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EW Ultimate Guide to Supernatural

Family Don't End With Blood

Featuring a chapter from Nightsky!

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The Dawn Ostroff Love For Supernatural Continues

As I'm sure just about everyone has seen from Michael Ausiello at EW.com, he had a nice conversation with Dawn Ostroff (president of The CW) yesterday at the CW TCA press event.  The TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Tour is a wonderful annual event for the members of that exclusive club to generate some spring buzz for TV shows as they come back from winter break. 

Anyway, as Michael has been able to scoop, season six of Supernatural is looking more and more official.  The article is certainly exciting news for a Supernatural fan, but hardly surprising.  I've been reporting for some time that season six was almost a certainty.  However, the issue has never been if season six was happening.  The issue has been if Kripke was going to be part of season six.  Judging by Ms. Ostroff's comments yesterday, it sounds like he's coming on board.  Here are my favorite quotes from Ms. Ostroff about our beloved show:

“I had lunch with Eric the other day and he’s really excited about the show right now. I think he feels this season has been really satisfying for him. He’s certainly not running out of ideas by any stretch of the imagination.”

“The ratings are up,” she says. “We have more young women coming to the show than ever before. There aren’t a lot of shows that you can say are doing better in their fifth year.”

One note about the ratings, please keep in mind she's talking about women 18-34.  Overall ratings are down, but then again, overall ratings for everything except The Big Bang Theory are down.  It's down less than all the other CW shows.  So everyone, enjoy the love, and it's time to wildly speculate about season six.

http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2010/01/09/supernatural-sixth-season/




Look At This!!! People's Choice Award Congratulations From The CW

In going through my News Feeds for the evening look what just came up! An actual promo from The CW congratulating their "award winning" Thursday night lineup. I still can't pick my jaw up from the floor.

 



Congratulations to both Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries! Both shows are really deserving.

Breaking News: Supernatural Wins People Choice Award!

Here I've been announcing all the accolades Supernatural has gotten on Year End lists, and the show goes and wins an actual award in this TV and movie awards season.  After losing last year, Supernatural has won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show!  Wow!  This was considered by many to be one of those "snowball's chance" things, especially up against Heroes and Lost.  Here's the proof:



The full list of nominees and winners can be found here:

http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/awards/nominees/index.jsp


Congratulations to everyone involved with Supernatural, including cast, crew, and fans!  This couldn't have happened without all those that voted.  This is a long deserved moment of recognition and it feels good. 

Another It's Official! Jared and Genevieve Engaged!

I heard rumors about this a couple of days ago, but scoffed at the source.  Just an hour ago, Just Jared, a very reliable site, broke the news.  Of course they're crediting Kristin Dos Santos, who's also reliable.  (The announcement on EOnline though was posted by Jennifer Godwin, who has great inside sources within the Supernatural scene.  I really trust her word.)

Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese are officially engaged !  Not only are they officially engaged, but a wedding is being planned in Idaho NEXT MONTH.  Likely when Jared is on break from shooting because of the Vancouver Olympics.  As with Jensen and Danneel's blessed announcement, everyone here at The Winchester Family Business send Jared and Genevieve a big congratulations and best wishes for a long happy life together. 

The link:

http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/01/06/jared-padalecki-engaged-genevieve-cortese/


The photo.  You see a glimpse of the ring on Gen's finger.




Here's the announcement for Jensen and Danneel in case you want to compare cute photos:

http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/article-list/27-news-and-announcements/3567-its-official-jensen-is-unavailable.html

Supernatural: Plenty of 2009 Year End Recognition

Update 1/8 - A few more to share!

The end of the year, aka, the slow news cycle. This is when all the media types take their more than extra time to look back at the year that was and come up with their “2009 lists.” TV analysts are particularly prone to this activity, because television in December is as exciting as skiing in July. Sure the lists are subjective and wide open for debate, but they can be fun. Especially if your favorite show made the list. It kind of makes you looks like a genius.

For Supernatural, thanks to the whole angels and apocalypse thing, it was especially buzzed about this end of the year season. Sure, most of the top, very established TV critics went for the easy favorites and didn’t go out of their way to recognize genre shows as usual (or the repulsive CW for that matter), but there was still love. I had to dig through countless messages and posts sent to me, but here are the sites I could find that gave Supernatural that mention it so deserves.

Read more: Supernatural: Plenty of 2009 Year End Recognition

Pets Love Holidays Too

Anyone who doesn't think that pets can be fun during the holidays has never bought reindeer antlers for the soul purpose of having fun with Fido and Fluffy. Before I share some off the wall holiday snapshots of animals not enjoying their stupid owner's sense of humor, first, I want to share an announcement from our friends, Heather and Lindsay, at Support Supernatural.  Their fundraising efforts for A Dog's Life has gone better than they could have possibly dreamed and they have a message about upcoming efforts for the new year.

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Hello all,

As we conclude 2009, we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude.

We honestly do not know where to begin. 2009 was a truly a wonderful year. This fandom blows us away time and time again. You creatively promote our favorite show relentlessly. You passionately promote Jared's charity consistently... And you donate like crazy! Between our 2009 campaign fundraiser and our additional holiday fundraiser, we raised a total of $17,431! Take that in for a second. Can you believe it? Think about how many animals were saved because of YOU! You all are so amazing. Dare we say it, but you are the BEST FANS IN THE WORLD!

As we enter 2010, we will of course continue to do what we have done since season two. We'll continue to promote the heck out of the most awesome show on television today and of course we will continue to raise funds for A Dog's Life Rescue. Full details will follow, but expect monthly incentives, new interviews...And a whole new site to donate - where your donation dollars will be stretched further than any site we've used before! To say we're excited is an understatement.

Please know that we would never ask anyone individually to donate, but what help we would love to have in 2010 is for you to keep doing what you do best - tell the world about Supernatural and about the good deeds we fans do. We are such huge animal advocates and being able to tie this passion into our favorite TV show has been so rewarding. We hope you are enjoying the ride as well.

Here's to a magical 2010 and a fabulous start to a new decade!

Sincerely,

Lindsay Warren and Heather Vitas
Support Supernatural

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So, without those that adopt unwanted pets from places like A Dog's Life, you'd be missing out on joyful moments like this:


 

Yes, this is elle2's puppy Jobe.  Growing fast, but still utterly adorable!  Especially in the snow. 

Winona I rescued from a co-worker's garage the day she was supposed to be taken to the Humane Society as an unwanted kitten.  That was almost 17 years ago.  Yep, she's still going strong at that age.  She still hates posing yearly with reindeer ears:



Elvis we got at a pet store, but he spent almost two months there and had a respiratory infection from being penned up too long by the time we took him home.  He is the sweetest little puppy and loves people so much!  The ideal family dog.  He takes the reindeer ears as more of a necessary evil. 



Cinder is a 13 year old cantankerous yet loyal old dog who has never loved the reindeer ears.  This is her "I'm getting too old for this crap" look.



Gary is the smartest of all our pets.  Why?  For one, he and his brother survived as kittens on their own in a neighbor's garage after their mother put them there.  The owner was going to let them loose in the wild before my mother rescued them.  She kept Gary's brother, we took Gary.  He's also brilliant because when he saw the reindeer ears coming he quickly jumped into our Christmas tree. 



Without pets, see what fun you're missing out on?  Support A Dog's Life, or a local animal charity.  These days, they need you more than ever.    It also keeps the reindeer ear manufacturers in business. 
 

Breaking News! - TNT Picks Up Supernatural For US Syndication

Some very, very exciting news!  This just came out an hour ago.  Supernatural has FINALLY been picked up for US second run syndication.  The really exciting news is it will be running on TNT, which is owned by Time Warner, corporate parent of Warner Brothers which owns Supernatural.  So not only are they keeping the show in the family, but this is the best possible cable network for Supernatural to land on.  TNT is a strong network (stronger than The CW in my opinion) and its target audience is far more suited for the show.  Attached is the press release from The Futon Critic.

SOURCE

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- TNT has quietly acquired the off-network rights to The CW's veteran drama "Supernatural."

Repeats of the series will air weekdays at 10:00 AM ET beginning with the pilot episode on Monday, January 4. Subsequent installments will follow in their original broadcast order as follows:

Monday, January 4 - Pilot
Tuesday, January 5 - Wendigo
Wednesday, January 6 - Dead in the Water
Thursday, January 7 - Phantom Traveler
Friday, January 8 - Bloody Mary

Monday, January 11 - Skin
Tuesday, January 12 - Hook Man
Wednesday, January 13 - Bugs
Thursday, January 14 - Home
Friday, January 15 - Asylum

Monday, January 18 - Scarecrow
Tuesday, January 19 - Faith
Wednesday, January 20 - Route 666
Thursday, January 21 - Nightmare
Friday, January 22 - Benders, The

Monday, January 25 - Shadow
Tuesday, January 26 - Hell House
Wednesday, January 27 - Something Wicked
Thursday, January 28 - Provenance
Friday, January 29 - Dead Man's Blood

Also on the books is a special 10-hour marathon on Monday, February 15 featuring some of the show's most memorable episodes:

9:00 AM - Tall Tales
10:00 AM - Hollywood Babylon
11:00 AM - Folsom Prison Blues
12:00 PM - Bad Day at Black Rock
1:00 PM - Mystery Spot
2:00 PM - Monster Movie
3:00 PM - Yellow Fever
4:00 PM - Criss Angel is a Douchebag
5:00 PM - After School Special
6:00 PM - Monster at the End of This Book, The

So everyone in the US mark February 15th on the calendar.  Party at my house!

Jim Beaver Interview - Fangasm

My good friends Lynn and Kathy at Fangasm have posted their Jim Beaver Interview from the Chicago con.  He shares some great behind the scenes info including pranking Jared and Jensen.  It's a pretty entertaining read, especially since Jim was coasting on fumes when this interview took place at 3 am.  Enjoy!

http://fangasmthebook.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/jim-beaver-talks-jensen-jared-and-subtext-%e2%80%93-and-pranks-back/#more-66

I'm Making This Official - Welcome New Writers!

As you all may have noticed, I tend to post articles from guest contributors for the site.  Only elle2 though has ever been deemed an official  "Winchester Family Business writer."  It's taken me long enough, but I'm so lucky to get so many great articles from these people that recognition is due.  I'm giving the "staff writer" title to five others that have been doing some amazing work here recently.  So please welcome Elle, Faellie, Randal, Jasminka, and Sablegreen. 

It's because of contributions from these people that we have been able to post daily ever since the season four finale.  I'm sure some of you remember the story, but when I told elle2 we were going to try and post daily except Saturdays during the Summer Hellatus, she thought I'd had officially cracked.  We ended up actually posting on an average of 1.3 times daily! (including Saturdays)  Now, we're actually closer to 1.7 times and pushing for 2.0.  With a new staff of writers, I think that can be done (right guys?).  Or at least we'll keep posting until you're totally sick of us. 

I also want to send my sincere thanks to everyone that checks out our little site here.  November was an incredible month here as we far exceeded anything done before.  We almost hit 1 million page hits.  You want to know how many page hits there were in January when this site started?  9000.  Total page hits from January to October?  A little over 5 million.  We had almost 12,000 unique visitors and close to 30,000 total visitors in November which is 40% over our previous best month (July).  Thank you everyone!  

Below are the bios I got from our new "official" writers.  Sure, you've been reading their stuff for a few months now and probably won't notice the difference, but hey, they at least get a writing credit now and a spot in the "Who Are We?" section at the top of the page.  I'm including elle2's also since she never sent me one before now.  Thank you elle2, elle, Faellie, Randal, Jasminka and Sablegreen and give you all one grossly overdue welcome!

 
Elle2 is a 40 something self-employed woman in her second career.  First career was 15 plus years in management.  She finally decided she not only wanted a change but was going to do something about it and went back to school.  Now she works from home much of the time and cuddles with her dog and cat (who have no concept of ‘home office’). She found Supernatural during Season 3, Mystery Spot, immediately hit every web site she could find, ordered the DVDs and got caught up before Ghostfacers aired, She's dedicated like that.So now she gets to satisfy her creative needs, as well as escapism needs, and gets to have fun while doing it.  "Thanks to everyone who reads what I write and special thanks to all of you who bravely type in comments and then hit the send button.  I know it takes courage (and time) and I appreciate it all very much.  Thanks for reading, elle2."
 
During Season 4 she found herself e-mailing Alice privately, participating in the comments and finally with OTHOAP she couldn’t help herself and wrote her first review.  That, as they say, is that.  Then she began submitting reviews (more thoughts than anything) and making lists of articles that she wanted to attempt.  One day Alice and her were on similar wavelengths and e-mails actually crossed through the web world as she wrote asking if perhaps she could continue to submit articles and Alice wrote asking if she would consider submitting articles. 

Faellie is a lawyer and trade unionist based in the UK, who found Supernatural half way through Season 4 and attributes her slow arrival on the scene to obscure programming - and to not having a TV.  She caught up with three and a half seasons in little more than a month, and confidently expects Supernatural to break out of cult status and become a classic in the same way that Star Trek did.

Elle is a 21 year old Ontarian (Canada), currently in her 4th year of university majoring in honours legal studies with a minor in psychology. She discovered Supernatural on her journey to replace the other love of her life, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Immediately addicted to Supernatural after viewing the Pilot on DVD two summers ago, she has never looked back.
 
Married with children, Randal is employed by a library at an institution of higher learning where he disputes the efficacy of said higher learning upon the student body, but that's merely due to increasing get-off-my-lawn-ism. He stumbled onto The Winchester Family Business by mistake, thereby proving that mistakes are indeed glorious, and necessary, things. He can be found dispensing bad verse and random brain oozing under the same pseudonym here. (Here being his blog: http://lennui-melodieux.blogspot.com


Jasminka
, hooked to Supernatural from episode one, has led several lives so far. After studying psychology, literature, drama and opera, she eventually found her calling for becoming a psychotherapist, treating trauma survivors, terminally ill and suicidal patients, and many young people with personality disorders or changes, which she considers to be the most rewarding job possible. Apart from that she has been teaching, but would never give up being a therapist for lectures only.

She started to write in high school, initially to continue books she had grown to love and didn’t want the story to end; later she became a reporter for her university’s newspaper. Early on she experienced writing’s relaxing and enriching effect, and with her imagination incessantly at work the need for expressing thoughts and emotions via writing has always been there. Particularly in emotionally taxing periods of her life writing has become a tool to sort out and untangle thoughts and find solutions, on a creative level. She hopes to complete a novel she’s been writing. She is happiest when with her loved ones, sharing experiences, rambling over books, theatre, movies or a certain tv-show. She dreams of parachuting at least once in her life, swimming with dolphins and visiting Hawaii. Despite being acquainted with loss, her biggest fear is losing people she loves.

Supernatural has had a most unexpected and incredibly stimulating impact on Jasminka, as its many layers wouldn’t leave her alone. Although this amazing show deals with the paranormal, its deeply human story moves her the most, and her curiosity to explore the facets of its characters’ relationships and struggles or the series’ metaphysics arises with every episode, never ceasing to inspire her.

Sablegreen is a medical research scientist specializing in immunology and genetics. She also has been involved with community service at the government level for 15 years. She is currently employed in the pediatrics department of a large medical complex. She spends much of her free time competing in agility, tracking, obedience, and carting with her two dogs. They also do therapy work on weekends at nursing homes, hospitals and schools. She found Supernatural in the summer of its second year by renting the DVD from season one. She has been hooked ever since.