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Question: Is there any thing you can share about Grey’s Anatomy — like who’s going to die in the finale? —Nikki
Ausiello: “Everybody’s in jeopardy,” teases Sarah Drew (April) of the May 17 climax. “There are three or four people who are not [involved] in the cliffhanger at the end of the episode. But every other cast member, like nine of us, are all in this — [so] who knows what’s going to happen, whether they’re going to be back or not.” Drew likens the episode, tellingly titled “Flight,” to previous Grey’s catastrophes “like the ferry crash or like the shooting… it’s that kind of a season finale. It’s big, it’s intense. It’s scary. It’s emotional. It’s exciting. All of those things. It’s a big one.”
Question: Any intel on this year’s prom king and queen on Glee? —Carrie
Ausiello: How ’bout I rule two people out? It won’t be Mercedes and Sam.
Question: Ausiello, I need to know what the heck is going to happen on Season 4 of Glee! But I’d settle for some intel on religious hottie Joe (The Glee Project‘s Samuel Larsen). I mean, he hasn’t really been assimilated into the core cast very well, outside of his flirtations with Quinn. What gives? —Brenda
Ausiello: Oh, I know exactly what’s going to happen on Season 4 of Glee, but if I told you, I’d have to send you to the cornfield along with Rory and Karofsky and Lauren Zizes. So to answer your second question, fret not: This week’s Glee finds Joe taking some solid steps toward establishing a closer friendship with a New Directions bro. Namely, Sam. And namely, via an awkward-funny talk about Biblical knowledge of the ladies.
Question: Do you know anything about what’s going to happen with Dave Karofsky on Glee? —Vinsh
Ausiello: There’s a teensy chance he’ll be back for the finale, but don’t hold your breath. “The soonest that I would come [back] would be in the finale, and that’s up in the air,” the recovering bully’s portrayer, Max Adler, told us at Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards. “We’ll see. I always hope that I am. It’s up to the writers and [series co-creator Ryan Murphy].” Personally, Adler — who recently shot a guest spot in Shawn Ryan’s ABC drama pilot Last Resort — would love to see Karofsky’s storyline come full circle. “For him to ultimately accept who he is and be OK with who he is, it would be an amazing thing for the fans to see,” he said, “and for people who are struggling and identify with Karofsky to see.” If and when the character does return, Adler would love to see him find love — under one condition. “If Ryan Gosling’s playing him,” he cracked. “I’m all about it!”
Question: How much longer am I going to have to pine over Kim Delaney’s absence on Army Wives? —Kristy
Ausiello: Not too much longer. (That’s me stalling until the show’s publicist gets back to me with a return date.) If Claudia Joy had half a brain, she’d stay far away until at least Season 7. That’s because I have it on good authority the Lifetime drama is getting ready to introduce an anti-social conspiracy theorist who blames the world’s problems on the government. He’s also a skilled marksman. And he goes by the name “The Shooter.” You do the math.
Question: Love Gossip Girl…and your scoop! But as a Chuck and Blair fan, should I even be excited for the upcoming episodes? —Mary Kate
Ausiello: I’m going to sidestep your question and instead tell you that at least four of the nearly two dozen [Spoiler]’d out entries on TVLine’s 2012 May Sweeps Scorecard belong to Gossip Girl.
Question: Any scoop on Sunday’s Good Wife finale? —Hyday
Ausiello: Alicia makes a phone call that could have huge consequences for one of the main characters. It also sets the stage for a major Season 4 storyline that’s been a long time coming. Oh, and for those of you hoping for a nice Will/Alicia moment, you’ll get one.
Question: Burning House query — any idea what David Shore meant when he said Thirteen “intervenes” with House and Wilson? —Jacob
Ausiello: After watching the promo for next week’s episode, my guess is she uses her unique POV as a person with a terminal illness to talk House and/or Wilson off a ledge in the wake of the latter’s grim diagnosis. For her part, Olivia Wilde would only conform that she “got to have scenes with both Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard, which is a dream for any actor.” And what about Shore’s “intervenes” tease? “I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s not quite that,” she shares. “But I did get to have scenes with each.”
Question: Any scoop on Drop Dead Diva? —Anadi
Ausiello: When the Lifetime series returns this June, Jane will be relaxing in Italy, and she won’t be alone! “She’s with Owen,” leading lady Brooke Elliott told us at the GLAAD Media Awards. “It’s going to be a really exciting season. It’s got a lot of, ‘I love you, you love me, but I love him.'” Does that mean there’s still a chance for Grayson, who was last seen rushing to the airport after Stacy told him it’s really Jane he wants? “Grayson starts to turn his eye toward [her],” teases Elliott. “That’s going to be fun because Jane doesn’t know it. It’s going to be a little bit of a reversal of wanting the other one. … He thinks that Jane could be Deb, but you’ll have to see what happens with that. There’s a flip-flop there.” Plus, the actress dropped this surprise on us: “There’s a proposal coming up.”
Question: Any intel on how long James Marsden’s Criss will be around on 30 Rock? — Leah
Ausiello: Frankly, I’m surprised he’s stuck around as long as he has. Nothing against Marsden, but I always assumed when the time came for Liz to settle down she’d so with Michael Sheen’s Wesley. But as Tina Fey points out, the road to happiness is full of unexpected twists and turns. “It’s interesting because [the chemistry between Liz and Criss] wasn’t necessarily something we planned on,” she says. “But I will say that James fits the show so nicely and he’s such a pleasure to have around. He plays all the jokes so well, and as a character, Criss seems to be very good for Liz. She’s always kind of bumped up against people who were so much like her, similar to her, and his kind of oppositeness has played out nicely. So I don’t know — maybe she’ll end up with Criss!”
Question: You mentioned that Jenna and Paul take their relationship to the next level in 30 Rock‘s live episode this week — care to elaborate? —Anna
Ausiello: I think I’ll let Jane Krakowski field this one. “I think after we’ve had our little sexual walkabout, Jenna realizes that Paul probably is the man for her — the schman for her,” she says with a laugh. “And they progress with their romance and their love story in the only way that 30 Rock could bring forward. We sort of have a very, I think, somewhat realistic storyline in this one, and romantic.”
Question: Hey, we need titles for all the upcoming bonus episodes of Bones. —Rex Z.
Ausiello: Apologies for the delay, Mr. Z. Here you go:
* “The Gunk in the Garage”
* “The Patriot in Purgatory”
* “The But in the Joke”
* “The Ghost in the Machine”
Question: Anything else on the season finale of The Office? —Chris
Ausiello: All of the uncertainty surrounding who is and isn’t returning next season actually made the episode easier to write, according to departing showrunner Paul Lieberstein. “We often have to try to figure out how we are going to start the next season and then write to it in the finale,” he explains. “Without that option, we just focused on what we knew — James Spader is leaving, so exiting him in a fun way is built into the story. And the dynamic between Andy and Nellie [Catherine Tate] has been great, so we continued to play with that.” Lieberstein, BTW, tells me the finale will most certainly end with a cliffhanger.
Question: Please, any Dexter Season 7 spoilers to help with the long wait? —Andrés
Ausiello: OK, but you might not like what I have to tell you: The show is recasting not only Deb but Dexter, too. Did I scare you for even a second? No? Ah, well. Off day. Anyway, what the show is actually doing is casting those characters, presumably for one-off flashbacks, as kids. The bigger news — how’s that for burying the lead? — is that Miami Metro Homicide is getting a new cop: Det. Angie Miller, a no-BS African-American divorcee with two kids. (Speaking of Dexter S7, did you see this?!)
Question: I know Suburgatory‘s Tessa and Ryan are bit of a mismatched pair, but I just can’t help but love them together! I hope we get see more of them together. Like an ultimate triple date of them, Lisa and Malik and maybe Dallas and George chaperon[ing]? Could I ever be so lucky? Hugs to you! —Estée
Ausiello: First of all, a polite handshake back to you, Estée. (Hugs? It’s like you don’t know me at all.) Now, as to your question, Allie Grant, who plays Lisa, exclaims, “I’m game for anything!” Whether the show is also game remains to be seen. (My guess: not this season. Sorry.) However, the actress does tease that there is hope for Tessa and her himbo sometime beau. “We’re sort of left with that question [of their relationship prospects] lingering,” she says. “It’s not something that we directly address, but you’ll get a better idea as to what could be happening on the horizon.”
Question: Can I have a Vampire Diaries spoiler on Caroline and Klaus? —Elizabeth
Ausiello: Our gal is going to be seriously conflicted when it comes a certain Original. “Caroline doesn’t understand what draws her to Klaus [just like] any young woman who is seduced by and charmed by and intrigued by a dangerous man,” says EP Julie Plec. “There’s a lot of things that she can’t really explain about herself and her connection to him.” But there is one thing that she knows for certain. “She’s made her loyalty to Tyler and her love for Tyler very clear and will continue to have to do that.” However, that might not be enough to reassure her hybrid boyfriend, who’s “jealous and pissed off” about her new sorta-relationship with his sire. “[Tyler will] deal with that in the next episode, realizing that, ‘Hey, I sort of brought this on myself by leaving and leaving the opening for this guy to come in and move in on my girl,'” previews Plec. “Unfortunately, there’s still the question remaining: Was he able to effectively break that sire bond, or is he in for a rude awakening? You’ll definitely see that play out over the next couple [of episodes].”
Question: Any scoop on Vampire Diaries, Supernatural or Sons of Anarchy would make my day! Do you still accept cases of Snapple as a bribe? —Amy
Ausiello: I choose TVD (and diet raspberry iced tea, thank you). And, if you’re a Rebekah fan, Amy, you’ll be especially interested — and relieved — to know that, even though her mother is currently possessing her body, the lone Original sister is OK. “It’s a temporary problem,” Plec assures. “It will resolve itself quickly and effectively.” But first, Esther will use Alaric to try to get what she wants. “What she sees in [his] alter ego is someone who loathes vampires and could be a useful ally in her quest to kill her children,” teases Plec. “She has big plans for the hunter in him.” As for when the gang will figure out that Rebekah isn’t really herself, “it all comes to a head right away in the next episode.”
Question: I’m dying to know if there are any spoilers you have for Bonnie on The Vampire Diaries at all? It seems like she’s barely on this season. —Suzy
Ausiello: She’s in this Thursday’s episode, and according to exec producer Julie Plec, she “gets to get gorgeous and have a date, which seems like it should be awesome and is briefly a really nice time for her. But then, unfortunately, as things tend to at the Decade Dances, the date gets disrupted and her date, Jamie, gets to see the other side of her life, which is how she saves the day.”
Question: Does Leslie win the city council election on Parks and Recreation or not? —Jeremy
Ausiello: Not squealing. (That’s me pretending like I know when I don’t.) Here’s what I can tell you with absolute certainty: There’s a scene in next week’s episode involving Andy, Jerry and a pie that is all kinds of sad/hysterical/inspired.
Question: GCB has quickly become one of my favorite shows. Got any scoop on the finale? —Kristen
Ausiello: There will be blood. At least there was behind the scenes. “On the last day of shooting of the season finale, when I took my shoes off, there was blood all between my toes,” GCBer Miriam Shor (Cricket) tells us. “That’s how hard I worked for a good season finale!” Her co-star, Mark Deklin, says viewers can expect “blackmail and extortion” (but not necessarily in that order).
Question: Any possibility you could give us some scoop on Fatality No. 3 on your May Sweeps Scorecard? Specifically, how likely is it to stick? —Ryan
Ausiello: Given how integral this person is to the series in question, I’d venture to say the odds of it sticking are slim.
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to email@example.com. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman and Alyse Whitney)Follow @MichaelAusiello