The U.S. remake of Being Human returns with a second season on January 16. SyFy has been putting out previews of it for about a month now. We will start reviewing it again when it comes back off its interseason hiatus. Also, Grimm returns on January 6.
Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
A little light on the spoilers right now, but ABC has released the press release for the episode “7:15 A.M.” which airs on Sunday, January 22.
“MARY MARGARET AND DAVID CONTINUE TO GRAPPLE WITH THEIR UNREQUITED LOVE, AND SNOW WHITE TRIES TO EASE HER BREAKING HEART AS PRINCE CHARMING’S WEDDING TO KING MIDAS’S DAUGHTER APPROACHES, ON ABC’S “ONCE UPON A TIME“:
“7:15 A.M.” – Mary Margaret and David continue to grapple with their unrequited love, and Emma and Regina grow suspicious over a mysterious new stranger in town. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Snow White yearns to ease her breaking heart as Prince Charming’s wedding to King Midas’s daughter approaches, on Once Upon a Time, SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 (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, Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.
“Guest starring are Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Anastasia Griffith as Kathryn/Abigail, Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red Riding Hood, Alan Dale as King George, Kwesi Ameyaw as Dr. Thatcher, Eion Bailey as Stranger, Jonathan Holmes as Majordomo, Michasha Armstrong as Guard, Geoff Gustafson as Stealthy, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Gabe Khouth as Sneezy, Faustino Di Bauda as Sleepy, Jeffrey Kaiser as Dopey, Michael Coleman as Happy, and Mig Macario as Bashful.
“The story for “7:15 A.M.” was by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and the teleplay by Daniel T. Thomsen. Ralph Hemecker directed.”
EW talked with Richard Schiff, who is playing Snow White’s father, King Leopold, in the upcoming episode: “He certainly seems to be a happy guy at first glances. They wrote him as a happy-go-lucky guy. [He doesn’t] desire anything. But at one point, he says, ‘I have a prosperous kingdom, a beautiful daughter and a lovely Queen,’ and I decided to make the Queen line not as excited as the other two items on that list. In other words, he’s unhappy and I don’t think people are ignorant [to that]…So there’s a little bit of darkness underneath him.”
Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina
To the relief of many Doctor Who fans, not least myself, Matt Smith announced on the Graham Norton show that he has no intention of leaving the show! When asked by Graham if he was going to follow in the departure of Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvil, Matt replied, “‘No. I am very happy to stay. I love it and love making the show.”
The show was nominated for some National Television Awards. It’s up for Best Drama, Best Actor (Matt Smith) and Best Actress (Karen Gillan). Turns out they are also up against their Torchwood spinoff mates, as John Barrowman is also up for Best Actor and Eva Myles is up for Best Actress.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Supernatural comes back with 7.11, “Adventures in Babysitting”, on January 6, 2012. Yep, that’s this Friday.
Laura Prudom and Clarissa at TV Overmind are reporting that Supernatural will have a repeat on January 20th, with no episode of Nikita in front of it (not the best news for Nikita, if they’re not even bothering to repeat it a few weeks into January). The spring is very long, so expect a lot more of these minihiatuses (and another retro recap and review from us for that week). This means that we’ll get 7.11 and 7.12 (The one where Dean gets punted back into a zoot suit in 1944) back to back and then a repeat before 7.14 (the one with the Amazons). After that, it’s “Repo Man” (or whatever they’re calling it these days), the one with the weird Willy-Wonka name, and then Misha Collins’ return in 7.17.
There are (finally) some official photos up of 7.11 (HQ versions here). Lots of Ian Tracey lookin’ fine in his Hell-on-Wheels beard in them, I’m happy to say, and they hint his character might even survive the episode (One sincerely hopes). At least he gets some lines and to cut loose a little beyond being a victim or the Little Fella. I was worried his appearance would be a blink-and-miss-it cameo, much like his appearances in Hell on Wheels. It looks as though Sam gets captured to end up with Tracey’s hunter dad (named ‘Lee’) in an anonymous warehouse somewhere, waiting for Dean and the daughter to come save them. The daughter, Krissy (Madison Mclaughlin) gets caught and threatened (or maybe goes in as a decoy) by MOTWs Sally (Meghan Ory) and Marlene (Paula Lindberg), Dad gets upset, and Dean comes in to rectify the situation with a huge knife and a two-by-four (though I’m sure things will end up more complicated than that, with everyone getting a hand in). The toothy-80s-hooker MOTWs look like generic variations on vamps, but we’ll see. I’ve seen speculation they could be lamiae, basilisks, or naginis. We already had a lamia in “Weekend at Bobby’s”, so probably not that, and with this show’s propensity for screwing mythology into unrecognisable shapes, it could be anything (which is not likely to be very exciting). I’m guessing the MOTW is just an excuse for getting all the hunter characters together in this one, anyway, so I’m not expecting a lot of thought to be put into the monster mythology. You never know, though.
There is also a Canadian promo up. Though it’s not terribly spoilery, it is very Dean-heavy. Samfans are already complaining on the boards because, hey, when are promos ever misleading with this show? [/sarcasm] Big whoop if the episode does turn out to be Dean-heavy. As long as this doesn’t turn out to be the “Unforgiven” of season seven, and Tracey gets some good material (and a shot at coming back), I’ll be pretty happy. Episodes first and second out of the gate after the Christmas hiatus are generally terrible, as if the writers stick the scripts that don’t quite gel in those spots. I’m trying to keep my expectations low and simple. Ian Tracey in a major guest role as a hunter, and Dean handling sharp objects while hunting and acting crazy? Happy birthday to me.
Late edit: There’s also a sneak peak up, now. The survivalist guy is back. Looks like this one’s a hunter extravaganza week.
There was no repeat last Friday, so no ratings news this week. Endless reruns of The Secret Circle, instead, did not exactly set the CW on fire, so Supernatural is in no danger of being replaced by that, either first-run or in repeats.