Nobody panic, but Grey's Anatomy (and the world as we know it) might just be ending. Even though at times it's seemed like the ABC juggernaut would go on forever -- it is entering its 15th season with no sign of slowing down, after all -- that doesn't mean its leading lady, Ellen Pompeo, is in it for the long haul. In fact, Pompeo hinted Friday that she's considering leaving the Meredith Grey behind.
"I'm clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about what my future is on the show, but I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell," Pompeo told Entertainment Weekly. "It's about time that I mix it up. I'm definitely looking for a change."
For those of you about to head into a tailspin, we'll remind you that Pompeo's current contract ensures her participation in the show through Season 16, so an immediate exit is not imminent. That being said, when and if Pompeo decides to go, the powers that be will have a hard question on their hands. Can Grey's Anatomy survive without Meredith Grey? And more important, should it?
Grey's Anatomy's two-hour premiere airs Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c on ABC.
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Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) Winchester have overcome some impossible odds over the years but when Supernatural returns for Season 14, they'll face their biggest threat yet: Michael. While the brothers are no strangers to the villainous archangel, Michael's possession of Dean changes things significantly, and Team Free Will will find themselves backed into a corner.
Their quest to stop Michael will be marred by a series of roadblocks including the fact that the only beings powerful enough to stop him are no longer in the game--Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) is dead and Jack (Alexander Calvert) is now powerless. Plus, Sam will also juggle leading the Apocalypse World gang with day-to-day hunter duties while Castiel (Misha Collins) will take on a new role as Jack's mentor as the Nephilim grapples with being practically human.
With so much happening next season, we know it's a struggle to keep track. But don't worry, we've got you covered! Here's everything we know about the upcoming season of Supernatural so far.
Season 14 will be shorter. Supernatural has clocked in at 23 episodes every season since Season 7, but the upcoming season will be comprised of just 20 episodes -- and there's a very good reason for that: Ackles and Padalecki want to spend more time with their families.
"When Jared and I sit down and we talk about, 'Do we want to do this? Do we want to continue to do this?' It's not about the things that it's usually about when these kinds of conversations come up," Ackles said. "The conversation is quality of life. We both have families, it's more about how can we make our work-life balance a little better. And shaving a couple of episodes off gives us almost an extra month out of our year, which when you only get about a two-and-half-month hiatus, it goes by really quickly." We can't argue with that!
The season will be much more grounded. Rather than build toward an epic, end-of-the-world battle like they've done a million times before, this season will focus more on the emotional journeys of Sam, Dean, Castiel and Jack. "The season [is] probably a little smaller in scope than some of the other seasons we've done but a little heavier on the emotional stories," executive producer Robert Singer told TV Guide. Grab some tissues, it sounds like this season will be an emotional rollercoaster.
Michael's possession of Dean will have lasting effects. The driving force behind Season 14 will be the search for Dean, who is being possessed by the archangel Michael. With the elder Winchester MIA while Michael commits heinous acts using his body, Dean's eventual return (obviously he's returning) won't be an easy transition back to every day life. It's something he'll continue to deal with once Michael is ejected from his body."The question is when and how does he come back? And when he does, what did that experience with Michael, how did that affect him? I think that's something we're going to be dealing with for the remainder of the season," said Ackles.
Sam will struggle without his brother. With Dean missing, a gang of Apocalypse World hunters to lead and more innocent victims to save, Sam will have a full plate. He's going to struggle without his brother by his side supporting him. "Sam is just terrified. He just loves his brother, he worries about him. And now he doesn't have his main confidant to help him make decisions," said Padalecki.
Jack and Cas will be spending a lot of time together. Now that Jack has lost his powers, he has to cope with no longer being the strongest being in the room -- and that won't be an easy feat. The young Nephilim will find himself in a dark place this season, but he'll have support in Castiel, who knows exactly what he's going through. Cas will take Jack under his wing and teach him what it means to be human, bringing them even closer together.
"[Jack is] almost human and he has to deal with what a miserable experience it is to be human and to be unable to snap your fingers and solve problems magically. So Cas is in a unique position to help him with that because Cas went through that and has come out the other side," Misha Collins explained.
The Wayward Sisters will be back this season. Since The CW passed on their spin-off, Jodi Mills (Kim Rhodes) and the rest of the gang will be reincorporated back into Supernatural. In fact, Jodi is slated to appear at the beginning of the season! The sisters' eventual return will also tie up loose ends from the backdoor pilot, including whatever happened with that rift.
Along with some other familiar faces. Supernatural boss Andrew Dabb has confirmed to TV Guide that in addition to the Wayward Sisters, Rowena (Ruth Connell) will be back, as will Apocalypse World Bobby (Jim Beaver) and Charlie (Felicia Day). While Rowena will continue to be the troublemaking witch we know and love, Bobby and Charlie will be very different from the versions we knew in the real world, since they've been shaped by their experiences in Apocalypse World.
Supernatural returns for Season 14 on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8/7c on The CW.
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Level 6 done goofed.
After deciding to evict Sam instead of JC during Wednesday's special Big Brother eviction episode, JC shocked everyone by winning his first comp of the season -- which also happened to be one of the most important ones. JC became the second-to-last HOH, securing his spot in the final three and blocking the remaining half of Level 6 from sailing through to the finals together. JC nominated Tyler and Angela for eviction, and with Kaycee winning the POV, it was up to her to decide which half of Tangela to send home and which half she hopes to be standing next to in next Wednesday's finale.
In the end, Kaycee stayed true to her word and voted to keep her ride-or-die from Week 1, Tyler. Of course, if Level 6 had simply sent JC home before Sam, this entire debacle could have been avoided. Now, Tyler and Kaycee will have to compete against JC for the final HOH while Angela waits around in jury with Brett and everyone she helped send home.
TV Guide spoke to Angela about Tyler and Kaycee's secret Final 2, who she would have evicted if she had won the Veto and whether she was ever worried about what the jury would think of her. See what she revealed below!
Tyler and Kaycee had a secret Final 2 all season, but do you think there was anything you could have done at any point in the season that could have swayed either Tyler or Kaycee to be loyal to you above all else?
Angela: I understand Kaycee's logic behind her decision. She had a Final 2 that she formed with Tyler before Level 6 was even born. I understand her logic and she stayed loyal to the first deal she made.
If you had won the Veto, would you really have evicted Tyler over Kaycee like you had said you'd do?
Angela: I would have kept Tyler because, out of Kaycee and Tyler, we had a similar relationship in the game but outside of the game, my relationship with Tyler was stronger on an emotional level.
Zingbot called you heartless and several houseguests would probably agree. Were you ever worried about the way you'd come off, particularly when it came to the other members of the jury?
Angela: I was brutally honest about my opinions on other people. I did not sugarcoat things. I was honest and I spoke my mind. I knew some relationships, like the one with Rockstar, were beyond repair, so I was honest.
You and Tyler fell in love this summer. What's the first thing you're looking forward to doing together once you're outside the house and where do you imagine your relationship going from here?
Angela: Honestly, I don't know what is next. It is hard to get to know someone fully when you are living through [a] filter. Everything you say and do is recorded and shown to millions. First, I'm looking forward to having a conversation and clearing the air on a few things. I was hurt when I found out he had a Final 2 deal with Kaycee. I accepted it on a game level, but I think he could have handled it differently to protect my emotions a bit. We'll see how our conversation goes and we will go from there. Stay tuned...
Big Brother 20 airs Sunday and Wednesday at 8/7c.
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