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Question: What happened to ...

Question: What happened to ABC's The Days? Is it coming back on, and if so, when? My daughter and I watched this show every Sunday this summer and then it just disappeared! Thanks for your help. — Karen

Ausiello: ABC has an option for more episodes, but it has yet to exercise it. I'll try to find out why at ABC's press tour session on Sunday.

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Question: More Lost please! ? ...

Question: More Lost please! — Bobo

Ausiello: Robert Patrick of The X-Files fame will appear in one of Sawyer's flashbacks next month. And someone is definitely going to die before the season ends. Really die, not some dreamed-up death like Shannon's last week. For more on this (and scoop on Patrick's new character), pick up the new issue of TV Guide magazine and flip to The Ausiello Report.

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CBS will air a One Day at a Time reunion special on Feb. 22 featuring original cast members Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips and Pat Harrington. The gang will reminisce about the good old days, view clips of classic episodes and trade plastic-surgery horror stories. read more

Question: What exactly is TCA ...

Question: What exactly is TCA press tour? — KC

Ausiello: It's a twice-annual convention held in Los Angeles at which the networks pitch their latest offerings to TV reporters around the country. I like to think of it as jury duty with better perks. Among them: getting your picture taken with your favorite TV characters — like 24 scene-stealer Chloe, played by Mary Lynn Rajskub (see photo, above). Right before that pic was taken, Rajskub shared with me the disturbing news that (spoiler alert!) Chloe's gonna be MIA for about nine hours this season. Turns out, prior to joining 24, Rajskub agreed to appear in several episodes of Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show, which airs later this season on Fox. But Rajskub promises that "Chloe will be back" by the end of the day. Phew. While we're on the subject of 24 spoilers, a little birdie told me at Sunday's Golden Globes that Dennis Haysbert is returning as President Pal read more

Tsunami's Wake Pulls Episodes

If you missed CSI: Miami's tidal-wave episode in November, you won't catch it again soon.

In the aftermath of the real-life tragedy in Southeast Asia, the network has no plans to rerun the 90-minute "Crime Wave," in which Horatio Caine (David Caruso) and Co. investigate two murders as a tsunami engulfs the city's beaches. "We would never be so insensitive," says a network source. CSI: Miami's makers agree: "If it would remind one person of all the lives that were lost, it's not worth it," a show insider says. "Our job is to entertain, and when it intersects with tragedy, it's just terrible. We certainly don't aim for that."

CBS wasn't the only network to respond to the disaster with caution. Disney Channel pulled four shows off its schedule, including episodes of Even Stevens and The Proud Family that featured scenes of tidal waves, an earthquake-themed installment of Lilo & Stitch: The Series and the unfortunately read more

Question: What is the purpose ...

Question: What is the purpose of Stuffed Ca-Ca (Ask Ausiello 1/12)? But more importantly, where can I get it? My husband would love it. — Sharon Swetokos

Ausiello: The New Museum of Contemporary Art sells it for $60 a clump. A local artist named Jennifer Lew came up with the idea to turn a bunch of unusual objects — animal poops, cocaine, cucumber rolls, etc. — into plush objects. And I'm not sure what purpose it serves other than my own personal amusement.

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Question: Just wanted to know ...

Question: Just wanted to know if your coverage of the Television Critics Association winter press tour will be done in the same manner as the summer press tour. I loved the time-stamp format. — Ash B

Ausiello: Sorry to disappoint you, Ash, but my Press Tour Diaries are reserved for the summer tour only. I use the abbreviated winter tour as an opportunity to score a free trip to Hollywood on TV Guide's dime. I throw in a TCA mention here and there in Entertainment News and Ask Ausiello just to keep up the illusion of work.

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Richard Hatch has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of tax evasion for failing to report income, including his $1 million Survivor jackpot. As part of the plea deal, he'll likely avoid the maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a full-body wax. Meanwhile, Survivor creator Mark Burnett told me last night at CBS's press tour party that he's known about Hatch's IRS problems "for months. The first thing the government does in this situation is call the people who wrote the check." His reaction? "I have honestly given up trying to think what's in the minds of my ex-Survivors and Apprentices. That's a whole other show there." read more


Fox's decision to blur the butt of an animated character on a rerun of The Family Guy (to avoid the FCC's wrath) strikes me as rather odd for two reasons: One, the rear didn't get blurred the first time the network aired the episode five years ago. And second, this past Sunday Fox ran an episode of The Simpsons that featured a shot of bartender Moe's bottom — unblurred. What gives, people? read more


Fox predicted American Idol would lose some steam this season — and wow were they wrong. Last night's two-hour, fourth-season premiere averaged a whopping 33.4 million viewers, up 17 percent over 2004's debut. Somewhere, the voices in Mary Roach's head are screaming, "You're the next William Hung!" read more

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