SUPERGIRL Sneak Peek: Nevertheless, There Is A Season Finale

Earlier this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stepped into a big pile of cow chips without his hip-waders when he censured Elizabeth Warren for speaking out against Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the AG’s confirmation hearings.

Invoking an obscure rule that prevents Senators from impugning a colleague’s character, McConnell said, “Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Placing both feet firmly in his mouth, McConnell rallied women (even those are rarely political or do not care for Warren) who were highly insulted at McConnell’s misogynistic put-down of the Senator who is far from 12-years-old.

A new rallying cry was born and “Nevertheless, She Persisted” t-shirts and hashtags popped up to highlight displeasure at the comment.

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” is the title of tonight’s season finale of SUPERGIRL. While the hashtag also makes a nifty episode title, the theme goes deeper. The Girl of Steel must call upon her resolve to battle forces stronger than she.

Rhea (Teri Hatcher) in her quest to take over Earth, manipulates unexpected resources to shut down Supergirl’s attempt to protect others from dark forces.

The darkest? Superman’s nemesis, General Zod (Mark Gibbon), an escaped Kryptonian criminal who was imprisoned in the Phantom Zone for treason. The general wanted to rule Krypton, but overestimated his abilities. Superman’s father, Jor-El, threw him into the other-dimensional slammer instead.

The one person that SUPERGIRL (Melissa Benoist) did not expect to fight? None other than Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), himself.

Whether it is real or imagined, the fight provides some whiz-bang sparring sequences and special effects as the blue suits battle each other amidst burning cars, flooded streets and explosions. The stunt team got a real workout during shooting.

Executive Producer, Andrew Kreisberg, promises that tonight’s episode will be the biggest yet with a larger effects budget and extended shooting time to guarantee that it will be exciting…

…and maybe a little sad. Both Kreisberg and Benoist have warned that it will be a tissue-required episode, with leaked footage showing the actors standing around a coffin. In a setup for Season 3, it seems as if someone has bitten the dust.

Since Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor) has been promoted to series regular for Season 3, and since Benoist reportedly is dating Chris Wood (Mon-El), expect that the dearly-departed is neither. Expect other hints about Season 3 storylines, as well. There are rumors of an appearance by the Legion of Super-Heroes and Mon-El getting his super-suit and flying ring.

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” was written by Kreisberg & Jessica Queller (story) and Robert Rovner & Caitlin Parrish (teleplay). Glen Winter directed the episode.

SUPERGIRL airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (U.S.) and Showcase (Canada).

SUPERGIRL Sneak Peek: Mommie Dearest

Hate. Love. Misconception. Realization. Bias. Acceptance. SUPERGIRL continues to address an underlying theme as it explores the strain or support that friends and family have in each other’s lives.

Having befriended Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), Supergirl expects some consternation from those around her. The Luthors have been at odds with her cousin, Superman, and denizens of Metropolis, National City and Earth for quite some time. Lena’s brother, Lex, and dad, Lionel, have tried many times to undermine Superman.

But the distaff side of the family could be a wildcard in the evil Luthor plan. Mom, Lillian (guest star Brenda Strong), definitely rates the “baddies” list, leading Project CADMUS’s attempts to disenfranchise/deport/dispatch all aliens on Earth.

Then, there is Lena. Insisting that her goal is to clear the Luthor name and take the rechristened “L-Corp” down a less devious, more well-intentioned path. However, Lena is torn between her stated good intentions and trying to be the daughter who makes her mother, however evil, proud.

Lena’s insecurity about being adopted, perhaps not feeling like a “real Luthor,” could drive her to do things she normally would not consider.

On tonight’s episode, aptly titled “Luthors,” Metallo (returning guest star Frederick Schmidt) breaks out of prison and frees Lillian from incarceration. The police suspect Lena for being involved in the escape and arrest her. Despite overwhelming evidence, Kara (Melissa Benoist) refuses to believe her friend is guilty and fights to clear Lena’s name.

Also in the throes of relationship trepidation…Alex (Chyler Leigh), as she and Maggie (Floriana Lima) celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together. The couple meets up with James (Mehcad Brooks), Winn (Jeremy Jordan), Mon-El (Chris Wood) and J’onn (David Harewood). Not only do her friends accept her new relationship, J’onn reveals that he has known about it all along.

Unfortunately for the Martian Manhunter, accepting Alex’s relationship is much easier than dealing with the end of his own with M’gann who has left Earth.

Then, there is Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez). Having a relationship with a prickly pear might be easier than pleasing him.

Relationships are not alway easy, but the ones that seem complicated are often worth the effort.

Guest starring tonight on SUPERGIRL are Andrea Brooks, Robert Zen Humpage, Damian Mavis, Angelo Renai and Desiree Zurowski.

SUPERGIRL airs tonight (February 13) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on Showcase in Canada.

Showcase Renews TRAVELERS for Second Season

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Showcase has announced a second season renewal for TRAVELERS, with production beginning this March in Vancouver. Season 2 will air on Showcase in Fall 2017 and on Netflix internationally. Here’s what we know so far about the new season: “Season 2 of TRAVELERS picks up on the group’s haunting realization that their missions may have altered the future in ways they did not predict.”

“From LOST GIRL to CONTINUUM, Showcase has a proven track record for delivering quality, homegrown hits,” said Daniel Eves, Senior Vice President, Kids and General Entertainment, Corus Entertainment. “TRAVELERS is an exemplary production that spotlights Canadian talent on screen and off and it’s an honour to add Brad Wright’s latest masterpiece to our roster of critically-acclaimed original series.”

Series Writer and Creator Brad Wright returns, along with series leads Eric McCormack, Jared Abrahamson, Nesta Cooper, Reilly Dolman, Patrick Gilmore, and MacKenzie Porter.

SUPERGIRL Sneak Peek: Shape Of Things To Come

Relationships are hard. Sometimes the line between what “is” and what “isn’t” is a moving target. SUPERGIRL certainly has shown that even a superhero can suffer from a broken heart.

In tonight’s episode, “The Martian Chronicles,” it is obvious that other strangers from another planet also are mired in the thrill and disillusion that often come with relationships.

Green Martian, J’onn (David Harewood), having helped White Martian, M’gann (guest star Sharon Leal, DREAMGIRLS), back to health, may be in danger. White Martians can shapeshift, and that includes new arrival, Armek (guest star Terrell Tilford, SERENITY), a White Martian.

Despite the ill will between the green and white races, J’onn and M’gann have bonded. Psychically, he has seen that she sacrificed her own safety to save his fellow Green Martians when they were attacked by her whites.

When Armek arrives in National City intent on taking M’gann back to Mars to face her punishment as a traitor, he shapeshifts to look like her to gain information and hunt her down. When J’onn discovers Armek’s plan, SUPERGIRL and her friends are trapped in the DEO with the alien bounty hunter.

Will J’onn and M’gann have a chance to overcome the history of conflict between their two races and have a successful relationship, or will Armek snatch his fellow WM and return her to Mars to face her punishment for betraying her own kind.

J’onn is not the only alien navigating the waters of strained relations. Last week, Mon-El (Chris Wood) told Kara that he had strong feelings for her. With ex-flame, James (Mehcad Brooks), now disclosed as “Guardian,” and Winn (Jeremy Jordan) ex-Kara-crusher, as Guardian’s crimefighting partner, Supergirl’s relationships have been through some drastic changes with more on the way.

But, the dynamic that has been Kara’s most consistent was the sister-bond that she shares with Alex (Chyler Leigh). But that, too, is being upended when Alex decides to forego Kara’s birthday tradition for an evening with her new girlfriend, Maggie (Floriana Lima).

Love and hate. Success and disappointment. Bigotry and acceptance. Happiness and sorrow. “One plus one” does not always make “two” without a lot of work, even for those who can leap tall buildings in a single bound.

“The Martian Chronicles” was written Gabriel Llanas & Anna Musky-Goldwyn and directed by David McWhirter. The rest of tonight’s guest stars have some equally fun credits: Andrea Brooks, BATES MOTEL, Robert Zen Humpage, PUSH, Curtis Lum, PRISON BREAK: SEQUEL, and Briana Venskus, THE WALKING DEAD.

SUPERGIRL airs tonight (February 6) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (U.S.) and on Showcase (Canada).

TRAVELERS Preview: First Look at the New Futuristic Drama

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Eric McCormack stars in TRAVELERS, a new drama series coming to Showcase in Canada and to the rest of the world via Netflix.

Created by Brad Wright (STARGATE franchise), TRAVELERS is set hundreds of years in the future. The last remaining humans have figured out how to send consciousness through time and into people in the 21st century. These “travelers” assume the lives of seemingly ordinary people, but they’re actually secretly working to save humanity from a terrible future. The travelers are: “FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren (McCormack), the team’s leader; Marcy (Mackenzie Porter, HELL ON WHEELS), a young, intellectually disabled woman in the care of her social worker, David (Patrick Gilmore, YOU ME HER); Trevor (Jared Paul Abrahamson, AWKWARD.), a high school quarterback; Carly (Nesta Marlee Cooper, HEROES REBORN), a single mom in an abusive relationship; and Philip (Reilly Dolman, SUPERNATURAL), a heroin-addicted college student.”

TRAVELERS airs Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT beginning October 17 exclusively on Showcase in Canada, and will stream on Netflix internationally later this year.

OUTLANDER Sneak Peek: The Aftermath of that Disastrous Dinner

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Claire and Jamie tried to sabotage Prince Charles’ rebellion with a carefully orchestrated dinner party that turned into a disaster in last week’s OUTLANDER.  Claire was late, St. Germain showed up unexpectedly and Mary was attacked on the way to the house with Claire. When she awoke she thought Jonathan Randall was assaulting her and, screaming out, she drew the attention of the dinner guests. Then a fight broke out when her uncle believed she had been violated by Jonathan.

Now the couple will be dealing with the fallout from that dinner and there’s another problem on the horizon: Black Jack Randall. Now that he’s alive, Jamie wants to be the one to kill him for what he did to him. But Claire is in a quandary: if Jamie kills Randall now, Frank will never be born. As you can imagine, she’s torn.

Elsewhere in the episode, Jamie questions Claire about the attack before the dinner party and they wonder if St. Germain is the man behind it (Claire also isn’t happy to learn why the attackers called her the “White Witch” and where that name came from).

Don’t miss a new episode of OUTLANDER tonight (May 7) s at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Starz (U.S.) and on April 17 at 10:00 p.m. on Showcase (Canada).

OUTLANDER Teasers: New City, Old Problems

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Claire and Jamie are adjusting to their new life in Paris in this week’s OUTLANDER, but past trauma still hangs over them, as does the grim future they are facing.

Still Recovering. Jamie’s PTSD is still alive and well. We open with what looks like Claire and Jamie having sex, but Claire’s face soon morph’s into Black Jack’s and Jamie instantly reacts, stabbing him repeatedly. But don’t worry, he didn’t accidentally kill Claire — it’s just a dream. Albeit, a terrible and bloody one. Claire is well-aware of her husband’s nightmares, but she insists that Black Jack is dead and Jamie will heal in time. One thing that is healing are Jamie’s fingers, although his sword fighting practice with Murtagh is testing the limits.

The Lady of the House Meets Master Raymond. Claire and Jamie have settled into his cousin Jared’s grand and beautiful Parisian home, but it’s clear that Claire isn’t a woman who is used to having servants. Her maid, Suzette, cannot comprehend that “Madame” insists on folding her own clothes and making her own bed. Claire leaves Suzette to remake the bed to her satisfaction while she heads out to visit Master Raymond at his apothecary so that she can find something to help Jamie sleep. He’s happy to meet her as her reputation proceeds her thanks to her run-in with the Comte St. Germain and the two become fast friends. Caitriona Balfe also teased that Master Raymond will soon introduce Claire to a new job.

Not in Scotland Anymore. It’s clear that Murtagh hates France — declaring that Paris smells like a “chamberpot”. He’s also unhappy about their lack of progress over these last few weeks regarding the Rebellion. He suggests they simply kill Charles Stuart, the leader of the Rebellion, and hire an assassin to do the job, but Jamie cautions patience. And soon they get lucky, because Jared has arranged an introduction between Charles Stuart and Jamie — at a brothel. Jamie’s first attempts to dissuade Charles regarding the Rebellion is met with anger and frustration and it’s clear that different tactics are needed, particularly when Charles asks Jamie to act as his emissary to the French court. It also soon becomes obvious that the world of the upper-class French is vulgar, overly sexual and…well, gross.

Claire’s New Friends and Jamie’s Old Flame. We’re introduced to two of Claire’s new Parisian friends in this episode: Louise de La Tour de Rohan (who is a delight) and the shy and young Mary Hawkins. It’s through Louise that Claire and Jamie get an “in” to the French court. Fans will also meet Annalise, an old flame of Jamie’s .

Don’t miss a new episode of OUTLANDER tonight (April 16) s at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Starz (U.S.) and on April 17 at 10:00 p.m. on Showcase (Canada).

OUTLANDER: Caitriona Balfe Talks Claire and Frank’s Complicated Season 2 Relationship

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We saw Claire reunite with her husband, Frank, in the season 2 premiere of OUTLANDER. Pregnant and despondent over losing Jamie, Claire eventually agreed to Frank’s proposal that they remain in their marriage and he raise her child. She agreed to give up any future search as to Jamie’s fate, but it’s clear that Claire has embraced her life with Frank out of a sense of desperation, rather than a sense of love.

When we spoke to OUTLANDER star Caitriona Balfe, she addressed Claire’s relationship with Frank in the present, calling it a “marriage of convenience” now that Claire has lost her true soulmate.

Meeting Frank Again. Balfe took the time to explain Claire’s state of mind when reunited with Frank in the hospital in the season premiere, saying that “at that point this is a woman whose going through complete grief. This would originally have been at the very end of season 2 and I think it was a very bold storytelling move for Ron [Moore] to put it at the beginning because it sort of gives you that ominous sense of ‘fate is immutable’. Her state of mind, then, is just of devastation and of feeling that everything has been lost. In the beginning, the tough thing about all of this is that she has to go back to Frank. She doesn’t really have any other option. She’s pregnant and this is kind of her only solution at this point in time. And to have to come back to this man when you feel like you’ve lost the true love of your life and everything else is gone, and he’s so hopeful and so emotive and wants to almost welcome her back with open arms. And, yet, she has to keep him at arm’s length because she’ll never be able to love him the way that she did before. And she’ll never be able to love him the way that she loved Jamie. So she has to really hurt him in the beginning to, in a way, be kind to him.”

Related: Caitriona Balfe on what’s in store for Claire and Jamie in season 2

Can Claire Ever Truly Love Frank Again? It was clear to OUTLANDER fans that Claire deeply loved her husband when we first met the characters. But Claire also chose to stay with Jamie rather than return to her own time, thus giving up Frank in the process. Is there any real hope for Claire to love her former husband again? “I think when we meet her [in season 2], she feels like Jamie is lost. And that he’s dead. She will never love like that again. Jamie is her soulmate, Jamie is the person who occupies the majority of the space in her heart. And even though she did love Frank and even though Frank occupies a small place in her heart, no, I don’t think that that union is going to be a happy union. I think that they make a conscious decision to make a compromise in life. And with any compromise, you know, there’s a sacrifice to make. I think it’s a marriage like an arranged marriage or a marriage of convenience in a sense from this point forward.” While dropping a spoiler from a future book about Frank (which we won’t spoil for you), Balfe expressed pity for Frank, saying that “there’s someone else in that marriage” and that he’s “not loved, at least in the way he used to be”. So why does Claire stay with him? Balfe explained that “people are very good at finding ways with which to be comfortable in life. And finding ways with which to make things okay. You don’t make a conscious to be miserable every day of your life. You try to find the best and you try to adapt and I think that’s what Claire will do. But do I think that this will be a happy union? Probably not.”

Coming Full Circle. We asked Balfe whether the season would end by showing us exactly how Claire ended up on that road in Scotland before she was reunited with Frank and she simply teased that “I don’t know that I can say. And that’s why it’s a very good storytelling move by Ron, because that’s what you’re going to want to know.”

OUTLANDER airs on Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Starz (U.S.) and on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. on Showcase in Canada.

OUTLANDER: Caitriona Balfe Teases Claire and Jamie’s Relationship in Season 2

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Claire Randall Fraser knows the future and she’s trying to change it. When OUTLANDER returns for its second season this weekend, Claire and her husband Jamie have traveled to France to stop the Battle of Culloden before it ever begins and to ensure the future of the Scottish Highlanders. Claire seems to believe that the solution to their problem lies in Paris with the exiled Prince Charles Stuart (the leader of the Jacobites) and so she and Jamie will integrate themselves into French society to try and change the fate of Scotland. But any good time travel story or film will tell you that fate will always find a way to come to pass.

We recently spoke to OUTLANDER star Caitriona Balfe about Claire and Jamie’s new life in France in season 2 and why their plans have such a devastating impact on the couple.

The Distance Between Them. Jamie is still going “through the trauma at the end of season 1 [and] here [Claire and Jamie] are and it’s a very, very fragile recovery that they seem to have made. There seems to be this hope at a new beginning and there’s a new plan in place and it seems like they’re going to get somewhere with all of this. But, we realize that Jamie is still experiencing PTSD. They’re not communicating. There’s a massive distance between them. And what should be the most joyous time in Claire’s life [because she’s pregnant] is a very lonely and almost isolated time. In trying to help Jamie and in trying to give him this mission to hold on to, she’s self-sacrificing in a lot of ways. Because he’s never home and, when he is home, he’s busy thinking about this other thing. And it’s very rare glimpses that we get that the pregnancy is the one thing that actually bonds them every so often.”

New Faces. While the couple spend a great deal of time separated, Claire eventually makes herself some new friends. “One is Louise De Rohan and that’s played wonderfully by Claire Sermonne, who is hilarious and absolutely fantastic in this role. But probably her most important friend that she makes, I would say, is Master Raymond. I always sort of view him as a counterpart to Geillis Duncan, [because] there’s something about this man. He’s quite unusual and when Claire and he meet, it’s almost like there’s a recognition of a like-minded soul, or something like that between them. He’s a mysterious man, we don’t quite know what his whole story is. But he’s the one that gives her this gift of L’Hôpital Des Anges and a place for her to go and feel purposeful again. And there she meets another new friend, Mother Hildegarde. So after a while she does start to make some friends and to find her place. But I think in the beginning there is a lot of uncertainty and loneliness there.”

Related: Meet the key characters of OUTLANDER season 2

French Society. Are Claire and Jamie spending a great deal apart because that’s the best way to accomplish their goal or because French society separates men and women? Caitriona said that “even though they’ve moved into the upper echelons of Parisian society, and on the surface it seems that women have as much autonomy as men in a way, all of the politicking, all of the business deals and all of those things are very much done by men. And women are expected to be theses objects, [to] sit prettily and drink tea and gossip in drawing rooms. This is the difficulty with which Claire finds herself, because she’s frustrated. She doesn’t have an outlet and together they make these plans but it’s Jamie that has the power to go out and implement them. And so in the beginning Claire’s at a loose end. She’s sort of managing this big house and she’s bored. And she’s frustrated and it isn’t until Master Raymond tells her about L’Hôpital Des Anges and she goes there that she gets to feel useful and vital and have a purpose again.”

The Impact of Their Lies. Claire and Jamie will find themselves spending a great deal of their time lying to their new acquaintances and, as a result, they’ll find themselves changing in some subtle ways. “[The lying] takes its toll on both of them and, as a consequence of that, their relationship as well. I think there used to being very honorable and honest people and we’ve seen that mostly in season 1 — kind of being the best of themselves that they can be. And now in this season there’s a lot of duplicity, there’s a lot of manipulating, there’s a lot of double-dealing. They’re making friends and then double-crossing them. And it’s not the nicest thing to watch of these two characters and I think that in allowing that shadow-side of themselves to have a presence, it seeps in to their psyche and into their souls and it definitely has an affect on them.”

Returning to Scotland. The gorgeous sets and beautiful dresses of Paris will take us through the first half of the season, but eventually the action will return to Scotland. How successful will Claire and Jamie be during their time in France? Caitriona had a rather ominous warning to share with us: “I think as the lines of fate draw closer, the pressure keeps building on this couple and we will see them get more and more desperate, but as a team they try and do everything within their power to fight.”

OUTLANDER airs on Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Starz (U.S.) and on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. on Showcase in Canada.

OUTLANDER: Win Two Tickets to a Season 2 Premiere Screening in Toronto

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If you’re a fan of OUTLANDER and you live in the Greater Toronto Area, you’re in luck! Showcase is offering a lucky TV Addict reader the chance to win two tickets to a season 2 premiere screening with fans.

Prize: 2 tickets to the screening (the winner and their guest will be responsible for their own transportation)
When & Where: Screening will take place on Saturday, April 9 at 9:00 p.m. in downtown Toronto
Contest Ends: Wednesday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. ET

To enter the contest: email your name to info@thetvaddict.com with the subject line Outlander Screening. We will notify the winner via email and then pass their name and email on to Showcase who will contact the winner with further details.

OUTLANDER returns for its second season on Sunday, April 10 at 10:00 p.m. on Showcase in Canada (and on April 9 on Starz in the U.S.). In season 2, “Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion and stopping the battle of Culloden. Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful. Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship. However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising, and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.”

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