John May may not be dead. Executive producer Scott Rosenbaum said Michael Trucco’s character may return next season. Good, because that was a lame death (and a lame leader, to boot). Illana posted an interview with Jane Badler, focusing on her reactions as she joins the show. Badler said, “This Diana will, of course, be very different from the old Diana as it has been a long time. I am no longer the young woman who first did V. I am older and wiser and have had many life experiences. Hopefully I will bring all that to the role.”
Visitorsamongus.com has an interview with Morena Baccarin where she talks about her character saying Anna has “slipped”, but she is not going to be emotional all the time, trying to find “new and creative ways to take over”. They also have an exclusive interview with Scott Rosenbaum, which is only viewable to members (sign up if you’re interested in seeing it; he talks about his work in creating the mythology of the series).
Morris Chestnut talks about his character on the show, saying, “He finds himself stuck in the middle often…He was basically sent to earth to lay out the land for the invasion. Once he got there, he started to have these feelings. Now he feels trapped between these two worlds.”
The Vampire Diaries (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Carla Lee
Katherine is heavily featured in the latest CW promo for the show, “The Year of the Kat“. Let’s hope that means something and she stays around long enough to make an impression, unlike other strong female supernatural characters on the show.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Slow news week for Supernatural. There were two set reports, one apparently from 6.03 and one from 6.05, neither of them especially spoilery. In the first one, Padalecki and Ackles are in costume, but mainly wandering around. In the second, Padalecki is in a suit and Ackles is in regular Dean layers. Some things of note that fans have been speculating about: the Impala is heavily featured in the second set of photos, so don’t expect Baby to stay in a corner for long this coming season. Also, remember how Dean had his shirt tucked in and was relatively neat in the season premiere? Well, by 6.03/6.05, the shirt is well and truly out and the Jeans of the Holey Knees are back, as is that beat-up gray-green jacket of which Dean is so fond. No resurgence yet of John’s old leather jacket, though, and Sam’s wardrobe hasn’t changed since his stint in the cage (though the shirt from “Free to Be You and Me” makes a welcome return).
I see the sunny season in Vancouver ended early this year.
Misha Collins will run for charity on September 5. You can find out more about “Misha’s Run” (no show spoilers) here. He also had a birthday last Friday and Jim Beaver’s was on the 12th. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MESSERS BEAVER AND COLLINS!
Jensen Ackles is currently winning in the EWwys (an EW poll for actors who were snubbed by the Emmys this year), but if you still want to give him a vote, you can go here.
Issue #19 of Supernatural Magazine had a lot of interviews, but only two had anything remotely spoilery, Sera Gamble’s and Ben Edlund’s. Gamble talked at length about how things appeared to gel among the show’s writers in season four and that the appearance of the angels brought the writers up to their full game. She says that in “Houses of the Holy”, she originally intended for the “angel” to be real, because she likes angels and thinks they’re “badass”, but Kripke absolutely refused, fearing that introduced angels would be “airy-fairy and fluffy”. She talks about all the fortuitous “foreshadowing”, with the “shoutout to Michael” and such. The interviewer mentions Dean’s “halo” at the end of “Bloodlust” and she calls it “the happy accident halo”, something that both she and director Bob Singer were surprised, but happy, to see.
Speaking of Michael and Lucifer, they’re “locked together to fight for all eternity like roommates in a Jean Paul Sartre play.” She doesn’t seem interested in bringing either of them back, ever (She says more than once that Lucifer is locked up forever and the Apocalypse is over). She also says that it’s not necessary to bring Lucifer back because there is already so much bad mojo down in Hell that the demon-creation system is “self-propagating at this point”. She says that Crowley’s powers weren’t cut off when he rebelled against Lucifer because, “in the case of crossroad deals, Crowley’s got the energy of a ton of damned souls at his disposal.”
She says that they “don’t have a plan in place to hook Sam up with anyone in particular; we have more plans in that regard with Dean”.
She talks a bit about bringing the Trickster back (She’d like to), but doesn’t seem very optimistic about it: “It’s always seemed really hard to kill that guy, but he’s deader than usual [because Lucifer killed him].” She also says there are a lot of stories that didn’t fit into the Apocalypse uberplot that the writers would like to try now, but doesn’t say which ones. A hint is that, when asked a direct question about whether the show will move away from angels and demons and whether Castiel or Lisa will come back, she ignores the first question and says that both Castiel and Lisa will return, that her relationship with Dean will last “longer than his previous record. Of course, that was what, a month?” She answers a previous question about whether Lucifer will still be able to control demons by talking about the system of demon creation being “self-propagating” and saying that the writers plan “to tell demon stories as they come up next season – but we’ve wrapped up the large arc of the Apocalypse storyline. Our new mythology isn’t as demon-centric.”
When asked how her style might “differ from Eric Kripke’s”, she replies that she doesn’t know yet. She then repeats her previous assertion that the new storyline doesn’t necessarily need to end this season.
In terms of spoilers, it’s hard to tell with Ben Edlund’s interview, since his consists largely of his speculation about what he’d like to see and not so much what will come up for sure. He wants to explore, for example, what might have happened to Meg after she fell on the holy fire circle in “Abandon All Hope”. He sees demons as a “twisted fusion of humans and angels, since Lucifer used his angelic powers to turn Lilith into a demon.”
Edlund also speculates that the SPN future is not fixed and, while angels can visit an infinite variety of futures, they can’t make one or another happen, that Zachariah’s sending Dean to the future in “The End” actually ensured that future would never happen. “Free will is like a viral experiment that God left on the desk and then he left and the angels are like, ‘What the hell is this?'”
Finally, there’s an interview with Cindy Sampson (Lisa). Mostly, she talks about her previous career (she does actually practice yoga) and about being a fan of Supernatural before getting the part (Yep, she’s a fellow saltgunner). She also talks about some pranks Phil Sgriccia had her play on Jensen Ackles. While she wishes that Dean and Lisa’s relationship might work out, and feels Lisa is strong and independent enough not to mind a long-distance relationship, she doesn’t hold out much hope for their future (because their fate together is liable to involve “death and dismemberment…all I see are bad things brewing for them!”
So, speculation: not a huge amount to go on this week. The set pics were nice but non-spoilery. The interviews in Supernatural Magazine are nice, but relatively non-spoilery and probably done pre-Comic-Con. Edlund’s interview is largely speculative. Sampson is cautious about giving much away. Gamble is equally cautious and reiterates largely what we’ve at Comic-Con and since then. One thing of note, however, is that she seems to be very enthusiastic about angels and focused on them. If she had had her way, we’d have got them in season two. This is pretty intriguing, considering the spoilers we’ve had about Castiel cleaning up Heaven, yet still being obsessed about the brothers. So, we’ll see.
Stay tuned next week for more exciting spoilers to tide you over in the hot summer months (assuming Burn Notice isn’t doing the trick). We’re also still looking for reviews, interviews and articles about The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural for September.