Supernatural Boss Talks of the New Kid in Town - Featured

We have a special category for shows that decide to bring in a new character to shake things up: New kid in town. The idea can be summed up in two words: Cousin Oliver. Remember when the Brady Bunch started to feel a little old and stale? All of a sudden, their pesty, tow-headed cousin Oliver showed up. But, instead of charming us or pushing the show in an interesting direction, he ended up exposing the real flaws of the series.


When our own Matt Mitovich recently reported on a new brother joining the Supernatural family in an episode titled, "Jump the Shark," we had to ask creator Eric Kripke about the genesis of the story. Here's what he had to say:


"When we were breaking the story about the third Winchester brother, we knew the fans would scream that we had jumped the shark. Of course, adding a new sibling or relative to an established series is a classic and cherished shark jump, Cousin Oliver being the patron saint of the practice. (And sure enough, Sam and Dean are eating at 'Cousin Oliver's Diner' in the episode). Anyway, it became clear that we should beat the fans to the punch and title the episode, 'Jump the Shark.' Though rejected titles included: 'When Leo Joined Growing Pains,' or 'The Raven Symone Episode.'


"For fans who are worried that we are truly jumping the shark... watch the episode, decide for yourself. Personally, I don't think we're gassing up the motorcycle quite yet, but you tell me. And stay tuned for next season, when the boys take trips to London and Hawaii (haunted Tiki dolls!) and Sam and Ruby get married. And Ted McGinley joins the cast as the thoughtful (but hot!) college professor."


Supernatural's "Jump the Shark" episode airs on April 23 (CW, 9 pm/ET).


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Feb 19, 2009 3:36PM EST

"...and Sam and Ruby get married." -- Is this sarcasm? cauase if not...omfg

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Feb 19, 2009 4:59PM EST

I really really really - insert thousands of really's here- hope that Kripke was joking about the "Sam and Ruby get married." part...omfg indeed

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Feb 19, 2009 5:12PM EST

It seems like a stupid thing to joke about to meBut if he isn't joking then omfg is right
Please let him be joking

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Feb 19, 2009 6:50PM EST

of COURSE he's joking.

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Feb 19, 2009 9:25PM EST

He's obviously joking. He's making a series of "jumping the shark" jokes including travelling all over the world for no reason, adding Ted McGinley to the cast, and having two main characters get married. Man, I love the Supernatural writers' sense of humor.

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Feb 20, 2009 12:48AM EST

he's joking...all of those last things are jokes...you know, like stunts pulled on other shows?
it's a joke.

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Feb 20, 2009 1:45AM EST

umm wen is the new epps comming out aagian? all the well the last epp i saw was a re run so can some one please let me know wen there will be a new one on tv last one i saw was epp 14 thank you kindly =)

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Feb 20, 2009 3:03AM EST

stupidnatural is one of my favorite shows! nothing could surprise me about it... sharks, new cousins, marriage to demons, sounds like a regular day on the job for those guys.

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Nov 12, 2015 5:26PM EST

new eps come out march 12th. as for sam and ruby marrying...COME ON! seriously you cant think it was anything but a joke. for that to happen sam and dean would have to split as the demon slaying brother duo. do you see THAT happening? about as possible as dean being ok with a demon sister in law.

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Feb 20, 2009 2:45PM EST

I doubt he was joking. There probably under a spell of some sort.

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Feb 20, 2009 4:19PM EST

Haunted tiki dolls....haha. Ruby and Sam getting married: well, can they? She is demon after all. If they go to London I wonder if they're going to take out Jack the Ripper. Yay Ted McGinley!!! Gorgeous!

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Feb 20, 2009 6:08PM EST

Personally, I'm just praying the whole thing is a joke and there won't be a third brother at all. Or it will play out like its a third brother, but then it'll turn out to be a lie, dream, spell, something like that.

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Feb 20, 2009 7:28PM EST

i really really don't kw wat m gonna do if sam marries ruby, m so scared he's gonna b lost to d dark side 4eva and d writers will hv no other option but to kill him.pls God in heaven NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Mar 2, 2009 6:18PM EST

This new "brother" will never take the place of their father and it's stupid to add new character's without boosting the fright of the show. It hasn't been as scary as the first season in seasons!!!!!

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Mar 3, 2009 1:38PM EST

He must be kidding.....and it's just a bad as hell joke :S

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Mar 5, 2009 9:10AM EST

C'mon people, how can you possibly think he was serious?!

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Mar 9, 2009 9:53AM EDT

Dream sequence.....

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Mar 11, 2009 4:43PM EDT

well say he wasn't joking, it could play out as one person here said and they may get married on some kind of spell of some sort, or it could go a different way, having something to do with the 'brother'
What could happen is the brother comes in on it all, sam decides to marry ruby, leaves what he had with dean behind to do his own thing with ruby, then the brother takes over with dean, so the show might do a split, showing us scenes from what sam and ruby are up to and back to dean and the other brother. It might prove to be interesting as hell.
Though, you never know with these writers, it might be a joke, but i wouldn't assume that just yet. Give it time, wait and see what happens, i know I'm intrigued.

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May 10, 2016 5:06PM EDT

I am going to assume Kripke is being sarcastic simply because it would be bad for the series to release so many spoilers about next season in one statement.
Honestly, people. Take a deep breath and calm down.

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Mar 14, 2009 2:29PM EDT

Actually their father was gone for a while so....And the marriage, no, don't get me wrong I love the Sam+Ruby gettin it on scenes, but that would be stupid (marriage, and yes I know it's a joke, why the hell would they travel London)
But what it could be is that Sam isn't really destined to become evil but could in fact be the pivot that goes either way, and the brother (somehow) is on the demon side and would lure him to that side (manipulation of some kind i suspect) and then it would make alot of sense on why they brought Dean back (to keep Sam straight) instead of killing Sam (no real accomplishment there if they need him alive and on their side).
Because honestly, do you really believe that the angels couldn't have killed Sam themselves?

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May 11, 2016 2:41PM EDT

I am going to assume Kripke is being sarcastic simply because it would be bad for the series to release so many spoilers about next season in one statement.
I'm going to have to agree with wiseguy84 on this: there is no way that they would release that many spoilers on a season in just one statement. That would be a ridiculous move on their part. And as for the traveling to London and Hawaii, well that just proves that it was a joke. I mean, really, with Dean's fear of flying I doubt they will ever depart too far from the U.S. :D An international flight is definitely out of the question as long as our beloved main character remains terrified of taking to the sky.
I'm more interested now in how this whole Ruby thing is going to play out. I sincerely doubt we will be hearing wedding bells any time soon in Supernatural, but something dark is coming and Ruby seems to be a key player. I was definitely shocked to see Sam feeding off of Ruby's blood. I'm hoping our hero isn't about to go over to the dark side but starting to think that it may already to late for dear old Sammy.

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