Supernatural has long been one of The CW Network's top performers, even after nine seasons. In fact, the ratings for Season 9, which continues with "First Born" on Tuesday, January 21 at 8 PM ET, have improved over Season 8, a rarity for a show that's been on the air this long. During the network's TCA Winter Tour panel, CW president Mark Pedowitz revealed that the show will continue indefinitely, provided the ratings don't falter.
"As a fan of the show, who's seen every episode, as long as I'm here and those numbers hold, God bless them. They can go as long as they want."
Executive producer/showrunner Jeremy Carver revealed at Comic-Con 2012 that he plans on ending the show after Season 10, but with a ratings resurgence like this, it's clear that the network would embrace the show continuing past that point. The network hasn't officially renewed the show for another season, but series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are already signed on through Season 10.
Mark Pedowitz also addressed the Supernatural spin-off, which will first debut as a regular episode of the flagship series that introduces a new character the show will center on. When asked if the series is still in the works, the CW executive had this to say.
"Yes, very much so. It's set in Chicago. Hunters, monsters... The script just came in."
When asked if Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles or any other Supernatural characters will be featured in the spin-off, Mark Pedowitz had this to say.
"In the spinoff episode, they'd be in it. Whether they're in the series... For me, for spinoffs to work, you have to stand them on their own two legs, so you can only do those crossovers when the time is right, like we did with The Originals. We didn't see Michael Trevino's character, Tyler, until the seventh or eighth episode. By that time, the show was standing up on its own two legs."
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