‘Supernatural’ Returns For The Fall TV 2016 Schedule: When Does ‘Supernatural’ Season 12 Premiere On The CW?

Will Supernatural return for the fall TV 2016 schedule? It is a question that many fans have, and the good news is that it will. There isn’t long to wait for the Supernatural Season 12 premiere on the CW, either. Just when will it be?

Caution: There are spoilers from the Season 11 finale in this article. If you’re not caught up yet, then you have been warned.

Supernatural returns to the CW on October 13, 2016. It is a week after some of the other CW shows, but there isn’t as long to wait as there is for some of the other supernatural favorites. The Vampire Diaries will return later in the month, while fans of The Originals will have to wait until January 2017 for their show to return.


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The main change for Supernatural fans is the night it airs. Rather than following Arrow on Wednesdays, the show has moved to a Thursday night. Is this a good sign? Well, it certainly isn’t a bad one. Monday to Thursday nights tend to be the best for the network. The worry is if it moves back to Friday night, which is nicknamed the “death slot” for primetime programming. This is the night reserved for the shows that are failing, which Supernatural was once moved to.

Supernatural Season 12 will still get the 9/8c slot, and will follow the second season of Legends of Tomorrow, which also returns in the same week.

There are many questions over the future episodes of the show about the Winchester brothers. The Season 11 finale took a slightly different route from the norm, with Dean offering to sacrifice himself to save the world but helping to talk Amara off the ledge. It led to the world being saved without the death of a Winchester and actually brought a member of the family back. Fans were delighted to see that Amara’s thank you for reuniting her with her brother was to bring back the catalyst for the whole show: Mary Winchester.

Supernatural Season 12 will take the fans through the whirlwind of Mary getting back into the hunting game. She still has her excellent hunting instincts, but is brought into a world where angels are around, there are grey lines with demons, and the internet is a thing. She is 30+ years into the future and has to deal with that while knowing that her sons are doing something that she never wanted for them.

At the same time, Castiel has to deal with the fact that he has helped Lucifer get out of the cage. In Season 11 he became a vessel for the archangel in hope that he would stop Amara. It was really all a ploy just to get out, as he wasn’t too certain how to do it without a Hand of God. In the end, he wasn’t needed and has now escaped and will be jumping from vessel to vessel. Castiel feels guilty and wants to make amends, which turns him back into the character we initially met in Season 4.

Season 12 is the first year that there are two official executive producers for the show. Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer take hold of the reins, and there is hope that it will bring some new life to the show. Fans did share that Season 11 made the show feel like it was in the beginning for the first time in a long time, and the season finale was up there with the Season 5 finale.

Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam Winchester, has also said that the season has more of a Season 1 feel. While in an interview to give a sneak peek into the season (in the video above), he shared that the show couldn’t keep going bigger. There is nothing bigger after dealing with The Darkness. They had to go smaller but still exciting, which is just what he feels they’ve managed to accomplish.

There isn’t long to wait for Supernatural Season 12. Supernatural returns to the CW for the fall TV 2016 schedule on October 13, 2016 at 9/8c.

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