For the past month, TVRage has been tracking the progress of The CW's upcoming 'Supernatural' spin-off. Up until now, the project had been known as 'Supernatural: Tribes.' Not only does today bring us news of a brand new title for the show, it also fills in the last missing member of the main cast.
The newly dubbed 'Supernatural: Bloodlines' is set in Chicago, and concerns a group of feuding, organized crime-like monster families that secretly run the city. The two previously cast male leads include Lucien Laviscount ('Episodes') as Ennis Roth, a police cadet turned hunter, and Nathaniel Buzolic ('The Vampire Diaries') as shapeshifter David Hayden, a member of one of the ruling families.
Supporting regulars include Danielle Savre ('Heroes') as David's sister Margo Hayden, Sean Faris ('Pretty Little Liars') as werewolf family member Julian Durant, and Stephen Martines as cynical Chicago detective Freddie Costa.
The final addition to the regular cast is Melissa Roxburgh ('Arrow'), who has landed the female lead role of Violet Durant. Violet is Julian's sister, and shares a forbidden love with David. In typical Montague/Capulet fashion, Violet and David are forced to hide their relationship, due to the fact that neither of their families approves.
At first glance, this really doesn't sound very similar to 'Supernatural,' outside of the monster hunting element. As a fan myself, I'm weary of all the romantic angst that seems to be percolating throughout this plotline, but I'm aware that The CW's core audience is indeed young women. Thus, it's hard to fault them too much for wanting to go the 'Twilight' route. Then again, most accounts I've read peg 'The Vampire Diaries' as doing the tortured love thing well, so maybe this will be better than it sounds.
'Supernatural: Bloodlines' debuts as as planted pilot during the April 29 episode of 'Supernatural.'