Archive for November 2007
Supernatural Stars Get Super-Special Honor
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, who play Supernatural‘s hunters of evildoers, got some love from their real-life sort-of counterparts. In a ceremony held on Veterans’ Day in Chicago, Army Master Sgt. Kevin Wise, First Special Forces out of Baghdad, presented the actors with congratulatory letters and Special Forces coins. It seems the CW series is one of the most popular — some say the No. 1 — DVD request from military members over there. According to a letter Sgt. Wise read, watching the demon-killing Winchester brothers helps soldiers forget the stress of war and reminds them of family and home.
We’re not sure what that says about the American family, but we’re not about to argue with a Green Beret. So kudos, boys. — Ileane Rudolph, TVGuide.com
UPDATED Strike Chart: How Long Before Your Shows Go Dark?
[UPDATED 11/14/07] There seems to be little doubt that the writers’ strike will result in a shorter TV season, but just how short are we talking? Well, as you might’ve guessed, it varies from show to show. Those programs that are either highly efficient (Friday Night Lights) or have entered the season with a backlog of episodes (Men in Trees, Law & Order: SVU) will be in originals well into the new year. But series with tighter production schedules (i.e., nearly every half-hour comedy) will go dark almost immediately. Of course, figuring out how many episodes remain in your favorite shows’ arsenals requires a lot of numbers crunching — and as I’ve come to learn, the only thing you Ausholes despise more than a Wednesday without AA is mathematics. With that in mind, I pulled together this incredibly handy (and 85 percent complete) cheat sheet. Keep in mind: The information below is subject to change, particularly if both sides get back to the bargaining table and resolve this frakkin’ thing!
30 Rock: Ten episodes will be produced. Five episodes have aired, so there are five left.
Aliens in America: Seventeen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are 10 left.
Back to You: Nine episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are three left.
Bionic Woman: Roughly nine episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are three left.
Bones: Twelve episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are five left.
Boston Legal: Fifteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are eight left.
Brothers & Sisters: Twelve episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are five left.
Carpoolers: Thirteen episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are seven left.
Cavemen: Thirteen episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are seven left.
Chuck: Thirteen episodes will be produced. Eight episodes have aired, so there are five left.
CSI: NY: Fourteen episodes will be produced. Eight episodes have aired, so there are six left.
Desperate Housewives: Ten episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are three left.
Dirty Sexy Money: Eleven episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are five left.
Friday Night Lights: Fifteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are eight left.
Gossip Girl: Thirteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are six left.
Greek: Eight new episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there are eight left.
Grey’s Anatomy: Eleven episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are four left.
Heroes: Eleven episodes will be produced. Eight episodes have aired, so there are three left.
House: Twelve episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are five left.
Jericho: Seven episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there are seven episodes left.
Las Vegas: Nineteen episodes will be produced. Eight have aired, so there are 11 left.
Law & Order: SVU: Fourteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are seven left.
Life is Wild: Twelve episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are six left.
Lost: Eight episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there are eight episodes left.
Medium: Nine episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there are nine episodes left.
Men in Trees: Nineteen episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are 13 left.
My Name is Earl: Thirteen episodes will be produced (that includes two one-hour eps, which count double). Nine episodes have aired, so there are four left.
The New Adventures of Old Christine: Eight episodes have been produced. No episodes have aired, so there are eight left.
Numbers: Twelve episodes will be produced. Eight have aired, so there are four left.
One Tree Hill: Twelve episodes will be produced. None have aired yet, so there are twelve episodes left.
The Office: Twelve half-hour episodes will be produced. Eleven half-hour episodes have aired, so there is one half-hour episode left.
Prison Break: Thirteen episodes will be produced. Eight episodes have aired, so there are five left. (On hiatus ’til Jan. 14)
Private Practice: Ten or 11 episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are four or five left.
Pushing Daisies: Nine episodes will be produced. Five episodes have aired, so there are four left.
Reaper: Ten to 12 episodes will be produced. Eight episodes have aired, so there are two to four left.
Samantha Who?: Twelve episodes will be produced. Five episodes have aired, so there are seven left.
Scrubs: Eleven episodes will be produced. Three episodes have aired, so there are eight left.
Shark: Eleven episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are four left.
The Shield: All 13 season-seven episodes will be completed. None have aired (the final season gets underway in ’08), so there are 13 left.
Smallville: Fifteen episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are eight left.
Supernatural: Ten to 12 episodes will be produced. Six episodes have aired, so there are four to six left.
Ugly Betty: Twelve or 13 episodes will be produced. Seven episodes have aired, so there are five or six left.
• If your favorite show isn’t included above, don’t panic — it’s not because I hate you. It’s because I’m still trying to track down the info. As soon as I get it, I’ll add it to the list.
Up Close with Supernatural‘s Jared Padalecki: Part 2
by Ileane Rudolph, TVGuide.com
Last week we heard from Jensen Ackles, aka Supernatural‘s (Thursdays at 9 pm/ET, CW) Dean. Now it’s costar Jared Padalecki‘s turn. In Part 2 of our Q&A, the actor who plays Sam Winchester talks about changing things up to shoot a Christmas movie, working with Peter O’Toole and the best thing about Supernatural.TVGuide.com: You’re really switching gears for your next movie, aren’t you?
Jared Padalecki: Oh yeah. I’ve gone from a thriller/sci-fi/horror television show to a Christmas movie, which is about a complete 180, but that was part of the appeal — to see if after 44 episodes of the show, I could go back and do something completely different. It was so fun.
TVGuide.com: You play the massively successful artist Thomas Kinkade, whose work I find a little eerie, truthfully.
Padalecki: [Laughs] He’s the best-selling artist in the world. The movie is called Home for Christmas, and it’s about his early years when he started painting to save his mom’s house. It’s been optioned as a trilogy.
TVGuide.com: Have you ever been to one of his galleries?
Padalecki: There was one where I grew up in San Antonio, and I went to a number after I booked the role.
TVGuide.com: My theory is that there’s some kind of demonic energy that makes you buy his art.
Padalecki: [Laughs] There might be. The movie’s got a brilliant cast: Peter O’Toole, Marcia Gay Harden, Charlotte Rae, Chris Elliott and Ed Asner. When I read the script, to me it was just a feel-good Christmas movie that teaches a lesson about love and togetherness. But then [when] I got the role and the director said he was looking at Peter O’Toole for my mentor and Marcia Gay Harden for my mother, it became surreal. What a brilliant opportunity to work with actors that I’ve long idolized.
TVGuide.com: Could you actually talk to the legendary O’Toole?
Padalecki: Peter is exactly how you would expect he would be and exactly how you would hope he would be. He’s obviously very wise, confident and passionate, and he’s still very funny and sharp. He doesn’t want special Peter O’Toole treatment like, “Nobody talk to me, nobody knock on my trailer door.” He initiated conversation between takes. It was amazing. I mean, he was Lawrence of Arabia!
TVGuide.com: So this season’s Thursday-night 9 pm slot might be one of TV’s toughest time slots ever.
Padalecki: It hasn’t been easy. Since Day 1 we’ve had insane competition, and it’s clear that it’s not going to get any easier for us. But we do have a very loyal audience and we’re inspired to keep creating the best show that we can because of it. We always use the analogy that we feel like a very, very talented lightweight entering the ring with the heavyweights. I’m the best in my division, but I’m getting in the ring with Muhammad Ali. Unfortunately, we’re up against some huge monsters. I don’t think there has ever been a time slot where the No. 1 and the No. 2 shows are on at the same time. So I do the best that I can do and I hope it’s well received, but whatever happens happens.
TVGuide.com: What’s the biggest difference between playing Dean on Gilmore Girls and Dean’s brother on Supernatural?
Padalecki: I definitely have more guys coming up to me talking about Supernatural than about Gilmore Girls. [Laughs] This is definitely more of a cult following. The fans of Supernatural are much more intense than the fans of Gilmore Girls. Fans of Supernatural can name how we killed each demon while the fans of Gilmore Girls enjoy a storyline. On this show, they quiz me! “Oh yeah, what about the time ya’ll went to Missouri and killed a shape-shifter, how you had to…. ” Wow, they really know their stuff.
TVGuide.com: What do you do in the few hours you’re not working?
Padalecki: I’m not a big “going out” kind of guy. I’d rather stay at home and order pizza and watch a football game, play with my dogs, and then go out and go drinking. But every now and again Sandy and I will go out and get a bite to eat, or Jensen and I will go out to a movie or play a game of golf. But for the most part I’m just not into that, I’d much rather play guitar and go to a bar — I rhymed!
TVGuide.com: Yeah, you’re a poet and you don’t know it.
Padalecki: Oh, that’s good.
TVGuide.com: Don’t you see enough of Jensen on set?
Padalecki: Not at all. We’re really good buddies and that’s been probably the best thing about Supernatural. In the last three years of my life, I’ve spent more time with Jensen Ackles than with any other human being and vice versa. Luckily, we get along really well and we are very similar guys. We’re both from Texas, we both love our families, the same kind of music, and the Dallas Cowboys. It’s been a huge blessing to work with somebody who is easygoing on set and who I’m friends with.
TVGuide.com: We know he creams you at golf — what do you best him at?
Padalecki: Guitar Hero the video game, and basketball. I’ve got an unfair advantage. [Laughs]
Now that the writers are on strike let’s look to TVGuide to see how the TV season will enroll now:
The writers’ strike started today, and the writers themselves will be picketing studios and making themselves heard. If the Writers Guild of America strike keeps TV scribes off the job for a while, it’s going to alter your viewing habits big time. The WGA called for a work stoppage after failing to get a bigger slice of revenue from DVD sales and a piece of what the networks expect to earn from digital downloads of TV shows.
All of the networks say they have enough scripts on hand to keep making sitcoms and dramas well into January. But here’s what you should expect if both sides don’t reach an agreement soon.
Since the writers who work on reality shows (yes, they do have writers) are not covered by the WGA contract, every network will be heavily dependent on that genre. ABC’s got a stockpile of Supernanny and Wife Swap to draw on, and more episodes of the summer series Just for Laughs and Oprah’s Big Give.
While episodes from midseason series such as Notes from the Underbelly, Cashmere Mafia and Eli Stone will be ready, the network will have to make a decision on Lost. A few episodes have already been shot, but the network will have to decide if it will be worth it to run those eps if the full, season-long story arc can’t be concluded. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel Live, like the other late-night shows, will go into repeats.
While procedurals such as CSI and Criminal Minds tend to draw viewers in repeats — giving CBS an edge over the competition — the network has been loading up on game shows. Power of 10, a moderate success over the summer, will be back. CBS also has Do You Trust Me and a new version of Password hosted by Regis Philbin.
The network is also ready to let the cameras roll in the Big Brother house if necessary. On the scripted side, you’ll definitely see all seven produced episodes of Jericho. The network will also have close to 13 episodes of The New Adventures of Old Christine ready to go. The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson will go dark immediately, but the conventional wisdom is that Letterman will return after a few weeks out so that the rest of his staff can remain employed. Once he returns, so will Ferguson.
Even though it will run out of episodes of its fall sitcoms and dramas shows by January, Fox will make sure it has an original House to air following the Super Bowl.
Fox has also put its midseason shows into production as if they were fall shows, so it will have a healthy number of first-run comedies (Unhitched and Jezebel James) and dramas (New Amsterdam, The Sarah Connor Chronicles). But an extended work stoppage is likely to mean that there will be no new season of 24. Fox won’t start the show if its story can’t be completed in the real-time format (and 24 episodes) that viewers expect. The strike won’t impact the production of American Idol. It’s likely that a strike will unleash some new reality fare from Fox as well.
NBC could become the Law & Order network again, with about 10 fresh episodes of the mother ship already in the can. NBC also has the second run of USA’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the durable Law & Order: SVU will still be on the air in repeats.
On the reality side, the network has already expanded The Biggest Loser to two hours and has a full run of Celebrity Apprentice. It also has a few game shows ready to go — the returning 1 vs. 100, the new Amnesia and a revival of American Gladiators. If the strike lasts for a few months, NBC will even look at running some of the reality shows from its cable networks such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Later with Carson Daly and Saturday Night Live will immediately go into repeat episodes. But the feeling is that if one late-night talk-show host returns, the others will follow. “They could come back without writers,” said an insider at one of the shows. “But it will be tough.”
A full season of Everybody Hates Chris is already in the can. Otherwise, CW will depend heavily on reality shows, which typically do better than CW’s scripted series. Ready to go are Farmer Needs a Wife, a mother-daughter beauty pageant competition called Crowned, and Search for the Next Pussycat Doll.
CW could also get extra cycles of Beauty and the Geek and America’s Next Top Model ready. WWE Smackdown‘s writers also won’t be affected by the strike. — Reporting by Stephen Battaglio
Up Close with Supernatural‘s Jared Padalecki: Part 1
by Matt Webb Mitovich, TVGuide.com
Last week we heard from Jensen Ackles, aka Supernatural‘s (Thursdays at 9 pm/ET, CW) Dean. Now it’s costar Jared Padalecki‘s turn. In Part 1 of our Q&A, the actor who plays Sam Winchester talks about tonight’s “Grimm” episode, a guest star he really loves and more.TVGuide.com: “Bedtime Stories” is a pretty special episode for you, isn’t it?
Jared Padalecki: It is. My girlfriend, Sandra McCoy, is on the show. We met on set working together, so it was neat to come full circle. Here we are four years later working together again just like when we first met.
TVGuide.com: On what project did you meet?
Padalecki: We met in Richmond, Virginia, filming a movie called Cry Wolf, which I’m still very proud of. It was one of those movies where everybody came together because there wasn’t a whole lot of money and it was just a really friendly, fun experience.
TVGuide.com: Did she play your love interest?
Padalecki: She played another guy’s love interest. We didn’t do anything during the movie except sort of flirt, but then afterward, back in L.A., we started hanging out. That’s when we figured out that we liked each other.
TVGuide.com: I don’t know if you know this, but rumors are rampant that you and Sandy got married this summer.
Padalecki: [Laughs] No, we did not. We did not.
TVGuide.com: You’re laughing a little too hard about that….
Padalecki: It’s certainly not, “He doth protest too much.” I just think it’s funny because I probably had three weeks off this summer, so I wouldn’t even have had time to get married.
TVGuide.com: Well, it doesn’t take a lot of time, but if the answer is no, OK.
Padalecki: Yeah, we are not married. I’m not ruling it out, but we’re young and don’t want to rush it.
TVGuide.com: Do you live together?
Padalecki: We don’t; she owns a place in Los Angeles. I actually just sold my home in Los Angeles and bought a home here in Vancouver under the sort of optimistic hope that Supernatural goes for a while. I’ve been renting here for the last two seasons and I have two big dogs and it was mean of me to not get them a yard.
TVGuide.com: What is your and Sandy’s relationship in “Bedtime Stories”?
Padalecki: It is not love scenes. She is actually a Crossroads Demon. The lore behind it is that when someone summons the Crossroads Demon to make a deal, the Demon appears as their ideal woman or their ideal man. It was kind of funny, because Sandy plays Sam’s perfect woman.
TVGuide.com: Does she tempt Sam?
Padalecki: She tries. That’s part of the Crossroads Demon’s MO. They’re devils with a big smile and a lot of charm who try to get you to give them your soul because that’s not such a bad thing in exchange for whatever they’re gonna give you — or so they say.
TVGuide.com: Is Sam seeking the demon out to try to save Dean’s life?
Padalecki: Dean has saved Sam’s life so much and now he’s in danger and Sam’s dying to return the favor. We’re starting to see him make decisions and do things that he had never done, like going to a Crossroads Demon. He’s been on Dean the whole season about selling his soul to the Crossroads Demon to bring Sam back to life, but now we’re going, “What, he’s getting on Dean about this and then he’s doing it?” Usually Sam is a very stand-up guy who doesn’t do things like this.
TVGuide.com: Is he a little more ruthless post being dead?
Padalecki: He is. He’s getting a bit more like Dean in the sense that he’s not hesitating to shoot anymore. There were a couple of episodes in past seasons where the bad guy gets away because Sam won’t pull the trigger because he doesn’t know all the facts yet. But now we’re starting to see that as soon as Sam gets an inkling that [a creature] might be bad, he’s ready to kill. We’ve never seen that before in him.
TVGuide.com: What else is happening in “Bedtime Stories”?
Padalecki: It’s all about fairy tales, but the original creepy, freaky Grimm Brothers type, not the Disney ones with happy endings. I actually went back and read some and was quite disturbed. I admit that I got a little spooked out by them!
TVGuide.com: Do these fairy tales come to life?
Padalecki: At first it seems like it might be a copycat-type thing — somebody using fairy tales as blueprints to commit murder — but then we come to find out that it’s deeper, in that the fairy tales are coming true and we need to figure out which ones are about to come true and where they’re about to come true and how we will hopefully stop it. There’s actually a very sad reason behind it.
TVGuide.com: What future danger lurks for the Winchester brothers?
Padalecki: In a few weeks, Gordon, played by Sterling K. Brown, who we love, comes back. He’s been hunting for Sam now that he’s found out he’s not all human. What’s going to happen to stop him is very interesting. If you remember, the Yellow-eyed Demon said to Dean, “Are you sure what you brought back is 100 percent Sam?” Keep an eye on Sam and notice the difference between Season 1 and what he does now in Season 3. It might be hinting toward something.
TVGuide.com: What’s up with the two new girls on the show?
Padalecki: They’re great! I’ve heard a lot of fans going, “We like the boys. Who are these girl characters?!,” which I understand, but the girls are mixing up the storylines quite a bit.
TVGuide.com: Any scoops on what they’re up to?
Padalecki: Ruby [played by Katie Cassidy], who’s more involved with Sam, is part demon, but she says she’s playing for the human side and so right now we’re trusting her. Bella [Lauren Cohan] is more involved with Dean and all of her actions put us in bad positions. She collects occult objects that Sam and Dean need to destroy — to sell them to rich buyers.
TVGuide.com: Is Sam attracted to Ruby?
Padalecki: So far, any attraction is superseded by the idea that she’s, well, a demon and at the end of the day, demons lie.
In Friday’s Interviews & Features, Part 2 of our Q&A: Jared Padalecki previews his (very different!) upcoming film role, compares the two Deans he has played, and reveals the two things he does better than his Superbuddy Jensen Ackles.