Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 04/27/17

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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Great news for fans of The X-Files: The show is officially returning for an eleventh season! It will consist of ten episodes, and all three main players (Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and Chris Carter) are back. Production is set to begin in summer, with it airing sometime during the 2017-2018 season.

American Gods: EW has up a handy-dandy cheat sheet for all the characters in the new show. EW also has up an interesting article on the timeliness of a show about immigrants in America. TV Line talks about the episode order for season one being cut and how that was okay with Neil Gaiman himself.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: EW has up an interview with executive producer Jed Whedon about last week’s shocking events and character death.

Doctor Who: The official BBC site has up some episode factoids from last week’s season opener. They also have up the promotional photos for this past weekend’s episode “Smile.” The season opener received an AI (Audience Appreciation Index) of 83, making it the third-highest for the day. Overnight viewing figures show 4.64 million viewers, which is a share of 24.8% of the total TV audience. That number will increase once the final viewing totals for the day are in.

Game of Thrones: TV Line has up the first official episode promotional photos for the new season.

The Flash: TV Line has up the promotional photos for the episode where Barry visits a future where Iris has died.

Outlander: There’s a new teaser trailer out for season three.

Once Upon A Time: EW has a look at Emma’s wedding dress, as well as some details on it and the musical episode. They also have up an interview with Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas on the Charming/Snow reveal from last week. TV Line has up a preview of the wedding.

Supergirl: The show has found its General Zod in the form of actor Mark Gibbon. The show is doing a flashback episode on James Olsen’s character, and has cast young actor Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us) as Jimmy.

The Walking Dead: The show has formally upgraded three recurring actors (Steven Ogg [Simon], Katelyn Nacon [Enid] and Pollyanna McIntosh [Jadis]) to series regulars for season eight.

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

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

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

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Let’s talk writers strike chances. Right now, the negotiations are going poorly. While a last-minute deal is certainly possible, the WGA has voted to go to strike if the May 1 deadline is met without one. As early as next Tuesday, we could be in a strike.

What could this mean for the show? Well, this season is already practically wrapped, so that won’t be affected. It would probably delay (and perhaps shorten) the next season. More generally, it would mess up pilot season (which is right now) and possibly kill off a lot of weaker shows. The networks have more extra material on tap than they did last time, but that would eventually run out.

However, Supernatural actually benefited from the last writers strike. It famously forced the writers to re-think a season that wasn’t exactly lighting the audience’s fire, kill Dean, and bring in angels for season four. The show could definitely use a similar break (especially for Jensen Ackles and Padalecki, who have newborns in the house) that might force the writers to re-evaluate what they’ve been doing. Because what they’ve been doing lately has been pretty lousy.

So, we’ll see.

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 wraps filming today. Samantha Smith was still filming this week, indicating Mary makes it to the finale.

The season finale is May 18. There will be a double-feature of 12.22 and 12.23 that night. The show is back tonight with “The Future” (12.19) after a brief hiatus. Official photos are up, as well as a sneak peek. FYI, the photos basically spoil who steals the Colt. It’s Castiel.

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card, synopsis, and promo and official photos; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card, synopsis, official photos and promo; “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, sneak peeks, and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis, photos, mini-doc, promo and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, promo, sneak peek, and title; “The Future” (12.19) tech survey card and partial title card, showing the director is Amanda Tapping, and the writers are Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn, and synopsis and promo, sneak peek, and photos; “Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct and synopsis; “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) synopsis, tech survey card, directed by John Showalter; and two Unnamed Episodes (12.22 and 12.23) tech survey card, directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb (these last two episodes will air the same night).

The synopsis for “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) is up:

MARY VS. TONI BEVELL – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are alarmed when they learn hunters are being killed by suspicious “accidents” all over the country. They decide it is best to find Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) and make sure she’s safe. Meanwhile, Toni (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) is back in the states and she and Mary face off. PJ Pesce directed the episode written by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming (#1221). Original airdate 5/11/2017.

Another episode by the Nepotism Duo, plus a return of that “fan favorite,” snotty Toni the Twat, for our sins.

Andrew Dabb gave a full interview about the rest of the season, as well as a shorter interview to TV Line last week, another one this week, and one for a season finale special, as well as one to EW, in which he basically blamed Dean collectively along with Sam and Mary for being suckered by the LoL (even though Dean was never actually fooled by them) and generally made the rest of the season sound like a real dog’s breakfast. It also sounds as though we will be stuck with the LoL until episode 12.22 and then Lucifer and his hellspawn in 12.23 (in the sneak peek for this week, Sam actually says Kelly’s due date is May 18. Ugh). I sure hope we won’t have to deal with this stupid Nephilim plot in season 13.

Jensen Ackles will be a celebrity judge for Film Fu Fight Fest. This is a charity festival in Vancouver raising money for The Underground Water Project.

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

The repeat ratings last week got a 0.2/1 and 0.81 million respectively.

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