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Television: Eclipse Looks Back At Supernatural As The Season 6 Premiere Approaches

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The premiere of the sixth season of the CW Network’s hit action/horror series, Supernatural is just a few days away and I don’t know about anyone else, but this dedicated viewer is psyched about it! With the premiere of season 6, Supernatural is moving to its new Friday night 9 PM (EST) slot where the Winchester brothers will be buddies once more with the CW Network’s other long running action series, Smallville.

Supernatural season 5 was the culmination of a storyline that had began in season one under show runner/series creator, Eric Kripke. From the very first moment the audience was introduced to Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) Winchester, we knew they were fated for something bigger than either one of them could imagine. Over the past five seasons of Supernatural the audience has become invested in the way the Winchester brothers seem to rise above just about every adversity thrown at them and our hearts broke for them when they couldn’t. When Dean’s deal was closing in on him in season 3 of Supernatural, I found the lines from one of my favorite songs running through my head. They are part of the lyrics to ‘Comanche’ by Johnny Horton. Ok, so yes, Comanche was a horse. But not just any horse, he was the lone survivor of Custer’s last stand at Little Bighorn. I have since found the lyrics to be fitting for both Dean and Sam.

“Comanche you fought hard, Comanche you tried. You were a good soldier, so hold your head up high for even the greatest soldiers sometimes must fall. Comanche the great horse, you gave your all.”

Both Sam and Dean Winchester were called upon time and time again by angels, demons, God and even their own father, John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan/Matt Cohen) to ‘give their all’. Even above and beyond death.

Of course none of this would have had the dramatic impact for Supernatural viewers and fans without the talents of the writers, producers, creators, guest actors and most of all without the talent and on screen brotherly chemistry of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

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Marvel Entertainment Creates Television Arm; Names Jeph Loeb Boss!

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Marvel Entertainment is taking a serious interest in television programming. Today, the company announced the creation of a division to create TV programming based around its extensive library of comic book characters. Jeph Loeb was named Executive Vice-President, Television.

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Smallville’s Latest Season Ender Airs Tonight!

Smallville is a prime example of why I’m not a very good television reporter. I don’t have the patience to watch a lot of shows on a weekly basis, so I Tivo entire seasons and sit down and have Marathon sessions. I watched all 19 eps of Legend of the Seeker last week and have the last 9 eps of 24 on tape and will probably watch those this weekend. Recently, I had a Smallville Marathon and watched the entire season in one weekend. So I’m now up to date and am ready for tonight’s Season cliffhanger.

I liked most of the season but somewhere around episode 10 I got really sick of Clark and actively started to hate him and the whole Lois can’t know my secret bit got really old by episode 10 as well. The whole no flying thing is really irritating, I understood them having that rule in place for the first 3 seasons, but we’re 9 years into this and considering EVERYONE who gets his powers immediately start flying and he still can’t is beyond ridiculous. The only reason this show works is the supporting cast, I still love Chloe, Oliver, Tess and even Zod. I’m looking forward to tonight’s season finale, but if Clark wasn’t such a moron it never should have gotten to this point. No matter how bad Smallville gets during the regular season they always go out with a bang and have amazing have Season finales, so I expect tonight to continue the trend.

Television: It’s Showdown Time on Smallville! Sneak Peek Artwork for S9.22 Salvation

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The hit CW Network Series Smallville is heading toward the climatic end of it’s 9th season and Clark Kent and the gang have a lot of action coming their way as Smallville S9.22 Salvation is set to air next Friday, May 14th at 8PM EST.

While fans and viewers wait in anticipation to see how it all plays out, the CW Network people has shared some ‘knock your socks off’ advance look artwork with us.

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Television: The CW Network Is All A Twitter For Sweeps Week

During “Watch and Tweet Week” From May 3 – May 7, Fans Can Tweet with Their Favorite CW Stars and Producers While Watching Their Favorite CW Shows

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To help promote their network shows, The CW Network is inviting the viewers and fans of their shows to “Watch and Tweet” with stars and executive producers from each series from Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7. 

This event will include such CW Network stars as Misha Collins who plays Castiel on Supernatural, Robert Buckley who plays Clay on One Tree Hill and Shenae Grimes who plays Annie on 90210. As an added bonus fans and viewers THE VAMPIRE DIARIES who live on the west coast can also tweet along with executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec on Thursday, May 6.

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Television: Smallville S9.16 Checkmate Sneak Peek Artwork

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The original ‘kick ass babe’ and leading lady of action films, Pam Grier is back as Amanda Waller AKA Checkmate and Smallville has her–or does she have them? Guess we’ll have to tune to know for sure which way it is.

One thing I do know for sure right now is that we have some great sneak peek stills from Smallville S9.16 to share with EclipseMagazine readers thanks to the wonderful publicity people over at the CW Network.

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TELEVISION: Smallville Gets 10th!

Despite lower rates than last season, The CW has renewed Smallville for a tenth season – tying it with Stargate SG-1 as America’s longest-running sci-fi/fantasy series.

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The news, which is being reported by Brian Hibberd’s Live Feed blog and the folks at Airlock Alpha, is, no doubt, a reward for giving the network a steady presence on the black hole of Friday nights – better known as “date night” – and for being a frequently TiVo’d series.

DC purists will continue to be appalled, while the rest of us are cheered by the news. Plus Tom Welling and Calgary girl Erica Durance work for another year. Sounds like win-win to me.

A Closer Look at CW Early Renewals

Much to the relief of anxious fans who have been waiting nervously to hear the fate of their beloved shows, The CW has spared them a few extra gray hairs in the coming months by announcing early pickups for five of their series.  Returning to the schedule for the Fall 2010 season are four dramas: The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Gossip Girl, and 90210, along with the long-running hit reality series America’s Next Top Model.

The renewals are not entirely a surprise, as industry experts have correctly predicted these outcomes for a while now based on series performance and actors’ contracts.  The CW has also gained extra brownie points and cemented viewer loyalty even further by being generous in their early announcements and sparing their viewers the agony of having to wait until the “May upfronts” where such announcements are usually made by all networks, in addition to revealing the new shows to debut in their Fall line-ups.   As our previous post stated, curiously missing from the renewal list at this time is Smallville.

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Television: Michael Shanks Flies into Smallville for Absolute Justice

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Actor Michael Shanks is best known for his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson on the hit Syfy Channel series Stargate SG1, which ended it’s successful ten year run back in 2006. Shanks also reprised this role in two made for DVD Stargate SG1 movies and in guest-starring appearances in the two spin off series, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: Universe. Of course this talented and versatile actor has spent time in other roles as well since becoming a fan favorite on Stargate SG1 (so popular in fact that many loyal fans participated in a campaign to bring him back to SG1 after the actor departed the series at the end of season five). Shanks has appeared in guest starring roles on several top rated television series such as 24, CSI: Miami and a very popular recurring guest appearance on Burn Notice as the rogue agent, Victor.

Now Michael Shanks steps into the realm of the superhero as he dons winged armor to become The Hawkman in the upcoming Smallville telemovie, Absolute Justice.

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DVD: Smallville: The Complete Season 8 Makes It’s Super Arrival

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Available on DVD and Blu_Ray on august 25th, 2009

There’s a new reporter at the Daily Planet: Clark Kent (Tom Welling), who shares a workspace with Lois Lane(Erica Durance). There’s a new hero in Metropolis, too. No one knows who he is. But Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore) was on the scene of one of the do-gooder’s exploits, and he snapped a blurred photo of the hero in superspeed action: a hero everyone now calls the Red-Blue Blur. All of this pushes the red-jacketed, blue-shirted Clark Kent closer to his Superman destiny in the exciting 22-episode, 6-disc Season 8 of Smallville.

Fans who found season 8 of Smallville to be one of the better ones yet, attributed the better story writing to a lower filming budget, believing that when the series had the big budget, all the writers and producers could think about was how to make cool stuff happen that had no real point behind it. Many viewers felt that the writers in season 8 of Smallville were forced to come up with more complex storylines for the characters instead of substituting whiz, bang special effects. That while it was one of the ‘darkest’ seasons yet of Smallville, it was also more fun

Be that the true reason or not, there were many good character driven stories in season 8 of this long running hit CW series. Character arcs that included Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) taking the marriage plunge with the man fans/viewers had come to know as Jimmy Olsen and the revelation that Davis Bloome (Sam Witwer) is the Kryptonian known as Doomsday whose mission is to kill Clark Kent aka Ka-El of Krypton. Yet two other key events along the way were very polarizing among the fans and sparked the most debate: the return of Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and the death of the man who turned out to not really be THE Jimmy Olsen of the Superman comic book lore, but rather his older brother Henry James Olsen.

Fans and viewers had mixed feelings about the revelation that the Jimmy Olsen introduced in season 6 wasn’t the real deal. Viewers who had fully accepted that this was Jimmy Olsen even though the writers/creators of Smallville were going against the established mytharc of the Superman story  were then disconcerted to have the rug pulled out from under the them in a matter of mere moments. Other fans were delighted to find out that the story would return to it’s home base and Jimmy Olsen would become the much younger character he is originally intended to be.

Love it or hate it, the Jimmy Olsen twist and turns is just one of the reasons why Smallville season 8 is something to put on your DVD ‘must watch list’. Another good reason is the return of Lana Lang.

The complete 8th season of Smallville is now available on DVD and Blu_ray. The 22 episode, 6 disc set is nicely packaged in a solid plastic casing that protects the DVDS but makes it much easier to remove them for viewing. The set includes special features such as extended/deleted scenes and commentaries on two key episodes and a behind the scenes special Smallville’s Doomsday: The Making of a Monster.

And after you are all caught on the exciting events of Smallville season 8, tune into the CW Network beginning on September 25th as Clark Kent takes to the airwaves in season 9 airing in it’s new Friday night time slot at 8PM EST.

Check out this fun sneak peek at what’s in store for Smallville fans and viewers!

COMIC-CON: Smallville is hot again at Comic-Con

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There’s been a big revival for Smallville in the last year. I know after not watching it since season three, but for some reason started again last year and enjoyed the heck out of it. You can feel the new love and energy that Smallville is now generating in the reception that Tom Welling gets. It’s a great panel, most of the cast is there, Justin Hartley, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Callum Blue (Zod), and Allison Mack with of course the loud, over enthusiastic Comic-Con crowd. One bit of news is that Season 9 isn’t necessarily going to be the last season, they are “gunning for season 10.” You can watch the entire thing here.