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!
One of the best signs that an actor is enjoying his job is when that actor turns a thirty-minute conference call into a ninety-minute one. Such was the case when I took part in the Sam Witwer conference call in support of Syfy’s newest scripted hit, Being Human [Mondays, 9/8C].
One of the interesting things about conference calls is that you always get a few questions about the subjects other work, so here we learn some interesting things – like how Witwer’s guest appearance on NCIS played a role in a part of the star Wars saga. All that plus, The Crashton!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Fans and Viewers alike, Supernatural Season 5 has now reached the top of the last hill. Now the season finale, Swan Song is poised to take the wildest plummet into excitement yet as Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) gets ready to take on Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino). Of course Sam has some pretty heavy hitters on his side including his brother Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins) who may yet have one more spark of angel mojo left in him and veteran hunter Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver).
Supernatural S5.22, Swan Song airs this Thursday May 13th at 9 PM EST and according to series Creator Eric Kripke is the culmination of his 5 year story arc. An arc that began back in the pilot episode of season one when Sam reluctantly agreed to reunite with his older brother Dean for a few days to find their missing father, John Winchester (as played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan). A few days turned into a permanent reunion as Sam returned to his college apartment to find that his live in love Jessica (Adrienne Palicki) had been killed in the same manner as Sam and Dean’s mother Mary Winchester(as played by Samantha Smith) had been killed when they were children. Dean and Sam’s fate are set in motion again by these events that lead them on the road in their black ’67 Chevy Impala to ‘hunting things, saving people: the family business”.
Eric Kripke promises that this storyline, which has taken a lot of twists and turns filled with psychic children, angels and demons will be tied up and finished in S5.22 Swan Song and Supernatural will have a whole new story for the upcoming season six. So while we wait for Swan Song to air this Thursday, let’s take a look at some sneak peek artwork and vids provided by the good folks at The CW Network & Warner Bros Television.
Ok folks you know the drill here, before we get into my commentary and such on the latest episode of Supernatural season 5, we take a look at the lasted news around the show and the fandom.
The CW is still dancing in the clouds over the continued success of their Thursday night one-two punch of The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. Here’s what they had to say in the press release dated September 25th, 2009 which came out the day after Free to Be You and Me aired.
SUPERNATURAL Continues to Builds in Key Demos in Season Five. Now in its 5th season, SUPERNATURAL has seen its ratings grow over last season by 27% with women 18-34 (1.4/4), 9% in adults 18-34 (1.2/3) and 8% in women 18-49 (1.3/3). SUPERNATURAL faced tougher competition (against the “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI” premieres), and still retained 92% of last week’s adults 18-34 rating (1.2/3), 100% of its adults 18-49 audience (1.2/3) and 94% in total viewers (2.62mil).
I think if this trend keeps up, we are going to be seeing our Winchester boys in a 6th season after all. Gosh one more year of getting to look at Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Mish Collins on our screens, I think we can handle it. well I know I can.
On Thursday the 24th of September 2009 the Supernatural fans over in the twitterverse attempted to get a Supernatural related hashtag into the top trending topics for the day. This time around the hashtag carried a very special message with a very special agenda attached to it. The tag was #rememberkimmanners and it was in tribute to the late Kim Manners who died in January of 2009 after losing his battle with Cancer and to counteract the snub his death received by recently aired Emmys which for unknown reasons left Kim Manners out of its tribute to members of the Entertainment industry who had passed away between September of 2008 and September of 2009. Kim Manners was a driving force on the set of Supernatural and as they have often said, an inspiration and mentor to both Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. Members of the cast & crew have felt his loss on the set of Supernatural, as have the fans that wanted to show support for the loss. Unfortunately the attempt to get the hash tag in remembrance of Kim Manners failed to make it into the top trending topics list. But it was a heartfelt gesture on the part of Supernatural fans and my guess is it was appreciated nonetheless.
Ok so now its time to move along to my commentary on 5.03, Free to Be You and Me and the compelling sense of dejavu it generated for not only myself but apparently other viewers and some fans of the show as well.
Before we go into commentary on the episode, let’s share a bit of news that has the CW Network dancing in the aisle!
In a press release on 8/11/09 the CW announced that SUPERNATURAL Improved Over Last Year’s Season Premiere with Young Women. and SUPERNATURAL improved over its strong premiere last year by 6% in women 18-34 (1.7/5). SUPERNATURAL, which scored a 3.39m rating for its season 5 premiere, also scored its best women 18-34 (1.7/5) and women 18-49 (1.7/5) ratings since Jan. 2009. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and SUPERNATURAL Combine for CW’s Best Thursday Ever with Women. Best Thursday in 2 ½ Years with Adults 18-34
This news was no doubt music to the ears of the series creator Eric Kripke along with writers, producers and studio executives who attended Thursday night’s gala Supernatural premiere party in Los Angeles. Also in attendance were such notable actors from the series as Traci Dinwiddie (psychic Pamela Barnes) and Julie McNiven (the Angel Anna). This all came on the heels of one of the biggest combined fan publicity pushes for the long running CW series about two brothers named Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) Winchester who roam the back roads of rural USA in a weapon’s loaded black ’67 Chevy Impala hunting creatures of a supernatural origin and saving people.
Fans of the quirky series literally took over the twitterverse using hashtags to promote the series with such tags as #inkripkewetrust, #supernaturaliscoming and the controversial #luciferiscoming: which eventually caused an uproar among a religious group led by rapper P. Diddy (who has since been challenged by Supernatural star Misha Collins to a rather strange competition involving eating cupcakes while riding horseback). This massive push by fans to promote the show garnered a lot of buzz and attention among many people who are active on Twitter and no doubt brought more attention to the premiere. It also goes to prove a personal point of my own, which is that scattering things on numerous LJ’s doesn’t have the kind of impact of fan based promotion for the show as it does when fans and viewers come together in one central location, easily accessible by other fans, media and those involved directly with Supernatural. When everyone comes together on one place, it creates a more cohesive force and gets more voices of support heard.
And speaking of cohesion, now I’m going to be moving on to my commentary about the Supernatural season 5.01 episode, Sympathy for the Devil.