“Supernatural” is the Little Engine That Could of genre TV. It struggled to maintain its ratings when The WB folded into The CW, and has been on the verge of cancellation more than once. At the 100th episode party, executive producer Sera Gamble laughed, “Nobody ever thought we would get this far!”
The cast and crew celebrated in style. Zap2it was on the scene at the Creation Salute to “Supernatural” while stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki enjoyed breakfast with fans and talked about the party, where Ackles sang with his band, The Impalas.
“The entire band — it’s six guys, and every one of them is a crew man on our show. One of our guitar players is also our boom operator,” Ackles says. “It wasn’t like we held auditions or anything.” While it’s doubtful that The Impalas will be taking their show on the road, Ackles isn’t ruling out repeat performances. “Hey, we’re going back for a sixth season, so we’ll definitely get to play again.”
“It was pretty rockin’,” Padalecki adds. “Encore tour!”
The 100th episode milestone isn’t one that a lot of shows reach. Padalecki is quick to give credit where it’s due. “It’s really because of [the fans]. This is a show that’s hard to follow and you all got involved and kept involved. It’s one of those shows that smart people know about,” he jokes, “but not the rest, so it’s good to know that we have such a powerful support force.”
As an expression of their gratitude, Ackles and Padalecki are spending the summer circling the globe to meet their fans. They recently returned from a fan convention in Rome, and they’ll be heading off to Australia shortly for another one. In the past, they’ve spent their hiatus time working on movies like “Friday the 13th” and “My Bloody Valentine,” so the time off is a welcome change.
That’s not to say they don’t have big dreams. When a fan asks Padalecki what movie he would’ve liked to be in this year, he says, “I guess ‘Avatar.’ It’d be fun to retire.” He admits that he hasn’t seen many movies lately. “I’ve had some planning going on the last few months.”
He’s referring to his recent wedding to “Supernatural” co-star Genevieve Cortese. He holds out his hand to flash his ring. “I thought it was one of those rings you put on and you turn invisible,” he jokes. “But it’s not.”
“Well, to certain people you do,” Ackles says.
“Like the wife,” Padalecki replies. “She’s like ‘All right, forget about you!'”
After the wedding, Padalecki had more time to stir up his usual brand of trouble on the set. “Sorry, man, I’m going to bust you. Jared and Misha [Collins] got into a bit of an automobile sabotage battle,” Ackles says. “See, Jared decided that Misha’s car was in the way. So he rear-ended it.”
“I thought it was moving!” Padalecki interrupts. Collins retaliated by intentionally side-swiping Jared’s car. “I’ve got a big truck, and he’s got a nice sedan. Very classy, like you’d expect Misha to have. Nice.”
“I walk out of my trailer the next day,” Ackles continues, “and I see Jared. It’s dark, and he’s out there with a flashlight, letting all the air out of Misha’s tires.” They were filming in what Padalecki calls “the dregs” of downtown Vancouver, and Collins got stuck on location.
Ackles says that the story doesn’t end there. “So then I find Misha on the phone with a tow truck company. Literally, Jared is on his way back from the set, and Misha’s on the phone like ‘You gotta get here A.S.A.P., we gotta get this SUV outta here and tow it back to the studio.’ Man, I was glad I didn’t drive my car to work that day.”
“Misha lives in his own reality,” Padalecki adds. Off-the-record, he detailed his plans for retaliation. Collins — who is, of course, a Zap2it favorite — is in for a surprise.
Thursday (April 15), the 100th “Supernatural” episode, “Point of No Return” finds Ackles’ character, Dean, in a very dark place. Though he’s been searching for a way to cheat destiny, he’s given up and is ready to surrender to the archangel Michael in order to defeat Lucifer — and wipe out most of mankind in the process.
In the meantime, don’t miss the fan-made video (by MottoVeilopVIII) below. It includes clips from all 99 aired episodes of “Supernatural,” and it’s the perfect way to get pumped up for Thursday’s landmark episode.
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