‘Supernatural’ season 12: Creator on Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and longevity

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How long will “Supernatural” last? What we’ve certainly learned so far is that this is a show with incredible legs in an industry where most shows are lucky to get to syndication. It has an incredibly loyal fan base, a super-supportive network, and luckily also some stars in Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles who are happy to continue making new episodes of the show. There’s nothing that binds them to sticking to this forever, so we’re just happy to see them continue to stay aboard.

Even though Eric Kripke (the show’s original creator) is not too involved in the day-to-day of it anymore, he’s as happy as anyone to see it keep going; as a matter of fact, he told Collider just as much while at the Saturn Awards recently:

“As long as Jared and Jensen, who are the heart of the show, are up for it, anything’s possible. There’s as many episodes as there are ghost stories, and there’s thousands of ghost stories.”

There are some shows out there that really are better off ending before they get long in the tooth. For example, “Downton Abbey” and “Mad Men” would not have benefited from lasting on the air any longer than they did. Yet, in this case you’ve got a show that is almost a comfort item for viewers that is funny at times, dramatic at others, and you can go away from it for a few seasons, come back, and still have a good time. It’s ability to be re-watched is one of its biggest strengths. We really hope that it doesn’t end anytime soon so long as the cast is involved and the ideas stay fun.

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