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Question: Can I have a How I Met Your Mother scooplet, please? —Andy
Ausiello: Barney’s going to start lusting after Lily, but there’s a twist: It’s really just her boobs he wants. In the episode the show is currently shooting, Lily’s “pregnancy boobs have arrived,” reveals Jason Segel. “And Barney, being a womanizer, is obsessed with the idea of trying to figure out a way to catch a glimpse of my wife’s new womanly body. Marshall is not happy about it, but he does love a good bet, so he’s into it.” Alyson Hannigan, meanwhile, says the show’s propmaster deserves the credit for Lily’s new curves. “It’s like this major Victoria’s Secret bra, and then there’s little cutlets,” she explains with a chuckle. “I guess there’s going to be a lot of bra stuffing in my future this season.”
Question: Do you possibly have any Grey’s Anatomy spoilers about April? —Aimee
Ausiello: Shonda Rhimes confirms that Sarah Drew’s real-life pregnancy will not be incorporated into April’s storyline — for obvious reasons. “We would have to de-virginize April really fast,” she laughs. “Sarah’s due in January or February so that would be a little extreme.” That said, Rhimes isn’t ruling out the possibility of sex for April this season. “I’m hopeful,” she says. “My fingers are crossed that April finally gets some.” Not that she’ll have much time for a personal life given her new position as chief resident. “Watching April try to be in charge of Cristina and Alex and Jackson is a pretty impossible task, and it’s made for comedy,” laughs Rhimes. “It’s one of the funniest things we’re working on this season.”
Question: Is it safe to say the wounds from the Seattle Grace shooting rampage of 2010 have healed on Grey’s Anatomy? —Tanya
Ausiello: “I think so,” responds Rhimes. “What’s nice about where we are [this season] is that the experience still informs them in a huge way, but it doesn’t define them.”
Question: Community scoop, please. —Latifah
Ausiello: Greendale should have no trouble maintaining its position as the most unsafe community college campus on the planet given its latest security hire. I’ve got three words for you: Officer. Señor. Chang.
Question: Can you share something about where Breaking Bad is heading toward the end of the season? —Luca
Ausiello: I can tell you where Hank and Walter are headed: To the parking lot of Los Pollos Hermanos for one very tense (and closely-monitored) meeting. Sunday’s episode also features a fairly pivotal death, but there’s a twist: It’s * *********.
Question: Do you have any scoop on what Dan and Blair’s relationship will be like in Season 5 of Gossip Girl? –Steph
Ausiello: One-sided. It’ll be clear that Dan still has feelings for Blair, but the future princess of Monaco is still having none of it.
Question: Any Once Upon a Time scoop? —Aurore
Ausiello: Lost‘s Alan Dale won’t be straddling both worlds (Storybrooke, Maine, and Storybook Lane) when he guest stars as Prince Charming’s papa. “For now, we’re only seeing him in the fairytale world,” EP Adam Horowitz tells me, adding, “We love Alan so much and were so excited that he wanted to do it.”
Question: So, I’m gonna make the Smurf in your new office disappear by magic if you don’t give us a clue about who’s gonna die on True Blood. —Marie
Ausiello: In light of Tommy’s untimely demise this past Sunday, I think you mean who else is gonna die. And for an answer to that question, I invite you to hop in my time machine and travel back to Comic-Con ’11. It was there that EP Alan Ball told me, “We will lose a handful of major characters towards the end of the season, unfortunately.” Meanwhile, I have to wonder whether one of those major characters is featured in this article.
Question: We all know Addison wants a baby, so tell us something about Season 5 of Private Practice that we don’t know. Please —TallCupOfJoe
Ausiello: Violet’s flight to New York gets delayed and she ends up spending much of the premiere helping someone through a crisis. The twist? I’m not referring to Peter’s heart attack.
Question: Got any Addison/Private Practice scoop? —Jamie
Ausiello: Spoiler Alert: She wants a baby! Whether she’ll get one this season remains unclear. As far as Shonda Rhimes is concerned, the storyline is less about the destination than it is about the journey itself. “We’re going to watch a very interesting struggle this season with Addison pursuing her dreams to become a parent. It’s one that I don’t think I’ve seen on television before.”
Question: I spent the summer catching up on ABC’s Happy Endings and I’m obsessed. Anything on the season premiere? —Donna
Ausiello: The Season 2 opener centers on the gang getting together to mark the first anniversary of Alex and Dave’s non-wedding. “We get a huge seafood tower, but hell ensues,” teases Elisha Cuthbert. “We take advantage of something free, let’s put it that way.”
Question: I just would like to know if we’re gonna meet Blaine’s parents on Glee. —Dalanda
Ausiello: No clue. I can, however, tell you that Mike Chang’s mom and dad aren’t the only set of never-before-seen parents we’ll meet in Episode 3.
Question: Do you have any scoop on Glee‘s Will and Emma? —Sara
Ausiello: The first part of the season is really about them adjusting to being in a relationship, and Emma making progress working through her considerable issues.
Question: Haven’t really heard much about Beckett’s boyfriend Josh (Victor Webster) on Castle. I know he’s in the premiere but other than that, nada. What’s going on there? —Ivy
Ausiello: I think you just answered your own question.
Question: So, according to you, Chad Michael Murray returns to One Tree Hill after “Haley reaches out to Lucas for help.” What does she need help with exactly? —Jenny
Ausiello: I’m going to go out on a limb and say it probably has something to do with my asterisk quiz last week about a major character getting *i**a***d. (Look, I added an extra letter!)
Question: With just a week until the return of Sons of Anarchy, do you have any substantive spoilers for us? —Alex
Ausiello: If the sight of someone being eaten alive by flesh-eating insects while submerged in a coffin of quicksand turns your stomach, steer clear of Episode 3!
Question: Any Parks and Rec scoop? —Rob
Ausiello: Patricia Clarkson’s Tammy 1 will bear little resemblance to Megan Mullally’s Tammy 2, previews showrunner Michael Schur. “The relationship [Clarkson’s Tammy 1] has with Ron is not the hedonistic, pure-and-simple animal attraction that we’ve seen before,” he notes. “They have a much different, more complicated, more rich backstory that we delve into.” The man at the center of the Tammy sandwich, Nick Offerman, offers a more cryptic tease: “What the audience will be surprised to learn is that Tammy 2 may turn out to be the most kitten-like timid of the Tammys” — Ron’s mom included!
Question: Just wondering if you could throw in a Nikita spoiler at me. Would make me a very happy girl. —Katie
Ausiello: A major character will shoot another major character early in the season. Oh, and both of these characters share something in common: They have lady parts.
Question: Are you going to produce a printable Fall Premiere Date Calendar? —Lisa
Ausiello: OMG, what a great idea! We’ll get right on that two weeks ago!
Question: What happened to Switched at Birth? —Judy
Ausiello: A better question might be what happened on August 1 that prevented you from reading TVLine? Hey, someone’s a little saucy today!
Question: I’m really disappointed that we’re not going to get to see Booth and Bones tell everyone about the baby on Bones. I want to see everyone’s reaction to the news! —Natalie
Ausiello: Use your imagination, Nat. Tamara Taylor did, and here’s what she came up with. “I think Cam was shocked at first,” she speculates. “But also pleased. It was kind of about time.” Taylor adds that the Brennan’s baby bump hasn’t impacted life at the Jeffersonian too much. “Temperance is rolling with it,” she notes. “She’s very technical about what she’s going through with the pregnancy and a little less sentimental. And Cam is mostly dealing with the newest interns. And her daughter’s coming back, so she’ll be in and out throughout the season.” Speaking of Bones, Emily Deschanel has a message for you!
Question: Got any Liam-centric 90210 scoop? —Deb
Ausiello: In what is arguably one of the most realistic storylines the show has ever tackled, Liam will become a male model this season.
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can keep track of my scoops on Twitter via @MichaelAusiello. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman)