TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 02/29/12

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This week, we have spoilers for Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who and Supernatural:

Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina

Happy Leap Year, Everyone!

ABC released the official synopsis for the episode, “Heart of Darkness”, due to air on March 18:


“‘Heart of Darkness’ – Mary Margaret hires Mr. Gold as her attorney when Emma is forced to arrest her for the suspected murder of David’s wife, Kathryn. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Prince Charming sets out to stop a determined and unhinged Snow White, whose memory is still clouded by Rumpelstiltskin’s potion, from assassinating the Evil Queen, on Once Upon a Time, SUNDAY, MARCH 18 (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, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Eion Bailey as August, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.

“Guest starring are Eion Bailey as August, Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red Riding Hood, Jim Shield as Royal Guard, Edward Foy as Black Knight, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Gabe Khouth as Mr. Clark/Sneezy, Faustino Di Bauda as Walter/Sleepy, Jeffrey Kaiser as Dopey, Michael Coleman as Happy and Mig Macario as Bashful.

“‘Heart of Darkness’ was written by Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg and directed by Dean White.”

SpoilerTV also has the promotional pictures up for this episode. The stuff with Snow White and Prince Charming looks good!

TV Addict has a bit up about the Red Riding Hood episode, “Red Handed”:

“Anything exciting coming up on my favourite new show of the season ONCE UPON A TIME? – Ashley

The TV Addict: Tons! That said, your level of excitement with regards to one of ONCE‘s upcoming fables will truly be determined by your answer to the following question: Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? If you answered “Yes” to said aforementioned question you may want to watch the upcoming March 11th episode with the lights on. Well, that or risk being petrified by the original big baddie who will be making a killer first (and possible second and third) impression on poor Red Riding Hood and her unsuspecting town of fairytale denizens.”

SpoilerTV has the promotional photos up for the episode, as well. Looks like Snow is featured pretty heavily in this fairytale flashback!

E! has a tidbit up about the potential of Sheriff Graham/Huntsman returning:

VeroPadilla34: OUAT! Just need some type of fix!
“How about a ridiculously good-looking, charming and Irish fix?! The ABC hit series is currently trying to figure out a way to have fan favorite Sheriff Graham/Huntsman (Jamie Dornan) return. ‘To be quite honest, I hope so,’ executive producer Edward Kitsis says of Dornan appearing in a future episode. ‘We would like to have him back. Sometimes it is a scheduling thing that is beyond our control, but right now we are trying to move heaven and earth to hopefully make it happen. I can’t promise you.’ Eh, we’re still going to hold you to that non-promise, Kitsis!”

They also have an interview up with Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz about the Mad Hatter character, David Anders’ Dr. Whale, David and Mary’s relationship, Rump’s son, and Kathryn’s disappearance.

I’m excited about the Mad Hatter character. I love the Alice stories. I wonder who could be the Big Bad Wolf? It doesn’t seem like there is any character who has been introduced so far, who could fit it. I am so over the David/Mary relationship right now, and the idea of dragging out the melodramatic Kathryn’s disappearance story until mid-end season does not thrill me. I am looking forward to getting more info on Rump and his son and I kind of hope that Henry’s dad just ends up being some normal guy who has nothing to do with the curse. Not everything has to be important, right?

Another tidbit is up about Mary being arrested for Kathryn’s disappearance and Gold ending up representing her. That’s about the only part of this story that I’m interested in – the Gold part!

@girlgoneveggie: Any scoop on Once Upon a Time? Not having a new episode to look forward to this Sunday makes me sad. 🙁
“You think you’re a little down? Well, prepare for major fallout after Kathryn’s (Anastasia Griffith) disappearance, like our dear Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) being arrested by her own daughter Emma (Jennifer Morrison) kind of major. And wait, it gets even better! Guess who’s going to be representing Mary Margaret in court? Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle)! This should end well….”

And the last one is about August, which is also in the TVLine interview below.

TVLine’s Ausiello had some intriguing stuff about Rump on his site:

Question: I have fallen in love with Once Upon a Time. Anything on Rumpelstiltskin (Mr. Gold)? – Becca
Ausiello: And how. Although series co-creators Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz won’t quite come out and say he isn’t as bad a guy as we think, the former does allow that ‘he’s a complicated man, [and how you view him] depends where you line up with his interests. [It’s always a question of] whether you’re in the way of that agenda or not.’ Adds Horowitz: ‘There’s more to come this season’ – in particular, in Episode 19 – ‘about him and his son and what happened there that may, hopefully, shed a little more light.’ And yes, there is some light in him. ‘A lot of these characters have grey areas,’ Kitsis reminds. ‘There’s some humanity in him.'”

Now colour me interested on that! I am looking forward to finding out more about Rump. I find him to be the most fascinating character on this show right now.

TVLine’s Vlada Gelman also had an interview with Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, where they tackled six questions, from Belle’s return, Dr. Whale, and the Sheriff returning to who August is, who Henry’s father is, will David and Mary Margaret ever get together, and why the Queen hates Snow White.

The most intriguing tidbits for me are on August. It turns out that August is not the writer of the book, as previously thought:

“WHO IS THE STRANGER? AND WHAT HE’S DOING WITH THE BOOK? Not surprisingly, the answers to these two questions are deeply interconnected. When the consequences of August’s tampering with the book (and him getting it back to Henry) are revealed in a later episode, ‘it will inform who [he] is,’ teases Kitsis. ‘Those pages are his story, you’d say.’ Adds Horowitz: ‘What we saw August doing in that episode…is the first step in peeling back the onion on who this guy is and what his agenda in Storybrooke is. August’s goal is a very specific goal.’ But if you think the handsome mystery man is the author of said book, you might want to guess again. ‘Who wrote it…will probably be something more for Season 2,’ reveals Kitsis.”

And they confirmed that we would not discover Dr. Whale’s fairytale counterpart this season.

All in all, a pretty full spoiler week! It sounds like Adam and Edward were doing the rounds this past week. I’m most intrigued by August and Rump’s storylines. Also interested in seeing Belle again (Poor Belle! They did mention hoping to bring Emilie de Ravin back at the end of the season), and the storyline with Prince Charming trying to save Snow White from her curse-infected revenge looks good, as well. But the whole David/Mary storyline is a real turn-off, as is the “What did Snow White do to the Evil Queen?” storyline. At this point, with as much evil as the Queen has done and how much joy she takes in destroying people’s happiness and their loves, nothing that was ever done to her is ever going to make me feel sorry for her. She’s just evil, through and through, and nothing justifies what she has happily done to everyone around her.

Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina

The Doctor Who News site has some location pictures up of Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill and Mark Greenwood filming at Southerndown Beach. They are also reporting that actor Rudi Dharmalingham will be playing the role of “ISA worker”.

The Express, a UK newspaper, is reporting that an insider has told them that Benedict Cumberbatch is going to portray the Master in the 50th Anniversary special: “It’s fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy, The Master, for the 50th anniversary and it’s felt Benedict is the perfect choice if schedules can work. Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor.”

Steven Moffat does run both shows, so it’s possible he has gotten Benedict – who stars on his show, Sherlock – to make an appearance, replacing John Simms. I’m not a huge fan of the reboot’s version of the Master. I loved John Simms in Life On Mars, but he was way too campy and over-the-top as the Master, and the writing didn’t help. Suddenly, the Master could hop like Tigger, had magical powers, and was a hyper, scenery-chewing maniac. The Master has always been a menacing and intimidating foe for the Doctor, not a ridiculously campy one. Hopefully, both Benedict in the acting and Steven in the writing will bring the Master back to the formidable foe he was in the previous versions.

Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

Wow, and I thought last week’s spoiler front was quiet. Week two in Hellatus is even worse.

First up, the show gets another double repeat this week, with “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie” (How I hate that episode title. So much) repeating tomorrow at 9pm in place of The Secret Circle repeat and “How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters” in the usual time slot on Friday at 9pm, as well. It looks as though both The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle will be back the following Thursday with new episodes, so we probably can’t expect any more Thursday showings for Supernatural at the moment beyond this week.

Late edit: According to this week’s print issue of TV Guide, the CW will do another Supernatural repeat on March 8, after all. In place of a repeat of The Secret Circle, they will instead air a repeat of “Repo Man”. The repeat on Friday will be of “Death’s Door”. And yes, the network is currently reporting that the season eight finale will be on May 18. There will not be a two-hour movie (They probably want to stretch out that 23-episode season as much as possible, what with the current ratings situation). On the bright side, the network’s desire to stretch out the show for as long as possible this season is a good sign for a possible season eight.

The 7.16 synopsis is up (Yes, I know we talked about it last week, but that was in the comments):

“DOUBLE TROUBLE – After a ballerina is found dead from dancing herself to death, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) look into the case and discover the ballet slippers she wore were cursed. When Dean accidentally touches the shoes the power of the curse starts to take hold of him. John Showalter directed the episode written by Robert Singer & Jenny Klein.”

Why am I getting an Abba song stuck in my head?

Jim Michaels reported on the 25th that they were filming 7.18 and 7.19 last week. Tim Andrew (who directed “Season 7, Time for a Wedding!”) is directing one of them. Michaels said he has read the scripts for 7.21 and 7.22 (so they’re now done), but got cagey when asked about the season finale. It was reported that he called into a radio review by Winchester Bros. last week and confirmed that the devil’s trap means something, but that it won’t be revealed for a while. However, I didn’t hear it on there when I listened to it.

Jared Padalecki is saying he won’t be missing any episodes this season and said that he would only take three days off when his baby is born. The article seems a bit contradictory. If you look at the time off that’s been reported for both Padalecki and Ackles in the past during an eight-day shoot, the show has been trying to concentrate their shooting days so that they can get a little time off here and there in the past year or two. And they don’t film on weekends. So, I’m not really sure why three days off during the week is all that unusual. But okay.

We already knew the show had extended its schedule to April 18, but this listing also mentions one of the CW pilots filming until April 2. What does this mean? Well, if the early renewals are at all dependent on waiting for the pilots to come back, it could be mid-April or so before we hear about a season eight. If they put out some early renewals without waiting for the pilots, it could be sooner.

If you’re in the Duluth area and you’re a Supernatural fan who gets cable instead of satellite, it sucks to be you because they’re taking away your CW channel on cable.

Finally, ratings for last Thursday’s episode were 0.3/1 and 930 thousand in audience, while last Friday’s episode got a 0.4/1 and 1.13 million in audience. And, once again, the Live+7 ratings went up from a 0.8 to 1.2 for the February 10 episode.

We’ll be back next week with more spoilers. Stay tuned and check out our reviews of Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Event, Once Upon a Time, and Supernatural.

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