The first season that Supernatural premiered on The WB Network, it was uncertain as to whether it would get a second season. The year was 2005 and it was a time of difficult transition that combined The WB and The UPN networks to form The CW, where the new direction was soon for shows geared towards teen girls (Gossip Girl, 90210, The Vampire Diaries). A supernatural, sci-fi, horror show about two demon-hunting brothers hardly fit into the target demographic at the time. But along with all the magic, mystery and urban legends that the show tackled each week, something magical was also happening with the viewing audience. The show was connecting on an unprecedented level to a wider audience, not just teen girls, thus building its fanbase with each passing episode. A fanbase which then took to social media en masse to spread the word and gain even more support. Those early actions blossomed into a voracious fanbase who kept the show in the public eye and indirectly helped in keeping it on the air for the next decade and counting. The true magic was not in the ghosts, witches and legends encountered every week, but in the way the relationship between brothers Sam and Dean Winchester resonated with that growing audience and kept them coming back for more. The chemistry, and enduring real-life friendship between actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles came together to create a bond between unforgettable characters that has endured for 14 seasons and shows no sign of slowing down.
Despite the scary elements, at its core Supernatural was, and still is, all about family. A theme which truly comes full circle as the show reaches the milestone 300th episode airing tonight Thursday, February 07, 2019 and brings back a character that fans have waited over a decade to see, for a truly magical family reunion.
This week begins the full dive into the new Fall TV season and our DVRs will be getting quite the workout once again. Last week saw the premieres of “Blindspot” (10 p.m., NBC) “American Horror Story” (10 p.m., FX), “Dancing With the Stars” (8 p.m., ABC), and “Z Nation” (8 p.m., Syfy). But this week we get really serious with no less than a total of 43 shows returning just this week alone through Sunday. So take a deep breath, get those snacks ready, and enjoy the ride!
For a while it seemed like Unforgettable was the series that couldn’t be forgotten (sorry, this pun sort of writes itself when talking about this show!) But it looks like this is the end of the road for the police procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, featuring a detective with an autobiographical memory which allows her to remember every detail of everything she sees. Unforgettable is no stranger to cancellations. The series first aired on CBS in 2012 and received its first cancellation notice after its first season. CBS then revived it as a summer series for its second and third seasons, after which it received its second cancellation notice in 2014. Miraculously, the series was then picked up by A&E to continue for a fourth season. But it looks like viewers forgot to tune in this time around and another cancellation has been handed down, with the series airing its final episode January 22. Unfortunately, it appears that things were left on a cliffhanger, so this joins the long list of shows which disappear with no resolution for their dedicated audiences. [side note: “shame on you producers” for not playing it safe and closing the season in a better manner for the fans, considering the show’s rocky history of survival]
As if the wait over winter hiatus hasn’t been bad enough, an eerie new promo giving a glimpse of highlights for the second half of the season makes the wait for tonight’s return of Supernatural almost unbearable (The CW, 9pm). The promo titled simply “Keep Grinding” features scary new creatures, some seemingly uncomfortable alliances, and upcoming events that make us fear for the Winchester brothers and even more so for their wayward angel, Castiel. Perhaps we can just keep hitting the replay button to make the hours pass faster until this evening!
Just a few days ago NBC released the synopsis for the season finale of Heroes Reborn titled “Project Reborn.” Today comes word that this season finale will also serve as a series finale, as the second outing of the Heroes franchise is officially cancelled. No big surprise considering the ratings have been steadily declining ever since the series premiered. NBC chairman Bob Greenblat made the announcement at the TCA press tour. Fortunately this one-season revival was always meant to be a limited story, giving hope that viewers will get closure and not be left hanging when the last episode airs on January 21. When asked whether more would come after the stories ran their course for these characters Mr. Greenblat responded, “That was always the plan, unless Tim [creator Tim Kring] woke up one day and said, ‘Oh, I have another chapter to tell.’ But I think we’re coming to the end of the world, maybe. Stay tuned. He also added, “As far as I know, there’s no more incarnations of Heroes coming.”
For people who are sad to see end of the Heroes world, there is one more version coming, a video game called Gemini which will be available as a digital download for current consoles on Tuesday January 19. It serves to tell a side-story that takes place around the timeline of Heroes Reborn.
The synopsis for the season/series finale is under the jump.
[SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers from the new episode]
Second Chance premieres on FOX on Wednesday nights (9/8C) and is intriguing enough to be worth your time. Pilots are always a difficult thing to pull off since they have only 45 minutes to introduce characters, provide adequate back-story, and establish the driving force of the series. It is no surprise that things may feel a bit rushed. They also need to be fascinating enough so that the viewer would be interested in tuning in to the series in the weeks to follow. Second Chance delivers a solid pilot covering all the requirements and sets up interesting themes to move the series forward. No doubt there are going to be some high expectations as the series evolves, considering the producers have some outstanding television credits as part of their resumes such as Life, Crisis, 24, Homeland, Tyrant, Law & Order: SVU, and Elementary.
Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check out the Eclipse interview with Executive Producer Rand Ravich and stars Rob Kazinsky for some great character insights.
The glitz and glamour were on full display once again for the 2015 Academy Awards. Below is your complete list of this year’s winners. All nominees following the winner in each category are listed in alphabetical order.
WINNER: Birdman American Sniper Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
New season. New rules. The age-old battle of Slayer vs. vampire is the focus of Buffy’s life once again—it’s downright nostalgic! But with all the toying with magic she’s done lately, this girl should know it’s time for another game change . . . Shouldn’t she? The series is Executive produced by Joss Whedon! The first issue is written by Christos Gage with art by Rebekah Isaacs, and colored by Dan Jackson. The picture above shows the work of Cover Artist Steve Morris on the first issue as well as variant and ultra variant covers by Rebekah Isaacs. Click on through to see a small preview. It goes on sale March 19.
The People’s Choice Awards — that harbinger of online fandom popularity — offered us the full list from which winners will be announced during the live airing on Wednesday, January 8 on CBS. The show will be hosted by Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings of 2 Broke Girls. Until then, fans are able to keep voting up until the last day to make sure their favorites gets the top honors. And for those of you keeping score, the most nominations have been given to Glee with a total of eight mentions. The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy each received five, while Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Walking Dead,Castle, and How I Met Your Mother landed four nominations each. A quick glance at the list reveals a few curious omissions: Scandal (in the Favorite Network TV Drama category); Doctor Who (Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show);Jay Leno (Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host); JaneRizzoli & Maura Isles (Favorite TV Gal Pals); Burn Notice (Favorite SeriesWe Miss Most); and Favorite Fan Following.
The list is organized into the following categories:
NETWORK DRAMA & SCI-FI
REALITY & TALK SHOWS
THE FUN & OTHER UNIQUE NOMINATIONS
In books, TV and movies, we have been imagining scenarios of alien encounters for as far back as we can remember. There is even the possibility of such expressed in ancient cave drawings! Needless to say, we have an undeniable longing to find answers to the question “are we alone in the universe?”
In two dramatic hours, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS lays out a plausible hypothetical scenario for a first contact event. What would really happen if we got a message from space? How will humans react when we learn that a message from a distant technology or a spacecraft is on its way to Earth? Will humans learn from aliens, or become colonial subjects? Some of the world’s leading astrophysicists, astrobiologists, and sci-fi writers help unravel the scientific, cultural and psychological impact of this world-changing global event. This show is made in cooperation with The SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute which was founded in 1984 and had renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan as one of its Board of Trustee Members. Carl’s son Nick is now following in his father’s footsteps wondering, “How will we meet our galactic neighbors?”
Part 1 premieres tonight, Tuesday, March 13, at 10pm on the SCIENCE cable channel and concludes Tues. March 20 at 10pm with “The Arrival”.