Some interesting tidbits from Jim Michaels and some of Supernatural’s guest stars are circulating around the net from the Germany and UK conventions. Not all of them can be considered spoilers but some could be interpreted to be mild ones, so forewarned is forearmed. All are interesting nonetheless.
Jim Michaels confirmed that there will be 23 episodes in season 8, but CW had asked for 24. The production crew, Bob Singer, Jensen and Jared said they wouldn’t be able to do 24. It would mean the actors would have to start working even earlier than July giving them less time off, which they didn’t want to do.Â It also Â would have left the production crew with no time off since pre-production starts way before filming begins, and post-production goes on long after filming has finished. Too bad for us!!
He also confirmed that it’s the international sales that keep Supernatural going. The comment I read said,”WB loses an estimated 1 million dollars per episode but they are more than ok with it since the international sales bring in that amount many times over.” So the show is in a very comfortable position. Jim Michaels stated outright that the US ratings alone would not have kept the show on as long as it has been otherwise.Â Here, here to our overseas friends!!
Bottom line, as long as the ratings don’t slide further (and I actually think they will increase with the new time slot, new showrunner and new lead in), the series is expected to be in production past season 8. Basically it’s their show to make or break at this point.
Misha Collins said in his Meet & Greet in Germany that the plan for season 8 is for the story line to make sense again. (YEA!!! *jumping up and down in delight*) He also mentioned in his UK panel that he was not happy with the way crazy Cas has been written, he thinks it’s a fine line and he felt that line was somewhat overstepped in a few episodes. He is also aware of the problem of how difficult it is to find a role for Cas that does not diminish Dean and Sam or be the lazy way out when it comes to problem solving.
DJ Qualls admitted that it was Sera Gamble who brought him on to the show and he’s now worried that the new showrunner won’t have him in mind since he’d like to be back. He flat out stated that he hated the 1st script; and was deeply wary of coming back the second time, even though he very much liked the atmosphere and his friendship with Jensen and Jared.
He also said that Sera Gamble was the one who invite him back. He said when he mentioned this to the crew they were astonished and was told she normally does not call the actors. He agreed to return on one condition: a better script. Gamble said there was no script as yet but that the gist of it was about a spirit you can only see when you’re drunk. She also explained his role in it and he accepted. So it seems the part was written specifically with DJ Qualls in mind. He also strongly hinted that Becky will not be back. I don’t think that will be a problem for too many fans.