The Winchesters, a prequel to the hit CW series Supernatural, has been cancelled after just one season. Supernatural became one of The CW’s most successful shows, spawning 15 seasons and amassing a large, devoted cult following. The series was popular enough for a prequel series to move forward, focused on Sam and Dean’s father, John, and their mother, Mary. After one season, it looks like The CW’s plans have changed to continue on with The Winchesters.
As reported by GamesRadar, The Winchesters has been canned after one season. The CW stated that the cancellation was part of the company’s “reimagining” which led to some tough decisions and cuts being made to existing shows. This included Supernatural‘s prequel which, despite having The CW’s most-watched series debut last year and Dean actor Jensen Ackles narrating the show, didn’t live up to the broadcaster’s expectations.
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The CW provided a short statement on its decision to cancel The Winchesters, stating:
“As we reimagine the new CW, we had to make some tough programming decisions. We thank our partners at Warner Bros. and the casts and creative teams of ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘The Winchesters’ for all their hard work, creativity and dedication.”
Supernatural catapulted the careers of its two main stars, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. Ackles would go on to star in the third season of the hugely successful superhero series, The Boys, as well as voice Batman in the long-awaited animated adaptation of The Long Halloween from DC. Meanwhile, Padalecki would star in a rebooted Walker, Texas Ranger series as the titular cop, though ratings for the show haven’t exactly been strong.
Supernatural told the story of brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they hit the roads of America in search of their missing father, John, a hunter of supernatural creatures and demons. The brothers would eventually wrestle with becoming hunters themselves and prevent several world-ending events in the process. The Winchesters mainly focused on the early years of John Winchester and his transition into becoming a hunter.