Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Castle, NCIS, Glee, Grey's, Gossip, P'hood, Community and More!

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Question: How about some amazing scoop on Quinn’s return on Glee? —Cindy
Ausiello: She’s back in Lima for Thanksgiving and decides to take her successor in bitchery Kitty under her wing, a mentorship Santana has a real problem with. (Turns out the Kitster has been doing something literally and figuratively crappy to Brit.)

Question: Could Finn’s new love interest on Glee possibly be someone we already know, like Mercedes or Tina? — Isaiah
Ausiello: I suppose anything’s possible. But according to exec producer Brad Falchuk, Finn’s post-Rachel romance won’t bloom until around midseason at the earliest. “Certainly not in the first nine or 10 episodes,” he tells me, adding that the identity of his new admirer remains a mystery — even to him! “We don’t know who it’s going to be yet. But we’re kicking around a few ideas.” Bonus Scoop Riddle: Rachel is going to be less than thrilled when she finds out who’s subbing for Ms. July next month. Guesses? Hit the comments! THIS JUST IN: A major clue!

Question: I need a Castle scoop! —Valentina
Ausiello: I know that many of you are fretting over the next episode, slated for Oct. 29 and titled “Probable Cause,” where, as the team investigates the beautiful victim of a ritualistic murder, Beckett begins to wonder how well she really knows her new lover. Well, I can offer two things: One, the empty platitude: “Keep the faith,” and two, the shiny object that is the guest-casting of All My Children alumna Alexa Havins (aka she of the interminable OLTL crossover baby switch storyline, and the equally turgid Torchwood: Miracle Day) as the deceased’s roommate.

Question: On Homeland, Saul is obviously on his way to Estes to show him the tape. Will this lead Carrie back to the CIA? —Junior
Ausiello: Kind of but not really. As the promo for Sunday’s episode already made pretty clear, she’s definitely back on Brody Watch, but this is a very different operation than the one she spearheaded in Season 1. For starters, this time around she’s not calling the shots. (Rupert Friend is — and, man, is his G-man a pot-stirring marvel.) Of course, this is Carrie we’re talking about. She’s not one to follow orders. Bonus Scoop: This episode ends with a development so ginormous it easily could’ve functioned as a season — and possibly even a series — finale.

Question: Walking Dead spoilers — maybe something on Episode 2? —Jeremy
Ausiello: Just because the show killed off several characters last season doesn’t mean that the Grim Reaper isn’t still on speed-dial. In fact, having seen Sunday’s episode, I can tell you that not everyone who’s alive when the hour starts will still have a pulse when it ends.

Question: Does Walking Dead‘s second episode give us more Michonne/Andrea than we got in the premiere? —Dominic
Ausiello: Less if you can believe it!  Sunday’s ep takes place entirely on the grounds of the prison. (And you thought T-Dog didn’t get enough screentime!) But their time in the spotlight is coming — Robert Kirkman told me as much last week. Meanwhile, if and when Andrea meets back up with Rick & Co, expect a tense reunion. “I think it will be really heated,” speculates her portrayer, Laurie Holden. “Andrea doesn’t know if she was abandoned, left behind; she doesn’t know if they are alive. I can only imagine that it would be completely surreal.”

Question: So we’ve all heard it’s the “Year of Tiva” on NCIS, but what about my other favorite duo, Abby and McGee? Anything new on them? —Alyssa
Ausiello: McGee’s gonna have some ‘splainin to do when he’s caught in a compromising situation with (drumroll please… ) Diane Sterling, aka the communal ex-wife of both Gibbs and Fornell! As exec producer Gary Glasberg explains, Melinda McGraw will reprise her role in December, and “this time she not only has to work undercover with them, she has to spend the night with Special Agent Tim McGee as well. Amidst the chaos, Gibbs and Fornell find their ex asleep on the sofa with Tim. In the words of one of my favorite films, ‘Ex Mrs. Boss, are you trying to seduce me?!’ You’ll have to wait and see what McGee has gotten himself into.”

Question: Thank you for recommending Connie Britton’s Nashville! I loved it, although the political storyline seems tacked on. Tell me I’m wrong? –Amy
Ausiello: What I can tell you is that while the mayoral campaign story is ostensibly about Teddy, it’ll be as much about his wife. Actually, I’ll let Ms. Britton tell you. “Rayna’s a self-made woman who has been basically supporting their family for most of their adult lives — and now, suddenly, she’s going to some degree be playing ‘the politician’s wife,’ and that’s going to be a really interesting conflict for her, and for them,” says TV’s erstwhile Mrs. Coach. “He doesn’t need to [run for office], and she’s also conflicted about her father being involved in it… But she also has a strong sense of allegiance and loyalty to her husband. That’s what’s interesting about playing a Southern woman — there’s always that underlying feeling of, ‘Stand by your man.'”

Question: I’m loving Ray Romano’s character Hank on Parenthood. It feels like they finally found a great match for Sarah. Any news on what will happen in the wake of their kiss? —Caia
Ausiello: In the short term, their smooch may be good news for Mark of all people. “I think it made her resolve a little stronger to try to keep her life on the track that she planned and hoped for, and finally looked like she was about to achieve,” muses Lauren Graham. And in the long-term? “We still don’t know what’s going to happen — nor does [series creator Jason Katims],” she maintains. “[He] kind of adjusts as things go along and picks up on the threads that are interesting to him, more than they maybe do on most shows…. So the line I’m trying to play is confusion, and it’s justifiably confusing what’s happening.”

Question: I love this season of Parenthood! It seemed like in the last episode Matt Lauria’s character Ryan had a special connection with Amber. Are we going to see more of that?!—Christine
Ausiello: Oh, yes. That special connection is about to morph into a full-blown romance. Lauria, meanwhile, tells us he’s on board for at least 10 episodes — an arc it sounds like he’d be happy to see extended ever further. “They gave me this amazing gift of playing this part that’s taken me to new depths as an artist and has made me a much more compassionate human being,” the Friday Night Lights vet raves. “I’m on board.”

Question: Got any Community news? —Dylan
Ausiello: When the show finally returns, we’ll find out how Greendale’s disgraced security despot regroups following his fall from… well, whatever passes for grace in Chang’s head. “There’s a season-long arc for him,” says executive producer David Guarascio, “that we can describe in just one word: resurrection.”

Question: I need Suburgatory back in my life. Any scoop ahead of its return this week? —Jessica
Ausiello: Remember how last season Robin Givens played Tulsa, who was basically an African-American Dallas? Well, this season the show is introducing an African-American equivalent to Dalia — Daisy (who comes complete with sidekicks to rival Kaitlin, Kenzie and Kamantha — Amber and Amantha!).

Question: Will Rory on Doctor Who have a happy ending with Amy, or will it be a sad sendoff for two of my favorite companions? —Scott
Ausiello: Happy Endings scoop coming right up! In episode 10, while Max goes a little Single White Female (Single Gay Male?) on his enigmatic new roommate, Brad deals with his jealousy of Jane’s female ex-lover in a completely sane, rational manner. Yeah, right — he goes to an extreme that could only be described as Brad-like.

Question: With Natalie Zea a regular on The Following, have we seen the last of Winona on Justified? —Julian
Ausiello: Not a chance. Sources confirm that Raylan’s baby mama is committed to guest-starring in at least three episodes of the FX hit’s upcoming fourth season.

Question: Can we expect Serena to reconnect with Dan or Nate on Gossip Girl, or is she with this Steve (Barry Watson) guy for the long haul? —Billie
Ausiello: She reunites with Dan, but there’s a twist: Lonely Boy is totally playing her! (He needs material for his book after all.) And regarding Steven, he disappears for a few episodes but returns in Episode 8 — complete with a 7th Heaven joke. In other Gossip Girl news, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!

Question: I’m a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan, and an even bigger Cristina/Owen fan. I know they are the “red-headed step children” of all of the couples on the show right now, but is there any hope for them? —Laura C
Ausiello: There’s more than hope. There’s confirmation from Shonda Rhimes that they will eventually find their way back to each other. But a familiar and daunting obstacle awaits – he still wants to have children. “That’s a fundamental thing,” concedes Kevin McKidd. “It’s in his DNA. He wants to be a dad. I don’t know how [they overcome that]… It’s going to be a tough road. I enjoyed last season watching their decline. But my hope as a fan is that they make it back to each other.”

Question: Please!! Dying!! Need Grey’s Anatomy scoop!! Please help!! Thanks!! —Tamar
Ausiello: A new plane crash-related wrinkle will present itself in the coming weeks, and this one could have far-reaching implications for all the survivors. Now, a question for you, Tamar: Why some many exclamation points?!?!?!?!?!?

Question: One of my favorite shows right now is Scandal and I would love some spoilers on Huck! When is the audience going to learn more about his past? —Kelly
Ausiello: Not sure about his past, but you’ll get some intel on his future next week when a new romance begins to take shape.

Question: I’ve just discovered Switched at Birth and I love it (because I am apparently a 14-year-old trapped in a 35-year-old’s body.)  Any scoop? —Megan
Ausiello: Things are going to get very complicated for Daphne and Chef Jeff in next Monday’s finale. “As the season sort of winds down, the parents get more and more involved in both of the girls’ choices – and maybe they’re not the best choices,” Katie Leclerc told TVLine at the 2012 Media Access Awards. So how will the family react when the controversial relationship is exposed? “It’s a bombshell,” added Leclerc. “It’s a big blow up. Everyone wants to be a hero in this situation, so the adults have to figure out who that’s going to be and how that’s going to work out.”

Question: Any Sons of Anarchy scoop concerning Clay and Gemma? —McKenzie
Ausiello: Gemma summons her abusive ex to help her clean up one helluva mess this week. (Hint: There’s blood.) Speaking of Gemma, an unlikely character gives her a long-overdue, Dr. Phil-style dose of tough love. And it’s spectacular.

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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146 Comments
  1. Daisha says:

    I bet Brody tells Jessica about everything on Homeland. The preview certainly made it seem that way. And that would be one heck of a revelation…

    • Marc1 says:

      I think that it would be a very cold day in hell when Brody tells his wife the truth. Judging from Jessica’s reaction to finding out that he’s a Muslim and her excitement at the prospect of possibly becoming the wife of the vice president, he would never trust her with that information. He was probably telling her some made up story about his captivity and asking her to trust him because he’s just under a lot of stress etc. The editing for previews can be very tricky and we cannot take it at face value.
      I think that the CIA analyst will try to have Carrie do a honey trap type of operation with Brody while Brody who realizes that Carrie is still affliated with the CIA will also try to work her for intel.

  2. Jessica says:

    So they’re going to continue with the Owen/Cristina crap. Worst couple ever who want both different things in life. I can’t see Cristina ever become a mother so, they’re going back to the same issue. Boring, boring and already done.

  3. terra says:

    QUINN! I’m glad she’s coming back! Hope she kicks Kitty in the ass! But if you have a problem stop complaining. It’s just a show. People are suppose to move on. If Ryan decides to do what he’s doing than let him do it. If you don’t like it stop reading and stop complaining!

  4. Krithika says:

    Thanks for the Castle scoop. And yes I’ll “keep the faith” in AWM…

  5. Ninna says:

    What a role model to present on TV. A partner who twists the other into his DNA to fulfill his/her dream.! If he still feel like that why he is going after her. And if she still feels like that why does she’s going to accept him back. Pure selfishness.
    Simply shameful. If the writers wanted drama and have hurled C/O for a no-win situation because it is the reality of many couples, then now they should be realistic and actually write like this kind of crisis is resolved in a real marriage. Separation and seek new partners with the same desires. Anything beyond that is written for little girls.
    And if Mckidd really thinks they should be together is so delusional as his writer. That coming from a man with nearly 40 is at least…I don’t know…fighting for his job.
    No lovemaking for these two will make up for last season. They’ve lost the spark, the interest or everything.

  6. Ninna says:

    Oh, and I forgot to say: Owen broke the bond of trust. Without trust there isn’t relationship. Now that we know what a ‘family guy’ he is and how he solves the problems btw he and his wife she NEVER should do the mistake of trusting him to the point of forgetting herself and give to this jerk kids. He doesn’t deserve them. Regardless of the problems he had with her, a man who has this type of behavior is never trustful. What a way of compensate him for his pig behavior.

    I think Shonda will make them give twists and turns, play a lot with the fans and then do as they did with Lexmar that were the epitome of disrespect for the fans. She knows that there is no possible solution for this two, and write one giving up on his/her vision of life and their essence (DNA) to please the other, is to ridicule herself as a writer in a huge and french way.

    If there are people here prone to invest in this dysfunctional couple, don’t. Shonda is stringing fans along. Don’t forget LexMar. She has played not for episodes in a row or weeks but for Seasons, for at the end don’t let them stay together.

  7. Karen says:

    Thanks for the castle scoop yes this ep will be hard to watch but I trust Andrew Marlowe and I will keep the faith

    • Ali, Sr. says:

      Karen – Mr.Marlowe has the right idea…even if they tease us mercilessly at times :) ABC is adding one extra episode to CASTLE SEASON 5 – how is that for DOUBLE RAINBOWS? Thank
      you Mr. Ausiello for always addressing our concerns. I love CASTLE & like you find it hard to think of the next episode – lets keep the faith & take a deep breath until then. Happy Monday :)

  8. Lily says:

    I hate the political part on Nashville and this spoiler don’t help to love it more

  9. Svenja says:

    NCIS news have me laughing. It sounds so amazing. Can’t wait. I bet it’s gonna be super funny.

  10. Dona says:

    I completely agree Derena will be endgame, otherwise what was the point of the show?

  11. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the NCIS scoop! Looking forward to seeing Diane again;

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