Question: Just thought you should know that the Smurf Ride is no more at Kings Island ("Ask Ausiello" 11/10/04). They replaced it in 1990 with a totally lame haunted-car ride called Phantom Theater. I did have my first kiss on Phantom, but it wasn't very good. Jessica
Ausiello: Whoa, Jessica this is a family website! PPS That blows about the Smurf Ride.
Question: If you don't plug (shamelessly, I might add) TV Guide magazine or one of its products, do you lose your column, get a smaller cubicle or something like that? Nicolle
Ausiello: Even worse: My picture shrinks.
Question: If you could give only one Emmy for acting to someone on Scrubs, who would it be? The whole cast is superb, so it's a tough one. My vote goes to Sarah Chalke; she can play sexy and dorky at the same time better than anyone. Chad
Ausiello: John C. McGinley. Hands. Down.
Question: Who was your favorite character on Santa Barbara? I liked Cassandra until the writers made her ultra crazy. Any word if this soap will pop up on SOAPnet? Adrian M
Ausiello: Still no word on SB heading to SOAPnet. And my favorite character was Flame Beaufort until the writers made her look like Marguerite Hickey.
Question: Tell me something juicy! L.J.
Ausiello: Jessica went through a slutty phase in the early '90s.
Question: Can you tell us any spoilers from life as we know it? Leonardo M. Cocentino
Ausiello: In early December, the show dies.
Question: Did you watch the Dallas reunion? Did you think it was totally lame? It had way too many commercials and they conveniently forgot to mention most of the costars that helped make the show a success. Jennifer
Ausiello: Yeah, I was underwhelmed to say the least. I didn't like how they grouped everyone into pairs and then videotaped them casually reminiscing to each other. Not only did it make for snooze-inducing television, but I found myself cringing during every awkward silence. And I could have done without Steve Kanaly flirting with Charlene Tilton in the barn. That was just creepy. If they were smart, CBS would have gotten Mike Wallace to grill them individually and then collectively about all the dirt that went on behind the scenes (i.e., Larry Hagman's drinking, the Donna Reed recast, Tilton). And I'm with you on the MIA supporting cast. Where the heck was Priscilla Presley? And Susan Howard? And
Question: Reading last week's "Ask Ausiello," for some reason I had the urge to buy TV Guide's Guide to TV. However, I want an authentic Ausiello-autographed version. Where is this available other than Stalker Alert? Matt
Ausiello: Stalker Alert sold out over the weekend. I hear there may be some copies popping up on eBay soon, though.
Question: With Glenn Close coming on The Shield as the new captain, does that mean Benito Martinez (Aceveda) is leaving the show? Or does he get elected to city council? Lisa
Ausiello: Yeah, he gets elected to city council, so he'll still be causing problems for the big Mackster.
Question: Is the WB planning on putting Charmed out on DVD any time soon? Dave
Ausiello: Enough with the Charmed DVD questions, people. It's coming out in February. End of story.