Question: Will Grey’s Anatomy address Izzie’s whereabouts at all? Or are they just going to pretend she never existed now that Katherine Heigl isn’t returning? —Mickey
Ausiello: They’re definitely not going to pretend she never existed. In fact, I’m told the Izzie issue will be addressed during May sweeps. For her part, Katherine Heigl thinks her Jan. 21 farewell — while not originally intended to be her last episode — oddly works as a bookend to Izzie’s story. “Even though there’s a part of me that would like to go back and do the quick Izzie farewell,” she says, “I also think that my last scene — where Meredith says to Izzie, ‘Don’t go, we’re your family,’ and Izzie’s response was, ‘No you’re not, you’re just a bunch of people I worked with, and I can find that anywhere’ — was kind of tragic and appropriate all at the same time. When I was playing the scene I was really trying to convey that, for Izzie, that was a lie that she had to tell herself to have the courage to move on.”
Question: I’m on my hands and knees begging for some True Blood news! —Nick
Ausiello: The show is currently shooting episode 6, penned by executive producer Alan Ball. And guess what? It contains what Ball describes as an “intense” Sookie/Eric moment. “Let’s put it this way,” he adds, “I think people will have strong feelings about it.” In possibly related news, Ball told TV Guide that “Sookie is sexually drawn to [Eric] because she’s had his blood. But there is another reason he’s drawn to her, one that will be revealed this season.”
Question: The promo tease for True Blood’s third season shows Eric with noticeably darker hair. Why? —Jody
Ausiello: “Because when vampires keep secrets from humans that they love, their hair follicles turn darker,” deadpans Alan Ball. “And that’s especially true if they’re carrying a torch for a blond waitress.” Very funny. The real reason, please? “Alexander made a movie during his hiatus and his hair was darker when he returned,” explains Ball with a laugh. “It wasn’t a choice [we made].”
Question: Haven’t heard any good CSI Miami scoop in a while! Got anything about the remaining episodes of the season? —Jackie
Ausiello: A major-ish character will kick the bucket during May sweeps.
Question: Since this is the last season of 24, I need some scoop. — Shannon
Ausiello: Fans hoping for a Jack/Audrey reunion are out of luck. Although exec producer Howard Gordon admits he’s “personally curious” about what happened to Audrey, he says the fate of Kim Raver’s bedridden character will remain one of the show’s “unresolved” mysteries.
Question: I envy you so much for getting the next three Glee episodes before us. Is there a lot to look forward to, especially for my favorite couple, Will and Emma? —Mike
Ausiello: The spring premiere is a mixed bag for Will/Emma fans. It gets off to a promising start, but then Neil Diamond ruins everything. Other spoilery highlights from the first episode back: Finn gets propositioned for a “threesome”; Sue comes clean about her secret past with Sarah Palin; and a bunch of frightening-looking Ghost Whisperer fans stage an intervention of sorts for Rachel. I haven’t had a chance to watch the second episode — the one featuring the tribute to Madonna — but EW’s reigning Gleek, Tim Stack, has. What say you Stack?! “Why do I always have to do your work? Ugh. Fine. But this is for all the Gleeks — not you. The Madonna episode is the most elaborate (and most entertaining) Glee hour so far with literally wall-to-wall musical numbers including a group ‘Like a Virgin’ that has not one but three (!) characters contemplating losing their virginity.” Thanks, Tim! I didn’t actually read what you wrote but I’m sure it was phenomenal!
Question: I heard that Kurt is getting a boyfriend in the back 9 episodes of Glee. Is it true? —Dan
Ausiello: As I previously reported, Kurt’s boyfriend arrives next season. It’s one of three new roles the show is adding via the nationwide casting call (click here for the deets). Chris Colfer, meanwhile, has one requirement of his future leading man. “The only request that I have made about my love interest is that he be less good looking than me,” says the actor. “I don’t want him to be prettier than me. That would be my only request.” Seems reasonable to me.
Question: No Lost scoop in the last Ask Ausiello?! How about this, I’ll forgive you if you can give me something doubly juicy to make up for going a whole week without tidbits! —Matt
Ausiello: If you were a fan of “The Constant,” then you’re going to love next week’s heart-shaped episode. And if you weren’t, you won’t. It’s that simple. In other news, the Grim Reaper will soon be making his move. And I’m hearing words like “bloodbath” and “mass casualties” being thrown around.
Question: Any info on Ana-Lucia’s Lost return? —Craig
Ausiello: None whatsoever. My guess? She’s Miles’ mysterious girlfriend.
Question: It’s time for some 90210 scoop. Make it something good. —Sarah
Ausiello: Jen returns with big news that may or may not involve a valuable (and iconic) piece of real estate.
Question: Some scoop please on the upcoming Gossip Girl indecent proposal storyline. You called it first, now please give us more. Pretty please! —Jordan
Ausiello: The promo for next week’s episode gives away pretty much everything… except the big twist.
Question: Okay, I’ll bite: What happens immediately after the scene with Chuck at the top of the Empire State Building in the Gossip Girl finale? —Larissa
Ausiello: Something really bad and potentially irreparable.
Question: Do you have any scoop on what’s coming up on The Office? —Rachel
Ausiello: Kathy Bates’ hilarious boss lady is returning for the season finale to deal with a “big scandal with the printers and a potential whistle blower situation,” reveals executive producer Paul Lieberstein.
Question: That Smallville spoiler/asterisk quiz last week was impossible. We need at least another letter or two. Come on! —Tyson
Ausiello: A *a*o* *****e *i** ***a* **.
Question: We know that Jennifer Morrison is coming back for “a very special episode” of House in April, but can we just get a straight answer about her future on the show? Is she in or out? —Patrick
Ausiello: She’s somewhere in the middle. Although JMo won’t be back as a series regular next season, she may return for a handful of guest appearances. In the meantime, you can see her live and in person in the underrated Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker. But hurry up — the play closes Sunday! As an added bonus, there’s a 30 percent chance you’ll run into me near the theater since I live right around the corner!
Question: I have to have some One Tree Hill scoop — preferably on the season finale and the show’s renewal status. —Nick
Ausiello: I have a very strong hunch The CW will give the show a 13-episode pickup, although we’ll probably have to wait until May for an official announcement. Don’t know too much about the finale, except that it ends with an outta-nowhere cliffhanger.
Question: Is Life Unexpected coming back for a second season? I fall deeper in love with it each week. —Jill
Ausiello: If the ratings hold steady, I think we’re looking at a 13-episode thingamajig here as well. On the scoop front, Baze finally confesses his feelings for Cate in next Monday’s road trip-themed episode. Unfortunately, the person he comes clean to is Lux.
Question: Californication… Any scoop? —Arlene
Ausiello: When are casting teasers more than just casting teasers? When they reveal the plot of the upcoming fourth season like these do: The show is on the hunt for a PYT to play Sasha Bingham, a superstarlet whose next role will be in the big-screen version of Hank’s book, and an older woman (up to 50) to play Abby Rhoads, the lawyer reluctantly defending Hank against charges of assault. Wonder if General Hospital would let Nancy Lee Grahn out long enough for the 10-episode gig?
Question: I can’t get enough of Nurse Jackie! Scoop! —Danny
Ausiello: An integral character will make a surprising comeback in the season finale.
Question: Please tell me you have some information on Matt Czuchry’s fate on The Good Wife! I hear Cary [spoiler alert]! —Karen
Ausiello: While it’s true that Cary [spoiler alert], a Good Wife insider assures me that Matt Czuchry will be back for season 2. In other words, Cary will most likely [spoiler alert], which would make him an even bigger [spoiler alert] to [spoiler alert]. I’ve said too much!
Question: Some pity for The Good Wife fans, please? The next episode isn’t until April 6. Can you spare some scoop to tide us over, please? —Christine
Ausiello: Look for Alicia to take on the case of Kalinda’s ambiguous sexuality before the season’s up. Just don’t expect a clear-cut verdict.
Question: I noticed that currently one of your five favorite TV shows is Justified on FX. Can you give us scoop on whether or not Walton Goggins will be a series regular? —Erin
Ausiello: I don’t think we can technically call him a series regular, but we’ll be seeing a lot more of him beginning April 20.
Question: Could you, maybe, just a thought, narrow down last week’s surprise pregnancy blind item a little bit more? Perhaps? Please, sir? —G
Ausiello: Yes, but not here. Too many witnesses. Meet me here on Friday for another clue. And come alone.
Question: That Castle clip is the sexiest promo I have ever seen in my life. Ever. I’d like to personally thank you for bringing this video to my attention. Any scoop on upcoming episodes? —Annie
Ausiello: You’re welcome. On the scoop front, Beckett will meet her new boyfriend (played by Battlestar Galactica’s Michael Trucco) at the gym. “It’s a really hot scene,” teases a Castle insider. “Even though they start off sparring, there’s an instant attraction.”
Question: Is it true that Penny and Leonard are headed for spiltsville on The Big Bang Theory? —Ashley
Ausiello: Yes, but it sounds like it could be temporary. While exec producer Bill Prady would neither confirm nor deny that a break-up was imminent, he cautioned that fans “shouldn’t look at what happens in a single episode as definitive. The relationships between these characters — especially romantic relationships — are messy.” In other BBT news, meet Leonard’s pre-Sheldon roommate!
Question: What are you hearing about the possibility of a Grissom cameo on CSI before the end of the season? —Dale
Ausiello: I’m hearing it’s logistically impossible, since William Petersen is currently in Chicago headlining Endgame at the Steppenwolf Theatre.
Question: It seems like you scoop the same shows every week: Bones, House, Gossip Girl, etc. Can you please give me anything on Party Down or How I Met Your Mother or maybe It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? —Michele
Ausiello: Since you asked so nicely, sure. Season 6 of Sunny will introduce a major — and I do mean major — new character. Not only is Maureen Dennis’ 10th-grade sweetheart, she’s his future fiancée… in spite of the fact that she has chronic bad breath and a closetful of kitten sweaters that she knitted herself. Yeah, this isn’t gonna be pretty.
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 Carrie Bell and Lynette Rice)