Will it or will it not be cancelled? That continues to be the questions for this show. Although V is not getting much love, and its ratings were rather low, there is always the chance it might slip into a third season because the list of bubble shows this year is incredibly long.
Even if the show survives, it’ll face stiff competition from TNT’s Falling Skies, which takes place six months after aliens invade Earth, and follows a former history professor who must battle and resist the bad guys. The show is getting some positive buzz and promises (from the promo released) to be much more action-packed than V. It premieres on Sunday, June 19.
In happier news: V cast and crew will be at Wondercon 2011 this April.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
We started the week with some discouraging news about the titles for the rest of the season. They are reported to be (The last two are still not official): “My Heart Will Go On” (6.17), “Frontierland” (6.18), “Mommy Dearest” (6.19), “The Man Who Would Be King” (6.20), “Let It Bleed” [formerly “The Haunter of the Dark”] (6.21), and “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (6.22). As you can see, the Lovecraft title for 6.21 has been replaced by a Rolling Stones title. I don’t mind Stones titles, normally (It’s certainly better than foisting Celine Dion on us), but that’s hardly one of their best. And to replace a Lovecraft title with it – oy.
But fortunately, it seems that the Lovecraft theme was more than skin (i.e. title) deep. Premiere Talent is reporting on their Facebook page: “Watch for Peter Ciuffa in the teaser for the upcoming episode of Supernatural # 621 playing the role of famed author H.P. Lovecraft.” While Mr. Ciuffa doesn’t have all that much of Lovecraft’s distinctive features, he does bear enough of a resemblance that I’m willing to reserve judgement until I see what the makeup crew does with him – and how he pulls off the role. Incidentally, on his page, it seems IMDB is still reporting the episode as “The Haunter of the Dark, Part 1”. Keep in mind that Kripke said at the Paley Festival they wouldn’t be doing a two-part episode, after all. I guess we’ll have to see if that’s true.
All that aside, THEY’RE FINALLY DOING LOVECRAFT! THEY’RE FINALLY DOING LOVECRAFT! AND FOR A DEANCENTRIC EPISODE!!!!
Ahem, I’m sorry, but considering the theme and that it’s taken them six seasons to even mention H.P. Lovecraft (who is the King of Cosmic Horror) by name – after ripping off his tropes right, left and center – I am just all kinds of excited that they are actually having the Man from Providence as a character on the show. Please, oh, please don’t screw it up.
Jensen Ackles has said that 6.21 will be Deancentric and 6.22 will be Samcentric. He also talked about how Lisa and Ben would be dealt with in a definitive way, so 6.21 could be it. The original story is loaded to the gills with cults and old gods and trapezohedrons and mad protagonists and all sorts of nasty fun. So many ways to bump off characters if they go whole-hog on it (though there’s no guarantee they will).
I wonder if the ratings will spike a bit for that episode (Remember, everyone, that 6.21 and 6.22 are running the same night on the CW: 8-10pm on May 20th) as curious Cthulhu-heads tune in to the show for the first time to see what it’s all about.
Someone posted on IMDB that Ackles would be writing 6.21, which would be even more levels of awesome. Sadly, this turned out not to be true. Jim Beaver nixed this rumour pretty quickly on the same discussion thread. Granted, it’s getting toward the end of the year and rumours and foilers are flying with equal abandon. But if you’d ask me to choose between believing some random anonymous person putting information on IMDB pages and Jim Beaver, I think I’m going to go with the guy who actually works on the show and sees the writer credits on the scripts. You should take the rumours about Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Mark Pellegrino being in the season finale with a huge grain of rock salt, too.
Late Edit: EW is nixing the JDM rumour, citing “inside sources”. As you all know, I’m generally not impressed by Kristin’s “spoilers”, but she’s probably right in this instance. No word on Mark Pellegrino’s involvement, but unless they bring back Nick, I’m not seeing it. Not that I would mind their bringing back Nick, but there’s no good story-based reason to do that in the season finale.
Another episode (besides 6.21) Ackles seems all perky about is “Frontierland”, the western episode that got switched with “My Heart Will Go On” (Apparently, this is because the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is on April 15th and the CW’s preempting the show for a week back in January disrupted that timing). Ausiello reports: “Winchesters Gone Wild! Jensen Ackles got his cowboy on when Supernatural transported Dean and Sam to the Old West for an upcoming episode. ‘The guys find a formula to battle Eve, the mother of all monsters, but the problem is the only record of this formula ever existing happened over a 100 years ago,’ Ackles previews. ‘So they call upon their angel friends to give them a time-travel experience.’ The excursion fit like a glove, says Ackles, who like Dean is wild about Westerns. ‘I sent a picture to my father [from this episode], and he wrote back, “You’ve been rehearsing this scene since you were six.”‘ Hopefully he rehearsed it well, because Supernatural pulled out all the stops. ‘I get to have, like, a high noon shootout, we get to see a hanging…,’ says Ackles. ‘We packed a lot into a 42-minute episode. It’s really good.'”
The official synopsis for 6.17 is up: “SAM AND DEAN TEMPT FATE – After Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche) changes history and keeps the Titanic from sinking, Fate (guest star Katie Walder) intervenes and begins killing those that would have died on the ship. Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that Fate is very upset with the two of them and the only way they can stay alive is to kill her. Mike Rohl directed the episode written by Bret Matthews (618).”
I have no idea why Balthazar would change history like this (when “In the Beginning” said you couldn’t), or why Fate would be angry at Sam and Dean for something that Balthazar did. Or why she’s getting angry now. Or even why she’s bothering to get angry at Sam, who has had zero success at changing his own fate. And how are the brothers supposed to kill Fate when an angel like Castiel can’t? Isn’t that like trying to kill Death? It sounds dippy. Not to mention like Castiel letting Balthazar hang the brothers out to dry yet again.
ONTD is reporting some new promotional photos of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. I’m not sure if Ackles is wearing that necklace as a hint to the writers, to mess with the fans, because he likes wearing necklaces, or because he just plain forgot to take it off for the shoot. There are also two interviews, though they are practically spoiler-free and also seem to be old. The photos are nice, though.
EW retrod some more spoilers about 6.20 through 6.22, because I guess they figured that kind of vagueness was worth reporting twice. The comments on SpoilerTV about the article are actually more informative, with renewal rumours about show sets being rented for another year and such-like.
There is a new tie-in novel, Night Terror by John Passarella, being reported for presale on Amazon for September 13: “Alerted to strange happenings in Clayton Falls, Colorado, Bobby sends the boys to check it out. A speeding car with no driver, a homeless man pursued by a massive Gila monster, a little boy chased by uprooted trees – it all sounds like the stuff of nightmares. The boys fight to survive a series of terrifying nighttimes, realizing that sometimes the nightmares don’t go away – even when you’re awake….”
The season six companion has a page up, as well, and is due out on September 27. Don’t forget that the next Supernatural tie-in novel, One Year Gone, which is Lovecraft-themed, is due out on May 10 and Coyote’s Kiss is due out on July 12.
Ratings were pretty good (especially considering the early-in-the-week CW shows are repeating at half that): 1.146 million, a 0.7 for total households and an even 0.5 for all the rest.