Question: Tell me something good! L.J.
Ausiello: Veronica Mars has been picked up for the entire season!
Question: What's the scoop on John Spencer on The West Wing? Is he off the show for good? Mary
Ausiello: Despite his character's heart attack last week, Spencer and Leo are not going anywhere. At least that's what the actor told TV Guide's Mary Murphy last week. "I am not leaving," he said. "My phone has been ringing off the hook all week. People are asking me, 'Is Leo going to die? Are you leaving the show?' I have even gotten a few job offers." Spencer added that Leo will be around for the entire season although it may be a while before he sees the inside of the Oval Office again. "We are shooting Episode 12 and Leo is still in the hospital." I smell a Scrubs crossover.
Question: Do you find it insulting when people write to you just so they can see their names appear in your column? Martha
Ausiello: As regular readers of this column know, I'm not a big fan of self-promotion in any form.
Question: Will you marry me? Sheri Odom
Ausiello: Depends. How do you feel about Smurf and Smurfette cake toppers?
Question: Years ago, Mariska Hargitay was the across-the-hall best friend of the lead female in a sitcom, but I can't remember the star's or series' name. Do you know? By the way, I'm not really amused by catty humor, but you're so cute about it that I can't help but laugh. Dennis
Ausiello: Well, I'm not really amused by research-intensive questions, but you were so cute about it that I can't help but lend a hand. After consulting my copy of TV Guide's handy new tube bible Guide to TV (Barnes & Noble Books, $12.95), I have come to the conclusion that you're referring to 1995's short-lived Can't Hurry Love. It starred Nancy McKeon as a New York career woman and Mariska as her best friend. Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without my copy of TV Guide's handy new tube bible Guide to TV (Barnes & Noble Books, $12.95).
Question: Is CBS nuts
pulling dr. vegas?!?! We love that show! Joani
Ausiello: Sorry Joani, but I gotta side with Les Moonves on this one.
Question: Are you having any luck with the Snapple Snaffle? Clearly you drink it as often as I do (if not more so), so I'm curious if you got any Wild Caps. I'm thisclose to winning a new cell phone! Best to Anita and Ivana. Marc Robinson
Ausiello: I gave up on Snapple promotions after I spent six months collecting those red caps only to win a broken toothbrush holder. How are you supposed to regift that?
Question: So like, am I the only Mountain fan in America? The Amster
Ausiello: No, you're not the only Mountain fan in America. I'm pretty sure Barbara Hershey's agent likes the show, too.
Question: First of all, I looooove your column! You are an absolute hoot! I am a 30-year-old mother of three who adored Tru Calling. Is it coming back or not? Kisses! Heidi Vestal
Ausiello: Last I heard, the sets were still standing, so don't give up hope.
Question: So I just put your birthday into my Outlook calendar. Is that weird? Salena
Ausiello: Not at all. Weird would be forgetting to check my wish list on Amazon.com as the big day draws near.