'Supernatural' Spin-Off Adds 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Sean Faris
'Supernatural' Spin-Off Adds 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Sean Faris
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The Supernatural spin-off is going to be full of former vampires. The potential new show, Supernatural: Tribes, previously cast British star Lucien Laviscount and The Vampire Diaries' Kol, Nathaniel Buzolic. Now a third actor has joined the project, and he's also a former TVD guest star.

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Sean Faris, who played Ben the vampire bartender in the first season of The Vampire Diaries, has been cast in the Supernatural spin-off. He will play Julian Durant, a werewolf from a wealthy family who hates the shapeshifter Hayden family (which includes Buzolic's David).

Besides The Vampire Diaries, Faris currently has a recurring role on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars as police officer Gabriel Holbrook. He previously had starring roles on FOX's Reunion and ABC's Life As We Know It.

Supernatural: Tribes centers on the different warring monster families that secretly rule Chicago's underbelly. New cop Ennis Roth (Laviscount) is out to destroy them after his fiancee is killed.

The backdoor pilot will be the 20th episode of Supernatural's current season, airing April 29, in which Sam and Dean will come to Chicago and meet Ennis, teaching him the ways of the Hunters. The episode is written by the show's longtime writer, Andrew Dabb, and directed by executive producer Robert Singer.

The CW has tried this method to different degrees of success in the past. A fourth season episode of The Vampire Diaries introduced the world of The Originals, which worked out and resulted in the show being picked up (and already getting renewed for a second season). However, the CW tried doing the same thing with Gossip Girl. Season 2's "Valley Girls," which flashed back to a young Lily and Rufus in the '80s, was also a backdoor pilot, but one that wasn't picked up to series.

The CW originally planned to do a backdoor pilot for The Flash on Arrow this season, but instead decided to film an entirely separate pilot, though fans still got a look at Grant Gustin's Barry Allen earlier this season.

The trio of Laviscount, Buzolic and Faris certainly keeps in line with the CW's popular trend of only casting incredibly attractive male stars, but will that be enough? Will Supernatural fans embrace the new show and will the CW turn it into a series for fall 2014? Fans will have to wait to find out.


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