Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/09/13

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

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

TV Line has up a preview for what will happen when the show returns in the new year.

TV Line also revealed that former The Originals actress Alexandra Metz has been cast as Rapunzel, a potentially recurring role.

E! Online announced that former Lost actress Rebecca Mader has been cast as the latest villain for the show. But no word on which villain she will be playing!

And finally, YVR Shoots has up some behind-the-scenes photos of Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parrilla filming.

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

The final UK ratings came out for “The Day Of The Doctor” and it was the number one show for the week at 12.8 million viewers. That’s one million above the second-place show.

BBC America has announced that the Christmas Special will air at 9:00pm EST/8:00 CST, on Christmas Day.

They have also released several sets of promotional photos, which you can see here and here, with the posters here.

Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

For fans of Sleepy Hollow, the show’s finale has been expanded to a two-hour finale, to air on January 20th.

Strangely enough, there’s a new Terminator TV show in development: “The TV series will kick off after a critical moment from the original Terminator film, but it will take the story in a different direction.” I liked the old The Sarah Connor Chronicles well enough, so we will see where they go with this one.

TV Guide has their annual Report Card up for the new fall shows.

Syfy has ordered up a TV series based on the movie, Legion, set to air in 2014. It wasn’t the best movie in the world, but I enjoyed it. Hopefully, they can cast someone as compelling as Paul Bettany as Michael. Here’s the description:

Dominion is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post‚Äďapocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.

The series will star Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Anthony Stewart Head, and Luke Allen-Gale.

MTV is partnering with Jon Favreau to create a TV series based on Terry Brooks’ “Shannara” series.

American Horror Story: Coven has cast Fringe vet Lance Reddick as Papa Legba.

For Haven fans, so far, no news on a renewal for that show!

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

The show is now officially on its Christmas hiatus until January 14. Our review of 9.03, “I’m No Angel,” is coming soon to tide you over the hiatus. The promo for 9.10, “Road Trip,” is so far the main new spoiler we have for the next episode.

The CHCH promo for 9.09 came out late, as usual. We will see if we get a Canadian promo for 9.10 this week.

Osric Chau wrote an epitaph for Kevin Tran shortly after 9.09 aired.

Misha Collins gave a new interview at last week’s con, focusing on his upcoming directorial debut.

EW talks a bit about Garth’s upcoming return in the vaguest of terms. Apparently, we’ll actually get an explanation about why he went AWOL last season (and that Dean actually noted this at the time). I fail to care. Maybe they can kill him off this time. They also mention that some surprising characters will return, which is likely a reference to the reported upcoming appearance of the Ghostfacers (much happier about that).

Jensen Ackles took over some live-tweeting on Jared Padalecki’s Twitter account during the airing of 9.09, mostly technical stuff. Next stop, his own Twitter? We shall see. I always thought he was more a Facebook man, myself, but the CW’s been heavily pushing live-tweeting for its actors. So, needs must.

Ratings remained high in the demo for 9.09, with a 1.1/3 and jumping to 2.42 million. The show came in second for the week after Arrow in both demo and audience.

These are very good numbers for Supernatural. Not only is it the most-watched it’s been in years, but it pairs up well with other shows, raises whatever night it’s on, and does well on weeks that traditionally give poor ratings. Expect it to be around for a few more years, at this rate.

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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