?The CW has finally set the premiere date for the much-awaited Supernatural prequel, The Winchesters.
When is The Winchesters coming out?
The Winchesters was first revealed to be part of the network’s fall schedule in May, but it was only last Tuesday when its exact release date was announced.
According to a press release detailing The CW’s Fall 2022 premiere schedule, The Winchesters will debut on Tuesday, October 11th at 8 p.m. ET. The Winchesters pilot episode will be followed by the series premiere of The Professionals, airing at 9 p.m. on the same day.
What is The Winchesters about?
The Winchesters centers on the life of John and Mary, the parents of Supernatural main characters Sam and Dean. Told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), The Winchesters is the epic, untold love story of how John Winchester (Drake Rodger) met Mary Campbell (Meg Donnelly) and put it all on the line to not only save their love but the entire world.
When John returns home from fighting in Vietnam, a mysterious encounter sparks a new mission to trace his father’s past. In his journey, he crosses paths with demon hunter Mary, who is also searching for answers after the disappearance of her own father. Together, the two join forces with young hunter-in-training Latika (Nida Khurshid) and easygoing hunter Carlos (Jonathan “Jojo” Fleites) to uncover the hidden truths about both their families.
Their investigation leads them to a rare book emporium, whose owner Ada (Demetria McKinney) takes an interest in the occult and could provide the missing pieces to their puzzle. But secrets run deep for both the Winchesters and Campbells. And despite the best efforts of John’s mother Millie (Bianca Kajlich) to protect her son from pursuing a dangerous life of demon hunting, John and Mary are both determined to work together to uphold their families’ legacies while beginning to form a family of their own.
The Winchesters trailer
The Winchesters trailer was released in May alongside The CW’s announcement that the prequel is part of the network’s fall schedule. The three-minute teaser starts with a voiceover from Dean, saying “The Winchesters’ story has always been a mystery. I need to uncover the truth about my parents. Was it the hunt for evil that drew them together or was it something more?”
From the present, the video then jumps back to 1972 and shows a glimpse of how John and Marry met for the first time. After suspecting that his dad, Henry, was also a hunter, John joins Mary in her mission of finding her missing father in hopes that he’ll learn more about his own along the way.
Aside from John and Mary’s budding romance, the trailer also teases the fun dynamic between the pair and their fellow hunters Latika and Carlos, as well as John’s deep relationship with his mom, Millie.
Who are the people behind The Winchesters?
Hailing from Chaos Machine Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios, The Winchesters is written by Robbie Thompson. Ackles and his wife Danneel Ackles executive produce the prequel via their Chaos Machine Productions. Also exec-producing the series are Thompson, David H. Goodman, McG, and Glen Winter, who directed the pilot episode.
What are the other Supernatural offshoots?
The Winchesters isn’t the first Supernatural offshoot. In 2010, a web series about the Ghostfacers, a group of paranormal investigators who first appeared in season 3 of Supernatural, was released. An anime adaptation called Supernatural: The Anime Series also ran for 22 episodes in 2011. Spinoffs Supernatural: Bloodlines and Wayward Sisters were also developed at The CW in 2013 and 2017, respectively, but neither was picked up to series.