Michael Ausiello

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Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Ausiello at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con
Born (1972-02-23) February 23, 1972 (age 46)[1]
New Jersey, United States
OccupationJournalist, actor, founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com
Spouse(s)Kit Cowan (2014-2015; his death)

Michael Ausiello /ˌɔːsiˈɛl/ (born February 23, 1972) is an American television industry journalist and actor. He was a senior writer at TV Guide and its companion website, TVGuide.com.[2] On May 28, 2008, Ausiello left TV Guide for Entertainment Weekly[3] and posted his first blog for them on July 2, 2008.[4] On October 4, 2010, he announced his departure from Entertainment Weekly to join Jay Penske's Penske Media Corporation, where he launched a new TV site, TVLine.com.[5]

Early life[edit]

Ausiello grew up in Roselle Park, New Jersey.[6] He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.[citation needed]


Ausiello and spent three years as the senior news editor of Soaps In Depth magazine and served as media relations coordinator at Entertainment Tonight.

Ausiello began writing for TV Guide in 2000.[7] During his eight-year tenure at TV Guide, he wrote for both the magazine and its website.[7][8] Ausiello's columns at TV Guide included Today's News, The Ausiello Report, a weekly print column that expanded into a regularly updated blog online, and Ask Ausiello, an exclusively online weekly Q&A. Ausiello contributed to the website's weekly podcast, TV Guide Talk and the weekly TV Guide Channel program The 411 with a five-minute segment entitled "The Big Five", where he commented on the top five entertainment industry stories of the week. Ausiello also had a vodcast version of The Ausiello Report.[7][8]

Ausiello has also contributed commentary to media outlets outside of TV Guide, such as Today, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, American Morning, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and Entertainment Tonight. He is a regular guest every Friday morning on Sirius Satellite Radio's popular morning show, "OutQ in the Morning" (Channel 109) with host Larry Flick, where they converse with callers about all things television—shows, stars, and plot lines, including scoops and spoilers.[citation needed]

Having garnered a number of connections with actors and producers such as Amy Sherman-Palladino, Ausiello has appeared in a few cameo roles on episodes of such television series as Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, and Scrubs.

Personal life[edit]

Ausiello is a pesca-vegetarian, currently residing in New York City and Los Angeles.[9]

Ausiello is openly gay and was married to photographer Kit Cowan.[10][11] Cowan died of a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer on February 5, 2015.[12] Ausiello chronicled the last year of Kit's life, and their 13-year relationship, in his 2017 memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 He's Way More Famous Than You Michael Ausiello


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Gilmore Girls Customer Episode: "But I'm a Gilmore!"
2006 The 411 Correspondent
2006 Veronica Mars Blushing Guy Episode: "The Quick and the Wed"
2007 Extra Himself 1 episode
2007 Scrubs Obstetrician Episode: "My Road to Nowhere"
2007–10 Entertainment Tonight Himself 10 episodes
2009–10 The Early Show Himself 2 episodes
2012 Cougar Town Bartender
  • "My Life"
  • "Your World"
2013 Body of Proof Grave Digger Episode: "Daddy Issues"
2015 Cocktails & Classics Himself 2 episodes
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Guy Eating Salad in Stairwell Episode: "Spring"


  • Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words[14] (2017)


  1. ^ "Michael Ausiello – Photos, Bio and News for Michael Ausiello". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  2. ^ "Michael Ausiello". TVGuide.com. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  3. ^ Michael Ausiello Exits TV Guide Archived May 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Nadel, Nick (July 2, 2008). "The Top 10 Reasons I Know I'll Do Well at EW! | Michael Ausiello | Ausiello Files | EW.com". Ausiellofiles.ew.com. Archived from the original on September 12, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Michael Ausiello and MMC Announce Long-Term Strategic Partnership to Launch New & Innovative TV Website
  6. ^ Gillette, Felix. "The Doctor Is In: TV addicts cut off by the W.G.A. turn to 'TV Guide' guy" Archived November 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., The New York Observer, November 15, 2007. Accessed November 28, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c Keller, Joel (March 6, 2006). "MB Q&A: MICHAEL AUSIELLO". Media Bistro. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael. "Exclusive: Michael Ausiello Is Moving On!". TVGuide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Michael Ausiello". Michael Ausiello. Archived from the original on December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  10. ^ Michael Ausiello [@MichaelAusiello] (23 May 2012). "I am also gay and in a 10-year relationship. Can I trend on Twitter too?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "About Ausiello". TVLine. 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  12. ^ "A Remembrance, and An Appreciation, From Michael Ausiello". TVLine. 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2017-09-12). "Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies Excerpt: My Nightmare Day on The Americans' Set With Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  14. ^ "Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words: Michael Ausiello: 9781501134968: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon. Retrieved 2017-09-17.

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