I’m back and I survived last weekend’s big San Francisco Adventure known as WonderCon 2010. Friday was all about opening day and comic books, Saturday was all about pop culture the day started with spending an hour in the Press Room with the cast of ABC’s new spooky show Happy Town. We sat down with the producers, Amy Acker, Geoff Stults, and I’ll admit I don’t know who the 3rd guy was since I don’t watch Lost. I was sitting right next to Amy trying to figure out why she looked so familiar it wasn’t until later in the day when I realized, wholly s it’s Fred from Angel! How could I forget that? Right after that we went into the next room to spend a lot of quality time with Jerry Bruckheimer – who for some reason kept staring and winking at me out of the corner of his eye.
Time for another IDOL results show where one contestant will be going home tonight. Last night I predicted that Katie Stevens (pictured) would be going, not because she had a bad performance, but because I don’t think she has a following and she was in the bottom three last week. So was Tim Urban, but I think Tim’s female fans are keeping him in the game. I could be wrong. We’ll see. Meanwhile, Usher was the mentor last night and did a fantastic job of giving solid advice to the contestants. He performs tonight and I believe he is the only performer which means we must endure another bad group performance. In any case, as always, if you live on the West Coast, SPOILER ALERT, full recap after the jump…
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“I wanted it to be a total surprise for you all, but someone spilled the beans!”
That’s Traci Dinwiddie’s reaction when I contacted her to do an interview with her on her return to Supernatural as Pamela “best damn psychic in the state” Barnes after her character’s demise in the S4.15 episode, Death Takes a Holiday.
The “bean spiller” of course was the publicity department for the CW Network who sent out the promo blurb for S5.16 Dark Side of the Moon which announced her return guest appearance along with several other favorite Supernatural characters who have passed into the ‘great beyond’.
It’s no April Fools Day joke when fellow hunters track and kill Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) as retribution for starting the apocalypse. The boys are surprised to find themselves in Heaven and with Castiel’s (Misha Collins) help navigating Paradise, they begin searching for information about God’s whereabouts. In the meantime, Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) continues his intense quest to find the brothers and force them to accept their destinies as Lucifer & Michael’s vessels. Additional guest stars include: Colin Ford as ‘Young Sam,’ Samantha Smith as ‘Mary Winchester,’ Chad Lindbergh as ‘Ash,’ Traci Dinwiddie as ‘Pamela,’ Roger Aaron Brown as ‘Joshua’ and Bones the Dog as ‘Casey.’ Jeff Woolnough directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Dan Loflin.
Traci Dinwiddie’s first appearance as Pamela Barnes was in the S4.1 episode Lazarus Rising when Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) takes the Winchester brothers to her in search of some answers as to who pulled Dean out of hell and returned him, fully restored, to life. The character of psychic Pamela Barnes was smartly crafted, well written and most importantly cast with the talented and charismatic Dinwiddie in the role. All of which served to make the character a rarity in universe of Supernatural—a female character that many of the viewers and the fans embraced with enthusiasm. Pamela’s demise in the latter part of season four was met with dismay, but now she’s back for another round of adventure with the Winchester Brothers and Eclipse has an exclusive chat with Traci Dinwiddie on that return—well as much as we could pry out of her without letting any spoilers slip. Ah to live in fear of the Kripke!
It’s time for the Top 10 to perform. Tonight is R&B/Soul night and who better than Usher (pictured) to mentor our finalists and that he does with some great advice and direction. This is what the contestants need. Also coming up, last week, favorite Crystal Bowersox promised a surprise tonight and I cannot wait to see what she and the others have in store. Let’s get the show on the road, AFTER THE JUMP.
I’m leaving the warm 80 degree days in Washington, DC to freeze in San Francisco to bring you coverage of this weekend’s WonderCon! And yes, you heard right, it’s just my luck that it’s finally, finally going to be in the 70s in DC starting Thursday and I’m going to San Francisco where it’s going to be in the low 50s and raining. I have a bunch of events lined up for the weekend including Pressers with Jerry Bruckheimer and the Cast of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Nicholas Cage and the Cast of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the Producers of Toy Story, the Cast of Chuck, Happy Town and Human Target. I’m trying to line up an interview with W.S. Anderson for the new Resident Evil Movie and the Cast of ABC’s V. I’m not going to promise up to the minute coverage, but I did buy a Netbook for this trip, so hopefully it’ll all work out. Check out the coverage this weekend and definitely starting next Monday I’ll have plenty of Pictures, News and more. The Con season is now in full swing.
Courtesy of our friends at A&E we have a pretty cool prize pack from A&E’s new show the Fugitive Chronicles that premieres Thursday, April 1st at 10/9c on A&E! The prize pack includes:
- A Fugitive Chronicles Portable Grill/Cooler
- Fugitive Chronicles Compass/Flashlight
- Fugitive Chronicles T-Shirt
Chuck has been on a roll the last few weeks and last night’s episode was almost perfect. I loved the interaction between Awesome, Morgan and Casey. Jeff and Lester didn’t annoy me as much as they usually do, for a minute there I actually thought they would discover Chuck’s secret. Ellie’s reaction to bailing them out of jail was great and I like the Shaw heal turn. I actually think Brandon Routh is surprisingly good – his woodenness fits this part. Lots of story progression last night. I’m going to be really upset if the rumors that this season is going to end on a cliffhanger ends up being true. I still say the show should have ended last year, it was a perfect series finale. But now that it’s back on track, I’m ready for more episodes.
When dead folks in a small town start rising up from their graves and returning to their homes and begin living their old lives like they never left, the Winchester brothers are fairly sure its another sign of the apocalypse. However their fears about apocalyptic events take a backseat when they soon realize that their good friend and ally Bobby Singer (guest star Jim Beaver), who lives nearby, is personally affected by the ‘homecoming’ of the newly risen dead.
Yes, Bobby Singer is definitely affected by the events of this episode and in one pivotal moment at the end of the episode as they are watching his wife’s funeral pyre burning, he says to Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester: “She’s the love of my life, How many times do I have to kill her?”
Very poignant and heartbreaking right? Except for the fact that, by all established canon, Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) now seems to have TWO dead wives. The lovely brunette Lisa from S3.10 Dream A Little Dream of Me and the lovely blonde Karen in S5.15 Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (written by Jeremy Carver).
That’s just one of the two major things that, for me, kept this episode from being the best it could be.
After a slow start, Chuck has finally gotten good in the last few weeks. We’re getting the old likable Chuck back. I still think they made a big mistake by hitting the reset button on Chuck and Sarah’s relationship this year and turning Chuck into a dick for most of the season but the last few episodes has gone a long way towards fixing a lot of what’s wrong. The question is, is it too late to save the show?
After Netflix announced it’s deal with the Devil last month, I sort of put the company on double secret probation. I just can’t stay mad at the boys in Red, their service is just to good and I’m just to addicted to Netflix Instant Watch, so I’m bringing back the Instant Que. In honor of the recent passing of the great Robert Culp here are a couple of must watches and other guest appearances now available on Netflix’s Instant Queue.
The Greatest American Hero (All 3 Seasons now Available!).
And then there were 10…or soon will be. Another IDOL contestant is about to bite the dust and being booted tonight is big!!! Only the Top 10 go on the road on the IDOL tour. It’s a paycheck and a chance to build a fan base. Tonight is not the night to go. Sadly, after last night’s horrendous performance, I predicted that Paige Miles (pictured) would be going home tonight. I just don’t know how she survives after that performance. It really was absolutely horrible and the sad part is that she can really sing. She has huge potential as Simon has pointed out, but she just has not connected with the type of singer she wants to be and her song selection has been very poor.
Also coming up tonight, a performance by this week’s mentor, Miley Cyrus, as well as a duet from Joe Jonas and his new gal pal, Demi Lovato. On with show and as always, if you live on the West Coast, I’m about to reveal all… AFTER THE JUMP.