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Update: Which shows might not be coming back next season?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 17th 2008 3:02PM

New AmsterdamLast month, Anna told you which shows were on the bubble, the shows that were might not be coming back. Now TV Guide's Michael Ausiello has an updated list of which shows are in trouble. He gives a 1-10 rating for each show, 10 meaning the show is definitely coming back and 0 meaning the stars should start looking for work right now.

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Is Alicia Silverstone the mystery girl on How I Met Your Mother?

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 7th 2008 9:02AM
Alicia SilverstoneMichael Ausiello at TVGuide.com has been playing with his calculator, or maybe it was an abacus. Anyway, Mike has used some oh-so-creative math to add two and two together to get a major revelation on a CBS sitcom. Okay, here's the scoop. Mr. Ausiello has gotten an exclusive casting tidbit from How I Met Your Mother.

Alicia Silverstone, star of Clueless on the big screen, Miss Match on the small, has been signed for a series of episodes, a mini-arc.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 22nd 2007 8:36AM

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Is The Office getting a spinoff?

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 30th 2007 3:18PM

The OfficeI'm really not sure how I feel about this information.

Michael Ausiello is reporting that NBC and the people behind The Office are thinking about creating a spinoff of the sitcom. The plan is to introduce several new characters on The Office and then later spin them off into their own show (none of the original Office cast would be on the new show). I'm not sure why Ausiello calls this paying a major compliment to Grey's Anatomy (what, there weren't spinoffs before Private Practice?), and I'm not sure if I like this idea or not.

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Rob Thomas is now a Big Shot producer

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 7th 2007 11:02AM

Rob Thomas joins the ABC show Big Shots as consulting producerIt seems like Rob Thomas is going through a mid-career crisis. After his series Veronica Mars was not renewed by the CW network back in May, Thomas has been floating around the television world looking for a new venture. Back in early July he was picked to head up the new ABC series Miss/Guided. However, two weeks later he left his position as executive producer and showrunner under the "creative differences" umbrella (I wonder if I could use that line when I leave my IT position).

Now, according to our dear, dear friend Michael Ausiello over at TV Guide, Thomas has joined Big Shots (another ABC show) as a consulting producer. He will be in good company this time around as the executive producers of the show, Danielle Stokdyk and Jennifer Gwartz, were former producers on Veronica Mars.

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Sherri Shepherd wants $2 million

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 3rd 2007 1:02PM

Sherri ShepherdYeah, so do I.

Were you watching The View the other day and wondering why they announced Whoopi was joining the gang but didn't say anything at all about Sherri Shepherd? TV Guide's Michael Ausiello says it's because she wants a lot more money than ABC wants to pay her. In fact, she wants to make at least what Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are making. ABC is reportedly looking at other celebs, including Kathy Griffin and Jacquie Reid from CNN.

This is the same woman who pretty much no one even knew until she started to guest host on The View, right? And the same woman who doesn't believe in evolution? Yeah, I thought so.

[via TV Tattle]

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New cast member could replace Jorja Fox on CSI

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 25th 2007 4:19PM

Jorja FoxOn the heels of news that Rory Cochrane is returning to one of the other CSI shows, CSI: Miami, comes this news: Jorja Fox is probably on her way out.

CSI Producer Carol Mendolsohn tells TV Guide's Michael Ausiello that they have just cast a new female lab technician that will be introduced in the third episode, and there are hints that she's not just a new cast member but a new cast member that will take over for Jorja Fox, whose Sara character might die in that car crash. Executive Producer Jonathan Littman says that the Grissom/Sara storyline will definitely be resolved, and didn't say if Fox would be in the show this season beyond the season opener.

So I guess now we can try to figure out how a dead Sara will come back to the show a year from now.

[via TV Tattle]

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan to return to Grey's Anatomy

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 8th 2007 1:22PM
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Katherine HeiglJust when you think the Denny Debacle was over...

Mike Ausiello over at TVGuide.com is reporting that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is returning to Grey's Anatomy as Denny Duquette; he'll appear in an episode later this season. Of course, Grey's fans know Denny, since he was an integral part of the season-ending plotline last year. You remember... Izzie falls in love with the prostrate Denny, they get engaged, then she cuts his LVAD lines to help him move up the heart transplant list. We also know that Denny croaked and left Izzie with a bundle of money.

How do you bring a dead character back? Dream sequences, silly! Either that or a flashback will be in order. Ausiello has his ideas, though, including bringing Morgan back as an ET, a ghost, or Denny's twin brother Kenny. Yeah, I'm laughing on the inside, too.

[via Pop Candy]

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Michael McKean passed on Veronica Mars

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 9th 2006 8:06AM
michael mckeanSometimes there are news stories and (*gasp*) even spoilers that, once I've read them, I wish I hadn't. Case in point, Rob Thomas revealed to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello that within the span of 12 hours, Michael McKean had accepted and then passed on the role of the dean of Hearst College, the backdrop school for most of the next season of Veronica Mars. I agree with Thomas -- that truly is the most depressing casting news in the world. How the heck am I going to like the person filling those shoes now?

Why, Michael? Why?

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Former Gilmore Girls star thinks this is the last season

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 7th 2006 11:15AM
Milo VentimigliaSometimes I get the feeling that Mike Ausiello of TV Guide has a life goal of having a lengthy interview with everyone who's ever been involved with Gilmore Girls. But that might be a good thing, considering he usually draws good information out of these people.

Anyway, when Milo Ventimiglia came by the TVG offices, I would imagine he did it to promote Heroes, his new fall show on NBC. But Ausiello peppered him with GG questions anyway. Some good tidbits came out: He won't be back as Jess; Lauren Graham may or may not have 2 years left on her contract, and Alexis Bledel has only one year left. In conclusion, he feels the same as most people: the upcoming 7th season of Gilmore will be the last one. Oh, and he mentions some stuff about Heroes and his role in (gulp) Rocky VI.

Next up: Ausiello interviews the key grip from GG seasons 1-3; I'm sure he'll have some insights on Lauren Graham's contract, too.

[via The TV Addict and Bloglines]

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2006 8:21AM
  • LostMichael Ausiello's friend asks, "How long will it be at school before Shiloh Pitt gets nicknamed Piloh Shitt?"
  • EW's PopWatch blog is having a contest to see who can best recap what's going on with that Lost Experience online game.
  • Tim Goodman gives his opinion of that Sopranos season finale everyone is talking about everyone is disappointed by.
  • Here's Part 2 of Ken Levine's story about M*A*S*H and the demise of Col. Blake.
  • Former TV Squad editor Dave Thomas has a new TV blog that's worth checking out, FireJeffZucker.com.

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Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost. Oh, and Lost!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 26th 2006 8:41AM
OK, so we're all trying to figure out what the hell happened on Lost the other night. For all the new questions the arose (what was that big foot statue, who were the two guys in the Arctic station at the end, are Locke/Eko/Desmond dead, etc), I think the biggest question I have is, what the heck is wrong with Charlie? Wasn't he acting just a little bit peculiar last night? The way he acted with Locke and with Eko, and then when the hatch exploded, the next scene we see the castaways just sitting around a fire and he kisses Claire. Didn't he go to see what happened in the hatch after the big light explosion and that weird noise? Aren't the other castaways wondering what was up with that and where Locke/Eko/Desmond are? That was a weird scene, and I'm trying to figure out whether it means something or if it was just lazy writing.

Anyway, TV Guide's Michael Ausiello held a chat at WashingtonPost.com, and he is asked many questions about the season finale (which he loved). Check it out.

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Scrubs renewed (cool!) 7th Heaven, too (why?) - BREAKING NEWS

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 21st 2006 8:28PM
Scrubs castTV Guide's Michael Ausiello has the scoop. NBC isn't confirming yet, but Ausiello reports that Scrubs will indeed see a 6th season.

As for 7th Heaven, he's also reporting that this will be one of the shows that survives the move to The CW (are they really going to still use that name?)

That's great. Now we'll able to see Ruthie become a grandmother.

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