It's been a while since I've updated everyone on Lindsay and Heather of Support Supernatural and their fundraising efforts for A Dog's Life Rescue in Los Angeles.  Even though the first campaign ended in September, they've continued since then raise money as the needs for this animal rescue have grown urgent.  Support Supernatural has recently started auctioning off new items on ebay with 100% of the proceeds going to A Dog's Life.

The first auction, an autographed copy of a Supernatural Conzine, went live yesterday and can be found here.  The other item up for auction is a Misha Collins autographed painting.  Seven other auctions are coming, so watch for that. 

Below is the message sent out by Lindsay and Heather regarding the auctions:  

It's official! The holidays are here! Giving back is what we enjoy most and this is the best time of year to do so. Wink

To create a boost in donations for A Dog's Life Rescue at a critical time for the charity, we have NINE eBay auctions coming your way, starting tomorrow! We'll launch one item per day and each auction will last 48 hours. We have a variety of autographed items from folks like Jensen, Jared, Misha, Chad, Traci and more! There are so many people to thank for helping us get these items together that we will thank them individually in each auction listing.

Each day, we'll post the new auction link on our home page, on MySpace, on Facebook and on Twitter (Don't worry - we will not e-mail you every day).

We know not everyone will be capable and/or interested in bidding, but if you could help share the auction links with your Supernatural friends, we think the publicity will go a long way. Conversation about Supernatural is great for the show anytime (but especially during this horrendously long hiatus) and publicity for the auctions will only help make more money for the charity.

In closing, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a wonderful year in donations for A Dog's Life Rescue and for your wonderful, unending promotion of the best program on television.

And thank you in advance for a wonderful finale to our 2009 fundraising! (Don't worry, our support of A Dog's Life will continue in 2010.)

Sincerely,
Lindsay & Heather

Thank you Lindsay and Heather for all your efforts!  This rescue has really done so much for abandoned animals and I'm thrilled to see your passion for the animals has you both continuing to raise funds. 

You remember the animals, right people?  Check out the auctions for their sakes.  Just in case anyone has forgotten what one looks like, it's time for cute puppy pictures:






Yes, it's that time again.  Time where I'm pouring through the Inbox, and have lots of little things to share that amount to something possibly interesting when all put together.  Considering its still a holiday weekend here in the US, you like the title?

Anyway, first big announcement.  On Monday, I'll be posting an exclusive interview with Sera Gamble.  She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer of few of my and the other writers on this site probing questions after the mid season finale.  So, stay tuned for that! 

Risenshine sent this to me after reading my recap on "The Real Ghostbusters."  I thought it was really clever!  I need to learn how to do stuff like this.  So here you go, the Supernatural TV Guide cover we always wanted.




Thank you so much risenshine for sharing that!  I absolutely love it.  As the disclaimer says on her site, http://risenshine22.livejournal.com, it's sadly a fake.  A darned good one if you ask me! 

On the way to Canada right now (can't say how fast the US postal service will move on this one) is the prize that MyMadWorld got for winning the "Name Sam's Shirt" contest.  While at the Chicago Con, I was able to get her an 8 X 10 color glossy photo of this:



The Paisley Peril everyone!!  Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.  It was fun and I'll probably have more in the future. 

Speaking of the Chicago Con, since several of you people won't leave me alone, here you go.  My photo op with Jim and Misha.  The photo that's currently sitting in a drawer.  Pay no attention to the oversmiling redhead in the center. 

You know, I'm usually not a fan of celebrity news.  It's their lives, their business.  But I found this news intriguing, especially since they'll be in Chicago this weekend.  Also, I'm sure this is the very last fandom outlet to report this (stupid not being able to check email at work), but here goes! 

From JustJared.com:

Jensen Ackles Engaged To Danneel Harris

Jensen Ackles Engaged To Danneel Harris

Jensen Ackles and his longtime girlfriend Danneel Harris are engaged, her rep confirms exclusively to JustJared.com.

The 31-year-old Supernatural actor and 30-year-old One Tree Hill actress have been dating for about three years but have been friends for nearly a decade. The couple, who are longtime members of the WB/CW family, co-starred in the 2007 romantic comedy Ten Inch Hero.

Danneel showed off her beautiful engagement ring on Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup in Los Angeles.

Congrats to the happy couple!

UPDATE: Danneel confirmed the good news herself on her Twitter account. Simply put, she wrote, “Yes… !”



Read more: http://justjared.buzznet.com/2009/11/09/jensen-ackles-engaged-danneel-harris/#ixzz0WPyjIgM4


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Considering inside reports have had them unofficially engaged for at least a year or more now, this isn't surprising but it's still very happy news.  Congratulations to the happy couple from all of us at The Winchester Family Business. 
I'd never heard of this before.  Probably because I don't watch Gossip Girl or 90210 or the shows that The CW bends over backwards  to promote (except the Vampire Diaries.  I do watch and like that).  Anyway, Robert Seidman at tvbythenumbers.com, who's a huge Supernatural fan, got this from the CW today.  It's their "OMG Moment of The Week." 

Read what Robert had to say about getting this here.  He's like the rest of us.  Has Hell frozen over? 

You can blame lack of new material, no review, no recap on Bill Gates.  Yes, that Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of the richest men in the world himself.  How?  Because when it came time to select an important person in society today for my son's second grade school report, I somehow thought Bill Gates would be a good person for him to learn about.  After all, Microsoft has both enhanced and ruined my life. 

Anyway, I found compelling evidence among the hours of working on the report with my son that Bill Gates is the Devil.  I could go on forever, but I'll just share the one piece I found.  Bill Gates' real name is William Henry Gates III. That makes him Bill Gates (III) where "III" means the order of third (3rd). If you take all the letters in Bill Gates III and then convert it in ASCII code (American standard code for information interchange) and then add up all the numbers see what you get.

While trying to throw together a review and a recap for a fantastic episode, not to mention planning filler to publish during the week long hiatus, I'm also getting around to some business that's been on the to do list for a while, but will be worked on soon. 

While I'm constantly tweaking the site, I've already told the hubby/technical adminstrator its time for some improvements.  There are just some things about the site's template I'm not happy with.  Sure, I'm told that what sells sites is content quality, and we won't be losing that, but I'm all about the user friendly interface.  After all, part of that comes from my day job. 

Here's my goal:

-  Better access to the archives.  Let's face it, the search interface is a joke.  I'm hoping that when you click on a category, a list of articles and a description will display.  There are too many good articles with great analysis getting buried here.  We'll see if we can pull that off.
-  More opportunity for user interaction.  How will I do that?  No idea.  Any suggestions? 
-  Fixing the template so that when you click on an article, it doesn't get buried under the "Latest Articles," "Follow Us," and "Latest Comments" section.  You should only see the article in the middle section and nothing else.
-  A section that lists all the new entries of interest to other blogs as well as my other blogs.  "TV For The Rest of Us" will get a relaunch soon, and it will have postings about other TV shows at least three times a week.  It will that is if I have time to fix it! 

So, how are we doing?  You enjoying the site?  What more on this site would you like to see?  Do you like the polls?  Do you like the video clips?  Do the lengthy recaps entertain or annoy you?  Is the perfect balance in the type of articles being achieved here? 

Be candid, and you can post in comments or just send me a message in the "Contact Us" section.  Or go ahead, say nothing.  That means I'll end up doing what my mad scientist brain comes up with. 

Every once in a while the need comes along to catch up on all those little misc items hanging around.  After all, serious business must be settled.  Like the "Name Sam's Shirt" contest.

Voting on the name will be happening during the hiatus week of October 19th, so there's plenty of time to throw more suggestions my way.  And that's more of a plea than a hint.  Here's all we have so far:

-  Shirt of Angst
-  The Sad Puppy Shirt
-  Maudling
-  Custos
-  The Paisley Peril
-  Deidre
-  The Epic Shirt of Awesome

Also, stories, poems, whatever about how Sam found the shirt are welcome.  So far, Karen submitted a fantastic poem that if you haven't seen in the comments here, you should check it out. 

On the fan convention front, I'm actually going to the Salute to Supernatural Convention in Chicago next month!  A ticket in the General Admission section came free on Sunday, so I bought it and one for Saturday as well.  I'm going to sit in the back of that big ballroom and observe the fan experience.  I'll be there in the bar drinking the super weak and completely wrong purple nurples and talking with everyone all weekend.  If a rare chance comes up to ask Jared about the shirt too I'll go for it, but that's a slim chance, especially since I have no autographs or photo-ops.  So, if you're going and see an obnoxious redhead in the bar, chances are you've found me! 

Okay, so it's episode week.  This week is "I Believe The Children Are Our Future."  Want a description? 

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a series of odd murders that strangely resemble fairytales and urban legends. The brothers track down an 11-year-old boy named Jesse (guest star Gattlin Griffith) and realize that whatever Jesse believes is coming true. Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam and Dean that Jesse is a serious threat and needs to be eliminated. Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin.

Next week, the show takes a break and "Sympathy For The Devil" will be repeated.  After that, there will be four new episodes and then the show goes on its midseason hiatus until an undetermined date in January.  Six weeks at least, maybe longer.  Yes, another hellatus.  I'm already strategizing how I'm going to handle that break as far as time passing articles for the site.  This is where I might be asking for some feedback.  But, I'm getting ahead of myself.  

Okay, that's all I've got for now.  Tomorrow I'll have the "Tell Us What You Think" thread up and let the sparks fly!   

The DVD sales figures for the week ending 9/6 were released today.  Sure, Heroes was number one as expected, but Supernatural The Complete Fourth Season hit amazing new heights to come in at number two.  The total number of units sold were a mind boggling 238,081 units for total estimated revenue of $8.7 million. That smashes the previous high the show did in its first week by 126% percent.   

Last year, Supernatural season three hit a new series record with 104,979 units and $4.6 million in revenue.  By week two only around 160,000 units were sold.  Season two only sold around 69,000 units its first week, and season one sold around 101,000 units.   

For the first time Supernatural surpassed Smallville in sales for the first week by about 40,000 units.  It outsold Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill by 130,000 units.  It even outsold Desperate Housewives by 160,000 units!  This is why shows like Supernatural exist on tiny networks like The CW.  They resell very well. 

8.7 million.  That pays for making 4 episodes, and that's only the first week.  Congratulations to everyone involved in making season four a memorable one yet again. 
This has been an amazing summer, and I have you all that thank for that. The husband and I just went through the stats for the summer, and I must say I got quite teary. More of you followed us in the summer than during the season by a healthy margin. The number of unique visitors slowly climbed, but number of page hits exploded. It seems that when people visited this site, they’re explored all that’s here and not just one linked article. It makes those daily posts worth it. Thank you all very much for your support and sharing what we had to offer.   
 
Hellatus flew by and even though I worked myself into a frenzy, I’m very impressed with the results. We picked apart season four, heck we even did a great job of scrutinizing the other three seasons. Comic Con turned out to be an incredible opportunity, and one that I walked away from cherishing forever. Having the chance to write 17 well received articles about it though, that was even better.  Great experiences should be shared, especially among fans in kind.   
 
Not including this one, we’ve published 120 articles since the season finale on May 14th. 120. You want to know how many days were in Hellatus? 117. Yes, we actually posted more than once a day on average by a smidge. I’m tired! (in a good way).  A very special thanks to elle2, who earned her angel wings so to speak when becoming a writer for this site. She deserves much credit for the success for her great contributions during Hellatus.  Also a big special thanks to our guest contributors Faellie, Tigershire, Mae, Bethany, and elle.    
 
I'm ready to move foward now.  Premiere week drives me crazy. Even though my heart jumps over looking at the countdown clock falling at less than two days, especially when I put it up it was closer to 100 days, that’s all the angst of anticipation I want.  I'm tuning out all the overzealous fans spamming Twitter about the upcoming premiere.  The overpromotion is very bad on premiere week, and that's when I usually pull out the filters.    
 
The next two days (or less than 2 days!) I’m going to settle down, focus, and crank out the two preview articles for blogcritics for The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural based on my interviews at Comic Con. Then I’m going with nervous anticipation to the TV for two hours of entertainment at 8:00 on Thursday (I’m giving The Vampire Diaries a try). No Twitter, no forums, no fan promotional activities until the episode has aired. I just want to watch my show. I implore you all do the same. Despite what other fans are doing, it's VERY important to remember the best promotion for Supernatural is to watch the show live. That’s all that really matters.   
 
Of course come right here after you see the episode and share your thoughts. There will be an episode thread going. Happy end of Hellatus and season premiere everyone! It’s finally here!!!