'Supernatural's' Jensen Ackles returns to director's chair

spn-jensen-ackles-directs.jpg"Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles got his first taste of life behind the camera in Season 6, when he directed the fan favorite episode "Weekend at Bobby's." Ackles will return to the director's chair in early July when the cast and crew returns to Vancouver to begin work on Season 7.

Though Ackles' episode is the first one that the "Supernatural" gang will shoot this summer, it will actually air as the third episode of the season, The CW confirms to Zap2it. The shooting order of the episodes was shifted in order to allow Ackles reasonable time to prepare. (The episode schedule was similarly rearranged last season to accommodate his directorial debut.)

Speaking of prep time -- judging by a tweet from Ackles' co-star, Jared Padalecki, they're cutting it closer than expected this year. "T-minus two weeks to shoot and I JUST got the first two scripts?" he wrote. "Who wants a copy? Please send fax numbers ;)"

(He wasn't kidding -- one lucky fan checked her fax machine to find the cover page of the script, with a personal note in the margins.)

Last season, Ackles directed an episode that focused heavily on Jim Beaver's character, Bobby -- meaning Ackles didn't have to spend too much time directing scenes that he also acted in. This season, he may not have that luxury! We're sure to hear much more about his second crack at directing at Comic-Con, where Ackles and Padalecki will headline the largest "Supernatural" panel that the convention has ever seen on Sunday, July 24.

The episode is written by Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin, who also wrote "Weekend at Bobby's."
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