While The CW has found a lot of attention as of late for their bevy of DC Comics series and award nominated series like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend & Jane the Virgin, arguably one of the biggest success stories on the network is the longest running show they have: Supernatural. Entering it’s thirteenth season, the series has been a steady draw on the network and even proved its fortitude by surviving the end of The WB, which combined with the also ending UPN to give birth to The CW in the 2000s.
Now the series will face another test: birthing a successful spinoff.
According to Deadline, the series will attempt to launch a brand new spinoff titled Wayward Sister during it’s new season that will star original series supporting characters Sheriff Jody Mills played by Kim Rhodes. A close ally of the series Winchester brothers, Sheriff Mills has made numerous appearances since her first in season five, more recently having filled the parental role to the boys vacated by the deceased Bobby Singer.
This new series is being developed to be a backdoor pilot for the series, spinning out of one of the main series episodes this fall, and will follow Mills as she gathers a group of troubled young women who have all been orphaned by supernatural tragedy. She’ll then train them to turn them into a monster-fighting force, and instead of focusing on the brotherhood of the main series this new one will all be about a sisterhood of girls coming together to fight against the evil things in the world.
Supernatural writers & producers Andrew Dabb, Robert Singer, Phil Sgriccia and Robert Berens are all behind the development of this potential spinoff series.
Currently Rhodes is the only one confirmed for the potential spinoff, but other Supernatural characters like Claire Novak (Kathryn Love Newton) & Alex Jones (Katherine Ramdeen), two characters that are under the care of Jody Mills, are likely to be part of the series alongside new characters. Mills fellow officer of the law and sometimes partner Sheriff Donna Hanscum (Briana Buckmaster) is another character that could make their way over to this new series.
These characters have been part of a fan grassroot spinoff campaign called Wayward Daughters for the last two years, with even some of the Supernatural actresses supporting the movement through social media and even wearing some of the fan created t-shirts for the campaign. The fans chose the name of their campaign based upon the Kansas song Carry on Wayward Son which is the unofficial theme song of the series as it plays at the start of every season finale, and the chosen name for the spinoff looks to be a nod to this fan campaign.
This isn’t the first time that the series has attempted to create a spinoff series. Season nine contained an episode that was meant to build up a Chicago based series about monster hunting titled Bloodlines that was never pursued by the network.
Wayward Sisters has an edge over Bloodlines that could help it actually become a series, as it features a character that is well known and cared about by the fans. Bloodlines introduced all brand new characters that had nothing to do with the main series, a premise that is hard to sell to a very passionate fan base.