Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Walking Dead, Once, Castle, Gossip Girl, New Girl, SOA and More!
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Question: Okay, after watching that new Castle promo, Sept. 24 can’t come soon enough. Can you tell us anything else about the season premiere? —Cheryl
Ausiello: I’d much rather flash forward to November sweeps and tell you to be on the lookout for a big twist involving the return of [spoiler].
Question: Will a series regular die on The Walking Dead by the end of first half of Season 3? —Soso
Ausiello: I can confirm that a series regular will become zombie kibble during Season 3, but whether that death takes place in the first half or second half I can’t say.
Question: Could you please provide some scoop on CSI? —Jane
Ausiello: Well ring-a-ding-ding, Jane, I certainly can. Executive producer Don McGill tells us that an upcoming, Greg-centric episode will be heavily influenced by Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Called “It Was a Very Good Year,” the hour looks at a murder at a Rat Pack theater in Vegas, and it involves a cold case “that has now become a hot case with the murder of a journalist with whom Greg had a relationship,” McGill says. Expect to hear a lot of Sinatra standards in the ep, because the crooner’s estate “was really awesome in working with us,” he adds. “It’s just going to be a great music episode with some really cool, stylistic flashbacks to the ’60s and Vegas.”
Question: Okay, I’ll bite — what’s the big Lost-esque twist coming up on Once Upon a Time involving Mary Margaret and Emma? —Victoria
Ausiello: Remember how Lost would forever find new angles from which to tell a story? And you know how Once already uses flashbacks to the fairytale land that was? Well, you didn’t think they’d leave the narrative as linear as that, did you?
Question: I miss Happy Endings so much but it’s not coming back until October 23! I’ve been going through Penny withdrawal for several months now. Please send an addict some juicy spoilers: that would be a-mah-zing. —Magaii
Ausiello: Looks like someone didn’t get the memo. A-mah-zing is over. Kaput. Finished. Not sure what’s replacing it, but that is for sure dunzo. You know what’s also dead? Mandonna. In Season 3, Brad and Max launch Boyz 2 Menorah, a potential cash cow that proves to be a big hit at (major spoiler alert) bar mitzvahs!
Question: How about a Glee scooplet on Brittany for a change? And notice I said Brittany, not Brittana. —Theresa
Ausiello: Yep, I can read. I don’t particularly enjoy it, but I’m able to do it in a pinch. It probably comes as no surprise that the show’s second Britney Spears tribute will be a big episode for Heather Morris’ IQ-challenged chanteuse. “It’s one of the funniest episodes we have done,” declares exec producer Brad Falchuk. “Brittany is having some troubles and Will and Emma come up with a plan to [cheer her up].” But whereas the last Spears-athon “inspired her and brought her out of her shell, this time it backfires in a very bizarre way,” teases Falchuk. Bonus spoiler: It all works out in the end!
Question: What the heck is up with Finn on Glee? Lea Michele keeps teasing that his storyline is shocking and unexpected, and the wait for the reveal is maddening! —Quinn
Ausiello: Here’s what I know: In Episode 4, which just so happens to be the big “Break-Up” episode, he will encounter a drill sergeant. In Episode 5, he helps McKinley newbie Ryder (played by Glee Project champ Blake Jenner) get into New Directions. And at some point after that, per Falchuk, he will get a new love interest. Does that help at all?
Question: Any Suburgatory scoop? —Lori
Ausiello: When George meets up with some former colleagues from New York, the architect is forced to examine whether his relocation to the ’burbs has turned him into, in essence, a Real Housewife. Yikes!
Question: Counting the nanoseconds until New Girl returns. Got anything to tide me over until Sept. 25? —Carla
Ausiello: You betcha. Jess is about to find out how tough Cece’s “glamorous life” really is when she tries her hand at modeling at a car trade show. Cue Zooey Deschanel falling into and/or out of a convertible in 3, 2… Bonus Spoiler: We’re going to meet Schmdt’s cousin during November sweeps. The twist? His name is also Schmidt!