New Ghost Whisperer Spoilers: David Conrad on Jim, Melinda, the Watchers and all the unresolved ghosts in Grandview!

Conrad says death brings his ‘Whisperer’ character to life

By Amy Amatangelo, Boston Herald, Friday, November 28, 2008 –

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David Conrad wants fans of CBS’ “Ghost Whisperer” (tonight at 8 on WBZ, Ch. 4) to know there’s no reason to panic.

Earlier this month, Conrad’s character Jim was murdered. But, in keeping with the series’ paranormal bent, Jim entered Sam’s (Kenneth Mitchell) deceased body. Now his beloved wife Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) must help Sam (who is really Jim) through his amnesia.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Conrad said. “I am there most of the time.”

Executive producer P.K. Simonds promised that viewers will see Conrad, and not actor Kenneth Mitchell, who plays Sam, 99 percent of the time.

Conrad said the controversial story line finally gave him a chance to do something different.

“I think actually it’s an exciting development instead of going through the same kind of trope that we usually do, which is nice but somewhat predictable. Look, after three years, Love and I were like, ‘Oh, no, another kitchen scene.’ We kiss each other and its, ‘OK, honey, I’ll give you a back rub,’ end of show,” he said. “It’s kind of cool for us to walk out and do a scene that we’ve never done before, and I think that will reflect in the show.”

The Pittsburgh native said the story that will unfold over the rest of the season is akin to a prequel.

“I get to play the part we never got to play at all, which was, I meet this stranger who I am really attracted to. They get to date, flirt, fall back in love with each other, and that’s thrilling.”

Conrad has been preparing himself for his character’s demise since filming the pilot.

“I thought, you know what, at some point they are going to hand me a pink slip,” he said. “But I didn’t know it would be in such a creative and kind of cool way. I thought somehow I was going to become sort of ghostly, and I kind of looked forward to it, and I have to say I think Jim kind of looked forward to it. From the pilot, he was always fascinated by what’s on the other side.”

Simonds said the plot will finally allow the show to tap into the full complement of Conrad’s talent.

“David is an amazing actor, and one of the reasons that we were excited about doing this in the first place is that we knew we had an actor that could do a lot more than frankly we were asking him to do.”

Both Simonds and Conrad are aware that many fans haven’t yet made peace with the story line.

“You feel bad because you don’t want the audience to feel bad,” Simonds said. “You don’t set out to do that, ever. But at the same time, we knew where we were going with it, and we were sure for the fans who stuck around, it would be a worthwhile journey for them.”

We Chat with ‘Ghost Whisperer’s’ David Conrad!

Today 9:00 AM PST, by Gabrielle DiPietro and Eric Walsingham

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David Conrad is dead to me. To all of you. And to all past, present and future Ghost Whisperer fans. But in the mystical world of miracles depicted in GW, that doesn’t mean that he’s really dead, that his character has been killed off, or even that he’s taking a hiatus to rehabilitate a sex-addiction on a VH1 reality show. No. It does mean, however, that in a recent Ghost Whisperer plot twist, the nature of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character, Melinda and David Conrad’s character, Jim, will continue to change in a surprising way. And since we’re pretty big ghost fans and quite partial to inside voices and low-talking, we decided to catch up with Whisperer star Conrad and executive producer P.K. Simonds to get some real dirt on the turn J. Love’s hit show will take! Check out our full interview after the jump.

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What was your reaction when they brought the “Hey we’re going to kill you on the show but don’t worry – you’re going to be in another body” storyline to you?

Conrad: My first reaction was kind of like something out of Prizzi’s Honor or Goodfellas, where they walk up to you and they’re like, “Yeah, you’re gonna’ end up here for a while.” I was pretty sure that they were very nicely saying “you’re done, you’re off the show.” But P.K. in a very polite, very reassuring way said, “I have this great plan…” At first I was like, “Oh, c’mon…” But then I was just like, “Great.” It was a face-to-face meeting, a guy knocked on my door and handed me an envelope. [Laughs.]

Do you miss the supportive character you were playing before now?

Conrad: Well that’s really an exciting thing for me. What I initially liked about the script was that John Grey wrote a character from the get-go that really loves his wife, he likes what she does – he thinks it’s a little freaky – but it’s still something that he likes about her. The core thing that she is and the best thing she does – he loves, which is probably a good thing. But after a few years for me, I guess the disbelieving thing – and I don’t really know how that’s going to go – but I guess what’s exciting for me is getting to play the part I never got to play at all, which is, I meet this stranger and I’m really attracted to her for some reason, I really like her, and so I really get to flirt and we get to start all over again.

Is the other actor that’s currently playing your character on set all the time? Do you have kind of a strange relationship with this person that you’re sharing a role with?

Conrad: He’s a sweet guy and he is around pretty often. Um yeah, it is kind of strange. But he’s amazing at imitating me – I try to do it sometimes – but he’s amazing at kind of mimicking some of my movements and what not – and he’s just fought on, I mean his timing is great.

Simonds: If I can just jump in and say… Kenneth Mitchell – the actor – is a great guy and he’s actually more of a model, he’s just kind of there in weight. He’s there to remind us what the rest of the world sees. But because we as the audience quickly understand that it really is Jim in that body and that’s because that’s essentially what Melinda sees when she looks at him – not literally but that’s who she knows is in there – we see David probably 99 percent of the time.

Although we’re getting 99 percent of David right now, how long will we be seeing David from Melinda’s side?

Simonds: We’ll always be seeing David from Melinda’s side. I know I’ve mentioned before that Heaven Can Wait is a big influence – it’s a great movie, I highly recommend renting it. It’s one of my favorite movies ever. The storytelling that we’re doing is kind of picking up the storytelling at the end of that movie. Which is when Joe Pendleton, Warren Beatty’s character, makes the last leap into another body so while we see him, we know it’s still his soul. He doesn’t even remember his past life. But that’s all by way of saying in that movie we never ever saw any of the other characters whose body he was occupying. So what you’re sort of saying to the audience is that it’s still Jim’s soul – it still in every sense is Jim and that’s who we want to see. We’re interested in seeing the soul of Jim and obviously the real reason we’re interested in that is because we have David and he’s an amazing actor. And one of the things that excited us about doing this story in the first place is that we knew we had an actor who could do a lot more than frankly we were asking him to do – and he’s been doing an amazing, amazing job of filling out this new role – which we’re really excited for the audience to see.

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What would you say to fans that are sort of freaked by this storyline?

Conrad: I mean… what they’ll do is they’ll say that and then they’ll watch it and realize that I am there most of the time. As P.K. said, I am still there 90 percent of the time.

Simonds: 90 percent in the way that we want to remind you that people in the show see him differently when they look at him. But aside from reminding them that – since it really is Jim’s soul, we want to remind the audience of that and focus on that. He’s the same character. He just doesn’t look the same to other people. But a majority of the time you’re not seeing him through other people’s eyes.

Conrad: I think the only thing that’s gone is the memory. I think actually it’s an exciting development because instead of going through the same kind of trope that we usually do, it’s like a prequel. You’ll get to see them date, flirt, and fall back in love again. And that’s thrilling. Maybe that’s what’s at the heart of what makes them so exciting – that chemistry between them.

So far, Jim has memory loss since being in his new body. Is there a plan to resolve this issue or will it last forever?

Simonds: Yes. We’ve plotted it out through the end of the season, so we know where we’re going to go. We don’t want it to last forever. And really what we’re interested in is a journey. You’ve got these two characters, who, as David pointed out… it was always our intention to do kind of an emotional prequel because now we get to see what may have played out at the beginning of their relationship. Part of the reason she was drawn to Jim is he was very believing, very ready and very open to believing her gift and accepting it and embracing it. Without getting too intellectual, one of things we have to explore in this season’s story is what makes a person. It’s partly their soul and partly their experiences. Here’s a guy who still has Jim’s soul but it’s kind of a purer version of that soul in many ways, yet he has different experiences, because he’s been brought into the world, almost reincarnated, under such bizarre circumstances. It changes the way he reacts when he learns things about her that we all know as fans. Even though he at this point doesn’t have access to his life’s memories, those things are going to come back and that’s what makes the storytelling even more interesting.

Conrad: I mean it’s like Star Wars where we’re going back to the thing before. I mean, after three years, Love and I were like, “Oh, no. We’ve got a kitchen scene. Yeah, that’s great. Tell me the story. Okay, honey, I’ll give you a backrub. End of show.” It’s kind of cool. I’m really excited to be able to do a scene that we’ve never done before, and weren’t able to do before. It’s cool to find that kind of spark in one another.

Did it ever occur to you that, in a show about ghosts and spirits, that you could become one of them?

Conrad: Actually, you know what, I think it occurred to me while I was filming the pilot. I was like “I wonder when they’re going to hand me the pink slip…” [Laughs.] I didn’t know it would be in such a creative and cool way. I thought they’d be like “Hey, we hired David Duchovny and he’s going to come on the show and you’re going.” I knew it all along in some way. I thought at some point it would be very logical for my character to be tied into that aspect of the storytelling. I kind of looked forward to it. I’d have to say that Jim probably looked forward to it because, since the pilot, he’s always asked the question, “What’s on the other side?”

Many Ghost Whisperer fans are really interested in the romance between Jim and Melinda, which has become a huge part of the storytelling. For FEARnet fans, the supernatural aspect is probably a bit more interesting. With the new storyline, where do you see this fitting in?

Simonds: Well obviously we have new ghosts every week. We’ve been focused a little bit less on new ghost powers and manifestations and so forth – partly because with the amount of the premise portion that the audience is being asked to embrace with the storyline with Jim, he’s large enough that we kind of don’t want to strain the limits. But once we head towards the resolution of that story, we want to sort of get back into what you’re talking about and that sort of stuff that’s related to what we’ve been doing or were doing before in terms of possession. Also these ghosts that we’ve introduced at the beginning of the seasons, the Watchers, we’re going to see more of them and we’re going to learn more about who they are and how they work in relationship to the world of the beyond. It’s kind of complicated and more two-edged. Then there’s some other stuff that I can’t really talk about for the end of this season and the beginning of next.

New Supernatural Spoilers!

In the upcoming Supernatural episode titled “Sex and Violence,” there will be rainbows and unicorns. Nah, just kidding—there will be sex and violence. Both Sam and Dean make new friends, and one of the boys gets laid. Later Sam and Dean fight each other, but not over the girl—over a guy! Source: E!Online

Episode 4.11: Criss Angel Is A Douchebag Airdate: January 22, 2009

  • The magician-centered episode, which airs Jan. 22, features “Hey, It’s That Guy!” trio Barry Bostwick, John Rubinstein, and Richard Libertini. Source: The Ausiello Files Sam and Dean are faced with magicians who are dealing in black magic. The brothers investigate the situation after people are found dead in similar ways as the magic tricks the magicians perform on stage. One of the magicians, Charlie, is from the time of P.T. Barnum and found a grimoire, a book of real magic filled with a variety of black magic including an immorality spell. Source: SpoilerFix.com

Episode 4.12: Afterschool Special  Airdate: January 29, 2009

  • Colin Ford will portray young Sam – just as he did in last season’s “A Very Supernatural Christmas.” This time around, though, Ford will play a few years older than his actual age, while Kelly will close the gap by playing younger than his actual twenty-some years. Source: TV Guide Online Fans will get a big treat: a teenaged Dean. And filling Jensen Ackles’ shoes for the flashback will be Brock Kelly, TVGuide.com has learned. In “After School Special,” which is slated to air Jan. 29, Supernatural will offer a peek at the brothers’ high-school days, with a tentative Sam not looking forward to facing another new social circle as he and Dean are uprooted again by their demon-chasing dad. Luckily, Dean finds time away from necking with a local gal to watch his picked-on kid bro’s back. Source: TV Guide Online

Episode 4.13: Family Remains Airdate: February 2009

  • The boys investigate a farm house that seems to be haunted by a woman in the walls. A family moves out to the country house after the oldest son, Andy, died in a car accident last year. The woman in the wall kidnaps and kills the uncle and also kidnaps the youngest son, Danny. It is unsure whether or not Danny survives because the ghost seemed to enjoy playing with Danny. For some reason unknown to everyone, including Sam and Dean, is extremely motivated in saving Danny and helping this family. Source: SpoilerFix.com

Episode 4.14: Sex and Violence Airdate: February 2009

  • Both Sam and Dean make new friends, and one of the boys gets laid. Later Sam and Dean fight each other, but not over the girl-over a guy! Source: Kristin on E!Online Supexecs are casting the role of a sexy and smart thirtysomething doctor who likes booze and one night stands. And young men with the last name Winchester. Source: The Ausiello Files

Robert Singer – Executive Producer – IfMagazine Interview

What lies in store for the Winchester brothers for the remainder of Season 4? We get some cryptic hints

SUPERNATURAL – the good verses evil fun and funny The CW show – took a different turn in its fourth season. No longer is it a single demon or bounty that the Winchester brothers are working on or trying to uncover,but instead we went a little more worldly. As in the end of the world, as the battle between Heaven and Hell became the focus of the show. While he was very reluctant to give anything away in terms of what we might be seeing in the mythology aspects of the show, executive producer and director Robert Singer spoke with iF Magazine about SUPERNATURAL and what the rest of the season may hold. Again, while he’s reserved, there are some nice little hints that should be enough to whet the appetites of fans of the show.

iF Magazine: This season of SUPERNATURAL introduced the opposite side of the coin for the Winchester brothers with Heaven, God and angels all introduced in the first episode helping to bring back Dean from hell. Was that always the plan after the third season or was it something that came up later on?

ROBERT SINGER: That was the plan we came up with and the end of last season. Getting an early pick up was helpful in that we could plan ahead early

iF: How did the writer’s strike from last year affect your writing this year, if at all?

SINGER: The writers strike just made us accelerate the plans we had for last season. We got to show mythology quicker than we had intended.

iF: I know you had to truncate the third season, so was there a few things you wanted to do last year that we are seeing this year or is it all pretty much a new, clean slate?

SINGER: A clean slate.

iF: I love that the writers of SUPERNATURAL are willing to take chances with the episodes we are given and that they aren’t all having to deal with the mythology or the theme of the season. What’s the idea behind that, to give the audience a little more than just the same old week in and week out or to stretch the writer’s creativity or both?

SINGER: We like to mix it up. When we do stand-alones, we want it to feel like a small movie. That can be horror, comedy horror, or in some cases fantasy. We make a concerted effort that when we do a mythology episode that we really move the mythology along. That the audience gets some real movement, not just dribs and drabs.

F: It seems SUPERNATURAL is a perfect outlet for these type of comedic or throwback episodes we see on occasion. Are there any future episodes this season that we can look forward to and what might the plotlines be?

SINGER: I think we are pretty much done with the broad comedy episodes for this year, although we try to infuse every episode with some level of comedic moments.

iF: Speaking of which, I simply loved the “Monster Movie” episode, it did everything right, from being filmed in black and white, to the throwback direction, to the classic monster scenes in that episode. Whose idea was it to do an episode from an era gone by?

SINGER: It was [creator] Eric [Kripke] and Ben [Edlund’s] idea. I was lucky enough to get to direct it. I’m glad you appreciated the homage images to the early films.

iF: Heaven and Hell is a big theme this year with Lucifer trying to unlock the seals to bring hell on Earth. While the show has dealt with demons and monsters since its inception, idea of Heaven is new for the show. Was it just a nice fit for the show, or just time for it to come about or just opened up a slew of new possibilities for the show that wouldn’t have been there before?

SINGER: It seemed a logical progression, but Eric really conceptualized it.

iF: We are pretty much in the dark as to why the angels and God lifted Dean from Hell, but they have hinted that he has some purpose … possibly other than stopping Lucifer from unlocking all of the seals to Hell. Are we going to find this out along the season, hopefully?

SINGER: You will get the answer to that question by season’s end, but not from me here
and now. Sorry

New Private Practice Spoilers 2.08: “Crime and Punishment”

A woman in coma is carrying her unborn baby and Addison will have to keep both condition steady with the help of Charlotte, all new in ‘Private Practice’.

In the next episode of ““, Addison will team up with Charlotte to save the lives of a pregnant woman in coma and her unborn child. “Crime and Punishment” which will air on December 3 also sees Pete’s girlfriend, Meg, having a rift with members of the Oceanside staff when she begins seeing patients there. Things also got serious when Violet seeks Kevin’s advice after a patient is suspected of murdering his wife.

Starting this week, Grant Show has begun his multi-episode arc cameo as Archer, the younger brother of Addison who creates quite a stir in the practice. He is also a surgeon, and E! said that his involvement in “Private Practice” may have something to do with the crossover between “” and “Private Practice” that was reported earlier this month. — Ace Showbiz

Pushing Daisies Spoilers & Episode Recap “Robbing Hood”

Episode 2.08 – Comfort Food [Airing December 3]: We see a young Ned at boarding school, making and enjoying pies and a party with the other boys before getting in trouble with the headmaster. Chuck and Ned prepare to un-dead her father for a minute to learn about a mysterious, possibly dangerous man named Dwight. They argue about who should question him first. When it comes time for Ned to touch him and re-dead him, Chuck comes up with a deadly plan to keep him alive without Ned’s knowledge. Ned and Olive compete in a food cooking competition that they lost two years ago and one of the contestants is murdered. Source: SpoilerFix.com

Episode 2.09 – The Legend of Merle McQuoddy [Airing December 10]: Olive and Emerson investigate the strange death of lighthouse keeper Nora McQuoddy. Ned finds out Chuck’s father is “alive” and they have to deal with the reprecussions. Source: SpoilerFix.com

Episode Recap “Robbing Hood”

Ned was never the popular kid. At school, he was forced to play with an even more unpopular kid with an unfortunate jaw line. So, when Eugene’s pet snake choked on his pet bunny, Ned felt compelled to bring Eugene’s pets back to life. In exchange, two innocent woodland creatures had to pass the buck, but Ned decided that the act of charity outweighed the consequences.

Back to present day, Ned is taking out his stress on the pies. He’s rightfully worried about Dwight Dixon. Dwight is now dating Vivian and is bound to see a picture of Chuck somewhere around the house. The problem? Chuck served him a cappuccino at the Pie Hole. He’ll know her secret, thus exposing Ned’s secret. They need to find out what he wants… and quick.

Meanwhile, Emerson has taken on a new case, and this one’s cha-ching with a capital C. The facts are these: Daniel Hill is a well-paid lawyer who only had one client– Gustav Holst, an immigrant entrepreneur who struck it rich by living the American dream. Sadly, Gustav was murdered in a tragic chandelier incident, and Daniel wants to find the killer. Why? Just your typical “unrequited love for a client as old as your grandfather” case. Hill thinks Gustav’s gold-digging wife is the true culprit…. Continue reading »

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