It’s always interesting to see what kinds of shows TV networks (big four and cable) develop in their quests for hits. Most of the titles they develop never reach the air – a good many never even get to pilot – but they are fun to think about.
USA Network has, aside from the already announced Mark Wahlberg Shooter scripts, a number of fascinating (and possibly catastrophic) titles in development including: Amped (a cross between Limited and Hourman – a guy takes a pill that gives him increased intelligence, strength and speed), Cooley & The Tank (behind the scenes of the titular/fictional ’80s detective series – whose co-stars detest each other), Mythos (all those myths and legends are true!), The Tap (’60s Yale student is recruited by both the CIA and Skull and Bones), and more.
They come from creators as varied as Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride), Eric Kripke (Supernatural,) and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black). Follow the jump to check out what else USA is working on.
As we get closer to the new season, NBC has made a number of videos available in support of its unique take on a post-apocalyptic world. In Revolution, from J.J. Abrams (Alias, Fringe, Lost) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural), the apocalyspe isn’t some nuclear holocaust, it’s something much subtler and yet, far more pervasive: everything run by electricity just stops – the lights go out; cars stop running; planes fall from the sky.
Revolution posits a world that is forced to revert to simpler ways but hasn’t yet forgotten what it’s lost – a world in which the best and worst of humanity are brought to the fore. Being a J.J., Abrams project, there is a mystery that we become privy to over the course of the series. A death sets off a quest and there will be swashbuckling action.
Revolution premieres on September 17th, 2012, at 10/9C.
This Friday May 6th, the hit action series Supernatural comes one episode closer to the rocking finale of Season 6. According to the CW, all hell is going to break loose (yet again) in S6.20 The Man Who Would Be King. In the episode directed by Ben Edlund, who also co-wrote it with Eric Kripke, Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) about the war in Heaven and how he and Raphael ( Demore Barnes) became enemies.
In the last few episodes of the action packed 6th season of Supernatural, viewers and fans of the long running series have seen the Angel Castiel becoming not so angelic as his battle with Raphael reaches the level of desperate measures. In The Man Who Would Be King, Bobby believes Castiel is hiding something, but Dean refuses to believe it. The Winchesters are also dealing with the returned threat of the Demon Crowley ( Mark A. Sheppard) whom it seems Castiel is in league with behind their backs.
The Man Who Would Be King airs on the CW Network this Friday at 9 PM EST right after the last episode of Smallville before it reaches its two-hour series finale next week.
The Supernatural Panel at the prestigious Paley Festival was truly an entertaining and informative event. Kudos must also be given to the moderator of the afternoon’s festivities, Maureen Ryan, lead critic of AOL’s TV Squad. She kept the discussion flowing, gave all the panelists equal opportunities to answer questions, and came prepared with knowledgeable, in-depth, intelligent questions to present from both, herself and from fans. And if the discussion veered too far off track, she reined it back in again gracefully. Part I covered the introductions, and details of a clip shown corresponding to the upcoming western-themed episode. We left Part II with the creator of Supernatural, Eric Kripke, talking about the many forms discussions take in the writers’ room. This third part will cover comments from Eric about writing the season finale, his view on exposition, Castiel’s voice, Bobby’s scene with demon Crowley, Jared’s view on soulless Sam, the amulet, and much more! There were also so many times that the facial expressions and actions were so completely hilarious, that I hope The Paley Center for Media releases the DVD of this panel as quickly as possible. Again, please do not hesitate to support the Paley Center so that they can continue providing such wonderful panels. And I won’t torture you any further. This part completes the panel summary/transcript report in a marathon run to the end, and includes a highlight video released by the Paley Center. Continue reading Supernatural Panel at Paley Festival, Part III→
Supernatural made its first appearance at the Paley Festival during its first season and it was wonderful to see the cast and members of the creative team return once again. The first part of my report outlined the introductions and offered a detailed narrative on the preview clip for the upcoming western-themed episode. When the Q&A portion began, the first question dealt with the process involved in making episode 6×15, The French Mistake, wherein demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean were angelically transported to an alternate universe where they found themselves to be actors named Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles working on a television show titled Supernatural. This very-meta episode, loaded with in-jokes, not only scratched at the fourth wall but brought it crumbling down — just as surely as I suspect the wall in Sam’s psyche holding back the tortuous memories of hell will come crashing down as we approach the season finale. And while news about a seventh season has not officially been announced, all indications are strong that fans will need to worry only until September about being left with a gut-wrenching cliffhanger.
We pick up the transcript as Eric Kripke started describing the difficulties encountered in working through some of the legalities associated with The French Mistake. In case you missed it, Part I can be found HERE.
But just a quick note: if you enjoy reading about these events, please visit the website for the Paley Center For Media and do not hesitate to support them through a number of wonderful items they have available for purchase, including full DVDs of past panels of many different shows. You can also become a supporting member so that these types of events can continue to be offered. http://www.paleycenter.org/
I had the honor and pleasure of attending the Supernatural panel at the twenty-eighth annual William S. Paley Television Festival in Beverly Hills, which has been in full swing since March 4 and will continue until March 17. The shows featured at this year’s festival are “The Walking Dead”, “True Blood”, “White Collar”, Parks and Recreation”, “Freaks and Geeks”, “Undeclared”, Eastbound & Down”, “An Evening with Jimmy Fallon”, “Community”, American Idol”, “Hot in Cleveland”, “Glee”, “Raising Hope”, and of course “Supernatural.” Thanks to some copious notetaking, I hope to present you with a (mostly) accurate transcript of this wonderful panel. Be forewarned that there WILL be some spoilers covering the rest of the season.
The Paley Center for Media believes that everything presented on radio and television has value. And as such, the Center has an extensive archive of all things radio and television from as far back to the past, through to the present. It was very appropriate, not only to the Paley Center but also to Supernatural, that they would pull an old commercial dating back from the late 1950s urging us to “See the USA, in your Chevrolet!” in order to open the afternoon festivities.
This first report will cover the introductory elements, as well as a detailed description of the preview of the much-anticipated western-themed episode.
Wouldn’t you know it, right after I finished posting my promo article last night for Supernatural S6.15 The French Mistake and go off to bed, The WB puts out an invite to view an advanced screener of the episode. Sometimes it’s tough living on the east coast where you sometimes end up being late to the media party (and let’s not even go into the freezing cold weather). But better late than never, so after a few minor technical glitches on my end, I was able to grab a can of diet coke, kick back and watch Supernatural S6. 15, The French Mistake.
I’m not exactly sure which of the four definitions of the term ‘the french mistake’ that are listed on the Urban Dictionary site this title refers to and that pretty much sums up my reactions and thoughts on this episode. You see, I’m not exactly sure what the writers and producers were trying to do with Supernatural S6.15, The French Mistake.
In a nutshell the premise of the episode, which is directed by Charles Beeson and written by Ben Edlund, is that Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) are sent to an alternate universe where their life and their history as brothers is an action series called Supernatural. The angel Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche’) has sent them there to protect them from being killed by Raphael (doing a bit of gender swapping by being played in this episode by the lovely Lanette Ware). In concept, the hilarity in the episode is supposed to be based mainly on the meta about the Winchester brothers finding themselves thrust into the lives of actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.
I watched the episode twice, and both times I came to the same conclusion that the idea behind it was like cotton candy; kind of fun to think about indulging in, but not near enough substance to have warranted actually making it into an episode.