SUPERNATURAL Spin-Off to Chicago?
February 14, 2014 by Mike McNamara
We are hearing from multiple sources that SUPERNATURAL producer (and Illinois native!) Jim Michaels and his fellow CW producers are coming to town. It looks like they will be bringing the pilot for a spin-off of the popular CW series to Chicago this year. The backdoor pilot is entitled SUPERNATURAL: TRIBES, is specifically set in Chicago, with an entirely different set of characters from the flagship series, which was just renewed for a tenth season this week.
More info to come but I have plenty of details for you to chew on in the meantime... - This backdoor pilot for SUPERNATURAL: TRIBES will air as an episode of SUPERNATURAL during Season 9, introducing this new cast of characters (see below).
From SUPERNATURAL Executive Producer Bob Singer's comments at ComicCon 2013: "It’s an entirely different cast of characters. And unlike SUPERNATURAL – which is a road show — this will take place in one place (Chicago) with a wider cast of characters. (It will) explore the clashing monster and human characters living in the city...We’ll have main characters who are both human and monsters. That will include, families of monsters and families of hunters. It’s much more of an ensemble than SUPERNATURAL."
More about Jim Michaels: Mr. Michaels is a Chicago native, was raised in the suburbs of Des Plaines and Arlington Heights. Michaels graduated from John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois and attended the University of Evansville and graduated with a degree in Business. Michaels then moved into television production, eventually working with Ali LeRoi and Chris Rock producing the television series EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS for four seasons then joining the production team at SUPERNATURAL in 2009.
The production team for SUPERNATURAL: TRIBES also includes executive producer Andrew Dabb alongside current SUPERNATURAL executive producers Robert Singer and Jeremy Carver, SUPERNATURAL creator Eric Kripke and former SUPERNATURAL executive producer McG.
And the following is for SUPERNATURAL junkies only... a description of the main characters of this new series, courtesy of Michael Ausiello of TVLine:
ENNIS ROTH | The de-facto star of the potential series, Ennis is “likeable, strong-willed, resolute, with a strong sense of justice.” He’s the son of a cop who grew up in poverty. He’s en route to the police academy himself when someone he is close to is murdered — presumably by some kind of monster. He meets up with Sam and Dean and “learns the staggering truth” that Chicago is run by five families of monsters (including, but perhaps not limited to, werewolves and shape shifters). And with that, a new monster-hunter is born. Fun fact: Producers are looking to fill this role with an African-American actor in his early 20s.
DAVID HAYDEN | A shape-shifter from one of Chicago’s ruling monster families. He’s been living as a human for some time, but a tragedy propels him back into the life. David is in his early 20s.
MARGO HAYDEN | David’s “professional, strong-willed, determined, ambitious” shape-shifter sister. She’s an “ex-punk rocker gone corporate” who sets out to be the new head of the family in the wake of a tragedy. Margo is in her early 20s.
VIOLET DURANT | A werewolf and part of the wealthy, powerful Durant family. In a twist right out of West Side Story, the early-twentysomething is hot for family rival David (see above), but their love is forbidden.
JULIAN DURANT | Violet’s “savagely handsome, strong, arrogant” twentysomething brother and Ennis’ arch nemesis.
FREDDIE COSTA | A world-weary copy in his 30s, Freddie has a soft spot in his heart for Ennis (he knew his dad back in the day). Fun fact: Freddie’s got a secret.
More to come very soon, I'll keep you posted!
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.