'Supernatural' Stars Talk 'Wayward Sisters' Spin-off, Crossovers and More!
"Wayward Sisters" is coming to "Supernatural"!
Fans will get a taste of the spin-off with a special “Supernatural” episode airing on Jan. 18. ExtraTV.com caught up with Briana Buckmaster, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki on set in Vancouver to learn more.
The new female-led show will star Briana as Sheriff Donna Hanscum, Kim Rhodes as Sheriff Jody Mills, and a group of monster hunters orphaned by supernatural tragedy.
In the “pilot” episode, which doubles as a mid-season premiere for "Supernatural," viewers see that team begin to take shape as Jody calls the women together to help find the Winchester brothers Sam (Padalecki) and Dean (Ackles) after they go missing.
Jensen told reporters he loves the way the show kicks off in the same way as “Supernatural.”
"It's a direct homage to the beginning of 'Supernatural' in how it's coming together,” he said. "Because Jody calls Claire and says 'The boys have been on a hunting trip and haven't been home in a few days.' Which is the exact same thing that Dean said to Sam in episode 1, 'Dad has been [on a hunting trip].'”
He added, “I love that aspect of it… the genesis of both of them are very similar in that aspect. Obviously, the stories will be a little different, but it is this gathering of characters to go and save their friends, or their family. So right then and there that's a great foundation to build stories on."
Briana explained that the tone of “Wayward Sisters” will be very similar to “Supernatural,” but from a “female point of view.”
“It's going to give the fandom, which is in large part female-based, an opportunity to feel like they're telling the story and an opportunity to relate to these characters,” she explained.
Unlike “Supernatural,” the spin-off will primarily take place in one town. Buckmaster said, “There's all kinds of opportunities we didn't get to discover because 'Supernatural' is a road show.”
She added, “I genuinely don't know how they're going to specifically bring in the monsters or fight the monsters in one space, but I think it creates an enormous opportunity to develop a lot of relationships that will keep the viewers enticed and loyal and empathetic and emotional about these bonds that will be created and broken inevitably, because it takes place in such a small town.”
The actress is also hoping that some “Supernatural” fan-favorites will make it on to “Wayward Sisters.”
“We have people that we really want to come on the show, which is pretty much everybody you could ever imagine, just because they're our friends,” if she had her pick, however, it would be Misha Collins, who plays Castiel.
“I think it would be just for the pure comedy reasons of seeing Donna and Castiel trying to communicate – just the idea that Donna would be like 'Hiya! I like your wings. Gosh, you're cute,' and Castiel would be like, 'Who is this? Who is this person?' – just kind of stoic and not understanding how forward Donna is. I think that the contrast of those characters would be just golden.”
Jensen and Jared are hoping for some crossover episodes too.
Jensen said, "They were [fan] favorite characters on the show. I know they're favorite guests of us, and when they get to come on the show it's really fun for us. So in order to kind of keep that alive and keep those family ties alive, I would absolutely encourage those crossovers.”
Jared added, “I hope to God to do it,” later joking, "I don't want to spend the rest of my life acting, but I would happily guest star on their show.”
Be sure to tune in to The CW on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. to see the “Wayward Sisters” episode of “Supernatural.”