Supernatural: Tribes Has Cast Two of Its Leads, and One Looks a Lot Like a Former Vampire

By Kaitlin Thomas

Feb 20, 2014

One sign that we're in the middle of pilot season is the seemingly never-ending stream of news about a hundred different potential shows that you'll probably forget about unless they actually get picked up to series. But one of the more high-profile projects is Supernatural: Tribes, the (poor) title of which betrays its status as a spin-off of The CW's long-running Supernatural (which itself was just renewed for Season 10). At this point, I'm pretty fully on the record as being extremely skeptical of the endeavor, but since the news about it just won't quit, I'm giving in: It's time to embrace Tribes and whatever messy fruit it might bear, especially given the odds that it'll be good-looking, model-esque fruit. Another reason for my change of heart? We now have some casting news that's bound to make at least some of you pay closer attention to the Chicago-set, Winchester-adjacent drama.

Supernatural: Tribes explores the Windy City's history of mafia families and tells the story of five warring monster families and the hunter who hates them, and according to TV Line, the show has just put faces to two of its major roles. 

In the spirit of time-honored CW traditions, Nathaniel Buzolic—who recurred on The Vampire Diaries for two seasons as Original vampire Kol—will play David Hayden, a shapeshifter from one of Tribes' five monster families who's been living as a human. The CW is famous for recycling pretty faces; Arrow's Stephen Amell appeared as a werewolf in the second season of TVD before he was cast as Oliver Queen. Phoebe Tonkin was the best part about The Secret Circle before joining TVD—and ultimately The Originals—as werewolf Hayley. I imagine Buzolic's casting will make those fans who were devastated by Kol's demise very, very happy. Or they'll be really pissed, I don't know; I'm constantly confused by TV fans' reactions to stuff.

But The CW isn't only a big factory of familiar faces, as it's cast a relative unknown as Tribes' primary hunter, Ennis RothLucien Laviscount (EpisodesSkinsThe CW's failed pilot The Selection) will play the Chicago police officer who's drawn into the world of hunting following a family member's death. Roth is said to be "likable," "strong-willed," and "resolute," with "a strong sense of justice." I don't know if Laviscount will be able to fill those shoes, but he certainly fits the typical CW profile of being very attractive.

Does this new casting news have you looking at the spin-off—which will be Winchester-lite if it's not completely Winchester-free—any differently?

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  • sweetsaintz Feb 28, 2014

    I like supernatural-themed shows to begin with so I'll probably give this a shot. But if the new leads are not as likable as the Winchesters, then it's gonna be a short trial for Tribes.

  • Darkcanuck65 Feb 24, 2014

    I don't think this should be called a spin-off. a spin-off is when an established character/s gets their own show. Angel was a spin-off, NCIS: LA is not. There needs to be a better term for shared universe shows. I am open to suggestions. Anyone?

  • AnimeMadness Feb 23, 2014

    I guess the two actors are good-looking. Personally they don't do anything for me. They look like boys. Jared and Jensen are men.

    But I suppose I am being a bit unfair. Jared was about the same age as these guys when Supernatural first came out. Jared just appeared to be older and more mature looking... But that probably has to do with the fact that I was 14 when Supernatural came out...

  • shouichi5672 Feb 22, 2014

    No Sam & Dean, no watching the tribes.
    Man, the brothers are the heart of the show. Lmao
    At least for me.

  • edshrinker Feb 21, 2014

    Kaitlin - I think it will be dependent on the leads just as Supernatural was. Jared and Jensen are the reason we come back week after week even after a couple terrible run of episodes in seasons 6-9. They make it work. SN also had the freshness of using REAL urban legends to explore. I am not sure "Tribes" will have fresh material. But if these two guys have good chemistry and make us interested - then it could work. I don't watch the shows they were in, so i have no idea. And really - it doesn't matter until they are on screen together. If Kripke were involved in this more heavily, I would feel better.

  • CasualAdventure Feb 21, 2014

    The casting so far does nothing to change my mind about the show -- It looks weak. I'll give it the usual 4-episode Test tho because I'm fair and balanced ;-)

  • jannel Feb 21, 2014

    In my opinion only, right now is a stupid move to put a sequel of SPN. Just telling me that Jared and Jensen don't want to have to do anything more with the show because of the direction SPN has taken. I can't blame them. I wish the creator of SPN ( Krikpe , I think that's how you say his name ) comes back and finishes his baby with a bang. Giving Jared and Jenson the acclaim they deserve, instead of starting another version of SPN. I don't know but to me something sounds fishy.

  • osdawaya16 Feb 21, 2014

    Okay, now I'm definitely watching. I like Nathaniel :D

  • ted2332 Feb 21, 2014

    I am happy for the guy.

  • Luainn Feb 21, 2014

    Why most of the shows now have this teenage drama feel to it? It's just is ridiculous! When SPN started it did not feel like that though the plot was about two young boys. I really don't get it...

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