No, “Supernatural” isn’t dead yet. It just feels like it. As the show limps toward yet another rote and unsatisfying conclusion (three in a row, for those keeping track), The CW has decided to try its hand at the whole spin-off thing yet again. Because it worked out so well three episodes ago.
Deadline is reporting that the network is determined to make another “Supernatural” spin-off next year. The announcement comes less than a week after the network wised up and decided to kill the miserable “Supernatural: Bloodlines” project where it stood.
CW chief Mark Pedowitz admitted that the spin-off endeavor “just didn’t get there” this season.
“Not getting there” is a bit of an understatement for one of the worst hours of television ever produced. “Bloodlines” had none of the grit that defined “Supernatural” throughout its formative years, instead delivering flaccid and high-gloss bullshit intrinsic of other CW properties. And that ending…where Sam and Dean stand idle and allow someone to commit cold-blooded murder without objection…to call it appalling is an understatement.
The bigger problem is that the showrunners seem tired. Or bored. The show is without direction, producing miserable story arcs that feel made up on the fly, and without any kind of resonating payoff. I’ve watched the last three seasons out of obligation, hoping that the show would find its footing again, but everything after the sixth season (one year longer than it was supposed to run) has been lazy and forgettable. The earlier seasons had show-defining atmosphere and shockingly strong writing. It’s all a distant memory now.
“Supernatural” is on life support, CW. Let it go quietly into the light. Because we’re beginning to feel a lot like Adam Winchester.
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