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Jared Padalecki Cancels NJ Creation Con Appearance

After seeing Jared Padalecki at New York Comic Con a few weeks ago, starting his whirlwind promotional tour for Friday The 13th, plus being aware of his insane schedule in which he was to attend three fan conventions in March alone, on top of filming the final season four episodes for Supernatural, I wondered if he could actually fulfill all his lofty commitments.  It seems he can't. 

This was the message posted on the Creation Entertainment site earlier today:

February 20, 2009: We have been advised that Jared Padalecki has an unforeseen personal commitment that prevents him from attending this convention. Jared has been a great friend to Creation Entertainment and to his loyal fans and we look forward to working with him again soon, including in LA in a few weeks. While a cancellation of a star of Jared's stature is never pleasant we are working on providing the absolute very best convention we can and as such today we have announced the addition of four new guests for the convention: JIM BEAVER, CHAD LINDBERG, GABRIEL TIGERMAN, and TODD STASHWICK. We will be refunding payments to those that ordered separate Jared Photo Ops and autograph tickets early next week. We will be adding autograph tickets and photo ops for our new guests early next week as well.

I just bought a ticket to this convention, and while I'm VERY sad that I won't get to see Jared, I am thrilled to see Jim Beaver.  This will be the first con for Misha Collins as well, and I'm excited to be there for that.  So, I'm sure I speak for all Supernatural fans that we hope Jared is okay and while disappointed, we understand. 

Over 4 million with DVR for "After School Special"

The latest DVR +7 ratings for the week of January 26th - February 1 have been published (a few days too late thanks to the holiday this week), and once again it's very good news for Supernatural.  For the 4th time this season, the ratings have gone over 4 million. 

For "After School Special," the live and same day DVR ratings were a fantastic 3.57 million.  The DVR +7 total has come in at 4.08 million.  The other episodes so far this season to break the 4 million barrier are "Lazarus Rising" (4.28 million), "In The Beginning" (4.05 million), and "It's The Great Pumpkin Sam Winchester" (4.07 million). 

As I also like to note constantly, and until someone tells me to shut up I will keep doing so, only one episode in season four, "Monster Movie" at 3.57 million, failed with DVR numbers to match last season's DVR high, which was "Jus In Bello" at 3.59 million.  Ratings for all other season four episodes have been easily beat season three's.  It's a shame that season two's DVR ratings weren't tracked, because the live numbers are very close, so I would imagine the DVR numbers would be beating that by a lot since DVR penetration is far greater these days.   

Here is the entire list, in which Smallville also did very well: 

http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/02/19/tuesdays-american-idol-has-most-dvr-viewers-lostpremiere-has-greatest-share-of-viewing-by-dvr/13112

Here is my updated ratings list, which I keep on this site under the heading "Ratings."  I love comparing this season to last and even season two.  Shows with this much increase in viewership in its fourth season is unheard of.   

http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/supernatural/18-ratings.html

Supernatural Not Back Until March 12th

The CW shuffle has again resulted in a schedule change.  Even though Reaper premieres on March 3rd and America's Top Model comes back with a 2 hr premiere on March 4th, Smallville and Supernatural will not be back until March 12th now instead of the previously announced date of March 5th, killing any hopes of a full boffo return week for The CW.  

Theories are floating around that the schedule change was due to American Idol airing on March 5th, but that makes no sense.  American Idol is also airing on the 3rd and the 4th, and recently Smallville held up very well against an AI airing.  Chances are more likely that since the season finale is slated for May 14th, that would have left 8 episodes left in the season to air over 11 weeks.  Now that's 10 weeks. 

Looking at the schedule for February, very little new programming is airing on the network, essentially rendering it dark for a good number of weeks.  Even when new episodes are shown, aka the weak Friday night lineup or Privileged burning off what is likely it's last episodes, they aren't exactly generating new viewership.  Even 90210 is only getting about 2.3 million these days against American Idol.  The top rated show on the network this week: A repeat of Smallville. 

Here's a fantastic analysis on the state of The CW these days from Robert Seidman at TV By The Numbers, deconstructing a ludicrous spin article posted about the network on Variety.  It's an honest piece that looks beyond the overpromotion the network does with their teen shows, a network that forgets that two aging Sci-Fi franchises and a long established reality show are still their biggest ratings draws. 

http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/02/14/are-these-the-best-of-times-for-the-cw/12848
 

Jared Padalecki Does The Interview Circuit

Jared Padalecki was let out of the cage in Vancouver recently to travel cross country from New York to LA in promotion of the opening of Friday The 13th.  Several great interviews have come out of that process.  Below are the links to what I've found so far. 

First, I did get to attend the Friday The 13th panel at the New York Comic Con on February 7th.  Jared looked great and was his normal goofy self.  My full report can be found here:  http://www.jesterz.net/the-red-headed-monster/10-all/290-friday-the-13th-panel-ny-comic-con.html

About.com has coverage at the LA Press Day for the film.  Jared not only talks Friday The 13th, but Supernatural as well.  No spoilers, just some speculation about the finale since a season five pickup is still in limbo.   http://movies.about.com/od/fridaythe13th/a/jared-padalecki.htm?nl=1

Here's an interview at the premiere of Friday The 13th from CW Source. 


Jared was also on the Bonnie Hunt show.  The interview was way too short, but tons of fun to watch for a real fan.


Jared also appeared on KTLA for an interview.  This one involved WAY too much chatter from the anchors, but hey, Jared looked pretty  Pretty tired that is.  Still, it's eye candy.  BTW, the scarf he has on here is the same one he wore at the New York Comic Con. 


Here's another interview with a cheesy local news show in Sacramento, but Jared's really fun in this one. 


Here are some awesome pictures from the premiere.  http://winchesterbros.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=634&page=1

This interview took place at the Comic Con, from Parade.com.  http://www.nj.com/celebrity-news/index.ssf/2009/02/jared_padalecki_resurrects_a_k.html

There are plenty of reviews out there on the film, but none worthy of linking since most film critics don't think highly of slasher flicks.  They especially don't comment on the acting in slasher flicks.  If I run across any ones worth of mention, I'll share the link.  The important thing is the fans of the franchise are satisfied, and judging by the fan comments I've read in various places so far, they are. 

I'll update with more links and interviews as they become available. Got any to share?  There's a great comments section for that. 

Updated: Friday The 13th Breaks Records For Horror Films

It seems that the rest of the world is getting a glimpse of what us Supernatural fans have known for a while now.  Jared Padalecki rocks as a leading man.

Friday The 13th opened on Friday the 13th to a domestic box office total of $19.3 million according to Variety.  That is the best domestic day opening ever for an R-rated horror film.  It's on track to make at least $50 over the four day holiday weekend.  

More info about opening day of the holiday weekend box office can be found here:  http://www.variety.com/article/VR1290001179.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

Update:  The total for the 4 day weekend is now at $45.2 million.  Congratulations to Jared and everyone involved in the project. 

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118000178.html?categoryid=13&cs=1