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'Supernatural's' Jensen Ackles returns to director's chair

"Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles got his first taste of life behind the camera in Season 6, when he directed the fan favorite episode "Weekend at Bobby's." Ackles will return to the director's chair in early July when the cast and crew returns to Vancouver to begin work on Season 7.Though Ackles' episode is the first one that the "Supernatural" gang will shoot this summer, it will actually air as the third episode of the season, The CW confirms to Zap2it. The shooting order of the episodes was shifted in order to allow Ackles reasonable time to prepare. (The episode schedule was similarly rearranged last season to accommodate his directorial debut.)Speaking of prep time -- judging by a tweet from Ackles' co-star, Jared Padalecki, they're cutting it closer than expected this year. "T-minus two weeks to shoot and I JUST got the first two scripts?" he wrote. "Who wants a copy? Please send fax numbers ;)"(He... //


THE CW NETWORK ANNOUNCES FALL 2011 PREMIERE DATES The CW Kicks Off Its New Season on Tuesday, September 13, With The Highly Anticipated "Ringer," Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Following "90210" On Its New Night New Reality Series "H8R" Premieres Wednesday, September 14, Followed By The First-Ever All-Star Cycle Of "America’s Next Top Model" "The Secret Circle" Makes Its Series Debut on Thursday, September 15, Following The CW’s #1 Show, "The Vampire Diaries" "Nikita" and "Supernatural" Return With All New Episodes Friday, September 23 "Hart of Dixie," Starring Rachel Bilson, Joins The CW’s Line-Up on Monday, September 26, Following The Season Premiere of "Gossip Girl" June 20, 2011 (Burbank, CA) ? The CW Network will launch the 2011-2012 season on Tuesday, September 13, with its boldest schedule yet, including four new series and returning favorites on new nights. On  Tuesday, September 13 , the graduates from  90210 ’s West Beverly High move over to Tuesday nights (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET).  Following is one of the most buzzed-about shows of the new season,  RINGER  (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as a woman on the run who assumes her twin sister’s identity, only to discover that her sister’s life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to escape. On  Wednesday, September 14 , The CW’s new reality series  H8R , hosted by Mario Lopez, makes its season premiere (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), bringing celebrities face-to-face with the people who love to hate them, immediately followed by the first-ever All-Star cycle of  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL  (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET). On  Thursday, September   15 , The CW’s #1 show,  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES  (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) returns, followed by new drama  THE SECRET CIRCLE  (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), also from executive producer Kevin Williamson and based on a series of books by author L.J. Smith. Britt Robertson stars as Cassie, an orphaned teenage girl who discovers the truth about her lineage – she’s a witch who holds the key to an ancient battle between good and evil. On  September 23 , The CW unveils its new action-packed Friday, with  NIKITA  moving to its new night and time (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), followed by the return of the Winchester brothers on  SUPERNATURAL  (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET). The Upper East Side drama returns on  Monday, September 26 , as  GOSSIP GIRL  moves back to its former timeslot (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), followed by new drama  HART OF DIXIE (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET). From GOSSIP GIRL executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, HART OF DIXIE stars Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart, a sophisticated New York Citywoman who finds herself practicing medicine in a small Southern town.             Following is The CW’s fall premiere schedule: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 8:00-9:00 PM                  90210 (Season Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM                RINGER (Series Premiere) WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 8:00-9:00 PM                  H8R (Series Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM                AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (Season Premiere) THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 8:00-9:00 PM                  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES  (Season Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM                THE SECRET CIRCLE (Series Premiere) FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 8:00-9:00 PM                  NIKITA (Season Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM                SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere) MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 8:00-9:00 PM                  GOSSIP GIRL (Season Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM                HART OF DIXIE (Series Premiere)

Supernatural: How and Why Fans Are Trying to Save Castiel

I've spent a fair bit of time in the last few months writing about online fandom, because it's a topic that holds a lot of interest for me.  I started with some observations after the TV Guide cover polland recently ended with the results of an online fandom survey we did in conjunction with a university student.  Supernatural  won that survey, which didn't surprise a lot of people.  It has a very passionate and devoted online (and off-line) fandom.  So it shouldn't come as a surprise that when some members of the fandom got worried about the fate of one of their favorite characters - Castiel - after the recent season finale, they decided to do something about it. If you were online after the two-part season 6 finale you might have noticed that some Supernatural  fans weren't happy about the fact that their favorite angel had "fallen from grace", as it were, and was no longer going to be a regular character in season 7.  First there were the tweets directed at the show's official Twitter and other actors/writers working on  Supernatural .  But after a while, the individual fans started getting more organized - and a bit calmer - and decided to come up with other ways to get their point across.  One of them is the Save Castiel campaign.  Another is the Letters to Castiel movement.  These past few days I spoke to a key rep of the Save Cas campaign, people involved in the Letters to Cas movement, fellow writers and the owners of a few  Supernatural  fansites to try and get to the bottom of how the fandom feels about recent developments and what they'd like to see for the future of their favorite show. Read More... //

'Supernatural' Season 6 DVDs: Jensen Ackles talks directing and more

"Supernatural's" seventh season begins in September on The CW, but in the meantime, we're left with TBS reruns until we can get our hands on the Season 6 DVDs and relive all the drama of soulless Sam, the Mother of All, and of course... Castiel's slippery slope.Warner Bros. has announced that the DVDs will be released September 13, which will likely give you about a week to catch up before Season 7 begins. (No premiere date for Season 7 has been announced yet.)You can expect to see all 22 episodes, of course, with several special features. One of the featurettes chronicles series star Jensen Ackles' work as he completed his directorial debut, one of the season's standout episodes, "Weekend at Bobby's." Additionally, we'll see cast and crew discuss the significance of the soul in Season 6 in the featurette "Supernatural and the Quest for the Soul." Executive producers Sera Gamble, Bob Singer, and Ben Edlund... //

'Supernatural' Season 7: More meta, says Sera Gamble

It doesn't get more meta than Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles playing Sam and Dean playing Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles... or does it?"Supernatural" showrunner Sera Gamble says that we haven't seen the last of the series' meta episodes. The CW series has always embraced meta, going as far as introducing an actual fandom within the universe of the show (in "Monster at the End of This Book"), sending the boys to a convention full of their fans (in "The Real Ghostbusters") and then shipping them off to Vancouver where they had to pretend to be Jared and Jensen on-set with Misha Collins for an episode ("The French Mistake"). There was even an episode in which the Winchesters were stuck on various TV shows, from a "Grey's Anatomy"-esque medical drama to a multi-cam sitcom.The episodes have always been divisive ones - fans tend to either love them or hate them. Gamble says we may be... //

'Supernatural' Season 7: Will Jim Beaver be promoted to series regular status?

When the "Supernatural" powers-that-be confirmed that Misha Collins would no longer be a series regular on the show, fans reacted with an expected level of concern. Weeks later, the #SaveCastiel tweets show no sign of subsiding.The decision to "demote" Collins was a creative one, showrunner Sera Gamble tells TVLine. "We just want to tell a good story and not be redundant and bring you interesting stories that are fresh," she says. "Going into Season 7, we have a new, interesting story that we want to tell to you. That's what's front of mind right now."In the midst of the commotion about Castiel, we've gotten some feedback from "Supernatural" fans wondering if Jim Beaver, who has been an essential part of the show's foundation since his first appearance in Season 1, may finally be promoted to series regular status. As Sam and Dean's longest standing ally, we've often wondered why he's still credited as a guest... //

'Supernatural' Season 7 goes on the run, plus: What did you think of Season 6?

In its sixth season, "Supernatural" felt, in many ways, like a whole new show. Creator Eric Kripke had completed his five-season arc, ending with the thwarted apocalypse, and he stepped aside for Sera Gamble to take over as showrunner. When Season 6 opened with Dean as a comfortable family man and Sam as a soulless monster-killing machine, we all felt a little uncomfortable - even actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Of course, that discomfort was all part of the plan, and by the end of the season our Winchesters where right back where we wanted them -- all souled up, side by side, fighting the bad guys. What we didn't expect was for one of their own, Castiel (Misha Collins), to flip the script on them. Flooded with the power of Purgatory, Castiel is no longer an angel, but a formidable god, and a whole new kind of threat to the Winchesters.In Season 7,... //

'Supernatural' Fan Fills in the Missing Year With New Book

If you're like most fans of 'Supernatural,' you want more than what you've seen on screen or devoured in Mo Ryan's recaps. More Sam and Dean Winchester! More things that go bump in the night! More monsters and hunting and ... well, 'Supernatural.' Here's your chance to fill that void. With the approval of creator Eric Kripke, author Rebecca Dessertine has written a new novel that's an exciting original story about Sam and Dean, but also provides a valuable service. 'Supernatural: One Year Gone' fills in the gaps in the TV show's timeline by telling us what we missed in that year-ahead jump from Season 5 to Season 6. Having been privy to an advanced copy of the book -- and as you'll see in our exclusive excerpt after the jump -- it's a must-read for true 'Supernatural' fans. AOL TV talked to Rebecca Dessertine (fun fact: she's actually Kripke's assistant by day) about her experience writing the novel, which is arriving in stores today (May 24). Keep reading for more details ... //

Supernatural Season 7 Spoilers: What's Ahead?

Supernatural concluded its season with a series of shocking developments, the most prominent of which involves Castiel. Catch up on the finale with our review NOW. How will those events affect what's ahead? The CW offered a few hints via the following press release, which the network sent out along with its fall schedule: In season seven, the Winchesters will find themselves in an increasingly sinister, changing landscape, up against a new foe unlike anything they’ve ever fought. They’ll find their old tricks, weapons and hiding places all rendered useless. All they’ll have is each other. And the certainty that, like the last of the cowboy outlaws, whatever they face, they’re not going down without a fight. Read More... //

Supernatural Casting Surprise: Misha Collins Out as a Series Regular

As Castiel, Misha Collins played a major role on the Supernatural season finale. Read our review HEREto discover just went went down on the shocking episode. Therefore, the following news might come as a surprise to many fans: Collins will not return to the series as a season seven regular. "When it comes to Supernatural , our philosophy is that everyone moves in and out and weaves in and out of the story, obviously with the exception of Sam and Dean," producer Sera Gamble tells TVLine. "We love Misha. We love and adore the character of Castiel. His character developed to this extent and went in this unexpected direction because we were so inspired by him." Read More... //