Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/22/14: The Christmas Edition

Merry Christmas, everyone!


Did you know that yesterday was the second-longest night of the year, ever (The longest was in 1912)? Creepy, huh?

Book Two in the Fraterfamilias series, Confraternitas, is out. It’s by Judith Doloughan and our very own Paula R. Stiles. And check out Jazz Age Cthulhu, out now. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Demonstra, Nickronomicon, and Sword and Mythos, all out now from Innsmouth Free Press, while you’re at it.

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

Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

First off, I wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday Season!!! Hope it is peaceful, joyful, and filled with love and laughter!

For those interested in The Walking Dead spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has gathered together all of the latest news on it.

The 100: Following this past week’s shocking mid-season finale, several post-episode interviews have popped up. There’s one TV Line did with actress Eliza Taylor and another one she did with IGN.

American Horror Story: TV Line has up a sneak peek of actor Neil Patrick Harris’ appearance on the show.

Arrow: Actor Marc Singer (Beastmaster) has been cast as General Matthew Shrieve in what appears to be a recurring role.

Bitten: Spoiler TV has up a preview for season two.

Constantine: The show is moving time slots when it returns in 2015. It will air on Fridays at 8pm, instead of at 10pm! Fingers crossed the ratings will increase!

Daredevil: EW has up some exclusive new photos of the show in action.

The Flash: Actor Nicholas Gonzalez (Sleepy Hollow) has been cast as Cisco’s brother Dante, while actress Peyton List (The Tomorrow People) has been cast as Lisa Snart, Captain Cold’s younger sister. The biggest news? Mark Hamill has been cast as the Trickster, reprising his role from the original Flash series.

Game of Thrones: EW has an exclusive sneak peek of Arya’s new look.

Helix: There’s a new preview out for season two of the show.

Once Upon A Time: The show has cast actor Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) as King Poseidon, Ursula’s father. Jo Ann Garcia (Ariel) will also be returning as Ariel in the same episode. Great news for Pinocchio fans: Actor Eion Bailey is returning to the show for “multiple episodes.” And the showrunners have an interview up with The Hollywood Reporter on the new trio of villanesses.

Orphan Black: EW has up a teaser for the show, as well as some details from their recent interview with Graeme Manson.

Outlander: E!Online has a sneak peek of the second half of the season. TV Line has up a preview of the next half as well.

Sleepy Hollow: Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos for episodes 2.12-13. The site also has up the synopsis for episode 2.12.

The Vampire Diaries: Actress Annie Wershing (24) has been cast in a recurring role.

The Walking Dead: Norman Reedus told The Hollywood Reporter about how Beth’s death will effect Daryl.

Over at E!Online, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Agent Carter, Once Upon a Time, The Flash, and Arrow.

Matt’s Inside Line at TV Line has up spoilers on shows Arrow, Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The 100, Once Upon a Time, The Originals, and The Vampire Diaries.

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

Happy Holidays, y’all!

Still in hiatus, but we’re back on repeats again. “Ask Jeeves” repeats tomorrow, “Girls, Girls, Girls” on December 30, and “Hibbing 911” on January 6. The show returns with new episodes in the new year on January 20.

There’s a new interview with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki that includes some filming of an upcoming scene. Sounds like Dean is still floating down that big old African river as he drifts farther from shore. There’s also a brief doc about the Impala.

Winchester Radio did an interview with Guy Norman Bee and a recap of “The Things We Left Behind.”

Martin Budny and Brandyn Eddy have reportedly been cast for minor roles in 10.14.

Misha Collins tweeted a cracked Christmas photo of himself with cast buddies/frequent tormentors Padalecki and Ackles. Ackles expressed bemusement at appearing as Santa in the photo and suggested a bet had been lost. That must have been some bet.

No ratings for the show this past week, since there was no repeat, so let’s have a look at some Live+3 and social media ratings. The 200th episode had an increase in L+3 from a 0.92 to 1.3 in A18-49 and from 0.87 to 1.17 in A18-34, as well as in increase in audience from 2.16 to 2.92 million. This was reportedly the biggest increase since the season premiere (so I suppose that was higher). Note that the actual ratings the network uses for renewal purposes are the L+3s with commercials, but we don’t get them. These, however, give us an idea of how the show is doing.

For contrast, the Live+7 ratings for “Girls, Girls, Girls” on Thanksgiving Week rose from a 0.9 to a 1.4.

This article also compares the Christmas finale’s overnight ratings to those from previous years and it’s the highest in four seasons.

Finally, on Tumblr, the show was the #1 reblogged show, beating out even fan favorites Sherlock and Doctor Who.

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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