The Wayward Daughters Academy was a fan idea for a Supernatural spin-off that started in April 2015 and has grown into a much larger movement within fandom.
At the end of 9.19 Alex Annie Alexis Ann, Sheriff Jody Mills took Alex Jones, a young woman who had been held captive by a nest of vampires, home to live her. Later, in 10.20 Angel Heart, Claire Novak is reunited with her mother Amelia Novak only to then tragically lose her. Sam, Dean and Castiel, also send her to Jody Mills while she heals. As she leaves she says "This is some sort of halfway house for wayward girls?", and the idea was born among the fandom to have Sheriff Donna Hanscum and Jody running a home for young women as a spin-off. Here's a post on Tumblr by peter-pantomine which posits the question in a post staring with the line "can we talk about how perfectly sending Claire to Jody sets things up for the best imaginable spin-off?"
Two fans, Riley Keshner and Betty Days, set up a Twitter and Tumblr account to promote the idea with a letter writing campaign and petition. It captured the imagination of fans and actors including Kim Rhodes and Briana Buckmaster. Presciently, one fan speculated on "#Jody&DonnasHomeForWaywardGirls with @robertberens as head writer."
“I knew we had the numbers and so I put out a call to action through the fandom, and Betty and I created the social media accounts and a petition so that we could funnel everyone’s enthusiasm through a central outlet. We called it ‘Wayward Daughters Academy.’ That was May 1, 2015, the day after "Angel Heart" aired. That day, Kim and Briana both followed us and we discussed with them that we appreciated their support but wouldn’t do anything without their consent. They were both on board, and the rest is history.”
The idea of Wayward Daughters expanded to support promoting positive female representation in Supernatural and other media, and also the idea of fans supporting each other. In December 2015, Kim and Briana ran a campaign through Creation Stands, selling "Wayward Daughters" t-shirts with proceeds going to Random Acts. As part of the campaign fans posted what the campaign meant to them under the tag #istandwityhwaywarddaughters. As a gift to the fandom, Briana posted a video of her lipsyncing to Beyonce. As the campaign broadened, it took on the tagline #WaywardAF and variations like #WaywardStrong and has led to a number of charity T-shirt Campaigns.
11.12 Don't You Forget About Me gave fans a look at the life Jody Mills, Alex and Claire were building together, and furthered spurred the enthusiasm for a series focusing on these characters.
12.16 Ladies Drink Free focused on Claire who was out hunting on her own, and teams up with the Winchesters to track down a werewolf. In the preview for the episode by showrunners Andrew Dabb and Bob Singer, Dabb described Claire as “a fan favorite character, someone we really like” and Singer stated that the episode “very subtly tees up something that we’re gonna revisit next year.”
Jody and Alex reappeared in the episode 12.22 Who We Are -- and survived the season.
On June 20th 2017, it was announced that season 13 would feature a backdoor pilot for "Wayward Sisters", a spin-off series that would tell the story of "Sheriff Jody Mills and a group of troubled young women, all of them orphaned by supernatural tragedy. Under Mills’ training and protection, the women will emerge as a supreme monster-fighting force."
At the time of the announcement only Kim Rhodes had been confirmed for the episode. The pilot is written by Robert Berens and Andrew Dabb. The spin-off is executive produced by Andrew Dabb, Robert Singer, Phil Sgriccia and Robert Berens.
In an interview with TVLine, Andrew Dabb said "Wayward Sisters still “very much [has] the same sensibilities, the same driving forces [and] the same core themes, which are family...
As for why now is the right time to try to once again expand the Supernatural universe, Dabb noted that this particular idea was “something we have been talking about, internally, really since we introduced Claire Novak to the show [in Season 10].” And with Alex living under Jody’s roof, the producers thought, “‘Oh, this might be a real opportunity to make this happen.'”
“That was something that simmered for us, and fans really latched onto it in a way we could have never expected, in a really awesome way,” Dabb continued. But the creatives had to wait for the show’s storylines to align. “Last season, because of the British Men of Letters and Mom, it didn’t feel right. This season, it feels right. And the way it’s going, as you’ll see as you watch the show, it evolves very organically out of the first half of the season… because we have such a high amount of lead time.”
In an interview in the Halloween edition of Entertainment Weekly producer Andrew Dabb said that Wayward features "a much larger support system for the central characters, a key detail for the writers. “What is possible if you have more than just a sibling relationship to guide you through this process,” Berens says. “Could it be different? Could it be less psychologically and physically damaging than what we’ve seen Sam and Dean go through? That’s a really core question of the show.”"
- "Patience Turner, a new member of the Wayward Sisterhood. A high school over-achiever, Patience’s life is turned upside down when she discovers she’s a powerful psychic, a gift she inherited from her estranged grandmother (and season one Supernatural character) Missouri Moseley. Hunted by dark forces for her power, Patience finds refuge with Jody and her wayward family."
The character was described as:
- "Having lost her family at a young age. By the time she reached adulthood, she was on her own, completely disconnected from her roots, as she tried to understand a burgeoning gift: In her dreams, Kaia walks between worlds — a rare and terrifying power she experiences only as a curse… a power she doesn’t understand and can’t yet control. Flinty, sarcastic, and profoundly haunted, Kaia is nevertheless strong and willful as hell — she’s had to be to survive this long on her own."
The pilot for the Wayward Sisters series was the first episode back in 2018. It had been set up with the introduction of Patience earlier in the season, and the mid-season finale had introduced Kaia, and flung the Winchesters into the Bad Place.
Synopsis for the pilot:
- When Sam and Dean go missing, Jody Mills calls Claire Novak, the rebellious rogue hunter, and tells her it is time to come home – they need to find the Winchesters. Claire returns and reunites with Alex Jones, who has stayed behind with Jody and tries to balance a “normal” life with being a part time hunter. While Jody is happy to have Claire home again, she’s plagued by Patience’s disturbing vision involving her adopted daughter. Claire and Alex search for Kaia Nieves, the dream walker responsible for opening the rift that Sam and Dean went through, as she holds the key to their whereabouts. Jody calls her friend, Donna Hanscum, to round out the team and the women head off on the most important hunt of their lives.
Ahead of the broadcast, CW President Mark Pedwotiz said "“I’ve seen it, I like it but the fans determine. Nothing is perfect but the real question is whether fans will go watch it if the boys aren’t in it. I don’t know but it works, the characters work, Kathryn Newton is a real star, the actress who plays Donna (Briana Buckmaster) is hilarious.”
The pilot for the Wayward Sisters series bought in solid ratings and rated as the second highest scripted show on the Nielsen Social ratings. Reviews from media blogs and fans alike were overwhelmingly positive. (Except for the small group of fans who had never liked the concept and resented Sam and Dean not being central to the episode). Fandom was also inspired to art and write by the episode.
On May 11th it was announced that the CW had chosen not to order Wayward Sisters to series. Creator and writer Bob Berens tweeted the above on the 11th May, followed by Supernatural showrunner Andrew Dabb who said:
- "It breaks my heart to say this, but CW has chosen to pass on Wayward Sisters. We love these characters, and have spent almost two years trying to make this show a reality on the network... but there are some fights, sometimes, you can't win. I want to thank everyone involved in this entire process, from our fantastic crew, to our amazing cast, and, most of all you. Your passion for this idea fueled us, and we wanted so much to make this happen for you. I'm so sorry we couldn't. But know that these characters will live on. We owe them, and you, and us that. Thank you.
Kim Rhodes and Briana Buckmaster expressed their sadness and disappointment as did the @WaywardDaughters account, along with other Supernatural cast members. Many pointed out that this had always been, and would continue to be, more than a TV series, it had always been about fighting for diverse female representation in media, as well as women emporwering and supporting each other.
Fans spent the weeks following the decision protesting and sending feedback to the CW. An online petition gathered over 70,000 signatures.
- “We had really great material this year,” he said. “We’re really exited about the five series we did pick up. We are big fans of the characters and the women who played the characters in the series, but we did not feel creatively the show is where we wanted it to be. We felt we had a better shot with Legacies.”
He added that CW execs were “big fans” of the Wayward actresses “and hope they continue on... guest starring on Supernatural.”
- “This podcast is not about Supernatural, it’s not about the fandom, it’s about our perspective on life as two friends and two women moving through this world. “We’re inviting the fans to stop being fans and start being fellows. I really love the fact that this has been inspired by not having a TV show, and we actually don’t see it as our consolation prize; we see it as more than a TV show because humanity and connection is so much bigger than a television show, and now we have an opportunity to do that. We have the opportunity to increase what we are, not out of ego, but out of passion for connection and authenticity.”
Following the Wayward Sisters pilot, only Sheriff Jody Mills, Sheriff Donna Hanscum, Dark Kaia and Kaia Nieves ever appeared on Supernatural again. Claire Novak, Alex Jones and Patience Turner never returned to the show again aside from a brief voice cameo for Alex in 15.12 Galaxy Brain. However, in 14.11 Damaged Goods, Donna mentioned to Dean that the group was still training and working as hunters.
In 15.12 Galaxy Brain, God starts destroying all other universes, commenting at one point about "failed spin-offs," a reference to Wayward Sisters. Writer Robert Berens tweeted after the episode "The arc of S1 of Wayward Sisters was always going to be broadly Dark Kaia vs the WaywardSisters, culminating in Kaia’s rescue and Dark Kaia’s tragic defeat. I always wanted to make that death right. But with limited real estate on #Supernatural I had resigned myself to Kaia just being dead. It was only by embedding it in S15 stories (Chuck, Jack’s return to the Bunker, Billie’s plan) it felt like it was possible to tie that loose end in a relevant and appropriate way."
During the course of the episode, the Winchesters team up with Sheriff Jody Mills and capture Dark Kaia who reveals that the Bad Place is dying and that Kaia Nieves is still alive and trapped in the other world. With the help of Merle and Jack Kline, the Winchesters return to the Bad Place and rescue Kaia while Dark Kaia chooses to stay behind and die with her world. At the end of the episode, Kaia accepts an invitation to return to Sioux Falls with Jody. Though only Jody and Kaia appear of the Wayward Sisters cast, Alex Jones makes a voice cameo at the beginning, talking to Jody on the phone and Claire is stated to be out chasing a false lead on Dark Kaia out of cell phone range during the events of the episode but will be home soon.
- Kim Rhodes: Twitter: @kimrhodes4real; Instagram: @kimrhodes4real; Facebook: KimRhodes4Real. Tumblr: KimRhodes4; Blog: Rhodeside
- Briana Buckmaster: Twitter: @OfficialBrianaB Instagram: @OfficialBrianaB; Facebook: OfficialBrianaB; Tumblr: OfficialBrianaB
- Kathryn Newton: Twitter: @KathrynLNewton Instagram: @KathrynLNewton ; Facebook: KathrynNewtonOfficial
- Kat Ramdeen: Twitter: @katramdeen Instagram: @katramdeen; Facebook: KatRamdeen; Twitch: kjaneway
- Clark Backo: Twitter: @ClarkBacko Instagram: @ClarkB
- Yadira Guevara Prip: Twitter: @YaditheYoda Instagram: @yerbnenders
- Wayward Daughters Academy on Tumblr
- Wayward Daughters is the Supernatural Spin-off We Need by The Geekiary
- Supernatural Fans Want Wayward Daughters by The Daily Fandom
- Wayward Daughters Academy -- The Best New Supernatural Fundraiser by Geek and Sundry
- Did ‘Supernatural’ Just Backdoor Pilot the ‘Wayward Daughters’ Spin-off? by Hypable
- Supernatural Is Developing a Wayward Sisters Spin-off Series by Nerdist
- Supernatural Season 13 to Feature a Backdoor Pilot for Wayward Sisters Spin-off by EW
- 7 Characters Who Belong on Wayward Sisters by BuddyTV
- Wayward Sisters song by @CierraSuee
- Clark Backo talks about a warm welcome to the set with nerdalertnews
- All the Details (So Far) About the 'Supernatural' Spinoff by The Hollywood Reporter
- Wayward Sisters: Get the first details on the Supernatural spin-off by Entertainment Weekly.
- Wayward: The Movement and the Power of “Casual Female Viewers” by Medium
- Wayward: The Documentary by Alana King
- Inside: Wayward Sisters
- Wayward Sisters: Get the First Details on the Supernatural Spin-off by Entertainment Weekly.
- The Development of Donna Hanscum by EW
- 'Supernatural' Carries on with Its Monster-busting Band of 'Wayward Sisters' in USA Today
- ‘Supernatural’ EPs Preview Backdoor Spinoff ‘Wayward Sisters’ from Variety
- Wayward Sisters: Kim Rhodes says Spin-off 'sings in harmony' with Supernatural by EW
- Supernatural: Katherine Ramdeen on What to Expect from Wayward Sisters
- How Supernatural's All-female Spin-off was Born by Elle
- Kim Rhodes previews ‘Wayward Sisters’ – 5 teases for the ‘Supernatural’ spinoff pilot by Hypable
- Supernatural Spins Off Its Wayward Sisters, and It Couldn’t Come at a Better Time by TheMarySue
- Kim Rhodes on KTLA Interview
- Briana Buckmaster Talks About the Potential Supernatural Spin-off
- Supernatural Bosses Talk About How Wayward Sisters Will be Different by TVGuide
- Supernatural Bosses Talk The Bad Place Cliffhanger, Wayward Sisters by EW
- 'Supernatural' Stars Talk 'Wayward Sisters' Spin-off, Crossovers and More!
- Nerdist Guide to Wayward Sisters
- Why the Proposed Supernatural Spinoff Is More Vital Than Ever by IGN
- CW boss Mark Pedowitz comments on next season of Supernatural and the future of Wayward Sisters.
- Wayward Sisters not moving forward at the CW by Deadline
- Supernatural cast reacts to The CW passing on Wayward Sisters by EW
- Supernatural fans launch petition to save spin-off Wayward Sisters by EW
- A Fan Petition to Save Wayward Sisters Picks Up Steam by TV Guide
- The CW unconscionably passes on ‘Wayward Sisters’, makes us question logic and reality as we know i by Hypable
- Save Wayward Sisters: This Is How You Can Help by Nerds and Beyond
- Supernatural fans create a petition to give Wayward Sisters a second chance by SYFY
- Petition to save Supernatural spin-off gains traction by Den of Geek
- Wayward Sisters Fans Aren’t Giving Up on the Supernatural Spinoff by The Mary Sue
- Mark Pedowitz talks about Wayward Sisters by Deadline.
- The CW’s Reasoning for “No” to SUPERNATURAL Spin-Off Wayward Sisters by thefandom
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