More exciting news came out of The CW's presentation at the Television Critics Association conference this week: we received a few choice details regarding the upcoming spin-off of the hit series 'Supernatural.'
Unlike the nomadic nature of 'Supernatural' which follows Sam & Dean Winchester across America, focusing on a different town or state almost every episode, it seems that the planned spin-off will stay localized in one particular American city: The Windy City, Chicago, Illinois. Reportedly, the spin-off will begin as a backdoor pilot, introducing the new characters and plotline in a late episode of 'Supernatural's upcoming ninth season. After that, the as-yet-untitled spin-off will launch, hoping that 'Supernatural's loyal fans will follow over to this series, as well. The spin-off series will focus on the clashing between hunter and monster cultures in the Second City, with an ensemble focus rather than a narrow one.
'Supernatural' has crafted quite an immense world for its characters to play in. Since the first season, details and rules regarding various monsters (dead man's blood is toxic to vampires, you can only kill a wendigo with fire, etc.). Fans of the series were hooked early on when the Winchesters' hunter father would impart wisdom and tracking savvy via his old journal; the details of this world have been fully fleshed out and have remained consistent over eight long seasons. Now, with the forces of heaven, hell and purgatory fully on the game board, the universe of the series is bigger than ever--ripe for any sort of spin-off.
Talks of a spin-off of 'Supernatural' began five seasons ago, when there were rumblings about a comedic spin-off featuring the Ghostfacers--amateur hunters looking for fame rather than a chance to help. When that failed to pan out, the next rumor surrounded an Old West spin-off featuring a young Samuel Colt, hunting monsters in the 1800s before constructing his mythical revolver, capable of killing even demons themselves. Now that a spin-off is finally taking place it will feature none of the elements above, however you can be sure that details from these previous escapades will find their way into the new series, for fans to enjoy.
The new show will be written by supervising producer Andrew Dabb. This news follows the exciting announcement that Jim Beaver will be reprising his role as Bobby Singer in the ninth season. No word as of yet on how Bobby will be written back into the series.