The current elder statesman of horror-based TV shows, Supernatural has been on The CW for over a decade, and is preparing to head into its fourteenth season this fall. Unfortunately, its planned spinoff, Wayward Sisters, won’t be along for the ride.
This was actually the second attempt to launch a Supernatural spinoff. Bloodlines – a tale of warring monster factions in Chicago – received a backdoor pilot episode during Supernatural season 9, but was so widely despised that The CW opted not to pick it up to series.
Wayward Sisters got its own backdoor pilot episode earlier in Supernatural’s currently airing season 13, which met with lots of acclaim from fans. Unfortunately, that acclaim seemingly didn’t impress CW brass, who’ve once again declined to pick an SPN spinoff up to series.
The news of Wayward Sisters’ demise comes via Supernatural showrunner Andrew Dabb, who broke the sad development to fans over on his Twitter. His original posts can be seen below, although it thankfully sounds like the Sisters will be seen again on the main series.
Unlike with Bloodlines, the Wayward Sisters cast is made up mostly of established SPN characters, so it’s not surprising that the cancellation of their spinoff doesn’t mean they won’t live to fight monsters another day. Still, one wonders how good their series could have been.
It’ll be interesting to see if The CW decides to try and get a third potential Supernatural spinoff going down the road. While the track record so far isn’t good, the third time might well end up being the charm.