Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 07/13/15: Comic-Con Edition


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

Doctor Who’s Comic-Con panel came and the new trailer is out! And it looks awesome! Whom could Maisie Williams be playing?

The show also announced that it will return on September 19.

Here’s a roundup of articles and interviews in the past few days:

EW discusses season nine spoilers with the cast.

TV Line has their panel recap up.

The Nerdist spoke with Peter Capaldi at the Lego Dimensions presentation at Comic-Con.

You can watch the entire panel here: Part 1 and Part 2.

The BBC America YouTube Channel has a few minutes of an interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman post the panel.


Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Lots of Comic-Con news for so many shows this weekend! You won’t find everything here, but you will find a little bit of something for every show! That I could find, anyway!

For those interested in the upcoming new shows, i09 has up some spoiler-free impressions from the pilots of Supergirl, Containment, Blindspot and Lucifer. I cannot wait for Lucifer!

Sad news for Forever fans: The show has failed to find another home.

12 Monkeys: Showrunners Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett spoke with IGN about season two. The show also announced that actor Michael Hogan would be playing a recurring role this coming season.

The 100: TV Line has up some spoilers from Comic-Con for season three. IGN has up the Sizzle Reel they showed during the panel.

Agent Carter: TV Line has up their recap of the show’s panel. Some of the panel is up on YouTube, as well. And IGN has up their video interview with Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy. James D’Arcy spoke with IGN about what’s next for Jarvis. The Hollywood Reporter also has some tidbits up. Spoiler TV has up a compilation of tweets for both Marvel shows’ panels. And Spoiler TV also has up some video of their panel.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: EW interviewed the cast at Comic-Con. Spoiler TV has up a compilation of tweets for both Marvel shows’ panels. The show also revealed which Inhuman character would be joining the show. Spoiler TV has up some video of their panel as well.

American Horror Story: Sarah Paulson spoke with EW about playing the villain.

Arrow: Neal McDonough has been cast as Damien Darhk, which will be a recurring role this season.

Ash Vs Evil Dead: The new trailer for the show was revealed at Comic-Con. As well as the airdate: Saturday, October 31, AKA Halloween!

Childhood’s End: There’s a new trailer out for the show. The Hollywood Reporter has up a recap of the show’s panel.

Colony: The show’s longer trailer debuted at Comic-Con. Carlton Cuse previewed the show with The Hollywood Reporter.

Damien: I09 has up an article on the new A&E show.

Dark Matter: The cast spoke with EW at Comic-Con.

Dominion: Anthony Head spoke with TV Line about season two.

Falling Skies: IGN has up video of the cast at this year’s Nerd HQ. The Hollywood Reporter has up an interview with the cast on the final season and their final Comic-Con.

Fear the Walking Dead: They released a new full length trailer at Comic-Con for the new show. EW has up their interview with the cast. TV Line has up their recap of interviews. Spoiler TV has up some video of their panel as well.

Game of Thrones: TV Line has a wrap-up of the show’s panel. EW has up some quotes from the actors. The Hollywood Reporter has up some cast quotes. Spoiler TV has up some video of their panel, as well.

Grimm: TV Line has up a recap of their Comic-Con panel. The Hollywood Reporter has up some interviews and spoilers.

Heroes Reborn: IGN has an interview with Zachary Levi on the reboot.

iZombie: TV Line has up their recap of the show’s Comic-Con panel. IGN has a recap of spoilers, as well.

Legends of Tomorrow: The cast interviewed with EW on their coming show.

Lucifer: The Hollywood Reporter has some teases up from the Comic-Con panel.

Minority Report: IGN did some cast interviews for the new show. I09 wrote a less-than-stellar review of the scenes they saw for the new show.

Once Upon A Time: TV Line has their recap of the show’s Comic-Con panel up, as well as the trailer that played. EW has some spoilers from the cast here and here. The show also announced the casting for new recurring characters Merlin and Guinevere: Actor Elliot Knight has been cast as Merlin, while actress Joana Metrass has been cast as the Queen. Variety has up some cast interviews.

The Originals: TV Line has up the Sizzle Reel that played at Comic-Con. And you can watch the show’s panel here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. EW has up some spoilers for the new season.

Orphan Black: EW has up “5 Awesome Moments” from the show’s panel. They also have up some cast interviews from their Con lounge. The cast teased some spoilers to The Hollywood Reporter.

Outlander: The cast spoke to EW about season two.

Powers: The showrunner teased to The Hollywood Reporter about what’s coming up next for the show.

Salem: The show used Comic-Con to announce it has been renewed for a third season.

The Shannara Chronicles: MTV revealed their first trailer for the show at Comic-Con. EW has a recap of their panel. The show will premiere in January 2016.

Supergirl: The cast stopped by at TV Line’s booth at Comic-Con for an interview.

Teen Wolf: The cast interviewed with TV Line at Comic-Con. They also have up a recap of the show’s panel. And the big news: The show has been renewed for season six. The Hollywood Reporter has up some spoilers from the panel. Spoiler TV has up some video of their panel, as well.

Under the Dome: Spoiler TV has up some video of their panel. The Hollywood Reporter has up some spoilers from the panel.

The Walking Dead: They revealed a new trailer for season six at Comic-Con. The show will return on October 11. EW has up their cast interview. TV Line has up their recap of spoilers from the con. EW has up an interview with Scott Gimple. Spoiler TV has up some video of their panel.

Zoo: The cast of the new show spoke with TV Line at Comic-Con concerning their feelings about people rooting for the animals.


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

The season is over, so no new episodes until October 7 (Yes, the dreaded Hellatus is upon us). But we still have repeats. This week, the repeat is “Hibbing 911.”

A plethora of tweeted and reported photos from various sources came out during the filming of the first episode last week (which will air third), directed by Jensen Ackles. Spoiler TV helpfully gathered many of them in one place. They show Dean in a Hawaiian shirt, Rowena as a blonde and her getting captured by Sam, as well as Castiel still sporting “possession” eyes.

Also, Mitch Pileggi (Grandpa Shady), Ty Olsson (Benny), and Osric Chau were seen on or near the set.

The show has a new writer, Nancy Won. Yay to a Woman of Color. Let’s welcome her aboard and hope her stuff doesn’t suck.

Comic-Con brought us the show’s latest panel (also available starting here). There’s also a fan report from the panel here, and some publicity shots and tweets. Yet again, we got a lot of rehashed talk about the renewed Brotherly Bond (Ha. No way will these guys be on the same page for more than five minutes this upcoming season; they’re like that Italian couple in the yogurt commercial) and yet more shiny visions for Sam (ugh). It doesn’t appear that they aired any clips from new filming (though Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr. moderating the panel seemed a de facto official blessing from the show of their upcoming webseries, Kings of Con), but hey, at least the official spoilers season for 11 has finally begun.

Not a lot of press room interviews in yet, though Jensen Ackles teased a few things about how Dean and the Mark aren’t quite done, it being the key to shutting the door on the Darkness again (Say that five times fast. I dare you), here and here.

Jared Padalecki also got interviewed here about receiving candled for his Always Keep Fighting campaign.

Misha Collins speculated about the Darkness in his press room interview.

You can find the Nerd HQ panel here.

TV Guide‘s special Comic-Con print issue, despite snubbing Supernatural for a cover this year (bastards) did have a section on the show. It consisted of a few unnecessary pages about the episode, “Fan Fiction” (seriously, show, it wasn’t that great); a one-page uninformative interview with Jeremy Carver; and another two pages about dead fan favorites, which included usual suspects Bobby, Benny, Kevin, and, yes, Charlie. I’m not sure what’s sadder – that they found yet another opportunity to inflict Charlie on us, or that she was the only woman listed. I mean, hello? Mary? Ellen? Abaddon? Meg? Ring any bells?

To be honest, so far, the spoilers aren’t inspiring. I’m struck by the difference with last year, when there was a concrete storyline (Demon!Dean and the Mark of Cain) to discuss. This year, it’s a nebulous new Big Bad that they apparently are going to ignore for half the season before addressing it, with the brothers back to “normal,” fighting dull MOTWs. Well … except for Sam having visions. So, it sounds like the usual “We have no idea what we’re going to be doing” filler we often get at Comic-Con panels. Either that, or they’re foilering like crazy to hide the big stuff. That would be a whole lot of foilering.

More Sam Done Come Back Wrong? Zero interest. It wasn’t fun the first eight times. It won’t be fun now. Please don’t put this character back into Not-Sam deep-freeze just as you were developing him, show.

“Normal” Dean (which means that the MoC and killing Death and all those repercussions would be swept under the rug)? Again, no interest. There is no possible, logical way Dean could be “normal” after what happened last season. I am all on board with Jensen Ackles’ weariness regarding endless angst in place of plot progression and character development for Dean, but killing Death and losing the Mark are two bullets Dean can’t (and shouldn’t) dodge for this to be a good story going forward. There is no way he can go back to being what little semblance of “normal” he’s had since age four.

The brothers working together as a team? Never happens for longer than five minutes. All this implies is that all of the careful build-up of TFW betraying Dean will be swept under the rug, with Dean expected to eat it (or never know about it) and go back to being a doormat. So much Do Not Want. Why even bother to create this conflict if you never resolve it, show? Nobody is asking you to do this. Many people in the audience would probably be perfectly happy if the brothers always got along.

So, here’s hoping the show gets its act together, and pronto, because so far, it’s not looking too promising.

The CW’s calendar for September and October is up. Predictably, the show has original episodes all month in October.

The CW’s good year continues as it has locked down some of its affiliates in a new multi-year deal. It’s anticipated the network will be able to get a good deal with the rest, in part thanks to the stability of this one. As I reported last week, it was originally projected to go down with the affiliates ship when their contracts ran out, but had secured some new funding in addition to deals like the one with Netflix. So, that long-anticipated crisis appears to have been averted.

The repeat of “Girls, Girls, Girls” rose a bit to a 0.3/1 in demo and 0.92 million 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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