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Question: Love you, love the column. Any chance you have some Lost swag lying around that you want to get rid of? — Gail

Ausiello: Would you settle for some Lost scoop instead? The pilot (played by Alias' Greg Grunberg) returns in the season finale. I'm thinking we might get to see what happened on that doomed plane pre-liftoff.

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Question: What was the song on Debbie's ringtone on 24? It was a big part of the show and I could not recognize it. — Mike

Ausiello: That's because it's an original tune penned by the show's composer, Sean Callery. Speaking of which, Fox — taking a page from Scrubs' phone book — says more than 50,000 viewers called the number shown on Deb's cell and found themselves talking to actual cast members, including Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe)! Turns out the digits belong to a 24 crew member.

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Question: I'm pleased to hear that you plan to ask the WB folks about Angel movies, but please, what we need are Spike movies starring James Marsters. So, if those WBers try to brush you off with a generic "David Boreanaz is busy," you'll help us out and ask specifically about Spike, won't you please? — Grace

Ausiello: As you predicted, WB president David Janollari immediately played the "[Boreanaz] has a lot of other things going on" card when I asked him for an update on the Angel movies. But I was ready with my Spike follow-up. "I've never thought of that," he said of doing a Marsters-centric telepic. "I had not thought about it. We always thought Angel would be the character the audience would want to come back to see. We may give some thought to the Spike movie. That's interesting." I can't be sure, but I think I just pitched a show to the WB.

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Question: Would you ever ...

Question: Would you ever consider appearing in an ad for Snapple? And are you receiving any consideration for all the mentions of it in your columns, such as free Snapple and/or money? — Caryl Jensen

Ausiello: Yes I would and, um, no comment.

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Question: You have been ...

Question: You have been screaming about getting hugs from Keri Russell, Mariska Hargitay (and wanting one from Lauren Graham), but which guys do you dream of hugging you? — Richie

Ausiello: Yeah, that Lauren Graham embrace never materialized. (Damn those TCA bylaws!) As far as guys go, I'd like to give Matt Leinart a big hug for choosing USC over the NFL.

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Question: I am disappointed ...

Question: I am disappointed that CBS axed Center of the Universe. We enjoyed it very much. Don't know why you didn't. — Melissa Roe

Ausiello: You crack me up, Missy.

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Question: A little birdie (by ...

Question: A little birdie (by the name of you) told me you have some divine Scrubs scoop. Do spill. Also, if you're going to cheat on me and take a picture with some other woman at press tour (Ask Ausiello 1/19), does it have to be the one character who currently makes my skin crawl? Low blow, Mikey. — Kristin Veitch

Ausiello: What exactly is your beef with Chloe on 24? Seriously, she's one of the freshest, most entertaining characters currently gracing the tube. Besides, I thought we agreed that we could see other people provided they A) were famous B) could further our careers, or C) had an "in" at 24? Are you having second thoughts now? In any event, here's the Scrubs scoop I was hinting about: A little birdie (by the name of Very High-Ranking Peacock Exec) told me that our favorite comedy has already been renewed for a fifth season! Hooray! Quick, someone take my picture with Judy Reyes!

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Question: Please, please, ...

Question: Please, please, please, Mike — can you find out if Gilmore Girls is coming back for at least another season?!? It can't end this season; it'll feel too rushed! — Val

Ausiello: Ladies and gentleman, straight from... let's cut to the chase: "I don't think it's the last season," Graham says. "You never know until the last minute, but it doesn't feel like... I think we'd have to start knowing now if we were trying to end the story. I think we'll go another year." Take my word for it, folks: The Girls will be back next season.

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Question: I really, really ...

Question: I really, really like it when you talk about your moles. — Jed

Ausiello: Then you'll be happy to hear that I found a few more while at press tour.

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Question: Ask Lauren Graham ...

Question: Ask Lauren Graham if she's interested in doing the Wonder Woman movie. I think she is hands-down the best choice. — Jeremy

Ausiello: Ladies and gentleman, straight from press tour, I give you Miss Lauren Graham on playing Wonder Woman on the big screen: "That's so funny, because it was my favorite show as a kid. I tried to be Wonder Woman at the Mattel Toy fair, but they hired a model instead. Please start, um, whatever it is you're gonna start!" It's called an aggressive, no-holds-barred Internet campaign, Lauren! (See Mariska's Golden Globe victory for more.)

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