Updated: The Truth About the Mischa Barton Gossip

Here’s Mike Ausiello’s coverage on whether Mischa Barton will really join Gossip Girl, at the moment it’s not looking good, but it would definitely been an amazing addition!

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Mischa Barton by George Pimentel/WireImage.com

UPDATE: US Weekly is reporting that Barton has turned down the role. Checking with my sources to see if that’s true. Please stand by

Their ears didn’t deceive them: Those whispers that Gawker.com overheard about Mischa Barton being approached for a part on Gossip Girl, I can now report, are 100 percent true. What isn’t 100 percent is whether or not a deal will be struck for her to play the recurring role of Georgina Sparks, a scheme queen who brings Serena’s checkered past screaming into her present.

Guess if ever there was an ax to grind between Gossip monger Josh Schwartz, who killed Barton off of The O.C., and the starlet, that hatchet was buried along with the nubile body of Marissa Cooper. So what do you think, peeps? Will Barton fit in with the Girls? Or would the show be better off looking at a lesser-known actress? — Additional reporting by Ben Katner

CBS Renews Shows Early

CBS Renews Big Bang and Others, But No Mick or Mother (Yet)


Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg and Johnny Galecki of The Big Bang Theory by Greg Gayne/CBS

CBS has announced it will be renewing The Big Bang Theory for another season, along with 10 others — albeit with a couple of conspicuous absences. Missing from the list, for the moment, are the newbie Moonlight, Rules of Engagement and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Joining the flood of announcements from the ‘nets on what’s next, CBS added to the rush with its list. The shows that did get a thumbs-up include Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS, Numbers, Two and a Half Men and Without a Trace. The 11 renewals are on top of returning faves (and previously announced) Survivor and the Amazing Race.

In addition to all the great renewal news, CBS also issued a chart of when they’re airing new eps of old faves. In the meantime, I’m relishing the open renewal floodgates. — Anna Dimond

CBS’ Post-Strike Plans Features Lotsa Laughs

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How I Met Your Mother by Monty Brinton/CBS

A rather nifty, Ausiello-ish chart sent out by CBS details its ideal plan for producing new episodes of strike-stricken series.

Monday sitcoms How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men are each returning with nine new eppys on March 17. (Rules of Engagement doesn’t return until April 14, with a half-dozen.)

On March 24, CSI: Miami airs the first of eight new shows, while CSI: NY returns April 2 with seven, and CSI original flavor resurfaces April 3 with six.

Cold Case returns March 30 with five episodes, Criminal Minds kicks off seven new ones on April 2, and Trace is back on April 3 with six.

On April 4, both Ghost Whisperer and Numbers fans get the first of six, while Moonlighters are getting four new episodes starting April 11. NCIS is back April 8 with seven, and Shark‘s got four to unfurl at a to-be-determined date.

Of course, for Mike’s terrifically comprehensive roundup of what’s returning when and with how many, visit TVGuide.com/ShowStatus

The Strike is Over, So How Long for New Shows?

Now that the writers are slowly returning to work, here is Ausiello’s list of how many and when we will get to see some new episodes of our favorite shows.

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UPDATED HOURLY! After the Strike: When Your Favorites Will Return!

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CSI Miami by Doug Hyun/CBS, Women’s Murder Club by Andrew Southam/ABC and Gossip Girl by Andrew Eccles/The CW

At long last, a strike chart you can get excited about!

With an end to the three-month-old WGA strike imminent (yay!), the networks have quietly begun outlining plans to salvage what’s left of the current TV season. At the same time, I’ve been quietly picking at my moles to get a preview of those plans — the results of which appear in chart form below.

Keep in mind that the following information remains extremely tentative and is subject to change (and probably will). In other words, I strongly suggest you refresh your browser at least once an hour to ensure that you’re getting the most up-to-date scoop possible.


Season 7 likely postponed until January ’09.

30 Rock

Expected to shoot 5 to 10 new episodes to air in April/May.

Aliens in America

Eight pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Back to You

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Future TBD*.

Battlestar Galactica

Returns April 4 with first half of 20-episode final season. Production on second half could start as early as March. Airdate for those TBD.

The Big Bang Theory

Expected to shoot 5 to 9 new episodes to air in March/April/May.

Big Love

Expected to go into production on Season 3 in March. Airdate info is TBD.

Big Shots

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Bionic Woman

No new episodes expected. Ever.


Four pre-strike episodes left. Unclear whether additional episodes will be produced for this season.

Boston Legal

Expected to shoot 6 to 8 new episodes to air in April/May.

Brothers & Sisters

One pre-strike episode remains. Expected to shoot 4 or 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Burn Notice

Production on Season 2 expected to get under way in late April. New episodes could start airing as early as July.


No additional episodes expected this season. Future beyond that TBD.


No new episodes until fall.

The Closer

Expected to kick off its fourth season this summer.

Cold Case

Expected to shoot 4 to 9 new episodes to air in March/April/May.

Criminal Minds

Expected to shoot 4 to 9 new episodes to air in March/April/May.


Expected to shoot 4 to 8 new episodes to air in March/April/May.

CSI: Miami

Expected to shoot 4 to 9 new episodes to air in March/April/May.


Expected to shoot 4 to 8 new episodes to air in March/April/May.

Desperate Housewives

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

Dirty Sexy Money

No new episodes planned until fall; three remaining pre-strike episodes will undergo some tweaking and kick off fall run.


Expected to shoot 4 to 6 new episodes to air in April/May.

Everybody Hates Chris

Twelve pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Friday Night Lights

No new episodes expected for this season. Future TBD.

The Game

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 8 or 9 additional episodes to air in March/April/May.

Ghost Whisperer

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.


Two pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected, although a special one-hour series finale is being discussed.

Gossip Girl

Expected to shoot 5 or 6 episodes to air in April/May.


Kicks off second half of Season 1 on March 24. Still awaiting Season 2 pickup.

Grey’s Anatomy

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May


No new episodes expected until fall.


Expected to shoot 4 to 6 new episodes to air in April/May.

How I Met Your Mother

Expected to shoot 5 to 9 new episodes to air in April/May.


Seven episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.


No new episodes expected. Ever.

Las Vegas

Two pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Law & Order

Expected to shoot an indeterminate number of episodes to air in spring.

Law & Order: CI

Expected to shoot an indeterminate number of episodes to air in spring.

Law & Order: SVU

Expected to shoot an indeterminate number of episodes to air in spring.


No new episodes expected until fall.

Life Is Wild

No new episodes expected. Ever.


Six pre-strike episodes remain. Five additional episodes could air this season.


Six pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot additional episodes for this season.

Men in Trees

Eleven pre-strike episodes remain, the first of which airs Feb. 27. No additional episodes expected this season.


Could produce a handful of new episodes to air in April/May.

My Name Is Earl

Expected to shoot 8 to 10 new episodes to air in April/May.


Expected to shoot 5 to 9 new episodes to air in March/April/May.

The New Adventures of Old Christine

Seven pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected this season.


Season 5 concludes Feb. 19. Production on the show’s eight-episode sixth season expected to start up this summer. Airdate TBD.


Expected to shoot 5 to 9 new episodes to air in March/April/May.

October Road

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

The Office

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to air in April/May.

One Tree Hill

Six pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 5 or 6 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Prison Break

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Private Practice

Slim chance it could return with 4 or 5 new episodes this season. Either way, it’ll be back in the fall.

Pushing Daisies

No new episodes until fall.


Three pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 5 or 6 additional episodes to air in April/May.

The Riches

Seven-episode second season kicks off March 18.

Rules of Engagement

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 additional episodes to air in March/April/May.

Samantha Who?

Three pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot an additional 3 episodes to air this spring, likely after Dancing with the Stars.

Saturday Night Live

Returns Feb. 23.


Four pre-strike episodes remain. Four additional episodes will likely be shot; unclear whether they’ll air on NBC or go straight to DVD.


Expected to shoot as many as four new episodes to air in April/May. Future beyond that TBD.

The Shield

Final season already shot. Airdate TBD.


Four pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 5 or 6 additional episodes to air in April/May.


Two pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 4 or 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Two and a Half Men

Expected to shoot 5 to 9 new episodes to air in March/April/May.

Ugly Betty

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

The Unit

No additional episodes expected this season. Future beyond that TBD.

Without a Trace

Expected to shoot 4 to 9 new episodes to air in March/April/May.

Women’s Murder Club

No new episodes expected this season. Future beyond that TBD.

* TBD = To be determined

Supernatural Burning Questions Answered!

TVGuide.com. Thursday, February 7, 2008

Supernatural Burning Questions Answered!

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki by Sergei Bachlakov/The CWJensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, Supernatural

How does Mary know the Yellow-Eyed Demon? What’s the early consensus on newcomers Bela and Ruby? Will this strike-struck season still deliver a doozy of a cliffhanger? We took the best of your burning questions to Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, and here is what he had to share. (Plus: Kripke also reveals his most- and least-favorite episodes ever!) Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9 pm/ET, on The CW.Will we find out how Mary knew the YED anytime soon? — jacobha
Kripke: We will definitely find out how Mary knew the YED, but I can’t promise when that will be. It ties into the mystery of what Sam is becoming, and what makes him so damn qualified to lead a demon army in the first place. But we’re not ready to pull that trigger just yet.

If we don’t get a full Season 3, what would happen with Dean’s deal? Would the big climax be in the middle of Season 4 or would it be extended to the end of Season 4? — acsgrlie
Kripke: That’s a very smart question, and one that’s currently haunting my dreams. There’s a simple answer (we’ll definitely save the climax of Dean’s Deal for Season 4, no question)… and there’s a more complicated answer. Not many showrunners will admit it, but the strike is throwing a lot of stories on a lot of different series up in the air. I mean, how do you get back on the story track in an elegant, artful way? You can’t just throw in the climax in the middle of the next season, and then move on to a whole new story. That would be clumsy. But you can’t draw it out over the entire season either, because that would become boring. I’m probably being more honest than I should be, but this is a question that I’m still wrestling with. If I had to guess, I’d say I’m probably going to end up combining the Season 3 and Season 4 mythologies into one big story to play out next season. I’m going to spend a crap load of time going over everything, again and again, polishing all the edges, but it is going to have to evolve and mutate a little bit, to fit our new schedule. It’s interesting how real world issues affect the creative storytelling of the show. There’s no doubt that, because of the strike, I’m going to end up telling a slightly different story than I had originally intended, or at least one with a different order of events. Knowing how these things go, however, it’ll probably end up being a better one. Happy accidents usually result in better stories.

What’s your take on the fans reactions to Bela and Ruby? — WaywardDaughter
Kripke: Bela and Ruby do seem to be the big controversies this season, don’t they? I’ll start with Ruby: I’m generally pleased with how the fans have been responding to her. I knew from the beginning that were was going to be a lot of resistance to the character… our fans are very protective of the boys, they don’t want the show to turn into One Tree Hill, they thought this was some network revamp, etc….but I always believed that if viewers gave Ruby a chance, they’d accept her as a formidable player in our little drama. I just find it interesting to be able to check in with a demon character, to get insight into the demonic point of view. Demons have always been fun for us to write. On top of that, Katie is growing into the character nicely, starting to show new colors. As a result, I think more and more fans are starting to grudgingly accept Ruby, almost in spite of themselves. I think she’ll always be the subject of debate, which is a good thing, but enough fans are responding positively to vindicate the character, in my opinion. Which is gratifying, because I always believed in her….

As for Bela, I have to admit, I was fairly surprised by the seemingly negative fan reaction. Among the writers, Bela was a pleasure to write, we could all channel our inner smart asses, and we like how cool and unflappable she is under terrible pressure. She’s strong, smart, resourceful. Bob, Sera, Ben, the other writers and I were all excited about her as we conceived her, we felt she added a unique, effervescent flavor to the proceedings. And Lauren is one of the finest, most highly trained actresses we’ve ever had on the show, truthfully. Because she wasn’t going to be a love interest anytime soon, I thought we were adding a fun foil for the boys, in a Rosalind Russell (or depending on your cultural references, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) kind of way. But the fans seem to be having a difficult time overcoming their initial resistance to the character. (And we certainly didn’t do Bela any favors with “Red Sky at Morning.” That episode didn’t work for me — for a lot of reasons that had nothing to do with the character). Anyway, I’ve spent a lot of time meditating over the Bela question, and the best I can come up with at this point, is that perhaps we presented the character as too glib and facile. Too much James Bond, not enough real, complicated young woman. Our show’s formula, when it works, seems to present the outer surface of a character, even an archetype (think Dean’s Han Solo comparisons) before delving into the messy, complicated insides that make that character real and human and surprising and unique. That’s worked for Dean, Sam, Bobby, Ellen, even Ruby now. And I think we owe the same favor to Bela. We’ve always had those plans, and we have an interesting back story for her, but I think we need to push a little harder, we have to do a better job muddying up the character, making her human and real to the audience. And I know that Lauren can sure as hell play it. The writers learn about these characters as we go…. remember, it took us half of the first season to get into Sam and Dean’s heads…and I think that Bela will grow and evolve into an important character in our world.

Will there be a season finale type of cliffhanger when the last episode [filmed before the writers strike] airs? — diamondlove22
Kripke: The final episode we’re airing — “Jus in Bello” — wasn’t originally going to be the last one, but we slid it back to serve as a kind of make-shift season finale. It’s a big, epic, action movie of an episode, it climaxes the Agent Henriksen storyline, and it’s got a few interesting mythology reveals, so we hope it’ll tide the fans over until whenever we return. But honestly, we didn’t have time to create a proper cliffhanger. Hell, we barely had time to get our final scripts finished before the writers strike. So it’s not a perfect cliffhanger, but it still goes out with a bang, and I think fans will love it.

Why has no one made the slightest mention of where Ellen and Jo are and what’s happening to them? They weren’t killed off or explained off, and it just doesn’t seem logical that Bobby, Dean, and Sam would just forget all about them, especially after Ellen’s involvement in the Season 2 ending. — AriGato
Kripke: As far as Jo goes, I don’t know why they would mention her, because I feel we concluded her story fairly elegantly in Season 2. Dean left her at the bar, she was going to continue to hunt on her own, and she knew, with melancholy, that he was never going to call her again. She was older, sadder, wiser. End of story. As for Ellen, I agree with you, we probably should have mentioned what she’s been doing. And for the record, I kept trying to squeeze some expository dialogue about Ellen into the early drafts of the first few episodes, I tried a few times actually, but it always stuck out like a sore thumb. The boys had so much on their plate — Dean’s deal, Sam’s darker nature, all the new Demons loose across the landscape — that it never felt natural to shoe-horn in dialogue along the lines of: “hey, by the way, what’s Ellen doing?” “She’s crisscrossing the country, on hunts on her own.” “Oh. That’s interesting.” As a general rule, writers try to always cut bald exposition like that, perhaps too ruthlessly. But hindsight is 20-20, and I know a lot of fans love Ellen, and we should have at least sent a dispatch explaining where she is and what she’s doing. But also for the record, we were in the midst of correcting this oversight when the strike hit — we were breaking a story about the return of Ellen, and what she’s been doing, when we were forced to shut down. Hopefully, we’ll still get a chance to tell that story, because I do love Ellen and think she’s a fascinating character in this world.

Will we ever meet the Demon that holds Dean’s contract, and will we ever find out why the contract is so important to the demon who holds it? — icancounttoduck
Kripke: Yes. Definitely.

Can you take us to hell? Can you envision the show actually going there, maybe with Dean when the deal’s up? — write_light
Kripke: I would love to take you to hell, which is the weirdest statement I think I’ve ever written. But alas, I don’t think we’ll ever take a trip downstairs, because of purely budgetary reasons. My vision of Supernatural’s Hell is a big and grotesque and expensive one — Hieronymus Bosch meets Hellraiser — and on our TV budget, we just don’t have the cash to do it right. And our mantra is, if you can’t do it right, then don’t do it. So Dean may very well be heading to Hell, and we’ll talk about it, describe it, tease it, maybe even catch a shadowed glimpse… but we’ll never see it full monty. At least until someone gives me the cash to make the Supernatural feature film, or the fans organize one mother of a bake sale.

Don’t know if this had been asked before but, what’s your favorite episode over the three seasons? — supermars
Kripke: I have a few favorites, for different reasons. I liked “Faith” in Season 1, because that was my first glimpse that the show had the potential to go deeper than I had originally thought. I liked “Nightshifter” in Season 2 because it’s just a damn good story well told. And I like “A Very Supernatural Christmas” and the upcoming “Mystery Spot” in Season 3, because they so perfectly balance the humor, the scares and the emotion that have become the core elements of our show. (Both were written by our new writer Jeremy Carver, by the Way. He’s a keeper). And because it’s only fair, here are the episodes I DON’T like: Season 1’s “Hookman,” “Bugs” and “Route 666”; Season 2’s “No Exit”; and Season 3’s “Red Sky at Morning.” Sometimes, you try things that just don’t work at all, and because of our time and budget, you don’t have the time to go back and re-do them, you have no choice but to air them in their deformed state, and so you have to live with millions of people watching your mistakes. You have no idea how painful that is.

In the past two seasons, you have had a lot of episodes based in Wisconsin. What is up with that? — ragbagdharma
Kripke: I do love Wisconsin — my brother and sister went to summer camp there growing up — but I have to admit there’s no particular reason stories are set there, outside of the fact that we set the majority of our episodes in the Midwest, because that’s where I’m from. We have just as many stories in Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. By this point, my writers know that if they come in and pitch me an episode set in Seattle, my eyes start to glaze over, but if it’s set in Detroit, I pay rapt attention. It’s unfair Midwest bias, I guess, but the Midwest never gets the long end of the stick in movies and TV, dam nit, so I’m happy to try and even the scales a bit!

I’m really liking this season so far, but why is it so much brighter than past seasons? — acsgrlie
Kripke: It’s amazing. Our fans don’t miss a thing. I’ve read on the boards how many people have noticed the change in our visuals this year. And it’s true, we were attempting an adjustment to our creative look. It was very intentional. We wanted to create a more dramatic contrast between the “real” world, in which we all live, and the “secret” supernatural world that exists just beneath the surface. So therefore, when the guys are in diners or motels or bars, it looks more true to life. Like our world. But when they go into a dank basement or haunted house, the look becomes moody, desaturated again. (And if you look back over the Season 3 episodes, the scary parts are as dark as they’ve ever been). When it was washed out and dark all the time throughout the previous seasons, we felt it might have been too much of a good thing, and numbed the audience. This year’s look was an experiment, so when a scene wasn’t supposed to be scary, the audience would feel safe and comfortable. But when the story became scary, the look got darker and more ominous. We wanted to see if that would make the scary parts scarier. Now I’m not sure the experiment was entirely successful, and we may correct our course for Season 4, but there was conscious, creative thought behind it, for whatever that’s worth. — With additional reporting by Tina Charles

One Tree Hill Spoilers

Episode 5.06 – Don’t Dream It’s Over [Airing February 5]: Peyton snaps at bar owner Owen and later apologizes to him in his car, slipping off her t-shirt and trying to entice him to sleep with her. Peyton goes back to visit her old house and see her old room, in which a 16-year-old girl named Molly is now living. Lindsey is visiting Lucas for the weekend, obviously in a relationship with him. She and Haley have become friends. Nathan and Skills have a conversation about what is true and not true. He mentions to Nathan about never dating girls named Bevin and something about Dan. Nathan tells him to stay away from stuff about Dan for now. Source: SpoilerFix.com

Episode 5.07 – In da Club [Airing February 12]: Brooke, Peyton and Mouth are at Tric. Mouth talks to a young woman named Milly, telling her a story about crawling out a window on a date and she admits that guys usually try and date her to meet Brooke Davis. He’s shocked to find out she knows Brooke. Meanwhile, Brooke is sitting at the bar signing autographs for fans. Brooke flirts with Owen, the bartender, and Peyton tells Brooke that her mother is there. Source: SpoilerFix.com
Episode 5.08 [Airing February 19]: One of the players on Nathan’s team punched out a guy in a bar, trying to defend Haley’s honor, and sprains his wrist in the process. Nathan is upset that he did it, jeopardizing the team and the guy’s chance to play. Peyton is back in town but Lucas has already proposed to Lindsey. Mouth gets his shot at the local television station when they ask him to cover the Tree Hill Ravens season opener. Source: SpoilerFix.com
Episode 5.09 [Airing February 26]

Episode 5.10 [Airing March 4]: Rachel is in Brooke’s apartment after she OD’d on drugs because Brooke fired her. Rachel’s dealer comes to Brooke’s apartment to get money owed to him by Rachel and Owen answers the door, pushes the guy around, throws him out and after giving him a few bills, tells him it’s paid in full and to never come back. Dan is up for parole and Lucas and Nathan go to his parole hearing. He makes a “heartfelt” speech, even squeezing out a few tears, telling the board he wants to be a real father to them now, after what he’d put them through growing up. Lucas tells the board that he is getting married next week and like the basketball championship and the publishing of his first novel, the most important man in his life, his Uncle Keith, won’t be there because Dan killed him in cold blood and with premeditation. He mentions that how could a man be paroled whose two sons never even came to see him in prison and the board surprises Luke and mentions that Nathan recently came to visit their father. Source: SpoilerFix.com

The Strike is Almost Over! According to Ausiello

Exclusive: Grey’s, Housewives Plot Post-strike Returns!

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Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives by by Ron Tom/ABC

Paging the cast of Grey’s Anatomy… you’re needed back on set, STAT!

With a tentative agreement between striking writers and Hollywood moguls expected to be announced sometime this week, my moles at Grey’s tell me that production on the show is expected to resume in early March. The plan is to shoot four or five episodes to air in April/May.

A similar scenario is expected to play out at three other ABC hits, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters. Conversely, freshman shows that have already been given full-season pickups (i.e. Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Samantha Who?) will likely restart production over the summer ahead of a fall relaunch. Expect a similar pattern to play out at CBS, NBC and Fox: Established shows returning in the spring; newer ones held till fall. The fate of heavily serialized shows like Lost, Heroes and 24 remains unclear.

Meanwhile, high-level sources close to the talks tell me that the WGA deal is close to the DGA deal, with a few exceptions — one of which represents a “major breakthrough.”

Bottom line: There’s a lot more than one measly football game to get excited about today. We’re getting our TV shows back!

New Spoilers: Supernatural, Brothers & Sisters

Although the writers’ strike might soon be over, there are still very few new shows for viewing, maybe in May we might see some. So for the meanwhile here are some spoilers for Supernatural and Brothers & Sisters, which still have a few new episodes in the can.


Episode 3.10: Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Airdate: February 7, 2008

Supernatural01/21 – Sam and Dean race to Bobby’s (guest star Jim Beaver) side after he lapses into a coma and can’t be awakened. While unconscious, Bobby battles his personal demons and the reason he became a hunter is revealed. Sam and Dean discover someone poisoned Bobby with a potion that will kill him if he doesn’t wake soon. When the brothers decide to take the potion themselves to enter Bobby’s dream in order to save him, they come face to face with their own personal nightmares.Source: The CW

12/13 – Eric Kripe reveals: We actually spend a little more time with how Dean himself feels about going to Hell because right now he’s accepting that he’s going to Hell and he’s unwilling to do anything to stop it. That changes 180 percent in Episode 10. Something big happens to him that makes him realize he desperately wants to live and he desperately doesn’t want to go to Hell. […] Bella makes an appearance in a dream episode, where Sam and Dean take this medicine man drug where they go dream walking, which is going into other peoples’ dreams. So we spend the majority inside Bobby’s dreams, inside Dean’s dreams. Source: TV Guide Online

    Episode 3.11: Mystery Spot
    Airdate: February 14, 2008

    new 01/29 – Eric Kripe reveals: ‘Mystery Spot’ is a Groundhog’s Day episode where Sam keeps reliving the same Tuesday over and over and over again, and at the end of every Tuesday Dean dies. And no matter what, it’s actually a pretty funny episode. We killed Dean in every conceivable way. He gets electrocuted, he gets botulism, he’s hit by a car, he’s crushed by a desk, you know he’s shot a couple of times, he’s hit with an arrow. It’s a totally fun episode. It’s actually kind of meaningful, and we play – I think it hits what Supernatural does best, it’s funny one moment and emotional the next. This obviously freaks the hell out of Sam, having to watch Dean die over and over again. Source: Kristin on E!Online

    Sam and Dean investigate the disappearance of a man who went missing at a tourist location. While searching the site, Dean is shot and killed by the owner. Sam is devastated but stunned when he wakes up the next morning to find Dean alive and well. As the day unfolds, Sam realizes he is re-living the previous day and tries to prevent Dean’s death, but to no avail. Dean dies again and Sam must learn to live life without his brother by his side. Source: The CW

    Episode 3.12: Jus In Bello [Last episode completed before the writers’ strike]
    Airdate: Ferbuary 21, 2008

    Katie Cassidy’s character, Ruby, will attempt to conduct a spell requiring a human heart of someone of pure virtue. Source: Kristin on E!Online

    Agent Henriksen from the FBI descends on small town Monument, Colorado and captures Sam and Dean. He takes over the police station, even letting the one prisoner go, warning the Sheriff that they are the most dangerous criminals he will have ever met. He has his man lead them shackled into the station and the holding cell, leaving them shackled together. When demons attack the police station, killing the Henriksen’s partner and several policemen, he blames Sam and Dean, believing they have friends coming to get them out. They try to tell him it’s demons and everyone is in danger but he refuses to listen. Ruby finds them and comes up with a solution that no one believes in, forcing them to come up with a better solution. Source: SpoilerFix.com

    Before the season ends, the boys meet a new adversary to replace the yellow-eyed demon. Source: Kristin on E!Online

    Brothers & Sisters

    Episode 2.11 – The Missionary Imposition [Airing February 10]: Justin attends a Narcotics Anonymous meeting for Veterans but isn’t ready to talk in front of the attendees. Nora goes to the restaurant with Isaac Marshall (played by Danny Glover). Sarah meets with Simon Lao in order to have the company’s wine sold in his stores. Source: SpoilerFix.com

    Episode 2.12 – Compromises [Airing February 17]: McCallister visits Governor Bryant for an endorsement, but is declined because his old friend is concerned about what would happen to him politically if Robert’s opponent wins. Kitty spends time with the kids and worries about Robert’s attitude; his sunny optimism seems to be missing. Sarah joins Kevin and Scotty at a gay bar. With Joe in Paris with his new girlfriend, Sarah makes an impulsive decision. Saul’s struggle with his sexuality continues. Source: SpoilerFix.com [Last episode completed before the writers’ strike]

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