Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'CSI,' 'Modern Family,' 'NCIS,' 'Chuck,' and more!

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Question: We’re due for a really good Huddy scene on House. —Juliana
I think there’s one coming in the season finale. “The finale is sort of a very unusual circumstance in that it [deals with an emergency] outside of the hospital,” explains exec producer Katie Jacobs. “Every doctor in the area is basically called because it’s a genuine, immediate, tragic situation. Fans can expect to see a heroic House, and that’s not lost on Cuddy at all.”

Question: Please tell me that CSI is taking Catherine/Vartann further. Catherine hasn’t had a stable relationship on the show in 10 years and I really loved their scenes earlier this month. —Steph
I hear we’ll find out exactly where things stand with those two in the season finale. Same goes for Wendy and Hodges.

Question: What else can you tell me about The Big Bang Theory‘s flashback episode on May 17? —Charlie
We’ll find out that the roommate contract Sheldon made Leonard sign back in 2002 included a deal point that required them to watch a certain sci-fi show every Friday night. Guesses? Hit the comments!

Question: Is it just me or has Glee downplayed Quinn’s pregnancy in these first two episodes back? —Jen
It isn’t just you, Jen. “In the first 13 episodes, we had way too much baby drama with Terri and the fake baby,” says series creator Ryan Murphy, “so one of the things we’ve pulled back from is the pregnancy story. Quinn’s clearly pregnant, but…she has other things going on. We don’t go overboard on it anymore.” That said, the teenage mom-to-be will give birth in the finale. “When it comes to that scene,” says portrayer Dianna Agron, “I might talk to my mother and a few other women in my life to get the lowdown on what should happen and what it should look like.” Already, she adds, “People have been freely sharing their horror stories with me left and right!”

Question: I’m so desperate for a scoop on One Tree Hill. Please help me. —Anna
The CW soap returns Monday with an episode that features blackmail, a marriage proposal, a pregnancy test, and um…er…one other thing I’m forgetting.

Question: Have we seen the last of Katherine on Desperate Housewives? —Carol
For this season, yes. But if Dana Delany’s ABC pilot, Body of Evidence, fails to earn a pickup, she’ll most likely be back in the fall. “We’d love to have her back, but obviously for her sake, I hope her pilot goes,” says exec producer Bob Daily. “Marc [Cherry] has said that she has an open invitation to return next season if it doesn’t.”

Question: Any scoop on a possible Olivia-Peter romance on Fringe? —Ella
As the season winds down, the “primary question is going to become what will happen to their relationship once [Peter] finds out the truth about who he is?” offers executive producer Jeff Pinkner. “Will that forever shatter what is building between them?” It’s the ol’ answer-a-question-with-a-question tactic! I’m on to you, Pinkner!

Question: Your May Sweeps Scorecard is making my palms sweat. Is Fringe represented in any of those categories? —Dave
Fringe is represented in at least two categories, one of which is “Confirmed Fatalities.”

Question: Now that Parenthood has officially been renewed, please tell me Jason Ritter will be picked up for more episodes. His chemistry with Lauren Graham is so surprisingly perfect. —Wendy
I’m happy to report that Ritter is definitely returning for the May 25 season finale. A season 2 comeback, however, is very much up in the air. I’m guessing E.P. Jason Katims is waiting to see what happens with the actor’s NBC pilot, the dramatic thriller The Event. In other P’hood news, ex-SNLer Michaela Watkins is guest-starring in the finale as a parent at Sydney’s school (Sydney being Erika Christensen’s daughter).

Question: I will do anything for a season 5 Dexter scoop. A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G! —Bill
Production starts in early June. Hey, you said A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G!

Question: Do you have any idea what Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s eighth season will be about? It’s going to be hard to top the Seinfeld reunion. —Andy
Larry David is notoriously tight-lipped about storyline stuff, but this much I can tell you: A good chunk of the season will be shot on location in New York. Is a Broadway comeback in his future? Let the speculation begin!

Question: I can’t wait for Modern Family‘s big Hawaiian vacation. Anything you can tease? —Isobel
I’ve got three words for you: Manny. No-fly. List.

Question: Regarding the death coming up on Private Practice, is it going to stick? —Krista

Question: Private Practice has been rocking. Any scoop? —Amanda
Cooper and Charlotte are poised for a reunion. “We’ve been watching Cooper and Charlotte sort of deal with their own crap, and [now] they’re coming around to a reconciliation,” confirms E.P. Shonda Rhimes. “[But] I think it will be surprising to the audience the way it happens.”

Question: Do you know what is going on in the season finale of Supernatural? —Elena
I don’t, but exec producer Sera Gamble does: “We’re leading up to the big Death Match between Lucifer and Michael, which would cause the destruction of half the planet,” she previews. “Sam and Dean, of course, are trying to throw a wrench in the works — but these are the most powerful beings they’ve ever been up against, so their odds aren’t great. Sam comes up with an incredibly risky Hail Mary to defeat Lucifer, which involves spending some very creepy, violent one-on-one time with the guy. Terrible for Sam, but pretty damn fun to watch.”

Question: You created a list of finale dates, which was really nice. Could you also make a list of all the new shows premiering in May? And maybe if you are feeling really nice all the ones returning this summer? —Kim
No. I’m sorry, but I have to draw the line somewhere.

Question: I was wondering if you had any news about the season finale of Life Unexpected? —Lily
Big news: Sources confirm to me exclusively that it aired two weeks ago and some girl named Lily totally missed it!

Question: Does a character from Gossip Girl occupy one of the 18 confirmed or seven possible fatalities on your lovely May Sweeps Scorecard? —Christopher
Yes, there is a space reserved for an Upper East Sider in one of those two categories.

Question: Have you heard anything about the future of Chuck? —Kevin
Only that a fourth season isn’t the foregone conclusion that I thought it was, hence my decision to downgrade the show from “safe bet” to “could go either way” on my Bubble Show Scorecard. Probably not the news you were hoping for.

Question: Anything else you can tell us about the Chuck finale? —Henry
I can’t remember what I’ve already reported, so here’s a rundown of everything I know about the two-hour climax on May 24:

* Jeffster video.
* New romance.
* The security of every major intelligence agency is threatened.
* Someone from Chuck’s past will return to do him great harm.
* Chuck’s life is on the line and the only person who can save him is his father (a.k.a. Scott Bakula).
* More shameless Subway promotion.
* Faux facial hair makes a cameo.
* Exclusive premiere of three Band of Horses songs.

Question: NCIS season finale scoop, please! —Charlotte
The episode’s titled “Rule Fifty-One,” it airs May 25, and Gibbs ends up in Mexico for a showdown with a revenge-seeking drug cartel (cue the life-changing decision we’ve heard so much about). The cliffhanger ending, meanwhile, is so top-secret exec producer Shane Brennan decided to leave it out of the official script. Which leaves me no other choice than to track down the raw footage. And I will track it down.

Question: Today my school was transformed into Burleson University for an episode of Friday Night Lights. Do you know why? —Megan
That’s where Julie will be attending college in season 5. And this is the guy she’ll be majoring in (the young naked guy, not the old wrinkly dude).

Question: What do I have to bribe you with to get some amazing 90210 finale scoop? —Ken
A dozen of these delivered to my office by week’s end. Do that and I’ll tell you who [bleep] [bleep] at West Beverly.

Question: On the 100th episode of Bones, who was the old man at the copy machine? He must be someone special to get that kind of screen time. —Becki
I’d say he’s special: His name’s Dave Roberts, and he’s David Boreanaz’s father!

That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to Also, you can follow me on Twitter via @ewausiellofiles. Thanks for playing! (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell and Tim Stack)

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  • Reese

    Love the Modern Family scoop. Sound like it’s going to be hilarious!

    • Karen

      So now these Spam douches type a little agreement to a comment and then post their freakin ad after it. Jees!

    • Brian

      When are you going to start deleting all the spam, or allow us to flag it and have it hidden?

    • Bluemacaw

      I’m with Brian. Why aren’t we allowed to flag this c r a p, so we don’t get spammed on EW? Or can’t your moderators handle it EW?

  • Kate

    Thank you for your hard work (seriously)… But the info on Glee and Quinn’s pregnancy being downplayed isn’t a spoiler… In the past 2 episodes it’s become VERY obvious. And I’m almost positive you have informed us that Quinn gives birth in the season finale already. That Glee ‘spoiler’ was not a spoiler. Can we have a redo? ha

    • will

      speaking of downplay, they really downplayed (or flattened) her baby bump on the Madonna episode, especially on Express Yourself, she was flat as a brick.

      • Eliza

        Yes! I understand downplaying it, but that’s just confusing. I would love to see pregnant Quinn show she’s still got some moves!

      • b

        I noticed that – I was actually wondering if Express Yourself was supposed to be a fantasy sequence, because she was very clearly NOT pregnant (or not as far along as she has been shown before) during the dancing.

      • Emily

        Her bump was not flat. She’s a thin girl, the bustier was only tight on top, and she wore a jacket the whole time, and didn’t take it off when some of the others did. Black is slimming and for GOODNESS SAKE, tptb at Glee are not trying to do anything but have a good dance number. JEEZ. (sorry to vent, but I’ve read this whine about Quinn too many times since Tuesday!)

      • slick

        I can’t believe are so rattled that Quinn’s baby bump momentarily disappeared. Those videos are fantasy sequences to begin with.

  • Julie

    After last night’s Glee, I’m totally smitten for Finn and Rachel. Any scoop on them? :)

  • Josh

    3 new Band of Horses songs on Chuck. Awesome. If this show doesn’t get picked up for a fourth season I may die.

    • Mary Q. Contrary

      I don’t actually watch Chuck, but I might have to start, if just to hear the Band of Horses songs. I love me some Band of Horses. Also, Scott Bakula.

      • Katie

        Band of Horses has already played twice in Season 1 of Chuck, so there’s a reason to start watching from the beginning! Songs: “The General Specific” and “No One’s Gonna Love You”. So much great music on Chuck.

      • Mary Q. Contrary

        funny, those are my two favorite Band of Horses songs.

    • Billiam

      This excited me too. They used Rogue Wave’s brand new song “Permalight” a few weeks and it sound like they just couldn’t pick a favorite from the upcoming Band Of Horses’ album.

    • Hope

      Hey MQC, you really should watch it’s really awesome, it has everything you could want; action, drama, comedy, suspense, romance, intrigue ect….you name it Chuck has it. Plus, it’s good clean all around fun.

      • Sophie

        Chuck is the best tv show ever! I’m tired of all the police, hospital, or high school teenage drama. It’s always the same boring stuff.
        As you said, Chuck is nice good clean fun.

    • rae

      NBC has a habit of cancelling good shows and leaving their viewers hanging. They have done it in the past. This is why I don’t watch this station anymore.

      • AHS31

        At this point, I’m pretty sure NBC is operated by monkeys running around in diapers. Although, I have to give monkeys credit for being smarter than the actual executives appear to be, so the monkeys would probably have the intelligence to renew “Chuck.” NBC is becoming a joke–between the Conan O’Brien/Jay Leno PR debacle and their sports lineup (who knew they actually had a separate sports website? There’s only so much mileage you can get out of the Olympics), it’s a laughingstock. In my mind, there are only three quality programs left on NBC, and “Chuck” tops that list.

      • Amy

        NBC needs all the good shows it can get (or keep).

  • Jane

    Dude, we found out about the Sheldon/Leonard roommate contract several eps ago. As for the show, it was clearly Firefly.

    • Amy Leigh

      Um, I don’t watch TBBT but I’d think that the show is Battlestar Galactica, not Firefly. BSG is one of THE best sci-fi shows ever and it was a staple on Sci-Fi Friday starting in 2002.

      • Amy Leigh

        Oops, I take that back. BSG was 2003. So Firefly it is. :)

    • Dan

      It is Stargate. Firefly was on Thursdays.

      • znacki

        Nope – Firefly was in the Fox Friday night “death slot”.

      • Tommy

        Farscape and Stargate SG-1 were the only options in my mind and since a “Stargate” show is still on Fridays it has to be Stargate!

      • Rach

        No, Firefly was on Fridays. It’s a well known fact. It being on the night of death is what everybody thinks killed it.

      • Akane

        I was lucky enough to be at the live taping of that episode, and I am sad to say you are wrong, it was a pretty funny line, great episode.

      • Hmmm

        i was thinking Stargate as well – although it could have been Farscape…although that ended in 2002 – so I really think Stargate SG-1 since that was a pretty big sci-fi show. Plus Firefly was so erratic and I don’t think it played on Fridays. Though interesting enough when typing in Sci-fi Fridays 2002 – apparently TNN was having a week long marathon of Star Trek Next Generation shows and they called it “The Big Bang” Marathon….hmmmm

    • Stephan

      It’s obviously the X-Files

  • Jenny

    Regarding Chuck: You’re right, that was not the news I wanted to hear. Please renew it, NBC!! Chuck is one of the best shows on TV! So excited for the Jeffster video!!

    • Ben

      Chuck always needed 2 things 1) 4 full seasons or more and 2) the opportunity for the writers to give it a proper ending. I’m hoping that it will get a pick up for one more season, but after that I’m ok with what happens, provided it gets its ending.

      • Emma

        I would (sorta) be ok with it getting picked up for a full 4th season, and if it’s the final one. We need closure!

    • Lauren

      Yes! NBC please new Chuck. I am worried too and I would hate to end the show with no closure.

      • Angie

        Yes! This needs to happen…I’m so worried!

    • Lauren

      Yes! NBC please renew Chuck. I am worried too and I would hate for the show not to get a proper ending.

    • Beth

      I’m starting to get genuinely worried that Chuck won’t be back for a 4th season. What do we need to do as fans to let NBC know we need it back? Suggestions?

  • Adam

    Sheldon made Leonard watch Firefly! I miss Firefly…

    • Matt

      Unless it was early 2002, in which case it may have been _Dark Angel_.

      • Flyer

        No, no, it HAS to be Firefly. The gods that make BBT so cool every week deem it so.

      • Gusar

        It’s Firefly for sure. There was this bit of awesomeness a few episodes ago:
        Sheldon: “I will name three historical figures, you put them in order of the heinousness of their betrayal. […] Leonard Hofstadter, Darth Vader, Rupert Murdoch.”
        Leonard: “Rupert Murdoch??”
        Sheldon: “He owns Fox and they canceled Firefly.”

    • Sean

      I get my Adam Baldwin fix from Chuck now. By the way, Mike, that was not the Chuck renewal news I was hoping for. But I’m still a believer.

      • Hope

        YAY an AB fan like I am. Yeah I get my fix from him too. Can’t get enough of the man, he’s gorgeous. You can tell I have a huge crush on Adam Baldwin ;)

  • Jordan

    I hope it’s Naomi who dies in PP

    • Marnie

      me too lol i feel bad saying that but i have hated her from day one. Not the actress ofcourse just the character.

    • Kati

      ha, why would naomi die?

    • Holly

      I don’t think its Naomi, shes one of the main characters. (I don’t like her either :) I think its either Jasper or Harry or could be both.Hence the Bleep Bleep.

      • chris

        Holly I think Jordan was talking about Naomi from Private Practice not the Naomi from 90210! LOL

      • samantha

        I could see it being Harry, considering Rob Estes is leaving the show.. but I could also see a divorce happening because of the whole kissing Kai thing that Debbie did.

    • Paloma

      As far as I see it the only characters they really could kill off would be Naomi or Dell. Dell has so little screen time they might as well get rid of him (I wish they would give him more to do). Only problem with killing him is that they really couldn’t do that to Betsy. She’s had too much already in her young life. And killing Dell wouldn’t have a huge impact on the other characters the way killing Naomi would. Naomi has changed this year. The writers have changed her character almost completely into someone I don’t like. So I wouldn’t miss her. But also, she is off in Switzerland taking care of what’s his name with ALS, so it would be easy enough to write a freak accident or plane crash for her. And the death of Naomi would change almost everything on the show. It would change the relationship between Addison and Pete and Addison and Sam (though the writers could play some with guilt there), and Pete and Violet. Killing off Naomi could refocus the show on Pacific Wellness instead of that second medical practice in the building (which I think spread the show too thin and not left enough time for the founding characters). I think it would make the show stronger if they killed off Naomi.

      • sidsy

        I really hope its not naomi. I love the story that’s starting with her and fife. Sooo romantic. Really hope it’s not her.

      • Dan

        Sheldon has been a charachter sinc ethe beginning, and having two shrinks does not really jive, so my bet is sheldon buys the farm.

      • Jaime

        I think the spoiler about Charlotte and Cooper getting back together and it being a surprise HOW they get back together – that tells me that they’re gonna kill off Violet and Cooper will be so distraught over losing his best friend that he goes back to the only other best friend he ever had – Charlotte.

  • Ana

    Re: TBBT sci-fi show, Doctor Who?

    • Tucker

      I’m guessing Stargate: SG-1, Farscape or Firefly.

      • Dan

        Farscape was a Tuesday show and Firefly was Thursday.

      • Jules

        Nope, Firefly was Friday on Fox, 8-9.

      • AT

        Dan, Farscape was never on Tuesdays, unless you count repeats. SciFi Friday was one of the things that brought my husband and I together in 1999, and Farscape was one of the series.

  • Anjali

    I think the confirmed fatality is going to be Bell on FRINGE….. since Nimoy is leaving. Hmmm….

    • Josh

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. If Nimoy is retiring you might as well kill him off in some awesome way.

    • Will

      I think you’re right. It better not be Astrid.

    • Wilson

      I hope so… It better not be Walter or Astrid… :/

  • Cheery

    Aus, are you fighting with Lisa E?? Why do you keep using that ancient picture?!?

    • andreeC

      Exactly! Lisa E looks fabulous! Please use a more current shot of the hottie so we dont have to suffer with the less than cool hairdo. Get current, please.

    • Alin

      DITTO ! THIS ! WORD !

  • Angie

    CHUCK NEED TO BE RENEWED! NBC would seriously lose an AWESOME show…I really hope that they see how much we the views love it and how much we want to see it picked back up! So lets SAVE CHUCK! :)

  • Stef

    Regarding Gossip Girl spoiler: Sigh. Chuck is probably gonna be the possible fatality. After seeing the preview, he’ll probably try to jump off the top of the empire state building or something. He already almost jumped off a roof last season.

    • Aly

      I think its Lily. There are rumors that Lily is sick.

      • whale sweater

        they can’t kill lily!

      • Emily

        Yes. They. Can.

    • Amy Leigh

      I’m thinking Jenny is going to be a possible fatality which will turn into an actual death next season once they decide that they don’t want Taylor Momsen back next season.

      • samantha

        I don’t see it being one of the main characters, maybe somebody like Carter or Georgina.

        But I could also see Jenny being a possible fatality because she will be missing the first part of next season because she will be touring with her band.

  • Cheery

    Thanks for the House and NCIS scoop!! So effin’ stoked for Huddy lovin…

    Though, could you please pay attention to Criminal Minds? What’s happening with the cliffhanger finale in Alaska? Which agents share rooms together?? :P

    • Melissa

      i majorly agree that we need some criminal minds scoop. let’s bombard him, k? only thing is, alaska is ep. 21, finale is ep 23 =P

      • Cheery

        Whoops, thanks for the correction. Yeah, Aus needs to show some CM love, I already tweeted him earlier, and will attack his inbox now! ;)

    • LDSK

      Yes! Criminal Minds scoop please!!!

      • Jarry

        Hi would you mind sharing which blog ptoaflrm you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • Michael

      “Huddy lovin'”?? It’s not happening. Wake up.

  • Mary Q. Contrary

    Where the heck are the Lost spoilers, Aus?! I mean, I know it’s locked up pretty tight, but your frenemy manages to divulge a little here and there. I’m gonna say the same thing now that I did last week: the next few weeks are your LAST chances to give Lost spoilers. I know it’s not one of your favorites anymore, but you had respect for it at one time. Throw us a friggin’ bone, man!

    • Person WhoTalks

      I agree! LOST is the greatest show on television! Aussiello, don’t let your snooty tastes ruin it for the rest of us. Oh well, we’ll enjoy the last few episodes. You can go back to watching Cougar Town and Bones.

      • ausiello is snooty for not including lost spoilers, but you make really condescending comments about cougar town and bones? oh okay…

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