Supernatural is one of The CW’s longest running series to date, recently having been renewed for a tenth season, and it has finally earned itself a spinoff with the upcoming Supernatural: Tribes.
The spinoff isn’t a new concept for the network, which capitalized on the success of one of its other anchor dramas, The Vampire Diaries, with spinoff series The Originals last fall. And although Nathaniel Buzolic, who once played an Original himself on The Vampire Diaries, didn’t make it to New Orleans with his fictional siblings, he has been cast as one of the leads in Supernatural: Tribes.
Along with Buzolic, Lucien Laviscount (Episodes, Skins) has also been cast as a lead in the project. You may not be familiar with his face just yet, but The CW certainly is. Laviscount was cast in a pilot for sci-fi series The Selection, which failed to make it through the pilot process (twice).
Buzolic will play a shapeshifter named David Hayden who has been living as a human ever since he turned his back on his powerful monster family. Meanwhile, Laviscount is set to play Ennis Roth, a police academy trainee on a mission to learn the truth about what lurks in the shadows after his fiancee is killed in the crossfire between duelling groups of supernatural creatures.
Tribes will follow a similar path as The Originals, premiering first as a back-door pilot during a scheduled episode of Supernatural. This will help The CW gauge whether there’s an audience for the material, based on ratings and fan reactions, prior to establishing the show on its own as part of the 2014 fall line-up.
The spinoff will be a collaboration between Andrew Dabb, who will be penning the script and serving as executive producer, and Supernatural execs Eric Kripke, Robert Singer, Jeremy Carver (on board as showrunner) and McG.
Supernatural: Tribes is set to air its back-door pilot as part of Supernatural‘s current ninth season on April 29. Will you be watching? Let us know in the comment section below!