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'Supernatural' Season 6, Episode 20 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 8th 2011 11:30PM
['Supernatural' - 'The Man Who Would Be King']

All-time great episodes of television, which is what 'Supernatural' fans got Friday night, aren't just entertaining, moving, impressive and/or affecting. They encapsulate and embody what's great about that particular show.

Take 'Mad Men's' 'The Suitcase' versus another episode of the AMC drama, 'Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency.' The latter is one of the most wonderful, entertaining and pitch-perfect episodes of 'Mad Men' ever.

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'Supernatural' Producer Ben Edlund On Cliffhangers, Castiel & His Return to Directing

by Laura Prudom, posted May 6th 2011 9:00AM
Ben EdlundFew men epitomize the moniker of "evil genius" quite like Ben Edlund, the multi-talented executive producer, writer and director of the CW's 'Supernatural.'

After conceiving the quirky, cult-favorite character of 'The Tick' while still in high school, Edlund graduated to TV greatness working alongside Joss Whedon as a writer-producer on 'Firefly' and the later seasons of 'Angel,' before joining the 'Supernatural' team in 2006.

Edlund is responsible for many of the most comedic episodes of the spooky CW drama, but he's also credited with a number of the show's most mytharc-heavy, emotionally satisfying entries, and this week's episode looks to be no exception.

'The Man Who Would Be King' (Fri., May 6, 9PM ET on The CW) marks Edlund's first foray into directing since 2004, and AOL TV caught up with him earlier this week to discuss the challenges of directing his own script, as well as what fans can expect from the last three episodes of the season. Tread lightly, there are spoilers ahead.

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'Supernatural' at Comic-Con: Monsters, Anime and Shooting Stuff in the Face

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 25th 2010 10:42PM
Supernatural Cast and Producers
Ballroom 20 was buzzing with anticipation early Sunday morning, when the cast and producers of 'Supernatural' made an eagerly-awaited appearance to answer questions about the show's sixth season at Comic-Con. Series leads Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki were joined by recurring guest stars Misha Collins and Jim Beaver, as well as creator Eric Kripke, writer-producer Ben Edlund and newly promoted showrunner Sera Gamble.

To kick things off, Ackles took to the stage to present a sneak-peek of the first five minutes of his directorial debut, episode 604, entitled 'Weekend at Bobby's'. Needless to say, the crowd went wild. We'll have an overview of the five minute preview, as well as highlights from the panel, after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD.

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'Supernatural' at Comic-Con: Press Roundtables with Cast and Producers (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 25th 2010 7:05PM
Supernatural cast - Comic Con 2010
AOL TV was lucky enough to have a prime seat in the 'Supernatural' press room at Comic-Con 2010 -- and with the inclusion of Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki on the already busy schedule, it was one of the hottest tickets in town.

After the jump, we have roundtable footage of our interviews with Ackles, Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, creator Eric Kripke, executive producer Ben Edlund and new showrunner Sera Gamble. Needless to say, there are season six spoilers galore!

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Supernatural: Nightshifter

by Brett Love, posted Jan 26th 2007 8:45AM
Chris Gauthier(S02E12) "We are so screwed."

While things could certainly be better for the Winchester boys, fans of Supernatural have nothing to complain about. This was a great episode. It brings to mind conversations I've had with people concerning which episode of Firefly you show to someone to introduce them to the series. I always pick "Our Mrs. Reynolds". And now I would put "Nightshifter" high on the list for giving people a look at Supernatural.

There is quite a bit of back story that leads up to this story, but the episode was done in a way that it will stand on its own very well. All the big elements of the series are in there too. We had ladies man Dean, the brothers arguing, a creepy and mysterious foe, nutty guest star, gorgeous girls, dead bodies, something slimy, great music, and the boys being misunderstood by the authorities. The only thing lacking was for Jared and Jensen to take off their shirts for the ladies, or guys, depending on your tastes.

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Snazzy auctions with Venture Bros., The Tick, Angel goodies

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 17th 2006 2:01PM
The Venture Bros.Lisa Hammer, voice of Triana Orpheus on The Venture Bros., heads a filmmaking company called Blessed Elysium, which usually makes a lot of wacky, surrealist short films of the German Expressionist persuasion. Her latest project is a feature film called POX, currently in post-production. The Blessed Elysium team is looking for a bit of help in funds for POX, so some excellent Ebay auctions have been set up. The TV-related items include this fantastic Venture Bros. lot, which contains a DVD, picture of Triana, and a few script pages with some Jackson Publick sketches (all items are signed). Hey hey! Perfect holiday gift for your favorite Venture Bros.-loving blogger friend whose name begins with an "A" and ends with "Nnie".

There are also some super-special panels from The Tick comic and a script from Angel, both signed by Ben Edlund. Oh, and here's a Vanna White doll. I'm not quite sure what's going on with that.

[via the Venture Bros. LJ community]

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The Venture Bros: Guess Who's Coming To State Dinner?

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 11th 2006 7:58AM
Venture Bros.(S02E09) Oh, dear. I was waiting for something to kill the hot Venture Bros. streak, and, finally, it has come... in the form of a totally random Abe Lincoln ghost.

I guess I really should have known. A few months ago, Jackson Publick posted in his blog that the ninth episode's script was his least favorite. I see why. It didn't feel like a Venture script. The jokes were relatively dull (and really dated, in some cases), the plot was a little too much like a real boy adventurers' story, and we re-connected with an old character that we really didn't care about (I didn't care for him, anyway).

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Reflections on The Tick vs. Season One

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 6th 2006 12:02PM

tickI rarely read comic books, but I loved Ben Edlund's The Tick. When FOX began airing an animated version of the comic book, I was anxious to see how it would translate to the television screen. The first season debuted when I was in high school, and my initial reaction was that it was just okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything that great, either. To be fair, they were trying to create a G-rated cartoon out of a PG-13 comic, so a lot of the humor would have to be tweaked.

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Witch Doctor coming to SciFi

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 16th 2006 11:33AM
ben edlundThe networks have announced there upcoming shows at the recent Television Critics Press Tour, and the SciFi Channel is no different. There's a few science fiction programs I dig, but not enough to really call myself a science fiction fan. However, one show did jump out at me, and that's Witch Doctor, mostly because it was created by Ben Edlund, creator of The Tick. Defined as a "dramedy," the show will focus on David, a sick man who finds normal Western medicine cannot cure him. This leads him to a supernatural doctor and "the supernatural world that exists unseen all around us." David ends up with those same powers and takes over the magical clinic. Given Edlund's contributions to shows like Angel and Venture Bros., this could be pretty cool.

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The Tick is coming to DVD, but not the full season

by Adam Finley, posted May 30th 2006 4:09PM
the tickI've been trying to follow along with TVShowsOnDVD's coverage of the upcoming release of The Tick animated series on DVD. Well, the DVD is coming out on August 29, but with only twelve of the original thirteen episodes from the first season. Why the missing episode? Well, as it turns out a band of leprechauns stole the only copy of that episode and sent it through a wormhole in time and space where it ... okay, I have no idea. Actually, no one really knows at this point, at least no one who's talking, though TVShowsOnDVD mentions "legal issues." Buying the DVD in August may be a bit like getting your sundae without the cherry on top, but heck, I'll take some Tick over no Tick any day. The question, however, is do I buy the set when it comes out, or wait and see if this lost episode eventually makes it into a future release?

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The Tick out on DVD August 29 (probably)

by Adam Finley, posted May 16th 2006 10:03AM
tickAs I mentioned before, The Tick animated series is coming to DVD. At the time it wasn't clear what the exact release date would be, and while it's still not absolutely official yet, August 29 seems to be the date that's getting kicked around right now. The series, which aired as part of the FoxKids Saturday Morning Block for thirty-six episodes starting in 1994, featured Townsend Coleman as the voice of The Tick and was based on the short-lived series of comics by Ben Edlund. In all likelihood, Disney will release the entire season eventually. Thanks to Sean for the tip.

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The Tick animated series coming to DVD (most likely)

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 4th 2006 3:02PM

the tickI know, I know, this news is a bit old, but stuff slips by sometimes and you have to catch it later. In this case it was TV Shows On DVD's unofficial annoucement back in January that The Tick, the 1994 animated series based on Ben Edlund's comic book, will be coming out on DVD this year. Disney, who owns the rights, have not made an official annoucement, so we'll have to trust TVSODVD's super secret inside sources.

I hate to admit it, but The Tick didn't really impress me all that much, at least not at first. I had been a huge fan of the comic books long before the animated series came out, and, perhaps unfairly, I had a hard time not comparing it to the comics. Eventually I stopped making that unfair comparison and began to enjoy the show on its own merit. Still, I think I prefer the comics more. I suppose some people felt the same way when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got animated. It's hard to let go sometimes, but you learn.

Special thanks to vaccenyl, who mentioned this over on my Animaniacs post.

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