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Question: Do you know what will happen in the Grey’s Anatomy finale? —Shaz
Ausiello: Unlike last year’s deadly bloodbath of a climax, which had a profound impact on everyone at Seattle Grace, this season’s cliffhanger will focus on three characters in particular. “Meredith, Cristina and Alex are all left in a position that’s surprising,” hints series creator Shonda Rhimes. “I think fans are going to be very surprised about a lot of the things that happen [in the episode]. A lot of things get turned on their head.”
Question: What was up with Grey’s Anatomy inserting an old Der/Mer love scene into the montage at the end of last week’s episode? Did they think we wouldn’t notice? —Katie
Ausiello: First off, as Rhimes is quick to point out, “It was not a love scene, it was a shot.” The boss lady goes on to explain that the original version of the episode was screaming for “another beat with Derek and Meredith at the end” but Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo were not available to shoot the extra footage. “We would’ve had to drag them [back to the set] from places we couldn’t drag them in from to do one shot.” So Rhimes made the decision to splice in the previously used clip. “It’s something we’ve done before,” Rhimes says. “We’ve used the shot of Derek standing on the catwalk from the pilot like 700 times. It was just a shot. I would never recycle an entire scene. [But] I love that the fans are so invested in the show that they noticed. After seven seasons I take that as a true compliment that they got outraged.”
Question: Any truth to the rumor that Sam will get kicked out of his home for being gay on Glee? —Back
Ausiello: Funny story: No, there’s no truth to that rumor. We will get to see Sam’s home life in the upcoming “Rumors” episode when Finn — suspicious that Quinn is cheating on him with Trouty Mouth — goes on a stakeout with (wait for it) Rachel!
Question: Hello. I would love to hear a snippet about NCIS: LA. —Joshua
Ausiello: Hello yourself. We’ll meet Marty Deeks’ undercover persona in early May and the dude’s kind of a scumbag. Also, I hear things will heat up between Deeks and Kensi, although it may be some time before a first move is made.
Question: I’m a big Cougar Town fan. I was wondering if the finale will end with a cliffhanger? —Heather
Ausiello: “The finale is not a cliffhanger, but it is momentous,” responds exec producer Bill Lawrence. “We did a lot of big stories — if you can think of what each character’s big story might be, we address it head on. There are stakes-y things for every character on the show besides Ellie and Andy, and that’s because they are somewhat of a constant. And we like them being a very successful married couple.” Speaking of enduring duos that make us cackle, if you’re not following Lawrence and his real-life wife Christa Miller (a.k.a. Ellie) on Twitter — at @VDOOZER and @ChristaBMiller respectively — you, my friend, are missing out. They’re Al and Peg Bundy only richer and more self-aware!
Question: Any scoop on next week’s No Ordinary Family finale? —Chris
Ausiello: A series regular perishes and we’ll get an answer to the show’s biggest mystery: How did the Powell clan get their powers?
Question: How many Bones related items are on your May Sweeps Scorecard? —Sydnee
Ausiello: At least two. Maybe more.
Question: Since you gave us a hint about the shocking pregnancy blind item last week, can you please give us a hint on the shocking death blind item? I’m so scared! —Heather
Ausiello: The character in question appears on an hour-long drama that has been on the air for more than three but less than 10 years.
Question: Please, give us some Chuck scoop! Man, I hate this hiatus. —Ceci
Ausiello: Yeah, well, you may hate this next scoop more: In this season’s penultimate episode on May 9, “Something terrible happens to someone we love,” reveals EP Chris Fedak. In potentially related news, the show is casting the role of Clyde Decker, a “determined and remorseless CIA agent who will go to any lengths and spare no expense — or life — in order to keep the CIA’s secrets buried.” His nickname? The Eraser. Um, yikes much?!
Question: What can we expect from the two-hour finale of Desperate Housewives? —Logan
Ausiello: Sixth category from the top in TVLine’s May Sweeps Scorecard. You can expect one of those.
Question: Really need some news on How to Make It in America. Is season 2 still happening? —Matt
Ausiello: Yes. Ben’s getting a new, older love interest, and rumor has it producers’ wish list contains some very familiar/exciting names. The character, Nancy, is described as a smart, classy and sexy New York tastemaker with an eye for talent who owns a showroom in downtown Manhattan. Sound like anyone we know?!
Question: Thanks for the awesome scoop about Ben Lawson’s upcoming stint on Covert Affairs. Have anything else to share about the second season? —Tristina
Ausiello: How about some more casting scoop? General Hospital and Privileged star Ignacio Serricchio has signed on to guest star in episode 2.02 as an alleged member of the Italian AISE that Annie is tasked with exchanging for a captured CIA operative. In the same episode, The Shield‘s Benito Martinez plays the Deputy Director of Argentine Military Intelligence and an old chum of Joan’s (Kari Matchett). When the aforementioned exchange goes awry, their friendship is put to the test.
Question: Can I get some scoop on my favorite show The Good Wife? Is Will ever going to tell Alicia that he lied to her about the second voicemail? —Sietske
Ausiello: As executive producer Robert King recently told TVLine’s Matt Mitovich, Will initially lied “for the most honorable reason, in that she is married. But what will that mean now that the foundation of [Peter and Alicia’s] marriage will be shook?” My guess? He’s going to tell her he lied about the voicemail and those two crazy kids will finally get it on. But that’s just a guess.
Question: Any word on whether or not The Event will be back next season? And if not, will finale end with a cliffhanger? —Carter
Ausiello: The season ends with more of a climax than a cliffhanger, which is probably wise since a Year 2 remains a long shot, per TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard. At least the show is going out with a bang. According to a source, the episode concludes with “something that is truly momentous and, I believe, never seen before” on TV.
Question: No, Justified scoop at all? C’mon give Justified fans a little love! —Tiffany-Liana
Ausiello: Raylan loses some of his trademark swagger in the wake of that whole botched money run with his ex, and Boyd’s new lady boss (Hung‘s fantastic Rebecca Creskoff) has a ringside seat to the mini-meltdown. In fact, those two will be forced to spend a lot of time together over the next two episodes when Raylan is assigned to serve as Carol’s personal bodyguard.
Question: Can I have some Justified scoop on Boyd and Ava! —Ash
Ausiello: Next week we bear witness to what I’m fairly certain is the couple’s first truly happy moment together. The setting of this magical sequence? The last place you’d ever expect. The action-packed April 6 episode — easily one of the show’s best ever — is also noteworthy in that it features a si********t ****h. BTW, can we get a round of applause for Margo Martindale? In a perfect world, her balls-to-the-wall performance as Bennett matriarch Mags would make her the frontrunner for the 2011 guest actress in a drama Emmy.
Question: Any Pretty Little Liars scoop to tide us over until season 2? —Jenny
Ausiello: The unhinged foursome are finally getting some psychological help. The show is casting the role of a female therapist who provides group counseling for the increasingly erratic Aria, Emily, Spencer and Hanna.
Question: Any news on Dan/Blair storyline on Gossip Girl? I’m dying here. The hiatus is killing me. —Megan
Ausiello: Allow me to add to your agony: At some point before the end of the season, Blair will get engaged.
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can keep track of my scoops on Twitter via @MichaelAusiello. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Megan Masters)