TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 10/26/11

This week, we have spoilers for Once Upon a Time (whose first review will be up on Friday), Doctor Who and Supernatural:

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

Well, the ratings are out for the first episode, and the finals were a whopping 12.93 million total viewers, and a 4.0 in the coveted demos! Excellent for a new series on Sunday night. And it made it that night’s most watched and highest rated non-sports show! The real test will come next week, but so far, the show is off to a great start!

Ausiello has a little blurb about the show in his latest “Ask Ausiello” column.

Question: Any scoop on Once Upon a Time? I’m so excited for Episode 2 this Sunday! – Aurore

Ausiello: Episode 3 flashes back to Snow and Prince Charming’s first meeting, and suffice it to say, it wasn’t pretty. ‘Their relationship is so complicated,” says Snow’s portrayer, Ginnifer Goodwin. “It was based in the beginning on real animosity and manipulation and selfishness.’ (Spoiler Alert: They met on The Bachelor!) Meanwhile, Josh Dallas (a.k.a. The Prince) has this to say about the forthcoming arrival of Alan Dale as his onscreen father, King George. ‘The kingdom is ailing and [my dad] needs some help,’ he explains. ‘He goes to King Midas, and they make a deal. King Midas says, ‘If your son slays this dragon, I will take care of your kingdom. I will give you gold. I will give you riches. You will be taken care of.’ So he makes a deal with Midas for me to slay this dragon.'”

He also has an article titled “Burning Questions Answered“. Josh Dallas (Charming/John Doe) hints that the clock changing time might actually affect time, and that Charming, AKA John Doe, will wake up soon. Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White/Mary Margaret) claims that Mary won’t remember who John Doe is to her, which makes sense, since she doesn’t know that she is Snow White. Lana Parilla hints that there might be something between the Sheriff and the Mayor, and that we will find out more about the Evil Queen’s background. Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) states that we will find out more about Emma’s pregnancy with Henry, and what he meant to her.

Kristin at E! had a tidbit in her spoiler chat, but it was basically what Ausiello said about Snow and Charming having a less-than-happy beginning.

A bunch of pictures popped up for the show: SpoilerTV has behind-the-scenes photos of new character Maleficent, some pics of “Henry” and “the Sheriff”, and promotional pictures for episode 1.03, titled “Snow Falls“.

EW has some hints on future episodes. Some are the same as in the TVLine article, but a few are new, specifically that episode 1.03 will be the one focusing on Snow and Charming meeting, and that we will quickly learn why the Queen hates Snow White so much.

The ABC press release is out for episode 1.04, “The Price of Gold”:

“EMMA TRIES TO HELP A YOUNG PREGNANT WOMAN ESCAPE FROM MR. GOLD, AND CINDERELLA MAKES A REGRETTABLE DEAL WITH RUMPLESTILTSKIN, ON ABC’S ONCE UPON A TIME

“Jessy Schram (“Falling Skies”) Guest Stars as Cinderella

“‘The Price of Gold’ – Emma tries to help a young pregnant woman escape from the clutches of Mr. Gold. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Cinderella (Jessy Schram, Falling Skies) makes a regrettable deal with Rumplestiltskin, on Once Upon a Time, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.”

And finally here is the IMDB synopsis for episode 1.02, “The Thing You Love Most”: “Regina does everything in her power to force Emma out of Storybrooke and out of her and Henry’s lives forever. Meanwhile, the chilling circumstances of how the Evil Queen released the curse upon the fairytale world is revealed.

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

Doctor Who News has excerpts from Matt Smith’s recent interview with VH1 and an article about his quotes as to whether or not he will be leaving Doctor Who after this coming season. I wish him all the best success in his career, but I can’t help feeling very distraught over the idea of him leaving, as I LOVE him as Eleven! He really has become my favourite Doctor, tied with Tom Baker’s legendary Four.

So, here’s hoping he can find something that he can do in the U.S. and still be able to make time to do Doctor Who!

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

At the moment, there are three promos out for 7.06 (“Slash Fiction”): the CW one, the Canadian one, and a 10-second CW spot (“The Coming”). Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles were interviewed on MTV 10 on Top (again) this past week about the episode (Jim Beaver was also briefly interviewed about Duck Nation). This included a set visit and the spoiler that the Impala will be put on ice in favour of a different car for a while after this week.

We also have the synopsis for 7.08 (which airs on November 11):

“”Season 7, Time for a Wedding!”

“HERE COMES THE GROOM; PLUS DJ QUALLS GUEST STARS — While on a hunt, Sam (Jared Padalecki) runs into someone from his past and a confrontation ensues. Meanwhile, Dean reluctantly teams up with a quirky, laid-back hunter named Garth (guest star DJ Qualls), when he finds himself in a situation that he just cannot explain. Tim Andrew directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin.”

Eh, another Dabb and Loflin episode. Oh, dear. And it’s the dreaded wedding episode, too. Sounds like Dean and Garth may be tripping down the aisle together, for whatever reason.

There were several previews, spoilers, teasers, and interviews for 7.05 late last week, including an interview with Charisma Carpenter, two with Sera Gamble (including video and links to other Carpenter interviews), and a very funny outtake from Jared Padalecki. But it looks as though, despite showing a useful power for taking down Leviathans last week (however temporarily), the Starks won’t be teaming up with the Winchesters any time soon.

There was a convention in Chicago last weekend (video here). Spoilers were relatively few, though we did find out that, sadly, Sam’s Hellpain will return. As annoying as I found Rocky Mountain High Sam last week, I have no desire to see his fluffy angst come back either. Jensen Ackles also said that he would probably do a director’s commentary for 7.03 and admitted, in a private Q&A, that season six was his least-favourite season (From the sound of things, he didn’t like Sambot nearly as much as Padalecki liked playing him). Meanwhile, Rick Worthy said that the writers are trying to find a way to bring back the Alpha Vampire (assuming that’s not a foiler and they already have) and Misha Collins took a “shirtless” photo of Jensen Ackles that really showed up the colour of his eyes. The real question, of course, was, did he take that picture on set?

Finally, we have a fair bit of ratings news this week. “Shut Up, Dr. Phil” ended up with another 0.8 and 1.92 million viewers, which is good for the CW this season (and up for the show in audience). Also, Ad Age discussed the various rates for different shows on major networks this season, including Supernatural. It turns out that Supernatural (as it usually is) is the second-cheapest show ($32,477 per ad) on the CW for buying ad space, right above Nikita.

Some fans immediately leaped on this as a way for the CW to diss Supernatural, or yet another alleged sign that the show will be canceled. I’d just like to point out a few things from the point of view of someone who has to do marketing on the cheap, on a regular basis: Just because a show like Gossip Girl has more expensive ad space than a show like Supernatural doesn’t mean it’s actually making more money for the network in ad revenue than Supernatural.

Think about it this way – want ads in your newspaper are really cheap, right? But full-page or half-page ads are pretty expensive. And radio is a bit more expensive, with TV even more expensive than that. So, how many big ads do you see in your newspaper compared to want ads? Fewer, right? There are two reasons for that – one is that there’s more space for little ads than big ones and the other is that more people will want to buy little ads than big ones. Your investment (and your risk) is lower, so you’re more likely to make money and reach your goals. And the newspaper may love getting those big ads, may even have some high-paying regulars, but the conglomeration of little ads is probably where most of the ad money comes from. So, Supernatural doing at the same level (or significantly better) on Fridays as other, more expensive, CW shows is going to make its lower-priced ads look very attractive.

Stupid Colt had some interesting things to say about this in this thread on Television without Pity. Remember, people, that this is business, not a popularity contest. As long as the show makes money (i.e., is a successful business venture), it will keep getting renewed, no matter how “pitiful” the numbers that we see may look. I put that word in quotation marks because Canadian shows would love to get those numbers and so would any book author. It still translates to millions of viewers watching the show.

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 and Supernatural.

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