The end of an era is upon us as The CW’s Supernatural, which has been on the air since 2005, will wrap up after its fifteenth season. Series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins announced in a video post on Instagram yesterday afternoon that the show will be ending next year. Supernatural is the longest running sci fi / fantasy show on U.S. television and surpassed the epic 300 episode mark a few weeks ago. The series originally debuted on The WB and remained on the schedule when that network merged with UPN to create The CW. It has been a mainstay for the fifth place net and a solid performer with the network’s boss previously having said that the show could go on as long as the main actors wanted to stick with it. There is no word on why they decided to end the show with the upcoming season, but at fifteen years and well over three hundred episodes this one has had a very healthy run. The CW has made attempts at creating spin-offs from the show, with last season’s “Wayward Sisters” drawing high marks from fans. But none of those have carried on into a series yet. I’m guessing the network will take another shot at a spin-off next season in the hopes that the original series can help it get launched. Supernatural will be joining The CW’s second longest series Arrow in wrapping up during the 2019-20 season.
Supernatural follows the brothers Sam and Dean Winchesters who are hunters that seek out and destroy supernatural threats to humans such as demons, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and other types of creatures. In addition to that, the Winchester brothers have been involved with a war between Heaven and Hell, they have halted the Apocalypse, fought off invasions of monsters and Leviathans, and both brothers have died and been revived multiple times. The main stars throughout the show’s run have been Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, and Mark A. Sheppard. It has also had many familiar names in its cast over the years including Mark Pellegrino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Felicia Day, Mitch Pileggi, and D.J. Qualls. Its final season will consist of twenty episodes and will debut in Fall of 2019.
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