Tina’s TV Goodness All-Stars 2014: The Cast of the CW’s Supernatural
I just can’t let this year go without giving thanks to the foursome at the heart of the CW’s Supernatural. In 2014, the longtime CW series ended its ninth season with an exciting storyline (Demon Dean); kicked off its tenth season and celebrated its 200th episode. Along the way, the four (S10) series regulars entertained the masses on TV, at conventions and on social media. Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard continually made me remember why I am still a card-carrying member of the SupernaturalÂ fan club. Just a few of the greatest hitsÂ from 2014:
January: The first two episodes of the year were mighty epic. First, we finally got the younger Winchester bro back after a half season of Jared fabulously playing a Sam / Gadreel hybrid. It was great to see Padalecki take on another version of his character. But, I have to say, that I was very happy “Road Trip” officially ushered the Sam we know and love back into the world of the Winchester family business.
And then in the follow-up episode, “First Born,” a desperate and depressed Dean snagged a mythology all his own when he received the Mark of Cain. By now he’s probably regretting not asking Cain about the side effects and the specific consequences that come with carrying the Mark. He was in a bad place so he didn’t think about the big picture. Despite the hell that this is putting Dean through, I can’t complain because it’s resulted in some more great Jensen Ackles performances.
In other news, the fandom made its voice heard loud and clear when it voted Sam, Dean and Castiel Favorite TV Bromance inÂ the People’s Choice Awards.
May: Everyone predicted the cliffhanger for the season 9 finale, “Do You Believe In Miracles.” But it didn’t matter. When Crowley gave that dramatic end-of-the-episode monologue then Dean opened his eyes and they were black — it was a shocking sight to behold. No two ways about it. For me, itÂ was one of the most memorable sights of the 2013 – 2014 TV season. One of my favorite parts of the entire thingÂ was the fact that so manyÂ fans recorded their reactions to that moment. Those were almost as entertaining as the last ten minutes of the finale.
Also, this happened at the CW Upfronts in May. And we rejoiced.
Time of our lives @amelladventures @coltonlhaynes @emilybett @dpanabaker and many more #upfronts2014
A photo posted by Katie Cassidy (@katiecassidy) on
July: Season 10 started production with Jensen directing his fourth episode. The Supernatural cast and EP once again traveled to Comic-Con to talk up the new season and answer questions about the previous one. My favorite reply happened during Jared’s round table interview with a group of bloggers (including TV Goodness). I asked him whether the Sam we were about to get at the beginning of season ten was anything like the Sam we got at the end of Season 3’s “Mystery Spot.” Loved Jared’s reply: (@ 1:56)Â Â
August: For Supernatural fans, Jensen joining Twitter is a big deal. It happened at the Salute to Supernatural‘s Vancouver Convention where with the help of Jared and the fans, Jensen made his first tweet.
Alright twitter…you win. #VanCon2014 #SPNFamily pic.twitter.com/FESgBpJkJo â€” Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) August 24, 2014
Ever since we’ve gotten some pretty epic photos from the boys. Things like Lonely Jensen:
A lonely #HumpDay on set. Picture courtesy of our camera department. #enjoyyourdayoffjared @jarpad pic.twitter.com/QfbOxUehJh
â€” Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) September 17, 2014
And then Jared’s brilliant response
.@JensenAckles. Dude. I’m LITERALLY right beside you. #DayOffMyAss #HumpDay pic.twitter.com/fKXLbqH79y â€” Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) September 18, 2014
There was this…
@mishacollins @jarpad I think we can still get some candy if we hurry-everybody good to go? #Halloween #SupernaturaI pic.twitter.com/5M8rQDjLl6
â€” Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) November 1, 2014
. @Mark_Sheppard is this some kind of sick joke? #HappyThanksgiving #SPNFamily pic.twitter.com/V2qnGgHx7G â€” Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) November 26, 2014
And can’t forget this…
I’m not EXACTLY sure what happened here, but I’m MOSTLY sure we lost a bet somehow. #SupernaturalChristmas pic.twitter.com/DhX6hIPNAu
â€” Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) December 21, 2014
Now all four season 10Â series regulars are on Twitter. Sometimes they even live tweet episodes. And we fans are forever grateful. Bonus points for Jensen now keeping up his Facebook page, too.
September: With the release of the Season 9 DVD came something special. Misha Collins co-wrote and directed a mockumentary of life on the set. Behind the Scenes of Supernatural: A Fan’s Perspective was simply glorious. We got Overlooked!Misha; fragile, Tai-Chi, organic food-loving Jensen; and self-centered, workout-obsessed douche-y Jared. It was all in fun and it was a gift for fans. The Supernatural cast and crew knows what the fans love and this definitely falls in that category. I don’t know how they’re ever going to top this mockumentary. It was an instantÂ classic.
October: Season 10 kicked off with an awesome Supernatural retrospective plus three episodes that played with the Demon Dean mythology. I’ve gone on my boo to Demon Dean being cured in three episodes rant before, so I won’t go into it again. Despite all that, “Black,” “Reichenbach,” and “Soul Survivor” provided some enjoyable moments, which is why many of us were sorry to see Dean cured so quickly.
November: Supernatural celebrated its 200th episode with a Fan Party and an emotionally satisfying hour of TV called “Fan Fiction.” I didn’t think I was going to like the Supernatural musical as much as I did. But the songs were catchy, clever and highly downloadable. I dare you to listen/watch “Carry on Wayward Son” and not tear up. So much emotion in that one song that has become important to this fandom. Hearing the female voices sing this track gives me chills. And how cool is it that word got back to the band that made it famous?
DVR is about 10 minutes behind. Very cool @cw_spn. Not bad, indeed. â€” KANSAS BAND (@KansasBand) November 12, 2014
Jensen and Jared were total troopers and gave it their all during an episode that was just plain fun.
December: The mid-season finale (“The Things We Left Behind”) featured a great Dean/Cas/Sam scene with aÂ wonderfulÂ story about John “Friggin'” Winchester and it ended with the return of Dark Dean. I hope the new year brings more goodness.
As far as I’m concerned, Jensen, Jared, Misha and Mark were the rock stars of the CW this year. We learned even more than ever before thatÂ they are as passionate about their show as the fans who watch it every week.
Supernatural returns with new episodes Tuesday, Jan. 21 @ 9/8c on the CW.
Thanks for reading! I’m all about showing the love for this show and especially this cast after ten seasons. We know how good they are. The cast knows we know how good they are. That’s enough. 🙂
Thank you for this awesome tribute to Jared, Jensen, Misha & Mark. I was lucky enough to go to the Toronto Convention this year and all the cast are just the nicest people you could ever want to meet. SPN fans are so fortunate. Not only is the show kick-ass – ten seasons and going strong – but the people who make it, both in front of and behind the camera, are wonderful.
Thanks for the kind words. And thanks for reading! Yeah, this show as well as its cast and crew are pretty special.
Fantastic selection of moments… I could probably add 100 more! Chuck, for instance…
(and I was just out of shot in Jensen’s first tweet – at the far side of the room, dammit!)
Season 10 so far has set a great standard, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the season.
Huge thanks to all the cast and crew, past and present, for the time they take to interact with and include us fans.
Thanks for reading. Yeah, I just put a few moments in there. There were a ton of convention moments I thought were wonderful (like Jensen breaking out in song a million times. My favorite had to be Warrant’s “Heaven.” The joys of YouTube. LOL
Chuck is definitely one of my favorite moments from the show this year. It was just amazing. I was already tearing up from Carry on Wayward Son, the moment they showed Chuck made me tear up even more.
But I think I am doing one more SPN article before the year is out. And that may or may not mention Chuck’s return.
Great article! And great moments! There’s no question why this show has such a loyal fan base.
I’ve never had the pleasure of attending Comic-Con or any of the Supernatural conventions. But, thanks to YouTube I feel like I have! Once I start watching any SPN videos, you might as well consider me checked out for at least an hour (more like 2 most of the time haha). Jensen joining twitter, and the interactions/pictures are fantastic. I still laugh at Misha doing the bowlegs in the halloween picture.
Thanks for reading! I think I loved the Lonely Jensen and Jared’s response the most. Although Misha doing the bowlegs may come in second. I remember when I first saw that pic, I didn’t realize that Jensen was dressed up as Sam. When I did realize, my mind was blown. Such a great photo!
And those conventions vids are dangerous. That’s for sure. lol
Thanks for the write-up! We definitely have the best cast around – J2M is the best.
Totally agree. We have the best cast. Hands down. Thanks for commenting!
Thanks for the write up, for me the highlight of 2014 will always be Dean finally getting his mytharc, and wow is Jensen absolutely killing it! It also means the show feels so much more balanced now, and it’s great to see Sam act as the protective brother now these days. Oh and there’s all the twitter adventures and the amount of times the boys like to dress up in silly costumes…never going to be over Misha’s mocumentary.
They gave us so much goodness this year, right? They spoiled us. And, yeah, Jensen finally getting his own long-term mytharc was epic.
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Loved the read!! Great stuff and brought back wonderful memories! It is beyond me why our boys get ignored year after year for the Emmy Awards. I put Jensen and Jared up against ANY of the other TV actors, and they would come out ahead each time! Why can’t they get a little Emmy love??