"Supernatural" star Jared Padalecki announced via Twitter on Feb. 11 that the Winchesters will return to hunt for a ninth season.
"Alright guys, it's official: Supernatural is coming back for a 9th season!!! Woohoo!!” Keep 'em Coming!"
"Supernatural" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Riverside CW channel 5.
Mark Pedowitz, President of The CW, confirmed the renewal in a statement, along with the returns of fan favorites "The Vampire Diaries," which will be back for a fifth season, and new series "Arrow," which had a breakout first year as the network's most watched show since 2009 with 4.3 million viewers.
“We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit 'Arrow' and fan favorite 'Supernatural' on Wednesday night, and the continued success of 'The Vampire Diaries' on Thursday, we've been able to do that,” said Pedowitz. “Not only do 'Arrow,' 'Supernatural,' and 'The Vampire Diaries' perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season.”
Indeed, both "Supernatural" and "The Vampire Diaries" hold fan conventions around the world several times per year, and attendance shows no signs of slacking off with coveted Gold Passes selling out months, sometimes even a year, in advance.
Check out photos and highlights from last year's Burbank Supernatural Convention.
The return of show runner Jeremy Carver to "Supernatural" this year may have played a part in the series' early renewal with ratings steadily increasing. Last year's heavy-handed Leviathan storyline, along with the death of beloved Bobby Singer, left many fans less than satisfied. This year, however, the Winchester brothers have seen a slow return to their hunting roots and even had a light-hearted episode or two. Dean LARPing? It doesn't get much better.
Speaking at Comic-Con 2012, Carver shared his plans to get through the end of season 10, even before season 8 had begun filming.
"We really are building some foundation for a storyline that can carry us on for at least a few more years. There's a note card in my office that says 'The end of season 10' right there," said Carver. "I have that note card; that note card exists in fantasy right now. I don’t know if there’s going to be a season 10 but, you know, that’s what keeps me getting up in the morning."
Series stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki announced several months ago they have already signed contracts through season 10.
So "Supernatural" fans, what do you hope will happen for season 9? Do you want it to end with season 10? If so, how? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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