There are three Supernatural cons in March, and one in Australia in April, so this weekend kicks off the long string of weary cast members bouncing from place to place in between breaks in Vancouver.
Creation Entertainment's "Salute To Supernatural" kicks off in Cherry Hill, NJ tomorrow. I have tickets to this event and will be covering it, although it'll be a challenge to see how a con feels when neither of the major stars are there. I keep hearing that it's still a great fan experience, so I'm keeping an open mind and going with the mindset that at least I'll have fun getting drunk and being away from my clingy children, hubby, and pets for a weekend. This time I'm going Gold Ticket, so I'll actually have some insights on the Saturday night Dessert and Cocktail party and Sunday morning Brunch. This is where I find out if that extra cost for the privilege of attening these two events is worth it.
On Friday, Chad Lindberg (Ash) and Jason Manns are the panelists, and there is a Jason Manns concert and Karoke party in the evening. On Saturday Richard Speight Jr. (The Trickster), Gabriel Tigerman (Andy), and Traci Dinwiddie (Pamela Barnes) take the stage, and they are the listed guests for the said Dessert and Cocktail party. Sunday, the big event day starts with Jim Beaver (Bobby), Todd Stashwick (Dracula), Charles Malik Whitfield (Agent Henricksen) and the person I'm very anxious to see, Misha Collins (Castiel). The Sunday lineup is also supposed to be at the breakfast in the morning.
On March 20-22, Eye Con takes place in Orlando, Florida. Guests scheduled are Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Julie McNiven, Chad Lindberg, Gabriel Tigerman, and Jason Manns. One week later Creation Entertainment's "Salute to Supernatural" moves to LA, and this one actually has both Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki there. Other guests scheduled are Richard Speight Jr., Samantha Smith, Alona Tal, Charles Malik Whitfield, Gabriel Tigerman, Misha Collins, Jason Manns, and Steve Carlson. Notably absent from that one is the master himself, Eric Kripke, who despite living in the same town had a conflict. I must say that opportunities to get writers at that convention were missed and that's why I took a pass at traveling cross country for the same event I could get in a much closer Chicago. Ditto for why I haven't bought for Vancouver yet.
Finally, on April 18-19 in Sydney Australia, Jensen and Jared will both attend the "All Hell Breaks Loose" convention.
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.
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.
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.
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