The traditional early renewal announcement that Supernatural gets another season came quite late this year (although I have to give props to Vampire Diaries Executive Producer Julie Plec who called the timing with accuracy in my interview with her last month.). However, itâ€™s here! Better late than never! Sure, thereâ€™s still four episodes left in season six to worry about and we wonâ€™t get our two hour, maddening cliffhanger finale until May 20th, but it wonâ€™t be long before weâ€™ll be wildly speculating over what could be in season seven while doing our intense over-analysis of season six.
Iâ€™ve been getting some questions though about the upcoming season seven, so hereâ€™s what I know about it:
I heard Misha Collins is being written off the show.
As of right now, the statuses of both Misha Collins and Jim Beaver in season seven is unknown. This is the same issue as last year. The only actors that have been officially signed for season seven are Jared and Jensen. There wonâ€™t be any word on this until at least the season six finale airs, just because of promises of deaths and cliffhangers. Even then, we might have to wait as long as Comic Con to get official word (July 21-24). Itâ€™s also possible we find out as early as the upfronts, but usually getting listed on that cast list doesnâ€™t guarantee anything. Itâ€™s also possible these guys will be part of season seven, but be in less episodes.
One thing I know for sure, season seven is still in the very early stages of planning (aka brainstorming) and Misha is isnâ€™t confirming or denying his status. Here are his latest tweets from this evening, coming off of a day of wild rumors spreading over the net that heâ€™s definitely out of a job:
@mishacollins – I have good news & bad news. The good news is the reality show I like about the two brothers who take acid & hunt ghosts gets a 7th season.
@mishacollins – the bad news is… brace yourselves… they were out of my fleur de sel carmel ice cream at the grocery store just now. I am beside myself.
So, hang tight folks, this is going to be another maddening off season issue. If you want my opinion, I think they’ll be back. I just don’t know how much.
Whatâ€™s going to be the story arc for season seven?
Thatâ€™s another thing TPTB are being coy about. Since the season wasnâ€™t officially confirmed before filming wrapped, itâ€™s my understanding not a lot of planning or writing has been done. It seems ideas are just being bounced around now. Hereâ€™s a recent quote from Executive Producer Robert Singer to TV Lineâ€™s Meg Masters:
“Most of itâ€™s up in the air. The only thing that we have talked about is that since this year was kind of an old-fashioned noir mystery, next year may have the boys being Butch and Sundance, or the Wild Bunch. Basically, itâ€™d be telling the a story of the last of the cowboys, gone modern. Thatâ€™s just a jumping-off point. Whether we actually do that or how that realizes itselfâ€¦ we havenâ€™t gotten that far yet. But thereâ€™s an idea of, â€œThe world is closing in around you.â€
My guess is we wonâ€™t get any type of season seven roadmap until Comic Con. And Iâ€™ll be there in that press room to hear every bit of it!
What are the prospects of Season Eight?
Itâ€™s funny I get this every year. You see, when I was at my first Comic Con in 2009, I came out of the press room interviews with knowledge that The CW had a 3 year plan etched out. The way things were going, it sounded like both The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural were part of that 3 year plan. What do you know, these renewals mark the 3rd year and both shows are going strong. Once season eight comes along though with any series, things get tricky. Shows get more expensive as they age. Thereâ€™s also cast and writer fatigue. Thereâ€™s other factors too, like the new boss of the network doesnâ€™t care for the show.
Well, as for the new TBD CW boss not caring for the show, itâ€™s been widely reported that Supernatural has never been one of Dawn Ostroffâ€™s favorites but itâ€™s thrived anyway. However, Jared and Jensen are only signed through S7. Unlike One Tree Hill, Supernatural cannot go on without its leads. Will they want to do the show? Sure, as long as the money is right. The CW paid Tom Welling to stay, so thatâ€™s not an impossible idea. Assuming there will be a CW next year. Sadly, that is a yearly reality with this net.
The big thing though is Supernatural continues to make Warner Brothers money in syndication, international distribution, and DVD sales. At some point though, the cost and the income get close enough where the sunset call is made. We have to go into â€œwait and seeâ€ mode now, but I donâ€™t see season eight being the given season seven was. However, I still like itâ€™s chances.
Is Supernatural getting a new timeslot/day?
Weâ€™ve been having a lot of fun speculating this on TV For The Rest of Us. It highly depends what show Supernatural gets paired with. Itâ€™s either going to be Nikita or one of the new pilots. Some pundits have been predicting a move to 8 pm on Fridays. I think that would be cool since viewing at 8 pm is always better than 9 pm (even Supernatural reruns did better at 8 than 9). I donâ€™t see Supernatural moving from Fridays. Itâ€™s one of The CWâ€™s rare success stories this year and this network canâ€™t afford to fix whatâ€™s not broken.
We wonâ€™t have to wait too long for this answer. The CW upfronts are May 19th.
Got any other questions? Or how about just a big freaking â€œWHOO HOO!â€ over another season coming. Iâ€™ll take either.