Every week, senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Color me shocked that Katherine Heigl isn't leaving Grey's Anatomy. Is it possible we're being duped in some way? — Krista
MATT: I must say that the lack of fanfare surrounding ABC's confirmation of Heigl's status — especially when juxtaposed with the flurry of official statements regarding T.R. Knight's departure — made me raise one of my overgrown eyebrows. "Sure, she's staying... for just one more episode," I cynically hypothesized. But one of my best sources insists that this is not a case of clever semantics, and that Heigl's Izzie will have a significant presence in the fall.
Please give me some scoop on what's next for Desperate Housewives' Bree. — Fernando R.
MICKEY: Bree may come off like a brittle maneater, but at heart she's a real softy, which is why juggling an angry Orson and a horny Karl will really wear on her this fall. Who will she turn to in this time of need? An old friend who you might have thought was out of the picture.
Is Khandi Alexander returning to CSI: Miami as a regular cast member for the 2009-10 season? — Rob
TIM: I see where you're going: With Dr. Tara Price likely out of the picture, why not bring back her predecessor? Alexander's people, however, say that, at least for now, she isn't scheduled to return. She will be a series regular, however, on Treme, the yet-to-be-scheduled HBO series about post-Katrina New Orleans from The Wire mastermind David Simon.
What happened to Gina Ravera on The Closer? She was there at the end of last season, but now she has disappeared. — Shawn
MATT: As you have since gleaned from this week's Gabriel-centric episode, Ravera's Det. Daniels was the casualty of the apparently very bitter break-up between the two MCD members, and now she won't even read David's letters. When I asked Corey Reynolds if we might see Daniels/Ravera at all this season, he said, "Not to my knowledge."
Can we assume that Gossip Girl's Serena won't be attending Brown now that she's off chasing Daddy Dearest? — Becky
MICKEY: Here's what Blake Lively told us about Serena's plans in the wake of being slapped with that paternal jaw-dropper. "She's thrown for this huge loop," she says. "There are a lot of things she's going to find out about her mother and about her background." In other words, Serena will not be heading to Providence in the fall... but she might not be in New York either.
Will Rachael Leigh Cook return to Psych as the schoolteacher for whom Shawn is hot? Or will he redirect his attention to the lovely Jules? — Mike
I heard that Supernatural's Jim Beaver is filming an episode of Psych. Is this true? — Candy
TIM: Cook does indeed return, but why limit Shawn's options? We've seen an upcoming script where another foxy lady spits some game in his direction — just before undergoing an exorcism. When a hellion tells you you're hot, you know she knows her stuff. And yes, Beaver turns up in the episode "High Noon-ish" as Stinky Pete, a character involved in the Old Sonoma Town mystery of the Ghost Rider. Psych's fourth season premieres Aug. 7.
Do you know if One Tree Hill plans to cast an African-American or other minority in any of the roles being added? — Dee Bee
MATT: Thus far, you're 0-for-2 on that wish, seeing as Robert Buckley and Shantel VanSanten have been cast as Nathan's agent and Haley's sister, Quinn, respectively. As for "Alex" (the supermodel fronting Brooke's new clothing line), Tree Hill is looking at "all ethnicities," so there's some hope there. For what's it worth, I can offer up this concrete piece of guest casting: NFL legend Jerry Rice will appear as himself in the Sept. 14 season opener.
Please tell me that HBO's Entourage is going to have more than the traditional 12 episodes this season — S.S.
MICKEY: It's just the dirty dozen, S.S., starting July 12 at 10 pm/ET. As Season 6 revs up, it's all about the lay-deez. Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is back to carry E's testicles around in her Fendi clutch; Alexis Dziena plays a hookup gone wrong; Jamie-Lynn Sigler is back as herself, and is still dating Turtle. And Jami Gertz is on board as the wife of Gary Cole's schlumpy agent. And she's a hoot!
I cannot wait for Leverage to start back up! Any preseason nuggets? — Lorinda
TIM: The July 15 premiere offers some of the show's sharpest, funniest writing yet, and finds the gang drawn together by the sound of music. Specifically Sophie's appearance in a Boston staging of The Sound of Music that's so bad one reviewer says it "made me root for the Nazis." We're also treated to the spectacle of Nate's latest crusade almost falling into his lap but instead flipping over and bursting into flame in front of him. Need more incentive to tune in? Parker dresses as a nun with a garter.
My name is Tiffany and I would like to know if Privileged will be returning.
MATT: My name is Matt and I would like to say yes... but no, Privileged was not picked up for the fall. 'Tis a shame, too, since a little birdie tells me the following was on tap: Upon learning of Megan's season-ending sexual indiscretion, Will was going to succumb to a Chuck Bass-like downward spiral; Megan was going to sleep with boss man Robert Buckley, despite it being a less-than-savvy career move; and Megan was going to get a Samantha Jones-type gal pal who, by-the-by, was bedding Will's pop!
Is there a shot for the CW to pick up Body Politic as a midseason replacement? From the sneak peeks I've seen, it looks like it's got lots of promise, and I really need a weekly Jason Dohring fix! — Gina
MICKEY: I'm with you, Gina! Body reminds me of the heady mid-'90s, when I actually called Washington, D.C., home (in large part because of the movie St. Elmo's Fire). My CW mole tells me that the Beltway drama is still in the running for a midseason slot, but that it's up against the Gossip Girl spin-off, which has a few high-ranking fans in the building.
I loved the Breaking Bad season finale. Any preview of what's to come in Season 3? — Anne
TIM: "There's going to be a lot of guilt there and big opportunities for big, crazy stuff to happen," says Aaron Paul. He tells us Jesse will be distraught over the death of his girlfriend, while Jane's dad (played by wonderful Season 2 addition John de Lancie) is guilty he didn't rush her to rehab. Also, Walt just might feel guilt over the plane crash that deposited two bodies in his yard — assuming he ever finds out he's at fault. Look for our full Q&A with Paul very soon.
Tim's Mega Rave: Conan O'Brien fans who worried that Triumph the Insult Comic Dog wouldn't play at 11:30 can stop worrying — his Tonight Show interviews at the Bonnaroo festival ranked among his best. To paraphrase the old saying, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, or new jokes. And that's fine with us.
Mickey's Mini Rant: In my day, TV alcoholism was marked by "very special" episodes and badly acted stumbling-and-hiccuping scenes. Not anymore. In Nurse Jackie, FlashForward and Melrose Place, characters flaunt their sobriety like some kind of badge of honor. Winners never quit, TV people! (Hic.)
Matt's Micro Riff: Jon Gosselin is so the next Bachelor.
Reader Quote of the Week: "It clearly needs to be changed to Jon & Kate Separ8." (aleclerc, discussing possible show name changes in light of Jon and Kate's announcement)