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Supernatural Season 8: Wishful Thinking

4 Aug

I did this last year, and I thought it would be fun to try again. Although I’m clearly obsessed with Game of Thrones, I love it like a shinny new toy. Supernatural on the other hand is like a very old best friend. I’ve grown up with it. I know almost everything about it.
It know it sounds #corny, but  if it wasn’t for Supernatural I probably wouldn’t be where I am right now. All the entertainment reading, spoiler finding and IMDb prowess I have came from watching Supernatural. It was the first show that was my favorite. It wasn’t on some kids channel. It wasn’t something my parents watched. I had found it all by myself (from a bus ad while going to school). The 2005 show was my 13-year-old self’s way of starting to make her own identity: I wouldn’t even let my parents watch it because I wanted it all to myself (and they still don’t). Middle schoolers have really weird ideas if you didn’t know.

Yes, this is what 8th grade Ariana saw. Yes, this is what she fell in love with.

It’s crazy to me that I’m starting my junior year of college, and Supernatural is still on my television. After the Winchester brothers have been literally to hell-and-back (and now one of them is in Purgatory), it’s hard to see where else they can go. The eighth season is Raiders of the Lost Ark themed” according to basically everyone involved with the show. Last year’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid theme shone through in some places better than others (a lot less of the law, a lot more douche-y leviathans) so lets hope this one works out a little bit better.

So with all the spoilers and interviews floating around, what am I looking forward to?

A well developed female character 
The last time a recurring actress was on Supernatural, Sam (Jared Padalecki) still had his soul in tact. Remember Lisa? She was kind of forced on us and just a metaphor for Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) idea of “happiness” and “the American Dream” but she was pretty cool for herself. This time Sam will have a love interest and hopefully he won’t accidentally kill her. Word to the wise: don’t have sex with Sam Winchester and expect survive. Ask  Jessica. Or Madison. Or Ruby. Oh wait you can’t. They’re all dead.
But seriously though, I’m excited for this new lady love Amelia. Their relationship will all/mostly be in flashbacks and she seems like a kindred spirit for the younger Winchester. Both are kind of damaged and the writers have to make her great- everyone knows how hard the fan-base is on the women in a Winchesters life.

Sam The Retired Hunter
Gigantor the Talking Moose has really hung up his gun and given up on the hunting life. He thinks that everyone he’s ever loved is dead, what else could he do? We saw Dean try this out in season 6 and how epically he failed at living The Normal Life. It’ll be interesting to see how Sam deals with his break from saving the world daily.
I hope it’s a lot better than the way Dean’s story was handled. Season 6’s premiere episode, “Exile On Main St,” is probably one of my least favorite episodes of the entire series, and the first 9 of the season are kind of a snooze. Hopefully the storyline is a lot closer to how 4 started out (which happens to be my favorite season) but without the demon blood addiction.

You can call them Samelia for short

Awesome purgatory stuff 
Dean’s the most badass hunter in the whole world, ever. He’s awesome. And then he got dropped off in Purgatory filled with every creature he’s ever killed and then like a million more. Of course he’s going to get out this, but the fun part is seeing how he does it. Or rather flashing back to it. I think Dean will come back a much stronger hunter and a more mature guy. It would be fabulous if he could keep his winning charm and wit, I can’t take a serious Dean.

A Semi-Normal Cas
Last seasons Cas (Misha Collins) was… different. It was nice having him around, but I’m over Cas-the Flower-Child. Really, who wants that guy around for another season or two? Nobdoy. I could go for a Season 5ish Castiel with a dash of last season. I also wouldn’t mind actually seeing him covered in bees, and I suspect Collins would be down to try that out.

Does he use “Battleship” to tell people he’s arguing with them?

Really strong storylines
I wanted it last year and only kind of got it. Episodes were pretty great on an individual basis but pretty disjointed when you consider them all together. This time around we have season 3-5 writer/producer Jeremy Carver back as the new captain of the ship/showrunner. He made Being Human, a legitimate show on Syfy (which is no easy task), and wrote classic episodes like “A Very Supernatural Christmas” and “Point of No Return.” Carver definitely has it in him to push Supernatural to its full potential and dig it out from the mountains of mythology it’s under. According to this Huffington Post interview, that one of his biggest goals. And thank God.

Bobby (Jim Beaver) coming back 
It’s bound to happen.

John (Jeffery Dean Morgan) coming back
Haha. Haha. That’s never going to happen for some reason. But it’s nice to dream isn’t it? Jeffery Dean Morgan says the Supernatural camp has never contacted him. The Supernatural camp says JDM is too busy. I say, awkward.

I mean I wouldn’t have a problem with a young John Winchester either…

Seriously though, is Crowley (Mark Sheppard) a demon?!
There’s a good chance that Sheppard is messing with everyone, but apparently there’s a theory that Crowley isn’t a demon. Surprise! His eyes have never flashed the traditional red of a crossroads demon. And he’s never seemed very… evil? He’s so mysterious.

Okay, I’m done being a fangirl. This ended up being surprisingly long. Now I just have to wait until October 3rd for the season to start…

Network Upfronts: Diaries, Disney and DC Comics

11 May

Yesterday, I said that ABC was next up at bat. I lied. Sorry guys! ABC was pretty crazy today so let’s do something easy first, okay? Cool. Semi-network The CW it is!

Renewals

Last week, I was lucky enough to hear that Supernatural was renewed for it’s eighth season. Yayyyy! Along with Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and 90210 received early call backs. Hart of Dixie, Nikita (#surprise!) and Gossip Girl will also officially survive another season. Although, upcoming season six will be Gossip Girl’s final one. You’re on to bigger and better things Blake Lively! Hopefully, one will less confusion with toddlers or Little Ponies.

When you get renewed, try to look as dissatisfied as possible.

Pickups

The CW went a little pick up crazy today. Maybe not as bananas as NBC, but pretty darn pick up crazy. The CW’s buzziest pilot, The Carrie Diaries is set to be a dream come true for sorority girls everywhere hit your TV this fall. Diaries is the TV adaptation of Candace Bushnell’s Sex and The City prequel of the same name. I can see the Seventeen covers already.

It’s like the original. But with weirder styling.

Pedowitz also picked up two pilots I’ve been looking forward to, Arrow and Cult. Although Smallville ended its ten season run last year, The CW has moved onto a newer shinier DC caped crusader (and this time with green leather), the Green Arrow. Cult follows the serial killer trend started by NBC’s Hannibal. In the drama, a production assistant investigates her show’s “rapid fans” with a blogger. Recreated crime scenes, disappearances and possible murders ensue. Supernatural pairing, anyone?

Well, you’re not Justin Hartley…

Beauty and the Beast will also join the network along with medical drama First Cut.

Cancellations

With all these renewals and pick up’s, the ax had to drop on someone. This time, it was Sarah Michelle Gellar and Thomas Dekker’s neck on the line. Hovering around the million mark didn’t help very much The Secret Circle and Ringer.

Sarah Michelle Gellar should find a new project with Other Sarah Michelle Gellar ASAP.

With so many hyped shows this fall… Maybe, the 2012-2013 season won’t be so bad for the CW. A girl can dream right?

2012: The Year Of The Princess

25 Jan

Lately, the entertainment industry has had a few big obsessions. There are ones that have been building up over the last few years, like the 1960’s or superheroes. And then there are the ones that come out of nowhere. Like, Princesses. Disney princesses. This year we see dueling Snow White films. It will be my personal favorite Snow White And The Huntsman versus Mirror, Mirror (if you haven’t seen the trailers for either, feel free to compare below). But, it goes a lot deeper. Specifically to a movie that’s been rereleased this year, 1991’s Beauty And The Beast.

I thought the princess projects ended there. I was wrong. The CW has been developing a reboot of 1980’s Beauty And The Beast procedural for months. Which should be the only BATB themed pilot ordered for the 2012-2013 season. Who else would even think of that? Nobody. Oh, wait. ABC would.

"Oh Beast, this script sounds nothing like us!"

According to TVLine ABC is developing another BATB pilot. This one is totally different though and not at all related. ABC’s BATB is “a fantastical reimagining of the classic fairy tale, set in a mythical, dangerous world wherein a beautiful and tough Princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast.” said Jon Steinbeg, BATB’s will-be executive producer. So it’s Beauty And The Beast…on TV. That sounds revolutionary.

I’m guessing Sunday will be Fairy Tale Night? Once Upon A Time would be a great, if not painfully obvious, lead in.

I can’t wait to watch the two Beauties duke it out this fall. Who will reign supreme? Or more importantly, will anyone know the difference?

The CW Has The Green Arrow In Its Sights

14 Jan

This is officially the Year Of The Super Hero. With a summer full of caped crusaders (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) the fall may have some vigilante justice of its own. The CW is about to order a pilot for Arrow, about the arrow toting Justice League member Green Arrow. I never through I’d write the word “arrow” that many times in one sentence.

Unfortunately, Justin Hartley isn't connected to the project yet. Sadfaces all around.

The CW has been woefully lacking in the superhero department since Clark Kent finally donned his suit and brought Smallville to an end. The network has already tried out the Green Arrow; Oliver Queen and his alter ego starred in 72 episodes of the origins story.

CW president Mark Pedowitz has been interested in developing a followup show since the summer, saying, “We’re looking next year to do a superhero show if the right superhero comes to be.” And Green Arrow seems to be Mr. Right.  David Nutter (Entourage, The X-Files) is rumored to direct according to DeadlineGreen Lantern co-writers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim will write and executive produce with Andrew Kreisberg of Fringe and the ratings gem of the CW crown, The Vampire Diaries.