Question: The winter break is killing me. I need some Supernatural info to save my life. —DJ
Ausiello: Here’s some mouth-to-mouth rescoopatation! We already know that a murder investigation brings Dean and Sam into the wild and wacky world of live-action role playing — specifically a LARPing convention. Now I’m happy to announce that yes, the Brothers Winchester will play dress-up. (Hit the comments with ideas about the kind of cosplay in which you’d like to see Sam and Dean engage!)
Question: Got any 90210 scoop? —Jarrod
Ausiello: A big breakup is looming (and I suspect it’s really going to bum Megan Masters out).
Question: Will we see Robin telling Barney about her inability to have children on How I Met Your Mother? —Tiera
Ausiello: No clue. But you will see her hold Marshall and Lily’s son, Marvin. “We have a fun episode coming up about Robin and the baby,” previews exec producer Carter Bays. “It’s almost based on myself. I feel like it’s a story that I could have taken from my own life a little bit, about the abject fear about holding a baby and how scary that is if you’re not someone who is around babies much or knows babies. It’s Robin overcoming her fear of holding a baby.”
Question: I can’t believe we have to wait until March 8 for Grimm to return! At least they had the decency to actually say “Sorry” when they aired the fall finale. Please tell me something, anything to help get me though the long, dark Grimm(less) months… –Jacquie
Ausiello: I do have a whole lot of hot Grimm scoop to warm these Nick-less Friday nights, Jacquie, but it’s got to last you a while… so I’ll give you some now and keep some in reserve for another time. Sound good? First bit: Series cocreator and exec producer Jim Kouf tells TVLine that Captain Renard “gets very close” to the key in the first few episodes back after the break. Second bit: I hear there’s a good chance the captain’s Adalind-conspiring brother Eric will be in the mix during the second half of the season. And finally: The show very much wants to bring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio back as Nick’s mom in upcoming episodes, but whether that happens or not depends largely on scheduling.
Question: How about some Parenthood spoilers? I promise I will find you and protect you in the event of a zombie apocalypse. I’ve been watching Walking Dead, so I know how to kill them. —Shannon
Ausiello: How about the anti-“Dair” brigade — promise to protect me from them, too? One could argue that they’re more lethal than zombies (and only slightly better looking). Deal? Cool. Should NBC’s weekly tearjerker be back for a fifth season — and come on, it will be — exec producer Jason Katims wants Ray Romano to be a part of it. “I would love for him to be around,” he tells us. “He is fantastic and his character is fantastic, so I would love that. It’s too early to know, because so many things have to happen: [NBC] has to say they want [a fifth season], plus Ray is not a series regular on the show so we don’t know what his availability and interest are going to be.” Katims’ top priority is to “figure out what the best story is and then from there figure out whether the actors are going to be available.”
Question: I’d be really grateful for a Nikita scoop that has nothing to do with romance of any kind. —Alexis
Ausiello: Pretty sure this meets your criteria: Exec producer Craig Silverstein says Isaiah “Old Spice” Mustafa will return later this season as reformed Dirty Thirty agent Cyrus. Probably. Maybe. “We want to get him back,” he says. “We still have a bunch of episodes in our back half, so we’re trying to figure out how to do it. We definitely want to see him again.”
Question: How dare you let me go into 2013 without telling me there were Revenge calendars?! You’re on my Revengenda now, Ausiello! —Winnie
Ausiello: Yikes. Um… Would you be open to accepting a scoop-themed peace offering straight from Revenge creator Mike Kelley? “I don’t think you’ve seen the last of Jennifer Jason Leigh,” the boss says of Emily VanCamp’s unhinged onscreen mom. “She will be involved in the show as we move forward — but I don’t want to tell you how just yet; she’s terrific.” We good, Winnie?
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman, Megan Masters and Kimberly Roots)Follow @MichaelAusiello