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'Supernatural' scoop: Meet Sam's new love interest

Here’s a new face coming to The CW’s Supernatural.

Actress Liane Balaban will play Sam Winchester’s (Jared Padalecki) new love interest Amelia.

This recurring role on the show’s eighth season is a doctor who’s described as a “damaged soul” — at least initially. She’s unable to rebound from a tragedy in her past, but we soon discover she’s brave, sweet and sarcastic. Balaban has had a handful of guest star roles on shows like Syfy’s Alphas and CBS’ NCIS: LA.

'Fringe,' 'Supernatural,' 'Doctor Who,' 'The Cleveland Show,' and Buffy scheduled for Comic-Con

Things wind down on the final day of Comic-Con as many attendees start exiting San Diego laden with the goodies they’ve picked up at the convention, but there’s still plenty of programming on Sunday for the diehards who stick around. The newly released Sunday schedule is largely packed with kid-focused and comic-book-specific offerings but there are also a few big panels that will be of interest to TV fans.

Fringe will make its final appearance at Comic-Con with a panel in Hall H featuring stars Anna Torv, Josh Jackson, John Noble, Blair Brown, and Lance Reddick, among others, discussing the series’ fifth and final season and screening footage.

Supernatural will also hold a panel in Hall H to tease its upcoming eighth season, which starts in October. On hand will be stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, among others.

The stars and creative team behind the BBC fanboy favorite Doctor Who will present footage from its next season in Hall H, and The Cleveland Show panel will feature a screening of the season 4 premiere episode, “Menace II Secret Society,” with series co-creator Seth MacFarlane and others taking questions.

Finally, for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans (or just anyone who wants to feel old), there will be a special retrospective panel called “Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Series cast members Nicholas Brendon and Clare Kramer and the original movie Buffy, Kristy Swanson, among others, will be on hand to share stories and discuss the legacy of the teenage vampire hunter in TV, film, comics, and video games.

For the full Sunday schedule, visit the official Comic-Con site, and keep checking back here for more updates.

Comic-Con: Take a look at TV lineup so far

EW has put together a guide of all the TV madness happening at Comic-Con this year. Whether you’re dying to know what’s going down next season on Glee, searching for the inside scoop on buzzy new shows like Arrow, or just hoping to catch a glimpse of Ian Somerhalder speak, there’s a panel that’s got you covered. Drop in to learn what’s going on with your favorite television programs, and  be sure to keep checking back to this page as we update with more panel info and star appearances as they become available. Comic-Con takes place July 12-15 in San Diego. But don’t worry if you can’t make it — EW will be on ground bringing you updates as it all unfolds.

Thursday July 12:

-Beauty and the Beast (The CW): Stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, along with executive producers Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper.

-Dexter (Showtime): Stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, and special guest star Yvonne Strahovski. Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto.

-MAD (Cartoon Network): Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.

-Nikita (The CW): Stars Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Forseca; Executive Producer Craig Silverstein.

-Psych (USA): Stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen, along with creator/executive producers Steve Franks,  EP Kelly Kulchak, and EP Chris Henze.

-Teen Wolf (MTV): Stars Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes, along with executive producer Jeff Davis.

-Wilfred (FX): screening and Q&A with Elijah Wood.

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'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'NCIS': Find out what's next in Spoiler Room

Your patience in waiting for this week’s column is greatly appreciated. As you know, Team EW TV has been a busy bunch these past few days with season finales and network upfronts. But not too busy to bring you some scoop on the last batch of season finales, many of which are tonight!

So sit back and enjoy your pre-weekend treat. Also, don’t forget to send in your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com. And since I’m sure you’ve been geeking out over the new fall TV offerings, feel free to include questions on newbie shows, like Arrow, Revolution, Nashville, etc. I’ll try to include a few next week. See you then! READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time,' 'House,' 'Burn Notice,' 'Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

We’re in the thick of finales, folks! I never thought it’d get here (and part of me hoped it never would!), but that’s indeed the case.

Having fun? Me too!

But it’s also been a ridiculously busy week, with a rush of renewals (O. M. G.), cancellations (R.I.P. Alcatraz), and pick ups (welcome, newbs). Next week? More madness, as the networks have their annual Upfront presentations here in NYC. But the good news for you is that I’ll be trolling around getting answers to your burning questions! So send them my way. Usual means works great: spoilerroom@ew.com and @EWSandraG on Twitter!

‘ONCE UPON A TIME’: JOSH DALLAS PREVIEWS FINALE. WILL STORYBROOKE STEP UP?
After working on Lost, Once Upon a Time executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsiss know how to tease finales. Proof? This timely characterization of Sunday’s season finale: “They are the gang. They are the Fairy Tale Avengers,” they told EW in a chat earlier this week. Take a moment to take that in. Squeal with excitement. Now, compose yourself long enough to take in some elaboration, straight from Josh Dallas, who stopped by the office just yesterday. READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural': Misha Collins previews troubled Castiel

Misha Collins has become accustomed to Castiel changing forms on Supernatural — from good to bad to God to good again. But teasing his various transformations — like the one fans will see in tonight’s episode — without giving too much away still proves a daunting task.

“He’s different and he’s got some different qualities. I don’t know how many times over the past years I’ve had to tease stuff like that, but there you go. He’s different again,” jokes Collins.

Yet, though his various states of unrest have become par for the course over his run, Collins says there hasn’t been anything quite like this, as the angel deals with processing the psychic injuries that he inherited from Sam two episodes ago. And it’s not easy. In fact, says Collins, Castiel is in “a very deep state of denial” regarding the flood of memories and thoughts that rendered Sam unable to function not long ago, and he says, “that manifests itself in a very schizophrenic manner.”

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CW renews 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Supernatural'

Excellent news for fans of those hot bloodsuckers on the CW: The network has picked up a fourth season of The Vampire Diaries.

The CW also gave a thumbs-up to an eighth season of Supernatural and a fifth year of 90210. The network has already picked up another installment of America’s Next Top Model.

No word yet on the future of some of CW’s other shows, like Gossip Girl, Ringer, or Nikita. The CW will present its fall lineup to advertisers later this month in New York.

For more:
Death Watch 2012: Our fall TV survival predictions
Complete fall 2012 pilot list: Hits or misses?

'Supernatural': Felicia Day on her guest spot and the line everyone will be quoting

Few names carry more weight in the geek world than Felicia Day. But tonight, she adds yet another genre credit to her list of accomplishments — including roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog — with a guest spot on CW’s Supernatural.

Her introduction to the Supernatural universe on tonight’s episode, “Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo,” was certainly a long time coming. And surprisingly, the same can be said for her introduction to the show’s stars, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, with whom she’s had “several near misses” at fan conventions over the years. “Meeting them in person, I have to tell you, bowled me over because they are so manly,” she says with a laugh. “It was overwhelming because I’m not around a lot of jocks and guys’ guys. It was like walking into a romance novel a little bit. They have this crazy charisma.”

But once the initial shock — or “blast of testosterone,” as she puts it — wore off, jumping into the role of computer hacker Charlie was natural and enjoyable, she says. “She has all these amazing qualities that I haven’t seen put in one character before,” she says. ” When I picked up the script, I was like, ‘I can’t wait to say all these words!'” Among them? One tattoo-related line that she says will be “oft quoted.” “I look forward to watching Twitter,” she jokes.

Trending topic or not, Day says the role was a rewarding one — from her time on screen to the geek-with-edge aspect of her character. “She has these superficial things that you think I would be natural at playing but at the center of it there is a lot more to her than you think. She’s not just a nervous Nelly,” she says. “She has a strength that grounds her that is unique for the characters I’ve played. I loved being able to find that.” READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural': Jim Beaver on how he pulled a fast one on the fan base

No one told him to do it. But Supernatural actor Jim Beaver, whose character was killed several weeks ago, knew that pretending to have an ongoing movie project in the Vancouver area (where the show films) would throw fans of the show off the scent of his surprise return at the end of the last new episode.

“They didn’t really say anything to me other than ‘Keep it quiet,'” he says. “But I knew I was going to get spotted. I was going to go to the grocery store and someone was going to say that I was here and [assume] I’m coming back to life. So I needed a cover story and made up this story about an abominable snowman movie that I was shooting an hour out of Vancouver. And it turned into something really fun.” Fun and very realistic. After his ultimately temporary departure and before his return, he’d tweet photos, and post updates via Facebook. “If you go back and look at some of those things in retrospect, you’ll get an idea of just how much fun I was having.”

The effort was worth it.

The reveal that Bobby had been following the brothers around in ghost form was something many fans had caught on to — as hints were dropped in the past few weeks. But a reappearance from Beaver in the flesh seemed out of the cards. To be fair, Bobby’s still not “in the flesh,” per se. His spirit, however, shown to be tied to his old flask, which Dean (Jensen Ackles) had carried around since Bobby died. READ FULL STORY

'Fringe,' 'Hart of Dixie,' 'Supernatural,' 'NCIS': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s late April, friends, and things are getting good, particularly on the shows featured in today’s Spoiler Room. But if you see a show you love that’s not represented, send an e-mail with your request to spoilerroom@ew.com.

I’ll sit here and wait for them to come in. (*Refresh*) In the meantime, can we quickly address this week’s main photo and how Nina Sharp and Bobby look oddly good next to each other. Crossover (in my crazy-a– dreams)!

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'Supernatural' changing showrunners (and likely renewed)

Looks like the Winchesters brothers will return.

The CW and Warner Bros. are changing showrunners on Supernatural.

The veteran Friday night drama series is losing current chief writer-producer Sera Gamble. Instead, Jeremy Carver is coming back to take the reins. Carver worked on the show for three previous seasons between 2007 and 2010. He also ran up Syfy’s Being Human, which was recently renewed.

While Supernatural still doesn’t have an official pickup yet for a eighth season, networks don’t change captains on a boat they’ve decided to sink. This is in line with our prediction for the show in EW.com’s Death Watch 2012: Our fall TV survival predictions.

'Bones,' 'Supernatural,' 'NCIS,' 'Game of Thrones': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Hey y’all. It’s a busy day here in the Spoiler Room, so I’ll take just a beat to say thanks for your questions this week. I hope you enjoy everything (and be sure to check out the special treat for 90210 fans on page 2).

If yours didn’t get in, make sure you’re following me on Twitter, where I often Tweet a mid-week treat of some sort. (See: awesome Supernatural exclusive!) Or just keep trying me at spoilerroom@ew.com. See y’all next week!

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'Supernatural': Misha Collins returns -- with a twist! -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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Castiel’s death was just one of the many casualties that have rocked Sam and Dean this season on Supernatural, and the episodes since have shown the boys — particularly Dean — coping with the immense loss. So you can imagine the feelings and emotion that will bubble to the surface when, as promised, Misha Collins returns in this week’s episode. (Well, at least for Dean.) In traditional Supernatural fashion, there’s a side order of twist with our excitement.

Collins returns as a healer, who Dean enlists to help Sam through a mental break. And while the healer has more than a resemblance to Dean’s angel bestie, as this exclusive clip shows, he has no recollection of Castiel’s time with the boys. So is it Castiel? A doppelganger? We’ll all have to watch on Friday to find out the answer. But one thing is certain: Collins’ character — Castiel or not — will still provide some of the clarity Dean so often needs.

In this clip, for example, Dean explains that he once had an ability to move on after tumultuous events in his life. “It might take me some time, but I always could. What Cas did, I just can’t. I don’t know why,” he says to the healer, who responds with a reality check. “You’re not a machine, Dean. You’re human.”

“The Born-Again Identity” will mark the first of at least three episodes Collins will appear in during the rest of the season. Check out the clip below!

(Also, mini-Quotable: “Your friend’s name was Cas? That’s an odd name.” I missed him…)

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