EXCLUSIVE: AJ Buckley & Travis Wester Talk Ghostfacers and Supernatural
The actors who play the Ghostfacers on the CW's Supernatural discuss their new Internet spin-off series and returning for season six
If you are a fan of the CW's hit series Supernatural then you know exactly who the Ghostfacers are. Ed Zeddmore (A.J. Buckley) and Harry Spangler (Travis Wester) were first introduced into the series during the season one episode, Hell House, as bumbling paranormal investigators running an urban legend website called Hell Hound's Lair. We next met up with Zeddmore and Spangler in the season three episode, Ghostfacers, when the two once again bumped heads with the show's main characters, Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, respectively). In the episode, the Winchester brothers find that the two hapless investigators are now shooting a pilot for a Ghost Hunters type TV show called "Ghost Facers." When they all become locked in a haunted house, they must work together in order to stop the ghost before it kills them.
Now fans of the world's greatest self-proclaimed ghost hunters will have a chance to follow their own adventures in a new online series called, Ghostfacers, premiering April 15th immediately following the 100th episode of Supernatural, only on the web at www.CWTV.com. An additional two episodes will arrive each Thursday for the following four weeks, for a total of ten episodes, which will all migrate to www.TheWB.com beginning June 7th. In the first installment of the new series, the Ghostfacers team investigates the haunting of a local theatre by the spirit of a young starlet (played by Kelly Carlson of Nip/Tuck), who according to legend, was murdered in front of her dressing room mirror. Over the weekend we had a chance to speak with the Ghostfacers them selves, A.J. Buckley and Travis Wester, at the 2nd Annual Streamy Awards in downtown Los Angeles, an event that recognizes excellence in global web television programming. We talked to the actors about the Supernatural spin-off, how the series came together, what fans can expect from the online show and when the Ghostfacers might be returning to the CW series.
A.J. Buckley who plays Ed Zeddmore, the enthusiastic leader of the team, discussed how the series came together in the first place. "After the Ghostfacers episode aired there was a really big response from the fans and our producer, Eric Kripke, really enjoyed the characters as much as we did," Buckley explained. "Travis and I had a conversation with him and said, can we just go to Warner Bros. and see if we can get the rights to go and make our own YouTube videos and stuff? Next thing you know we were called into the Warner Bros. offices with Eric and they said, 'Hey we're thinking of doing a web series spin-off with you guys and we want you to write it.' We were like, what?" "We were completely stoked, of course," said "Travis Wester, who plays Ghostfacers co-founder and tactical specialist Harry Spangler. "We went out in the hallway and screamed. But that was two and a half years ago," continued Buckley.
Since this is probably the first time in history that two guest stars on a series have been given so mush freedom to take their characters and go create something with them in a different medium we asked the two actors how the show's creator, Eric Kripke, has been to work with on this project? "Eric has been great, answered Buckley. "He's such a nice guy to work for. He's just a great leader and he just really fills our confidence as actors, writers and as artists so he really believed in us and I think he sort of continued to encourage us. Everything that we send him he says, 'I love it, this is great, keep writing.' Even when we were just funding it on our own, there was about a year when "Travis and I were just creating content." Before the new Internet series began shooting, answered Buckley and "Wester were creating Internet content based on their characters through their website www.Ghostfacers.com and social networks like Facebook. "We were hustling. We were just out there shooting stuff," explained Wester. Buckley described the importance of the project personally to them. "You know, running the website, there was a point where we decided that we loved this so much that we couldn't let it go. These are two characters that for both of us are important. To get to act, write, produce and be a part of something, have a great response and be proud of the finished project, I mean that doesn't happen a lot."
We wanted to find out if the new series would be similar in tone and feel to Supernatural and Buckley replied, "Yeah, it definitely scares you." "It's definitely the same stuff that we saw on the Ghostfacers episode but I think our focus has also been on maintaining the same sort of tone that Supernatural has and expanding and broadening the mythology because we're huge fans of the show," said Wester. "We love everything that they are doing over there so we didn't want to loose any of that and let the comedy or whatever take over the dark gritty tones of the show. So we stayed really focused on making sure that we stay within the mythology and sort of broadening that world because it's such a fun world and a creative space to be in," finished Wester. "Eric has literally said, 'your characters have access to Sam, Dean and Jim Beaver,' so I don't know, maybe next season of Ghostfacers we'll get to tap into that," Buckley explained. "With Misha Collins, we shot a little ghost-hunting thing with him because he came up to us at a Ghostfacers event and said, 'I want to come on Ghostfacers with you guys.' We were like, really? So we wrote a little script and sent it to Kripke. Kripke said, 'Yeah, go and do it.' So we shot it and that's done."
Finally, we asked the two actors if they would be returning to the CW series before the end of this season? "Not in season five. In season six there has been some talk," answered Buckley. "Eric at least says every season that it's just about figuring out how to bring us back in but the great thing about having the Internet show is we now have the ability to cross over when the two shows have similar storylines," explained Wester. "There has never really been a show before that has gone from TV to the web so it's a cool little thing," finished Buckley.