Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 06/19/13


This week, we have more news and spoilers about upcoming books, Once Upon a Time, sci-fi series, and Supernatural. You can access previous spoilers columns here.

Many thanks to those who contributed or spread the word for the IndieGoGo for Silvia’s upcoming novel, Young Blood. The book reached its goal, so you’ll be seeing it soon.

Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz

This week has a trio of new horror novels to check out. In The ‘Geisters, David Nickle introduces us to Ann LeSage, a woman with a terrifying invisible friend that she calls the Insect and that plots murder. Ann has the Insect under control, she thinks. But some want to wrest that control away from her and their play for power may unleash disaster.

Adam Baker’s Terminus, meanwhile, sees a battle between rescuers and zombies, and the search through New York’s radioactive subway tunnels for an elusive antidote to the infection that is ravaging the world. Ryan Lockwood goes even deeper below the surface than subway tunnels in Below. A professional diver comes across a new species that’s rising from the depths of the ocean. It’s deadly and it’s multiplying.

Even with three strong, new novels to call its own, the week may still be most noteworthy for some of its reprints. Immanion Press is bringing back Fossil Circus by John Kaiine, in which lunatics run an old Victorian asylum and madness descends on the Church of Rust. Tartarus Press is releasing a paperback edition of John Gasworth’s The Life of Arthur Machen. Though not fiction, the biography is bound to be of interest to fans of such a classic Weird author.

Finally, Valancourt Books has two rereleases. R.C. Ashby’s He Arrived at Dusk shows a family confronted by the ghost of a Roman centurion and comes with a new introduction by Mark Valentine. The Amulet comes from Michael McDowell, the mind behind Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The titular amulet leaves a trail of corpses, but no one will believe Sarah that it is responsible. Poppy Z. Brite introduces the edition.

Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina

Meghan Ory (former Red Riding Hood) has an interview with TV Addict up on their site, where she talks about her new show with Josh Holloway (Lost) and Once Upon A Time.

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis seemed to do the rounds with the entertainment outlets last week, discussing season three. You can find interviews with them up at Huffington Post and TV Guide.

They also gave TV Guide a little scoop about the “home office”:

Question: Do you have any scoop on the “home office” on Once Upon a Time? – Jennie

NATALIE: The home office wanted to destroy magic in our world, but that doesn’t mean that Peter Pan isn’t part of it. Speaking of the mysterious organization, executive producer Adam Horowitz promises pay-off. “We’re going to explain pretty quickly what it is and how, as we showed in the finale, Greg and Tamara were unwittingly working for Peter Pan, and how that all connects.” It was curious that they were so against magic, right?

And Matt Webb Mitovitch at TV Line had a few goodies, as well:

Question: Does Once Upon a Time plan on telling the current stories of the characters in Storybrooke, or will Season 3 focus on Neverland and the Enchanted Forest? – Ellie

Mitovitch: In case my previous scoopage on this subject did not reassure you that, as the headline said, “Storybrooke will not be forgotten,” I just confirmed that Emilie de Ravin is still a series regular for Season 3. Thus, it sounds like Belle will certainly have Maine events of her own to deal with back home.

Question: Will Once Upon a Time explain how Mulan and Aurora helped Phillip get his soul back from the wraith? – JJ

Mitovitch: Series cocreator Adam Horowitz confirms that yes, that burning question will be addressed during Season 3 – and likely on the sooner side, I reckon, since Jamie Chung and Sarah Bolger have midseason pilots (NBC’s Believe, ABC’s Mixology) to get to!

Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

The new NBC show Sleepy Hollow has out a new promo. It’s called “Unsolved,” and you can see it on YouTube.

Some of the cable networks are jumping on the supernatural/horror bandwagon.

A&E has a new show coming out from James Wong (The X-Files) called “The Occult,” starring Josh Lucas, Lynn Collins, Agnes Bruckner, Sarah Jane Morris, and Daniel Henney. The show is about an FBI agent (Lucas), returning to active duty after having had a breakdown while investigating his wife’s (Morris) disappearance, being paired with another agent (Collins) who specializes in the occult. Both will be part of a newly formed occult crimes task force. Sounds interesting!

FX is coming out with a vampire related show called The Strain which has just cast John Hurt. Also starring are Cory Stoll and Mia Maestro. Turns out there’s an outbreak of a mysterious virus with “the hallmarks of an ancient, evil strain of vampirism.”

Spoiler TV has up the synopsis, as well as a photo, for Continuum’s ninth episode: “Alec’s mother is shot by a bullet meant for Julian while Dillon’s new Liber8 task force is put to the test when Kiera must decide how far she will go to stop Julian’s murderous future.”

Ausiello at TV Line has up some little scoop for Defiance, regarding Strahma and Kenya.

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

Since we did a beg-athon last week on the Ackles’ charity’s behalf, I’m throwing out another shoutout, this time for Gabriel Tigerman’s plight. The former Psykid actor’s wife and child are having a tough start in life. People are raising funds to help them with medical bills here.

The CW schedule turned out to be pretty inaccurate last week. Rather than give us “Heartache” on Wednesday and “Man’s Best Friend with Benefits” on Friday, the network snuck the latter in on Wednesday and “Remember the Titans” on Friday, instead. Well, that’s about as clear as the HBO repeats schedule for True Blood. So, let’s try this again. According to TV Guide, we’re getting “Goodbye Stranger” tonight and “Freaks and Geeks” on Friday. We’ll see how that turns out.

This is the last week of double-handers for the show, with Cult returning with a double bill on the 28th. Repeats on Wednesdays will continue, though.

And yes, you Zero Hour tin hats, I will be reviewing that show. Look for those reviews to start next week. And yes, I will be reviewing the last three episodes of season eight, too.

A.J. Buckey caused some joy and some horror in the fandom by teasing that the Ghostfacers might return in season nine. Count me on the joy side. I’ll take the return of the Ghostfacers over knockoffs like Garth and Charlie (and, God help us, Krissy) any season. They strike the right balance of snark, incompetence, comeuppance, and even growth for that kind of anti-sidekick. Come on, fellow fandom – don’t be Facer Haters!

More joy and ructions occurred at the announcement that a new promo shoot will be set up with Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins for season nine. It’s Hellatus. We’re that easily stirred up.

Jim Beaver just won a major role in a new Guillermo del Toro film, Crimson Peak. This is both great and terrible news for Beaver fans, since they get to see him in a major motion picture…and it makes it that much less likely Bobby will return in season nine.

New cover art is up on Amazon for Supernatural: The Roads Not Taken and Supernatural and Mythology. I remain bemused by the ongoing failure of licensed American artists to reproduce Jensen Ackles’ likeness when Russian and romance cover artists, not to mention random fan artists on Deviant Art, don’t seem to have any trouble doing that. Is the fact it’s paid and legal some kind of artistic impediment?

No word yet on whether the show will be at Comic-Con this year. It usually is, but it’s possible the leads won’t be able to come, due to shooting and personal stuff. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Finally, the ratings for the repeat of “Man’s Best Friend with Benefits” were 0.4/1 in demo and 1.01 million in audience. The repeat on Friday of “Remember the Titans” got a 0.2/1 and 710 thousand in audience.

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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