The CW has been all about spinoffs lately. The Originals, a side-tale in The Vampire Diariesuniverse set in New Orleans, will begin airing this Fall and fresh off of its success, the network has begun planning its next big move — a Supernatural spin-off. But will a series set away from two brothers and an old Impala really hold its own?
I have my reservations.
So far, details on the spinoff are scarce. But producers and The CW president Mark Pedowitz have revealed that the series will be set in Chicago, a major deviation from its parent show’s road trip motif, and will be planted in Supernatural‘s upcoming ninth season. And the cast will be comprised of all new (and many more) faces, with room left for Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to introduce viewers into the world. Executive producer Jeremy Carver told Entertainment Weekly that, if picked up by the network, the show would “explore the clashing monster and human characters.” Viewers will even get to see families from both sides of the spectrum.
There’s just something about the prospect of deviating from Eric Kripke’s imagined world that has me feeling a little leery. The heart and soul of Supernaturalwas never about the mythology or the folklore or the monsters, although those are all wonderful and intriguing aspects that helped propel the show into nine seasons. The little cult hit is really about two brothers and how, in spite of angels and demons and destiny, they remain remarkably human. I worry that taking a spinoff from a series that has such a dynamic and trying to broaden it into an ensemble cast with more story lines and spiderwebs will just turn it into another monster show.
I could be totally wrong. This could be one of the best ideas to come out of The CW in a long time. The characters could be flawless, the mythology could be captivating and it could have so much heart and soul that even Supernaturalfans won’t know what to do with all their feels. But I also know that the fans of Supernatural, while loving, are also totally ruthless. And if there isn’t a strong female lead that they’ve been begging for, or a plethora of witty one-liners and heart-to-hearts or a character or two that demonstrates such impossible strength, loyalty and hope in impossibly tragic circumstances, I don’t know how well it will hold up.
Because Supernatural has managed to do something that very few other shows can claim. It’s managed to get a backing of people behind it that are saying a show saved their life. That it gave them the courage to face things that absolutely terrified them about their lives because if the Winchesters could do it, so could they. And if this spin-off can’t do the same thing, simply because it’s attached to the Supernatural name, it might not have a leg to stand on.
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