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Question: Any news on what comes next for Once Upon a Time‘s Neal, now that he is in Neverland? –Stephanie
Ausiello: Though it appears that Hook will soon share with the others the news of Neal’s presence on the island, SwanThief fans might be wise to worry about the pirate losing his latest (figurative!) grab of booty. As Colin O’Donoghue notes, “Hook spent 300 years looking for revenge because he lost one woman. Who knows what would happen to him if it happened again?” For the short-term, though, the sea captain won’t be making waves. “He is desperately trying his best to be a team player, to try and help save Henry. Because he now sees there’s more to life than that side of things,” the actor previews. That said, O’Donoghue warns, “It’s very easy to go back to old habits.”
Question: Can you please share some info on this Blind Item? —Mari
Ausiello: As I revealed exclusively on last Thursday’s Watch What Happens Live, the series in which the actor in question currently stars (and soon will be killed off of) does not air on ABC, CBS or NBC. And because I’m feeling generous I’ll also rule out Spike, Logo and TVGN.
Question: Big Arrow fan here ‘shipping Oliver and Felicity hard. Got anything on those two? —Sue
Ausiello: I hear Episode 6 is a big one for “Olicity.” In possibly related news, I also hear Oliver is going to aim his arrow at one of the women in his life very soon. (I’m talking about his penis.)
Question: I’ll take anything on Bones‘ upcoming episodes. —Cassidy
Ausiello: If it turns out that this is the show’s final season, series creator Hart Hanson would ideally like to craft a four- to six-episode farewell arc. But that would require Fox giving them ample notice that the end was, in fact, near. “We would like to know tomorrow,” Hanson concedes. “We can pivot fairly quickly if need be, but it would be more satisfying if we were able to do a run of episodes to finish off the series.”
Question: I have to admit that I am enjoying The Crazy Ones more than I thought I would. Any scoop? —Steven
Ausiello: Rumor has it Lewis, Roberts & Roberts will soon be faced with the unenviable task of improving on this iconic advertising ditty.
Question: Any idea how long Ava will be behind bars on Justified? —Mario
Ausiello: At least through Episode 4, which is when we’ll meet “Albert,” a charming-yet-creepy male guard at the Harlan County Jail. A real creep, he abuses his ounce of power to demean and take advantage of the female inmates — Ava included.
Question: Is Beth returning to Criminal Minds? The last episode, with Hotch’s death bed epiphany of sorts, seemed to hint that way. But I know the actress is now on Scandal. —Deanna
Ausiello: In a word, or four, Thomas Gibson says, “God, I hope so.” But he then points out: “It’s all up to Shonda,” as in the aforementioned Scandal‘s creator. “It’d be very nice to see if she’d let [Bellamy Young] come and play. I’m hoping that they will.”
Question: Is Alex punching his dad on the last episode of Grey’s Anatomy going to be the last we’ll see of James Remar? He’s so good in the role, hope he comes back! —Jackie
Ausiello: He will be back.
Question: Care to give us any Carrie Diaries scoop? – Julius
Ausiello: I do care! Asked to preview some ’80s-centric pop culture mentions, EP Amy Harris shared, “[This Friday's] second episode is a Z100 concert where Bryan Adams is playing. Also, Howard Stern gets mentioned as someone who Samantha knows, perhaps intimately. And we’re doing a Sixteen Candles house party.” Bonus Scoop: An upcoming episode will shadow Walt during “his first experience at a gay bar,” shares Harris. “That’s going to be a big one for us.”
Question: I adored the premiere of Dracula. Please tell me it will be renewed. –Andrew
Ausiello: If it can keep performing like it did on Friday – the pilot managed to hold onto most of Grimm‘s audience — I’d bet that the drama will be back next year. But no matter how long NBC may want to bleed the concept (see what I did there?), star/exec producer Jonathan Rhys Meyers warns that his alter ego probably has a shelf life – or at least, that’s how I interpret it when he says: “The thing about making something like Dracula is, you’ve got these elements of power and wealth and all this, but you still have to lose, eventually.” He adds, “Season 1 maybe, or Season 2 maybe, but [Dracula]‘s got to lose. Morality demands it.” (Log your alternate interpretations in the comments.)
Question: Got any good scoop on Witches of East End? —Ray
Ausiello: An upcoming episode will flash back 100 years to “reveal who Ingrid was then and why she is who is she is today,” previews Rachel Boston of her character’s previous lives, adding. “Because of the choices you make in another life, you’re still retaining that wisdom and information as you go into this life.”
Question: Is Glee doing a Christmas episode this season? —Jonathan
Affirmative. Maybe. As several clued-in readers pointed out below, Glee‘s current timeline doesn’t exactly lend itself to a holiday episode, but the show did recently put out a casting call for an alcoholic shopping mall Santa (is there any other kind?). In that same Dec. 5 outing, we’ll meet Cody, an extremely handsome and charming manipulator who, curiously, will not be doing any singing or dancing.
Question: A little birdie told me that Pretty Little Liars’ Spencer develops a drug problem when the show comes back in January. Any info on that? —Cora
Ausiello: I have absolutely no info on that, sadly. I can, however, tell you that the Season 4b opener will answer this burning question: Why are Mona and Ezra seen talking in the new promo? “It looks like Mona may have had an interesting relationship with Ezra, and we’ll explore that,” teases EP Oliver Goldstick, adding that the pair “reach a sort of agreement, [but] we don’t know what it is. Is he onto her behavior? Or is she onto his? Something is going on between the two of them. They become strange bedfellows for whatever reason.”
Question: What kind of scoop do you have on The Good Wife‘s 100th episode on Dec. 1? —Jordan
Ausiello: If you thought the tension between Will and Alicia was thick in last Sunday’s game-shattering episode, just wait until Episode 100. Things go from downright bad to downright nasty.
Question: I’m absolutely addicted to House of Cards. Any news on Season 2 you care to share? —Matthew
Ausiello: Nothing official/confirmed, but I have a hunch Frank is going to get a ghostly visit from Corey Stoll’s late Peter Russo at some point. I can feel it in my bones. In related news, watch Stoll — and his Cards colleagues Michael Kelly and Christina Gallagher — playfully dodge nearly all of my Season 2 Qs in this recently unearthed video from last month’s Emmy red carpet…
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