Supernatural’ cancellation has been lamented by producer and narrator Jensen Ackles. Ackles starred as Dean Winchester in the long-running series , which aired on The CW between 2005 and 2020. , which followed the Winchester brothers’ parents Mary (Meg Donnelly) and John (Drake Rodger), premiered in October 2022 but was canceled after the end of its sole season due to The CW’s new parent company Nexstar radically restructuring their content slate.
The same day it was confirmed the series wouldn’t return, took to his official Twitter account to lament the fact that there won’t be a .
In his heartfelt post, he thanked the fans of the series and bid farewell, saying “.” He also confirmed that the show couldn’t find a home, citing the fact that with the combination of The CW’s new direction and the ongoing Hollywood writers strike, it just wasn’t a feasible prospect.
Is There a Future for the Supernatural Universe?
was a huge tentpole for The CW for over a decade and a half, so it seems unlikely that it will go dormant forever. Over the years, the multimedia franchise has expanded to include comic books, novels, and an anime series. However, was the first live-action to get off the ground after many attempts over the years.
This course of events will likely throw a wrench in the continuation of the series for some time. However, after a couple years have passed, it seems almost inevitable that more will find a way to get on the air in some form or other. Whether it’s a full-on reboot, a legacy sequel series, or another spinoff, when the time is right, Ackles’ continued passion for the material will likely help bring the franchise back from the dead.
At the time of writing, following the cancelation of , the only content that is actively running is the rewatch podcast , which began airing in January 2022. Hosted by members Rob Benedict (Chuck) and Richard Speight Jr. (Gabriel), the show is currently covering season 4. Should the podcast keep growing in the wake of the prequel’s cancelation, this could also be an avenue to build support for another series on a different network.