Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
Well, it’s only the second week into hiatus, and no real spoilers so far, but there are a few articles out there, focusing on the show, and the show has picked up two Teen’s Choice Nominations.
E! Online had a brief article up for Ginnifer Goodwin’s birthday. They also interviewed Jennifer Morrison, Goodwin and Josh Dallas post-finale. Seems Emma is going to have a love interest come fall. The show will also focus on her relationship with Snow/Mary, now that the two women know they are mother/daughter. Jennifer also confirmed that the show will pick up right where they leave off.
Lana Parilla did an interview with the site Gold Derby. The interview is a bit old, as it focuses on the episode, “The Stable Boy”, that revealed the heart of the Queen’s grudge against Snow White.
In TV Guide‘s Mega Buzz, Ginnifer and Lana speculated a little bit about the state of magic in the real world, now that it has arrived.
That’s it for right now! Comic-Con is about a month away now, so hopefully we will start getting some info about that – as well as some real spoilers – soon!
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
The big news that came out late last week, of course, was the show’s move to Wednesdays at 9pm, after new show, Arrow, next season. No word yet on when the show will make the shift this summer. Not this week, at any rate, as the current programming on Wednesdays is still putting out original-run episodes (This week’s repeat is “Meet the New Boss”). Also no confirmation on how many episodes the show will get next season, though I’m guessing they will get at least 23, perhaps 24 if the show can pull that off, due to the network’s extreme anxiety about long hiatuses. As a result of that anxiety, the CW season won’t be starting until October, which means the summer Hellatus this year will be a bit longer than usual. We’re stocking up on the ice cream and good whiskey here at Innsmouth Free Press, and hope y’all will be joining us for spoilers and retro recaps to tide us through.
Jensen Ackles was quoted at the CW Upfronts, to which he and Jared Padalecki had been invited for the first time in years, as saying that he would direct the “first episode” (Supernatural‘s 150th). No word yet on whether that means the season premiere or whether he will, once again, be directing the third or fourth episode of the season out of order. Whichever episode it is, it’s liable to be Deanlite, to allow Ackles more time and headspace to act, as well. Various interviews came out of it, including one with Padalecki (transcript), in which he talks about being a dad and the longevity of the show, and one where Ackles talks enthusiastically about Jeremy Carver (The interviews were pulled from the initial sites, but these links do work, at least for now). Ackles seems downright cheerful these days compared to even a few months ago, and snarked back about using five “extremities” on the computer when Kristin snarked about he and Padalecki mass-voting on the E! polls for the show. There’s also video of the male CW actors entering the building (Padalecki enters at 2:45 and Ackles at 3:06). The actors from the new shows are noticeably more nervous and confused by the paparazzi than the actors on the older shows, who have done this before (The Ladies of the CW are here. No Supernatural content. Alona Tal, now of Cult, doesn’t appear to have been there). There’s some more footage of Padalecki here and Ackles here (Warning: loud squeeing on the soundtrack).
And in yet another press conference statement on the subject, CW head Mark Pedowitz stated that season eight wasn’t planned to be the last one. Just in case the new showrunner and move to a better night didn’t clue anyone in. Can we consider the rumour that this is the show’s intended last season to be dead and let the ratings fall where they may now? Great.
Also, the show, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles were all nominated for the Teen Choice Awards. You can vote if you’re young.
There was another Asylum con in London last weekend. Misha Collins was there, saying he wasn’t sure he’d be in season eight. Of course, the writers only just came back and he’s not going to spoil a season that hasn’t even been outlined, yet. But he’s probably going to be in season eight.
Finally, ratings for “Survival of the Fittest” remained steady in the demo at 0.7/2 and dropped a bit more to 1.560 million in audience. It was rumoured there were some preemptions (Those won’t be such a problem on Wednesdays). Also, the Live+7 ratings for “Reading Is Fundamental” rose from a 0.7 to 1.0, down 0.1 from the last Live+7 report.