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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 05/15/17: The Mother’s Day Edition


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Bad news – though not surprising- for fans of the CW’s Frequency and No Tomorrow: The shows have officially been cancelled. The CW has put up some epilogues for the two shows on its video player. You can see the Frequency one here and the No Tomorrow one here.

Also on the “bad news” front, NBC has canceled Powerless.

On the good news front, Once Upon A Time has been renewed, but a large portion of the cast will not be returning. See their section below for details.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed, as well as Gotham. The CW has renewed The Originals and iZombie. AMC has renewed American Gods for a second season. And Fox has renewed The Exorcist.

In a roller coaster ride for its fans, NBC’s Timeless was canceled one day and renewed three days later. Sounds like the production company saved it with some last-minute deals. No exact word on when the show will be returning, but it will return for another ten episodes.

The 100: The show is returning for another season, but it was announced that Isaiah Washington would be leaving the show as a series regular.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: EW has up an interview with Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge on the fallout of Framework for the couple. Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos for the season finale, which sees the return of the Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna).

Arrow: John Barrowman stated at the Planet Comic Con that he will not be a part of the show next season.

The Gifted: Fox has officially picked up the new Marvel show about a family who goes on the run after discovering their children have the mutant gene. They’ve also released a teaser trailer. A larger trailer is due to come out Monday, May 15.

iZombie: Showrunner Rob Thomas spoke with EW about the show’s future and the season three finale. He also spoke with TV Line about the latest reveals and events in last week’s episode.

Killjoys: According to Aaron Ashmore’s Twitter account, the show’s third season has officially finished filming. Space TV has up some details on the new cast members joining the show, as well as some promotional photos.

The Librarians: The show has cast John Noble as Monsignor Vega, a Vatican bishop who is the secret leader of the Heretical Order of the Shadows, and Rachel Nichols, as Flynn’s former Guardian, whom he thought was killed.

Once Upon A Time: In big news for the show, one of the four actors reportedly approached for a full-time deal, should the show be renewed, has turned it down. Jennifer Morrison will not be returning as Emma Swan next season, though she did say she would be willing to return for a single episode. EW also has up an interview with the actress on her departure. Also departing are actors Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emilie de Ravin, Jared S. Gilmore, and Rebecca Mader. You can read Emilie de Ravin’s goodbye message to her fans, on her Instagram.

The Originals: TV Line has up the promotional photos for an episode that sees the return of Davina.

Sense 8: Season two is officially out on Netflix and the Hollywood Reporter spoke to several of the actors about the direction of season two.

The Shannara Chronicles: Season two will be airing in the States on Spike TV.

Supergirl: TV Line has up a sneak peek of Cat Grant’s return, as well as some details on her and Clark Kent’s returns. EW has up some details on the two-part finale.

The Strain: The fourth and final season of the series will premiere on Sunday, July 16.

Over at EW, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time, and Supergirl.

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


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 finale is this week. There will be a double-feature of 12.22 and 12.23 this Thursday, 8-10pm.

Next week restarts the season with a double feature repeat of 12.01 and 12.02.

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, sneak peeks, and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis, photos, mini-doc, promo and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, promo, sneak peek, and title; “The Future” (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 synopsis and promo, sneak peek, and photos; “Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct and synopsis; “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) synopsis, photos and promo, tech survey card, and directed by John Showalter; and “Who We Are” (12.22) and “All Along the Watchtower” (12.23 – season finale) synopsis, photos and promo, tech survey card, and directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb (these last two episodes will air the same night).

Photos and the promo for “Who We Are” (12.22) and “All Along the Watchtower” (12.23) are out. Warning: The photos are massively spoilery, especially paired with the promo, and pretty much give most of 12.22 away.

There’s a brief interview with Andrew Dabb in print that’s now up online.

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

Ratings for “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) dropped again in audience to 0.5/2 and 1.42 million respectively. Programming Insider reported that the show got a 0.4/2 in A18-34, 0.5.2 in A18-49, and 0.6/2 in A18-54, and 1.420 million viewers.

There was also a lot of negative reaction on social media, especially Twitter. A hashtag calling on the show to fire the episode’s writers (who are also currently executive producers) trended for a while the same night the episode aired.


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Supernatural: Why the British Men of Letters Just Don’t Work


By Paula R. Stiles


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This season of Supernatural has been like a slow trainwreck, with the tired old retread of Lucifer and his “baby mama drama” plot that both repeats last season’s much-better Amara storyline and retcons Lucifer’s redemption in it (plus, we’re now supposed to believe he’s the eldest because that’s not a total retcon of season five, or anything).

But we’ve also been subjected to one of the worst storylines of the entire show, a storyline that didn’t have to be bad, could even have been good, but was just plain awful. This storyline has done more to bring up old fault lines and prejudices that the current showrunners and head writers have previously demonstrated than anything since Sam had no soul.

In theory, the British Men of Letters (I call them the “LoL”) are a great idea. They’re a human group that could be either an ally or an enemy. They are affiliated with the Brothers by blood (according to Grandpa Winchester) and they are related to the Brothers’ current home, which Sam and Dean inherited through their heritage as Legacies. And they could have connections (as we have found) to preexisting recurring characters, King of Hell Crowley and his Scottish witch mother Rowena. Plus, they have sparkly toys.

Unfortunately, a good idea does not automatically equal great execution if the writing isn’t there – and this year, the writing just isn’t there. This storyline is a good example of flaws in the writing from all season long.

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Stereotypes Galore

So, how hideous are the jingoistic stereotypes in this storyline? Toni Bevell is a walking Posh Twat, an upperclass snob who looks down her nose at the Winchesters, criticizes their approach to hunting, and claims ownership over the entire United States (though, curiously, not Canada). Meanwhile, she engages in torture of people who haven’t done anything to her personally without an ounce of irony. Her (late) henchwoman, Ms Watt, is a butch stereotype straight out of the Amazon episode we all wish the show had never done. Mick Davies appears to have been inspired by the movie version of Oliver Twist (and, despite being identified as English, has an Irish nickname and is played by an Irish actor). Ketch seems to come from watching too much The Avengers. And Doctor Hess has already been compared to Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. Unfavorably.

In light of the fact that all of these characters are stereotypes completely divorced from the writers’ actually knowing anybody from the UK (or anything first-hand about the British Isles), and that none of the actors is actually English (all the principles are Canadian or Irish), it’s not really a surprise that the LOL characters all sport some of the fakiest Received Pronunciation accents outside of BBC Radio and that there is no visible understanding among the writers that “British” and “English” are not interchangeable terms. This, predictably, has led to much mockery from across the Pond from the very beginning of this season.

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What’s my motivation?!

I haven’t seen this much chaos over character motivation since the botched job that was Soulless Sam in season six. At the end of last season, we were introduced briefly to Toni Bevell’s cute little moppet (about whom I did not care) before she showed up at the Bunker and shot Sam in a cliffhanger that made no fan anxious about Sam’s fate (we all knew he would live).

Jump to this season and you’d think Toni would be all about reclaiming the Bunker for the use of her people, but nope. She and Ms Watt relocated to some farmhouse with a spacious cellar to torture Sam, leaving the Bunker completely open and unprotected for Dean and Castiel to return and reoccupy. Never mind that we just found out last week that the LoL could have changed the locks at any time.

So, strike one on motivation making any sense.

Now, mind you, the world nearly ended last season and it was pretty obvious that was going on. In fact, it looked an awful lot as though Toni’s trip to the U.S. was motivated by this global calamity. But noooo. Toni is far more interested in asking Sam questions about how the “network” of American Hunters works, even as she claims to know everything about him.

Okay, so, if she already knows everything about him, why isn’t she asking pertinent questions about things she doesn’t know about, like why the sun almost went out? Why ask questions about stuff she should already know? Is this an epic botch of As You Know, Sam or a straight-up plothole?

So, strike two and boy, these LoL are starting to look dumb.

At some point, you would think the show might have addressed the elephant in the room: If the LoL are so knowledgeable and powerful, where the hell have they been through all the apocalypses of the past decade? Where do they get off judging the Brothers when they have apparently sat out the near-Heat Death of the entire universe? Guess what? The show doesn’t even take a swing at that ball. It just pretends the issue isn’t there.

Then we get to Mick Davies and his character arc about two-thirds of the way through. We find out that he was plucked off the streets (because apparently, the writers are under the impression that Victorian England is still a thing and street urchins still pick pockets) and sent to Kendricks Academy. There, he is subjected to a test where he is forced to kill his best friend. It is strongly implied that this is a rite of passage that every single one of the LoL goes through during school.

[screeeeeeeeeeeeech!] Say, what, now?!

Let’s parse this out. First, according to Toni Bevell, creepy Arthur Ketch is supposed to be the scariest of the LoL and uniquely psychopathic, which is why Mick called him in, in the first place. If all of the LoL are “blooded” by killing their best friends, how does that make Ketch unique in any way? I mean, think about that.

And if every LoL member goes through this rite of passage, why do the LoL staffers who are killed by the Alpha Vampire come across as so … soft? None of them acts like a person who has killed before. They’re just techie redshirts. In fact, Mick himself struggles with killing even a newly turned werewolf girl. Where is the inevitable moral hardening that would come from such a rite of passage? The only character who shows it is Ketch and maybe Ms Watt. Even Toni and Doctor Hess don’t come off as particularly good at killing.

Second, the one introductory scene we have of Toni indicates she is emotionally attached to her child, albeit via a nanny. Nary a hint that she may lose him someday. Hardly a set-up for this later “twist” that her child will eventually be forced to kill or be killed.

We also find out right away that she is upperclass nobility (by way of Downtown Abbey, no doubt). Mick and (it is strongly hinted) Ketch are orphans. It sorta, kinda makes sense that they could be subjected to tests where they have to kill each other as kids and not be missed by British child services (yes, Britain has them). Even if the idea of half of the recruits being forced to murder the other half makes no sense from a corporate investment point of view.

But what about Toni Bevell? She’s a titled lady. Her child is nobility. Are we honestly to believe that the English upper class would be okay with sending their children to a school where half of them will inevitably be murdered by the other half? I get that public schools in Britain are rough with the bullying, but come on. And how do they cover that up, exactly? These are not children no one will miss.

Also, it’s a tiny bit difficult to claim that your corporate mantra is protecting innocent humans from monsters when your organization kills more children than any monster in your territory and has a deal with the King of Hell not to interfere in demon deals. How, exactly, are you protecting humans, again?

Strike three.

Now that we’re back in the dugout, let’s address the LoL’s alleged motivation for coming to the U.S. Let’s point out very quickly that the idea that a small foreign group like the LoL, who have never been any kind of major players in previous apocalyptic events, could take over a huge territory like the United States with a population almost six times that of the UK, is ludicrous. So, the idea that this is even a realistic goal, let alone one they consider their right, is hilarious in all the wrong ways. Dabb, Singer, Buckner, and Ross-Leming, folks, please – the War of 1812 was a long time ago. Move on.

Anyhoo, the LoL blame the Winchesters for lots of crazy things having gone on the past few years, while they themselves have kept Britain locked down nice and tight. You know, aside from that Banshee in Ireland, Bela’s demon deal, the angels falling, and so on. A few of these things have been addressed (like Crowley having made a deal with Doctor Hess to stay out of Britain, which smelled a lot like a belated retcon to cover up a plothole pointed out by fans and roundly mocked). But for the most part, the LoL come off like unimpressive blowhards.

Even if that elephant about their absence at all the recent apocalypses didn’t keep coming back to haunt the writers, a few toys and riling up the Alpha Vampire haven’t exactly made the LoL look like the big threat the writers obviously wanted them to be. And that’s not even getting into the fact that there’s no reason for Hell to make a deal with the LoL in Britain because there’s no indication the LoL are any threat to Hell in the first place. I mean, what’s in it for Hell?

This also blows all of their precious pearl-clutching over all the black magic and shenanigans the Brothers have engaged in over the years right out of the water. If you’ve got a deal with the King of Hell himself, your entire organization is basically hellbound. One could argue that if it were just a case of Mick having second thoughts about bringing in Ketch and Doctor Hess pulling the strings, the hypocrisy might at least make a sort of cliched sense – the rank and file knoweth not what corruption the upper echelons are getting into (as hinted early on).

But bring in Toni and her snobbery about a moral high ground that doesn’t exist (the best part was her calling Ketch a “psychopath,” which was a classic case of Pot taking a meeting with Kettle) and it all falls apart. Toni and Ketch know perfectly well what’s going on and what’s their reaction? They’re competing over which one literally cuts the throat of the other to move up the ladder. There’s hypocrisy and then there’s “Why would you even believe that?” You end up with far too many mental and moral contortions.

Oh, but we’re not quite done with the tangled mess the show has made of the LoL’s motivations. On top of all that, Mary got brainwashed in the last episode. Now let me get this straight – the LoL have the capability of brainwashing even the most resistant subject, but we’re to believe they decided to go with the much more time-consuming and labor-intensive (and vulnerable to being exposed) method of raising kids in a negative kind of Hogwart’s and forcing them to kill each other, instead? And if they do have access to this brainwashing, why did Mick even have any doubts or second thoughts? Hell, why even bother to kill off the other Hunters when you can just capture them and do your own Telefon program on them?

It’s as if Dabb & Co. took every motivation for every major group antagonist on the show (i.e., brainwashing for angels, “blooding” for the Stynes), at least every recent group, and threw it at the wall to see what stuck for the LoL. And what we ended up with was a big, bloody, unsatisfying Rorschach inkblot.

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Gender stuff

I’m not one of those fans who go to extremes on the show’s approach to gender issues. I think Supernatural actually has made a concerted effort for years to bring in more female and PoC, and especially GLBT, characters (with mixed success). Is it the best at this? No. Is it the worst? Not even close.

But it does have its ups and downs, and some writers are better than others (unfortunately, this season is being run by some of the worst). I didn’t think Charlie’s character was one of its finer moments. Though her Checklist Sue character was beloved in some quarters of fandom, her appearances really began to tank in the ratings after “PacMan Fever.” Whether or not that had to do with her being a lesbian character written by a straight male and played by a straight woman as a tonedeaf Manic Pixie Dream Girl who spent all her time hanging out with two guys, I don’t know, but the ratings alone were a good enough reason to write her out. It’s a little hard to take seriously the wailing and gnashing of teeth on Tumblr about how she was a fan favorite who got fridged by the mean old TPTB when a significant portion of the audience that happily watched the episodes before and after her last episode didn’t bother to show up for her swan song, resulting in the lowest audience for an episode up to that time.

This wasn’t the case with Eileen, who was summarily killed off in the teaser of last week’s episode (Rowena also looks not long for this world). And there’s something really unpleasant going on this season with the LoL female characters versus other female characters. The LoL women, per above, were/are hugely unpleasant stereotypes, yet we’re still stuck with the two worst of them.

At the same time, they are partly responsible for the woobie-death of at least one well-liked female character (Eileen). This was on top of an MOTW episode the week before in which two female characters (one of them recurring) were fridged so that their Anakin Skywalker-like “talented” male relative could be turned to the Dark Side. On top of all that crap, those three were a family of PoCs.

I’ve often referred to Toni as a “Twat” (a popular expletive in the UK) in the past and that has not been accidental. The writers have acted precious about any bad fan reaction to Toni and Doctor Hess (and the unfortunate yoking of Mary’s already-struggling storyline to the LoL), as though this is an indication of fan sexism against women. God forbid we call a character how she’s (intentionally) being written.

And then the show turned around and had Ketch refer to Toni last week as “a bitch.” In an episode co-written by a woman. Hypocrisy, much?

The show has done this emotional bait-and-switch before and it’s not the first show to do it, either. But it was especially egregious this season, likely because Eileen was popular along the lines of Ellen and Jo (yet didn’t get anything as good as their send-off). But Toni is no Meg. Or Abaddon. So, it’s not working. People don’t want to savor Toni’s villainy. They just want her gone.

It didn’t help that the show tried to do “meet cute” in the middle of Sam’s torture earlier this season, having a “sexy” scene of Toni effectively mind-raping Sam by having him hallucinate being in bed with her. Women using magic to mind-rape men has an ugly history in recent genre shows, such as when Adalind in the show Grimm mind-raped three different male characters three different times and had two babies out of it, but ended up with the third victim (whom she had spent the first four seasons tormenting) in a One True Ship the last season and a half because of Baby Brain. I’m not kidding.

See? This show could still be so much worse.

Grimm and Once Upon a Time have both promoted the idea that having a baby can turn an Evil female character Good for basically no reason save hormones and Motherly Love, while other evil or morally gray characters are “punished” by infertility. If members of the latter group do redeem themselves, they have to do it the slow way via actual redemptive acts and character development. Hence, Toni’s moppet takes on a sinister connotation (and notice how there’s nary a hint that nasty, shriveled up old maid Doctor Hess could be redeemed). Fortunately, the writers seem to have had just enough motherwit (so far) to realize that didn’t fly with the fans and have kept her from meeting cute anymore with Sam.

To make matters worse, the writers are being totally hypocritical about their sexism. They write the Brothers as weak rather than trying to make Toni strong. Otherwise, she’d be no threat whatsoever. Mick, Ketch, and Hess are no great shakes as antagonists, either (though I’ll give extra points to the actors playing Mick and Ketch, both for actively connecting with the fandom and enthusiastically selling what thin gruel they got onscreen). But at least they aren’t dressed up in tight clothes and kitten heels, let alone played by an actress who shows no appreciable stage-fighting talent.

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I suppose we’ll never know if Elizabeth Blackmore could have been good in the role when the writing and costuming never gave her a chance. Toni Bevell is Bela Talbot all over again including every mistake made with the character (albeit Lauren Cohan had a lot of charisma in the role that justified her being poached by The Walking Dead later on). It’s as if they never learned a thing from either Bela or Ruby’s reception by the fandom.

I know a lot of people have had issues with Mary’s arc this season (some of them legit). But at least she dresses and acts like someone who can kill monsters and is good at it. And Samantha Smith brings a grim gravitas to the role. There’s none of that in Toni and she desperately needed that kind of legitimacy to make sense as a character.

We even got her kneeing Dean in the groin last week (signalling that she’s a badass dealing with his sexism). But 1. Dean is the one lead character who already has to field all the writers’ most sexist ideas about gender as if he were a female lead and 2. Dean wasn’t being sexist in that scene. So, that subtext wasn’t justified.

In fact, I can think of a lot of fans who would love to watch him beat Toni’s face to a bloody pulp (not just that one punch near the beginning of the season) and then shoot her. She has, after all, tortured his brother, brainwashed his mother, captured and tortured him, and aided in the murder of at least one good friend. And that’s all on top of her group’s ludicrous and arrogant attempted invasion of his native land, while bragging about how they’ll run things so much better in their fascist way. A male character like that would have been dead by the end of the second episode this season.

The only reason Dean hasn’t yet rearranged her face is that the writers won’t let him: “The male Hero musn’t hit a girl.” Which is ridiculous. Dean is a much darker character than that and his uncharacteristic reticence just makes her look weak (along with frustrating the fans who don’t like her).

It looks as though the show is going to pull a Stynes-style massacre on the LoL this week, probably courtesy of Lucifer. I sure hope so, though I’d prefer the Winchesters get the primary kills. On the one hand, I mourn the loss of what could have been a good storyline (especially Mick and Ketch). On the other hand, I am so sick of these losers that I just want them given their send-off to Hell, never to be mentioned again.

Maybe Lucifer, Kelly, and their hate child can join them in show obscurity.

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The Official “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) Live Recap Thread


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Starting now with a recap of the LoL and Lucifer’s baby that makes me wish neither had ever happened.

Cut to Now and someone running through the woods. It’s Eileen. She’s being chased by a Hell Hound. It gets her. It’s being sicced on her by Retch, who uses a whistle to control it.

Yeah, I’m sure Crowley will be fine with that.

So, yup, we just lost a popular female character in the friggin’ teaser.

Dean and Sam and in Mary’s motel room, trying to find Mary. Dean calls Retch and Retch lies to him. The Brothers compare notes and figure that out.

Sam gets a call from Jody, saying Eileen’s been killed. In South Carolina. Sam infodumps that this is the second Hunter death they’ve heard about and now Mary is missing.

Cut to the Brothers in the morgue with Eileen’s body. Dean identifies the wounds as Hell Hound, and Eileen was supposed to be in Ireland. Dean says seven Hunters have been killed in almost as many weeks. What’s going on?

Cut to Crowley berating a demon minion about not finding Kelly. More infodumping. [sigh]

Cut to “Mary” surprising a Hunter. Of course she’s got to be a shapeshifter.

Or…it’s Mary. She wakes up and Toni the Twat enters. The Twat starts monologuing about how she’s brainwashing Mary and tells Mary some home truths about John.

More delusional stupidity from the Twat about the LoL’s foolish, utterly doomed attempt to control all of the United States. It’s not even possible.

Cut to Henchbithstress being visited by Crowley. He tells her he knows about her plan. He was the one who gave Retch his Hell Hound. Crowley warns her she needs to have the same deal with him that she does in the UK. She actually thinks she can lecture Crowley about how he should stand by while she goes after the Brothers.

So…she’s hellbound and is too stupid to know it.

Cut to some demon trying to help Lucifer, or something.

Crowley is trying to make a deal with Lucifer over the hellspawn to get Lucifer to kill Henchbitchstress for her.

Mary is dragged back from another session.

Twat comes in to report and is displeased when Retch disses her. Twat calls him a psychopath, which is hilarious, considering what she is.

Henchbitchstress does some more infodumping about knowing Retch’s sexual history and acting as though the Hunters in the U.S. are already dead. God, she’s a fool.

Dean gets a letter from Eileen. She says in it that she knew they were watching her and asked if she could come to the Bunker.

At the Bunker, the Brothers proceed to look everywhere but the obvious place under the main table for the Big Honking Bug. Eventually, Dean finds it and signals to Sam.

‘Scuse me, it’s raining cats here.

So, Dean quickly comes up with a plan to trap the LoL by having a conversation with Sam about meeting another Hunter in a lonely spot.

Cut to Retch and Twat having a conversation in which both are in denial about their psychopathy. Twat is convinced she can take down the American Hunters because she’s been studying them for years. Idiot. These people are such morons.

Retch gets a call about Mary asking for him. Twat gets the call about the “meeting.” Neither realizes it’s a trap.

Mary acts all confused. I am not fooled, but Retch is. Despite his denial, she’s doing a pretty good job of seducing him. She’s got his number and he doesn’t even know it. She gets his gun and tries to shoot herself. When he gets the gun from her, she asks him to shoot her.

Retch responds in a brainwashed sort of way and leaves.

Mary cries and we are seriously supposed to believe she’s broken. That right there says so much about this pair of writers’ misogyny.

Meanwhile, the stupid Twat goes to the meet. She has just enough motherwit to send in two goons, but of course she doesn’t keep an eye on them. The Brothers trap them easily. When Twat gets her gun out, she’s captured, though not without, first, yet another “Dean gets his ass kicked by a girl” moment (even though the actress can’t stagefight her way out of a wet paper bag). They don’t even punch her. She needs to be beaten severely.

So, Crowley comes in to do some more gloating and Lucifer turns the puppet tables on him.

In the car, the Twat proceeds to monologue smugly because of course, that’s what someone does when they have a gun pointed at them. THIS BITCH NEEDS TO DIE.

So, the Twat is completely dumb enough to admit that Mick is dead and her entire stupid plan. And I have no idea why Sam doesn’t let Dean beat her. Dean is a master torturer, after all.

So, Crowley is getting his ass kicked by Lucifer – again. Lucifer is showing his wings.

Meanwhile, if Toni doesn’t die tonight, I’m gonna blow up Twitter.

Would they really kill Crowley? That would actually be…different.

So, Lucifer stabs Crowley, but doesn’t notice there’s no dying demon glow. Did I mention how stupid everyone is?

The Brothers get back to the Bunker and are ambushed, but they get the drop on everyone, including Ketch. But Mary turns the tables because she’s brainwashed now. Or something. So much hate.

So, the Brother are being disarmed…and I just lost signal because of a thunderstorm. Not. Happy.

So, we’re back to Crowley’s host being dragged out, while a suspicious mouse follows it.

We have an end scene of Retch and Mary driving in the Impala, supposedly victorious. Oh, wait, the last scene is of Lucifer. And of course, that got cut off by the rain, too. Fuck you very much, Dish. Also, fuck you very much, show. This has got to be the most unnecessary cliffhanger you’ve ever done. Ran out of ideas, did you, Dabb?

So, on top of the shit sandwich that was this episode (who the hell hired the actress who plays Toni Bevell? She’s terrible!), I couldn’t even watch the end because of a thunderstorm. I’ll get it a few hours from now, but still.

Promo for next week.


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


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 05/10/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Sad news for fans of NBC’s Emerald City: The show has been officially cancelled.

Sleepy Hollow has also been cancelled after four seasons.

The 100: TV Line has up an interview with Lindsey Morgan who delves into Raven’s actions last week, and a recap of this week.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: EW has up an interview with executive producers Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell on what’s next for the team following their escape from Framework.

American Gods: TV Line has up an early preview of the season, with quotes from Bryan Fuller. EW has up an interview with Bryan Fuller, answering questions about the series premiere.

American Horror Story: Ryan Murphy released on his Instagram the first (weird) drawing for the show.

Arrow: TV Line previews the upcoming battle between teams. Producer Wendy Mericle previewed to CBR how Malcolm Merlyn will play into the finale. TV Line has up an interview with Juliana Harkavy about the season finale.

The Defenders: There’s a new official trailer out for the team-up show. Looks entertaining!

Doctor Who: The official ratings are in for the season premiere. The episode received 6.68 million viewers, and was the tenth-highest-rated program of the week.

Last week’s episode, “Smile,” had an Audience Appreciation figure of 83. It also had an overnight viewing audience of 4.25 million viewers. The episode’s final overnight ratings are also out. The show received of 5.98 million viewers, making it the 23rd-most-watched show for the week, and the 8th-most-watched show on BBC One.

The episode “Thin Ice’s” overnights and AI are in: The AI was an 84, with an overnight figure of 3.76 million viewers.

The Flash: TV Line has up an interview with Danielle Panabaker on Killer Frosts’ new look.

Game of Thrones: The show might actually be getting a spinoff. No word yet on which spinoff HBO will end up going with, as there are going to be four made.

Inhumans: EW has up the first promotional photo of the Inhuman family. And it’s not getting great reviews from the fans. They also have up an interview with the new showrunner, Scott Buck, on the same page. There’s also a teaser trailer out for the show.

iZombie: Actress Shenae Grimes (Beverly Hills 90210will guest-star in an upcoming episode.

Once Upon A Time: EW has up an interview with executive producer Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz on the season finale and the potential reboot season, if the show is renewed.

Outlander: The show has cast new family member Rollo!

The Runaways: They released the first promotional photo of the Hulu show’s cast. The show has been officially picked up by the online network.

Scream: TV Line has up some details on the rebooted season three for the MTV show. TV Line has up some details on the show’s new characters.

Shadowhunters: The Shadowhunters fansite Basicshadowhuntersstuff.com has up an interview with showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer about the second half of season two.

Star Trek Discovery: TV Line has up the latest casting moves for the (hopefully soon) new show.

Stranger Things: The show has cast Nashville actor Will Chase as Neil Mayfield, the father of a new family in town.

Supergirl: EW talks about the episode where Alex gets kidnapped. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg gave some tidbits to TV Line about General Zod’s upcoming appearance on the show.

Van Helsing: The show has cast actress Caroline Cave (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) in a recurring role for season two.

Over at EW, the latest Spoiler Room has a spoilers on shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, The Leftovers, and Arrow.

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


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

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At the last minute, the WGA made a deal and averted a strike. The deal has been approved for ratification and, if ratified (very likely), will last for three years.

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. There will be a double-feature of 12.22 and 12.23 that night, 8-10pm.

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, sneak peeks, and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis, photos, mini-doc, promo and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, promo, sneak peek, and title; “The Future” (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 synopsis and promo, sneak peek, and photos; “Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct and synopsis; “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) synopsis, photos and promo, tech survey card, and directed by John Showalter; and “Who We Are” (12.22) and “All Along the Watchtower” (12.23 – season finale) synopsis, tech survey card, and directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb (these last two episodes will air the same night).

Photos and the promo for “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) are out (we should also get a sneak peek on the same link later today).

The synopsis for “Who We Are” (12.22) is up:

FAMILY – Caught in a dangerous situation, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) only have each other to rely on. Meanwhile, the fight between the American Hunters and the British Hunters comes to a head. John Showalter directed the episode written by Robert Berens (#1222). Original airdate 5/18/2017.

As is the one for “All Along the Watchtower” (12.23 – season finale):

EPIC SEASON FINALE – Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) battles Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) for control of his unborn child. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#1223). Original airdate 5/18/2017.

Gotta be honest – these don’t sound very good.

Andrew Dabb gave a brief interview to EW confirming that we’re stuck with the LoL and Lucifer until the season finale. He also talked to TV Line about Ketch in a not-especially-exciting way.

Jeremy Carver’s show Frequency has been cancelled, possibly opening the way for Carver to return to Supernatural. Note that I said “possibly.”

Overseas con season is now in full swing. AHBL8 in Australia was last weekend. Asylum in Britain is coming up.

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

Ratings for “The Future” (12.19) sank to an audience low of 0.5/2 and 1.38 million respectively. Then they rose again with “Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes” to a 0.5/2 and 1.51 million.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 04/17/17: The Easter Monday Edition


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Good news for fans of Syfy’s The Magicians – the show has been renewed for a third season.

Also renewed, according to Spoiler TV, is Freeform’s Shadowhunters for a third season.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: TV Line has up an interview with Brett Dalton about his return as Ward.

American Gods: TV Line has up a sneak peek of the first episode.

Arrow: There’s some confusion as to whether or not Manu Bennett is returning as Deathstroke. According to TV Line and TV Guide, he is, but according to the actor on his Twitter, he is not. However, it appears that actress Katrina Law will be returning as Nyssa. TV Line has up an interview with actress Juliana Harkavy on playing the new Black Canary. The show has promoted actors Rick Gonzalez and Juliana Harkavy to series regulars for next season.

Fear the Walking Dead: The show has been renewed for a fourth season and with that, they will be getting a new showrunner as well. Dave Erickson is out, and Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg will take over, with The Walking Dead‘s Scott M. Gimple coming on as an Executive Producer.

Outlander: TV Line has up the first promotional photos for the new season.

Sense 8: There’s a new trailer out for season two.

Star Trek Discovery: Despite earlier reports, Michael Dorn will not be playing Worf’s ancestor on the new show.

Supergirl: EW announced that Tyler Hoechlin will be returning as Clark Kent/Superman for the show’s season two finale. Also returning – Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant. TV Line has up an interview with actress Katie McGrath on playing Lena Luthor.

Orphan Black: There’s a new trailer out for the final season.

Over at EW, the latest Spoiler Room has a spoilers on shows Westworld, Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Supergirl.


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 finale is May 18. The show will air back-to-back episodes that night. There will be a single-week hiatus on April 20th.

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, sneak peeks, and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis, photos, mini-doc, promo and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, promo, sneak peek, and title; “The Future” (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 synopsis and promo; “Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct and synopsis; Unnamed Episode (12.21) tech survey card, directed by John Showalter; and Unnamed Episode (12.22) tech survey card, directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb (these last two episodes will air the same night).

The synopsis for “Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” (12.20) is up:

“Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

RICHARD SPEIGHT, JR. DIRECTS – Alicia Banes (guest star Kara Royster) calls Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) for help after her mother, Tasha (guest star Alvina August), goes missing. Sam (Jared Padalecki) answers Mary’s phone and he and Dean (Jensen Ackles) head out to help Alicia and her twin brother, Max (guest star Kendrick Sampson), find their mother who was hunting a powerful witch. Meanwhile, Mary starts to have some doubts about the British Men of Letters. Richard Speight, Jr. directed the episode written by Steve Yockey (#1220). Original airdate 5/4/2017.

There’s a new “Shaving People, Punting Things” video out, which is another outtake.

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

The ratings for “The Memory Remains” (12.18) remained steady at 0.5/2 and 1.58 million respectively. The A18-34 rating was 0.4/2 and the A25-54 demo was 0.6/2, with fractional audience 1.551 million.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 04/10/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: EW has up an interview with executive producer Jed Whedon on the events of last week’s episode in “the framework.”

American Horror Story: Actress Billie Lourd (Scream) is set to guest star as an unknown character.

Colony: The Hollywood Reporter spoke with executive producer Carlton Cuse about the season finale and the season three renewal.

Doctor Who: It was announced that John Simm will be returning as the Master. Possibly as a flashback? Since currently, the Master has regenerated into Missy.

Gotham: A new preview teases Bruce’s transformation into Batman.

iZombie: TV Line has up some quotes from the actors on the season three premiere’s events.

Legends of Tomorrow: Despite the events of the season finale, EW Radio is reporting that Arthur Darvill will be returning as Rip Hunter.

Lucifer: There’s a new trailer out for the second half of season two.

The Defenders: There’s been a viral teaser video released for the first season.

Jessica Jones: The show has cast actress Janet McTeer in a mysterious recurring role.

Once Upon A Time: EW revealed that Hook will be returning to Neverland. Josh Dallas spoke with EW about the reveal of who murdered David’s father.

Preacher: AMC released a teaser trailer for season two.

The Punisher: Superherohype has up some set photos of season one filming.

Star Trek: Discovery: Sonequa Martin-Green revealed to The Hollywood Reporter a few details on her lead character, as well as the fate of her character on The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead: EW has up an interview with Sonequa Martin-Green on Sasha’s fate. Blastr has up an interview with Melissa McBride on the season finale.

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

At TV Line, the latest Ask Ausiello has spoilers on shows iZombie, Arrow, The Leftovers, Supergirl, The Originals, and The Walking Dead.


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. There will be a single-week hiatus on April 20th.

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, sneak peeks, and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis, photos, mini-doc, promo and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, promo, and title; “The Future” (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 synopsis; Unnamed Episode (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct; Unnamed Episode (12.21) tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.22) directed by John Showalter, tech survey card; and Unnamed Episode (12.23 – season finale) directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb (these last two episodes will air the same night).

The synopsis for “The Future” is up:

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

KELLY MAKES A BOLD CHOICE – Sam (Jared Padalecki) comes up with a way to stop Lucifer’s (Mark Pellegrino) baby but Castiel (Misha Collins) has something else in mind for Kelly (guest star Courtney Ford). Dean (Jensen Ackles) is furious when he finds out someone stole the Colt. Kelly makes a bold choice about the baby’s future. Amanda Tapping directed the episode written by Robert Berens & Meredith Glynn (#1219). Original airdate 4/27/2017.

There are two new “Shaving People, Punting Things” videos out. The first one has an outtake from last week’s episode that is actually more entertaining than the entire actual episode. The second is a Monstervision view of Dean (with the Colt) being stalked from this week’s episode.

The penultimate episode will be directed by John Showalter. The season finale will be directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb. Oh, yay. Can pretty much kiss that one goodbye, quality-wise, then.

The main spoiler coming out of this weekend’s Seattle Con is that Jensen Ackles will be directing next season.

David Haydn Jones (Mr. Ketch) reported on April 1 that he had been “fired” from the show, but this turned out to be an April Fools Joke. As of April 6, he was still filming on set.

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

The ratings for “The British Invasion” (12.17) dropped again to 0.5/2 and 1.58 million respectively. The A18-34 rating was 0.5/3 and the A25-54 demo was 0.7/2, with fractional audience 1.566 million.


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The Official The British Invasion (12.17) Recap Discussion Thread

Recap of Nickifer, the Demon Baby Mama Drama, the LoL, and Mary.

Cut to Now (well, Oxbridgeish in 1987). Boring and stupid English stereotypes abound as two boys (Mick and Retch, I gather) head to a meeting at “Kendricks” with a classic stereotypically bitchy British Headmistress. Ugh. So. Much. Ugh.

So, guess it’s just Retch (sorry, turns out to be Mitch, having a dream), then, since she leaves them alone in a fight to the death. He kills his best friend.

Cue title credits and the Brothers are on the road, while they talk to Eileen about tracking down Kelly (the Devil’s Baby Mama). She’s off to track them some more.

Back at the Bunker, Sam wants Dean to call Crowley. Dean doesn’t want to. They find Mick there, who claims the Bunker is “our house” and the key opens every Bunker in the world. Ugh. So. Much. Hate. This episode is gonna be tough to sit through.

Turns out Mick didn’t know about Kelly and Lucifer’s Nephilim child. So, official confirmation that the LoL are WAY out of their league.

So, the Brothers fill him in (after Dean without apology says they never mentioned it before because “need to know”) and Mick freaks out. A very insulting discussion amongst men about abortion and women’s choice and how the Power of Motherly Wuv prevented Kelly from aborting the Ugly-Ass Plot Point.

Cut to Dagon talking to Lucifer about his baby and the “package” (i.e., moronic Kelly). Dagon says Kelly will “last long enough” to give birth.

Cut to Mick having more of a nightmare about killing his buddy (who really did not want to die). He’s awakened by Headbitchstress from the dream. She’s part of the leadership and guess what? They’re freaking out over the Nephilim sitch. She insists Mick get the Winchesters on board right now or kill them
[cue mocking laughter from the audience].

So, Kelly is having misgivings about her pregnancy. She insists Dagon take her to a doctor. Dagon mind-whammies the doc into saying everything is normal, even though it’s not. He still gets killed by a demon later on.

At the Bunker, Dean is hungover because Mitch allegedly could drink him and Sam under the table (SO. MUCH. HATE). Mitch mentions that Mary is with Retch (cue an unnecessary scene between those two in which no new territory is mined).

At the LoL Bunker, Mitch gets a visit from Henchbitchtress’s lap dog, a smarmy little public school stereotype.

Chez Crowley, Lucifer is submitting to Crowley as a new tactic and still claiming to be the eldest brother. SHOW, GET IT STRAIGHT. MICHAEL IS THE OLDEST. ALWAYS HAS BEEN.

Halfway through the ep and so far, *nothing* has happened but set-up.

So, Dean is leaving voice messages on Castiel’s phone and the Brothers are meeting with Eileen. She caught up with the demon who killed Kelly’s doc, killed him with an angel blade and got Dagon’s number.

As much as I love Eileen, remember when demons had TK and powers and stuff?

Back to Crowley, who is haranguing the troops about their loyalty to Lucifer. He unwisely brings Lucifer in to submit to him. Apparently, Crowley is unaware that Lucifer is in communion with Dagon and just biding his time.

Lucifer immediately starts undermining Crowley (with his back to Crowley) by winking and leering and sneering and glowing-eyes-y at the demons.

Ugh, so much stupid in this episode. And *still*, nothing has happened but set-up.

Kelly is sending Dagon on errands when she gets a call from Sam, who pretends to be her (dead) doctor’s assistant. Eileen gives him a thumbs-up and Mitch shows up with Brit Douchenozzle. Eileen very quickly puts him in his place.

Meanwhile, Dean quietly grabs Kelly and drives her to the docks, where the others are waiting.

Douchenozzle starts to brag. Dean puts him in his place.

Kelly gets out and Sam and Dean try to talk Kelly out of being a moron. Kelly thinks she loves the Nephilim. Mick points out (sensibly, for once) that the Nephilim doesn’t give a rat’s ass about its mother.

Dagon shows up in a blast of thunder and lightning, and uses TK. She is also, of course, unaffected by regular bullets. After blasting away the others, she starts to grab Kelly. Eileen gets the gun and shoots at Dagon, but Dagon disappears and Douchenozzle gets shot instead. Works for me.

Mick doesn’t take Douchenozzle’s death well. He wants to shoot Eileen, yelling about the code that, y’know, Americans don’t follow. Dean steps up and takes aim at him. Sam tries to talk Mick down.

I sure hope Mick understands that if he shoots Eileen, Dean’s gonna blow his head off. Right then and there.

As if this episode couldn’t possibly suck enough, Mary has slept with Retch. Who confesses he was thinking he would end up shooting her, instead.

Mary straight-up tells him it was a one-night stand. Retch says he’s not “built for that” and that she isn’t, either. Mary says no, but that her monogamous days are over.

Retch thinks she’s choosing Hunting over Family. Mary begs to differ.

Back Chez Crowley, Lucifer is getting a demon to examine him, presumably so he can lift Crowley’s spells. The demon admits he can’t do that. The only demon who could disarm the “security system” is the one who designed it. Crowley killed him.

Is this demon really dumb enough to believe Lucifer? Oh, wait. How did the rest of the episode go?

Back at the Bunker, Eileen is upset over having killed a human. The Brothers comfort her.

Is this episode over yet? No? Ugh.

So, Kelly finally buys a clue (actually, it’s a gift from Dagon) that she’s not going to survive giving birth to the Nephilim and that nobody cares.

Henchbitchstress shows up with Retch to school Mitch, probably fatally. Toni the Twat’s name is once again spoken in vain. Henchbitchstress monologues delusionally about how “Hunters are dogs” and should “obey.” She wants Eileen tracked down and murdered. She also wants the Winchesters “investigated” and executed “if found guilty.”

Which just goes to show how PLOT STUPID the LoL really are. You send people over the pond without having investigated these guys thoroughly already?! WTF?!, show?

Mitch rebels and gets shot dead by Retch.

Dear God, I am *so* over this LoL storyline at this point.

Back at the Bunker, the Brothers are worrying about Castiel. Eileen has bailed, deciding to go back to Ireland. Which, you know, isn’t right next door to England, or anything.

Oh, she left the Colt. Dean’s cheery joy at getting it back is about the only good thing about this episode.

Back at the LoL Bunker, dumbass Henchbitchstress orders Retch to kill every Hunter in the U.S.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! Really, show? Come on.

Next week’s promo? We’re back to pagan gods. Some goat dude in the basement.

Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 04/03/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Sad news for fans of ABC’s Time After Time: The show has been cancelled.

Good news, however, for fans of AMC’s Humans: The show has been renewed.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Spoiler TV has up the latest promotional poster for the second half of the season. EW has revealed that Mallory Jansen (Ada) will be playing Madame Hydra, known in the comic book as Viper.

American Gods: EW has up the latest character promotional posters for the show.

American Horror Story: The show has cast actor/comedian Billy Eichner in a heavily recurring role for season seven. No details on his character yet, though. There were some teasers and hints dropped at Paleyfest. You can find some over at EW, as well.

Arrow: Great news for fans of Katie Cassidy: The actress is returning as a series regular next season. However, she won’t be playing Laurel, but Laurel’s doppelgänger Black Siren (from one of the alternate Earths).

Black Lightning: DC and the CW have revealed the first look at Cress Williams as the superhero.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: There was a lot of celebration for the show’s anniversary. People has up a video of the cast reminiscing. EW has up the outtakes from their cast reunion photo session. EW also has some humorous details about the show’s set back in the day. You can see a lot more outtakes, interviews and remembrances at Ew.com.

Doctor Who: The BBC has revealed that new character Bill will be a lesbian. The official synopsis is out for the first episode: “A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined – but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?” Doctor Who News has up the official promotional photos for the season opener as well.

The Flash: EW is speculating on the identity of next season’s villain. TV Line has up an interview with Tom Felton on the events of last week’s episode.

Game of Thrones: You can watch the latest season seven trailer here.

Grimm: The series finale aired this past Friday, and several outlets have interviews with the producers about the show’s end. TV Line has up an interview with co-creator James Kouf on the finale’s two surprising returns. They also have up an interview with showrunners James Kouf and David Greenwalt on the finale. Deadline has up their own as well.

iZombie: TV Line has up a preview for season three.

Iron Fist: Despite the scathing reviews, the show was the most binged-watched this year for a Netflix drama series.

Legends of Tomorrow: EW has up some Doomworld details from executive producer Marc Guggenheim.

Legion: Deadline has up an interview with Noah Hawley following last week’s season finale. TV Line has up an interview with the creator as well.

Lost In Space: The remake show has added actor Raza Jaffrey (Code Black) to the cast in a recurring role as Victor, an arrogant politician with a sense of entitlement but the underlying fear that he’ll one day be found out to be not quite good enough.

Lucifer: TV Line is reporting that the show has cast actress Lauren Holly (NCIS) to guest star in season three as a character named Roxie.

Once Upon A Time: TV Line has up the first look at Joanna Garcia’s return as Ariel.

The Originals: TV Line spoke with Phoebe Tonkin about Hayley and Elijah’s romance.

Sleepy Hollow: TV Line has up an interview with executive producer M. Raven Metzner on the season finale and the potential stories if there is a season five.

Star Trek: Discovery: Actor/comedian Rainn Wilson has been cast as the Original Show’s comedic character, Harry Mudd.

Supergirl: EW has up the scoop that Lynda Carter will be making another return as the President.

Westworld: The show has promoted to series regular actor Louis Herthum (host Peter Abernathy).

Wynonna Earp: Watch the cast announce the premiere date for the second season. (It’s Friday, June 9!)

Over at EW, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Westworld, Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash, and Arrow.

At TV Line, the latest Matt’s Inside Line has spoilers on shows Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Lucifer, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.


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 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, sneak peeks, and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis, promo and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card, synopsis 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; Unnamed Episode (12.21) tech survey card; and Unnamed Episode (12.22) tech survey card.

The synopsis for “The Memory Remains” (12.18):

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

SECRETS AND LIES – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a missing person’s case in a small town. The lead witness tells the Winchesters the attacker was a man with the head of a goat. Sam and Dean aren’t sure what to believe but when the witness goes missing they realize the town is hiding a dark secret. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by John Bring (#1218). Original airdate 4/13/2017.

Creation is now offering live access to actor Q&As at cons on StageIt.

There’s a new interview out with guest actress Carrie Genzel.

Jim Michaels discusses the rest of the season at Winchester Bros.

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

The ratings for “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) rose back to 0.6/2 and 1.71 million respectively. The A18-34 rating was 0.4/2 and the A25-54 demo was 0.7/2, with fractional audience 1.701 million.

“Family Feud” (12.13) in its original broadcast rose from 1.615 million to a 2.575 million in the L+7s.

“Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) rose from 0.5 to 0.9 in demo and 1.506 million to 2.293 million in audience in the L+7s, as well.


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Recap of Claire, werewolves (with the usual sad attempt to make werewolves sound “badass”), and Sam’s dumbass decision to join the LoL.

Cut to a girl coming out of a bar and getting busted by her older brother. As they walk home, the girl hears some breaking branches and sends her brother off on a wild goose chase while she walks back toward the bar, smug. But as the brother searches, her hears her scream. And finds her apparently dead. A thing with a mask attacks him and rips out his heart, then concentrates on the girl.

I hope she’s really dead because…yeah. Show’s still not batting 1000 on hiring actresses to play teens.

Cut to a room with no windows in the LoL bunker and a weird map where Dean is pissed off at Sam for the LoL making them wait. Dean says he’s going to wait in the car. Mick shows up, acts all stereotypically British (no, show, Brits are not all psychopaths) about the remaining bloodstains from the recent vampire attack.

Mick gives them the DTG case and wants to “tag along.” Dean is unimpressed.

Dean tells Sam he’s going to have to babysit Mick, who proceeds to brag in the car some more about his knowledge of werewolves and how the LoL killed off all the werewolves in Britain (sure…like the vampires, right?). The Brothers (rather unwisely) mention Garth as someone who has managed to live with lycanthropy, but Mick is not impressed.

Dean starts to like this hunt better when Mick checks them into a three-star hotel. And proceeds to skinny-dip in the pool the next morning. Dammit, Dean, you need to come visit my local YMCA. I could use some of that scenery while I’m doing laps.

At the hospital (the annoying younger sister died), the Brothers won’t let Mick talk to the girl and the mother won’t let them talk to the girl. Mick comes in with a lab coat and sends the mom out. The mom starts to open up to the Brothers, while Mick checks the girl’s bite. Uh-oh. Mick’s probably going to try to kill her, ’cause she’s almost certainly being turned. Sure enough–he lies to the Brothers about her having wounds.

The mother says that there are “Bigfoot truthers” sniffing around the case and mention a young girl with the “Fish and Wildlife Service” who turns out to sound like Claire.

Claire is out by her car when she gets a call–from Dean doing a mean impression of a Canadian park service guy and Yogi the Bear. She meets the Brothers and Mick at a restaurant. Claire is unimpressed. Mick excuses himself early–to file a report, he says–but it’s really to go kill the DTG at the hospital. Which he botches quite badly when she wolfs out in the middle of his sticking a needle in her IV. Loser.

At the hospital, DTG’s body has no wounds. Dean quickly figures out she must have wolfed out and healed before dying. Dean is clearly suspicious of Mick and Mick’s claim that he saw no bites on her, especially after the doctor says she was covered with wounds.

Dean apportions the troops–Sam and Claire to talk to the girl whom DTG was supposed to be sleep-overing with and Dean taking Mick to the bar. They talk to a guy with a tat who was hitting on Claire and DTG. Dean also easily catches Mick out in a lie and slams him for it outside, calling him out on having killed DTG. Mick claims that he and the LoL don’t have the “luxury” of letting monsters go, that they have a “code.” Dean is unimpressed.

So am I, because YOU ARE NOT IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY, MICK. Mick has *zero* grounds for bitching about how well Sam and Dean are doing things in *their* country. The LoL’s attempts to hunt in the U.S. are an invasion, pure and simple. They were not invited, by anyone.

Meanwhile, Claire tries to ditch Sam, whining that Jody doesn’t let her hunt and that the Brothers just pop in and out of her life, that they treat her like a kid. Sam suggests that if she doesn’t want to be treated like a kid, “then stop acting like one.” Go, Sam.

Naturally, Claire goes off in a huff, tries to hunt the werewolf on her own by acting as bait, and gets bitten. Ugh, Claire, come on. That was such a Jo Harvelle move.

So, Claire wakes up and sees an attacker, but it’s Sam, who helps her up. Back at the motel, both brothers are furious with Mick. Sam says they’re “done.” Dean tries to reassure Claire that she can live with lycanthropy, but she doesn’t want to do it. Sam says the LoL have a cure involving the blood from a sire, but Mick insists they’ve only done it successfully (1 in 10) on mice. The one human subject died horribly.

So, I’m guessing Mick is gonna die soon because he’s quite unsympathetic in this and not a learner.

So, the Brothers go to the bar to find the sire’s blood. They leave him with Claire, but Dean warns Mick that if anything happens to Claire, Dean will kill him. Mick doesn’t seem to take this seriously–he doesn’t understand that Dean would torture him first and that Dean is *good* at that.

As the Brothers look for the sire, Claire starts to freak out and asks Mick to shoot her. But Mick is having second thoughts about this whole “code” thing and tries to find ways to restrain her.

And, of course, the sire shows up. He knocks Mick down and knocks Claire out, then carries her off.

Ugh. The writing this season…ugh.

The Brothers come back and find Mick waking up. He says he put a tracker on her (this doesn’t actually make him worth being around because of all the dumb things he’s done that got everyone into trouble).

Meanwhile, at the monster’s pad, Loser Wolf Boy monologues at Claire about losing his pack to Hunters and tries to feed her a human heart. Mercifully, the Brothers show up with Mick. Dean knocks Claire out, while Mick gets the kill of the sire (because it seems that Andrew Dabb & Co. have no interest in giving Dean *any* monster kills, anymore). Then they dart a wolfed-out Claire with the “cure.”

Muting the incessant Riverdale adds because ugh.

Anyhoo, back from commercials and Claire is still going through the “cure.” Dean has to leave because he can’t stand to watch her in pain. She goes into a coma, or something. Sam thinks she’s dead and calls Dea back in. Dean comes in and can’t believe it. But then Claire’s wolf nails recede and she opens her eyes. She survived the cure.

Afterward, Dean thanks Mick for saving Claire, but both Brothers are not quite feeling forgiving. They tell him he screws up again and he’s done.

Claire thanks them for saving her. Sam asks her if she’s going to tell Jody. She says she’s not sure. Over a montage of Claire hugging Dean while Sam looks on, smiling, she leaves Jody a message and tells her she’s hunting alone, but will be back, and thanks her for being a mother to her. She drives off to Joan Jett’s “I’m a Wild One.”

So, you know how Alex got cured of vampirism and that was actually a good episode? Well…not this one so much.

Yay! We have our promos back! Promo for next week. You know how the LoL are supposedly ruled by Evil Old White Men? Try an Evil Old White Bitch. She sics Mick on the Brothers and on Eileen, who returns next week. Guess who’s unlikely to survive next week? I’m guessing Mick. EOWB may make it to the end of the season, unless they have Dean go full-on Styne Hunting in the penultimate episodes.


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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

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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 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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