African American Artisans: William W. Smith


By Paula R. Stiles


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William W. Smith (1862-1937) was one of the first African-American architects in the United States and the first in Charlotte, NC. His career demonstrates the difficulties faced by free African American contractors and architects following the Civil War and Recontruction, as well as the difficulties of survival of early African American architecture. Though Smith was born in 1862, all of his known career is encompassed by the Segregation period and is heavily influenced by the cultural impositions made on architecture by segregation laws that forced blacks and whites to live, worship and do business in separate spheres.

He is also a good example of a tradesman who crossed over to designing buildings in addition to building them. Part of what may have helped him further his career as a trade mason and contractor was that he was a local leader of the African American community and a member of Prince Hall Freemasonry as part of the Paul Drayton Lodge # 7. An early branch of Freemasonry founded in Boston by free black Prince Hall in the late 18th century, when white lodges refused to take in African Americans, Prince Hall Freemasonry was well-established in North Carolina by the middle of the 19th century. Smith was apparently a devoted lifelong member. The three major interests that come through in his architecture are church (the Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, which he built), education (Livingston College, for which he taught, and also built, repaired and designed several buildings), and the Masonic lodge.

Smith most likely began life as a slave, since he was born during the Civil War in Mecklenburg County. His father, Robert C. Smith, was born in 1831 and died when Smith was around fourteen years old. William married his wife Keziah E. Eggleston (1860-1925), who was from South Carolina, in 1877. He later married a woman named Mary, who eventually survived him. While he had no children of his own, he was survived by a stepson, Arthur Anderson. All evidence indicates he never left Mecklenburg County and most of his known work, particularly after 1910, was in Charlotte.

Little is known about his early life or career. He does not appear to have had the formal education of the first professionally trained African American architect in the U.S., younger contemporary and fellow North Carolinian Robert Robinson Taylor (1868-1942), who came from Wilmington. Instead, he apprenticed in the trades. Previous architects John Merrick and Henry Beard Delaney came from out of state or had some white ancestry, indicating that architecture had not been accessible as a career to most local African American tradesmen up to that point.

Smith does not appear in records until 1886, when he shows up as one of the founders of the Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (a branch of Methodism that dated to around the beginning of the 19th century) in Charlotte that year, along with his wife Keziah. Though Smith did not design the church (it was designed by Hayden, Wheeler, and Schwend, who normally designed courthouses, along an auditorium plan), his later style is illuminated in the church’s final appearance. He incorporated both Gothic (the crenellated towers) and Classical (columns and pilasters) elements into the final design, working in brick, marble, ironwork, and even oak (for the interior). He was also instrumental in getting it built, agreeing to supply the materials and labor if the congregation raised money for it.

Smith’s support for his congregation extended even further to designing and building a sanctuary for the church in 1902 (the original architects of the church having disbanded a few years before). In the 1890s, he began to appear as a brick mason in the Charlotte City Directory. He did not start to be reported as an architect until the turn of the century. Though he had no formal education, he was not self-taught, nor did he invent the African American tradition of masonry in Charlotte wholesale. He apprenticed with William Houser, a noted local bricklayer in Charlotte’s uptown Second Ward, known as Brooklyn. Brooklyn was a relatively self-contained haven for African Americans in the city as Segregation took hold. It included many African American businesses and was a symbol of African American pride in Charlotte.

While Charlotte rapidly expanded following the Civil War, African Americans like Houser and his protege dominated the masonry field in the industry. Smith even taught bricklaying at African American-founded Livingston College in Salisbury in the early part of the 20th century. Livingston College, which began existence as Zion Wesley Institute in Concord in 1879 (moving to Salisbury in 1882), was the first A.M.E. Zion school in the state and an early example of a college founded and controlled by African Americans. Bishop James W. Hood, Joseph C. Price (who died in 1893), and William Henry Goler (who succeeded him in and retired in 1917) were all early leaders of the college.

A.M.E. Zion’s desire to bring in African American recruits and help support the leadership of the African American community led to a name change in 1885. It was in commemoration of the famous missionary explorer in Africa, Dr. David Livingston, who had died in what is now Zambia in 1873. Livingston was an early, notable example of a European who was sympathetic and respectful toward Africans: a good example of A.M.E. Zion’s goals.

After building the church, Smith became closely involved in A.M.E. Zion’s other great local endeavor, Livingston College. His first project as an architect was probably the restoration of Ballard Hall in 1905 on the Livingston College campus. The next year, he designed Hood Hall. He also designed Goler Hall. Both were named after the college’s early presidents.

Smith also designed several business buildings downtown in Charlotte. He was the architect for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Publishing House (1911), the Afro-American Mutual Insurance Company building (1911), and the now-famous Mecklenburg Investment Company Building (1922). All were in the same general vicinity around South Brevard and 3rd Street (close to the Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church), though only the Mecklenburg Investment Company Building now survives. The other two, like many African American buildings in the U.S., fell victim to the urban planning movement in the 1950s and 1960s, which disproportionately targeted poorer neighborhoods for renovation and destruction of older buildings deemed obsolete. Smith also designed his own family mausoleum, which still stands in Pinewood Cemetery, as well as one for a local family, Jones. This is the only known personal structure of his surviving, though the Mecklenburg Investment Company Building is generally regarded as his master work.

Smith’s style was unique and he went to great lengths to demonstrate the versatility of brick as a building material. Though he used other materials with equal skill, brickwork was his signature. He also taught his style at Livingstone College, to the point that students created the bricks used in the projects he designed and restored there. He was especially fond of geometric (particularly diamond-shaped), multicolored designs that resembled Beaux Arts, or 15th century, yellow-monochrome, Mudejar brickwork in Spain, but his main influences were Gothic and a sort of vernacular-flavored Richardsonian Romanesque. His buildings had a square solidity and simplicity that contrasted with his ornate and colorful brickwork. His church (which was not entirely his own design) also had Gothic Revival and Classical elements, including a large bell tower.

Smith was so well-respected locally that even white-owned newspapers of the area acknowledged his death in 1937. A.M.E. Zion wrote a eulogy for him in its newsletter, as he was a great success for the denomination. Smith was a signal example of the self-reliant African American businessman ideal that both African American leaders and sympathetic white groups like A.M.E. Zion promoted after the Civil War and during the early years of Segregation (1900-1939). Like his contemporary Booker T. Washington, Smith promoted the ideals of African American education and community involvement. He created a variety of still-iconic structures and was one of the small group of African American architects in the United States in the early 20th century. By all surface standards, he was a great success, both in individual terms and for his community.

But Smith’s successes obscured his precarious and isolated situation as a prominent African American architect during the Segregation period. The works he did were all on African American-related projects. Except for the business buildings, they were all related to his church and denomination. The college was African American. The business buildings themselves were for African American businesses.

Though he is famous in Charlotte and also had a significant influence on the A.M.E. Zion denomination, Smith does not appear in most architectural biographies or those of famous North Carolinians. He does not even appear in most African American biographical dictionaries, perhaps because they tend to have a strong focus on entertainment and sports. Outside of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, he is almost unknown, while contemporary architects who contributed far less have more fame. It is difficult to perceive this as not related directly to Segregation.

Smith’s entire community operated in the same relative obscurity. The Mecklenburg Investment Company Building was commissioned by several African American businesses in the first place because no whites would let them rent their buildings. The African American business community desperately needed office space, so these businesses pooled their money and commissioned the only African American architect in the area to build one for them. A demonstration of how cramped for space was that community in Charlotte, despite their industry and rapid expansion, was that these buildings housed several businesses and different concerns at once.

One building also housed a Prince Hall lodge in addition to African American businesses. As Smith’s religious devotion came out in his work at his church and Livingston College, his devotion to Freemasonry came out in his work on these office buildings. Smith and his community’s world was constrained, a safe space that was nonetheless small, with the church and the office buildings built close to each other. Their proximity also reflects the deep devotion to religion that permeated even secular concerns in turn-of-the-century African American North Carolina.

This constraint was probably not all voluntary. Smith was limited to work in his own community and could not take commissions from white clients. The more visible and lucrative contracts of the white community were not open to him as an architect (though he might work on them as a bricklayer).

In light of how Smith’s surviving work, even that which he did not design, was so focused on the African American community, it is also possible that he chose to concentrate on building for his own community to the exclusion of personal financial advancement through doing construction jobs for the white community. Smith’s powerful and colorful buildings reflect a great deal of pride in his own considerable skill in masonry and ability to parlay that skill into designing entire buildings. His choice of projects also shows a great deal of pride in his community. But their light was largely kept under the bushel of Segregation.


Bibliography

Catherine W. Bishir. North Carolina Architecture. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill: 1990.

Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern. A Guide to the Historical Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill: 2003.

Jeffrey B. Leak. “Memories of Brooklyn: A black man’s search for the ‘warmth of other suns’ leads him back to his Southern roots,” Charlotte Magazine (August 27, 2014).

North Carolina Architects and Builders: A Biographical Dictionary, Smith, William W.

What is the A.M.E. Zion Church?” Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church.

Pioneering Black Architects in North Carolina,” North Carolina Modernist Houses.

William W. Smith,” Lost Charlotte: The Queen City of the South’s Past Revisited.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Cue title cards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More repeating of scenes crap. So lazy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Promo for next week.


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


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The show has moved to 8pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

Promo for next week.


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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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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 01/25/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

The 100: EW has up an interview with showrunner Jason Rothenberg on Clarke’s Lexa grief and the coming season.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: EW has up an interview with Patton Oswalt on Koenig’s return. Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos for episode 11.

Beyond: The show has just been renewed and season one isn’t over yet, but already there’s a teaser promo for the new season!

The Defenders: EW spoke with Finn Jones on how Iron Fist fits into the new Defenders world. Krysten Ritter spoke with EW on the relationship Jessica Jones has with Daredevil.

Emerald City: EW has up an interview with Shaun Cassidy on the latest episode.

The Flash: Big news: Actor Rick Cosnett (Eddie) is returning to the show. EW has up the details on who is singing in the new musical crossover with Supergirl.

Lucifer: The show has cast actor Timothy Omundson (Psych, Galavant) as God Johnson, a patient in a psychiatric hospital who thinks he’s God.

Legion: IGN has up an interview with producer Lauren Shuler Donner on how the show fits with the X-Men movie universe. The show’s Twitter account put up a new promo, as well. Both TV Line and Spoiler TV have up advanced previews for the first episode. Neither one is too spoilery.

Timeless: Executive producer Eric Kripke spoke with TV Line about the possibility of a romance between Lucy and Wyatt.

Game of Thrones: While HBO has not yet renewed the show for an eighth and final season, word has it that when it does, that season might consist of more than ten episodes!

Once Upon A Time: The show has found its Tiger Lily in Native American actress Sara Tomko (The Leftovers).

Powerless: Spoiler TV has up the cast photos for the new show. They also have up the promotional photos and official synopsis for the premiere episode. It’s set to air on February, 2.

Shadowhunters: EW has the first look at Alec and Magnus’ first date.

Star Trek Discovery: Bad news: The show has been delayed again. Cool news: The show has cast actor James Frain as Spock’s dad, Sarek. IGN has up a nice breakdown of all of the known characters.

The Vampire Diaries: TV Line has up an interview with Ian Somerhalder on Damon’s feelings for Elena.

Over at E!Online, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Arrow, Timeless, Once Upon A Time, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Colony.

At TV Line, Matt’s Inside Line 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 is moving to 8pm when it comes back tomorrow night.

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 and promo, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis and photo; “Stuck in the Middle (With You) (12.12) tech survey card 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 “Regarding Dean” (12.11) is up:

SUPERNATURAL 12.11 “Regarding Dean”: Sam (Jared Padalecki) enlists Rowena’s (guest star Ruth Connell) help to track down an old world, powerful family of witches after Dean (Jensen Ackles) gets hit by a spell that is rapidly erasing his memory. John Badham directed the episode written by Meredith Glynn.

There’s a new interview out with the current showrunners, in which they double down on the LoL and Lucifer Baby Daddy storylines. Because those have been so popular with the fandom [/sarcasm]. In addition, it seems we haven’t actually yet met the much-ballyhooed Mr. Ketch, who will be recurring for our sins, starting this week.

There’s another Shaving People, Punting Things video out.

The CW has a new midseason sizzle reel out.

The show won in its category for the People’s Choice Awards, though Jensen Ackles did not.

The second con in Jacksonville, FL was last weekend. Video for the morning Gold panel is up.

Jim Michaels teased that episode 12.16 will end on a cliffhanger. Hopefully, that cliffhanger won’t suck like the one for “LOTUS.” The episode will be directed by new director Aymn Kaderali. On the tech card, Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb have reappeared as mysteriously as they disappeared a tech card or two before.

There’s a new interview with show creator Eric Kripke in the print version of TV Guide.

Rerun ratings for “LOTUS” (12.08) held the course in demo at 0.3/1 and 0.86 million.

In Live+7 ratings, the first “LOTUS” airing rose from 0.6 to 1.1 and from 1.734 to 2.804 million.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 01/16/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Great news for several genre shows this week! FX has renewed American Horror Story for two more seasons, while Freeform has renewed Beyond for a second season, and the CW has renewed Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.

In “back from the dead” news, the CW has picked up Constantine as an animated series on the CW Seed. It will be voiced by Matt Ryan.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Patton Oswalt is set to reprise his role as twins Sam and Billy Koenig in the January 31st episode.

The 100: There’s a new promo for season four.

Colony: EW has up some spoilers for season two from executive producer Ryan Condal.

The Defenders: EW has an interview up with showrunner Marco Ramirez on balancing the series. They also have up a sneak peek of their cover and issue devoted to the show, as well as a first look at Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra, the villain of the series.

The Librarians: The site io9 has up an interview with Lindy Booth on Cassandra’s recent big episode.

Gotham: The show has cast actor Raymond J. Berry as Shaman, a mysterious figure who enters Bruce’s life to “help him” become the man the city needs him to become. Or so he says.

Legion: EW has up an interview with showrunner Noah Hawley on the potential for crossover.

Lucifer: Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for episode 13, the winter finale. TV Line has up the first look at Tim Dekay as Dr. Jacob Carlisle.

The Flash: The show is casting Music Meister for the crossover with Supergirl. The character will be the crossover’s “Big Bad.” The show is also seeing the return of Robbie Amell as Ronnie, the Black Flash (speedster Reaper) and GorrillaGrodd.

Once Upon A Time: The show is casting Peter Pan’s Tiger Lily for an upcoming episode. They are also bringing back Rose McIver for a guest appearance as Tinker Bell.

The Originals: Showrunner Michael Narducci is exiting the show. If it’s renewed, Julie Plec will be taking over.

Powerless: Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for the show’s first episode. The official Twitter account also put up a sneak peek.

Sleepy Hollow: TV Line has up an interview with Tom Mison on the identity of the new Witness.

The Vampire Diaries: EW has up an interview with Paul Wesley and Candice King on how they think the series should end.

The X-Files: Sounds like there might be news of an 11th season coming soon.

Over at E!Online, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, The 100, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Colony.

At TV Line, Matt’s Inside Line has spoilers on shows Arrow, Timeless, Legends of Tomorrow, Once Upon A Time, Lucifer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., iZombie, and Supergirl/Flash.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

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 official cast and crew photo for season 12.

The show is moving to 8pm when it comes back next week on Thursday. Repeats are currently in progress. This week’s is “LOTUS” (12.08).

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 and promo, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card and photo; “Stuck in the Middle (With You) (12.12) tech survey card and photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.); “Family Feud” (12.13), “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card; and “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” tech survey card.

The synopsis for “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) is up:

SUPERNATURAL 12.10 “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets”: Lily Sunder (guest star Alicia Witt) steeps herself in black magic, honing her powers for over a century, waiting to exact revenge on a band of angels that murdered her family. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) must work quickly to stop Castiel (Misha Collins) from becoming her next victim. Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Steve Yockey

Jensen Ackles and the show have been nominated for the People’s Choice Awards. The ceremony will be this Wednesday, January 18.

Ackles was home for a while longer post-Christmas than the others to be with his family (snarking between him and Jared Padalecki, who was filming on episode 12.14 alone without any of his male co-stars, quickly ensued on Instagram), but is now back on set and … uh … bowling. It doesn’t appear Ackles completely missed filming 12.14, though, since he was back in Vancouver by January 11 and filming for 12.15 began on the 13th.

Ackles, Padalecki and Misha Collins (with help from a cheeky monkey) will guest star on this week’s season finale of Kings of Con, out tonight/tomorrow at midnight on Comic-Con HQ.

There’s a rumor out, thanks to a new tech survey card put up by Jim Michaels, that Jeremy Carver may be returning as showrunner as of 12.15 (here’s the tech survey card for 12.14), which is currently filming as of last Friday. A solo showrunner (since Phil Sgriccia has been exclusively on the production side). Keep in mind this is still just spec based on his being on the title card, and Andrew Dabb not being on the card, while Robert Singer is listed as an Executive Consultant, the usual term for an ex-Executive Producer.

There’s an interview out with Post Production Coordinator Mary Manchin.

For repeat ratings, “Rock Never Dies” (12.08) got a 0.2/1 in demo and 0.79 million in audience. I sense a theme in the generally increasing ratings from the LoL eps through Mary to Lucifer (or at least Sam and Dean in black leather jackets).


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 01/09/17: The New Year’s Edition


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Happy Holidays, everyone! Wishing you joy, peace and prosperity! And Happy 2017, everyone! Fingers crossed the beginning of this year improves VASTLY on the troublesome end of last year.

The official episode synopses are out (click on the show title) for the Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow crossover. TV Line also has the most recent promotional photos of the characters interacting with each other.

The CW is changing up their 2017 schedule: New show Riverdale will debut Thursday, January 26 at 9 pm., which sees Supernatural moving to Thursdays at 8 p.m. Legends of Tomorrow will move to Tuesdays at 9 pm. starting January 24. iZombie will premiere with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. before then moving to its regular time period at 9 pm. The 100 will return on Wednesday, February 1 at 9 pm. The Vampire Diaries series finale will air on Friday, March 10, with The Originals returning the following week on Friday, March 17 at 8 pm.

The CW also announced that there will be no more additional episodes ordered for Frequency and No Tomorrow this season. The shows’ fates remain unclear.

However, good news for fans of Westworld: The show has been renewed for a second season. Ed Harris also confirmed he will be back for season two.

After the big DC/CW crossover event, a few sites have some interview roundups. TV Line spoke with executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim. EW spoke with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg on what didn’t make the cut. Variety has an interview with producer Marc Guggenheim on what the fallout will be. And the Dominators will be returning to one show soon.

TV Line has up some more scoop about the Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow crossover. There’s also another promo out for it.

TV Line has up a preview for the best upcoming winter shows in 2017.

Great news for fans of Netflix’s Luke Cage: Marvel has announced a second season.

TV Line has up spoilers for the returns of thirty plus shows!

12 Monkeys: The show has cast actor James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) in a mysterious role. According to executive producer Terry Matalas, his character is a “rebellious and enigmatic time-traveler raised throughout history by the Army of the 12 Monkeys, one whose conflicted personal and emotional path will change everything for James Cole and Dr. Cassandra Railly.” Also from Matalas, the mystery character is “a highly anticipated and pivotal new character to our series’ mythology.”

The 100: There’s a new trailer out and a new promo for season four. EW has up some spoilers and promotional photos for the new season as well. Executive producer Jason Rothenberg has some scoop on Octavia’s journey post-Lincoln’s murder.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Looks like Adrian Pasdar is returning to the show. Episode is unknown right now. Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos and official synopsis for episode seven.

TV Line has up an interview with Clark Gregg about the events of the midseason finale. EW has up an interview with Gabriel Luna about what has happened to Ghost Rider. EW has up an interview with executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen about what’s next after the events of the midseason finale. TV Line also has up a solo interview with Whedon on what’s coming up in the second half of the season.

EW has up an interview with Ming Na on the latest Agent May twist. Collider has up an interview with Clark Gregg and Jason O’Mara on the second half of the season. Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos and synopsis for episode nine.

American Gods: EW has up the first promotional photo of Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan.

Arrow: TV Line has the dish on Oliver and Susan’s romance. There’s also a new, very spoilery promo out for the second half of the season. TV Line has up the promotional photos for episode 10.

Bates Motel: The show will be returning on Monday, February 20.

Class: Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for the season finale.

Colony: There’s a new promo for season two. The show is adding three new faces to its cast in the forms of William Russ (Girl Meets World), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life), and Paolo Andino (The Last Ship). They will all have recurring roles in season two. The show has also cast actress Laura Innes (ER) in a recurring role as Karen. The show will return on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

The Defenders: Superherohype has up some set photos of the actors filming.

Dirk Gently: The BBC America show has been renewed for a second season.

Doctor Who: There are a a new sneak peek out, new video featurette, and official trailer for the Christmas special. The official Twitter account also put up a new photo for the Christmas special. BBC released a new wallpaper for it.

Take it with a grain of salt, but the Daily Mirror (a British tabloid) is reporting that when new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over in 2017, it will be with a clean slate. Meaning both Peter Capaldi (Twelve) and Pearl Mackie (Bill) will be gone, and the show will cast a new, younger Doctor. The magazine’s “sources” report that the BBC wants to revitalize flagging merchandise sales with a younger Doctor and get back to having a season a year instead of another year-long break as we are experiencing this year. Peter Capaldi is also teasing the idea that he might not be on the show much longer.

With the Christmas Special having aired, there’s now a trailer out for season ten, with a lot of new companion Billie. The official ratings for the Christmas special are out, and the show had 7.83 million, placing it at 9th for the week. The AI or Appreciation Index came in at a score of 82, tying it with last year’s special “The Husbands of River Song.” The BBC site has up a list of “10 Things We Know” about new Companion Bill.

The Exorcist: Deadline has up an interview with creator/executive producer Jeremy Slater on the season finale and the chances for a second season.

The Expanse: Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos and trailer for season two.

The Flash: Actor Greg Gumberg (Alias) has been cast in the recurring role of Detective Tom Patterson. SpoilerTV has up the official synopsis for episode nine, “The Present.” TV Insider has up an interview with Candice Patton on Iris’ relationships and the epic crossover. There’s a HUGE spoiler for the show over at Canadagraphs Twitter. Be warned, though; it’s pretty big.

TV Line has up some scoop from executive producer Andrew Kreisberg on the fallout from the crossover episode. The show has found its “Gypsy” in actress Jessica Camacho (Sleepy Hollow). TV Line has up the promotional photos for episode ten.

Frequency: Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for episode nine, “Gray Line” and for episode eight, “Interference.”

Game of Thrones: EW has an interview with Sophie Turner on what’s coming up for Sansa in season seven. The show has cast mixed martial arts Fighter Conor McGregor in a mysterious role.

Gotham: The show has cast actor James Remar as Frank Gordon, Jim Gordon’s uncle.

Grimm: TV Line has up some scoop from the producers on the final season of the show. TV Line has up an interview with Sasha Roiz on the final season. TV Line has up some behind-the-scenes photos of the cast filming the final season.

Legends of Tomorrow: Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for episode eight, “The Chicago Way.” EW asks after the December crossover whether Sara given up on trying to save Laurel. TV Line has up some photos from the fall finale. The show has cast actress Elyse Levesque (The Originals, Orphan Black) as Guinevere. Caity Lotz posted a photo of her and the guest star in costume.

EW is reporting that actor Matt Angel (Grimm) has been cast as a young George Lucas in an episode that will find Ray and Nate deeply affected by the time changes.

Legion: There’s a new promo for the show.

The Librarians: Executive producer Dean Devlin spoke with EW about this season’s arc and the influence Doctor Who has had on it. Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for the Christmas episode, directed by Star Trek’s Jonathon Frakes and written by star Noah Wyle.

Lucifer: Actor Tim Dekay has been cast as Dr. Jacob Carlisle, a brilliant neuroscience professor whose appearance in episodes 12 and 13 will have “deadly ramifications” for someone Lucifer cares for. TV Line has up some spoilers on Charlotte’s plans now that she knows Chloe’s secret.

The Magicians: There’s a new trailer out for season two.

Once Upon A Time: EW has up the first promotional photo of the alternate universe episode. TV Line has up an interview with Emilie de Ravin on Belle’s painful decision.

Canadagraphs has up some set photos and descriptions of scenes being filmed with actors Josh Dallas and Colin O’Donoghue, with new guest star David Cubitt (Medium). Faran Tahir announced on his Twitter that he will be returning to the show as Captain Nemo. EW has up an interview with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Canadagraphs also has up some set photos with Lana Parrilla, Sean Maguire and Will Traval.

Executive producer Adam Horowitz debunked to EW a fan theory on Emma’s prophesized death. TV Line has up the first promotional photos of August’s return. EW is reporting that Ariel (actress Joanna Going Swisher) will be making a return appearance. Actor Gil McKinney’s Prince will also be returning.

The Originals: TV Line is reporting that Matt Davis, AKA Alaric, will be making an appearance on the show in the eighth episode. TV Line has some scoop on Hayley and Elijah’s romance.

Outlander: EW has up an interview with Caitriona Balfe on what is coming up in season three.

Powerless: The show finally has a premiere date: Thursday, February 2nd at 8:30pm ET. There’s a new promo for the completely revamped DC series. They no longer work in an insurance office but a super hero gadgets research and development department of Wayne Industries. Too bad. The insurance bit sounded funnier to me.

Salem: The show is officially ending with season three.

Sense 8: Netflix has announced it will air a Christmas version of the show on December 23. Season two is set to premiere Friday, May 5, at 12:01am PT. There’s a trailer out for the two-hour special for Christmas.

Shadowhunters: Spoiler TV has up the latest promotional photos and clips for season two. Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos and synopsis for episode two and episode one. Comicbook.com has up an interview with Harry Shum Jr. on what’s coming up for Magnus in season two.

TV Line has up an interview with executive producer Matt Hastings.

Sleepy Hollow: TV Insider has up the first promotional photos of Ichabod’s new team and the season synopsis. Actor Robbie Kay has been cast in a recurring role as a “handsome Internet star.” TV Line has up “10 Things You Need to Know” about the season premiere and an interview with newcomer Janina Gavankar. They also have up the promotional photos for episodes three and four. TV Line has up a video interview with Tom Mison on the new, Abbie-less season. They also have up an interview with Lyndie Greenwood on Jenny in the new season.

Star Trek Discovery: The show has found its Captain in actress Michelle Yeoh. She will be playing Han Bo. Her ship won’t be the Discovery but the Shenzhou, another ship. Bryan Fuller is now reporting that he will no longer be involved with the show at all. The show has also added two new cast members: Doug Jones (The Strain) will be playing Lt. Saru, a “Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species,” and Anthony Rapp (Rent) will be playing Lt. Stamets, an “astromycologist, fungus expert and Starfleet Science Officer.” The show has officially found its female lead in The Walking Dead actress Sonequa Martin-Green. Reports have her staying with The Walking Dead as well. IGN has up an interview with actor Doug Jones on his new character, Lt. Saru.

Supergirl: Chyler Leigh spoke with TV Line about Alex’s coming-out story and the importance of this story right now. EW has up an interview with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg on what is coming up after last week’s crossover storyline. TV Line is reporting that villains Livewire and Metallo will both be making a return appearance. EW has up some spoilers from executive producer Andrew Kreisberg on where the show goes after that winter finale.

Teen Wolf: TV Line has up a preview for season six. TV Line has up an interview with executive producer Jeff Davis on what is coming up for Malia. Actor Matthew Del Negro (Scott’s dad) announced on his Instagram that he will be making a return appearance.

Timeless: Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for episode eight, “The Space Race.” They also have up the official synopsis for episode nine, “The Last Ride of Bonnie and Clyde.” The show has cast their H.H. Holmes with actor Joel Johnstone. Spoiler TV has up the synopsis for episode ten, “The Capture of Benedict Arnold.” The show has cast actress Annie Wesching (24) in a recurring role as Emma Whitmore, a woman important to Flynn. TV Line has up an interview with executive producers Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan on what is coming up in the second half of the season. The show has cast actor Jim Beaver in a recurring role as NSA Agent Neville.

The Vampire Diaries: Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for episode seven, “The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You.” TV Line has up an interview with Zach Roerig about Matt’s father issues. They also have up an interview with actress Kristen Gutoskie about Seline’s intentions. TV Line has up the first promotional photo of the latest Big Bad, Cade. EW has up an interview with actress Malese Jow on her favorite scenes as Anna.

Get ready, fans. There’s another “painful” death coming, warns Julie Plec. Actress Alexandra Chando (The Lying Games) has been cast in a guest role as a character named Tara.
Van Helsing: Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for episode 11. BIG spoiler in the synopsis though.

The Walking Dead: Spoiler TV has up the brief official synopsis’ for episodes seven and eight, and for episode six as well. EW has up an interview with Andrew Lincoln on Rick’s Baby Judith admission from last week. EW has up an interview with Lauren Cohan on Maggie’s big move. Comic Book.comis speculating that a recent post by actor Chandler Riggs’ dad is hinting at the young actor leaving the show.

EW has up an interview with Tom Payne on what Jesus is up to. Variety has up an interview with Alanna Masterson on Tara’s secret. The Hollywood Reporter is theorizing that Tara’s run-in will have future implications for Negan’s survival. However, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is reporting he will be around for season 8.

Variety has up an interview with actor Chandler Riggs on Carl’s relationship with Negan. The Hollywood Reporter has one with him as well. TV Line has up a first look photo of the main crew confronting new character Gregory. EW has up an interview with Andrew Lincoln on the second half of the season.

Westworld: TV Line has up an interview with Jeffrey Wright on the Bernard reveals and what’s to come. EW has up some promotional photos for the finale.

The Hollywood Reporter has up an interview with Evan Rachel Wood on what she would like to see in season two. EW has up an interview with Ed Woods on the events of the finale. TV Line has up an interview with executive producers Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan and Lisa Joy. EW has one as well. TV Line has up some spoilers for season two.

Great news for fans of Syfy’s Z Nation: The show has been renewed for a fourth season.

Zoo: The show has promoted actress Gracie Dzienny to regular in season three. She played Mitch’s daughter Clementine in the season finale.

Over at E!Online, the spoiler rooms have spoilers on shows Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, The Flash, The Walking Dead, Timeless and Supergirl; also on shows Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Teen Wolf, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl; on shows The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, Legends of Tomorrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 12 Monkeys, Supergirl, and Supernatural; on shows Once Upon a Time, Supergirl, Shadowhunters, and Timeless; on shows Once Upon a Time, Supergirl, 12 Monkeys, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Arrow; and on shows Once Upon a Time, Supergirl, The Originals, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Colony.

At TV Line, Matt’s Inside Line has spoilers on shows Arrow, Lucifer, Once Upon a Time, Supergirl, The Flash, and Timeless; on shows Lucifer, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Flash; on shows Once Upon A Time, Westworld, The Vampire Diaries, Gotham, Lucifer, and Arrow; on shows The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Emerald City, Once Upon a Time, Zoo, Grimm, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lucifer, and Arrow; and on shows The Flash, Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, Grimm, Lucifer, Sleepy Hollow, The 100, Supergirl, and Timeless.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 9pm, 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 is moving to 8pm when it comes back on January 26. Repeats are currently in progress. This week’s is “Rock Never Dies” (12.07).

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; and “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos and promo, as well as an extended promo.

The synopsis for “First Blood” (12.09) is up. This will be the first episode for 2017:

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

THE HUNTERS BECOME THE HUNTED – After being arrested for the attempted assassination of the President of The United States, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) must find a way out of an underground, government-run, detention facility in the middle of nowhere. Determined to find her sons, Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) and Castiel (Misha Collins) seek assistance from an unlikely source. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#1209). Original airdate 1/26/2017.

TV Line has some spoilers out about the returns of Eileen, Claire and Donna later in the season. We’ve already seen Rowena and Jody come back.

The article also discusses 12.11, which involves a “de-aged” Dean. More accurately, he will be suffering from a magical condition similar to Alzheimer’s where he loses his memory over a period of time. There’s also a cute photo from the episode involving a bunny.

The showrunners apparently didn’t get the hint that the LoL have gone down like a lead balloon with the audience, as they promise a whole lot more of them in the second half of the season. God help us.

TV Line talked about the departure of Rick Springfield in 12.07, as well as the return of the LoL. Ugh.

There’s a new interview out with show AD John MacCarthy about the crew side of the show’s production.

There’s another Shaving People, Punting Things video out.

Jensen Ackles and the show have been nominated for the People’s Choice Awards. The ceremony will be on Wednesday, January 18.

Ratings for “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) went up a little in demo to 0.7/3 and 1.80 million, dropped a bit in demo to 0.6/2 and remained steady at 1.80 million for “Rock Never Dies” (12.07), and remained steady in demo at 0.6/2 and dropped a bit to 1.73 million for “LOTUS” (12.08).

For repeat ratings, “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) got a 0.2/1 in demo and 0.66 million in audience; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) got a 0.2/1 in demo and 0.72 million in audience; and “The Foundry” (12.03) got a 0.2/1 in demo and 0.80 million in audience.



Blog for scifi writer and medieval historian Paula R. Stiles