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Question: Now that the writers have returned to work on Castle, do you have any scoop? Any further tidbits on the new female captain you mentioned last week? —Cheryl
Ausiello: According to some just-released character intel, the new boss lady cut her teeth in Internal Affairs and views the captain’s chair as nothing more than a stepping-stone to a bigger, more prominent job. She also has a rep for being a bit of a hard-ass to her co-workers, but she also has a fun and flirtatious side. Got casting tips? Hit the comments!
Question: Thanks for all the True Blood scoop in AA last week — but what about Alcide? Got anything on my favorite werebeast? —Allison
Ausiello: He’s doesn’t actually show up until Episode 3 (airing July 10), when Sookie drops by his new suburban crib to ask a favor of him. She quickly discovers that his change of address is but one of two major surprises the big lug has in store for her.
Question: Any chance John Lithgow will appear next season on How I Met Your Mother? —Carter
Ausiello: “We absolutely want to see John Lithgow again,” says exec producer Craig Thomas. “We’re hoping to bring [him] back. We’re also hoping to see Frances Conroy as Barney’s mom. I know John Lithgow specifically would love to work with her.”
Question: Do you know if there are any plans for Supernatural to do another meta-ish episode next season? Or was last season’s “The French Mistake” the last one? —Annie
Ausiello: Sounds like the fourth wall will come crumbling down yet again. “We have not put the kibosh on meta,” insists exec producer Sera Gamble. “It’s completely about somebody pitching a story that would work for us.” Gamble acknowledges that “The French Mistake” — in which Sam and Dean were transported to an alt-reality where they were “Jared Padalecki” and “Jensen Ackles,” the stars of a TV series called Supernatural — will be tough to top. “We set a pretty high bar,” she concedes. “But hey, I thought we were never going to be able to do meta again long before ‘The French Mistake.’ And then that got pitched, and we had to do it, of course. I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point in Season 7 or beyond, someone pitches something that enables us to do a fun episode like that again.”
Question: This is my first time ever asking for a spoiler here, but with Rookie Blue‘s second season starting soon, I would love some info on it — particularly about Sam and Andy. Got anything good that isn’t already on the web? —Gwen
Ausiello: Fingers crossed this isn’t already on the web: Sam gets an offer to go back to his guns-and-gangs gig, but he’s a little reluctant to leave. Hmm, wonder why?
Question: What’s the latest on Jessalyn Gilsig’s status with Glee? —Rion
Ausiello: She won’t be returning next season as a series regular, but don’t be surprised if Terri pops in from time to time to wreak her own special brand of havoc.
Question: I’m can’t tell you how happy I am that The Killing has been renewed, but I need to know which castmembers are returning — and I need to know now. —Paige
Ausiello: If I’m hearing you correctly, you want to know which castmembers are returning for Season 2 of The Killing. And you’d prefer to receive that information sooner rather than later. Did I miss anything? OK, here’s what I can tell you: Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will definitely be back as partners in crimesolving Linden and Holder, respectively. Everyone else is TBD. THIS JUST IN: I can now confirm that Jamie Anne Allman — a.k.a. Mitch’s part-time hooker sis, Terry — will also be returning full-time, which pretty much confirms the show will remain in Seattle and maintain some sort of tie with the Larsen clan. Veddy interesting.
Question: I love TVLine! Can I get some White Collar scoop, please? —George
Ausiello: Next week’s episode sends “Diana undercover as an assistant to a journalist from hell,” reveals series creator Jeff Eastin. “It’s our version of The Devil Wears Prada. [It] gives [Marsha Thomason] a chance to shine a little bit.” And use her real cockney accent!
Question: I’d like some White Collar scoop, please. Lately all spoilers were of the Neal/Sara variety, and I’m so tired of it. I watch for bromance, not romance. So anything at all interesting about Neal and Peter, pretty please? Their partnership should remain the heart of the show! —Lyn
Ausiello: If I’m hearing you correctly, you want some scoop on Peter’s wife Elizabeth, played by Tiffani Thiessen. Did I miss anything? OK, here’s what I, or rather Mr. Eastin, can tell you: “We have a very specific Elizabeth episode [coming up]. It’s called ‘Rear Window.’ Elizabeth’s at home, and Peter’s left a police scanner there. She happens to pick up what she believes is a report of somebody about to commit a robbery very close to their house. It actually ends up being her and Mozzie that start their own investigation to see if they can figure out what’s going on. That ends up sucking Peter and Neal into it.”
Question: Is there any news about Dexter Season 6? —John
Ausiello: Remember me telling you a few weeks back that the show was casting the recurring role of an elementary school teacher? Well, I’m fairly certain there’s a connection between that and this.
Question: Dexter scoop, por favor? —Fletch
Ausiello: CS Lee (Masuka) hinted to TVLine at Monday’s 2nd Annual SAG Foundation Golf Classic that Edward James Olmos’ character, a professor of religious studies, just might turn out to be one of this season’s baddies, if not the baddie. “It seems to be that way,” he teased. “The guy is such a wonderful actor and such a presence that you would probably shoot yourself in the foot if you didn’t do that. He’s going to be great.” As for his own subplot, Lee said, “I have a few ‘lab helpers’ coming in this year. They’re either going to help me or they’re going to get me in trouble. We’ll see what happens.”
Question: Do you think Fox will renew Breaking In? They still haven’t made a final decision as far as I know. —Angela
Ausiello: Um, this is awkward. I’m sorry you had to find out this way but I’m pretty sure the show is not coming back. Whose job was it to keep Angela posted about this?! Don’t look at me. I have enough on my plate.
Question: Drop Dead Diva is coming back in less than a week and I am psyched! I read a teaser that a character will “go away forever, and another’s life will be dramatically changed.” Any chance you could dig up some scoop about that? —Samantha
Ausiello: It’s true. “After Episode 4, one of our characters will be gone forever,” confirms exec producer Josh Berman. “I don’t want to give away too much, but I can definitely say that one of our characters is going away in an unexpected way.”
Question: You’ve been awfully quiet about Torchwood: Miracle Day after announcing that you received the first three episodes. What say you, oh wise one? —Claire
Ausiello: I say with a heavy heart that I liked it, but I didn’t love it. The show has always zigged and zagged between multiple personalities — and unapologetically so. It’s part soap opera, part sci-fi thriller, part cheesy B-movie, part a few other things, just for fun. And that schizophrenia has always been a part of its charm. But in the U.S.-set Miracle Day, the bouncing between tones seems more pronounced, making it hard to tell whether we’re supposed to be laughing with the show or at it. Perhaps even more upsetting (to me, anyway) is that the premise sounded so provocative — everyone on Earth stops dying. Yet the execution over the first few episodes was decidedly (gasp) boring. (Too much time is focused on the Americans learning what and who Torchwood is. And the less said about the dull, duller, dullest Bill Pullman subplot, the better.) But like I said, I didn’t hate it. In fact, with Jack and Gwen still their awesome selves, I did like it, at least. On top of that, the Jane Espenson-penned Episode 3 — featuring two TV-MA-rated sex scenes (one straight, one gay) — was a marked improvement over the first two, so, assuming the momentum continues, a “miracle” may yet occur.
Question: I’m an AA virgin. This is my first time asking a question, so be gentle. Any word on who the boss will be when The Office returns in the fall? —Adam
Ausiello: All I know is who it probably won’t be: Catherine Tate. At least that’s what I’m hearing. If true, it’s a total bummer.
Question: I just had a Shameless marathon and I am in love with this show. Could you please try to get some Season 2 scoop? Please tell me Steve will come back to Fiona! —Rae Lynn
Ausiello: Steve will sorta come back to Fiona, only his name won’t be Steve. And he won’t be played by Justin Chatwin. Allow me to explain: Producers are adding the new recurring role of Mark, a 27-year-old hottie who possesses an over-developed sense of self worth that is very reminiscent of Fiona’s Season 1 beau. Got casting tips? Hit the comments!
Question: Thanks for the heads-up that Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen are not returning to Harry’s Law. I was wondering if Christopher McDonald will be back as Tommy? I loved his character and the way he played off Kathy Bates. —Victoria
Ausiello: Yes, he will be back — and he’ll be joined by two newbies filling the Jenna/Malcolm void. “Oliver Pritchard” is a hot-shot, big-gun attorney who, in spite of his track record and mischievous charms, needs Harry’s help on a whopper of a murder case. And Cassie Reynolds is the firm’s new associate, pretty and also pretty darn eager to impress the boss.
Question: Do you do Ask Ausiello all summer or do you take a hiatus? Just curious. —Sara
Ausiello: No hiatus for AA, but perhaps a week off here and there to give me time to work up my annual campaign for Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity. As a matter of fact, this year’s contest is just getting underway at PETA.org (hint, hint). Although in the past, the closest I’ve come to winning was being a runner-up to Prince, I’m confident that in 2011, especially with the competition’s new emphasis on social media (starting with twitter; hashtag #sexyvegceleb), I’ve got a real shot at it. I mean, what other nominee has Ausholes, right? Not Russell Brand, not Kristen Wiig, not Olivia Wilde. So it would really be embarrassing for
me you if I didn’t finally come out on top.
Question: Do you have any Weeds scoop? —John
Ausiello: You already know that Season 7 (debuting June 27) picks up three years after the events of Season 6. What you don’t know is what Doug has been up to during those lost three years, other than he was in Copenhagen. And that’s where the scoop comes in. “Doug got a job working as an accountant for IKEA — if that is in Denmark,” reveals his portrayer, Kevin Nealon. “Now he’s back stateside again.”
Question: Is Trevor Donovan the only cast member being cut from 90210? —Jamie
Ausiello: As of this writing, yes, it’s just him. However, you’d think the show was undergoing a more massive overhaul based on the slew of new recurring characters being introduced in the fall. Among them:
| Austin: A charming and hunky cowboy à la Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise. He’s the son of a country music superstar. As such, he’s wealthy, but not in an obnoxious way.
| Holly: Naomi’s super-wealthy, sorority-obsessed archrival at California U.
| Jasmeen: Navid’s 18-year-old troublemaking, self-absorbed younger sister.
| Gabe: The anti-Liam in that he’s friendly, outgoing and extremely communicative. An upperclassman at CU, Gabe forges an instant connection with Annie — but he may have an ulterior motive.
| Jane: A mysterious new love interest for Liam who became a widow at a young age. Think Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca.
Question: The wife and I are fans of House and Game of Thrones and noticed the acting style, smiles and air about Peter Dinklage and Hugh Laurie are very similar. We thought it would be great pairing of actors if they could ever work together. Have you or anyone else in the entertainment circles noticed this as well? —Brian
Ausiello: I totally noticed it while watching Sunday’s shocking GoT! Their mannerisms and acting style are very similar, they totally need to do something together. I’ll plant the bug in Hugh’s ear next time we meet for tea at the Plaza.
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 Vlada Gelman and Andy Patrick)