The CW Passes on ‘Supernatural’ Spinoff ‘Bloodlines’

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May upfronts are upon us. It’s that special time of the year in the TV industry when decisions are made as to which shows will be renewed for another season and which pilots will be picked up to series. Unfortunately, since there’s only so much room on a network’s schedule, the rest won’t be able to make it to next fall or spring.

Spinoffs, however, operate under a different set of circumstances, because their fates are often decided much earlier when the characters and stories are first introduced in an episode of the original series, also known as a backdoor pilot. In a vow of confidence, The CW’s Arrow spinoff The Flash, which received a series order today, was lucky enough to film a standalone pilot, but Supernatural spinoff Bloodlines had to make do with a backdoor pilot that aired in April.

Sadly, critic response to that backdoor pilot wasn’t pretty with many saying Bloodlines was nothing like Supernatural, the show fans had spent nearly nine seasons watching since it first premiered on The WB. Others claimed it to was too much like the network’s other show, The Originals, while most just agreed the episode was downright disappointing. So it’s not too much of a surprise now that The CW has confirmed Bloodlines won’t be moving forward to series.

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The good news from all this is that even though the story and tone of Bloodlines didn’t quite work out, The CW remains open to the possibility of creating another Supernatural spinoff. But it’ll need need to happen soon if they want to use Supernatural as a springboard again because the show’s upcoming season 10 could be its last.

Now, there are a couple of ways The CW could go with a new spinoff. First, a premise more like the one found on Supernatural, where characters investigate paranormal cases, could probably go a long way in appealing to current fans. Second, using old or current characters to establish a new storyline has always been a tried and true method to lure in viewers (see: Angel). And since Bloodlines had neither of these things going for it, it’s not a huge surprise that the spinoff didn’t sink in with viewers.

Do you think The CW should try to create another spinoff of Supernatural? What would you like to see on the next go around?

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Supernatural airs Tuesdays @9pm on The CW.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Omg! I loved the bloodlines episode, I wanted to see more of those characters… people should be more open minded

    • are you having a laugh that episode was damn right appalling it was probably the worst episode so far, as for being open-minded i very much am, but to do a spin-off that would have to be as good as the original,supernatural is still going strong after nearly ten years, only because of the quality writing and dean,Sam,and cass which bloodlines lacked big time s*** story s*** character development, i don’t ever say this but people like you should stick to watching the heart of dixie cause you seem to like absolute garbage that some how stays on air while real quality shows get cancelled.

  2. NO spinoffs.

    Let the series die for a few years, and then maybe bring it back with better writing, no mega arcs, no angels, no demons, no end of the world scenarios.

  3. Bloodlines was literally the worst episode of supernatural that I have ever watched. Not so much the premise, But the acting. It was downright horrible. I’m a huge fan, but I laughed/winced through most of the episode.

  4. No one really wanted to see a monster soap opera which is what this thing was shaping up to be. We wanted characters we could connect with, not vapid a**holes that we had nothing invested in and a premis that frankly fell flat. I was sincerely hoping that the spinoff would be something that included the Men of Letters and or a clan of hunters akin to the Campbell, hopefully they’ll pick something that actually appeals to fans of Supernatural if they decide to try it a second time.

  5. I think they should do a spin-off that actually centers around the Hunters, where they are the anti-heroes which still go after other creatures. You could explore rivalries which are revealed to have long histories, where the audience is essentially “rooting for” the bad guys. I feel like the “on the road” dynamic shouldn’t carry over as the spin-off needs to be fresh, not an imitation of Supernatural. You could feature characters from one town instead, some of whom are corrupt or morally ambiguous, setting a darker tone for the series. The town’s name would feed into the title – Supernatural: Hunterville.

  6. I kinda hate the way that everyone is hating on the bloodlines episode. There have been far worse episodes than that and I found it to be really great. I actually really loved it and wanted to see more. It’s just the first episode so of course they weren’t going to give you everything. They gave you the basics of what the series is based off of and that’s monster mafia-ish stuff. And I honestly found that to be really awesome. I’m disappointed that everyone sees it as being mostly romantic based since there was the human boy that had the whole mystery of his dad and what his dad actually knew. There was far more in the series than the little spin of romance. The first episode just showed that the series could be interesting and had great potential given that it would have been given the opportunity and handled well(which I did trust supernatural writers to do). For the most part, those who hated the episode are just looking for something that is more linked to sam and dean and the whole hunter thing. Which honestly it is getting kinda old. 9 seasons later and they’re running low on the genius ideas they used to have. I really wish this series could’ve happened, but I am disappointed in the supernatural fan base for having such a heart attack over one episode that was actually interesting. Especially since the heart attack was over lack of hunters, men of letters, or everyones favorites main characters. Well guess what, it’s a spin off. And in a spin off it doesn’t have to have the main characters. It is a spin off and not supposed to be the exact same show which means it is just playing in the same universe at the same time. It’s a series that would’ve showed that more than just the s*** that happens around sam and dean happens too. The world doesn’t have to revolve around them.

    • I agree with you it would have been a great spin off better than one with only hunters as main characters I think we already get to see a lot of what happened with hunters and although I would like to know more about the man of letters I don’t think they are that much interesting. Monsters would be a new thing I don’t get why people want a spin off which is exacly like the show when when the show is going to have 10 seasons, of coucrse I like Sam and Dean who doesn’t ? But after so many seasons I think is time to let go and move on to something totally diferent if the spin off is going to be about more hunters and demons is going to be exacly the same I would have loved to see the continuation of bloodlines but it seems that most fans just want to see the same thing over and over again I would understand if the series had 5 or 6 season but with 10 I want something a bit differnt

  7. I know the show Supernatural is possibly fated to end after season 10 next year, and I really have hope for a real finish: something huge, like closing Hell for good, or God showing back up, or even something as wild as one brother becoming king of hell, and the other reigning over heaven and there being some kind of awesome ending balance. I dunno, something too grand for us to continue to care about the monster-of-the-week in Chicago.

  8. Honestly, It was an interesting idea. I think the shapeshifters sister ruined it. and the Slave werewolf? what? seriously? who thought that was a good idea? The idea of 5 monster families ruling chicago does have an appeal. Their is so much they can do with that. and they only talked about 3 of the families..the shifters, wolves, and Jins. It had potential. Just sorry execution. However, it’s not the spinoff I would have went with. I think they should do a spin off of Dorothy and Charlie in OZ. I think the supernatural writers could have some real fun with writing about OZ. OOOH or a Prequel..like a Bobby and Rufus spin off..they really need to tell that story, all leading up to whatever happened in OMAHA that they keep talking about! I would watch both of those. Oh, or a Cain spin off would be pretty sweet. Watching how he trained the knights of hell, than ended up killing them all off…how did that go down? Definitely a story there. Oh and a Garth spin off would be awesome! I’d love to see garth as a hunter and taking on Bobby’s role..that has major potential as well. Just a few ideas they could go with. I’m just sayin

  9. Another commenter had the perfect spin-off idea Supernatural: The Book of John. Focus on period of time right after Mary’s death when John was raising and teaching the boys to hunt. See the interactions between Sam and Dean as kids. You can see more of our favorite characters like a younger Bobby, Rufus, Ellen. You can learn more about Mary through John’s flashbacks. You’d still have chances to see grownup Dean and Sam using time travel. That’s what I’d like to see. Great title idea too.

    Bloodlines could have worked if introduced differently. For example – after Ennis’s father is killed, Ennis finds files/journals that his father kept hidden. He finds one of those “if you’re listening to this I’m dead” messages from his father. The message explains how his dad had been investigating a pattern of strange crimes/killings and that a guy named Winchester had been helping him. Ennis does a little poking around and then his fiancée is killed. Both dad and fiancee’s deaths were made to look like accidents but Ennis believes they’re connected to whatever his father was investigating. So he looks for John and tracks down Dean and Sam. Over 2-3 episodes the Winchesters give him Monsters 101 and teach him a few tricks. Sam and Dean introduce Ennis to local hunters and the brothers go their own way. While looking for those responsible for his dad and fiancées death, he discovers the 5 families.

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