Usually when you are at around the ninth season of anything, the temptation is to just pull the plug, and move forward with some other stuff on the air. However, “Supernatural” is not your ordinary show. Its ratings have improved the past two years on where it was at during its Friday-night timeslot, and it has proven itself to have arguably the most dedicated fan following of any show on TV. While we know that there have been some complaints creatively this year, we do feel like the Jeremy Carver era so far is vastly improved over the weaker seasons 6 and 7.
Speaking at TCA today, The CW’s programming head / massive “Supernatural” fan Mark Pedowitz basically made it clear that there is no one at the moment charting an end for the show, and “as long as I’m here and those [ratings] still hold, God bless them.”
One of the reasons why this show does work as well as it does is because fundamentally, you have Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. These are two actors, and that makes a more affordable situation than other shows late in their run with six or seven people in the cast. Misha Collins, who’s also been a part of the show for a long time, can also be retained while production stays fiscally responsible. The great thing all all of these guys is that they do seem to enjoy doing the show even while they start their families, and we’ve never once heard any of them say a thing about wanting to leave.
We really cannot chart an end date for the show, and that is a very rare thing to say. Usually by this point in a show’s run, we’re tired of it and just want it to go out with some dignity; but, “Supernatural” is proving to still have plenty of dignity left.
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