Supernatural has had such a long run on television, the series itself is actually older than the network it currently airs on.
The Winchester Brothers return this week for its 12th season on The CW, continuing a show that originally debuted on The WB in 2005.
Pretty much everyone is back, of course: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins, among others. Also returning is Supernatural‘s loyal fanbase – loyal, executive producer Andrew Dabb told USA Today, because the foundation of the show is built on something literally familiar to us all: family.
“Because of the overlay of classic rock and the Impala and two guys in flannel, people miss that sometimes, but that is the core of the show.
“We will do things in production – a stunt or a special effect – and the episode will air. Twitter will be like, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’ And then the moment when Dean turns toward the camera and sheds one man tear, Twitter goes insane.
“It’s very obvious to see where our bread is buttered.”
Padalecki and Ackles play the Winchester brothers, who fight demons and anything else not of this world. And they’ve been doing it for more than a decade now.
What prompted them to take on such a noble cause, however, was the death of their mother at the hand of a demon when the Winchesters were just young boys. The 11th season finale, however, changed that, resurrecting the Winchester matriarch, played by Samantha Smith.
Of course, everything must eventually end. Even the Supernatural family. At least to Mark Pedowitz, the head of The CW, that won’t be any time soon.
“If the show keeps performing the way it has, there’s an open pass (to continue). If the boys keep wanting to do it.”
Supernatural airs Thursdays on The CW.
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