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Recently it was announced that Jeremy Carver has been tapped to write the pilot script for a new NBC show, "Frequency." It's based on the movie of the same name that came out in 2000. He would also be Executive Producer.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-plots-frequency-reboot-supernatural-748851

I've gotten some questions asking if this means he's leaving Supernatural. The answer is, not sure. He is only contracted for Supernatural through season ten. He has an overall development deal with Warner Brothers (much like Kripke), so his talents are likely desired with other projects. This does happen with successful show runners with WB. This is only a pilot script. It is not a series pickup or even a pilot pickup. If it does get picked up though, it does seem that Carver will be busy.

CW show runners Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti produce other shows while acting as executive producers of their initial shows. They both stay involved, but have left much of the control their shows in the hands of their lieutenants. For Plec, The Vampire Diaries is run by Caroline Dries and The Originals is run by Michael Narducci. Berlanti has multiple people running both Arrow and The Flash.

The difference in Plec and Berlanti's cases is they were creators of their initial shows. Jeremy Carver doesn't have that attachment to Supernatural and may choose to make a clean break. He might also remain as a Executive Producer while handing over the show daily operation to someone else. Who could that be? Adam Glass is the most senior producer (in title) on the current writing team and is the top candidate. Andrew Dabb might also get offered a co-showrunning role as well, but it's not likely that he would be sole show runner.

There are also rumors that Robert Singer will step down after season ten. If that's true (and that one still remains just a rumor), then that does put the show in a different position. Jeremy Carver could end up taking Singer's role, but he wouldn't be a very active producer if Frequency (or another project) gets picked up. The other candidate is Eric Kripke. He's currently working in that abyss known as "development hell" and a return to Supernatural might be the best option, especially if they have no experienced show runners left to run the show. HOWEVER, if Kripke did return, it could come with a timeline and definitive end date for Supernatural. It doesn't make sense that someone of his stature would come back to Supernatural for an open ended engagement. But hey, stranger things have happened in Hollywood. There is also the possibility they could bring in someone else that has never been involved with the show.

This all remains a TBD, but there has been some speculation going on for a while now, even before this announcement, that some changes were coming behind the scenes at the end of season ten. I'm starting and using this discussion thread as a way to track any new developments. If anyone out there hears any news stories or rumors, please do share! If you have any reactions or who you'd like to see run Supernatural, feel free to comment here as well. I'm testing out this new discussion format and this seems to be the ideal test case!
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I want to KNOW!!! For me, the best case scenario is Kripke returns...and yet, you comment that if that happens there will be an end in sight makes me backtrack! I do think Kripke was brilliant as Showrunner! He and Singer were an awesome duo and it worked because they had a stable of amazing writers pushing boundaries and challenging each other. My personal opinion has always been that Carver and Gamble were better writers than showrunners. Their scripts were beyond great, but taking them off the creative track and making them focus on the business side of it caused the pacing and direction to suffer. Kripke was passionate and fearless and surrounded himself with fresh talent striving to prove themselves and they did! Kripke had a clear vision of what Supernatural was and what it wasn't and yet he allowed change to come, allowed them to alter course and expand into new areas.

Singer had said he would retire after ten seasons, but with the show reinvigorated and ratings increasing, I was hoping he'd change his mind. They all talk of how much more they can do and I think if Kripke came back, that might convince Bob to stay.

Adam might actually be a good choice in that he came up with the Men of Letters concept and some other great ideas. He might be a better idea man than writer, although his scripts are normally okay and occasionally great. I thought very highly of Andrew Dabb until Bloodlines...but a lot of them signed off on that, so who knows who is to blame for that fiasco?! My fav writer is Robbie Thompson but I wouldn't want to see him as showrunner for the same reason that Jeremy and Sera might not have been the best choice. They are all brilliant at crafting a script and that's where their focus should be. I know it's normal for writers to aspire to showrunner, but can't they just write? Yeah, add in producer as they help craft a season, but don't make them go further into the business side. It takes a deft talent to be able to do both, and staying with writing when you are super great at it, isn't such a bad thing!

I do wish they trimmed some of the writing staff that don't wow us with their scripts. There's a few names I could give that make me cringe when I see they penned a script. These are the same folks who have producer credit and it makes me wonder if knowing someone gets them the job because the writing isn't what we saw from our staff in the first seasons of the show when virtually every writer on the team was consistently knocking it outta the ballpark!

I also think very few Exec Producers and/or showrunners can keep two shows going with as much success as they would have if they concentrated on just one. Spread too thin...in most instances.

I never wanted to lose Jeremy, but with him only writing two scripts a season, he's also not giving me the Mystery Spot eps that I expected from him.

I just want the best person we can possibly get to guide Supernatural. I want someone bold and daring, willing to push those boundaries and shock and amaze us, but also someone who understands the boys, that bond and will find new ways to examine their relationship. Because that is the big draw, the reason we keep coming back for more! The Dean demon storyline and the Mark of Cain should be driving forces going forward, so I certainly hope that's not a wrapped storyline.

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Hmm,

as I don't have much to say about the show runner nor the writers or a strict opinion about them can't say who would take Carver's place if he does leave. Maybe it will be someone totally new or Kripke, who knows. Of course I hope he/she is successful and knows what Supernatural is about. Other than that. Your guess is as good as mine.

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I, for one, would be very happy to see Mr. Kripke return. I have no animosity towards any of the subsequent showrunners but I feel if he were open to the idea it would be the best case scenario. This is his baby and he has always been very good at seeing the big picture, has a true love for the characters and an ability to keep them true to SPN. He is also a hell of a storyteller in his own right and has directed very effectively. His passion for the show is still evident in every interview. I would love it if it came to pass. I think SG and JC did good jobs during their tenure even if I haven't always liked the direction the show took and maybe no one can keep a show afloat must past it's 10th year but EK would be my 1st choice.:)
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I don't believe JC will be leaving the show since he is only contracted to write a pilot that hasn't been picked up yet. At least not for that reason. Also JC and EK are working together on a Supernatural spin off so he would want to stay involved in Supernatural. It seems like Kripke is more involved in the show this year but I'm not sure if that was just because of the 200th episode or if that will continue. If Kripke stays involved that may free up time for JC to stay with Supernatural and executive produce a new show.

I am more concerned with the rumors that Bob Singer may not return for another season. He has been actively involved since the beginning and stayed through all the changes. I think serves as an anchor for the younger show runners.
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Well the bad part of Carver leaving is that we lose yet another great writer. So who ever takes over is going to have the same issues that JC had no Edlund, Gamble or Carver to help anchor the writing staff. This could signal an end to the show much sooner rather than later. :(
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I don't care who 'runs' the show as long as the scripts are TIGHT.
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NBC is pretty much done with their pilot pickups and Frequency is not on the list. The question is now, will Carver remain active in development of other shows for Warner Brothers and pretty much leave Supernatural to a head writer (I think he's doing that now if you ask me)? Yes, Supernatural just runs on auto pilot now.
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I would really like to see Ben Edlund return to SPN in a very significant way. I would also welcome writers Raelle Tucker and John Shiban back with open arms. The writing room seems to be a little dysfunctional based on the story telling in Season 10. If Robert Singer does leave after Season 10 I hope that his wife and writer for SPN, Eugenie and her partner Brad Bucker, depart as well. I forgot to start my post with my hopes that Jeremy Carver steps down as show runner and would continue to write for the show. If Kripke returns, which I doubt, I agree with the author of this post that there would be a very definite end of the show put in place and I wouldn't guess he would want to do the show for more than a year or two..........but this is all speculation.
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