Question: I have not seen anything coming out of NBC's "infront" presentation that mentions the status of Heroes: Origins. Is it happening or not? — Antonio Lopez
Ausiello: Not happening. The funny thing is, Ben Silverman did actually confirm the ill-conceived idea's passing at last week's "infront," but, for whatever reason, it went unreported. Perhaps the assembled media were still reeling from Silverman's description of Christian Slater as "a major movie star."
Question: Any juicy spoilers on Smallville? And what's up with Brainiac? — Michelle
Ausiello: This week's Ausiello Report vodcast has fraktastic spoilers on what will become of Chloe and Lex in the big 150th episode on May 1. And regarding Brainiac, departing exec producer Al Gough tells us that in that same episode "the Clark-Brainiac story is going to come to a head."
Question: We need scoop on why Al Gough and Miles Millar left Smallville! This is a complete shock. I know you can get us answers!— Jesse
Ausiello: Everyone I spoke to about this — and that includes sources at the CW, Warner Bros. and the show itself — tell me two key issues played a role in their departure: money and movies. Warner Bros. apparently wasn't offering enough of the former, and their Smallville duties weren't affording them enough time to do the latter. Now, these same sources stressed that the duo's exit should not be likened to the seismic event that was Team Palladino's exodus from Gilmore Girls two years ago. Whereas Amy and Dan pretty much wrote and/or directed every episode of GG right up to the day they packed up and left, Al and Miles have been relatively hands-off in recent years, leaving much of the work to Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. And since the four of them will now be running the show together, the transition will be a seamless one.
Question: Any more Heroes scoop? — Alive
Ausiello: Two new recurring roles are being cast, both of which are slated to debut in the Season 3 premiere. "Joy" is in her early twenties and described as "quick on her feet — and adept at getting herself into and out of trouble." Senator Robert Malden, meanwhile, is in his fifties and a political straight shooter.
Question: Do you have any Bones scoop for me? — Gerri
Ausiello: Get used to the name "Vincent Juarez." I suspect we may be seeing a lot of him next season. He's one of Dr. Brennan's brighter grad students and he'll be joining the Squints until Brennan can find a new full-time forensic anthropologist. The yet-to-be-cast character loves to lighten the mood in the lab, but he definitely thinks he's funnier than he actually is. In other words, it's Nicholas Brendon's role to lose. In related news, does anyone know why Bones would be looking for a new full-time forensic anthropologist? Hmmm….
Question: I'll give you a Smurf dipped in Diet Raspberry Snapple if you can tell me the fate of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Cashmere Mafia. — Matt Ausiello: Most likely renewed and most likely canceled. Respectively. Now gimme my DRS-drenched Smurf!
Question: Any scoop as to who is in the coffin on Lost? — Kevin
Ausiello: No, but I may have something even better for you later today in my Ausiello Report blog — the key word there being "may." And no, it doesn't involve the four-toed statue. At least I don't think it does. Hmmm….