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Question: The zombie apocalypse starts up again on The Walking Dead in less than a week. Aside from stockpiling water and canned goods, should I be preparing myself to say goodbye to one (or more!) survivors in the first episode? —Shannon
Ausiello: There is a lot of death in the first two episodes, but I’m not saying how major or minor they are. I will say that this particular departure is still a ways off. Bonus Scoop: The midseason finale — aka Episode 8 — is tentatively (and ominously) titled “Made to Suffer.”
Question: Will Carol and Daryl finally seal the deal on The Walking Dead? —Jason
Ausiello: They’re certainly headed in the right direction: The two share a sweet — dare I say flirty — moment in Sunday’s premiere.
Question: Dexter is killing it this season. Scoop? —Jeffrey
Ausiello: Oct. 21. Mark your calendar. Dex makes one of his most memorable kills in some time.
Question: Any Meredith and Derek scoop that you can give us Grey’s Anatomy fans? —Tia
Ausiello: If Ellen Pompeo has any say in the matter, Derek will soon replace Cristina atop Mer’s “Person” list. “It’s not very realistic that a married woman would have her best friend be her No. 1 before her husband,” the actress shares. “I guess if you’re 20. But for a grown woman, your No. 1 person should be your husband — or what’s the point of getting married? Your significant other should be your significant other, so hopefully we’ll transition into that.” Where do you stand on this issue? Does Pompeo make a good point? Should Derek be Mer’s “Person” over Cristina? Hit the comments!
Question: I’ll take any scoop on my favorite shows Grey’s Anatomy, Dexter, Private Practice, Cougar Town, Community, New Girl, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Game of Thrones, Girls, The Newsroom, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, The Office, Doctor Who, Sherlock or Glee. If that’s not possible I’ll settle for scoop on my non-favorite-but-still-watch-them-anyway shows HIMYM, Modern Family, TBBT, Revenge and… heck I’ll just add America’s Next Top Model because it’s a guilty pleasure. —Ilona
Ausiello: Ilona, you’re a greedy whore who’s about to get a VD surprise: Did you check out our exclusive photo of Mystic Falls’ newest badass vampire hunter, Connor (Todd Williams)? Like many things on the show, he’s not all that he appears to be. “He’s got a history that presents a bit of a mystery that needs unraveling,” teases EP Julie Plec. Bonus Scoop 1: Episode 2 will hint at a connection between Connor, Jeremy, and Connor’s mysterious [spoiler!]. Bonus Scoop 2: I think we’re going to meet Bonnie’s “protective” father in Episode 10.
Question: I’ve just recently watched every episode of Nikita and I am now suffering from “Post-Show Syndrome” (it’s a real thing). A Nikita scoop may not cure me but it could ease my pain, especially if it involves Alex. —Stephanie
Ausiello: The Season 3 premiere airing Oct. 19 features an unexpected development that will make “Mikita” fans very happy (see photo, right, for a possible clue). The Oct. 26 episode, meanwhile, features an unexpected development that will have Alex fans doing this.
Question: Any idea what brings Billy Baldwin back to Gossip Girl? Also, when does he return? —Jess
Ausiello: Serena’s dad resurfaces in Episode 7, but we’ll quickly learn his tentacles have been stirring one particular pot all season long.
Question: Do you have any scoop on next week’s episode of Gossip Girl? –Danielle
Ausiello: Three scoops, actually. 1) Unless the censors at The CW get cold feet at the last minute, Georgina says something to Dan that includes the words “raw” and “hard.” 2) Serena is a closet Millionaire Matchmaker addict. 3) Jenny gets a shout-out (kinda).
Question: Will Chuck and Blair get married in the Gossip Girl series finale? —Annie
Ausiello: Don’t know. I will say that one of them will fail to accomplish an important item on their pre-engagement to-do list, potentially rendering their little agreement null and void.
Question: In Glee‘s “Break-Up” episode, it was left pretty ambiguous what exactly Blaine did with Eli. Was that the intention? Are we to decide for ourselves if it was sex or something less severe? —Matt
Ausiello: Darren Criss tells me he has “his own theory” about the exact nature of Blaine’s infidelity. “It’s very open-ended,” he concedes. “We don’t know who this person is or what this decision was.” Regardless, Criss hopes that if the “Klaine” split does indeed stick, “I would love to see them be a part of each other’s future relationships…. If Kurt meets someone new and they are having some problems, I hope Blaine is the person that Kurt calls and says, ‘This is really tough for me.’ And vice-versa. If Blaine meets somebody, he goes to Kurt. That happens in real life with all kinds of relationships. You create a bond with somebody and regardless of what happens, in the end the bond is there for the rest of your life. And I think that’s an excellent message to show young people: The end doesn’t mean it’s the end. It’s just a new chapter.”
Question: I have a super-great idea. How about some positive Finchel scoop? How many times can Glee break my heart?! —Lauren
Ausiello: Cory Monteith isn’t giving up on the couple, so neither should you. Asked if he thinks “Finchel” is done for good, he quickly replied. “I don’t. It’s hard when you get attached to someone.” In the meantime, exec producer Brad Falchuk confirms that Finn will eventually get a new love interest. “The idea is yes, it’s interesting to have him find someone,” he says. “I don’t know if it has to happen so soon — certainly not in the first nine or 10 episodes — and we don’t know who it’s going to be yet. But we’re kicking around a few ideas.”
Question: I love, love, love Ray Romano on Parenthood and have been scouring the Internet looking for scoop on when his “multi-episode arc” will wrap up. Can I expect to see him through most of this season? —Amanda
Ausiello: Hank will be around for most of the season, much to the dismay of poor Mark. And even though Sarah’s personal and professional partners have yet to come face to face, Jason Ritter says the situation nonetheless remains very awkward. “We’re trying to suss each other out,” he explains. “He can’t quite figure out why she’s with me, and I can’t quite figure out what their thing is.” Despite the Hank complication, Sarah and Mark are about to take a big step forward. “There’s talk of moving in together,” previews Ritter, “and what that means for her son, Drew. Living with your teacher is probably not the coolest thing for a kid who’s already self-conscious at school about his mom dating a teacher. So Mark tries to win over Drew over, who’s a little standoffish. But I’m working on him. I’ll crack him.”
Question: I’m really loving 666 Park Avenue. Do you have any new scoop? —Tyler
Ausiello: We’ll soon learn that “Jane is a little more attuned to the supernatural world than we think,” previews Rachael Taylor. “There’s a very complicated, intricate reason why she can feel and experience these spooky secrets of the building more so than [most]. Basically, Jane may have her own connection to The Drake.” (Now read that sentence again while listening to this.)
Question: Dude, I loved the season finale of Necessary Roughness! Any hints you can give me about what happens when they come back in January? —Jaime
Ausiello: You’ll have a gay ol’ time! “We’re doing a storyline where a football player comes out,” USA Network co-prez Jeff Wachtel told TVLine at Friday’s GLSEN Awards in Los Angeles. “It’s beautifully done, really smart and we’re really proud of it.” Who do you think is high-tailing it out of the closet? Place your bets in the comments!
Question: I seem to be the only one that wants Revenge‘s Emily and Daniel together. Any scoop you can give me on them? —Karen
Ausiello: I can tell you someone who definitely doesn’t want those two to reunite: Ashley. And while I hear that she and Daniel settle into more of a real relationship by Episode 6 – though their pairing certainly doesn’t seem like anything more than convenience/opportunity right now — portrayer Ashley Madekwe teases that her character’s got a big development coming her way. “We know where she says she’s from, but we don’t know if she’s lying,” says the fashionable actress. “We don’t know how she got to the Hamptons, what she’s doing there or who she’s really working for.”
Question: I love the idea of Adrienne Barbeau as Victoria’s mom on Revenge. Any other intel you can share on her arrival? — Jo
Ausiello: Mmm-hmm. Besides giving us Sheila in present tense (emphasis on “tense”), the flashback-happy primetime soap will also introduce us to Mommie Dearest in her younger days, when she was still a blue-collar babe shortchanging her kids in hopes of striking pay dirt with whatever Richie Rich’s wallet happened to be open.
Question: I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey and was wondering if you could give any scoop on Sybil/Branson or Mary/Matthew? — Caitlin
Ausiello: Them specifically, no. However, I do have some tantalizing teases about Season’s 3’s Christmas episode (known here in the States as the season finale). For one thing, “It’s not set at Christmas,” Hugh Bonneville tells us. “It goes out to Christmas, but it’s not set at Christmas. It has a very different flavor [and] lots of thrills and spills along the way.” Adds Brendan Coyle: “It’s very, very romantic and deeply heartbreaking. It’s very Downton.” If it’s so very Downton, it must end with a cliffhanger, yes? “I can’t give that away,” Bonneville insists. “[But] the end is phenomenal.”
Question: When is Max Adler going to return to Glee? They can’t honestly think Dave’s story is over. They left him in a hospital bed after he tried to kill himself! A little dream sequence is not a happy ending or any kind of resolution! — Ally
Ausiello: Did someone ask for a Happy Endings scoop? Because have I got a doozy of one! Max is going to hook up with Dave and Jane! Okay, not the Dave and Jane but a coupla guys who could pass for their long-lost twins. Cue Twilight Zone theme in 3, 2….
Question: Rutger Hauer on True Blood? Count me in! Any other Season 6 casting prattle you can share? — Tiff
Ausiello: Not only is the show casting an oily Rick Perry type to play the recurring role of Texas’ governor — perhaps an instigator of a human/vampire war? — it’s casting a Southern belle to play his twentysomething (and presumably less oily) daughter.
Question: I’m so excited we get a fifth season of Southland. Any scoops? — Tom
Ausiello: When the show returns, a new cop will be walking the beat: Lucero, a Mexican-American native of East L.A. whose POV of the city is colored by his experience of it. Lucero also — if you ask me — should be played by Jay Hernandez.
Question: Can I get a Suburgatory tease or two? —Jennifer
Ausiello: How about three! In Episode 7, someone will have moved out of their home, another Chatswin resident gets kidnapped and two characters will have a dance-off. Just business as usual in the ‘burbs.
Question: The ending of Sunday’s amazing Homeland properly made me go, “I need to see the next episode now!” Got any scoop? —Jack
Ausiello: The next episode (airing this Sunday) contains about 13 ZOMG! moments, not to mention tour de force performances from Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Morena Baccarin. I tweeted this over the weekend but it bears repeating: It’s hands-down the best episode of the series to date. Yes, even better than “The Weekend.”
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Megan Masters and Vlada Gelman)Follow @MichaelAusiello