Eric Kripke Is Stepping Down as Supernatural Boss

... Yesterday's Season 6 renewal of Supernatural (yay!) comes with a HUGE asterisk (uh oh!). Show creator Eric Kripke is leaving his post as showrunner (no!), though he'll still be heavily involved in the project. Executive producer Sera Gamble will replace him as the show's big cheese. Kripke is reportedly in the process of signing a new deal with WB Television, meaning he's at work on a new series (yay!). Is this the beginning of the end? Can the awesome Sera Gamble keep the show on track? What will Kripke's new show be? Someone please give me these answers! [EW]

... Jersey Shore's Snooki is treating these fifteen minutes like it's all she'll have. The pint-sized reality star has applied to trademark the name "Snooki," which means only bad things can follow. In addition to using her nickname as a "television personality," she's seeking a trademark for the purpose of writing a book. Which means she's going to write a book. Which means we're just a few locust swarms away from Hell on Earth. [The Smoking Gun]

... HBO is getting into the whole "World Wide Web" thing, finally. The cable network is setting up an online video service that will allow subscribers to watch HBO programs on demand on their computers. Pretty cool. [NY Times]

... Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Marc Blucas has a new regular gig! Well, potentially. The man who played Riley Finn has joined the ABC pilot True Blue, a drama about San Francisco homicide detectives. [EW]

... SCTV alum Eugene Levy is also back to work, landing a new role in Josh Schwartz's Unhitched. The CBS program, seen as a potential mate for How I Met Your Mother, is a twenty-something's "we just got married" type of comedy. Boooooooring. Levy will play the groom's dad. [THR]

... Take that, stupid Winter Olympics! American Idol showed those silly games who's boss, outperforming figure skaters and snowboarders in the ratings last night. American Idol was seen by 23.6 million people, and the Winter Games were only seen by 20.3 million. USA! USA! USA! [The Live Feed]

... I'm sure someone out there cares about this. Kevin Eubanks won't return as Jay Leno's bandleader when the show-giver/show-stealer returns to The Tonight Show. Eubanks said, "I can't work for a guy who crushes the dreams of good people." Okay I made that up, but we all know what you were inferring, Kevin. "Stuttering John" Melendez also won't be returning as the show's announcer, though he will remain a writer. Karma? [Variety]

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im sure the show will be fine its been to bad ass for this long alreaady it wont go down just because one person left, thats like everyone whose character in the series already died the shows still on!!
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Oh, PS- I really, REALLY hope that "Snookie" doesn't write a book...can she even write? If it gets published, what does that say about the literary world?
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Luckily, with be off from work last week, I was able to watch the Olympics day in and day out. It's been a blast. Shame that nobody else seems to understand how awesome and rare it is...you can watch bad people singing all the time...
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Kripke's not worried about Supernatural so I'm not worried he's stepping down as showrunner. I'm looking forward to more Kripke shows. I hope he stays genre. They've been preparing for a possible 6th season for a long time so I am confident. Especially since Ben Edlund will still be around. He's brilliant!
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GOD i hope he brings some of the Supernatural crew with him on his new show... Jared or Jensen should be able to go, the recordings should be over when Eric starts shooting.. although i doubt he would wanna bring them, or even just one, in the lead - people are to attached to them as Dean & Sam.. But people like Jo, Ellen, John W and so on, would be awesome to bring with
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Hoping that the show will stay on the right track and that s6 gonna be Awesome :D even with no Kripke.
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I hope they finish the End of the World storyline this season, and then next year can be a kind of "What happens after Happily Ever After" deal, where the guys no longer have a mission statement and try to figure out what to do next. While still hunting monsters and Satan's leftovers, of course.
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i hope that she wont screw things up ! .. cuz i really wont supernatural to end on a high note ! ..
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PHEW! Kripke's still involved haha. But i think Sera Gamble is pretty good too (: So i'm pretty confident of season 6 :D
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Oh wow I can't believe Supernatural got renewed! I love it but I hope this doesn't ruin it. I don't know how they will top this seasons storyline unless they are going to wrap it up next season. :S
I'm not sure if I am happy or not.
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I love how people just jumped straight to "OH NO! NO KRIPKE, CRAPPY SHOW!!!" Guys, he's still there, he's just not dealing with the overall aspects of the show: He'll still be executive producer, he'll still have major influence over the show, he'll still be heavily involved with Supernatural, so chill the hell out. Having said that however, I would prefer him keeping his seat at the head of the table... However, we still have season 6 (which they have already plotted mostly, says Sera Gamble, and are really really excited about the next turn of events) and we still have everyone involved with the show, just switching around the seats a little. Who knows, maybe this time Ben Edlund will get to have more time to write (AMAZING) episodes, and Sera will have a great affect on the show's reinvention? I'm really just extremely excited about this, and I think all SPN fans should be!
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Not sure I like the idea of Kripke going off to work on another show - I mean just look at JJ Abrams, He started with just LOST and now his name is on so many thing I doubt even he knows them all and while that may be good for his bank account it will eventually reflect badly on LOST(I think it has already) and I fear the same thing will happen to SUPERNATURAL should Kripke decide to split his time between two shows.
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Oh come on!. First a sixth season and now no kripke? I don't like where this is going.
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What is the point of having a season 6 when its genius creator Kripke won't even be in charge of things?? This is NOT a good sign...
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Not liking the fact that Kripke is stepping down..
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Why would American's watch Britian's Got Talent? Does that even air in the US? I found the ONLY comment in the article kinda stupid.
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"... Take that, stupid Winter Olympics! American Idol showed those silly games who's boss, outperforming figure skaters and snowboarders in the ratings last night. American Idol was seen by 23.6 million people, and the Winter Games were only seen by 20.3 million. USA! USA! USA! [The Live Feed] "

In the US! Not worldwide. >_> Only the Americans would consider watching the over-seasoned crap that is American Idol/X Factor/Britain's & America's Got Talent over the Olymics.

Shame about Kripke, tough I'm sure his new series will be cool.
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I also think think that the 6th season of Supernatural will be the beginning of it's downfall... Oh noes
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Of course, this is exactly why Supernatural should end this season. Without Kripke it's going to fall apart and they'll keep it going for way to long. Naive and greedy people are going to ruin this show.
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Oh please don't film a sixth season for supernatural. This is going to be so crappy...
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Well as long as he's staying in some sort of capacity, I'll still watch. I trust Sera... she's written (and directed I believe) some great episodes. As long as the show doesn't fall into the hands of CW writers, it's cool.
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I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer but Riley Finn wasn't one of the best characters so I'm not too interested in Marc Blucas' pilot.
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I agree with whiteraven2005. My thoughts exactly
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Bad news for Supernatural. Kripke said he only had a five year vision of the show, I guess he meant it.
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I am a die-hard fan of SPN but I was actually for no sixth season because it meant going out on a great note, finishing the storyline as Kripke intended. Also, there's the question of what a sixth season would be about? Despite all this, a large part of me is thrilled that it's not over yet!
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I'm sure Supernatural will be fine.

And Marc Blucas is one of my least favourite actors on Buffy, so I've no real interest in that pilot.
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I'm an occasional watcher of supernatural but I'm sure the hardcore fans wont be too excited about the creator stepping down for the sixth season..I thought I read yesterday that he was on board? hmm... but um thats the most interesting here.
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NOOO!!! MAN! But hey! New show? AWESOME! but there wont be any Jared or Jensen! Which kinda sucks, but whatever. This still pisses me off!
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