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Question: Is Glee going the Shelby/Puck route? Suspicions were elevated when Fox released that “Pot o’ Gold” promo. —Lulu
Ausiello: I’ll say this: At the end of the next original episode on Nov. 1, there is a very bold interaction between the two. Very bold.
Question: I was wondering if you can give any insight into what is going to be happening with Mercedes on Glee now that she’s the only person not in New Directions? —Mik
Ausiello: She won’t be the only one for long. Santana will soon join Mercedes in Shelby’s rival choir group. And more will follow.
Question: Does Thirteen really leave House? If so, when? —Tamar
Ausiello: Next Monday’s episode is Olivia Wilde’s swan song. Of course, if this turns out to be House‘s last season, I have to imagine she’ll put in another appearance in or around the series finale.
Question: I’m looking for intel on Dr. House’s green card-seeking wife from last season. Will she reappear this season? If not, will there be any mention of their marriage? Did they divorce while he was in jail? I need to know if my (imaginary) boyfriend is officially back on the market! —Wendy
Ausiello: Unless producers revisit the plot later in the season, I think it’s safe to assume the marriage of convenience storyline has been dropped. Translation: He’s all yours, Wendy!
Question: Holy Schmidt, Ausiello! I am in need of some New Girl scoop, especially since we won’t be getting any new episodes ’til Nov. 1. —Paige
Ausiello: The Fox smash is casting the role of a female OB/GYN, but relax, Jess isn’t preggers. Sadie is Jess’ smart and slightly intimidating lesbian doctor friend who offers an ailing (and health insurance-less) Nick an unofficial diagnosis. And some free Pamprin.
Question: Any scoop on Bones? —Mahika
Ausiello: I’m a little behind on my Bones screeners — in case you didn’t hear, I visited the Smurfs’ homeland last week — but TVLine’s Matt Mitovich just watched Episode 2 and filed this report exclusively to AA:
“As much fun as the season opener is, I have to say that Episode 2 is even better. For one, the case of the week is much stronger and more compelling (and much more icky-gooey). Plus, you’ve got the addition of Luke Kleintank as Finn Abernathy, a good ol’ boy squintern whose scientific brilliance — a seeming clash with his omnipresent baseball cap and shaggy hair — drops even Brennan’s jaw, and who proves to be a very fun foil for Hodgins. Then, add on top of that even more sweet moments between Bones and Booth? Simply said, this pregnancy twist is the best thing to happen to the show in recent years. What we’re looking at is perhaps Bones at its very best. Oh, and did I mention the part where Temp discovers that years ago she helped prevent a murder? Cool stuff.”
Question: From the Castle promo pics that were released last week, we see that Beckett isn’t exactly happy about guest star Kristin Lehman’s character hanging around with Castle next week. Tell us, exactly how jealous will Beckett be? —Ivy
Ausiello: So jealous that she ends up alluding to it during her therapy session. While we’re on the subject of next Monday’s episode, here’s a little casting tidbit: 24‘s David Hunt (a.k.a. Patricia Heaton’s hubby) guest stars in the episode as a major player in the art world.
Question: Anything else you can share about this week’s Vampire Diaries? It looks epic. —Brad
Ausiello: Klaus compels Stefan to completely shut off his emotions, thus paving the way for him to become an official baddie. That’s one of, like, four big twists in the episode, so fasten your seat belts.
Question: I wonder if you have any news on The Secret Circle, Glee, The Vampire Diaries or Nikita? —Luana
Ausiello: Eenie, meenie, miney… Vampire Diaries! Look for Matt’s issues with the supernatural world to come to a head in Episode 5, per exec producer Julie Plec. “It’s set the weekend before senior year begins and it’s senior prank night,” she previews. “And of course, things go horribly wrong. For Matt, specifically, it’s kind of bittersweet because there’s a sense of the life he’s lost over the two seasons of our show and it’s really hurting him. We get to explore that in a beautiful and tragic way.” Plec also confirms that “Matt’s gotta get laid this year. He just needs that. He needs love.”
Question: All of the Gossip Girl questions of late seem to pertain to Blair’s pregnancy, Chuck and Blair, Dan and Blair, Louis and Blair, Blair’s marriage… I’m dying to know something about Serena and “cousin” Charlie! —Gabriel
Ausiello: We haven’t seen the last of Charlie’s So Cal-based BF Max (plated by Brian J. Smith). Rumor has it he’ll resurface in a big way during November sweeps.
Question: Any spoiler about Chuck and Blair on Gossip Girl? —Sandra
Ausiello: Blair’s influence will start rubbing off on her future husband. Word around the UES is that Prince Louis will go to extremely sneaky lengths to ensure that Chuck stays out of his bride’s life.
Question: It’s kinda been a while since you’ve posted some CSI scoop. What’s the latest with the mothership series? —Lee
Ausiello: I have a feeling the teasers I have on tap pertain to the story that will give Marg Helgenberger her big sendoff. In an upcoming episode, Catherine reconnects with an old friend, Laura, who comes off sunny side up but underneath is scared to death — perhaps of her husband, John? He certainly sounds scary. A powerful bazillionaire whose company may or may not have been involved in an arms robbery. (That’s arms robbery, you’ll note, not armed.) I’m scared. Anyway, whether or not Richie Rich is guilty, something bad goes down, because before you know it, there’s a hot FBI guy in town working a big case — and sleeping with Catherine! The show wants star power in all these roles, plus that of the G-man’s sidekick. So whether this is the end of Catherine, it’s for sure the beginning of something big.
Question: Any Community scoop? —Jesse
Ausiello: Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, James Gandolfini, Joe Pantaliano, Joey Lawrence and Matt Damon are all guest-starring in Episode 10. Or rather, actors playing their impersonators will be. The look-alike shenanigans surround the Hollywood-themed Bar Mitzvah of a boy named Emmy — making it Emmy’s Emmy party. I can only imagine how the Greendale gang gets roped into this hot mess of an event.
Question: I need some Season 2 Shameless scoop! It’s been too long! —Kaitlyn
Ausiello: The show returns in January and I think Ian may be getting a new and (no surprise here) much older BF. The show is looking for a mid-50s Caucasian actor to play a married family man who’s leading a secret gay life. The role requires nudity and a fair amount of same-sex smooching.
Question: I’m totally hooked on The Secret Circle! Would you happen to have any scoop? —Lucyanne
Ausiello: Britt Robertson says the show’s Halloween episode will be chock full of tricks and treats. “When you have witches and Halloween, it can be fun to make fun of certain things,” she says. “What I love about what Kevin [Williamson] and Andrew [Miller] did is they weren’t trying to ignore the fact that we’re witches on Halloween. … We play with a lot of different, funny things. And one of our directors, Liz [Friedlander], who is a big part of our show, was saying, ‘The great thing about Halloween is that scary things can happen in the middle of the night and there’s people roaming the streets. You can scream [but] nobody really takes notice to it.’ So that’s kind of the fun element that we get to play with a lot.”
Question: I love Blair Brown on Fringe. Where the heck is Nina Sharp? —Tamden
Ausiello: She’s back this Friday, and she’s bringing a plot twist with her. According to Anna Torv, in this new reality sans Peter, Nina plays a surprising role in Olivia’s life. “There’s some interesting stuff coming up in the next episode with that,” she hints.
Question: How I Met Your Mother scooplet, please? —Jaime
Ausiello: The mother… of all hurricanes will send the gang fleeing from New York during November sweeps. Cue the inevitable Hurricane Irene is the Mother!!!! speculation.
Question: Any scoop on the new season of Southland? —Paul
Ausiello: A new man will enter Lydia’s life in Season 4, but it’s strictly professional. I think. The show is casting the role of Ruben, a strong, soulful and reflective ex-Marine who becomes Lydia’s detective trainee. He’s also a husband and father to three young kids so don’t go getting any ideas. Actually, this is Lydia we’re talking about, so go ahead. Get some ideas.
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 and Meg Masters)