News

Supernatural Cast & Producers Describe Reaching Extraordinary 300th Episode Milestone

Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark Pellegrino reflect on the CW series' landmark episode with “humility and pride.”

by | February 6, 2019 | Comments

Supernatural -- "Lebanon" -- Image Number: SN1413A_0030b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW
(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW)

Supernatural began as the story of two brothers in a Chevy Impala hunting urban myths, but soon grew to include a sprawling universe of angels, demons, alternate worlds, and Crowley (Mark Sheppard). The CW series hits a big milestone this week: the airing of its 300th episode, “Lebanon.” It is a rarity in television, considering the number of seasons a series needs to hit such a landmark. As star Jensen Ackles told Rotten Tomatoes when we visited the set recently, only 23 other scripted primetime television shows have reached the 300 mark, a milestone practically unheard of in the realm of genre television — except for a certain British show about a time traveler, of course.

We caught up with the cast and producers just before they began production on the episode. At the time, thoughts about the milestone left them a little bewildered. As star Jared Padalecki put it, “it’s a weird juxtaposition of feelings” landing between “humility and pride at the same time.”

According to Ackles, the milestone episodes “sneak up on you.” At the time of the 200th episode in 2014 — the musical episode “Fan Fiction” — he thought the show might be winding down, but it just kept getting picked up.

“The seasonal pickups then dictate the episodic counts. Then you start stepping back and we’re like, ‘Wait a minute, we’re going to hit 300 next season?’”


Supernatural -- "Lebanon" -- Image Number: SN1413D_BTS_0372bc.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Behind the scenes with Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam, Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Winchester -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW
(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW)

Naturally, the occasion led to some reflection. Executive producer Robert Singer said he enjoys the emotional and character-forward episodes because the show is firing on all cylinders when it reaches “that combo of being kind of a good horror show, but having a lot of heart.”

Executive producer Eugenie Ross-Leming in particular loved the addition of Mark Pellegrino to the cast. Initially joining the series as a temporary vessel for the Prince of Darkness in season 5, Pellegrino returned through Supernatural means to play Nick, the human forced to contain Lucifer time and time again. After years in a recurring role, season 14 marked the actor’s first season as a regular.

Pellegrino, for his part, really enjoyed playing Lucifer across the years — though actors including Padalecki, Misha Collins, and Rick Springfield have also played the role.

“My favorite memories are when I first came onto the show and played apocalyptic Lucifer and sort of built the mythology of Lucifer,” he told Rotten Tomatoes. “It’s just sort of been a nice creative little journey going through the various character changes that Lucifer’s gone through over the years.”

When Lucifer (caged within Nick) was defeated last season, Pellegrino thought “dead was dead,” but then he remembered “it’s Supernatural,” and there is always a way back. When we talked to him, however, he was still uncertain how Nick survived the Archangel Blade.

“I have theories,” he teased.

One of producer Brad Buckner’s favorite moments was the decision to create the Men of Letters bunker in season 8.

“[It] was a fantastic thing because it gave them roots on a show that had been rootless for so long,” he explained.  “It really gave them a base of operation. Now it’s a hangout place where people congregate, and I think that increased the feeling of the family dynamic that I think is really the attraction of the show.”


(Photo by The CW)

While still focused on Sam and Dean, the series expanded to include key characters like Castiel (Collins) and a larger world (and then a second world) beyond the Winchesters; a tradition that continues with the arrival of Jack (Alex Calvert), the son of Lucifer and a genuine Nephil — a human-angel hyrbid.

“Alex is just a wonderful addition to the core cast, and he seems to fit in and blend so well,” Buckner said. “You don’t get lucky like that too often, and we’ve been lucky multiple times.”

As one of the most recent additions to the show, Calvert has enjoyed fan interactions most of all.

“Comic-con was very cool,” he said. “But another great memory that I had was last year we got to go see the ‘Scoobynatural’ presentation in Hollywood, which was so cool, because we got to watch it with 1,000 fans.” He appreciated the vibe, which he said felt like “we were doing a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

For Danneel Ackles, who recurred in season 13 as Sister Jo and the angel Anael, her favorite memory revolves around the moment she finally understood her husband’s least favorite part of the job: outdoor shoots in the dead of winter.

“He’ll call me and I’m chasing all these children around, and he’s like, ‘It’s freezing. You don’t understand, I’ve just been doing a scene outside for seven hours,’” she said. Her go-to response: “Don’t be a baby, you’re an actor. There’s a cheese plate coming.”

That changed after she did a scene with Pellegrino in extreme conditions.

“It was like 20 below zero and the wind’s blowing and we’re just — I’ve never been so cold in my life,” she said. “I had heat packets stuffed in places I can’t tell you about. I was like, ‘Oh, I get it, I get the show.’”


Supernatural -- "Nihilism" -- Image Number: SN1410A_0191r.jpg -- Pictured: Misha Collins as Castiel -- Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

One thing fans definitely get about the show is Castiel. The character has become a popular cosplay subject at comic conventions — even if his costume resembles a certain other trench coat enthusiast with ties to the mystical. But the confusion led to one of Collins’ favorite off-set memories.

“I often on Halloween see kids dressed as Castiel, because it’s now become a thing,” Collins said. “My family was eating at this pizza place and I saw this kid dressed as Castiel and I went up to his table. He was about 10. I put my face right in his face and I said, ‘What are you dressed as, young man?’ And he looked at me horrified and said, ‘Constantine.’ Then his dad said, ‘Get away from my son.’”

Supernatural‘s 300th episode airs Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8/7C on The CW.


Tag Cloud

spider-man ITV SundanceTV Tomatazos Mudbound Christmas RT21 2016 Countdown Musical NBC zombie Trailer travel Amazon Prime zero dark thirty TCA NYCC Set visit TLC richard e. Grant Dark Horse Comics PaleyFest Star Trek disaster comiccon TV Land SXSW Mystery Amazon FXX Starz zombies comic USA Song of Ice and Fire RT History Bravo Watching Series Chernobyl Drama YA Red Carpet Sneak Peek Paramount transformers Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt cooking OWN justice league Tarantino Thanksgiving Country Teen anime Syfy Best and Worst blaxploitation Disney Channel Spring TV BBC America aliens Comics on TV Superheroe Marvel ratings 20th Century Fox Britbox TCA 2017 LGBTQ 2015 technology CBS All Access Film Festival cinemax singing competition DGA boxoffice BBC Holidays Election vampires New York Comic Con Chilling Adventures of Sabrina nature Podcast crime Hulu Apple GLAAD Year in Review IFC Films Mary poppins First Look green book Ghostbusters Rocketman war true crime San Diego Comic-Con Adult Swim Comedy Nominations Infographic politics composers Reality elevated horror Showtime mutant Disney 2018 Nickelodeon 45 Elton John IFC MSNBC hist DC Comics Pride Month psycho spy thriller BET Walt Disney Pictures serial killer Action Netflix period drama romance golden globes Vudu Mindy Kaling Winners TCM Ellie Kemper diversity Horror Certified Fresh Food Network streaming Crackle E! Pirates Valentine's Day VICE The Witch Polls and Games teaser Oscars APB cats CW Seed CMT Mary Poppins Returns Opinion SDCC Kids & Family CNN space Awards Tour doctor who Summer Tumblr animated sitcom Shondaland ABC A&E TV Mary Tyler Moore Spectrum Originals Epix 24 frames Fall TV theme song Interview dc Martial Arts Captain marvel crime drama Sundance Now what to watch Cannes HBO FOX National Geographic Warner Bros. Trivia game show Lionsgate crime thriller Acorn TV miniseries finale Nat Geo Musicals dceu Lifetime 21st Century Fox Stephen King GoT VH1 TIFF Spike robots social media Women's History Month science fiction YouTube Red television based on movie Fox News Toys mockumentary MCU YouTube Premium Extras Ovation Rom-Com Columbia Pictures talk show Pet Sematary crossover Animation Box Office Premiere Dates Cosplay dramedy Western Black Mirror cops USA Network biography Sci-Fi unscripted binge Esquire Pop harry potter Logo sequel supernatural Anna Paquin Superheroes Creative Arts Emmys natural history jamie lee curtis Winter TV History El Rey FX Shudder Star Wars police drama GIFs PBS Character Guide psychological thriller 2019 MTV Paramount Network ESPN Calendar thriller Heroines ABC Family Super Bowl political drama Reality Competition President Video Games AMC Writers Guild of America casting Awards witnail cults Rock DC Universe adventure WGN Cartoon Network Schedule Quiz Emmys TBS Fantasy sports E3 Marathons The Arrangement 007 TruTV American Society of Cinematographers adaptation TNT discovery Lucasfilm award winner dragons Comedy Central spinoff Comic Book DC streaming service Pixar historical drama 2017 Grammys DirecTV docudrama Freeform X-Men CBS strong female leads Rocky anthology Biopics Brie Larson Sony Pictures Universal Photos toy story medical drama Sundance See It Skip It facebook Masterpiece The CW festivals Trophy Talk Music