Supernatural: The Official Convention - Nashville
Up first, SPN Nashville 2020 has been moved from April 17-19 to August 14-16. Part of me is holding out hope that it's because the new shooting schedule will go well until April, but because of a new schedule or the virus itself, the con needs to move. Here's the official announcement from Creation Entertainment:
Following worldwide safety protocols concerning the COVID-19 virus as well as supporting the health and safety of our guests, attendees and staff, we are moving the date of the Official Supernatural Convention in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel from April 17-19, 2020 to NEW DATE: August 14-16, 2020!
We are currently working with each of the guests to move their appearance to the new date and we’ll keep you informed as each of the actors confirm. Already confirmed to attend is Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and more. Click here for updates!
Attendees must cancel their hotel reservations at this time. We will have new details and booking links with the hotels shortly, and we will update you with the new link as soon as possible.
As for flight cancellations, many air carriers have amended their policies and procedures during this health crisis to accommodate customers. Please contact your airlines directly for information.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we unite together through this challenging time. Please stay safe and we look forward to celebrating with our fellow Supernatural fans in Nashville this summer!
Your friends at Creation Entertainment
So those of you planning on attending the convention, please work on your alternate plans immediately!
Our Italian #SPNFamily has also postponed the Jus in Bello convention (#JIB):
Family Business Beer Company
❗️VERY IMPORTAN ANNOUNCEMENT #JIB11 #JIBLAND5— JusInBelloCon (@JusInBelloCon) March 13, 2020
➡️https://t.co/xx1Z0dKMU1#JIBWeek2020 is POSTPONED to this summer.
Please don't contact us at this moment, give us time to work & we are going to give you certain news on JIB website & JIB social media as soon as possible. Thank you
In other news, Jensen's Family Business Beer Company in Dripping Springs, TX is closing for an undetermined amount of time. Here's the announcement:
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Hello Family! We are committed to keeping you,our extended family, as well as our staff safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do our part in helping to encourage social distancing and to help stop the spread of the virus, Family Business Beer Company, will be closed to the public, effective today, March 16th. We will be monitoring the WHO, CDC, and government guidelines, and making all necessary decisions to keep our community safe. Let’s do our best to protect ourselves and the vulnerable within our city. We will continue to update you on policy changes, but for now stay safe, and stay POSITIVE. We are all FAMILY and we will get through this TOGETHER! #socialdistancing #covid_19 #wewillgetthroughthis #familybusinessbeerco
SPN Production Panic
As we reported a few days ago, Supernatural has shut down production temporarily. That has led to a ton of speculation and a lot of panic, considering the final two episodes of the series need to be shot. I'm here to set a few minds at ease and explain how this works.
Right now, everything is on hold in both the US and Canada for at least the next 15 days. The idea is to slow the progression of the virus so that hospitals are not overwhelmed by a lot of cases at once. Warner Brothers, as well as most if not all other TV studios, made the decision to stop production on all its shows that are currently shooting as a precaution. Right now, the anticipated time frame is two to three weeks, but it could go longer. This is not only true of TV productions, but everything.
Most TV productions can absorb a two week delay in the shooting schedule. The big issue right now are the pilots. Many pilots are shooting now as well and they are delayed. Things are up in the air for new pilots, like The CW’s “Lost Boys” and “Kung Fu.” If the shutdown lasts longer than anticipated, according to Deadline, “The longer the coronavirus crisis-related shutdown goes on, the more likely is that many — if not all — pilots are not made, and the networks make pickup decisions based on other factors, like big production commitments.”
"Superman and Lois," a show that went straight to series for The CW, was supposed to shoot a pilot anyway. That pilot has now been cancelled and they will just go on to its series order when shooting starts sometime this summer. While I have not heard of the plans to shoot an official Pilot for “Walker,” speculation is that since it has already made the CW schedule for next year, the Pilot will be put off until shooting for the series begins.
As of right now, none of the Vancouver shows have announced shorter seasons. Some of the airing schedules are changing, but no determination has been made of remaining episodes to be shot. “Supernatural” and “The 100” are in a unique situation that other shows are not, their shows are ending. They have contractually been given a number of episodes to finish and they will eventually be filmed. (Correction - apparently "The 100" wrapped the same day the shutdown was announced so they are done).
So, how long will “Supernatural” be off? Best case a few weeks, worst case longer. But the show will be completed. Chances are very good the series finale air date will be pushed back, but it will be aired in its intended form. If you don’t believe me, then here’s this confirmation from SPN producer Jim Michaels: