This week, we’re introducing Nathaniel Katz as our latest news correspondent. The spoilers column will be expanding over the next few months to include more general horror media news, as well as our current entries. Nathaniel is the first of our new reporters. Please welcome him!
Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz
When Will You Rise includes a novella and a short story by Mira Grant, set in the same world as her novel Feed. It will be published by Subterranean Press, signed, and retail for $38 dollars.
Glen Hirshberg’s vampire novel, Motherless Child, comes out from Earthling Press this month.
Stephen King and Joe Hill’s novella, In the Tall Grass, will be republished as an e-book on October 9th.
Robert McCammon’s second novel, Bethany’s Sin, will be reissued this month by Subterranean Press. The signed hardcover edition will cost $75.
Syd Moore’s novel, Witch Hunt, focusing on the Essex witch trials, will be released on October 9th by Avon.
The Edgar Allen Poe-inspired-and-featuring movie, The Raven, comes out on DVD on the 9th of October.
Centipede Press is releasing a book of Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy illustrator John Stewart’s art. It is a hardcover retailing for $65, and is signed by its introducers, Ramsey Campbell and Andrew Smith.
Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
ABC has put out the press release for the episode “The Doctor.”
“‘The Doctor’ – While Regina continues to try and stop using her magic in an attempt to win back Henry’s affections, she begins seeing what she believes is a ghost from her past; and when Mary Margaret and Emma discover a lone survivor from an ogre massacre, Emma begins to question whether or not he’s telling the truth. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Regina finds herself failing at learning the dark arts from a dark master because something from her past is preventing her from using her magic for evil, on Once Upon a Time, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 (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, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood/Ruby, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
“Guest starring are Raphael Sbarge as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket, David Anders as Dr. Whale, Colin O’Donoghue as Killian Jones/Hook, Sarah Bolger as Aurora, Jamie Chung as Mulan, Noah Bean as Man, Sebastian Stan as Jefferson, Yurij Kis as Assistant and Paula Giroday as Trish.
“‘The Doctor’ was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Paul Edwards.”
Spoiler TV is reporting that a major role is being cast that will be recurring for this season and next season. “A major recurring guest star role with an option for next season is being cast, a character named Barrett. He’s in his 30s, kind and smart, but also has a very dark side and has beliefs and a way of life that he will fight fiercely to defend.”
Jennifer Morrison also confirmed to TV Line that Regina was just playing games when she acted as if she didn’t know who Jefferson was.
The Vancity site has a couple of set pictures of Captain Hook with who they are calling Cora, though there is some doubt that it is really Barbara Hershey.
TV Guide has up an interview with Jane Espenson, where she talks about the mysteries of the character and Emma’s journey with her mom in Fairytale Land.
“Here’s a statement from Once Upon showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz: ‘We are great admirers of Colin’s talent and of the way he portrays Hook. We’ve much more story to tell with his character that we’re excited to share with the audience.'”‘
For those disappointed that we didn’t get to see August again this week, despite the tease, TV Guide‘s Mega Buzz reports that Eion Bailey has returned to filming!
“You promised Once Upon a Time scoop on the fate of Pinocchio and how Prince Charming and Snow White would take back their kingdom! – Joseph”
“NATALIE: And I will keep my word! This season’s third episode will feature a fairy-tale land flashback to Snow and Charming’s post-reunion plan – and there will be familiar faces helping them along the way. “We’ve seen their war council,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says. “Snow’s got a really great relationship with Red, and I think that is a story we want to tell.” Horowitz also promises that August’s fate – whether he’s dead now because he went all wooden – will be explained in this Sunday’s episode, but fear not because Eion Bailey has already returned to filming this season!”
Here’s the trailer for this upcoming episode, “Lady of the Lake.”
TV Line has up promo pictures for the Oct. 21 episode titled “The Crocodile.” It looks like Belle is getting kidnapped by Captain Hook’s henchman and Charming, Red and Gold go after her! TV Guide also has them up on their site.
The final ratings are out for this week’s episode. The show received a 3.4/9 in the demos and 9.84 million viewers. Once again, it was the number three rated show of the night, after 60 Minutes and football (it tied with Family Guy in demo, but beat it in total viewers).
Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina
The final ratings for the BBC airing of “The Angels Take Manhattan” came out and the show received a final rating of 7.82 million viewers. It was the 13th most watched show of the week. According to the Doctor Who News site, “the average rating for 2012 is now 7.96 million, higher than the figure for last year, with the Christmas episode still to be included.”
Supernatural (Wednesday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Tonight’s episode is the execrably titled “What’s Up, Tiger Mommy?” This is supposed to reintroduce a recast Kevin’s Mom (last seen being played by a different actress and held hostage by the Leviathans to ensure his good behavior) as a recurring character. Fingers crossed she turns out better than the title.
The usual promos for this one are out: the CW one, the Canadian one, and there’s also a sneak peek. In which Dean demonstrates that Purgatory only made him more paranoid not less. There are also some articles with various spoilers about Kevin and his mother, and Castiel doing “penance” for Dean.
There’s a general promo out with some quick spoilery shots for both the season premiere and other episodes. The Point Break crack was funny. And is that Dean throttling a prisoner?!
Officials photos for 8.03 are up. They aren’t hugely spoilery, though there are several of Jensen Ackles with his father (who apparently plays a detective who teams up with the brothers on the case. Does he need a prayer circle, already?), plus a couple of Sam, Amelia and their dog, and one of Dean in his shirtsleeves that really ought to have a warning label. TV Guide‘s blurb about the episode is largely uninformative, but reiterates a previous spoiler that the victims were organ recipients. There’s also a behind-the-scenes night photo from a more recent shoot that shows Misha Collins in his trademark trenchcoat, with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.
Stills are also up for 8.04. More info from various sources on it here. It’s a bit confusing, since the premise is that the brothers break into an apartment expecting a monster and find two bodies with some found footage. The found footage is about three college kids who discover wolf powers and go hog wild with them, à la the film, Chronicle. However, one wrinkle is that the brothers are apparently in the found footage, too…much to their surprise.
In addition to official photos, we have an official synopsis for 8.04 (Note that this is a Robbie Thompson script with a new director. I sense season-one wackiness ensuing in more ways than one, this season):
“SUPERNATURAL’ – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
“‘Bitten’ (TV-14, DVL) (HDTV)
“A UNIQUE EPISODE OF SUPERNATURAL – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a bizarre murder in a college town. Close on the tail of their suspect, they bust into an apartment to find two dead bodies and a laptop cued up to some disturbing video footage. The footage begins with Brian (guest star Leigh Parker), Mike (guest star Brandon W. Jones) and Kate (guest star Britni Sheridan) hearing about an unusual animal attack in their town and the rest of the story is revealed through their eyes. Sam and Dean become unknowing participants in a unique student film. Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson (#804).”
There’s also one for 8.05 that sounds mighty intriguing (though I’m not wild about Sam coming to the rescue after contemplating his navel for half the episode):
“SUPERNATURAL – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
“‘Blood Brother’ (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV)
“BENNY CALLS DEAN FOR HELP – After Benny (Ty Olsson) gets brutally beat up by some vampires, he calls Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help. Dean abruptly packs up and tells a confused Sam (Jared Padalecki) that he’s taking a “personal day.” Benny confesses that he’s going after his Maker (guest star Patrick Stafford) so Dean offers to help, flashing back on the many times Benny helped him and Castiel (Misha Collins) in Purgatory. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) uses his solo time to reflect on the life he left behind with Amelia (guest star Liane Balaban). However, when things go bad for Dean and Benny, Dean calls Sam for help, which makes everything very complicated. Guy Bee directed the episode written by Ben Edlund (#805).”
Set pics from October 5 (8.08 – “Hunteri Heroici”) show Padalecki and Ackles in suits, Collins in the trenchcoat. The three of them are walking down a street at night, apparently working a case together, when Dean comes upon a cartoon hole in the wall and sticks his hand inside. You just know that won’t end well.
Speaking of which, Collins gave an interview where he said Castiel would be out of Purgatory by 8.08 and working with the brothers again. But he will have issues (Cas done come back wrong, again? Ya don’t say). It seems he’ll be manipulated by someone behind the scenes, unbeknownst to him or the brothers. Collins also gave a group interview with Mark Sheppard and Jim Beaver about Comic-Con silliness.
Collins wasn’t the only one back from Purgatory. Ty Olsson gave a two-part interview in which he talked about Benny’s backstory (which will be heavily covered by at least two episodes by 8.07) and Purgatory flashbacks (pretty much all the Benny coverage we’ll get the first few episodes).
TorCon was last weekend and there’s a whole page worth of tweets and links to Q&As. Some of them are spoilery. Notable stuff: Misha Collins is back filming, already. The brothers visit a Renaissance Fair in a future episode. Sam’s reasons for abandoning Dean will become clearer as the season progresses, though Dean will not be understanding about it. Benny will come between the brothers and Sam “may try to take him down,” but Dean won’t let him.
There’s a new promotional poster up. I liked the fan one better, with the trees, but this one’s official, so….
Jared Padalecki has two new interviews out (The show’s in its eighth season not ninth, Wetpaint, just so you know), in which he talks about episode two and Sam’s Amelia storyline. There’s also a new video out about the show’s wardrobe.
Finally, the ratings for the season premiere, “We Need to Talk About Kevin” were 0.8/2 in the demo and 1.85 million in audience, against the first Presidential Debate (which got about 67 million). It grew out of its lead-in, the season finale of Oh, Sit!, which got only half the audience at 910 thousand and less than half the demo at 0.3/1. The demo was even with last season’s premiere and up 14% from the season finale.
To put this into even more perspective, the show has gotten the best demo and audience by far out of five fall CW shows premiered so far this season (Only Hart of Dixie came close with a 0.7 and 1.53 million and it dropped its second week to a 0.5. Ouch). Naturally, one expects the newer shows to at least start much higher than a 0.8 (or the CW is even more screwed than usual) and for The Vampire Diaries also to start out better. On the other hand, Arrow‘s much-anticipated series premiere may give the show a boost. At any rate, Supernatural is doing quite well so far. I’m sure the network is pleased.
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