Thursday, January 14, 2010


Question: When is House going to change its opening title sequence to add Olivia Wilde and Peter Jacobson? They’ve had the same opening since the beginning. —Anonymous
Ausiello: In spite of your funny name, or perhaps because of it, I asked exec producer Katie Jacobs for you. Her reply: “In season 4, people said, ‘Are you going to change the credits once you decide on who you are adding to the team?’ and I felt like it was awkward to switch in the middle of the season. I could have done it season 5. I certainly didn’t want to change anything [at the start of season 6] because we opened so differently. But now I am thinking about it. I think they should be part of it.” Olivia, Peter, you can send your thank-you notes directly to Anonymous.

Question: Please tell us something about Jennifer Morrison returning to House! —Amy
Ausiello: I should’ve seen it coming! Here’s what Omar Epps told us about JMo’s exit and possible comeback last week at the People’s Choice Awards: “I definitely miss her… I certainly didn’t see it coming. I don’t think anyone did. She is a great person and I’d gotten used to seeing her most days of the year. [But] she is not officially gone. It isn’t like they killed her off. And even if they had, we’ve already had a dead person come back with Amber. So there is still a possibility.” The clues were everywhere!

Question: Let’s say the worst-case scenario happens with Fringe and it doesn’t get renewed for another season. Will the final episode tie up all the loose ends? —David
Ausiello: It’s a valid, albeit depressing, question. J.J. Abrams, what say you? “There is a great finale for this year,” he says. “[But] there’s no way [it will] wrap up the series. But I’m not even thinking about that. I’m thinking of where we’re going to [take the story] in the next year and beyond. I’m apparently more optimistic than you.” Technically, David’s the pessimist. I’m just the messenger. Blame him.

Question: Any Heroes scoop? —Adam
Ausiello: Just this one cryptic tease from my good buddy Greg Grunberg: “The only way to get rid of or really handle the evil guy Sylar is to get more dark and more evil than he is, and that’s pretty much where my character goes.” Parkman more evil than Sylar? Wow, I’m really behind on Heroes.

Question: What’s going on with my fave Glee couple, Artie and Tina? —Stephanie
Ausiello: They say it’s always darkest before the dawn, and, to hear Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) tell it, these two are nowhere near the dawn yet. “You will definitely see more conflict between Artie and Tina,” she says. “After the first 13 episodes, it was left like, ‘What’s going to happen?’ Fans will get a little resolution.” Yes, but will it be the resolution they want? “The episodes,” she promises, “just get better and better.”

Question: Is Quinn still gonna be pregnant when Glee comes back? – Gia
Ausiello: I’m not gonna answer your question, I’m gonna let Quinn herself, Dianna Agron, do it. Dianna? “I am still pregnant” when the show returns in April, she says in character. However, she won’t reveal whether Quinn will actually give birth this season. “Anything is possible,” she teases. “Have you seen those reality show where people… have babies in bathrooms and all kinds of crazy places? I might have to start watching those shows for inspiration.” In maybe-related news, Glee has issued a casting call for a pair of African-American infant twins. Coincidence? Yeah. A show insider assures me that Quinn is not going to pop out a surprise in the delivery room.

Question: Must. Have. Glee. Scoop. Please? —Hallie
Ausiello: Okay. Hallie. If. You. Insist. “One of us gets killed off,” Chris Colfer (Kurt) tells me, “when a flying tap shoe smacks us in the face.” But seriously… Cory Monteith (Finn), can you help? “I got yelled at for saying stuff,” he insists. “I got my hand slapped, so now I have to be on my best behavior.” C’mon, Cory, you can do better than that, and you, I and Hallie all know it. “I can tell you this much,” he finally confesses. “There will be singing, the show will still be called Glee, and it is now basketball season. Finn will still have time conflicts, thanks to his many interests.” Now, was that so hard?

Question: There’s a rumor going around that Jessalyn Gilsig is leaving Glee. True? —Matt
Ausiello: That’s one of those false rumors. I just spoke to Gilsig at Fox’s press tour party and she confirmed what I’ve long suspected: Project Redeem Terri will kick off shortly after the show returns in April — and there’s a good chance it’ll be set to music. “I think I will be singing and dancing [this season],” she told me. “I don’t know if I’ll do them at the same time. I think a song makes everybody forgiving — that and a sister with special needs.” And just like that, I’m a Terri fan. Behold the power of extreme likability and mad soundbite skills.

Question: If you see Brendan Hines from Lie to Me at press tour this week, please ask him if there are there any plans for a Loker character-centric episode in the near/possible future? —@spillednotes
Ausiello: Ask and you shall receive: “I think that’s coming up in another two or three episodes,” he told me. “In the meantime, we’ve got a really good episode that we’re about to start shooting that involves a bombing near the office. I get mixed up in it quite a bit, so that’ll be fun for the one reader who wrote you.”

Question: Corner Kevin Williamson at press tour and get some good Vampire Diaries dirt on Damon/Elena. —Beth
Ausiello: I did you one better. I cornered him, got him drunk, and then went in for the kill. “What’s going to be really fun for Damon isn’t seducing Elena — she’s in love with Stefan, so that’s not going to work,” notes KW. “The best way to truly piss off Stefan is to be her friend. True love doesn’t necessarily come from passion. And he also needs the friend. So they develop an unlikely friendship that’s real.”

Question: I’m psyched that Zack is returning for Bones‘ 100th episode, but I’d be more psyched if he was coming back full-time. Any chance of that happening? —Carrie
Ausiello: “We have no plans for him coming back full-time,” says exec producer Stephen Nathan. “The way the interns are working out now is so great for us. We have the opportunity to use so many wonderful actors.” As far as Zack’s role in the 100th is concerned, Nathan says we’ll see “Booth’s first introduction to Zack and how he formed his very odd opinion of him.”

Question: What happened to Brennan’s maternal instincts on Bones? —Ed
Ausiello: She’s still got ‘em! “You can’t un-ring a bell,” says e.p. Stephen Nathan. “That’s something she will always come back to. It won’t be a major focus for the rest of this season, but it’s something that we will revisit.”

Source: EW

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