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Please tell me that when ...

Question: Please tell me that when Michael Vartan returns to Alias, it won't be a dream or anything but it's for real!


Answer: Sorry, sworn to secrecy. This much I can say: He'll probably be doing four more episodes this season.

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Alias Jack cut off Desantis' ear...

AliasJack cut off Desantis' ear and then let Renee Reinne kill him! That's the kind of fatherly and grandfatherly protection you definitely want to have if you are eight-months pregnant. The look on Jack's face when he saw the nursery that his ex had carefully crafted was just priceless. I think when he finds out that Syd's mom is the one who took his daughter and had her tortured in a supposedly "safe for baby" procedure that hacked into her memory, things are going to get really ugly. I'd love a showdown between Mama and Papa Bristow — the chemistry between Lena Olin and Victor Garber is insanely intense and fabulous. Here's hoping that plays out well. Gotta love that Syd was able to fight through the pain and confusion to give her captors false info about Horizo read more

Anything big planned for ...

Question: Anything big planned for Alias' 100th episode?


Answer: More like huge. I don't know the specifics yet, but I hear producers are pulling out all the stops (read: bringing back all your faves) for the milestone episode, which starts shooting on Feb. 22. Oh, and a little birdie just told me the exact day Michael Vartan's Aussie action flick, Rogue, wraps: Feb. 10. Talk about perfect timing.

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I've missed Kitchen Confidential....

I've missed Kitchen Confidential. I know it isn't really groundbreaking TV, and I know its goose is pretty much cooked, but it is just plain funny. Reuniting Alias pretty boys Bradley Cooper and Michael Vartan was a genius idea on this too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen episode. The writers even tossed in a little aside where Cooper (as his character Jack) says they are so close it is like they've worked together before. Clever. And there was a nice lesson learned — in a feud like this one, it is always the innocent ones who get hurt. Poor Jim in that ice chest, after his friends had previously banished him to the "idiot hole." But at least the dopey newbie who makes Woody on Cheers look worldly got the line of the night: "Can you help me get read more

Today's column was written by Matt Webb Mitovich.

ROGUE SPY

Michael Vartan

As teased weeks ago by Ask Ausiello, Alias star Michael Vartan has joined the cast of Rogue, a bigger-budget follow-up to the Aussie thriller Wolf Creek, Moviehole.net has officially confirmed. Backed by prolific producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Rogue concerns an American journalist who encounters a man-eating crocodile in the Outback. (And no, not the steakhouse.) read more

All this talk about Michael ...

Question: All this talk about Michael Vartan and Greg Grunberg's exits from Alias, what's the story behind Mia Maestro leaving?


Answer: The story is that she's returning on Nov. 17. Here's a tease ABC put out about the ep: "When the group claiming to have a cure for Nadia continues to play mind games with him, Sloane struggles for control."

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Tell us more about Michael ...

Question: Tell us more about Michael Vartan's new movie in Australia.


Answer: There's nothing definitive, but my Down Under peeps at moviehole.net are speculating that the film in question may be Greg McLean's Wolf Creek follow-up, Rogue. If that's true, he'd be playing an American journalist who encounters a man-eating crocodile while in the Australian Outback. (Enter your own Jerri Manthey kicker here.)

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OK, I admit, I was one of ...

Question: OK, I admit, I was one of those people beating up on you, sending you a harsh e-mail after the season premiere of Alias. However, you have fully redeemed yourself with your latest tidbit about the Michael Vartan saga! Don't stop there, though — any news on the negotiations to bring him back to the show?


Answer: Were you the one who banished me to a life of eternal damnation? All my hate mail tends to blur together. Anyway, yes, there is a major — major — development on the Vartan/Vaughn front: The deal officially closed late last week and Vartan returned to work on the Alias set yesterday. Please don't ask me who he's playing or how long his return engagement will last, because that I can't tell read more

Today's column was written by Matt Webb Mitovich.

I SPY A COMEBACK

Michael Vartan

It's the news Alias fans have been waiting for. As reported exclusively in today's Ask Ausiello, Michael Vartan has sealed a deal to return to ABC's spy drama. For more on his big comeback — plus breaking casting news, er, poop on ER, Charmed, The Shield, Everwood, NCIS, House and Gilmore Girls — read today's fresh AA. (There, Mike, was that plug shameless enough for you?) read more

ALIAS SPOILER ALERT

Michael Vartan's much-buzzed-about Alias comeback has allegedly hit a snag. As reported in today's Ask Ausiello, the actor has landed a movie in Australia which could derail plans for Vaughn (or his ghost?) to return before year's end. For the full story, as well as scoop on practically every show except Still Standing, read today's AA! read more

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