Supernatural 200: Guest Stars Praise the Show’s Fans [INTERVIEWS]
Tonight on the CW, Supernatural reaches rarified air: its 200th episode, which is called “Fan Fiction.” The producers and cast are celebrating this major milestone with an hour of televisionÂ that serves as a nod to fans. They know we’re out there. They know we’re passionate about the show. They know we like to dissect every aspect of the drama, the comedy, the music, the car and everything else that makes it to our small screens Tuesday nights at 9/8c. They’re showing respect for our almost ten years of loyalty as well as our ability to spread the Good Word every chance we get.
Synopsis for “Fan Fiction”:Â When Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the disappearance of a teacher, they are stunned to see the school is putting on a musical based on their lives. Familiar faces abound in this milestone episode. Phil Sgriccia directed this episode written by Robbie Thompson.
At the recent Supernatural 200th Episode Fan Party, TV Goodness exclusivelyÂ chattedÂ with some of the show’s guest stars over the years. Most of them said the same thing when we asked what was the best or most surprising part of joining the Supernatural universe: THE FANS. It’s kind of appropriate considering the name of the episode does feature that very word.
Here’s what some of the actors had to say:
Sebastian RochÃ© (Balthazar): First of all, what surprised me the most is that all the actors would become amazing friends. All around me I have these people that I know that I love. And then the fandom started happening. I had no clue that the Supernatural fandom was so amazing and so loyal. So thatâ€™s pretty much it. And how much following there is for the show. And Jared, Jensen, Misha and everyone were so fabulous to me. Everyone was so kind. I stepped into a family, basically. And once youâ€™re part of the family you never leave the family. Itâ€™s like the mafia.
Kim Rhodes (Sheriff Jody Mills): The support of the fans. Absolutely the support of the fans. My daughter is in public school and they had a flood, their library got washed out. Itâ€™s a public school so they had a fundraiser. And I donâ€™t ask the fans because I feel that itâ€™s like an abuse of who I am. But for my kid, I was like lookâ€¦if youâ€™re so inclined, could you donate to this charity so my kidâ€™s school has a library? They blew me away. I am the most famous person at that school. Not because of Supernatural. Not because of Disney Channel. Not because of what I do. But theyâ€™re like, â€˜Youâ€™re the one who got the money for the library!â€™ And so now every time thereâ€™s a fundraiser theyâ€™re like, â€˜Will you be on my team?â€™ Iâ€™m like, no I canâ€™t. That wasâ€¦once a year, I will do the library. Because the other thing is, Iâ€™m like the fans. Iâ€™m bookish. I love sci fi. Most of us are middle-aged women, you know? Andâ€¦think Jensenâ€™s really cute. So I feel like I never want to cross that line of, now Iâ€™m me. And youâ€™re you.
Rob Benedict (Chuck Shurley): The fandom. Itâ€™s like nothing Iâ€™ve ever experienced before. This fandom is not only loyal and cool and smart but they talk about it. And I really think that thatâ€™s one of the reasons why this has stayed on for so long. Itâ€™s actually more popular now then it was when it started. Because today they can do that. They can talk about it. And people listen, you know? I feel like itâ€™s this active thing thatâ€™s going on between the fans and the show so, yeah, thatâ€™s like nothing Iâ€™ve ever experienced before.
Tahmoh Penikett (Gadreel): Becoming part of a new show is — a lot of it has to do with the leads and the vibe on the set. Thatâ€™s always a big deal when you get on a set and you start to feel it out. Luckily for these guys being the humble, extremely funny, ball busting duo that they are â€“ Jensen and Jared areâ€¦and Misha â€“ the vibe on the set is like aâ€¦itâ€™s like a boysâ€™ club, man. They love to joke around. Of course with the exception of all the beautiful female guests who are on the show too. Everyoneâ€™s taking a piss the whole time. It makes it pretty easy to work when you come in to an environment like that â€“ especially when they welcome you in. So for me the experience so far has been pretty amazing. And how quickly the fans have jumped on board and are interested in the projects Iâ€™m doing. Theyâ€™ve been so complimentary on everything Iâ€™ve done on the show. Just the loyalty and support has been incredible. Itâ€™s been really surprising.
Osric Chau (Kevin Tran): The fandom. By and large. This fandom has made it what it is today. Itâ€™s incredible. You donâ€™t really expect it until you go to one of the conventions and you see everyone gathered en masse. Check out one of those online polls. Before I was on the show it would be like, okay, there are all these shows I recognize and Supernatural. Why are they dominating? How does this happen? Itâ€™s like this weird little secret thatâ€™s kind of prominent but you donâ€™t really think about it until youâ€™re a part of it. So the fandom has been amazing â€“ the passion of the fans. Incredible.
Matt Cohen (Young John Winchester/Michael): The fandom. Absolutely, hands down. The fandom. I was able to do two episodes five years ago and since then, itâ€™s been constant Supernatural in my life through conventions. Iâ€™m so grateful because Iâ€™m a 32 year-old man and it wasnâ€™t until the last three years that I got to figure out who I was and what I wanted to be . And the mark that I wanted to leave on this world. Not as an actor. Acting is what I do. Itâ€™s my passion. Itâ€™s my job. But who I am now was handed to me and developed by the fandom. Iâ€™ve done a lot of conventions. Iâ€™ve talked to a lot of people about a lot of things. Iâ€™ve inspired people, people have inspired me. Weâ€™ve shared stories. Weâ€™ve shared tears. We share hugs. We share kisses, you name it! And I was able to figure out who I am. I really was. I owe it to the fandom. Period. Everything happens for a reason, right? We can say thatâ€™s so clichÃ© butâ€¦so I booked an episode. They brought me back the next year. Did another episode. Then I got a convention offer. I went to the convention and I sat in the corner â€“ I was scared. I didnâ€™t know what I was doing. I was scared! And now, 50 conventions later â€“ 50 conventions in four years â€“ itâ€™s just been the most beautiful ride. The exchange between myself and the fandom and my wife whoâ€™s not even involved in the show except sheâ€™s best friends with all the guysâ€¦the acceptance and the love and the understanding allowed me to be the nerdy, passionate, geek that I am. And I am forever grateful. I can be myself for the first time in 30 years. Itâ€™s amazing. Itâ€™s an amazing thing.
DJ Qualls (Garth): The Supernatural fandom will show up for you in a way that no other fandom will. My last show which, sadly, was canceled on FX I loved (Legit)…and we were struggling in the ratings. And I tweeted out to the fans to help us. And we went up 256 percent in women 18 to 54 in one night. 256 percent. Crazy. A huge spike in ratings. And they stayed with us. It just wasnâ€™t enough in that key sort of 18 to 34 male demo, which is so stupid. And itâ€™s antiquated. It doesnâ€™t really â€“ those ratings systems donâ€™t work like they used to. Old people have money! Weâ€™re living longer. I include myself as an older person, Iâ€™m in my late 30s. Weâ€™re richer. Weâ€™re living longer. We buy sâ€”t! Take us seriously! But it wasnâ€™t meant to be with that show. But the Supernatural love was even there when my show was canceled. And I tweeted that I was really kind of heartbroken about this and just the love that poured in from them. And when my dog died a few years ago and I loved this dog. He had a brain disease. And when I got him they told me he wouldnâ€™t live very long. They said he would die at two. He lived to be ten years. He was my joy. And when he died, I went to a convention and the fans had all gathered pictures from the internet of me and my dog that I tweeted or somebody else had posted and made me this beautiful book to remember him by. Theyâ€™re always there when you need them.
Felicia Day (Charlie): I guess the most surprising part has been the fact that the fans have really embraced the character. I think a lot of people see themselves in Charlie and I think thatâ€™s because there are a lot of female fans of the show and Charlieâ€™s really an authentic, geeky girl, whoâ€™s really not defined by the things that she likes. Sheâ€™s really a three dimensional character. Sheâ€™s smart and capable and is really kind of able to be projected by the smart, geeky girls who love the showâ€¦the women.
The 200th episode of Supernatural airs tonight at 9/8c. At one point, it may or may not have brought a tear to our eyes. Let us know if it did forÂ you, too. Make sure to includeÂ the scene that got you emotional.
RELATED STORY: Recap for the 200th episode, “Fan Fiction”
Clip 1: “We Got Work to Do”
Clip 2: “Carry on Wayward Son”
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