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Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz
The week’s most exciting release is likely Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by the acclaimed Japanese writer Yoko Ogawa. Ogawa has already earned praise from figures as varied and significant as Peter Straub, Hilary Mantel and Joe Hill, and these eleven tales promise surgery, song and twisted beauty.
On the other side of the horror genre, we can exchange our cabaret singers for zombie apocalypses with Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater, the second novel in the As the World Dies sequence. Within it, the survivors of the end’s opening shots are preparing to sally out against a zombie-crowded hotel while the undead shamble about all around.
After all the bloodshed, Margot Berwin’s Scent of Darkness might serve as a nice palate cleanser, an infinitely alluring aroma to reinvigorate our senses and lead us oh-so-delightfully and hopelessly astray. Evangeline, granddaughter of a masterful scent-maker, has always known the power of fragrance. But even she was not quite prepared for her grandmother’s ultimate creation, which renders her utterly irresistible.
Finally, Necro Publications has reissued a spate of Edward Lee novels for the uninitiated to sink their teeth into. In Infernal Angel, City Infernal, and Witch Water, we encounter Hell, witches, the otherwise supernatural, and a heaping dose of the infernal.
Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
ABC released the official synopsis for the episode, “Tiny,” featuring the return of Jorge Garcia as the Giant:
“THE GIANT UNLEASHES HIS VENGEANCE ON STORYBROOKE, AND MR. GOLD ATTEMPTS TO DEPART STORYBROOKE TO SEARCH FOR HIS SON BAE – WITH EMMA AND HENRY IN TOW – ON ABC’S ONCE UPON A TIME
“Jorge Garcia Guest Stars as the Giant.
“‘Tiny’ – Kidnapped and brought to Storybrooke by Cora, the Giant (Jorge Garcia) unleashes his vengeance on the town when a case of mistaken identity leads him to try and settle an old score with David; Mr. Gold, accompanied by Emma and Henry, attempts to depart Storybrooke – hoping to keep his memory intact when he crosses the town line – and heads to the airport in search of his son Bae; and Greg (Ethan Embry) questions Belle as to what she saw on the night of his car accident. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was and against his brothers’ wishes, Anton, the Giant, climbs down the beanstalk and attempts to befriend some humans – whose intentions may not be so noble – on Once Upon a Time, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Once Upon a Time stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood/Ruby, and Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold.
“Guest starring are Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Alan Dale as Spencer/King George, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Faustino Di Bauda as Sleepy, Jeffrey Kaiser as Dopey, Michael Coleman as Happy, Mig Macario as Bashful, Ethan Embry as Greg Mendell, Jorge Garcia as Giant/Anton, Abraham Benrubi as Arlo, C. Ernst Hearth as Abraham, Andre Tricoteux as Argyle, Ingrid Torrance as Severe Nurse, Cassidy Freeman as Jack, Todd Thomson as Business Man, and Byron Bertram as TSA Agent.
“‘Tiny’ was written by Christine Boylan & Kalinda Vazquez and directed by Guy Ferland.
The show released some photos of the episode featuring Rena Sofer as Snow White’s mother, Queen Eva. Looks like it might be her on her death bed.
TV Guide posted this spoiler about the Queen Eva episode:
“So excited about Rena Sofer as Snow White’s mother on Once Upon a Time. Is there anything you can share about her role? - Phyllis”
“NATALIE: Executive producer Adam Horowitz confirms that Queen Eva has a ‘surprising connection to someone else in our world.’ If your first guess is Cora – since it seems likely that the Evil Queen’s evil mother may have had a hand in Queen Eva’s death – you may be in for a treat. ‘That would be a feud that goes back so long,’ executive producer Edward Kitsis says. But what you may find more interesting? ‘You would think it would be easy to be Snow White’s mother, but perhaps Snow White wasn’t always Snow White,’ Kitsis says.”
Josh Dallas posted a picture on his twitter of his script page. The title is “The Miller’s Daughter” and it’s written by Jane Espenson.
Vancity posted some pictures taken of shooting, including a brief description of what they saw. According to Vancity, “Lana Parrilla, Barbara Hershey, Jennifer Morrison, Michael Raymond-James, Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin were all on set for filming a big fight scene inside Mr. Golds.” But Robert Carlyle was not there. Spoiler TV also posted a picture from Vancity, showing Barbara Hershey and Lana Parrilla looking as if they are using their powers together to break down Gold’s shop door.
Vancity also posted some pictures taken of a scene involving Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin, where it looks like Charming ends up on the street, unconscious.
Another site, YVR Shoots, posted some pictures of Jennifer Morrison filming by herself outside the pub, “The Blarney Stone.”
And finally, the final ratings are delayed this week, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S., so all we have right now are the overnights. Unfortunately, those weren’t that great. I’m not sure why ABC is taking the risk of putting new episodes up against big event programming on other networks, but they did and the AFC Championship game, alas, took some bite out of the show’s numbers. It received a 2.4/6 in the demos, with 7.71 million viewers.
By Heather S. Vina
For fans of the original Being Human from the UK, the show is set to return in February with season five. SFX Magazine saw the premiere episode and has up some teasers for the episode. It sounds really good. Frankly, I was never a big fan of the show until they did their cast changeover. I really enjoy the new trinity of Hal, Tom and Alex, and I’m looking forward to more of them!
The official synopsis is also out for season 5, via SFX Magazine:
“Hal, Tom and Alex are three housemates with some serious issues on their hands, and they’re not all about the washing up rota. Hal is a 500 year-old vampire, Tom is a hardened werewolf and Alex has recently had the misfortune of becoming a ghost. Strapped to a chair in the living room, Hal is finding it tough going cold turkey – mostly because the mess Tom has made is really bothering him. But when Tom and Alex release Hal, they’re not to know it’s far too soon to be letting a blood-thirsty vampire onto the streets…. When Hal recruits Crumb as a vampire and welcomes him to the supernatural world, the meek becomes mighty and we see what happens when a bullied man finds his bite. Meanwhile, Rook – head of a shady government department in charge of keeping the supernatural world secret – is given some devastating news.”
The synopsis is out for episode three of the US version of Being Human, courtesy of Spoiler TV: “Nora and Josh meet a teenage runaway; Sally tries to make things right with Troy; Aidan and Henry search for clean blood.”
SpoilerTV has up some tidbits for episode three of Lost Girl.
And Zap2it has up the synopsis for episode five of Lost Girl. “When humans start dissolving into piles of goo, Bo uncovers a nefarious twist to a sexy Key Club; Kenzi gets clingy with Bo forcing Bo to make an extreme revelation about her bestie.
Supernatural (Wednesday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
The episode tonight is 8.11, “LARP and the Real Girl.” In addition to the official press release and official photos, we have the CW promo, a Producer’s Preview, a sneak peek, and the Canadian promo. There’s also an interview up at TV Line with Felicia Day and Day will be tweeting live during the episode. If you participate in that, be nice.
The “medieval” dress-up looks like a hoot and a half, though I find it curious that Charlie is so upset with the brothers when they stumble across her. It seems that Charlie has decided to run away from any prospect of real-life heroism by play-acting at being a fantasy hero who gets tons of adoration from others for her empty acts of heroic fantasy. Which just emphasizes the character’s inherent cowardice and narcissism that much more. I wonder if the episode will actually address that or if it’s an unintentional undercurrent?
The synopsis for 8.13 (“Everybody Hates Hitler”) is up:
“SAM AND DEAN FACE OFF AGAINST A GOLEM – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the death of Rabbi Bass (guest star Hal Linden, Barney Miller), who spontaneously combusted. The case becomes ever more confusing when they learn that the Rabbi was researching Nazi Necromancers. Sam and Dean are attacked by a Golem (guest star John DeSantis) who turns out to belong to the Rabbi’s grandson, Aaron (Adam Rose). The key to the case lies with the Golem but Aaron doesn’t know how to control him, which leaves everyone in danger. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Bed Edlund (#814).”
This sounds like fun (and I’ve always been curious about spontaneous combustion). It also sounds like a major ripoff of Thomas Sniegoski’s latest Remy Chandler novel by way of a certain X-Files episode. Not sure how I feel about that.
Official photos for 8.12 are also up. I don’t know how Henry Winchester will turn out, but I do like the idea of him a lot. The brothers could use some family again. So, if he’s remotely interesting and charismatic, I hope he sticks around and won’t be a one-shot character.
Some of you may have noticed that some strange doings are afoot with the show’s tie-ins, lately. Alice Henderson’s Fresh Meat, which I believe was originally supposed to be out a month ago, is now scheduled for February 19, while Tim Waggoner’s Carved in Flesh has been pushed back to April 16. This may be connected to the demise of Supernatural Magazine, which reputedly came down to a contractual dispute between Titan Magazines and Warner Bros. Or not. Rumors on the official Facebook page have a final issue (#36) coming out late this month (unlikely, at this point) or as late as June.
Finally, ratings for “Torn and Frayed” were a healthy 0.9/2 and 1.99 million in audience, putting the show once again at third on the network, despite the series premiere of new show The Carrie Diaries.
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