Most shows are lucky to run 4-5 seasons, but The CW’s Supernatural is now on track to triple that target.
The network has renewed Supernatural for a 13th season, confirming initial reports that the Winchester brothers would keep on roaming the flyover states and killing monsters for the foreseeable future. The series dates back to years before The CW was actually called The CW, as the only remaining holdover from the network’s old WB line-up (launched before The WB and UPN merged back in 2006).
Despite its age, Supernatural has remained a solid ratings performer for the network (with viewership actually periodically ticking up the past couple of years) and it’s no surprise they want to keep it around. Creatively, the show has managed to stay fresh after all these years, introducing some new narrative twists and doubling back on itself to revisit old stories in interesting ways. Not bad for a show that was originally supposed to end after five seasons, right?
Supernatural was picked up alongside a host of other shows, including all of the network’s DC series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin. Notably missing from the list of early renewals? Critical hit The 100, iZombie and The Originals. Freshmen shows Frequency and No Tomorrow didn’t even score a back-nine episode order and are effectively considered dead show’s walking at this point.
As other series come and go, and more of the network’s schedule is taken over by DC Comics fare, it seems nothing can slow down the Winchesters.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)