Fall TV Preview

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Once, Bones, Chicago Fire, True Blood, Parks and Rec, Dixie and More!

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Question: Any spoilers on Once Upon a Time? —Patti
Ausiello: Matt Mitovich just got off the horn with series creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, and they caught us up on some of the backstory gaps that will be filled in via flashbacks during Season 3. Episode 2 is Snow/Charming-centric, covering the time between the former’s awakening from the sleep curse and when they encountered Regina on the battlefield. “How did the queen react to that? And who first told her?” Horowitz wonders.  Episode 3 will relate Tinkerbell’s origin, featuring The Blue Fairy (but not Amy Acker’s Nova) and addressing the question: “What makes a fairy?” Also on tap for fall is a new chunk of Rumple’s past, the tale of how Hook became a pirate and the self-explanatory Episode 6, titled “Ariel” (and yes, Eric is being cast/will not be an existing character).

Question: Any spoilers on one of my favorite Bones couples, Hodgins and Angela? —Ariel
Ausiello: A third party is coming in to stir up some drama between the happily-ish married couple. But it’s not what you’re thinking. “Hodgins is going to have to deal with a new family member,” previews exec producer Stephen Nathan, “and that will impact both Hodgins and Angela and their relationship.” Are we talking a brother? Sister? Cousin once removed and then put back? “I don’t want to say,” he demurs. “The way it comes out is such a surprise; it’s somebody that he wouldn’t know.” Look for the family reunion to take place within Season 9’s first 10 episodes.

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Question: Can you please find out the nature of Sweets’ new job on Bones? —Angie
Ausiello: “He’s trying to do something to help people avoid a criminal life,” Nathan reveals of the shrink’s brief professional detour early in Season 9. “He’s working with kids in the inner city.”

Question: Any new Season 5 Good Wife scoop? —Tonya
Ausiello: You may recall that Josh Charles inked a new deal with the show last spring to continue playing Will. You may also recall that said deal was only for one year, which means Season 5 could very well be his swan song. For his part, exec producer Robert King will be kinda-sorta prepared for either outcome. Creatively speaking, “We can turn on, well, not a dime, but a 50-cent piece,” he says of this season’s roadmap. “We can turn things pretty fast if we need to.” Regarding Charles’ unique contract situation (he’s the only Good Wife-r who did not sign a long-term deal), King explains, “It’s what Josh is about. He’s someone who wants to always explore different sides of himself. And how [Season 5] goes helps him decide what he wants to do. That sounds like there’s some contentiousness in our relationship. There’s not. Josh is one of the friendliest and nicest actors I’ve met. Anything that is contractual stays with the agents.”

MODERN FAMILY - "Caught in the Act" - Plans backfire when the kids go to surprise their parents with breakfast in bed on their anniversary, only to catch Phil and Claire in a compromising position. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria's Vegas getaway is thwarted by a brutally honest email that was accidentally sent to Claire, and Mitch and Cam desperately try to get an "in" at the hot new neighborhood restaurant whose owner happens to be a mom (played by Rachael Harris) at Lily's preschool, on "Modern Family," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/PETER "STONE" HOPPER) ERIC STONESTREET, JESSE TYLER FERGUSONQuestion: Heard a rumor Modern Family will be introducing a sibling for Cam this season. True? False? —Jeremy
Ausiello: You have impeccable sources, Jer. In this season’s fourth episode we’ll meet Cam’s big-boned, very non-glamorous farm girl of a sister, who has something of an explosive personality. Got casting tips? Post ’em below! (But hurry up, the role starts shooting… in three weeks. OK, so you have a little time.)

Question: Thanks for the great True Blood post mortem. Just one problem — you failed to ask EP Brian Buckner about Pam and Tara! —Cara
Ausiello: Actually, I succeeded at making you think I failed. The fact is, I did ask Buckner about the Sapphic vamp duo — specifically, will their floundering relationship get any airtime in Season 7 — but I opted to hold his answer for AA. (Me = Totally sneaky.) “As the audience heard Pam say in Episode 1, life is long — especially for vampires,” notes the boss man. “She also told Tara that this is not going to be a love story. But I would urge [fans] to be patient. Because if the show delivers on the audience’s expectation every week, that’s not storytelling. Where’s the surprise in that? These [story] threads can be picked up later. I want to be able to tell more interesting, circuitous stories at times and not always deliver on the junk-food promise of the show. “

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Question: I’d like some Once Upon a Time in Wonderland scoop, please. —Mason
Ausiello: The Once spin-off will, in its third episode, sic no less than Beowulf‘s Grendel on Alice and The Knave. Envisioned (via an actor in prosthetics) as a “large, warted, ogre-like beast,” the cannibalistic Grendel will pose a mortal threat to its dinner the genie-seeking pair — though in typical Once fashion, there is more to this beast than meets the eye. But don’t go brushing up on your Old English just yet. “It’s a wink-and-a-nod, as opposed to a real deep-dive into Beowulf,” says series cocreator Adam Horowitz of the creature’s clash with Alice.

Question: I’ve burned through Seasons 1 and 2 of New Girl this summer, and now I need a hint about Season 3 — ideally something Nick-and-Jess-related. —Emily
Ausiello: I’ll see your hint and raise you a full-on recap of the Sept. 17 premiere, courtesy of Jake Johnson. Picking up where the Season 2 finale left off, “Nick and Jess find themselves driving straight to Mexico.” Once there, “We get Tazed. I end up in a pool. Some guy watches me go to the bathroom, because he likes the bad smells. Jess goes back and gets the gang to save Nick. There are flashbacks. It’s a lot. It’s a big crazy start.”

ashley-madekwe-leaving-revengeQuestion: Any details on how Ashley will be written off Revenge? —Geoffrey
Ausiello: Despite portrayer Ashley Madekwe’s very public plea that her character “die in a blaze of glory,” showrunner Sunil Nayar tells us that Ash — who will depart in the show’s Sept. 29 opener —will live to see another day. “We’re not killing her,” he reveals. “We’d never do that! She’s too great a character. As sad as we are to bid her farewell at the moment, you’ll see that the way we resolve her storyline now gives her an opportunity to come back with her own revenge agenda.”

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Question: Can you tease any good Emily-Victoria moments in the Revenge premiere? —Joyce
Ausiello: I could, but I’m going to let Emily VanCamp do the honors. “We have a moment where we actually band together,” previews the actress. Of course, like most of the truces forged by the sworn enemies, this one is short-lived. “We put up this united front and then, after whatever it is is taken care of, it’s like, ‘OK, I’m outta here,'” VanCamp says with a laugh. “But it’s nice to be able to play something [civil] with Madeline [Stowe] because [Emily and Victoria] are always at odds each other. And I hate it because I love Madeline so much. We’re so evil to each other.”

Question: Do you have any news on Arrow? —Calum
Ausiello: Quite interestingly, the title for this season’s fifth episode, “The Demon’s Head,” is the translation of Ra’s al Ghul — as in Batman’s infamous mentor-turned-adversary. Thus, it kinda sorta makes sense that the hour will introduce the apprentice of a most menacing man — Awwal, a scimitar-wielding protege of Dark Archer Malcolm Merlyn.

Question: I know it’s not coming back till November, but that just makes me all the more anxious for some Raising Hope scoop. Got any? –Erick
Ausiello: The Chase family is going on vacation, and according to showrunner Mike Mariano, they’ll wind up on a boat — with one small catch: “There’s no water involved.” Secondly, the installment will feature an appearance by guest star Bernie Kopell — but the former Love Boat doc won’t be anywhere near the aforementioned vessel. “He’s playing the proprietor of a stuffed-animal museum, and he’s very funny” says Mariano. “My reference for Bernie is as Siegfried on Get Smart, so making a Love Boat reference never crossed my mind.”

blog_adam_mindy2Question: Will Adam Pally’s Mindy Project character bear any resemblance to Happy Endings‘ Max? Personally, I want him to be Happy Endings‘ Max. I can’t let go! —Ron
Ausiello: Neither can I! But we must. Particularly since, as cast member Ike Barinholtz tells us, he’s not playing Happy Endings‘ Max. “This is not Max,” Morgan’s portrayer maintains. “He plays a new doctor, kind of the most ‘male’ out of all the doctors. He’s like a big, straight, Dartmouth fraternity, cargo shorts-wearing animal, and he’s going to come on and really shake things up.” Bonus Mindy Project Scoop: The show will introduce Jeremy’s boisterous, judgmental father in Season 2.

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Question: Do you have any scoop on one of my absolute favorite shows, Covert Affairs? —Carol
Ausiello: This Tuesday’s episode is tense with a capital T-E-N.  It finds Annie working with a familiar face, FBI agent Vincent Rossabi (Rookie Blue‘s Noam Jenkins), on the murder of CIA agent Seth Newman (aka the one who fell off the bridge). But while the G-man wants to uncover the truth, Annie’s trying to suppress it by swapping out any incriminating evidence. Still, that’s not the story you’ll be talking about after the hour’s end. Let’s just say we haven’t heard the last of a certain secret that someone was keeping from the spy gal.

Question: I’ve got a Q about Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones’ Parks and Recreation exit — do we know why Ann and Chris decide to move away from Pawnee? —Jen
Ausiello: Although the pair don’t depart until Episode 13,  “The decision that they make that will transition them off the show is made very early,” confirms exec producer Mike Schur. “It’s not, like, in Episode 12 they’re going, ‘Hey, we’re moving to Hawaii.’ It happens in Episode 3, which is the first one after the hour-long premiere. Ann gets an idea in the very first episode after that. It’s dropped into the world very early. So it feels like a very fun, long arc and a big [farewell] to them.”

Question: So many mixed messages about Laura Prepon’s future on Orange is the New Black. Is she or is she not returning? —Lucy
Production on Season 2 is currently underway, and star Taryn Manning tells us, “I haven’t seen her [on set] and I miss her.” However, that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s off the show completely. “I don’t know what’s going on with all of that,” the actress stresses. “For me, I can’t worry about that. I’m just there doing my job.”

Question: Now that Laura Bell Bundy is on Anger Management, what will this mean for her role as Shelby on Hart of Dixie? —Vanessa
It means you’ll probably see her less. But rest assured you will see her. “We are definitely having Laura back for a few [episodes],” confirms EP Leila Gerstein, adding that Shelby won’t resurface “until a few episodes in.” In other Bluebell casting news, although Claudia Lee is a series regular on Fox’s Surviving Jack, Gerstein remains hopeful that Lemon’s little sis will make an appearance this season, too. And if not? “Well, she goes [away] to boarding school,” laughs the EP.

Question: Chicago Fire was one that grew on me quickly after its so-so pilot. Have any information about its second season? —Marc
Ausiello: Treat Williams will be back as Severide’s dad Benny, and he’s going to be stirring things up for more than just his son. “There’s going to be a firehouse arc between Benny and Bowden, which will further inflame their already touchy relationship,” previews executive producer Danielle Gelber. “More emotionally, there’s going to be layers of Severide’s past that are revealed through Benny and through some unexpected twists.”

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

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  1. Annie says:

    Dot Marie Jones can take some time off “Glee” to be Cam’s sister!

  2. Ana says:

    If she wasn’t a already on her own show I say Rebel Wilson should play Cam’s sis on Modern Family. Rebecca Romijn would be good to.

    • Mik says:

      Rebel Wilson was EXACTLY the person I first thought of! She’s hilarious! I would give everything to see her and Eric Stonestreet in a scene together!

  3. Mary says:

    I’m glad that Hook isn’t Prince Eric.

    • Mel says:

      I never thought Hook was Eric. My theory is that Eric and Ariel are his parents!

      • Mary says:

        Yeah I was thinking of that being the possibility rather than Hook being Prince Eric.

      • liz says:

        Ooo I like that theory

      • L3nn13 says:

        I am leaning towards this as well… Ariel and Eric his parents

        I dont think Hook is anyone but himself meaning Killian Jones/Hook unless he had another name when he was a child/baby

      • JoRo says:

        I like this theory alot. Eric and Ariel as parents of Hook, born with sea in his blood…

        and if this doesnt turn out to be then its an awesome twist i find

      • Amanda says:

        Totally agree and I keep getting convinced of this more and more each day. I know I first saw the theory not too long after the s2 finale back in May on Tumblr and everything we’ve gotten just seems to hint at it. I can’t wait and would love it so much as Hook is my fav on the show and Ariel has been my fav Disney princess since I first saw the Disney flim as a little girl.

  4. WayneInNYC says:

    I’m guessing Grendel will end up being The Jabberwock.

    To the OUaT Casting Powers That Be: PLEASE cast Harvey Fierstein as Ursula.
    That is all.

  5. AJ says:

    Sarah Baker, who played Sonia on GO ON, would be a great sister for Cam on Modern Family. :)

  6. Merritt Wever as Cam’s sister!!

  7. Kris says:

    If melissa mccarthy doesn’t play cam’s sister, i don’t even want to watch it.

  8. a says:

    If she had the time, Melissa McCarthy would be PERFECT for Cam’s sister on Modern Family.

    I find it funny that Ike Barinholtz says that Adam Pally won’t be playing Max, but then he describes Pally’s character as someone pretty similar to Max, minus the Dartmouth.

  9. lucy says:

    Meh, the Hodgins story sounds Rainman esque, not sure I am buying it in season 9 … and the Sweets new job spoiler has been milked to death here…move it on!!! GEEZ…

    • Kwapple says:

      If Hodgins’ estate covered whatever expenses were incurred by this mysterious sibling, it makes sense that we’d only find out about it after Hodgins lost his fortune, besides he’s never had an active role in Cantilever…as a Sweets fan, I agree with your second comment. I’ve heard that spoiler all summer, ready for a new one

  10. jenferner8 says:

    I was thinking Melissa Peterman for Cam’s sister.

  11. Elyse says:

    Chicago Fire grew on me quickly as well! through the first season I felt like every episode was better than the last. I can’t wait for season 2!

  12. TW says:

    Less Magnolia on HoD is a good thing.

  13. Drew says:

    Tom Welling for Eric on OUaT?

  14. Marie says:

    Jennifer Coolidge was the first actress to come to mind for Cam’s sister

  15. Once Upon a TIme: Am I reading between lines? Are we finally going to see how Snow and David took back the kingdom??

    • courts says:

      The answer is actually: they didn’t.

    • Addie says:

      No we need to spend more episodes watching Regina cry and Rumple chew scenery. And if this season is anything like last season, episode 2 will probably be the only Snow/Charming episode we get. But I’m hoping the writers have learned what went wrong last season and plan on correcting it for season 3.

      • courts says:

        Oh gosh, I HOPE this is the only Snow/Charming episode we get. I don’t think we’re that lucky though.

        • Addie says:

          Oh, you’re one of those. Considering they’re the couple the show is based around, they should have more than one episode.

          • courts says:

            They’re not. It’s an ensemble show based around individual characters. If anything the show is based around Emma and Regina.

          • Louise says:

            I have no idea where you are getting the impression from that the show is or should be based around Snow and Charming. It is and has always been an ensemble. It’s also wrong that they only had one episode last season. Traditionally everyone gets one definite character centric episode per season, but can still play an important role in others. That was very much the case for Snow and Charming. They still got TONS more material than other characters.

        • courts says:

          And the problem with Snow and Charming is more than just they’re painfully dull hypocrites (because the hypocrisy could be interesting if it was explored) but that they very much used up all their storylines in Season 1 so their season 2 storylines as a couple were weak and thin.

          • Ash says:

            I never understand this hypocrites argument. How on earth are they hypocrites?

          • courts says:

            They said they were going to rescue people and go back to the Enchanted Forest in the finale. They gathered their 8 friends and that’s it. Snow was angry that Regina made her a traitor so she would be in control of the kingdom, then Snow & Charming stole someone else’s kingdom, presumably because he was mean to them. Kill people, but it’s okay because Good Guys and reasons. Etc

      • Christina says:

        I’m with you Addie, I want more Snow/Charming! They were the reason I ended up invested in the show, but the few moments we get aren’t quite enough to keep me hanging on. If my family didn’t watch, I’d probably just follow along via recaps.

      • Ash says:

        Preach it. We hardly got any Snow/Charming stuff last season but boy did we get a ton of Regina crying and Rump. So over that. Some more Emma backstory would be nice too. One episode in two seasons is not enough.

  16. madbengalsfan85 says:

    Be warned: here be more Bones spoilers



    9×03-The Cheat in the Retreat
    9×04-The Sense in the Sacrifice
    9×06-The Woman in White
    9×07-The Nazi on the Honeymoon
    9×09-The Dude in the Dam (Bonus ep)

  17. Tav says:

    Hope Josh Charles re-ups for another season (if TGW is around that long) because I am not interested in watching sleazeball Peter claw his way back to the top while Alicia continues to morph into one of those “fake friend” types of women she referenced at the show’s outset
    Besides, TGW is stronger and more interesting exploring the machinations of a law firm/how they win cases. Give me more Diane, Will, Kalinda, David Lee etc any day over the first family of obnoxiousness and shady politics, the Florricks.

  18. Flyer says:

    I’d nominate Diane Delano to play Cam’s sister. She’s a wonderful character actress who plays a lot of strong, un-frilly women. Among her many roles, she played Officer Barbara Semanski on “Northern Exposure” (the deputy Maurice was so enamored with), and was hysterically funny as Ron Eldard’s sister in the sadly short-lived “Bakersfield, P.D.”

  19. I don’t know the actor who plays “Hook,” but he’s gorgeous, and that’s coming from a 65 year old grandma.

  20. april-ann says:

    Is Busy Philipps busy these days? If not, I think she fits the description of Cam’s sister to a tee.

  21. Jessica says:

    Dot Marie Jones as Cam’s sister would be solid gold. That woman is all kinds of fabulous!

  22. Emily says:

    Gwendoline Christie from Game of Thrones for Cam’s big sister. She has at least 2 inches in height over Eric Stonestreet. I don’t know if she can do an American accent, though.

  23. JL says:

    “Quite interestingly, the title for this season’s fifth episode, “The Demon’s Head,””

    Too bad that’s not actually the name of that episode, “League Of Assassins” is… ;-)

    And for clarification’s sake: “Also on tap for fall is a new chunk of Rumple’s past, the tale of how Hook became a pirate […]” means we’ll see Rumplestiltskin’s backstory in episode #304 and Hook’s in #305, right?

  24. Stevio says:

    Why not Rosie O’Donnell as Cam’s Older sister? She can pull off comedy well and we havent seen her in a while, plus I’d actually buy her as his sister!

  25. kate says:

    No Will , no Tgw.

  26. Anna says:

    Haha if Josh Charles left the good wife, I finally can left tgw too. Maybe that’s a good thing, I finally can not care about tgw anymore.

  27. WingsStef says:

    I am actually very happy that Ashley on Revenge will live to fight another day. I actually think there is a potential for Ashley and I always thought there was something they were not telling us. Perhaps now is just not the time. I am quite intrigued right now…

  28. Sharon says:

    Kathy Kinney, who played Mimi on the Drew Carey Show, would be perfect as Cam’s farmer sister!

  29. lorna says:

    Kill off Ashley on revenge!! Such a useless and annoying character.

  30. richard says:

    Brooke Elliot from “Drop Dead Diva” could play Cam’s sister.

  31. L3nn13 says:

    Modern Family – Cant wait! Bring on the clan lol
    Revenge – Cant wait, Jack-Emily shipper! And hopefully Emily getting far into her revenge right now i have no idea what she wants to do fully
    OUAT – Cant wait… Snowing, and Emma-Hook moments and more on Hook’s backstory pls and Ariel-Eric.

  32. twilight123 says:

    So what I took away from the True Blood spoiler is that Pam and Tara are not going to happen anytime soon. This makes me very, very sad :(

  33. Bender says:

    Hey Ausiello how about Camryn Manheim for Cam’s sister.

  34. Jon says:

    Only one person can play Cam’s sister on Modern Family – it’s Eric Stonestreet himself, in a wig.

  35. they should get one more season good wife season 6

  36. Sheila says:

    Grendel?! How cool is that?

  37. Mike R. says:

    So Pally will be playing Max, except he will be straight.

  38. NYCER4LIFE says:

    Michael Schur and Greg Daniels are committing serious error by letting Rashida Jones go from PARKS AND RECREATION. The Leslie/Ann relationship is the longest on in its history, and the one I love watching the most. What a damn shame.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Unfortunately at this point it is only bringing the show down. While I agree with you that the Leslie/Ann relationship is one of the best female friendship on tv to date it is a disservice to the show, the character of Ann Perkins, and especially the incredibly talented Rashida Jones to keep her just for that dynamic. The story had run out and it is extremely evident. I am positive that she will guest from time to time if Parks goes to seven seasons or even by the season finale. It will be okay. MIke Schur knows what he is doing.

  39. Ina Hark says:

    That Raising Hope family is named Chance, not Chase. Just sayin’

  40. AM says:

    Rebel Wilson for Cam’s sister plis!!!!!!

  41. Shaun says:

    I wanna see The League of Shadows appear on Arrow!

  42. Tracy says:

    SO disappointed to hear that Josh Charles might leave Good Wife! I am still hoping for a Will/Alicia pairing and if Josh leaves that will never happen! I HATE Alicia with Peter! I adored Big with Carrie but Chris Noth just irritates me on Good Wife and I find it hard to root for a woman like Alicia who is supposed to be smart and strong and yet lets a jerk like Peter use and abuse her! Maybe Josh Charles would stay if they paired Will with Alicia and gave him some juicy material to play!

  43. jbmmm says:

    Melissa McCarthy would be the best sister for Cam! That would possibly make my year, she is hilarious! :D

  44. rty123 says:

    I hope that CBS and the Kings know that The Good Wife without WIll is like Grey’s Anatomy without Cristina. It has no reason for existing.

    And it’s not just for the Will/Alicia idea. He’s central to so many of the relationships of the show.

  45. Lucy says:

    “he’s the only Good Wife-r who did not sign a long-term deal”. Damn. Does it mean that if the show will get a season 6 Czuchry is going to waste another year with it?

  46. Just Jesse says:

    Rosie O’Donnell could play Cams sister. She was funny as Jack’s sons lesbian mother on Will & Grace, in A League of their Own & Sleepless in Seattle.

  47. Ginny says:

    Fortune Feimster for Cam’s sister!

  48. Jess says:

    Let me just say OUAT: More story about the main characters! I have seen enough of Regina trying to redeem herself. More of the Evil Queen!! Missed her last season. I would love to see more of Snow and Charming in FTL because they rarely show that. I do hope that the “Hook-Ariel-Eric” thing isn’t true. Can they just have one character not related to the core cast??!! Love the show and hope they step up their game!

    And Revenge… Lets hope it is not like last season.

    • Ash says:

      Sadly the creators are quite enamored with Regina so we’ll get more of that redemption crap. I’m so over her at this point. They need to have her pick a side and stick to it.
      With you on the rest of it. There can never be enough Snow/Charming and we did not get enough of that last season. Not enough words for how annoyed I’ll be if this Hook being the child of Eric and Ariel happens.

      • courts says:

        That’s because Regina and Rumple are two of the most popular characters with the most interesting stories and conflicts. There is no conflict with Snow and Charming.

    • courts says:

      They rarely show Snow/Charming flashbacks because there isn’t much to tell. You could very much see how hard they were reaching and stretching for storylines with them in Season 2.

  49. Bob says:

    “…we’ll meet Cam’s big-boned, very non-glamorous farm girl of a sister…”. Great. So now Modern Family has also succumbed to “We need a Melissa McCarthy-type”.

  50. Jason says:

    For Cam’s sister: Precious, from the movie Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.