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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 03/27/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

The CW’s superhero shows (Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow) were at Paleyfest this past weekend and TV Line, and EW have up the recaps for the event.

EW has up an interview with Melissa Benosit and Grant Gustin on their recent crossover.

Doctor Who: Unearthed from the Comic Relief vaults, you can find the 1999 Doctor Who Comic Relief special “The Curse of Fatal Death,” which starred Rowan Atkinson, Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Joanna Lumley as the Doctor! It was written by Steven Moffat. Digital Spy is reporting a return to three-parter stories.

Fear the Walking Dead: In behind-the-scenes news, showrunner Dave Erickson will be stepping down in the third season.

The Flash: TV Line has up an interview with Candice Patton and Grant Gustin on the latest relationship drama and the past musical episode. The show is adding actress Anne Dudek in a recurring role as Tracy Brand, who is described as “a smorgasbord of quirky idiosyncrasies.”

Grimm: TV Line has up an interview with series star David Giuntoli on the penultimate episode and the coming series finale.

The Inhumans: Comic Book.com has up some video and photos of set scenes of Black Bolt being arrested by the police.

Legends of Tomorrow: EW has up an article with some interviews on the team’s latest betrayal and where they go from there.

Lucifer: The show is seeing the final four of the twenty-two produced episodes for season two cut and held for season three.

Outcast: Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for season two.

Orphan Black: Deadline has up a recap of the Paleyfest panel with some spoilers for the final season.

The Punisher: The show is adding actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio to their cast.

Sleepy Hollow: TV insider has up an interview with executive producer Albert Kim on the penultimate episode and the coming season finale. TV Line has up one with Kim as well on the new Henry’s motives.

Supergirl: Deadline is reporting that Katie McGrath is being promoted to series regular for season three.

The Walking Dead: TV Insider has up some spoilers from the show’s recent appearance at Paleyfest.

Westworld: The show has promoted Talulah Riley to series regular in season two. EW has up a recap of the show’s Paleyfest appearance.

Over at EW, the latest Spoiler Room has a spoilers on shows Grimm, Supergirl, The Originals, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

Check out my Patreon page. Help me keep this column going, pay Heather, and start doing Supernatural reviews again.

It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm. Still on Thursdays.

The season finale is May 18. The show will air back-to-back episodes that night, so it appears there will be a single-week hiatus after this one (possibly when Riverdale airs its season finale on May 11).

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card, synopsis, and promo and official photos; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card, synopsis, official photos and promo; “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) tech survey card, synopsis, photos and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card and title; and Unnamed Episode (12.19) tech survey card and partial title card, showing the director is Amanda Tapping, and the writers are Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn; Unnamed Episode (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct; and Unnamed Episode (12.21) tech survey card.

The show returns this week with “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16).

The title for 12.18 is now being reported as “The Memory Remains.”

I’ve moved my Official live recaps to this site and simul-recapping at Wayward Friends, with reviews to follow.

The repeats last week were “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12) and “Family Feud” (12.13), which got a 0.2/1 and 0.88 million and a 0.3/1 and 0.82 million respectively.

“Regarding Dean” (12.11) didn’t show up in the L+3s or L+7s.

“Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12) in its original broadcast rose from 1.811 million to a 2.772 million in the L+7s.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 03/20/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

After eight years, The Vampire Diaries is officially over! There are a lot of wrap up articles, interviews, etc. out there. Here’s an assortment of them, E!Online has the cast’s goodbyes. EW has up some goodbyes as well. EW has up an interview with co-creators Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson on the reasoning behind the finale’s conclusions. Deadline has up an interview with Plec and Williamson. Variety has up an interview with Plec on another possible spin-offTV Line has up an interview with Plec on the thought process of the finale. Plec also spoke with TV Line about The Originals connection. TV Insider has up an interview with Kevin Williamson. The Hollywood Reporter explores the potential for another spin-off. TV Line has up some answers from Plec on what might have been.

In good news for their fans, the CW has renewed The 100 for season five. The Gothic comic book show Riverdale was also renewed, leaving only iZombieThe Originals, and low-rated Frequency and No Tomorrow, up-in-the-air.

EW has up the first promotional photos for the Supergirl/The Flash crossover musical episode. TV Line also has up some tidbits from the stars.

I don’t cover this show in this column, but for fans of Netflix’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, the show has been renewed for a second season. You can see their video announcement here.

On the renewal front for shows that I do cover, Syfy has renewed 12 Monkeys for a fourth and final season, and The Expanse for a third season. And FX has renewed Legion for a second season.

The 100: TV Line has up an interview with Eliza Taylor on the season opener, as well as some tidbits from her on Clarke’s new relationship.

American Gods: There’s a new trailer out for the FX series.

Arrow: TV Line has up the promotional photos for episode five. EW has up an interview with actor Josh Segarra about his character’s big reveal.

The Defenders: Gamesradar has up some leaked set footage of the new team teaming up.

Doctor Who: Good news for old school villain-fans (and star Peter Capaldi), the Mondasian Cybermen are making a return appearance! There’s also a new trailer out for the coming season, with some interesting new aliens and a closer (more reassuring, in my opinion) look at new Companion Bill.

The Flash: Candice Patton spoke with TV Line and E!Online about the crossover episode with Supergirl and the status of Iris’ relationship with Barry. TV Line has up the photos for episode 3.16, which sees the return of several departed characters. EW has up an interview with Grant Gustin following last week’s tumultuous episode.

Game of Thrones: Singer/Songwriter Ed Sheeran will be making a guest appearance on the show! Deadline has up a recap of the SXSW panel with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Huffington Post has up an interview with Kit Harington on season seven. The show is set to return to HBO on July 16, 2017. Jim Broadbent revealed to Screen Crush that his character is “a maester, an archmaester … I’m an old professor character.” There’s a new promotional poster out as well.

The Inhumans: The “Best of Marvel” Twitter account has up the first look of Anson Mount as Black Bolt. The Reel News Hawaii Twitter account has up some set photos of Roel Reine, Lockjaw and a “mystery man in black.” Comic Book.com has up some set photos of several of the new characters. Coming Soon has some up as well.

Legends of Tomorrow: EW and some of the cast theorize on whether or not the crew can control the Spear of Destiny.

Once Upon A Time: Reports are that while the show is mulling a reboot for a potential seventh season, it is currently negotiating for actors Jennifer Morrison (Emma), Lana Parrilla (Regina), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold) and Colin O’Donoghue (Hook) to return. No word on original actors Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary), Josh Dallas (David) and Jared Gilmore’s (Henry) potential returns. The show has cast former The Walking Dead actor Andrew J. West in a “mysterious” new role that could become permanent should the show be renewed. EW has up some tidbits from Dallas on David’s “dark” turn. EW has up several interviews/articles. There are some tidbits from Morrison on Gideon’s attempts to kill Emma, also an interview with Parrilla on Robin’s return. Morrison and O’Donoghue spoke about the Wish Realm Hook. TV Line has up some scoop on the season finale.

The Originals: Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis and promotional photos for the premiere episode, which will air on March 17, 2017. TV Line has up an interview with executive producer Michael Narducci post the season premiere that aired this past Friday. EW has up some tidbits from Michael Narducci as well.

Powerless: TV’s original Batman Adam West will guest star in an upcoming episode.

Preacher: TV Line has up the first promotional photos of season two, as well as the premiere date: Monday, June 19.

Scream: Rumor has it that MTV is looking at rebooting the show for season three.

Sense 8: Spoiler TV has up the most recent promotional photos for the second season.

Shadowhunters: TV Line has up a pre-midseason finale with actress star Katherine McNamara. They also have up a post-finale interview with showrunners Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin.

Star Trek Discovery: The show has found its Captain in actor Jason Issacs (Harry Potter), who has been cast as Captain Lorca, the Captain of the Discovery.

Teen Wolf: TV Line has up the cast photos from the series finale set. EW has up actress Shelley Hennig’s goodbye tweets.

Van Helsing: Actress Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue) is joining season two as a series regular. She will be playing a character named Scarlett Harker, who has a “mysterious past.”

The Walking Dead: TV Line has up some tidbits from the show’s recent appearance at Paleyfest. The Hollywood Reporter has some up as well. Comic Book.com has up some interview snippets from several of the actors post-last week’s episode. Melissa McBride says she hopes there’s a reconciliation between Carol and Rick. McBride also explains Carol’s feelings about Darryl’s lie. There’s speculation on whether or not Carol will kill Negan.

X-Men Show: The X-Men show now has a chapter title: Gifted. Producer Lauren Schuler Donner posted a photo of the cast reading. And despite the appearance of The Originals‘ Joseph Morgan in the photo, according to EW, he is not a part of the cast. According to a photo posted by a fan Twitter account, cast member Blair Redford’s mysterious mutant Sam has been revealed as X-Man Thunderbird. Cast member Natalie Ayn Lind posted a cast photo on her Instagram.

The Walking Dead: The Hollywood Reporter has up an article about the future for Rick and Michonne.

Westworld: According to an interview with Jimmi Simpson, he is unsure if he is returning for season two or not.

Zoo: Season three has a premiere date! It will return Thursday, June 29.

Over at EW, the Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Legends of Tomorrow, Once Upon a Time, The Originals, and The 100. The latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Supergirl, 12 Monkeys, Once Upon a Time, The Originals, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow.

At TV Line, the latest Inside Line has spoilers on shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time, The Flash, Supergirl, The Originals, Grimm, and Lucifer.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

Check out my Patreon page. Help me keep this column going, pay Heather, and start doing Supernatural reviews again.

It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm. Still on Thursdays.

The season finale is May 18. The show will air back-to-back episodes that night, so it appears there will be a single-week hiatus after this one (possibly when Riverdale airs is season finale on May 11).

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card, synopsis, and promo and official photos; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card, synopsis, official photos and promo; “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) tech survey card, synopsis, photos and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis and tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.18) tech survey card;  Unnamed Episode (12.19) tech survey card and partial title card, showing the director is Amanda Tapping, and the writers are Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn; and Unnamed Episode (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct.

No new episodes until the end of the month. This week, the show is doing a double-feature repeat of “Stuck in the Middle (with You)” (12.12) and “The Raid” (12.14) on Thursday night.

The synopsis for “The British Invasion” (12.17) is up:

THE WINCHESTERS FIND KELLY KLINE – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) get a lead on Kelly Kline’s (guest star Courtney Ford) whereabouts. Mick (guest star Adam Fergus) drops by the bunker unexpectedly and decides to join the hunt. John Showalter directed the episode written by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner (#1217). Original airdate 4/6/2017.

I’ve moved my Official live recaps to this site and simul-recapping at Wayward Friends, with reviews to follow.

Let’s talk for a bit about what’s been happening with the Writers Guild of America. They recently went into negotiations for new contracts with producers, but there are some snags and talk of a possible strike has been spreading through the industry for the past month. As long-time fans will recall, the show’s third season was shortened, and Dean’s fate at the end of it changed, due to the last strike, which went on for 100 days.

The two big issues are that writers feel undercompensated for streaming (which has become a big earner for the studios) and that the increased use of shorter seasons has resulted in a general drop of revenue, since writers’ earnings are based on the 22-episode season model. These issues came up when the Director’s Guild renegotiated their contracts in December and the WGA is following up in a tactic known as “pattern bargaining.” They are currently hesitating to go to strike, however. The large streaming libraries from Netflix and Hulu may mean less pressure than before on the studios to produce new content as TV watchers just catch up on what they’ve been too busy to watch before now. Negotiations are expected to take another week or more and are currently under a news blackout.

It’s unlikely Supernatural would be harmed by a strike. Its season is over halfway done and nearly written, and the leads would likely appreciate the extra time off. What would be delayed would be season 13. It might also give the writers a chance to regroup and get their acts together (as they did before). Crew members might be “on vacation” for an extra month or so, but as the show has already been renewed and its popularity cemented by near-constant cons all over the world, they won’t be out for long.

Other shows could be severely affected however. The mortality rate among even shows that were doing fairly well was high after the last strike, especially among genre shows.

No repeat last week (that was devoted to re-running The Vampire Diaries series finale special, so no ratings for that. Let’s take a gander at the DVR ratings.

“First Blood” (12.09) came back in January with a 0.6/2 and 1.72 million in the overnight finals. This rose to 1.1 and 2.727 million in the L+7s. It made no showing in the L+3 listings, indicating most of its significant rise was in the L+7 categories.

“Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) rose from a 0.6/2 to a 1.0 and from 1.732 million to a 2.638 million. It, too, made no showing in the L+3s. Notice that it went up slightly in live viewing but down slightly in delayed viewing.

“Regarding Dean” didn’t show up in the L+3s, either. The L+7s aren’t out, yet.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 03/13/17


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Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

Check out my Patreon page. Help me keep this column going, pay Heather, and start doing Supernatural reviews again.

It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm. Still on Thursdays.

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You) (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card, synopsis, and promo and official photos; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card, synopsis, official photos and promo; “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) tech survey card, synopsis, photos and promo; Unnamed Episode (12.17) tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.18) tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.19) tech survey card and partial title card, showing the director is Amanda Tapping, and the writers are Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn; and Unnamed Episode (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct.

No new episodes until the end of the month.

The synopsis (and photos and promo) for the next episode, “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) is up:

“Ladies Drink Free” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

A WOLF IN THE NIGHT – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) let Mick Davies (guest star Adam Fergus) tag along on a case as they search for a werewolf. The three men run into Claire Novak (guest star Kathryn Love Newton), also working the hunt. However, the reunion is short lived after Claire is bitten and the brothers race to find a way to help her before she turns. Amyn Kaderali directed the episode written by Meredith Glynn (#1216). Original airdate 3/30/2017.

Richard Speight Jr. will be directing 12.20.

I’ve moved my Official live recaps to this site and simul-recapping at Wayward Friends.com, with reviews to follow.

Overnight ratings for “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) dipped to a new low in demo at 0.5/2 and down in audience (not a series low) to 1.49 million. This still put it third on the network for the week. And it did better than the series finale for former rival and slot holder, The Vampire Diaries.

Programming Insider gave an audience of 1.493 million and an A18-34 rating of 0.3/2 compared to the A18-49 of 0.5/2 and A25-54 rating of 0.6/2. Spotted Ratings reported the show’s A18-49 fractional demo as 0.56.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 03/06/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

The Untitled new X-Men show has found its parental figures in actors Amy Acker (Person of Interest) and Stephen Moyer (True Blood).

TV Line has up the official synopsis for the upcoming Supergirl/Flash crossover.

Arrow: EW’s Superhero Insider has up some details on the big Prometheus reveal. Stephen Amell spoke to EW about a possible Dinah/Oliver romance.

Beyond: TV Line spoke with star Burkely Duffield about the events in season one’s finale.

Emerald City: EW has up a final blog with Shaun Cassidy on the show’s finale. No word yet if there will be a second season.

Fear The Walking Dead: TV Line has up the first promotional photos for episode one.

The Flash: Variety spoke with executive producer Aaron Helbing about Grodd and Barry changing the future again. EW puts the question to Grant Gustin and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg: Is Barry really a hero?

Gotham: The show has found its Ra’s Al Ghul, leader of the League of Shadows, in actor Alexander Siddig (Star Trek Deep Space Nine).

Inhumans: The final casting has taken place for the Inhuman characters. Actor Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) has been cast as Black Bolt. Serinda Swan (Graceland ) has been cast as Medusa. Ken Leung (Lost) has been cast as Karnak. Actors Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moh, Sonya Balmores, and Ellen Woglom have been added to the cast in additional roles. IGN has up a handy-dandy slideshow on each of the lead roles. And in truly big news (pun intended), the show WILL be introducing Lockjaw, the Inhumans’ 2,000-pound teleporting dog.

Lucifer: In big behind-the-scenes news, the show’s production will relocate from Vancouver to Los Angeles for season three.

Once Upon A Time: TV Line has up an interview with co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis about what is coming up for the characters. Speaking of the duo, EW has up another Hot Seat with them.

Outlander: TV Line has up a behind-the-scenes story from Caitriona Balfe about a few scenes that never made it to the screen, as well as a hint for a much-anticipated scene from the books.

Sleepy Hollow: Blastr has up an interview with actress Lyndie Greenwood.

Star Trek Discovery: We now have a date for the premiere! The show is set to debut sometime in late summer, early fall, according to head of CBS Les Moonves. Specific, huh?

Supergirl: TV Line has up the promotional photos for episode 15. TV Line has up some spoilers from executive producer Andrew Kreisberg after last week’s episode. EW also has some spoilers up from the E.P.

Time After Time: TV Line has up a video of the cast previewing their new time travel show, which premiered this past weekend.

The Vampire Diaries: EW asked actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley if they would be interested in a The Vampire Diaries revival. Matt Davis revealed to EW what Alaric story he is most proud of.

The Walking Dead: EW has up an interview with actor Josh McDermitt on Eugene and his motivations.

Over at E!Online, the latest Spoiler Room has a spoilers on shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon A Time, Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Supergirl, Time After Time, and Shadowhunters.

At TV Line, the latest Ask Ausiello has spoilers on shows Once Upon a Time, Supergirl, The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and Arrow.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

Check out my Patreon page. Help me keep this column going, pay Heather, and start doing Supernatural reviews again.

It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm. Still on Thursdays.

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You) (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card, synopsis, and promo and official photos; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card, synopsis, official photos and promo; “Unnamed Episode” (12.16) tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.17) tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.18) tech survey card; and Unnamed Episode (12.19) tech survey card and partial title card, showing the director is Amanda Tapping, and the writers are Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn.

TV Line gave us a non-spoilery spoiler about the terribly awful consequences for Castiel’s killing of Billie, which are apparently nonexistent in the scripts so far. Also, this was in answer to a request for Dean spoilers. Oh, yay.

Official photos and promo are up for this week’s episode, “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15).

I’ve moved my Official live recaps to this site and simul-recapping at Wayward Friends.com, with reviews to follow.

Overnight ratings for “The Raid” (12.14) remained steady in demo at 0.6/2 and went up a little in audience to 1.63 million. This put it third on the network for the week.

Programming Insider gave an audience of 1.629 million and a slightly lower A18-34 rating of 0.4/2 compared to the A18-49 of 0.6/2 and A25-54 rating of 0.7/2. Spotted Ratings reported the show’s A18-49 fractional demo as 0.63.


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The Official The Raid (12.14) Recap Discussion Thread


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I’ll also be simul-recapping on Wayward Children.

Recap of vampires to this point, with an emphasis on Vampire!Dean and MoC!Dean, needless recap of the LoL with an emphasis on their toys, a brief reference to the Colt, and last week’s Mary confession.

Cut to Now and Mary still confessing. Dean is furious. Mary claims what the LoL “are doing, it’s a better way.”

Sam looks betrayed and asks her how long she kept it from them. Mary admits that the crappy episode the other week was them running an errand for the LoL. The Brothers point out there were casualties and when Mary admits she feels bad, Dean says, “Good.”

Cut to Mary and Retch arriving at some random warehouse with security, at night, in the snow. Retch is talking about awesome and easy their new toy was. And that right there is the LoL’s Achilles Heel–if it’s not easy, they’re dead.

Ugh, another Super-Sekrit Bunker Base. So not interested. So boring.

Back to the Mary confession conversation. Dean calls her out on being absent almost all of his life and all of Sam’s. Juxtaposed with Mary checking her texts begging Dean to talk to her and Dean giving back radio silence, Dean kicks her out of the Bunker. Sam backs him up (yay, Sam).

I am so very, very ready for the LoL to get burned to the ground, never to be seen or mentioned again.

Retch thinks they’ve got the best Winchester in Mary. Mick disagrees, saying that his sons are the de facto rulers of Hunter America and Retch doesn’t get to take the call.

In the Bunker, Sam is having second thoughts and Dean is desperately seeking a new hunt. Dean gets mad when Sam suggests they talk to her, even though Dean’s the one who has been in touch with her.

Dean calls Sam out on his “peacemaker shtick. You’re always playing the middle, man. For once, pick a side.”

After Dean leaves, Sam checks his texts  and sees Mary asking him to contact her, urgently. Sam shows up at the Super-Sekrit LoL base. Guess he picked a side.

Mary still insists the LoL are a good choice and goes for Sam’s soft spot that he wants a normal life.

As Retch confronts Dean at the Bunker with a peace offering of whiskey, Sam gets invited to a briefing at the LoL Super-Sekrit Base where they brag about blatantly violating American sovereignty and slaughtering Americans (albeit, vampire Americans) all over Michigan. Meanwhile, a vampire dude is talking to one of the survivors and tells her he has a plan.

The Alpha Vamp shows up. Am I terrible for rooting for him this week?

At the Bunker, Retch is trying to feel Dean out. Dean says simply that Retch is trying to “recruit” him. Retch comes up with the usual lie that she went rogue. Dean is not impressed. Retch steps entirely wrong-footed in his arrogance all over trying to turn Dean and compares himself to Dean as another killer. Dean continues not to be impressed.

Dean asks him about the “line on vamps” Retch claims to have.

Back at the base, we have a stereotypically klutzy computer nerd (who is apparently a low-level Hunter) geeking out over Sam. Somehow, nobody ever seems to geek out over Dean this season. You know, the Firewall?

Mitch admits that the LoL are having trouble attracting good Hunters. Might be because those Hunters have you blokes accurately pegged as a bunch of amateurs from across the Pond, Mick.

Meanwhile, Dean and Retch are hunting vampires the low-tech way, but find nothing and no one–except the survivor we saw before. Retch starts to beat on her, while Dean watches, increasingly not thrilled, and Dean finally stops him. He talks to the girl. He says he won’t let her go, but he will “make it quick.”

Oh, and the Super-Sekrit Base is about to get taken down, as the girl tells Dean.

The vampire method of killing their way in is not especially scientific, but it sure is working. Sam and Mary immediately take charge, with Mary telling everyone over the intercom to “fall back” and not engage. Then she and Sam go out and grab a vamp to bring back in and interrogate. He tells them Alpha Vamp came back. One of the redshirts, a South Asian girl, claims the Alpha has been in Morocco for a decade, but Sam corrects her, saying he’s been in the U.S. for at least the past five years (as we know from seasons six and seven). Mary asks if anyone in the room has killed anything and only the nerdy computer guy has besides Sam and Mary. Mary points out the base is not well-defended and Mick admits they don’t have any contingency plans. Mary insists Mick bring out the Colt, which shocks the hell out of Sam. Mary admits she stole it from Ramiel, but Mick says they don’t have any bullets.

No problem, says Sam, still thoroughly pissed off. He’s got the recipe from Bobby, memorized.

Annnd of course, not all of the ingredients are readily at hand.

Meanwhile, Dean and Retch are riding to the rescue.

One of the redshirts gets it, from the Alpha, while Mick is trying to do the spell to make the bullets. The South Asian girl attacks him and also gets killed. As she dies, Mick slams the briefcase shut on the Colt and grabs the bullets. The Alpha drops the girl and stares after Mick.

So, it turns out the nerdy guy is working with the Alpha and he knocked out Mary. His job is to keep things quiet for the Alpha.

The Alpha calmly informs Mick that he didn’t interfere in England because it was…”well…England.” (love the contemptuous intonation of that) However, he is in charge of America. He intends to have Mick call up London and tell them to back off, while getting eaten onscreen.

Sam shows up and grabs the Colt. He proposes to make a deal with the Alpha–he can have Mick and he will back off, while Sam and Mary escape, and the uneasy truce between the humans and the vamps will continue.

Mick attacks Sam, but it turns out he’s giving Sam a bullet. The Alpha calls Sam’s bluff, then realizes what happened, right before Sam shoots and kills him.

Meh. Getting quite tired of Sam getting all these improbable and rather boring kills.

Mary walks in Mick surveying his dead. She’s been out cleaning up, saying most of the vamps fled after Sam killed the Alpha.

Retch snarks at Mick about being a loser. He comes by with the rogue Hunter and the Winchesters are fine with the guy being taken off to be tortured to death.

At the Impala, Dean says he came as fast as he could. Sam wonders why and then realizes when Dean looks at Mary. Dean forgives Mary, saying he understands they’re all adults now and she’s going to do some things he really doesn’t like, sometimes. Mary looks happy.

Sam comes to Mitch and says he’s in, because apparently, it’s his turn to get slapped with the Plot Stupidity Salmon. When Mitch asks about Dean (who is over with Mary, who I think is fairly done with the LoL at this point), Sam says to give him some time, he’ll talk Dean around.

Oh, Sam. And here you’d come so far, only to fall back into the Idiot Pool.

Still no promo because ugh, Riverdale.

Found the promo here. Looks like Dabb will be ruining Hell Hounds next week.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 02/27/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

There’s going to be another superhero four-way crossover on the CW with Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. EW has up some details on the logistics of it from executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.

Speaking of CW Superhero shows, new show Black Lightning has found its lead in actor Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie).

In other networks’ shows’ superhero news, ABC’s Inhumans has announced its first casting with Game of Thrones villain Iwan Rheon being cast as Inhuman Maximus.

The 100: TV Line has up an interview with actress Nadia Hilker on the show’s latest casualty.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Yep, *Blank* is back! Count me in as someone who is not happy about it. I wasn’t fond of them to begin with. EW has up some spoilers on the upcoming stories from executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. TV Line has up some tidbits as well.

American Horror Story: Ryan Murphy clarified some details on the upcoming “inspired by” election season.

American Gods: The show finally has a premiere date! It will first air on Sunday, April 30 at 9pm ET/PT.

Arrow: TV Line has up the promotional photos for Oliver’s upcoming impeachment.

Doctor Who: There’s a new teaser trailer out for season ten.

Iron Fist: Spoiler TV has up the promotional poster for the series. IGN has up a video interview with actors David Wenham, Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey. They also have one up with lead actor Finn Jones on the dynamic with his character and Luke Cage.

Legends of Tomorrow: The show is bringing in J.R.R. Tolkein as a character (à la George Lucas) in the season finale.

The Magicians: TV Insider has up an interview with actress Stella Maeve on Julia’s struggle with redemption.

The Originals: TV Line has up the promotional photos for the season premiere.

Star Trek Discovery: Games Radar has a handy rundown of all of the current information out on the show.

Supergirl: EW has up some scoop on the fallout of the Danvers’ girls’ father’s return.

Timeless: EW has up a season finale post-mortem with executive producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke. TV Line has up an interview with the duo as well. Still no word on whether or not the show has been renewed or cancelled, but the ratings did pick up for the last three episodes of season one.

The Vampire Diaries: EW has up a look back from actor Paul Wesley on his time as Stefan. They also have one from actress Kat Graham on her time as Bonnie.

The Walking Dead: EW has up an interview with actor Josh McDermitt on what Eugene is up to. They also have one up with actor Norman Reedus on the big Darryl/Carol reunion. Both EW and TV Line have up interviews with new actress Pollyanna McIntosh, who plays the Jadis, the enigmatic leader of the new junkyard gang.

Over at E!Online, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Supergirl, Once Upon a Time, Shadowhunters, Legends of Tomorrow, The Walking Dead, and Arrow.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

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It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm. Still on Thursdays.

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You) (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis, promo and sneak peeks; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card, synopsis, and promo and official photos; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card and synopsis; “Unnamed Episode” (12.16) tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.17) tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.18) tech survey card, and Unnamed Episode (12.19) tech survey card and partial title card.

FYI, tech survey cards have director info. For example, 12.19 will be directed by Amanda Tapping, who played the angel Naomi in season eight. It will be co-written by Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn.

The promo and official photos for this week’s ep, “The Raid” (12.14), are up.

Some recent onset video is out, apparently from last week.

It appears we won’t have any mini-hiatuses before mid-March.

IMDb message boards are now gone. To add to the screw job they already did to fans, they closed out the boards early. I’ve moved my Official live recaps to this site and simul-recapping at Wayward Friends.com, with reviews to follow.

Overnight ratings for “Family Feud” (12.13) dropped a bit in demo to 0.6/2 and audience to 1.62 million. For some reason, final same-night ratings are late this week. Programming Insider gave ratings for half-hours: 0.6/2 in both half-hours, with 1.65 million for the first half-hour and 1.59 million in the second. Spotted Ratings reported the show’s A18-49 demo as 0.64.


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I’ll also be simul-recapping on Wayward Children.

Starting now:

Unnecessary recap of Mick’s speech about monsters to Mary. More necessary recap of Gavin, since it’s been years since we saw him. Recap of last week’s ep that shows how much it sucked.

Cut to six months ago in Andover, MA (hi Great-something Grandpa Francis!). Really creepy intro as a Doomed Teaser Gal is brushing her teeth and going to bed. She then gets grabbed from underneath by electrifying hands and we get blood spatter on a nearby family portrait.

Cut to Now(?) and Dean recapping that Demon Baby Mama is still MIA (can she stay that way?). Sam mentions a new victim in the teaser case whose tongue was ripped out. Dean suggests the call Mary.

Mary is killing monsters with a taser as a test in front of Mr. Retch. She gets a call from Dean (who senses something is up) and makes excuses. As she hangs up, Retch very unwisely mentions she’s a great liar. Mary growls that she hasn’t told her sons about her working with the LoL. They don’t trust the LoL. this may have something to do with their “rogue operative” having tortured her kids. Hmm. Trouble in Paradise?

Cut to Crowley, who infodumps the plothole from the crappy “LOTUS” episode, has been mighty stupid, it seems. He diverted the spell to send Lucifer back to the Cage. Blahblah, really stupid retcon, blahblah Lucifer found his old vessel again (which, btw, was actually turned to dust when Lucifer left it), blahblahblah, we’ve got Nickifer again, new and improved. Oh, well. After all the Chuckawful “vessels” Lucifer has had to this point, if we’re stuck with him, we might as well have Mark P. I wasn’t *that* wedded to losing Castiel for Casifer.

In the obligatory night time car chat, Sam mentions Doomed Teaser Gal and muses about Mary not making it. Dean admits he’s suspicious. Sam makes excuses. So, business as usual.

The Brothers visit a museum with a shipwreck and Dean discovers lots of EMF. Sam mentions that museums have lots of objects, so lots of ghosts.

Ugh. Kelly just showed up. In a diner. Feeling whiny about motherhood. Well, hon, you always could’ve used birth control or gotten that abortion.

So, that happened.

Nickifer is laughing at Crowley thinking this will end well for him. I agree with Nickifer for once. Crowley giving in to his desire for revenge is a new low in dumb. Though Nickifer is happy to blab all about his new love child Nephilim.

In the museum, the Brothers find out the wreck exhibit is from Andover and about the Star, which Dean recognizes as the one on which Gavin was supposed to sink.

Dean happens to call just when Nickifer is claiming the Brothers lied to Crowley, so Crowley refuses to cooperate. Because this episode writing Crowley as really, really dumb.

At a bus outside the museum, something unseen slips a locket into the guide’s coat pocket.

The Brothers go to Plan B and recruit Rowena.

Meanwhile, two angels stalk Kelly, but she’s saved by Dagon.  Who can kill demons. Hmm, seem to recall that if Lilith could have killed angels, she would have, and YED stayed away from them entirely.

Kelly somewhat halfway intelligently is suspicious of Dagon’s story about how awesome her baby daddy is and how evil the angels and Brothers are. Kelly sorta buys this through a combination of “Pregnancy makes you stupid” and genre episode stupidity.

Cue the sneak peek. First one, anyway, where the Brothers meet Gavin at the bus stop and introduce him to his grandmother.

They take Gavin to the museum and have him go through who he remembers went on board and the ship’s manifest. He finds his fiancee’s locket and it appears she went on the ship. Brief recap of Abaddon (we miss you, girlfriend!).

Gavin is as clueless as ever.

Dean immediately notices that the locket is no longer in the exhibit.

Cut to Mary and Mr. Retch. Can he die sooner than later? He’s quite boring. He (really) unwisely suggests Mary “disengage” from her sons. When she says nothing comes before her family, he stupidly pushes it, claiming that she’s “softer” and “weaker” with her sons. Then he tries to flatter her as a mighty Hunter who doesn’t need anyone else. After all, the LoL are his family. Saddo.

Shut up, Retch, or you’re gonna get spiked.

The Brothers consult with the curator about the “theft” of the locket and Dean asks about the latest school groups who came through (because he and Sam suspect the killer is a schoolteacher, since those have been the latest victims). One came through from the Pembroke School of Girls.

Note that this week, Dean is the only one with a brain.

At said school, two teachers are grading late when a hooded figure shows up and murders one of them. Thunder and lightning and rain, and the Brothers show up just in time to save the second teacher.

The Brothers set up a trap where Gavin sits in a chair summons the ghost. To determine if it was Fiona.

The ghost shows up, in a hooded green clock, then transforms into Gavin’s fiancee. She seems glad at first and then says he abandoned her. She’s mad, even when he tries to explain that he was “sent away.” Seems the crew found her and gang-raped her, and their teacher, who was also on board, mocked her. So, she’s now fixated on killing teachers.

Gavin is upset about Fiona’s kills. The Brothers suggest that if he goes back, he could make history right again and “save” Fiona from becoming a vengeful spirit. Rowena is upset, but Gavin says he agrees with them.

Crowley, who is still very, very stupid, shows up suddenly and rages at the plan. It turns out Gavin called him. Crowley asks why Gavin called him if he didn’t want to be saved. Gavin says it was to say goodbye.

Rowena is now on board with the plan, understanding, perhaps, that Gavin will end up in Heaven with his girl. She freezes Crowley with a spell, though he can still speak. Lemme guess–this is the very, very stupid reason why Crowley will now work with Nickifer.

The Brothers leave with Gavin for the Bunker. They do the time spell Henry had used, “tweaked” by Rowena, who has stayed back at the school.

The Brothers give Gavin a pep talk about how he’s doing the right thing. Though teary-eyed, Gavin sees it through. Sam says the spell. Gavin doesn’t actually go back in time. Instead, Fiona appears beside him, they both turn into ghosts, and they disappear in a bright glow that usually signifies the ghost is going to Heaven (coughThe Veilcoughcough).

So, the Brothers remember everything, but the timeline is back to normal. Um…okay.

Mary shows up. Dean calls Mary on having been gone so long. Sam tries to say Dean was being “dramatic.”

Mary has a peace offering–beer and burgers–and Dean immediately forgives her.

Well, until Mary drops the other shoe and admits she’s been working with the LoL. She tries the spiel on them. Dean is very quiet, while Sam looks really hurt. Mary tries to put it back on Dean about his giving her “the face” (Dean refuses to take it). Sam expresses his pain about her working with people who tortured him (yay, Sam! Totally appropriate response!) and also points out that how he and Dean do things has worked very well so far.

Mary asks them to let her explain.

In a bus shelter, Crowley confronts Rowena about Gavin. Rowena says she loved Gavin as much as she loved Oskar. She says she wanted Crowley to suffer for making her kill Oskar, though she allows that it was also the right decision for Gavin. Then she walks away.

Oh, my! A little Rolling Stones (“Playing with Fire”) as we see Nickifer and a montage of Mary trying to explain her position to the Brothers. Also, Dagon with Kelly as Nickifer calls out to Dagon. Zero interest in Kelly, but I kinda like the actress playing Dagon. Sadly, it seems she’ll be thrown under the Lucifer melodrama bus.

Still no promo, dammit. Will go look for it.

Here we go. We’ve got both Mick and Retch next week (hope at least one of them bites the dust). Their ambitious plan is to kill every vampire in the U.S. Good luck with that, boys, especially since the Alpha Vamp (Rick Worthy’s back! Yay!) is still around.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 02/20/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Great news for fans of Fox’s Lucifer: The show has been renewed for a third season.

American Horror Story: TV Line has up some information from creator Ryan Murphy on the upcoming season. The theme will center on the recent American presidential election. Which is a horror all on its own.

Arrow: TV Insider has up an interview with executive producers Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim about last week’s episode focusing on the gun issue in the U.S. They also spoke with EW about the impact this episode will have on Oliver going forward.

Emerald City: Shaun Cassidy spoke with EW about episode eight.

The Magicians: Blastr has up an interview with showrunner Sera Gamble on season two.

Once Upon A Time: EW has up some details on the upcoming musical episode. TV Line has up some details on the new characters being introduced at the end of the season, as well as some speculation on how they might fit into a potential new season.

Outlander: Starz has announced that the show won’t be returning until September at the latest.

The Originals: TV Line has up the new promotional poster for season four, featuring an aged Hope looking a little creepy.

Shadowhunters: TV insider has up an interview with Matthew Daddario about Alec and his relationship with Magnus.

Star Trek Discovery: The show has added three new actors to the roster: Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) as Dr. Nambue the Chief Medical Officer, Terry Serpico (Army Wives) as Admiral Anderson “a high-ranking Starfleet official,” and Sam Vartholomeos (The Following) as Ensign Connor, “a junior officer assigned to the Shenzou.”

Stranger Things: EW has up some details from new star Paul Reiser on his character.

Supergirl: TV Line has up an interview with actor Peter Gadiot, who is playing the show’s version of Mr. Mxyzptlk. EW has up the first look at Alex coming out to her friends and co workers. TV Line has up the promotional photos for the Valentine’s Day episode.

Time After Time: Spoiler TV has up the press releases for episode one and two.

Timeless: TV Line spoke with creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan about the season finale and the potential for a second season.

The Vampire Diaries: EW has up the first look at Nina Dobrev’s return to the show. They also have up the information that someone is dying in the finale.

The Walking Dead: EW spoke with showrunner Greg Nicotero on the midseason premiere. The AMC website has up an interview with executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. TV Line has up a post-episode recap with showrunner Scott Gimple.

Over at E!Online, the latest Spoiler Room has a spoilers on shows The Vampire Diaries, Supergirl and Timeless.

At TV Line, the latest Matt’s Inside Line has spoilers on shows Once Upon a Time, The 100, Arrow, Supernatural, Timeless, and Grimm.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

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It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm. Still on Thursdays.

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You) (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card and synopsis; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card and synopsis; “Unnamed Episode” (12.16) tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.17) tech survey card; and Unnamed Episode (12.18) tech survey card.

The promo and official photos for this week’s ep, “Regarding Dean,” are up.

The synopsis for “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) is up (another one by Davy Perez. Oh, dear):

“Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

THE HOUNDS OF HELL – An attack by an invisible hellhound at a campsite leads Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to investigate the mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, two of Crowley’s (Mark A. Sheppard) own personal demons uncover what he has been hiding. Castiel (Misha Collins) gets a lead on Kelly Kline. Directed by Nina Lopez-Corrado, the episode was written by Davy Perez. (#1215). Original airdate 3/9/2017.

TV Line offered a not-terribly spoilery spoiler for the upcoming “Family Feud” this week.

From the above date, it appears we won’t have any mini-hiatuses before mid-March.

IMDb message boards are now gone. To add to the screw job they already did to fans, they closed out the boards early. I’ve moved my Official live recaps to this site and simul-recapping at Wayward Friends.com, with reviews to follow.

Ratings for “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12) went up a bit in demo to 0.7/3 and audience to 1.82 million. Programming Insider gave ratings for other demos: 1.1/2 in HH, 0.5/2 in A18-34, 0.8/2 in A25-54, and 1.811 million viewers. Spotted Ratings reported the show’s A18-49 demo as 0.71.


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This  will be the last one I’m posting on IMDb (since the message boards there are closing down this weekend).

I’ll also be simul-recapping on Wayward Children.

Recap starting with some scene snippets and such we haven’t heard before of the underwhelming LoL, the underwhelming Lucifer spawn story, and some stuff about sparkly superweapons (gee, I miss the Colt and the First Blade).

Cut to Mr. Ketch narrating to the audience (oh…no) and then a flashback to 5:20pm sometime before (oh, NOOOOOOO. Stop it with that cliched BS, show!).

Cue the sneak peek. Dean is (totally improbably) striking out with the waitress, who is bored and also into Castiel. A confused conversation of Dean giving dating advice to Castiel, Sam talking about having scanned all the Bunker’s library into his computer (yeah…um…no, show. Really. No), and such before Mary gets them all back to business, which is helping a Hunter who’s normally into hunting rougaru with hunting a demon. Dean gets a date with the waitress for Castiel.

So, then we flash to Mary dragging a wounded Castiel out of a house, while Sam and Dean are fighting demons. By the way? The waitress was possessed. She kills the Doomed Teaser Hunter as Sam is killing another demon, then brags about how famous she’ll be for killing Sam Winchester before Dean stabs her from behind (because demons are definitely stupid).

Cue title cards.

Annnnd, more flashing around because this is a very basic story intentionally being jumbled around like Pulp Fiction, except that this episode, so far, kinda sucks. Like, badly.

So, the upshot is that the demon they’re hunting turns out to be YED. No, it doesn’t make any sense, and I’m sure we’re all going to regret this return a whole lot because so far? This episode kinda sucks. And the music is annoyingly inappropriate.

He kicks their asses and stabs Castiel with a big spear, while snarking. We flash back to the other two demons getting killed…yeah, whatever, show.

Anyhoo, Mary is able to rescue Castiel temporarily by ramming YED with her car (which must have been satisfying), but Castiel can’t heal himself.

Mary tells the Brothers about recognizing YED. We get another annoying-ass flashback to her talking with DTH about how she’s really working with the LoL and how awesome they are. She then gives a list of “accomplishments” the LoL have helped her do that sound like an ordinary month for her sons.

The episode keeps jumping around like a damned spider on acid, so it’s not really clear who’s finding out when where, but we then go forward to Mary talking with Sam briefly about hunting and then finding a safe in the cellar behind that same old painting of Michael killing the Devil. Whatever she finds and opens up glows. And later, she lies to Castiel.

Cut forward again (oh, *enough*, show!) to Mary trying to help Castiel and texting the LoL for help. They are predictably useless.

An awful lot of this is overlapping scenes, which probably means the amount of story we’ll actually get will be maybe twenty minutes worth.

The Brothers come in and tell Mary about DTH. Dean goes to Castiel, who tells him he can’t heal and may be dying.

Crowley shows up unexpectedly and tells them they’re all going to die, while calling them “idiots.”

So, Crowley introduces himself to Mary, who tells him she’ll kill him if he touches her.

Crowley asks if they know who Ramiel is. Only Castiel does. Castiel says that Ramiel is a Prince of Hell. They’re supposed to be superdemons after Lilith (except that, hey, show, Lilith was afraid of the Spork and this new demon is immune to it, remember?). So, a low-rent version of Knights of Hell and MoC folk, basically. Oh, and it seems YED was one.

Another stupid flashback, this time to Crowley giving Ramiel the Lance of Michael. Ramiel blathers over it for a while. It kills evil things and good things slowly. Hmm, how shall we end up killing Ramiel, I wonder?

Crowley also gives him the glow-y box. He wants Ramiel to rule Hell. Ramiel isn’t interested.

Apparently, this flashback is to right after “Swan Song” because Ramiel hands the crown over to Crowley.

Supposedly, there are other Princes of Hell–Asmodeus and Dagon. Ramiel tells Crowley to leave them alone or the Princes will come after Crowley.

Well, after Cain, Dean/MoC, God and Amara, I am pretty unimpressed.

Listen, dumbass writers, a spear and a lance are basically the same thing.

Crowley admits there is no cure for Castiel. Dean points out that they’ve taken down bigger prey (like…oh, YED, by any chance? Can we say “Colt”?). Crowley hedges. Dean tells him to help or get lost, so Crowley gets lost. Sort of. As Ramiel approaches the barn, Crowley tries to make a deal with him.

Ah, I see Ramiel is far too stupid to know who the Winchesters are. Crowley gives his speech about how the Winchesters are too important to kill and tries to make another deal. Instead, Ramiel blows him through the wall of the barn.

More annoying-ass western music. Normally, I like this group (same guys as from “Frontierland,” I think), but boy, does it not work here.

More repeating of scenes crap. So lazy.

After Crowley leaves, Castiel tries to thank the Brothers for being his family. He knows he’s dying and tells them he loves them.

The Nep Duo wrote this tripe, didn’t they? Or was it one of the newbies?

So, Dean’s plan is to “hit ’em with everything we got” and they proceed to use holy fire and magic brass knuckles. Ramiel is unimpressed. I am really unimpressed by the actor.

Ramiel says he doesn’t care about anything. Like…*literally* anything. Which makes him remarkably boring. This guy is no Cain.

He says his sister Dagon is helping that nitwit who got herself preggers by Lucifer. Oh, yay. More Princes of Hell a-coming with *that* useless storyline.

So, Ramiel monologues and says they have 30 seconds to give him back what’s his. The Brothers have no clue what he’s talking about. He brings out the spear (hey! Think that might kill him? I’ll bet it would!) and they attack him.

He’s beating their asses in a pretty desultory way until Sam finally manages to get the drop on Ramiel and stab him. Ramiel starts laughing, then screams as he light up inside and blows apart.

As the others gather around Castiel, who is vomiting black goo, Crowley wakes up and picks up the spear (let’s not secure the really scary new weapon, or anything) and remembers Ramiel talking about runes on the thing. He somehow heals Castiel.

Crowley says, “You’re welcome,” drops the spear, and disappears.

Well…that was underwhelming. And it’s not even over yet.

So, Castiel is cured and asks what Ramiel was babbling on about their supposedly having. Dean says, Who cares? He picks up the spear and they exit.

Cut to a coda with Mr. Ketch–getting dressed down by Mary. Ketch whines, “Is that a threat?” Mary says, “It’s a promise.” If the LoL screw her and her kids over again, she will “burn you all down.”

A bit intimidated, Ketch backs down and apologizes. He asks to see “it.” Lemme guess–it’s the glowy thing.

Though why the Colt was glowing, I don’t know. Ketch is all reverent, which is pretty sad, considering the Brothers discarded it because it didn’t work so well, anymore. Also, why Mary didn’t just USE IT ON RAMIEL, I don’t know. It would have worked.

Oh, and it’s not Ramiel’s or any other Prince of Hell’s. A human made it.

Cut to Crowley realizing it’s slipped from his hands. Also, seems Lucifer can talk to Crowley from the Cage and starts insinuating that Sam and Dean will eventually turn on him (well…duh). Crowley tells him to shut up and calls him “dog.” I sure hope Show won’t be writing Crowley stupid and having him start listening to Lucifer, of all people.

And again, no preview aired so we can instead cut to lame-ass Riverdale.

Welp, *that* sucked. In more adept hands, it might have worked, but thanks to this particular writer, it came off more like spaghetti and meatballs with calamari and ice cream tossed at a wall.

Promo for next week.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 02/16/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Good news for fans of Syfy’s horror anthology show Channel Zero: The show has been renewed for two more seasons.

The 100: TV Line has up an interview with Bob Morley on Bellamy’s motivations this season.

Arrow: TV Line has up an interview with David Ramsey on the end of “sad Diggle.”

Doctor Who: Big news: Missy (Michelle Gomez) is officially back! Speaking of returns, could River Song make another appearance? Steven Moffat addresses that question with the Official Doctor Who magazine.

The Flash: Variety has up an interview with Keiynan Lonsdale on Wally’s sister-saving task. TV Line has up an interview with Violett Beane previewing the return of Jessie and Harry Wells, and Gorilla Grodd. They also have up the promotional photos for the episode.

Game of Thrones: According to Maisie Williams, season seven will end on “a huge cliffhanger.”

Legion: Blastr has up an interview with showrunner Noah Hawley on the creation of the show. TV Line has a post-premiere interview up with Hawley as well. And for those interested in learning more about the comic version of this character, io9 has up a brief biography on the character.

The Magicians: Actress Marlee Matlin ( Switched at Birth) has been cast as Harriet, “the woman in charge of a website called ‘Fuzzbeat’ that deals in news – as well as Top 10 lists and cat videos.” She will appear in episode ten. Blastr has up an interview with actress Olivia Taylor Dudley on Alice’s big episode last week. TV Line spoke with executive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara on what’s next after last week’s big episode.

The Originals: TV Line has up the first full preview for the show, which returns March 17.

Outlander: TV Insider has up the first look at season three.

Powerless: Blastr has up an interview with Alan Tudyk on his role as Batman’s silly cousin.

Marvel’s The Runaways: The new Hulu show has announced the casting for the Pride, the parental crime group whose children run away after they discover who their parents really are.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The show is long gone, but not long forgotten. The Hollywood Reporter has up an interview with showrunner Ira Steven Behr on the show, and his attempts to raise money for a documentary on the series and the fabled season eight.

Stranger Things: EW has up an exclusive look at season two, with the first plot details and the first photo. The creators and producers of the show also spoke with ET, giving them some more details on the new cast members. There’s also a new trailer out for season two.

Supergirl: ET has up some details from Kevin Sorbo on his character, and who Teri Hatcher’s character is to him (spoiler: She’s his wife). Spoiler TV has up the latest promotional poster for the show.

Timeless: TV Line has up an interview with guest star Misha Collins on his appearance as Eliot Ness. TV Line also has up a “keep or cut” poll.

Untitled X-Men Series: The show has announced its first casting with Blair Redford (Switched at Birth), as Sam, “the strong-headed Native American leader of the underground network.”

The Vampire Diaries: The show has officially wrapped its final episode, and TV Line has up some cast photos of the somber last day. They also have up an interview with Zach Roerig on the final days. Nina Dobrev left a final and positive goodbye to the show on her Instagram. TV Line has up the promotional photos for Kai’s surprise reappearance.

The Walking Dead: TV Line has up an article about the “five things you need to know” before the mid-season premiere. TV Line spoke with showrunner Scott Gimple, who gave out some previews as well.

Over at E!Online, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Once Upon A Time, The Flash, Teen Wolf, The 100, Arrow, Supernatural, and Supergirl.

At TV Line, Ask Ausiello has spoilers on shows The Walking Dead, Supernatural and The 100.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

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It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm.

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You) (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis and photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), promo, sneak peek, and Shaving People, Punting things vid; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card; “Unnamed Episode” (12.16) tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.17) tech survey card; tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.18) tech survey card.

The promo, sneak peek, and Shaving People, Punting things vid are up for this week’s ep, “Stuck in the Middle (With You),” are up.

The synopsis for “The Raid” (12.14) is up:

“The Raid” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

SAMMY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – A chance to take out a nest of vampires backfires when the alpha-vamp shows up and turns the tables on Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) and The British Men of Letters, who are doing their best to recruit Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). Directed by John MacCarthy, the episode was written by Robert Berens. (#1214). Original airdate 3/2/2017.

From the above date, it still appears we won’t have any mini-hiatuses before March.

EW has some spoilers about Rowena’s meeting with her grandson.

Ask Ausiello has some scoop on Castiel that is, to be honest, not very reassuring.

The CW did its usual cheesy Valentine’s Day cards for the show.

The longtime (26 years) Internet Movie Database is ditching all of its message boards, including the one for Supernatural on the 19th (this Sunday). Fans are not at all pleased. It won’t affect the show, but it will definitely affect the fandom.

Ratings for “Regarding Dean” (12.10) remained steady in demo at 0.6/2 and audience at 1.73 million.


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