Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Bones, Castle, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, HIMYM, Grey's and More!

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Question: Here’s my burning Gossip Girl finale question: How do we know Dan and Serena got married in that flash-forward? We didn’t actually see them exchange vows. —Carmen
Ausiello: Great, conspiracy-obsessed minds think alike, Carmen. I too wondered why exec producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz opted not to show the two of them tying the knot. For all we know, Jenny had a bomb strapped to her back that was set to detonate right after the cameras cut away — retaliation for the role her brother/Gossip Girl played in running her out of town. Stranger things have happened. So, what say you Ms. Savage? “Dan and Serena do, in fact, get married.” Hmmm…until I see more evidence, I remain suspicious.

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Question: Any Big Bang Theory scoop? —Kirsty
Ausiello: It was bound to happen — the geek squad will be making their way to (a rough facsimile of) Comic-Con in the new year. “We are going to touch upon our first look at the guys taking a trip to a comic-book convention,” exec producer Steve Molaro tells TVLine exclusively. “And that will be a fun one. That’s looming in the distance.”

Question: Could you give us more details on the episode where Brennan gets shot on Bones? Please! —Faye  
Ausiello: The February installment unfolds as follows, per exec producer Stephen Nathan: “Brennan is working on a case that someone does not want her to solve. And in their attempt to prevent her from doing that, she gets shot and has a near-death experience where she meets her mother again.” The family “reunion” forces Brennan to take a good hard look at her belief system. “This is the further evolution of Brennan’s character,” explains Nathan. “She is somebody who has been so literal, so rational and so reasonable; she wants everything to be explained. And now she is having an experience that is inexplicable, so she has to admit that there are things that are not explainable. As much as she tries to discount it and dismiss it, it changes her and makes her a bit more open to the world.”

Question: What’s the biggest scoop on Bones (Booth and Brennan, maybe?) you have at the moment? —Elena
Ausiello: Piggybacking on the above spoiler (which was pretty big, IMHO), Nathan says Brennan’s heavenly run-in with her mom will give viewers insight into “what she was like as a kid, before she became the Brennan that we know. She picks up the relationship with her mother where it left off.”

Question: The Nikita fandom is imploding over what appears to be Alex kissing Michael in the promo for the next episode. Care to shed nikitasome light before anyone else sheds blood? —Kat
Ausiello: I can confirm that there’s a kiss. I can also confirm that there’s a twist. As exec producer Craig Silverstein explains, the lip-lock takes place during a mission — in other words, it’s more business than pleasure. That said, “It’s a very cute scene,” he shares, “because they both don’t want to do it.”

Question: It kills me that more people aren’t watching Happy Endings. Not sure what my question is, but there you have it. —Joshua
Ausiello: Reading between the lines, I’m thinking your question was, “Can I please have some Happy Endings scoop?” And my answer is… yes! In an upcoming episode, Dave is forced to make a major decision about his career, so naturally, he consults a tarot card reader. But what the reader couldn’t have predicted — and by “reader,” I mean you, Joshua, not the tarot card reader — is that, though Dave walks in skeptical, he walks out as big a believer as Alex. Or, that is, as big a believer as Alex was when she walked in. When she walks out, she’s skeptical! (It’s very complicated, you see!)

Question: Any Castle news? —Gabriella
Ausiello: “It’s every man’s worst nightmare,” show boss Andrew Marlowe explains, when Castle’s ex-wife Meredith (Scandal‘s Darby Stanchfield) not only resurfaces in the next new episode (airing Jan. 7), but crashes at his place to tend to a sick Alexis. Especially since Kate is also at the time bunking with Rick, who famously has/had a habit of indulging in “ex sex” — and old habits perhaps die hard for one of the former marrieds. “Castle has kind of dug his own grave and spends the episode trying to dig himself out of it,” Marlowe previews. “It’s also interesting to see everybody else’s take on things.” For in addition to RySposito sounding off on the sticky sitch, “You have Lanie saying to Beckett, ‘Girl, you have got to claim your territory!'”

Question: I’m still looking for NCIS scoop. —Lyn
Ausiello: One of the possible titles for CBS’ in-the-works NCIS: LA spinoff is NCIS: Red. Anyone know how that ties into the mobile unit premise? Not being snarky — I really want to know. (And please don’t make me do the research. I have Christmas presents to buy for myself.)

Question: Do you have some scoops about CSI: NY? —Bryan
Ausiello: Fans of “Flovato” (aka Detectives Flack and Lovato) should find themselves quite happy with the next new episode back, airing Jan. 4.

Question: It’s been quite a while since you’ve given us anything on How I Met Your Mother. How about a little something? –Rebecca
Ausiello: Reports of a Robin Sparkles comeback have not been greatly exaggerated. EP Carter Bays confirms that Scherbat’s ’90s alter ego will resurface in a big way in the Monday, Feb. 4 episode. “We [wanted to see] the next step in the progression that took her from Robin Sparkles to who she is today,” he previews. “What dominoes had to fall to get her from there to here?” Bays teases that viewers will be exposed to “a darker, edgier Robin Sparkles,” adding, “We’re going to see her rebellious side come out.”

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Question: I was wondering if you have any scoop on The Lying Game. — Kristi
Ausiello: In fact, I do — straight from showrunner Chuck Pratt. “Laurel’s music will propel her into the beginning of the season,” he says, “but then Laurel’s going to take on a whole new dynamic in the show. She’ll become more of a force and an equal with Mads. She and Emma really start to bond, too, which will cause Emma problems because she’s lying to her.” If it sounds like the boss is a Laurel fan, it should. “One of our goals was to bring her to more of the forefront and really feature her this season,” he admits, “because we just think the world of [her portrayer] Allie Gonino.”

travisvanwinkle_300Question: I need some Hart of Dixie news involving Zade (Zoe and Wade). Hit me with your best shot. —Kris
Ausiello: You may end up trading Zade for Jade, if Travis Van Winkle catches on as Lemon and Brick’s cousin — and Wade’s potential competition for Zoe — Jonah. “He is a really fun character — a conceited, arrogant Southern boy,” teases exec producer Leila Gerstein. “You can think of him as a young Brick Breeland. He gets in Zoe’s face, and there’s conflict ahead.” And even further ahead, potentially romance. But, Gerstein swears, “There won’t be anything like that, certainly, for awhile.”

Question: I was devastated to see Amber and Ryan break up on Parenthood! Is Matt Lauria done on the show, or is there still hope? —Meghan
Ausiello: We have not seen the last of Ryan this season. Not by a long-shot.

Question: Time for a weekday update, Seriously?! Edition (insert Seth Meyers and Amy Pohler voices). Seriously Aus, where’s the love for The Vampire Diaries? —Sydney
Ausiello: Have you looked in your local roller disco? Because that may be where the show is headed. Though exec producer Julie Plec hastens to note that nothing is set in stone, she does admit, “We’re just now writing a script which, in a perfect world, will take us back to the ’70s in New York City. Everything could change, but it’s an era we haven’t explored yet. It could be a lot of fun.” Especially since she adds that “it’ll definitely involve our brothers in some form or another.” Cue the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 3, 2, 1…

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Question: I am enjoying this season of The Vampire Diaries, but the one thing it needs is Katherine back! Any chance that’s happening anytime soon? —Ali
Ausiello: “That elusive vixen is still somehow lurking in the shadows,” teases Plec, “but keeping herself well hidden… Given Klaus’ continued presence in Mystic Falls, we shall see if we’ll be able to get her back into town.” Scram, Klaus!

Question: Any Parks and Rec scoop?! —Julie
Ausiello: Jerry’s retirement is on hold! “To be honest, we don’t have any specific plans” for him to pack it in, showrunner Mike Schur tells my colleague, Megan Masters. “It’s always been in the back of our head… as a chip to play, but I’m not sure we’re going to play it this year.” Hallelujah!

SARAH DREW, JESSE WILLIAMSQuestion: January seems a lifetime away. Any Grey’s Anatomy scoop on Jackson/April to tide me over until then? —Alex
Ausiello: I’m going to answer your question with a question of my own: What do you think of April and [Spoiler] as a couple? I’m not saying Grey’s is going there, mind you. I’m just wondering what you think of them (i.e. They’re most likely going there. Maybe.)

Question: Too early to be asking for Sons of Anarchy scoop? —Joel
Ausiello: The fifth season just ended. The first episode of the sixth season hasn’t even been broken, let alone written. And it won’t air until next fall. I guess what I’m trying to say is, no, it’s not too early. “You can get ready for another reset for Clay next year,” speculates Ron Perlman. “What it is, I don’t know. But I would guess that Season 6 is going to very much be an exploration of [Clay and Jax] changing places. [Clay] goes on some sort of journey of retribution, while [Jax] watches his aspirations disintegrate right in front of his eyes, even if he can’t see it.” Perlman is quick to note that, “Every time I’ve tried to guess where [series creator] Kurt [Sutter] is going, I’ve been wrong. But it’s fun to play the game.”

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Question: No question – just want to say Happy Holidays and thanks for all you do! Frank
Ausiello: No thanks needed. Unless it comes in the form of a vegan burrito. I’m starving. But seriously, you’re welcome. And to prove how very welcome you are, I have a present for you — one last scooplet from this, the final AA of 2012! A major female character on an hour drama is getting killed off this spring. That’s it. That’s all you’re getting. (Hey, I didn’t say it was a good present.) Happy holidays!

That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to askausiello@tvline.com. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman, Meg Masters and Kim Roots)

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135 Comments
  1. ginia1110 says:

    ALL I CAN SAY IS…DARE TO DAIR!!!

  2. Jared says:

    I can’t wait for The Lying Game. That shows second season is LONG overdue.

  3. @Amykinz13 says:

    Why did you have to add that blind item at the end?? Now I’m freaking out that you’re talking about Caroline on TVD!! Please say I’m wrong!!

  4. Anya says:

    A major female character on an hour drama is getting killed off this spring. ???????????!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN’T JUST STOP THERE!!!!!!!!!

  5. Klaus (and the preposterous Klaus/Caroline) is one of the reasons I stopped watching TVD after Season 3. The fact that Katherine, my favorite character, is supposedly away because of him just makes me hate that caricature of a pony-drawing, blonde-teenager-chasing “villain” even more. If only Klaus would GTFO and Kat would come back to terrorize Mystic Falls like in those good old early Season 2 days. SIgh.

  6. The Nikita scoop wouldn’t even be needed if it wasn’t for a bunch of immature fans going “OMG! Alex is kissing Michael, that BITCH! MIKITA FOREVER!” *eyeroll*

    I know this show needs all the fans it can get, but I’m seriously sick of people who watch for the romance and shipping, and complain that they don’t get enough of it. Hey, guys? 90210, Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast are just over there. Not to mention, you can rewatch 6 seasons of the just-finished (thank god) Gossip Girl. And that’s just on The CW. This is AN ACTION SHOW about SPIES WHO KICK ASS. Ugh.

  7. Fran says:

    I am having so much trouble watching TVD this season. And the fact that they continue to keep Katherine off the show really ticks me off. The reasons for it are even lamer. I know Klaus won’t die but keeping Katherine away b/c of him is ridiculous. Also how many times is Rebekkah going to be staked? She has so much potential to be a really complex character and everytime I think they’re going to go there…. they don’t. I do have a little hope that they’re going to let Elena be by herself for a little while but I’ll probably be disapointed.

  8. Kerry says:

    on NCIS:LA last night they said a NCIS Red team would follow the package (i.e drugs) to the distributer. so I think thats what the NCIS:RED would be about… but when I think RED, I think Retired and Extremely Dangerous… thank you Bruce Willis.

  9. Zara says:

    NCIS:Red maybe based on the red cells in the dept of homeland security? Mobile units tasked with predictively defending against imminent threats…

  10. Sarah Raderman says:

    What happened to Upstairs Downstairs on PBS Masterpiece Theater??? It ended abruptly…

  11. Raph says:

    I know January is not Spring, lol but a lot of the Spring shows will start in Jan, no? So it could be Olivia Dunham…

  12. gb says:

    Its obvious the death he speaks of is on the good wife. Prob why he wrote good present. LoL and I dont watch the good wife..so I dont care.

  13. Is anyone else ticked off that ABC cancelled Last Resort? Such a great show with an incredible cast. It feels like a great suspenseful movie.

  14. MJO says:

    Why would Zoe want to be involved with a Breeland? I’d stick with Wade..just sayin!

  15. Ash says:

    Haha maybe a little guilty :) yeah i can def see your point and probably would be a stretch for her to take the cure herself but maybe it could like a last stand kind of thing. “hey klaus you can’t take revenge and try to kill me anymore because now you need me” sort of thing lol but who knows! :) just don’t want Elena to get it not necessarily because I’m a delena fan hehe but just because she’s become such a badass since her transformation!

  16. mac says:

    What if we kill Klaus and bring back Elijah, Katherine and Alaric ? Sounds like a good deal to me…

    • I would have a fangasm if that happened. There are not enough words in the English language to describe how much I hate Klaus and what he turned the show into in Season 3. Whereas Elijah and Katherine were such fantastic villains, and yet layered/not completely evil in ways beyond whining about how lonely they are and chasing after 18-year-old blonde girls.

  17. Stuart Yael Gordon says:

    Don’t we already know that the death is Adele?

  18. Mari says:

    This is gonna be an hilarious Castle episode. I can’t wait!

  19. I would love to see an episode of New York in the seventies come to TVD. That would be too awesome. TVD is my fav show ever……

  20. Roses C says:

    Why never anything about Criminal Minds? One of the best shows on TV. Although it is getting a bit too brutal even for me.

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