If you want shocking twists and turns, you turn to a drama; if you want to laugh until you cry, you go for a comedy. But if you want a show that’s got both, plus action, adventure and a great looking cast, there’s nothing better than a good sci-fi or fantasy TV show. It’s no wonder then, that the People’s Choice Awards nominees for Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show have such dedicated followings, considering how easy it is to get invested (some might even say addicted) to their perfect mix of suspense, witty banter and romantic entanglements.
But even the most hardcore fans can’t know everything there is to know about their favorite show – which is why we’re here to help fill in the gaps in your knowledge. Every day this week, we’ll be uncovering some of the juiciest secrets and hidden facts about each of the shows you’ve nominated for Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show.
Today, we’re unlocking the mysteries of Supernatural to reveal the surprises, pranks and behind-the-scenes tidbits hidden within.
1. Every time Mark Sheppard speaks to the producers, he always opens with “Am I dead yet?” When it comes to Supernatural, it’s never easy to tell if the dead will stay that way. So it’s no surprise that whenever Sheppard is approached to bring Crowley back to the small screen, he’s always curious as to whether or not he will make it through the episode alive. Even the King of Hell needs to be worried about job security, apparently.
2. Jared Padalecki has a handy trick for handling each new version of Sam. Over the course of the show’s run, Sam has been possessed by everything from demons to angels to Lucifer himself, so in order to make sure that each iteration of the character is unique, Padalecki pretends he’s auditioning for a different part: “You don’t want to just…do a different voice. Like, that’s going to be stupid.” As for Ackles and Demon Dean? He just changes up his hairstyle.
3. Misha Collins hated Castiel’s original costume. Well, hate might be a bit strong, but he definitely wasn’t a fan of the pleated pants he rocked for 5 seasons. So when Castiel became human, Collins used that opportunity to slowly branch out towards a suit that was actually tailored properly for a change of pace. Besides, after spending however long in the same outfit, Cas could probably stand to do a load of laundry or two.
4. One episode in particular made Ackles a nervous director. After 10 years on set and four episodes in the director’s chair, it’s hard to make the man behind Dean Winchester uncomfortable. But when it came time to direct his father, Alan Ackles in “Heartache,” Jensen found himself out of his element: “Being kind of ‘the boss’ to my own [father], it was weird,” Ackles said. “I was like, ‘Dad, are okay? Is this okay with you?’ I felt very inferior as my father walked on set, but that’s what a good son should do, I suppose.” It totally is, Jensen, it totally is.
5. Osric Chau’s first day on set was extra memorable. Your first day on a new job is always a little nerve wracking, but the actor better known as Kevin Tran also had to deal with his co-star leaving halfway through a scene. Don’t worry, it was for a good reason: as they were shooting a conversation between Sam and Kevin, Padalecki got the call that his wife was going into labor, and he was about to become a father for the first time. Ackles had things a bit easier when it was his turn; his daughter was born during the hiatus between season 8 and 9.
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