Supernatural fans have reason to be very cautiously optimistic heading into season 13. Not that there's any reason to think the new season will be anything but good. They've got it figured out at this point, for the most part, but we are once again going to be getting a pilot for an attempted Supernatural spin-off. This time, it is going to center on Sheriff Jody Mills, played by Kim Rhodes, and is going under the title Wayward Sisters.
The news comes courtesy of Deadline, who are reporting that The CW is going to air the Wayward Sisters as a backdoor pilot during Supernatural season 13. Basically, in case you aren't familiar, that means it will air as an episode of the show and, if it goes well, Wayward Sisters could go to series as a Supernatural spin-off. Per Deadline, here is what Wayward Sisters will be about.
"The project tells the story of Sheriff Jody Mills (Rhodes) and a group of troubled young women, all of them orphaned by supernatural tragedy. Under Mills' training and protection, the women will emerge as a supreme monster-fighting force. Unlike the original series, which centers on a biological brothers, Wayward Sisters is about a sisterhood of girls in a foster family."
Kim Rhodes' Sheriff Mills has been a regular character on Supernatural for a long time, and it sounds like the story that has been fleshed out actually makes a lot of sense. So Wayward Sisters could be a way for The CW to finally expand on one of their most successful shows, that also has a very rabid and dedicated fanbase. Supernatural showrunners Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer are developing the proposed spin-off, along with writers/producers as Phil Sgriccia and Robert Berens. Andrew Dabb and Robert Berens wrote the pilot for Wayward Sisters and, according to Deadline, it will introduce new characters, as well as bring over some from the Supernatural universe. At the moment, Kim Rhodes is the only actress attached to star in the pilot, but orphan Claire Novak and runaway Alex Jones, who were put under Jody's care in the show, would seem like a couple more logical additions to the show. Warner Bros. TV has yet to comment on the spin-off, but the cat is out of the bag now.
Supernatural fans may groan at this idea, because this is not the first time it has been attempted. During Supernatural season 9, a backdoor pilot called Bloodlines aired and to this day remains one of the show's most hated episodes. Fans and critics alike truly hated it and, when a show has had nearly 300 episodes over the course of 12 seasons, calling anything the worst episode is really saying something. The CW probably won't make the same mistake twice and Wayward Sisters sounds like a much more sound idea. If nothing else, we are at least going to get a full-on Scooby-Doo episode in Supernatural season 13. But if all goes well, fans may have a new series to look forward to as well.