TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 1/18/11

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

(Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Ratings don’t bode well for V. Will it survive into a third season? Rumours about its cancellation are sprouting like mushrooms after the rain.

Morena Baccarin gave a recent interview, in which she said the alien baby will be an important character and Anna will develop feelings towards it. That’s probably because Anna has started to realize Lisa isn’t queen material. So is the baby queen material, then? Recently, she also said she was glad her character was being humanized, “because that is the interesting struggle for this character.”

Um, I think I’m fine with Anna having feelings and emotions because I have never bought the “emotionless” alien bit in this show. After all, Anna is snide and cruel and is always raising an evil overlord eyebrow, muahaha, and clearly continues to exhibit feelings during the whole series. So, let’s just forget about trying to make her robotic.

Logan Huffman, who plays Tyler, was also interviewed. He doesn’t reveal anything interesting, but says Lisa and Tyler’s relationship is complicated by V politics. I wish Lisa and Tyler’s relationship would bite the dust so we could move on to Joshua and Lisa developing an epic love story.

Oded Fehr makes his first appearance in episode four, playing Eli Cohen. He’s cute and has experience with action films such as The Mummy and Resident Evil, and V needs all the intrepid eye-candy it can muster.

Finally, io9 says we are in a golden age of bad TV and mentions V in its criticism of shows that are about nothing, “shows without real characters, without real action, without…well, without pretty much anything.” Amen, sister. Amen.

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

Well, this past week o’ spoilers started out a little slow, but then Jim Beaver started tweeting (until he was felled by a nasty cold/flu that’s going around at work) about 6.16, and the show had a con in San Francisco and next thing you know, a veritable cornucopia poured out.

Incidentally, Fox executive Kevin Reilly caused a kerfluffle last week by claiming he didn’t know Supernatural was even on Fridays (i.e. that it wouldn’t be much competition for Fringe, which is moving to the same slot opposite it on Fox this Friday). “Don’t write the eulogy,” he told Fringe fans, even saying that Lie to Me (which didn’t get a back-nine order and which I happen to like) wasn’t really canceled. Uh-huh. Fringe fans, you remember Firefly, right? Think you better start writing that eulogy for your show.

Movin’ on to Supernatural. First, Jim Beaver told us that the “news” he’d been tweeting about was not notification of an early renewal. Okay. So, perhaps more likely, it was the news that the show would be having a western episode in 6.17 (as stated at the con). However, network executive Dawn Ostroff did announce that there was no reason for there not to be a season seven (Oh, and she’s reconsidering leaving the CW). Since she said the same thing last year at this time, that’s probably a good sign.

Considering all the speculation about whether Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are signed on in case of a seventh season, Ackles had some interesting info. It turns out (according to issue #21 of Supernatural Magazine) that, at this time last season, the producers approached him about doing an episode, though he had told them in the past that he’d do one. He says now that he had been hoping to ask about directing another one in season seven (should there be a season seven) and when he did, they immediately said yes. This implies that he is signed on for another season. He also said that the show could go on a season or two after that and then it might be time to wrap it up, thus indicating he might be up for continuing as far as a ninth season.

My impression, from the things the showrunners and network have said in the past year, is that they see this new storyline (which Sera Gamble has referred to as a “sequel” to Kripke’s original storyline) in the same light as the Samcentric one. That is to say, this Deancentric uberplot could extend up to five more seasons (I’m not saying it would or even should, just that it’s probably designed so that it could). After that, you’d have covered both brothers and I suspect that even the recurring regulars (like Jim Beaver and Misha Collins) would be ready to move on to new things at that point. Plus, the network would have gotten its ten-season Smallville replacement to usher in all those new paranormal shows and The Vampire Diaries could move into position to go for ten seasons (assuming it actually has that much story, which, considering how fast it’s burning through its uberplot, I’m not sure it does).

Second, he also tweeted some character spoilers, as well as a little info about the episode (There is one scene where Bobby and Sam tangle with a giant rat). Mitch Pileggi is apparently in the episode currently being filmed (probably still 6.16). Steven Williams is, too (though it’s unclear if Misha Collins is, or not). Beaver tweeted a cute photo of himself with Williams asleep beside him inside a room, and also tweeted a pic of Williams “in character”, as well as one of himself. The episode is called “…And Then There Were None“, which is, of course, after the chilling Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name. There are some nice set photos of Beaver, Ackles, Williams, and Mitch Pileggi, and some more with Padalecki and Ackles.

Supernatural will be featured at the Paley Festival this year. This hasn’t happened since 2006.

There is a new synopsis out for 6.13, “Unforgiven”: “DEAN FINDS OUT ABOUT SAM’S LIFE WHEN HE HUNTED WITH SAMUEL – Sam (Jared Padalecki) starts to have flashbacks to a case he worked on with Samuel (guest star Mitch Pileggi) before he reconnected with Dean (Jensen Ackles). Sam receives a mysterious text with coordinates to a small town, so the brothers decide to investigate. Dean is surprised when the townspeople start telling him some of the things Sam did while he lived there. David Barrett directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin (#613).”

It’s hard to tell what those surprising things might be, though considering some of Sambot’s confessions, they might well be pretty negative. On the other hand, why would Dean be “surprised” by that? I just hope this won’t be some kind of whitewash, with Sambot portrayed in the flashbacks as Mr. Wonderful Hero (when he clearly wasn’t).

There were a lot of spoilers from the con, many (but not all) about the western. First, though, Maureen Ryan did a recent interview with Sera Gamble that included some info about the meta episode (6.15). Sam and Dean will wake up in a parallel universe where everyone believes they are actors named “Jared Padalecki” and “Jensen Ackles” and thinks they are having “a psychotic break”. Eric Kripke will be mentioned, but one plot point will revolve around his being off somewhere, out of contact with the showrunners. Sera Gamble will be “a voice on the phone”.

Gamble also confirmed that Balthazar would be back and causing lots of trouble, just for fun, and that Lisa and Ben would also be back. Padalecki mentioned in his panel that Balthazar would draw a blood sigil at some point, and also that the sybaritic angel we all love to hate can cook like Julia Child.

Padalecki also finally gave some more information about the movie project he hinted about months ago. He’s going to be in a John Woo film called “The Flying Tigers“.

Samantha Smith hinted in her panel that she might come back to the show. There’s some confusion as to whether this was wishful thinking or a genuine spoiler, but I’d love to see her back and kicking some of Grandpa Shady’s ass (however sweetly), so I’m putting it in. Gabriel Tigerman, Charles Malik Whitfield, Richard Speight Jr., Aldis Hodge, and Corin Nemec also had panels, though no spoilers from those. Clif Kosterman teased about the possibility of a seventh season.

In the western episode (called “The Gallows Pole“; my God, a decent title for once), the brothers will go back in time to meet Samuel Colt in 1861 (the year before his death and the first year of the Civil War) and the episode will apparently revolve around the origins of the Colt. Also, some guy named “Elias” is wrongfully hanged and Castiel will have a female angelic “lieutenant” named “Rachel”. Ackles said in his private Q&A that Dean loves westerns and confirmed (facetiously?) that there will be “assless chaps”. Of course, he was also tanked up on DayQuil at the time and his snark is infamous even when he’s 100%, so big grain of rock salt and all that.

I’m hoping the writers will show a bit more subtlety and sensitivity than they usually do and step carefully around the subject of the American Civil War. Some people are still fighting it in my backyard. Just sayin’. Not a good subject for frat boy humour.

Jensen Ackles also said that Dean would be gunning for Roy and Walt (maybe in “Unforgiven”? I’m just saying that because of the theme of the film), the hunters who shot him and Sam at the beginning of “Dark Side of the Moon” last season. Granted, this was probably an offhand comment, but I’d be really curious to see that, especially since it may be that Dean will be going after them on his own. Vengeful Dean needs a comeback and just thinking about the Dean we saw take out a vampire nest in 6.05 gunning for those losers makes me happy. If anybody deserves that kind of cold, mean bastard on their trail, it’s Walt and Roy.

Ackles said in his private Q&A that he was really thrown off by the change in Sam’s character and felt that Dean wasn’t really Dean as a result during that period. So, Jensen Ackles, not a fan of the Sambot plot. But, Padalecki assured the audience in his Q&A, “We’re getting back to being brothers.”

Super-Wiki has a listing of con reports and videos. You can also find one here (of Ackles talking about how he and Padalecki torment Misha Collins on set) and a fairly-extended question-and-answer about pranks for Richard Speight Jr.

Finally, repeat ratings were steady at 1.4 million and a 0.6 against a last-minute scheduling of Fox’s Human Target (which got 4.77 million and a 1.2), among others. Stupid Colt did another good run-down/comparison of Supernatural‘s ratings history, and that of Friday night shows in general for the past half-decade, on Television without Pity.

We’ll be back next week with more spoilers. Stay tuned and check out our reviews of V and Supernatural.

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