For those who were reading my Zero Hour reviews, you’ll be happy to hear the show is returning for a burnoff of the rest of its 13 episodes on Saturday nights this summer and so are our reviews. It starts with a two-hour premiere (well…episodes four and five) on June 15 and airs each week until its two-hour series finale on August 3.
Also, our publisher Silvia Moreno-Garcia is doing some crowdsourcing for her novel, Young Blood, to be published by Innsmouth Free Press if she’s successful. Think near-future Aztec vampires and narcoterrorists in Mexico City. Go here to find out more and get a sneak peek.
Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz
Most of the week’s releases don’t lean as far forward on the throttle. Few are as good at blending classical genre elements with new flair as veteran genre author William Meikle and his new novel, The Amulet, has noir private eyes and Weird horrors, and seems poised to carry on that tradition. Author Val Muller similarly wants to toy with the great ideas of the past, but he sets his literary sights about as high as they can go. In Faulkner’s Apprentice, Loreli Franklin comes into contact with the titular author – and a hunter of souls.
More than a few rereleases this week don’t so much look back to the past as they do resurrect it. Most of those rereleases come in the form of ebooks. Theodore Sturgeon’s vampire novel Some of Your Blood is now available in that medium. Two works from Poppy Z. Brite are, as well. The Devil You Know is Brite’s penultimate collection. It includes a mixture of her earlier styles and a new novella with the characters from her novel Liquor. Finally, there is Triads by both Brite and Christa Faust, a work that is poised on the brink of the supernatural and of Chinese history.
Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
First off is a Huffington Post interview with Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, where they talk about exploring Bae’s past with Wendy, the Darlings, Hook, and Neverland. As well as where Emma goes with her magic, teasing the still-there feelings between Neal and Emma, what is going on with Gold as well as Gold/Lacey, and what is happening with Tamara/Greg’s plans and Snow’s heart.
William Keck over at TV Guide has up an interview with the stars, as well as Kitsis and Horowitz.
And Kitsis and Horowitz spoke with TV Line, as well.
Spoiler TV has up a scan of TV Guide, showing Hook and Bae (younger version) on the Jolly Roger. Looks like Hook is trying to woo a scared Bae, who is holding a drawing in his hand.
The official synopsis came out for this Sunday’s Bae-centric episode, “Second Star To The Right”:
EMMA BELIEVES THAT TAMARA HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH REGINA’S DISAPPEARANCE, AND A YOUNG BAE FINDS HIMSELF IN OLD LONDON AND IS TAKEN IN BY THE DARLING FAMILY — BEFRIENDING THEIR DAUGHTER WENDY — ON ABC’S “ONCE UPON A TIME”
“Second Star to the Right” – Emma, Mary Margaret and David go in search of Regina when they discover that she – along with some magic beans – have gone missing. But against Neal’s protests, Emma still believes that Tamara had something to do with Regina’s disappearance; and Mr. Gold contemplates telling Lacey the truth about his ability to conjure magic. Meanwhile, after Rumplestiltskin abandons his son and lets him travel alone through a portal, young Bae finds himself back in 19th century London and is taken in by the Darling family — befriending their daughter Wendy — on “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, MAY 5 (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, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood/Ruby, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest starring are David Anders as Dr. Whale/Victor Frankenstein, Keegan Connor Tracy as Mother Superior/Blue Fairy, Michael Raymond-James as Neal Cassidy, Dylan Schmid as young Baelfire, Ethan Embry as Greg Mendell, Christopher Gauthier as Smee, Sonequa Martin-Green as Tamara, Freya Tingley as Wendy, Benjamin Cook as Michael, William Ainschough as John, Andrew Airlie as George and Karin Inghammar as Mary.
“Second Star to the Right” was written by Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg and directed by Ralph Hemecker.
Ausiello over at TV Line had a few tidbits about the Alice spinoff and the finale:
Question: I have a Q about Once Upon a Time and its potential spin-off: If we decide not to watch the spin-off, will we still understand everything that’s going on in Once Upon a Time? Or are the two shows completely connected? Thanks! – Emily
Ausiello: Worry not. Should the Wonderland-based limited-run offshoot get the green light from ABC on May 14 – and even though Barbara Hershey’s Cora and even Lana Parrilla’s Regina could appear in flashbacks – “It is intended to exist as its own thing,” says Once cocreator Eddy Kitsis. Adds Adam Horowitz, “If you’ve never seen Once, you can actually watch Wonderland and not worry.”
Question: Got any scoop on Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Nashville, Hannibal or Orphan Black? – Danae
Ausiello: On the Once Upon a Time front, expect to see Mulan, Aurora and Prince Phillip once again, before the season is over. And lest you think Regina’s “trigger” to implode Storybrooke is just a MacGuffin for us to gaze upon and imagine its potential, “We’re definitely going to see what that black diamond does,” EP Eddy Kitsis warns.
Finally, the ratings sank again this past week. It received a 2.0/6 in the demos with 7.16 million viewers.
Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina
Spoiler TV has up synopses for the final episodes of the season:
Episode 11 – “The Crimson Horror”: There’s something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower’s Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it’s up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they, too, fall victim to the Crimson Horror! Written by Mark Gatiss.
Episode 12 – “Nightmare In Silver”: Hedgewick’s World Of Wonders was once the greatest theme park in the galaxy, but it’s now the dilapidated home to a shabby showman, a chess-playing dwarf and a dysfunctional army platoon. When the Doctor, Clara, Artie and Angie arrive, the last thing they expect is the re-emergence of one of the Doctor’s oldest foes. The Cybermen are back! Written by Neil Gaiman.
Episode 13: “The Name Of The Doctor”: Clara is summoned to an impossible conference call, alerting her that the deadly Whisper Men are closing in on Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future…Written by Steven Moffat.
The BBC announced that Brian Minchin is the show’s new Executive Producer, replacing Caroline Skinner.
The overnight ratings came in for “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS”: “It achieved an overnight audience of 4.9 million viewers, a share of 26.7% of the total TV audience,” making it the third show for the day. The finals should see a significant increase. It also received an Appreciation Index of 85.
By Heather S. Vina
After an episode away, Kenya Rosewater is back, getting her dominatrix on in her occupation at the Need/Want bar — until an S&M encounter goes horribly awry. Not even the safe word (“calamari,” which we don’t like as well as Michael Scott’s “foliage”) can help Kenya’s partner.
The TV Addict has up an interview with Rachel Nichols from Continuum.
Also, Spoiler TV has up the synopsis for episode three, “Second Thoughts”:
Kiera investigates a new street drug she recognizes from her future while Sonya and Travis go to war using gangs as their weapons.
Finally, several genre shows received renewals from their networks this past week, so fans of NBC’s Grimm and Revolution, and fans of Beauty and the Beast, rejoice, for your shows are returning next season! The CW also announced that they had picked up The Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals, to absolutely no one’s surprise.
Supernatural (Wednesday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
The synopsis for 8.23 is now up:
WHAT MUST SAM, DEAN AND CASTIEL SACRIFICE TO FOREVER SEAL HELL? – With Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) poised to undo all the good they’ve ever done as hunters, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) find themselves cornered. But with Kevin’s (guest star Osric Chau) help, the Winchester brothers bound into one last play against The Demon King. Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) initiates a plan with Castiel (Misha Collins) to take on Naomi (guest star Amanda Tapping) and the bureaucracy of Heaven. Alaina Huffman and Kim Rhodes also guest star. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Jeremy Carver.
Yay, for the return of Sheriff Mills! Now, prayer circle for her!
A more general article has brief synopses of the last few episodes for several CW shows.
We’ve also got the official photos for 8.22.
There was a con in Calgary and Misha Collins went to it, though no spoilers appear to have come out of them. You can get a Calgary rundown here. The NJ con is coming up.
In tech-y news, the CW is now enabling streaming of its shows via Xbox, including Supernatural.
Finally, ratings for “Pac-Man Fever” brought the show back to a 1.0/3 and 2.38 million in audience. This put it second on the network, with an audience ahead of The Vampire Diaries and the same demo as both it and Arrow. It also had the second-highest audience of the season, after “What’s Up, Tiger Mommy?”, though the demo was unremarkable, having been repeated in about a third of the season so far.
Some have claimed that the guest star, Felicia Day, and the character she played, Charlie Bradbury, were the reason for the strong ratings. However, the Dean-heavy CW promo (which is what most of the audience that does not participate in the online fandom saw as the promotion for the show) seems more likely as a culprit, along with people being eager to see the resolution to the cliffhanger involving Kevin Tran. Kevin/Osric Chau has his fans, too. Also, Arrow was a strong lead-in last week.
Day/Charlie’s previous episodes have turned in uninspiring demos, which is not surprising, considering that stunt casting has a questionable effect on a show’s ratings, even when the guest star is a lot more famous than Felicia Day. “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” got a 0.7/2 and 1.61 million in audience. “LARP and the Real Girl” got a 0.9/2 and 2.01 million. Usually, when people are showing up just for an actor, they’re going to show up most for the first appearance. Interest wanes after that unless something in the show itself hooks them. This did not happen with “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” and “LARP and the Real Girl” was not unusually high for season eight. In fact, both got middling ratings for their respective seasons.
Speaking of ratings, CW reality show Oh Sit! repeats have been getting dismal ratings on Friday nights at 9pm. So, the network is airing repeats of the previous Wednesday’s Supernatural episode for the final three episodes, instead. This means these episodes will air twice in one week the first three weeks in May. Consider it extra promotion. No, that is not likely to be an indication the show is moving back to Fridays.
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