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.



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. 


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:


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!


If you look at our fabulous countdown clock (graphic courtesy of elle), we are under the 30 day mark.  The last few weeks have been COMPLETELY insane from my end, so I've decided to take some time to slow down, share some fan news, and let you know how we plan on riding out the remaining days until premiere night! 

My Personal Thank You

The whole comic con experience, meeting other bloggers, fans, and of course reporting the news back to everyone here is still making me go "Wow!"  It's certainly generated enough excitement for the upcoming season where I feel the energy in the fandom.  It's fantastic.  Just about every blogger I ran into at the con heard of Supernatural and wanted to discuss the show.  Most loved it, some questioned the angel story line, but those people only generated a lively discussion that engaged the entire table.  This happened in the Chuck press room of all places.  A showrunner for Fringe too, J.H. Wyman, acknowledged Supernatural with fondness since they're part of the same campus now in Vancouver.  Workers from both shows know each other well.  I never heard chatter about another show like that. 

Anyway, many people came here for their info and linked the articles to other sites, and for that I'm truly grateful.  If you look at the most viewed articles, the Misha Collins interview has already moved to number two on the all time list.  That's pretty awesome.  Thank you, thank you, and I'm so pleased I have such a wonderful audience to share all this great news with.  My hubby and dogs weren't as impressed.   Neither were the kids, when they found out I didn't meet Tom Welling. 

Con News

Man, while I was gone, my email Inbox exploded with all the con news.  So much going on.
I just got this from Warner Brothers a few minutes ago.  The rumors are true!!!


(August 6, 2009 – Burbank, CA) -- Paris Hilton will guest star in the October 8th episode of The CW’s “Supernatural,” reuniting her with her “House of Wax” co-star and “Supernatural” series regular, Jared Padalecki. 
“Paris Hilton is playing a demonic creature that takes the form of....Paris Hilton,” said series creator and executive producer Eric Kripke in describing her role on the show.  “It'll be a fun, irreverent episode and we here at ‘Supernatural’ are thrilled that Paris agreed to do it.”
The episode, titled “American Idol,” will air on October 8, 2009, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
This is it, we're checking out, taking a break until roughly August 1st from our regular routine here at The Winchester Family Business.  I'm leaving for the Comic Con Wednesday evening, and given my full press schedule I've got plenty to prep for.  I'm covering shows and other artists I know absolutely nothing about.  Homework time!  Lucky for me, one of those press rooms will be Supernatural, so I'm good there! 

Even though elle2 will be available to write articles, there will be no admin around to post them, so she'll keep them warm until August 1st, when we countdown the final days of hiatus with a bang!  Up top I'll provide daily links to my other blog, TV For The Rest of Us, for my Comic Con reports.  So far, the TV events I'm scheduled to cover are The Big Bang Theory, Chuck, Fringe, The Vampire Diaries, Mythbusters, and Supernatural.  It's possible plenty of other misc things will pop up as well, or something will go wrong with one of those listed.  If you want reports of Twilight,  Lost or any other Hall H events I suggest other media outlets.  I'm way too small time to get into those panels.  Reports will also be filed at blogcritics.org.  For the Supernatural press room and panel, I will post all that info right here on Sunday after they happen. 

Given the VERY low site traffic in July, I know there's plenty for everyone to catch up on.  Take time during the break to browse through the articles from the last two months, enjoy a recap or two that you never had time for, and please send your comments.  Elle2 will be tracking those, and who knows, maybe I'll get a chance to respsond here or there as well. 

Before we go, I did get very good news today from our friends at Support Supernatural.  Their total doesn't even count the yet to be finalized donation from The Winchester Family Business for the proceeds from the Amazon purchases.  The campaign runs until August 14th, so if you live in the US and need to order something from Amazon, click on any of the Amazon ads here and order through that.  If you order anything from the Amazon.ca website, let me know the amount and I'll chip in the 6%.  Puppies and kitties are counting on it! 
I've been in constant communciation for months with Daniela, offering whatever assistance and advice I can to help get a con going in Rome, Italy.  Since I first posted the news back in April that fans from Southern Europe were banding together to have the first ever Supernatural con in that part of the world, Daniela and others have been super busy and their efforts have paid off.  The con is happening! 

It will be held April 2-4, 2010 at the Hilton Rome Airport in Rome, Italy.  No official guests have been announced yet, but I have some inside info that they are close to signing a great lineup!  One that makes the convention very worthwhile. 
For more information, including a place to track announcements, go to  http://jusinbello.it/.  The following packages will be offered (all prices in Euros):

7/20 - Bumping for a big one from Master Kripke below.  See link at the bottom.

Okay, I usually have a no spoiler policy.  We especially have a sensitive international readership here that have to wait much longer for their episodes and usually love to savor the element of surprise.  So, as season five "spoilers" start leaking, many will want to stay far, far away. 

However, there are two FANTASTIC interviews out there that must be shared, especially when so much time is left on tht countdown clock.  They really get me excited about what's to come.  I wouldn't call them "spoilery" as much as "teasery".  I know, that's not a word but you get my point.  These are so juicy, I just have to share.
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?