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Moving Pictures: CW TV Preview (Hellcats, TVD, Nikita, Smallville and SPN) 

Moving Pictures is a new TV Goodness feature. It previews the week in television using standout stills. Sometimes, just looking at the press photos is enough to get me excited for the upcoming episodes. Time to tackle my favorite network, thanks to shows like The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. There are several reasons to tune into the CW this week. Here are the photos that really spoke to me plus descriptions for each episode and the reasons why these images rock. Spoilers are included.

Photo Credit: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW

Show: Hellcats

Episode: “Before I Was Caught”
Airdate: Tuesday April 26 @ 9/8C
The CW Synopsis: Marti (Aly Michalka) convinces Julian (Gale Harold) to let her represent a Lancer University student at Honor Court, but she soon realizes the case is even more personal than she originally thought. Vanessa (Sharon Leal) and Red (Jeff Hephner) are shocked to find out that Red’s ex-wife, Emily (guest star Camille Sullivan), has been hired to dig up dirt on Lancer’s athletic programs and staff. Ashley Tisdale, Robbie Jones, Heather Hemmens and Matt Barr also star. Andy Wolk directed the episode written by Peter Calloway.
Why This Picture Rocks: It’s been a while since we’ve seen Gale Harold aka Julian (at least it feels like it) so automatically this episode has a distinct advantage. And call me crazy, but Harold and Aly Michalka are kind of showing some chemistry in this pic. I don’t know what’s going on here between Marti and Julian, but I’d like to find out.

Photo Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW

Show: The Vampire Diaries
Episode: “The Last Day”
Airdate: Thursday April 28 @ 8/7C
The CW Synopsis: Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to prevent Elena (Nina Dobrev) from being a victim of Klaus’ (guest star Joseph Morgan) plan to break the curse. Damon’s actions put him at terrible odds with Stefan (Paul Wesley) and the tension that started brewing between the brothers over their differing opinions of how to help save Elena’s life blows up into full-scale conflict. Tyler (Michael Trevino) returns to Mystic Falls after receiving a disturbing phone call. With the full moon marking the arrival of the sacrifice ritual, Stefan and Elena spend a romantic day together — afraid it might be their last. Sara Canning, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig and Matt Davis also star. J. Miller Tobin directed the episode written by Andrew Chambliss & Brian Young.
Why This Picture Rocks: It’s a beautiful, romantic picture featuring Stefan and Elena. I love that they are in silhouette. The scene looks very calm. I’m betting this will probably be the only calm moment as the show’s second season races to what will probably be a very explosive end.

Photo Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg /The CW

Show: Nikita
Episode: “Glass Houses”
Airdate: Thursday April 28 @ 9/8C
The CW Synopsis: Frustrated that Nikita (Maggie Q) continues to intercept his black boxes, Percy (Xander Berkeley) sends Michael (Shane West) to check on one of the boxes and the guardian attached to it. Nikita makes it to the small Pennsylvania town first and is shocked to find that the guardian is a normal woman named Dana (guest star Christina Moses) who has abandoned her post and is attempting to live a normal life with her husband and child. Tensions mount when Michael is forced to report Dana’s actions and Division swarms in to clean up any evidence of her existence. Meanwhile, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) and Jaden (Tiffany Hines) get into an argument and Nathan (guest star Thad Luckinbill) gets caught in the middle. Ralph Hemecker directed the episode written by Kalinda Vazquez.
Why This Picture Rocks: I’m still ecstatic that Michael and Nikita have found their way back to each other in this premiere season. In the pic above, they’re probably doing something undercover because one thing Michael and Nikita rarely do is smile or laugh. There were other images of the two of them kissing, but I chose this one because it’s nice to see them looking like a normal couple, even though they’re far from it.

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW

Show: Smallville
Episode: “Dominion”
Airdate: Friday April 29 @ 8/7C
The CW Synopsis: Tess (Cassidy Freeman) learns that General Slade was found unconscious on a street corner, proof that someone has gained access to the Phantom Zone’s escape portal and sent him back. Clark (Tom Welling) decides to return to the exiled land to make sure other phantoms are not fleeing and is furious when Oliver (Justin Hartley) tricks Clark into taking him along. With Clark’s powers gone, the two are immediately captured by the Zoners who take them to their new leader, Zod (Callum Blue), who is thirsting for revenge on Clark for banishing him to this Kryptonian jail. Meanwhile, Lois (Erica Durance) learns Clark trusted Tess with a secret, but didn’t tell Lois.  Justin Hartley directed with story by John Chisholm.
Why This Picture Rocks: The second I saw this picture, I instantly flashed back to Superman II. I kept thinking about the way Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent looked after he gave up his powers and got beat up at the diner. Clark is a bit battered and bruised but he’s also really hot in that photo. Does that make me twisted? I’ll allow it.

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW

Show: Supernatural
Episode: “Mommy Dearest”
Airdate: Friday April 29 @ 9/8C
The CW Synopsis: Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), Bobby (Jim Beaver) and Castiel (Misha Collins) track Eve (guest star Julia Maxwell) to a small town in Oregon. The guys discover the townspeople have been converted to demons, but surprisingly, they all appear to be dying. When they finally do meet Eve, she decides to torture the brothers by bringing back their mother, Mary Winchester (guest star Samantha Smith), as a demon. John Showalter directed the episode written by Adam Glass.
Why This Picture Rocks: Since we know this isn’t really Mary but that Eve is using her likeness to make things hell for Dean and Sam, this photo is particularly chilling. How will Dean react to his “mother?” This will be the first time the brothers meet the Mother of All, so I’m hoping the episode will be just as chilling.

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