Jared Padalecki has been a well-known actor, especially on the CW, playing 11 seasons in the monster drama, Supernatural. On the show, Padalecki plays Sam Winchester, the brother of Dean Winchester, who is played by Jensen Ackles.
In the popular CW series, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have become the most sought after duo of horror actors in the TV genre with legions of fans following them intently on the show, as well as on social media. Padalecki has also embraced his character, Sammy, with incredible enthusiasm, showing up to many conventions each year to please his fans.
But now, Jared Padalecki will be returning to a CW series to play Dean, but it is not quite what fans of Supernatural might think when they hear it. For those who were not aware, Padalecki played a big part in the CW series, Gilmore Girls, and his character on that show was named Dean.
Now that Netflix has been in the TV series revival business (and business is good for the streaming network), the old CW series is about to make its way out of the ashes and back to the streaming platform for a full revival featuring many of the old characters that fans of the show originally fell in love with, including Padalecki.
It's official, #GilmoreGirls fans—@jarpad is IN for the #Netflix revival! https://t.co/SpelI7LGsI pic.twitter.com/FSbwXV7FIBDetails of the revival series have been slowly making their way to the Internet, and fans of the show have been getting the breaking news as more information becomes available. Now, TV Live reports that actor Jared Padalecki has officially signed on to reprise his role on the revival series as Dean.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 11, 2016
For fans of Supernatural, you should not be worried about him making an exit from his flagship series to sign on full time with Gilmore Girls. His role on that series was a major one, at least until season 5 when his romance with the series starlet, Rory (Alexis Bledel), became too strained for the character. Not to mention that he was still married when he was with her at the time, but the character soon learned that they were not the couple that they could have once been. So Padalecki's Dean made an exit from the show.
#GilmoreGirls Update: Jared Padalecki is officially back for Netflix's revival!! https://t.co/HNX0BAePFa pic.twitter.com/4B0rlCc4KEOf course, that was about the same time that Jared Padalecki had been optioned for a co-starring role in Supernatural, and 11 seasons later, that is still where he has remained, along with much anticipation that there will also be a season 12 and possibly more.
— BuzzFeedEntmnt (@BuzzFeedEnt) February 11, 2016
Padalecki and Ackles are still busy shooting the remainder of season 11 on Supernatural, and things are going great for the show. Although it has not been able to live up to the numbers that AMC's monster drama, The Walking Dead, has been achieving, it still thrives on the tiny CW broadcast network and gives them a boost with a special demographic that is a key for major advertisers.
Suffice to say that the Netflix series revival of the Gilmore Girls is going to be a limited venture. Padalecki will be present for the entire run, presumably, but the whole season will consist of only 4 episodes. They might not even be called episodes because they are 90 minutes long, and some media outlets are referring to them as mini-movies. They are also taking a unique approach to the series and with each episode.
Jared Padalecki will star alongside Bledel and other series stars on each episode, which have been classified as an entire season per episode. They are making huge strides with the story, and they seem to be attempting to wrap it up as quickly as possible in four super-sized episodes by expanding the timeline. With each episode being a season, the timeline expands exponentially between them, and the stories take place in different eras of the show.
Jared Padalecki could be returning to the series as a way for fans to finally gets some closure for his character, among others.
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