Fall TV Preview

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey's Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Fringe, Glee, Justified, Once Upon and More

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Will Alex’s love interest on Grey’s Anatomy be an existing character or someone new? —Delaney
Ausiello: She’ll definitely be someone new (perhaps this beauty?). But the longtime bachelor has a few more personal demons to exorcise before he meets The One. “In the aftermath of being the person who was supposed to be on the plane but who didn’t get on the plane, Alex has filled the void that he had been feeling in his life with a lot of sex with a lot of people,” reveals Rhimes. “And he really paints himself into a corner.”

Question: What’s with the lockdown on Grey’s Anatomy spoilers pertaining to Arizona?Is Shonda Rhimes attempting to build suspense by staying mum? —Dorcas
Ausiello: As Rhimes explained it to me, she would prefer the audience go on the character’s “really interesting journey” with fresh eyes “as opposed to already knowing what’s going to happen. It’s one of the journeys that I’m most proud of. The acting has been incredible. We just want to let it be what it is.”

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Question: I’m very excited by the prospect of a Derek-Callie friendship this season on Grey’s Anatomy. What exactly brings them together? —Eric
Ausiello: The “shared experience” of the crash, per Rhimes, who notes, “Even though Callie wasn’t in the crash herself, they both experienced some pretty traumatic things because of it. Also, Callie is going to be working in a pretty interesting way to fix Derek’s hand.”

Question: Will Fringe maintain its twisty “Episode 19” tradition for the final season, even though there will only be 13 episodes? Maybe Episode 19 is now Episode 9? —Anthony
Ausiello: Turns out, you actually need a 19th episode in order tell an Episode 19-caliber story. “With only 13 episodes left, we don’t have the time to go off the beaten path,” exec producer J.H. Wyman tells me. “There’s just too little real estate to tell the rest of the story.”

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Question: Does Rookie Blue have any plans to introduce Sam’s family next season? —Victoria
Ausiello: That’s affirmative. “We’re going to try really hard to [introduce] if not his family then somebody from his past that helps illuminate who he is a little bit more,” promises exec producer Tassie Cameron. “He’s a man of mystery, and people are dying to know what’s going on and how he got to be the way he is. It’s time we started to illuminate that.”

Question: Any intel on Wednesday’s Damages series finale? —Sharon
Ausiello: I’ve got three little morsels for you to chew on: There is a pivotal death; there is a flash-forward; and the final 45 seconds brings to mind a memorable scene from an underrated Nicole Kidman film that was released in the past decade. Bonus Scoop: It’s an extremely satisfying conclusion featuring a tour de force performance from Glenn Close.

Question: Please tell us anything you can about Tina’s role on Glee this year! Jenna Ushkowitz is such an amazing talent. —Shannon
Ausiello: Tina will start out the season adjusting to her split from Mike, a break-up Ushkowitz says was of her character’s doing. “People are really going to hate me,” the actress predicts. “But it’s hard with long distance [relationships].” The ex-couple reconnect in Episode 5 for the first time since calling it quits. “It’s definitely going to be hard,” she teases of the reunion. “It’ll be a truthful and honest [depiction of] what people go through in a break-up.” Bonus Spoiler: Ushkowitz says Tina will perform two numbers in next week’s Britney Spears tribute, one of which is an acoustic-leaning cover of “3.”

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Question: The $1 million question: Are we going to see Brennan proposing to Booth on the upcoming eighth season of Bones? —Maria
Ausiello: Series creator Hart Hanson declines to provide a specific timeline for a possible engagement, but he does confirm that the show is “moving toward that day.” And if/when that day comes, rest assured, the question will (most likely) be popped by Brennan. “Booth said to her, ‘You’re going to have to ask me,'” Hanson reminds. “And he meant it.”

Question: How about a clue on your latest blind item? —Dan
Ausiello: The network is ABC. Or CBS.

Question: Do you have any news about Person Of Interest? – Lara
Ausiello: The Season 2 premiere — which already guest-stars Ken Leung aka “Miles” — features an additional Lost-like overtone as it answers the question of exactly how Reese will retrieve the numbers in Finch’s absence. And speaking of Michael Emerson’s character, who has been abducted by a deliciously ruthless Amy Acker: In the course of following Finch’s scent, Reese recruits a new team member. The problem: He only takes orders in Dutch!

Question: Do you have any info on the new season of Community or Cougar Town? —Billy
Ausiello: What’s this “or” nonsense you speak of. I’ve got scoop on Community AND Cougar Town. On the Greendale front, we have Joel McHale to thank for Tricia Helfer’s upcoming cameo as a geek goddess who Abed meets at an Inspector Spacetime convention. “I think [the role] honestly came about because I had met Joel McHale before and I’ve done The Soup,” the Battlestar Galactica knockout tells us. “They approached me about it because they thought it was fun casting. And just the opportunity to work with Joel would be so much fun… I was on board immediately when I heard about it. I think it’ll be a lot of fun; it’s tongue-in-cheek.” Moving on to TV’s tipsiest friends, newlyweds Jules and Grayson will enter Season 4 on TBS much the same way they exited Season 3 on ABC — in couples counseling. Sources confirm that Nicole Sullivan will reprise her role as the duo’s relationship coach in January’s premiere. Bonus Spoiler: C-Town execs are casting the role of Erin, a former classmate of Travis’ who has had female-to-male gender reassignment surgery.

Question: Kind of a nerdy Gossip Girl question — who’s writing and directing the series finale? —Jacob
Ausiello: You’re in luck — I excel at nerdy Gossip Girl questions. In a fitting bookend to the series, the swan song will be penned by exec producer Stephanie Savage (who co-wrote the pilot) and directed by Mark Piznarski (who helmed the pilot). Bonus Scoop/Riddle: Gossip Girl will stick with tradition this season and have pretty much every episode build to some lavish event. Below is a sampling of just some of the episode-anchoring bashes that the show will be throwing — can you spot the foiler?

* A fashion show
* Thanksgiving dinner
* An out-of-town horse show
* An art show
* Jenny’s memorial service
* The opening of a pop-up store
* A Cotillion

The answer is hidden somewhere in this week’s column. Happy hunting!

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Question: Could you give us something good about Dan and Blair on Gossip Girl? I am trying not to lose hope but it’s really hard. —French
Ausiello: Dan’s going to need a place to crash when he returns home from Europe (and staying at the Humphrey loft in Brooklyn will not be an option, for reasons that will become clear in the premiere). Blair, meanwhile, lives in a huge apartment with plenty of spare bedrooms. There you go. “Dair” scoop. Boom.

Question: One Vampire Diaries scoop about Jeremy, please! —Kim
Ausiello: The first seed of Jer’s big Season 4 arc will be planted in Episode 2, airing Oct. 18. Meanwhile, that same episode may set a new Guinness record for featuring the highest concentration of bloody puke in a single hour-long episode of television.

Question: Anything percolating on the Middle front? —Carrie
Ausiello: I’ve got these three scoops, straight from the mouth of executive producer Eileen Heisler: 1) Frankie’s “big troubles at work” early in the season will affect the family piggy bank. “Her career situation goes on a little searching trajectory,” Heisler says, which means Mama Heck’s going to find herself in need of employment. 2) When the “searching trajectory” begins, Frankie won’t be looking to write the great American novel or go to law school. “She goes searching for a second act in her life – a practical second act, though, which is how the Hecks do it,” Heisler says. “It’s not about exploring your dreams, it’s about maybe taking a second to figure out if I can learn some skill that would pay me more so we’re not always scrounging.” 3) Sue may take on a new role, too – that of a mascot! — and Heisler teases that she “might or might not” have competition as she does so.

Question: I’ve been dying since the new NCIS promo was released and I can’t wait until Sept. 25! Any new scoop on the premiere? -Anne
Ausiello: At a key juncture in the Season 10 premiere, someone brings a knife to a gunfight. How do you think that turns out?

Question: I am dying to know what’s going to happen to Belle on Once Upon A Time. Got anything you can share? —Donald
Ausiello: Freshly plucked out of her hospital cellar confines and thrust into the orbit of the purple smoke-conjuring Mr. Gold, Emilie de Ravin’s beauty is in for quite a bit of culture shock as Season 2 opens. Is somewhere inside this Rumplestiltskin the same imp she fell in love with in the other realm? “Rumple has always been a character who has had to choose between love and power, and he has always chosen power,” series co-creator Eddy Kitsis reminds. “So now that Belle, this wild card, has come into his life, how will it affect his meticulous plan? And which path will he now choose because of it?”

Question: Do I need to prepare myself for a high body count on Sons of Anarchy this season? —Gerald
Ausiello: Yep. And unlike Season 4’s relatively benign list of casualties, Season 5 will whack “people you’re very attached to,” warns exec producer Paris Barclay. “I’m not naming names, but this is the season where the reckoning has to come… You’ll have to say goodbye.”

Question: Any news at all on Justified? —Jay
Ausiello: The FX western is recruiting a new batch of freaks for Season 4, and they include a rule-bending military police sergeant who shares a past with Boyd, a fugitive family man who teams up with a pair of drug addicts, a local Constable who went to high school with Raylan, and a charismatic young preacher who starts cutting into Boyd’s profits. Bonus Spoiler: The Season 4 premiere is titled “Hole in the Wall.”

Question: The Good Wife needs to return yesterday. Please give me a scoop to cling on until the premiere! —Jennifer
Ausiello: The introduction of Kalinda’s husband in the Sept. 30 season premiere is masterful. And herein lies a clue.

That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to askausiello@tvline.com. (Additional reporting by Michael Slezak, Megan Masters and Vlada Gelman and FYI: The foiler in the Gossip Girl riddle is “Jenny’s memorial service.” Thanks for playing!)

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  1. kyle says:

    is anyone else really disappointed there won’t be any alt-universe action on fringe?

    • I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of it. if we have, that was a poor wrap up to the story.

      • Really? I think they wrapped up the alternate universe storyline pretty well. Obviously, due to the brilliance of the actors (and writers), I would love to see those characters again, but the tearful goodbye they received at the end of last season was a realistic – and beautiful – close to that world.

        • Who knows. Maybe in order to defeat the Observers they’ll have to team up with the people in the alternate universe, and maybe Bell will team up with Walternate to do evil things. Maybe Walternate is behind everything, Bell’s plot and the Observer’s invasion. Maybe in spite of evey good deed he did last season, underneath he is still an evil sob.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I am! I loved Fauxlivia (in the amber verse, anyway) and Lincoln. Sadness.

  2. josh says:

    i enjoy the middle but i always laugh about people that want scoops on sitcoms with very little serialized storytelling. but great work as usual, ausiello!

  3. PBJ says:

    Wait a second… before Fringe fans get too excited, there are only 13 episodes in the final season, not 15 as implied in the question.

  4. Rod says:

    Tike is dead! Hoorah!

  5. Elyse says:

    Jennys memorial service on Gossip Girl… uh… what?!

  6. Lisa says:

    Can’t wait for Justified.

  7. Gem says:

    Finally a (kind-of) reveal about Arizona! A hint to showrunners: when you’re revealing spoilers about every other character left, right and centre, it doesn’t enthuse the fans when you exclude just one. It pisses them off/frustrates them/makes them NOT want to watch because they think you don’t care about that character.

    Thanks for sharing, Ausiello :)

  8. gossip2010 says:

    dan living at blair’s , really ??! that’s so pathetic.
    For the blind item i’ll go with charlotte and cooper (private practice)
    Callie/derek friendship sounds great , plus she’s going to fix his hand. But i do wonder what’s going to happen to arizona

  9. Willa says:

    lol! Ausi, is this like when Blair was “living with Dan” last year? Meaning she went there a whole day last year. I’m sure you want Dair fans to cream themselves here but we know your track record with this stuff

  10. Trisha says:

    Thanks for the Dair scoop:)

  11. Molly says:

    LOL, why would Blair would invite Dan to live at her apartment? No really, WHY? Unless that’s just what the answer is pretending to imply and not what’s actually going to happen.

  12. Lili says:

    The spoiler about Dan sleeping at the Waldorf’s apartment can’t be right, because according to the call sheets, he ends the episode in the brooklyn loft. Thanks for trolling.

    • Liz says:

      That doesn’t mean he can’t leave the loft for weird reason. The only dair train I’m on is the let’s get this back to the witty banter & stuff

      • Sam says:

        I agree. As a couple, they weren’t as steamy as Chuck & Blair but they had great chemistry. Their storyline really got screwed over last season & I’m hoping the writers redeem themselves. I miss the pretentious talk of movies, books, and art!

  13. Gem says:

    Hurrah, finally spoilers about Arizona! Thanks for sharing, Ausiello. Hint to showrunners: When you’re revealing spoilers all over the place about every other character, it doesn’t amp up enthusiasm for the fans of the character you’re ignoring. It frustrates them and makes them feel like you don’t care.

  14. Stormy says:

    IMO Rumpel will continue to choose power because he believes that is his only way to find Baelfire. While he loves Belle, he is obsessed with finding his son.

  15. rebecca says:

    OMG SOA.. praying Gemma, Opie, Jax & Tara are not killed off.

    • Ali says:

      I thought I read something somewhere that said Kurt Sutter is planning a new show and Katie Sagal will star or something to that affect? That could mean Gemma is on her way out. :(

      • Sam says:

        I read that out of everyone Kurt Sutter said Gemma, Jax and Clay were the ones he predicted to survive until the last season. Of course I might be remembering that completely wrong so if that is the case ignore me :)
        My prediction is that Unser is gonna die, he’s been fighting cancer the entire show so it would make sense.

    • Whatever says:

      Sutter has already said that killing Jax is not an option because the story as a whole is about the “prince” in his mind. So the ONLY person with job security is Jax. At least until the final season. Then I would imagine all bets are off.

      I think Opie maybe a target since Jax who holds the gavel will be going to jail at some point. We could see from coming attractions that Jax will be behind bars.
      Clay could make a move on Opie by giving him to Pope as the sacrificial lamb BEFORE Opie has a chance to make a move on Clay.
      I really hope Unser wasn’t killed in the home invasion.

      • dustind01 says:

        I have a strange feeling that Chibs is gonna die this season, after watching Behind the Anarchy it looked like a farewell party for him

        • V says:

          Which Behind the Anarchy?

          • dustind01 says:

            Episode 06
            It might just be me but the way they were hugging him and how he sounded when he said the past five years have been great, I think they might kill him off.

            The clubs attached to him, as the SGT at arms, Juice attached to him in a fatherly role, and he’s one of my favorites, hope it doesn’t come to pass though

  16. Nick says:

    Blind item could be TGW, Castle, or Revenge

    • Molly says:

      I seriously doubt it’s Castle or Revenge, as neither of those shows have really been ~daring sexually in the past. IMO it’s probably TGW or Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice.

  17. Joyce says:

    so…jenny dies?!

  18. Will says:

    I’d like to say that Jenny’s memorial would be an obvious foiler, but with the incompetence of the writers you never know. Gotta keep up with the OMG right? *sigh*

  19. Jennifer says:

    Can we PLEASE not start with a million Grey questions? I’ve fallen asleep trying to watch this and don’t care enough about the show to stay awake. As the show itself is proud of diversity, I’m only asking a bit more diversity in number of questions per show, please. Aside from guest-star castings I have seen almost nothing on Criminal Minds, Grimm or Touch.

  20. Brenna says:

    Hooray for Rumbelle scoop!! Can’t wait to finally see them as a couple :)

  21. murley says:

    re: Jenny’s memorial service/the foiler. Read to the bottom of the column! Like you were specifically instructed. Reading comprehension is a good thing.

  22. Dedberg says:

    Cannot wait until Justified is back. Go Raylan!

  23. nick1372 says:

    Thanks for the OUAT, POI, The Middle, and Cougar Town scoopl
    Can’t wait until they premiere.

  24. Lyn says:

    Sheesh …. “Justified” is not a “western” just because Raylan favors a cowboy hat. It’s set in Kentucky! Anyhow can’t wait for that kinky, gritty gang to return.

  25. Stormy says:

    Not in the spoilers, but am I the only person who thinks that Sam on White Collar might be Neal’s father?

  26. Emily says:

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw “Justified” in the headline. Too bad it only reminded me how much I miss it, and how much longer I have to wait!

  27. Clarissa says:

    What’s the name of Te actor on the top right corner? His name escapes me and I’m trig to figure out where else I’ve seen him.

  28. Ram510 says:

    YES finally Cougar Town scoop, thank you! Not too excited about the new Erin character

  29. AT says:

    Reese gets a doggy?! Cute :)

  30. Megan says:

    Glad Stephanie Savage is writing the GG finale. Fingers crossed for some amazing Chuck and Blair

  31. Russ says:

    Tina and Mike Chang break up! what?!! well, at least now I can start hoping for Tina+Artie again.

  32. Sammie says:

    Yay for Rookie Blue spoilers!! I have been dying to know more about Sam’s past!! Can’t believe we have to wait all the way until next June! :(

  33. BelleRumpleFan says:

    Thanks for the Once Upon A Time spoiler. I think it’s too early for Rumple to choose love this time. Rumple & Belle have to have a bit of conflict before the happily ever after.

  34. madbengalsfan85 says:

    Brennan proposing to Booth…I will die of sheer joy when it happens

  35. Kakan says:

    re: Arizona’s fate.

  36. Am I the only person who doesn’t like Emilie de Ravin at all as Belle (the actress is okay, but she as Belle, ARGH!)

    • Patti says:

      I think she is phenomenal as Belle. Love her.

    • John says:

      I think she is perfect as Belle. I think she is a great and underrated actress and I really enjoy her as Belle. But everyone has different tastes. I don’t get Jennifer Morrison appeal and find the Evil Queen to be a great villian but find her annoying and uninteresting as Regina.

  37. Patti says:

    Thanks for the scoop. I love Emilie as Belle. I hope Once writes for Belle as a character and not just as a part of the Rumple&Belle love story. I think Rumple thinks he needs magic/power to get to Bae and still has his fear/coward and power issues. Hopefully he will learn and not repeat the mistakes that cost him Bae and Belle before.

  38. Natasha Odainai says:

    Jenny’s memorial service… is the thing that won’t happen on gossip girl but i wish it happened because of her Chair didn’t got engaged in season 3 finale…

  39. Merder/Dempeo says:

    please tell us any new thing about grey’s anatomy i’m begging

  40. Merder/Dempeo says:

    can you tell us if derek’s hand will be still injured at the first episode

  41. Merder/Dempeo says:

    how many episodes will be at grey’s anatomy??

    • nick1372 says:

      This question is confusing. Do you want to know how many Grey’s Anatomy episodes there will be this season? Because if you do, it’s 24.

  42. Merder/Dempeo says:

    is it true that meredith and derek gonna have less tv shots?

  43. Merder/Dempeo says:

    for how many episodes meredith will be the nazi?? please answer i’m a GA freak

  44. Lisa says:

    Maybe the doc’s from Private Practice are going to jion Grey’s since the plane crash and looks like Private Practice is all but done

  45. Sandra says:

    Responding to the NCIS thing about a knife at a gun fight. If the distance between combatants is less than 21 feet, the guy with the knife has the advantage- IF he knows how to use it.

  46. dtse says:

    SS writing GG finale <3 I am expecting amazing Chuck&Blair and Serena&Blair <3

  47. Gigi says:

    I miss [H]OUSE and Hugh Laurie.

  48. Jena says:

    Thanks for the Rookie Blue info !!!