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Question: Any scoop on ...

Question: Any scoop on whether Alias will be coming back next season? — MJ

Ausiello: Nothing official yet, but J.J. told me he's "optimistic." Let's hope tonight's episode fares better than last week's Nadia-centric outing, which attracted a season-low 8.4 million viewers. Apparently, subtitles + Mia Maestro - Jennifer Garner = The West Wing for most viewers.

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Question: Oh, my god! Please ...

Question: Oh, my god! Please tell me CSI isn't going after Matthew Perry as Catherine's new love interest (Ask Ausiello 3/23). That's just this side of child molestation. Ewwww! Please tell me I'm wrong. — Judy

Ausiello: You're wrong.

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Question: I know you have ...

Question: I know you have some ER scoop for me! — Jaclyn

Ausiello: Is my phone bugged? Because I just hung up with Madchen Amick (that's who was calling earlier), who told me that she's returning April 21 to tie up loose ends following her big February breakup with Carter. "This is like a last [goodbye] before they go their separate ways," said Amick, who, earlier that same night, will make the second of her five guest appearances on Joey. Won't viewers be confused? Jokes the former Twin Peakian: "I'll just have to make an announcement at the beginning of the night [explaining] it all."

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Question: Is Cath's love ...

Question: Is Cath's love interest Alan Rosenberg, Marg Helgenberger's real-life husband? — Joanna

Ausiello: Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ladies and gentleman, we have a winner! Rosenberg, an Emmy nominee for a 1995 guest turn on ER, will play a criminal defense attorney who catches Cath's eye in an episode to air this May. Exec producer Carol Mendelsohn says the role is "possibly recurring," adding, "We joke that it would be funny if the first guy Catherine really kisses on the show is her husband." Funny for everyone but Gary Dourdan. (And, I suspect, Marg Helgenberger.)

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Question: I think I am ...

Question: I think I am falling in love with you. I can't thank you enough for your efforts on this Spike movie (Ask Ausiello 3/23). Boy, you leave no stone unturned, do you? If this film ever gets made, I think you should not only show up in the credits, but a cameo would be cool. — Kathy

Ausiello: Hey, wanna be my agent? I'm looking for some new representation. Here are the terms: You get a .10 percent cut of any/all jobs you secure on my behalf. A Deadwood handshake will seal the deal.

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Question: Is there going to ...

Question: Is there going to be a final episode of Enterprise? If so, when will it air? — Tanya

Ausiello: The final two episodes will air back-to-back on May 13. The first one, "Terra Prime," will wrap up a two-episode arc featuring Robocop's Peter Weller as a well-armed, radical human isolationist leader who threatens to destroy Starfleet Command unless all aliens leave Earth immediately. And the second one, "These Are the Voyages...," will take place six years in the future as an emotional Captain Archer and Co. return to Earth to face the decommission of Enterprise and the signing of the Federation charter, ratifying the newly formed alliance of planets they helped forge. And then, in the final scene, Spock shows up and does the Macarena.

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Question: Do you have any ...

Question: Do you have any scoops on Everwood? — Cheryl

Ausiello: When the show finally returns April 18, it picks up right where it left off — with Madison about to drop a major baby bombshell on Ephram. Suffice it to say that by the episode's end, everyone knows everything — and the fallout is catastrophic.

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Question: OK, since Alias' ...

Question: OK, since Alias' 90-minute season finale will be on May 25, does that mean Lost's 90-minute finale will be on the same night? — Luis

Ausiello: Actually, Lost's 90-minute season finale has just been expanded to two hours. As a result, it appears J.J. Abrams will have to trim Alias' 90-minute climax back to 60 minutes. Or maybe he'll divide it into two episodes. In any event, getting back to your original question, yes, Lost and Alias will wrap up their respective seasons on May 25.

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Question: Hey, Mike, I have ...

Question: Hey, Mike, I have important business to discuss. Can you do some digging and find out if the Third Watch producers plan on ending the show with a cliff-hanger, or are they gonna do some last-minute rewrites to make a fitting series finale? — Mike

Ausiello: I've been trying to get NBC to put me on the phone with exec producer Ed Bernero, but so far, no dice. Oh, there's my phone now — quick, send in your questions!

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Question: Why won't you ...

Question: Why won't you answer any of my Numbers questions? Either you don't like the show or you don't like me. — Sarah

Ausiello: I like to think the answer falls somewhere in the middle. Regardless, I did some digging and found out that although CBS hasn't officially renewed the show, the network has told the producers to start planning for a second season.

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