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Question: Any word on the status of contract talks between Grey’s Anatomy and Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, etc.? I’m starting to get nervous. —Carrie
Ausiello: No, but remember how Shonda Rhimes hinted to me last month that the season ends in a way that could accommodate any number of possible cast departures? Well, get this: I hear a late April episode will follow Alex, Meredith, Jackson, April and Cristina as they interview for fellowship positions at other hospitals around the country. Said hospitals are apparently wooing the quintet in anticipation of them passing their boards — and they’re wisely entertaining all of their options.
Question: Can you give me some scoop on Criminal Minds? —Durgesh
Ausiello: There will be a marriage proposal in an upcoming episode, and it does not go well. Not well at all. And look for the show to revisit the disappearance of Morgan’s cousin in a major way this spring (and for The Wire‘s Chad Coleman to be connected to the case in a potentially significant capacity.)
Question: Is the sex problem Dan and Blair encounter on Gossip Girl the new obstacle for Dair you referred to in last week’s Ask Ausiello? —Oscar
Ausiello: It is indeed. Those resourceful kids will quickly find a solution to their sad sack woes, although I can’t really see them sustaining said solution on a long-term basis.
Question: Would you be so kind and reveal at least the network on which the show from your latest blind item airs? —Amanda
Ausiello: Nope. But as promised, I will offer up another significant clue on my Twitter feed within the next 24 hours that should cut the field of possibilities in half.
Question: Is Lisa Edelstein returning to House for the series finale? —Cynthia
Ausiello: I can’t bear to speak the words, so just click here for your answer.
Question: Bummed about the Lisa Edelstein news. Anything positive you can share about the House finale? —Amy
Ausiello: Here’s something: The show’s longtime scribe, Peter Blake, will now be co-writing the swan song with series creator David Shore and co-exec producer Eli Attie. As you know, Blake’s fingers have touched some of the best House hours ever, including Season 4′s “Alone,” Season 6′s “Help Me” and this season’s opener, “Twenty Vicodin.”
Question: Thanks to TVLine, I learned that Brett Tucker will be guest starring in this season’s 20th episode of Castle entitled, “The Limey.” Other than “devilishly handsome”, what else can you tell us about this guy? More specifically, what are his motives when it comes to Beckett? —Ivy
Ausiello: I’m going to venture out on a limb and say Beckett might be drawn — perhaps even attracted — to a dude with an English accent.
Question: The Parenthood season finale airs tonight so I’m hoping this question makes it in under the wire: I love the relationship between Amber and Bob. Please tell me it’s not over! —Ashley
Ausiello: Here’s what I’ll tell you, Ash: In addition to a wedding (congrats Crosby and Jasmine!), tonight’s finale also features a proposal (congrats SPOILER and SPOILER!).
Question: Any 30 Rock scoop? —Jarrod
Ausiello: Tracy’s family portrait is about to look a little different: The show is recasting his son, George Foreman, who when we next see him will be old enough to drive his father to…. Wait. Are there any vices left to which Tracy hasn’t already been driven?
Question: I have fallen in love with Once Upon a Time. Anything on Rumpelstiltskin (Mr. Gold)? —Becca
Ausiello: And how. Although series co-creators Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz won’t quite come out and say he isn’t as bad a guy as we think, the former does allow that “he’s a complicated man, [and how you view him] depends where you line up with his interests. [It’s always a question of] whether you’re in the way of that agenda or not.” Adds Horowitz: “There’s more to come this season” — in particular, in Episode 19 — “about him and his son and what happened there that may, hopefully, shed a little more light.” And yes, there is some light in him. “A lot of these characters have grey areas,” Kitsis reminds. “There’s some humanity in him.”
Question: You said last year that Royal Pains was introducing a new love interest for Hank who would stick around. Well so far, that has not happened. Emily is gone, Constance Zimmer lasted one episode. So where did you hear this from? Because it never happened! Get your facts straight before scaring people like that! — Nancy
Ausiello: The fact that you didn’t bother including a link to my alleged foiler proves you’re bluffing. I rarely, if ever, screw up. For instance, I know with 100-percent certainty that the fourth season will introduce — in a two-, count ’em, two-episode arc — Jill’s oldest brother, Hank McGillicuddy, who develops a problem that even Tums can’t cure while training for a Lobster Roll Eat-Off. The show is also adding a new recurring character — Jeremiah Ellis, a doctor at Hank Med — who is so socially awkward that he might actually be described as anti-social. (Asocial, maybe?)
Question: Got anymore about Diane’s love triangle on The Good Wife? Please and thank you! —Nicole
Ausiello: I don’t. As a consolation, here’s something Good to chew on: I hear the end of the season will be building up to two huge showdowns — one work-related and the other personal. One of those two battles Alicia is directly involved in; the other, not so much.
Question: Any upcoming news on Rizzoli & Isles? Love from the UK. — Clare
Ausiello: The 15-episode third season kicking off this summer promises to be a doozy. Not only is there a tenacious IAD officer trying to find a suspicious link between Jane and Paddy Doyle (aka Maura’s crooked father), but (perhaps not coincidentally) we’re gonna get to meet Maura’s bio-mom. Not only that, but Mom — Hope is her name — might recur.
Question: Please, please, please could you tell me if Rachel and Finn will be able to go through with their wedding on Glee? I am going crazy. — Farsia2010
Ausiello: Well, I can tell you this much: Either Rachel and Finn are gonna go through with it, or Will and Emma are, because the show is casting a burly, Eric Stonestreet sorta guy to play a wedding planner named Lavender. In other Glee news, the gay population at McKinley is about to go up by one. The fresh meat? Chandler, a masculine hottie who’s full of joie de vivre.
Question: Any Justified scoop? —Noel
Ausiello: Ausiello: Next week, Raylan and Boyd find themselves framed for two separate murders (well, attempted murder in one instance). Raylan also pays a visit to Quarles’ little torture/sex chamber, where a familiar fella makes him a perverse offer he can (and easily does) refuse.
Question: Any scoop about Desperate Housewives, please? —Julien
Ausiello: Meet Bree’s potential new daughter-in-law (a.k.a. Andrew’s fiance.) In other news, one of the Housewives will be learning a long-held secret about her husband.
Question: Any word on Cougar Town getting a fourth season? —Paul
Ausiello: No. But here’s yet another reason it needs to happen: Bill Lawrence has promised to make Bob Clendenin (a.k.a. the cul-de-sac’s resident peeping Tom) a series regular if the show’s renewed.
Question: Any hints you can share about the myriad [SPOILER ALERT]‘d entries from your May Sweeps Scorecard? —Jen
Ausiello: I can confirm that at least one of them is reserved for Private Practice. And another for Revenge.
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman and Megan Masters)