‘Supernatural’ Gets a New Season…and a New Boss

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles of 'Supernatural' (Photo: David Gray/The CW)

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles of 'Supernatural' (Photo: David Gray/The CW)

The CW has ordered new seasons of ‘Supernatural,’ ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘90210‘ and ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ But for one of those five shows, the pickup comes with a tiny catch.

Eric Kripke, who successfully shepherded the spooktacular series through its original five-season arc, will be stepping down as ‘Supernatural’s’ showrunner come fall.

The good news is that Kripke is handing over the reins to the best-qualified candidate: executive producer Sera Gamble, who has been with ‘Supernatural’ since its freshman run.

And as added assurance that the adventures of Sam and Dean will stay on track, both Kripke and co-showrunner Robert Singer will keep close-by as involved executive producers.

“Eric and Bob will be working very closely with Sera,” a source tells EW.com. “They are not abandoning the show.”

The show, however, will be abandoning its Apocalypse storyline. That saga will be wrapped up with this season’s finale – as had always been Kripke’s plan.

“We’ve been working on the Season 6 storyline for quite some time, and we’re very excited about it,” Gamble told the Chicago Tribune. “We have lots of ideas.”

Sound good, Winchester lovers? Is Gamble a safe bet to deliver a satisfying sixth season?

‘Supernatural’ airs Thursdays at 9/8c and is tentatively slated to air its 100th episode, “Point of No Return,” on April 15.

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