February. It’s all part of what exec producer Evan Katz calls a “radical transformation” of the Sean character. “By the end of the season he will be the opposite of the charmed innocent he was in the beginning.” What else you got Katz? “In Episode 15, someone goes bye-bye.” There we go. That’s the stuff.

Question: OK, last week’s Fringe scoop was weak. Going back to the Cortexiphan trials? Didn’t we find that out two weeks ago? I guess Bolivia coming back was new, but that’s not nearly mind-blowing enough. Gimme something really interesting! Please? –Laurie
Ausiello:
Well, if this doesn’t do the trick — and by golly it should — talk to J.J. Abrams, as he’s the one who dropped it in my lap. An upcoming episode will reach back into the show’s rich history “in such a huge way,” he says. “We’re using something that is already within the Fringe universe and it is so cleverly done.” Abrams isn’t saying which episode the show will be calling back to, but he does reveal that it’s from Season 1. “It doesn’t mean you need to have seen that episode to understand what’s going on, but it just makes it extra special for those who have seen it,” he adds. Any guesses? Hit the comments! And last reminder: Fringe moves to Fridays at 9/8c this week! Be there or face my wrath!

Question: Any idea what the sex of Angela’s unborn baby will be on Bones? —Denise
Ausiello:
Depends who you ask. According to series creator Hart Hanson, everyone in Angela’s inner circle will have a different opinion about the gender question. “Her father Billy Gibbons has a theory,” says Hanson. “The Finder — the guy at the center of the spinoff — has a theory. And Cyndi Lauper’s returning psychic (Avalon Harmonia) has a theory. And I’m not saying who’s right.” Here’s my theory: The new arrival will enter the world sans penis.

Question: Bones scoopage, please? —Dave
Ausiello:
A spring episode features one of the show’s “most gruesome murders ever,” reveals EP Stephen Nathan. “It takes place on a body farm, and I had to postpone my dinner for a few minutes after [reading the scene].”

Question: Do you have any scoop on Justified? —Veronica
Ausiello:
What if I told you that Boyd (Walton Goggins) was going to get romantically involved with his onetime sister-in-law Ava this season? Better yet, what if Goggins told you himself?! “It’s going to be an interesting relationship,” he says. “I talked [to the producers] about how Boyd would approach love, and how different that would be than Raylan. Boyd’s a really deep guy. He’s probably someone who would create a flower out of a napkin or just read poetry for hours.”

Question: I adore your new site, I adore you, and I adore Cougar Town. May I please have some scoop on the Cul de Sac crew? —Paige
Ausiello:
What a coincidence — we adore the same things! On the Cougar front, exec producer Kevin Biegel tells TVLine’s Megan Masters, “There’s a big story coming up where Bobby tries to [market] Penny Can, becomes a baron and is shockingly successful with it.”

Question: Could we please get some good new Chuck spoilers? —Alissa
Ausiello:
Look for the new G-woman played by Robin Givens to butt heads with General Beckman when the former arrives on the scene this spring. Also, I uncovered a few more details about the new Vivian character being played by Supernatural‘s Lauren Cohan. Per a Chuck source, Vivian finds herself thrust into the spy world and quickly discovers that she has a lot in common with Chuckles. Are you thinking what I’m thinking..? ‘Cause I’m thinking… oh, I better not. I don’t need to spend the rest of the week wading through hate tweets.

Question: Got any Glee spoilers — specifically Kurt/Blaine-related? —Ami
Ausiello:
It’s time for Blaine to meet the parent! Mike O’Malley told me at the Golden Globes that there’s a big episode coming up where Burt is introduced to Blaine for the first time. “It’s a great story,” he said. “I just got the script.”

Question: When, when, when will Glee‘s Kurt return to McKinley High?! I love Blaine, but need Kurt back with New Directions! —Diane
Ausiello:
Chris Colfer’s on and off-screen BFF Amber Riley (Mercedes) feels your pain. “I want him to come back so bad,” she tells me. “I miss him.” Although she’s sad for herself, Riley admits the “storyline Chris is having at the other school is amazing. And I love the Warblers. I’m a big fan of their music. Maybe I should transfer over there? Mercedes could shave her head and pretend to be a boy.” Maybe save that for Season 7.

Question: Any exciting news about my favorite Glee character, Sue? —Richard
Ausiello:
Her upcoming stint as a member of New Directions will be a brief one — and it sounds like that’s good news for Jane Lynch. “[Jane]‘s a little bored because the choir room scenes are always the hardest and require the longest hours,” her onscreen archenemy, Matthew Morrison, says with a chuckle. “So she’s getting a taste of what it’s like to be in the glee club and have the long hours.” Amber Riley says it’s been a rare treat working opposite her idol. “I never get to do a lot of scenes with Jane so it’s been amazing,” she gushes. “I’m still a big fan of hers. I still get nervous around her and I’ve been working with her for almost two years. To be able to have her in the choir room has been great.”

Question: Your True Blood spoiler from last week about Jason is torturing me. Any other details about his big risqué scene? —Stephen
Ausiello:
At the Globes, Ryan Kwanten said the sequence in question elicited an “audible gasp at the table read… and for our actors to be shocked at anything is a big deal.” Remember: This has the potential to be as shocking, if not more, than last season’s head-spinning sexscapade between Lorena and Bill. Hmmm

Question: Enough about Eric/Sookie or Bill/Sookie. Tell me something about True Blood‘s hottest duo, Alcide/Sookie. —Suzan
Ausiello:
I’m 87 percent certain that there will be an Alkie (or is it Soocide?) kiss within the first six episodes of Season 4. (The margin of error is +/- 4.9 percent, so you can pretty much take this to the bank.)

Question: If you run into the Big Bang Theory gang at the Golden Globes, please ask them if they’re ever going to divulge Penny’s last name. — Jason
Ausiello:
As a matter of fact, I did run into them. And I did ask. But you may not love the answer(s) I got. After all, executive producer Bill Prady pointed out, “We were just renewed for three seasons,” so they are in no rush. “We may wait to answer that for a little while.” Golden Globe champ Jim Parsons offered up his own ideas, however unlikely. “I thought Penny Moonves, as a tribute to the man up top,” he suggested. “[Or] sometimes the prop master’s last name appears on things, which would be London. But I don’t think they’re going to go with that.” Yeah, I didn’t think so, either.

Question: A Big Bang Theory scoop, please! —Melissa
Ausiello:
Sheldon and Amy’s Skype romance is about to hit a major snag. “In the episode we’re shooting right now, Sheldon — in a moment of somewhat irritation — threatens to minimize her window,” Parsons teases. “For them, that’s big stuff.”

Question: Where’s this week’s AA?! I am in AA withdrawal! Will you please give me some Smallville scoop and I may forgive you. —Lara
Ausiello:
Sounds like someone forgot to refill her prescription of Simma Down Now. Here’s your big Small scoop: I’m hearing ****** **** is coming to town!

Question: Any Smallville scoop on the arrival of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle? —Dominic
Ausiello:
Just that the show is still casting the parts. For egomaniacal Booster, they want… well, in essence, another Justin Hartley (Green Arrow): blond and hot, although he has to radiate smarm. (Think Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer.) For Blue Beetle — or Iron Man, if Iron Man became a superhero because a scarab possessed him — they want a nerdy Latino actor who can pass for a teenager. (Ugly Betty’s Justin, Mark Indelicato, perhaps?)

Question: Is there any news about Love Bites? Will it ever see the light of day? —Mayela
Ausiello:
If it does see the light of day, it probably won’t be until summer. Bummer. Becki Newton has been off my TV for far too long.

Question: Do you have any scoop on 90210? —Giovanni
Ausiello:
An Oscar winner’s joining the cast! Sort of but not really! Allow me to explain: Producers are looking for a “name” actress to play the recurring role of Marla, a faded Oscar-winning actress in her 50s who’s now living in Grey Gardens-esque squalor. She hires Annie to de-hoard her house. Because when I think of home organization I think of either Peter Walsh or… Annie Wilson.

Question: It seems like it’s been forever since there was some big Supernatural scoop? — Jeff
Ausiello:
Oh, really? Well, have you heard that Cass is getting a sidekick? Because he is. Rachel — as yet uncast — will be a pretty twentysomething angel with a finely tuned BS detector. Also, when Sam and Dean visit the Old West later this season, they’ll meet, ironically, an Easterner: Samuel Colt, a middle-aged hunter who’s tarnished his own legend by becoming more interested in pouring his next drink than firing his next shot. You reckon he’ll be able to help them dispatch Elias Finch, the innocent specter out for vengeance after being hung?

That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to askausiello@tvline.com. Also, you can keep track of my scoops on Twitter via @MichaelAusiello. Thanks for playing!

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105 Comments
  1. Chloe says:

    PARENTHOOD!!! Love Haddie and Alex.

  2. Lauren says:

    NEED a vampire diaries scoop!!! i’m dying here

  3. janine says:

    I’m literally scared for episode 15 of House. I trust the writers and usually like the broken format episodes, but this sounds like too much!

  4. Alex says:

    Smallville asterisk quiz: Martha Kent?

  5. Georgette says:

    Im a bit pissed, where is the Wemma scoopage Aussiello?

  6. Oz says:

    I hope your first Smallville scoop isn’t referring to Martha Kent.

  7. David says:

    I hate Martha Kent… Stupid “Red Queen” storyline is contrived and laughable.

  8. Jesse says:

    Easiest asterisk quiz ever . . . MARTHA KENT is coming to town on SMALLVILLE>

  9. Jesse says:

    Easiest asterisk quiz ever . . . MARTHA KENT is coming to town on SMALLVILLE.

    • jack says:

      they can just put the dang suit on conner kent at the end of smallville and call the last eps superboy i guess tom welling will get his wish and not hav’t to put on the suit on and now clark can get even closser to tess now they will rise conner like there own sun the end.

  10. Colleen says:

    Wow, Stephen Nathan postponed his meal after reading a scene in a Bones script. That’s amazing because SN is a man serious about his food. Can’t wait until Thursday and all new Bones!

    • Jenn says:

      Are there other body farms besides the one at the UT Forensic Anthropology Center? This could be fun. I hope they do the Body Farm bit justice (the grosser the better)!

  11. Kate says:

    I bet the Fringe scoop is the thing about Olivia’s stepfather. That was from the first season and they’ve been talking about it.

    • real1 says:

      Well , I guess it’s something about Bolivia’s child , season 1 episode 2 , how babies can grow up so quickly , and will permit to Peter and Olivia to live the future of their relationship .

  12. Rob J. says:

    * Sounds like Britt Robertson from LUX would make a great sidekick for Cass.
    .
    * Uh, the last thing that Smallville needs is for Booster Gold to be played by another Justin Hartley. Hartley is adequate as Oliver, but Booster Gold is, well, a *send-up* of the Hartley/Ritchson type. So they need someone who can do comedy. Which Hartley can’t do.
    .
    * While Jaime Reyes is far from a jock, he’s not a nerd, either. Which makes Mark Indelicato the wrong choice to play the Blue Beetle to me. IMO, they need to find a caffeinated, twentysomething Latino version of that decaffeinated Italian superhero guy, Milo Ventimiglia.

    • Nicole says:

      This is so not meant to diss you because I can totally see why you’d suggest Britt Robertson for Cas’s sidekick, but that would make me put my foot through my television. Nothing against the actress, but I hated the character of Lux so GD much that I can’t take her in a snarky role again so soon. Especially not messing around with the SPN trifecta. No. Nononononononononononono.

  13. Jduncan2012 says:

    I’m relatively sure that Jason will be doing the nasty with Crystal and she’ll “accidentally”(?) shift into a were-panther…

  14. Emgee says:

    Re: House
    ““It’s quite a trip. It’s a viewing trip but it’s also a trip trip.”

    This must be the earlier talked about beach vacation trip for House and Cuddy.

    • janine says:

      hmmm…trip like a vacation. With all the crazy stuff being talked about I assumed it ment a drug induced trip (like an acid trip or something)

    • Amie says:

      Is that the road trip that they were planning earlier? But are they not doing it on location now?
      As for the H/C/W spin-off, I would so be there in any kind of spin-off for those three no matter what it was; they’re such great characters.

      • Cali says:

        I totally agree! They were brilliant in this week’s episode. We need more scenes like that with the three of them.

      • Moreno says:

        House, Wilson and Cuddy are the best characters of the show and i would watch anything with them in it. This season is getting better and better. I wasn´t sure about House and Cuddy but now i consider myself a fan of the relatioship.

  15. TheOtherYvonne says:

    Woohoo for new Chuck scoop. TPTB have said they aren’t going to do any more love triangles for Chuck and Sarah, so I’m thinking either Chuck’s half sibling or Sarah’s half sibling. I really want to know what you are thinking Michael! Maybe she has an intersect too?

    • E says:

      They better not introduce a new interest for Chuck! Enough already… I also hope they don’t pull an ‘Alias’ and have some sort of time lapse/Chuck moves on with Sarah undercover.

  16. Is JJ talking about Olivia’s stepdad?

  17. Kristal says:

    That’s it on Supernatural scoop. :(

    Next week needs more Suprenatural.

  18. MARY says:

    Blaine meets Kurt’s dad in the Superbowl episode though? There’s photos of it and the actors have spoken about it.

  19. Janice n says:

    Blah, all I’m so darn eager to know about in GLEE is Brittana! There are rumours of near development, you should get on that Ausiello.

  20. Mikaylah says:

    Samuel Colt? As in, THE COLT?? Hmm. It would be a weird coincidence.

  21. The Kaibosh says:

    Oh man. Jason Stackhouse and that shape shifter chick (I forget her name) are going to get it on and she’s gonna morph right in the middle of it isn’t she. And there’ll be clawing and scratching and craziness audible gasps all over world. Well can’t say we weren’t warned.

    • Jaime says:

      That was SO the first thing to go through my mind when I read that… that probably should disturb me more than it does…

  22. jack says:

    well to all you lois lane hatters out there. you will get your wish because the conner kent story will kill the clois stuff clark will spend most of his time with his sun and say the heck with lois so now you can stop hate’n on lois and there wan’t be a wedding to little time most of the time will be spent on conner kent.

  23. whatever says:

    Honestly, I don’t get the appeal of Alcide besides his body. He is not done with Debbie, and admitted he still loved her too.

  24. BrianR says:

    I think Penny’s last name is……Lane after the Beetles song that her dad was listening to on the radio.

  25. Sarah says:

    For Fringe I think the callback will be to 1×17 Bad Dreams. And how Peter and Olivia are connected, he calmed her with his touch. HAS TO BE THAT. Akiva Goldsman points it out in the audio commentary.

  26. raelee514 says:

    I’m really loving the Rachel SPN spoiler…. narcissism, yes I resemble.

  27. W0NK042 says:

    Fringe: So they will be going back in time & interacting with characters in the episode, that at the time looked like they were that ep’s characters, or going back & by proxy giving Walter a formula. – As Doctor Who did last series & Quantum Leap did Years ago.

  28. Hector lopez says:

    martha kent

  29. Julia says:

    No more Cameron in House, so bad.

    I watch this show in season 1, and Cameron was the most important female character, so bad they forget and destroy her. Injustice number 1!

    ”Wilson, Cuddy and House spinoff” bleah.
    Katie Jacobs loves ONLY her favorities. Injustice number 2!

    sorry my poor english.

  30. Melody says:

    First, Supernatural isn’t just breaching the fourth wall but blowing it to bits in the upcoming metaepisode, but now they are headed for the old west. What the hell is happening with my favorite show?!?!?

    • Jenn says:

      Sera Gamble. Switching from awesome guy show to lame, typical CW crap. We’ve had ONE awesome rock song this entire season. I wish Ben Edlund had taken over. (He did write the meta ep coming up, so I’m holding my judgment until I see what happens there.)

      • Nicole says:

        You can’t blame the lack of music on Gamble – the music was a lot less present last season too. Safe bet that it’s due to budget cuts.

        I also think she’s done a great job this season – I was prepared to hate it, and I’ve really been enjoying it.

    • V says:

      I have watched the first episode of this season and thats it! I refuse to watch anymore. Sara has run my all time favorite show into the ground. I have LOVED Supernatural since they premiered the first episode waaaay back when, too bad it’s all gone downhill.

  31. Kassie says:

    A spinoff with Wilson, House and Cuddy would be a dream come true :) I can´t wait to watch ep 15. It´s gonna be a weird one but i´m sure it will be brilliant.

  32. BullMike23 says:

    Penny’s last name should be Gadget. And they should have have a cranky neighbor with a cat we never see named Mr. Claw.

  33. michael says:

    If the Smallville spoiler is Martha Kent, then it’s about as ‘fresh’ as mouldy cheese. I think I’ll look up episode synopsis on the CW website and start posting ‘spoilers’.

  34. Elliott says:

    this second third of the S7 of HOUSE is packed with amazing episodes!
    be ready, because it’s going to be awesome!!!!!

  35. Sarah says:

    Nothing about “The Good Wife”? =( I love this show and it just gets better and better!

  36. Summer Bay says:

    Oh wait let me guess about the 90210 story, Annie will find something very expensive just lying around in the old woman’s house & be tempted to swipe it to get her family out of the money troubles they’re in.

  37. Sil says:

    Vivian must be the name of Ellie and Awesome’s baby!!!

  38. Sourabh says:

    Any story about someone returning to Smallville is nothing if its not about Michael Rosenbaum.

  39. Jay says:

    I’m guessing the risque True Blood scene will involve Jason’s girlfriend shape-shifting into an animal mid-act…can’t get any more sick than that…

  40. Badgone82 says:

    Here is Your answer for smallville

    connor Kent in scion!

  41. DN says:

    Per a Chuck source, Vivian finds herself thrust into the spy world and quickly discovers that she has a lot in common with Chuckles. Are you thinking what I’m thinking..? ‘Cause I’m thinking… oh, I better not. I don’t need to spend the rest of the week wading through hate tweets.

    If, by your comment about receiving hate tweets, you are insinuating that we may see a new love triangle, that would be the stupidest thing these producers could do. They claimed they learned their lesson in that area, and the ratings have only been getting better.

    Creative and believable obstacles have come in the way of the marriage proposal (not cold feet but a desire to bring Chuck’s mom back is what derailed popping of the question), so, for Chuck to be drawn in the least to another woman would not be accepted by the audience in the least. It will simply blow up in the producers’ faces.

  42. djwingtip says:

    They should cast Ali MacGraw on 90210. She’s older than 50’s but hell, if they could cast Ryan O’Neal as Teddy’s dad, they could do this. She’d be great.

    • april-ann says:

      Ali McGraw is amazing. I saw her on Oprah, and she blew me away — the most “together” person I have ever seen being interviewed, coming out of or anywhere near showbiz. Producers are insane for not giving this wonderful actress/person a ton of work. She’s too good for 90210, though, so I suggest Morgan Fairchild.

  43. Jenn says:

    SG may be the worst thing to happen to SPN. That spoiler about the new angel sounds awful. The show doesn’t need any more new characters gumming up the works – they’ve already introduced so many this season that it’s hard to keep track of them all (and I count Lisa as a new character because we didn’t see her or hear about her for two years and them – BAM! Shoe-horned in.). They particularly don’t need anymore one-dimensional female characters (because they can’t write women). They keep talking about how they’re going to return to the brother dynamic and adding characters won’t fix the problem. I hope she’s a one-off.

  44. mrs.robinson says:

    Sounds to me like the CW is preparing Cass for a spinoff. Can’t wait to see Jensen Ackles riding a horse. Thanks for the news.

  45. Carol says:

    The “House” scoop is so enticing! Every time they break the mold they do it with high style and plenty of surprises so I can’t wait for episode 15. I would love to see a spin-off with just House/Cuddy and a side of Wilson. House and Cuddy could play elegant and sexy “Thin Man” style detectives with Wilson as their carping sidekick. I would so be there for that one.

  46. Dj says:

    I had heard that they were thinking of doing a Supernatural prequel set in the old west I wonder if this is going to test the waters for that.

  47. Thom says:

    Saturn Girl is coming to town.

  48. James says:

    Smallville scoop: Callum Blue? returning one more time as Zod?

  49. Viviane says:

    Thanks for this spoiler from Supernatural, that’s very interesting. Can you tell me especially about the young Mary and the young John. Are they coming back this season in Supernatural? I love the two characters and the actors too.

  50. jasper says:

    All you guys who can’t wait for a HL, LE, & RSL spinoff are idiots.

    Haven’t you people realized by now that if KJ lips are moving she’s lying?

    Also HL does not get along with KJ….at.all…You really think he would rather be miserable being round someone he does not get along with than spend time with his wife and kids???

    Please!!!!

    You are all showing your age with immature comments like that!

    By the way…the road trip/beach scene was going to be the premiere but TPTB nipped it in the bud & brought DS back to try to fix the disaster KJ wrought.

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