Fandom Chronicle: 2006
The history of the Supernatural fandom on Livejournal.
- mid-January: The infamous UK Promo (ITV) with the "Scary just got sexy!" slogan (music: Echo & The Bunnymen: The Killing Moon) finds its way online and fries a couple of braincells. The general consensus is that the Brits surely know how to advertise TV shows - and that the WB should take a leaf out of their book. UK Promo Season 1
- 01.24: The WB unexpectedly sends out a press release, stating that they will merge with America's other, struggling teen-show network The UPN to build the CW in September 2006. In their press release, Supernatural is stated as one of the shows helping to shape the new network - still, fans are worried, as the merger means that SPN now has more competition for the 2006/2007 time slot.
- - approx. end of the month: Different media sources report that SPN is moving to a different timeslot starting March, 16th, from Tuesday nights (with 8 p.m. show Gilmore Girls as a lead-in) to Thursday nights 9 p.m. (with Smallville as a lead-in.) Fan reactions vary: While the sci-fi/supernatural show Smallville seems to be a more fitting lead-in than the romantic-comedy type Gilmore Girls, the 9 p.m. Thursday timeslot is the toughest on American television (with shows like CSI and favourite teen drama The OC as competition). Fans fear that SPN won't be able to hold viewers and that its ratings will drop to a point where its survival isn't guaranteed. (Ratings drop indeed, but the retention out of Smallville is high, satisfying the WB network.)
- The beginning of February sees the fandom's first brainstorming for "Save our Show" ideas - as far as sources go, none of them have been put into action. Among other issues, fans critique a lack of promotion from the WB network - something that'll be still a sore thumb even one and a half years later.
- 02.16: The community spnnewsletter is created, replacing the former sn_newsletter. More info here. spnnewsletter strives to bring daily updated SPN news as well as a collection of posted fan fic or fan art.
- at some point in February: A new trend in RPS fan fiction surfaces: Jensen's real life friend Christian Kane starts to appear in RPS - for a while, the Jensen/Chris pairing is VERY popular. One of the most prolific Jensen/Chris fic writers is ethrosdemon. See (FIC) Being Christian by ethrosdemon
- 03.04: Jared, Jensen, Kim Manners, John Shiban, Eric Kripke and Robert Singer all attend the Supernatural Panel at the William S. Paley Television Festival. The interview and panel session is later included on Best Buys' Supernatural DVD Season 1 edition. Predictably, the panel discussion spawns tons of Jsquared due to the adorableness of Jensen and Jared, as well as their "flirting" in front of the cameras. see Excerpts Paley Festival
- 03.16: phantomas opens a community in support of John Winchester: Papa Winchester
- 03.21: SPN on Fandom Wank: "Everybody's a friggin' critic!" wank - in which people blame deanandsam for posting funny/not funny (depending on their opinion) screencap captions over and over again. (Source)
- 04.13: stormbox starts the first promotion day on supernatural_tv (Source)
- 04.18: minkmix's posts the first of urdsama's The Dean Show comics.
- 04.18: SPN on Fandom Wank: "I barely have any skin left on my palm!" wank - the infamous "we two BNFs should just get along for the sake of fandom, but don't"-fight between (former) traveler and ethrosdemon. (Source) - The reason this locked communication of mutual dislike ends up being a wank is that both parties stretch the notion of "being a Big Name Fan" too much - the rest of the fandom is perplexed ("SPN fandom is old enough to have BNFs? And who ARE traveler and ethrosdemon?") or finds their self-presumption assumptive.
- 04.20: potthead joins the ranks of the supernatural_tv mods. (Source)
- mid-to-end April: Kirsten's Save One Show campaign on E!online for 2006/2007 includes SPN - despite enthusiasm and multi-voting, the One Tree Hill fans beat Supernatural to it.
- 05.01: SPN on Fandom Wank: "Supernatural Wincest Wank, finally" - acostilow and writing partner post an underage, dub-con Wincest fic most people (among them a huge percentage of Wincest lovers) simply find "ewww" or "gross". Wank ensues as the writers defend their need to write this fic, while some readers defend their need to bleach their brains. (Source) - However, the wank is a contender: In a fandom that just enjoys their Wincest, everyone has waited for a wank like that to come along. - The fic that inspired such controversy itself has disappeared from the internet.
- 05.04: madam_rosmerta starts The Supernatural Scrapbook Project - with entries for Jensen, Jared and Eric Kripke. Source
- 05.04: The last episode of Season 1, Devil's Trap airs, leaving fans with quite a shocker of a cliffhanger. The fandom goes into summer hiatus with a desperation to find out what happened (mostly to Metallicar). The 4 1/2 month long hiatus will be spent by many pondering the fate of the characters and obsessively writing fan fiction, that will inevitably be jossed in September. All is not well on the fandom front - the CW has yet to announce its fall schedule. The fandom waits two weeks with bated breath whether the show is renewed, or not.
- 05.06: SPN on Fandom Wank: "My photoshop filter use is painting!" - basically SPN fandom's very own version of the |infamous Crystal wank- here dodger_winslow is accused of photoshopping photos and claiming they are paintings. Her explanation: Her paintings are digitally painted.(Source)
- 05.15: Nominations for the Lawrence Awards are opened and close May, 28th.
- 05.18: The first ever CW Upfronts are held in New York: SPN is officially renewed for a second season in its Thursday timeslot.
- 05.22: madam_rosmerta starts The Padalecki (Birthday) Project - Source
- 05.26: MediaWest*Con 26 starts on May 26 and lasts until May 29, 2006 - reportedly, there was a Supernatural Panel. Source
- 06.03: madam_rosmerta starts Jared Jives - a sub-project of The Padalecki Project, namely a mix tape collected by the fandom for Jared's birthday. Source
- 06.05: Early June sees the outbreak of hate memes all over fandom. It starts in SGA fandom and from there basically run like a wildfire through different fandoms. The idea behind the hate communities is that every fan was allowed to hate on everyone else, anonymously. Naturally, that can't go down well. Meant to be funny, the hate memes bring a lot of truth - and a lot of hurt, as the mood soon gets from gentle teasing to outright meanness. The community spn_hate didn't last even one day - it was tossed and deleted hours after its creation. (Source) To compensate for all the hate, the spn_love and spn porn communities are created soon after.
- 06.12: Someone buys supernatural_tv 12 months of a paid livejournal account. When noone steps forward to admit they gifted the community with a paid account, it is assumed that the gift comes from someone of the SPN production team.
- 06.17: madam_rosmerta introduces Paws for a Cause - another sub-project of The Padalecki Project. Source
- 06.19/20: Foilers about the new characters for season 2 (taken from the IMDB boards) start heavy discussions - in the end they turn out wrong. The rumored Sam or Dean girlfriend is heavily rejected by the fans. Source
- 06.26: Lawrence Awards: Runoff voting in categories with more than ten nominated works opened on Monday, June 26th and closed on Tuesday, July 11th (midnight, CST).
- 06.28: The first official spoilers (casting and sides for episode 2.01 In My Time of Dying hit the net.
- - Super-wiki starts out as the website Super-canon.
- 07.08: Spoilers for 2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown appear online. Fans are especially pissed off at the fact that John Winchester is indeed dead and at the addition of the new, recurring character of 'Alex' (later Jo) - clearly the feared "Dean girlfriend". Source
- 07.12: Voting starts on the Jared Jives soundtrack: Source
- 07.13: The sides for episode 2.02 appear again, completely rewritten. Fans claim that even though there have been some improvements (e.g. Alex doesn't sound like a spoiled teenager anymore and the writing of the dialogue has improved by far, the main issues remain the same for most of the fandom. The fans excited about the new cast addition are in the minority. Even on the CW boards (where excitement about romance in Supernatural is expected), the reaction is rather lukewarm. Source
- 07.13: Lawrence Awards: Final voting opened on Thursday, July 13th and closed on Wednesday, July 26th (midnight, CST).
- 07.15: anteka posts Episode 1 of the Plastic!Winchester Theatre
- 07.24: SPN on Fandom Wank:"Talk to my GPA, fuckers!" - la_folle_allure rants about bad fan fic and how BNFs receive all the feedback and the recs, even if their stories suck. Furthermore, she wants certain standards (grammar, spelling, writing) to be met. While her intentions are noble, her rant isn't, and the wank hits its mark when she praises the spn_hate meme where people at least told the truth. Source
- 07.28: The winners of the 2006 Lawrence Awards are announced.
- 08.20: The Teen Choice Awards are held on FOX - both Jared and Jensen are presenters, Jensen for a category called the "Best Grill", which gives awards to the person with the most pimped teeth brackets... ()
- 08.28 Supernatural Glee Week This community ran for a month up to the Season Two premier. They community featured both social activities such as friending memes, people's top five recs, fic challenges and competitions and a daily event for the entire week prior to the premiere, ending on Thursday, Sept. 28th.
- 08.31: The first offical promo pics of Season 2 go online. (Source)
- - Super-canon is converted into Super-wiki.
- 09.05: The Season 1 DVD comes out, including all episodes, a gag reel, two documentaries and audio commentaries. The Best Buy set also includes the William S. Paley Television Festival recording.
- 09.19: The CW Launch Party is held in New York. Both Jared and Jensen attend. Source
- 09.28: 2.01 In My Time of Dying airs on the new CW network, one week after its original announced date. Reactions from the fandom are quite positive. Source
- 09.03/04: Final ratings for the first episode are in (3.9 million) and fans are quite content, as Grey's Anatomy is airing opposite it. Still, most of the fans want SPN to return to Tuesdays to its old spot. Source
- 10.05: 2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown (episode) airs - the initial reaction to the dreaded new characters isn't that bad - although the reception of Jo is a bit luke-warm, mostly wait-and-see with a few enthusiasts. Source- Later, the resentment increases: What would you change about Supernatural? 10.29.
- 10.10: The wank that wasn't: "Jensen Ackles is a coke-addict!" - starts out as a meme by la_folle_allure in which she makes up nonsense about Jensen Ackles; others continue the trend. Some people don't find it very amusing. Source
- 10.12: SPN on Fandom Wank: "More Supernatural Wank" - darkhekatemoon writes a post about incest in fanon and canon, and suggests, that those who like incest in fictional settings should morally support it in real life. Her argumentation just doesn't go through with most people, and thus, a really huge, but quite civilized wank ensues. Source
- 10.13-15 The first ever Supernatural Con known as WinchesterCon takes place in Nashville, TN. Organised by ethrosdemon and estrella30, over 130 people attend.
- mid-to-end October: The community Winchester Times is created with the main goal to promote SPN. Also, several other, smaller promotion ideas pop up, fueled by an interview of Eric Kripke, in which he says that more word-of-mouth might help them stay on the air for five or seven seasons.
- 11.02: The next episode with Jo in it has most of the fandom up in arms - on supernatural_tv the dislike is expressed so strongly (Source), that one of the mods issues a more than disappointed warning (post locked) for fans to behave themselves.
- 12.06: The Plastic!Winchester Theatre starts its second season. Source
- 12.15: During X-mas hiatus, the The CW Source blog enthusiastically reviews the Plastic!Winchester Theatre.
- 12.28: SPN on Fandom Wank: "Of SPN fandom and the incestuous faggot heathens" - mysfan4life blames Wincest for all the evil in the world, mixes up incest and homosexuality, bemoans everyone whose filthy mind gets off on it and blames society for letting women out of the house and kitchen, because that makes them think of such things in the first place. Source