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Question: I gotta say, this new version of Dean Winchester on Supernatural leaves me downright tingly all over! Any chance you might have some news about what’s on the horizon for our deliciously messed up Purgatory escapee? —Gina
Ausiello: You thought he was getting deeper, Gina, but your favorite Winchester brother is actually going to become two-dimensional in the show’s upcoming cartoon-inspired episode. Supe fans already know that the outing will find ‘toon elements enmeshed with the real world; I can add that all of the deaths in the ep are cartoon tropes – such as anvils falling from the sky and people plummeting off ledges after hovering in mid-air for a few seconds. I also hear that Sam, Dean and Castiel will step inside an actual cartoon (think Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?). Finally, all of the Saturday-morning-style fun will take place in the season’s eighth episode. As Porky Pig said, that’s all folks!
Question: When will NCIS fans learn more about “Tony’s potential love interest”? Is there anything you can share? —Caroline
Ausiello: Allow me to defer to exec producer Gary Glasberg: “As we get into November sweeps, expect to see Tony and Ziva opening up to each other more, sharing some guarded memories that they both cherish. Tony will have some decisions to make as the season progresses, decisions that could leave him at a real emotional crossroads.”
Question: First off, I want to say a huge thank you. Your spoilers and scoops make the wait each week between shows bearable! But can you give us a little bit of Revenge? —Rosy
Ausiello: Revenge may be a dish best served cold, Rosy, but this Revenge scoop is too hot to hold back: The show is casting a hard-nosed judge, his wife and his right-hand man. The judge – who’s up for a big-time appointment — will visit the Hamptons for a charity award. Hmm, that wouldn’t be the best time for details about his seemingly proper wife’s past to come to light, would it? I don’t have definitive intel that the judge is somehow connected to the Graysons, but c’mon. And since you seem like a nice person, here’s a Bonus Scoop: I can tell you that a male high school friend of Jack’s, who’s now a cop, will arrive in town in the near future.
Question: Once Upon a Time scoop, please?! Maybe info on who Ethan Embry is playing? —Elyse
Ausiello: Officially, he’s playing a mysterious Storybrooke visitor. Unofficially, Embry fits the description of a character named Bennett that the show was recently casting. The mid-30s guy next door-type is sweet, charming, intelligent and funny — at least on the surface. Beneath the surface, he possesses a darkness, as well as a willingness to fight to the bitter end for his beliefs and (this is where things get interesting) to prove that his way of life is in the right. What does it all mean?!?!
Question: I absolutely love Tessa and Ryan on Suburgatory. Any scoop on their relationship? —Melinda
Ausiello: According to series creator Emily Kapnek, the love story “ignites” in the comedy’s holiday episode. “But Ryan isn’t sure what any of it means,” she explains. “Was it his imagination, or is this actually happening?” He’ll likely get his answer in an early 2013 episode that finds Tessa recuperating from having her wisdom teeth extracted. “She’s out of school and Ryan comes over,” Kapnek reveals. “And there’s a fantastic scene between the two of them where he puts it on the line.”
Question: Anything on American Horror Story: Asylum? I’m officially obsessed! —Anna
Ausiello: Wednesday’s episode boasts one of the young season’s most unsettling non-horror scenes — one of the doctors aims to “cure” Lana of her lesbianicity through a graphic session of aversion therapy. Also: A new character by the name of Anne Frank (yes, the one with the diary), played by Franka Potente, has some provocative intel on one of Briarcliff’s denizens that explains so, so, so much.
Question: Anything on Castle you can share leading up to the Christmas episode? I can’t wait! —Anthea
Ausiello: I can confirm that the Dec. 3 holiday-themed outing will answer the age-old question: If Rick had a Christmas tree, what exactly would it look like? Also, who would help him decorate it? (Answer to the second Q is Alexis and Martha.) The bigger news, however, is that something conspires to keep Rick and Kate apart on Christmas — and that something is *o**.
Question: What’s the story behind the Brittany-Sam wedding photo that Glee boss Ryan Murphy tweeted last week? Are they getting married? —Rich
Ausiello: Can’t confirm a wedding. But I can confirm a one-sided crush. Bonus scoop: I have an answer to the question I posed at the end of this recent Glee story, and that answer is yes.
Question: Give us the biggest Glee scoop you have right now. —Suzanne
Ausiello: Wow. Talk about pressure. Um…. A character I never thought I’d see on the show again is returning. How’s that?
Question: Would love to get some scoop on Hawaii Five-0, Hart of Dixie and/or Scandal. —Clarisse
Ausiello: I can help you with two out of the three. Five-0 is getting ready to introduce Danny’s visiting Jersey Shore-esque nephew Eric (gym, tan… lei’d?). Hart of Dixie, meanwhile, is casting the role of Jonah, a “handsome, charismatic, somewhat cocky” doctor who returns to Bluebell to visit his family and (I presume, since the gig is recurring) ends up sticking around. My question for you, Clarisse: Is Jonah coming on as a love interest for Lemon or Zoe?
Question: Any scoop on Elementary‘s big Super Bowl episode? —Maggie
Ausiello: You mean the one that was just announced? I’m good, but I’m not that good. Prior to the big game on Feb. 3, viewers will uncover “some bigger pieces of the puzzle” concerning Sherlock’s mysterious time in London. “I don’t think I’m giving too much away to say that Watson was onto something in the pilot,” teases EP Rob Doherty. “There’s a story to tell as to how Sherlock came to be in the States, how he came to spiral into addiction. We want to give Joan and the audience pieces of this mystery so they have them when we finally get more explicit about how he lost control and ended up in New York.” Could the woman Joan suggested was part of that downfall be a certain iconic character from the Sherlock Holmes stories? “Irene Adler is somebody I’d love to see on the show in some way, shape or form,” Doherty says. “But Irene is tricky to talk about at the moment.”
Question: Any plans for James Wolk to return to Happy Endings? — Ann
Ausiello: As of now, no. But, the next best thing is going to happen to Max in an upcoming episode titled “The Marry Prankster”: He’s going to win the lottery! Or so the gang tricks him into thinking, at least. When our favorite slob finds out the truth, needless to say, there will be (hilarious) hell to pay. Bonus Scoop: Look for Max and Brad to pose as an engaged couple to raid a gay wedding expo.
Question: Heya. I’m looking for a boyfriend. I enjoy life and I like to have fun and hang out with friends and family. I enjoy cookout and fishing. I enjoy taking a walk and holding hands. I love to see and learn about new place. I work very hard at the hotel and I am raising two adoptive children and I cherish my God. — Dwight
Ausiello: I was halfway to the jeweler’s when your pitch hit a snag, Dwight. Sadly, I do not love to see “new place,” much less learn about it and/or them. Have you tried Slezak?
Question: Why is Bree Turner MIA on Grimm? I thought I had read on your site that she was promoted to a series regular. So what’s going on? Answer and no Smurf will be harmed. — Brian
Ausiello: You know the quickest way to get a question not answered, Brian? Threaten a Smurf. Lucky for you, that’s also the quickest way to get a question answered. After having a baby last month, Turner took a few episodes off (which is why her name was temporarily removed — operative word: temporarily!) from the opening credits. But she’s back in Portland now and shooting new eppies as Rosalee.
Question: Are we going to see Elaine Stritch back on 30 Rock one more time during its swan song season? I can’t bear the thought of not having Colleen judging Jack at least one more time. —Andy G.
Ausiello: Not only is she coming back, she’s taking the show on the road — to Florida, where (from what I can tell) she’s being moved into a retirement home full of Chatty Cathys.
Question: Any Sons of Anarchy spoilers? —Elizabeth
Ausiello: Remember last week when we told you that the Otto/Tara arc “will all play out” by season’s end? Well, the tale picks up in this week’s episode and quickly takes an odd, uncomfortable turn — particularly in the hour’s final moments. Bonus Scoop: Someone else finds out about the skeletons Juice has been keeping in his closet.
Question: Now that Community will debut in February, does that mean there won’t be a Halloween episode? I need my spooky Greendale fix! —Kellen
Ausiello: Not only is the show’s annual Halloween extravaganza still on, but Yvette Nicole Brown dubbed it her favorite episode of the season when she dropped by Spoiler Alert! last month. In other Community news, Dean Pelton is about to come face-to-face with… himself! The show is on the prowl for a thirtysomething actor who has a small frame and is balding to play Dean’s friend and doppelganger.
Question: Give us a scoop about Dexter, please. Can’t believe Dex and Hannah had sex! —John
Ausiello: Believe it. And brace yourself: This Sunday’s episode opens with — understandably! — some of the most awkward “morning after” smalltalk on record. (Sample exchange: “This can’t happen again.” “The horse tranquilizer or the sex?”) Then, in keeping with this season’s theme of “Can things get worse?,” one of the worst possible people gets wind of the killers’ canoodling.
Question: This Boy Meets World sequel series is all I have been able to think about since Friday. Anything else you can tell us about it? —Amanda
Ausiello: I’m going to call this Amanda Meets Scoop: Cory and Topanga’s Girl Meets World kiddo is a 13-year-old named Riley who’s full of life, super positive and very loyal to her friends. She’s got a slightly older brother, Elliot, and – this may make fans very happy– her dad is her history teacher. Yup: The Feen-ee has become the Feeny! The show also is casting Riley’s best friend, a dark, edgy, acerbic girl named Maya who’s probably not as pessimistic as she seems.
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Meg Masters and Vlada Gelman)Follow @MichaelAusiello