Michael Ausiello

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Michael Ausiello
Ausiello at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con
Born (1972-02-23) February 23, 1972 (age 52)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
  • Journalist
  • actor
  • founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine
Kit Cowan
(m. 2014; died 2015)

Michael Ausiello /ˌɔːsiˈɛl/ (born February 23, 1972) is an American television industry journalist, author, and actor. He was a senior writer at TV Guide and its companion website, TVGuide.com, between 2000 and 2008.[2] From 2008 to 2010, he wrote and reported for Entertainment Weekly before launching his own television news site, TVLine.[3][4][5] Ausiello also published a memoir in 2017, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies.

Early life[edit]

Ausiello grew up in Roselle Park, New Jersey,[6] and attended Roselle Park High School.[7][8][9] He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.[10]


Ausiello spent three years as the senior news editor of Soaps in Depth magazine and served as media relations coordinator at Entertainment Tonight. He began writing for TV Guide in 2000.[11] During his eight-year tenure at TV Guide, he wrote for both the magazine and its website.[11][12] 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.[11][12]

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

Personal life[edit]

Ausiello is a pescetarian, and resides in New York City. Ausiello is gay and was married to photographer Kit Cowan.[13][14] Cowan died of a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer on February 5, 2015.[15] Ausiello chronicled the last year of Cowan's life, and their 13-year relationship, in his 2017 memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies.[16] A film based on that memoir, Spoiler Alert, was released on December 2, 2022, starring Jim Parsons as Ausiello.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 He's Way More Famous Than You Michael Ausiello
2022 Spoiler Alert executive producer


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
Episode: "My Life/Your World: Part 2"
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[18] (2017)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Michael Ausiello – Photos, Bio and News for Michael Ausiello". TV Guide. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Michael Ausiello". TV Guide. November 28, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Lubarsky, David (May 28, 2008). "Michael Ausiello Exits TV Guide". TV Guide. Archived from the original on May 29, 2008.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 2, 2008). "The Top 10 Reasons I Know I'll Do Well at EW!". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on September 12, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Michael Ausiello and MMC Announce Long-Term Strategic Partnership to Launch New & Innovative TV Website". Archived from the original on October 7, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  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. Retrieved November 28, 2007.
  7. ^ Delorio, Joseph. "Author Michael Ausiello, Spoiler Alert: A Hero Dies Welcome Home Michael Book Tour in Conversation with Joe DeIorio", TAPinto Roselle, November 11, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2024. "American television industry journalist and actor, Michael Ausiello returns to his hometown of Roselle Park to discuss his memoir: Spoiler Alert: A Hero Dies. The author, a former Roselle Park resident and Roselle Park High School Graduate, is receiving rave reviews on his book."
  8. ^ Lloyd, Cathy. "Michael Ausiello Returns Home to Roselle Park", TAP into Roselle Park, November 21, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2022. "American television industry journalist, Michael Ausiello returned to his hometown of Roselle Park on Monday evening to discuss his memoir: Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies. Ausiello first visited his high school and met with the schools Gay/Straight Alliance said, I was really happy to see all anti-bullying posters throughout the school."
  9. ^ "Hometown Author Stops By Library To Discuss Memoir", Roselle Park News. Retrieved September 28, 2022. "Journalist, columnist, actor, TV columnist, and founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine Michael Ausiello will be stopping by his hometown at the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library to discuss his memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies next Monday, November 20th, at 6 p.m. The Roselle Park High School graduate will take part in an interview with Joseph DeIorio regarding his book and reminisce about Michael's years growing up in Roselle Park in the 1980s and 90s."
  10. ^ Keller, Joel (March 6, 2006). "MB Q&A;: MICHAEL AUSIELLO". Mediabistro. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael. "Exclusive: Michael Ausiello Is Moving On!". TV Guide. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael [@MichaelAusiello] (May 23, 2012). "I am also gay and in a 10-year relationship. Can I trend on Twitter too?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "About Ausiello". TVLine. November 22, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  15. ^ "A Remembrance, and An Appreciation, From Michael Ausiello". TVLine. February 16, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  16. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 12, 2017). "Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies Excerpt: My Nightmare Day on The Americans' Set With Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys". TVLine. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "Sally Field Joins Cast of 'Spoiler Alert' Movie Based on Michael Ausiello Memoir". September 10, 2021.
  18. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 12, 2017). Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words: Michael Ausiello: 9781501134968: Amazon.com: Books. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1501134968.

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