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Question: Any good Glee scoop!? —Nathan
Ausiello: It’s good if you enjoyed Ricky Martin’s guest appearance in tonight’s episode (and how could you not), because sources confirm to me exclusively that you will see his character, Dave Martinez, again — possibly as early as spring. Producers, who wisely left not just a window but a door open for the return of his Spanish teacher, have invited him back on a recurring (and potentially series regular) basis. Although Martin is about to debut on Broadway in Evita, a Glee insider tells me, “We hope to have him fly in and tape when he can. He loves the show and his character and wants to do it.”
Question: Can you give us anything on Kurt and Rachel’s admission (or lack thereof) to NYADA on Glee? —Gabi
Ausiello: I have no concrete intel, just speculation based on Ryan Murphy’s warning of sorts in Entertainment Weekly that Season 3 would end on a somewhat heartbreaking note. My guess is Rachel and Kurt will both be accepted to NYADA, and they will relocate to the Big Apple sans their significant others. That’s just a hunch.
Question: I’m dying for some Glee/Santana scoop. —Lindsay
Ausiello: There’s a great scene in tonight’s episode where Naya Rivera cuts into Will for his lack of enthusiasm/sensitivity as a Spanish teacher. There’s also a disturbingly riotous bit about Emma creating a pamphlet called “Taint Misbehavin” that Beiste uses to get her athletes to clean their “kibbles and bits.”
Question: Anything on 90210 — and I do mean anything? —Jackie
Ausiello: Silver’s going to be involved in another love triangle, this time with Navid and [Spoiler].
Question: You’ve really been slacking on the Fringe scoop lately, so, in honor of my birthday, wanna give a girl the best birthday present ever? —Shireen
Ausiello: Are Altlivia/Lincoln about to get benched? Fringe is looking for an actor in his late 30s and a twentysomething actress to play Fringe Division agents in the alt-universe. Curiously, the male agent is [SPOILER ALERT]; the female is not.
Question: I heard the first episode of the upcoming Castle two-parter (“Pandora”) ends on a cliffhanger. Got any clue if said cliffhanger has anything to do with a certain detective letting her secret out? —Ivy
Ausiello: Yes, there’s a cliffhanger. No, it has nothing to do with Kate telling Rick that she heard his confession of love.
Question: Would you be so kind and reveal the title of the 11th episode of Bones? —Amanda
Ausiello: It’s called “The Family and the Feud” and, per exec producer Stephen Nathan, “It’s our take on the Hatfields and the McCoys. And, of course, it spills over onto our people and their own families.” [FYI: This is the episode that marks the return of Ryan O'Neal as Brennan's pa.] Bonus Bones scoop: Episode 12 is called “The Suit on the Set.”
Question: Any spoilers on the arrival of Sam’s mentally ill sister (played by The Good Wife‘s Anika Noni Rose) on Private Practice? —Yair
Ausiello: “It’s going to show you a side of Sam you’ve never seen,” KaDee Strickland told TVLine’s Matt Mitovich of the siblings’ reunion in Thursday’s episode, adding that “how it affects Addison, having this family member come back into Sam’s life, is going to be interesting.” Could this emotional gut-punch for Sam perhaps bring the estranged lovebirds back together? “I can tell you this: It’s not obvious what’s going to happen,” the actress teases. As for having Anika Noni Rose on board for several episodes, Strickland has this message for the Tony winner’s fans: “If you love her, oh honey, get ready. She is just going to blow your mind and break your heart.”
Question: We have less than a week until The Walking Dead returns. Can I get some scoop on the show to help tide me over until Sunday? —Kellie
Ausiello: In the wake of the barn massacre, all of Rick’s group — save for one person — gets the bum’s rush from Hershel; Dale shares with someone his theory that Shane sacrificed Otis; there’s a rather ridiculous major car crash, considering how deserted the roads are; and Michael Raymond James (Terriers) shows up as a shifty survivor from Philly who introduces us to a new nickname for the walkers.
Question: Please tell me something about Ivy’s return to Gossip Girl. —Victor
Ausiello: The little interloper is about to become a force to reckon with on the Upper East Side in a way that no one could’ve predicted.
Question: Will you marry me, Ausiello? We can watch Gossip Girl and hope for Dair together. In the meantime, what can you tell us about the Valentine’s episode? —Alice
Ausiello: Dan finally opens his heart in next week’s Valentine’s-themed episode, and Blair has a surprising reaction to his catharsis. Or not, if you’ve seen the photos floating around. Oh, and there’s a significant death coming up later in the season. (That’s what we journalists call “burying the lede.”) As for your proposal, my answer is… well, that’s one secret I’ll never tell.
Question: A first! I’m not watching one of the programs you gave the scoop on in last week’s Ask Ausiello! Does that make me a real Aushole? —Dave W.
Ausiello: Really? Which one aren’t you watching? (That’s what we journalists call “smart people humor.”)
Question: Do you have any scoop on NCIS and Tony’s backstory? —Melyssa
Ausiello: Sure do. Remember how show boss Gary Glasberg told TVLine that in the back half of this season, they’d shed more light on “the kid in Baltimore” who was mentioned in the season premiere and has some sort of tie to Tony? And some of you speculated(/hoped) that “the kid” wasn’t necessarily a youth, but was instead a nickname for a fellow cop? Well, when Michael Weatherly stopped by here the other day, he made it crystal clear that “the kid” is in fact a kid — or at least was, back at the time Tony was a cop.
Question: I know Arielle Kebbel is on 90210 now, but any chance she’ll return to Vampire Diaries? I miss Lexi. —Jenny
Ausiello: Kebbel’s up for it — really, really up for it. “I would love, love, love to have Lexi pop up again,” she tells TVLine. “I’m looking forward to the day when Lexi gets to take on Klaus, but I don’t know when that will be. I’m just determined to make that happen.”
Question: I got hooked on Spartacus: Blood and Sand last week on On Demand. I’m still withholding judgment on Liam McIntrye as the new lead, but any spoilers for Spartacus: Vengeance? —Courtney
Ausiello: The Tasmanian Devil is going to take possession of Mira’s (Katrina Law) body in Episode 4, giving rise to one of the most spectacular girl-on-boy(s) killing sprees I’ve ever seen. There are also some juicy Crixus/Lucretia scenes coming up, as well as an answer to this question: What does it look like when someone has their lower lip sliced off slowly by a sword?
Question: I really love Justified, but I am wondering what will happen with Winona and her pregnancy. I just have a hard time imagining Raylan with a baby on his lap in the future. Any scoop on that front? —Muriel
Ausiello: That story takes a surprising turn at the tail end of Episode 5 (airing Feb. 14) when Raylan comes home after a long day’s work and find something very spoilery waiting for him.
Question: Some Justified scoop, pretty please? —Bea
Ausiello: Also in Episode 5, Raylan does something to a woman he has never done before. Scoop on the identity of said woman can be found here.
Question: Congrats on your new web series Spoiler Alert! — I love it! I want to ask for a scoop on Desperate Housewives. —Raykov
Ausiello: It looks like Bree will be sporting an orange jumpsuit before the show fades to black in May. Sources confirm that the modern-day Sue Ellen will be arrested for murder — and at [SPOILER]‘s funeral no less!
Question: The episode description for Thursday’s Secret Circle says Diana takes some “Devil’s Spirit” and loosens up around Lee. How loose are we talking? —Lynda
Ausiello: Pretty damn loose, according to her portrayer, Shelley Hennig. “It’s like giving a 21-year-old a drink for their first time,” she explains. “They’re going to react differently than someone who’s drank before. Diana’s really sensitive to the drug, and it really gets to her. She becomes quite a fun character.” Hennig admits she’s actually “petrified” to see the final cut because “I had no boundaries when I shot it. I’m not kidding. Between me and the director, there were no boundaries. They can’t show everything, but you’ll definitely see Diana pushing the limits, especially with Lee.”
Question: This week’s House was easily the best of the season, but I’m a little worried about the long-term fallout for Chase. Any scoop? —Jeremy
Ausiello: Let’s talk short-term fallout instead: Monday’s episode picks up nearly a month later and a grudge-carrying Chase has yet to return to the scene of the crime (i.e. his job at Princeton-Plainsboro) nor has he accepted House’s apology. Oh, and he’s also got a new girlfriend. Press play below for more.
Question: Any Law & Order: SVU scoop? —Ashley
Ausiello: If you’re among the few who begrudge Mariska Hargitay her annual Emmy nomination, this Wednesday’s episode reinforces just how great she can be when given “A” material, as Olivia pulls out all the stops — even trading places with a hostage — to keep a disturbed teenage boy from being gunned down by a SWAT team. And while you may tune in for guest star Michael McKean (playing a handsy reality-TV casting boss), it’s Shameless‘ Cameron Monaghan who steals the hour as the aforementioned desperate lad.
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Megan Masters and Vlada Gelman)