Question: Why the heck did NBC renew Scrubs and then not give it a spot on its fall lineup (Entertainment News 5/16)? Ashley
Ausiello: Now that's a good question. At NBC's upfront presentation on Monday, Peacock president Kevin Reilly said he was holding Scrubs until midseason because Zach Braff landed a movie that'll shoot later this summer. However, a source close to the show claims production on the new season will begin on schedule in August. "Zach is shooting two movies this summer, but it won't delay production,"
groans the insider. "No one knows why Kevin said that." And if his films were going to have an impact on the new season, I'm pretty sure Zach would have mentioned it to me Sunday night when we were hanging out at Scrubs' Season 1 DVD launch party in New York.
Question: In response to your question/dare in last week's AA, I wanna see a real Smurf collection! Show me or suffer the consequences. You have one week or revenge will be sought. It will be swift. I implore you to comply. Rick
Ausiello: You have to give me more time I'm still waiting for the 2005 set to arrive!
Question: I cannot wait until this Thursday's CSI finale to find out: Please tell me Nick lives and is coming back next season! Janice
Ausiello: Well, let me ask you this: If you were buried alive for 24 hours with nothing but 600 liters of air, a tape recorder, a gun, a glow stick, a piece of bubble gum and about 100,000 flesh-eating creepy-crawly things, would you survive?
Question: Whaaat? You're leaving us hanging as to whether Scott Patterson is returning to Gilmore Girls? Tell us what you know, or we'll send Nekkid Kirk screencaps. Anne Price
Ausiello: Uncle! OK, when I was on the set in March, Scott Patterson informed me that, unlike Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, who are under contract for two more seasons, his deal expires at the end of next season the show's sixth. "I'm out after six," he said. "[My staying] depends on several key factors that I'm not at liberty to discuss. It's definitely not a certainty [that I'll stick around]. I'd like it to all work out. I'm thinking positively, but we'll see. The next few months will be crucial in that decision-making process." As loyal readers of this column know full well, everyone (Lauren, Alexis, Amy Sherman-Palladino) would like to see the show go for seven seasons. Could Patterson really envision Luke going AWOL during GG's final year? Sadly
Question: Can you freakin' believe Carnivàle was canceled!? I thought HBO would give it at least one more season. There are still a lot of unanswered questions. Any chance of a one-time movie to wrap things up? Joyce
Ausiello: Not likely. When I e-mailed executive producer Daniel Knauf to offer my condolences and find out what, if anything, could be done to save the franchise, this was his response:
"Well, to tell you the truth, I still haven't caught my breath from the blow yet. But we have discussed other vehicles from graphic novels to a series of 'event' films to a miniseries. I'm open as long as it makes sense. Carnivàle was much more about tone and character than plot, so the idea that some folks have talked about a two-hour movie to 'wrap up all the loose ends' doesn't work for me. I mean, if I wanted to 'wrap things up,' I could probably cram it all into a 20-30 page outline and distribute that.
Question: Is Charmed going to be back for another season next year? Shannen
Question: Your vacation pic looks like the Cornerstone Festival of Gardens, in Sonoma Valley, Calif. Tom
Ausiello: Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ladies and gents, we have a winner! Please step forward to accept either a copy of Gilmore Girls: The Complete Third Season DVD. Or, if you prefer, a Stacked coffee mug. (No substitutions, please.)
Question: Will Lost be rerun over the summer? Donna
Ausiello: Yes, ABC will re-air the entire season on Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET beginning June 1.
Question: I've heard that applying Anbesol can lesson the sting of eyebrow-plucking (Ask Ausiello 5/11). Jill
Ausiello: OK, I'll try that. Thanks.
Question: You've gotta help me out, man. My wife is freaking out about Scott Patterson leaving Gilmore Girls. Please let me know if he is leaving the show. Throw me a bone. Rob
Ausiello: After the next commercial break. I promise.