Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'True Blood,' 'Grey's,' 'Lost,' and more!

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Question: Has it dawned on anyone that Taub and Thirteen’s three-year fellowships are about to end on House? Do you know if the show plans to follow through on that? And, if so, does this mean Peter Jacobson and Olivia Wilde are leaving? —Mindy
It certainly dawned on me. And it dawned on series creator David Shore — at least it did when I reminded him recently. He says he hasn’t figured out what will happen to Taub and Thirteen after their fellowships expire. Luckily, time is on his side. “It won’t be until the end of the season,” he says, adding that it’s not in his nature to gloss over such plot points. “I don’t like those things to be fake-outs.” What do you think? Do you want Taub and Thirteen to stay on? Or are you hoping they opt to seek greener pastures? Cast your votes in the comments section!

Question: Will Cuddy find out that House had real sex with that woman (a.k.a. Franka Potente) while in the asylum? —Gregory
Not anytime soon, according to Lisa Edelstein. “She doesn’t know about the real girl or the real sex he has in the season premiere,” she says. “So far in scripts I have read she has not acknowledged that she knows. They certainly haven’t discussed it. It might break her heart.” Regardless, Edelstein says the House-Cuddy dynamic “continues to have its ups and downs” this season. “She has to eventually deal with him coming back [to work] and what his role will be and how will she handle him and what kind of state is he coming back in. They have feelings for each other — deeper than colleagues. But who knows if they will ever be right for each other? They never seem to be coming at each other at the same time. We are having fun no matter how we play it. Being at odds and playing off Hugh is great fun. If we ever get together I just don’t want it to seems false or forced, but I trust Katie and David to make the right moves.”

Question: How about a House spoiler? —Jessica
I hear Cuddy will be getting a little action of her own this season. With whom, you ask? Here’s a clue.

Question: Where was the Lois Smith flashback Alan Ball said we were going to get on True Blood? —Kelly
There was no room at the inn. Per Ball, the episode she was supposed to appear in had reached capacity story-wise. “It was the show that could not be contained,” he explains. “Unfortunately, Lois was a causality of that. But there’s always next season. I’m pretty sure she would love to come back and do something on the show.”

Question: Any Cold Case scoop on Lilly Rush? —Sammy
“We are going to start where we left off — with the military school case,” explains Kathryn Morris. “Daniel Baldwin, who plays Moe Kitchener, the guy who tried to kill me and was covering up the murder we solved at the military school, gets off on bond. That means you have to be a good boy for nine months, so for the whole season we have this cat-and-mouse thing going where we are trying to screw each other over. Daniel will be in and out throughout the season. Lily has always been on the side of the law and it has always worked for her, but this time the justice system is not working to her advantage. This guy tried to kill her and she is a little shaken and a lot angry. She might just have to take things into her own hands. She might go a little rogue.” She’ll get an assist from returning lover Bobby Cannavale, who “has been undercover in narcotics for awhile. He starts sending me signals from undercover that maybe I want to reconnect with him. He [ends up] helping me with the Moe Kitchener situation. Sometimes he’s had to blur the lines himself.”

Question: Lost scoop?! —Jarrod
Grab your season 6 scorecards and in the box next to episode 3 write, “Kate-centric.”

Question: CSI: Miami scoop, please! —Jordan
Delko was originally going to turn up dead in the season premiere. It’s true! When Adam Rodriguez failed to come to terms on a new contract over the summer, CBS allegedly recommended that producers simply write it in that Delko didn’t survive last May’s cliffhanger. “But I wasn’t comfortable with that,” says Rodriguez. “And I spoke to [exec producer] Ann Donahue and she wasn’t comfortable about this either; we really wanted to make sure that the character had a proper sendoff. So she petitioned CBS to make this work.” Now Rodriguez will return for a total of 10 episodes (not the seven I reported last week), during which he’ll change professions and sort out his complicated relationship with Calleigh. “Like any great love story, I don’t know that the books will ever be closed on them,” says Rodriguez of Calleighko. Housekeeping note: Rodriguez has shot three of his 10 Miami episodes so far. He’ll juggle the remaining seven with his five-episode arc on Ugly Betty.

Question: Any Parks and Recreation scoop? Does the show get funnier? —Mo
Yes. Thursday’s season premiere — in which Leslie becomes an unwitting gay icon — is hilarious. Easily the best episode of the show so far.

Question: I saw the first five minutes of the Grey’s Anatomy premiere on YouTube. Is there a chance George isn’t dead? Lexi seemed pretty convinced! —Brian
Yes, there’s a chance. A really, really small chance. Tiny. See where I’m going with this, Brian?

Question: So now that Katherine Heigl is adopting a child from Korea, does that re-explain producers’ decision to let her off the hook for five episodes of Grey’s Anatomy? —Jim
That’s not what I’m hearing. As I originally reported, all indications are that she’s taking off to make that Greg Berlanti movie. BTW, I’m now hearing that the five episodes she’ll be missing may not be consecutive.

Question: Can I please have a Grey’s scoop? —Sheryl
You may. The looming shakeup at Seattle Grace will have everyone fearing for his/her jobs. And that includes Cristina, who is forced to consider the unthinkable: a career in pediatrics.

Question: Will you be at the Emmys this Sunday? —Jeremy
Not only will I be at the Emmys, I’ll be a party-hopping whore in the days preceding the main event. So here’s what you need to do: Follow me on Twitter for instantaneous scoop throughout the weekend. That’s the first thing. Second, stick close to my blog (yes, the one you’re reading now) for breaking news and exclusive video interviews. Finally, help me find something to wear to Entertainment Weekly’s pre-Emmy bash Thursday night. I’ve got the jacket, jeans, and shoes, I just need some kind of fun shirt to pair with it. Shoot me your ideas at I’m in a bit of a time crunch, so if you’re able to deliver the garment to my hotel in Beverly Hills, even better. (Note to designers: Yes, you will receive an on-air plug.)

Question: The French bit was nice, but what a sneak you are! Do you actually have any new spoilers about HIMYM or The Big Bang Theory? — Kate
What French bit? Anyway, I saw the HIMYM premiere and there’s a cool-funny twist with the whole mother-in-Ted’s classroom thing. But the episode belongs to Barney and Robin and their struggle to define their relationship.

Question: Dying for some Desperate Housewives scoop re: Bree and Karl. —Karin
Marc Cherry tells me that through the affair Bree will “discover her sexuality in a major way. And it’s going to change that character a little bit. Marcia’s been having a lot of fun playing a newly sexual Bree.”

Question: Have you seen Bored To Death? Will it help cure my True Blood withdrawal? —Olivia
Not sure it’ll cure it, but it may relieve some of the symptoms. I found the first five episodes to be adequately amusing. Speaking of which, SNL‘s newest castmember, Jenny Slate, appears in two episodes as a love interest to Jason Schwartzman’s amateur private eye. “I play Stella and I’m a major pothead, an Oberlin grad, and a very free spirit,” she says. “I decided she should be very young and sweet and sincere. They have a little romance in episodes 7 and 8 and there’s a little cliffhanger.”

Question: Any interesting Fringe news? —Sara
We’ll find out what makes Broyles tick this season. Among the revelations: “He’s ex-military,” reveals his portrayer, Lance Reddick, “which probably won’t surprise anyone. You will find out that he’s a colonel and has a very long history with the Fringe division. You will also find out why I got divorced later in the season and my ex-wife will be on screen. We will meet her and that is interesting. That’s actually a big episode for Broyles. In the same episode, we revisit an old case of mine that comes back and rears its ugly head.”

Question: I love the idea of the 100th episode of Bones flashing back to Booth and Brennan’s horrendous first encounter. I hope it happens. —Connie
You’re not the only one. “I would love to play that first meeting and hate on each other,” says Emily Deschanel with a laugh. “It would be a fun, creative way to explore these two characters and their relationship without just moving forward like we have been. It’s fun to go back.” David Boreanaz is on board, too! “I think it is a pretty great idea for the 100th episode,” he says. “Those episodes are supposed to be special. They’re supposed to be a big deal, and I think that first Booth and Brennan meeting would certainly qualify. I’m directing it, too, so I hope they figure it out soon.”

Question: What can you tell us about Summer Glau’s character Bennett on Dollhouse? —Derrick
She’s not some lowly Dollhouse employee — she’s a chief programmer like Topher! Speaking of D’house, the new Entertainment Weekly contains a major spoiler about Ray Wise’s character. You might want to pick one of those up.

Question: How about some new Dollhouse scoop, please? —Peter
I’m going to let Tahmoh Penikett take this one. “At the end [of the premiere], there is a very important conversation between Echo and Paul where she lets me know that she’s functioning with all these personalities in her mind at once and that she knows what is going on. It changes the playing field if the main doll has awareness of her situation. I like that it isn’t all damsel in distress, and Paul is starting to realize that.”

Question: Please tell me that ABC will air the remaining episodes of Defying Gravity. I can’t believe they would end the show with that episode and leave all of us hanging. —G. Lucio
I’m told there’s a chance the unaired episodes may see the light of day at the end of the season, but it’s a slim one. Sorry. Wait a sec, why am I apologizing? I didn’t do anything wrong. I take it back. I’m not sorry.

Question: We’ve heard Smallville spoilers on Clark, Lois, Oliver, Chloe, Zod, Wonder Twins, and Shelby, but what about Tess? —Daniel
In the early going, Tess will be interacting mostly with Zod. They’ll eventually align, but they’ll have different agendas: She wants to protect the Blur, he wants to find it. In other Smallville news, I hear episode 3 — featuring a zombified Lois — is spooktacular.

Question: I really need scoop on Sons of Anarchy. —Laura.
Katey Sagal says the fallout from her character’s brutal rape in last week’s premiere will reverberate throughout the season. “Everybody is asked to pick what side they are on and everyone is reacting to what happened to me and trying to get vengeance,” she reveals. “There is a lot of stuff about protecting the club and protecting individuals. And they assume they know who is responsible for this horrible thing that happened, but they may not be correct. Things get worse before they get better.”

Question: When will Kurt discuss/explore his sexuality on Glee? —Dana
His coming out tour kicks off this week with Mercedes and wraps up next week with dad.

Question: Please give us a hint about the “Lovers’ Biggest Obstacle the Network” blind item.
The couple in question is not on Bones.

That’s a wrap! Send questions/comments/anonymous tips/wardrobe assistance to Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell and Aly Semigran)

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  • J

    Season 7? You mean season 6? That said, can this Kate-centric episode end with her death? If she makes it all the way to the end alive, I will be very unhappy.

    • J

      Also, thank you for hardly giving us scoop on FNL’s upcoming season. I want to stay as spoiler-free as possible and I know if I see that FNL tag on these posts, I won’t be able to help myself.

    • dave

      How could you say that J!?!? Lol how come so many people love to hate on Kate? There’s so much backlash against the character, but I still love her and I really hope she makes it to the end – sorry J! As a matter of fact, I’m a little disappointed we have to wait until the 6th episode for a Kate-centric one. Hate me if you must.

      • Corinne

        Probably because she’s so full of crap?

      • Kelly

        I agree with you Dave 100%, I never understood all of the hatred for Kate. She is one of my favorite characters on the show and I hope she makes it all the way to the end!

      • Connelly89

        LOVE KATE!

      • murley

        i don’t really like kate because she is wishy-washy and selfish and impulsive with people’s feelings. and she bugs. and the skate vs jate nonsense is the worst part of the show and i blame her for keeping that going.

    • Cindy

      I will never get all the Kate hate. Been a loyal fan the shows entire run, and just don’t understand it. The only character on Lost I ever wanted dead continuously is John Locke. I guess he technically is dead now, having been replaced by the Man in Black. ;D But Kate? Love her.

      • Matt

        As you can see from Murley’s statement, he blames the “skate vs jate nonsense” on kate… pretty sexist. Sexism is the only reason people hate on Kate.

  • Mary Q. Contrary

    Oh, I have so much love for you, Aus. You make my Wednesday evening. Without you……….. well, I’d just have Kristin and that’s not really my style. Keep on keepin’ on.

  • Jordan

    If that blind item is Chuck and Sarah from Chuck I’m going to kill some NBC execs.

    • Lindsey

      Sadly, that was my first thought.

      • Devri

        I’ll get the pitchforks!!

      • Brody

        I’ll get the torches!

      • SF Writer

        I’ve got tar and feathers!

      • Em

        I’ll get the tequila!

    • CJ

      I’ll gather the angry mob!!

      • Stephanie

        Consider me angry mob member #1!

  • sophie

    i so can’t wait to see cristina on greys!!!!!! pediatrics??? for cristina???? wow…

  • Steven

    It’s not Bones. Wow.

    • Mandy

      It’s not Bones??? Explain

    • Mandy

      Sorry. I read too quickly.

      That sucks No one cares about any other couple on TV.

      • agent227

        Are you kidding? No one cares about any other couple on tv? Get a life.

      • Milana

        I care about House and Cuddy. You care about that other couple, and…?

  • Angela

    But has Chase on House shaved yet?

    • Jaimie

      Please, release Thirteen and Taub at the end of the year. And while I have never been a big fan of Foreman, I found that the few brief interactions he had with Chase this year to be some of the moments on House that I enjoyed the most. That is a friendship I would like to see develop. In short, reintegrate Chase and return the show to its roots as a medical procedural and I might start watching it again instead of fast forwarding through 95 percent of it.

      • jenny

        There are definitely two types of House fans- those who adore Cameron/Chase and want House and Cuddy together and those who would like Cameron/Chase to go off to take care of the natives in Tsatoo Tsatoo, keep T&13, and think Cuddy should stay in her office with her whiny baby. (Oops, I think I just gave away which camp I’m in.)

        If you are ff’ing through House, you are missing some of the best one-liners on tv. I don’t tune in to this particular show for some sappy love story between two self-righteous doctors. If I wanted that I’d go watch Greys. I tune in to House for House.

  • Laura

    Does that mean Booth and Bones will be together before two years from now? They better, because the show seems to be turning their relationship into a schtick…

  • Crystal

    Not really digging the Cuddy/Lucas thing but I guess he can’t be around for that long…right?

    • Mandy

      Me neither. Unless she gets drunk and it’s a one night stand.

      • Becky

        Kinda odd, no doubt. But Cuddy deserves some action, darnit! And maybe it’ll make House jealous enough to do something.

      • Kvivik

        Hey, I think it’s a perfectly good pairing. Cuddy and Lucas had some nice chemistry (not to mention a date). But yeah, it’s not going to be a long running thing.
        And I wish they’d get rid of 13 early in the season, and bring Cameron back to the team then. That actress is so annoying.

      • Milana

        I´m looking forward to see House jealouse. Cuddy and Lucas make and odd couple but it will be funny to watch for a few episodes

    • ChargedFan

      Cuddy would be okay with Lucas for a little fun-but personally I think pairing her up with Thirteen would be so much more interesting. Thirteen needs/deserves someone more interesting than Foreman. On and on the matter of her possibly leaving–well, I’ll be gone when she’s gone. Didn’t watch House before despite Lisa Edelstein and really wanting to like it, and wouldn’t be watching it again.

  • Karamel

    I would like to see 13 and Taub
    GONE!! They are SOOOOOOOOOO boring!

    • Epiphany

      Get rid of Thirteen! I can’t wait until she’s gone. I’ll throw a party and invite the entire world when she finally goes. I don’t mind Taub; he was developing a promising partnership with Kutner but without a sidekick, he’s kinda exposed and looks like a spare part now.
      Foreman must never, ever have a love interest ever again on House. EVER. As for House and Cuddy, I’m cool with waiting – I like the sparks between them.

      • Leo

        I agree. I like House and Cuddy so much. But I don´t want to see Taub leaving. I like him, I don´t know why.

      • mkaffeine

        I’m with the Taub-likers on this one: there’s just something about that guy! Now if only the writers would use the totally unconvincing “love affair” b/w 13 & Foreman as a way to get BOTH of them off the show, that would be great.

      • Amy

        Why does everyone collectively hate Thirteen? I seriously want to know because I can’t figure it out. I think she is a really interesting character. I know last season she had a lot more scenes than most of the cast, but I think Olivia Wilde plays her well. It is interesting to see a doctor struggling with an oncoming terminal disease and not being able to do anything about it. I would love to see the original team reunited, but I do like Taub and Thirteen also. (Kutner was my fave unfortunately.)

      • Sara

        I don’t hate Thirteen! She’s qucikly becoming my favorite character on House (other than House, of course), and I actually really like her and Foreman together. I think it would be really interesting to see how they deal with her oncoming Huntingtons. If they could keep Cameron, Chase, and Foreman on the show after they all quit/were fired, they can find a way to keep Taub and Thirteen.

      • Sarahess

        I’ll gladly join your party when Thirteen is gone. Please, House Gods let it be soon

      • Alice

        I like Taub and 13. But I only care about Cuddy, Wilson and House.

  • Annie

    You mean SEASON 6 no 7 LOL

  • Michelle

    Please send 13 and Taub away- the sooner the better. :)

    And I will vote again for Maggie and Shawn as the 2 that the network said had to stay apart.

    • Amy

      Oh wow, I never even thought of them – you do mean Jules and Shawn on “Psych,” right? I would much rather see Shawn with her than Abigail Lytar.

      • Erin

        I never thought of them either! Shawn and Jules need to get together soon!!!

      • Brody

        It’s already been confirmed by many, many people (including the actors) that Shawn and Juliet won’t be getting together until the end of the series. I think that works, though. Chuck and Sarah, on the other hand…

      • lavendar gooms

        i hadn’t heard that, about them waiting until the end of the series to put them together. it makes sense because it would probably throw the dynamics off a lot and shawn would probably have to come clean with her about the fake psychic thing which would ruin the premise so… still though, they are so cute together it is torture! and i am over abigail already. it’s lame.

  • Amber

    If the blind item isn’t on Bones, then what show is the couple on?

    • megan

      I am going to guess the show is House. In the last Ask Ausiello, he mentioned the new fall preview issue of EW was going to have major house scoop, with the last three sentences being cut for space. He then said he would post the cut info to the blog soon. Later that day, the blind went up.

  • Jack

    okay, Ausiello when someone said “HOUSE” scoop. It doesn’t mean necessary about Cuddy or even House. Some people will like to know other things like about Chase and Cameron, or maybe even Patients. I want to hear about James Earl Jones’ and his character! :D

    • Amarantha

      EW is cheating when they call this a House scoop. Repeating a fact that is known to everyone who can count is not a scoop.

    • Sole

      >_> There was also some information based on Thirteen and Taub. It’s not just for House or Cuddy.

  • Heather

    I thought for sure the blind item was on Bones…must be House and Cuddy then. Geez that is too long to wait :(

    • Leo

      I hope it will be about House and Cuddy.

      • Leo

        I mean I hope it WON´T be about House and Cuddy

  • angel

    lost scoop is that episode 6 is “kate-centric”…need more LOST SCOOP!

    • murley

      episode 3, not 6. season 6, episode 3.

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