Yesterday's Emmy Awards nomination announcements offered the news that The Boys series showrunner & EP Eric Kripke wanted to hear. Along with Netflix's Bridgerton and The Crown, Disney Plus' The Mandalorian, HBO's Lovecraft Country, FX's Pose, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, and NBC's This Is Us, the Amazon Prime series was nominated for "Outstanding Drama Series"- and let's just say that folks were feeling pretty happy. Kripke, Jack Quaid, Karl Urban, Erin Moriarty, Laz Alonso, and more took to social media to share their excitement. One person in particular who chimed in was the recent addition to the cast, Jensen Ackles aka Soldier Boy, who posted online, "Huge CONGRATS to all my old friends and new friends on the cast and crew! 5 Emmy Noms!!!! Wow…you really know how to put the pressure on the new guy. 😳." Well, never let it be said that Ackles's Supernatural dad Jeffrey Dean Morgan would miss a chance to rib his "son" a little, jokingly posting in the comments, "Awesome and well deserved. DONT FUCK IT UP." Now if he could let us know if that Season 3 cameo was happening or not…
Now here's a look at Ackles's full Instagram post along with Morgan's sage advice:
In the following first edition of VNN (Vought News Network) hosted by Matthew Edison's VNN anchor Cameron Coleman, viewers get some intel on how things have been since we last saw anyone. Homelander (Antony Starr) is MIA publically, the government's backing away from "supe soldiers," Dawn of The Seven" may be DOA, Vought covers up Blindspot's (Chris Mark) death, and Hughie (Quaid) now a senior analyst for Congresswoman Neuman (Claudia Doumit)- with Neuman now the director of the Office of Supe Affairs. In addition, Eagle the Archer keeps making his case while Starlight (Moriarty) is praised for lighting up the music charts. And we'll leave it to you to figure out who we think "OurSheet's Mickey Londale" is supposed to be.
As we mentioned earlier, Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead, The Americans) would be joining the cast in the recurring role of supe Crimson Countess. Earlier, viewers learned that Sean Patrick Flannery (The Boondock Saints), Nick Wechsler (Revenge), and Miles Gaston Villanueva (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders) are also joining the upcoming season as three original supes characters. Villaneuva plays Supersonic, rumored to possibly have a personal connection with Starlight (Erin Moriarty). Flannery will play the weapon expert-sounding Gunpowder, while Wechsler will be taking on the role of Blue Hawk.
Speaking with Deadline Hollywood to talk all things The Boys, Kripke discussed what his goals are for the third season and a teaser about the series opener.
Expect America & Being An American to Be Key Season Themes: "We've been certainly a political and satirical show. We were really interested in exploring both the recent history of Vought, the company in the show, but also through that the recent history of the United States… We got really interested in the myths we tell ourselves, to feel that we're righteous, really exploring America itself as a myth.
A big element of the comics actually are flashbacks to World War II and Vietnam. I always really loved it because you got to see how the superhero phenomenon didn't just affect the present, but how it affected parts of the past as well. And so we have this character, Soldier Boy, played by Jensen Ackles, and he's been around since World War II and was the first Vought superhero. Through him and through his story, we're able to explore a lot of the history of the country, really.
I'd say in previous seasons the boogeyman for you to be scared of used to be, 'The terrorists are coming to get you.' And now it's sort of metastasized into, I think, a much more ominous, 'Your neighbor is coming to get you.' And that's scary to me, how politics are turning us on each other. So, we want to explore what it means to be in America, really."
Viewers Should Expect "Something Nobody Has Ever Seen Before" in S03E01: "Without giving away any spoilers, I was just in editing yesterday, and we're doing something here in the season 3 premiere that is not only I think the craziest thing we've ever done, it's got to be up there with the craziest thing anyone's ever done. Maybe it won't work. Who knows? But I'm just so high on this gag that we're pulling off. And it's certainly something nobody has ever seen before, probably for good reason. So all that's really exciting."
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