Archive for October 2007
Supernatural Preview: A Grimm Tale Come to Life
by Ileane Rudolph, TVGuide.com
The Big Bad Wolf attacks Little Red Riding Hood. A murderous old lady in a cottage menaces a couple lost in the woods. A beautiful teenager is cruelly abused by her wicked stepmother. It’s just another day on Supernatural (Thursdays, 9 pm/ET, CW).In keeping with the show’s dark mythology, when these familiar fairy tales surface in the Nov. 1 episode, “Bedtime Stories,” it’s no Disney cartoon. These twisted fables are grim. Brothers Grimm, to be exact. “When I went back and read the original stories, they were creepy and freaky,” says Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam, the younger of the two demon-hunting Winchester brothers. “I was actually a little spooked. I grew up on the Disney movies, and I’m going, ‘Oh, my god, this is what it came from?’”
That reaction pleases executive producer Eric Kripke. “The Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales are coming to life in all their bloody, homicidal, cannibalistic glory. The monsters and ghosts the boys are up against are always based on folklore or modern urban legends, and we realized that the folklore most people know best had never been on the show: fairy tales.”
Sam and his brother, Dean (Jensen Ackles), arrive in the fictional town of Maple Springs to investigate what seems to be a savage werewolf attack on three chubby construction foremen (think the Three Little Pigs). As the crimes continue, the boys discover an ethereal young girl with pale skin and dark hair who’s watching each gruesome bloodletting with an eerie calm. “We need to figure out which fairy tales are about to come true, where they’ll come true and how we will hopefully stop it,” Padalecki explains.
That’s not all Sam is trying to stop. In a continuing storyline, he’s searching for a way to break the bargain his older brother made with the Crossroads Demon. Dean agreed to go to Hell in one year in exchange for Sam’s being brought back from the dead. But is the resurrected Sam the real Sam? Or is he, as some who know him suspect, an überdemon?
“Keep an eye on him and notice the difference between Season 1 and what he does now, and it might be hinting toward something,” reveals Padalecki, who admits he had a particularly good time with this incarnation of the Crossroads Demon. The shape-shifter is played by his real-life girlfriend, Sandra McCoy. (They met while making the horror flick Cry Wolf three years ago.) “The producers have been trying to find a role for her for a while. She was awesome.”
By the episode’s end, Sam makes a shocking discovery. Without spoiling too much, it’s safe to say Dean’s situation will get worse before it gets better. “I’m getting more and more nervous with each script,” Ackles says. “Please write to Kripke. Tell him not to kill me.”
My favorite new comedy and maybe show after Gossip Girl is Samantha Who? which features Christina Applegate and a trio of ex WB stars Melissa McCarthy (Sookie, GG), Barry Watson and Jennifer Espisito. It is hilarious, fun and seriously funny, and its beating up Heroes badly on Mondays at 9:30pm, this week it raised its viewership a million to hit 15.36 million viewers. And of course the best news about it, according to Mike Ausiello, ABC just picked it up for a full season.
Breaking: ABC Goes All the Way with Samantha Who?
In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, sources confirm that ABC has picked up Samantha Who? for a full season. In its first three airings, the Christina Applegate-fronted memory-loss satire has retained a good chunk of its Dancing with the Stars lead-in, easily ranking as the most-watched new comedy of the fall. What’s more, it’s actually good!
Up Close with Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles: Part 2
by Ileane Rudolph, TVGuide.com
As Dean Winchester, the short-fused, sarcastic, evil-battling older brother on Supernatural (Thursdays at 9pm/ET, the CW), Jensen Ackles has made some pretty hard choices. In the first part of this interview, he talked about his deal with the Crossroads Demon, his obsessed fans and his real-life friendship with costar Jared Padalecki. In this final part, he opens up about this “thrill-ride season,” his love of vintage cars and why he’s jealous of Matthew Fox.TV Guide: You’ve added a couple of hot new female characters to the show, Ruby and Bella. Eric Kripke [the show's creator] said he’s looking to see what chemistry that will bring. Will it be meet-cute, hate each other and then romance each other?
Ackles: I don’t know. They tried to do that with Jo [Alona Tal] last year and the audience [reaction] was, “No, no, we just want this to be about the boys.”
TV Guide: How do the boys feel about it?
Ackles: We’re begging for new characters! I look at a show like Heroes and I laugh. You guys have no idea. Those characters are probably working two or three days a week, whereas Jared and I are in every single scene of each episode. If we get a scene off, we’re laughing.
TV Guide: I hear it’s a tough shoot.
Ackles: It is. We’re going 14, 15 hours a day Monday through Friday. We shoot nights, out in the cold, the rain. I read an interview that Matthew Fox gave about working on Lost in Hawaii and he said, “It’s great. I only work two or three days a week. I spend time with my family at the beach.” I wanted to kill myself.
TV Guide: You did a stage play this summer, right?
Ackles: I played Daniel Cassidy in A Few Good Men. Lou Diamond Phillips played Colonel Jessup. I hadn’t been on stage since high-school musicals 11 years ago. It was back in Dallas, so I got to go home and put on a show for my whole family and friends.
TV Guide: How’d you do? Would you do it again?
Ackles: I would, but not for a little while. It was a lot of work…. If you remember the movie, Tom Cruise was in every scene. To memorize 125 pages of a play was a little daunting. But we made it happen.
TV Guide: You don’t like to talk about your life, but you’re single, right?
Ackles: I’m not married. [Laughs] I’ve been dating somebody for about a year. She’s an actress.
TV Guide: Who is it then?
Ackles: [Laughs] I don’t know if I should tell you. She’s an upcoming actress. She’s not known. She’s good people. She comes from a very similar home. Louisiana. We’ve got that in common. It works well.
TV Guide: What’s happening with all the demons you released from Hell?
Ackles: We’re doing our best to fight ‘em.
TV Guide: So who or what is pulling the strings now? There’s someone above the Crossroads Demon, true?
Ackles: The Crossroads Demon is not someone with the utmost power. There’s definitely a lot more — we use the term “celebrity demons” — that have now been released.
TV Guide: More scoop, please.
Ackles: The hunter Gordon is back, of course. He thinks that Sam is the ultimate demon — the anti-Chris — that causes a bit of a problem in episode 8.
TV Guide: So will it come down to Gordon against Sam, mano or whatever a mano?
Ackles: You’ll have to wait and see, but pretty much.
TV Guide: What’s with Buffy and Angel vampire Mercedes McNab coming in as a bloodsucker?
Ackles: We just finished filming that. Yes, she gets turned into a vampire. It turns into a pretty sticky situation.
TV Guide: Does one of you fall in love and then you have to kill her as usual?
Ackles: Not with her. Mercedes is great. She turned in a great performance. It’s not easy playing those kinds of completely outlandish characters.
TV Guide: In what way are you most like Dean? Are you a sarcastic guy?
Ackles: Dean and I share a few qualities. Sarcasm is definitely one of them. Where we differ the most is the short temper before getting into a big confrontation. But when push comes to shove, I can easily turn into Dean.
TV Guide: Do you have a thing for vintage cars now, since you practically live on screen in that old Impala?
Ackles: I do, though not necessarily muscle cars. I’m more into four-wheeling. I just sold a ’73 Bronco, all tricked out for off-roading. But after driving the Impala around so much, I’m getting the feeling of that good old muscle car, so I’m kind of in the market right now. I’m going to try to write into my contract to get one of these Impalas, so when the show’s over, maybe I’ll scoop it on up and get it styled.
TV Guide: Anything more about the show?
Ackles: It’s another thrill ride this season. We’re really hitting our stride. If the audience likes what they’ve seen in the last two seasons, it’s a little more intensified version of the same. I’m real proud of it.
TV Guide: And you’re hoping you don’t die, or at least come back in some spectacular fashion.
Ackles: Please write to Kripke. Tell him not to kill me.
I love Grey’s but this season has really lost its spunk without Preston Burke-note I mention the character only- even Edward Hermann is not putting any spunk into the show. I kind of liked Gizzie, until Alex really pointed out how stupid Izzie was being, and I agree; it’s George, more teddy bear than heartthrob! Even though Mer & Derek are still doing their dance something has to be done, they are going nowhere fast. Let’s hope Ava/Rebecca’s return is just what the doctor ordered.
Episode 4.05: Haunt You Everyday
Airdate: October 25, 2007
10/17 – Staring intently into [Ava's] eyes, [Alex] lunges forward and grabs her, kissing her long and hard. Unlocking his lips from hers, he caresses her face, smiles and then purposefully goes back in for another soulful smooch… [...] The two actors are shooting their characters’ romantic reunion. [...] In this Halloween episode, a fully recovered Ava makes a surprise return and will — at long last — seal the deal with Alex. As with all on-screen love scenes, things are not quite as they seem. [...] The good news about Rebecca’s return is that she isn’t a patient. [...] Rebecca [aka Ava] is back to fulfill her fantasies. [...] The reunion is a doozy: Alex is told there’s a patient waiting behind curtain three and he heads there, followed by Norman (the world’s oldest intern, played by veteran actor Edward Herrmann), who’s complaining of a tickle in his throat. Alex tells him to suck it up and then pulls the curtain back on the examining area to see Rebecca sitting on the table. “Go make yourself busy, Norman,” he back before pulling the curtain closed. Alex stares longingly at her. Staring back with flushed cheeks, Rebecca tells him all the moms in her suburban neighborhood were dressing up for Halloween, but that she couldn’t decide what to wear. Then she realized: “All I wanted to be was Ava.” [...] Executive producer Krista Vernoff, who also wrote this episode, says Ava, aka Rebecca, “brings out a side we don’t often see underneath the sarcastic, angry Alex.” [...] Rebecca and Alex won’t be just another hit-that-and-run romance. Reaser, in fact, has signed on for an unspecified number of episodes. “Rebecca is a married woman and Alex is an upstanding guy who has quite clearly fallen for her,” says Vernoff, “so it’s a real dilemma and there’s a lot of story to tell.” Source: TV Guide
Episode 4.06: Kung Fu Fighting
Airdate: November 1, 2007
- 10/14 – With his marriage in turmoil, the Chief turns to his fellow male surgeons for a “gentleman’s evening,” Cristina and Izzie heatedly compete for the same surgeries and the favor of the doctor performing them, Meredith treats the survivor of a skydiving accident, and the doctors treat two injured finalists who are competing in a promotional competition. Source: ABC
Episode 4.07: Physical Attraction… Chemical Reaction
Airdate: November 8, 2007
- 10/21 – George and Izzie’s romantic chemistry is put to the test, as Derek asks for more than a physical connection from Meredith; much to his own surprise, Mark develops a crush on a fellow surgeon, and Callie’s role as Chief Resident is placed in jeopardy after she delegates much of her job to Bailey. Source: ABC
Episode 4.08: Forever Young
Airdate: November 2007
- 10/24 – Two teens stare at a doctor. He likes the attention and decides to go see them. His ego takes a beating when one of the ladies say he looks exactly like the other’s father. Then, the two women start dreaming about another dreamy doctor who just arrived at the cafeteria. A teen gets injured by a piece of flying glass during a class at school and needs brain surgery. Another teen, who is the captain of a pom pon team, drops by the hospital with a broken coccyx and a fracture at the top of her femur. The teen will freak out because it’ll take weeks before she is fully healed and, already, she is being replaced as captain and the replacement wants to change the routine. Source: SpoilerFix.com
- 10/17 – I got an unconfirmed tip that Gizzie is still alive and kicking in Episode 8. My mole also reports that in the same episode, Mer and Der are still going strong with their whole let’s-have-sex-but-not-be-super-serious thing. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide
- 10/22 – Former Dawson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson will return to television later this season for a guest arc on Grey’s Anatomy.” Jackson will play a doctor on the ABC series. His first appearance is scheduled for the show’s 11th episode, which barring a writers strike will likely air in December or January. Source: Zap2it
- 10/14 – Seth Green (Austin Powers) will be admitted to Seattle Grace for a two-episode Grey’s Anatomy arc, says the Hollywood Reporter. Source: TV Guide Online
Up Close with Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles: Part 1
by Ileane Rudolp, TVGuide.com
The CW’s Supernatural (Thursdays at 9pm/ET) is the little horror show that could. In a two-part interview, Jensen Ackles, who plays the ruthless but somehow adorable older bro, Dean Winchester, speaks with TV Guide about the “thrill ride” of a third season, details an off-the-set scuffle and even opens up about his usually deep-undercover personal life.TV Guide: Because of his deal with the Crossroads Demon to bring Sam back from the dead, Dean only has this year to live. That must suck. How will he be handling those dwindling days?
Jensen Ackles: He’ll keep going out and having fun, calling old flames to see if they want to go Round 2…. He’s not wasting any time. [Laughs] But at the same time, he knows there are people out there who need help, so he keeps in the reality of hunting.
TV Guide: Will Sam keep trying to save Dean, even though he knows he’ll die if he does? That’s a bad bind.
Ackles: Right. I have to stop Sam from doing that. But he’s still trying. In each script I read, I’m getting a little bit more nervous.
TV Guide: Don’t you know what’s going to happen?
Ackles: I don’t. They won’t tell us.
TV Guide: You seem to have evolved into a real sci-fi/action guy. You’ve done Dark Angel, Smallville, some movies and now Supernatural. Is that cool with you?
Ackles: It wasn’t planned at all. I guest-starred on Dark Angel as Max’s brother and died. I went out for a pilot that didn’t get picked up, and I went off to Europe where I got an e-mail that they wanted me back full-time. Then I auditioned for the role of Clark Kent on Smallville. It got down to Tom [Welling] and me, and they ultimately went for Tom, which was the right decision. Two seasons later, they called and said, “We’ve been thinking about you,” and pitched me the role of Lana’s boyfriend. I said, “Yeah, that sounds cool.”
TV Guide: Were you happy with the way the role worked out?
Ackles: It got a little tough in the middle of the season. And then it took some odd turns when I got the call from Supernatural. I had a whole other year left on Smallville, so that drastically changed my storyline. I ended up turning evil a little ahead of the plan!
TV Guide: Would you like to parlay all of that into one of those big-budget sci-fi/comic-book movies?
Ackles: I’m not against it by any means. Comedy, drama, Westerns, sci-fi… it’s all fine if the story’s compelling and the character is interesting to me. I do like action a lot. The other night there was a big stunt and they brought in my stunt double. When I saw what the stunt was, I was like, “No, no, no. I’m doing this.” They’ll usually let me do it, unless it’s big stuff like a wire-jump off a building — that could be a catastrophe. But [costar] Jared [Padalecki] and I would much rather have a day of action and stunts than a day of the two brothers sitting in a motel room pouring their hearts out. [Laughs]
TV Guide: You realize you have a lot of female viewers because of that emotional stuff, right?
Ackles: This is true. “It’s a necessary evil,” we like to say.
TV Guide: After all your sci-fi roles, are you used to the passionate and obsessed cult fan?
Ackles: To a degree. They’re very avid, those fans. They’re very passionate about the show and those characters. I like that they’re very protective of those characters. I get protective of the characters as well. If I read something on the pages that I don’t agree with, I’ll call [series creator] Eric [Kripke] and say, “Eric, what are you doing here, buddy?” We’re lucky enough to be able to do that.
TV Guide: There are Samoholics and Deaniacs out there. You each have your own coterie of fans, don’t you?
Ackles: What’s funny is the network always talks about how we skew to a younger audience, but at the events we go to, the ones who show up at the set are usually women ages 30 to 50. It’s actually pretty cool.
TV Guide: There are so many shows filming up in Vancouver — Smallville, Kyle XY, Bionic Woman…. Do you hang out?
Ackles: We don’t have a lot of leisure time, but I do play golf with Tom [Welling] and see Michael Rosenbaum every now and then. And Jeffrey Dean Morgan, when he’s up here.
TV Guide: Out of habit, do you ever slip into the role of the “older brother” with Jared in real life?
Ackles: There’s definitely that dynamic between the two of us on and off screen, but I’d say for the most part we’re pretty evenly on par and we get along like a couple of good buddies.
TV Guide: I hear you good buddies hit golf balls together. Who’s better?
Ackles: Well, I definitely play a lot more than he does. In fact, I introduced him to it just a few months ago. I got him out there and I bought the biggest box of balls you could possibly find and he ended up losing every one of them, which was funny. He might beat me at hoops, because he’s taller than me.
TV Guide: You’re not so short yourself, it’s just that Jared’s sort of a giant.
Ackles: Yeah, I’m 6’1″ and he makes me look like a midget! It lends itself to an interesting situation between us on set and the brothers on the show. Dean’s such a short-tempered hothead, but he’s also not nearly as big as Sam is. [Laughs]
TV Guide: Is it true that you and Jared had a bonding experience when you were attacked by some rowdy Canadians?
Ackles: You mean when Jared, his buddy Jordan and I were jumped by seven or eight guys? There had been this fight at a bar and these guys got kicked out. They were pretty tanked. This one girl sees me walking by and says, “That’s the guy,” meaning she knew me from the show, but they thought I was some guy she had been fighting with. They started swinging at me and it was an all-out brawl.
TV Guide: How’d you do?
Ackles: We got away and put two of them in the hospital. I got away first, then I turned around and saw three or four guys teaming up on Jared. I was like, “Oh, man!” I ran back in and I was fly-kicking at some kid, hit another guy, grabbed Jared’s shirt — of course, I ripped his favorite shirt — and I was yelling “C’mon, let’s get out of here!” We were pretty tight after that.
TV Guide: What does it say that the CW put you up against Grey’s, CSI, The Office and even Kitchen Nightmares?
Ackles: I understand the pairing of us and Smallville, the only show on the network we can really combo with. Yes, it sucks. It’s very, very strong competition. They’re all top-10 shows. The network’s excuse for it is, “That’s not your audience, it’s an older audience.” I disagree. The same age range watching those shows are tuning in to our show and buying the DVDs and watching them. It’s hard being on a new network, a smaller network.
TV Guide: Do you feel supported?
Ackles: Somewhat. They have a lot of other shows they’re trying to launch, and they probably figure that once we’re up and running, we can survive on our own. We’ve hardly had any promotion this year. My feeling is, “Take a little time with this show. You’ve gotten us to this level, why not put the extra energy into it and get us to an even bigger level?”
In Friday’s Interviews & Features, Part 2 of our Q&A: Jensen Ackles talks about the two new gals in Supernatural town, opens up (a bit) about his own real-life romance and shares his plea to Eric Kripke.
Ugly Betty‘s Eric Mabius Meets the Werewolf
As part of ABC Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween” campaign, Eric Mabius (aka Ugly Betty’s editor in chief of “Mode” magazine, Daniel) plays a charming college teacher who takes a hair-raising turn during the full moon in the cabler’s Nature of the Beast. The original TV-movie, premiering Oct. 21 at 8 pm/ET, also features other familiar TV stars including Eddie Kaye Thomas (‘Til Death) and Autumn Reeser (The O.C.). Mabius took a break from memorizing his lines to talk with TVGuide.com about his penchant for horror films and the many layers of Daniel Meade.
TVGuide.com: With Nature of the Beast being a horror movie, your character is, of course, creepy and violent. But he’s pretty slick, funny and charming, too.
Eric Mabius: I thought the script was wry and witty and sarcastic, kind of the way [director] Rodman Flender directs as well. Even though it was such a short hiatus, I thought it would be fun to do. I got to literally and figuratively chew up some of the scenery… and some of the people in the scenery.
TVGuide.com: You’ve acted in many different genres but several of your films are horror films. What attracts you to that genre?
Mabius: Horror never really goes out of style, and some of my favorite movies are similarly themed horror movies that are very self-aware — they don’t take themselves too seriously. Movies which poke fun at themselves and the genre and have that sense of irony. That’s how my friends were growing up and at Sarah Lawrence [College] — kind of hip but slightly geeky.
Mabius: Yeah, definitely.
TVGuide.com: Then you probably enjoyed playing this “alpha wolf” — a devious and scary lycanthrope, but a fun-loving ladies’ man, too.
Mabius: I like to play someone who’s the bad guy but you think, “Oh that’s the kind of person I would like to go out and get drunk with or go to Vegas with.” There’s still something redeeming and certainly likable about them. I think good comes out of evil sometimes. No one is all one thing, but [instead] there are degrees to which the good and the bad define the person.
TVGuide.com: Just like Daniel Meade. Sometimes he’s helping Betty or reconciling family relationships, then sometimes he’s… a cad.
Mabius: Which is why I have such a good time playing him. He’s doing his best but he’s falling short in a lot of respects. And I feel like I have a dream job to that extent because I’m not going to be stuck playing a cop looking at gruesome murder scenes for X number of years. I get to do broad comedy, drama, romance and slapstick… it’s just amazing, it really is.
TVGuide.com: Lately it seems Daniel has turned over a new leaf of responsibility. Is that going to continue?
Mabius: What the writers always achieve is an unrealistic world to a great extent, but the interactions — the people — aren’t. Like in life, we take one step forward and 10 steps back. I mean, I think he’s going to grow up a lot but he’s not going to grow up too much.
TVGuide.com: I’m startled by the new Alexis. She’s so blissful and innocent; her assertiveness is gone. Is that aggressive, competitive spirit between you two going to come back?
Mabius: I have no idea. We literally get [the scripts] the day before we start filming.
TVGuide.com: I hope you memorize quickly.
Mabius: Oh, we have to! We’re getting good at memorizing pages and pages on the same day now. I’ve never worked this way before, and I have to say I think it brings a spontaneity to the show. I mean we always stick to the script, but it lends an immediacy to all the characters on the show. It’s kind of like live theater.
TVGuide.com: Daniel has so many different relationships on the show, but my favorite is the one he has with Betty. They’re so different, in background, personality, circumstances. I love to see them working together, helping each other out.
Mabius: I think the writers understand that that’s the backbone of the show — that their relationship is of paramount importance. They’re careful not to rush how close they get too quickly, or to leave it by the side for too long.
TVGuide.com: That’s great to hear because right now Betty’s dealing with her family, you’re dealing with your family… I miss seeing you guys together!
Mabius: They’ll have other conflagrations, but the writers and creators understand on a very deep level that that’s at core what people want to see — and honestly what they enjoy writing as well. It’s really a relationship that’s deepening over a long period of time, which is so fun to play, and to watch the results.
TVGuide.com: And it’s such a different relationship compared to what else is on TV.
Mabius: I agree. Although I don’t really watch much other TV. I barely have enough time to watch our show!
TVGuide.com: Well then, I appreciate you taking the time. I guess you have lots of memorizing to do.
Mabius: [Laughs] Yes, I do!
I am just loving this season of the Housewives. All the story lines are interesting, intriguing and in my own opinion just as good as season 1. Gaby and Carlos’s secret affair s just so comic, but it does serve Edie right, he doesn’t love her, and she stop with the threats nothing is going to help her! Susan and Mike are adorable. Bree and brood are never dull, loving Andrew as the street drug dealer. And this year’s mystery couldn’t be more interesting. Personally I think Dylan might have by accidently killed her father or watch her Mother do it. It definitely has to do with the father’s murder! I only don’t like watching Lynette being sick, it upsetting, but at least we know she will get better by sweeps.
I am adding some new spoilers from Spoilerfix and a new TVGuide article, enjoy!
Episode 4.04: If There’s Anything I Can’t Stand
Airdate: October 21, 2007
10/06 – Edie is shocked when she receives some news at the gynecologist’s office, an unexpected visitor discovers Bree’s pregnancy is a hoax, and Wisteria Lane welcomes new neighbors who happen to be partners. Guest starring Shirley Knight as Phyllis Van de Kamp, John Slattery as Victor Lang, Ellen Geer as Lillian Sims, Tuc Watkins as Bob Hunter, Kevin Rahm as Lee, Allen Williams as Dr. Claude Kyl, Cecilia Antionette as salesperson, Sean Blodgett as delivery man and James Below as waiter. Source: ABCEpisode 4.05: Art Isn’t Easy
Airdate: October 28, 2007
- 10/14 – Bob and Lee’s contemporary water sculpture in their front yard prompts the Wisteria Lane neighborhood association into action, Edie finds out about the affair that Carlos is having with Gaby, and John Rowland, the Solis’ former gardener, wants to rekindle his romance with Gaby. Source: ABC
Episode 4.06: Now I Know, Don’t Be Scared
Airdate: November 4, 2007
10/17 – Edie Britt’s biggest fear comes true when Carlos walks out on their relationship, Susan finds Mike’s father — who was supposedly dead — and an unexpected delivery at a Halloween party surprises the neighborhood. Source: ABC
Episode 4.07: You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
Airdate: November 11, 2007
- 09/20 – If plans don’t change, Danielle’s baby (aka Bree and Orson’s baby) will be named Benjamin Hodge. Source: TV Squad
- 09/16 – At the Scavos, Lynette and her two sisters, Lucy and Lydia, argue about where their mother should stay next. Lucy doesn’t want her because her boyfriend just moved in with her and she hasn’t told him her real age yet! Lydia seems to have personnal issues (she is seeing a therapist) that prevent her from taking their mother in. Lucy thinks that Lydia’s issues surfaced because she took care of Stella for two years. Lucy suggests they all chip in and buy an apartment for their mother. Elsewhere, Stella has a new boyfriend, Stan, who spent the night at the Scavos. Source: SpoilerFix.com
10/17 – A twister touches down on Dec. 2. And when the dust settles, at least two characters will be dead. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide
10/17 – [Shawn] Pyfrom hinted at an upcoming story arc: “Andrew moves out” and an explanation to his character’s sudden change in heart. Source: Entertainment Weekly
10/14 – Mike’s old drug habit will rear its ugly head – and his dealer lives on Wisteria Lane. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide
10/02 – Julie will be more wrapped up in the main mystery involving Dana Delany’s daughter. As for dudes, don’t believe Edie’s nephew is back anytime soon, but we are hearing something about her going on a date with a Tommy Lee type later this season. Susan may get a little freaked over all the tattoos. Source: Kristin on E!Online
Secrets of Desperate Housewives‘ New Gay Neighbors Revealed!
by Michael Logan
Two gay guys are about to shake up Wisteria Lane, but it’s not their sexuality that’s the issue — it’s their bad taste in art! On October 21, Desperate Housewives (Sundays at 9 pm/ET, ABC) will introduce newbie neighbors Bob and Lee — played by Tuc Watkins (One Life to Live) and Kevin Rahm (Judging Amy) — and they’ll quickly get tiffy with Susan (Teri Hatcher).”Susan is so desperate to be nice, she puts her foot in her mouth and pisses them off,” reveals creator Marc Cherry. “She and Lee become instant enemies.” Emotions escalate when the boys unveil a pricey but annoyingly shiny sculpture/fountain on their front lawn. “Everyone is united in thinking it’s the ugliest thing ever, but it tears Wisteria Lane apart,” Cherry says. “Half the people want the fountain removed and half are defending Bob and Lee’s right to have it. It causes a power struggle between Lynette [Felicity Huffman] and Katherine [Dana Delany] over who’s going to run the homeowners’ association.”
Bob and Lee will move into the old Applewhite house, putting them between Susan and Gaby (Eva Longoria). “They’ve escaped the big city at Bob’s insistence, so it’s kind of a Green Acres thing,” Watkins says. “Bob loves the suburbs. Lee’s a bitch and hates it.” In an effort to make nice with the neighbors, Bob opens up their home for a Halloween party, but the mix of new and old acquaintances turns toxic. Hints Watkins: “We invite some of our friends from the city, and not only do they humiliate us, they incriminate us.”
Yes, Bob and Lee have their secrets. (There’s even buzz that one of them may have a past in pornography.) “C’mon, this is Desperate Housewives! I don’t think you’re allowed on the show unless you’re hiding something,” Rahm says. “But Bob and Lee dig into other people’s business, too. In protecting our fountain, we learn Katherine’s big secret and use it as blackmail.”
Both actors have played gay before: Watkins on Showtime’s Beggars and Choosers, Rahm on CSI (he killed Catherine’s dad) and on the flopped sitcom Crumbs (as Fred Savage‘s boyfriend). Still, neither landed Housewives easily.
“Rumor is, they were wooing David Beckham and Robbie Williams, and that made a lot of actors want these roles,” says Rahm, who barely got in the door on the last day of auditions. He’d been shooting a guest spot on Scrubs — in a bald cap — and was warned to be in Cherry’s office no later than 6:30 pm. He wrapped Scrubs at 6:40. “I lucked out,” Rahm says. “If Marc hadn’t been running late, he wouldn’t have seen me.”
Watkins had previously gone out for the role of new hottie gynecologist Adam. But the gig went to pal and former One Life to Live costar Nathan Fillion. “In the end, things worked out fine,” Watkins notes. “I was really happy for Nathan. Really. I also wanted to put a knife in his neck.” Welcome to Wisteria Lane.
Josh Schwartz’s two new shows Gossip Girl and Chuck are the only two new shows that I plan to spend any time on both are incredibly good. Chuck is just too much fun, and Gossip Girl is the ultimate CW show, guilty pleasure and indulgence. What could possibly make them any better…. Kelly Bishop aka Emily Gilmore could very well pop up as Serena’s grandmother in Gossip Girl! This according to Mike Ausiello, the spoiler god who definitely has more power for casting then we ever could imagine, which is great for for us viewers, because he is always on the mark!!!
This is what he has to say:
• Know what time it is? It’s time for me to put on my Armchair Casting Director hat, that’s what time it is. As all you Ausiello Scoop newsletter subscribers first learned yesterday, Gossip Girl is introducing Serena’s “wealthy, manipulative and larger-than-life” grandmother — a role that sounds tailor-made for a certain acid-tongued Gilmore Girls matriarch named Kelly Bishop. No worries, I’m on the case. I’ve already contacted both exec producer Josh Schwartz and Bishop’s agent. With any luck, I’ll be able to announce something offical in next week’s Ask Ausiello.
He has also some Chuck casting news, this time none of his doing though:
• Ex-Alias techie Kevin Weisman can’t seem to shake the spy biz. Sources confirm to me exclusively that the actor has landed a flashy guest stint on NBC’s Chuck. He’ll play a poisonous (literally) bad guy in the Nov. 12 episode titled “Chuck Versus the Truth.”
My favorite new show of the season. In a season with a lot new duds Gossip Girl definitely shines, it’s just fun to watch, the casts and their respective characters are a perfect fit, nothing can replace Gilmore Girls but….
Here’s Ausiello’s Announcement:
Breaking: First Full-Season Pickup Goes to…
… CW’s guilty and pleasurable Gossip Girl!
A network spokesperson confirms that the increasingly addictive Josh Schwartz confection has been greenlit for a full, 22-episode season.
Although its ratings have been only so-so, GG has seen substantial gains once DVR usage is factored in. And buoyed by strong word-of-mouth, the show’s two most recent episodes rank among the top 5 downloaded shows on iTunes. Oh, look — a quote from CW head Dawn Ostroff!
“People everywhere are talking about Gossip Girl and we believe this show will continue to build audience as it builds buzz. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have created an incredibly heightened-reality world that viewers are locking into while advertisers, affiliates and press have also embraced the show. The series has earned its early pick-up and we look forward to a long run on The CW.”
As Supernatural Returns, Your Burning Questions Are Answered!
Three weeks ago, TVGuide.com invited you, the avid fans of the CW’s Supernatural (tonight at 9 pm/ET), to submit your latest batch of burning questions to series creator Eric Kripke. The response, as is to be expected from you Winchester lovers, was… immense. We took the best of the batch to Kripke, and here is what he had to share, just in time for Sam and Dean’s return to your screens.Will we ever find out why Mary Winchester seemed to recognize the face of the Yellow-eyed Demon on that fateful night 23 years ago? — Rod
Eric Kripke: Yes, you’ll definitely find out, most likely before the end of this season. Also, the Mary mystery deepens and escalates a bit in Episode 2, so tune in for that.
Will we get more backstory about Bobby this season? I’d love to know how he became friends with John and the boys, and how he knows so much about the supernatural. — Lynn
Kripke: We’ll be spending a lot more time with Bobby this season. He’s really growing into a kind of surrogate father to the boys — wise and caring, with none of their actual father’s borderline-psycho, cruel obsessions. I think it’s refreshing to place a positive figure into the boys’ lives for a change. Bobby is in Episodes 1, 3, 4 and 10 so far, and will definitely be in more. In Episode 10 of this season, Bobby will fall into a mysterious and seemingly incurable coma, and Sam and Dean will investigate in order to save their good friend… only to realize that a killer is attacking his victims inside of dreams, and the killer is somewhere in Bobby’s head. So Sam and Dean will eventually enter Bobby’s dreams, and they’ll learn a couple of surprising things about him, including how he was initiated into hunting in the first place.
Is there a possibility of getting another (or several) flashback(s) this season? — raputathebuta
Kripke: I feel like I’m being much too nice, saying yes to everything, but yes, there will be a flashback of the Lil’ Winchesters, in Episode 8 (our Christmas episode). We’ll see a typically dysfunctional, screwed-to-hell snapshot of what Christmas was like for young Sam and Dean.
I know the whole psychic-children storyline is supposedly over, but will the significance of the YED giving baby Sam blood be addressed? — zofia27
Kripke: Yes, it will be addressed. (See above, regarding Mary and her recognition of the YED.) All of these things are tied together.
Is there a reason Dean and Jess were both born on January 24 (albeit, like, 5 years apart)? — Ashlyns
Kripke: There is a reason, but not a creepy, mythology, conspiracy reason. January 24 is my wife’s birthday, and it’s kinda my valentine to her.
Do you have plans for any more “creature” episodes along the lines of “Wendigo”? I personally thought the creature effects in “Wendigo” were great, especially for a television-size budget. — dean5339
Kripke: Well, thanks, I’m glad you dug the Wendigo. But I have to admit, I wasn’t happy at all with how it turned out. There was a lot more footage shot of the creature, where it was front and center… and most of it is on the cutting room floor. He looked like Gollum’s awkward, gangly big brother to me. The fact that the episode worked at all is due to the abilities of the editors, who cleverly cut around the creature, and to director David Nutter, who gave us good footage of the creature in the shadows — sorta like with Jaws, where the robot shark sucked out loud, so they cut around it and you never saw it, resulting in a scarier movie, I guess. For this reason, I am now deathly afraid of straight-ahead creature episodes. We now have a mandate that most monsters the boys hunt should be conveniently disguised as humans, so we don’t run into this kind of problem again!
Will the boys ever get on the good side of the law, or at least manage to convince Agent Henriksen they’re not the bad guys? — silverbella
Kripke: I don’t want to say what happens, but we’re working on a fun episode where Henriksen catches the boys, and we climax the storyline with a few twists and turns the audience won’t see coming… I hope.
We’ve seen some great one-episode characters such as Missouri and Lenore. Are there any plans to bring them back? And if not, will you continue to explore the idea of characters who live in this world and know about demons/spirits who are nonhunters? (Excluding Bela, since we already know about her being a mercenary.) — qtarmywife
Kripke: We’ve always loved the idea that the Supernatural universe is a fleshed-out one with lots of characters and the potential for lots of other stories. So yes (damn it, I’m saying yes again!), we’ll continue to flesh out the world. We meet some new hunters in the season premiere (besides Ruby and Bela), and we meet other hunters in Episodes 3 and 4.
Was it harder coming up with new myths and legends for Season 3 than it was for Seasons 1 and 2? — winchesterco101
Kripke: Not really, thank god. I have a huge list of urban legends, and we’ve only burned through about half of them, and there’s hundreds more out there in books and online. I think we’ll be cancelled long before we run out of story ideas. And this season, we have so many mythology triggers to pull that we’ve found we have too much story too tell, rather than not enough — which is a great problem to have.
Do you plan on directing any more episodes this season? “What Is and What Should Never Be” was one of my favorite episodes! — acsgrlie
Kripke: Thanks so much. That’s very flattering — though now I’m suspicious that my mom submitted this question. Anyway, I am directing another episode this season, because it was way too much fun. I don’t know what the story will be yet, but I’ll make sure the idea kicks ass. (One of the perks of being the head writer is you can hoard a lot of the good crap for your own episode.)
Is it difficult to keep the tone of the show and the boys’ “voices” consistent when you have so many different directors and writers? — coltshot1
Kripke: Well, it’s getting easier and easier. In Season 1, when we were all still discovering the show, it was a hell of a struggle to maintain a consistent tone. Some people understood the tone, some people didn’t. But now, a few seasons in, we’ve found a group of writers and directors who really understand the show’s style, and we go back to them again and again. The more they write and direct the show, the more they understand it, so it’s better now, and getting still better all the time. — Additional reporting by Tina Charles, who blogs about Supernatural for TVGuide.com