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Question: The Good Wife isn’t going to push an Alicia-Finn romance on us, are they? —Carla
Ausiello: Maybe. Maybe not. “We’re not going there [yet],” responds exec producer Robert King when asked about the possibility of sexual tension between the two. “A lot of what we do is watch the dailies and see what comes out. There is a lot of fun chemistry between Julianna [Margulies] and Matthew [Goode], but we can’t [address the potential for romance] until we react a little bit more to what’s being shot.”
Question: Any Parks and Recreation spoilers you can share? —Morgan M
Ausiello: Oh, do I ever. Series co-creator Mike Schur tells us that something happens in the last three minutes of the April 24 finale “that’s completely out of left field and totally unprecedented in the history of the show,” adding, “It will be a gigantic, earth-shattering thing going forward. It affects everyone. It’s a very big, seismic shift.” Theories?! Also, BONUS SCOOP from Adam Scott: “There’s an episode coming up where Ron and Ben have some real quality time together. We get stranded in a winery. We get wasted together.”
Question: Parenthood continues to impress me this season. Can you give us a teaser for the Season 5 finale? —Ben
Ausiello: As TVLine was first to report, Matt Lauria is back as Ryan in this season’s final two episodes and, per exec producer Jason Katims, when he sees Amber again “it’s over very, very dramatic circumstances and incorporates some of our other characters in a rich story. It’s a very complicated situation for Amber because, clearly, this is somebody that she has such incredibly strong feelings for and that doesn’t just go away. But on the other hand, there are lots of complications for them. We’ll see her grappling with the closeness that she feels with Ryan and the feeling that it’s important that they make a break from each other.”
Question: Very much looking forward to Jason Ritter’s Parenthood return this Thursday. Anything else you can tease? —Nick
Ausiello: Per Katims, his one-episode comeback “gets launched when Amber happens to run into him in the street, and it leads to Sarah seeing him again after a year has passed in both of their lives. It’s a moving story — and it’s just moving for me to literally see [Ritter and Lauren Graham] together on screen again. What I liked about the story is that the scenes between them play out in this very realistic way. They have such incredible chemistry together. … It also sets up for Sarah where she’s going the rest of the season.”
Question: Longtime reader, first time question. I’m a huge Scandal junkie and would love some scoop. —Kristen
Ausiello: This Thursday, we will meet the Grant teens, and the family dynamic is far from The Brady Bunch. “We had many happy years as a family, but they have been through a rocky road these last few years,” First Lady Bellamy Young previews. “You read ugly things about your parents in the paper and on the Internet, so yeah, we’ll meet them in a fraught moment. You can imagine teenagers in this situation and how they might react!” Of Lost alums Dylan Minnette and Madeline Carroll, Young raves, Scandal has “incredible, formidable actors who are so capable of carrying this complicated material” — and complicated it shall be. Notes the actress with a laugh, “It so humanizes Fitz and Mellie to see them try and parent! Nothing can undo you like your own teenagers.”
Question: Got any scoop about Pedro Pascal’s role on The Mentalist? I adore him. –Janey
Ausiello: I can tell you exactly what Pascal knows about the future of his guest role as an FBI agent/Lisbon’s new guy… which is to say, not much. Whether he’ll be back after his five-episode stint (which begins this Sunday) is “all a question mark,” the actor says. “I don’t know how it’s being wrapped, if it’s being wrapped up or anything.”
Question: I’m very excited about Game of Thrones coming back. Do you have anything about any of the following people: Daenerys, Arya, Jon Snow or Theon? –Andrew
Ausiello: I’ll take “Theon” for $500, Andrew. The character now known as “Reek” is “not in a good place,” portrayer Alfie Allen tells TVLine. “I remember talking to [Thrones EPs] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] about what’s in store for me last season, next season, this season, and they were telling me that it’s a lot of mental stuff, rather than physical. Whether that’s better or worse, I guess you’ll just have to leave it up to the person who is watching it.” And as someone who’s watched the first few episodes, I feel confident weighing in: It’s worse. Waaaay worse.
Question: I’m liking The Tomorrow People more and more, but its future isn’t looking too bright. Anything you can say to make me feel better about the odds of a second season? —Joseph
Ausiello: If the Season 1 finale turns out to be TTP‘s swan song, the show is going out with a bang… and a fair amount of nudity. According to exec producer Phil Klemmer, here’s a preview of what’s going down in the May 5 closer: “Someone will die. Someone will be stuck in limbo. The entire world might be ending or might not. [Robbie Amell] will be shirtless [and] will kick some very, very serious ass.Someone will lose his or her powers. A couple that we’ve never seen be intimate will become intimate. Someone will possibly lose their memory…. they’ll be turned into, like, a grotesque automaton version of their former selves.”
Question: Any chance Booth and Brennan are considering expanding their family on Bones? Seeing them with two young children would be fun and interesting. –Kyleigh
Ausiello: Exec producer Stephen Nathan apparently agrees with you. “That is something we’ve talked about at great length here,” he tells me. “We will definitely address that next season.”
Question: Love this season of Nashville and praying for Season 3, but I do not like the Rayna/Luke relationship. Is there a chance that this romance will finally end or at the very least have some conflict? —Shira
Ausiello: When Season 2 ends on May 14, the fate of several core relationships will hang in the balance, including Rayna and Luke. Meanwhile, much of the episode will focus on Rayna’s album release (hint: she’s pitted against Will). The best news? No cheesy car crashes!
Question: Nashville intel, please. –Rob
Ausiello: Chris Carmack tells TVLine that in addition to everything else going on in Will’s life – impromptu engagement, threat of everyone finding out he’s gay – “Layla thinks it might be a good idea for them to go on a reality show.” The actor adds: “Will is not fired up about the idea, but I won’t tell you if it goes yes or no.”
Question: I am so relieved The Mindy Project was renewed! What’s up next for my faves, Mindy and Danny? —Mary Kate
Ausiello: Keep your eye out for this season’s penultimate episode — it’s a favorite of Mindy Kaling’s. “It’s called ‘Girl Next Door’ and it’s super funny,” she tells us. “Mindy decides to buy an apartment, and Danny reveals to her that he owns another apartment in his building. And Mindy debates whether or not to buy that apartment.”
Question: Will we meet any new villains during True Blood‘s final season? —Tom
Ausiello: Funny you should ask. Last week, the show put out a casting call for the cryptic-sounding menace, “The Figure.” He’s described as “scary, hulking, ugly, mean and crafty… like Leatherface or Jason Voorhees, but this guy talks.” Curiously, this Figure dude will appear in the season premiere — an episode that (presumably) finished shooting more than two months ago.
Question: Have anything good about Arrow? —KE
Ausiello: EP Marc Guggenheim told Matt Mitovich that next week’s episode is titled “Deathstroke” because it revolves around “the first huge move that Slade Wilson is going to make in his plan to exact revenge.” He also said that as the last episode leading into a brief spring break, it ends on a “bittersweet” — and “very messy” — note.
Question: Any chance some original Glee castmembers will become regular cast again in final season? —Erika
Ausiello: Unlikely, but exec producer Ian Brennan teases that an idea was floated around the writers room last week that involved an “awesome first-season callback to bring somebody back… I can’t tell you what it was, but I went, ‘Whoa.'” Brennan is more forthcoming about this season’s final New York-centric arc. “From the very beginning, [Glee‘s] been a show about how everyone should follow their dreams,” he notes. “And we really wanted to finally play that out and say, ‘Okay, what actually happens when you do follow your dreams?’ And to see how different that is for everybody else and how long they stay in New York, if it keeps them there or whatever. It was interesting to finally have these characters as adults. So we’ll pay that [out] pretty satisfactorily, I would say.”
Question: Any chance we might see an NCIS episode featuring Gibbs and Tony undercover together? If not them, what about Tony taking McGee on his first undercover operation? —Julia
Ausiello: Asked about any such capers, show boss Gary Glasberg would only say, “There’s a bit of an undercover aspect to the McGee storyline with Delilah that’s coming up [on April 8]. We have some fun there.”
Question: I know it’s a little early to ask this, but anything you can give us on next season of The Vampire Diaries? — KS
Ausiello: Well, KS, before you ask what’s coming up in Season 6, you should probably ask which characters might not live long enough to see it. “There are going to be a lot of goodbyes as we realize the other side is disintegrating,” executive producer Julie Plec tells TVLine. “Not everybody is going to survive that. We’re going to have to say goodbye to some characters that we’ve grown to love over the years. That’s what we’ll see when we get to the finale.”
Question: Any Vampire Diaries scoop? Especially something about Caroline? — Chery
Ausiello: If by “Caroline,” you mean “Stefan and Caroline,” I’ve got you covered, Chery. The fan-favorite characters are about to spend a lot more time together, including one particularly steamy scene that Plec was happy to tease for us: “They go on an adventure, there’s a train car and it’s cold outside. So what are a girl and a boy to do, but cuddle up for warmth?” What, indeed.
Question: Diehard ‘Klaroline’ shipper here. Please tell me Klaus and Genevieve are just messing around and that their relationship on The Originals won’t last. — KC
Ausiello: Fear not, KC. Joseph Morgan recently set the record straight on Klaus’ true feelings, or lack thereof, for the witch who revealed his sister’s betrayal. “They’re two extremely damaged people who share a sense of self-loathing and they take it out on each other — sometimes physically, sometimes aggressively,” he explained. “Ultimately, a relationship like that can be fun, but it’s doomed, I would say, from the start.”
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