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Question: Do you have anything on Season 5 of Parenthood? —Austin
Ausiello: A third party is going to create some tension in Julia and Joel’s marriage, and — shocker! — it’s not one of their irrepressible demon spawn! (I josh, I josh. I love those fire-breathing monsters… like a cold sore.) When the action picks up (after a somewhat sizeable time jump), Joel is in the midst of working on a two-year project with a fireball of an architect named Meredith (new recurring character alert!). Everything’s copasetic until Mer joins Joel and Julia for dinner and inadvertently makes former legal eagle Julia feel crappy about being a stay-at-home mom. What’s more, Julia starts to view her hubby’s new work wife as a threat. (I think we all know where this is going… ) In other Parenthood news, Sarah is going to pull an Amanda Woodward and become the manager of an apartment building, and Matt Lauria’s back as Ryan — at least in the Sept. 26 premiere — when Amber visits him at an Army base.
Question: Is there any chance there will be flashbacks showing the Governor’s origin story on The Walking Dead? And if so, might Milton make an appearance? I’m really heartbroken over his death. — Jessenika
Ausiello: The Governor’s origin story, which I imagine would have to include his former ally Milt, seems like a golden story opportunity for new showrunner Scott Gimple — especially since David Morrissey is back as a regular in Season 4. But I honestly have no idea if it’s in the cards. The show could just as easily wind up being too busy with new recurring characters like Laura, a single mom and ex-nurse who isn’t quite as strong as she first appears; Melody, a “just one of the guys” kinda gal in her 20s; and Don, who sounds like Hershel, if Hershel were crankier and two-legged. (BTW, did you see this?)
Question: Any Vampire Diaries scoop? Will Tyler be back this season? Thanks! — Mary Kate
Ausiello: Tyler who? There’s nothing like a cute older college boy to make you temporarily forget the show’s MIA hybrid hunk. That’s what happens when Caroline meets Jesse, a hot, smart, confident and disarmingly sweet upperclassman at Whitmore. Among the other fresh faces in the season opener: smartypants Megan, who attends Mystic Falls High’s 1950s dance and attempts to charm the pants off Jeremy, and Eastern European beauty Nadia, who crosses paths with Matt and Rebekah at a Prague bar — and comes on to both of them?! — before delivering an ominous warning to Stefan about The Originals.
Question: Will you make this holiday weekend even better with a scoop on Melissa & Joey? I’m thinking something might finally happen between them in the coming weeks! –Brigid
Ausiello: I hear things get “cozy” between them as they visit Joe’s family in the Sept. 4 season finale and have to share a room. Get your mind out of the gutter; they’re probably just gonna bump nasties.
Question: I assume you collect your information through a secret army of Smurf spies. You can deny it all you want, but have any of your adorable blue minions learned whether Nick’s mom will return in Grimm‘s third season? I’ll send them a special treat (discreetly, of course) for any intel on the subject. —Abby
Ausiello: Per TVLine’s new editorial assistant, Spoiler Smurf, the show is trying to reel Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio back in, but the busy actress-mother isn’t biting. Not yet anyway.
Question: Do you have any info on who will be Peter Pan in next season’s Once Upon a Time? —Wolf
Ausiello: As we previously reported, the producers are hoping to keep the casting of Peter Pan under wraps — maybe with an eye on a big Comic-Con reveal? But while on the subject of Neverland, the ABC drama is also filling the heavily recurring role of Rufio, aka the teenage leader of the Lost Boys. The character, per lore, is described as forever youthful, mischievous and harboring a penchant for clever games — but behind his playful façade lurks a petulant child twisted enough to destroy anyone who crosses his path. King Joffrey, call your agent!
Question: Plz plz plz let me know when Once Upon a Time Season 3 starts! I’m addicted to this series and can’t wait to find out what happens next. –Logan
Ausiello: ABC — the last broadcaster to announce its fall premiere dates — isn’t in any rush to do so, so instead can I placate you with a plum piece of scoop? Sources tell me that Robin Hood will resurface in Season 3, but will be played by a different, yet-to-be-cast actor, seeing as Tom Ellis (Merlin) isn’t available for a recurring run. Who’s your pick to “rob” Ellis of his role? Anyone know what Matt Smith’s up to these days?
Question: Any chance Fred will put in an appearance this season on Drop Dead Diva? —Christy
Ausiello: Exec producer Josh Berman says he’s trying to “make that work,” adding, “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him again.” In the meantime, Berman teases that the angel’s ex, Stacy, “may find someone that [fans] love even more than Fred… I think you’ll be surprised where Stacy’s life goes this season.”
Question: Any hints on Nashville Season 2? —JJ
Ausiello: How about some intel on two new females bound for Music City? The first, Zoey, is Scarlett’s childhood best friend who wants to make it as a singer. She’ll take the blonde’s old waitressing gig at The Bluebird. The second, Layla, is the winner of an American Idol-type music competition who’s so driven to be a country star that she downplays her Northeastern roots, high level of education and stable family life. This youngin’ (she’s about 20) comes across as sweet at first, but her darker side will show itself over time. Both roles are heavy recurring… which makes me think Juliette might want to release her follow-up single real fast.
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Question: Do you have anything for Girl Meets World? —Sefket
Ausiello: Will Freidle is returning… maybe. The Biggest Show in Disney Channel History is casting a cousin for new leading tween Riley, and the smart money is on Cory’s big brother Eric being the parent.
Question: Any SDCC party updates? —Richard
Ausiello: Should be posting some news on my Twitter feed in the next 48 hours. In the meantime, it might be a good idea to block off Thursday evening (July 18) on your Comic-Con sked. You know, just in case.
Question: How long until Sarah reunites with Jason on True Blood?! ‘Cause I know it’s going to happen! —Terry
Ausiello: Twelve days to be exact. In the July 14 episode, Anna Camp’s much-missed Ms. Newlin “reconnects” with her ex-lover, per HBO. In that same episode, Sookie seeks Lafayette’s help in summoning her dead parents, and Eric and Tara go to desperate, drastic lengths to rescue Pam.
Question: What’s the latest on a possible Dexter spin-off? I’m not ready to let go! —David
Ausiello: The latest is it’s not happening at the moment. “We are so focused on finishing the series up before we overstay our welcome that spin-offs are the very last thing on anybody’s mind,” exec producer Sara Colleton tells TVLine. “We just want to use every bit of emotional and physical energy [on the final season].” Bonus Scoop: The Shield‘s Kenny Johnson makes his debut as formidable U.S. Marshall Cooper in Episode 8. “I can’t really tell anything because it will tip stuff that starts happening,” Colleton says of his character, who is hired by Sean Patrick Flanery’s P.I. Jacob Elway to hunt down an infamous criminal. “We were so thrilled that we were ever able to get an actor of his caliber for this three or four-episode arc. He’s fabulous, and it’s a wonderful [role].”
Question: Anything on Dexter?! How will it end? —Deb
Ausiello: With a trip to the hospital. According to sources, the penultimate episode features a slew of medical personnel, including an emergency room doctor, a surgeon, two nurses, two paramedics and a hospital security guard. A major character’s life would have to be in jeopardy to warrant hiring seven guest stars, right? (Somewhere Laguerta’s like, “All I got was an effen’ bench!”)
Question: For the love of Snapple, Smurfs and that is all holy, where is the Rookie Blue scoop? —Tia
Ausiello: ‘Memba Mitovich telling you in Inside Line about a big episode coming up later this season featuring the return of one of the ABC drama’s past (and most dangerous) villains? Well, per leading man Gregory Smith, Charlotte Sullivan’s Gail figures smack dab in the middle of it. “It’s an incredible episode for Gail,” he previews. “It’s a very traumatic experience for Gail, where she really has to rise to the occasion.”
Question: Hey, fairy good father — have you any info on the remaining episodes of Under the Dome? —Karim S
Ausiello: First off, how dare you call me a father? Secondly, according to the so-handsome-it-hurts-my-self-esteem Mike Vogel, “By Episode 11 it starts getting deep. It’s a town in turmoil. The dome is a device; it’s a fishbowl. You put a bunch of fish in the bowl and you start banging on the glass to see how they react, you’re going to have fish that eat other fish, you’re going to have fish that protect those about to eaten, and while all this is happening, there’s a whole world on the outside. Barbie thinks he’s off the hook on some things, and then another can of worms gets opened up. They’ve done a great job putting the pedal down and driving it all the way through the end of the season. Each of these last few episodes that we have just get crazier and crazier.” Bonus Scoop: If you’re hankering for Angie to break free from Junior’s clutches… bad news. The episodic photos for July 15 show her very much still in captivity. (Ugh)
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman and Meg Masters)Follow @MichaelAusiello