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Which TV star is about to get axed and doesn't know it yet?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 4th 2008 10:02AM
Katherine HeiglBesides being renowned for his spoilers, Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is also know for his blind items. The gossip columnist has been toying with readers with his "you'll never guess who" type of gossip posts since his TV Guide days. This week, Ausiello announced to the world that one major TV star was about to get booted from his or her show and didn't know about it yet. Since this is one of Ausiello's blind items, he doesn't reveal just who may exit a popular TV series. However, he does leave clues for us to try and find out who he's talking about.

Why not join me in trying to find out which TV star is about to get axed and doesn't know it yet? The picture on the right gives you an idea of who I hope will get axed. However, she is not who I think Ausiello is really referring to...

Basically, Ausiello says that an original cast member of a hit series has been canned and doesn't know it yet, but there's a very slim chance the person may get to stay on the show.

If you've been an avid reader of Ausiello in the past years, you know that he loves to put clues inside of his posts and enjoys playing with words. Here are excerpts from his post which I think offer some clues:
  • "They should squint extra hard" - Could "squint" refer to someone on Bones? After all, the team members are referred to as "squints." Then again, there is a certain character on Heroes who squints a lot...
  • "Original cast member of a hit series" - In Ausiello land, "hit series" more than likely refers to shows like Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Bones, etc. "Original cast member" can help us narrow down the field. For example, if he's talking about Desperate Housewives, his blind item is not about Dana Delany because she joined the show in season 4.
  • "A combo platter of budget cuts and creative redirection..." - Most shows have been asked to cut their budgets, so that part of his post doesn't help us much. However, we know of a few shows that are going through creative redirection: Heroes and Grey's Anatomy, just to name two.
  • "said performer was never going to win any popularity contests with their co-stars" - This clue can apply to pretty much every cast member on the set of Grey's Anatomy.
  • "MVP" - The performer in question is important enough for his/her show to be labeled a "most valuable player".
  • "the regular's ..." - The person is a series regular.
  • "Although death has cast a shadow over many a plot, this personality's demise would probably be deemed too morbid, even for this show." - From this clue, it looks like there have been many deaths on the show in question. As for the "too morbid" part, maybe it's because the person is a child or went through so much lately that death would be a terrible option for the show?
Which TV star is about to get axed and doesn't know it yet? I truly hope it's Katherine Heigl. Heigl is an original cast member and series regular; I'm pretty sure a few co-stars are fed up of her antics such as asking for better storylines; Grey's Anatomy has been going through a creative redirection (Brooke Smith fired and the lesbian storyline canned, McKidd hired as a regular, Melissa George added to the recurring cast, the Izzie/Denny ordeal), and they probably won't kill Izzie off because she's been through a lot (aka Denny dying). I can't find how the "squint" clue applies to her, though.

Seeing Katherine Heigl go is my wish, because I can't stand the Izzie/Denny storyline. However, my official bet is on Masi Oka who plays Hiro on Heroes. His power on the show requires him to squint; he's an original cast member/series regular/MVP; the show is going through a major creative redirection; and there has been a lot of death on the show. As for the "never going to win any popularity contests" clue, since Oka is no major hottie, maybe that's why he won't win a popularity contest? Backing up this theory is the fact that Internet rumors have been flying about Hiro not seeing the end of the current season...

UPDATE: This just in! Ausiello gave two more clues in his latest Ask Ausiello column. The performer is over 30, and the show s/he stars on does not air on FOX or The CW. Katherine Heigl was born on November 24, 1978, meaning that she's technically over 30, but only by a few days. As for Masi Oka, he was born on December 27, 1974, meaning that he's over 30. Both star on shows that do not air on The CW or FOX.

Do you agree with my assessment? If not, who do you think may be getting axed and why? Share your theories in the comments below.

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Now I'm curious :/

Are we sure it's someone on GA? My brain actually jumped right to Sawyer from Lost... He squints to read (or needs glasses), was an original cast member, is a regular/MVP, over 30, on ABC, and Lost loves killing people. The only things I'm questioning would be the budget cuts/creative redirection (I thought they have things pretty much laid out till the end at this point?) and how well he plays with others... anyone else know?

December 18 2008 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well if you knew what the Izzie/Denny storyline was about you might not all hate it as much anymore..... It's actually not pointless, even though it's been going on for a few episodes and no one has taken notice of it except for George, and it hasn't appeared to be going anywhere...but it is. My guess would have been Chad Michael Murray from One Tree Hill because he squints ALL the time, but since the guy said it's not a show on the Cw then nevermind..... I hope it's not Heigl though!

December 13 2008 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Izzie on Grey's Anatomy. I am glad that they got rid of Brooke Smith. I do admit the storyline with Denny is so ridiculous. I wish that they would have Izzie and Alex get on with their relationship minus Denny.

December 10 2008 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is Balthazar Getty on B&S because of his slutty ways and the guy that plays Kevin (Matthew Rhys) cant stand him.. They'll make the character move away you'll see

December 10 2008 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here's my take: Nicolette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives. She's an original character and, at one time, was an MVP as the sexy vamp of Wisteria Lane,but she hasn't done much this season. She's a squinter too. I could also see where she might not win any popularity contests.....and there has been quite a lot of death on DH. Just my thoughts......any thoughts on MY thoughts?

December 10 2008 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I bet it Yang on grey's.

December 09 2008 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I kinda thought it may be Caruso from CSI: Miami. He squints a lot, is apparently a diva on the set, and the show is certainly familiar with death and is on CBS...

December 05 2008 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah Deschaine

After watching last night's Grey's I'm convinced its Alex/Justin as well.

December 05 2008 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it is Alex/Justin that is getting canned. I could be way off here, but Denny is always saying he is there for her and it may be to help her through another major loss. Also, he said in last nights episode that he isn't going to die. That was a wierd comment. And he squints all the time! I would hate for that to happen and I am totally guessing, but I think it is worth a mention here.

December 05 2008 at 8:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Aussielo wrote they're were casting someone as a love interest for Kitty so my guess is Rob Lowe....

December 05 2008 at 4:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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