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

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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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