Season 6 Press/Spoilers?
By know, we all know that Supernatural will return with Season 6 in September, and we also know that longtime producer Sera Gamble is taking over the day-to-day duties of show runner since show creator Eric Kripke has decided to step down since the triumphant completion of his five year epic story-arc that followed Sam and Dean Winchester on their adventures from Lawrence, Kansas, literally through Hell and Heaven and back again. Epic indeed.
The Death Slot
So what’s next? How about a new time-slot? How about the Friday death-slot? CW announced its fall schedule, involves moving Supernatural to Fridays at 9pm into the infamous “death-slot”. Supernatural will be lead in by the tenth and final season of Smallville. Here’s the full CW schedule:
CW Fall 2010 Lineup
8-One Tree Hill
8-America’s Next Top Model
9-Hellcats (new cheerleading drama)
8-The Vampire Diaries
9-Nikita (new female assassin series)
Coincidentally, or not, the CW simultaneously issued a press release about the next season of Supernatural and they, may, or may not, have dropped a spoiler-ish hint about what to expect.
Here’s the “official” CW press release:
“Returning for its sixth season, this haunting series follows Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers bound by tragedy and blood to their dangerous, other-worldly mission. This past season, Dean and Sam faced their toughest foe yet: the Devil himself. As the Apocalypse raged on around them, the brothers, aided only by a dwindling band of fellow hunters and rebel angel Castiel, sought a way to stop Lucifer and save the planet. Ultimately, they discovered a way to force Lucifer back into Hell and end the Apocalypse – but at tremendous cost: Sam’s life. Season six will be a season of mystery and shadow. Heaven and Hell have been left in complete disarray since the apocalyptic events of season five. And now, monsters, angels and demons roam across a lawless and chaotic landscape. And so Dean Winchester, who has retired from hunting and sworn never to return, finds himself being pulled back into his old life – pulled back by none other than Sam Winchester, who has escaped from Hell. The two reunite to beat back the rising tide of creatures and demon-spawn, but they quickly realize that neither are who they used to be, their relationship isn’t what it used to be, and that nothing is what it seems. The series stars Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Misha Collins as Castiel.”
There you have it, confirmation, of sorts, that Castiel is back despite the early indications that a definitive ending to the Angels/Heaven storyline would be reached and the show would return to the classic “monster-of-the-week” format. Which would seemingly involve the absence of fan-fav Castiel. Still, it’s too early to say anything one way or the other. I mean, who knows how much he’ll be around, but for now it’s a safe bet we’ll get at least some Castiel action. Check out buddytv’s coverage of the press release Here.
It also seems like the last scene of the season five finale wasn’t as confusing as one might have thought, as it looks like this is confirmation that Sam did indeed get out of Hell, but how? Why? Just to get Dean back into the hunting trade? Seems too simple.
And, even though it’s not mentioned, I have it on good authority that the boys surrogate father-figure and fellow hunter Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) is expected to appear in season 6. Zap2it is reporting that both the CW and Warner Bros. have confirmed Jim Beaver’ s involvement.
Warner’s ReAnimating The Franchise
It seems now that Supernatural is syndication ready with over one hundred episodes under its belt with twenty two more hours underway, a successful comic book, novels, and tie-ins, why not jump one more shark and cross yet another platform over into the world of anime! Yes, Warner bros. has an eye to hatch an anime-style cartoon series based on the adventures of the Winchester family.
According to Anime News Network, Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and Madhouse co-founder Masao Maruyama are executive producing the series. What might an anime versionf of Supernatural look like? The characters are set to be designed by Takahiro Yoshimatsu, from the awesome “Trigun ,” series, and Naoya Takayama, from a show I’m not familiar with, “Night Head,” will oversee the series’ scripts.
So far twenty-two episodes of the anime have already been ordered and will reportedly loosely follow the first two seasons of Kripke’s live-action Supernatural series, but they’re not looking for a total rehash of old material, expect the animated Winchesters to exploring new territory and new stories, and they are even supposed to delve more into the Winchester brothers’ childhoods potentially filling in a lot of pre-Supernatural TOS (The Original Series, as I am hence forth calling it) cannon.
The twenty-two episodes will ship out in three volumes. The first will be available January 2011, and will contain episodes 1 and 2. The second volume is slated for a February release and will be much expanded, containing episodes 3-12. Then, volume 3 will round out the season with episdoes13-22, and should ship out April 6.
What could possibly be next after anime? Supernatural on ice? I daren’t think it. Then again…
Super-Fans Thank Kripke
Since Supernatural creator Eric Kripke has stepped down as show runner and passed the baton show producer Sera Gamble, a diehard group of Supernatural fans felt that the five-year milestone was a praiseworthy event and the group of Super-fans raised the cash to buy a full-page magazine ad that thanked Kripke for all his hard work.
I am not at all surprised, from day one I knew this show was different, special, that rare kind of show, especially in the horror/sci-fi genre, that was able to have mainstream success and longevity, not because of celebrity cameos or product placement, but because it simply deserved it. And when something like that happens, people can’t help but connect to it. Kripke and co. deserve every bit of adoration and praise we give them, because they’ve given us so much more in return.
Supernatural Home Video Breakdown:
Season 5 Pre-order/Release Date
As reported a few weeks ago, the details are still scarce on extras and any other amenities, but now at least we have a pretty firm idea of the release date. tvshowondvd has the date set for September 7, 2010 and they sport a direct link to Amazon, so I think it’s a safe date, and it totally jives with all the secondhand reports floating around out there.
Amazon is taking pre-orders for the very fair prices of $38.99 for DVD and $48.99 for Blu-Ray and it’s not too bad a wait. But, for you impatient types Amazon has another option. For all those who demand instant gratification you can watch the complete Season “with one click” for only $52.62 using Amazon’s “video on demand” feature, or you can watch just that episode you missed because you’re cable box was angry at you, for only $2.99 an episode.
Apparently, the Region 2 format (UK) has already seen the release of the first half of the fifth series (or fifth season, as we say stateside.) With the second half of the series set for release on August 16, 2010. Check out Amazon to pre-order you copy of the DVD or Blu-ray!
Season 1 Blu-ray
Two exclusive HD clips from the long-time-coming Blu-ray release of Supernatural season 1, have made there way out thanks to Movieweb. The two-disc set arrives on June 15.
Eric Kripke Intro
The special features include all the old classics, nothing too amazing. Here’s the breakdown…
New! The Devil’s Road Map: Interactive Map Guide to Season One’s Urban Legends and Unusual Facts
New! Paley Festival Panel Discussion Featuring the Cast and Creators
Commentary on the Pilot by Series Creator Eric Kripke, Director David Nutter and Producer Peter Johnson
Commentary on Phantom Traveler by Co-Stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
Two additional featurettes: Day in the Life of Jared and Jensen and Supernatural: Tales from the Edge of Darkness
You can read Movieweb’s piece on the matter Here.