Over the weekend, The CW announced that it's changing the name of its Supernatural spin-off from the much-mocked Supernatural: Tribes to the still-bad-but-slightly-better Supernatural: Bloodlines. I will be taking full credit for this, obviously. While it's not perfect, Bloodlines is still a better fit for the series, which follows five mafia-like monster families who run the Windy City, and as an added bonus, doesn't sound like a long-lost season of Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
Bloodlines has also finished casting its series regular roles. According to TV Line, Melissa Roxburgh (Arrow) has landed the part of Violet Durant, a werewolf from one of the five families being tracked and hunted by Ennis Roth (Lucien Laviscount), a human cop-turned-hunter who discovered the truth about monsters after the death of a close family member. Violet has been hiding her true nature from her lover, David Hayden, a shapeshifter played by former Vampire Diaries star Nathaniel Buzolic. David has also been hiding his true nature and living as a human. Rounding out the rest of the cast are Pretty Little Liars' Sean Faris as Julian Durant, Violet's brother; Stephen Martines as Detective Freddie Costa, Roth's mentor; and Danielle Savre as shapeshifter Margo Hayden.
Supernatural has been criticized over the years for its mistreatment of female characters, in that there has never been a regular female character on the series, and those who've recurred, including Meg (Nicki Aycox, Rachel Miner), Jo (Alona Tal), Bela (Lauren Cohan), and Ruby (Genevieve Padalecki, Katie Cassidy), were often treated poorly before eventually being written off. Felicia Day's Charlie is the most recent recurring female character to be whisked away to a far-off land—literally, because she's in Oz with Dorothy right now—and she's generally liked by fans. I'll be watching closely on Tuesday, April 29 when Bloodlines airs as a backdoor pilot during Supernatural's ninth season. Don't f*ck this up, guys. You only get one chance.