Supernatural Exec: “We Won’t Be One Tree Hill with Monsters!”

 

Supernatural Exec: “We Won’t Be One Tree Hill with Monsters!”

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All hell has broken loose in the Supernatural community. Ever since news leaked that the show was introducing two new shagadelic female series regulars this coming season, fans have inundated me with hundreds of angry e-mails. Their chief concern: In a bid to broaden the serial thriller’s appeal, CW brass are forcing producers to bimbofy the show, hence the two new lady killers (played by Katie Cassidy and Lauren Cohan). In an exclusive interview, series creator Eric Kripke addressed the controversy head-on, clearing the air about the changes ahead and offering a preview of what he’s calling “the best season of Supernatural yet.”

Fans are in a bit of a tizzy.
Eric Kripke:
First of all, I love our fans. I love them to death. I love how passionate they are. But they tend to worry unnecessarily. They tend to get stressed before they have a chance to judge the finished product. We are so conscious and aware of our fans. We’re making the show for the fans; we’re not making the show for the network. We would never do anything to betray them. I’m not saying we’re perfect. I’m not saying we don’t make mistakes. But we’re very conscious and aware. And when we do make mistakes, we course-correct. So if I can get any message to them, it’s, ‘Don’t worry. We’re making choices based on what’s best creatively for the show.’

Is it true that the CW asked you to introduce the two new females?
Kripke:
The real, honest answer is, we knew we were going to introduce one female character, Ruby. And Dawn [Ostroff] said, ‘Could you introduce two female characters.’ We said, ‘We’ve got this great female character – the Bela character – who we already had written a script for, who we love. And who we were going to bring back anyway. Let’s make her a regular.’ So, it was not thrust upon us. We were already introducing one. She wanted us to introduce two. And it’s of the producers’ own volition. We are not turning into One Tree Hill with monsters – I swear. I’d rather put a gun in my mouth. I understand everyone is nervous, but if they just hang in there, and watch the episodes, and watch how it turns out… we have not lost our head. We’re delivering what we feel is the best season of Supernatural yet.

What specific misconceptions about the upcoming season would you like to clear up?
Kripke:
First, the perception online, because I read online as much as anybody, that suddenly the show is going to be Scooby Doo. And that it’s going to be Sam and Dean with these two girls in the backseat of the Impala, and they’re going to cruise from town to town, they’re going to do a little go-go dancing, and then they’re going to fight some monsters. That is not the case. The girls are recurring regulars, first of all, which means that our contracts with them, tops, puts them in 12 out of 22 episodes. That’s tops. So there’s no reformulation where it’s the four of them together where they’re in every episode. We’re introducing them very carefully. We’re not jamming them in every episode. They weave in and out of the story, like other hunters have on our show in the past. It’s not the four of them in every episode. Bela shows up, and then Ruby shows up, and then the boys are alone… So they’re just inter-changing as they’re traveling around the country. They’re just bumping into different characters. They’re also bumping into Gordon, Agent Hendrickson, and Bobby and Ellen, because we’re opening up the world of the show. We’ve always said we were going to expand the Supernatural universe. We always felt the show had the potential to have just as fleshed-out a universe as Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. And that involves introducing new characters. So, that’s one.

And Two?
Kripke:
Two, there’s a misconception online that they’re being introduced as love interests. They’re not being introduced as love interests; they’re being introduced as antagonists. I know people weren’t thrilled about Jo last season, but we feel we’ve learned from that mistake. I love the actress [Alona Tal], but the problem was, we conceived the character wrong. She was the girl next door, she was the little sister, and her attitude was, ‘How can I help you?’ And, [exec producer] Bob Singer and I always said to ourselves in Season 2, if we were to bring girls into the show, the way to bring them in is to make trouble for the guys, not to be helpful. To introduce them as their own fleshed out characters in their own right, who are raging pains in the ass, and trouble, and dangerous, and then sort of see what happens. I’ve already broken the first 10 episodes, and, so far, there’s nothing even close to romance. It’s closer to they’re going to come to blows with each other.

There’s a thin line between love and hate…
Kripke:
True. We’re going to see how it goes. We’re going to see, ‘Is there chemistry? Are there sparks?’ What we’re trying to do is what shows that we admire tried to do, like The X-Files and Buffy. Yes, The X-Files is about Mulder and Scully, but Skinner grew to play a part. The Lone Gunmen grew to play a part. Buffy had other characters that were coming in and out of the storyline, and they were fascinating characters. The trick is to not introduce them as love interests. The trick, we feel, is to introduce them as fleshed-out characters with their own inner lives, and then see what develops. And the other thing is, the girls are very separate and very different. And very rarely are they in the same episode, because they’re each serving very different storylines. Ruby (Katie Cassidy) is this demon hunter, who is ruthless and a little crazy and rough around the edges, and doesn’t share the same moral conscience that either of the boys share. A little unhinged in that way. There’s going to be a big twist about Ruby very early on. As early as Episode 2 you’re going to learn something very fascinating about Ruby.

And what about Bela?
Kripke:
Bela (Lauren Cohan) is actually something we never presented on Supernatural before, which is someone who lives in this world who actually isn’t a hunter. She’s a thief and a mercenary. And all of these amulets and magical objects that the boys are always stealing and using to fight creatures, are actually worth a lot of money. And there’s someone to buy and sell them. And she’s really not interested in the altruistic or obsessed or revenge-minded motives of hunting. She’s interested in a free market economy and making a buck. She’s in it for herself. That’s someone they’ve really never come across before. ‘I don’t really care if you stop that ghost, I want that amulet,’ which if she disappears with it the boys are screwed.

The love interest thing must be in the back of your head, right?
Kripke:
Our fans are notoriously protective of our boys. If the chemistry is there, and we see the sparks, and we want it to happen, and the fans want it to happen, it’ll happen. We’re not planning for it at this point, because we just don’t know. We don’t know which girl is going to spark to which guy, we just don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re just going to add the ingredients together and let them percolate, and then move from there. But honestly, I swear, at this point, I don’t have plans for the girls to pair up with the guys. They might. But until I see who works best with who, I’m just not going to pull that trigger.

What else can you tell me about Season 3?
Kripke:
This is a season where war breaks out. And there’s no longer any of this, ‘Who’s the psychic kid? And I should follow the yellow-eyed demon, what?’ It’s war. We’re at war. Choose a side. It’s the end of the world. We feel this is the most exciting season yet. We feel this is the season to join the party. I’m not promising that we’re not going to make missteps, as any show does. But the difference between us and other shows, is when they make missteps, they say, ‘Go f— yourself.’ When we make missteps, we pay attention to the fans and we course correct. So, fans, I love you all, but stop worrying.

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Breaking Gilmore Girls DVD News!

Gilmore Girls Fresh off being snubbed by the Primetime Emmys for the last time, Gilmore Girls will be on DVD in its seventh and final season on November 13. Normally TV DVDs come out in August or September to promote the upcoming season, but sad to say there’s no more Gilmores to promote. So as a lot of you speculated, the DVD is coming out later, during prime holiday shopping season. But wait, there’s more. Coming out that same day is Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection, a set that according to early press materials has:

  • Custom doll-case packaging
  • 153 episodes on 42 discs
  • Hours of great bonus features
  • Episode guide packed with photos
  • All-new complete guide to Gilmore-isms
  • (See the larger picture here.)

CW at the TV Press Tour

This  week the Television Press Tours have been going on. For the most part nothing interesting has come up concerning the shows I watch or even intend to. Today was CW’s presentation, which always interests me. The following is their press release for Supernatural‘s new season and premiere dates.

This season on Supernatural, Sam and Dean Winchester get some help fighting evil in the form of two tough-as-nails female hunters. On Thursday, Oct. 4, Ruby, played by Katie Cassidy, the daughter of ’70s teen idol and singer David Cassidy, joins the hunt for the masses of demons who escaped from Hell in the second season finale. On Thursday, Oct. 18, Lauren Cohan enters the fray as Bela, a mercenary who realizes there is a lot of money to be made in the supernatural world. “Ruby and Bela, each in their own unique way, are dangerous, ruthless, more bad than good; and they’ll each prove big trouble for Sam and Dean,” says series creator Eric Kripke. “We were excited to find both Katie and Lauren; they just popped off the screen for us, and they bring charisma and intelligence to their roles.”

CW Season Starts with Lotsa Beauties, Two Geeks

The CW’s fall schedule kicks off with two-hour premieres of both Beauty and the Geek (which this season will add into the mix a hunky dude and a geeky gal) and America’s Next Top Model. Here are the deets:

Tuesday, Sept. 18
8 pm/ET Beauty and the Geek

Wednesday, Sept. 19
8 pm America’s Next Top Model

Friday, Sept. 21
8 pm Friday Night Smackdown

Sunday, Sept. 23
7 pm CW Now
7:30 pm Online Nation

Tuesday, Sept. 25
9 pm Reaper (sorry, but I don’t see why all the fuss over the pilot….)

Wednesday, Sept. 26
9 pm Gossip Girl

Thursday, Sept. 27

8 pm Smallville

Monday, Oct. 1
8 pm Everybody Hates Chris
8:30 pm Aliens in America
9 pm Girlfriends
9:30 pm The Game

Thursday, Oct. 4
9 pm Supernatural

Sunday, Oct. 7
8 pm Life Is Wild

Primetime Emmy Nods are in

Let’s face it, it’s a tribute to the same old–nothing really new or surprising–they never nominate shows or actors that are not already on their favorite list.  Some of the high points are nominations for Heroes, Brothers & Sisters, and Ugly Betty.

Nominees in major categories for the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

Drama Series: “Boston Legal,” ABC; “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC; “Heroes,” NBC; “House,” Fox; `”The Sopranos,” HBO.

Comedy Series: “Entourage,” HBO; “The Office,” NBC; “30 Rock, NBC; “Two and a Half Men,” CBS; “Ugly Betty,” ABC.

Miniseries: “Broken Trail,” AMC; “Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre),” PBS; “The Starter Wife,” USA.

Made-for-TV Movie: “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” HBO; “Inside the Twin Towers,” Discovery Channel; Longford,” HBO; “The Ron Clark Story,” TNT; “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy,” Lifetime.

Actor, Drama Series: James Spader, “Boston Legal,” ABC; Hugh Laurie, “House,” Fox; Denis Leary, “Rescue Me,” FX; James Gandolfini, “The Sopranos,” HBO; Kiefer Sutherland, “24,” Fox.

Actress, Drama Series: Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters,” ABC; Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer,” TNT; Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC; Patricia Arquette, “Medium,” NBC; Minnie Driver, “The Riches,” FX; “Edie Falco, “The Sopranos,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: William Shatner, “Boston Legal,” ABC; T.R. Knight, “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC; Masi Oka, “Heroes,” NBC; Michael Emerson, “Lost,” ABC; Terry O’Quinn, “Lost,” ABC; Michael Imperioli, “The Sopranos,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Rachel Griffiths, “Brothers & Sisters,” ABC; Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC; Chandra Wilson, “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC; Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC; Aida Turturro, “The Sopranos,” HBO; Lorraine Bracco, “The Sopranos,” HBO.

Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Shalhoub, “Monk,” USA; Steve Carell, “The Office,” NBC; Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,” NBC; Charlie Sheen, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS.

Actress, Comedy Series: Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives,” ABC; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” CBS; Tiny Fey, “30 Rock,” NBC; America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty,” ABC; Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds,” Showtime.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Kevin Dillon, “Entourage,” HBO; Jeremy Piven, “Entourage,” HBO; Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother,” CBS; Rainn Wilson, “The Office,” CBS; Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Jaime Pressly, “My Name Is Earl,” NBC; Jenna Fischer, “The Office,” NBC; Holland Taylor, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS; Conchata Ferrell, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS; Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty,” ABC; Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds,” Showtime.

Actor, Miniseries or a Movie: Robert Duvall, “Broken Trail,” AMC; Tom Selleck, “Jesse Stone: Sea Change,” CBS; Jim Broadbent, “Longford,” HBO; “William H. Macy, “Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Umney’s Last Case,” TNT; Matthew Perry, “The Ron Clark Story,” TNT.

Actress, Miniseries or a Movie: Queen Latifah, “Life Support,” HBO; Helen Mirren, “Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre),” PBS; Mary-Louise Parker, “The Robber Bride,” Oxygen; Debra Messing, “The Starter Wife,” USA; Gena Rowlands, “What if God Were the Sun,” Lifetime.

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or a Movie: Thomas Haden Church, “Broken Trail,” AMC; August Schellenberg, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” HBO; “Aidan Quinn, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” HBO; Edward Asner, “The Christmas Card,” Hallmark; Joe Mantegna, “The Starter Wife,” USA.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or a Movie: Greta Scacchi, “Broken Trail,” AMC; Anna Paquin, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” HBO; Samantha Morton, “Longford,” HBO; Judy Davis, “The Starter Wife,” USA; Toni Collette, “Tsunami, The Aftermath,” HBO.

Hot New Spoilers!!!

The spoilers are just pouring in. Here some scoop on the upcoming season and new characters on DH, B&S, Ugly Betty, Ghost Whisperer and major One Tree Hill news!

Desperate Housewives: from TVGuide:

Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion Might Land on Wisteria Lane

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Nathan Fillion by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com

Fresh off Ausiello’s scoopage that Dana Delany is in advanced talks to join Desperate Housewives — the very show she turned down back when it was in the pilot stage — comes word from the Hollywood Reporter that Nathan Fillion is being eyed to play the strapping, tight-pants-wearing younger husband of Delany’s character (a wholesome, Bree-like Republican).
Lyndsy Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother) is in talks to play the new Wisteria Lane couple’s hell-raising daughter. Yes, Fonseca was previously announced to have earned a recurring role on Heroes this season. Apparently she is empowered with the “ability” to juggle two A-list jobs. (Mohinder can fill you in on all the deets. Genome project, blah-blah…. )

Brothers and Sisters:  “Brothers and Sisters” is adding a possible love interest for Sally Field — Isaac, who is none other than Senator McCallister’s (Rob Lowe) Presidential campaign manager. He’s a major power player, charismatic, feared and respected and deemed a political “shark.” They’ve been looking at African-American and Hispanic actors to play Isaac, but no casting yet. And, there might be love on the horizon for Sally’s drug-bedeviled Afghanistan war vet son Justin (Dave Annable) on the show as well — a new, recurring character named Abby. She’s a friend of his half-sister Rebecca’s (Emily VanCamp) — smart, charming, beautiful, self-absorbed and sexually manipulative. Well, can’t win ’em all. (From Netscape)

Ugly Betty: Maybe our beloved Betty (America Ferrera) will fare better in the romantic department with Giovanni. That’s the recurring character they’re adding to “Ugly Betty” as a love interest for everyone’s favorite fashion-challenged assistant. Giovanni — Gio for short — works the office snack cart while preparing himself for bigger and better things. (From Netscape)

Ghost Whisperer:  “Ghost Whisperer” is also adding a new recurring character, described as an “ultra-cool cyber-genius” whose name is Justin, and who is around 19 years old. He encounters more than the usual cyberspace strangeness after he takes pictures of Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) the medium for a website and finds inexplicable images in the photos. (The “Ghost” cast insists the same thing happens in real life, by the way.) Smart Prof. Rick Payne (Jay Mohr) will become a mentor figure to the smart lad.  (From Netscape)

One Tree Hill:  “One Tree Hill” goes back into production in mid-July for January mid-season unveiling, clearly putting plenty of distance between high school graduation and where they’re picking up with the gang from Tree Hill, North Carolina as young adults. We’ll find Nathan’s (James Lafferty) and Haley’s (Bethany Joy Lenz) son James is now nearly five years old, though it seems like he was born just a couple weeks ago on the season finale. Wait, he was. This tyke is mature beyond his age and sometimes treated like a grownup. James will come complete with a nanny named Carrie who is personable, nurturing — and beautiful. You’ve got to know that’s going to mean trouble somehow. (From Netscape)

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