It’s not really fair to just to interview Jensen, so here’s Jared too!
What excites you the most about Season 9 of Supernatural?
Season 9 is really cool! I’m more excited about shooting this season than any other season of Supernatural. I was really excited when I read the first five scripts and I think they are the best five episodes I’ve ever read, including Season 1. As an actor, and as a fan of the show, I’m really excited about it. I am certain that the fans are going to think the storyline is bad-ass this season. And I’m really hoping that they like my choices as an actor when they see what happens.
Tell us more, Jared…
At the end of last year, Sam was not getting better. Well, this storyline will explain how Sam gets better. Dean says, “Hey buddy, stop the trials and you’re not going to die.” And so Sam does stop the trials, but clearly he does not get better. We know that at some point between then and the second episode of Season 9, he gets better and you’ll find out why immediately.
Can you fill us in with a bit more on the back-story?
Basically, Sam and Dean show up in the middle of this bunker. Kevin [played by Osric Chau] tries to come over and he doesn’t realise that they’re still alive. Then Sam walks Crowley in with a bag over his head; they sit him down in the dungeon where the Devil is trapped and they pull the bag off his head. They tell him that he’s going to have to give them the name of every demon on Earth, and the human who they are possessing.
What happens next?
Crowley’s reaction is, “There’s no way I’m telling you that!” He’s not going to give up that easily, but they still have him. We know that at some point in the second episode they’ll put Crowley in their dungeon inside the middle of this bunker. Obviously, Kevin is there; Kevin and Crowley don’t really have an affection for one another, so Sam and Dean are going to have to try to convince Kevin to leave Crowley alone. And, they’re not going to fall for his tricks. They know that if Crowley says, “Hey, let me stretch my legs,” they mustn’t let him. Crowley presumably knows where Kevin’s mother is, if she actually is dead. And so he’s certainly going to try and get into Kevin’s head and then escape. Sam and Dean are going to hope that that doesn’t happen.
This is the ninth season of Supernatural. How does the show keep its appeal after all these years?
One of the great things we do with this show is reinvent it. Our fans are very forgiving; they are passionate and they let us know what they think, but ultimately they trust the writers. One of the things we’ve been able to do is see different versions of these two guys [Sam and Dean] and we’ve been able to treat Seasons 8 and 9 as one massive season. We get to build and build, and we don’t have to break walls down when we don’t need to. I’m really excited about this season. I’m more excited than ever about what I get to do with Sam.
How much has the show changed recently?
When we did the pilot, we were told to say that it’s like The X-Files meets Route 66; it’s about two guys on the road in a car. That changed quickly and it has built and built, and now we have a standing set. It’s nice to have a base and it’s nice to have some sort of spot where we can let the audience know what the story is about before we go on the road.
How do Seasons 8 and 9 work differently to the other seasons?
It’s almost like we’re treating Seasons 8 and 9 as a 46-episode season, without any false breaks. We pick up right where we left off. Well, it’s not right there in the church – but it’s within an hour or a couple of hours.
Supernatural was originally planned to run for five years. Why do you think the show is still going strong?
We’re one of the longest running shows on television! When I turned 31, I remember thinking, ‘Wow… I’m 31 and this is my ninth season. This is a third of my life!’ It’s pretty amazing. I feel that what we’re doing this season could go on for however long the writers, and the fans, want to keep it going. We’ve opened so many doors and we didn’t close any; we didn’t kill this or stop that, we just left it so that we can do anything. What the writers have chosen to do is so awesome. I want to strangle them because I’m really excited about it – but I’m not allowed to tell you anything more at this stage. My hands are tied.
What’s the over-arching theme to Season 9?
The over-arching theme is that the brothers made a commitment to each other in the church. This is a commitment that they’re going to check in with each other; that they are going to remain partners and stay on the same track and not be like, ‘You go do this while I go and do that, and we’ll all try to solve the world our own way.’
What else can you tell us about Season 9?
We now know how to cure a demon. And, as you all can tell, we have the King of Hell in our basement. He’s bound to know where some demons are, and we’re going to have to barter with him. We’re also going to try and hit the pavement and do the groundwork of trying to cure demons, however many at a time.
How much of your own personal experiences do you get to bring to your character on the show?
I bring a lot of myself to the character. In fact, [executive producer] Jeremy Carver and I had a conversation about one of the big secret things that’s going to be a plotline through the show this year and I brought up some of my own experiences. We discussed what I wanted to bring to the table and he said, “Yeah, we trust you. Obviously you know this character.”
How much do you care about Sam Winchester?
I really love Sam. He’s become a part of my life and he forever will be. I care about protecting him and I care about being true to him. He’s an entity that I respect and he’s a friend of mine. They allow us a lot of freedom because they know we care about the show; they trust us. It’s not like I think it’d be cool if Sam had a motorcycle and a hot chick. I want to be true to Sam and they know that.
Supernatural Season 9 is due to start airing on E4 Tues 6th January 2015 at 9pm.
We recently announced that Simon Barry’s Continuum would be finally making a return to the UK in on Syfy UK in Jan 2015. However Showcase (the Canadian network that commissioned the show) has decided to only renew it for a 4th and final season of 6 episodes.
The show, which follows protector (aka future cop) Kiera Cameron who gets stuck in the past (our present) whilst chasing a group of terrorists as they try and change the past alter the future.
“All great stories deserve an end. I am excited and grateful to finish Continuum with the riveting conclusion it deserves,” said series star, Rachel Nichols. “This series finale is dedicated to the devoted fans who have loyally supported us since day one.”
Along with Lost Girl, this is the 2nd scifi/fantasy show Showcase have dropped recently.
Season Three of Channel 5’s critically acclaimed original crime drama Suspects, starring Fay Ripley, Damien Molony and Clare-Hope Ashitey will return in January 2015, featuring a stellar line up of guest artistes.
The new series opens with the return of DS Jack Weston (Damien Molony) after his period of enforced leave. DI Martha Bellamy (Fay Ripley) is pleased to have Jack back, but makes no bones about it: this is his last chance… The team is called to a sixth form college, where a popular art teacher has been found with life-threatening head injuries – who has brutally assaulted her? The plot thickens when it transpires that this teacher had previously made complaints about being stalked to DC Charlie Steele (Clare-Hope Ashitey). The usually composed Charlie is beside herself – could she have prevented this horrific crime? The pressure’s on Jack to step up to the plate as Charlie’s sergeant, and keep everyone’s focus on the case. Suspicion falls on violent and aggressive college handyman Harry Webster (Ben Peel), who went to prison for killing his wife, and who clashes with Charlie as the investigation unfolds – can she keep her cool under fire? As events come to a head, Jack focuses his scrutiny on college head teacher Rory O’Hanlon (Emmett J. Scanlan), and uncovers a trail of suspicious deaths that makes even Martha’s blood run cold…
Coming up in future episodes, the team try to get to the bottom of what has happened to a badly-burned girl who has been dumped in the Thames, and who went missing two years ago – where has she been all this time? Next, an old adversary comes back on Martha’s radar when ruthless property developer Gregor Forrester (Ray Fearon) is accused of an arson attack that leaves a young man fighting for his life – can Jack put his personal grudges aside to trap slippery Gregor once and for all? And finally, Charlie has to tread carefully when her copper’s nose tells her that a family secret is obstructing justice, as she investigates a vicious hate crime on a transgender person – she is sure that this is connected to another of her cases, a missing teenage girl – but, with parents Natalie and Andrew Granger (Lucy Gaskell and Chris Coghill) stonewalling her, can Charlie crack the case and find the girl before it’s too late?
The first episode of US TV series Constantine has launched on Amazon Prime Instant Video with further episodes set to be released in the UK just hours after its stateside premiere on NBC. Based on the hugely popular comic book series from DC Comics, Constantine has launched during Amazon Prime Instant Video’s hair-raising Halloween takeover, with a new episode landing every Saturday thereafter.
Constantine stars Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds) as John Constantine – a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did.
With his soul already damned to hell, John Constantine abandons his campaign against evil, until a series of surprising events thrusts him back into the fray and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine travels the country, finding the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and sending them back to where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.
The series is executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter, The Mentalist), David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy), and Mark Verheiden (Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica), with the pilot episode directed by Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall. Constantine also stars Angélica Celaya (Dallas) as Zed, Charles Halford (True Detective) as Chas, and Harold Perrineau (Lost) as Manny. Based upon the characters from DC Comics and produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Constantine is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
As well as the opening episode of Constantine, Amazon Prime Instant Video’s week-long Halloween takeover will feature some of the nation’s favourite spine-chilling films and shows, including Resident Evil: Retribution, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and Evil Dead, among many others.
“It’s the one night of the year when audiences around the world are looking for a fright, so we’re delighted to be making the UK exclusive first episode ofConstantine available to Prime Instant Video customers this Halloween” said Chris Bird, Director of Content Strategy at Amazon Instant Video, adding: “Constantine is a great addition to the catalogue of spooky TV shows and frightening films already made available for unlimited streaming during our Halloween takeover, featuring alongside classics like The Craft and An American Werewolf in London and contemporary favourites like Warm Bodies.”
Constantine and a host of other fright worthy content can be watched through Prime Instant Video on more than 400 devices, including Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and Wii U, amongst others, and online at www.amazon.co.uk/PIV. What’s more this content is accessible both on-the-go and from the comfort of customers’ homes, through Amazon Fire Phone and available soon on Amazon Fire TV.
If you’re a fan of Matt, check out the interview we did with Director Luke Massey about his movie ‘The Captive’ which co-starred Matt and his buddy (and ‘The Originals’ actor) Joseph Morgan.
After some time off UK screens, the brilliant Franklin & Bash returned with Season 3 back in August on Sony Entertainment Television (Sky 157 / +1 Sky 181 / Virgin 193 / BT 454 / TalkTalk 454). The even better news is that they’ve decided to run straight into Franklin & Bash Season 4, which premieres on Thursday 6th November at 10pm on Sony TV.
Franklin & Bash stars Breckin Meyer (Garfield, Road Trip and Robot Chicken’s hilarious Boba Fett), and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (the one and only Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell) as 2 unconventional and independent lawyers.
After defeating Damien Karp (Reed Diamond – Dollhouse, 24, Homicide: Life on the Street) in court, to the horror of Karp, the pair are recruited by his boss, the rather off-the-wall Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell – Star Trek Generations, Clockwork Orange) to shake things up at his big law firm.
To help celebrate the Season 4’s arrival only a few months after the US, the nice folk at Sony have given us 3 Franklin & Bash branded hipflasks to give away!
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Good news for fans of the Dark Knight’s home town, as Gotham debuted to over 2m with a 9.28% share (inc. HD & +1) of the UK audience on Channel 5, making a fantastic start in the UK for the 1st year drama. The show actually beat out both Channel 4 and BBC2 for the 9 – 10pm time slot, which has got to be a relief to the folk over at 5 given that it wasn’t a cheap purchase for them.
We’ve poked some sharpened sticks at Channel 5 in the past over the dropping of some of our favourite shows, but, as we’ve mentioned before, TV stations aren’t charities. They are their to make money, so if they buy a show and it doesn’t get the viewing figures to support it and make the money back, they don’t really have any choice but to drop it. Once Upon A Time being a case in point. Despite it’s huge popularity with visitors of Geektown, the viewing figures for it were woeful, which forced the channel to drop it.
So, the message here is, if you like Gotham, tweet about it, (#GothamUK, @GothamOn5) Facebook it, tell your friends, help keep those numbers up, make sure you tune in next week for Episode 2: Selina Kyle (video above!)
News also arrived yesterday that Gotham has been given a full season order by Fox in the US, adding 6 more episodes to the run, bringing it up to a total of 22, so all in all, things are looking good on both sides of the atlantic for Gotham.