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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Private Practice, NCIS, True Blood, Parenthood, Tree Hill, and More!

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

Question: Got any Private Practice scoop? —Jamie
Ausiello:
Something happens during the season premiere that tickles the funny bone of the man upstairs, because sources confirm that the title of the hour is “God Laughs.” I can’t imagine he’ll be giggling in the opening minutes, however. I hear the episode picks up right where the finale left off — with Pete on the floor clutching his chest.

Question: Is there anything new on Supernatural? —Elena
Ausiello:
You do not want to miss this season’s second episode. Trust me.

Question: So, Alona Tal certainly seems to be indicating on Twitter that we’ll be seeing some form of Jo again in Season 7 of Supernatural (relevant tweets pictured here).  I don’t suppose you could scrounge up some details for us desperate fans? —Kat
Ausiello:
The only detail I got is that she will, in fact, be back. Does that help?

Question: Bones exec producer Stephen Nathan caused a frenzy on Twitter with his tweet about “a very comfortable bed.” Was he talking about my favorite duo (I’m talking about Brennan and Booth, just so to be clear) sharing a bed in the Nov. 3 season premiere? You know you want to answer this one. —Amanda
Ausiello:
“Isn’t it enough that I said the bed was comfortable?” Nathan responds. “Do I have to draw pictures too? Leave it to your imagination, because I’m a lousy artist.” (BTW, in case you didn’t hear, Bones‘ Comic-Con panel has been scrapped. Adjust your schedules accordingly.)

Question: Some Glee scoop, please. Any idea on when we’ll know one way or another if Chord Overstreet is going to return or not? —Mike
Ausiello:
We’ll hopefully have a definitive answer in time for Sunday’s Glee panel at Con (moderated by yours truly). And trust me when I tell you that that won’t be the only piece of news that comes out of that session. Hint: Stay close to TVLine around 10 am PST. Come to think of it, you might want to make TVLine.com your default homepage Thursday through Sunday, as the site will be a veritable Con-apalooza. Team TVLine will be bringing you scoop and spoilers on your favorite shows via exclusive video, panel recaps, party highlights and more. Also be sure to follow me on Twitter via @MichaelAusiello for exclusive behind-the-scenes pics, video and scoop from TVLine’s private interview lounge. The Con is on, people!

Question: Congrats on the Glee moderator gig at Comic-Con? Can we send you questions? —Mark
Ausiello:
Yes, send your Qs to AskAusiello@TVLine.com ASAP, but do me a favor — PLEASE include “Glee Panel” in the subject line.

Question: Where are Community‘s Emmy nominations? Where?! —Silvia via Facebook
Ausiello:
They’re waiting with open arms in 2012. Along with the nods we expected (hoped for? demanded?) this year for Cougar Town, The Middle and Southland.

Question: So excited about Michelle Forbes’ Emmy nod for her wrenching performance in The Killing. Any news whether she’ll be back for Season 2? —Katie
Ausiello:
Forbes is still waiting for some kind of official word. “I haven’t heard anything from anyone,” she confesses. “I have no idea what the future holds. But they’ll be going back in the writer’s room in the next couple of months, so I guess we’ll know then.” (Psst: I have it on good authority she’ll be back.)

Question: I know I am way late, but I blame the “working two jobs” thing! Still wanted to try and get in to your Aushole bash at Comic-Con. —Jenn
Ausiello:
Unless one of those jobs is as Shonda Rhimes’ assistant and the other one a Snapple delivery person there’s nothing I can do for you.

Question: May I please get admittance to the 3rd annual Aushole bash at Comic-Con? – Matt
Ausiello:
It depends. What’s your day job?

Question: Is the Aushole Gathering restricted to those over 21? —@Max_Lee via Twitter
Ausiello:
Yes, the elaborate poll dance special guest Zachary Levi is performing demanded it. That and no minor should ever bear witness to me drunk on both alcohol and attention. Hey, speaking of Mr. Levi, his Nerd Machine empire is hosting a number of truly awesome panels at a little slice of heaven called NERD HQ throughout the convention. Click here for ticket information, and remember — all proceeds benefit Operation Smile.

Question: Now that Mrs. Ari has left her husband, any chance we’ll be seeing an Ari/Dana Gordon hook up in the final season of Entourage? —Alice
Ausiello:
I’ll say this: Constance Zimmer (a.k.a. Dana) will have carnal relations with a major male character within the first three episodes of Season 8.

Question: Is there anyway to get some Parks and Recreation scoop in celebration of their Emmy nods, and as consolation for the greatest comedic ensemble on TV right now being snubbed in the supporting actor/actress categories? Please? —Charlotte
Ausiello:
You got it! If the scheduling can be worked out, Paul Schneider will be back as Mark for an arc this season. “We had a storyline for him last year but then the season got cut short,” explains exec producer exec producer Michael Schur. And what exactly WAS that storyline? “When Mark left he said he wanted to go work for a local construction company. So there’s been a storyline floating out there that a project that that company’s working on intersects with the parks department and he comes back into the world and has to deal with the old gang again for an episode or two.”

Question: I’m dying for some major 90210 scoop! What’s going on with Adrianna in Season 4? —Ken
Ausiello:
When she’s not begging for Silver’s forgiveness, she’ll be working at Liam’s new bar. And looking for a new boyfriend to work out her considerable issues on. Oh, and in case you’re wondering how the show plans to deal with the kids going to college, news flash — they won’t. Only one series regular will be attending college full-time.

Question: I have to know, any idea if Terry and Arlene’s baby on True Blood is actually evil, or is Arlene just paranoid? —Hanna
Ausiello:
Having seen the next three episodes, I’m gonna go with evil. Look for that little demon spawn to develop a bad case of pyrokinesis later this month.

Question: Any True Blood scoop? —Deb
Ausiello:
Move over Eric/Sookie/Bill. There’s a new triangle in town, and the participants are named Hoyt, Jessica and Jason. Elsewhere, a major female character will soon be in desperate need of a plastic surgeon, while a major male character takes on a  surprising dual role. And I know I told Eric/Sookie/Bill to move over, but let’s bring ’em back for a second. Feast your peepers on this tantalizing tease for the Aug. 21 episode: “Convalescing after her latest near-death trauma, Sookie envisions a world where there’s room for both Bill and Eric.” If that’s not a euphemism for a threesome I don’t know what is.

Question: How many episodes of NCIS will Sarah Jane Morris appear in this season? —Gia
Ausiello:
At least one — the Sept. 20 season premiere. “Sarah Jane Morris will be coming back, but what our NCIS Agents need from EJ might surprise everyone,” teases exec producer Gary Glasberg. “People should expect the unexpected.  A lot of questions will be answered in the first episode and there will be plenty of fun, intriguing story tidbits layered in that will resurface all season long.”

Question: Any scoop on Season 9 of One Tree Hill? Is James Lafferty returning full time for Season 9? —M Smith
Ausiello:
How’s this for a riddlenigma: James will only be appearing in half of this season’s episodes, but Nathan will remain the focus of the entire season. Hmmm…….

Question: I read a spoiler that said that a “SWAT-like college security sergeant” would be an added character on season 3 of Community, and it reminded me of the secret service woman that Abed attracts the attention of in Season 2, and that got me wondering if Abed would have an honest love interest in this upcoming season. Got any scoop on that? —Bea
Ausiello:
Sure don’t. I do, however, have some additional details on that sergeant character you speak of. “Nunez” is described as a “tough male or female” that runs security at Greendale as if he/she were a member of a SWAT team. In other Community casting news, the show is also looking for an actress in her 50s to play Dean Pelton’s joyless, button-collecting secretary. Got casting tips for either part? Deposit ’em in the comments!

Question: Do we know how long Jason Ritter will be sticking around Parenthood this season? —Jen
Ausiello:
He’ll be back for what exec producer Jason Katims calls “a significant number of episodes” beginning with the Sept. 13 season premiere when Mark and Sarah have a run-in at the high school. “Sarah is having a heated exchange with somebody, and he witnesses it,” Katims previews. “So they meet again in somewhat of an embarrassing moment for her.”

Question: Do you have any new scoop on Dexter? —Marcin
Ausiello:
One of the show’s couples won’t survive the year-long time jump between Seasons 5 and 6. When the show returns this fall, LaGuerta and Bautista will have gotten a divorce, but per exec producer Sara Colleton, “It’s a very amicable one.”

Question: I am dying for a Burn Notice spoiler. —Stephanie
Ausiello:
The character played by Chicago Code/Friday Night Lights alum Matt Lauria in this Thursday’s episode shares a past with Michael. “[He’s] someone Michael knew when he was in the Armed Forces, and he is, in a lot of ways, a younger version of Michael,” explains series creator Matt Nix. “He broke Michael’s marksmanship record. He has a problem related to his sister. And the intelligence services have been sniffing around his character, so he comes to Michael and Michael teaches him what it is to do things Michael’s way… He really wants to just run in and kick ass. So we really got to answer in a fun way for us, ‘Why doesn’t Michael just run in with a gun and bonk people on the head or shoot them or whatever? What would it mean if he did? Like why does he do things this way and why is that a good idea?’ And Michael really gets to mentor this guy.”

Question: Do you have something, anything about The Good Wife?! —Celine
Ausiello:
Early in the season, two major characters will meet for the first time. And from the looks of it, it’s going to be the start of a beautiful friendship.

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! See you at Comic-Con! (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman and Megan Masters)