Thursday, January 21, 2010


Question: How about you try something new in Ask Ausiello this week and talk about Lost. Remember that show? —Eddie
Ausiello: Hmmm… I think that’s the show I just got some exclusive casting news on. According to a well-placed insider, Fisher Stevens will resurface this season as the late George Minkowski. That’s the show you’re talking about, right?

Question: I’m literally dying for True Blood news. Please save me from dying a slow, painful death. —Demi
Ausiello: Your life-saving scoop has arrived! It’ll take three villains to replace last season’s one Big Bad, Maryann. “We have a triumvirate of evil this season,” reveals exec producer Alan Ball. “I’m talking about Franklin Mott, Russell Edgington, and Debbie Pelt. They are all bad to the bone. They’re not just crazy, they’re evil.” Speaking of the yet-to-be-cast Debbie Pelt, Ball tells me that the Alcide’s psycho ex will actually have a bigger role than first thought. “We actually beefed up Debbie,” he says. “She’s going to be in more episodes, so maybe that will have an impact on [what actress] we can get for her, which is a big question right now.”

Question: Loved the pic you snapped of Alex Skarsgard at the Golden Globes. Did you by any chance get any True Blood scoop out of him? —Jessie
Ausiello: No, I just took the picture and ran off. Of course I got some scoop out of him. Specifically, I asked him to give me a preview of Eric’s season 3 journey. “I’d say it’s about revenge,” he told me. “He will continue to explore the whole Sookie thing and what that’s all about. He’s trying to figure out what’s different about her. He’s intrigued by that. And in addition to that, there’s something that happened a thousand years ago that he’s still carrying in his heart. All I’ll say is he’s trying to avenge someone.”

Question: It’s so obvious that Idina Menzel is going to turn out to be Rachel’s mom on Glee it isn’t even funny. —Joel
Ausiello: Series creator Ryan Murphy, who acknowledges that the two share an almost spooky resemblance, isn’t ruling out such a twist. At least not completely. “I don’t think I’ll do that,” he says. “We wrote her part as a sort of Faye Dunaway of Network. She’s the female coach of Vocal Adrenaline. That’s what she plays.” Murphy says Menzel will appear in the first episode back on April 13 and then return for the regional showdown with New Directions in the season finale.

Question: Can you tell us anything else about Kurt’s boyfriend on Glee? —Andy
Ausiello: Rumor has it he’ll be *n *h* *o***a** *e**.

Question: I watched last week’s Bones very carefully but there was no positive pregnancy test in sight. Next week’s episode, maybe? Or is it just happening this season and you don’t know the exact episode? —Sofia
Ausiello: My bad. I got my dates mixed up. The positive pregnancy test happens in this week’s episode. In my defense, I’ve been a little busy with press tour. And the Golden Globes. And a lot of other important stuff, so get off my case, dammit.

Question: Any scoop on Bones? – Manu
Ausiello: The most shocking thing about the upcoming 100th episode is “how much Booth and Brennan really like each other when they initially meet,” reveals exec producer Stephen Nathan. “And to see the evolution of that relationship through the case, and how it changes their relationship for the next five years, is interesting.”

Question: My guess is that Angela and Wendell will be the couple that gets married on Bones. Am I right? —Sandra
Ausiello: I was scanning the transcript of my recent interview with exec producer Stephen Nathan for clues, and here’s what I found: “The story with Wendell and Angela has evolved to a point where that is a more complex relationship than just an intern that comes and goes. And we will be resolving that in the second half of the year.” Thoughts? I think his use of the word “resolving” is key. Sounds like they’re headed for a breakup, not a wedding. But that’s just me spit-balling.

Question: Do you know when Elena will turn to into a vampire on The Vampire Diaries? I am dying to know. —Crystal
Ausiello: If you’re holding your breath for it to happen, you actually might die. Elena’s conversion, says exec producer Julie Plec, “is a fundamental part of the books — it’s, in fact, most of the books. So it’s not something we are going to ignore. But right now it’s a little too Twilight similar for us to feel comfortable dabbling in it.” Beyond concerns about Elena being written off as a small-screen Bella, “the best thing about her is, she’s a non-genre, non-supernatural, true-blue ingénue,” says Plec, “and we don’t really want to mess with that. She’s the relatable character. To pervert that too soon would be a mistake.”

Question: Is anything ever going to happen between Elena and Damon on The Vampire Diaries? —Cupid
Ausiello: Patience, Cupid. And lots of it! “This show is cemented in a love triangle over the whole run of the series,” notes exec producer Julie Plec, “and right now we’re very much embedded in the pure love [of] Stefan and Elena.” So not even a kiss? Yes, Plec teases, but “probably beyond season 1.” Adds boss man Kevin Williamson: “This show is always going to be about Stefan and Elena. It has to be. They’re soul mates.”

Question: Supernatural? Anything? —Christopher
Ausiello: A somewhat pivotal character will die soon.

Question: Any news if Michael Rosenbaum (Lex) is returning to Smallville anytime soon? They keep teasing us, but nothing ever comes of it. —Tim
Ausiello: I don’t think it’s going to happen this season. I hear a major sticking point is that Rosenbaum really likes having hair.

Question: Do you mind if I refer to you as my new BFF? And can I have a good Big Love scoop? —Amanda
Ausiello: No, I don’t mind. And yes, you can. At the Golden Globes on Sunday, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, and Ginnifer Goodwin dealt a major blow to the sexist stereotype that says all programs with predominantly female casts are tension-filled war zones. The three of them were practically inseparable at HBO’s post Golden Globes bash. What’s more, Tripplehorn and Goodwin seemed genuinely happy for Sevigny, who deservedly picked up best supporting actress honors. “Her winning is honestly the only thing I remember all night,” Goodwin gushed. “Everything else is a blur.” The trio also helped me make sense of Big Love’s depressingly paltry nine-episode order this season. “[HBO has] a lot of shows and only so many Sundays,” explained Tripplehorn. Added Goodwin: “The Pacific takes our timeslot the week after our finale. That was planned before our show was [renewed].” Sevigny is confident fans won’t know what’s missing. “We pack a lot in those nine episodes. You won’t be disappointed.”

Question: Yvonne Strahovski has said that we’ll find out Sarah’s real name on Chuck this season, which leads me to assume that we’ll have a Sarah-centric episode at some point in these first 13. Any clue when that’ll be? — Mary
Ausiello: Episode 8 — the first one back after those damn Olympics.

Question: Did you get any House scoop from Lisa Edelstein at the Golden Globes? —Erin
Ausiello: No, I just snapped this picture and then ran away. Of course I got some scoop out of her. Lisa conceded that Jennifer Morrison’s exit earlier this season was “weird” for everyone. “It’s a very strange thing when somebody’s gone,” she admitted. “We’re all in the same boat as actors. We have very little control over our lives, so you can’t help but relate —whether or not the person it’s happened to feels it’s a good or bad thing. It’s hard for everybody… But it’s really great to see her back.”

Sourfe: EW

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