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Get ready for the next huge Gossip Girl shocker!
As you fans know, the show's cornerstone couple, Dan and Serena, have hit a snag: They apparently now share a secret half brother. (Oh, the romance-killing humanity!) His dad, Rufus, and her mom, Lily, are on the hunt to find this long-lost son she gave up for adoption.
So...Is this half bro alive and kicking? Or is there hope for Dan and Serena?
I have the exclusive answer on the big twist planned for later this season, along with word on another surprising Gossip couple who are on the mend, the latest on Cristina and Major Hottie on Grey's Anatomy, plus House and Cuddy, Lost and much more...
Randall in New York: Is Melissa George really leaving Grey's Anatomy? Why?
Yes. According to my sources, ABC wasn't able to (or didn't want to, depending on whom you ask) pony up the money to get her to stay on. Personally, I'll miss her. You? Meanwhile, she had this to say on Globes night about working on Grey's: "I love it! I was just in Buenos Aires with T.R. [Knight]. So we had a great time, a really good time, and I love the show, and I can't wait to work on Tuesday."
Quincy in Seattle: When will Owen and Cristina hook up for real?
It's coming. Kevin McKidd tells me, "They're doing good—they're getting close to the real deal. I think they find it hard to be together, hard to get it together because they're quite complex people. I think we will eventually, but we haven't quite gotten there together yet."
Michael in New Hampshire: Could I please get some Entourage scoop?
Only 'cause you asked so nicely! Sources tell me that the show is supposed to start filming the new season in about a month, and Jeremy Piven is expected to be there, despite his recent health concerns over high mercury levels that lead him to leave his Broadway show Speed the Plow. Yesterday at the Globes, Piven told us: "I followed the doctor's orders, enforced rest is what they said, and that's what I did. I've been detoxing the mercury and resting for about a month now." Meanwhile, Adrian Grenier says this of season six: "I think it's a throwback to season one. We're going to have some good, old-fashioned fun this time."
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Michelle in Williamsport, Pa.: The cast of 90210 is so hot. Any chance any of them are actually single?
Not even close. Those 90210 kids just can't help but date each other. Dustin Milligan and Jessica Stroup were together at the WB/In Style party last night, while Jessica Lowndes and Adam Gregory were spotted Saturday afternoon at the HBO Luxury Lounge, though the pair wouldn't let the photogs catch them canoodling.
Anna in Venice, Calif.: In your Watch With Kristin Show you said you'd have the answers to Guess the Oceanic Sixer. What's the scoop?
The answers are below the spoiler line. I'll also be seeing Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse at TCA later this week, so if you have questions, email them: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heath in Emporia, Kan.: Simon Baker looked delicious last night, don't you think?
I agree; however, his costar on The Mentalist, Robin Tunney, was kind enough to fill in every fan on the answers to their most popular questions, "Yes, Simon Baker is that good-looking in person, and his hair does look like that when he wakes up in the morning, and yes he does have an accent, and yes he is happily married." But no, that doesn't mean any of you fans have to stop dreaming!
Marc in Teaneck, N.J.: Have you heard anything about the new Showtime show The United States of Tara?
I've seen the first four episodes, and around this time next year, if things go as they should, Toni Collette just might be holding that statue for Best Actress in a Drama. (She makes a certain other multiple-personality show look like high school theater class—don't make me say which one.) You can watch the first episode online or On Demand before the premiere on Sunday, Jan. 18. Watch the premiere and then let me know what you think in the comments.
Jesse in Miami: Is Lily and Rufus' son alive on Gossip Girl? I hope not!
I'm told Rufus and Lily will be told that he's dead, but then later find out he is not. Yep, Dan and Serena's romance-slaying half sibling is most definitely among the living, and according to sources, the producers plan to cast some hot new guy to come to the show either later this season or early in season three. So what does this mean for D and S? Is there any way to keep them together now? Let's discuss in the comments!
Wallace in Reno, Nev.: Give us some good Gossip Girl scoop!
A huge core couple is going to get back together. And trust me, it's not anyone you would think would get back together. And trust me, I will cry.
Brian in Kearney, Neb.: Are we going to see more Huddy when House returns?
Lisa Edelstein tells me, "When we come back, there is a lot of House-Cuddy stuff going on." Word! Still, don't expect it to be all happy times: Cuddy will definitely have her hands full with her new bundle of joy. "I think the things that a baby brings are things you can't necessarily prepare for, so she's got some difficulties coming up," she adds. And some time off. Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) will take over Princeton-Plainsboro while Cuddy goes on a little maternity leave.
Emma in Del Mar, Calif.: I demand answers to the Guess the Oceanic Sixer game!
You got it:
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Marcy in Indianapolis: Kristin, I'm dying for some couples scoop on Chuck!
Unfortunately when I talked to Zach Levi this weekend at AMC Theaters' booth at the Access Hollywood Gift Lounge, he did not give me much hope for a future with Chuck and Sarah. "Chuck and Sarah are one step forward, two steps back. We still love each other. I want to be with her, and she secretly wants to be with me—I think—but it just makes for a not very protected Chuck because emotions get in the way. So it's on the backburner." Sigh. I want it in the deep fryer! (Did that sound dirty?) On the upside, though, I'm told the Ellie and Awesome wedding is still in the works and planned for sometime during May sweeps.
Marla in Rhode Island: Anything new on Heroes?
When the show returns, Suresh still has super strength, and Peter will take his power so he can escape a hairy situation.
Francesca: I can't believe your scoop that Ashley Jensen is leaving Ugly Betty! Could I get another hint on which other person is getting killed off?
Sure, and it's a telling one: The Meade who fancies this person is Daniel.
Matt in Pasadena, Calif.: Any scoop on The Office from the Golden Globes?
The whole cast showed up together to the NBC/ Universal after-party, and Rainn Wilson was more than willing to share some goodies with us about the big Super Bowl episode on Feb. 1: "It's like Ben-Hur, with 10 Jack Blacks and 10 Jessica Albas." Sounds like it's gonna be epic! And sexy. And funny. Oh, and you gotta love this. Rainn got a little Globes-night gift for his arch nemesis in the battle for Angela: "Ed Helms does a Tom Brokaw impersonation," Rainn told me. "And he always does him saying albondiga soup. So backstage I had Tom Brokaw say albondiga soup into a tape recorder for Ed. I'm going to email it to him." All workplaces should be this much fun.
Maria in Prescott, Ariz.: More Office, please!
Even with Ryan (B.J. Novak) out of the picture, don't expect Kelly to hook up with Darryl any time soon. "I'm only in one of the next three episodes," Craig Robinson tells me. "I'll be in the warehouse, and I'll be messing with Michael and staying out of trouble."
Alison in Stockton, Calif.: Will Detective Sanchez be back in the new season of The Closer?
He will be back, but he'll be hiding a few secrets from Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) with the help of some of the other detectives. And P.S., another character may be doomed.
Sam in Billings, Mont.: Will we ever see Karen again on Californication?
As you know, Karen (Natascha McElhone) was last seen flying off to New York in the finale, and Madeleine Martin (who plays Hank and Karen's daughter Becca) told me at the CVS Pharmacy-sponsored Access Hollywood Lounge, "They're still working [her return] out." But I'd put a whole heap o' cash on us seeing her again.
Teri in Las Vegas: Hi, Kristin! Anything coming up on The Mentalist?
Amanda Righetti just told me that a little romance may finally be on the way for her character, Grace, and Wayne (Owain Yeoman): "We don't know for sure yet, but they're toying with the idea. They're going back and forth." Anyone else hoping they go for it?
Mikaela in Sioux Falls, S.D.: Kristin, I am so excited for Burn Notice to start again! Can you tell us anything about the rest of this season?
The final seven episodes of season two start on Jan. 22, and Gabrielle Anwar insists "it's so exciting and riveting that I'm not going to spoil it for you. If I utter another syllable, you will be spoiled." And she may not simply be playing coy. I'm hearing that Fiona is going to experience some incredibly emotional things in the episodes leading up to the finale.
—Additional reporting by Jennifer Godwin, Natalie Abrams and Megan Masters