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Supernatural goes to the wild, wild West tonight (The CW, 9 p.m.). In a lot of ways, this episode feels like it was a long in the making. Dean’s a pop culture junkie and a hunter, so it makes sense that he’d be into old Westerns. The West also plays a crucial role in the show’s mythology. That was when Samuel Colt created the infamous gun and the devil’s gate that featured heavily into the season 2 finale. And as showrunner Sera Gamble says in the preview below, making a western episode is no easy feat. It takes skill, money and trust to make such an episode. Now, after six years, it’s finally here, and there’s quite a few things to enjoy about it. Here are just my six favorite things about tonight’s episode, “Frontierland” (mild spoilers):

1. Dean’s reaction when a saloon girl tries to come on to him. Priceless.

2. Cas’ new angel lieutenant, Rachel. This is more a case of liking what a character brings to the table than liking the character. Rachel is harsh, abrasive and not so nice to our boys, but her presence sheds some much-needed light on Castiel and what’s going on upstairs. In their interactions together, we get to see a new side of Cas that has a bit more of an edge to it. It’s a new dimension that gives Misha Collins something interesting and different to play.

3. Sam’s thingamajig. Get your mind out of the gutter! It’s a very useful tool. (Your mind is still in the gutter, isn’t it?)

4. Bobby and Cas play time. Also not what it sounds like. It’s just great two see the two have some screentime together, working on their own.

5. Samuel Colt. He’s both exactly what you imagined and not what you imagined. Sam Hennings gives Colt a quality of jaded weariness mixed with wry amusement. He’s also a fan of the drink. In short, he fits in well, and it’s a shame that we can’t see more of him.

6. The pure look of glee on Jensen Ackles’ face. He clearly wasn’t lying when he said he’s been ready for this episode since he was six-years-old. There’s a sense of enthusiasm embedded throughout the whole episode, actually. From Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin’s script to Guy Bee’s direction to the actors’ performances, it’s clear that everyone was gung-ho about this episode and having fun with it.

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Supernatural has done meta humor before to great effect in “The Monster at the End of This Book” and “The Real Ghostbusters,” but this week’s episode takes things to a whole new level of self-awareness. “The French Mistake,” written by Ben Edlund and directed by Charles Beeson, practically reaches through the fourth wall and pulls you into the bizarre-o world to which Dean and Sam have been transported by the angel Balthazar. Quite early in the hour, Dean and Sam are sent to an alternate reality where they are “Jensen Ackles” and “Jared Padalecki,” two actors starring in the television show “Supernatural.” I had the chance to take an early look at the episode, which airs this Friday at 9 p.m. on the CW. Here’s five reasons why you should watch “The French Mistake” (mild spoilers ahead):

1. The show continues to push itself in creative ways. Supernatural‘s willingness to challenge itself and break format is something I’ve always really admired. “Monster Movie,” “Changing Channels,” “The Monster at the End of This Book,” “Mystery Spot” — this is not a show that rests on its laurels. Even in its sixth season, the writers, producers, actors and the rest of the creative team continue to attack really ambitious ideas and episodes with gusto and ingenuity and passion rather than big bucks. (Ironically, in the episode, executive producer/director “Bob Singer” sighs and says, “Season six,” anytime something goes wrong.) “The French Mistake” continues Supernatural‘s tradition of pushing itself and breaking rules. And this episode breaks the rules of TV in a very big way. I’m hard pressed to think of an episode of TV that has broken down the fourth wall more than “The French Mistake.” The results are hilarious (see #2), but also oddly challenging. It’s a far more meta, winking episode than “The Monster at the End of This Book” and “The Real Ghostbusters” because the people it’s winking at — Jensen, Jared, Misha, etc. — are actually in the show. It made my mind race, wondering how much was truth and how much was exaggerated. So if you’re not a fan of meta humor, this hour may make you squirm a little, but you’ll be doing so between laughs.

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Ben Edlund, left, with Jim Beaver and Misha Collins at Comic-Con 2010.

Supernatural fans, have you been dying to know what a Ben Edlund directed episode of the show would look like? If you’re nodding eagerly, then mark your calendars down for May 6th. That’s when Edlund will be making his Supernatural directing debut, a rep for the show confirms.

The episode, titled “The Man Who Would Be King,” will also be written by Edlund. No details about the plot are available yet, but judging by Edlund’s writing credits on the CW series, which include this week’s hilarious meta episode “The French Mistake” (check out my preview here), the possibilities are endless.

However, considering how close the episode airs to the end of the season, I’m guessing it will involve more myth than mirth. If so, it wouldn’t be the first time Edlund has expertly handled a mythology heavy episode (see season 4’s terrific “On the Head of a Pin”).

Edlund’s only other TV directing credit is Angel‘s “Smile Time,” which he also wrote. It is possibly one of the best episodes of TV ever.

Updated 2/22/11 — Added preview clips at the end of the post.

If you like your Supernatural with a heavy dose of meta, then you won’t want to miss “The French Mistake.” The episode, airing next Friday, Feb 25, on the CW, promises to take things to the next level when Sam and Dean get transported to an alternate universe where they’re the stars of a little show you may have heard of called Supernatural. Take a moment to let that sink in. Makes “The Monster at the End of This Book” and “The Real Ghostbusters” look like child’s play, doesn’t it? Appropriately, the task of penning the episode was bestowed upon Ben Edlund. Although Edlund didn’t write the previous meta episodes, except for “Hollywood Babylon,” I have no doubt this episode will provide plenty of kooky laughs and playful, tongue-in-cheek references based on the promo pics and official CW description below:

SAM AND DEAN ARE TRANSPORTED TO AN ALTERNATE REALITY — Raphael (guest star Lanette Ware) launches an attack on Castiel (Misha Collins) and his allies, sending a particularly frightening angelic hitman (guest star Carlos Sanz) after Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche), Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles).  In an effort to protect the brothers, Balthazar sends them to an alternate universe where they are the stars of a TV show called “Supernatural” and they are actors named “Jensen Ackles” and “Jared Padalecki.”  The brothers are confused when Castiel appears to be a tweet-happy actor named Misha Collins and Sam is married to Ruby (Genevieve Cortese).  Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Ben Edlund (#615).

Check out pictures from the episode, featuring a very un-Cas like Misha Collins and a familiar face, behind the cut.

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Updated 2/17/11 with panelist and moderator info from Deadline.

What: PaleyFest2011. Every year, the Paley Center for Media hosts a celebration of the year’s best in TV, as well as a look back. The panels typically include a screening followed by moderated discussion and audience Q&A.

When: March 4–18, 2011

Where: Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA

How: Individual tickets and festival passes are now on sale via TicketWeb. Prices range depending on where you’d like to sit and whether you’re a member or not. More info can be found at paleycenter.org.

Who: All panelists are subject to change. All panels start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

3/4 – The Walking Dead

Moderator: Mike Schneider, LA Bureau Chief, TV Guide Magazine

Frank Darabont: Writer / Director / Executive Producer
Gale Ann Hurd: Executive Producer
Robert Kirkman: Executive Producer/Creator of comic book
Andrew Lincoln: “Rick Grimes”
Sarah Wayne Callies: “Lori Grimes”
Jon Bernthal: “Shane Walsh”
Laurie Holden: “Andrea“
Jeffrey DeMunn:  “Dale”
Steven Yeun: “Glenn”
Emma Bell: “Amy”

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I’ve had some issues with this sixth season of Supernatural. That’s not to say it’s been bad. I’ve actually found it very well-plotted and tense and twisty — very much the noir-like feel that was promised to us before it premiered. But it’s felt…off. And purposefully so on the writers’ parts probably. It’s very true to the story this season and justifiable that we as viewers should feel off-kilter along with Sam and Dean, whose relationship is off and not what it used to be. (Can it ever even be what it was given what they’ve gone through? That’s a much bigger question for a different post.) It’s made connecting to the show on an emotional level very difficult for me this season. Just as there is a distance between Sam and Dean this season, there’s been a distance between me and the show.

My other issue is that the humor has been lacking this season. Even in the toughest of times, Supernatural has found a way to incorporate humor. But season 6 has been very dark and almost depressing. It’s very telling that the only season 6 episode still on my DVR is the Adam Glass-penned “Two and a Half Men,” which mixed the case of the week and the mytharc with a good dose of humor and cute baby shenanigans, which while totally exploitative — who doesn’t love a hot guy mishandling a cute baby? — were also very effective. It was also the only episode that didn’t put me into a funk before the weekend. (This season of Supernatural is the not the easiest material to digest going into the weekend.)

It’s fitting then that this Friday’s episode, “Like A Virgin,” also written by Glass, is the first episode this season that feels like the Supernatural I know and love. After the deal with Sam’s soul is sorted out — sorry, can’t spill too much about how that plays out — Dean and Sam find themselves investigating the case of the dragon who likes virgins. As they work together, it finally feels like the brothers are on the same page. It almost starts to feel like old times. That’s not to say the slate is erased and everything is hunky-dory now. There’s still plenty of secrets, tension and conflict.

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Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker on Chuck (NBC) –– Sarah Walker is one of the toughest characters on TV and not just because she can kick your ass. She has to be one of the most deceptively difficult characters to play. Just think about all the things that Sarah Walker has to be: Strong and powerful enough that you believe the petite blonde could fight a much bigger enemy; alluring and seductive enough to attract a target; guarded and distant in her emotions as a spy, but soft and open enough that you believe she could fall for a geeky guy like Chuck; vulnerable and broken enough underneath that tough exterior that you believe she really just aches for a normal life with Chuck. And Strahovski pulls it all off with ease. Watch “Chuck Versus Phase Three” if you don’t believe me.

Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker on Brothers & Sisters (ABC) — Rhys has always been quietly great on the show, but this season, he really shone as Kevin dealt with Scotty’s infidelity. Angry, heartbroken, petty — Rhys was perfect as the never perfect Kevin. And then three episodes later, he was showing off his equally adept comedic skills when Kevin accidentally got high.

Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation (NBC) — Pratt did kind of dumb, but lovable as Bright Abbott on Everwood for four seasons and then did weird, but lovable as Che on The O.C., but he still manages to make Andy his own thing. As played with sweetness and a childlike spirit by Pratt, the seemingly harmless Andy is the ultimate stealth scene stealer.

Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes on The Vampire Diaries (The CW) — Nina Dobrev, rightfully, is getting a lot of attention for her fantastic dual turn as good girl Elena and naughty minx vampire Katherine. But the surprise star of this season has been Accola, who took Caroline from neurotic teenage girl to confident vampire. She delivered an equally devastating and humorous performance as she made the confusing transformation in this season’s second episode and has gone on to impress in scenes with her mom, Tyler, Stefan and Katherine, going from teary to light and funny to scared to nurturing to kickass. Even in season one, I thought Accola gave Caroline a depth beneath her bubbly exterior, but this season, she proved herself to be the show’s secret weapon. No wonder she’s my pick to play Buffy if a new film must be made.

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Way to go, Supernatural fans! All your clicking has paid off. Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles will be on the cover of the Dec. 13 issue of TV Guide Magazine, which will be on newsstands Dec. 9. The show beat out fellow CW series Smallville, Bones, Castle, Chuck and How I Met Your Mother. It’s a well earned win as the series has never had a TV Guide Magazine cover before and could always use the extra publicity.

Check out a video of TV Guide Magazine editor in chief Debra Birnbaum announcing the winner on CBS’ The Early Show this morning. It’s also a perfect example of why the show needs the attention. The Early Show anchor in the video has never even heard of the program.

Below that, you’ll also find a video of the Supernatural cast reacting to the win. Misha Collins has an interesting idea for what we should do next with our collective power as Supernatural fans.

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I recently had the chance to visit the set of ABC’s new comedy Better With You and couldn’t resist asking Kurt Fuller about his time on Supernatural. Fuller played the powerful angel Zachariah, but his character was far from heavenly. On the CW series, angels are, well, douches.

Fuller recalled being called “a dick, a douche, baldie, ugly, everything by two of the most goodlooking men you’re ever going to find.” He’s, of course, referring to stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, whose characters Dean and Sam Winchester were not too fond of Zachariah.

“These guys with hair and jaws and muscles going, ‘Hey ugly. Hey douche. Hey baldie. Hey fattie,'” he continued. “What can you say? Hey perfect?”

Despite Zachariah’s douche-y qualities, Fuller admitted to having a fondness for the character. “It actually bothered me that I liked my character on Supernatural because he was such a bad man,” he said. “But I really enjoyed it.”

Still, it’s “a welcome relief” for Fuller to be on Better With You, doing something lighter than the doom and gloom of Supernatural.

“Making people laugh rather than making people bleed is much more fun,” he said. “And I feel better about it.”

“This is definitely better for my soul,” he added.

You can catch Fuller feeding his soul as patriarch Joel Putney on Better With You Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

Is that a new Supernatural promo image, I spy? Why yes, it is! You know what’s even better? Supernatural on the cover of TV Guide Magazine. For the first time, the magazine is letting fans decide who will grace the cover of the Dec. 13 issue. Your choices: Bones, Castle, Chuck, How I Met Your Mother, Smallville or Supernatural. I watch and adore all those shows, so I would be happy to see any of them on the cover, but my heart belongs to Supernatural, which doesn’t get enough mainstream media love, if you ask me.

Click on the image below to cast your vote!