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!)
Not only is he one of the most-wanted con men in the country — or at least he was — but White Collar's Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) is also one of the most sought-after characters on the small screen. Fortunately, actress Bridget Regan has had her fair share of experience dealing with extremely passionate TV fans after her stint romancing Vincent last year on Beauty and the Beast.
"Honestly, it was really fun to be on Beauty and the Beast and create...
History be damned. And that's no joke, though the show sometimes feels like one. The CW's Reign (Thursday, 9/8c) is all about herstory, an opulent and giddy bodice-ripper very loosely inspired by the teenage years of the ultimately ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots (a pouty Adelaide Kane). It's like Masterpiece Junior as seen on MTV after a jolt of Red Bull, or more to the point, Gossip Girl goes to court. And while it will win no prizes for scholarly accuracy (to put it mildly), Reign is such a fanciful folly of royal romance and literally poisonous court gossip that it's hard not to hail a CW show that breaks so lavishly from the network's usual formula of angst-ridden ghouls and cloying rom-com.
The periods are a giveaway. The more I watch ABC's lighter-than-helium super-spy romp Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was just picked up to no one's surprise for a full season, the more I feel thrust back to a different time, a simpler and brighter time when organizations like U.N.C.L.E. (as in, The Man From ...) held sway on TV, fighting its evil counterpart T.H.R.U.S.H. — or given the hokey jokiness of S.H.I.E.L.D., maybe a better parallel is Get Smart and KAOS (which I'm not sure used periods, though maybe should have). I'm not what you'd call a comics maven, so I can't help it that I giggled every time the word "Gravitonium" was uttered in last week's episode. Things get a tad more serious this week (Tuesday, 8/7c) when the team comes across a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who's apparently gone rogue — but as the episode's title ("Eye Spy") suggests, you can't always believe your (or someone else's) eyes.
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."
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki
The Winchesters might not have super powers (at least Sam doesn't anymore), but that doesn't mean they aren't superheroes.
In anticipation of Comic-Con, Supernatural's Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles channeled their inner avengers to model the caped backpacks in Warner Bros. will be providing at the weekend event.
The remainder of Supernatural's eighth season — which resumes Wednesday at 9/8c on The CW — with the focus on Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki), who are on their quest to finish translating the "Word of God" tablet, which will allow them to shut the gates of Hell and trap demons there forever. But the Winchesters won't be alone in that pursuit. "Everyone's going to have some skin in the game," says exec producer Jeremy Carver, especially King of Hell Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard).
In the end, Leverage executive producer Dean Devlin made the right call.
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Earlier this month, Devlin penned a letter to fans explaining that, because the creative team hadn't received an early Season 6 renewal from TNT, the Season 5 finale was designed to tell the story the writers always envisioned as the series finale. Last week, TNT decided to end the show, which proved Devlin & Co.'s fan-first instincts correct.
"If you try to anticipate something and it doesn't happen, you may let people down who stuck with you for 77 episodes," Devlin told TVGuide.com before the cancellation became official...
Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki
After seven seasons of literally going to hell and back, Supernatural star Jensen Ackles isn't too phased by his alter ego's trip to the world between the living and the dead in the Season 7 finale.
"I mean come on, it's like diet Hell," Ackles told the Comic-Con crowd on Sunday. "Much like the Hell situation, obviously Dean can't stick down there forever. He gets out. How he gets out...
Misha Collins, Rachel Miner and Jensen Ackles
Could Castiel have survived Leviathans' mass exodus of his body, leaving only a soggy trenchcoat behind? On Friday's episode of Supernatural (9/8c, The CW), Castiel has returned... but if he's intact remains to be seen.
"He plays a substantial role in the episode," series executive producer Sera Gamble tells TVGuide.com, "but when he comes back, it's not in exactly the same state or state of mind when we last left him."