Ben Edlund was a writer and executive producer/co-executive producer/consulting producer on Supernatural from season two to season eight. At the end of season eight, Ben would go on to write for Revolution alongside Eric Kripke for its second season. After the cancellation of Revolution, Edlund would take brief stints writing for Gotham and Powers. He is currently developing a new series based off his comic The Tick for Amazon.
Prior to joining Supernatural in season two, Ben worked for Joss Whedon on Firefly and also Angel. Having written the Hugo Award nominated episode of Angel called "Smile Time," where the main character, Angel, is transformed into a puppet. Ridge Canipe who played young Dean Winchester also appeared in "Smile Time." Ben was also a co-executive producer on the short lived Point Pleasant.
"This is a thing that started with a deceptively simple premise of a muscle car and two beautiful men... who shoot ghosts, where the fuck did that come from? [Laughs.] They drive around and shoot ghosts, oooh classic rock! And I like this show, I like it, I love it."
In an interview done at the 100th episode party Ben sums up how Michael and Dean's personalities are key to how the Apocalypse plays out "Everything hinges on these two beautiful men and the caprices of their decision-making process".
"I maintain that the entire season is an RV built entirely out of meta stuff, which we live in comfortably. Because these creatures, these poor men, cannot die. The cruel universe that will not let them die. The gods of that universe are Kripke. I’m a lesser – I’m like Hanuman. Then there’s the Cthulu of Warner Bros. ‘More money! Go!’ And then there’s these two fictional guys going, ‘Please let us die! Stop it!’ That’s TV. TV will not let people die."
Ben on the Writers Guild of America Strike:
"We’re at a point now where the paradigm for media is shifting. We’re going to a new media template – downloads, streaming – I don’t really understand the technology, but what I understand is this, that broadcast television isn’t going to be the medium of the future, it’s just not the way it’s going to work. People will still go to movies, but it won’t be necessary in the way that it was." (Source)
- 2.05 Simon Said
- 2.12 Nightshifter
- 2.18 Hollywood Babylon
- 3.03 Bad Day at Black Rock
- 3.09 Malleus Maleficarum
- 3.13 Ghostfacers
- 4.05 Monster Movie
- 4.08 Wishful Thinking
- 4.16 On the Head of a Pin
- 5.04 The End
- 5.10 Abandon All Hope...
- 5.14 My Bloody Valentine
- 5.20 The Devil You Know
- 6.03 The Third Man
- 6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe...
- 6.15 The French Mistake
- 6.20 The Man Who Would Be King
- 7.02 Hello, Cruel World
- 7.09 How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters
- 7.15 Repo Man
- 7.21 Reading Is Fundamental
- 8.05 Blood Brother
- 8.13 Everybody Hates Hitler
- 8.21 The Great Escapist
Ben in Fandom
- Comic Con 2007
- Comic Con 2008
- Comic Con 2009
- Comic Con 2010
- Paleyfest 2011
- Comic Con 2011
- Comic Con 2012
- Chuck Shurley's pseudonym Carver Edlund is a portmanteau of Ben's name with that of Jeremy Carver.
- Ben does commentary on the DVDs for:
Clips, Articles and Interviews
- Interview with Ben at Comic Con 2007
- Interview with Ben Edlund by Buddy TV
- Clip of Ben interview on S3 at Comic Con
- Interview with Ben Edlund by Buddy TV. December 2008.
- Ben talks about the Wishing Fish
- Ben at Comic Con 2008 talks Ghostfacers and the wishing fish
- mp3 of interview with scifitvzone
- 100th episode party: Ben Edlund talks Ghostfacers, serious episodes and the apocalypse.
- Scifi wire interview about the Winchesters dying April 2010
- Ben Edlund on 6.20 The Man Who Would Be King by Zap2It
- Ben Edlund on 6.20 The Man Who Would Be King by TV Squad
- Ben Edlund on 6.20 The Man Who Would Be King by TV Line
- Interview on 6.20 The Man Who Would Be King by insidetv
- Recap of Nerdist Writer's Panel including Ben Edlund