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Question: Do you have any new Vampire Diaries scoop? —Samantha
Ausiello: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is set to guest on the show!!!! Well, OK, not so much Buffy. But a vampire slayer, at least. The incoming character, named Eric (a nod to True Blood’s sexiest fanger?), is a middle-aged hottie who, from what I hear, is sorta like Indiana Jones with a stake instead of a whip. In possibly related news, check out what EP Julie Plec told us at Comic-Con when asked her if there were plans to introduce a baddie bigger than Klaus this season. “I would definitely say that Klaus isn’t the worst baddie that we’ve seen so far. It will be fun to see who’s going to steal his thunder eventually as we get deep into Season 3.” Hmm…
Question: Any spoilers on One Tree Hill? — Michael
Ausiello: When Clay starts to sleepwalk, his attempt to remedy the situation (hint: illegal drugs!) puts Quinn in harm’s way (hint: gun gets pointed at her!). Elsewhere, after Julian forgets one of the twins in the car, Brooke is going to react in a big way (hint: gun gets pointed at him!). OK, just kidding about that last parenthetical. But she won’t be pleased!
Question: What’s Ashton Kutcher’s character on Two And A Half Men gonna be? – Latifah
Ausiello: Not sure, but there might be a clue here: The show is casting the role of an Australian knockout in her late 20s to mid 30s to guest-star in the season premiere. Could this mean what I think it means?! Wait… I have no idea what that means. There’s no clue there. Drat.
Question: Since Castle started back filming last Thursday, got any spoilers for Season 4? —Danielle
Ausiello: Look for Ryan and Esposito to get considerable more air time this season, something Jon Huertas confirmed to me at Comic-Con. One Ryan/Esposito-centric episode revolves around “a double date with Ryan/Jenny and Esposito/Lanie,” he revealed, “and things don’t go so well.”
Question: I just viewed the Spartacus: Vengeance teaser, and I’m thrilled about the upcoming new season! Any scoop? —Jenn
Ausiello: The fifth episode is going to Blow. You. Away. “It is absolutely one of the biggest episodes we have ever done,” declares exec producer Steven S. DeKnight. “It’s just huge in terms of scope. And it has a shocking conclusion.” Episode 4 is no slouch either. “It’s a classic Spartacus episode on the villains and the heroes side,” teases the boss man. “We do something very different on the heroes side.” The eppy also contains what DeKnight calls “one of the absolutely hottest, most salacious watercooler sex moments” in the show’s history. The twist? “There’s no nudity in it,” he says. “But trust me people will be talking about that the next morning.”
Question: Did you get any updates on Andy Whitfield’s health while at Comic-Con? —Jim
Ausiello: Sure did. “I heard he’s doing very well,” reports DeKnight. “I saw a recent picture of him and he looked fantastic.”
Question: Pawnee, Indiana is the greatest town in America, possibly the world. Any Parks and Recreation news, please? —Emma
Ausiello: A certain Ghostbuster’s window of opportunity to play Pawnee’s oft-referred-to-but-never-seen mayor is about to close. “We’ve said before we really want Bill Murray to be the mayor, but he doesn’t seem to pay attention to the interviews we do, so we have to give up on that,” says exec producer Michael Schur. “There’s someone who was pitched in the room the other day that we think would be kind of amazing, but there’s no concrete plans right now. But I’d say it’s 50/50 that sometime this year we’ll meet the mayor.”
Question: Do you have any news about who’s going to replace Cuddy as House‘s new dean? —Renata
Ausiello: I don’t. Personally, I’m hoping David Shore decides to promote from within rather than bring in someone new. Just putting that out there.
Question: Now that House has lost Cuddy (and maybe landed himself in prison), is there any chance of seeing Andre Braugher return as Dr. Nolan to help out favorite troubled diagnostician? We know he won’t have any conflicts with Men of a Certain Age now. —Steve
Ausiello: No plans for Dr. Nolan to return, I’m told.
Question: What’s going on with Marg Helgenberger? Is she still planning to leave CSI this season? —Ilona
Ausiello: She’s definitely leaving towards the end of the season — and I hear she’s going to get quite the send-off.
Question: Where’s the video clip of Lucy Lawless serenading you at Comic-Con? —Jen
Ausiello: It’s coming. We were initially going to package it with the group interview, but decided it worked better as part of a special Con highlight reel. BTW, Lawless wasn’t the only Spartacus castmember to break out into song on TVLine’s couch.
Question: Since you have such a blast at Comic-Con every year, why not come to San Francisco in April (?) and have a blast with us at WonderCon? —Cheryl
Ausiello: I’m intrigued by your suggestion. But what’s in it for me? Throw a proposal together and email it to AskAusiello@TVLine.com.
Question: Any Big Bang Theory scoop? The other day Kaley Cuoco said something really suspicious about being “fake pregnant” on Twitter. —Emma
Ausiello: She then quickly squashed the buzz when she clarified via Twitter, “Penny is NOT pregnant. I repeat, NOT pregnant.” (She was instead referring to her Lifetime TV her role as Drew Peterson’s wife Stacy.) After all, it’s called The Big Bang Theory kids, not One Tree Hill.
Question: Heard of any plans to have Carla Gallo back on Bones this season? —Rex
Ausiello: Yes. Gallo is slated to return as Daisy in Episode 3, per exec producer Stephen Nathan, who adds, “Daisy can’t live without her Lancelot.” True dat, true dat.
Question: As a daily TVLine reader, I would like to see some info about my new favorite show from last season, Happy Endings. —Felipe
Ausiello: Well, since you’re a daily reader… In the new season, Dave (played by Zachary Knighton) will reunite with an old buddy, a fellow Frisbee golf (Frolf) aficionado named Glaze, and we’ll learn the reason they are old buddies instead of still buddies. (Hint: Alex’s skivvies might be involved.) In that same episode, it looks like we’ll also get to hear Dave sing. (Who knew?) In another episode, Penny (Casey Wilson) will have a Liz Lemon moment when, after becoming a home owner, she imagines herself dying alone in said home.
Question: The biggest scoop of all would be if you could tell us when Kyle Chandler is returning to television? —Harry
Ausiello: Rumor has it the Friday Night Lights Emmy nominee has been offered every pilot under the sun, only to turn each and every offer down. “That’s not true,” Chandler humbly responds. He won’t deny, however, that he’s being very picky about choosing his FNL follow-up. “I’ve looked closely at what the next project will be,” he says. “You kind of have to. FNL went for five years. I certainly know enough now that if you’re going to climb into bed with one of these television shows and it becomes successful, you’re there for a while. When you’ve got [FNL exec producer] Peter Berg and other folks putting this thing together it’s a little bit easier. You knew you had quality people you were signing up with. I just did Super 8. I didn’t even see the script, but it’s quite obvious that’s pretty easy to do. So I am very considerate of what it is I do next. I listen to my gut for sure.”
Question: Thanks for the hilarious Comic-Con Q&A with James Roday and Dule Hill. Speaking of which, any scoop on the upcoming season of Psych? —Daniel
Ausiello: WWE Superstar Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin will guest in an episode as Mario, a hotheaded, ‘bros before hoes’-type contestant on Missed Connections, a Bachelorette-type reality dating show where he competes for the affections of a woman he crossed paths with in the past but has never actually met.
Question: Any 90210 scoop not related to Naomi? —Ruby
Ausiello: Dixon will launch a music career this season, and you’ll never guess who’ll guest-star as one of his new fans. Go ahead, hazard a guess. I’ll give you a hint: He’s got a very ****** ******!
Question: Any word if Mindy Kaling signed a new contract to continue on The Office? It sounded pretty bleak before the end of the season. —Matt
Ausiello: Still no deal, which is odd since I heard she showed up for the first table read last week. (There’s also this.) Go figure.
Question: It’s really looking like Cas is going to be killed off in Episode 2 of Supernatural. Can you give us any hope at all that he’ll survive beyond that? —Tabitha
Ausiello: Nope, and neither can his portrayer Misha Collins. “I would love to tell you [but] I’m not going to,” he told TVLine over the weekend at Comic-Con. “I don’t like to give away secrets… You might see me a lot next year. If you have a poster of me on your wall, you’ll see me daily. But how much I’ll be on Supernatural is a secret. And I actually don’t know. That makes it easier to not tell you.” When we do see Cas, he will be “drunk with power,” reveals Collins. “He’s trying to do what he thinks a God should be doing on Earth and in Heaven, which is fairly righteous and wrathful. Rectifying the world’s problems. I think he’s making, in many respects, the world a better place. But there’s a fair amount of smiting going on too. You take the good with the bad.”
Question: Any Supernatural spoilers? Please? —Nic
Ausiello: Look for Sam and Dean’s already difficult lives to get even tougher. After years of skirting the law, the boys are “starting to be found,” Jared Padalecki teased at Comic-Con, which means the Winchesters are “losing a lot of our aces in the hole.” Adds executive producer Ben Edlund, “We’ve been saying that they do things a certain way. Their techniques, their methods – they know what they’re doing. They know their job. They have their support networks. Those things in their lives are going to challenged.” Insert the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid feel showrunner Sera Gamble teased to us back in May, and, “They’re going to find themselves, in a sense, running from lots of guns,” continues Edlund. “The stuff they face this season, it’s massive.” But Edlund believes there’s still room for laughs. “There’s a natural absurdity to being on the air for seven seasons and the number of times they’ve died,” he says. “There’s a quality that’s going to lend itself to a little more ambient comedy this year.”
Question: There’s been a lack of scoops on Chuck recently! Anything you can give me? —Adam
Ausiello: You already know from reading our Comic-Con recap that Casey is getting a new love interest/foil by the name of Gertrude Verbanski. The newbie runs what EP Chris Fedak calls “the best spy company in the world.” But what you may not know is that the just-released casting breakdown describes her as “tall, gorgeous and striking. She’s Miranda Priestly meets Lara Croft, with a rather wicked sense of humor.” Got casting tips? Hit the comments!
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! See you at Comic-Con! (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman)