Blind Item: Hit Show Caters to Star's Death Wish

You know how you can tell when you’ve really “made it” in Hollywood? When you’re getting bumped off the hit TV show on which you recur, and the powers that be let you dictate how you go out. And what a coincidence: That’s exactly what happened to the subject of today’s blind item!

The bona fide “name” is returning to the drama on which he/she has previously appeared later this season for what, given his/her impending on-screen demise, should be the last time. But when you-don’t-know-who read in the script that their alter ego was to perish in an explosion, this performer’s reps demanded, er, requested that their client be shot instead.


It gets weirder. Though no reason for the shifting of the cause of death was given (not to me, anyway), the network and the producers both OK’d the change. So, one way or another, there’s now a toe tag with this character’s name on it. (Hint: I have a sneaking suspicion a good chunk of the audience will not be sad to see this person go. Actually, I’m sure of it.)

So, guesses as to the identity of the actor/actress whose next scene partner will be the Grim Reaper? Go to it below.

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  1. Jon says:

    Ryan O’Neal – Bones?

  2. Daniel says:

    Leonard Nimoy on Fringe. He just tweeted that he may be returning.

  3. TVLover says:

    Could it possibly be Izzy from Grey’s?

    • Agnès says:

      That’s just what I thought!

    • Julie says:

      Katherine Heigl isn’t a recurring character on Grey’s and this blind item is for an actor who is still part of a show.

    • Paula says:

      Could it PLEASE be Izzie from Grey’s?

    • Sam says:

      60% of this points to Izzie. I don’t remember her completely ruling out a return to ‘Grey’s’. I do remember Shonda Rhimes telling Ausiello she’d love to give Alex/Izzie some good closure.
      Katherine is a ‘Name’ in Hollyweird. Plus another explosion/shooting is typical of a ‘Grey’s’ season finale.

      Yes am very much hoping it’s Izzie. And some angry ex-fans won’t want to see her back which totally fits with that last part of the blind item.

      IZZIE yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  4. I just remember the press around Blake Lively wanting to be killed off Gossip Girl a couple of months ago. Looks like she gets her wish.

  5. rachel says:

    Hannah, Bones.

  6. xav says:

    Too much to hope that it’s be Katherine Heigl on Grey’s Anatomy, right?

  7. hpfan12 says:

    Olivia Wilde on House

    • Becca says:

      says she’s ‘recurring’. Olivia Wilde is a SR.

    • Dave Keller says:

      It’s not Olivia Wilde. She does not fit the description, mostly because she remains a popular character. Contrast that with “I have a sneaking suspicion a good chunk of the audience will not be sad to see this person go.”

      • Zak says:

        Olivia Wilde was my first guess, since she really can’t be considered a series regular this season and the fact every comment section I’ve ever read for the character has been almost all negative. So she does fit the description of people not sad to see her go. I don’t hate the character personally though.

  8. Jared says:

    OMG! If this is Gossip Girl in reference to Serena/Blake Lively, I will too die myself! This will just be awful! Say it aint so!

  9. Danielle says:

    I heard that it is Justin Bieber, he wanted to be shot instead of being blown up on CSI like the producers originally wanted

    • Lisa says:

      Has he had a recurring role on CSI though? Because the blind item implies it’s someone who has guest-starred on the show before.

    • Rock Golf says:

      Makes sense. There’s already been 3 hit songs this year about explosive devices: Firework, Grenade and Dynamite, (4 if you count Taylor Swift’s “Mine”) so Bieber wouldn’t want to be confused with those.

    • Jessi says:

      I just read something confirming that you are 100% correct! It’s the Biebs. Now, I’ve never heard any of his songs, but I’m hearing he’s all the rage. Are they worth listening to?

    • Olivia says:

      EW just said that he was going to be shot when he returned on the show and that in the original script he was blown up.. So that solves that.

  10. Jenny says:

    I’d say Hannah on Bones, but I don’t want her to die. That would mean Booth pining for her. LOL So… yeah. I don’t have a clue. lol

  11. FH14 says:

    Jenny from Gossip Girl?

    Hey, One can dream.

    • Miranda says:

      That’s exactly what I was thing. “Hit” show is a relative term here, and Gossip Girl could fit that, being that it’s a hit on The CW. Plus everyone hates Jenny, and it would bring a new twist to the show.

  12. English says:

    someone from CSI?

  13. ann05 says:

    Jenny Humphrey? Man, I would really be pleased to see her offed. It’d be like when they killed Marissa Cooper.

  14. Courtney says:

    Cameron, on House?
    Well… I’d be sad to see her go.

  15. SayWhat? says:

    Anyone on any show can be shot, and tons of shows have characters who have been absent for a while, so … not much for me to go on to make anything even close to a guess. Care to supply a genre at least so we can narrow it down?

  16. Stevie P says:

    I really hope it is Izzie. That storyline needs to be put to rest. Now. Also, um, why is there NO mention of her?! Karev is still married to her!

  17. Dillan says:

    Chloe on Smallville.

    Or Skeet Ulrich on LOLA.

  18. meg says:


  19. Dennis says:

    CSI Miami without Horatio?

    • Jake says:

      I would willingly up the ante on D.C. Then I could donate the cost of a decent haircut. I hope it’s him, sunglasses, hips and all.

  20. gkgrl says:

    I’ve got $10 on Jenny from Gossip Girl.

  21. Cathy says:

    How is being on a show once a recurring character? Or an ongoing character, for that matter? I would guess (hope) it’s Olivia Wilde. Sorry, really not a fan.

  22. Lynn says:

    I kind of want it to be Hannah from Bones, then again I don’t want Booth to seem like a consolation prize though if she dies

  23. Allison says:

    Liking the Gossip Girl ideas. I think it’s Vanessa.

  24. Lynn says:

    I mean Bones, sorry LOL

  25. ella says:

    Thirteen? House?

  26. Will says:

    Jessica Szohr – Vanessa (Gossip Girl)?

  27. Sara says:

    Jenny on Gossip Girl is a cast member not a recurring.

  28. beckermanex says:

    Returning to a hit? Grim Reaper? It has to be Mandy Patinkin right? After all there was that show about Grim Reapers he was in…

    • Laura says:

      That show as awesome. The movie less so, without him in it, but alright none the less. More people should watch it. Dead Like Me, for anyone wonderin’

  29. D says:

    Thought I heard that Justin Bieber asked for this…

  30. Jake Anderson says:

    First thought was Katherine Heigl for Grey’s, but that would be too unrealistic and silly considering the fact that she could’ve just as easily died of cancer and that the show just had the big hospital gunman storyline this season.

  31. Kim says:

    I think it’s the gravedigger on Bones. There’s supposed to be a serial sniper in several episodes this season… and their first appearance is when the grave digger is going into court. Plus Bones and explosions go together like peanut butter and jelly.

  32. Marc says:

    Tommy on Brothers & Sisters … anyone?

    • George says:

      I was thinking Balthazar Getty from B&S. His character is no longer a regular, and he’s only “recurring.” Plus it was highly publicized why he was booted in the first place (an affair), so I don’t think many people would be sad to see him leave all together…

  33. Cassie says:

    I don’t think its Izzie on Grey’s. Grey’s just had shootings so I don’t see her dying that way if she were to return. Alex is divorced and he can move on without Izzie dying. And – it says “bumped of a tv show on which you recur”. Katherine was a regular, not recurring so that also rules out Izzie.

    • Sam says:

      Imagine the juicy emotional storylines that would be instore for Alex if Izzie indeed died after being shot??!!!
      Plus Izzie dying of cancer would be plain right boring. They’d want to send her out with a bang!!

  34. lorna says:

    olivia wilde on errr, house? idk.

  35. karen says:

    Olivia Wilde from House

  36. Italyanboy says:

    James Franco on General Hospital.

  37. Sara says:

    Either Ryan O’Neil on Bones, or the woman who plays the Assistant DA. It looks like they’re planning on killing off a named character, and there’s a sniper story arc, and Ryan O’Neil’s got enough hollywood pull still to get to dictate things, I think.

    • Cathy says:

      The thing is though…wouldn’t they have just shot them in the first place instead of exploding them?? It would make sense with the story line. I highly doubt it’s bones.

  38. s says:

    Adele on Grey’s

  39. Ashley says:

    Hannah from Bones? We all know she’s set to leave but nobody has come forth and said how or when.

  40. Kaityn says:

    I think it’s Serena from gossip girl

  41. MCO says:

    Josh /Victor Webster in Castle.

    Right now, They are shooting two episodes about terrorism in New York. We know that Webster will appear in this episodes. And yeah, nobody would cry for him !

    • P. says:

      I would be sad if that’s how they wrote him out.

      (Because it would have been way more awesome if something exploded. And also because there would definitely be AFTERMATH.)

  42. jen says:

    This is totally about bones… But who from bones.

  43. kerfuffles says:

    I think this has to be Olivia Wilde/13 from House.

    The actress has been gone from the show while she tries to “make it” in Hollywood via film roles, and one could argue she’s become a “bona fide name” now with her film roles. She’s also been cast in a couple of new movies and I don’t know how she could do those AND return to House.

    I don’t keep track much of the House fandom, but I’ve heard the character 13 is not exactly well-loved by many in the audience. I know I certainly won’t miss her.

  44. Izzy says:

    Ok it might be just me but I don’t get the point of the blind items at all . . .

  45. Sam says:

    Grissom on CSI? Imagine the ratings bump! Grissom comes back from So America or wherever he is and is part of a two-part investigation that ends with him getting shot and killed and then two more epis on Catherine’s tracking down the killer! I’d TIVO that!

  46. Jess says:

    Billy Baldwin on either Gossip Girl or Parenthood?

  47. John says:

    Hmmm…”bona fide name. ” So it’s an A lister who was on a show that’s still on, left, and now will come back and die. Heigel seems the only guess so far that fits. I don’t think it’s her though.

    Well, we never saw William Bell’s body on Fringe, but Nimoy is retired. Plus he was never a regular.

    Rob Lowe is already dead on B&S.

  48. kate says:

    I think it’s Deirdre Lovejoy aka The Gravedigger!

  49. P says:

    Olivia Wilde on House.

    • KevyB says:

      Enough on Olivia Wilde. When does ANYBODY on House die of gunshots or explosions? How is House going to spend an hour figuring out that Thirteen got shot or exploded? If Thirteen dies she OBVIOUSLY is going to die of Parkinson’s, or some other weird non-Parkinson’s disease that has everyone baffled since it isn’t Parkinson’s. It makes me wonder if anybody naming her has even seen an episode of House…