Why Wayward Sisters (unfortunately) won’t be saved by NBC like Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Supernatural -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /

NBC saved Brooklyn Nine-Nine late Friday night. Despite Wayward Sisters fans rallying just like the Nine-Nine fans, I can’t see this happening again.

We’d all love for this to end with a fairytale ending, right? Wayward Sisters was unceremoniously passed on by The CW and now we’re hoping the Supernatural spin-off can find a home elsewhere. When NBC decided to save Brooklyn Nine-Nine from the TV show Grim Reaper last night, there was a glimmer that it could do the same for Wayward. I’m sorry to say but I, unfortunately, don’t see that happening.

It’s not because Wayward Sisters doesn’t belong on TV. This isn’t me being a pessimist, but a realist. Here’s why NBC won’t likely pick up the pilot but what could happen instead (if we keep pushing).

NBC has a lot of pilots already

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NBC is a network that has made a number of cancellations already and there are still many shows on the bubble. Timeless is one that I fear the fate of right now. There are also many other pilots being picked up to series and, as mentioned, NBC has saved Brooklyn Nine-Nine. With all that in mind, is there really room for Wayward Sisters?

The network won’t want to push things too much. It will only want to take as much as it can to allow for consistent and good programming.

Plus, NBC has Thursday Night Football from November. We wouldn’t want a pilot to be pushed off course because of that! It already pushed a lot off last year and completely messed up my Chicago Fire scheduling.

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It’s for The CW audience

Supernatural — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Quite honestly, I’ve never known a show move from a smaller network to a bigger one. I’ve seen it happen the other way (Supergirl moved from CBS to The CW and Nashville moved from ABC to CMT) but never back the other way. The CW is the smallest network of the big five. It’s the one that gets away with more sci-fi and fantasy genre shows because it knows it’s going to get a smaller audience naturally.

NBC wouldn’t want to take the risk on a show that was shopped initially for a smaller network. Plus, could you imagine the spin-off of Supernatural not on the same primetime network?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine was originally shopped at NBC

Before the cop comedy found a home on FOX, it was shopped to NBC. The network turned it down and the show would run for five years on FOX. In short, NBC made a mistake and is now making up for that by taking on the show. The episode order is reduced to 13 episodes, but in my opinion, 13 is better than zero.

But it’s because of this that I don’t see Wayward getting picked up by NBC. However, if one of the next things happens, I could see The CW finding themselves in NBC’s position of regret.

Supernatural — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

So, is there any hope?

All is not lost.

If we wanted it on another network, I think Syfy would be the place to look. We still have the problem of a spin-off of a show on another network, but Wayward Sisters could certainly work next to the likes of The Magicians (Sera Gamble is one of the showrunners) and Van Helsing (a number of actors were guest stars on Supernatural).

My personal favorite would be for Netflix to pick it up. Netflix and The CW already has a deal, so a spin-off of a CW show would work there. Plus, I’d love to be able to binge Wayward Sisters!

If not Netflix, how about the CW Seed? I know this is mostly animation, but couldn’t we get a live-action. And actually, I’d be down for animation and I’d wait a year or so for that to happen. At least with the CW Seed everything stays in the same space.

Next: Can Wayward Sisters be picked up elsewhere?

Do you see another network picking up Wayward Sisters? Could it be the next Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Share your thoughts in the comments below.