START DATES: SUPERNATURAL, ONCE UPON A TIME, FRINGE, ARROW & EMILY OWENS M.D.
American network TV series return to Vancouver this summer, with Supernatural scheduled to start filming of its eighth season on July 9th; modern fairy tale series Once Upon a Time of its second hit season on July 16th; Fringe of its fifth and final season on July 18th; kickass Arrow of its first season on July 18th; and Ally McBeal-esque Emily Owens M.D. of its first season on August 1st.
July 9th: Supernatural left us with separated Winchester Brothers. Dean is trapped in Purgatory. That won’t stop his alter ego Jensen Ackles from directing the first filmed episode, as he’s done for the past two seasons. Ackles returned to Vancouver this Tuesday to get started on his director’s prep for what will be episode three. Supernatural’s season eight premiere airs on Wednesday, October 3rd, on The CW.
July 16th: There will be magic in Storybrooke when Once Upon a Time starts filming its second season next month. Expect to see some green screens on Moncton Street in Steveston, which usually doubles for Storybrooke. And expect to see more of Emilie de Ravin as Belle, the better half of RumBelle (fans’ single name for Rumplestiltskin and Belle as a couple). Plus we can look forward to an unusual family reunion — between Snow White, Prince Charming and their daughter Emma Swan — now that the curse is broken and fairy tale characters know who they really are.
July 18th: Fringe is expected to leap forward to the year 2036 when bad-ass Observers rule the world in its fifth and final season. This time we hope Anna Torv’s Olivia will find a way to join John Noble’s Walter Bishop and Joshua Jackson’s Peter Bishop to fight the future. The season premiere airs Friday, September 28th, on FOX and City-TV.
July 18th: Arrow star Stephen Amell is already in town prepping for the start of his super hero reboot in the style of the Dark Knight Trilogy. The much-anticipated series premieres Wednesday, October 10th on The CW and CTVTwo.
August 1st: Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter)’s new medical drama series Emily Owens, M.D. has a later start. The many fans of Justin Hartley (Smallville’s Green Arrow) will have to wait a little longer to see him on location. And even longer to see him on screen. Emily Owens, M.D. debuts on Tuesday, October 16th, on The CW.
Two other American network shows — Cult and Red Widow — are both slated for mid-season, so there’s no word yet on their start dates.