V (Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Warner Bros Television Group is bringing a record 14 shows to Comic-Con, including V, during July 22-25. The V panel is scheduled for Saturday, July 24, from 2:30pm to 3:15pm.
The V Files reports that the writers have returned to work since the first week of June 2010. Cast and Crew begin filming August 12.
Executive producer and showrunner Scott Rosenbaum recently said that season 2 will be more “action-packed” and the public will “see a lot more of the V soldiers and their army in Season 2. Also, when the battle starts, we will see the battle. We do have budget limitations but we’ll figure it out.” TV Overmind also confirms we will see a “skinned” lizard early during the second season.
Elizabeth Mitchell has revealed that she has learnt how to fight for her role as an FBI agent.
Steven Spielberg may eat V‘s lunch if they aren’t careful. The extended hiatus may very well sink the show if watchers move from one alien show to another. The first photos of Spielberg’s Fallen Skies were released last week. Touted as War of the Worlds, but without the sappiness of the Cruise version, it may very well prove an admirable ratings contender.
The Vampire Diaries (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Carla Lee
* Mayor Lockwood’s younger, cooler, estranged brother returns to Mystic Falls.
— According to the article, he’ll be a new baddie. I’m not entirely sure why, though. If vampires can be good guys, so can werewolves, and I’d like to see more of that. However, the “bad” vampires have been far more interesting than the “good” vampires so far, so maybe the same will prove true for the werewolves. Plus, it might be interesting to see Tyler torn between good and bad. Or maybe he’ll just go straight over to bad; he has been abusive and bullying, especially early in season one.
— No matter what, though, I’m excited to learn more about the Lockwoods.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
The CW has reported its season premiere dates for all of its shows. Supernatural is coming back on September 24, right after Smallville. The Vampire Diaries will start two weeks earlier on September 9. Since the two series won’t premiere their seasons on the same week this year, we’ll be having a Supernatural/The Vampire Diaries month in September, where the day on which each show appears will be devoted to articles and reviews about it. You can send in articles or queries to us at innsmouthfreepress at gmail dot com.
Comic-Con has announced that Sera Gamble, Ben Edlund and Eric Kripke will be at the Supernatural panel, which will be on Sunday, July 25 between 11:15am and 12:15pm, and will include (as in previous years) a sneak peek of season six.
According to Michael Ausiello, Mitch Pileggi is now confirmed to come back as Samuel Campbell and in multiple episodes.
Also a possibility to come back (in 6.04) is Kim Rhodes (Sheriff Mills) from last season’s “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”.
Jennifer Aspen (Glee) will be filming an episode (probably 6.04) over the next couple of weeks (confirmed by Samantha Ferris on her Twitter). This article gives links to both of her Twitter accounts. However, she will be tweeting about the episode mainly from here. She teases that her character will be “covered in blood ala Carrie“. This may be the “Marcy Ward” character mentioned by Michael Ausiello last week.
Comments about Jensen Ackles’ directing debut have been extremely positive and supportive. Zap2it caused a bit of a stir last week when it reported some of Jim Beaver’s tweets about Jensen Ackles’ directorial debut, such as: “Having watched lots of TV stars at work, I knew being the single lead on a series is the hardest job in the acting biz. Getting a taste now.” Article author, Carina Adly MacKenzie wondered if this meant Jared Padalecki wouldn’t be in the episode (which unfortunately resulted in a nasty Samgirls versus Deangirls war in the comments section), but more likely, Beaver just meant that it’s a Bobby-centric episode and not that season six will normally have a single (i.e. Dean) lead or that Padalecki will be absent from 6.04.
There are two fan campaigns going on. The first, by a group called “Ghostfacers Fans”, asks fans of the Ghostfacers webseries to send in postcards telling the CW how much they love the show. The second and more recent one asks fans to send in postcards in support of Jensen Ackles’ directorial debut this week.
I’ve located a copy of the Supernatural article in SFX from a sample issue of the magazine. Highlights:
“With Lucifer gone, the show has reached the point where creator Eric Kripke originally envisioned it ending…’I plan on being around…I plan on being Sera and Bob’s consigliore. They both have some pretty exciting ideas on where to take the show, and I’m there to be the safety net and to make sure it all stays within the tone of Supernatural.'”
Kripke refuses to give any spoilers about Sam and says that Adam’s character remains up in the air, but “there’s a lot of story to be told about Crowley in season six.” (Mark Sheppard appeared to confirm this when he teased recently about being in Vancouver, specifically, Kitsilano, this week, though he could be talking about Warehouse 13.) Kripke doesn’t expect Chuck to come back or have his disappearance explained because it was “intentionally left open for interpretation.”
Gamble says that the show was never really about the Apocalypse, but about “Sam and Dean. We’re going to go from the epic back to a more intimate story.”
Beaver says he’s been hired for the first two episodes (and, of course, 6.04, though that might be one of the two episodes, since it’s being filmed first). He teases that Bobby might come back as a demon or a zombie, but considering what we’ve heard of 6.04, that seems somewhat unlikely.
Ben Edlund says that the recent “scope” of the show was “too big”, that things will start hectic and then “calm down”, but also that season six will start “smaller in scope…at least initially.”
Phil Sgriccia says, “There will be a story arc”, but it won’t be the Apocalypse. “We can’t have that continue.” He says that “Castiel and Lisa” will both return, in addition to Crowley and Bobby, and hopefully, Death. According to the article’s writer: “There’s also been talk in the writers’ room about about how to bring the Trickster (Archangel Gabriel) back, and Jo and Ellen Harvelle could make a ghostly return.” But so far, there’s nothing concrete, just this mention in the article. Keep in mind that it’s news to Samantha Ferris (Ellen), too, so either bringing back Ellen and Jo has not yet made it out of the writers’ room or she’s been asked to keep it under her hat.
As we reported in our review of the latest issue of Supernatural Magazine, there were a few spoilers in it. First, Sera Gamble discusses the possibility of a season seven, saying that there is no reason for the show’s “new mythology” to be wrapped up by the end of season six, that it could be continued for more seasons, and that the writers will proceed as they do every season, with a season finale and a series finale planned (just in case).
Ben Edlund then states on the next page that the brothers are effectively immortal now because they can’t die.
In the Ghostfacers interview, A.J. Buckley and Travis Wester talk about the possibility of another Ghostfacers series. They’ve filmed a “sketch” with Misha Collins, who apparently wants to do more, and Buckley believes a Ghostfacers spinoff could survive on television, possibly as a half-hour show. Hmm. Well, this is supposed to be Smallville‘s last year….
So, speculation: it’s nice to see some female characters confirmed/rumoured to return or come on board, even if they’re one-shots (no guarantee every one of the returning/new male characters is multi-shot, after all). It’s especially nice that most of these are characters that have worked in the past and tend to skew older and more mature, getting away from the annoyingly Mary-Sueish Buffy clones of earlier seasons.
I like the idea of more Ghostfacers and even a TV spin-off that could lead into the darker and more-R-rated Supernatural at 9pm. Supernatural is more Evil Dead or Black Christmas, whereas the Ghostfacers are more Ghostbusters or Scooby-Doo. They would have considerable overlap of audience and compliment each other.
I’m “meh” about Kripke continuing on in the background to maintain the “tone” of the show. While I enjoyed over half of the season five episodes on their own, the “tone” was wildly all over the place and there were signs everywhere of a tired and disinterested show creator. So, I don’t see how said tone can do anything but improve at this point. I can’t help thinking it might be better all round for Kripke to make a clean break and let the new leaders do their thing. It’s not as though they are new to the show or need to be shown the ropes. But that’s just me.
I have to admit that I’m skeptical about 6.04 being Bobby-centric because the writing for him has been so poor from 4.22 onward. If he’s not berating Dean (or Sam, when possessed), he’s whinging and feeling sorry for himself. On the other other hand, Jim Beaver is a wonderful actor (loved his scenes with Carrie Anne Fleming, who played his wife in “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”, and the bit where Bobby and Dean end up backed into a closet) and I’m very excited to see Jensen Ackles’ direction. I’ve always thought it was fun to see actors cross over into direction of their own shows because they bring a different spin to it than the audience might previously have seen. On the third hand, I remember how the Deep Space Nine showrunners saddled Alexander Siddig (Dr. Bashir) with Ferengi episodes. So, I’m waiting on judgement and will certainly watch for Beaver and Ackles, and in hopes we get a great episode along the lines of Da Vinci’s Inquest‘s “Better Broke Than Naked” (Ian Tracey’s directorial debut).
I’m not thrilled about the lack of spoilers about Sam and Kripke’s outright refusal to supply any. It’s not the refusal that bothers me (no need for the writers to overshare on spoilers) so much as the spillage about everything and everybody but Sam. This doesn’t make me excited; it makes me groan quietly. Past experience indicates to me that when the writers have nothing to say about Sam, they have no new ideas about him, either, or they’re hiding one rather tired idea that they will stretch out as long as possible. On the one hand, I’m really glad to hear Sgriccia say that the Apocalypse is over and that we’re now in post-apocalyptic territory because that should mean a brand-new chapter for Sam. On the other hand, all the talk about going “smaller” and more “intimate” and making it “about Sam and Dean” sounds suspiciously like Endless Winchester Angst: The Sequel. We’ll just have to see.
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