Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 05/18/16

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

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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

As the television upfronts are on the horizon, the networks have started announcing their renewals and – cue funeral theme – their cancellations. For the renewals, Sleepy Hollow is making a surprise return, sans original actress Nicole Beharie whose character Abbie Mills was killed off in the finale. For the cancellations, Agent Carter was cancelled by ABC. The CW has cancelled Containment, which was always billed as a “limited series.” Fox cancelled its Frankenstein reimagined series Second Chance.

And in a “cancellation AND a renewal” twist, the rumors of Supergirl moving from CBS to the CW are true. The show will head to the partially-owned-by-CBS network in the fall.

Not many new genre shows seem to be getting picked up yet, but NBC has given a series order to Midnight, Texas, based on a book series from author Charlaine Harris (True Blood). It’s about a town that is “a mysterious safe haven for those who are different.”

NBC has also picked up show Timeless, about time travellers trying to stop a time travelling criminal. The show has a familiar face to Supernatural fans at the helm, Eric Kripke.

The CW has picked up the show Frequency, based on the 2000 movie of the same name.

ABC has picked up Time After Time, a series about H.G. Wells being transported to modern day times to track down Jack The Ripper, who has also been transported to modern day times. It sounds remarkably like a movie starring Malcolm McDowell I remember seeing as a child ….

NBC has picked up the DC comedy series Powerless, starring Vanessa Hudgens as an insurance adjuster “specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes.”

Fox has picked up The Exorcist , a series based on the movie.

For fans of the Marvel shows, not only was Agent Carter cancelled, but ABC passed on picking up the other S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff, Marvel’s Most Wanted.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Chloe Bennet has an interview up with EW about Daisy’s state of mind on her return to the team.

American Gods: The show has cast actor Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, replacing the exiting Sean Harris.

Arrow: According to an attendee at a recent convention, Colton Haynes reported that he would be returning for a few episodes.

Bates Motel: TV Line has up an article on last week’s surprising events.

Dark Matter: The show has a new promo out for season two.

Doctor Who: The BBC America site has an article about “The 10 Things You May Not Know About” the episode “School Reunion.” This is the episode in which Sarah Jane – my personal favorite Companion – made her return!

Emerald City: TV Line has up the promotional photos for the NBC drama set in the land of Oz.

Fear the Walking Dead: Showrunner Dave Erickson spoke with EW about the events in last week’s episode.

The Flash: Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos for episode 2.22.

Game of Thrones: TV Line has up the promotional photos for episode 6.04.

Grimm: TV Line has up an interview with Sasha Roiz.

Jessica Jones: The Hollywood Reporter has an interview up with showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, on which storyline generated the most hate.

Killjoys: The show has a new promo out for season two.

Legends of Tomorrow: In surprising news, actor Wentworth Miller will no longer be a series regular on the show, but will have a regular role in the Greg Berlanti DC series of shows.

Once Upon A Time: Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos for the final two episodes of the season. TV Line has up an interview with Lana Parrilla. Sean MacGuire has up an interview with TV Line after last week’s tragic episode. EW has up some season finale teasers from executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

The Originals: Joseph Morgan spoke with EW about the latest twist/”death” on the show. Claire Morgan AKA Rebekah is returning for the finale. Charles Michael Davis has an interview up with TV Line.

Orphan Black: EW has up an interview with creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.

Preacher: The Hollywood Reporter has up an article titled “7 Things You Need To Know” about the new AMC show.

The Strain: The show is set to return August 28.

Teen Wolf: Actor Ross Butler has been cast in a recurring role as Nathan, a new lacrosse player.

The Vampire Diaries: Julie Plec spoke with E!Online about the events in the season finale. She also has a blog entry up at EW and an interview with TV Line. TV Line also has up some details about that surprise cameo.

Over at E!Online, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 12 Monkeys, and The Originals.

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

This week is the penultimate episode of the season, “We Happy Few” (11.22). We have a CW promo, official photos, and an official synopsis.

Titles so far for the season 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), “Don’t You Forget About Me” (11.12), “Love Hurts” (11.13), “The Vessel” (11.14), “Beyond the Mat” (11.15), “Safe House” (11.16), “Red Meat” (11.17), “Hell’s Angel” (11.18), “The Chitters” (11.19), “Don’t Call Me Shurley” (11.20), “All in the Family” (11.21), “We Happy Few” (11.22), and season finale “Alpha and Omega” (11.23).

Showrunner Jeremy Carver is leaving to helm a new CW show, Frequency. Replacing him are Andrew Dabb and a returning Bob Singer.

Jenny Klein is also leaving for Jessica Jones.

There appears to be a new staff writer for the show: Steve Yockey, previously of Scream.

Robbie Thompson gave an interview about his leaving the show.

EW reported a non-spoilery spoiler about God and Amara.

Nigel Vonas (who played an Abaddon loyalist who tried to kill Demon Dean in “Black”) gave an interview about his work on the show.

Jensen Ackles got a shout-out last week from TV Line.

Last week’s ratings rose again to 0.7/2 and 1.75 million. The show also came in second again in Nielsen Twitter ratings.

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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