There are a lot of shows that have run for a long time. The Simpsons has been on TV for 300 years. Law and Order: SVU and Grey’s Anatomy have stretched into multiple decades and remain popular. One show you might not realize ran into the teens was the CW’s Supernatural, which wrapped up its 15-year run – the longest-running sci-fi/genre series in the history of American broadcast television – earlier this year.
The show made stars out of Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, as brothers Dean and Sam Winchester, who battle demons, ghosts, and other creatures, mostly for revenge. Their mother, Mary (Samantha Smith), had been murdered by a demon when Sam was a baby, and their father, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, was killed in the season 2 premiere while investigating his wife’s death. Dean and Sam are finally off the air, but apparently, their parents are just getting started, as the CW announced a prequel series about the Winchesters, called “The Winchesters.”
The series will be told from Dean’s perspective, and Ackles will be back to reprise his role and narrate the show, described as” the epic, untold love story of how the Winchester parents met and how they put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world.” Based on these early details, Sam is not involved, nor is Padalecki, much to the actor’s very public disappointment.
He learned about the series the same way most of us did – on Twitter. And he quickly voiced his displeasure.
Dude. Happy for you.
Wish I heard about this some way other than Twitter.
I’m excited to watch, but bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever. https://t.co/bAcEvFKM7p
— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) June 25, 2021
“Dude. Happy for you. Wish I heard about this some way other than Twitter. I’m excited to watch, but bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever,” Padalecki wrote, directly responding to Ackles’s tweet.
When asked by a fan if his tweet was a joke, Padalecki replied, “No. It’s not. This is the first I’ve heard about it. I’m gutted.”
“After Supernatural wrapped its 15th season, we knew it wasn’t over. Because like we say in the show, ‘nothing ever really ends, does it?’” Jensen Ackles told Deadline. “When Danneel and I formed Chaos Machine Productions, we knew the first story we wanted to tell was the story of John and Mary Winchester, or rather the Supernatural origin story. I always felt like my character, Dean, would have wanted to know more about his parents’ relationship and how it came to be. So I love the thought of having him take us on this journey.”
Not a single mention of his former co-star. Fans of Supernatural are conflicted, surely excited by new Supernatural content but confused as to why on-screen bros and off-screen friends Ackles and Padalecki are suddenly at odds.
But Padalecki is currently starring in The CW’s Walker series, which may explain his lack of involvement. It’s certainly the angle Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is taking, based on his tweet indicating that that’s why Padalecki isn’t a part of the spin-off series.
When @JensenAckles first told me this story, I loved it. He & @DanneelHarris & @rthompson1138 are the perfect people to make it. (The other perfect person is too busy Texas Rangering.) Thanks for carrying the torch, guys, go kick it in the ass. Proud of you. #SPN #SPNFamily https://t.co/56hg9NwdHc
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) June 25, 2021
Will the Winchester brothers mend fences? Will the new Supernatural series be good? Is Jeffrey Dean Morgan coming back? Stay tuned!