Supernatural Spinoff ‘Wayward Sisters’ Gets A Backdoor Pilot With Mid-Season Premiere
Although Supernatural spinoffs have been rumored before, it is finally happening after the backdoor pilot of Wayward Sisters shone as the mid-season premiere of season 13 on Thursday, January 18.
Wayward Sisters is groundbreaking as the first all-woman sci-fi genre series and depicts a group of Supernatural‘s most beloved female characters coming together to save the Winchester boys in an alternate universe known as The Bad Place.
The new series stars Kim Rhodes who portrays Sheriff Jody Mills, and her three adopted daughters Alex Jones (Katherine Ramdeen), Claire Novak (Kathryn Newton) and Patience Turner (Clark Backo), who all team up with even more kick-a– women including Sheriff Donna Hanscum (Briana Buckmaster), and Kaia Nieves (Yadira Guevara-Prip).
While the backdoor pilot of the series only just premiered, fans area already excited to see where this new spinoff will go especially after Supernatural‘s first attempt at a spin-off back in 2014 called Bloodlines did not go over well at all.
Even though Bloodlines failed, it seems Wayward Sisters has been something that has been in the works for the last seven years as the CW took on many other spinoff series of its hit shows. “Once we told the story of Jody sort of adopting Alex, the first Wayward daughter, that was sort of planting a flag…like, wait, there’s a story here that’s bigger than Supernatural—or, I should say, there’s a story that’s going to continue outside the frame of our own series,” says writer and co-executive producer Robert Berens, who works on both shows. “[It] was a real combination of something that we built very consciously over several years and also something that developed very organically.”
Although Supernatural has created one of the most passionate fandoms of any television series in recent years, it hasn’t been without criticism as many have vocalized their disappointment with the lack of representation of women in the series. “[Wayward] is an answer to that [criticism] and I think it did grow from a sense that there are these women we would love to see protected and nurtured in their own environment,” Berens says. “I think fans saw Wayward as an opportunity, and I think they were also pleased with the way these characters have been treated and developed over time.
Right now, it won’t be until May that fans will learn for sure if the Wayward Sisters full series will go ahead, and if it does producers are hoping to have it on air by next fall, and along with female stars, there is a high priority on hiring female directors, writers and crew members. “That’s something we’d put a high priority on and it’s something we’ve talked about internally,” executive producer Andrew Dabb said. “Every show is a collaboration. Supernatural is not mine, it’s ours—there are a lot of different voices, and those voices [belong to] talented people.”