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Question: Can’t wait to read/watch your interview with Bones‘ David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel. When will it post? Until then, what can you tease about what they told you on the set? —Amelia
Ausiello: Those two blessed souls gave me such a blockbuster interview that I’ll be splitting it up into two parts, the first of which is slated to debut Wednesday. Here’s your appetite-whetter: Before the season is over, there will be a wedding. But who’s getting hitched?!
Question: How will this season’s Bones finale compare to all of the previous ones? —@xBajanQueenRiRi via Twitter
Ausiello: David Boreanaz will be calling the shots behind-the-scenes, so rest assured major stuff will go down. “David likes to direct big episodes, and this will be big,” previews exec producer Stephen Nathan, adding that the hour will “feature a bit of action” and, quite possibly, a casualty or two. “We’re not going to be altogether sure how everybody is at the end of the season finale,” he teases, cryptically. “Lives will hang in the balance.”
Question: Be your awesome self and please help sort out some Bones fandom confusion: What ep does Booth’s mom appear in and will she be in more than one episode this season and/or next? —Denise
Ausiello: First off, Joanna Cassidy turns up in the April 15 episode and not the April 29 season finale, as was reported. Secondly, although she’s only booked for one episode, Nathan says he “would like to continue that story” in Season 9. Lastly, and this doesn’t pertain to your question but I thought you should know: The show will once again stay in production after the finale wraps to shoot a few standalone “bonus” episodes (two, to be precise) to air sometime next fall.
Question: What does the Parks and Recreation finale have in store for Ben and Leslie? —Ronnie
Ausiello: Not sure about Ben, but Leslie is going to have a run-in with these guys.
Question: Any Meredith/Derek/baby-related Grey’s Anatomy scoops? —Tia
Ausiello: The unsettling news: Mer goes into full-tilt-panic mode about the health of her oven bun in the March 21 episode. The better news: Derek does some incredibly sweet things to calm her fears.
Question: I long for hot weather when vampires and werewolves take their clothes off! Any True Blood scoop? —Jenilee
Ausiello: Yep — I can tell you with whom those vampires and werewolves will be stripping down! She’s Violet, a hot-as-hell, tough-as-nails blood-sucker in, give or take, her 600s (though she’ll look about 25). Not only do I hear that she’ll be mixed up in a major love triangle, the role will go from recurring this season to series regular the next. Got casting tips? Hit the comments!
Question: Break it to me gently — what’s the fate of Bunheads? Will it live or die? —Audrey
Ausiello: Contrary to rumors, it has not been picked up for a second season by ABC Family. That said, I firmly believe it will be.
Question: Any news yet on whether Cote de Pablo has/or will sign her contract to remain on NCIS? —Linda
Ausiello: Only that her castmates “hope that’s the case,” Brian Dietzen tells TVLine. “I’m optimistic,” he added. “But who knows? All I know is that everyone has been pretty close for a long time, and [no one] is unhappy on the show. If the cast doesn’t stay intact, I don’t think it’ll be because, ‘Oh, we don’t want to be here.’ It’ll be because of other opportunities or something. But hopefully we don’t discuss that for a while because the show is going really, really well, and people enjoy working on it. I know I’ll be there next year!”
Question: I need scoop on NCIS: LA‘s Deeks/Kensi. Anything would be awesome! —Christy
Ausiello: Oh, I’ve got much more than “anything.” Daniela Ruah shared with TVLine this sexy scoop at Monday’s TV Academy Hall of Fame event: “Considering how fun it was to see Kensi and Deeks go undercover as a married couple, they’re doing it again” — not long before the season ends. “I just found out today,” she added, “so that’s pretty much the extent of my knowledge.”
Question: I noticed you have Axl from The Middle listed as graduating in your May Sweeps Scorecard. Do we know if he actually graduates? —Carla
Ausiello: Well, I know at least that there will be a graduation episode. (Given that it’s Axl, though, anything is possible.) In that same episode, which also happens to be the season finale, Sue takes her driving test again. And by “again,” I mean “for the sixth time.” Oh, and did you hear about this?!
Question: Any scoop on Castle‘s Lanie/Esposito? Will they be getting more airtime? —Katherine
Ausiello: At minimum, they’ll get some sexy-loooking-time. Tamala Jones confirms that, as hinted in the Valentine’s Day episode, the 12th precinct’s M.E. and detective “are seeing each other, and have been secretly seeing each other.” Moving forward, she teased, “I think possibly you’ll see a little bit more action between them [in Episode 100, airing April 1]. Everybody’s going to be looking spectacular, I can tell you that.”
Question: A while ago, Nashville kind of made it sound like Deacon had caused an accident back when he wasn’t sober. Any details on that? —Makenna
Ausiello: I can’t tell you exactly what happened when Deacon was on the sauce/pills/whatever, but I can tell you that Nashville creator and EP Callie Khouri promises a big reveal. “It’ll come up later,” she says. “We’ll find out more about that time in his life.” Bonus Scoop: Look for Liam to ask Rayna to go away with him for a long weekend. And look for her to say yes.
Question: You guys got any good Grimm scoop? —Ron
Ausiello: If you’re a fan of Monroe and Rosalee as a couple, Ron, you won’t like this: I’m hearing that because of the bigger stories going on (like Adalind’s Wesen bun in the oven and the Juliette-Renard-Nick triangle), the Spice Shop proprietress and her suitor will be backburnered for a while. “I think that Monroe and Rosalee are more in the service of a bigger story right now,” notes Silas Weir Mitchell.
Question: Will there be any major deaths in The Walking Dead finale? —Soso
Ausiello: I’d much rather discuss Sunday’s antepenultimate Season 3 episode, in which you’ll get a flashback to “simpler times” between Andrea and Michonne (and the latter’s “pets”); you’ll see Andrea train a gun on the Governor (but what, if anything, could stop her from pulling the trigger?); and you’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout a 10-minute cat-and-mouse sequence, ultimately uttering an expletive at your TV as it comes to an end.
Question: Scandal fan here with an urgent question: Who is Jake? —Nancy
Ausiello: A new woman’s about to come between the POTUS and the first lady, and her name is Lauren. She’s Fitz’s new assistant, and her primary job responsibility is to keep Mellie at bay (no small task). Oh, and to answer your question: No clue who Jake is. But I have my theories.
Question: We know that Schmidt loses his virginity to Nurse Jackie‘s Merritt Wever in New Girl‘s big flashback episode, but do do you have any intel on who Jess’ first time was with? —Donna
Ausiello: Without giving too much away, he’s smokin’ hot and carries a big hose. And he’s someone we’ve never, ahem, laid eyes on. Sex puns, FTW!
Question: What’s going to be happening with Adam and Kurt on Glee? –Chris
Ausiello: They’re going Greek! Maybe! Rumor has it that one of NYADA’s most popular fraternities will invite Kurt (and maybe Adam) to become members — bypassing the dreaded pledge process and all — after they “put out” (and save the day) at their big spring rager.
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Kim Roots and Vlada Gelman)Follow @MichaelAusiello