‘Supernatural’ Spinoff Casts Its Two Leads

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Nathaniel Buzolic Lucien Laviscount to Co Star in Supernatural Tribes Supernatural Spinoff Casts Its Two Leads

The CW’s upcoming Supernatural spinoff has cast its two leads, and the actors chosen fit the usual network strategy of casting pilots with relatively unknown faces that have previous CW experience.

First to join the lineup is Australian actor Nathaniel Buzolic, who spent his early career appearing on popular Aussie dramas like Water Rats, All Saints, and Out of the Blue. He also hosted late night game show The Mint from 2007-2008. Buzolic made his stateside TV debut on The Vampire Diaries, playing the recurring role of villainous vampire Kol Mikaelson from 2012-2013, and he also briefly appeared on Diaries’ own spin-off The Originals late last year. He can next be seen guest-starring on an episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.

Soon to become Buzolic’s reluctant hunting partner is British actor Lucien Laviscount, who’s followed a career path similar to his new co-star. Laviscount has been working regularly on U.K. dramas like Grange Hill, Coronation Street, and Waterloo Road since the mid-2000s, with his only U.S. credit so far being a recurring role during the currently airing season of BBC/Showtime co-production Episodes. Laviscount’s American debut was originally set to happen on The CW itself, as the actor was cast in the second pilot for twice developed drama The Selection. Unfortunately, the second attempt at a pilot for that series got no farther than the first one.

The spinoff, dubbed Supernatural: Tribes, is being penned by long-time Supernatural writer/producer Andrew Dabb, and directed by SPN executive producer Robert Singer, the namesake of fan-favorite supporting character Bobby Singer. Not wanting to simply re-do the “two young men hunt monsters across the U.S.” premise that has served the original series so well, Tribes will be set entirely in Chicago.

The premise concerns an ongoing organized crime-like battle between various powerful monster families for control of the city, a fight normally waged under the noses of its unsuspecting human residents. Buzolic will portray David Hayden, a repentant shapeshifter and member of one of the ruling families. David grew tired with the monster life years ago, and has been living as a human for some time.

Laviscount will play Ennis Roth, a police academy cadet whose fiancée was killed in the crossfire during a violent encounter between two of the feuding families. Ennis subsequently uncovered the truth about the various creatures that go bump in the night, leading him to dedicate his life to ridding his city of their influence. How David and Ennis end up involved in each other’s lives is still unclear, although it’s pretty much a given that they’ll end up working together.

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Still going strong in its ninth season (and already renewed for a tenth), Supernatural is easily The CW’s longest tenured series currently, having been around since before UPN and The WB combined. Normally, one would think that a drama that long in the tooth would be preparing to head off into the sunset soon, but Supernatural shows no real signs of slowing down.

While rumors have been floated that this fall’s season 10 will be Supernatural’s last, CW President Mark Pedowitz recently made it clear that he can easily see the show continuing on into season 11 and beyond, as long as the ratings hold up.

On one level, a spinoff might serve to spread the Supernatural universe too thin, eventually leading to fans getting burnt out and one or both shows getting canned.  On the other hand, The CW has had tremendous success with aforementioned spinoff The Originals, and is already building immense buzz around its planned Arrow spinoff The Flash. So it makes perfect sense that they’d want to try and extend the lifespan of their most enduring franchise.

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Whichever way fans choose to look at it, the success or failure of Supernatural: Tribes could mark a clear turning point for the future prospects of Supernatural as a brand. If this one works, will The CW attempt another spinoff? Will they attempt to make Supernatural the Law & Order of monster hunting? There’s no reason it couldn’t happen if Tribes is a huge hit.

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Supernatural: Tribes will premiere as a planted pilot during the April 29th, 2014 episode of Supernatural. If successful, it will likely get a full first season in Fall 2014.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Wow, I’ll take a peak but a spin-off of an already watered down show post season 7 sounds risky.

    • Yeah me too but I don’t think it’s watered down much anymore. Season 9 has been a good one. 6 and 7 weren’t up to par as they have been in the past and 8 was a nice start to a new turn. But spin offs aren’t always wins. I guess they can be, I mean The Originals is much better then TVD. But I’ll check out but Supernatural better finish before this show tries to take over.

  2. No.

  3. Are Charlie and Dorothy going to have a spin-off? Seems like one for great potential.

    • Hopefully Charlies gone forever.

      • Oh god hopefully.

      • 100000^^

      • Oh yeah, preferably eaten by flying monkeys. They killed off all the really cool female characters (Jo, Ellen etc.) so why should that annyoing goofball get to come back time and time again, ruining episodes left and right? At least Sheriff Mills is still alive, but they don’t use her nearly as much as they should.

  4. Supernatural overstayed it’s welcome.

  5. Sounds like Underworld TV version

  6. Why cant this show just replace the crappy fillers.

    • Yeah, I don’t like those angels stories either.

  7. They should have done a Casitel spin-off instead of an Season 6

    • I doubt the ratings would do well.

  8. I will definitely check this out, but it sounds like the premise for that god-awful Vampire the maskerade TV show. Human cop delving into the world of monsters and “royal families”. Hopefully there is more to it then that.

  9. Longest running TV Show on the CW? Perhaps you forgot about a little ditty called SMALLVILLE? That show ended in it’s 10th season as well; and, technically, it’s story is being continued in a Season 11 comic, published by DC Comics.
    Supernatural still has some catching up to do.

    • I’m guessing this means the longest series on the network that is still running. I believe it is the only show that began on The WB that is still going.

    • Yeah, but you can’t really take comic continuations into account because they are entirely separate animals and don’t always have any connection to the original medium when it comes to the creative personnel behind them.

  10. Agreed! Once Supernatural COMPLETES it’s season 10 and IF it goes to 11 it’ll out do Smallville. Know your shows please.

    • As Ian Martin posited above, I meant to convey that Supernatural is the longest running current series on The CW, not the longest running in the history of the network. The article has been updated to clarify that.

  11. That sounds horrible. And the actors aren’t even attractive. Not looking forward to it. Not even for eye candy.

  12. Guess this means there is no chance of Nate ever appearing on the Originals as a regular now, shame cause Kol was one of the more interesting characters with good back story potential which is a good part of The Originals story anyways.

  13. I don’t know either of the actors, but the show might be good. I stopped following Supernatural around season 8 because it felt over done, but I still miss it. A spin off would be a nice idea provided they do it well, and don’t just go for the whole “you’re a monster you must die” aspect and have over arching plots as good as the first couple of supernatural seasons.

  14. i love that its in chicago (my city) BUT….. No. arrow & SN r great shows but everything else on cw is garbage. these kids can go back to vamp diaries. im gonna have to force myself to watch the pilot.. Theres always a bright side though – IF this show flops, Sam&Dean can kill them off RIGHT? ERIC KRIPKE ! Please come back

  15. I will give the show a chance, Supernatural is still my favorite show. I’m just happy the spinoff is not Ghostfacers, I still hate the episodes that are about them.

    I’m looking forward to it. They should give Cas a spinoff.

  16. I am so excited! I’ve loved Supernatural since day one and I’m sure the spin off will be awesome!

  17. Oh man, I was ready to give this show a chance but monster mob families trying to control a town, it’s half the premise of The Originals with Clause trying to rule New Orleans while battling the witches and werewolves.

  18. Awesome news. Cant get enough of SPN. Ive seen every episode and have thoroughly enjoyed every episode.

  19. I like Supernatural, but I dont think show will do well or be that good, I mean I hope it does and is, but I doubt it.

  20. I would of much prefered a Western set spinoff (prequel) around the forgeing of the Colt or a 50′s set show of the Men of Letters. Both would be more in keeping with the show than this

    • Absolutely, like they could follow them, they were a bigger part of the show then this Ennis guy was. Doing a spinoff of one episode isn’t gonna turn out well at all

  21. I agree with vandenburger wholeheartedly!!!