Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Walking Dead, Gossip Girl, Nikita, Grey's Anatomy, Revenge and More!

The Walking DeadGot 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: 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!

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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 askausiello@tvline.com. (Additional reporting by Megan Masters and Vlada Gelman)

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287 Comments
  1. Tams says:

    Cannot wait for the Walking Dead premiere! As for Glee… seriously. Again with the third parties? I’m getting really tired of this nonsense. Either Finn and Rachel are really, truly in love and willing to grow apart to better themselves for one another, or all of last season was for naught.

  2. Taz says:

    Seriously? They’re going to introduce yet another love interest to try and complicate Finchel? YAWN … been there, done that! What ever happened to this season focussing on individual storylines and not relationships? Rachel said it herself – Finn is her first love and wants him to be her last … enough said #FinchelForever

  3. Alex says:

    Thanks for the Southland scoop! It doesn’t get nearly enough love from the general public, so it’s always nice to see it pop up in Ask Ausiello every now and then.

  4. Keersten says:

    I just really want Finchel back together. Thanks for the spoilers, tho (even if the scoop wasn’t “positive” lol)

  5. Danica says:

    First they saddle Lea Michele with a dull walking fitness print ad who can’t act and now they’re threatening to do something similar with Cory Monteith. Is Glee deliberately trying to destroy themselves?

    The point of Finn and Rachel splitting was so they could find who they are as individuals outside of their relationship. How is introducing yet another love interest into this scenario supposed to help with that? The very idea spits on the sentiment behind that beautiful scene in the auditorium in The Break-Up. It was the best and most truthfully-acted scene Glee has had since season 1 but with this new spoiler I guess it was just lip service, to be forgotten and ignored in the very next episode like most of Glee’s plots over the last 2 years. The Break-Up encouraged me to hope the writers had begun to truly care about their lead characters again, to finally give Lea & Cory stories and material worthy of the talent they bring to the show, but it looks like I was wrong and I’m wondering why I still bother.

  6. Carmen says:

    I’m laughing at these Glee spoilers! Another love interest to stall Finchel? Do the Glee writers still think they’re creative ‘cos they used this plot in seasons 1, 2, and now 4. #getsomenewmaterialRIB

  7. Siren says:

    I totally understand Finn and Rachel being apart right now. We all know that Finn need to find his true passion and believe in himself and needs to be alone and figure things out. But bring thirds parts AGAIN is soooooo boring.
    Original stroylines please.

  8. Chantelle says:

    The new scoop about Finn comes as no surprise to me. The writers literally don’t have a clue how to instill conflict into a relationship sans using third parties. Look at Terri and Will in the first season. While Terri was so totally out of line for manipulating Will vis a vis a fake baby (god, talk about psychopath), he was not in the clear because he was having an emotional affair with a coworker. I love Finchel and have loved seeing their relationship grow since day one and am honestly getting so tired of the writers’ lack of creativity. Why can’t this break up be a time of introspection and growth? This is just so tedious.

  9. Laura says:

    God no. Not another third party to stall Finchel’s inevitable reunion. I just want Finchel back.

  10. Lily says:

    Introducing another love interest for Finn is just a sure way to make sure those already dwindling glee ratings keep going down. Especially after that last episode. Leave third parties out of this for Christs sake. We know they want each other. That’s not the issue. Glee could have a good story here of these two figuring out who they are as individuals and then finding each other again later on in the season. Honestly I just think this is ausiello reusing old quotes from brad since he was singing another tune just last week compared to the interview he gave back in August where we first learned of a potential love interest for finn which is where I’m guessing this quote comes from. It’s a boring storyline and its old especially with this couple. Let them grow individually. There’s absolutely no point to introducing yet another third party when we all know they’ll end up together anyways.

  11. Krys says:

    Don’t the Glee writers see that introducing a new romantic interest for Finn will alienate a lot of existing fans? I for one am Team Finchel and these spoilers are disheartening to say the least.

  12. Debra says:

    It seems that putting in a third party between their couples is all RIB know how to write and all of their talk about focusing on individual characters was a bunch of nonsense.

  13. Tia says:

    Thanks for got me that scoop Ausiello on Meredith and Derek! Ellen Pompeo is just amazing, she speaks for every MerDer fan. The Meredith and Cristina friendship is unrealistic, childish and it reminds you of highshool. I love how Ellen and Patrick are on the same level about this. I really hope we see a change in it this season.

  14. N says:

    Seriously? Is another LI all Brad Falchuk can think of as fresh and revolutionary that they will introduce this season? I’m overwhelmed…not! Enough with the casting stunts and silly nonsense about third parties for a start. We just want to see Finn and Rachel focused on pursuing their dreams and interacting onscreen as friends while they are working towards finidng each other again. I would rather see Finn victorious in getting over the roadblocks to his success that the glee writers have conveniently introduced along the way. Finding himself succeed for once will only help him believe that he is not a Lima loser and that he can be somebody he chooses to be as long as he works his butt towards it. A new love interest is unnecessary for this storyline to be compelling, in my opinion.

  15. Cynthia says:

    I just don’t understand more third parites for Finn or Rachel. Lea and Cory work best opposite each other so they think the best idea is to bring in another character that will keep those two from working much with each other? IDK, what to think about Glee this year because I was hoping we would get Rachel, Finn, Kurt, and Santana in NY and it looks like that will not be happening anytime soon so I guess someone let me know when it does and I will tune in again.

  16. Ivanna says:

    Finchel forever <3

  17. Jon says:

    Okay, so can I at least request if they bring in a new LI for FInn that they get a well known actress? If they do then we will at least know she can act unlike the horrible guy they got to be opposite Lea. Cory is fantastic and I think he deserves to be opposite someone fantastic, if not Lea. Lea I am sorry but you really got the raw end of the deal when they cast Rachel’s new guy. I get he has a nice body but his acting and on screen charisma reminds me of a lamppost. Sorry Lea it is too late for you but at least we can save Cory from the same fate.

  18. Gabe says:

    Too bad the writers do not want to showcase the onscreeen chemistry of Lea and Cory. The best scenes with the most positive reviews come from scenes with Lea and COry opposite each other so it makes no sense to put them opposite other people as love interests. Such a bummer to read today!

  19. Jason says:

    Necessary Roughness doing a coming out storyline? How original. its not like we’ve seen that on a million other shows before. smh

  20. Dan says:

    Glee really is going downhill and fast. I care more about Monteith, Michele and Colfer and just want to see them act together as a trio. I have absolutely no interest in anyone else on the show at the moment. The Glee club has become Finn/Rachel/Puck/Quinn part 2, and the NYC is so dire with just that Brody character to hold it up which isn’t working. Finn/Rachel/Kurt/Blaine/Santana spin off please.

  21. Me says:

    Ia a Finchel shipper yes. I don’t want them or Finn to have new love interest not because “omg finchel is endgame” but just as it’s unrealistic to think that all couples last past highschool (though some do) it’s just as unrealistic to believe that anyone younger than 20 can have sooooo many love interests. idk these kids (finn and rachel) just seem to get too much action tbh that seems more unrealistic to me. Anyway I want Glee to focus on Finn growing and coming onto his own and finding himself. The idea that he needs one more love interest baffles me. I thought the break ups meant Glee would stir away from relationship drama and focus on individuals.

    We know Cory, Chris and Lea are amazing actors and I just want Glee to use them. I want to see Glee go back to being a good show. A new love interest for Finn won’t do that. The show is already bloated with too many characters and story lines to follow. It really doesn’t need another one.

  22. travis says:

    love finn and relationship the heart of glee

  23. lindsay says:

    I love the chemistry of finn and rachel and how they always support each other

  24. Lia says:

    Interested to see Finn and Rachel’s journey back to one another. We all know it’s going to happen and I think there’s definitely a lot of potential there for great storytelling. I hope the writers make the most of it rather than splurge on unnecessary third party drama (again).

  25. lola says:

    love the amazing chemistry cory and lea have and finn and rachel journey wish there were no third parties

  26. tia says:

    thanks for glee scoop cant wait for scoop when finn and rachel get together

  27. Bo says:

    I hope LaGuerta finds out what Dexter really is and that he kills her out of panic:) That would be gooooood

  28. david says:

    The glee writers have no idea what the hell they are doing, for me the most interesting couple on friends wasn’t Ross and Rachel but Monica and Chandler, and on white collar Elisabeth and Peter have a wonderfull relationship without any cheating.
    So writing a steady relationship can be done and doesn’t have to be boring it just requires imagination, something i think the writers on glee just do not have!
    This Blaine is cheating on Kurt is complete ooc BS that serves only one purpose, to make Chris Colfer happy about being matched with someone less attractieve then him (good luck finding that person though)

  29. emily says:

    I am endlessly happy that Walking Dead is coming back this weekend, can not wait!!!!!BUT……please no Carol and Daryl…just…no.

  30. Lisa Nyles says:

    The Breakup episode gave me the hope i needed for Finchel. Yes they broke up but proved how much they love each other once again. Made me want to root for them even more. I’m ok with them being broken up temporarily, but i need Finn living in NY. Lea and Cory need to share scenes together. Finchel Is Forever i will never give up on them!

  31. SL says:

    Brad Falchuk should write a book called “How to Alienate an Entire Fandom of Glee in Less Than 30 Seconds.”

  32. Candice says:

    I think what people fail to realise is that a large portion of the Glee fandom actually watch the show for the characters and not the relationships. I considered myself to be a huge fan of Rachel, I thought she was a wonderful, independent young girl in the first two seasons with a dream and the drive and determination to achieve it. She wouldn’t let anyone tell her who she should be or derail her dreams or ambition. I felt she was a fantastic role model for teen girls, one of the few that existed on television at the time. Needless to say I stopped watching Glee in season 3 when it became the Finchel show and Rachel’s entire existence revolved around Finn, her dreams completely falling to the wayside to such an extent she was even willing to give them up completely…that was the final straw in the Finchel coffin for me and unfortunately no matter what they do that couple can never be redeemed in my eyes because personally and professionally I see them as nothing but unhealthy for each other…two teens feeding each others insecurities.

    I know there are plenty of viewers out there who are just like me who care much less about the relationships and would prefer the show much more if they focused on character growth and development.

    I think the break-up episode could be the new start Glee is actually looking for. Let the writers start fresh and follow their own ideas instead of being listening to tween shippers who take delight in verbally harassing and threatening them until they do something they want them to do. No matter which way they slice it at the moment, because unfortunately I don’t believe they handled any of the relationships correctly, there is going to be a portion of the fandom that gets alienated. Because despite what the comments sections of these sites look like with Finchel fans spamming them on basically every site (I had to stop reading spoilers on the EW because of it), there is an equally large portion of fans that really have no invested interest in the couples and are thus becoming quite antagonized by the soap opera that Glee had become…I’m actually willing to bet more so fall into the integral 18/49 rating than the shippers.

    I personally think the writers are actually making a really good decision by seperating couples and given them a chance to experience life outside of the pairing. Who knows it might actually draw some viewers back, myself included, who left because their favourite became nothing more than one half of a couple with no other story line in existence but singing slow ballads and love songs to a significant other who didn’t even consider you to be something good in his life…

  33. I.C. says:

    Um… Lucero is a woman’s name, so the character is either woman or the writers know nothing about latin names.

  34. G.G. says:

    Guys – Kristin Bell doesn’t sound like Kristin Bell anymore…or rather have they changed Gossip Girls voice to tie in with the actress who will play her? I swear there is a very slight difference in the way she sounds. Like they drafted in an actress who sounds like Kristin but because they didn’t want Bell to play the part they brought in a whole new Gossip Girl to voice the series?

  35. Tinemi says:

    Just a comment from a Mexican reader: Lucero is a woman’s name, unless is paired with another name that denotes the person is a male. Ex. José Lucero is a man’s name.

  36. Rose says:

    I don’t think of Cristina as being Meredith’s best friend, but more like a sister. Plus, there are some things that a woman can relate better with another woman.

  37. liz says:

    When will GERALD MCRANEY star in SOUTHLAND please? He’s suppose to be in 5 episodes.

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