Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
There’s a new press release from ABC for episode 1.12, “Skin Deep”:
“EMMA KEEPS AN EYE ON MR. GOLD WHEN IT LOOKS LIKE HE’S OUT FOR VIGILANTE JUSTICE AFTER BEING ROBBED, AND BELLE AGREES TO A FATEFUL DEAL TO SAVE HER TOWN FROM THE HORRORS OF THE OGRE WAR, ON ABC’S ONCE UPON A TIME
“Emilie de Ravin (Lost) Guest Stars as Belle. Jessy Schram (Falling Skies) Guest Stars as Cinderella/Ashley.
“‘Skin Deep’ – After Mr. Gold’s house is robbed, Emma keeps a close eye on him when it looks like he wants to track down the criminal and dole out some vigilante justice as payback, and Valentine’s Day finds Mary Margaret, Ruby and Ashley (Jessy Schram, Falling Skies) having a girls’ night out. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Belle (Emilie de Ravin, Lost) agrees to a fateful deal to give up her freedom in order to save her town from the horrors of the Ogre War, on Once Upon a Time, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 (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 Jessy Schram as Ashley/Cinderella, Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red Riding Hood, Tim Phillips as Sean/Prince Thomas, Jarod Joseph as Billy, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Eric Keenleyside as Moe French/Sir Maurice, Sage Brocklebank as Gaston, Chris Shields as Military Advisor, John DeSantis as The Dove, Ingrid Torrance as Severe Nurse and Gabe Khouth as Sneezy.
“‘Skin Deep’ was written by Jane Espenson and directed by Milan Cheylov.”
Kristin at E! Online has up a tidbit about the show in her latest spoiler column. And by tidbit, I mean, “Nothing much.”
“Elizabeth: Any Once Upon a Time scoop? It’s my new favorite show!
“Everyone’s dying to know what happened between the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) back in the fairy-tale world, so when we chatted with Parrilla, we had to ask for anything and everything about that backstory. ‘I have some idea. I cannot reveal that clearly. That’s the biggest question everyone wants to know the answer to,’ she teases. ‘I will say that you will learn soon enough.’ We’re thinking it’s pretty soon, considering we’ll meet Snow White’s father (AKA the Queen’s husband), King Leopold in the next episode.”
Laura Prudom over at Huffington Post has an interview up with Ginnifer Goodwin, where they talk about Snow White, Prince Charming, the Seven Dwarves, and everything in between!
SpoilerTV has a scan up of a picture of Emilie De Ravin in her Belle outfit from the latest TV Guide issue. They also have the set of pictures up for the upcoming episode, “Frederick” (1.13), which is the episode with Prince Charming and the Siren. Looks like it will focus on David and Mary, Prince Charming and his quest, with some Archie, Granny and Ruby thrown in there!
Spoiler TV has this up for the synopsis of “Frederick”: “David decides to tell Kathryn about his relationship with Mary Margaret; as Prince Charming searches for Snow White, he agrees to help Abigail with a dangerous mission.”
They’re also reporting that episode 1.14 will be called “Dreamy”.
Matt Roush at TV Guide has up something about the show in his latest “Ask Matt” column. He tries to answer a reader’s question about where Henry got the book (He got it from Mary Margaret, which Matt didn’t answer) and why none of the characters in Storybrooke realize that time has stood still for them (because of the curse, which he did mention).
Damian Holbrook at TV Guide has up a column titled, “Impeach Once Upon a Time‘s Mayor!” I so agree with him, but alas, it seems some viewers are enjoying her evil. Me, I hope she’s gone by the end of the season. A vain hope but a hope, nonetheless!
And finally, the ratingswere understandably down against the monster ratings hit that was the NFC Championship (and which many of the people around me are still currently in mourning over!), but really not that much down from last week. This week, they got 3.2 in the demos, and 9.30 million viewers, compared to last week’s (up against the Golden Globes) 3.3 in the demo, and 9.839 million viewers. This coming week, they aren’t up against anything, so hopefully, their ratings will go back up!
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
This week, we starting off with a small tribute to Supernatural director and executive producer, Kim Manners, who died three years ago today (His birthday was on January 13).
According to the British Columbia Film Commission List, production has been extended to April 18 (It was previously March 25). Many thanks to Xenia_rules on IMDB for the information.
As someone reported in the comments section last week, the official synopsis for 7.14, the horrendously titled “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie”, is up:
“#Supernatural 7.14 synopsis (Feb. 10) ‘Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie’
“CLOWNS, UNICORNS AND SHARKS, OH, MY! – Sam (Jared Padalecki) is forced to confront a childhood fear when a case takes him and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to Kansas to investigate Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie, a local pizza chain that hosts children’s birthday parties. Sam and Dean discover that the victims’ children had recently been to the restaurant and drawn a picture of their worst fear, which then came to life to kill their parent. While Dean confronts the man behind the magic, Sam is left to deal with some very angry clowns. Mike Rohl directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin.”
Why am I not surprised that Dabb and Loflin wrote this one? Expect lots of shenanigans with potentially ugly mytharc ramifications that will, therefore, never be mentioned again. Rumours are that only Sam’s fears will come alive, but with unicorns in the mix, I have a feeling Dean won’t be left out.
Another winning title, this time for 7.17, is out: “The Born-Again Identity”. This is the one in which Sam checks himself into a mental hospital and Castiel (sorry, Misha Collins, who may or may not return as Castiel) returns with some sort of amnesia. It will be written by Sera Gamble and directed by Robert Singer. Speaking of Castiel, Misha Collins appeared on The Soup, where his role on Supernatural was mentioned. As were muff-muffs and other assorted odd subjects.
Official photos are up for 7.13. Um…why is Dean wearing lipstick in the first one? Anyhoo, it looks as though his “daughter” (We don’t actually know for sure that she is) will try to kill him with a bronze sword. A recent short interview with Jared Padalecki indicates that Sam might kill her, over Dean’s strenuous objections: “You’re not in your right mind.” This, of course, would be a reversal of the Amy situation (because we haven’t suffered enough of that, yet, for our sins).
Oh, and if that actress looks familiar, let’s just say there’s a reason why we’re retro reviewing “The Benders” next Monday.
Set pics and video are up for 7.15. Nothing really spoilery in the pics (aside from Sam hallucinating Fauxifer), but they’re cute. And it’s been snowing in Vancouver. It looks as though there’s at least one scene outside an animal shelter and Dean will be driving a crappy old pickup, which is pulling a UHaul-style trailer (clearing out another one of Bobby’s stashes?). It will be a town where a lot of foreclosures are going on and there is one photo in there of guest star, Sarah Clark. Another guest star from this episode will be Bryan Cuprill.
The videos are somewhat more interesting. It turns out the pickup is in front of an antiques shop that is going out of business. Then there’s a location shot of a very familiar yellow building. Remember the big art gallery from “Shut Up, Dr. Phil”? That one. Could be our battling witches will return in 7.16. The video also includes a brief scene of Dean walking across a snowy road, holding a strange wooden box while on the phone, arriving at yet another hot, black muscle car (not the Impala). The second video is of the same scene, with what looks like a flubbed prop (Dean opens the trunk to put the box inside). I wonder if that will end up on the bloopers reel?
The CW has been promoting the show’s PCA win and other things, with a poster, a Men of CW video, a newspaper photo of Jared Padalecki at last week’s panel, and another general CW video. In the latter, Supernatural stuff doesn’t begin until halfway through the promo, but that poster? Is really nice.
Starting February 3, the show will be back for three weeks, then off for another two weeks, then back on again for more two more weeks. This means that 7.17 will not air until March 16. It looks as though that’s the episode they’re currently filming.
‘Tis the season for talk of renewals and new pilots, so fans have been asking about the possibility of a season eight. And the usual suspects are saying…that they don’t know, yet. Let’s put it this way – there are a whole lot of turkeys ahead of Supernatural in the line for the CW’s chopping block these days. While it’s not a given, a season eight looks pretty likely. Either way, it seems it’s too early to tell, as the earliest notice would come in March.
Finally, ratings for a repeat of “The Girl Next Door” came in at a 0.4/1 and 960 thousand viewers. That was 0.1 and 240 thousand higher than the Remodeled repeat (which actually scored more audience than its series premiere) it followed. Supernatural demo was also higher than the Remodeled series premiere. This Friday’s repeat is “Defending Your Life”. You know – the bargain-basement Egyptian god one.