Question: What happened to the proposed WB series Young MacGyver? Did the pilot ever air? Congratulations on getting your own column! Bud
Ausiello: The WB didn't pick up the pilot and no, it never aired. Just a heads-up, folks: Take it easy with all these research-intensive questions. This column is supposed to be fun for me, too.
Question: I heard Michael Vartan wanted to leave Alias. Any truth to this? Beatrix
Ausiello: Despite Vartan's real-life split with leading lady Jennifer Garner, my Alias mole assures me that rumors of his impending exit have been greatly exaggerated. And my mole, while a smidge hairy, is never wrong.
Question: I just want to say thanks for giving me a way to express my love to you in a public forum. Kisses and hugs. Sheri from Oklahoma
Ausiello: Right back atcha, Sheri. In the meantime, please e-mail me your photo and I'll alert security downstairs that you might be dropping by.
Question: You are great! If this Texas girl ever gets to New York I would love to meet you. Anna
Ausiello: Ditto, Anna! In the meantime, please e-mail me your photo and I'll alert security downstairs that you might be dropping by.
Question: I see you are a big fan of Felicity and Lost, but what about J.J. Abrams' other show, Alias? Rashael
Ausiello: It pains me to admit this, Rashael, but I never really got into Alias and I worship the ground that J.J. walks on. I'm not exactly sure why the show never clicked with me, especially since it features some of my favorite tube elements (e.g., kickass heroine, smart writing, complex mythology, Greg Grunberg etc.). Maybe I'll give it another shot when it returns in January. Speaking of which...
Question: You seem soooo busy lately. Need an assistant?!?! Tricia
Ausiello: Let's see how things work out with Larry first, Trish.
Question: Why does TV Guide Online torture us by putting the teeny-tiniest picture of you at the top of your column? Chuck
Ausiello: Actually, that picture is to scale, Chuck. Your heart was in the right place, though.
Question: What has Ben Covington, um, I mean Scott Speedman been up to? Oh, and if S.B. doesn't want to have brunch with B.D. Wong, I'd be happy to go. Eliza
Ausiello: Ben, er, Scott is currently shooting the upcoming sequel to XXX, after which he'll begin work on a follow-up to Underworld. Then everyone's favorite underachiever heads back to medical school. And regarding the S.B./B.D. brunch, not sure if that ever happened. Let me make some phone calls.
Question: What's your favorite bar in NYC? Jen
Ausiello: It's called Stalker Alert. Have you heard of it?
Question: You must love your job! What other perks do you get? Mary
Ausiello: I know it sounds cliché, but I have to say the biggest perk by far is the people. Seriously. I have made so many lifelong friends through this gig, including Anita Freestuff, Ivana Compticket, I.M. Swagwhore... and the list goes on.