Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 08/7/13


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

Don’t forget to check out our latest issue. It’s number 13! Come share in the broken-mirror, black-cat bad luck here.

Horrific Reads, Bloody Off the Press
By Nathaniel Katz

Nile J. Limbaugh’s Visions of Evil introduces us to Ramsey Paxton and Jeremiah Corday. The first of those has just moved into a mansion in the Okenfenokee Swamp. The latter is an undying hitman of the Devil and he is heading toward the swamp. Also from Samhain is Brian Moreland’s novella, The Witching House, in which two couples decide to conquer their fears by venturing within the house of a famous massacre. The house is not empty. And it has been waiting.

If the protagonists from those two seem a bit too over their heads for your current mood, you might want to check out The Raven, the latest installment in Jeremy Bishop’s Jane Harper series, in which Jane Harper faces zombie-whales and ghost ships as she leads her crew against the forces out to destroy humanity.

There are several new short story collections of note as well. I’ve talked about Subterranean Press’ Impossible Monsters before on here, but the volume is now shipping. It contains stories by Joe R. Landsdale, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, and a host of others. Then there is Thomas Tessier’s Remorseless, which contains 15 of his horror tales about monsters and madness.

Finally, Lovecraft fans might be interested in a new audio version of “The Lurking Fear,” which is narrated by Mike Vendetti.

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

Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis sat down with TV Guide for another one of their “Lightning Round” Q&As. No answer to my question of how long Neal will be in Fairytale Land, though!

Adam Horowitz revealed the title of episode 2: “Lost Girl.”

And Ginnifer Goodwin spoke with The TV Addict site as at Comic-Con.

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

So, the big news this week is that they have formally announced the new Doctor, Twelve, and it is actor Peter Capaldi. British TV fans are probably familiar with him. For those of us who recognize the face, but aren’t quite sure where we saw him from, the BBC America site has up clips from his various roles. You can see some of his role as Malcolm Tucker from The Thick Of It on YouTube.

Capaldi has been on Doctor Who before. He played the character Caecilius in an episode from David Tennant’s season, called “The Fires of Pompeii.” Ironically enough, that was the same episode Karen Gillian guest starred in before she was cast as Amy Pond!

Peter is the second-oldest Doctor to have ever been cast, William Hartnell being the oldest.

It’s a mixed time. Sadness that Matt Smith is leaving (*sob*) and excitement over seeing what Peter will bring to the role! One upside: Hopefully, they will stop trying to romantically pair the Doctor with his female Companion! Although, happily enough, Steven Moffat already seems to have ended that with Eleven and Clara.

Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

With the TCAs this week, there is quite a bit of news coming out on the fall season’s new genre shows.

For Wonderland, The Huffington Post has an article up, talking about how the show will be standalone and the story will end in 13 episodes, but will be able to spin off into more adventures of Alice, if the ratings warrant it.

TV Guide has an article up for the show, which reveals that the Queen of Hearts (Barbara Hershey) will appear in flashbacks, but the show’s main villains will be the Red Queen (Emma Rigby) and Jafar (Naveen Andrews).

TV Line has an article up, whereby they reveal that the show will include the Mad Hatter – only, he will no longer be played by Sebastian Stan, who is busy with other things.

Spoiler TV has up some info for two new roles being cast: “For episode 1.02 of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, the following roles are being cast: Silvermist, a beautiful 20-something Asian looking for revenge; Bearded Man/Farzeen Shahmed, a 40-year-old Middle Eastern man who sells scarves; and Old Prisoner, a 60-year-old Middle Eastern man who was imprisoned by Jafar 10 years ago. The Old Prisoner is a recurring guest role.”

They also have the promotional photos up for the first episode.

For those interested in the proposed Arrow spinoff with the Flash, TV Line has a tidbit on how Barry Allen will enter Starling City.

Question: I am beyond geeking out over the Arrow/The Flash crossover/spinoff news. Anything more to report? – Charlotte

Answer: I’ve got fresh intel on exactly what brings Central City PD CSI Barry Allen to Oliver’s orbit. The would-be speedster travels (not by foot, I assume) to Starling City while investigating a series of brutal slayings that he believes may have a connection to his mother’s years-ago murder – a crime for which his father has been unjustly imprisoned.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D fans, there is a new promo for the show and the first set of promotional photos for the pilot. The Huffington Post has up an interview with Clark Gregg and Joss Whedon. And TV Guide and TV Line have their own articles up from the TCAs.

Also, the show has cast actor David Conrad in a recurring, unknown role.

Almost Human was represented at the TCAs. Entertainment Weekly has up an article about the show. They also released a new trailer for the show.

TV Guide has up an article about new show, Sleepy Hollow.

Eric Balfour and executive producer Sam Ernst spoke with TV Addict about season four of Haven.

The Syfy Channel revealed that they have picked up the third season of Canada’s Continuum.

Defiance has cast actor James Murray as the new mayor for season two.

Lost Girl‘s Ksenia Solo spoke with The TV Addict site about the coming season of her show.

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

My review of the season eight finale, “Sacrifice,” is now up.

Supernatural repeats return tonight with “Blood Brother.”

In one of the bigger casting surprises of the week, Tahmoh Penikett has been cast in a recurring role as an angel named ‘Ezekiel’ who will first appear in the season premiere.

In very brief interviews, Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer talked about the upcoming episode in which Dean can talk to animals. In it, Dean has an altercation with a pigeon. I know a lot of Dean fans are irritated by the spoilers for this one, but honestly? With all the angel imagery involved, I’m finding them intriguing rather than infuriating. And if the pigeon smackdown is even half as funny as the Tinkerbell nuking Carver references, I’m going to laugh pretty hard. So, hanging fire on that one.

Not so excited about The Wizard of Oz spoilers, both because it seems Charlie will be prominent in that episode, and because Carver and Singer continue to struggle with their own canon – after Henry Winchester’s rant about how Hunters were too dumb to be Men of Letters, why is Carver talking about Hunters manning the Bunker when it first opens up? That does not compute.

The episode itself, called “Slumber Party,” will be 9.04 and Dorothy will be a Hunter. There will also be a character named ‘Haggerty.’

Mark Sheppard has been signed as a recurring guest star on two shows, White Collar (now in season five) and the last season of Warehouse 13, in seven and six episodes, respectively. Both are roles he had played previously.

Supposedly, he won’t be in less of Supernatural, at least early in the season, but 13 episodes is a lot for one year, especially being in three shows at once. Crowley may not be long for Supernatural if he’s in a lot of the early part of the season. Nice to hear Warren Kole will be in White Collar, though. And I liked Sheppard’s character in Warehouse 13, so I’ll be glad to see him back from the dead, as it were.

Guy Norman Bee gave a two-part interview in which he spilled a bit about 9.02, which follows very directly on 9.01, which follows without interruption on the season eight finale. It turns out the reason why it was shot before 9.01 was due to a guest star’s availability.

There is speculation that said guest star was Osric Chau, but I’m not sure how that works, since Chau is also in the season premiere. Then again, they did appear to film the clip from 9.01 shown at Comic-Con in the same week as filming for 9.02. So, it’s possible.

The basic plot of 9.02 is that Abaddon (reportedly being played by a new actress) has found a way to amp up demons and has taken some Hunters hostage. Her idea is to force Sam and Dean to come to the rescue, and find out where they’ve stashed Crowley (since she doesn’t know he’s in the Bunker, or where the Bunker is).

Speaking of this episode, there’s a new behind-the-scenes pic of the female “Hunter,” wearing, if possible, even less than in the previous pic of her with Dean. Totally scoring the more mature audience there, I see, show.

New interviews are out for Misha Collins and Felicia Day. There’s also a spliced-together red carpet interview of several actors from Comic-Con with a few new minor variations on old spoilers.

There are also set photos out of Collins in Castiel’s raincoat at a laundromat.

Collins and Jared Padalecki will appear together in an upcoming issue of TV Guide. I wonder how long that shoot took?

Last week had no repeat, so there were no ratings to report.

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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About Paula R. Stiles

Paula is not at all paranoid about government conspiracies after six years in EMS, two years in Africa for the Peace Corps, a few summers with the Park Service, and ten years studying the Knights Templar. She's seen governments in action. They couldn't cover up a toy picnic table, let alone evidence of alien visitation. Writes about science for fun, history for money, and zombies for the company. You can read her sober-as-a-judge book about Templars in medieval Spain, Templar Convivencia, on Amazon. You can find her homepage at: http://thesnowleopard.net.

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