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Hello, TV fans! After a long, exciting weekend at Comic-Con, we're back with scoop on all your TV faves. First and foremost, Gossip Girl boss Josh Schwartz told us that one of the Gossip Girls is going to have an unexpected fling in season three.
Plus, dish on the new season of 24, the rise of Zod on Smallville, Sawyer's "salty" turn on Lost and much, much more!
Jenna in Fontana, Calif.: Any chance we'll see Seth Green return to Entourage this season?
Thanks to our long, late-night drive to Comic-Con, we caught Seth Green on KROQ's Loveline radio show on Tuesday night. Seth says he will not be appearing this season on Entourage, but he is actively talking to the producers for a return in the seventh season.
Kelia in Michigan: I miss Castle so much! It was wonderful last year. When can I see Nathan Fillion on my TV again!?
Castle will return for season two on Sept. 21 to ABC! But in the meantime, a little birdie just told us that Richard Castle is now tweeting in character @writeRCastle, and if you follow along you'll be tweeted treated to an original Twitter mystery from the show's creators. Enjoy!
Shelly in Boulder, Colo.: I'm so excited for Community to start! Do you guys have any scoop yet?
Not much scoop yet because Community just started filming this week (today, in fact!). But we have seen the pilot, and it's really funny. Definitely a great addition to the once-again-wonderful NBC Thursday night lineup. Until some scoop comes up, the new show site just launched and it's absolutely brills. Learn all about Greendale Community College and get a daily dose of Joel McHale. Then check back later this week for our take on the Community pilot.
Kenny in Cheshire, Conn.: I'm glad the real Michael Westen finally appeared on Burn Notice. What's the story behind that?
Here's how it went down: "Here's the thing: Imagine yourselves in our position," says Burn Notice show runner Matt Nix. "You created a show with a main named Michael Westen [played by Jeffery Donovan] not really realizing that that guy you liked from that episode of Six Feet Under is named Michael Weston [yes, with an O, and he played Jake on Six Feet Under in case you were wondering]. And then everyone goes, 'Did you know there's a Michael Weston?' So you start looking for an opportunity to cast Michael Weston. And you know, he's a great actor." In case you missed it, the real Michael Weston appeared on the ep titled "Signals and Codes" on July 9.
Jess in New Orleans: Now that True Blood is a hit, will the Sookie Stackhouse novels follow the show's storyline for the new books?
Good question. The author, Charlaine Harris, says, "I don't think I'm that affected by the show because those are past books that the current plot is kind of hooked to, and I'm way beyond that now. Things have changed. Eric [Alexander Skarsgård] has a completely different maker from the maker on the show. There are all kinds of changes. But I hope that you all see it as a great opportunity to have two different entertainment experiences." She also noted that she doesn't get involved with the True Blood scripts: "We have a working relationship, [show runner] Alan [Ball] and I. I don't tell him how to make the show, and he doesn't tell me how to write the books."
Kaylie in Oklahoma: I love ABC Family's Make It or Break It! How are the ratings? Is it doing well? Will it be back?
It's doing great—so well in fact that ABC Family just announced an order for 10 more episodes to continue season one! Look for those eps to appear in winter 2010. Yay!
Olivia in Cape Coral, Fla.: Is Mischa Barton going to be on The Beautiful Life or what?
Sources close to The Beautiful Life remain hopeful that Mischa's health will hold up enough for her to be on the series, but no one knows for sure yet. Her character, imperious supermodel Sonja, has already been written in to the first several episodes of the season, so if Mischa can't make it, things will get messy fast.
Kiera in San Diego: Got any new scoop on Gossip Girl?
We sure do. Thanks to Gossip Girl show runner Josh Schwartz, who tells us: "Well, you know Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) is coming back even though she is at Mercy. She is going to have a very unexpected roommate and a very unexpected love interest." Start hitting the comments with your ideas for that unexpected love interest. And hey, if you were wondering if it's hard for Josh to juggle both G.G. and Chuck, wonder no more: "I'm really lucky that both shows have great staffs, crews, writers and producers, so I just go where I'm needed." There you have it.
Carina in Toledo, Ohio: How will the budget cuts affect the next season of Chuck?
To paraphrase Schwartz: If they're doing their jobs right, you won't even notice. "I think in terms of the budget stuff, I don't think you'll see a real difference," he says. "And I don't know that the Subway thing will be as major and prominent as feared. I think it's going to be integrated similar to how it's been, blatant, shameless," laughs Josh.
Simon in Boston: Since Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse said Juliet was going to be on Lost this season, do you know when she'll return?
"Pretty immediately, and then I'm not sure after that," Elizabeth Mitchell tells us exclusively. "I think it will be satisfactory." Stay tuned for more from Elizabeth in the coming days.
Marina in Pittsburgh: What's up with this alternative time line stuff that was revealed at Lost's Comic-Con event? Hurley became the CEO of Mr. Cluck's? Kate killed someone else? Oceanic Airlines has never had a crash? Excuse my French, but WTF?
Damon Lindelof asks Lost fans to trust in the writers. We're willing to do that (for now), but we agree the alt time line stuff is superstrange. Our best guess is that instead of resetting the clock to before Oceanic 815, Jack's plan actually changed the course of history at a much earlier point—perhaps beginning in 1977, when we last saw our heroes?
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Marie in San Antonio, Calif.: Lost!
We asked Josh Holloway about Sawyer's state of mind following the events of the Lost finale, and he said: "I think he's pretty destroyed. All of that growth got ripped away. I think he's gonna be a bit salty again, which I'm looking forward to. All I know is that he's destroyed and has given up on life again and on having any positive lessons. So watch out!" (We love mature Sawyer, but bitchy Sawyer is damn fun too.)
Jo in Wichita, Kan.: Any news on Sons of Anarchy?
Something horrifying happens in Sons of Anarchy season two premiere. Yes, something worse and more distressing that the castration or the blowtorch tattoo removal in season one. It's the kind of thing that makes it hard to run around recommending SOA as "awesome," because it sucks all the bloodthirsty joy out of the show. On the other hand, it's aggressively honest—at least as far as fictional tales about barbarians go—and if you can bear to watch, it will certainly make you react and think and wonder what happens next.
Donna in Mission Viejo, Calif.: Any news to share on Supernatural? I can't wait for the new season!
Misha Collins told reporters at Comic-Con, "Castiel has his own agenda that will be revealed at the end of episode two. Very big stuff, I have to say. Epic." We hear he's going on a mission to find someone (that missing God guy, perhaps?) and that Bobby's going to have a tougher time helping the boys this season, for reasons that must currently remain unrevealed. Plus, if you haven't seen it yet, don't miss our main Supernatural report from Comic-Con where exec producer Ben Edlund talks about Dean's flash-forward to the Apocalypse, Sera Gamble shares a lot of insight into Dean's arc for next season and show runner Eric Kripke reveals that God will be a character on SPN in season five!
Michelle in San Francisco: Thanks for the Smallville news from Comic-Con! Please explain more about the younger version of Zod. If Krypton has not been destroyed yet, does that mean Clark can change his destiny and save his people?
That's exactly what we asked executive producer Brian Peterson. "We're introducing [Callum Blue] as Major Zod, before he even turns into General Zod, so we get to see his trajectory into becoming the villain he's known as. We've never had a Kryptonian living on Earth with Clark for an entire season, and [to see] how that affects Clark's journey," says Peterson. "We're going to be exploring a lot of that this year, without trying to do too much time jumping and alternate universes. We're going to try to explore the relationship between Zod and Clark, and what if that were different? Zod and Jor-El, and what if that had been different in the past? In the first six episodes, we're going to get to it pretty quickly." (Did we mention Callum told us to "kneel before Zod" at Comic-Con?)
Andy in Long Beach, Calif.: Since Lois was fired by Tess Mercer last season on Smallville, will she find her way back to the Daily Planet in season nine?
"Nobody fires Lois," jokes Erica Durance. Despite getting the boot from the Daily Planet last season, Durance says, "[Lois] for sure finds her way back there, investigating things, getting into trouble and getting rescued. It wouldn't be Lois Lane if she wouldn't."
Sarah in Chicago: Can you please tell us if Jack and Renee will really find happiness this season on 24?
As executive producer David Fury teased, Renee is a damaged person upon returning next season. However, Kiefer says they are really trying to find peace for Jack, which includes all things that have the potential to make him happy. "People would like to see him at least have the option to have a good life," Kiefer Sutherland tells us. "We stripped a lot of those components over the years, by virtue of killing everybody, that whether he wants to live or die seemed to become innocuous—like who cares, there's nothing really to live for. What we did for this season is to really try and create something that would make Jack want to live," i.e., a relationship with Renee.
Andy in Silverlake, Calif.: Is this really the final season of 24?
"I don't know with regard to the last season," says Kiefer Sutherland. "It is the last season that I've been contracted to do 24, but I really don't know." If it truly is Jack's last hurrah, the producers are planning some return visits from seasons past. "There's certainly a chance of [bringing back old characters]. We've certainly been talking about that," says David Fury. "At this point, we're only in the first third of the season, but we have begun to discuss some of the characters that could return." Fury says he really wants to see Teri Bauer (Leslie Hope) return to the show. "If Tony [Carlos Bernard] is still alive, there's every chance that Teri pulled through," jokes Fury. In all seriousness, there's a likely possibility that Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin) and Mandy (Mia Kirshner) could appear. Also, "You may see Tony—there may be an opportunity for Tony to be pivotal in the show," adds Fury.
Jimmy in Miami: Any Mad Men scoop for the new season? It's been so long!
Many things transpire in the season three premiere of Mad Men, now that the British have taken over Sterling-Cooper, including some "restructurings" that put two fan faves in contention for the same job.
Sam in Atlanta: More Mad Men please!
Don Draper knows all your secrets. That's true as a general statement of fact, but, Salvatore Romano, we're talking about you in particular.
Jenna in Michigan: I know that in the fifth episode of 10 Things I Hate About You Kat is in an auto class. Is Patrick gonna help her do well in that class? I've seen some pics from that episode, and it looks like she has trouble.
In ep five of 10 Things, Kat's in auto shop because she's converting her car to run on biodiesel, but you're jumping ahead. Don't forget about episode four (airing tomorrow), when Patrick might finally say more than three words at a time. Whee!
kristapurpelle41 in Elkridge, Md.: Are they going to recast Ned again with the Ghost Whisperer time jump? I love "new" Ned, and that would definitely put him in college.
The adorable Christoph Sanders isn't going anywhere—and neither is his character. You're right—in the new season, Ned is a college student, studying the paranormal at Grandview's very own Rockland University. As the 21-year-old actor points out, "This season I'll be playing my own age! Eli [Jamie Kennedy] is one of my teachers!" Their collaborations include the Book of Secrets and understanding "how powerful [Melinda's son] will be and what kind of powers he will have." Ned's also getting busy in the romance department—even though he's still living with his mom, Delia. As Camryn Manheim tells us: "All of a sudden he's bringing girls home, and I'm bringing guys home, and it's a different dynamic."
Jake in Camden, N.J..: What's coming up on Nurse Jackie?
We find out that a main character is losing his/her job at All Saint's Hospital, but that doesn't necessarily mean he/she is completely out of the picture.
Tom in Vancouver: Does Tommy pick Sheila or Janet on Rescue Me? I thought Maura Tierney was a love interest for him.
Tommy (Denis Leary) doesn't make a decision just yet, but Sheila and Janet do both lay down the law with him. Janet plays the kids card, while Sheila uses sex as her weapon. As for Maura's character, Kelly, there's no hanky-panky for her and Tommy just yet.
Milly in Miami: Will Eric Millegan be back on Bones?
Bones star Emily Deschanel and show runner Hart Hanson certainly hope so. "We kind of love Eric," Emily said at Comic-Con. "The answer is, yes, we'd love to have Zack back," added Hart. "If you want the boring producer answer, he's moving back to New York City to do some stage work. It's his first love." So keep your fingers crossed that the scheduling fairies will make some magic happen and bring Zack Addy back to the show. We love Eric too!
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—Reporting by Natalie Abrams, Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna, Jennifer Godwin, Megan Masters and Drusilla Moorhouse