Question: Is Dean going to be back on Gilmore Girls this season? Please say yes! Meeko
Ausiello: A WB spokesperson insists that "Dean is not returning this season" despite the fact that he's currently being featured in promos for the April 19 episode. Methinks someone over there has been hitting the Jesus Juice a little too hard, no? Long story short: Yes, he'll be back.
Question: I'm a famous person and I'm reading your column. Anonymous
Ausiello: Prove it, ya big wimp.
Question: Why is there so much riding on whether TV Guide's current Gilmore Girls' covers sell well (Ask Ausiello 3/30)? I'm buying two of each cover, by the way. Alicia
Ausiello: If I told you it was because my job was on the line, would you run out and buy as many copies as you could squeeze into a hatchback and urge your friends and enemies to do the same? If so, let me tell you in no uncertain terms, Alicia: My job is on the line. Oh, and speaking of GG, don't forget to enter TVGuide.com's first-ever Ask Ausiello sweepstakes for a chance to win a script from Gilmore Girls' April 26 episode signed by the entire cast, including special guest star, me! Click here for more!
Question: Has there been any word on whether or not Soapnet will buy the rights to air Santa Barbara? Tanya
Ausiello: I pester them about this at least once a month, and every time I get the same icy response: "No, sorry." Rumor has it the show's hit-rich soundtrack is rendering the whole thing cost-prohibitive for the fledgling suds network. I'm thisclose to buying the whole damn library myself and hosting a Santa Barbara Festival in New York City's Bryant Park this summer.
Question: Any news on whether Charmed is ending with a season or series finale in May? Has executive producer Brad Kern written two endings? Sara
Ausiello: This is all Mr. Kern would tell me: "This is the ultimate cliffhanger. One way or the other the 'Charmed Ones' will never be the same." Interpret as you like.
Question: Is FX going to make Rescue Me clean up its language this season? Matt Roush
Ausiello: Hardly. In fact, I hear exec producers Denis Leary and Peter Tolan plan to spend an entire episode debating the merits of a certain four-letter word that rhymes with swat. I say "plan" because I don't think they've told FX yet.
Question: Can you tell me when the Gilmore Girls season finale is? My friends and I are planning a party and we need to order the invitations! Thanks! Christa
Ausiello: It's May 17, Christa. Are you gonna have a press line at this shindig? If so, fax me a celeb tip sheet ASAP and I'll see about assigning a reporter to cover it.
Question: Now that Lost is expanding its season finale to two hours (Ask Ausiello 3/30), what does this mean for Alias? Don't tell me now that they finally got Lena Olin back, they have to cut down her episode to an hour? Aaron Barker
Ausiello: Good news, Aaron. An ABC rep confirms that Episodes 21 and 22 which originally were going to be combined into one 90-minute finale will air as separate one-hour episodes on May 18 and May 25. As a result, it appears Irina's one-episode stint has now turned into two. I can only imagine what that's going to do to Ms. Olin's asking price.
Question: Any What I Like About You scoop? Nick
Ausiello: Luke Perry is in talks to become a semiregular presence next season. That's assuming there is a next season.
Question: Is this the right place for questions? The feedback box? Or do I have to actually e-mail you? You never seem to answer them when I put them here. Shamita
Ausiello: No, you screwed up again, Shamita. How many times do I have to tell you: Slide the question under the door and I'll get to it when I get to it.