Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
The Supernatural spin-off Tribes has me nervous.
The main attraction to the series has always been the relationship between Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). But the chemistry between Padalecki and Ackles will be impossible to replicate, so I applaud Tribes' decision to not even try. By making the spin-off an ensemble cast, featuring both human and monster leads, it sets itself apart from its predecessor. Yet when it comes to female characters, I worry it's not going to be different enough.
Kim Rhodes, Osric Chau
Supernatural will always be the story of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), but over the years the series has introduced dozens of other characters who have found beloved homes in the fandom. And on Tuesday's episode (9/8c, The CW), Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) returns again when she calls on the Winchesters to help investigate four missing virgins. (Hey, at least it's a step up from dating Crowley!)
Josh Charles, Julianna Margulies
Our top moments of the week:
14. Best-Laid Plans Award: On The Amazing Race, Tim and Marie use their Express Pass to skip the Detour and smugly decide to lie to the rest of the teams that they still have it. Their plan goes up in flames at the Roadblock when Jason points out that Tim and Marie are not wearing costumes from either Detour like the rules stipulated. Oops! Now when will everyone find out that Tim and Marie have...
Today's history lesson: You shouldn't always believe what you hear. Long before TV, let alone social media like Twitter and Facebook, the medium of radio held sway over the public consciousness — and more to the point, the collective imagination — in a way that now seems hard for many to fathom. One visionary who understood its potential and power was Orson Welles, "prodigy and provocateur," who at the astonishingly precocious age of 23 triggered a Halloween eve panic in 1938 with his innovative and infamous CBS Radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds.
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki
Supernatural returns for its ninth season Tuesday (8/7c, The CW) and we can't wait to see what's next for Team Free Will.
"I think this year's first three episodes of setting up our world are all pretty special," executive producer Robert Singer told reporters at Comic-Con over the summer. "There may be certain moves that some of our characters make that some fans don't like, but I think they're going to understand them ... and it's really going to be driving the mythology."
Summer's over and with that ends "Blurred Lines"'s reign as the song of the season. Fortunately, we already have a great contender for the song of the fall: "The Fox" by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis.
While Robin Thicke wondered, "What rhymes with 'hug me?'" this catchy Nordic tune isn't afraid to ask the tough questions, like, "What does the fox say?"
Felicia Day will reprise her role as Charlie on Supernatural in the fourth episode of Season 9, the show's executive producers revealed Sunday.
Justin Bieber, Bill Hader
This week, Paula Deen went into crisis mode but only ended up digging herself further into a hole, and Jimmy Fallon paid a musical tribute to World of Warcraft. Bill Hader showcased a Saturday Night Live sketch that never made it to the air, and True Blood endorsed the Supreme Court's ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. And two brothers imagined (see what we did there?) what it would look like if John Lennon auditioned for The Voice. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Charlie's back and with her comes a new spin on the djinn monster of the week, a trip to a video game world complete with Dean clad in military uniform (**swoon**), and a very welcome Winchester "bro-ment."
It's official. Charlie's turned into one of my all-time favorite recurring characters. I'm going to say it right now. Let's hope the SPN powers that be never kill her off. I like the effect she has on the boys. She seems to understand Sam. Dean seems lighter when she's around. She's like the little sister they never had but really need. Felicia Day just shines in this universe.
I pledge allegiance to the channel that has delivered some of the most potent entertainment this calendar year — that would be FX, which recently wrapped another fantastic season of Justified and is nearing the end of the superb first cycle of the dark spy drama The Americans, only a week away from its finale. As you'd expect, the twists gain in intensity in the penultimate episode (Wednesday, 10/9c), which as my opening line suggests deals significantly in matters of faith, trust and vows of loyalty.