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Question: Do you have anything on what’s coming up on Bones? —Amelia
Ausiello: There’s a new twist in the Ghost Killer arc. Even though, as I told you last week, “a complex and conspiratorial” new layer will deepen the mystery in the season finale, the ethereal bandit will actually be caught three episodes prior! “The Ghost Killer is now slated be resolved in Episode 9.20,” reveals exec producer Stephen Nathan, before quickly clarifying, “One aspect of it is going to be resolved. We will, on one hand, tie up the murdering part, but leave open a far more complicated and nefarious story that will embroil everybody.”
Question: Will we get to know Angela’s real name this season on Bones? —@ohhelloarianna
Ausiello: No, but an answer is coming. “I think we’re going to get to that next season,” shares Mr. Nathan.
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Question: Is Parker going to be at Christine’s birthday party on Bones? —Gina
Ausiello: No, but… actually, this one’s just no. Explains Nathan: “Parker’s in England.” Speaking of the little one’s anniversary, the EP calls it “a lighter episodes” that finds Booth and Brennan “investigating a murder that tangentially takes place at a children’s show called The Vegetabills. So there will be dancing and singing vegetables, some of whom are suspects.” Wait — there’s more! “And in the midst of that, Booth is trying to work on Christine’s birthday with Brennan, and we find out that Brennan has never had a b’day party herself when she was a kid. Max (returning guest star Ryan O’Neal) never threw her a party. So we see Max and Brennan working stuff out and bringing it to the party.” Wait — there’s still more! “Also in that episode, David [Boreanaz] fulfills a lifelong dream of having something to do with a one-man band.”
Question: Once Upon a Time‘s Hook tried a True Love’s Kiss on Emma. Will that be brought up again? –Sarah
Ausiello: “Maybe,” Colin O’Donoghue tells Matt Mitovich in response to your query. The pirate’s portrayer also points out, “Hook has very much put his feelings on the table there for Emma, to sort of take and do with however she wants. So who knows? But I’m sure he probably would really like to have another kiss!”
Question: Got anything on HBO’s The Leftovers? –Anne
Ausiello: Private Practice alum Amy Brenneman recently gave us some intel on her character, Laurie, a mother who doesn’t speak (!). “I am Liv Tyler’s mentor in this cultish – I don’t even know if you can call it a ‘cult’ – order,” she says, “and I am estranged from Justin Theroux, who is my husband.” Laurie survived the Rapture but is estranged from Justin Theroux? That sounds like a baaad place to be. “But he wants me back!” she says, laughing.
Question: Really enjoying this season of The Americans. Any scoop? —Jen
Ausiello: Curiosity may get Paige killed, but her parents won’t be the ones pulling the trigger. Although exec producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields concede that Phillip and Elizabeth’s nosy daughter poses “a real threat” to her parents’ security, the pair insist mom and dad will never be driven to whack their own child. “As hard as it is for Phillip to put a bullet in the head of an unknown busboy, it would probably be inconceivable for him to do it to his own daughter,” Fields tells TVLine. Actually, it’s not just inconceivable, it’s completely “off the table,” chimes in Weisberg. BONUS SCOOP: Look for Paige to develop an interest in organized religion — something that sends Elizabeth into a tailspin. “It’s [comparable] to her, like, smoking crack on the street corner,” previews Keri Russell. “And it continues up until the finale. It’s the worst possible rebellion.”
Question: This Sunday’s Good Wife looks fantastic. Will there be a lot of Alicia/Will flashbacks? —Tony
Ausiello: Oh, yes. “You get to see some Will-Alicia scenes that you’ve never seen before,” confirms co-EP Michelle King of the episode, which finds Alicia recalling her days pounding the pavement post-scandal. Adds fellow EP Robert King: “Alicia has to give a speech about being an opt-out mom, and in giving this speech at the American Bar Association, she has to review her time being hired. Which brings her back to Will and Alicia at the very beginning of their relationship. It actually predates the pilot by months.” And you know what that means — vintage Alicia hairdos! “There are three styles,” Robert says with a laugh. “It’s so funny because you have Alicia in the present day, where she’s turned into kind of a ballsy woman, and then Julianna [Margulies] just flips a switch and just plays herself five years ago as this slightly innocent suburban mom — and you completely believe it.” BONUS SCOOP: By the end of the hour, King hints that the warring exes “reach some understanding of their new relationship.”
Question: A Grey’s Anatomy promo for this week’s episode shows Arizona falling pretty hard in the hospital — is that the scene Jessica Capshaw needed a stunt double for? —Mary
Ausiello: Yes, ma’am. “She breaks her fake leg,” confirms Capshaw (watch the incident play out below). “And it sucks because at this point she has a pretty fancy prosthesis, so she has to revert back to the one she had before and carry on with her day because she’s got a ton of surgeries. And then there’s something very crazy that happens at the end regarding her legs but I can’t really share that! It goes back to where she first started and something that she used to do.” Hmm… guesses?!
Question: Is that a yellow lightning bolt on The Flash’s leg? Maybe they wanted to break up the all-red costume but decided not to give him yellow boots like in the comics? –Gail
Ausiello: Actually, no — we did some digging around, and the bolt is red/maroon with gold stitching along the edge. There’s also some gold trim on The Flash’s boots. #FashionExclusive
Question: Do you know anything else about the new character McQuaid on Covert Affairs yet? Like who has been cast to play him? Or are there any other Season 5 spoilers you can share? –Rachael
Ausiello: Annie’s new romantic interest has not quite been cast — and in fact, Covert is also now looking to fill the role of the private military contractor’s No. 1, Caitlyn, a confident woman in her late 30s/early 40s who just may have designs of one sort (or another) on Arthur.
Question: Are there any signs of trouble ahead for Nick and Jess on New Girl? —Lu
Ausiello: Well, I can confirm that they wake up in bed with four other people in the March 25 episode, although that may have something to do with the new version of True American that they partook in the night before. Scroll down for an exclusive first look at the morning after! (Fun fact, this is the same episode that features a guest turn by a certain True Detective beauty.)
Question: Anything on Suits? —Jeremy
Ausiello: This Thursday’s episode is a big one for Gina Torres’ Jessica, who is “forced to re-engage with the woman who her husband left her for,” previews exec producer Aaron Korsh. While their interaction starts off “in a combative way,” the two women “end up coming to an understanding.” Meanwhile, “Jessica is put in a position to either have to perjure herself or not perjure herself, and that decision is juxtaposed with the conclusion of the Mike/Louis journey, dealing with Mike’s secret. They overlap with each other in an interesting way.”
Question: Do you have any spoilers on PLL? —Allyson
Ausiello: How about some scoop on your namesake, Allyson? Not only will Ali play a major part in next Tuesday’s season finale, but you can expect to see a lot more of her going forward. Though she’ll remain her usual secretive self — and we wouldn’t have her any other way — she’ll have less need to lurk in the shadows.
Question: I’m in need of Reign spoilers… mostly Frary! I was so happy that she picked Francis, but now what is going to happen? Will they be happy at least for a while? —Bets
Ausiello: I’ve got some good news for you, Bets: Frary will remain in tact for the foreseeable future, as Bash is going to find himself preoccupied with other — far darker — problems. But that doesn’t mean Francis’ fling with Lola won’t come back to bite him. As you’ll see in Thursday’s episode, Lola is still very much hung up on Mary’s new husband. The question is: Will she act on her feelings?
Question: Please give me something on Mistresses! —Marie
Ausiello: You’d think the fact that Karen ended Season 1 in a struggle for a handgun with her now deceased lover’s wife as well as his son (whom she’d also bedded) would have the therapist pressing pause on the crazy button for a minute, right? Umm…not so fast. In Episode 5 of the ABC sudser’s second season, Yunjin Kim’s hot mess of an alter ego will encounter a recurring character named Ben, a sexy businessman in his 30s or early 40s, and by “encounter,” I mean engage in a little “ho-tel, mo-tel, Holiday Inn” action. (Say what?) Trouble is, by the time Karen realizes that Ben is as sweet as he is fetching — and that they might actually have potential as a couple — she’s complicated matters by giving him a false name and a false identity. In the same episode, we’ll meet a twentysomething hotel bartender who helps Karen loosen up her crazycakes synapses with a vodka martini, and a handsome banker who’s under the impression that Karen is a Pilates instructor named Valerie — and that she might enjoy a spare key to his hotel room. Oh, Karen, never change!
Question: I’m a big Arrow fan and was wondering if you could find something out for me. Doesn’t Slade Wilson have a son named Joe? Will we get to find out what happened to him? —Heather
Ausiello: Though Joe has only been alluded to on occasion on the CW series, Manu Bennett mentions that relationship when discussing why Slade took Shado’s death so hard. “You have to remember, Slade Wilson has also got an ex-partnership and a son out in the world there somewhere. And the son’s potentially got siblings in some scenario that hasn’t yet evolved into the storyline,” he says. “People have to think about more than the layers of what is being shown in each episode. They have to find clues in the DC Comics history, to maybe even piece together more of what Slade is festering upon.”
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman, Kim Roots, Michael Slezak and Andy Swift)Follow @MichaelAusiello