Exclusive Interview: Mark A. Sheppard on SUPERNATURAL Season 9 and more

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There is an Internet meme that’s a collage of actor Mark A. Sheppard in some of his many recurring genre TV roles – as King of Hell Crowley in SUPERNATURAL, as interplanetary fence Badger in FIREFLY, as Romo Lampkin in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, as Tanaka in DOLLHOUSE, as Benedict Valda in WAREHOUSE 13, as insurance investigator Jim Sterling in LEVERAGE, as Canton Everett Delaware III in DOCTOR WHO, to name a few. There is an accompanying caption to the effect of, “If you don’t recognize this man, turn in your geek credentials.” London-born Sheppard also has feature film credits, including IN […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “Dog Dean Afternoon”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Leslie Jordan, Steve Valentine, Al Rodrigo Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Tim Andrew Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 5, 2013 SUPERNATURAL tells us right up front that “Dog Dean Afternoon” is going to be one of its relatively light segments. The “Then” section, although it does have the bits necessary to keep us up to speed with the story arc, is mainly a montage of comedic bits that’s actually funnier than some of the episodes represented here. Dean (Jensen Ackles) is still worried […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “Slumber Party”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark A. Sheppard, Felicia Day, Guildhart Jackson, Tiio Horn, Maya Massar Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 29, 2013 Instead of going for either terror or utterly bizarre (two of the more expected choices), this year’s SUPERNATURAL Halloween episode “Slumber Party” decides to open the door, literally, to Oz. In a black-and-white prologue set in 1935, Hunter Dorothy (Tiio West) brings in a captured witch (Maya Massar) to the Men of Letters headquarters. Something happens, though at first it’s not […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “I’m No Angel”

Misha Collins in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 - "I'm No Angel" | ©2013 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Adam J. Harrington, Shannon Lucio, Kevin Brief Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Kevin Hooks Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 22, 2013 With Misha Collins’ desanctified angel Castiel now human, it makes sense that SUPERNATURAL devotes a good portion of an episode to the character coming to terms with his new condition. In “I’m No Angel,” Cass deals with homelessness, hunger, getting an anti-angel warding tattoo (so the other angels can’t track him) – and, oh yeah, sex. Unfortunately for Cass, his […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “Devil May Care”

Osric Chau as Kevin and Mark Sheppard as Crowley in SUPERNATURAL | (c) 2013 Liane Hentscher/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark A. Sheppard, Osric Chau, Alaina Huffman, Jesse Hutch, Paul Rae, Olivia Ryan Stern Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Guy Norman Bee Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 15, 2013 One big takeaway from the SUPERNATURAL episode “Devil May Care” is that young Prophet of the Lord Kevin Tran (Osric Chau) is officially considered family by Dean (Jensen Ackles), along with the not-in-this-ep Castiel (Misha Collins) and of course Sam (Jared Padalecki). The other notable element here is that Padalecki, playing Sam as possessed by the angel […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here” – Season Premiere

Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 - "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" | ©2013 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Julian Richings, Tahmoh Penikett, Grace Phipps Writer: Jeremy Carver, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 8, 2013 Just in case any SUPERNATURAL fans were worried, rest assured that Season 9 gets off to a crazier than a bag of WINNIE THE POOH heffalumps and woozles, with Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) all having their own separate bizarre adventures. And wow, is Sam going to be angry (and – oh nooooo – probably sulky) […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Sacrifice” – SEASON FINALE

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Osric Chau, Kim Rhodes, Amanda Tapping, Curtis Armstrong, Alaina Huffman Writer: Jeremy Carver, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 15, 2013 A lot happens in SUPERNATURAL’s Season 8 closer “Sacrifice.” Probably the best and most satisfying thing that occurs is, for once, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) put each other ahead of the quest. There is also the near-humanization of Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), some intriguing reversals and an Aziz Ansari shout-out. On the other hand, […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Clip Show”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Curtis Armstrong, Alaina Huffman, Taylor Cole, Graham Wardle, Donnelly Rhodes Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 8, 2013 The term “clip show” generally refers to an episode of a (usually long-running) television series that uses clips from older shows to back up a story told in less-than-usual new footage. Well, credit SUPERNATURAL for doing things differently in an episode entitled “Clip Show.” There are brief clips of older episodes (check out Sam’s hair!), but they […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Pac-Man Fever”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Felicia Day, Linda Boyd Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: April 24, 2013 Given the entirety of SUPERNATURAL’s seventh season, one might be forgiven for guessing in advance that an episode titled “Pac-Man Fever” would involve the return of the Leviathans. It turns out that “Pac-Man Fever” instead is a loose reference to a videogame that isn’t really a videogame, but rather just a djinn-created offshoot of a recurring nightmare had by Charlie (Felicia Day), which winds up also engulfing Dean […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Taxi Driver”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Mark A. Sheppard, Osric Chau, Ty Olsson, Amanda Tapping, Assaf Cohen Writers: Eugenie Leming-Ross & Brad Buckner, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Guy Norman Bee Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: March 27, 2013 An appearance from Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer is always a noteworthy event – to paraphrase Art Mullen on JUSTIFIED, speaking of Beaver’s character on that series, let us take a moment to acknowledge this guy is awesome. Bobby died last season, and the boys even burned his bones when his ghost started turning to […]Read On »

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