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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.

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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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I’ll be live-recapping (EST) as I watch the episode here, as well as on IMDb and at Wayward Children for the next two weeks. After that, I’ll definitely be dropping IMDb (since they’re nixing their message boards). Which place I will recap (or both) will depend on how much response I get where.

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Starting now.

Recap of witches and bunnies and Rowena.

Cut to Now. A guy is running through the deep, dark woods. He’s wounded and scared. He calls someone to tell them to run. He’s being chased by…Dean Winchester.

When Dean corners him, the dying man has drawn a glowing pink sigil on a tree that blasts Dean and tosses him into the leaves, unconscious.

Title cards.

We are in Eureka Springs, KS.

Dean wakes up in the woods, hugging a very large rabbit. A very large, *tame* rabbit. His phone is busted. When he tries to ask a nearby jogger with a baby to call on a phone, she gives him money, thinking he’s homeless. He eventually gets a bored Yuppy dude to lend him a phone and he calls Sam. He can’t remember where he is until he sees and hears a passing truck.

Cue the sneak peek, set in a diner with waffles, where Dean (and Sam) thinks he’s been on a bender and blacked out, and Dean gets slapped by a girl he doesn’t remember getting jiggy with. They also briefly discuss the “devil baby mama drama” that nobody in the audience actually cares about and Sam says he will text Mary.

Cut to the Brothers in FBI mufti at an autopsy of their case, a guy Dean thinks was killed by the Mob. But it turns out he was filled with paper money–and a hex bag.

They talk about their next step as they get in the car and Dean can’t remember which key to use. He also can’t remember whether he’s in reverse or not. Sam still thinks Dean is hung over until Dean has a major dizzy spell and can’t remember his own name. Whoops.

That was an awfully early commercial break. They usually don’t come until about the twenty-minute mark.

Dean insists he’s fine while Sam figures he got hexed. Dean figures he would have been killed if hexed. Sam tests him by asking about the members of Bon Jovi (Dean can only remember Bon Jovi). Dean also forgets the name for lamp.

Dean insists Sam not call Mary or Castiel, so we cut to Rowena cheating at cards (rather nicely lit scene, I must say). She gets a call–from Sam.

Rowena teases Sam about being in his contact list and asks if she’s got her own “ring tone.”

She starts asking questions and thinks it might be an “Obliviate” spell. To get rid of it, “ideally, [you] kill the witch.”

Sam turns around and finds Dean gone. Dean went for ice and forgot where their room number was.

Sam asks Dean the last thing he did and Dean says that he just forgot to get ice.

Off to a law office where Dean remembers being with Sam the day before.

FYI, I got a thunderstorm coming fairly quickly here.

They check out a photo that Dean doesn’t remember. Sam says he went to do research and Dena went for a burger. Cut to a burger joint, where they see the girl from the waffle place. She’s a waitress and she’s still pissed.

Sam introduces them as FBI and she says Dean used a rock ID. She’s kind of annoying.

She finally gets over her butthurt long enough to tell them that Dean came in, killed four shots of tequila, rode the bull, then rode the waitress. Then he got a call or saw something and ran out.

The waitress realizes Dean remembers known of this and apologizes, figuring he’d been roofied.

So, they score some CCTV footage of Dean leaving the bar and confronting Doomed Teaser Witch(?), who TKs Dean into some garbage bags. Sam realizes the guy was in a photo at the law office.

Dean has no forgotten he can use guns.

Out back, Sam finds a pistol shell from a shot Dean and Dean today gets a dizzy spell. He now can’t remember supernatural things like witches. Sam reminds him and Dean thinks that’s “awesome.”

And even flashlights are confusing.

In the woods, Sam is surprised to find himself giving Dean The Talk.

Sam finds evidence of Dean shooting people and then the spell runes the witch used, but no witch. Oh…but Dean finds him. The guy is pretty dead. Looks like Dean killed him, after all.

Sam is worried. Killing the witch didn’t do the trick.

In the woods, two other witches, a man and a blonde woman, find the dead guy and the woman vows vengeance. The other guy warns her that “Gideon” (the dead guy) wanted them to run. She doesn’t want to run. Oh, yay, two vengeful bitchy women two weeks in a row. I sure hope we’re not going for a bathetic sob story for these two.

Anyhoo, back at the motel, Dean doesn’t remember finding the dead guy and is cute and complimentary to Rowena when she shows up (which she finds flattering). She says the spell used was an ancient Celtic one (“language of the trees,” i.e., druids). She recognizes the dead guy as Gideon Lochlin, from a family (a trio) of witches who came over to America a hundred years ago and created their own little kingdom in one backwater on the Mississippi. The other two are Lloyd and Katrina. We see all this over a montage of the other two resurrecting the first guy. She dislikes them and thought they were dead.

All of their magic comes from a book called The Black Grimoire.

She says that the Hunters killed the family. As Dean watches Scooby-Doo, Rowena tells Sam they need to kill the witch or Dean will slowly forget to do everything, including breath. He will die.

In the bathroom, Sam breaks the news to Dean, who is upset. Sam says they’ll figure something out.

In the bedroom, Rowena asks Sam how Dean is and Sam says, “Like you care?” Rowena, wisely, doesn’t pursue it. Sam admits this is worse than just watching Dean die.

In the bathroom, Dean tries to run through the basic facts of his life, slowly forgetting them.

Meanwhile, Rowena lets slip she wants The Black Grimoire (which could also save Dean’s life), but also figures it’s good to have a Winchester owe her one.

Sam wants to leave Rowena back at the the motel room with Dean, hoping to force one of the witches to read the book for him. Or Sam can just kill them all.

Oh, Dean.

Dean is like a little child with Rowena. She hands him a voodoo doll to play with and tells him her origin story with the Lochlins, figuring he won’t remember.

Sam goes after the witches, bodyguards first.

Oh, Jesus, Rowena’s actually complimenting Dean! She unburdens herself to him in his blank state, admitting that seeing Chuck and Amara fight was a real shock to the system.

They get a call from Sam, who is going to send them the translation. I’m sure that will all work out. [/sarcasm]

He goes after Katrina, who knew Sam was coming. And, of course, they set a trap. Sam gets knocked out by Lloyd. Katrina speaks a spell that enlivens her dead butterfly collection and makes Sam scream as his ears bleed.

Dean wakes up in the Impala, with notes from Rowena briefly explaining Sam has been kidnapped and to stay in the car.

Meanwhile, Lloyd and Katrina fight while tying up Sam. Lloyd blames Katrina.

Oh, and Rowena has decided to ride to the rescue. She meets Katrina first. Katrina doesn’t remember her. At first. When she does, she’s nasty.

Sam wakes up as Lloyd is beginning a spell to swap souls with his brother and bring him back from the dead.

Boy, Katrina is mighty stupid. Rowena TKs her into a wall.

Dean ignores Rowena’s command to stay and opens up the trunk. Rowena was smart enough to leave him notes identifying the gun with witch-killing bullets.

Inside, Katrina has pinned Rowena to a wall and is about to kill her when Dean comes in and levels a gun at him. Katrina is contemptuous, even when Dean shows her the note saying “witch killing bullets” and stupidly turns her back on him. So, Dean shoots her down.

Upstairs, Sam gets loose and fights Lloyd, who comes down the stairs. Dean is momentarily confused who is the good or bad guy until Sam identifies himself as “brother” and Lloyd” as “witch” and Dean shoots Lloyd.

Moral of the story: Don’t mess with Dean Winchester.

Sam waits anxiously downstairs as Rowena says the spell and pink light spills out. Dean and Rowena come back downstairs. Dean still looks confused, to Sam’s consternation, then bursts out laughing at Sam. He remembers. He was just doing a little prank on Sam.

As they see her off in a taxi, Sam relieves Rowena of the magic book, though admits they do now owe her one.

Rowena rather wistfully asks Dean, if he remembers any “odd conversations,” to let her know. Totally deadpan (and totally lying) Dean calmly assures he doesn’t remember a thing. Hmm.

Sam and Dean have a brief conversation by the car, with Sam saying it’s almost too bad that Dean couldn’t have still forgotten all that bad stuff. Dean says yeah, but the problem he was actually forgetting everything.

We then get a montage of Dean’s “forgotten” memories and riding the bull over Bobby Goldsboro’s “Broomstick Cowboy” that make it pretty clear he remembers everything when he was hexed. Hmmmm.

And again, Riverdale’s cutting into SPN’s time so no preview. Bastards.

So…odd one. Wasn’t impressed by the witches, who were too stupid to have lived over a century. Some of it was reminiscent of “Malleus Maleficarum,” though Rowena’s a *little* more trustworthy than Ruby and much better acted.

Jensen’s acting was good. I especially liked Dean and Rowena together, and Rowena getting confessional with him. Also her going into the lion’s den to help rescue Sam. They perhaps played it a little too light and “funny” with Dean forgetting things, but that bathroom scene was heartbreaking and he was badass at the end.

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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 02/06/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

BIG news for Doctor Who fans: After a lot of rumors swirling around, Peter Capaldi has confirmed that he’s leaving the show. This year’s Christmas special will be his last as the Doctor. No word if the other rumor is true that Pearl Mackie, AKA new Companion Bill, will be leaving as well. The radio announcer who helped Peter announce it said it was a very emotional time for them both.

As to when the new Doctor will be announced, Radio Times has up an interview with new showrunner Chris Chibnall. The rumor is that he will be leading the hunt for a new Doctor beginning the middle of this year. He officially takes over the reins when Steven Moffat steps down at the end of this coming season.

As for my thoughts on who the new Doctor should be? I’m not sure. No one will top Matt Smith for me. As much as I like Peter, he never reached Matt’s heights. But I do hope the Doctor isn’t changed to female. I’m all for more female Timelords and female characters in general, but bring back the Rani or Romana or create a new Timelord. The Doctor is the Doctor. For over fifty years, he has firmly identified as male. That’s the Doctor for me.

12 Monkeys: EW has up a preview of the new season and its trippy 80s episode.

The 100: TV Line has up a recap and an interview with Jason Rothenberg on why that Clarke/Lexa moment in the season opener was so important. The TV Addict has up an interview with actors Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley and Richard Harmon on what is coming up for the show in season four. TV Line also has up a preview of the new season’s stories.

The Defenders: Comingsoon.net has up a set photo of Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil) as their characters.

Doctor Who: BBC America has announced that season ten will premiere on April 15, 2017.

Emerald City: EW has up an interview with producer Shaun Cassidy, on episode six, which aired this past Friday.

The Expanse: io9 has up a preview with interviews for season two.

The Flash: TV Line has up the promotional photos for episode 12, which show Iris in some dire straits. TV Line has up some details on the songs that will be sung in the crossover with Supergirl.

Game of Thrones: UFC fighter Conor McGregor has debunked the rumor that he will be appearing in season seven of the show.

Legion: IGN has up an advanced review of the pilot episode.

Once Upon A Time: It’s official: The show is doing a musical episode.

Outlander: The show has cast actors Gary Young (The Shannara Chronicles) as Mr. Willoughby, a confidant of Jamie’s, and Charlie Hiett as Captain Thomas Leonard, an inexperienced captain of the ship that Jamie and Claire take.

Powerless: The new DC comedy show premiered this week. While it didn’t do very well in the ratings, what aired is a big departure from the original pilot that premiered back at Comic-Con 2016. io9, which saw the original pilot, has up a list of the biggest differences between the two versions.

Preacher: Per Dominic Cooper’s Twitter, filming for season two has begun.

The Shannara Chronicles: TV Line is reporting that four new actors have been added to the cast. Malese Jow (The Flash, Vampire Diaries) is Mareth, “an unpredictable young woman with magical abilities.” Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter) is Lyria, “a mysterious woman who is romantically linked to Eretria.” Gentry White (UnREAL, TURN) is Garet, “a sly and charismatic bounty hunter known throughout the Four Lands as ‘The Weapons Master.'” Caroline Chikezie (Footballers’ Wives) is Tamlin, “the cunning queen of Leah, the only human Kingdom in the Four Lands.” Actor/writer Desmond Chiam is Riga, “a once revered general in the Eventine’s army, now the leader of an extremist group of Elvin soldiers known as The Crimson Austin.” Actors Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko and Marcus Vanco from season one will be returning.

Per MTV, production on season two has begun in New Zealand. The season two synopsis: “The re-emergence of magic has the populace of the Four Lands terrified, and an organization called The Crimson is using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races. Wil, scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eretria, has turned his back on his magical destiny to become a healer – until Mareth convinces him to rejoin the fight. After reuniting with Eretria, Wil and Mareth seek out Allanon, only to learn that Bandon is on a mission to resurrect a creature of darkest evil: The Warlock Lord.”

Star Trek Discovery: There’s a new teaser out for the show, with some glimpses of the new uniforms!

Supergirl: The show has cast former Lois Lane Teri Hatcher (Lois and Clark) as this season’s mysterious Big Bad. They’ve also cast actor Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda) as one, as well. No details yet on either character. TV Line has up some details on the songs that will be sung in the crossover with The Flash. EW has up an interview with David Harewood on the upcoming J’Onn-featured episode.

Timeless: TV Line has up the promotional photos for Misha Collin’s guest appearance as Eliot Ness.

The Vampire Diaries: TV Line has confirmed that actor Steven R. McQueen will be returning to the show for the series finale. David Anders hinted on his Twitter that he might be making a return appearance as well. The character that exited Friday night might be killed off, but apparently the actor isn’t gone yet. And finally, there’s a cute set photo of Nina Dobrev reunited with Paul Wesley and Kevin Williamson.

The Walking Dead: EW has up an interview with Sonequa Martin-Green about where Sasha’s head is this season. IGN has up an exclusive preview for the second half of season seven, which premieres February 12.

Zoo: Actor Aleks Paunovic (Van Helsing) has been cast as Dallas, the “leader of a shadowy group looking to stop the spread of the hybrids.” The show has also cast Athena Karkanis as Abigail, an “operative who does not shy away from dangerous situations and has a surprising tie to Jackson,” and Hilary Jardine (Van Helsing) as Tessa, “Jackson’s girlfriend who is instrumental in helping refugees to safety.”

Over at E!Online, the latest Spoiler Room has a spoiler on Timeless.

At TV Line, Matt’s Inside Line has spoilers on shows Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 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.); “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.

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

The synopsis for “Family Feud” (12.13) is up. Oh, look. They decided to remember the plothole known as Gavin:

“Family Feud.”

SAM AND DEAN ASK ROWENA TO FIND CROWLEY’S SON – When Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) look into a murder at a museum, they learn a ghost from a merchant ship that sunk in 1723 may be at the heart of the mystery. After realizing “The Star” was the same ship that Crowley’s (Mark A. Sheppard) son Gavin McLeod (guest star Theo Devaney) should have been aboard, they enlist help from Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) to track Gavin down. Kelly Kline (guest star Courtney Ford), still pregnant with Lucifer’s child, takes refuge with a demon after an angel attempts to kill her. PJ Pesce directed the episode written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming (#1213). Original airdate 2/23/2107.

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

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

Ratings for “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) remained steady in demo at 0.6/2 and went up slightly in audience to 1.73 million.


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Killing IMdb: It’s the End of the Fan World as We Know It – And I Don’t Feel Fine


By Paula R. Stiles


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Yesterday, 26-year-old movie and TV series database IMDb (Internet Movie Database) announced that it was closing its message boards as of February 20, saying that they were “no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide.” It said that it was giving two weeks notice to allow fans to say their goodbyes.

Fandoms all over the internet promptly exploded. And it wasn’t pretty. People were angry, upset, even grieving. The announcement was an across-the-board fandom apocalypse and it was as unexpected as a city-sized asteroid suddenly appearing in the sky.

The passionate response may seem like an overreaction on the part of a few nerds, but IMDb wasn’t just another site. It was a major way for fans of film and TV media to meet other fans. I have several friends and artistic colleagues that I met there with whom I have worked on various projects over the years. It was a real hotbed for artists to meet and then scamper off to collaborate. IMDb itself even encouraged this by creating a fees-supported pro area and doing its best to turn the whole place into an industry site.

I’ve been lurking on IMDb since the late 1990s and finally registered in October of 2002. I’ve been hanging out there on nearly a daily basis for over a decade. I even had a Pro account that I won’t be renewing at the end of this month, and a page as a producer of various indie horror flicks. That’s close to two decades with the place. And now they’re turning out the lights.

Yes, there were trolls, but that was in large part due to IMDb’s hands-off and impersonal reporting policy that got everyone’s stuff deleted at times. The trolls came in because they knew IMDb wasn’t going to do jack. In fact, they’re now arriving in droves to get their last licks in before the lights go out, like looters in a city before a nuke hits.

On the other hand, the site’s impersonal nature avoided the pitfalls of crazy Big Name Fan moderators that choked off participation and reduced the range of opinions on other sites like the late, lamented Television without Pity. IMDb blaming the closure on troll activity was like an indifferent bystander blaming a sexual assault on a victim for not fighting back hard enough and then shooting the victim. It’s not as though IMDb tried very hard to correct the problem.

The most insulting thing is that IMDb wasn’t originally a corporate site. It was ours. And the message boards reflected that. IMDb began life as lists of actors and directors on a British Usenet group (remember them?) back in 1990. Yep, it predates the World Wide Web. It spent most of the 90s as a database on a server in Cardiff, Wales, then was bought out by Amazon in 1998.

Amazon, perhaps out of sheer laziness and cupidity, continued the fan participation by creating the message boards and allowing the site’s entries to be built via user-generated content (unsurprisingly, that lucrative database spanning a century of Hollywood and world media isn’t going anywhere, just the people who created it for free). It began to turn IMDb more into an industry site with the establishment of IMDbPro in 2002, but since this largely helped indie filmmakers who were themselves essentially fans, it didn’t change the nature of the beast.

Over the years, IMDb has increased user participation (and tried to claim copyright over everything generated on its site) while also becoming increasingly indifferent to moderating or fostering discussions on its boards. The site began cutting off the older ends of archives of the busier boards around the mid-to-late-2000s and even started to “prune out” archives of older films and canceled TV series around 2009. The apparent reason was a lack of server space to house so many old discussion threads.

It was well-known that the reporting system was automated and that bots, not people, made the decision to delete a post or thread if it had enough reports. Naturally, this led to abuse, bullying and stalking by trolls of other users. Really popular boards like those for HBO show Game of Thrones and AMC’s The Walking Dead, or films like The Dark Knight, became bywords for out-of-control troll activity. In recent times, African American movie boards like the one for hit film Hidden Figures, as well as boards for feminist films and television shows like the CW’s Supergirl, were targeted by racist and misogynistic trolls straight out of 4Chan and StormFront by way of Reddit.

The writing was on the wall for years. Like Naples, we all knew Mount Vesuvius would blow eventually. But the end, when it came, was sudden and unexpected.

Theories on the cause ranged from the site’s losing money on the boards, to the influx of toxic trolls (both proferred as causes by the site itself, so therefore probably not the real reasons), to threatened libel suits by Big Name Actors over criticism on movie boards, to Donald Trump.

The most likely cause is dumber, more mundane, and buried in the site announcement’s second paragraph. Currently, only about 10 million of their vaunted 250 million users patronize their social media and it seems they want to strong-arm the site’s users onto their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, and Snapchat accounts. This attempt will almost certainly fail and may well kill the whole site in the end, but, like Yahoo’s ill-fated and clumsy revamp of its Groups section a few years ago, Teh Stupid will still be permanent.

The larger ramifications for fandoms, as well as artists, worldwide, will be unclear for a while. Other sites have come and gone, and are much missed, but fandom moved on. Nothing lasts forever and it certainly doesn’t last forever on the internet.

But IMDb’s fan participations predate social media. They even predate the World Wide Web. The site, however inadvertently in its latter years, had become an incubator for social interaction and discussion, even creation, of artistic endeavor. Now those fans and creators will scatter to the four winds to who knows where – but it likely won’t be to IMDb’s social media sites the way it hopes. It’s not the end of the world, but still, there is no joy in Mudville this February. IMDb has struck out.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 02/01/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

We seem to be losing a lot of greats lately. A sad “rest in peace” for actor John Hurt (the War Doctor, Doctor Who) and actress Mary Tyler Moore. They will be missed by this fan.

On to news … for fans of CW’s Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash, EW has up an interview with executive producer Marc Guggenheim about more crossovers and spoilers for all three shows.

In other CW Superhero show news, actor Darren Criss (Glee) has been cast as the lead villain Music Meister in the Supergirl/The Flash musical crossover. EW has a list of the actors slated to sing in the episodes. The musical performers will be Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber (now on Legends of Tomorrow), Carlos Valdes, Jeremy Jordan, and John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow).

Moving from DC Television to Marvel Television, Fox is officially moving forward with an X-Men show that will be connected to the movies! It will be about two normal human parents who discover that their children have the mutant gene and are then forced to go on the run with them. Movie vet Bryan Singer – who also serves as an executive producer – is directing the pilot episode, CNET has up some details from showrunner Matt Nix.

And finally, great news for fans of TNT’s The Librarians: The show has been renewed for season four!

Arrow: TV Line has up the promotional photos of the episode introducing Talia al Ghul (AKA Lexa Doig). They also have up some spoilers courtesy of co-showrunner Wendy Mericle.

Beyond: TV Line has up a video interview with the cast where they try to explain the realms in their show.

Colony: The Hollywood Reporter has up an interview with Carlton Cuse on the show’s latest casualty.

The Flash: TV Line has up a midseason preview courtesy of co-showrunner Aaron Helbing. They also have up the promotional photos for episode 11, which sees Vibe suiting up and Gypsy arriving.

The Leftovers: The final season finally has an air date and a trailer. The show will premiere on Sunday, April 16.

Legends of Tomorrow: TV Line has up an interview with co-showrunner Phil Klemmer on some of the things to expect in the second half of the season.

Legion: Variety has up an interview with Noah Hawley on how the show came to be. For those interested in the comic book version of the character, IGN has up a nifty little history lesson for you!

The Magicians: The Blastr site has up a video interview with the cast on season two. Executive producer Sera Gamble gave some spoilers to TV Line on season two, with warnings of a death and promises of a musical episode.

Once Upon A Time: The show is teasing a musical episode. Well, I guess, in the Disney movies, they all sing. Why not in the show?

Shadowhunters: Showrunner Todd Slavkin spoke with TV Line about last week’s shocking, non-book-canon death. The show has cast actor Will Tudor (Game of Thrones) as Sebastian, a popular character from the book. Showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer explained to TV Line how TV Sebastian will differ from Book Sebastian.

Supergirl: TV Line has up the promotional photos for episode ten with the villain Livewire. For fans of the Alex/Maggie romance, EW is spoiling that the couple will be featured for Valentine’s Day.

Stranger Things: Hollywood Life has some scoop for season two, including the news that actor Sean Astin has been cast as Winona Ryder’s character’s boyfriend.

Timeless: Showrunner Eric Kripke is enlisting two of his former Supernatural co-workers to guest star on his show. Actor Misha Collins will be guest-starring as Eliot Ness in the episode “Public Enemy No. 1.” and Jim Beaver will be guest-starring in a recurring role as an NSA agent. The show has also cast General Hospital actor Brandon Barash as Ernest Hemingway.

The Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev announced on her Instragram that she will be returning for the series finale as Elena.

The Walking Dead: EW has up an interview with Andrew Lincoln on the show. They also have one up with Danai Guria. Executive Producer Scott Gimple gave EW a bit of a preview for the new season.

Over at E!Online, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Supernatural, Timeless, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Legends of Tomorrow, and Colony.

At TV Line, Ask Ausiello has spoilers on shows The Leftovers, Grimm, The 100, Supergirl, and Zoo.


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; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis and photo; “Stuck in the Middle (With You) (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis and photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.); “Family Feud” (12.13); “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card; and “Unnamed Episode” (12.16) tech card.

The synopsis for “Stuck in the Middle with You” (12.12) is up:

RICHARD SPEIGHT JR. DIRECTS – Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) asks Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) for help on a case she’s working but neglects to mention the British Men of Letters are involved. When Mary is double crossed, everything is revealed. Richard Speight Jr directed the episode written by Davy Perez (#1212). Original airdate 2/16/2107.

According to the promo, Ian Tracey is returning in this week’s episode, “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10), though apparently as a different (angelic/Grigoric?) character than his previous one, Lee Daniels (who later died offscreen).

EW teased that Lucifer’s storyline will be continued with his unborn child. Since his character apparently isn’t already played out enough.

There was a new con in Houston this past weekend.

Jensen Ackles made a quick video and group acceptance speech from the crew on the set (a motel) for the show’s PCA Award. He accidentally showed the actor who plays Mick (from the LoL) standing right behind him. Whoops, inadvertent spoiler.

Ratings for the show’s return with “First Blood” (12.09) remained steady in demo at 0.6/2 and 1.72 million, despite the move to 8pm.


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