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Question: If you could find some Fringe spoilers to ease the sadness of this being the last season, that would be awesome. —Jess
Ausiello: This week’s episode — the fourth out of the final 13 — is titled “The Bullet That Saved the World” and as such — no surprise — features an emotionally moving moment surrounding the necklace Etta had been wearing. You can also count on a creepy callback to an episode from the middle of Season 1 and insight on a nifty skill that Future Broyles has acquired. Oh, and there’s a death.
Question: Can I have some Once Upon A Time scoop, please? – Angie
Ausiello: Someone gets punched out this Sunday — and I can already hear viewers cheering.
Question: Do you have any idea which Glee members are playing which characters in the Grease musical? —Megan
Ausiello: I’ve got more than an idea — I’ve got the freakin’ cast list right in front of me. Alas, I’ve been sworn to secrecy. I will say that one casting decision will raise eyebrows (not to mention Sue’s hackles).
Question: Is there any hope for Brittana on Glee? Or has that ship sunk? —Ashley B.
Ausiello: What if I told you that there’s an episode coming up during November sweeps where all of the couples that broke up in “The Break-Up” reunite? What if I also told you that there was a twist? Hmm?
Question: The Walking Dead reminded me on Sunday why it is my favorite show. Any scoop would be great! —Heather
Ausiello: This week’s Woodbury-set hour features one of the show’s most iconic images ever — and one fans of the comics will surely recognize.
Question: Anything on Parenthood? —Megan
Ausiello: Jason Katims will be gifting viewers with an epic blubberfest this holiday season. Think: Hospital. Christmas Eve. And 14 Bravermans.
Question: Can I get some scoop about what might be my new favorite show, Arrow? —Katy
Ausiello: This week, of course, marks the debut of DC Comics baddie Deadshot. But it’s Episode 4 (airing Halloween night) that promises to be the show’s first game-changer when, well, let’s just say that someone spies Oliver slipping into his “costume.” And that lookie-loo might not be the only person who gets wise to Arrow’s true identity that episode!
Question: What does Nikita‘s horrible ratings mean for Season 4? —Jarrod
Ausiello: Relax. Breathe. Chill. Pop a Xanax. Let’s get a little deeper into Season 3 before we start worrying about a fourth season, k? Besides, there’s something more pressing you should be freaking out about. Like, what exec producer Craig Silverstein meant when he told my colleague Megan Masters that “no one on the show is safe,” adding, “There’s going to be some direct changes and threats to people in the core group and how you define the core group.”
Question: Any Alex-related Nikita teases you can share? —Jill
Ausiello: Hope you’re patient, because “The bigger Alex stuff is planned for a bit further down the line,” shares Silverstein. “One thing I can tell you is that she starts to flirt with a darker path starting around Episode 4.”
Question: Um, holy Switched at Birth finale bombshell! Any Season 2 scoop? —Lisa
Ausiello: Series creator Lizzy Weiss tells TVLine that the Angelo’s alleged baby mama “will be a huge part of Season 2 in terms of everyone’s responses to her, and what it means for each character to have this potential half-sibling out there.” Bonus Scoop: Next January’s season premiere will also feature a new character, Teo, played by Stephen Lunsford, who is part of “a big new story for Bay that will shake up her world. There will be a new friendship for [her].”
Question: Any word on who the mystery person is that helps Arizona learn to accept her situation on Grey’s Anatomy? —Diana
Ausiello: No, but I have information about another Grey’s mystery man: Now that it’s been revealed on air that Derek, Meredith and the rest of the survivors of the plane crash will be filing suit against the airline, I can confirm that Bones‘ baddie Andrew Leeds — whose top-secret casting I reported last month — will be playing one of the lawyers assigned to the case.
Question: Last week you were asked a Doctor Who question, but you gave a Happy Endings answer. Could you answer the Doctor Who question? Otherwise, I will assume you, Ausiello, have been replaced by a word recognition IBM supercomputer aka Watson! —Eric Fitch
Ausiello: LOL. I promise you I read every question throroughly. I’m what you would call a very hands-on investigative journalist. Now, getting to your request — yes, I’ve got a Happy Endings scoop but I’m phrasing it in the form of a question: Why exactly is Penny in a wedding dress in this season’s 11th episode?
Question: Is this Michael I’m talking to? —Aleksander
Ausiello: That depends. Are you looking for Doctor Who scoop?
Question: I’m ecstatic about the full-season pickup for my favorite new fall drama, Elementary. Any prattle on upcoming episodes? —Josh
Ausiello: The show is planning something resembling a two-part episode next month. “Each of the two episodes has its own case, but there’s some connective tissue in the B-story [involving] Joan and her curiosity about Sherlock’s past,” explains exec producer Rob Doherty. “She’s always pressing him for more information in the hopes that it will help her be a better companion to him. But Sherlock is in so many ways a locked vault inside another locked vault. We get into the mythology a little bit more.” And when we come out the other end, their “relationship changes a little in a nice way,” adds the EP. “We deliver them to a new place.”
Question: Loved seeing Yvonne Strahovski back on my TV on Dexter. How close are Hannah and Dexter going to get? —Heather
Ausiello: I imagine they’re going to get a lot closer after Dex discovers in Sunday’s episode that they share something pretty major in common. (Hint: If you’d prefer not to know what the twist is, do not watch this video.) Bonus Spoiler: Deb will learn that LaGuerta has secretly re-opened the Bay Harbor Butcher case and will offer her “assistance.”
Question: This Psych-O needs to know. — when is Season 7 starting? —Samantha
Ausiello: Someone (read: Samantha!) didn’t get the memo: Shawn and Gus are back on the case Wednesday, Feb. 27. And I can confirm exclusively that Full House and 90210 vet Lori Loughlin has just signed on to guest star as a gifted plastic surgeon who rekindles a past relationship with a major character whose identity will not be revealed here. Guesses? Hit the comments!
Question: Pretty please could we get some Grimm scoop? —Stacie
Ausiello: The beautiful and oh-so-beastly Adalind (Claire Coffee) resurfaces in the Nov. 16 episode and promptly makes life miserable for Nick, Juliette, Renard and Hank. Bonus Scoop: A surprising spice shop patron will leave Monroe in a state of shock and awkwardness.
Question: After Sunday’s beyond intense and fantastic episode of Homeland, I marvel at the fact that we’re only four episodes into the season. Is Episode 5 another game-changer? —Jorge
Ausiello: You. Have. No. Idea. Brace yourself for another rollercoaster ride. There’s a 15-minute, uninterrupted scene between Claire Danes and Damian Lewis that packs in more plot development than whole seasons of other shows. Bonus Scoop: Dana’s romance with the veep’s son is going to take a literal and figurative turn for the worse.
Question: I’m a big Vampire Diaries fan. Scoop? —Chloe
Ausiello: The CW’s November sweeps release is surprisingly generous with the VD spoilage. Herewith are the official teasers, copied and pasted verbatim:
10/25: While Connor continues his search to uncover the secrets of Mystic Falls, Stefan takes Elena on a thrilling motorcycle ride in an effort to show her that life can still be fun.
11/1: At a fraternity costume party, Damon takes advantage of the wild scene to give Elena a lesson in choosing a victim. Meanwhile, Klaus tells Stefan about an encounter with a powerful group of vampire hunters in the 12th century.
11/8: When Connor takes Jeremy, Matt and April hostage at the Grill, Stefan and Damon have a serious disagreement about the best course of action, and Elena again caught between the two brothers.
11:15: Terrifying hallucinations leave Elena shaken and confused, causing her to make a dangerous mistake.
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman)Follow @MichaelAusiello