Question: Hello fellow Smurf lover! Any new scoop on the upcoming season of True Blood? —Candy
Ausiello: I’m 90 percent certain this is new: Mariana Klaveno is returning as Bill’s maker, Lorena, for roughly six episodes.
Question: Do you know if True Blood’s third season will feature Bubba? He’s not exactly a major character in the books, but I still love him. —Kristal
Ausiello: Unfortunately, Alan Ball says he couldn’t figure out a way to introduce Bubba “without it being cheesy,” adding, “I don’t know how to do it without either using an Elvis impersonator, which is cheesy, or having somebody and never seeing their face, just hearing their voice — and to me that sounds equally cheesy. So that’s just one of the casualties of the transfer from book to screen.”
Question: I want some juicy Grey’s Anatomy news, not somewhat juicy, but very juicy. C’mon you can do it! —Sarah
Ausiello: We’ll find out in an upcoming episode that a major character — one of the original Fab Five — grew up in foster care.
Question: Have any Glee scoop on the Will/Emma/Terri triangle? —Ashley
Ausiello: Not just scoop, Ashley, but juicy scoop. As Matthew Morrison reminds us, his character “got married to his high school sweetheart, [so having] not been single for a very long time, I think he will get out there and see what is available to the single man these days.” That’s just the beginning! “I think we will see a little bit of a darker side to Mr. Schuster,” the actor continues. “He’s going to get himself into some situations that he has not been in before, and some he handles well and some… not.” Which is not to say that Mr. Nice Guy is about to become a complete ladies’ man. “His heart is really with Emma,” he hastens to add. “They will go on a few dates. [But] you just don’t get over a marriage in a few days, even if you do go out on dates.” Besides, Emma, sweet as she is, is a handful. “Terri is crazy, but he will come to find out that Emma is just as crazy, just in a different way,” Morrison teases. “He has that realization after she admits something to him that may stand in their way a little. And [on top of that] his ties to Terri are still there.” In related news…
Question: Glee scoop, please? —Dew
Ausiello: Word around William McKinley is that there will be some serious sexual tension between Will and Vocal Adrenalin’s new choir director, played by Idina Menzel.
Question: Do you know when Molly Shannon will be making her glorious Glee debut? I can’t wait to meet the woman who makes Sue Sylvester cry. —Michelle
Ausiello: She turns up in May and promptly “puts Sue in her place,” Jane Lynch told us at PaleyFest ‘10. “She’s probably the only person on the planet that can overpower Sue. She really puts her off balance and she doesn’t know what to make of her.” Echoing my initial scoop, Lynch says the SNL vet plays “this floozy alcoholic [named] Brenda Castle who got kicked out of her old school district for being inappropriate with her students. She’s teaching at our school now. Of course, we hired her. We’ll take anyone apparently. I lose it in front of her. She’s meaner than me. I like being intimidated. I’m an S&M kind of person so I love it. I love being on the M side.” Jane Lynch FTW!
Question: Will Quinn have her baby in the first half of Glee’s “back nine” episodes, or is it something they’ll drag on until next season? —Natalie
Ausiello: Let me say this: I hear the show’s June 8 season finale really delivers.
Question: After giving up on the show years ago, Smallville has been unexpectedly awesome lately! Any scoop? — Michael C.
Ausiello: **** is going to sleep with *** in episode **.
Question: I’m sad that Ugly Betty is ending. Will Rebecca Romijn be returning for the finale? —Renee
Ausiello: It’s my understanding that producers would like to bring her back, but there’s no deal at the moment. Speaking of Betty’s swan song, I hear Hilda and Bobby’s wedding — which was shot Tuesday — is a four-hankie affair. “If you don’t cry at least once,” an insider tells me, “you have a heart of stone.” Also, expect at least two huge developments — one surprising and the other, eh, not so much.
Question: Any spoilers for Nurse Jackie’s second season? —Michael
Ausiello: The first two episodes are dullsville, but the next five are aces. On the spoiler front, Dr. Coop’s already-sizeable ego experiences a major growth spurt when he’s hand-picked to serve as All Saints Hospital’s new spokesmodel. Elsewhere, look for a surprising hook-up between a doctor and a nurse.
Question: Seems like a lot of crazy rumors are flying around about Supernatural’s big 100th episode — especially that bit about the major death. Please reassure my terrified heart that it won’t be either Castiel or Bobby. What would our boys do without them? —CY
Ausiello: There’s a death, but I wouldn’t exactly call it major.
Question: Can you give us some more Supernatural scoop for the 100th episode please? —Lizzie
Ausiello: Prepare to see Castiel like you’ve never seen him before: royally pissed off.
Question: I’m freaking out! Is there a chance Chuck won’t see a fourth season? In the meantime, can you prescribe some spoilers to keep sane? —Marie-Helene
Ausiello: It’s true that Monday’s ratings were terrifying, but Daylight Savings Time wrought havoc on all shows, not just Chuck. Having said that, exec producer Josh Schwartz was alarmed enough to alert fans via Twitter that “it’s time to get organized.” For now, I’m leaving the show’s prognosis at “a safe bet” on my Renewal Scorecard. On the spoiler front, Schwartz confirms that Anna Wu’s back! Julia Ling will reprise her role in the May 10 episode. Teases Schwartz: “She’s coming back for Morgan.”
Question: This week’s Chuck was awesome! It’s so depressing that it hasn’t been renewed yet! Do you have any spoilers to cheer me up? —Julia
Ausiello: I have it on good authority that the season finale will feature at least one significant death. Feeling better, Julia?
Question: I desperately need some scoop on Chuck’s season finale! —Kim
Ausiello: Then make sure you pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on sale Friday. I also may tweet a hint or two tomorrow via @ewausiellofiles.
Question: Thanks for the all-Bones AA, but how could Caroline have helped with their first case when Brennan didn’t meet her until the season 1 episode, “Man in the Morgue?” – Hank
Ausiello: Don’t you worry. Bones’ continuity policy covered their tracks with one simple line, delivered by Booth to Brennan.
Question: I noticed via Twitpic that you not only received the 100th episode of Bones, but the 99th as well. Any scoop — especially about page 187? —JR
Ausiello: There’s actually a little page 187 nugget in my all-Bones AA. Yes, I realize I billed the column as being strictly about the 100th episode, but I accidentally intentionally included a little 99 scoopbit to see if you were paying attention.
Question: What was the most shocking moment in Bones’ 100th episode? —Diane
Ausiello: The one that prompted Sweets to declare, “My book is crap!”
Question: I’m quite nervous about the fate of a certain Brothers & Sisters character after seeing this photo on Rob Lowe’s Twitter page. Can you please shed some light? —Mandy
Ausiello: Don’t be misled about the cemetery. It’s not about Robert’s exit.
Question: With Landry (presumably) in Chicago, Tim in prison, and Julie (supposedly) a graduating senior, which student characters will be on Friday Night Lights for its final season? —Jake
Ausiello: From the original cast, Aimee Teegarden (Julie) is the only “student character” returning on a full-time basis.
Question: Will Kevin McKidd be signing on for the Rome movie? Obviously, it won’t be a Rome movie without him, but I like certainty. —Liz
Ausiello: If there is a Rome movie, McKidd has every intention of being a part of it. “I hope it happens,” he tells me. “There is a definite pulse and some momentum on the project at the moment. We’re just trying to get the director nailed down. All the [actors whose] characters are still alive on the show are very keen to get back. And that is all that matters really.” He adds that the film would likely shoot during his 2011 Grey’s Anatomy hiatus, which would serve the movie well, he says, since the action is “set a few years from where the series [ended]… We’re meant to be a little older and wiser.”
Question: Is Rob Thomas still looking for financing for a Veronica Mars movie? —Adam
Ausiello: That depends — are you interested in making a donation? If so, go ahead and send me your CC #, exp date, security code, and the amount you’re pledging and I’ll see that it gets to him right after I hit Barneys.
Question: I keep hearing about this groundbreaking 15th episode of Lost that features none of the series regulars. Can you spill any dirt on why that might be? —Brittany
Ausiello: It’s not completely accurate to say there are no series regulars in it. It would be more accurate to say it’s really light on series regulars. As far as why, let’s just say it’s a big mythology episode and leave it at that.
Question: Any scoop about Desperate Housewives? —Julien
Ausiello: Rescue Me and Numb3rs alum Diane Farr has been tapped to guest star in a May sweeps episode that will flash back to Wisteria Lane circa ‘94 and feature the return of Brenda Strong as Mary Alice. Farr will play a woman “whose life has taken a bad turn since her husband left her 16 years earlier,” says an insider. “She has become a hard-drinking, abusive woman.”
Question: Any scoop on the next season of Army Wives? I love this show and can’t wait for its return! —Jacob
Ausiello: When the fourth season premieres on April 11, Trevor and Roxy will be celebrating the impending arrival of their baby, Pamela will be at the breaking point in her marriage to Chase, Claudia Joy will find herself questioning her past decisions, and Denise and Frank will be dealing with the fallout from you-know-what.
Question: Can you give me some Castle scoop? —Stacy
Ausiello: Stana Katic describes Dana Delany’s incoming FBI agent as “Beckett 10 or 20 years in the future.” Before you cut and paste those eight words and email them to Dana with the words “um, ouch!” in the subject line, allow Katic to explain: “She comes in and she basically swoops the case out from under Beckett. I think that is something Beckett has to figure out how to deal with because that’s unusual. She’s always the head detective on any case. All of a sudden, she’s following someone else’s lead.”
That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, anonymous tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can follow me on Twitter via @ewausiellofiles. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Sandra Gonzalez, Carrie Bell and Tim Stack)