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Question: Can it really be happening? Is Gossip Girl really coming to an end? Since I know it is, can you let me in on some series finale secrets — especially regarding the flash-forward? —John
Ausiello: Three future couplings will surprise you. Two won’t.
Question: Do you have one last Gossip Girl scoop for me? — Kayla
Ausiello: There’s a twist in the final 15 minutes that I dare say will prove more polarizing than the incendiary Dan-Blair-Chuck triangle.
Question: 666 Park Avenue is awesome. Any chance it will be picked up by another network? —J.R.
Question: Do you know if Jimmy Smits will be returning to Sons of Anarchy next season? I hope so. I really like him and Katey Sagal together. —Beth
Ausiello: There’s no deal currently in place for Smits to appear in Season 6, but as series creator Kurt Sutter told Meg Masters last week, “Nothing would make me happier than to bring him back… but he’s a busy guy. We’ll probably get into that soon with Jimmy.” Should he return, Sutter has big plans for Nero/Gemma. “I dig [them],” says the boss. “In the finale, when he’s all twisted up about being back in the life, that’s the thing that makes Gemma the most comfortable. She knows what to do with those kinds of men; she knows how to be strong for those kinds of men. So, what does that look like? It’s a culture clash that we haven’t explored yet. To plug her into that world, which is traditionally somewhat misogynistic, could be interesting to see played out a little bit and to see what that looks like. I’d love to keep that going.”
Question: Do you know why Jayma Mays has been MIA for so much of Glee this season? Anything coming up for her Emma? —Megan
Ausiello: She’s a recurring player now, so she’ll continue to pop in and out as the storyline and her schedule allow. Meanwhile, I have a hunch “Wemma” fans will have some rather strong opinions about the alternate reality Artie envisions in this week’s It’s a Wonderful Life-themed episode.
Question: Can’t wait for Season 2 of Girls. Any scooplets? —Jessica
Ausiello: Is Hannah’s former boyfriend and current roomie Elijah (The New Normal‘s Andrew Rannells) coming out as straight? Sure sounds that way based on the official description from Episode 2, which includes the provocative teases, “Elijah questions his sexuality” and (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) “Elijah and Marnie harbor a secret.” If that means what I think it means… eww, gross.
Question: Help a fellow Trojan out. Any Beauty and the Beast spoilers? It’s my favorite show of the season along with Nashville. —Susan
Ausiello: Fight On! But first, listen up: Christian Keyes (BET’s Let’s Stay Together) is joining the CW freshman for a multi-episode arc as Lt. Bishop’s brother — and a potential love interest for Catherine’s sister Heather. Bonus Scoop: His arrival will also somehow complicate Vincent/Beast’s anonymity. You may resume fighting on, Sue.
Question: Do you have any Nashville scoop on Rayna and Deacon? —Maggie
Ausiello: The winter finale had them back on (somewhat) friendly terms — but will it last? “As much as they have a great relationship, once they start to deal with it, the relationship becomes really volatile again,” explains series creator Callie Khouri. “They’ve both disappointed each other tremendously and they’re both really frustrated with the life they’ve created.” And although Deacon remains in recovery for his substance abuse issues, Khouri notes that “his other addiction is Rayna — and that’s the one that might kill him.”
Question: Big Grey’s Anatomy fan. Tell me you have something good about Meredith and Derek. —Tia
Ausiello: First off, let me tell you something good about Grey’s Anatomy in general — I’ve seen Thursday’s episode and it’s really, really terrific. Best of the season by far. Some highlights: On the eve of her wedding, Bailey’s an emotional basket case — equal parts Tasmanian Devil and Bridezilla; Owen and Cristina face a turning point in their relationship, triggered in part by the arrival of their divorce papers; April and Jackson go to great (read: hilarious) lengths to avoid attending Bailey’s nuptials together; Neve Campbell continues to prove that she was perfectly cast as Derek’s sis; and getting back to your question, Derek and Meredith share one of my favorite scenes together ever — a wholly uneventful husband-and-wifey exchange at the hospital that will make you swoon.
Question: Got any scoop on Grey’s Anatomy, preferably something to do with Callie and Arizona? —NG
Ausiello: I almost forgot! Callie brings Arizona’s 2012 Pity Party World Tour to an abrupt end on Thursday, in the episode’s most rousing moment. You’ll applaud, you’ll laugh, you’ll want to hand Sara Ramirez an Emmy yourself.
Question: Do you have any interesting info on Constance Zimmer’s role on Grey’s Anatomy? —Christina
Ausiello: The theory I put forth last month? Don’t think that’s going to happen.
Question: Any NCIS news? —Robert
Ausiello: Yes! Among the returning faces on tap for the second half of Season 10 — besides Michael Nouri as Ziva’s father — show boss Gary Glasberg expects to have Matt Jones back as Probationary Agent Ned Dorneget. As for an encore from the enigmatic Miranda Pennebaker, Alex Kingston is currently busy across the pond with Doctor Who, Glasberg says, but he hopes to get her back soon. After all, he notes, “We’ve only scratched the surface with [Miranda] and what her relationship is with Gibbs.”
Question: Anything on Suits that we haven’t heard? —Sway
Ausiello: My colleague Vlada Gelman just screened the first two episodes back (airing Jan. 17 and Jan. 24) and promptly filed this exclusive report: “Hardman may be gone, but all-out war is about to erupt in the office. Expect some big power plays directed at the firm and within the firm in the first two episodes. Meanwhile, Mike will feel the consequences of having slept with the married Tess, especially when it comes to his relationship with Rachel. Even a surprising confession from Rachel to Mike, which reveals that they have more in common than they thought, can’t undo the damage.”
Question: Please give more insight on The Good Wife with Alicia getting the “P-word” you teased/tortured us about. I’m really hoping it’s not that she’s pregnant. —Val
Ausiello: She’s not pregnant. Nor is she becoming a porn star.
Question: Any word if Victoria Principal will return to Dallas for J.R.’s funeral? I would love to see her cause some serious trouble for Bobby and Ann. —BJ
Ausiello: I hear she’s among the names on producers’ wish list, but nothing’s official yet. I can tell you with absolute certainty that Pam’s presence will be felt in a huge way in the fantastic Season 2 premiere on Jan. 28 — so huge that her name is mentioned at least a dozen times. Bonus Scoop: Agent Skinner presents Mary Alice Young with quite the Sophie’s Choice.
Question: Longtime reader, first time asking a question. Should I be concerned about Happy Endings’ bad ratings? It’s my favorite show and I will lose it if ABC cancels it. —Mark
Ausiello: Frankly, I think you should be more concerned about this tease for Episode 15: Max starts dating a girl. (Anyone sensing a trend in this week’s AA?)
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman, Meg Masters and Kim Roots)Follow @MichaelAusiello