Described as "Route 66" meets "The X Files," "Supernatural" focuses on two twentysomething brothers who battle the things that go bump in the night as they cruise the dusty backroads of small-town America in their '64 Mustang.
"We had been talking internally about wanting to do a show that truly scares and creeps you out, and (McG and Kripke) came in and pitched this show that not only serviced that need in our development but truly entertained us with the mythology and eeriness that they want to convey in the show," WB Network entertainment president David Janollari said. "The notion of doing a dramatic show that focuses on a really unique brother dynamic and allows us to enter worlds that scare us and creep us out each week to me is a great recipe."
* [http://www.tv.com/supernatural/show/30144/story/10682.html?tag=story_list;title;0# Kripke on the genesis of the series]<br>
<blockquote>'''Kripke:''' At one point I wanted to do an anthology show. Another time, I wanted to do a series about a reporter who works for a tabloid magazine, pretty much a rip-off of the original Kolchak: The Night Stalker. And then, finally, just through development with the studio, settled on this idea of telling these stories in the format of this Route 66: Great American Road Trip with these two brothers. </blockquote> '''''TV. com:''' Well, it worked well. '' <blockquote> '''Eric Kripke:''' It's sort of funny how it all worked out. I literally had scribbled [the idea] in a notebook the day before my meeting with the studio, and then I came into the studio and had pitched them my reporter idea. And they didn't like it. They said, "What else do you got?" I didn't have anything. So, I tap danced and said, "Well, I got this great idea about two brothers on a road trip." They loved it, and it ended up being the show. So, it's funny how that works out . </blockquote> * [http://www.scribd.com/doc/886560/Earliest-Pilot-draft Early draft of Pilot]. Mary Harrison dies in what everyone thinks is a car accident when her sons are 9 and 11. After her death their father - Jack Harrison - leaves Sam and Dean and they are raised by an aunt and uncle.
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_qjA_UDfE Kripke talks about the early scripts] and getting [[David Nutter]] on board.
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7LTypu7xhE Jared's screen test] for the role of Sam. Script is from a [http://supernatural.oscillating.net/scripts/pilotdraftscript.pdf later draft of Pilot]
* [http://www.tv.com/supernatural/show/30144/story/10682.html?tag=story_list;title;0# Kripke talks about casting Jared and Jensen]:
<blockquote>When we started casting, we had archetypes in mind, which were Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. We were really looking for Sam to be empathetic, kind, and likeable, and really the audience surrogate. The person who the audience would most see themselves as and really carry the story through their eyes. And that required a really unique likeability. For Dean, we were looking for Han Solo. We were looking for devil-may-care, charismatic, a little rough around the edges, a little edgy, says things that are not always the kindest thing, as long as they're funny. And that was really what we started out with. </blockquote><blockquote>
[[Image:SN05-MP-0011.jpg|right|thumb|Promo poster for Supernatural]]
January 17 2005:
[http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=6810 from the Futon Critic:]
<blockquote>SUPERNATURAL (The WB) - [[David Nutter]] ("Smallville") has come aboard to direct and executive produce the drama project, which has been given the green light to produce a pilot. Writer/producer [[Eric Kripke]] ("Tarzan") created the project, which is set up at [[McG]] and Stephanie Savage's Warner Bros. Television-based Wonderland Sound and Vision, and will executive produce along with Nutter, McG and Savage. "Supernatural" revolves around two brothers who travel the country hunting down supernatural beings. </blockquote>