The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another victim. The organizers of San Diego Comic Con, the largest fan convention in North America, have decided to cancel this year's event, which was supposed to take place July 23-26.
The decision is not at all surprising and was deemed by many to be inevitable. California has been restricting all large scale events, and the hopes of such restrictions being scaled back by July were dashed by California Governor Gavin Newsom a few days ago when he said, “...large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers, all together across every conceivable difference, health and otherwise, is not in the cards based upon our current guidelines and current expectations.” That all about sealed Comic Con's fate, which brings in between attendees, exhibitors, press and participants about 200,000 people to the San Diego Convention Center, not to mention the 100000+ that are not ticket holders that come for the events in nearby venues.
Comic Con has been near and dear to our hearts here at the Winchester Family Business. I personally have attended all but one Comic Con as a member of the press since "Supernatural" season four ended and have seen "Supernatural" move from a smaller, almost forgotten about panel to a marquee event in the coveted Hall H. Nightsky has joined me the last few years and our experiences with the fans, actors, and writers have always been amazing. Last year was SPN's farewell, but some had held out hope that they would return this year when the final season was disrupted because of the pandemic, moving the final seven episodes potentially to this fall. This cancellation is no doubt devastating to those independent artists that rely on the event to promote their projects and the vendors that sell merchandise, as well at the studios that use it as a spring board for upcoming TV shows and movies.
This is the first time in the 50 year history that Comic Con has had to cancel. Postponing was not an option given the uncertainty of a timeline. They have also cancelled Wonder Con, which was initially postponed from last week. Ticket holders have an option of either getting a refund or transferring their badges to next year. Anyone who put down hotel deposits through the organizers of the convention will get those back as well.
San Diego Comic Con will resume next year on July 22-25, 2021.
The cast and crew of Supernatural are working to help us through this COVID-19 Hellatus. We have another wonderful outtakes video from Shaving People, Punting Things to brighten our days. Just hours before the blooper video was released, Entertainment Weekly previewed a stunning Cover Photo Shoot, Feature Article and behind the scenes video of Jared, Jensen and Misha to honor the end of Supernatural!
The social distancing and stay at home orders that are separating Supernatural fans from their friends and family are also keeping fans from interacting with the Supernatural cast and one of the fans' beloved bands, Louden Swain. To ease the isolation and provide emotional support during these stressful times, the members of Louden Swain - Rob Benedict, Billy Moran, Mike Borja and Stephen Norton - hosted a virtual singalong with fans on Tuesday. From the safety of their homes, everyone met virtually to produce a heart warming version of "Medicated", one of the band's most popular hits that is routinely played at their concerts. Here is that musical interlude:
In the past couple of days, the CW has announced scheduling for the remainder of its spring season and the summer lineup.
The announcement yesterday covered the shows of their current lineup that were put on hiatus because of production shutdowns due to COVID-19. The shows returning include "The Flash," "Legends of Tomorrow," "Riverdale," "Nancy Drew," and "Katy Keene."
Today's announcement of the summer lineup confirmed that the final season of "The 100" will begin on May 20th (they finished shooting just before the shutdown) and new show "Burden of Truth" among others.
Absent from both of these announcements was the status of "Supernatural." All evidence now points to a Fall 2020 return, although this has yet to be confirmed. Chances are official dates and times of the remaining 7 episodes of the series, plus a retrospective, will not be announced until The CW presents its fall lineup as part of its spring upfront presentation. That date is still to be announced, but it will not be a live presentation as in previous years.
"Supernatural" still has two episodes remaining to shoot and both Andrew Dabb and Jim Michaels have confirmed those will be shot. The timing of that is still uncertain because everything is still shutdown, but speculation is it will be as soon as possible.
Deferring the remaining episodes makes sense from a network promotional standpoint. There was supposed to be a huge promotional blitz for the final episodes of "Supernatural" this spring, starting with the now cancelled session at SXSW in Austin, Texas. By delaying the remainder of the final season until the fall, WB and The CW can give the show a proper sendoff. That of course is no comfort to fans, who now face a long unexpected hiatus and a delay of that finale by months.
We'll keep you posted on any official announcements that come about the final dates, but just a reminder, if you see any potential dates floating around on social media, they are not official.
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