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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 01/18/18


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My reviews of “The Big Empty” (13.04) and “Advanced Thanatology” (13.05) are now up. My review for “Tombstone” (13.06) will be up tonight. My live recap for episode 13.09 is also up.

The show is back tonight from Christmas hiatus at 8pm with the backdoor pilot “Wayward Sisters” (13.10). I will live-recap it tomorrow night here and on Wayward Children.

Season 13 titles so far: “Lost and Found” (13.01), synopsis and photos, promo, preview, sneak peeks, and Shaving People, Punting Things, as well as live recap and review; “The Rising Son” (13.02) synopsis and photos and promo; “Patience” (the first spinoff set-up episode) (13.03) synopsis; “The Big Empty” (13.04) synopsis, promo and official photos; “Advanced Thanatology” (13.05) synopsis, photos and promo; “Tombstone” (13.06) synopsis, promo and photos; “War of the Worlds” (13.07) synopsis photos, sneak peek and promo; “The Scorpion and the Frog” (13.08) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek; “The Bad Place” (13.09) (airing December 7) synopsis, photos, sneak peeks and promo; Christmas Break; “Wayward Sisters” (13.10, backdoor pilot for the spinoff, airs January 18), synopsis, photos, sneak peeks, featurette, interviews and promos, second promo and related tweets; “Breakdown” (13.11) synopsis and photos, this is supposed to be Donna-heavy; “Various & Sundry Villains” (13.12) (previously called “The Midnight Train” and originally, the title was “Stakes on a Train”) synopsis, Rowena returns; “Devil’s Bargain” (13.13), written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming, introducing Danneel Ackles as a faith healer named Sister Jo who is blackmailed by Lucifer, set photos here; “Only the Best Intentions” (13.14) Jack, alt-Michael, alt-Bobby and Mary all return; “A Most Holy Man” (13.15); “ScoobyNatural” (13.16, cartoon episode, appears in March), “The Thing” (13.17); “Bring ’em Back Alive” (13.18).

Rowena’s return has been confirmed and it sounds as though she won’t be dead, after all. The synopsis for 13.12 is up:

“Various & Sundry Villains” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

THE WITCH IS BACK – Dean (Jensen Ackles) falls victim to a couple of witches, sisters Jamie (guest star Jordan Clair Robbins) and Jennie Plum (guest star Elise Gatien), who manage to steal a powerful book of spells from the Winchester brothers. When Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean go after the book, they get help from a powerful and surprising ally when Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell), back from the dead, intervenes to assist them. Amanda Tapping directed the episode written by Steve Yockey (#1312). Original airdate 2/1/2018.

Episode 13.11 (“Breakdown”) has promotional photos up.

The “Wayward Sisters” (13.10) episode has three sneak peaks and a featurette out. Kim Rhodes also did a new interview with Variety.

The show is heading to Paleyfest for the first time in years. They’ll appear at 6:45pm on March 20.

The CW’s midseason promo is up. If you blink, you’ll miss Sam and Dean at 0:10-12.

Warner Bros has announced details about the upcoming Wayward Sisters spin-off. As we already know, it will star Kim Rhodes (Jody Mills) and the rumor that Briana Buckmaster (Donna Hanscum) is in it was confirmed. Also starring will be Kathryn Newton (Claire Novak) and Alex Jones (Katherine Ramdeen), as well as new character Patience Turner (played by Clark Backo). Another new character, Kaia (Yadira Guevar-Prip), has been added to the main cast list. Kaia’s “gift” will be the ability to spirit travel.

The spin-off premise and new characters has been introduced via several episodes in season 13. Patience will be introduced in “Patience” (13.03), which also brings back season one character Missouri Moseley (who is Patience’s estranged grandmother and from whom Patience has inherited her psychic gift). The actual backdoor pilot will be “Wayward Sisters” (13.10). Donna will also get a major episode in “Breakdown” (13.11).

Star Kim Rhodes told EW that there’s a good in-SPNverse reason why the show will be set in a single location (Sioux Falls) instead of moving around. Rhymes with “Hellmouth,” I’ll bet. In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion it’s to do with the rip between universes in that crappy old boat from 12.09.

There’s a new promo out for the spin-off that’s Claire-centric.

Season 12 is out on Amazon.

The count for Supernatural calendars for 2018 is now five: a charity calendar called If I Could Tell You: The Women of Supernatural that is sadly no longer available, two large calendars out on July 1, one mini calendar on September 1, and a Creation Entertainment calendar that came out on December 1 (also no longer available).

The show is currently averaging a 0.6 in the demo, putting it second on the network and even with last season. Between this and the resurgence of Riverdale, the CW is the only broadcast network that has not dropped in average demo since last season.

The show had a repeat last week that came in at 0.2/1 in the demo (0.246 in the unrounded overnights) and 1.03 million in audience in the overnights. It was preempted by holiday programming during Christmas week.


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5 thoughts on “Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 01/18/18”

  1. Well knock me over with a feather: vox.com had a fairly good explanatory article about Wayward Sisters.

    They liked Claire a lot; I thought, little kid we saw kinda-sorta grow up. But boy, today on TNT Crowley called Abaddon the ‘world’s angriest ginger’ and that would fit Claire to a TEE if she had red hair.

    Liked the little girl in the teaser scene. She did a ‘great’ job of portraying absolute terror.

  2. I watch The Magicians. This Wednesday’s show had the guy who played Lance in LARP and the Real Girl AND the woman who played Chuck’s publisher in Monster at the End of this Book and showed her butt-cheek anti-possession tattoo to Our Boys. I really truly ‘like’ picking out the Canadian actors I’ve seen before. In this year’s Advanced Thanatology the actress who played the dead boy’s mom (and had been in Trial and Error) really ‘sold’ the part to me.

    As you lived in Canada for a while, you should be even ‘more’ familiar with these actors.

    I discussed Claire’s new ‘look’ with my husband last night. Now in the beginning I thought Claire was played by the same actress who was Claire in The Rapture; now they look nothing alike. Kathryn’s face has grown into an adult person!

    Now I thought she ‘learned’ that her recklessness got somebody, hey kind of like Jack and the bank guard! she liked killed. I did feel romantic sparks between Kaia and Claire.

    Was the kaiju monster a King Kong type or a dinosaur? I was not sure. It looked more like a giant ape to me.

  3. Going to Paley fest means it is renewed.
    I actually liked Wayward Sisters. The direction was terrible. Claire did a good job as did Donna and Jody and Alex.
    The Kaia twist is interesting.

    1. It was renewed even before it became second on the network last fall, probably since they decided they wanted to go for 300 episodes.

      I heard about the Kaia twist. I facepalmed. I had a feeling they were going to do something dumb like that.

      1. Well it is AU Kaia. The kaiju world worldbuilding was essentially one kaiju, hooded ninja girl in black robes and gross monsters.
        Real Kaia and Claire had really nice bonding. I thought their relationship would be the bones of the show. Not so lucky.
        I am not sure where the AU Kaia thing will go. It was obvious the figure was female. It was surprising It was kaia ‘s face. Not sure how she reopened the rift or if the rift will move around opening and closing because that is way more fun.
        The episode pushed Claire as the star. I liked that.
        Donna needs to tone down the the you betchas. Otherwise she rocked.

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