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The Ausiello Files: December 19, 2008

EW's TV scooper updates us on T.R. Knight's ''Grey's'' exit, the post-Super Bowl ''Office'' episode, and more

T.R. Knight eyes Grey’s exit

There’s another emergency brewing at problem-plagued Seattle Grace. Grey’s Anatomy doc T.R. Knight has asked to be released from his multimillion-dollar contract, a request that both ABC and show-runner Shonda Rhimes appear poised to grant.

Reps for Knight and ABC declined to comment, but a Grey’s source says the actor has been unhappy since the early days of Isaiah-gate. Per the insider, the openly gay Knight was disappointed that it took Rhimes so long to publicly condemn Washington’s use of the F-word, even as costars Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl denounced his behavior. But by all accounts, Knight’s desire to leave stems less from the past and more from the present: He’s frustrated by his dramatic reduction in screen time this season. ”He wasn’t feeling creatively fulfilled,” says another Grey’s mole. ”He’s an actor. He wants to act. It’s that simple.”

Of course, some actors would give their perfectly capped front teeth to get paid millions of dollars to play solitaire in their trailers. ”He must be really miserable to walk away from all that dough,” points out one TV agent, who adds that ABC may be reluctant to grant Knight’s wish too quickly for fear that some of his costars will want to follow him out the door (initials K.H., perhaps?). ”They certainly don’t want to send the message that contracts can be easily broken. That would be a mistake.”

There’s no word on whether, much less when, Knight will be given a big onscreen send-off. After all, his George could just be banished to Seattle Grace’s parking lot with MIA Dr. Hahn. Hey, I smell a spin-off; it certainly can’t be any worse than Private Practice!

Ask Ausiello

Q: I find immense joy in watching Psych. What’s next for dynamic duo Shawn and Gus?Andrea
A: Oh, you know, just a little murder. In the season 3 finale (airing Feb. 20), a famed serial killer by the name of Yin Yang sets his sights on Shawn (James Roday). But even more shocking than that is the appearance at episode’s end of an ex-Brat Packer in a pivotal role.

Q: What can you tell me about the post-Super Bowl episode of The Office on Feb. 1?Jonathan
A: I can tell you exactly four things. (1) It will be an hour long. (2) It will reportedly revolve around the staff of Dunder Mifflin roasting their boss, Michael Scott (Steve Carell). (3) It will likely feature a special guest appearance by Jack Black. (4) Last but not least, it will be super. Get it? ”Super”? No one will ever top my puns!

Q: How about some scoop on FX’s blazing-hot Rescue Me?Randee
A: Wow, Randee, way to put my play on words above to shame. Nicely done. I reward you with this nugget: ER grad Maura Tierney is joining the cast as a potential love interest for Denis Leary’s Tommy. ”She’s a female version of Tommy,” explains Leary of her character, who appears in five episodes of the upcoming fifth season and could return for a longer run in season 6. ”She’s feisty, she’s stubborn, and she doesn’t need any help from anybody, especially a man. She’s never played a character like this before.”