TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 05/16/12
Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
Well, the big finale has aired and they weren’t lying when they said it would change the face of the show next season! Now that magic is back, everyone has their memories, and they are still in Storybrooke, what will happen? Who will return, who will stay, who will leave? Since the show is on hiatus and Comic Con is still a couple of months away, I expect spoilers will be light for the show right now. But hopefully, in a few months, things will start trickling in!
In the meantime, ABC announced the show’s renewal (no surprise) as well as the fact that it will remain on Sunday nights at 8pm (PST).
TVLine has a little post-finale interview with Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin, where they talk about filming the reunion scene and whether or not their characters will really remember come next season (Hint: They will!).
And for the finale’s ratings, they went up, both in the demos from 3.0 to a 3.3, and in the overall viewers from 8.98 million to 9.66 million. Very nice for the finale and it ranked as the #1 show Sunday night.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
The Producer’s Preview for 7.22 arrived semi-late last Wednesday, as well as some late setpics. However, the 7.23 Producer Preview came out bright and early on Saturday night. Like the 7.21 Producer’s Preview, it is being narrated by Misha Collins. Rumours are a-flyin’ (Perhaps helped by vague teasing from EW and some speculative-y spoilers from the AE3Con last weekend, which should be taken with a grain of rocksalt, since the writers don’t come back until next week) that his restoration to the regular cast for the show on the CW site is a sign of his return in season eight. In addition, Collins gave an interview to CW Connect, one to USA Today, and one to Bing. There was also an interview with Osric Chau.
Also out, of course, are the CW promo, the usual Canadian promo, and an extra Canadian promo from Space, as well as a sneak peek and the official photos, and an Entertainment Weekly minireview that gives the episode an A- (I’ll be shocked if it’s that good. Happy but shocked – and wondering why they didn’t get their act together sooner). The minreview promises us a “satisfying…bloodbath”. I wish. While the show could use some housecleaning, I doubt they will kill off the characters I really want to see go (and no, I don’t mean Sam, Dean or Castiel). The CW promo is incoherent, but the others are pretty good, at least in terms of explaining what’s going on. I can’t say that what’s going on is all that hot, though. The sneak peek openly identifies the bone of the righteous mortal as some random nun. One could speculate there might be a twist on top of that. However, the bone being sharpened and used by Dean in the official photos looks like the same one in the sneak peek, so I’m guessing there will be no twist. The Impala returns, though.
Finally, ratings for “There Will Be Blood” remained steady in the demo at 0.7/2 and dropped a bit to 1.58 million in audience. This drop was likely due to a sports preemption in Chicago. Once again, the show was second to The Vampire Diaries on the network in the demo, though it lost out slightly in audience to Hart of Dixie‘s season finale. Also, the Live+7 ratings for “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” predictably rose from a 0.7 to 1.1, indicating that the stuntcasting of Felicia Day had no noticeable effect on the ratings at all.