Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 01/11/16


Book Two in the Fraterfamilias series, Confraternitas, is out. It’s by Judith Doloughan and our very own Paula R. Stiles. And try our latest antho, Jazz Age Cthulhu. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Demonstra, Nickronomicon, and Sword and Mythos, all from Innsmouth Free Press, while you’re at it.

This week, we have more news and spoilers about Doctor Who, sci-fi series and Supernatural. You can access previous spoilers columns here.


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Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina

The Appreciation Index came out for the Christmas special. It received an 82, with the highest at 88 for Call the Midwife. The overnight ratings are at 5.77 million viewers, making it the seventh-highest-rated show of the day. The final ratings came out and the show was watched by 7.69 million viewers. It was eighth for the week and seventh for Christmas Day.

It was announced that the spinoff show, Class, will air on BBC America in 2016.


Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

AMC has announced premiere dates for shows Bates Motel and Damien: March 7, 2016.

Bad news for fans of ITV’s Jekyll and Hyde: The show has been cancelled.

More bad news for those who were looking forward to the live-action Titans TV series, Kevin Reilly has nixed it.

But on the bright side, BBC America has announced that it has ordered to series a show based on Douglas Adam’s book Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

Good news for fans of Syfy’s new show The Expanse: It’s already been renewed for a second season.

Also good news for old-style Star Trek fans: The U.S. Post office is releasing a set of stamps for the show for the new year!

The 100: TV Line has up the promotional photos for the first episode and a sneak peek clip of the premiere episode.

11.22.63: There’s a trailer out for the Hulu show based on Stephen King’s time traveling book, 11/22/63.

12 Monkeys: Spoiler TV has up the latest promo for the show. We now have a date for the second season premiere: April 8, 2016.

Arrow: Spoiler TV has up some filming shots of Katie Cassidy and Emily Bett Richards.

Agent Carter: ABC has released a synopsis for the second season. Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for episode two and episode one.

Bitten: TV Line has up the latest promo for the show.

Daredevil: TV Line has up the latest season two promotional photos.

The Flash: Arrow‘s Diggle is making a guest appearance on the show to help take down King Shark. Robbie Amell is returning to the show, but there’s a twist: He will be his Earth 2 counterpart, Deathstorm.

Fear The Walking Dead: The show will return on Sunday, April 10 at 9 p.m.

Game of Thrones: A photo of Bran Stark has been released for the upcoming season. The show is in talks with HBO for a two-season renewal for seasons seven and eight.

Grimm: TV Line spoke with series creators James Kouf and David Greenwalt on the character of Trubel and more.

iZombie: Kirsten Bell will be lending her voice to the show in an upcoming episode.

Legends of Tomorrow: TV Line has up an early review of the series premiere. There’s a new promo out for the show.

Lucifer: Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos for the premiere episode.

The Magicians: The show has cast actor Michael Cassidy and several others in recurring and guest spots.

Once Upon A Time: Spoiler TV has up behind-the-scenes photos for episode 16. At the TCAs this past week, Paul Lee, the head of ABC, assured fans that, despite the ratings having gone down, the show still has a future. The show has cast a new actor as Gaston, actor Wes Brown (Hart of Dixie).

Orphan Black: There’s a new teaser up for the show on the show’s YouTube channel.

Outlander: There’s a new trailer out for the show.

Preacher: The show has promoted actor Derek Wilson to series regular.

Shadowhunters: For fans of the book series’ pairings, executive producer Ed Decter promised that the show is true to those pairings.

The Shannara Chronicles: Spoiler TV has up sneak previews for episodes three and four.

Supergirl: The show has announced the date for Blake Jenner’s (AKA husband to Melissa Benoist) first guest appearance: January 25, 2016.

Teen Wolf: TV Line has up an interview with Tyler Posey on the second half of season five. EW has up the first look at the new villain, the Beast. Crystal Reed is returning to the show in a flashback episode as an ancestor to the Argents.

The Walking Dead: The show has a new trailer out, but still no glimpse of Jeffery Dean Morgan’s Neegan. The show has cast Xander Berkeley as character Gregory, who will be very familiar to comic book fans.

The X-Files: Zap2it has up six teases for the revival. Fox released a twenty-minute video for the show. David Duchovny spoke with the Hollywood Reporter on Scully and Mulder’s changed relationship, among other things. Chris Carter explained to TV Line why he broke up Scully and Mulder. I still think it’s lazy and unimaginative writing to just break them up.

EW’s latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Agent Carter, Legends of Tomorrow, The 100, Teen Wolf, and Arrow.


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

Congratulations to Jensen Ackles for winning the PCA Award for Favorite Scifi/Fantasy TV Actor! Ackles celebrated a passing of the coffee pot from costar Misha Collins.

The first con of the year is in Jacksonville, FL this weekend. We’ll report on that next week.

The show is on Christmas hiatus until January 20. There’s a very strange promo for 11.10 (“The Devil in the Details”) and much fan spec about whether the Christmas aspect to it will be in the episode. No photos, yet.

The repeat last week was “Baby.” This week, there is no repeat.

Titles so far are “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire” (11.01), “Form and Void” (11.02), “The Bad Seed” (11.03), “Baby” (11.04), “Thin Lizzie” (11.05), “Our Little World” (11.06), “Plush” (11.07), “Just My Imagination” (11.08), “O Brother Where Art Thou?” (11.09), “The Devil in the Details” (11.10), “The Sound of Silence” (now “Into the Mystic” 11.11), and “Don’t You Forget About Me” (11.12).

The synopsis for 11.10 (“The Devil in the Details”) is up:

“The Devil in the Details” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV)

LUCIFER MAKES SAM AN OFFER – Now that he has Sam (Jared Padalecki) in the cage with him, Lucifer (guest star Mark Pellegrino) offers Sam a way out but it comes with a steep price. Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) look into the angel smiting that could have killed Amara (guest star Emily Swallow). Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#1110). Original airdate 1/20/2015.

So is the synopsis for 11.11 (“Into the Mystic”):

“Into the Mystic” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

DEE WALLACE GUEST STARS – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a case where people are suffering violent deaths after hearing a mysterious song. John Badham directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson (#1111). Original airdate 1/27/2016.

Behind-the-scenes photos for 11.12 (“Don’t You Forget About Me”) are out. This is the episode where Jody Mills, Alex and Claire return.

It seems that the show will enter the world of professional wrestling in episode, 11.15. It is either currently in production or just wrapped.

No official word yet on whether the show has been renewed, though network head Mark Pedowitz acted confident that it would. Also, unless non-ratings factors happen, it’s not likely to be canceled this season, anyway.

The repeat for 11.04 equaled its lead-in from the Arrow repeat in the demo for a 0.3/1 and 0.94 million this week. Still third on the network for the week.


We’ll be back next week with more news, spoilers and blatantly unabashed self-promotion. Stay tuned and check out our reviews of Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Event, Once Upon a Time, Grimm and Supernatural.


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