‘Supernatural’ Season 14 Will Be Shorter Than Normal

‘Supernatural’ Season 14 Will Be Shorter Than Normal
25 Jun


‘Supernatural’ is one of The CW‘s highest-rated shows and going into its 14th season, it’s also the longest-running. So it’s unclear why the network is shortening the upcoming season to 20 episodes, versus the typical 23.  Seasons 1, 2 and 4-6 contained 22 episodes each, and every season after that consisted of 23.  Season 3 only contained 16 episodes due to the Writer’s Guild of America strike.  But now, season 14 will be the second-shortest after that.

The CW did not give any explanation for the shorter season.  The CW has expanded its programming.  For the first time, this fall, the network will include a Sunday night lineup, with ‘Supergirl’ and the new reboot of ‘Charmed’.  The network renewed the majority of its existing shows, so there wasn’t much room for new shows in its lineup.  ‘Charmed’, high school football drama ‘All American’, and ‘Vampire Diaries’/’The Originals’ continuation ‘Legacies’ are the only three new shows that will debut this fall, while another reboot, ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ has been ordered to premiere mid-season.  That will also be when ‘iZombie’ returns for its final chapter.  ‘The 100’ will also be back, but its future beyond that is undetermined.  Perhaps, The CW just wants to free up some time for other programs.  Or maybe considering the longevity of ‘Supernatural’ the cast and creators may have simply expressed a desire to lighten their workload.

While ‘Supernatural’ is getting long in the tooth, it’s still a strong performer for The CW.  And not only does it deliver ratings, it is also valuable in that it generates a lot of money from sales of licensed merchandise.  Perhaps looking toward a future when ‘Supernatural”s time has come, there have been two attempts to create spin-off shows, most recently the female-fronted ‘Wayward Sisters’, but ultimately, The CW passed.

At any rate, ‘Supernatural’ will most likely not suffer from a shorter season.  But it’s likely that stand-alone episodes, like ‘Scoobynatural’ may be filtered out, with the season focusing mainly on the A-storyline.

‘Supernatural’ returns for its 14th season on Thursday, October 11 at 8pm EST.

How do you feel about getting a little less ‘Supernatural’ this fall?

Source: TV Line

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.



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