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WYNONNA EARP Teasers: The Earp Family, From WayHaught To The Next Generation

The stars of SYFY series WYNONNA EARP met with reporters this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. Cast members Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Shamier Anderson, Katherine Barrell, Tamara Duarte, and Varun Saranga joined showrunner Emily Andras and comic book creator Beau Smith to discuss the series’ family dynamic, Wyonna’s pregnancy, popular relationships like Wayhaught and Wyndolls, and more.

The Earp sisters.

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One of WYNONNA EARP’s many draws is the sibling dynamic between Wynonna and Waverly Earp. At Comic-Con, Emily Andras said that when she first saw the WYNONNA EARP comic book, the Earp sisterhood really stood out to her: “I was quite intrigued by the idea of sisters in the comic book…What I liked the best was the idea that Waverly really wants to be the chosen one, and Wynonna wants to be Waverly and be liked by everybody — and would rather die than be the chosen one. So, I think it’s interesting that they love each other; but they also have what the other wants, so to speak.”

As far as Andras is concerned, there’s also no limit to the rich storytelling available with this particular aspect of the source material. “It’s just so rich, right? I could tell that story for twenty years. I think sister stories don’t get enough play.”

Thank the television gods for Andras’ belief that sisterhood is just as important as any other relationship. It’s almost as if women are interesting characters, just like their male counterparts. Imagine.

The extended Earp family.

It’s worth noting that the series’ somewhat unlikely collection of characters forms its own family. “Genre is the home of building your own family. I think we’ve seen that time and time again, from BUFFY to BATTLESTAR: the idea that you can’t choose your family, but you can build a family of your own. And we certainly strive to do that on the show,” said Andras.

Whether this is the case for other genre shows or not, WYNONNA EARP’s familial bonds go beyond what’s on the screen.

Take, for example, the cast and crew’s reactions to star Melanie Scrofano’s pregnancy, which was written into the series’ second season. In many occupations, women run the risk of being met with negative backlash if they become pregnant at a time that might be inconvenient for others. But from the EARP family, Scrofano was met with plenty of support, showing just how close the team really is.

“When the family heard that, they were like a real family,” said Beau Smith, creator of the original WYNONNA EARP comics. Everyone pulled together and recognized Melanie’s news as what it was: a good thing, not something to stand in their way. As Scrofano herself discussed some of the ways her pregnancy affected those on set, she became visibly emotional. She described the experience as “incredible to see the way my life affects everybody on our cast — and the crew even…It just grounded this season in such a beautiful, emotional place for everyone.”

The warmth extended beyond the reactions to Melanie Scrofano’s pregnancy, too. When asked how it felt to join WYNONNA EARP in its second season, newcomer Varun Saranga said, “everyone was so kind to me, and loving, and generous.” The same could be said of Saranga’s character. “I think he enjoys being part of the family….He really cares about these people because they care about him. And that’s his motivation to stay.”

Oh, and don’t forget one of the most vital parts of the WYNONNA EARP family: The Earpers.

“We’re here because of that fandom,” said Tim Rozon, who plays Doc Holliday, “The fandom is the biggest part of our success…So, for me, I’m in debt to all Earpers, ever — forever.”

The praise for the fans didn’t end there. Dominique Provost-Chalkley was a bit nervous to play some of Waverly’s scenes in season two, but some of that pressure was eased by knowing she’d have the fandom rooting for her. “I knew that Earpers are so supportive in everything we do, and we really couldn’t have a more positive and loving fanbase. So, it was kind of the perfect platform to do [them].”

Showrunner Emily Andras informed reporters that the WYNONNA EARP team even surprised some fans at Comic-Con by crashing their viewing party and live tweeting the series’ latest episode with them.

When will your faves ever is, I believe, the proper response to that.

It may be a plot on a sci-fi series, but Wynonna Earp’s pregnancy will be more realistic than you think.

According to star Melanie Scrofano, Emily Andras’ first reaction to Scrofano’s news was, “you have hilarious timing.” After that, Andras got down to the business of turning something that most showrunners would consider a major inconvenience into an opportunity for even better storytelling. Quite a few series, in just about every genre, have had a major problem with finding a way to show what an expecting mother might experience; but Scrofano assured the press at Comic-Con that this would not be the case on WYNONNA EARP.

“Basically, every moment of what I was going through as Melanie, good and bad, [Andras said],  ‘just put it into the character.’ I think it’s really…I think it’s really honest, and you know what? Some people might look at it and be like, ‘I don’t think she would be able to do all that.’ And I say, ‘bullshit.’ Because I, Melanie, was working eighteen hour days. I’d get up. I’d learn my lines. I’d go to work. I’d cry, have a meltdown I’d yell at someone. I’d go apologize, and then I’d keep going. And Wynonna does the same thing. So, I think it really shows pregnancy in an honest light for what it was. For me. It’s not the same for everyone.”

The actress went on to describe instances where her back would hurt — a common problem for pregnant women — and her reaction, holding her back, while not written into the scenes, was kept in the final product because it was so natural. “It’s just those little moments that Wynonna would probably go through, too, and it was really fun to put those in.”

If it sounds like Melanie Scrofano, not Wynonna Earp, is the true superhero here, that’s probably about accurate.

That’s not to say that Wynonna won’t continue to be the hero of her own story, though. And now that she has someone new to protect, expect her to be more fierce.

In yet another dose of reality infused into this oftentimes impossible to describe Syfy channel gem, Wynonna will want to protect her child in that special way mothers do. “She’s had to protect people before — for sure,” teased Scrofano, “but once you become a mother, “you have this protective instinct that kicks in. And so, it just — she just — becomes stronger, in a way.”

Beware things that go bump in the night: If you thought Wynonna Earp was scary before, wait until she becomes a demon-hunting mama bear.

Emily Andras’ bravery in going forward with a pregnancy storyline, rather than covering up Scrofano’s real-life pregnancy, is very important, according to Beau Smith.

“I’ll be honest with you. Right now, there’s someone that’s fifteen to twenty years old that watches WYNONNA EARP, and they’re seeing this. In ten, fifteen, twenty years, they’re going to be a producer — or a writer — and someone at a [Comic-Con roundtable interview] like this is going to ask them, ‘well, what inspired you — what made you do something that’s so creative?’ At that point, they’re going to go, ‘well, there was this show called WYNONNA EARP. And in the second season, they made the lead…She was pregnant, and she did this.’ And that’s what’s going to happen.”

Representation matters.

Even with all of the realistic drama, Earpers can still look forward to plenty of the series’ supernatural storytelling.

As of this season’s seventh episode, there’s already the possibility that the father of Wynonna’s baby is a revenant. What would that even mean for the baby? The demon-Earp hybrid possibilities are endless.

And there’s always plenty of evil for the series’ lead to dispose of. It’s not like Purgatory is going to shut down for maternal leave, after all.

ratsmoothieSo, if you’re not here for a “real” story and want to be swept up in the sci-fi of it all, there’s nothingto fear (except maybe goo possession, revenants, and who knows what else). Let’s just hope there isn’t another rat smoothie. I don’t care how delighted Melanie Scrofano was to describe the film magic behind that. I still don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at a blender the same way again after that scene.

Up next: WayHaught, bromance, Wyndolls, and more.

OZARK Sneak Peek: The Byrde Family Flees in Netflix’s New Drama Series

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Jason Bateman stars as Marty Byrde in the new Netflix drama OZARK, which co-stars Laura Linney as his wife Wendy.

The Byrde family, along with teenage kids Charlotte and Jonah, are like any other normal except. For the fact that Marty is a Chicago financial advisor who also serves as the top money launderer for the second largest drug cartel in Mexico. Marty and his family are at risk when his situation with the cartel goes awry, which prompts Marty to move his family from Chicago to the lake region of the Missouri Ozarks.

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In the sneak peek below we see Wendy prompting Marty to go to the police, but he doesn’t think they’ll make it that far. With everyone’s lives in danger his only option is to sell the house and flee the city.

OZARK premieres on Netflix on July 21.

SPLITTING UP TOGETHER: First Look at ABC’s New Family Comedy

VAN CROSBY, JENNA FISCHER, SANDER THOMAS, OLIVER HUDSON, OLIVIA KEVILLE

SPLITTING UP TOGETHER is a family comedy with a twist — because the couple is in the midst of getting divorced. Lena and Martin have made the decision to divorce after more than a decade of marriage. They believe that they’re nothing more than camp counselors for their three children 13 year-old Mae, 11 year-old Mason, and 7 year-old Milo, and the romance has died.

But Lena’s sister Maya, her parents Henry and Alma, and best friends Arthur and Camille are surprised by the news and they’re especially confused when they learn that Lena and Martin will still be living together. After all, what will happen when they start to date other people?

But Lena and Martin have “consciously uncoupled”, so to speak. They plan to live in separate parts of the house and split up the parenting duties. Whenever one of the parents is having an “off-duty week”, he or she is allowed to live in the garage and do whatever they wish.

The kids seem to go with the flow at first, but Lena — the control freak — is waiting for her ex to be overwhelmed by the duties of running the household and is shocked when he can handle it. Later, Martin is surprised and touched when Lena comes to him for help. Maybe this divorce is the best thing that ever happened to their marriage.

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SPLITTING UP TOGETHER stars Oliver Hudson, Jenna Fischer, Olivia Keville, Van Crosby, Sander Combs, Diane Farr, Bobby Lee and Lindsay Price. Emily Kapnek (SUBURGATORY, SELFIE), Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will serve as executive producers.

SPLITTING UP TOGETHER will air midseason on ABC (see ABC’s full fall 2017 schedule).

MODERN FAMILY Renewed for Two More Seasons at ABC

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ABC is going all out with its renewal of MODERN FAMILY this year, giving the show a two-season renewal order. The show’s eighth season finale is set to air on May 17, but it’s guaranteed to go two seasons and possibly beyond.

Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and Ty Burrell in the long-running comedy, created by Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd. The series is television’s second highest-rated comedy, behind CBS’ THE BIG BANG THEORY.

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CHICAGO MED Sneak Peek: Family Matters

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Things get personal for the doctors of CHICAGO MED as Dr. Halstead deals with his father coming in and Dr. Rhodes’ concern for Robin grows.

After the strange moment in Connor’s apartment at the end of the last episode, he goes to Dr. Charles to talk about the possibility that something is off with Robin. Though Dr. Charles seemingly brushes off Connor’s concerns about his daughter’s behavior, including the rats and the staring off into nothing, there is some doubt in Dr. Charles that this is just nothing and sees that it intensifies.

Meanwhile, Dr. Halstead has to contend with seeing his unsupportive father in his hospital despite his objections to his father’s admission. Seeing Halstead’s issues with his father gets Dr. Rhodes to start thinking about his own relationship with his father.

Elsewhere on CHICAGO MED, a teenage boy comes into the hospital and confides in Dr. Charles that he wishes to stop his sexual urges, asking about extreme methods of controlling those urges. Ultimately, it’s up to Dr. Choi to help the boy. Dr. Manning’s patient hits a little close as she treats a young boy who is brought in for neglect and Reese tries to teach high school students about life with a baby.

Watch CHICAGO MED tonight (April 13) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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SUPERNATURAL Recap: An Awkward Family Reunion

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We begin this week’s SUPERNATURAL in Massachusetts, with the mysterious death of a woman.

Back at the bunker, the Winchesters recap that Kelly Kline is still in the wind, so Sam suggests they investigate a case (involving the death of a teacher at a museum). Was a witch to blame? Dean suggests they call up Mary for some help. But she’s busy using some newfangled technology to kill monsters, courtesy of her new BFFs, the British Men of Letters. And when Dean calls, she declares herself “too tired” to help the boys.

Meanwhile, Crowley has Lucifer (in Nick’s old meat suit) locked up and we learn how Crowley captured Lucifer after the others thought they had sent him back to Hell for good. He also explains that they found poor old Nick years before so that Lucifer could continue to inhabit his old meat suit (and Mark Pellegrino could continue to play the role).

As the brothers head out to investigate the case they find more victims online and Dean seems suspicious about Mary’s excuse. The boys also soon realize that the case is connected to the Star, the ship Gavin (Crowley’s son) was supposed to die on.

Back in Hell, Lucifer and Crowley are having a chat about Kelly and Lucifer insists that his baby is still alive (which Crowley didn’t know). When called, Crowley refuses to help the brothers find Gavin and expresses anger that they let Lucifer’s baby live.

The boys turn to Rowena instead for help and they soon greet Gavin at a bus station. They introduce Gavin to his grandmother, Rowena, and she seems genuinely pleased to meet him. They head to the museum and Gavin recognizes a locket that he was going to give to his girlfriend, Fiona, before they were going to board the ship. Sam and Dean quickly conclude that the killer ghost must be Fiona, but the locket is missing from the exhibit. They try to track it down and discover that the ghost gave it to someone at a nearby all-girl’s boarding school.

All manner of ghostly things start happening at the school and two teachers are attacked. The Winchesters rush in — all hero-like — and save the day, at least momentarily. They’re joined by Gavin and Rowena and Gavin tries to talk to Fiona’s spirit (assuming it’s her). The ghost reveals herself and it is, indeed, Fiona. The pair discuss the night Gavin disappeared and she reveals how she became an angry spirit.

The Winchesters’ only solution is to send Gavin back in time so he can protect Fiona, prevent her from becoming an angry spirit, and die. Rowena is initially unhappy about this plan, but Gavin is fine with it. Crowley, however, pops by to say this is never going to happen. But Gavin is insistent and he had called Crowley to say goodbye. “He’s not like us, he believes in things. Let him do what he believes is right,” Rowena tells Crowley, just before she freezes Crowley so he can’t stop Gavin from leaving. Back at the bunker the boys prepare the spell to reunite Gavin and Fiona and soon Gavin is gone.

Throughout the episode we also see that angels are tracking Kelly and looking to kill her, but she’s got some help from one demon in particular: Dagon (a.k.a. Ramiel’s sister). After saving Kelly from the angels, Dagon takes a moment to educate her on the politics of Heaven and Hell and explains why the angels want her dead.

Elsewhere, Mary is hanging out with Mr. Ketch, who continues to be interested in the Winchester boys. But he tells her to “disengage from them a bit”. He tells her she’s weaker when she speaks to them, but when she’s hunting she’s strong.

As the boys realize that their plan worked, Mary stops by with burgers and beer and she makes a startling confession: she’s been working with the British Men of Letters. But Sam and Dean refuse her suggestion to work with the BMOL, so she begs them to hear her out.

Crowley confronts Rowena at the end of the episode, saying that what Rowena did wasn’t right because he believes she did it out of spite. Rowena insists that Gavin was a lovely boy and she cared for him in her own way, but the whole thing was really payback for Crowley making her kill Oskar to remove the Mark of Cain.

Throughout a montage we see Mary trying to convince her boys, Crowley brooding, Kelly accompanying Dagon to parts unknown, and Lucifer whispering for Dagon. Will Kelly’s baby daddy be reunited with her soon enough?

The next new episode of SUPERNATURAL will air on March 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Watch a preview below.

SUPERNATURAL Photos: Crowley’s Complicated Family

Gavin MacLeod (a.k.a. Crowley’s son) has appeared twice on SUPERNATURAL. The first time we met him was back in the season 6 episode “Weekend at Bobby’s”, when he told Bobby and the Winchester brothers the location of Crowley’s bones, thus giving the men an advantage over the self-proclaimed King of Hell. We saw him again in the season 9 episode “King of the Damned”, when Abaddon brought him into the future to use as a pawn against Crowley. After Crowley refused to send his son back into the past to die, Gavin remained in the present.

In an upcoming episode of SUPERNATURAL it looks like Gavin will resurface. The Winchester brothers will investigate a murder at a museum and they learn that a ghost from a merchant ship that sunk in 1723 may be at the heart of the mystery. In fact, this specific ship — “The Star” — was the ship that Gavin was originally supposed to die on. Armed with this information, Sam and Dean ask Rowena to track down Gavin.

Elsewhere in the episode, Kelly Kline is still pregnant with Lucifer’s child. When an angel attempts to kill her, she takes refuge with a demon.

Browse through photos above for the February 23 episode of SUPERNATURAL airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE ORIGINALS Season 4 Preview: Trying to Get the Family Back Together

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Hayley is trying to reunite her family on THE ORIGINALS.

When the show returns for its fourth season, five years will have passed since we last saw the Mikaelsons, their friends (the few they have) and their enemies (of which they have quite a few). A preview for the new season shows us a few things:

  • Hayley’s plan to reunite the Mikaelsons is very upsetting to both Marcel and Vincent who don’t want them to return to New Orleans to wreak havoc on the city again
  • Elijah, Kol, Rebekah and Freya are all still trapped and asleep in their coffins
  • Marcel rules New Orleans and is still keeping Klaus hostage. Klaus, meanwhile, continues to have visions of the deceased Cami

The preview doesn’t show this, but with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES coming to an end soon, expect to see a Mystic Falls resident turning up on an upcoming episode of THE ORIGINALS: Alaric Saltzman (played by Matt Davis).

THE ORIGINALS returns for its fourth season on March 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.