Thursday, November 20, 2008

Supernatural

Might come as a shock to some, but “Supernatural” has been the best genre show of the fall. Better than “Heroes” or “Sarah Connor Chronicles”, probably cheaper too. It flies completely under the radar on the CW -- which only seems to have eyes for “Gossip Girl”. Great episode tonight. They’ve ventured into areas that even “Buffy” was reluctant to explore with the whole angels vs. demons stuff. It’s like a beefed up “Frailty” meets "Prophecy". The show is still about good battling evil, but there’s a murkiness to it all that really works. Will definitely get this season on DVD.

8 comments:

Rashad Ferguson said...

Finally...

I am glad someone went on record and gave this excellent show some much due credit...

This is one of the few shows that I watch on TV, download and buy the DVDs as well and after some Sherlockian Holmes searching I found a few scripts and transcripts for the series....

Thanks Scream... Horror's official Minister of Information

Kristin said...

I completely agree. If this show were on a bigger network, it would be a smash hit. They do so much with such a small budget. Kudos to the producers.

I'm just glad to see that the CW has given it a renewal for the past few years and is willing to stick with it. It's just a shame b/c the show is so well-written and both Jared Padelicki and Jensen Ackles are such great actors. They deserve more recognition.

Just a shout out to all the female "Supernatural" fans...Dean taking off his shirt was the highlight of my week! :-)

screamwriter said...

Rashad,
I didn't start out as fan, but this season finally won me over.

Kristin,
Even in a very competitive time slot, the show's ratings are up. Hopefully, those new viewers will be back in January.

Kristin said...

Really? The ratings are UP? YES. I have been trying to convert friends of mine who either never heard of the show until this summer or were reluctant b/c it sounded 'cheesy.'

I suspect sales for the DVDs have been good this past year.

Makes me wonder what the "Heroes" concept would've been like with Kripke's hand in it. That show's been nixed off my DVR for weeks.

screamwriter said...

In addition to DVD sales, the "Supernatural" novelizations and comic books probably pulled in some new fans. I think the show really improved when it became more serialized.

In defense of "Heroes", I'll say this: the show has become a victim of unrealistic expectations. Most genre shows aren't big hits, but "Heroes" bucked the trend -- for a while. It was inevitable that the ratings would come down to earth, because casual fans would get bored and go elsewhere.

Yeah, there has been a sharp decline in viewers this season -- lack of direction, dumb characters, bad storylines, but it was gonna happen anyway. The audience for most genre shows are like a house of cards. There's a small stable base, but the rest can collapse at any minute. "Supernatural" would have better ratings on one of the big networks, but I don't think it would be a hit.

kgillenwater said...

I disagree. It would have a huge female following on a bigger network. Trust me. Two hot guys battling evil with all that angst??? Um, yeah. Whenever you create characters that can't be in relationships with women, you create perfect fantasy characters for the female audience.

BUT, I am glad to hear it is doing well even on the small network. And I'm actually kinda glad that Kripke ended up with a much smaller budget than he wanted b/c it really forced them to write well and make it work regardless of the money.

Anonymous said...

I only discovered the show fairly recently. It's different, original, the only glitch that gives me problems with is the two guys pretending to be FBI men.
Considering their car, their youth and the one guy's long hair, I think that stretches credibility. Surely they could have come up with another idea.

screamwriter said...

@kristen:

I think the ratings would double on a bigger network, but 7 million viewers isn't considered a big hit -- although I have a feeling that will eventually change.

@anonymous:

They don't always pose as FBI agents. I think it's just a shout-out to the "X-Files".

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