Question: Will Addison choose Sam or Jake on Private Practice? —Krissy
Ausiello: We won’t find out until the very end of the season premiere. “We pick up three months later with her decision having been clearly made, but we don’t know what that is until the end of the episode,” reveals Jake’s portrayer, Benjamin Bratt. “You see Sam Bennett without clothes in one bedroom and you see [Jake] waking in another bedroom and you don’t [immediately] know where these characters are.” Addison isn’t the only one character dealt a curveball in the Sept. 25 opener. “Everybody has a huge, huge revelation in that episode or [receives] information that’s life-changing,” previews leading lady Kate Walsh. “It’s really good.”
Question: Every week I make the same the request and I’m hoping this will be the week it’s granted. Do you have any Private Practice scoop on Charlotte and Cooper? —Kriti
Ausiello: Yep. Apparently, they’ll be unrecognizable when Season 6 starts up. “You’ve never seen them like you’re going to see them this season,” promises KaDee Strickland, before adding with a laugh, “and you’ve seen them a lot of different ways and positions, honey, so this is all new.” Elaborates co-star Paul Adelstein: “They have a son now so everything that happens to them or everything they want to do in their lives, they have this residual and major effect on this child. I don’t think they’ve really maybe thought that one through.” Bonus scoop: I can exclusively confirm that the title of the season premiere is “Aftershock.”
Question: Got any Suits scoop? —Sara
Ausiello: Don’t thank me yet. Sarah Rafferty, who plays Donna, says this of next week’s summer finale: “It’s a bit of a cliffhanger. It appears that Mike’s character is going a little bit off the rails.” OK, now you can thank me.
Question: Any spoilers on HIMYM? Pretty please with my cherry on top! —Valeria
Ausiello: Eww… That’s disgusting, Val. You kiss your cat with that mouth? In the HIMYM opener, Ted drives Victoria back to her wedding ceremony and demands she leave a “Dear John” note for her jilted fiancé (played by Reno 911!‘s Thomas Lennon). “It’s their first project as a couple again,” Ashley Williams (aka Victoria) told us at the 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood. “What does the note say? And how do you get it in there without anyone seeing you?” Williams, who is booked for at least five Season 8 episodes, calls her Mother of a comeback “the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m not kidding. It’s the nicest set and the most relaxed, amazing schedule… And I love working with Josh [Radnor]. He’s one of he most kindest, supportive, creative people. We have a really good time together.”
Question: David Ury tweeted, “Just found out I’ll be shooting 2 episodes of Raising Hope this month.” Do you have any information about his role? —Ms. H.
Ausiello: The onetime Spooge is playing a local celebrity dubbed Easter Joe.
Question: Anything on the final episodes of Damages? —Meagan
Ausiello: Patty and Ellen are forced to spend some seriously tense alone time with each other in next week’s episode when an epic snowstorm strands them in a New England airport with nothing but their painful memories and a bottle of cheap wine. It all leads to a spectacular scene I have been personally waiting three seasons to witness. In related news, I’m choosing to believe Ellen is faking her death in that flash forward sequence. Who’s with me?!
Question: Absolutely loved the Grimm premiere. Any scoop on how long Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio will be sticking around as Nick’s mom? —Dan
Ausiello: She says goodbye to her son next week, but I suspect that’s not the last we will see of her. Bonus scoop: The episode concludes with a surprising liplock and an even more surprising car theft.
Question: What will the status of Kalinda and Alicia’s friendship be on The Good Wife this season? I’ve really missed that dynamic. —Rose
Ausiello: Don’t be surprised if Kalinda avoids Alicia like the plague at the start of the season. “The difficult thing is that Kalinda promised to be honest with Alicia no matter what,” reminds exec producer Robert King. “And she’s in this situation now with her husband that makes her have difficulty with that pledge, because so much of it she doesn’t want to be honest about.” Alicia, meanwhile, will start palling around with a new lawyer, played by Amanda Peet — although fellow EP Michelle King insists “fans need not be concerned” that she’s replacing Kalinda. Explains Robert: “We wanted to see someone that Alicia had a friendship with that was in the law like her and see how difficult it would be having a relationship with someone that you might compete against.”
Question: Is Amy Brenneman going to be on Castle? This photo of her chair on the set suggests that she is. —Dana
Ausiello: Actually, the photo merely suggests that both Private Practice and Castle are neighbors on the same lot and her chair was mistakenly left there when they shared the same soundstage. Mystery solved!
Question: I think it’s time you confirm which popular couple is getting married this fall. You’ve been dragging this out long enough. —Sheila
Ausiello: OMG, I almost forgot — I have another hint for you! The female half of the duo gets married and thrown in jail in the same episode — but not necessarily in that order.
Question: Vampire Diaries scoop. Hit me. —Joel
Ausiello: Julie Plec is resurrecting original flavor Damon this season. “This year, Damon is the Damon of Season 1, minus the posturing and posing,” she promises. “He just is. He is who he is. He’s got attitude. He’s always right. He’s rarely wrong. He might do the wrong thing, but he’s always the one who’s like, “I told you guys. You should have listened to me.” So this year is going to be very much about, ‘You don’t like me. You want to judge me. You don’t like who I am, how I do things? Well, screw you.’ It’s going to be a great shift for him… He’s still going to be the Damon we know and love — he’s still going to be kicking ass and taking names. But he just has this devil may care attitude about it. He’s just not going to change for anybody anymore. He did that. That’s over. That’s so last year.”
Question: Can I have some info on the last season of 30 Rock? –Leah
Ausiello: The premiere will lampoon two TV institutions — the game show and the crime procedural. That’s all I got.
Question: Blair has been wearing a ring on a necklace in all the Gossip Girl location pictures this season. Any idea why? —Kayla
Ausiello: I’m guessing it’s a symbol of the special pact she makes with Chuck in the premiere, but I could be wrong. (In case you’re wondering, said agreement involves them getting their personal crap together before committing to each other for good.)
Question: Gossip Girl fan here asking for scoop about anything Serena. What’s she up to when the season starts? —Raina
shagging dating this dude. Bonus scoop: Rufus is dating shagging [spoiler].
Question: Any intel on Zachary Quinto’s character on the second season of American Horror Story? Is he a patient? —Jordan
Ausiello: Negatory. He’s a doctor in the asylum — and a sane one at that! Asked to compare his new alter ego to his Season 1 character of Chad, Quinto says, “He’s much more grounded and in control.”
Question: Any Parenthood scoop about TV’s most underrated couple, Crosby and Jasmine? I hope producers won’t backburner them now that they’re married. —Joan
Ausiello: Not a chance. In fact, showrunner Jason Katims is spinning them off into their own relationship procedural-within-the-show. “We’re going to be playing more fun closed-ended stories for them,” he explains. “How to they deal with money? We have an episode early on where they [argue] over how to make plans. Are they going to schedule things? Are they going to play it by ear? They grapple with the fact that they have two very different styles of living, and it’s going to be fun to watch them navigate those waters.”
Question: How exactly does Sam’s new girlfriend enter the picture on Supernatural? —Lanie
Ausiello: It’s a “very, very, very random circumstance that brings him into contact with her,” hints new showrunner Jeremy Carver. “It’s not a very cute meet.”
Question: I recently discovered Downton Abbey, and I have to say my favorite relationship on the show is the one between Lady Mary and Anna. Will we see more of that in Season 3? —Cheri
Ausiello: Their friendship “deepens” in the new season, according to Emmy nominee Joanne Froggatt (Anna). “They’re both more grown up,” she shares. “Anna is a married lady now and Mary’s engaged to Matthew, so they’re both coming of age into their adult womanhood. Obviously their lives are completely different and they live within the constraints of this world, but they [remain] connected.” Asked if Anna will serve as a bridesmaid at Mary’s wedding to Matthew, Froggatt chooses her words very carefully. “I couldn’t tell you if Lady Mary gets married,” she replies, “so I couldn’t tell you if Anna is a bridesmaid.”
Question: Is Josh Cooke returning to Dexter this season? —Chrissy?
Ausiello: Yep, although I’m not sure how long he’ll be sticking around. His tech wiz comes perilously close to activating Dex’s dark passenger in the premiere.
END QUOTE | “I think Schmidt would be really excited because this is ammunition to use on the ladies. He would literally get a tattoo on his forehead: Nominated for an Emmy – what’s up?!” —New Girl Emmy nominee Max Greenfield on how his alter ego would react to getting a nomination
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