Supernatural's Producers Are Already Eyeing Season 7

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It's mid-March, so it's time to start talking about whether or not Supernatural will be back for another season and we Supernatural fans are crazy like that. Last year's nail-biting was particularly daunting, as the original five-season arc had wrapped, and creator Eric Kripke was leaving his post as everyday showrunner. But executive producer Sera Gamble stepped up, and the CW granted the show a sixth season, for better or for worse. Overall viewers are down a bit, and fans are divided on the actual quality of the current season. So does that mean we're not getting anymore Winchester adventures?

Eric Kripke thinks the Impala will be revving for at least one more season. "We're looking pretty good [for a seventh season]," he told E! Online at Sunday's L.A.-based Paley Fest. "We're bullish enough on it that we cliffhang the finale."

So there you go. Kripke feels good about it, which, if I remember correctly, is different from what he was thinking around this time last season. Gamble also acknowledged the question, albeit more cautiously, saying, "We have some stuff cliffhanging at the end of Season 6, so hopefully, knock on wood, we have a Season 7."

If you look at The CW's schedule, things actually do look good for a seventh season. With Smallville flying up, up, and away for the last time this May, the network will be looking to veteran series to help launch new ones. And consider a pair of high-profile sci-fi series currently in development at the network: Secret Circle, about a teen who is actually a witch and that's written by Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith, and Awakening, about two sisters at odds with one another during the onset of a zombie apocalypse.

It seems like a no-brainer to pair up Secret Circle with The Vampire Diaries, positioning Awakening as the perfect candidate to match up with Supernatural. You'd get brothers fighting demons and such for one hour, and then sisters fighting zombies for another hour. And if Awakening gets the sort of attention I think it will get (zombies are so hot right now!), they won't want to stick it on Fridays, meaning Supernatural could get moved out of its Friday-night timeslot... and away from Fringe.

Hey, it's a good theory, right?

Supernatural returns on the CW with new episodes on April 15.

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