The votes are in. Supernatural, The CW's little horror show about two monster-hunting brothers, has won TV Guide Magazine's first-ever Fan Favorite cover contest. Cast members Jim Beaver and Misha Collins aided with Tweets, as did a panoply of websites devoted to the series. When the 5.5 million votes were tallied, an impressive last-minute surge pushed Supernatural over the top. "We promoted, promoted, promoted the contest," says Alice Jester, who runs the site thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com. "We had a link on the site, we had a daily presence on Twitter and Facebook, and when Jim and Misha Tweeted, it energized the fans even more," she reports. "The fans wanted a TV Guide cover so badly. The show gives us so much, and the fact that it's small and underappreciated makes us work hard to get others to know about it, too."
"We don't do angels on this show," Supernatural creator Eric Kripke recalls saying back in Season 3. Fast-forward two seasons and he now admits, "Looking back it was obvious."
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In this exclusive, behind-the-scenes clip from the Season 5 DVD, Kripke talks about the introduction of Misha Collins' character Castiel. Plus: He and writer Bob Singer discuss their original five-year plan for the show and how they chose to dramatize the apocalypse in Season 5.
The CW announced plans to add more commercials to the episodes of its shows that are streamed online — and unlike on your DVR, you won't be able to fast-forward through any of them.
Dawn Ostroff, the network's entertainment president, likened the plan to the amount of commercials that currently air on television and called it "a blueprint for the industry." She added that testing by the network revealed that viewers are willing to watch more commercial content online than they are currently watching.
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Other highlights from Ostroff's executive session:
It's the moment Supernatural fans have been waiting for all season: Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) is about to throw down with pretty much everyone. TVGuide.com caught up with Pellegrino, who says Lucifer is quite the sympathetic character. (Um, what about that whole wanting to destroy all of mankind thing?) The 45-year-old actor also gave us the details on Lucifer's journey to the apocalypse as well as the similarities between Lucifer and his character on Lost, Jacob...
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Eric Kripke is listening, and has something to say to Supernatural fans who are hurling a certain four-letter word in Dean's direction as a result of this week's episode.
Most simply said? "Dean is not a dick."
Read Kripke's whole statement, after the jump.
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Before the return of Supernatural Thursday Sept 18 at 9 pmET the CW check out where we last saw the Winchester boys and what cool and crazy storyline lie ahead for them this seasonWhere we left off Ruby Katie Cassidy was possessed by the demon Lilith Then she trapped the Winchester brothers and sent Dean Jensen Ackles to Hell thus fulfilling Deans contract to sacrifice his life for Sam Jared PadaleckiWhats next Dean rises from the dead The season opens four months later with the supernaturally healed elder Winchester brother digging his way out of his own grave We kick off the season with the primary mystery how did he get out who got him out and why creator Eric Kripke says Meanwhile a grieving Sam is dallying with a pretty waitress Wildfires Genevieve CorteseLucifer rising Lilith gets busy on a conspiracy aimed at unleashing the biggest baddie of all the devil himself Lucifer has been gone so long that most demons dont believ
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The season premiere of the CW's Supernatural is almost (and finally!) here, so TVGuide.com reached out to series creator Eric Kripke and beseeched him to list his all-time 10 most favorite episodes.Kripke's list is below. Give it a look, then cast your vote for your own personal favorite. We will tally the results, take note of your comments, and then present the results on Sept. 18 aka the day fans thought could not get here fast enough.Eric Kripke's Top 10 Supernatural Episodes (in alphabetical order)"Bloodlust" "Crossroad Blues" "Devil Trap" "Faith" "Ghostfacers" "Hollywood Babylon" "Mystery Spot" "Night Shifter" "Supernatural Christmas" "What Is And What Should Never Be" Vote for your favorite of the 10 here, and then "justify" your love in Comments.
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The season opens with some bombshells teases Supernatural creator Eric Kripke who already jolted viewers when he sent Dean Winchester Jensen Ackles to Hell in Mays season finaleSeason 4 premiering September 18 at 9 pmET The CW opens four months later when Dean wakes up with no memory of his torment What happened to Dean in Hell and to [younger brother] Sam [Jared Padalecki] when he had to be a hunter by himself will slowly come to light Kripke says It gives us a nice opportunity for an internal struggle for Dean and for the brothers to surprise each otherKatie Cassidy Ruby and Lauren Cohan Bela are both gone but Jim Beaver and Steven Williams are back as geezer demon fighters Bobby and Rufus Get set for a revealing flashback to the Winchester parents teen years an homage to 1930s monster flicks and a bloody Halloween show Ileane Rudolph
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Sexy Supernatural thief Bela (Lauren Cohan) has already been sent to hell unlike Dean, she wont be released and now the shows creator Eric Kripke tells TV Guide its bye bye to sexy demon Ruby (Katie Cassidy) as well. Shes great, but this was unfortunately a financial decision purely budgetary, because creatively she was terrific," Kripke said. "I have nothing but great affection for Katie, and she was great for the show. It was a very difficult business decision about the realities we are in." Though the budgets the same as last year, the show films in Canada and is suffering from a lousy exchange rate. There will be female characters, Kripke promises. But expect more of the love em, leave em or kill em variety. We have a plan thats as exciting as any weve ever had of how to thread new characters in some unexpected ways, he said, adding that the season opener will have a couple of &...
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Not only did Supernatural creator Eric Kripke confirm that Dean Winchester is alive — though not too comfortably since he's in hell — he spilled next season's plans for the beleaguered Winchester brothers.
TVGuide.com: You weren't lying when you said you were hoping to make your fans really angry and full of anxiety all summer!Eric Kripke: [Laughs] It was a fun way to end the season. Dean meat-hooked in the center of what looks like a thousand mile spiderweb of rusty chains. Sort of M.C.Escher meets Hellraiser.
TVGuide.com: Why did you send Dean to hell? Kripke: Everyone expected Dean to be safe! That's reason enough to send him to hell. But also, in ways I can't reveal, it's a turning point for Dean. You need huge moves to happen that can cause radical shifts in the cha