‘Supernatural’ Spin-Off in Development at The CW – Will It Work?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 25th, 2013 at 6:36 am,

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During a press event at Comic-Con on Saturday, Supernatural executive producer Bob Singer revealed that The CW is developing a spin-off series based on their hit show about the monster-hunting Winchester brothers. The network has already created a spin-off show for their other popular fantasy show, The Vampire Diaries, titled The Originals, which will air in the Tuesday 8/7c timeslot just behind Supernatural starting in October, and The CW has apparently decided that spin-offs are the way to go.

Supernatural is still going strong after eight seasons, and is unofficially The CW’s flagship show, so it makes sense for the network to test out another spin-off show in the same universe. There have already been two such extraneous shows based on Supernatural: Ghostfacers, a mockumentary web series about the nerdy team of wannabe monster-hunters who occasionally appear in the main show, and Supernatural: The Anime Series, which was produced by Japanese studio Madhouse.

There are plenty of existing characters who have appeared on the show and could potentially be interesting to put at the forefront of their own spin-off show – the third Winchester brother, Adam, for example, who appeared on the show for a few episodes and was then quietly dropped down a hole and forgotten by both the writers and the characters – but according to TV Line the protagonist of the Supernatural spin-off will be a new character, introduced in the main show around season 9, episode 20, which will also serve as a pilot for the new show.

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The only other tidbit of information is that, whereas Supernatural is perhaps best known for the Winchester brothers’ never-ending road trips through sweeping American landscapes and visits to small, quirky towns, the spin-off show will be “citified” – possibly based in a single urban location. There are any number of directions that the show could go from here, but perhaps a supernatural detective show could be on the cards; something along the lines of The Dresden Files, the short-lived adaptation of Jim Butcher’s novels that aired on Syfy.

The big question, of course, is whether or not a major spin-off Supernatural show would actually work. After all, the core dynamic and main attraction of the series has always been the relationship between the two main characters, so a show set in the same universe but without the pair to lead it would likely be a risk. Having said that, Supernatural already has a large and dedicated fandom, and there will always be a market for shows about things that go bump in the night. The best bet for the Supernatural spin-off would probably be to detach itself from the storyline of the current series and do as much as possible to build up an independent cast of characters with a strong original premise.

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During Screen Rant’s own coverage of Supernatural at Comic-Con 2013, we learned that both showrunner Jeremy Carver and star Jared Padalecki are eager to see the main show go on to at least season 11 or 12, which could explain The CW’s desire to bolster the Supernatural franchise with a second show. However, since several movie studios have expressed an interest in signing Jensen Ackles on for a superhero movie role, and the main actors are only contracted for Supernatural up to the end of season 10, it’s possible that the spin-off could be intended as a back-up in case Supernatural ends within the next couple of years.

For Supernatural fans, and even those who have never seen the show, would you be interested in watching The CW’s new spin-off?

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Supernatural season 9 premieres Tuesday October 15 at 9/8c on The CW.

Source: TVLine

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  1. A spin off along side the main show…maybe.
    A spin off and no more Supernatural seasons, absolutely not!
    I was kind of hoping that Supernatural will have at least 12 seasons. Don’t want it to be over…

  2. A spin off featuring/As the Main Character Charlie? Hell yes.
    Or any of the other Dream Team. (And if the boys could drop in from time-to-time? Epic)

    Castiel
    Meg
    Benny
    Charlie
    Crowley
    Jo
    Ellen
    Bobby

    I know most of these guys are dead, but the DREAM TIME WILL LIVE-ON FOREVER!

  3. I hope to God it isn’t Charlie in the spin off. She’s just an annoying Mary Sue who should have been killed off.

  4. Ive been watching supernatural since the beginning n I hope it continues past season 10 n I hope they bring back the main characters castiel sam n dean if any of them leave the show it wont be the same so keep them n ill keep watching they make the show

  5. The spin-off is terrible, it’s gonna ruin everything.

    I wish Dean didn’t stop Death from blowing up Chicago.

  6. Having just watched s09e20, I would give the spinoff a chance

  7. A Spin Off would be great but please no ghostfacers people the last thing television needs is another stupid television show. Nobody even liked those guys in the main series, if there will be a spin off the main characters have to be able to meet the bar or somewhere close to Jared and Jensen. And when the hell is Thor going to be in Supernatural i swore we got a little easter egg when his hammer was revealed in the previous season it would be nice to see one of the pantheon gods play a major role in the show over a long period.

  8. Of course if you’ve seen s9 ep20 you can see that they set the character up already before i knew about the spin off i already wanted to know more about the character its gives a direct example of how people ends up becoming hunters through the loss of a loved one

  9. I would love to watch Supernatural for the next 20 years!!! It is by far the BEST show on TV thanks to the great writing and those two cool brothers!

  10. Ok, so supernatural is my all time favorite show by far! The thing that makes it such a great show among other things is the relationship and bond between the 2 brothers. S9 E20 was a cool episode, and I guess they could turn it into an ok show. But it will never be as good as Supernatural. To be honest, I really wasn’t very interested in the main character of that episode. I think I would find myself always comparing him to Sam and Dean. If they do use that guy as a main lead, I really hope that they will have the brothers pop in here and there (more then just once) and also have things cross over from supernatural, since Sam and dean saved the world so many times, they have to be legends on the eyes of other hunters, and even to monsters, would be nice for them to touch on that. Either way I will give it a shot.

  11. Never stop supernatural its the only show I like to watch I’ve seen every episode at least 3 times.i love supernatural

  12. If Jensen ackles leaves supernatural i am going to kill myself. The reason i watch supernatural is because of him so he better stay in supernatural and hopefully supernnatural will go on for a couple more years. As for the spin off, its not such a bad idea.

  13. A John Winchester show of his time hunting while Sam and Dean were young would be awesome. I’d watch the crap out of that

  14. My daughter and I live fir Suoernatural! It is a WONDERFUL show and the actors are what bring it to life! We would watch a spin off hoping, of course, that Jenson, Jared, and Misha are all part of it! The combination of those three mixed with CROWLEY make for EXCEPTIONAL quality time in front of a television. They are pretty much all that we watch-we thank you for coming up with such imaginative ideas!!

  15. We do OWN EVERY SEASON sold on DVD. We watch them all the time. As soon as they are released we are there to buy them!!

  16. I would be very upset if Supernatural ended. I think they should go on as long as they can. A Spinoff would be ok, like, after Supernatural ended. *but let’s pray not very soon.

  17. I’m a huge fan of Supernatural and I love the show so much but now that the show is in season 10 it seems like the writers are really running out of ideas. The show isn’t about the plot anymore it’s mostly about cracking jokes and creating wacky and unnecessary episodes that will give the viewers just what they want so they can real in more money. I’m not saying the show is bad, just that it’s gone on way to long. I say they maybe pull themselves together and wip out a great 12th season and call it good. I would love to watch a spin-off show with a NEW character that hasn’t been introduced at all during the show. I would like for the show to mostly focus on the plot. I used to be at the edge of my seat in the supernatural episodes, now I’m just bored. It may be the teen in me talking but maybe the show could focus more towards highschool..? I don’t know if that would even work. I’m saying they go all “buffy the vampire slayer” but maybe could they not have the episodes in random locations.