For the uninitiated, around this time last year, The CW began toying with the idea of creating a spin-off series to Supernatural. The plan, according to various writers and executives, was to create a show based in one central location, Chicago, and give the franchise some isolation. This is how the now-titled Supernatural: Bloodlines came to be. The series will supposedly follow the world of the Chicago underbelly, which is currently being run by five different monster families, and will be launched with a back-door pilot episode set to air next week on Supernatural.
The CW has finally revealed a first look at the world being built (a world that even made our top 10 pilots to keep an eye on for next season):
In the episode (written by Andrew Dabb and directed by Robert Singer), Sam and Dean will travel to the windy city to investigate a case, during which they run into a man named Ennis. It’s through this mystery character they learn about the mafia-like Chicago families, and how Ennis is connected to them.
It’s also worth noting, for what it’s worth, series creator Erik Kripke is being listed as an executive producer on the series, a title not normally given to creators that don’t have direct involvement in a spin-off to their series. The extent of his involvement is still up for speculation.
Supernatural airs Tuesday at 9/8c on The CW.