The CW talks 'Supernatural' Season 9 potential: Plus, could Castiel get a spin-off?

spn-807-dean-castiel.jpgHere's the good news, "Supernatural" fans -- The CW is very happy with the way the show is performing in its 8th season, particularly alongside "Arrow" on Wednesday nights. At TCA Press Tour on Sunday, network president Mark Pedowitz seemed very optimistic about the series' future. That said, they're not quite ready to make an early pickup of Season 9.

"Nothing's been announced yet, no determination's been made," says Pedowitz. "We are pleased with how Wednesday night has worked out, with 'Arrow' being a bonafide hit and 'Supernatural' actually gaining viewers ... Creatively the show is in a good place ... There's always a good shot that could happen."

Pedowitz tells Zap2it that Warner Bros. has finalized deals with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki for the next two potential seasons, which is definitely a good sign for the future of the series. The CW plans to make a final decision about Season 9 based on the show's ratings when it returns from winter hiatus on January 16.

With the recent announcement of a "Vampire Diaries" spinoff backdoor pilot, there have been some questions from fans as to whether The CW would consider a potential "Supernatural" spin-off based on Castiel ( Misha Collins). Pedowitz explained that "Supernatural" may not be the best launchpad for another series.

"You look at [whether the] audience is engaged. You look at that universe -- can it actually launch something? 'Supernatural' if you decide to do a spin-off off of that, you [question] does it work? Does it incubate the show really well?" Pedowitz explains. "We have a lot of characters on 'Vampire Diaries,' and they're all rich, rich characters. Klaus and the Original family gives us an opportunity to do something where we can get more bang for the buck, so to speak."
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