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Question: What can you tell ...

Question: What can you tell me about Rory's big crisis (Ask Ausiello 3/2)? — Sophie

Ausiello: I have to save the details for the upcoming cover story (!!!!), but let me once again assure everyone that Rory is not going to get pregnant.

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Question: You oughtta ask the ...

Question: You oughtta ask the Gilmore Girls producers to let you bend the fourth wall in "an homage to Cameo Guest Stars Everywhere!" You could just kind of look into the camera over somebody's shoulder and wink. Think of all your fans out there who would tune in just to see that moment! — Tim

Ausiello: Are you sitting down, Timothy? Because not only did yours truly bend said fourth wall, he kicked it down completely — and all without anyone noticing. As a treat to all of my loyal Ask Ausiello readers around the globe, I smuggled a very special friend into the Dragonfly and placed him smack on the bookshelf behind me. I suggest you record the episode and play it back frame by frame, because he's just small enough to miss.

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Question: So, if Melanie ...

Question: So, if Melanie Griffith is out of Gilmore Girls (Ask Ausiello 3/9), who's the actress they're talking to now? Surely you found something out while on set. — Melanie Autin

Ausiello: Actually, I jumped the gun when I said Ms. Griffith had turned down the gig. According to Amy Sherman-Palladino, if the scheduling can be worked out, Antonio's paler half — who was recently sidelined with a broken foot — is game to appear on the show either this season or next. "We logistically haven't found the time when she's in town, out of a cast, and available for an episode," Amy told me. "She's interested and all parties are go. It's a story line we won't do unless we have Melanie Griffith. It's for her." I thought about telling Ms. Sherman-Palladino about all the anti-Melanie sentiment pouring into Ask Ausiello in recent weeks, but I just didn't have the heart. She's read more

Question: Got any new news ...

Question: Got any new news about Alias? — Malin

Ausiello: As a matter of fact, I do! Jennifer Garner has just inked a deal to direct an episode during May sweeps. Plus...

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Question: Thank you for ...

Question: Thank you for jumping on the Deadwood bandwagon!! I love this show! I have the first season DVD if you want to get caught up. I'll come to your place. What was that password again? — Leanne

Ausiello: It hasn't changed, Leanne. It's still, "Someone call security! There's a stalker in the lobby!"

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Question: Are you serious ...

Question: Are you serious when you say there is a new Tasti-D-Lite in Times Square? Where? You're not just talking about the candy shop that sells Tasti-D-Lite? — Jennifer

Ausiello: I hate to break it to you, Jen, but that candy shop closed its doors six months ago. And the building that housed it is now just a pile of rubble. The new Tasti-D-Lite is on Broadway between 47th and 48th right next to Jamba Juice. Today's flavors are French Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Cookies and Cream, Rice Pudding and Fluffer Nutter.

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Question: You're saying that ...

Question: You're saying that the big Lost death will take place "way before" the season finale, but your good friend Kristin at E! Online says the complete opposite, that it will be in the season finale. One of you isn't as in-the-know as you think. Which one is it? — Rob

Ausiello: Did you ever think that maybe we're both wrong, Mr. Smarty Pants? Huh? Didn't think so. Speaking of Lost, as you may have heard the season finale will be a two-parter, with the second part being 90 minutes long.

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Question: I just finished ...

Question: I just finished watching Deadwood Season 1 on DVD and am hooked. Can you give me any scoop on Season 2? — Diane

Ausiello: Swearengen's intestinal issues will go from bad to worse. Turn-your-head-away-from-the-TV-in-horror worse. Also, Alma opens her own bank, and Tolliver welcomes a bunch of low-priced Chinese whores to town. God, I love this show.

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Question: I have a question ...

Question: I have a question for Lauren Graham. There are tons of pop-culture references on this show (not all of them favorable), and I was wondering if she ever had to dis something or someone she was actually a fan of? — Ashley

Ausiello: From Ms. Graham: "Yes, and I've stood up against things. There was something about Winona Ryder [that I wouldn't say]. I don't like making fun of other actors. And then there was a SARS joke that I didn't want to do, because people were dying at the time." OK, enough Gilmore Girls questions. Doesn't anyone want to talk about Lost?

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Question: So, what dirt did ...

Question: So, what dirt did you get while on the Gilmore Girls set? — Lauren

Ausiello: Although I kinda have to save most of the juicy stuff for my upcoming cover story (!!!!!), rest assured, I'll be sprinkling little scoops and anecdotes in Ask Ausiello in the weeks leading up to said cover story (!!!!). And of course, I'll be providing you with answers to some of those GG queries you bombarded me with last week. But I have to spread this stuff out a little. Because, as some readers have pointed out, this column is called Ask Ausiello, not Ask Ausiello about Gilmore Girls and Keri Russell.

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