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!!!
I just received this from the good folks at Warner Brothers.  What a really exciting fan promotion for our show!  (Um, disclaimer, must be in the contiguous US for the sweepstakes.  You can still register for the site though.) 
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WB Insider Rewards Exclusive Members-Only Sweepstakes Giveaway 
 

Join WB Insider Rewards Now and

Get a Chance to Win an Authentic Supernatural Hex Bag! 
 

August 28, 2009  Burbank, Calif. – Just in time for the debut of Supernatural Season 5, Warner Bros. launches the Supernatural Sweepstakes on Monday, August 31st. This exciting sweepstakes is available for anyone who joins the exclusive WB Insider Rewards community at www.wbinsiderrewards.com. 
 

The Grand Prize winner will receive these terrific prizes: 

      - Authentic Hex Bag Prop from Supernatural

      - Sony Playstation®3 with built-in Blu-rayâ„¢ Player

      - Blu-ray Discs of Supernatural Seasons 3 & 4*

      - 4 VIP Tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour   
 

The hex bag prop was designed by the Supernatural Prop Master and is one of the three created for the Season 5 premiere, Sympathy for the Devil, which airs on September 10th.  Winchester brothers’ epic journey continues as Sam (Jared Padelecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) carry on their life’s mission to protect mankind from dark spirits and to guard their own immortal souls. 
 

Last season, Sam and Dean used hex bags to hide from witches, demons, evil spirits and even angels. To learn more about the power of hex bags, get Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season, available for purchase on Blu-rayâ„¢ and DVD on September 1st. 
 

To enter the Supernatural Sweepstakes, participants must join the WB Insiders Rewards program. Members earn credits by watching clips and playing online games and then spend those rewards on free digital downloads like MP3s, mobile wallpapers, video clips and more. Members also can get exclusive sneak peeks, discounts on select merchandise at www.wbshop.com, free movie tickets, and the latest news about their favorite WB shows.  
 

Additional prizes for winners of the WB Insider Rewards Supernatural Prop Sweepstakes are:

      First Prize Winner (1)

      Second Prize Winner (1)

           - Supernatural Seasons 3 & 4 on Blu-ray*

  Third Prize Winners (5)

      - Prize package that includes the Supernatural Pendant, Harvelle’s Roadhouse T-Shirt, Taillights Mug, Sam & Dean Travel Mug, MiniBusts of the Scarecrow, Dean Winchester Wendigo, and Devil’s Trap John Winchester

      Fourth Prize Winner (1)

          - 4 V.I.P Tickets for the WB Studio Tour

      Fifth Prize Winners (10)

          - $20.00 coupons for merchandise on www.wbshop.com. 
     

By offering loyal WB Insiders a chance to win these great prizes, the Supernatural Sweepstakes celebrates fans of this successful television series, which has been nominated for three Emmy® Awards and three Teen Choice Awards in its four seasons on the air. It’s Warner Bros. way of saying thanks for joining the WB Insiders at www.wbinsiderrewards.com.

   

*or DVD of Seasons 1 – 4

**Playstation®3 is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation, and Sony Corporation is not affiliated with this promotion  

13 DAYS!!!!!!  Holy crap!  I'm freaking out.  Under the two week mark! 

Remember this picture? 




Omg!  13 days, 13 days, 13 days....  Ahem.  Sorry, fan girl meltdown done.  At least until the next time I look at the countdown clock.   
I just finished reading this during my lunch hour, and for anyone that follows this show, it's a must read.  Maureen Ryan of The Chicago Tribune, who I know got to talk to Kripke at length at the Comic Con (makes sense though, being the moderator and all) finally published her transcript.  It's awesome.  It also addresses any extreme complaints that come from Sam fans and/or Dean fans.  If anyone isn't satisfied with that answer, its time to leave the fandom.  Anyway, enjoy this really fantastic (AND EXTREMELY SPOILERY) interview.  Thank you so much Maureen, you are a true friend to the show and we're very grateful.

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2009/08/supernatural-season-5-eric-kripke-cw.html

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Oh, I do love a good joke, but in this case, it needs to be carried farther. 

Considering I'm uncertain how familiar people are with The CW and their new shows, here's some background.  Recently, to promote the new show The Beautiful Life, which follows America's Next Top Model on Wednesdays, they created some buzz for this less than anticipated show by photographing the cast naked with a well placed banner in the right spot.  Here's an article about the photos and the chatter they're creating. 

http://thetvaddict.com/2009/08/19/the-tv-addict-responds-to-the-cws-salacious-new-ad-campaign-for-the-beautiful-life-tbl/

Someone, not missing a beat, wanted to see a campaign like this for all the CW shows.  We still have yet to see Jared and Jensen naked, but this will suffice for all you Smallville fans:

http://thetvaddict.com/2009/08/21/advertising-anarchy-the-beautiful-clark-kent/

Sorry, can't type anymore.  Eyes clouded by tears from extreme laughter.  Still waiting for Jared, Jensen, and Misha.  Heck, do Jim for kicks.  First one with photoshop skills will get a big feature on this site!

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