To all my fellow American citizens...


Happy Independence Day!!!   

(aka, the 4th of July to the rest of the world)

May there be unlimited cheeseburgers and beer on your holiday!  Enjoy it!

No, not Gremlins.  It's called Mr. Jester and his technical "upgrades."  He turned on a new caching feature designed to help the increased load we are getting on the site (always a good thing) and as a result, comments don't show until 15 minutes after posting.  I told him that might not go over too well!  So, we are looking into this issue right now.  If you post comments fear not!  They did post.  They do show in the latest comments area on the main page.

Also, there have been repeated complaints about the articles not showing.  The common problem is that everything shows on the headers, left margins and right margins, but the articles are blank.  Here are a few helpful suggestions:

1.  Try it on a Firefox browser. 
2.  Close the browser and try again (I know, it's a lame tech support cop out, but it really does work half the time). 
3.  If you are on IE8, hit the compatibility viewer button.  I'm running IE8 and that always works. 
4.  If you are on older versions of IE, like IE6, I don't know how to get it to work.  See suggestion #1. 

Any other problems?  Like you're on IE7 and still have the problem?  Send me a message in the Contact Us section and I'll be happy to try and resolve the issue.

Also, there have been repeated complaints about posts being eaten.  Now this is a problem I get on several sites.  It's the authentication feature, where you have to type in the little letters to prove you're not a bot.  If you're typing something long and hit post, it's very possible that feature has timed out so it'll eat your post.  There are two ways to combat that:

1.  Create a login.  Go up to the tiny Login prompt on the top right hand portion of the screen.  There's a create an account option at the bottom.  I rarely if ever have timeout issues when I'm logged in.
2.  I highly suggest this on all sites, copy your text before submitting.  Just a nice little safety feature in case the Internet connection resets or something.  Lord knows it happens to me constantly.  

There we have the tech support portion of your program.  If you have any other problem than what's been mentioned above, its Gremlins.  Or computer demons.  Yes, I just watched that Buffy episode.  What was Whedon thinking?  

To Our Canadian Friends,

      Happy Canada Day!!

From your friends south of the Great White North.  Where it's warmer.  
Mountie Moose

Jared, before and after:

Jensen, before and after:

Got your attention???   Good!  By my calculations, we aren't even halfway through hellatus.  Luckily there's plenty of vacations, summer activities, and those freaking day jobs to keep us occupied for a little while longer.  This also means we've all been pretty busy lately, and there's no time for regular diversions like reading my completely off the wall and subjective top ten lists or elle2's amazing tributes to seasons gone by.  This week especially is pretty light, considering it's a holiday week in both the US and Canada. 

Today Warner Brothers released their final lineups for their 11 television show panels to happen at next month's San Diego Comic Con.  This includes Supernatural, whose panel is on Sunday, July 26th. 

I got this for another reason besides being on Warner Brother's normal press release list.  It's because I'm going!!!  I got my final press pass approval two days ago and have been making travel arrangements this week.  Yes, the Winchester Family Business will do reports from the con, for Saturday and Sunday anyway.  My arrival date is still undetermined.   

Anyway, here is what was announced about Supernatural.  This is a different lineup from last year:

Supernatural Screening and Q&A – Join Supernatural stars Misha Collins (24) and Jim Beaver (Deadwood), creator/executive producer Eric Kripke (Boogeyman), and executive producers Ben Edlund (Angel) and Sera Gamble (Eyes) for an exclusive sneak peek at footage from the highly anticipated fifth season premiere of this thrill-ride series. They’ll also answer questions from the audience and show a portion of the special features from the upcoming fourth season DVD release. Produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, premiering September 10. Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-rayâ„¢ Hi-Def September 1. Room 6BCF 

Yep, no Jensen and Jared this year.  Also, Ben Edlund and Sera Gamble each now have the title of "Executive Producer."  Just like last year though, it looks like there will be some sneek peek footage from the premiere.  It should be a fantastic panel. 

Below is the entire press release from Warner Brothers for anyone interested in all the other shows:

Season Five kicks off...September 10th.  This evening (8pm eastern), The CW announced their premiere dates.  Their fall season kicks off on September 8th in 90210 and Melrose Place, September 9th with a two hour premiere of America's Next Top Model, and September 10th with The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. 

Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill return on Sept 14th, although they've switched time slots.  That was something I predicted might happen in a few forum posts considering Gossip Girl gets killed by House in the ratings.  Smallville doesn't return until September 25th.

For more info, the news in better detail can be found here.
Here are some misc items that have been clogging my Inbox over the last few days that I thought I’d share. 
I'm going with a slightly different slant today.  The Hollywood Reporter these days is doing what they call their “Emmy Roundtables.” Recently, they got together for a group discussion Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Laurence Fishburne (CSI), Denis Leary (Rescue Me), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and Bill Paxton (Big Love). 
So, what does this have to do with Supernatural? The insights these lead TV actors share about series work in this segment is fascinating and mirrors an awful lot of what Jared and Jensen say on a regular basis. Series work is grueling, and given the changing character dynamics these days, it’s getting harder.   
Every once in a while, it’s my duty to keep everyone informed on some important things going on in the fandom. There are good things that do come from the crazed (sorry, enthusiastic!) fans, and they deserve some mention.
First, the big Asylum convention in Birmingham, England is being held this weekend. Anyone going? Want to share your experiences? Just email them to me (use the Contact Us section) and I’ll be sure to publish it on the site. Many of us love reading these con stories, so share your joy!  Be a hero to your fandom!  Be the recipient of our extreme jealousy!