Per an article on Zap2It, the CW is confirming some very exciting news for fan favorite Misha Collins. He’s going to be a series regular in season nine! Misha hasn’t been a series regular since season six, after being a recurring character in season four and a series regular in season five. He was bumped to a recurring character in season seven due to creative decisions, only appearing in a handful of episodes that season, before becoming more prominent in the storyline in season eight but still retaining his recurring status. For the average fan, this means that Misha’s name will be listed along with Jared and Jensen’s during the credits roll, rather than being listed as a guest star. Hey, that’s pretty exciting to me. As for Misha, it means job security and more money!
On top of that bit of good news, Misha will also be directing an episode! He does have producing credit for Divine: The Series, which was the web series created by Ivan Hayden, and a Director’s credit for the film short, Stranger Danger, which was quite hiliarious even in it’s dark context, but this will be his first directing credit with a major television series.
That makes him the second cast member to direct. As most of you know, Jensen has directed an episode the last three seasons. There’s been some speculation that Jensen might pass on directing early next season given the fact that he will be a new Dad right around the beginning of the season, but there’s been no official confirmation on that.
Here’s the link to the article, but I’ll warn, Misha does answer a question about Castiel and Naomi in season 8. It’s not very spoilery, but just in case you don’t like reading anything remotely preview-ish.