Question: Who's the major character getting shot next season on SVU (Ask Ausiello 6/29)? And please tell me that Mariska and Chris will not be filming episodes separately anymore. — Debby

Ausiello: Unfortunately, Mariska told me those "tandem" episodes (i.e., episodes in which Benson and Stabler are partnered with C-list SVUers) are necessary in order to accommodate the show's hellish production schedule. You see, by splitting them up, producers can shoot two episodes simultaneously. But I'm with you, Debby. I hate them. I'd rather have 22 episodes of Benson and Stabler than 28 episodes of Benson and Fin any day. And regarding your first question, I'm gonna have to plead the Fifth again. I don't wanna give away everything (tee-hee).