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Question: ABC has bummed me out with cancelling Last Resort. Any scoop on Once Upon a Time‘s Neal to distract me? —Patti
Ausiello: Help me solve this latest fairy tale riddle: The show is casting the role of Katerina, a regal beauty in her 40s who possesses elegance, poise and purity of spirit. Thoughts? Theories? Bueller? No? Let’s see what TVLine’s resident OUAT expert Mitovich has dug up: “There is a Princess Katerina who is the Russian version of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ — which I suppose makes sense if Emma & Co. need yet another survivor of a sleeping spell to venture into the netherworld. But if the name is a foiler, this character almost reads like a ‘Glenda the Good Witch’-esque counterpart to Regina, and maybe she figures into someone’s fairytale land backstory.”
Question: Please for the love of Aus, some good Glee scoopage! —Bethany
Ausiello: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Someone collapses during Sectionals. (And if you caught last week’s episode you probably have a good idea who it is.)
Question: Are you kind enough for one last Gossip Girl spoiler? —Jose
Ausiello: Last?! Are you dying? Enlisting? The series finale isn’t for another couple weeks (Dec. 17 to be exact) so this is hardly the show’s final appearance in AA. Here’s what I can tell you now: Rumor has it three words will flash on the screen at the end of the penultimate episode, and (here’s the best part) first person to guess what they are gets $100 in Monopoly money.
Question: Seriously, dude, what’s up with TVLine snubbing Boardwalk Empire? Give us some scoops on the finale, please. Is Kelly Macdonald (Margaret) gonna be in it? —Diego
Ausiello: One person’s snub is another person’s there’s a lot of TV to cover so cut me some freakin’ slack. Having said that, I’m loving Boardwalk Empire this season and I feel a little rotten for not writing about it more. Let me begin making it up to you by A) confirming that yes, Margaret will be in Sunday’s crackling finale (during which she makes two pivotal, life-altering decisions), and B) warning you that the episode contains one of the most disturbing televised sex scenes I have ever seen. (And I saw Hannah’s parents go at it in the shower last May on Girls.)
Question: Anything on Boardwalk Empire‘s season finale? RIP Owen. —Nina
Ausiello: There will be blood. Lots of blood. (And we’re so on the same page regarding Owen. A more devastating loss than Jimmy, IMHO.)
Question: Revolution‘s fall finale was amazing, and the standoff between Billy Burke’s character and David Lyons was terrific. Of course, I would like to know what’s next. Keep up the good work and long live the Smurfs. —Ramon
Ausiello: When the show returns this spring, expect an answer the burning question, “What the heck happened after Miles handcuffed Rachel in that flashback?” “We would like to see more of what happened 10 minutes after she surrendered to him,” says co-exec producer David Rambo. “We’re definitely exploring that in the second half of the season.”
Question: I am not above begging and groveling. So, the all-knowing Ausiello, pretty please with a cherry on top (or I double-dog dare you, if that’s more your speed) do you have anything juicy for McGee on NCIS? —Loren
Ausiello: This isn’t directly related to Sean Murray’s special agent, but beggars and grovelers can’t be pickers and choosers, right? Previously, TVLine’s Inside Line gave you the scoop on the character of Gavriela, a sexy and smart Israeli informant for the CIA. Now we have a name to put to the role. Georgia Hatzis (aka Hung’s Eloise Kuzneski) will guest-star as Gavriela in a January episode of the CBS procedural, figuring into Eli David’s latest encore — and “she may actually come back, depending on the storyline and how it unfolds,” Cote de Pablo tells us.
Question: You would make my day with some scoop on Jeremy from The Vampire Diaries. I am loving his hunter’s mark storyline this season and am keen to know more. —Frances
Ausiello: I’m keen to give you more, Frances — but this scoop comes in the form of a question: Care to guess who the nascent vampire hunter’s first target is? Hint: His/her name has five letters. And one of those letters is “a.” Bonus Scoop: Watch this Thursday’s episode live. And West Coasters, steer clear of Twitter — particularly the trending topics. Trust me.
Question: Please can we have another letter in the Christmas-themed Castle asterisk quiz — first letter if possible? —Chris
Ausiello: You’ll get the last letter, and you’ll like it: *ork.
Question: Do another Mike a solid — get me some Grimm scoop to make it through the holidays. —Another Mike
Ausiello: Claire Coffee sums up the first episode back thusly: “The best word I think I can use is scandalous,” she teases. “[Bitsie Tulloch and I] had gone to lunch and came back, and we were both like, ‘Did you read 213? Oh my God!’” Got anything, um, a little more specific? “There’s this big twist that will have a direct effect on Adalind,” she shares, “and will possibly [alter] alliances.” That’s what I’m talking about.
Question: I would like to know anything about The Mentalist, Community or Supernatural. —Ana
Ausiello: Eenie, meenie, miny… Community! Rumor has it Pierce’s exit coincides with the return of… the darkest timeline! Coincidence? I think not. Bonus Scoop: Any idea what the show would need “futuristic paintball guns” for?
Question: Cougar Town! Cougar Town! Cougar Town! Cougar Town! —Melissa
Ausiello: As previously scooped, much of the season premiere involves Grayson serving penance for something un-husbandly he did… in Jules’ dream. Elsewhere, we’ll learn that Andy took a sexual “liberty” with an Ambien’d Ellie, Laurie finds outrageous new ways to illustrate just how dark black her boyfriend Wade is and Bobby schools us in the art of the dodge. There’s also a rather clever scene in which a Jules/Travis laundry hand-off plays out like an illicit money drop.
Question: Is there any hope for Liam and Naomi to get back together on 90210? —Diana
Question: Loving Arrow. Got anything? —Nicole?
Ausiello: The CW hit’s spin on the DC Comics character Count Vertigo — here, a drug dealer peddling a super-fix dubbed “Vertigo” — is sounding even bigger and badder than we first imagined. As played by Fringe‘s Seth Gabel, the series’ first bona fide supervillain “is going to present Oliver with a new problem, because it’s the first time his actions have possibly caused things to get worse,” EP Andrew Kreisberg tells us. “He will have turned this somewhat minor drug dealer into a real force of destruction.” As for the man behind the menace, Kreisberg says Gabel is no less than “phenomenal in the part. The dailies are just blowing us away.”
Question: Pretty please give me some Sons of Anarchy scoop. It is the best show on TV! —Amie
Ausiello: If you’re hoping all of this season’s dangling threads get tied up in a nice little bow in these last two episodes, well, you’ll be 30 percent satisfied. “Thirty percent of what we’ve dealt with all season is probably resolved,” teases Clay’s portrayer, Ron Perlman. “That’s just a guesstimate, but way more is [left] unresolved than it is resolved.”
Question: When does Parker find out he’s adopted on Suburgatory? —Jenna
Ausiello: The truth bomb gets dropped in next week’s Christmas episode — and “it’s complete madness,” previews his portrayer, Parker Young. “Ryan basically has the biggest flip-out a boy can have. Because he finds out his family’s not his family, he convinces himself everything he’d been led to believe up until this point is fake. His whole perspective on reality is fake, which is why he sheds his name and creates a new identity for himself.” Bonus Scoop: “I’m lost out on the streets for a while,” Young adds. “Malik’s family finds me, and I end up at his house.”
Question: Looking for some tidbits, morsels or anything on True Blood. I love your site and check it out daily. — Scotty
Ausiello: Thanks, Scotty! This summer, Bon Temps’ vampire population will face something that’s potentially even more dangerous than the sun: Crate & Barrel! I’m sorry, I mean Creighton Burrell. Not only is the new regular character a morally murky politician — and the governor of Louisiana! — but he also has a major hate-on for fangers, owing to the fact that his wife ditched him with their daughter to be with one!
Question: Any True Blood scoop? My fangs are starting to come out for lack of blood sugar — I mean, Season 6 info. — Ashley
Ausiello: Sink those fangs into this, Ashley: When the show returns, we’ll be introduced to a cockeyed optimist named Nicole Jannsen who runs with a (no pun intended) pack of civil rights activists in the (pun intended) vein of the 1960s Freedom Riders. Unfortunately for the lot of ’em, their good intentions aren’t necessarily backed up by a whole lotta common sense.
Question: What’s the point of Ask Ausiello if it doesn’t include anything on Revenge! — Mike and Kelly
Ausiello: Actually, I ask myself that all the time. Then I ask Madeleine Stowe questions like how will Daniel’s potential corporate takeover impact the Grayson family’s dynamics? Sometimes she even answers. Like this time. “Father and son are pitted against each other,” she told TVLine recently. And of course “he doesn’t trust his mother.” But, the actress added, Victoria’s better half will soon have other fish to fry. “Conrad’s thinking of running for political office, to which Victoria thinks, ‘This is absolutely absurd,’” she laughed. “All she cares about is taking out the people who might grab her son.”
Question: Anything on Apartment 23? Sad that it’s not doing better in the ratings. —Troy
Ausiello: I agree. The ratings are the real B. But maybe the upcoming episode, in which a famous Hollywood star guests as the famous Hollywood star that James thinks is his biological father, will give the numbers a boost? (Brad Pitt, they need you!) In that same show, we also flash back a decade and learn that Chloe wasn’t Apartment 23’s original B — it was her treacherous ex-roommate, Trish!
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to email@example.com. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman and Meg Masters)Follow @MichaelAusiello