The U.S. remake of Being Human returns with a second season on January 16. SyFy has been putting out previews of it for about a month now. We will start reviewing it again when it comes back off its interseason hiatus. Also, Grimm returns on January 6.
Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
SpoilerTV has up the full set of promotional photos for episode 1.08, “Desperate Souls”, here.
ABC also released their official description for “Desperate Souls”:
“REGINA AND MR. GOLD TAKE OPPOSITE SIDES WHEN EMMA RUNS FOR PUBLIC OFFICE, AND RUMPELSTILTSKIN TRIES TO TRACK DOWN A POWERFUL SOURCE TO KEEP HIS SON FROM FIGHTING IN A MEANINGLESS WAR, ON ABC’S ONCE UPON A TIME
“Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) Guest Stars as an Old Beggar.
“‘Desperate Souls’ – Regina and Mr. Gold play dirty politics and take opposite sides when Emma runs for a coveted Storybrooke public office against Sidney. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Rumpelstiltskin tries to track down the ultimate power source in order to help his son avert the horrors of a meaningless war, on Once Upon a Time, SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 (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, Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/John Doe, and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.
“Guest starring are Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red Riding Hood, Patti Allan as Miss Ginger/Blind Witch, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Giancarlo Esposito as Sidney/Mirror, Dylan Schmid as Baelfire, Conner Dwelly as Morraine, Kate Bateman as Mother, Mark Gash as Father, Ty Olsson as Hordor, Brad Dourif as Old Beggar, Michael Phenicie as The Duke, C. Ernst Harth as Burly Man/The Ogre, David-Paul Grove as Doc and Gabe Khouth as Sneezy.
“‘Desperate Souls’ was written by Jane Espenson and directed by Michael Waxman.”
Hmmm…considering Gold is all about maneuvering things so that they will best serve him, I’m guessing he’s hoping that having in office a Sheriff who owes him a favour will be a good thing for him. And frankly, I think he doesn’t like the idea of Regina having that much power.
Kristin at E!Online has some spoilers up in her latest spoiler column:
“mrsjmanders: loving Once Upon a Time but one thing is bugging me…when will Emma totally buy into the fairy-verse?!
“If there is one person that could convince Emma (Jennifer Morrison) that all this fairy-tale stuff is true, it’s adorable believer, Henry (Jared Gilmore). And consulting producer, Jane Espenson, says their relationship is going to grow even more this season: “This is a woman who’s never thought of herself as nurturing. And suddenly there’s this kid that needs her. You’re going to see later on this season when she starts to realise she needs him. And that’s a big turn for her.” Is that cagey writer code for: “She’ll completely believe in a former fairy-verse” turn? Perhaps.
“Fotreya: Any Once Upon a Time spoilers? Something about the Beauty & the Beast episode?
“Let’s just say that Belle (Emilie de Ravin) and Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) have a very interesting relationship. Speaking of the little creep, did you know he has a son? Yes, really! In the show’s Jan. 8 episode, Rumpelstiltskin attempts to track down the ultimate power source in order to help his son avert the horrors of war. Could this have something to do with his baby obsession? Hmm….
“Natalievana: Have we seen the last of Sheriff Graham on Once Upon a Time?
“Why must you bring up our recently deceased fictional boyfriend? And so close to Christmas?! Have you no heart? Yes, we have seen the last of Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan), but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the Huntsman, his fairy-tale counterpart.”
I’m looking forward to the growing relationship between Henry and Emma, as it’s one of my favourites. I’m also curious about the relationship between Belle and Rump. I wonder if she might be one person he didn’t take advantage of?
TVLine announced that Amy Acker (Angel) will be making a guest appearance in the new year. She will be playing a love interest for Grumpy, both in the fairytale world as Grumpy and in the real world as Leroy. I wonder if she will be an original character or a fairytale one?
A repeat of the Snow/Charming-meet episode (“Snow Falls”) aired this past Sunday and received a 1.2/3 with 4.420 million viewers. Not great repeat numbers, since it lost to repeats of Fox’s animated duo, The Simpsons and Allen Gregory, but since it’s a repeat during the holidays, hopefully, the network isn’t putting too much weight on those numbers!
Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina
Only four more days to go! The BBC has released some stills for the Christmas special. You can find them here.
In an interview, producer and writer Steven Moffat mentioned that there will be no more two-parters in this coming season.
The biggest news out there right now about the show, though, is Moffat confirming that the Ponds – Amy and Rory – will no longer be the Doctor’s Companions. There’s no word on the new Companion (or Companions) who will be joining the Doctor next season, but we do know that Amy and Rory will be making a guest appearance in the Christmas special and a guest appearance in the new season, but that will be it and the Doctor will move on to a new person in his life. You can find a report of the announcement at a screening of the Christmas special, here.
I’ve expected this since the end of last season, and the reports that Amy and Rory were only making an appearance in the Christmas special. While I will miss them, I do think it’s time for them to leave and I appreciate that they are leaving on a positive note for the characters. Hopefully, they won’t change that come their appearance next season, but we’ll see! Either way, I’m very curious to see the next Companion the Doctor will have. Hopefully, they will be a great addition!
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Very slow newsweek, what with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles heading home for the holidays on the 18th.
I know we talked about this, already, but not in the formal article (since the announcement came out after last week’s column went up). The official synopsis for 7.11 is up:
“#Supernatural 7.11 synopsis (Jan. 6) “Adventures in Babysitting”
“ONCE UPON A TIME ACTRESS MEGHAN ORY GUEST STARS — Still reeling after what happened to Bobby (Jim Beaver), Dean (Jensen Ackles) becomes dangerously obsessed over finding a way to take down Dick Roman (guest star James Patrick Stuart). Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) decides to help a teenage girl (guest star Madison McLaughlin) look for her father (guest star Ian Tracey), a hunter who has gone missing. Sam traces his last steps to a truck stop where the help (guest star Meghan Ory) turns out not to be so friendly. Jeannot Szwarc directed the episode written by
As I said before, I am very happy to see veteran Canadian actor Ian Tracey on the show (finally) and I definitely hope that the comments the actress (McLaughlin) who plays his daughter has made about doing scenes with both Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles mean that we might get some of Tracey working with Ackles, or even his character surviving the episode. The brothers could use some new hunter allies and the show might balk at killing off a child character (or orphaning her so she had to ride with Sam and Dean). Also, while I’m totally “meh” about ever seeing Dick again, except maybe his head as a garnish on a platter, I’m all for seeing Dean become “dangerously obsessed” with whacking any and all Leviathans. Go straight to Crazy Town, Dean. It suits you.
There’s a new CW People’s Choice Awards promo that includes a few new (very quick) shots of 7.11 and 7.12, with Dean telling Eliot Ness, “Am I an untouchable now?” (You all know that joke, right?), Sam and a girl doing…something that could be sexy or violent (Take your pick), Dean pointing at his own eyes with a gloved hand and then shooting up a place in front of a war poster, and Dean rocking out in front of a surfboard. It amuses me that only Ian Somerhalder gets named in the “Best Actor” category, yet scarcely gets a shot or two after a rather extended montage of Jensen Ackles. Pictures sure speak a thousand words!
The full Supernatural sketch from Mad is up. It’s not any better than the shorter clip, I’m afraid.
Finally, ratings for the repeat of “Hello Cruel World” were 0.3/1 and 922,000 (The show was preempted in some markets). Also, DVR+7 results are in for “Death’s Door” and Supernatural went up to 1.1, as usual. Nope. No loss of total audience demo.
Don’t forget that Supernatural comes back with 7.11, “Adventures in Babysitting”, on January 6, 2012. There are no Supernatural episodes for the next two weeks between now and then, not even repeats.