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Question: How is next season of Glee going to work exactly, what with half the show being set in New York and the other half at McKinley? —Jenny
Ausiello: This is subject to change, but it’s my understanding that they’re taking a Lost-like approach to Season 4 — devoting whole episodes to one location or the other. In other words, the premiere might be set at NYADA with Rachel and Kurt, while Episode 2 could focus on the first day back at McKinley. Smart way to go, IMHO.
Question: Please tell me Glee will actually be shooting in New York next season and not on some cheesy Hollywood backlot outfitted to look like New York. We can tell the difference. —Melissa
Ausiello: And so, apparently, can Ryan Murphy. “We’re coming to New York,” the Glee boss insists. “Nothing is in stone, because we’re still budgeting, but I would love to come once every five weeks and shoot a lot of scenes there. We are 100 percent doing that; we’re not going to do it all on a soundstage. That was one of the fun reasons to do [the storyline].”
Question: Any scoop on the “bonus” Happy Endings episode? Like, what’s it about and when is it going to air? — Keith
Ausiello: What it’s about, from what I’m hearing, is approximately nine kinds of amahzing. “It’s our Bad News Bears episode” — only with kickball replacing baseball — Adam Pally (Max) tells me. “I get to play the Walter Matthau character [the team's coach]. It’s all six of us plus Scotty [played by Childrens Hospital's Seth Morris] taking on all the Chicago businesses, like a local nail salon and a deep-dish pie shop.” Not only does the team have a name — “It’s Xela [pronounced Shayla], which is the name of Alex’s store, which we didn’t know until that episode,” Pally reveals — it has a ringer, too. “Scotty is on steroids through the whole thing,” Pally laughs. “And we did find a way to bring in Lance Brigg from the Chicago Bears; he’s the real ringer.” So, um, not Penny? No, says her portrayer, Casey Wilson. “She’s wearing six-inch heels for the whole game. So she does not do well.”
Question: I don’t have a question, but rather a favor: Could you please post the link for your May Sweeps Scorecard. I thought I had bookmarked it but I can’t find it anywhere. —Stacy
Ausiello: Here you go: 2012 May Sweeps Scorecard. (I am so damn accommodating, it kills me sometimes.)
Question: When will you guys be posting your Summer TV Calendar? —Michelle
Ausiello: It’ll be up later this week. (Again, ridiculously accommodating.)
Question: Have the talks for Netflix to pick up The River fallen through, or is there still a chance that might happen? I need my scares! —Adam L
Ausiello: You need to let go is what you need, Adam.
Question: I’m curious as to your thoughts on Shonda Rhimes’ recent interview that not everyone may come back alive in Season 9. Do you think she’s just trying to stir up buzz, or might one of the actors not get his or her June pick-up? —Jennifer
Ausiello: No clue. But, if we consider Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh safe — which we should — that leaves Eric Dane and Jessica Capshaw as the only question marks. That said, my gut tells me they’ll all return home safe and sound. Or my gut is hungry. Possibly both.
Question: Just curious if you have forgotten about the best summer show ever, Drop Dead Diva? Need scoop! —Amanda
Ausiello: Turns out Jane may not be the only person dealing with major possession issues. In the June 17 episode, Patty Duke guest stars as “another woman who [Jane] believes is in the same predicament she is, and by that, I mean there’s another person’s soul in her body,” previews executive producer Josh Berman. “Jane thinks she’s met somebody else who’s pressed the [return] button.”
Question: Dexter Season 7 scoop, please! —John
Ausiello: Is Dex taking his little vigilante operation behind bars? The show has put out a casting call for a “hardened yet thoughtful” prisoner who’s currently serving a life sentence for murder. Speaking of Dexter, did you see this?!
Question: You’re having a Comic-Con party again this year, right? Asking for a friend who likes free booze. —Ivy
Ausiello: Is this the same “friend” I’ve had to take restraining orders out on in three states? If so, tell her no, I’m not having a party, then check back here for deets yourself, because yeah, I totally am.
Question: Please any juicy spoilers for Rookie Blue? Are they breaking up Sam and Andy before they even get started? Can’t wait for season 3! Thanks! —Audrey
Ausiello: Good news: Although Andy and Sam haven’t seen each other for three months when the new season picks up — and he’s none too happy about that fact — they’ll get back on track in no time. Now for the could-be-bad news: Executive producer Tassie Cameron tells TVLine the theme of the season is, “Be careful what you wish for.” “We tried to look at what these characters have been wishing for and wanting and desiring for a couple of years now,” she explains, “and what it looks like when they get it or it happens to them or when their dreams come true, professionally and personally, and how that always comes at a price.”
Question: Have any good scoop about Grimm‘s second season? —Sue
Ausiello: Expect a Hooker cameo — T.J. Hooker, that is. We asked exec producer David Greenwalt to name his dream Season 2 guest star and, without hesitation, he replied, “Two words: Bill Shatner.” Playing who (or what?) exactly? “God only knows,” he shot back with a laugh. “Himself most likely!”
Question: Loved the Grimm finale. How big a role will the coins play next season? —Max
Ausiello: “Not a big role, but they do resurface,” responds fellow EP Jim Kouf. “And they have to be dealt with.”
Question: I think we can all agree that Grimm became a better show with Bree Turner around. Any chance she might join the regular cast next season? —John
Ausiello: I think there’s a very good chance, seeing as how it happened a month ago.
Question: So B chose C in the Gossip Girl finale. Fine. But it seems like D and B didn’t get any closure… Should Dair fans pretty much stop hoping next season? –Mel
Ausiello: Dair is done. I’ve made peace with it, and now so should you. In other GG news, EP Josh Schwartz confirms that the 11-episode final season will focus on “core dynamics and the core characters.” Adds Stephanie Savage: “There are definitely some things we want to see in the series finale, and we think we have a great opportunity to tell those final stories and honor our characters and honor our fans. We’re really excited for this final run.”
Question: I need some Killing, scoop. —Katrina
Ausiello: Stanley Larsen’s assault victim Bennet Ahmed returns in this Sunday’s episode. That’s all I got!
Question: I know it’s a little premature, but anything on the new season of The Vampire Diaries? —Pam
Ausiello: Elena’s “death” will weigh heavily on Matt and Jeremy. As EP Julie Plec notes, “I think that’s the worst tragedy of all is that they plotted together to get her out of town so she wouldn’t have to be part of this life. And now as a result of having been on that bridge at that moment, Matt is basically responsible in his own way for her being the one thing she never wanted to be. He’s going to carry that very heavily. It’s going to take his some time to get past that. And I would say certainly Jeremy, who would never want this for his sister, is going to have a real, real visceral reaction against Rebekah for what [she] did. There might be a little bit of retribution.”
Question: Are the Bones producers approaching the upcoming eighth season as the show’s last? —Robert
Ausiello: Hell no. “I could see Season 9 or 10 being the last,” says series creator Hart Hanson. “But definitely not [Season 8]. Post Booth and Brennan being together, there’s a good three seasons [of story] left.”
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman and Alyse Whitney)Follow @MichaelAusiello