Question: As much as I loved your Emmy interview with Lisa Edelstein — and I did love it — it wasn’t exactly overflowing with scoop. Did you uncover any real House dirt over the weekend? — Elaine
Ausiello: You just reminded me of something: I totally forgot to post my pre-Emmy one-on-one with House executive producer Katie Jacobs! What was I thinking?! I’ll tell you what I was thinking: I needed to save something for this week’s Ask Ausiello. And I think you’ll agree this particular spoiler was worth waiting for. With all my attention focused on the big Huddy kiss in episode 6, Jacobs blindsided me with the news that there’s also a sensational smooch in episode 5 — this one between Thirteen and another woman! “Even before the House and Cuddy kiss, Thirteen is on a little bit of a spiral,” Jacobs teased. “She has Huntington’s. And when you don’t know how many years you have left to live, you might exhibit some reckless, risk-taking behavior. And she doesn’t express it through her work, but after hours, she’s leading quite a life.” Who’s the lucky gal that gets to mack on Olivia Wilde? Jacobs isn’t saying. “Thirteen’s sexual involvement with this woman is not really about this other woman,” she explains. “It’s about Thirteen’s reckless behavior. It’s not the first time she’s done it, and it won’t be the last time.” I’d tell you what else Jacobs said but I have to save something for next week’s AA!
Question: Thoughts on the debacle that was Sunday’s Emmy ceremony? — Jim
Ausiello: Well, it certainly came as no surprise to me that the five-reality-host experiment crashed and burned. What did surprise me was how hard it was to find a celeb in attendance that was willing to join Jeremy Piven in dumping on Howie, Heidi, Ryan, Tom, and Jeff — and I talked to a lot of celebs that night. “I’m just happy to be invited to the party,” insisted Amy Poehler. “I’m cool with the entertainment.” The funny lady’s SNL boss, Lorne Michaels, who was in charge of the 40th Emmy telecast 20 years ago, went a step further, giving show producer Ken Ehrlich props for thinking outside the box. “They’re still taking chances,” he praised. Even Neil Patrick Harris, who half-joked on air that Mandel’s “endless prattling” led to his bit with fellow presenter Kristin Chenoweth getting cut, said that despite “taking a little jab” at the quintet, “It’s hard to complain because we’re sitting in the front row of the Emmys.” Hard, maybe. But not impossible. Focusing on the positive — the one positive — 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey declared, “I’m a big fan of Tom Bergeron.” Then she bit her tongue, adding only, “That’s true.”
Question: I’m dying for some great Tim-Lyla scoop. Anything from FNL‘s unlikely likely couple? — Greenlee
Ausiello: Let’s check in with Taylor Kitsch: “Lyla and Riggins are a couple now. In the first three episodes, we’re just trying to figure out how this is going to work. It’s Tim Riggins, though, so you can understand why she’s apprehensive. There’s a bit of convincing going on; it’s just a give-and-take. You really do see how these guys are close, but at the same time, there are obviously some blow-ups.”
Question: All these years with your damn puzzles! I have a little puzzle for you to figure out, Mr. Ausiello: S**rf*s bl*w! Good luck with that one. — Kyle
Ausiello: Smurfs blow! Wow, that was F-U-N. Now I’ll return the favor with another one of my phenomenally successful multiple choice quizzes, this time pertaining to the fate of a certain MIA island on Lost. We will come to learn that one of the following is true in Lost‘s fifth season premiere.
A. The Island moved forward in time.
B. The Island moved backward in time.
C. The Island did not move in time, but it did move in space — to another location on the planet.
D. The Island did not move in time or space — it’s still there, but Dharma tech renders it invisible to the naked eye.
Question: Thanks for the interview with Emilie de Ravin, but do you know for sure that Claire will be back for Lost‘s sixth and final season? I’m suspicious. — Devon
Ausiello: I was too, but then I asked executive producer Carlton Cuse and he put my mind at ease. “Claire is a wonderful part of the show and the audience can rest assured that they will see [her] again on Lost,” Cuse told me Sunday night at the Governors Ball. “It’s just all part of Damon and my grand plan for how the story is going to be best told. And we don’t want someone to be on the show and not be serviced well. The story that we’re telling this year is going in some other directions, but we’ll circle back around to include Emilie we think in a very exciting way.”
Question: By now you should be able to tell us: Is there a baby in the mix in Grey’s or not? — Virginia
Ausiello: Not in tomorrow’s two-hour premiere there’s not.
Question: Anything else you can tell us about the 100th episode of CSI: NY? — Carmen
Ausiello: Forget the 100th. The episode that will have everyone talking is the 101st. Why? Because, as a very reliable insider revealed to me over the weekend, it’s “one of the best episodes and it has to do [primarily] with Danny and Lindsay and their love. And it’s intense.” To learn the identity of this insider and find out what else he/she had to say, click here now.
Question: Who does a girl have to sweet-talk to get a little Pushing Daisies scoop? — Darlanne
Ausiello: It’s me, and I’m especially proud of my extensive argyle sweater vest collection. Start talkin’. Meanwhile, I’ll keep up my end of the bargain by revealing that in what promises to be an especially fanciful episode, Ned, Chuck, and Emerson will — shades of Seinfeld — meet their Bizarro World selves. How bizarre will alterna-Ned and Co. be? Pretty damn — they’re all Norwegian.
Question: You’ve been rockin’ the Supernatural scoop lately, to which I have one thing to say: Keep it comin’! — Mandy
Ausiello: I’ve been devoting so much valuable AA real estate to the Brothers Winchester these past few weeks that I’m inclined to take at least partial credit for the show’s record-breaking season premiere-ratings last week. Eh, screw that, I’m taking all the credit. And don’t be surprised if this next Supebit drives the show’s Nielsens even higher: In episode 5, Dean punches Sam not once, but twice. And not by accident!
Question: I’ll be your BFF if you give me some Supernatural scoop! — Justin
Ausiello: I’ll let you know if an opening comes up in my friends rotation. Till then, you’ll probably be satisfied to know that the show is casting two new recurring roles: One’s a pretty ass kicker who hears voices and seems likely to become a love interest for one of the Winchester boys; the other’s a he-demon whose serene demeanor belies a mile-wide sadistic streak. He’s a little less likely to become a love interest for one of the Winchester boys. Just a hunch.
Question: I’ve got a craving for True Blood scoop. Got anything I can sink my teeth into? — Manda
Ausiello: Ha! I get it! True Blood. Sink your teeth. Genius! The fifth episode ends with a major character dying. (If you’re a fan of Charlaine Harris’ books, it won’t come as much of a surprise to you. I wasn’t, so I was majorly shocked.) Speaking of True Blood, can we get a round of applause for Ryan Kwanten? Dude’s delivering a breakout performance. (When does he find time to rehearse between all the workouts he’s obviously doing?)
Question: It’s all Greek to me, but I’d appreciate some scoop on my fave show in English. — Jan D.
Ausiello: The September 30 eppy promises to be, like, totally rad. Not only is that the week of the sorority convention, meaning the returns of Charisma Carpenter and Senta Moses, but 90210 Original Flavor’s Cindy Walsh, Carol Potter, and Animal House‘s Babs Jensen, Martha Smith, guest. Not enough for ya? Try this: Dale gets wasted for the first time!
Question: Any interesting Emmy-night stories you’d like to impart on us Ausholes? — Jeremy
Ausiello: It’s actually a pre-pre-Emmy-night story and it’s a doozy. On my flight from New York to L.A. last week, I just so happened to be seated next to an up-and-coming actress who will soon be seen in a multiple episode arc on one of my favorite comedies. And it gets better. Said thesp confided to me that she had just auditioned for an extremely high profile gig on a very popular, long-running series. Why am I being so secretive? Because I desperately need a mole at the show she’s angling to join, and the last thing I want to do is tip the producers off to our newfound friendship. For more on that, check out chapter 10 of my forthcoming book, How to Cultivate a Mole in 10 Days or Die Trying.
Question: Thank you for the spoilers from Smallville. Got anything new? — Sue
Ausiello: Details are emerging on the blockbuster November sweeps two-parter (episodes 10 and 11) and they’re so tantalizing that even I’m tempted to watch. Following Chloe’s wedding to Jimmy, Brainiac slowly starts taking over Chloe’s body. By episode 11, he has taken complete possession of her. And that, my friends, is just the tip of the iceberg.
Question: So psyched about Gilmore Girls‘ Rebecca Kirshner joining 90210 as an executive producer! Will she be writing any episodes? I hope so. — Carol
Ausiello: She sure will be. And just in case you forgot, here are some of the more memorable Gilmore installments Kirshner was responsible for.
* “Hay Bale Maze” (Arguably one of the show’s most touching and unusual scripts.)
* “I’d Rather Be in Philadelphia” (Richard is hospitalized.)
* “Santa’s Secret Stuff” (Lorelai writes a character recommendation for Luke’s custody case and realizes how important he has been in her and Rory’s life.)
* “That’s What You Get, Folks, for Makin’ Whoopee” (Lorelai turns her house into an Asian-themed wonderland to cheer Rory up; Luke and Lorelai have a fight in the town square.)
* “Bridesmaids Revisited” (Rory finds out Logan slept with all the bridesmaids in his sister’s wedding party.)
* “Always a Godmother, Never a God” (Lorelai and Rory are fighting; Logan takes Rory to N.Y. for an escape.)
Question: Any major scoop on Ugly Betty? — Mitchell
Ausiello: This just in: The show’s first two episodes don’t suck. Far from it, in fact. After last May’s disappointing finale, and news of further behind-the-scenes changes, I feared the worst was yet to come for Betty. But I’m relieved to report that tomorrow’s season premiere, and next week’s second episode, are home runs. My favorite moments: Betty’s initial run-in with new love interest Val Emmich (click here for America Ferrera’s take on Betty’s new beau); Amanda and Marc’s reaction upon meeting Eddie Cibrian for the first time; every word that comes out of Ana Ortiz’s comically blessed mouth; and the look on Betty’s face as she attempts to inject Botox into Wilhelmina’s face. I should also point out that by the end of the next week’s eppy, the fate of a pivotal character hangs in the balance.
Question: The Closer scoop? — Diego
Ausiello: When the show returns in January, history will be made — but not the good kind. For the first time in the TNT hit’s nearly four-year run, an episode won’t end with Brenda nailing her killer. And adding insult to injury, she’ll probably end up crushing on the DA responsible for getting her perp off the hook, since he’s described in the casting notice as being “smart,” “charismatic,” and “very much Brenda’s equal.” If that doesn’t fit the TV lust-interest profile, then I don’t know what does.
Question: Anything on Brothers & Sisters about Justin and Rebecca? — Cameron
Ausiello: In Sunday’s premiere, a member of the Walker clan discovers that the former sibs are dating and blackmails Justin with the info! Later in the season, Kevin starts to feel his biological clock ticking, Saul gets an architect boyfriend, and Kitty goes on The View — all in exactly that order.
Question: How bad are the ratings for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles? — Dean
Ausiello: Armageddon-like? An SCC insider tells me that if the show’s numbers don’t start to climb, Fox is unlikely to order any additional episodes beyond the 13 currently in the pipeline. At Saturday’s EW pre-Emmy bash, Thomas Dekker remained hopeful that they could hold off doomsday at least until the end of football season. “We¹re up against Monday Night Football,” he sighed, “which is tricky because we have a lot of football fans.”
Question: Heroes premiere rocked! Scoop? — Doug
Ausiello: Sure did. Too bad 25 percent fewer people saw it. Now, this next tidbit isn’t so much a scoop as it is an interesting behind-the-scenes nugget that has “cocktail party chatter” written all over it. The reason Kristen Bell’s TV papa spent the entire episode (okay, two scenes) sitting in a chair was that his portrayer, Stephen Tobolowsky, broke his neck horse riding in Iceland. “He had to shoot all his scenes in the chair looking face forward,” whispers my Heroes tipster. “He took his neck brace off only when the cameras were rolling.” Thanks to Sylar’s handiwork, Tobolowsky’s injury is not expected to have any further impact on production.
Question: Where’s your interview with Mariska Hargitay from the Emmys?! You did talk to her, right? — Farrah
Ausiello: It was touch-and-go there for a while, but late Saturday night her reps finally agreed to lift the restraining order long enough for me to conduct this brief (and just-posted) Q&A with her on the Emmy red carpet. Here’s an excerpt of one of her answers to whet your appetite: “Who doesn’t want to make out with Chris Meloni?!”
Time’s up! I have a flight to catch back to the B.A. (that’s Big Apple, not Buenos Aires.) Please, if you haven’t done so already, head over to EW.com’s ridiculously comprehensive Emmy hub to relive the best and worst moments on stage, on the red carpet, at the parties, in my limo on my way home from the parties — you name it, we got it. It’s also where you’ll find (almost) all of my video interviews from Saturday’s big EW bash and Sunday’s main event. When you’re done there, shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me how handsome I looked! Feel free to also ask a question and/or give me an anonymous tip, but only after you tell me how handsome I looked. Those are the rules; please abide by them. (Additional reporting by Lindsay Soll and Andy Patrick)