Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on House, Fringe, Psych, Castle, Royal Pains, Dexter and More!

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Question: Now that Lisa Edelstein has opted not to return for House‘s eighth season and Jesse Spencer appears to be a lock to come back, should we be prepared for any other long-term castmembers leaving? —Melinda
The only remaining question mark is Olivia Wilde. Although she’s under contract for Season 8, her flourishing movie career will likely translate into another leave of absence — if not a permanent exit altogether. Exec producer David Shore concedes that there remains a great deal of “ambiguity” about the extent of Wilde’s involvement next season. “I expect she’ll be back,” he adds, “but I’m not sure how much she’ll be back.”

Question: I’m in serious need of some Psych info! Are you getting any vibes? —JessLayne
Not only vibes but tingles. After a hot hippie chick witnesses a murder, Gus thinks he’s died and gone to heaven. But there’s more afoot than romance. There actually is a crime to investigate in this upcoming episode, as well as the likelihood of a “name” guest star to play the leader of the commune where the aforementioned hot hippie lives. Personally, I’m seeing Bill Paxton in his first post-Big Love role…

Question: Now that NBC has decided not to pick up Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct, any chance another network will? —Cait
No. Bummer considering the fraktacular pedigree and cast. But an insider described the pilot as “confusing, overly-complex and the opposite of viewer-friendly,” adding, “It would make a good book or a big movie, but not a weekly TV series.”

Question: I may be alone, but I love Jackson and Lexie on Grey’s Anatomy. —Courtney.
You’re hardly alone. Considering that the season ended with the two of them on very solid footing, I think it’s safe to say Shonda Rhimes is a fan of the couple as well. And Jackson’s portrayer, Jesse Williams, is also on board — so by my count that brings the ‘shipper total to at least three. “I’m excited for Jackson to have a partner in crime,” the actor tells TVLine, “and to have somebody who’s a confidante and [explore] new avenues with… As an actor, [I] welcome the opportunity to have a relationship [on-screen] with somebody or have an enemy or rivalry or a new friend, anybody that gives you more work to do [and] makes the process more interesting. I’ve talked with the writers a little bit, and I think there a lot of different ways it could go.”

Question: Do you have any scoop on the second season of Rookie Blue? — Kelly
The June 16 premiere will shed some light on Dov’s backstory. “You [find out] that he has a little bit of a family tragedy in his past,” says portrayer Greg Smith, adding that the incident “may inform why Dov is so intent on being a cop and approaches the job the way he does.” Smith, meanwhile, hints that ABC’s summertime procedural may play host to an Everwood reunion in the near future. “Treat [Williams] is shooting [the feature film Blackbird] in [Canada] right now, so I had dinner with him the other day,” he says. “We were talking about trying to get him on [Rookie Blue], so we’ll see what happens.”

Question: So now that Terri Schuester has moved to Miami on Glee, does that mean she’ll go back to being Gina Russo from Nip/Tuck? —Mita
Why don’t you leave the comedy to me gumdrop, OK? Speaking of which, check out this hilarious six month-old Conan clip I found on the Inter Webs last night!

Question: I read that Fox will launch The Finder in Bones‘ Thursday slot this fall and then Bones will return in the spring, significantly shortening its season. Is this true? —Nancy
Nope, sure isn’t. Bones will launch in the fall, pass the baton to spinoff The Finder in January, and then return to the schedule in the spring. I hear producers may keep the spirit of Bones alive during its three-month, Emily Deschanel baby-fueled midseason hiatus by integrating some of the show’s supporting players into The Finder.

Question: Do you have any info on when Season 4 of Castle is going to pick up? Like how much time will have passed between the finale and the premiere? —Emily
That depends. How long do you think it takes to get from that cemetery to the nearest hospital? I’m going to go with more than 10 minutes but less than 30.

Question: I know it’s early, but got any How I Met Your Mother scoop? —George
Look for Robin to revive her dormant personal life next season — with or without the Barnster. “Robin didn’t do a hell of a lot of dating at all [last season],” points out exec producer Craig Thomas. “She was more [immersed in] switching careers. Now, Robin, who’s single and is looking forward a little bit, can’t help but wonder if what happened between her and Barney could have been something more had they been more ready. It’s always hard to see someone that you were once into and possibly still have this deeper connection with decide to go after somebody new [as Barney did with Nora]. That feels horrible.”

Question: I have a quick theory on How I Met Your Mother that has been circling my mind, and I wanted to bounce the idea off you to see whether it’s possible. When Barney met his dad in Long Island, he mentioned that he had two children, JJ (the one who plays basketball at school), and a sister Carly who is in college. Yet, we didn’t get a chance to see the sister. Why bring up the detail when it does not relate immediately to Barney meeting his dad? In the season finale, we see Barney as the groom of the mystery wedding. During the wedding, I am assuming he will most definitely invite his father and his family (after much debate and emotional roller coaster rides). We also know that Ted meets the mother at Barney’s wedding. Would it be possible for the mother to be Barney’s half-sister? I can see the set-up being hilarious, considering the fact that Barney has always made dirty Christmas songs for Ted’s sister. Do you think this theory holds up? —Olivea
If that was your idea of a quick theory I’d hate to see what a long one looks like. I think my attention span just suffered a coronary. Please boil the above manuscript down to 10 words or less and then resend it for consideration in next week’s column.

Question: Does Dave Foley’s new CBS pilot (How To Be a Gentleman) preclude him from returning to HIMYM next season? —Lanie
EP Craig Thomas concedes that the pilot will definitely “make it harder” to bring Foley back as Marshall’s potential new boss. Of course, we’re assuming Marshall actually gets hired. “I don’t want to say whether or not Marshall ends up getting that job,” Thomas hedges. “[But] admitting to your boss that you’re about to explode from both ends and running out of the room [is] not the best way to get a job.”

Question: I’m dying for some Hetty scoop after the NCIS: LA finale. Is Linda Hunt on board next season as a series regular? —Daniel
Yes, she’ll be back as a regular. In fact, I predict Hetty will be the last one standing on that show.

Question: Will we ever see Adam again on Supernatural? There could be Smurf paraphernalia in it for you. —Donna
Showrunner Sera Gamble puts the chances of an Adam comeback at a “very strong maybe.” Gimme my presents!

Question: Is Leslie going to run for mayor of Pawnee next season on Parks and Recreation? —Carter
That’s the question at the very heart of Season 3, according to exec producer Michael Schur. “[Leslie] will be dealing with the dilemma of whether to come clean [about her romance with Ben] or whether to give up her dream of running for office,” he previews. “I think it’s a dilemma that a lot of career women face. Sometimes it’s, ‘Do I choose my family over my job?’ Sometimes it’s, ‘Do I choose my husband’s job over my job?’ She’s a very strong woman — a feminist — and isn’t the kind of person who would say, ‘Oh, I’m going to date this guy and throw all my dreams away.’ On the other hand, she seems to really like the guy. The trick is going to be to figure out a storyline that allows her to stay true to her character in terms of what she wants to achieve. But also, making her happy because she likes the guy that she’s dating.”

Question: I’m dying over here! Is Aziz Ansari leaving Parks and Recreation now that Tom has quit his job in the parks department? I’m not sure if I could handle not getting my weekly dose of Tom Haverford. – Katie
Ansari isn’t going anywhere, but don’t expect Tom to go running back to city hall with his tail between his legs — at least not initially. “We don’t want to just come back [in the fall] and have everything back to normal,” says Schur. “We want to play out that he’s the guy who’s had this dream for a long time. I don’t think he’s going to give it up right away… The trick there is figuring out a way to have Entertainment 720 still in the show and have Aziz on the show as much as he’s ever been.”

Question: I thought we were going to find out who Michael’s replacement would be in the Office finale. What happened? —Jennifer
I suspect producers wanted to give themselves the summer to weigh all their options. I hear a five-second scene at the end of the episode that showed the field of candidates narrowed to three was excised at the last minute. Interestingly, none of those would-be finalists were rumored frontrunner Catherine Tate, which may explain why the clip was cut.

Question: I was hoping for a scoop from any one of the many USA shows. Psych, Burn Notice, White Collar, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains… I’m not picky! — Elizabeth
In that case, the third episode of Royal Pains, titled “Rash Talk,” will feature not one, not two but three notable guest stars. Shiri Appleby (Life Unexpected) plays a flibbertigibbet whose business plan doesn’t account for a health crisis, and Tony winner Joanna Gleason (seen last on The Good Wife) and David “Sledge Hammer” Rasche play a hoity-toity couple who — what a coincidence! — also require medical attention.

Question: Any scoop on the final season of The Closer? — Kaitlyn
You mean, in addition to the “unbelievably unexpected” event that happens in the July 11 season premiere? Well, Brenda may be about to meet her match. The show is casting the recurring role of a smartypants attorney with more tricks up his sleeve than arm. Said lawyer will be representing a slain gang member’s mother in her suit against our heroine and the police department in general.

Question: Any news about Dexter? —John
We may be looking at a time jump between Seasons 5 and 6. Examine the evidence: Producers are casting the recurring role of an elementary school teacher. When Season 5 ended, Dex and Rita’s son Harrison wasn’t even close to pre-school age. See where I’m going with this?

Question: Now that Peter doesn’t exist on Fringe, does that mean all bets are off with regard to other characters that were impacted by him — like his mother committing suicide? —Rachel
“That’s the right question to ask,” responds exec producer Jeff Pinkner. “And that’s what [next] season will answer.” Should fans be worried that nothing they experienced during the first three seasons actually happened? “Rest assured we won’t betray the audience,” Pinkner insists. “Taking Peter out of the story is another way to look at our series from another side. What would have happened in these people’s lives up to this point if [there was] no Peter?”

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! (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman, Louis Virtel and Andy Patrick)

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  1. Tim says:

    I love this website and the weekly AA

    • Scott says:

      Absolutely love the weekly AA too.

      But re: HIMYM and the mentioning of Barney’s half-sister Carly Whitaker in the first John Lithgow episodes, it’s 99.99% certain that she will be the mother because what little we know about her to date fits the mother profile better than any other candidate so far.

      • Deion says:

        I totally didn’t think about it that way. She was in the class room, at the club, at the wedding. She’d still be somewhat younger than our gang, though.

  2. Rachel says:

    Is there going to be any Booth/Bones action now that she is pregnant with Booth’s kid?

  3. Paige says:

    SPN: I really wish people would stop asking about Adam. lol What in THE WORLD was so special about that boy…

    • mrswinchester24 says:

      Jake Abel.

      • lorna says:

        Agreed. The 3rd Winchester son is awesome! I can’t believe Cas left him in the cage, but it was hard enough getting Sam out. Also, am I the only one who hates Barney and Robin as a couple on HIMYM? Ugh.

      • Paige says:

        I did like the actor. I just didn’t find the character particularly compelling.

        • Drew says:

          I think it’s more about how he was left… When he first died, it was a neat story and we moved on. But they brought him back, stuffed him full of apocalypse seeking angel and then threw him into the cage, only to be mentioned one time (when Dean was dead… which is weird if you ask me). They went from being protective and remorseful to just forgetting him entirely. That didn’t sit right with me.

        • Coco says:

          I didn’t think the actor was particularly compelling and frankly was disappointed that Jensen Ackles never got a chance to play Michael in a Deansuit, but Adam represents an annoying loose end that begs to be tied up. For the main characters to just kind of forget he was down in the cage too is odd.

    • Susan says:

      I think most people think leaving Adam in the cage is the opposite of what Sam and Dean would do. They’ve gone to great lengths to save people they don’t even know, so why would they leave their innocent half-brother to an eternity of torment and never even mention him or feel guilty about it? They are all about family and he is technically family. I don’t really care how they deal with it (he gets sent to Heaven, is stuck there but they tried, is still possessed by Michael, stays at Bobby’s house until they find him something to do, etc…) but I think they should do something.

      • Ace says:

        Agreed. It’s totally out of character for them to just forget about him. He’s their brother, he’s stuck “in the cage” because of them, and they both have firsthand experience with how awful Hell is. Why WOULDN’T they try to get him back? I’m not saying he needs to suddenly become a series regular or anything, but that is a BIG loose end.

      • MJ says:

        Yeah, he’s kinda of a loose end. I don’t really want to see him back, but I think they should definetely acknowledge the issue, even if it’s just by a simple comment of what happened to him. I get Cas not caring enough to get him out, but now that Sam has his hell memories back I think he’d care about the guy who spent like a 100 years burning in hell with him.

      • Carrie says:

        I agree. I know they already have a lot on their plates, but they need to get their brother back somehow. I was glad that Dean at least spoke to Death about getting him back because Sam and Dean would never just give up on him like that. It would annoy me if they never mentioned him again. I’m sure we’ll be seeing Adam at some point next season.

      • Dominique says:

        This. Although I’m one of the few who DID like the news of a 3rd brother out there, I’m not asking for Jakel Abel to become a regular or anything, or see Adam on a recurring basis. What I do want is for the show to tie up this loose end, and especially explain to me why Dean and Sam suddenly do not care at all about their little brother who’s stuck in the Cage with Lucifer, while Michael’s posessing his body. That’s not who Sam and Dean are, but now I’m supposed to believe they don’t mind that he’s in hell for an eternity.

    • Annie says:

      I don’t want Adam back. I always hated the idea of a 3rd brother and I still haven’t forgiven the writers for making him Michael’s vessel. A whole season it was like “it has to be Dean” and when Dean didn’t budge they suddenly remembered that Adam is an option, too.

      • Ted says:

        While I do agree it seemed random for dam to be the vessel I think having an explanation for what happened to him is necessary. I’d think that even people who don’t like Adam would agree that just leaving him in the cage would make Sam and Dean look very cold and uncaring.

        • Maike says:

          I agree that Adam is a plot point that needs to be addressed rather sooner than later. I’m at a point where I sympathize with almost everyone but Sam and Dean. Sam could die and I wouldn’t shed a single tear (next to Castiel Dean’s my favourite, so he still has a bonus). For all that the Winchesters are the “heroes” they’ve become somewhat unlikeable. “He, our little brother is stuck in hell and being tortured for eternity? Oh well, who cares! As long as we’ve each other everything else can go die!”
          Family matters, yeah right ~.~
          Though if Adam comes back I’d like him to go straight to heaven to his mother and be at peace or, before that, be the Winchester’s enemy, because I think he has every right to want revenge and I’d very probably even root for him. Adam as S7 big Bad. Now that would be an interesting twist. Another interesting twist would be the Winchesters not being useless for once and not only managing to save a friend, in this case Castiel, but managing to save him without killing him in the process. That would be something I’d call a real shocking development.

  4. Kirstin says:

    If Fringe denies my Pacey I am going to riot. That is all.

  5. Jonnn says:

    Oh my goodness, House. WOW. I love Olivia Wilde, love Lisa Edelstein… If anything, it should be some of the guys that should be leaving! Omar Epps and Jesse Spencer don’t have a storyline other than being a damn doctor, atleast the guy who plays Taub is gonna be the daddy of 2! And I don’t know what the hell is on with the main character himself, he has lost it.

    • Stacy says:


      • lmao says:

        Hahaha, now the huddytards sounds like hamerons

        • lol says:

          don’t think so ;-)

        • Liz says:

          Huddytards are way worse than Hamerons. At least the latter never planned disgusting stuff like sending thongs to FOX, and most of them are quite reasonable. Nothing is worse than a Huddytard. Oh, no wait the Cuddytards from the IWFC-Community on Livejournal, they are the worst of the worst.

          • un-holy says:

            Honestly, I used to think that Hamerons are as bitter as House fans would get. But nooo, Huddies are a whole new level. The worst thing is that they have been bitter and irrational even before Lisa quit, when Hyddy broke up. And they act like nothing else is important in this show except from Huddy.

      • Liz says:

        LOL @ bitter Huddy fangirls! I’d rather have a 1000 Taubs and 13s on this show than one more episode with LE :D Bye then!

        • carla says:

          Sadly, your wish will come true next season: thousands more hours of BabyDaddy Taub and morose Thirteen. Enjoy the mess. “House” is seriously screwed up.

    • Nikki says:

      Jonnn, please read the context before complaining. Olivia Wilde is probably leaving because she pursues a movie career. None of the other cast members were pushed front & center as she was since S4 and finally it’s paying off for her. She’s pretty alright but adds nothing to the show and frankly, I find her character annoying and totally boring. With her gone, the show might get back its strength as a medical drama instead of a House/Thirteen road show. Also, it might give Jesse Spencer and Omar Epps something to do – most under-used and brilliant actors.

      • Bob says:

        I still find it amazing in the world of television contracts that Olivia Wilde gets to come and go to make movies. You signed a contract to do a television series! Just be grateful that the producers ALLOW you to go make movies. There was a time when producers nixed any of that nonsense. That’s what prevented Brosnan from becoming James Bond earlier than he did. They wouldn’t let him because of his Remington Steele contract.

      • Leiney says:

        I completely agree. Both JS/Chase and OE/Foreman deserve the spotlight, especially if this turns out to be the last season.

    • fudgefase says:

      I liked Taub’s dilemma too. Excellent! Loved his face at the end.

  6. Emily says:

    Flibbertigibbet for the win.

  7. Captain says:

    So basically we can take from that quote that Mark/Lexie are over? Great well then I guess I can stop watching. Don’t get too comfortable Lexie/Jackson fans, Shondra will break them up and put Lexie with Stark. She just likes to ruin things.

    • Danielle H. says:

      Sad but true in regards to her effing things up constantly. Shonda can be brilliant but she is definitely flawed.

    • Claudy says:

      Pfft. Shonda has expressed on multiple occasions how much she adores Mark/Lexie as a couple. And she tweeted a few months back reassuring Mark/Lexie fans they’d be back together. So no, if I was a Mark/Lexie fan, I would not be complaining.

      • lothiriel says:

        shonda never said she loved mark&lexie, Krista vernoff did and she is not here anymore … Sadly for ML fans …
        Shonda’s tweet for ML fans was one of the broken promises she told about, she looooves Jackson apparently, and I don’t think she likes Mark..

        I am a sad ML fan (with a sad shipper summer ahead T.T)

    • Debra says:

      I’m with you. I am tired of the nonstop drama and waiting for over a year to see Mark and Lexie back together only to get three episodes of them happy before breaking them up again for the same old nonsense that I just spent a year watching. I am also not impressed with Jackson. I think his character tries to get by on his looks and has no substance. I am not a fan of Jackson and Lexie and feel betrayed by Shonda Rhimes to the point that I am even selling the previous seasons that I have already bought on DVD. That is how disgusted I am with this storyline.

  8. Leslie NOPE says:

    Re: Parks and Rec. “That’s the question at the very heart of Season 3.” Ummm, I think you mean season FOUR! Come on, Ausiello! Try and keep up! Mkay, gumdrop? LOL.

  9. Chatty says:

    Thank you so much for letting us know that Linda Hunt is coming back to NCIS:LA as a regular. Now I don’t have to worry about it until Fall.

    • PRP says:

      Must Admit, Linda Hunt returning as a regular is fabulous. The whole group coming back makes my feet happy :)

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the “NCIS: LA” scoop. I’d figured Linda Hunt would be back, but it’s nice to see it confirmed. And a bonus happy dance for “Castle” not timejumping in the premiere. Bring on the angst! ;)

  11. Jenny says:

    I’m surprised by how awesome this scoop is!!! Since all shows are on hiatus, I wasn’t expecting much! Thanks!!! You rock!

  12. Pat says:

    As a hardcore HIMYM fan, that theory definitely holds water.

    Nice job thinking that one out.

    That would be crazy if you got it right, and all the pieces are there for it to make sense too.

    • michele says:

      Gotta agree that is a great theory!

    • Brenda says:

      I loved this theory the second I read it and thought Olivea was a genius but on further consideration, don’t you think that the kids would already know how Ted met her if she was Barney’s half-sister? They would have grown up knowing that they were related.

      • Ace says:

        The kids know who their mother is, just not how Ted met her. The audience knows [the basics of] how he met her, but not who she is.

        And I agree that the half-sister theory is a good one. I hope it’s the case, as it would be more meaningful than if she were some random guest star. Plus, if Barney and Robin get married and Ted marries Uncle Barney’s half-sister, I think they pass the Front Porch Test with flying colors!

        • Rob says:

          Plus if Barney marries Robin, and Ted marries his half sister, Barney and Robin will actually be Ted’s kids Aunt and Uncle, rather then it just being a nickname

          • Bob says:

            Bingo! We have a winner. Uncle Barney REALLY IS Uncle Barney!

          • Melissa says:

            I may be wrong, but I don’t remember him refering to Lilly and Marshall as Aunt & Uncle. Could be another clue :-)

          • Dash says:

            @Melissa, he has called Marshall and Lily, aunt and uncle many times! I like this Barnacle’s sister is the mother theory though!

      • Aeryn says:

        I love Olivea’s theory! It would explain why Ted calls her “Aunt Robin.”

    • Jules says:

      except that “theory” has been floating around the internet for months..

    • Silent Bob says:

      Didn’t Ted mention in 5×01 that his future wife was in the economics classroom?

  13. PV says:

    I am so bummed about 17th Precinct. not “viewer friendly” ug. some of us tv watchers actually ENJOY complicated narratives that demand we tune in for each episode.

    The network should expect a small, but crazy loyal fanbase to support the entire project.

    Dear Ron Moore, go to STARZ, they at least have some balls when it comes to programming decisions.

    • Drew says:

      It’s funny, right? You’d think that TV is the perfect place to tell a complicated story, because you have so many hours to spend on it… saying that it’d make a good movie is like saying that they could make this complicated story work in 2 hours, but not 22.
      When TV networks respect us enough to not think we’re stupid, we end up with something great like Lost. Unfortunately, they tend to think of us as brain-dead idiots who just want sex and blood and no storylines, so they keep coming out with stupid shows that I can’t even watch anymore.

    • bhm1304 says:

      Starz would be an awesome home for a show with this pedigree but I have a simpler suggestion, why doesn’t NBC just give it to the network it owns that housed Moore’s other masterpiece? (Coming soon to the BBC America’s Saturday night line-up “Battlestar Galactica” from the beginning) SyFy sounds like a perfect location for this show, none of its current hour long shows have this pedigree. I was dying to see this show and its cast including awesome Battlestar vets, Esai Morales, Kristen Kreuk, the dude from “The Killing” that plays Bennett, freaking Stockard Channing, and my personal favorite “Kareem Said” himself, Eamonn Walker. All with Moore’s best director Michael Rymer directing the pilot. This show had the possibility of greatness and it is never going to see the light of day. That is a crime. Hope is dashed.

      “The Playboy Club” didn’t work when it was a show called “Swingtown” and “Swingtown” was a well written excellent show with a great cast and no one watched, what makes NBC think anyone is going to watch this show with such a weak cast, Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard… brother please.., covering the same era? NBC could have just canceled the empty skeleton that remains of “Chuck” as well. There is a reason NBC is miles behind CBS and ABC and nothing they put forth at their up-fronts is going to change a thing.

      Someone has to give “17th Precinct” a chance. Sorry for going on but I needed to vent.

  14. Sfields says:

    Re:Dexter, couldn’t it also be that Cody and/or Astor is moving back to Miami after their summer spent with Dexter?

    • Jim says:

      Agreed. If they’re following the books, Astor and Cody should start showing signs of behavior consistant with Dexter’s “Dark Passenger”.

  15. Sarah C says:

    If they make 17th Precinct into a book/movie, I would definitely read/watch it.

  16. Danielle H. says:

    Aussy, I love ya, man, but the only scoop there I even read was the Castle one! I forgive you though, since I know part of your job is dealing with what scoop you can actually get, and sometimes there just isn’t any available for some shows.
    Bring on some Vamp Diaries and True Blood scoop any time though!! :)
    Or even some about the new Playboy series on NBC… it looks so freakin’ juicy it hurts. I was captivated by the 4 min trailer!

  17. Mr Bonturcode says:

    Am I the only one who wants the new boss to be John Krasinski? 7 years and he’s still a salesman. He has a family, it’s about time he stepped up, and maybe interviewing others for the job makes him realise that. A season of these guys coming to terms with Jim being their new boss and vice versa could make it’s unwillingness to die a lot less painful!

    • XK says:

      Eh… I thought the episodes where Jim was (temporarily) in charge a season or two ago were among the weakest ever. I think his character works better when he still has the latitude to screw around and prank Dwight.

    • Amy says:

      If Jim became the boss then he and Pam would never get away from Scranton. I like to think in the end they will escape Scranton for more awesome jobs.

    • ty says:

      Didn’t Jim go back to sales because with uncapped commissions he was able to make a lot more money then he would as a manager.

      • arci says:

        Yes, but Sabre has since changed that policy. This change resulted in the episode where Jim had hit the cap for the year, so he spent his time at work cutting together audio for an elaborate fake call from Jo to prank Gabe with.

      • PB & J says:

        Yeah, he is supposed to make more money, but then there was a cap so he stopped working and started bugging Dwight again.

        I don’t want him boss, just because he is the funny relief, but not like Michael, because he is not clueless. But he needs a position that makes him plenty of money so he doesn’t look like a loser. He and Pam are too good for that.

  18. Amber says:

    I didn’t think the HIMYM theory was hard to follow, and it’s a pretty good theory. I’m not thrilled about the idea though, as I think it makes Ted look like a lecherous old man to be going after college girls. Personally, now that I’m in my 30s, I look at college students and they just look like kids to me.

    Another reason that was an extremely good theory from Olivea is that we know Ted’s wife was in that college class he first showed up in by accident and ended up teaching architecture to economics students. So she would have to be in college right now. Still not crazy about the age difference though. Hopefully she’s one of those students that didn’t have much direction in her 20s and ended up going back to college a little later in life. At least that’s my hope. Feel free to have a different opinion on the subject.

    • Ace says:

      Do we know for sure that she’s an undergrad?

    • John C says:

      People have career changes imposed on them all the time (i.e. they get fired or their company closes down etc.) and then go for their “Plan B”, including hitting the classroom for some skill additions, additional degrees or just to productively kill some time while they job hunt.

      She wouldn’t have to be all that much younger than Barney which is a long ways from teenager….

  19. Clare says:

    Do not care about Adam. I just want to know Misha Collins will recur throughout S7 of Supernatural and that Cas will be saved by the boys as soon as possible and given a proper chance at redemption.

    • fudgefase says:

      Didn’t you just want to throw your arms round him and beg with him not to embrace the power? I was nearly screaming!

  20. Donna says:


    I do not find that a very interesting prospect, showrunners!

    • ... says:

      He’s not leaving the show. It’s just going to be a different story. Also, he’s a key character in the show and seems more important now… I thought people would be happy about that.

  21. Donna says:

    “What would have happened in these people’s lives up to this point if [there was] no Peter?”

    What will happen to Fringe’s ratings in Season 4 if I watch Dawson’s Creek DVDs on Friday nights at 9 instead of Fringe?

  22. Rose says:

    If Peter never existed, OUR Walter wouldn’t go nuts having lost his own son and kidnapping alt-Peter. Un-crazy Walter is no fun.

    • Donna says:

      Yeah, I’m just having trouble seeing how that scenario would be very interesting. Not only have they removed Peter, but they’ve taken away our Walter. I don’t get what they are up to here. Or how it could be anywhere near as interesting as the characters we already know. :-(

      • RKron says:


      • Emily says:

        So, I guess this means that season 5 will be all about Peter. It will be what his life would have been, had he had no contact with any of the other characters. It’s only fair, really.

        If we are going to change the show so much, might as well keep on going.

    • br says:

      Even crazy Walter isn’t fun without Peter.

  23. aliza says:

    So Adam may be coming back. Wow, be still my beating heart! I’m so excited! Not. Gamble, you kind of suck. I don’t care about Adam, I care about Cas and getting rid of Cas and getting Adam instead is like trading a Rolex for a cheap Walmart watch. Give us a break PTBs.

    I have a question for Gamble. Hey Sera, since you spent most of season 6 on Sam, can we have most of season 7 about Dean? No? Why is that? Because you don’t care about the Dean fans? We got that already. What a waste of good characters, assissination of good characters, and pushing the same stories for the same charecter over and over. Talk about lack of imagination. Thanks but no thanks Gamble.

    • Ace says:

      I don’t think people necessarily want Adam to come back on a permanent basis — and certainly not as a replacement for Cas!!! (heaven forbid) — but we do want the boys to do something about the fact that their innocent brother is stuck in the cage because of them. It’s more about wrapping up the story than showcasing the character… at least, that’s the impression I get from various comments around the interwebs.

    • Ellie says:

      Guys, do we have to do this whenever anything is released on SPN? The Sera hate is crazy. I can’t see why Gamble mentioning the possible return of Adam should inspire such anger in you – it has nothing to do with Cas. And tbh, as a fan of both the boys equally, I thought that Dean had plenty of screentime this season – especially the last five episodes or so, he was mainly the focus (exluding perhaps the finale). I actually wish we’d seen just a little bit more of Sam in them.

    • Drew says:

      All of season 6 was told from Dean’s point of view! How could he possibly have more screen time? And it’s not like they’re trading Castiel for Adam… they’re two characters who have both appeared on the show at the same time before. It’s not like the Supernatural universe will explode if they’re in the same room.

      Your anger toward Sera is irrational… to put it mildly. Kripke was still deeply involved in the story developments, he just wasn’t running the day to day operations. So if you have a problem with what happened, take it up with all of the producers, not just Sera.

  24. lolo says:

    no office scoop but a pic of Jim? i’m so confused…

    • XK says:

      You may have missed the office scoop, but there was in fact a question. :)

      “Question: I thought we were going to find out who Michael’s replacement would be in the Office finale. What happened? —Jennifer”

      The answer wasn’t very scoopy, but it does make the inclusion of Jim in the pic less glaring.

  25. luke says:

    Question: Now that NBC has decided not to pick up Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct, any chance another network will? —Cait
    Ausiello: No. Bummer considering the fraktacular pedigree and cast. But an insider described the pilot as “confusing, overly-complex and the opposite of viewer-friendly,” adding, “It would make a good book or a big movie, but not a weekly TV series.”

    In another words… intelligent, sophisticated and the opposite of dumba**-friendly!!!


  26. Paul says:

    The teacher on Dexter could be for Cody. If the elementary school goes to 4th or 5th grade then the teacher is for Cody.

  27. Brittany says:

    Nice HIMYM theory, Olivea! It wasn’t hard to follow. It may be right. It makes sense. I hope it’s Robin Barney is marrying.

    • Randall says:

      I agree Brittany, it was an excellent theory, one that I thought of myself when they first mentioned her. I don’t know why Michael posted it only to say that it was too long. If you’re posting it then why not just answer it? Kind of a waste of a spoiler.

  28. Kate says:

    Thanks for the Castle info. I can’t wait to see what they do after that finale. (I’m still amazed, shocked and drying tears…) I’m so glad they are going to let us see at least some of the immidiate aftermath before jumping forward. I really can’t believe how good this show has become!

    • Cari says:

      I know right! My heart still hurt when I see the airplane hanger scene(even if it is the 46th time!) I thought we may miss out on all the wonderful aftermath of the shooting but we’ll get to see it! and maybe another decleration of love?! This is truely a great tv show!

  29. Kris says:

    Please please please!! Let the Winchester family be the center of the story next year. PLEASE! (Yes, including Adam.) I want my family drama back.

  30. muly says:

    Am I the only one who cheer up when Adam return!!! I hope they’re not going bring him back as evil Adam. The boys had enough family betrayal.

  31. Jessica says:

    Wow! Scoop on Rookie Blue! THANK YOU! I didn’t know the show was even a blip on your radar. Crossing my fingers Sam takes his shirt off again :)

  32. moe says:

    “Rest assured we won’t betray the audience,” Pinkner insists. “Taking Peter out of the story is another way to look at our series from another side. What would have happened in these people’s lives up to this point if [there was] no Peter?”

    Um, you already did by wiping out Peter’s existence. Canning a lead character and making him non existent, literally, is a huge betrayal, IMO. No desire to watch this piece of crap show anymore. Hope the ratings continue to tank for it.

    • emily says:

      Totally agree. Sounds like the producers have run out of ideas to me. They have so many interesting ties that they have brought up, but have yet unanswered, that they could concentrate on. Instead, we get a “Let’s do the show without Peter, to see what it would be like”. Why?

      That’s not the show, viewers have invested three years in. Those characters are not them, without Peter being in their lives. Peter is a character too and I would love to see a Peter that is unburdened by all that happened in his life, as well writers, if we are going to go there.

      This show has always been about all the characters for me, if that is not the case next season, then I think I’m going to drop it.

      • Sad and confused says:

        I have been trying to wrap my mind around why they would do such a thing. Why do they think fans would tolerate Joshua Jackson’s extended (or permanent) absence? (Or any of the three leads?) All I can think of, is that there is some behind the scenes issue here. And here I thought we were in danger of Fox canceling the show, and it turns out the showrunners cancelled it…? but why? I wish I knew what they were up to, because I don’t feel very excited about it.

      • br says:

        The treatment they’ve given Peter this season has been appalling. Now they’re declaring their total lack of interest in the character, as if they hadn’t proved it again and again for three seasons. I know they won’t betray the fans. They can’t. They’ll continue in their line of giving Peter as little to do as possible and undermining him if they bring him back. Oh but he can still be Olivia’s unworthy boyfriend. Let’s all rejoice!

    • Jeez says:

      PETER WILL BE BACK. He’ll be back SOON. Nobody has been “betrayed.” It’s a plot twist. Christ, why are people so stupid? Have you never seen TV before?

      • Donna says:

        I’ve seen TV before… but I’ve also seen showrunners do crazy, inexplicable things before, too.

      • RKron says:

        I completely understand your feelings. It saddens me to see viewers get all ship-jumping just because something actually happens on a show, as opposed to nothing happening and therefore, no story. Joshua Jackson is still a main character on Fringe and even though his character has been written out, who says it cannot be written back in based on, I don’t know…the storyline for season 4?!

        • Donna says:

          Look, I certainly don’t wanna jump ship on Fringe, which I love. But you can’t expect fans to not feel utterly blindsided by the finale – we don’t even have any idea of where they’re going with this, or how long one of the main characters is going to be gone, or if we’ll ever even see this character again, or any of the relationships we loved. It’s like they took our show off the air, the show we loved and worked so hard to save, and are poised to replace it with a completely new show. I just hope it’s as good as the one they’re replacing. Maybe it’ll be brilliant, or maybe it will just be boring. I don’t know, and the writers are giving us zero to go on.

          • Donna says:

            One more thing: Why is it always Peter who is disposable? How about showing us what life would be like without Olivia? Or Walter? Last season, it made sense when Peter could only be in half the episodes, even though a lot of fans didn’t really like it… we were patient and put up with it. But now just arbitrarily going “Oh, let’s see what things would be like without Peter” … why? Why would fans find this terribly interesting? It’s like they have to start this show again from scratch. It better be damned interesting and intriguing, that’s all I can say. And no, the prospect of Seth Gabel as a regular doesn’t excite me either – his character was shallow and boring. Just when Fauxlivia finally got interesting (becoming a mom) she has a nonexistent baby. The only ray of hope is the possibility we will learn a lot more about the Observers, which I hope has something to do with Peter, or whoever Joshua Jackson is going to be now, and whoever Walter is going to be now.

    • RKron says:

      Number 1: Seriously calm down
      Number 2: Stop making decisions without sufficient evidence. Most of what you believe will happen will likely not happen.

  33. Tavis says:

    That was a non-answer, Michael. So is Jessalyn Gilsig leaving Glee or not?

  34. Elin says:

    Oh I love this, all my favorites at the same time! thank you :)

  35. angela says:

    LISA 8 SEASON + $$$$$$$

  36. Ken says:

    i love Olivea’s theory and just thinking about it is making me soooooo anxious for next season

  37. ming says:

    I dont care OW, 13 character is disgusting

  38. Nat says:

    Maybe he will be the new foe:) Whohoo. I always loved Adam on Supernatural.

  39. Christine says:

    I still hope Jesse Spencer and Olivia Wilde will be back for most of season 8, they can’t give us episodes like After Hours and then expect people not to want to see a lot of Chase and Thirteen in House.

    • Nikki says:

      Well I certainly don’t. Chase was second best to (another of) her tragic story in After Hours. Even the writers admitted that Chase came as an afterthought for Thirteens story. It’s downright ridiculous to give her two eps, exploring the aftermaths of her killing somebody while Chase has a few scenes and the horrible man s**t arc in S7 as a result. Plus, when you see them together, it just shows how comparatively poor her acting is.

      • un-holy says:

        That’s not what the writers said. They said they wanted to address Thirteen’s past in prison (which I find fairly reasonable, since she was away and we didn’t get to see what was going on with her during season 7). And Chase’s Dibala story had also been addressed a lot in season 6, so I don’t see what’s wrong with spending 2 episodes for Thirteen dealing with the repercussions of her action. If anything, it was great for Chase to finally find someone to share his pain with and I believe that is a real step forward for his character.

        And please, just because you are a Lisa worshipper, does not mean you have to talk bad about Olivia. OW is a great actress, and that is proven by her great movie career.

        • Bob says:

          Then let OW go make movies and find someone else who will actually be ON the series. What good is having an actress, under contract BTW, only show up for a handful of episodes each season?

  40. torilou says:

    The Finder can go jump. I want nothing to do with it, as far as im concerned it stole an hour of my life jumping on the back of my favourite show and i have no interest in watching it during a Bones hiatus. IT WAS AWFUL!!! Am i alone in that opinion?!

    • Holly says:

      Nope, you’re not alone. I didn’t like it either.

      • Lucas says:

        I can’t believe I am saying this. But there was actually a ‘back door’ worse than the Criminal Minds spinoff garbage.

    • fudgefase says:

      That english accent…….groan……….I couldn’t get into a show with that as a regular voice – especially when we all know that the actress doesn’t speak like that anyway. It was cringey!

  41. bhm1304 says:

    Thanks for the “Royal Pains” tidbit. Always like news about the vastly superior version of “House” in the Hamptons. It gives you the mystery ailments and search to find a cure but with better running storylines (estranged father returns, Divya’s arranged marriage, the cute relationship between Evan and Paige) – even does better with the same ones eg. lead doctor romantically involved in on again/off again with hospital administrator – and quite simply a better ensemble cast of actors around the lead Mark Feuerstein who, justice served, finally found a show that didn’t get canceled out of the gate. “Hank Lawson” is also a more likeable and more interesting character with baggage than “Gregory House”. Can’t wait to see Lou Grant as Fonzie’s dad.

    Thank goodness the can’t act/talentless Hayden Christensen’s lawsuit against this show got thrown out of court.

  42. Bailey says:

    SO excited for this week’s AA – I watch almost all of these shows. I feel like we rarely get good Parks and Rec stuff – hooray!

    But I’m REALLY excited about Catherine Tate – she would be a reason for me to really start watching again. Haven’t watched since the writers’ strike (s5?), except for the last four or five eps. But having the comedy queen on there would definitely do it for me.

  43. Ben Kabak says:

    I love HOUSE

  44. Amy says:

    I think Barney’s half-sister is totally the Mother. Also, just rewatched the season 1 episode where Barney and Robin bond over cigars, laser tag, and Battleship. Robin has got to be the bride.

  45. Kelly says:

    I don’t like the whole group forgetting everything that happened on Fringe. The Our Olivia/Peter/Walter bond is the best part of the show. Also as much as I loved Mark and Lexie, Count me in as a Jackson and Lexie shipper.

  46. Sam says:

    As soon as Terri said she was moving to Miami I though of Gina. I like Jessalyn Gilsig and hope to see her in other things since it appears she is gone for good from Glee.

  47. casammy says:

    I do not want adam of return in any case bring on returning to John Winchester, that sammy remembers that adam’s soul was not with him in the box and someone says that this in the sky and point, adam is an irrelevant personage, with cas quite powerful and mad dictator is enough work and ” sam’s great wall ” demolished is enough a problem with that dean has to treat and is not that dean is insensitive with reference to adam, is alone that adam is not sammy, dean has taken care always, the whole sammy’s life, of adam not and you prop if it must affect dean that john gave the life to adam that nego to him and specially to sammy and that was always a motive of john’s fights against sammy that I finish with practically sammy’s expulsion of his family for wanting to be going to study to the university and living normal, like that that really to my, personally, I say not adam of return, it does not have any reason to return

  48. alfie says:

    Catherine tate is awesome.. I didn’t know who she is, but among the candidates, she’s the most hillarious.. Please hire her!!!!!!!!

  49. EveatEden says:

    Wow, this is the first time I’ve ever heard flibbertigibbet used by anyone other than my 8th grade choir director referring to me because I couldn’t sit still in class lol. Thanks for the nostalgic reminder Ausiello.

  50. Sara says:

    I think that during the next season of Parks and Rec, Chris is going to decide he wants to get back together with Ann. But uh oh, she is a city employee now! So Chris will decide to get rid of the rule that co-workers can’t date, leaving Ben and Leslie scandal-free. That’s what I’m hoping, anyway. Also hoping Ann turns Chris down, but then it is too late to reinstate the rule.