Supernatural: Meet the New Boss - Featured

From EW's Michael Ausiello:


Aw, hell. I had a bad feeling Supernatural's early season 6 renewal came with an asterisk.



Sources confirm to me exclusively that creator Eric Kripke will be stepping down as the CW drama's day-to-day showrunner next season. Executive producer Sera Gamble, who has been with the show since season 1 and is awesome, is poised to succeed him.


But, and this is a big but, Kripke will remain actively involved in the show - and not just in name only. Although CW and Warner Bros. reps declined to comment, a Supernatural insider assures me that Kripke and his current co-showrunner, Robert Singer, will continue to function as hands-on executive producers.


"Eric and Bob will be working very closely with Sera," says the source. "They are not abandoning the show."


Kripke has long said that he envisioned Supernatural as a five-season show. But in an interview last August, he clarified that stance. "I'm looking at this season as the [last] chapter in this particular story," he told me. "That doesn't mean there can't be a new story. Buffy did it. The X-Files did it. You close a chapter on a big mythology storyline and then you begin a new one." Asked whether he would be involved in a possible sixth season, Kripke hedged, "I don't know. I'm going to cross that bridge when I get to it."


Kripke is said to be finalizing a new deal with Warner Bros. that will feature a big development component. In other words, his diminished role on Supernatural will free him up to create another awesome show.


It's all about the silver lining, kids! C'mon, work with me here!


Okay, fine. I'm sure all you're seeing is the dark cloud that is Kripke's big (euphemism alert!) career transition, so use the comments section to work through your anger issues.


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Feb 18, 2010 3:08AM EST

KRIPKE, I will hunt you down!!!!!!!!

how dare you give your idea to someone just to have a shot on another show!!!!!!!!

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Feb 18, 2010 3:50PM EST

I won't have any anger issues until the show actually starts sucking. So, show us what you've got, Sera Gamble.
And for the love of all that is holy, chain Ben Edlund to the set and put a couple guards on him.

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Feb 18, 2010 4:21PM EST

I'm just happy Supe has been renewed for a sixth season. A little disappointed that Kripke won't be top gun anymore, but at least he'll be involved. I have faith that it'll still be rather awesome.

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Feb 19, 2010 3:03AM EST

To be honest, he is still going to be involved with the show, just not as much as before. And Sera has been working along side him on Supernatural for the last five seasons anyway, I'm sure she's just as passionate about it as he is otherwise she wouldn't feel confident about taking it on. I'm glad it's been renewed and if they close the Apocalypse chapter and start a new one I'll be happy. I've loved the past two seasons but it took the focus off hunting the supernatural and sort of became all about hunting demons (naturally evrything this season was pretty much gonna play around Lucifer's rise and all so thatw as no suprise). I agree with Xanxei, I won't start complaining until the show starts sucking. They still have a fantastic team and I'm sure they will respect Kripke's opinion if he says he doesn't like soemthing. Plus Jensen and jared are the only two constant characters and they must take part in some of the talks about future story arcs etc.

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Feb 27, 2010 12:35AM EST

I feel like season 6 will be when the show 'jumps the shark'.

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