There are certain expectations when one receives a press pass for San Diego Comic-Con. The most obvious expectation is that you actually provide press
for the movies, television series and stars that are being showcased to their fans. This is unbelievably exciting when the interviews are with the stars of your favorite shows. It's rather intimidating, though, when you are asked to interview the cast of a show you've never seen. That was the case for several of my SDCC 2016 interview assignments, including the show Lucifer
. Having just finished its first season on Fox, it was renewed for a celebrated second season so its stars were appearing at Comic-Con for only the second time.
Not only had I had never seen Lucifer
when I was asked to cover this press room, in fact I had made a conscious decision to not watch it as I felt a very strong allegiance to a devil by the name of Mark Pellegrino. I had also determined that there were enough angels, demons, depictions of Hell, and apocalyptic battles in my life given my devotion to a much older show called Supernatural!
On a deeper level,
I objected on moral grounds to a show that epitomized Satan as a good guy.
It's pretty common knowledge that "Arrow" is a show that is very close and personal to the cast and crew of "Supernatural". For one, "Arrow" and "Supernatural" have been Wednesday night companions for most of "Arrow's" existence on The CW. They have adjacent studios at the Canadian Motion Picture Park in Burnaby, British Columbia. Their star, Stephen Amell, has a rather "interesting" friendship with Jared and somehow Jensen is always in the middle of the fun.
As many of you already know from our "Supernatural" interviews, Nightsky and I attended San Diego Comic Con this year. We were there as members of the press, my eighth year in a row, but the very first year for Nightsky. Was her mind blown with the amount of press rooms and celebrities we got to interview and meet? Oh yes. It was fun to watch. :) But this also meant that we came home with gads of interviews and material about not only "Supernatural" but many other shows too, especially those featuring "Supernatural" alumni like "The Magicians," "Frequency," and "Timeless."
After putting a lot of this material together, we decided it was too good not to share on The Winchester Family Business. If you think about it, these other shows can be connected to "Supernatural" in some way. They can be connected by former actors, fellow shows filmed in Vancouver, or just sister shows in the Warner Brothers family. They all fit somehow, so they will be getting some attention here.
This is also to kick off a new feature you'll be seeing more as the new TV season progress, "The Extended Family." "Supernatural" has gotten way bigger than it's own realm. Creative people who were one way or another involved with SPN are now expanding out to other shows, and we thought it would be interesting to share their projects as well. Or you might see news and reviews about shows friendly with "Supernatural" actors like "Arrow," "The Flash," and "Legends of Tomorrow." Actualy, the rules are kind of loose. One thing is for sure, "Supernatural's" influence in the TV world is a lot larger than you think.
Comic Con has come and gone. We have Alice's great write-ups of her interviews with the cast and writers of Supernatural. Here are other sources.
Mr. Singer took his seat and in a pleasant surprise, recognized Nightsky right away. It could have been from last year's Chicago Con when Singer made an appearance (we were both there), but also back in season nine when “Bloodlines” was shot in Chicago, Singer was the director. Nightsky went to the filming sites and she talked with the producers for a bit. It’s all in the report she did for us back in season nine. Trust me when I say, the behind the scenes filming report is way better than the actual episode!
After having a few mishaps with adjusting the camera (as you see in the video clip), we were on our way. This ended up being our longest interview of the day, clocking in at over 8 minutes.
Ruth started out our talk by mentioning that she was having trouble hearing out of her left ear. So if you notice in an answer or two her complaining about hearing, you’ll know why. Otherwise Ruth is someone who loves to talk, and that’s not a bad thing. She was having so much fun talking to us about Comic Con that she had to be put on track to address what she was supposed to talk about, season twelve. Ah well, we didn’t mind, it is her first crack at this roundtable press conference thing. I just love listening to her Scottish accent. Between her and Henry Ian Cusick in “The 100” press room, I got a good fill of Scottish accents over the weekend.
Below is the full transcript and video.
We have a new word to describe Supernatural Season 12, and Samantha Smith deserves all the credit. In this interview she has coined the term that pretty much describes Mary's return, and the female presence in general for season 12...Asskickerage. It has a nice ring.
Samantha was a surprise guest and in twelve seasons this is the first time I've ever got to interview her. I've met her at cons before though and she's always been so sweet and pleasant. No doubt the whole experience of being back on "Supernatural" has thrown her for a loop, but she's digging in and having the time of her life.
There are some mild teasers in there, but no big spoilers, unless you find Mary being a hunter a big surprise. Considering that reveal was done in season four, that info shouldn't be new.
Below is the full transcript of the interview and the video for it. Again, yet again, apologies for the quality of the video. Dark rooms just mess up everything, but at least Samantha wore white, which softens the video a bit.
Everyone sort of cringes when Mark Sheppard shows up in the press room. He doesn't give spoilers, he doesn't particularly care for the press, if you ask him traditional questions about the season to come or the season past he gives short uninformative answers, sometimes downright rude. Some of my worst interviews have come from Mark. HOWEVER, this is not one of these interviews. He was in a good mood and we had a fun 6 min and 40 sec conversation with him.
Ah, Misha. He was actually our first interview of the day. We were told by the CW publicist before he took a seat to make sure we asked Misha a question about GISHWHES since registration closes tomorrow. So that's exactly what we did! How Misha finds time for all this is beyond me!
Below is the full transcript and video for Misha's interview with us in the San Diego Comic Con Supernatural press room. Both Nightsky and I got to ask questions. Misha does share some interesting tidbits. Could it be that my dream of the return of warrior Castiel come true? Misha talks a bit about that in this interview too.
You know what's coming...the disclaimer. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!
Here's Jared's interview! Transcribing a Jared interview is always a challenge. He says a lot in five minutes. In this interview he gives us a small glimpse as to what Sam's situation is in season 12 and judging by his description, it's not pretty. What's new?
Below is the transcribed interview and the video. Again, apologies for the grainy video, but the room was pretty dark and using proper lighting on our cameras just would have been rude. There is a pleasant treat in this video, as Misha and Jared almost kiss with tongues. But alas, the time was short.
Right, one more thing...SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!
Here it is, our annual press room interview with Jensen Ackles! This one is pretty exciting for us. We only had four minutes with Jensen, but out of the three questions asked, I got to ask one and Nightsky got to ask the other!
Apologies up front for the video quality, but the room was super dark. Far worse than other years. It really was asking a lot of an iPhone to fix the lighting. But the content and what Jensen said is pure gold, so enjoy. We were very lucky to score 8 interviews in the press room, as Ruth Connel and Samantha Smith were surprise guests. So all of those will coming in the next few days.
Below is the transcript of the interview and then the video on Youtube. Grainy as the quality may be, Jensen does some pretty funny things in this video that do not show up in a transcript. So I'd advise watching. One more thing...