At the The CW’s portion of the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, network president Mark Pedowitz was bullish on the prospects of the show continuing. “We are pleased with how Wednesday night has worked out with Arrow and Supernatural,” he said. “Creatively, the show is in a great place. There’s always a good shot [it could return].”
Pedowitz tells Zap2it that Warner Bros. has finalized deals with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki for the next two potential seasons, which is definitely a good sign for the future of the series. The CW plans to make a final decision about Season 9 based on the show's ratings when it returns from winter hiatus on January 16.
With the recent announcement of a "Vampire Diaries" spinoff backdoor pilot, there have been some questions from fans as to whether The CW would consider a potential "Supernatural" spin-off based on Castiel (Misha Collins). Pedowitz explained that "Supernatural" may not be the best launchpad for another series.
"You look at [whether the] audience is engaged. You look at that universe -- can it actually launch something? 'Supernatural' if you decide to do a spin-off off of that, you [question] does it work? Does it incubate the show really well?" Pedowitz explains. "We have a lot of characters on 'Vampire Diaries,' and they're all rich, rich characters. Klaus and the Original family gives us an opportunity to do something where we can get more bang for the buck, so to speak."
On Supernatural getting a ninth season: "Nothing's been announced yet. No determination's been made," Pedowitz said. But he insisted "there's a good shot" it will get another season and that it's in a good place, creatively.
On new CW projects: Amazon, the Wonder Woman pilot, doesn't have script yet, but they are casting for Diana right now. The Battle Royale series that was rumored to be in development is officially dead, with Pedowitz insisting it was never more than an idea from a phone call. Finally, the CW will be doing an animated web series starring Justin Hartley and Misha Collins.
Web Series: Pedowitz said the network is working on more original online content, including an animated series called Gallery Mallory, featuring the voices of Justin Hartley and Misha Collins, as well as a series featuring Hart of Dixie's Wilson Bethel.