Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
The Spoilers Guide site has some spoilers up for the next three episodes. I have no idea of the reliablity of this site, as I’ve never heard of them before. Episode 6, “The Shepherd”, will have David (Prince Charming) having to choose between his “wife” and Mary, whom he’s “fallen deeply in love with.” And episode 7, “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”, will have the death of a character and one of the town members starting to remember their past life.
The Washington Post has a joint interview with Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas. It mostly focuses on Prince Charming and Snow White’s first meeting, but it does also deal with some of the real-world issues facing their alter egos, David and Mary Margaret. Josh says that David will look upon Regina as an ally and Ginnifer foresees the amnesia causing a lot of obstacles for the true love duo. But both believe that the show will prove that “true love trumps all” by eventually getting David/Charming and Mary Margaret/Snow White back together.
Kristin at E! Online has a couple of spoilers up in her weekly column. She talks about having heard of a shocking death coming up on the show, and that Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” will be making an appearance soon – though she has yet to be cast. According to Kristin, we will learn a lot about Rumpelstiltskin in that episode and Belle’s would-be bully suitor Gaston will be making an appearance. No word on whether or not the Beast, himself, will.
As for the death, I can’t really imagine it being any of the lead characters. No way would the show cut down any of the Charming/White family. Snow White and Prince Charming are the end-goal couple, the one that everyone longs to have a happy ending and the ones whose happiness the Queen specifically went after (Everyone else was just icing on the cake for her). Emma is the heroine, destined to end it all. And besides being a child on a family-friendly show (and no way would they off a child), Henry is the driving force and heart of the show, and the movement to end the curse.
And considering there’s still a lot to milk out of the mystery of Gold/Rumpelstiltskin’s duplicity, and the Queen is the villain who caused all of this, I can’t see either of them being ended any time soon.
I could see it being the Sheriff, or any number of peripheral characters like Ruby, Granny, Jiminy, or even Gepetto or Grumpy. I just can’t see it being any of the leads right now.
ABC released a press release for episode 1.05:
“HENRY EXPLORES THE INSIDE OF A MYSTERIOUS SINKHOLE TO SEE IF ITS CONTENTS CAN LINK STORYBROOKE TO THE FAIRYTALE WORLD, AND JIMINY CRICKET YEARNS TO LEAVE THE FAMILY BUSINESS AND TRANSFORM INTO THE PERSON HE WANTS TO BE, ON ABC’S ‘ONCE UPON A TIME’
“‘That Still Small Voice’ – As Sheriff Graham deputizes Emma, the ground shakes and a giant sinkhole mysteriously appears at the edge of town. But a curious Henry’s life is placed in danger when he decides to explore the innards of the sinkhole to see if its contents can link the inhabitants of Storybrooke to the fairytale world. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world, Jiminy Cricket yearns to leave the family business and transform into the person he wants to be, on ‘Once Upon a Time’, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.”
Hmmm…I find it very interesting that the Sheriff is making Emma a deputy. Good way to give her a way/reason to stay in town (and very reminiscent of how Syfy’s Haven kept their heroine in town, as well), and an interesting way for the Sheriff to stand up to Regina, since it stands to reason that Regina won’t be happy about this turn of events!
And finally, the ratings for this week – the show’s third episode – held up really well. They only slipped to a 3.8 (4.0, 3.9) in the all-important demos, and an 11.45 million (12.93, 11.74) in total viewers. These are minor losses for a new show in its first few weeks and, as TV By The Numbers reports, “the performance the first three weeks has to be very encouraging for ABC.”
And, in fact, ABC is so pleased with the show that last week, they picked it up for a full season!
And TV Guide has announced that Emilie de Ravin (Lost, Roswell) has been cast as Belle!
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
So far, we’ve gotten a CW promo, a Canadian promo and two clips (one quite short) for this Friday’s episode, which sounds like crackfic. The groom, of course, is Sam. Because, apparently, this season hasn’t already had Sam act fruit-loopy enough. Becky Rosen (Sam’s No. 1 Fan from season five) has been confirmed as the intended bride.
We also got an episode title for 7.15 (“Repo Man”. And yes, that reminds me of the 80s flick not the opera. Sue me if that dates me) and a short clip of a birthday celebration the crew arranged for a young guest star on the set for 7.11. This, of course, means that’s the episode they’re currently filming and also that the scene in question appears to be with just her character and Dean (because Jensen Ackles is present, but Jared Padalecki doesn’t appear to be). There are also two more photos from this episode out, one of the guest star with Ackles and one of her with Padalecki.
We also have official photos from 7.09 (The Jersey Devil one). Dean. With guns. In the woods. And a truly infamous folklore creature. Sign me up.
Nicholas Lea has confirmed on his homepage vague rumours from the past week or so that he was in town to film an episode. He will be playing a character named “Eliot” and will appear in 7.12. Hmm, could that be…Eliot Ness? He also confirmed that he would appear in Once Upon a Time as the father of Hansel and Gretel. I was never a fan of Krycek on The X-Files (too much of a weasel too many times), but I do like Lea, who is a very reliable and solid genre actor, and not exactly harmful to the eyesight.
Remember the rumours floating about the past few days about their being a three-part episode coming up? Well, it’s been confirmed by one of the guest stars in said three-parter, Meghan Ory. Does that name sound familiar? No? Well, remember Alec’s first love from Dark Angel episode “The Berrisford Agenda”? That actress. She also currently plays Ruby/Red Riding Hood on Once Upon a Time.
At the mid-Ohio Comic-Con, James Marsters speculated about his character coming back, possibly as a replacement for Castiel. Certain parts of the fandom had yet another meltdown.
The show has been nominated for the People’s Choice Awards in the categories: Favorite Network TV Drama and Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show. You can vote here through December 6, as many times as you like. Results will be announced on January 11 during the Awards ceremony on CBS.
Finally, in the wake of the last game of the World Series and Grimm‘s series premiere the previous week, Supernatural went back up to a 0.8/2 and 1.84 million last Friday for “The Mentalists”. It appears that little, if any, audience is abandoning Supernatural for Grimm. They might be watching both on the DVR that same night, but they’re not watching the new show instead of the old. And Supernatural continues to rate highly on the DVR+7 charts. Not that this will affect the show’s renewal prospects one way or the other, but the show is doing okay in the demos that do, so it’s a nice plus.