The CW continued the Television Critics Association press tour over the weekend, the extended confab finally set to wrap this coming Thursday after ABC, FX, Fox and NBC each have their go.
While talk revolved around “The 100” ending, the network’s streaming future and the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” event, a big chunk of time was devoted to the panel for the fifteenth and final season of their longest-running scripted series “Supernatural”.
Two attempts have previously been made at a spin-off, neither went to series and now CW president Mark Pedowitz says they’re not planning to try again with no spinoffs to replace the outgoing fan-favourite series: “I’ve been involved in two spinoffs that did not connect. We’ve had no further discussions whatsoever in terms of a Supernatural spinoff. I tend to believe that, at this point, the show’s essence is Jared and Jensen.”
He says the decision to end the show came after a “very very long, sad, heartbreaking discussion” with stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as well as the Warner Bros Television chief:
“We all came to understand that the guys wanted to go out still relevant and they wanted to go be with their families and see what else was out there in the world. You know what, as we always said, when they’re ready to stop, we’ll stop. These shows go out the way that they’re supposed to go. But if you can convince them to come back, I’m open.”
Indeed while “Supernatural” is officially ending, the possibility of a revival in years down the road is there. Ackles says:
“It’s a long journey that I don’t think is ever going to be over. I think we’re just going to go away for a while. For how long, I don’t know… I’m not ready to close doors or burn bridges – that would be foolish. Is something in the works? No. Am I open to having a conversation in the future? Why not?”
The final season premieres on the network on October 10th.