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Question: Will Jennifer Morrison be returning for the House series finale? —Abby
Ausiello: If she is, producers better reach out to her fast. “I have not been contacted at all,” Morrison told TVLine at Sunday’s Once Upon a Time panel at PaleyFest 2012. “At this point, it’s too far into the season for them to decide to do that.” (The swan song goes into production in early April.) Finale cameo or not, Morrison admitted, “I feel so lucky to have been a part of it for six years. Everything about it changed my life in such wonderful ways. I kind of can’t believe I got to be part of a show that is so ingrained in pop culture. The fact that I got to be a part of it so long and got to be a part of it from the beginning really means a lot to me.”
Question: Sunday’s Good Wife seemed to hint that Anna Camp would be staying put for a while — please tell me this is the case. —Andy
Ausiello: Let’s just say there will be big developments in the Alicia/Caitlin story in the next episode, and it won’t go the way anyone’s predicting. (Bonus hint: Viewers will find out that Caitlin and Alicia have a lot in common….)
Question: There are only two more Walking Dead episodes left in Season 2! Scoop me on this Sunday’s penultimate, please! —Britt
Ausiello: In what could be considered one of the series’ most important episodes, there are some gnarly kills made using a *i****o*k, Lori has a talk with Shane that she might wish she could take back, someone goes missing, Shane pulls a Tyler Barrol and a major piece of mythology is revealed (though the eagle-eyed may have first caught wind of it two weeks ago, at the school).
Question: Vampire Diaries fan here looking for hints on who the serial killer is that’s terrorizing Mystic Falls. No way in hell it’s Meredith. That would be way too obvious. —Kim
Ausiello: Here’s your one and only hint: Julie Plec is an evil genius.
Question: How big is Meredith and Derek’s fight in the next Grey’s Anatomy? —Jessica
Ausiello: He puts her on a neuro case without telling her, and after she clearly expressed extreme hesitance about coming back to neuro. Suffice it to say it’s a pretty big fight.
Question: The March 1 episode of Parenthood seemed to wrap everything up in a way that often signals “series ender” rather than “season ender.” Any predictions on its renewal for next season? —Debbie
Ausiello: Here’s my prediction: The Bravermans will be back.
Question: I’ve just had the worst birthday of my life. Could you please make it a little better and give us a clue of who A is on Pretty Little Liars? —Camila
Ausiello: Don’t have any PLL scoop, but I do have something that I think will turn that frown of yours upside down in record time. While you were off having the “worst birthday of your life,” I was celebrating the best one of mine. I mean, look who showed up at my West Coast celebration Saturday night. Still feeling rotten, Cam? Well… look who else attended!
Question: We haven’t heard anything in a while on the Supernatural front… got anything newsworthy to dish out? —John
Ausiello: The show is looking to cast a male or female Asian teenager to play a brilliant overachiever whose world “is suddenly turned upside-down when he/she unwittingly becomes a prophet of sorts.” The character will appear in this season’s final three episodes.
Question: Any scoop on The Middle would be much appreciated. –@Heradite via Twitter
Ausiello: When the parents at Brick’s school are called upon to volunteer for this and that, Mike — shocker! — wants to sign up for the easier gigs. Unfortunately for him, he’s not the only one with that idea. (In fact, one other dad is downright nefarious in his efforts to… well, not exert any effort.) Meanwhile, at Ehlert Motors, Mr. Ehlert is pulling out all the stops to sell 500 cars in five days. But something tells me that neither the DJ he hires nor the petting zoo he promises are going to get those wheels moving.
Question: With Terra Nova being cancelled, any word on the fate of fellow bubble shows Alcatraz, Fringe and The Finder? —@Maxcontrol22 via Twitter
Ausiello: According to TVLine’s 2012 Renewal Scorecard, Alcatraz could go either way, Fringe has been newly-upgraded to a safe bet, and The Finder is (sadly) a long-shot.
Question: Can you give me any news on Gossip Girl‘s Serena? —Simplecrazy8810 via Twitter
Ausiello: Serena’s going to take on a new pet project – Lola. I hear S is going to go all Clueless on L’s homely ass with the goal of turning her into the Upper East Side’s new It Girl.
Question: Will Dan and Blair’s short-term bad sex solution on Gossip Girl involve doing it in public places? —@Missivthegreat via Twitter
Ausiello: Not exactly. Let’s just say they’re in a slightly different state of mind the second time they do it — and leave it at that.
Question: Any Glee spoilers? Anything will help me survive this long break. —@AnnelieseMinaj via Twitter
Ausiello: I can confirm that at least one of our visions for Season 4, as outlined by TVLine’s Michael Slezak, will be a reality next fall. Can you guess which one? Can you?!
Question: Who is this Chandler guy on Glee? Will he get in the way of our Klaine? —Jessica
Ausiello: A Glee source assures me that the Chandler character appears in one scene, and relatively unimportant one at that. Translation: Chillax.
Question: Why did Breakout Kings kill off Charlie? I had no idea this was coming. Are they adding someone new? —Danielle
Ausiello: The promos did say “a king will fall” — but whodathought it’d be the boss man himself! A show insider says the shocking snuffing was “storyline dictated,” and as such, “That was a very hard scene for us to shoot,” Serinda Swan shares. “We loved Laz [Alonso].” The “good” news is that the Kings, now numbering just five and led by a newly deputized Ray, will have a fire in their belly as they — but namely Erica — hope to one day hunt down Charlie’s killer, Damien (played by Roswell‘s Jason Behr, who will recur this season).
Question: I’m thrilled about Justified‘s renewal. I heard tonight’s episode was rather exemplary. Any scoop? —Christopher
Ausiello: It contains one of the best written scenes of the season. It was so good, in fact, that we here at TVLine decided to give it the “Spoiler Alert Theater” treatment. I present you with the never-before-seen full-length version of tonight’s classic Raylan-Wynn stare down, as interpreted by Dexter‘s Josh Cooke and 30 Rock‘s Keith Powell. Watch it and then compare it to the real thing tonight!
Question: Why doesn’t your May Sweeps Scorecard include any mention of Jimmy’s wedding on NCIS? —Jamie
Ausiello: Because we don’t have 100-percent confirmation that a wedding will actually take place during sweeps. That said, when TVLine’s Matt Mitovich was on the set this week, somebody was modeling something rather frilly and mint green….
Question: Is the latest blind item with the couple who do the deed about Criminal Minds‘ Garcia and Morgan? I would love that! —April
Ausiello: No, but that’s not to say those two crazy kids won’t hit the sheets by season’s end. I can tell you with absolute certainty that all kinds of s–t will go down in and around May sweeps. I know this because Thomas Gibson told TVLine last Thursday at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Ceremony honoring Chuck Lorre that, “All kinds of s–t” will go down in and around May sweeps, adding, “Stay tuned. All kinds of good stuff.” Gibson also confirmed that the season finale will be broken up into two parts.
Question: I noticed that Nikita‘s storylines are slowly wrapping up, which leads me to question if it’s actually doomed. Please say no! —Felipe
Ausiello: We lobbed the renewal question over to Warner Bros. TV president Peter Roth, who confessed, “I don’t know. I think it’s too soon to tell. It’s a spectacularly well-produced show. I’ve watched every episode [and] I’m flabbergasted at how good the level of production is. The cast is fantastic – Maggie Q, Lyndsy Fonseca, Shane West – they’re all amazing. The production values are brilliant. The storytelling is remarkable. [But] the ratings are somewhat challenged.” [For the record, Nikita is holding firm at "could go either way" on TVLine's 2012 Renewal Scorecard.]
Question: Please Ausiello, be my angel and tell us if we can expect to have at least a kiss between New Girl’s Nick and Jess by the end of the season? —Angel
Ausiello: You can expect it all you like, but I’m sorry to say you ain’t gonna get it. “We love them,” series creator Liz Meriwether said at Monday’s PaleyFest 2012 panel, “but they’ve got a lot of growing and learning to do.” In other words, the show wants to take its sweet time getting them together. So much so that Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson admitted thet are often told to tone down their chemistry in scenes! And if they don’t, the powers that be will do it for them. For instance, at the end of tonight’s cancer scare episode, Jess was supposed to give Nick a half-hug, but they changed it to a more platonic shoulder bump. Which is just as well, because both characters share a new love interest: Dermot Mulroney’s Russell. He’s “sophisticated and debonaire,” Deschanel said. “He first engages [Jess] in playful banter, and we end up starting up a little somethin’-somethin’.” And then so do Mulroney and the guys! They “are pretty taken with his character,” Deschanel revealed, because “they haven’t ever really been around a ‘man.'” Nick in particular is bromantically smitten. “He falls in love a bit,” Johnson acknowledged. “The big D has a little bit of charm to him.”
Question: Need a Schmidt fix, please. —Jeremy
Ausiello: First of all, Meriwether promised at that the aforementioned PaleyFest panel that there would “definitely” be more Fat Schmidt coming up. Plus, in the episode the gang most recently shot, everyone’s favorite douchebag sings a song to Cece… that portrayer Max Greenfield almost entirely improvised. Game on, Usher!
Question: What’s next with regards to Regina and Mr. Gold’s battle on Once Upon a Time? —Joy
Ausiello: “Certain things happen toward the last five or six episodes that shake our relationship,” teases Robert Carlyle. “You realize that maybe Rumplestiltskin [didn't create the curse] for her at all; maybe he was doing it for himself. Maybe the curse was created for him.”
Question: Please tell me Desperate Housewives isn’t going to end with Bree going to jail. That would be beyond depressing. —Jerry
Ausiello: While I have no confirmation of that, Bree’s courtroom drama will be a major storyline as the show winds down. Not only has — as we told you already — Scott Bakula been cast as the redhead’s defense attorney, but the hunt has begun for a pair of actors to recur as her tag-team prosecutors and the judge presiding over the case.
Question: I just watched Desperate Housewives‘ promo for next week’s episode and am dying to know who dies! (See what I did there?) A hint would be so generous of you! —Stefan
Ausiello: Kathryn Joosten told TVLine recently that she anticipates more than one death. C’mon, she said, “Gotta have more than one!” For that matter, she wants Mrs. McCluskey to be the killer. “I thought it’d be great if they just gave me an AK-47, and I could wipe out the entire street,” she said with a laugh. “But they didn’t like it.” Did they like it so little that they might have made her one of the casualties? “It doesn’t make any difference,” she chuckled. “The show’s over. Who cares?”
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to email@example.com. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman and Megan Masters)