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Question: Gimme a¬†Good Place¬†Season 3 scoop, STAT! ‚ÄĒ Nicole
Ausiello: I can exclusively report that the one-hour premiere on Sept. 27 (a) includes jokes at the expense of the Kardashians, The Bachelor and Richard Marx, (b) introduces a fresh love interest for one of the four humans, and (c) is utterly delightful.
Question: On Power, I still don‚Äôt understand why Tariq picked up Kanan‚Äôs ashes. Does he have some master plan? ‚ÄĒRhonda
Ausiello: Think more with your heart, less with your head, and you‚Äôll get a sense of where Tariq is when he collects his father-figure‚Äôs remains, says EP Gary Lennon. ‚ÄúI think he felt compelled to get it because Kanan really didn‚Äôt have anybody else, and Tariq felt like they had each other‚Äôs back. He wanted to be close to him in some way,‚ÄĚ Lennon says, adding, ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to really pay that relationship off, and the death of Kanan, and how it weighs on Tariq in Season 6.‚ÄĚ
Question: OK, why did¬†The Conners‚Äė really recast DJ‚Äôs wife? ‚ÄĒGina
Ausiello:¬†There‚Äôs¬†nothing scandalous afoot. I‚Äôm told it was simply a creative decision made by the producers.
Question: Is there anything you can share about Season 2 of The Good¬†Doctor? ‚ÄĒBernadette
Ausiello: Might Dr. Melendez be moving on from Jessica with Dr. Lim? Newly promoted series regular Christina Chang recently told TVLine that we‚Äôll be exploring Dr. Lim‚Äôs life outside of the hospital in Season 2, as well as ‚Äúhow she operates in her‚Ä¶ romantic relationship world,‚ÄĚ adding, ‚Äúit‚Äôs just nice to see her in her civvies.‚ÄĚ
Question: Any updates on Designated Survivor? ‚ÄďBrendan
Ausiello: With production on the Netflix-saved Season 3 set to start up in mid-October, casting is underway for some new roles: a campaign manager who appreciates the pitfalls as well as the historical value in stumping for an Independent incumbent, and the new Chief of Staff she will butt heads with; a gay, black male who runs the West Wing‚Äôs digital team; and a quirky geneticist who factors into Hannah‚Äôs new mystery to solve.
Question: How many episodes will each of The CW‚Äôs DC TV shows have this year? ‚ÄĒDerrick
Ausiello: Funny you should ask.
Question: Any early scoop on the new Season of Blindspot? ‚ÄĒBarbara
Ausiello: If you‚Äôre clinging to hope that Reade and Zapata will rekindle their romance in Season 4, it may be time to let go. ‚Äú[Zapata has] basically cut off contact with the team entirely,‚ÄĚ series creator Martin Gero says of the former CIA agent. ‚ÄúReade keeps trying to reach out and make contact with her‚Ä¶ She‚Äôs betrayed the team and, obviously, Reade‚Äôs confidence.‚ÄĚ Gero won‚Äôt take the idea of a relationship completely off the table, but he will confirm that ‚Äúit‚Äôs not promising‚ÄĚ for Reade and Zapata, ‚Äúnot right away.‚ÄĚ
Question: Could we get some scoop on HTGAWM¬†Season 5? ‚ÄĒNicole
Ausiello: Season 5 will be a complicated one for Michaela, who will have some professional victories but personal failures when the ABC drama returns. ‚ÄúMichaela is obviously a Type A personality, good student, very competitive, so we‚Äôll see her come to an early lead‚ÄĚ in the third-year legal clinic that Annalise spearheads, according to showrunner Pete Nowalk. But Michaela will also have to reckon with some morally gray choices she made last season, particularly the decision to have Simon deported. ‚ÄúCertain characters are going to be really angry at her. They think what she did was pretty horrible,‚ÄĚ Nowalk shares. ‚ÄúBut I get Michaela‚Äôs point of view which is, ‚ÄėI was saving us all.‚Äô She‚Äôs going to have to deal with that‚Ä¶ [and] Annalise can see that Michaela might be going down a dangerous path.‚ÄĚ
Question: I loved the first season of Dynasty, but I wish there were more homages to the original series. Any hope for some in Season 2? ‚ÄďKate
Ausiello: Consider this an early birthday present, Kate: ‚ÄúWe have fights, we have car crashes ‚ÄĒ and maybe even an accident on horseback,‚ÄĚ executive producer Sallie Patrick says of Season 2, alluding to an iconic moment from the original Dynasty. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôll be doing our own version of certain events, but this year I think we‚Äôre really coming into our own.‚ÄĚ
Question: Any more Grey‚Äôs Anatomy intel come out? ‚ÄĒGlynn
Ausiello: More of a promise, really, courtesy of showrunner Krista Vernoff: There won‚Äôt be a bad guy in Season 15‚Äôs Teddy/Owen/Amelia triangle. ‚ÄúThere are fandoms who want to make someone a villain,‚ÄĚ she tells TVLine. ‚ÄúBut Owen has tremendous history with and love for both women, and when you have three beloved characters with as complex a history as these three have, there is no villain. That‚Äôs the far more interesting story. What does that mean? It‚Äôs challenging the writers, and it‚Äôs going to challenge the characters [as well as the] fans.‚ÄĚ
Question: Any scoop on what we can expect from Season 2 of Station 19? ‚ÄĒTheresa
Ausiello: You can expect‚Ä¶ crossovers from a variety of Grey‚Äôs Anatomy docs, including Maggie (played by Kelly McCreary), DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and of course Ben‚Äôs wife Bailey (Chandra Wilson). After all, due to the firehouse‚Äôs close proximity to Grey Sloan Memorial, ‚ÄúOur characters will bleed into Grey‚Äôs Anatomy on any given episode,‚ÄĚ says Station 19 star Jason George. ‚ÄúAnd the Grey‚Äôs Anatomy characters will bleed into our show on any given episode.‚ÄĚ
Question: My favourite show on TV right now is The Bold Type. Any scoop? ‚ÄĒKristal
Ausiello:¬†Curious about Sutton‚Äôs beau and where he came from? You‚Äôre in luck! According to star Meghann Fahy, ‚ÄúI think we‚Äôre going to see a little bit more of the backstories to some of the other characters, including Richard and his family and his background.‚ÄĚ
Question: Any SEAL Team scoop? I‚Äôm curious as to what Ray‚Äôs position is within the team in Season 2 after Jason told him to leave the team to get his shoulder fixed in the finale. ‚ÄĒBeth
Ausiello: ‚ÄúWhen Season 2 begins, Jason and Ray are still struggling to re-establish trust and restore the close friendship they once shared,‚ÄĚ new showrunner John Glenn tells TVLine. ‚ÄúTheir fractured connection sends ripples through Bravo team and challenges how the brotherhood operates ‚ÄĒ on and off the battlefield.‚ÄĚ
Question: Any hints about Shane‚Äôs return on The Walking Dead? Vision? Ghost? Flashback? ‚ÄĒGreg
Ausiello:¬†We tried to get something out of Scott Gimple, chief content officer for all things Dead, but he was still bummed that Jon Bernthal‚Äôs ‚Äúsurprise‚ÄĚ guest appearance had been spoiled when ‚Äúphotographs came out like a moment after he landed in Georgia.‚ÄĚ So all he‚Äôd say was that Shane‚Äôs appearance involves ‚Äúsome very cool, very heavy stuff.‚ÄĚ
Question: Hetty wasn‚Äôt mentioned in your NCIS: Los Angeles Fall Preview, and I know Linda Hunt was in a car accident this summer. Will she be back for the premiere? ‚ÄĒ Susan
Ausiello: Hunt indeed will appear in the Sunday, Sept. 30 opener, now that Hunt has recuperated from her injuries. ‚ÄúLinda was chomping at the bit to get back, so she‚Äôll be back,‚ÄĚ reports showrunner Scott Gemmill. And after playing with the production schedule to get her into the premiere, ‚Äúwe are rocking and rolling again.‚ÄĚ
This AAnd That‚Ä¶
‚ô¶¬†TUBE TALK:¬†TVLine‚Äôs new six-episode interview series launched today with actress-comedienne Kristen Schaal as my inaugural guest. Please check it out and let me know what you think but only if you really like it!
‚ô¶ BLIND ITEMS: In case you missed it, I solved a whole mess of ‚Äôem last week.
‚ô¶ THE BIG BANG THEORY: In Monday‚Äôs final-season premiere, Penny references one of The CW‚Äôs most polarizing love triangles in history.
That‚Äôs a wrap! Please send questions, comments and anonymous tips to email@example.com. (Additional reporting by Kim Roots, Vlada Gelman, Dave Nemetz, Charlie Mason, Ryan Schwartz and Andy Swift)