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'Supernatural' Loses an Angel: Misha Collins Won't Be a Series Regular in Season 7

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 23rd 2011 9:15AM
There's big news in the 'Supernatural' realm: Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel, won't be a series regular in season 7 of the CW show. 'Supernatural' executive producer and showrunner Sera Gamble told TV Line's Vlada Gelman that though there will be angelic story lines next season, they'll be more "self-enclosed."

"We love Misha. We love and adore the character of Castiel," Gamble said. "His character developed to this extent and went in this unexpected direction because we were so inspired by him."

The unexpected development in Friday's season finale (which I wrote about here): Cas has incredible new powers, which he acquired when he broke open Purgatory and used the souls there to give himself god-like abilities.

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'Supernatural' Season 6, Episodes 21 and 22 Recap (Season Finale)

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 21st 2011 12:00AM
['Supernatural - 'Let It Bleed' and 'The Man Who Knew Too Much']

The scope of the 'Supernatural' finale was epic. It was a showdown between not just the Winchesters and Castiel but between Castiel and his enemy, Raphael, and there was a contest between Cas and his former partner, the devious Crowley, thrown in for good measure. Two factions of Heaven, plus the King of Hell, with an added helping of Winchesters: Those are pretty high stakes.

Yet given the titanic nature of these conflicts, why did the Winchesters' world feel so small when the two-hour finale was over?

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Sebastian Roché Talks 'Supernatural' Season Finale, Fan Encounters & More

by Laura Prudom, posted May 20th 2011 10:30AM
Sebastian RochéFrom terrorist on 'General Hospital' to rogue angel on the CW's 'Supernatural,' Sebastian Roché has made a career out of being unpredictable.

After spending his formative years travelling the world on a sailboat with his family (yes, really), Roché graduated to theater, film and television work, first in his native France, and then on American shores.

As the charismatic Balthazar on the spooky genre show, Roché has made a habit of popping in to cause mischief and mayhem for the Winchester brothers -- for good and for ill. His allegiances will truly be tested in tonight's two-hour season finale (8PM ET on the CW) when Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) find themselves literally caught between heaven and hell, and Crowley and Castiel's alliance puts Balthazar in a very tenuous situation.

Join us after the jump to read what Roché had to say about the season finale (not much!), his first experience with the 'Supernatural' fans and how exactly one goes about getting into character to play an angel. Mild spoilers ahead.

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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' Season 6, Episode 19 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 2nd 2011 11:30AM
['Supernatural' - 'Mommy Dearest']

Here's a thought exercise for you: What if 'Mommy Dearest' had aired in February or March?

If it had, we'd have almost half a season to explore the issues raised by Castiel's war in Heaven and how he's been using souls in that fight. We'd have half a season to tie that story line to the thread about Sam's soul. We might even have time for a return appearance from a fan favorite -- Death.

Don't get me wrong, I thought 'Mommy' was generally satisfying, nicely atmospheric and teed up some interesting things to come. And I was happy to see a couple of my suspicions confirmed. I'd thought we'd see Crowley again, but I never imagined he'd be in an alliance with Cas. That was a well-played surprise. And as I wrote last week, I thought the Mother plot was really just a diversion and that Cas would occupy center stage toward the end of the season. The fact that we get some more quality time with Crowley is a bonus.

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The CW Renews 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl,' '90210,' 'Supernatural' & 'Top Model'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 26th 2011 7:25PM
Good news for CW fans: The network has announced early renewals for five of their series for the 2011-12 TV season.

'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Supernatural,' '90210' and 'America's Next Top Model' will all premiere new seasons in the fall.

Still no word on renewals for struggling freshman series 'Hellcats' and 'Nikita,' or veteran series 'One Tree Hill,' although most of the 'OTH' cast has signed on for another season.

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'Supernatural' Season 6, Episode 18 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 22nd 2011 10:00PM
['Supernatural' - 'Frontierland']

Well, even if you're not a devotee of Westerns or an obsessive Clint Eastwood fan, I'm betting you found something to like in Friday's episode of 'Supernatural.'

First and foremost, the show's crew and production team should be praised for doing a bang-up job of putting the Winchesters in a Western. From the opening credits to the costumes to the sets and the sepia-toned colors that suffused the brothers trip to the Old West, 'Frontierland' was a lot of fun to watch.

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TV Easter Eggs: Our Favorite Fan Shout-Outs From Shows

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 22nd 2011 11:00AM
TV Easter eggs are so much better than real ones -- no mess, no smell, no creepy rabbit delivering them. Which is why we're celebrating this holiday with our favorite hidden gems from TV shows past and present.

(And some Peeps. C'mon, we're only human.)

We each chose a nod to the fans that we loved, from the numbers on 'Lost' and the secret things hidden in the 'Battlestar Galactica' fleet to the end of "555" phone numbers and more.

Did we forget your favorite superfan surprise? Share your own eagle-eyed discoveries in the comments ... and try not to overdose on Cadbury Eggs while doing it.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki Talk 'Supernatural,' Souls and Scary Challenges

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 20th 2011 4:00PM
"No rest for the wicked" is a common enough saying. But what about those who fight wickedness? Well, if they inhabit the 'Supernatural' universe, there's no rest for them either.

The sixth season of 'Supernatural' certainly offered new challenges for Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, the show's stars.

In the first half of the season, Sam Winchester didn't have a soul, Dean Winchester had to recover from losing his little slice of domestic contentment and deal with the scarily unemotional RoboSam, and the brothers had to contend with an unusually difficult array of critters, creatures and demonic meddlers.

"The writing took those kind of reliable tools that we used and shelved them," Ackles said of the RoboSam era. "It was a neat experience. They should never do it again," he joked.

In fact, it became clear in the interview that both actors very much enjoy the challenges that 'Supernatural' throws at them, whether it's gut-churning emotional developments or comedically-tinged episodes like Friday's 'Frontierland,' an enjoyable diversion that finds the Winchester brothers in the Old West. (Laura Prudom previews the episode here.)

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'Supernatural' Preview: 6 Reasons Why You Can't Miss This Week's Rip-Roarin' Western Episode

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 20th 2011 8:15AM
Jensen Ackles and Jared PadaleckiYou'd be hard-pressed to find a more fearless series currently on air than the CW's 'Supernatural'. Over the past six seasons, the dashing Winchester brothers have faced everything from Santa Claus to a spoof of Dr. McDreamy, but this Friday, they're facing a genre that few shows (or movies) dare to touch these days: The Western.

'Supernatural' already smashed the fourth wall with great aplomb earlier this season, but pulling off a believable Western on a TV budget would be a feat for any show without a premium cable network footing the bill. So it gives us great pleasure to report that, not only is 'Frontierland' gorgeous to look at, it's also one of the series' strongest episodes to date, providing humor and action while keeping up the momentum of the mythology as we approach the season finale.

TV Squad was lucky enough to see an advanced screener of this Friday's wild Western episode, and we've managed to whittle down an hour of memorable moments into a list of six reasons why this episode is not to be missed. Proceed with caution, pilgrims: there are mild spoilers ahead.

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'Supernatural' Season 6, Episode 17 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 18th 2011 10:30AM
['Supernatural' - 'My Heart Will Go On']

So, the Winchesters are finally back from Hellatus and everybody's favorite rogue angel is up to no good.

Add in some Celine Dion and some alternate universe shenanigans and we're all bound to have a good time, right?

Er, maybe not.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Bones,' 'Psych,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 4th 2011 2:30PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Bones,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Chuck,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Haven,' 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' 'Outsourced,' 'Private Practice,' 'Psych,' 'Smallville,' 'Supernatural,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and 'The Good Wife.'

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Glee,' 'The Mentalist,' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 18th 2011 9:00AM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Castle,' 'Community,' 'CSI: Miami,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Fringe,' 'Glee,' 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' 'NCIS,' 'Parks & Recreation,' 'Psych,' 'Supernatural,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'The Mentalist,' 'The Office,' and 'True Blood.'

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PaleyFest 2011: The 'Supernatural' Cast Talk the Mother of All, Heaven vs. Heaven and a Potential Season 7

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 14th 2011 10:30AM
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

We may be a little biased, but we think that PaleyFest 2011's event to honor the CW's 'Supernatural' was a fairly special occasion. Not only did the hard-working cast -- Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Jim Beaver -- take the time to fly back from filming the show in Vancouver to celebrate the occasion and answer the fans' burning questions, but TV Squad's own Maureen Ryan moderated the panel (and did an excellent job, if we do say so ourselves).

We were able to spend a little time with the cast and executive producers on the press line before the Q&A, and though predictably coy on the subject of spoilers, they were more than willing to drop a tantalizing hint or two about the rest of the season to ensure that we'll be itching with anticipation until the show returns from hiatus on April 15. Where's a time-traveling angel when you need one? Spoilers ahead.

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