Looks like The Winchester Brothers are going to have some help stopping the things that go bump in the night.
Media sources are reporting that The CW has given the go-ahead for Wayward Sisters, a new drama series from Warner Bros. Television that would be introduced during the upcoming Season 13 of Supernatural as a backdoor pilot that would be spun-off into its own series. Wayward Sisters tells the story of Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) and a group of troubled young women, all orphaned by supernatural tragedy. Under Sheriff Mills' training and protection, the women emerge as a supreme monster-fighting force. Supernatural showrunners Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer will executive produce the pilot with Phil Sgriccia and Robert Berens; with Dabb and Berens writing the script.
Supernatural has long had the reputation of listening to their fans, and Wayward Sisters is another example of just that. Unlike what happened with Bloodlines, the first attempt at a Supernatural spinoff that introduced an entirely new cast of characters that made it difficult for viewers to emotionally connect with, Wayward Sisters will be a mix of established characters along with new ones introduced both during the backdoor pilot and series. Based on early buzz surrounding the series, two existing Supernatural characters, orphan Claire Novak (Kathryn Newton) and runaway Alex Jones (Katherine Ramdeen), are expected to be part of the cast along with Sheriff Mills' colleague (and sometimes partner) Sheriff Donna Hanscum (Briana Buckmaster). It's Rhodes who can help bridge viewers between the two shows: she's appeared in twelve episodes of Supernatural to date, with her Sheriff Jody Mills character being introduced during the show's fifth season.
The campaign for Wayward Sisters began two years ago with a name created by the fans that's based on Kansas' Carry On Wayward Son, the song that opens every Supernatural finale. For the show's fanbase, a proper spinoff would need to be built around Supernatural mainstays and that's what separates Wayward Sisters from past efforts. The CW has long seen Supernatural as ripe for spinoff series and specials, but it's always been about finding just the right project and just the right timing. Even after Bloodlines failed as a series, CW president Mark Pedowitz was quoted as saying in summer 2015, "We'd love to do one, it would not happen this year but at some point."
Season 13 of Supernatural premieres on Thursday, October 12, on The CW.