New Smallville Spoilers!

Sam Witwer Gives Us a Peek at Smallville‘s Doomsday

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In the September 25 episode, Clark (Tom Welling) has his first meeting with  the one and only Doomsday. Just don’t call him that to his face. “It’s an interpretation of the character,” explains Sam Witwer, the actor playing Davis Bloome, a Metropolis paramedic with the worst split personality this side of Jekyll and Hyde. “Contrary to popular belief, we’re not trashing the Doomsday backstory that he’s this [alien] experiment from Krypton… we’re adding to it.”

In fact, the story has DC Comic’s blessing. “We always work with them really closely,” says exec producer Kelly Souders. “They were very much in support of Smallville giving a new spin on his origin story. But eventually it does link up with what people know from the comics.”

Introduced as a fast friend of Chloe (Allison Mack), Bloome could be the boy most likely to steal Miss Sullivan’s heart. “He’s a really nice guy,” Witwer says. “But she’s dating Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore), so Davis doesn’t mess with that.” Especially since he’s got bigger things to worry about. “He realizes he’s missing large chunks of time, so he embarks on a journey to figure out what happens when he’s blacking out.” What Bloome finds will not only be “horrifying,” it may also trigger a battle royale with our hero-in-training…. READ FULL ARTICLE

Smalle Episode Recaps: Season 8 Episode 1 & 2

9/25/2008: Plastique

Tomwelling_smallville_240_005It seemed last week’s season premiere of Smallville tried too hard to squeeze everything into its allotted time. The pacing returned to a much more tolerable level this week while retaining a healthy diet of explosions, plot twists and somewhat stilted dialogue.

These Spoilers will bring fire to your eyes.

Previously… Tess becomes a regular, Clark and the Superfriends save Chloe while attaining gainful employment alongside Lois at the Daily Planet. Meanwhile, Jimmy pops the question again… with better results this time around.

It’s Clark’s first day as a reporter, but he dresses as if he’s ready for another day at the farm. Lois quickly grabs a spare suit and shoves Clark into a phone booth to change (subtle), but as he emerges, a bomb takes out a nearby bus. He rushes in to help and ends up carrying Tess out safely. Even after all that went down in Montana, he’s still quite the nice guy…. READ FULL RECAP

9/18/2008: Odyssey

And we’re back. As the most senior show on the most junior network, Smallville returns to razzle dazzle and stimulate the senses. Or something like that. The writers and producers have explained the eighth season will allow them to “reinvigorate and reinvent the show.” Only time will tell if The CW will grace our presence with a stunning ninth season.

For the 153rd time, Spoilers follow this statement.

Previously… plenty of drama. What did you expect?

A CGI helicopter lands in the Arctic, dropping off the newly promoted Tess Mercer in search of the missing Lex. She confronts Regan as to why the excavation team has yet to turn up any useful information as to the whereabouts of Lex. Just then, Team LuthorCorp finds something in a trench, but before they can act on it, the Justice League arrives to take them out. However, Tess and Regan escape. Where is Clark, they ponder while staring into the abyss.

Back at Castle Luthor, Lois goes undercover as a French maid to steal Chloe’s USB hard drive, but Tess catches her just after the fact. Lois is on the hunt for Chloe and the truth (but in that order?) The two women exchange brooding looks, but in the end, Tess doesn’t budge from her newfound power and has security escort her from the premises. I’m sensing an “undercover disguise-of-the-week” for Erica Durance this season….READ FULL RECAP

Gossip Girl Spoilers & Video Previews!

Kristin at E!Online has some video scoop to tide everyone over till Monday’s episode!

In Monday’s ep, “The Serena Also Rises”, Serena (Blake Lively) is becoming a big-deal socialite, which means Blair is no longer the unquestioned queen of all she surveys.

Press play above to see Chuck (Ed Westwick)and Blair (Leighton Meester) go at it (no! not like that!), and then drop inside for three more previews of the all-new Gossip Girl ep premiering on the CW on Monday night at 8.

Blair is angry…you wouldn’t like her when she’s angry, but since Serena is a tough target to tackle, it looks like Jenny (Taylor Momsen) will be taking the brunt of Blair’s wrath for now. By the way, notice how much responsibility Eleanor Waldorf is giving Little J? That’s a hint about the general direction of Jenny’s storyline this season. (Seventh Avenue or bust!)

Dan (Penn Badgley) is going to create a fictional Chuck rip-off named Charlie Trout, which begins in “The Serena Also Rises” when Dan practically begs Chuck to take him out on the town…

For a split second Dan thinks he’s really in Chuck’s inner circle…isn’t that cute? (Also, Chuck, sweetie, don’t you need all the friends you can get? Perhaps better not to steal the shoes of the few people who want to spend time with you?)

XOXO,
TV Gossip Girl

Brothers & Sisters Spoilers: TV Guide Speaks with Emily VanCamp

Season Premiere Sunday Sept. 28, @ 10 PM ET

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She’s a Walker sibling no more, but that won’t rob Brothers & Sisters‘ Rebecca from her fair share of drama this coming season (premiering Sunday at 10 pm/ET). Emily VanCamp gave us a peek at what’s ahead for Rebecca and Justin, a possible Everwood reunion, and the arrival of Ryan. — Matt Mitovich

TVGuide.com: How is this season different than the last? What’s your take?
Emily VanCamp:
It’s the usual drama that comes with the Walkers and the Harpers, but it’s different in terms of my character and her relationship with the family, which has changed drastically.

TVGuide.com: When you got de-Walkered, was a part of you, the actress, a little scared. “Whoa, is there going to be stuff for me to do?”
VanCamp:
There were a couple moments of panic, but it wasn’t so much, “Am I still going to be on the show?” It was more, “Oh my goodness, I’m going to miss being a part of the family and playing that aspect of it.” But it opened up a lot of storylines that add new layers to Rebecca.

TVGuide.com: Some fans felt cheated, that Rebecca put the Walkers through such upheaval only to be a false alarm. But there are other storytelling possibilities this way.
VanCamp:
Absolutely. It was very important to address the chemistry that existed between Rebecca and Justin, and obviously no one wants to go the incest route. I can understand how it would be frustrating that they embarked on this journey with this character and it fell apart in the end, but it’s more interesting this way.

TVGuide.com: When the season begins, Rebecca and Justin are keeping their romance a secret from everyone?
VanCamp:
I don’t want to give away too much, but they’re trying to figure this out for themselves — this is all very new and scary for them — so they’re not ready to let others know what’s going on. But you’ll see, the first episode is funny….

TVGuide.com: I’ve also heard it won’t be smooth sailing for them, that there might be “intimacy” issues….
VanCamp:
These two characters have gone through so much together, they’re just trying to find their footing in a relationship as opposed to that brother-sister connection that never quite existed. When you begin dating a best friend, it can be kind of awkward at times, you have to figure it out. Ultimately they do, which is great. [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: It would seem that Rebecca will find a kindred soul in Ryan once he shows up.
VanCamp:
That’s going to be a very interesting storyline. Obviously Rebecca has had to deal with the difficulties of finding out that you’re a part of this whole other family, so she most likely will be a great support to this new character — and who knows what will come of that?

TVGuide.com: The audition script for Ryan has exactly that tone. Rebecca basically tells him, “I’ve been down this road. As tempting as it is, don’t be hating on the Walkers.”
VanCamp:
There’s a protectiveness that Rebecca has with the Walkers. But also she will never be one of them, so there’s the sense of being an outsider that she shares with him.

TVGuide.com: Are you testing with the wannabe Ryans? Do we have a winner yet?
VanCamp:
I know for a fact, because I have really good friends of mine that are auditioning for the part, that they’re at the beginning stages.

TVGuide.com: Some armchair casting directors want Gregory Smith (one of VanCamp’s Everwood love interests) to play the role.
VanCamp:
[Laughs] I think that’s just an Internet rumor. That’d be a little bit of an Everwood overload!

TVGuide.com: How goes Rebecca’s career?
VanCamp:
She ultimately finds a place in her mother’s company. What’s exciting about that is I adore exploring the single mother-daughter relationship with Patty Wettig. She’s a brilliant actress, and we have such an interesting connection on screen. I love that they are putting us together a little bit more.

TVGuide.com: What I like about them is they’re not so polished, like the Walkers. They have imperfections….
VanCamp:
That’s something Patty and I have talked about. I learn a lot from her in that respect because she is so willing s an actress to be flawed, to be darker, more of a villain. A lot of actors aren’t up for that. They want to be loved by everyone.

TVGuide.com: How did you spend your downtime between seasons?
VanCamp:
I had all these big plans — I love to spend my time off traveling, running around the world — but I wanted to be with my family. So I spent the month at home in Canada, eating my mom’s home cooking.

TVGuide.com: What’s your favorite home-cooked meal from Mom?
VanCamp:
Oh, that’s so difficult…. Hmm, she makes a killer Caesar salad with chicken on it. I know, it sounds basic, but it’s my favorite.

TVGuide.com: Hey, a killer grilled-chicken Caesar salad can be awesome.
VanCamp:
It’s just out-of-this-world. She’s brilliant at comfort food, the pot roasts and prime rib and meat dishes…. I’m definitely not a vegetarian! [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: And your favorite dessert?
VanCamp:
I make these really crazy chocolate chip-oatmeal-raisin-pecan cookies. It sounds incredibly overwhelming, but it works!

Desperate Housewives: Spoilers and Burning Questions Answered!

From TV Guide:

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080926pre-desperate.jpgWhen ABC’s Desperate Housewives returns Sunday at 9 pm/ET, viewers finally will get some answers to the big questions raised by the season-ending five-year jump. Bree and Andrew are chummy? Gaby’s no longer a size double-zero? And a mom? And why is Susan no longer with Mike, but instead kissing Gale Harold? Executive producer Bob Daily tackles those and other burning Qs. — Matt Mitovich


TVGuide.com: As you got down to the business of actually writing the new episodes, did you realize any unforeseen benefit of the five-year jump?
Bob Daily:
We have an episode where we fill people in on some of the details from the past five years — some of which are serious, and some of which are just funny and frivolous. It gives us this great well that we can dip into periodically for back story. Fleshing out those five years is proving to be really fun.

TVGuide.com: Which housewife would you say is most different?
Daily:
Gaby’s circumstances have changed the most — she’s gone from being this self-absorbed woman who shops and does lunch with her girlfriends to a mother of two girls with a blind husband. We’re also playing that over the course of the five years, she and Carlos dropped rung by rung down the ladder, so she’s dealing with a lack of money and social status. Psychologically, Susan has changed most. Something happens in the first episode that explains why she changed so much. Obviously we saw in the finale that she came home and kissed a man that was not Mike Delfino, so that was a huge change for her. Her attitude has changed in that she’s given up on looking for the fairy tale romance. She’s a little cynical now.

TVGuide.com: She tried so hard with Mike, that for it to hit whatever major roadblock it hit probably took the wind out of her sails.
Daily:
Exactly. That’s what her story is, and in the first episode you’ll see how she has come to this point in her life.

TVGuide.com: Tell me about the conversation where you and [series creator] Marc Cherry tell Eva [Longoria Parker] that she’s going to be frumpy for a little while.
Daily:
Honestly, she has been so on board with this, I can’t tell you…. I know that while we were filming the first episode, she asked to see dailies, which she hasn’t done much before. She wanted to see how she looked, which made us all a little nervous, but she came back and said, “I don’t think I look frumpy enough. Give me some more padding, lets take the makeup down a bit….” Everyone who didn’t know Eva was surprised at how into it she was.

TVGuide.com: Lynette and Tom’s marriage has been on shaky ground. Are they on more solid of footing?
Daily:
They are, but…. We’re playing Tom as starting to go through a bit of a midlife crisis, and Lynette will be dealing with that — not in a marriage-rocking sort of way, but in a humorous way. We’re going to do an arc where the men of Wisteria Lane start a garage band, a “recapturing their youth” kind of thing. That will torment Lynette audibly, because they’re playing in her garage.

TVGuide.com: When you wrote off Edie last season, did you have to reassure Nicolette Sheridan, “Listen, you’ll be back.” Or was she actually being written off at one point?
Daily:
No, she wasn’t. Marc did explain it to her, and she to her credit wasn’t worried. She knew we’d take care of her. That’s always a scary moment for an actress when you get that script showing you pounding a “For Sale” sign in front of your house.

TVGuide.com: Neal McDonough‘s character, Dave, enters through Edie’s story?
Daily:
Exactly. He brings mystery with him to Wisteria Lane. He has been fantastic. From his first scene in Episode 1, people are going to be really intrigued.

TVGuide.com: The guy just looks spooky!
Daily:
Yeah…. But he has a charm, too, which sort of makes him twice as spooky. The ladies — and some of the men — on our writing staff are all finding him extremely handsome, but that makes him even spookier.

TVGuide.com: Which is the more compelling story — why Susan is now with Jackson (Gale Harold), or why she is no longer with Mike?
Daily:
Initially, for our loyal fans, it will be why she’s not with Mike. We answer that in our first episode. But our goal over subsequent episodes is to show how she ended up with Jackson and what makes them a fun and interesting couple, despite Susan’s reluctance to dive head-first into another relationship.

TVGuide.com: Bree is now this successful Martha Stewart type. How goes the rest of her life?
Daily:
There are some mysteries there to reveal. One of the things we’re playing for fun is that Andrew has gone to work for her. She and Andrew have had a rocky relationship, and Andrew has been a loose canon, so the fun thing is Bree realizing, “Oh, I can take that talent that has gotten him into trouble and use it to my advantage.” Andrew is sort of her hatchet man: “Andrew, could you take care of this for me in aw ay that will enable to me to keep my hands clean?” [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: So if Katherine starts getting too greedy for piece of the literal pie, Andrew could keep her at bay perhaps.
Daily:
Exactly. He’s Bree’s “muscle.” And we did reveal in the final episode that Bree and Orson were back together, and in one of the first three episodes we’ll reveal how that came to happen. The end of Episode 17 had her saying to Orson, “I don’t think I can take you back.”

TVGuide.com: We’ve seen the last of Nathan Fillion, right?
Daily:
Right. We loved him but our deal with him was always for not even a year, because he wanted to be able to do pilots. We knew we had him for a limited time. We were glad he was able to come back for the finale, because we weren’t even sure about that.

TVGuide.com: Which of the kids is most different? Have any pulled a 180, personality-wise?
Daily:
Actually, we just did an episode where Danielle returns, and I would say she’s changed quite dramatically, in a fun way. The trajectory you saw for Danielle at the end of last season has altered in the five years. As for Lynette’s twins, one of her arcs for this season is going to be dealing with these twins who have gone from being youthful troublemakers to juvenile delinquents. They’ve gone from stealing Mrs. McCluskey’s flower pot to stealing her car. Lynette’s sort of realizing, “We only have a couple more years with these boys, we need to get them on the straight and narrow.”

TVGuide.com: And yet they’ll be likeable?
Daily:
They’re very charmingly cast. We got lucky because our casting director just about had a heart attack when we said we needed twin actors who looked like [the original Porter and Preston] and were good actors. We had actually talked about hiring a single actor and doing a Patty Duke Show sort of thing — “Where’s your brother? Let me go get him…” Thank god we were able to find these great kids.

TVGuide.com: Any other characters of note?
Daily:
Bob and Lee are still around. That was a great color for us to play sometimes, and we love those actors. Mrs. McCluskey is still around.

TVGuide.com: I understand that Ida’s cat goes missing?
Daily:
Yeah, that’s part of the mystery in one of our early episodes.

TVGuide.com: … and there might be foul play involved….
Daily:
Yes. Ida’s cat has caused a lot of trouble for Mrs. McCluskey! She gets wrapped up a little bit in the mystery herself. Kathryn Joosten [who since this Q&A has won a second Emmy in the role] is fantastic, we love her. It’s great to have actors like her who you can bring in for a great scene.

TVGuide.com: When Housewives does a flashback, will you co-opt the whooshing noise from Lost?
Daily:
No, we’re going to use Wayne’s World’s “do-da-loo, do-da-loo….” I guess we have to come up with our own noise. We’ll get our sound effects people working on that.

TVGuide.com: Did you ever seriously think about rewinding the show five years and ending where you began, with the gun shot?
Daily:
I think that was thrown out there when rumors of the five-year jump got out there. That was just some “misdirection.” Though some folks in the writers room then thought, “Actually, that is kind of a cool idea.” Maybe for Season 7!

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