Bonjour! Allo! God morgon! OK, it’s not really morning but that's the only Swedish greeting I remember, and it helps to represent the three lovely lands I visited on my European Vacation last week (Big Ben! Parliament! Pippi!). It was good fun but naturally, I missed you terribly, not to mention my freaking American TV. (Oh, though Eurovision did tide me over—even though Norway was robbed!) We have much to catch up on, so let’s dig into your Q’s...
Sabrina in Detroit: Will Oprah guest on 30 Rock next season?
I'm hearing NBC is trying to make it happen! How much would that rule?! Jane Krakowski had this to say: "It’d be pretty cool if Oprah shows up as Liz's best friend. What’s going to happen to Gayle then? Wait, I’m her best friend on the show. What’s going to happen to me?!" I don't know, but for the record, Jane, I will totally BFF you!
David in Tampa, Fla.: Do you have any early scoop for next season on Smallville?
Yep! It's not easy being green, but apparently it pays to be Green Arrow. My sources tell me that Justin Hartley will be back on Smallville as Green Arrow/Oliver Queen for the majority of the season. Me = tickled pink. Love that guy.
Janet in R.I.: Anything new to report on Harold Perrineau’s death on Lost? I was so sad to see him go!
You and me both, babe. But the good news is that Harold is set to star in a dramedey on ABC (he was cast in the pilot The Unusuals), which is music to my ears. If you’ve seen much of H.P. in real life, you know he is (a) hilarious, (b) funny and (a) did I mention the funny? And of course, he can act his ass off. Personally, I never felt like poor, unlikable Mikey-poo did him much justice, so a fresh start where he can flaunt his comedy chops sounds good all around to me. Just my opinion! If you disagree, let mama have it in the comments below...
Wendell in New Orleans: I’ve heard conflicting reports about Michelle Trachtenberg being on the new season of Gossip Girl. Do you know if she’ll be back?
I’m told there has been a little back-and-forth but that so far, M.T. has not been asked back for season two. Michelle herself said: “[Josh Schwartz] has told everyone that everyone is coming back and that it’s going to be like a crazy, wild cast of a million people, so I’d love to, I think it’d be great fun. It’s a character I’ve just thoroughly enjoyed...and pretty sexy.” Schwartz-love, bring her back so I can practice my Tae-Bo kicks at the screen! Wouldn’t be as much fun without someone to boil our blood.
Silas in Tacoma, Wash.: Have you heard this rumor about CW president Dawn Ostroff leaving her job? What does this mean for my fave shows like Gossip Girl?
According to my inside source at the network, there is some truth to the rumor. There have apparently been some talks with potential replacements, and the scuttlebutt is that Ostroff is looking for a new gig. Apparently, one way or another, regime change at the CW is likely to happen sooner rather than later. As for Gossip Girl, fear not. There isn't a chance in Hades any new prez would kill that show.
Ezra in Brooklyn, N.Y.: Is BSG gonna air through the summer or are they cutting it in half?
Half, the midseason finale of Battlestar Galactica airs June 13. The remaining 10 episodes of the series have not yet been scheduled, but they are finishing them up this month. The good news is that according to the awesome Maureen Ryan, up to three more BSG telemovies may be made before they strike the sets of the show, depending on which castmembers are available.
Nadia in Palmdale, Calif.: Hey Kristin! Are you going to visit the set of Prison Break anytime soon?
As a matter of fact, I'm hitting the set next week! Can I tell you how happy I am to have those guys right down the road instead of thousands of miles away in some disgusting, dirty, smelly, hot prison? (Hmph. Though I will miss the sweat and the clinging effect it tends to have on any washboards lying around.) Email your Q's for Wenty and company to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll do my very best to get you answers. No word yet on who'll be on set while I'm there, but here's hoping for a rendezvous with the triumphantly re-headed Sara!
Gayle in Homewood, Ill.: I can't seem to get firm confirmation one way or another about whether or not Rules of Engagement has been canceled. My husband and I love this show. Can you help?
The happy news (for once!) is that Rules of Engagement is coming back to CBS midseason! Look for new episodes in January or thereabouts.
Ksenya in New York City: I was wondering if there's gonna be a season three for The Tudors?! I need more Henry Cavill.
Yep, there will be a season three, and Tudors executive producer Michael Hirst has actually written half the scripts already. Check out my postfinale report for now, and I'll dig around for some info on that wretchedly handsome Henry Cavill for ya. (My job is so hard.)
Diane in Webster, N.Y.: Did you hear your best frenemy is moving to Entertainment Weekly? Does that change the frenemy status at all?
Absolutely not. Our love-hate is eternal. (And congratulations, Michael, you bastard!)
Layla in Roswell, Ga.: Since your frenemy Ausiello is (temporarily) out of the scoop game, care to celebrate with some House scoop? Preferably Huddy? Pretty please?
Remember when I emailed executive producer David Shore some questions about House? He pointedly did not answer the one that was phrased thusly: "The only way to make it up to me for killing Cutthroat Bitch is to have House be Cuddy's sperm donor next season. Any chance my crazy pipe dream of House impregnating Cuddy will come true?" He just skipped it. Do with that what you will...
Pamela in Dahlonega, Ga.: I don't know if you have seen this or not, but I thought you might get a kick out of it. It's a clip from the Cartoon Network show Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends spoofing Lost. Hope you enjoy it!
Marcus in Miami: Any word on Gossip Girl next season?
Hope you are sitting down for this and have a paper bag to breathe into because I’m hearing the future is not looking good for Dan and Serena. Gaaahhh! I know, I know, come here and I’ll hold you. Sources tell me that in season two, Dan and Serena will be up and down and all around and everywhere except happy coupledom. The crazy-good news, though? Bluck or Chair or whatever you want to call them are so on. Apparently, the producers have noticed the crazy-good chemistry that lies within that naughty-by-nature duo, and there'll be much more of them ahead. I'm actually told they will be "the couple" moving forward. (Holler if you’re happy in the comments! I’ll meet you there.)
Sarah in Anacortes, Wash.: OMG! Will Serena hook up with Nate?!
In the season premiere, we'll see that there is a lady in Nate's life, and she's all kinds of trouble, and she's...not Serena. (Or Blair!) More on that in the next Watch With Kristin Show. I'm also hearing there'll be some new characters next season. They're casting for the season premiere as we speak, and Dan has a summer job working for a Norman Mailer type.
Mena in Los Angeles: Please, spill the beans! Is there a chance that my darling Jin survived the freighter explosion on Lost?
Jin is gonna be fine. I don't know exactly how, but he's going to be fine. I suspect that the difference between Michael's and Jin's survival is that Michael was trapped inside the hold, whereas Jin being up on the edge of the deck meant he had a chance to be blown clear of the ship. Besides, the guy magically survived the crash of a 747 and the wreck of the raft. No reason he shouldn't survive this shipwreck—I choose to believe the Island clearly joins us all in loving him and wanting to keep him around.
Cristina L. in Miami: About the person leaving Lost next season but returning the for season six...You said it's a girl from the first season, so is Rose included, or do you just mean Kate, Sun and Claire.
Rose would have been included, but as revealed in the Redux's "What's to Come" section, Emilie De Ravin will be on a holding contract with Lost for season five and returning in season six. But don't worry, you can get your Emilie fix elsewhere in the coming year: She's got a part in the Johnny Depp flick Public Enemies, she's in the period baseball picture The Perfect Game with Clifton Collins Jr. and last but not least, she'll be costarring in Ball Don't Lie with Nick Cannon and Ludacris. Even without Lost, she's going to be a busy cookie!
Marc in Brooklyn, N.Y.: When Ben was in the funeral parlor in the finale, was that live, real, off-island Ben or dead, spirit-vision Ben?
I had to read the comments of the Redux to figure this out (thank you Nick!), but I think that was the real Ben, because...When he moved the Island, he was teleported (or whatever) to the Tunisian desert, where we find him at the beginning of the circa 2005 flash-forward in "Shape of Things to Come." When we first see him in that scene, he has a wound that matches the cut on his arm at the end of "No Place Like Home." Crazy, right? So, to me, it does seem like he's been genuinely exiled from the Island, and since he leapt forward to 2005 he has been living and working only in the "real world."
Heather in Omaha, Neb.: Kristin! We have to talk about the One Tree Hill finale. Is Dan really dead? Who did Lucas call to ask to marry? Lindsay or Peyton?
From what I hear, producers are still fleshing out the plans for next season, but I also hear that it's "98.8 percent" certain Dan will be back. Paul Johansson (Dan himself) tells me: "Dan is almost immortal. How can Dan die? He’s the liaison between Lucifer and the world!" Ha! As for Lucas' pick, both Hilarie Burton (Peyton) and Michaela McManus (Lindsay) tell me that they don't even know the answer, and I believe 'em. However, Hilarie also tried to convince me she's hooking up with Mouth next year, and I'm hard-pressed to buy into that one, 'cause Millicent seems the bomb, right? Go M&M!
Sean: I have one quick question about Fringe: Is John Noble as Walter Bishop as amazing as what I've seen so far in the trailers and sneak peeks?
Yes. And what surprised me most about Walter Bishop is his sense of humor. It's sly and subtle—very different than his son's—but it's absolutely there. He made me giggle more than once.
Jessica in San Luis Obispo, Calif.: Please tell me Justin and Rebecca are still together in season three!
All I know is that Tommy refers to Rebecca as his brother's girlfriend circa episode five of next season, so it sounds like Justin and Rebecca are going strong. Happy? Yay? Nay? Comment below.
Aja in Hartford, W.V.: When is Big Love coming back? What can you tell me about season three?
Big Love is back in January '09, and I think the embiggening of the Henrickson family (and their love) may not be over yet. Nicki makes a visit to a fertility clinic—although she has an ulterior motive (as always)—and that sparks some baby longing for Margene and Barb.
—Additional reporting by Jennifer Godwin