Deadline reports another attempt at a Supernatural spinoff is in the works at The CW. The project, entitled Wayward Sisters, would star Kim Rhodes reprising her Supernatural character, Sheriff Jody Mills. CW President Mark Pedowitz has wanted another stab at a spinoff, for quite some time.
Wayward Sisters will be introduced as a backdoor pilot in the 13th season of Supernatural, starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. It will feature Jody fostering troubled young women, whose families have been killed by monsters and demons. Armed with her experience in law enforcement and monster hunting, she will train them to become a fierce female fighting force. There’s no word yet on whether the characters Claire Novak (Kathryn Newton), Alex Jones (Katherine Ramdeen), or Sheriff Donna Hanscum (Brianna Buckmaster) will be involved.
Here’s more from Deadline:
Unlike the original series, which centers on a biological brothers, Wayward Sisters is about a sisterhood of girls in a foster family. The spinoff hails from a quartet of Supernatural writers-producers, showrunners Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer as well as Phil Sgriccia, Robert Berens. Warner Bros TV, which produces Supernatural, is the studio. The CW and WBTV declined comment.
Written by Berens and Dabb, Wayward Sisters is expected to bring over other characters featured on the mothership series as well as introduce new ones. I hear Rhodes is the only actress currently attached to the spinoff, with talks with others in various stages. Based on the premise of the project, two existing Supernatural characters, orphan Claire Novak and runaway Alex Jones, who had been put under Jody’s care, would fit in nicely, with Jody’s colleague and occasional partner, Sheriff Donna Hanscum, also a strong candidate.
Jody, Claire, Alex and Donna have been the dream quartet of characters of a spinoff fans had been rallying for, dubbed Wayward Daughters. Named in part after the title of the Kansas song that opens every Supernatural finale, Carry On Wayward Son, the Wayward Daughters spinoff idea was the result of a grassroots fan effort that started two years ago, soon after Bloodlines, the first proposed Supernatural spinoff, did not go forward. (Bloodlines too was introduced as a backdoor pilot, which aired during Supernatural‘s ninth season). Wayward Daughters had been embraced by some of the Supernatural actresses who have supported the effort on social media, and even have worn some of the T-shirts created by the fan campaign.
Supernatural has long had a close relationship with its fans, and Wayward Sisters is the latest example of the show’s producers listening to its passionate core viewers. One criticism from fans about Bloodlines — which explored the clashing hunter and monster cultures of Chicago — was that it only featured new characters viewers had no emotional connection to. The show’s constituency had been asking for a spinoff built around Supernatural favorites, and that’s what Wayward Sisters is about.
The spinoff is executive produced by Dabb, Singer, Sgriccia and Berens.
What do you think? Are you still watching Supernatural? How do you like the sound of this Wayward Sisters spinoff series? Will you tune in next season for the backdoor pilot?