“Supernatural” Returns April 15…Along With a Familiar Face

The hellatus is almost over!!! “Supernatural” fans can begin to rejoice, as our beloved series returns next Friday after a month-long hiatus. Also returning? An actress whose presence is sorely missed on the show (at least by me), but of course as a “Supernatural” spoilerphobe, you won’t see me posting that information here. However, if you look closely at the promo video below, I think you’ll be pleased (and somewhat confused, given the one line that’s heard):

Here is the official description of S6x17 “My Heart Will Go On”: SAM AND DEAN TEMPT FATE — After Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche) changes history and keeps the Titanic from sinking, Fate (guest star Katie Walder) intervenes and begins killing those that would have died on the ship. Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that Fate is very upset with the two of them and the only way they can stay alive is to kill her.

Supernatural’s Top Angel and Demon Coming to Dragon*Con

If you didn’t hear that virtual squeal earlier, that was me, the Grown-Up Fangirl, running around my apartment squeeing like a lunatic. The reason? It has just been announced that Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard -who play angel Castiel and recently departed demon Crowley, respectively, on the CW series “Supernatural” – have been added to the guest list for this year’s Dragon*Con.

Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. I first attended in 2007 and it has now become a must-attend event for me.

I’m hoping that with these two confirmed, we will be able to 1) get more stars from the series here at Dragon*Con, and 2) get more “Supernatural” themed panels at Dragon*Con.

If you want to read more about my experiences at Dragon*Cons past, you can find my blog entries at this link.

Dragon*Con takes place every Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

Happy New Year from the Grown-Up Fangirl!

Happy New Year everyone!!! 2010 was a great year in books, music, television and movies, and I am really looking forward to all of the entertainment goodies that await me in 2011. Just in case you are interested, here is a list of the things I’m most looking forward to fangirling about in 2011.

The Quibbler headlines the MoM's declaration that Harry is "Undesirable No. 1"

First thing’s first: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 (c’mon now, you knew this would be first in the list!):  The end of 2010 brought Harry Potter fans part 1 of the adaptation of the final HP novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While DHP1 was probably one of the best films in the series, for me it only cemented the fact that Part 2 will be EPIC in terms of storytelling and properly closing out the franchise. I am very much looking forward to the scenes in Gringott’s Bank, Harry’s walk towards death, Snape’s memories, and – oh yes – Ron and Hermione’s much anticipated kiss. However, I do not look forward to the sense of loss I will feel when the closing credits begin to play, and will probably sit through until the very end just to confirm to myself that yes, it is indeed over.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking DawnI have to admit that in regard to Breaking Dawn, I’m only interested in seeing it because I want to see how in the world this story will translate onscreen, period. Anyone who knows me knows that while I loved the novel at first glance, the more and more I pondered how the final chapter in Bella’s story was told, the more and more I disliked it, and my dislike for Breaking Dawn eventually killed my fangirl love for the series as a whole. I still like the story, but the way that Stephenie Meyer completely changes her characters in the final novel just didn’t sit right with me, and because of this I’ve had almost no interest in any news regarding the fourth-and-fifth films in the franchise. However, me being who I am, I wouldn’t feel right not seeing the franchise through until the very end, so here’s hoping that the onscreen version of BD will peak my interest again long enough for me to sit through the film. Also, any chance to drool over Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz is okay with me.

“Supernatural”: 2010 also brought an unexpected treat for “Supernatural” fans, as the always-underrated but highly popular CW show was renewed for a sixth season (it was originally supposed to be a five-season show). Sam and Dean were able to stop the coming Apocalypse, but not without heavy losses and serious consequences. Fans who were expecting a Sam/Dean reunion only got part of what they wanted, as Sam returned a bit…different than he was when he left. This turn of events has given us a different look at the brothers Winchester, and I absolutely love not knowing what to expect with these two. The show is currently on winter hiatus, but will be back on January 28th to draw fans back into the increasing conflict and drama, and I for one will be glued to the television set when it does.

“Vampire Diaries”: I can’t even begin to state how much I am enjoying this show right now!!! When VD was first being pitched, I really thought this would be a Twilight ripoff (yes, I know that the VD books were written WAY before Twilight, but since Twilight hit the screen first, you know…). However, this show is what Twilight wants to be but never will. The writers for this show have taken the L.J. Smith’s story and expanded it in ways I never expected, and I LOVE it!! The Elena/Stefan/Damon/Katherine storyline stays fresh and interesting, and Nina Dobrev is amazing pulling double duty between being sinfully sweet Elena and wickedly irresistible Katherine. The promos for the second half of season 2 looks very promising, as we will see what happens when Tyler shifts for the first time, and the “I-saw-it-coming” love triangle between Tyler/Caroline/Matt. It also looks like Rose will have an interesting storyline to deal with as well when the show returns to TV January 27th.

“V”: FINALLY returns to TV on Tuesday night after a too-damn-long hiatus! ABC re-aired the last episode of “V”, and I think the accompanying promo for the new episodes have gotten me excited for this show again. Anna is angry and hell-bent on destroying the humans, and it will be fun to watch what happens as she also struggles with the fact that she is experiencing the unexpected: human emotion. I’m not completely hooked on this show yet, but I’m invested enough to continue watching to see where it will go.

Aeternitas 2011 : Aeternitas is a Harry Potter fan convention that will take place in Laconia, N.H. the last weekend in April. I’m very excited to attend this event, as there will be nothing but HP fans in attendance and since it’s a smaller convention, there will be more chances for me to really get to know some of the online friends I’ve had for years.

Eyecon Vampire Diaries: Eyecon was one of the very first themed fan conventions I had been to, and to this day it has been one of – if not the best convention I’ve ever been to. The smaller size of attendees lends to a more intimate setting, where fans actually get the chance to “hang out” with the guests in attendance. Eyecon 2008 was Supernatural themed, and I got a chance to chat in length with Jim Beaver (Bobby) and Samantha Ferris (Ellen Harvelle), and hung out with some of the others stars from the show. It was truly a great experience, and one that I’m hoping to repeat in March when Eyecon comes to Atlanta for its first ever Vampire Diaries convention. Any chance that I get to fully geek out and fangirl – especially in my own back yard – I’m all for it!!

CREATION Salute to Supernatural, Nashville: As much as the high prices of Creation Cons make me cringe, the fact that they are bringing a Supernatural convention down south – with BOTH Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles – is too much of a good thing for me to miss.

Dragon*Con: My home away from home for the past 3 years, Dragon*Con is my “must-attend” event every year. I have gotten to know so many cool people because of this convention, and it is always one of the best weekends of the year for me.

There’s certainly a lot more that I’m looking forward to in 2011, but I will post some of those later. My goal is to do a better job keeping up this blog this year, and I hope that you guys will continue to come along for the ride. 🙂

Supernatural Season 6 News from Comic-Con

The spoilers were running rampant on Twitter yesterday, due to the apparently open nature of the Supernatural panel at this past weekend’s Comic-Con. I actually had to stop following Winchester Family Business yesterday for a few hours, just to escape the large amount of spoilers (that Alice so thankfully warned her followers about! Love you for that, Alice!!).

But just because I’m a spoilerphobe doesn’t mean that everyone is, and with that in mind, I am including links to Alice’s interviews from Comic-Con, where she got to participate in roundtable discussions with the show’s cast. It is killing me to not read these, but I will be a good fangirl and wait patiently until Supernatural returns to the tube on September 24.

Quick Update fro Supernatural Press Room – SPOILER ALERT!!

Jared Padalecki Interview

Jensen Ackles Interview

Ben Edlund Interview

Eric Kripke Interview

Jim Beaver Interview

You can find The Winchester Family Business on the web, and on Twitter.

Catching Up With The Grown-Up Fangirl

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a proper Fangirl post here, and I apologize. Things have been so hectic for me in real life that I had been behind on a lot of stuff. With my Harry Potter assignments over at Hollywood News, along with the summer hiatus of several of the shows I fangirl over, I’ve been neglecting most of my fandoms that aren’t HP related. However, I am desperately trying to catch up with everything. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Harry Potter: Last weekend I attended Infinitus 2010 in Orlando, and got a chance to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I have yet to sit down and gather my thoughts about the convention, but I did manage to do a write-up about the park, which can be found at my Hollywood News blog here. I will say that it was one of the best experiences I’ve had, as I’ve gotten to meet a lot of “online” friends and they’ve now become real life friends, which is great. I can always use more Harry Potter fanatics in my life. 🙂

True Blood: With the frenzy I’ve faced over the last two weeks preparing for Infinitus, I had completely missed the two most recent episodes of True Blood. I finally got a chance to watch them last night and WOW. I don’t even know where to start!!! I am loving the additions of Alcide and Jesus (OMG his scenes with Lafayette!!), and the casting for Debbie Pelt was perfect! Batshit crazy doesn’t even begin to cover it!! And I’m loving James Frain’s version of Franklin Mott; he’s creepy but so pathetic at the same time, while being scary. There’s just a lot going on in this show so far, and we’re only what, four episodes into this season? Speaking of which, a new trailer for the second half of season 3 premiered at Comic-Con and holy hell!! This season is about to get even more intense!!

The Tudors: After getting completely hooked onto this series this past February, I wasn’t ready for it to end. This was a series brilliantly done, and has some of the best casting I’ve seen. The series ended on a very classy note, although I was sad to see the death of one of my favorite characters, Charles Brandon. I would really like for Showtime to re-visit this series and cast, possibly showing the reign of Mary Tudor, especially with Sarah Bolger as Mary. Would be a very good show, indeed.

The Vampire Diaries returns to the CW for its second season on Thursday, September 9 at 8pm. Supernatural follows two weeks later when its new Friday night schedule premieres on September 24. Both of these dates seem so far away, but at least it’s not January, which is when Caprica is scheduled to return.

So for awhile, at least, I may have to find a few new shows to watch/catch up on, and believe me, there has been no shortage of suggestions. I’ll do my best to keep up this blog a bit better, but don’t forget, for all of my Harry Potter related news, check me out on Hollywood News.

Return of Dead Character Sparks Interesting Return for Supernatural’s Sixth Season

I am quite the spoilerphobe when it comes any and everything Supernatural, so you can imagine how upset I was when EW’s Michael Ausiello quite blatantly blurted out a huge spoiler regarding one of season 6’s recurring roles this morning on Twitter. However, once I got over my ire, I was immediately intrigued by the return of this character, who was one of the many killed during the course of season 5.

For my fellow spoilerphobes, I won’t reveal who’s making the return; I will just say that his/her return will possibly answer some long-unanswered questions regarding Sam and Dean’s  history. If you want to read about who’s returning, go check it out in the Ausiello Files.

Rekha Sharma confirmed for Dragon*Con

photo courtesy of BuddyTVRehka Sharma, who currently portrays FBI agent/undercover V Agent Malik on the ABC hit series “V”, has been confirmed for Dragon*Con. She is also known to Supernatural fans as the god Kali from the season 5 episode “Hammer of the Gods”, but is probably best known as Tory Foster from the SyFy series “Battlestar Galactica”.

Dragon*Con takes place in Atlanta during Labor Day weekend.