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Question: OK, I’m dying here. Can I please have some True Blood scoop! —Mariamne
Ausiello: Ever wonder what an eight-pack looks like on a teenager? There’s a good chance you’ll find out in this season’s ninth episode, titled “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” which introduces us to an “innocent-faced” 14-year-old Alcide. That flashback sequence also features a young Debbie, so my guess is we’ll probably see how that toxic relationship of theirs took shape. Speaking of TB, the show is also casting a Marilyn Manson-esque vampire who was once powerful and heroic but is now a sad old man.
Question: Do you know anything about Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy? —Elyse
Ausiello: I know that Clay might not be the only one facing an uncertain future with SAMCRO when the action picks up several weeks after the transition of power that landed Jax at the head of the table. Rather, his old lady Gemma, as evidenced by the look on her face at the close of the Season 4 finale, should also have cause for concern. “I don’t think she manipulates Jax in the same way she manipulates Clay,” Charlie Hunnam told us at FX’s upfront party. “There’s a dynamic inherent in every mother-and-son relationship, where after a while the son is going to say, ‘Mom, you ain’t running my life anymore.’ So I think she definitely has a good reason to be nervous in terms of her position in the club.”
Question: Help a girl out and give a clue about the couple sealing the deal in your latest blind item. Please, with a case of Snapple (you pick the flavor) on top? —Lisa
Ausiello: I’m starting to get some intel on how the hookup goes down, and I think it’s fair to say fans will either love it or hate it; there will be no in-between. How’s that? Not good enough? Figured. Pay a visit to my Twitter feed in the next day or so. I’ll narrow things down a little further for you.
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Question: Listen — here’s the most important question of the season. Happy Endings was picked up for a full 22-episode season… so why is this week’s 21st episode the season finale? What happened to that mysterious 22nd one? —Nicolas
Ausiello: Listen — ABC had too much Wednesday night inventory to accommodate Episode 23. It will see the light of day though, if not over the summer then in the fall.
Question: Give us a scoop about a Gossip Girl/Dair moment in the future that you can’t wait to see? —Ivana
Ausiello: There’s a fairly epic kiss on the horizon. That should be pretty cool. Also, look for Dan to make a pretty big professional sacrifice during May sweeps — in the name of love.
Question: Do you know anything about Gossip Girl and the possible reunion of Blair and Chuck? Give us some hope for true love. —Gabby
Ausiello: Would you settle for some truly heartbreaking news regarding another GG duo? You would? Awesome. Thanks for being so flexible. Exec producer Josh Safran confirms that Lily and Rufus are headed for a rough patch — and it’s caused by their recent move across the East River. “There is a lot of relationship drama [coming up] for Lily and Rufus,” he says. “Let’s just say a tree may grow in Brooklyn, but Lily van der Woodsen does not. She is a Manhattan girl at heart and her transition is not going to last very long.”
Question: Will there be a Senior Prom this year on Glee? If so, anything you can share? —Daly
Ausiello: I can share the title of the episode: “Prom-asaurus.”
Question: Anything — anything — you can tell me about Castle‘s zombie episode, titled “Undead Again”? —Cat
Ausiello: It airs April 30, one week before the season finale — and that was by design. “As part of this final Beckett/Castle run-up to a very emotional finale — where we confront a lot of the issues that the characters have been skirting all season — we felt like it was important to bring some fun into the show,” series creator Andrew W. Marlowe told TVLine’s Matt Mitovich. “Zombies are very much in the zeitgeist, and we thought it was something that was worth tackling.” The boss man hints that he found a “credible” way to incorporate Walkers into the procedural à la how “last season Castle was convinced that aliens were behind a murder.”
Question: I’ve thought long and hard about this. Would the mystery person you said is returning to Castle during May sweeps be Kate’s father? We haven’t seen him since the premiere. —Bexx
Ausiello: Nope. The character I was referring to in last week’s Ask Ausiello is female. And she has ties to a former series regular.
Question: The Killing premiere was great but I am worried about Holder. While I am glad he’s not a dirty cop, will Holder and Linden ever be friends again? And will this push him back into his addiction? —Katie
Ausiello: Holder has one very good reason to stay clean, and he’ll be reminded of it later this season when his sister arrives on the scene (played by Homeland‘s Marin Ireland). “As you know from the first season, Holder’s sister put a ban on him because he messed up so fatally when he was doing drugs,” Joel Kinnaman notes. “He’s been banned from [seeing] his nephew, and we’ll see [where things stand with that] when they get in contact again. It’s going to be heart-wrenching.”
Question: Do you have any scoop Addison’s upcoming storyline on Private Practice? —Beth
Ausiello: The title of the season finale has me very worried about her quest to become a mom. It’s called “Gone Baby Gone,” and, according to series creator Shonda Rhimes, it will be an emotional rollercoaster. “There are a lot of twists and turns in that finale,” she told TVLine at Monday’s Academy of Television Arts & Sciences event, “An Evening with Shonda Rhimes and Friends.” “There’s just a real sense of growth for our characters, a sense of change. A lot of things come to a head that I don’t know people were necessarily expecting to, and that’s exciting. There are some real heartbreaking moments and some surprises. There are many developments romantically.” (BTW, one of those surprises apparently doesn’t involve Taye Diggs’ Sam getting fatally shot, as has been rumored. A rep for the actor insists to TVLine that “there is absolutely no truth” to the death chatter.)
Question: I understand Callie and Arizona are in the background this season on Grey’s Anatomy, but there’s gotta be something happening with them, right? Any little spoiler will do. Thanks. – Amy
Ausiello: Allow me to introduce you to Colleen, a heretofore unseen Seattle Gracer with whom Arizona “had a bit of a thing” before she met Callie. The beautiful, exotic, brunette (safe to say ‘Zona’s got a type?) pops up in this Thursday’s episode.
Question: Grey’s Anatomy scoop – dealer’s choice. Hit me. —Jason
Ausiello: The mysterious character that Entourage alum Jordan Belfi will be playing in two May sweeps episodes just got a little less mysterious. “He’s a patient who needs surgery,” reveals Rhimes. “And he is an old friend of one of our characters.”
Question: You’ll make my day with any Grey’s Anatomy scoop on Meredith Grey! —Jessica
Ausiello: Remember me telling you that one of the Originals will get a ginormous, stress-induced spontaneous nosebleed while taking his/her medical boards? Well, quick update/correction: It’s not a nosebleed but it is some kind of medical-ish emergency. Also, after TVLine chatted up Ellen Pompeo at the aforementioned Shondaland event, I’m 90-percent certain the victim is Meredith. “Meredith has a big crisis… a huge obstacle that interferes in her taking the boards,” Pompeo told us, “[and] Derek just has to support her through that.”
Question: Please tell me The Good Wife isn’t killing off Jackie! That promo looked very ominous. Is her hospitalization related to the confrontation with Alicia? —Jen
Ausiello: Don’t know if she dies, but I do know that Alicia isn’t present when she takes ill. Rather, the pot-stirrer actually collapses during a confrontation with another character.
Question: Will Amy Sedaris make another appearance on The Good Wife this season? I love her and Alan Cumming (Eli) together. —Eric
Ausiello: She isn’t, but I’ll tell you who (or better yet, what) is returning: Eli Gold’s post-sex hairdo!
Question: Do you have any scoop on the finale of The Vampire Diaries? —Sara
Ausiello: Prepare for an “epic” hour of TV — Joseph Morgan’s words, not mine. “It’s going to be more dramatic than last year’s finale,” elaborates Klaus’ portrayer. “Honestly, I’ve got goosebumps now thinking about it. Get ready, because the biggest thing we’re going to get is a backlash at the end of it from people who are desperate to know what happens next. They’re going to have to wait a long, long time [for Season 4], so I just urge everyone to get ready for the finale to end and go, “Oh my God! But what happens next?!” (And you guys call me a big tease!)
Question: Love your column, thanks for keeping us all entertained! What I’m confused about is why no one is talking about The Finder? Great writing, all the procedural stuff without the heaviness, and don’t get me started on the eye candy! —Julie
Ausiello: You make a strong case, Jules. You’re timing is actually perfect because the Bones spinoff moves into its new Friday
death perch this week with an episode that, ahem, finds Walter enlisting young Willa to help him cyberhack a DJ while Leo is off reconnecting with an old flame (played by Eureka‘s Salli Richardson-Whitfield). You’ll also see 50 Cent playing a gun-toting, angry music producer and Walter channeling his inner white rapper.
Question: Got anything interesting about Game of Thrones that you’d like to share? —Allyson
Ausiello: Episode 4 contains the most confusing/disturbing/disorienting birth scene in TV history.
Question: I’m still processing the insane finale of Spartacus: Vengeance. I know much of the attention has been (understandably) focused on Lucretia’s suicide, but I was more shocked about Mira’s death. Are the producers planning to introduce a new love interest for Sparty in Season 3? —Lilu
Ausiello: Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight tells me “there is a possible romance we’re discussing, but it’s not something that will happen right out of the gate” — particularly since only six months will have passed since Mira was killed. “When we come back into the new season, what happened to Mira is still very much heavy on his mind,” DeKnight shares. “What I want to set up … is that he’s keeping people a bit at arm’s length emotionally because he feels that anyone that’s close to him, anyone he truly loves, ends up dying a horrible death. So that is part of the story and part of his journey. We won’t come back into the next season and suddenly Spartacus is with a new woman.”
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman and Megan Masters)Follow @MichaelAusiello