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Tuesday night at the NerdMelt theater in Los Angeles, television writer and creator Eric Kripke was on hand for a panel called Genre Smash!—a nonprofit event sponsored by the Writer’s Guild Foundation that drew a packed house into the back of Meltdown Comics. Kripke is perhaps best known as the creator of the brothers-fighting-monsters series Supernatural, now set to enter its tenth season on the CW, but Kripke also had a lot to say about his new show Revolution on NBC (with J.J. Abrams), the screenwriting process, and his early days on shows like the WB’s Tarzan (which became a running joke throughout the evening as the ultimate crappy starting point—“It sucked. It just sucked” ).
Throughout the panel, Kripke was disarmingly funny, just as prepared to deprecate himself as speak about his successes. A thread of spontanaiety accompanied most of his writing advice, insisting »
- Holly Interlandi
Now that Supernatural’s planted spinoff is getting some steam, the powers that be have realised that Supernatural: Tribes wasn’t such a great name and have come up with something that more accurately describes what the series will be about. Supernatural: Bloodlines is the new title and I was instantly in love with it. What makes it so much better? Considering this spinoff is supposed to be about the various mafia-esque monster families running the underbelly of Chicago, Tribes just didn’t fit quite right. But Bloodlines? Now that’s a name that sounds like crime families pitted against each other.
On top of the name change, THR reported Melissa Roxburgh was cast in the spinoff. She’ll be playing Violet, a member of Chicago’s werewolf pack. She hides her true nature due to her forbidden love for family rival David (Nathaniel Buzolic), but when she’s »
- Brody Gibson
Supernatural’s planned spinoff is starting to come together in a tangible way now that the cast is being filled. The spinoff, called Supernatural: Tribes, is going to take the series in a new direction, in a way making it a little more like The Vampire Diaries, but it will ultimately still be about hunters killing monsters. The only difference is its urban setting and the mafia-esque ruling families. Lucien Laviscount and Nathaniel Buzolic were cast in two of the most important roles in the potential series – the whole idea wouldn’t work without these two characters and these actors feel like a good fit.
The sweeping drama about monster families running the underbelly of Chicago certainly has a fun concept backing it, but the big focus needs to be on the hunter who will be trying to stop them and thus rid Chicago of everything supernatural. For that, THR »
- Brody Gibson
The spinoff isn’t a new concept for the network, which capitalized on the success of one of its other anchor dramas, The Vampire Diaries, with spinoff series The Originals last fall. And although Nathaniel Buzolic, who once played an Original himself on The Vampire Diaries, didn’t make it to New Orleans with his fictional siblings, he has been cast as one of the leads in Supernatural: Tribes.
Along with Buzolic, Lucien Laviscount (Episodes, Skins) has also been cast as a lead in the project. You may not be familiar with his face just yet, but The CW certainly is. Laviscount was cast in a pilot for sci-fi series The Selection, which failed to make it »
- Lindsay Sperling
Lucien Laviscount, who has appeared in the UK versions of “Shameless” and “Skins,” will play Ennis Roth, a police academy trainee out for justice after his fiancee becomes a casualty of monster war crossfire.
Nathaniel Buzolic, who is known to CW audiences as original vampire Kol on “The Vampire Diaries” and that spinoff, will play David Hayden, a shapeshifter living as a human who has turned his back on his powerful monster family.
“Supernatural: Tribes,” which is exec produced and penned by “Supernatural’s” Andrew Dabb, concentrates on the monster mafia that runs Chicago’s seedy underbelly — and the newly-minted hunter determined to boot them from the Windy City. Other exec producers are Eric Kripke, Robert Singer, Jeremy Carver and McG.
Laviscount is repped by Industry Entertainment and Waring & McKenna in UK. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Renewals for the 2014-15 season will take “Arrow” through its third run and “Vampire Diaries” through its sixth. The pickup for “Supernatural” means a tenth season for the Eric Kripke drama, which anchors the CW’s Tuesday night lineup.
“This season we’ve had great success with our new hit series ‘The Originals’ paired with ‘Supernatural,’ giving us our best Tuesday nights in years. ‘The Vampire Diaries’ is #2 in its time period in the young adult demos, and with ‘Arrow’ continuing to gain among young men, and ‘Reign’ growing its time period, we now have strong nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” said CW head Mark Pedowitz. “I’m very pleased to announce early pickups for all five series, »
- AJ Marechal
The CW is powering through its pilot season, going out of its way to give three projects pilot orders. These specific three have been on pretty much everyone’s radar; particularly those of us who pay close attention to every little move the CW makes. There shouldn’t be any disappointment from anyone. If you are disappointed by the decision to go ahead with these pilots, just keep it to yourself and secretly hope they don’t make it to series.
First up, THR reported the CW is moving forward with Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas’s iZombie. The project is based on characters created by Chris Robertson and Michael Allred and appearing in the Vertigo (a DC Comics imprint) comic book. iZombie is a supernatural crime procedural about a medical-student-turned-zombie who takes a job at a coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she needs in order to keep her humanity. »
- Brody Gibson
The CW is doubling down on Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and Supernatural. The network has picked up to pilot Thomas' DC Comics adaptation iZombie, the rumored Supernatural spinoff, and made official its pilot order for fellow DC entry Flash, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Supernatural: Tribes will explore the clashing hunter and monster cultures of Chicago and hails from Supernatural's writer Andrew Dabb, who will exec produce alongside Eric Kripke, Robert Singer, showrunner Jeremy Carver and McG. Singer will direct the Warner Bros. Television entry. iZombie is described as a supernatural crime procedural that centers on a medical-student-turned-zombie
- Lesley Goldberg
Yay, it’s the Winchester reunion episode we’ve been wanting! Okay, not really. Not even close. But that’s a good thing and I’ll tell you why but first let’s talk about everything else that happened on last night’s Supernatural.
The return of Garth
Love him or hate him (it’s taking every bit of strength I have to not break out into that Britney Spears song right now), Garth is back and I, for one, was glad to see him. I’m of the mindset that a little bit of Garth goes a long way, so once or twice per season, I like seeing him – any more than that and my eye starts twitching.
This episode opened up with our lanky friend getting himself run down by a car (that stopped, thankfully) and then, after the best backhand slap ever, delivered by our very own Sam Winchester, »
- Arik Littrell
Note: Three episodes (5×01, 5×02, 5×03) were watched for review. The season premiere airs January 2nd at 8pm/7pm Central with two back to back episodes.
There’s a common fear that most loyal television viewers have for long-running television series, that if the showrunner who created the original series departs, that the voice of the show, the thing that keeps driving it, keeps people coming back, will be gone. It’s a legitimate fear, one that can be assuaged by looking into the past at shows like, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, shows that I never personally watched but discovered that critics and viewers felt detached from afterwards. The problem is these were shows that were so defined by the voice of their creators that when they departed, the show became empty. One show that had to get its sea legs for a while was Supernatural. After Eric Kripke left, the show was still impactful, »
- Nathan Smith
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