Why Supernatural Is Finally Ready For A Spinoff, According To The Showrunner

For the first time in a while, there will simply be enough room in the story for Supernatural to do justice to launching a spinoff. Andrew Dabb and the team behind the scenes will be able to do more than simply cram everything together for a one-and-done backdoor pilot; they will be able to build a new dynamic that can sustain a show of its own without feeling unconnected to the series that has won so many fans over the past decade.

The new spinoff will be fittingly called Wayward Sisters, and it will be comprised of characters Supernatural fans have already come to know and love over a span of many years. Sheriff-turned-hunter Jody Mills will be the protagonist, and she’ll lead a group of young women who lost their families in supernatural tragedies. Kim Rhodes will reprise the role of Jody, along with other returning actresses Kathryn Newton as Claire Novak, Katherine Ramdeen as Alex Jones, and Briana Buckmaster as Sheriff Donna Hanscum. This crew of Supernatural veterans will be joined by newcomer Clark Backo, who will play Patience Turner, and together they’ll hunt monsters as one badass group.

All things considered, Wayward Sisters already sounds like it will appeal to Supernatural fans much more than the first spinoff attempt did back in Season 9. In the first backdoor pilot designed to launch a spinoff, Sam and Dean discovered five mafia-esque monster families in Chicago. The characters who would anchor the spinoff were brand new to the Supernatural universe, and fans had no real reason to grow attached to them. That spinoff never made it to series.

If Wayward Sisters gets the series order from The CW, the odds are pretty good that we’ll get semi-frequent crossovers with Supernatural. The characters have close ties with each other, and we can bet that the Winchesters have a lot of lore that could be useful to the ladies. We’ll have to wait and see.

Supernatural will return to The CW in the fall, with the Wayward Sisters backdoor pilot airing at some point later in the season. Check out our summer TV schedule for what you can watch in the meantime. If you’re not up on what shows will be back, take a look at our breakdowns of the renewals and cancellations of network TV and cable/streaming.

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Tyra Banks talks branding, baby and business

Tyra Banks learned the importance of standing out from the crowd as a teenage supermodel strutting the runway.

“I really had a natural way of walking that was a little different, sometimes a little wacky, and I would notice people smiling,” says Banks who even got standing ovations in the midst of fashion shows. “I was like ‘Oh wow. They like this. This is my signature walk.’ So that’s when I understood. … that differentiation was important.”

Banks continues to stand out from the crowd, transcending the world of modeling by becoming the creator and executive producer of America’s Next Top Model, the owner of a cosmetics and skin care company TYRA Beauty as well as the investment firm Fierce Capital, and the newest co-host of America’s Got Talent. She recently added yet another role to her plate, co-teaching the art of branding to students at Stanford’s Graduate School of business.

Branding is a skill that all of us need to master, Banks says, since society’s selfie-taking obsession with Facebook, Instagram and other social media channels means that “there’s a personal brand that you’re building even if you don’t know that you are. So I think it’s best to be equipped with the tools to make sure that you are shaping something that can serve you in the future.”

Banks taught the branding course last month to students whose ventures ranged from creating a life-saving device, to initiatives aimed at transforming the current political culture.

In addition to having the 25 pupils define their brand, they learned how to communicate it through various media and how to represent it in their personal appearance so that the public “at the blink of an eye can recognize you, from the way you look, to the way you sound, to the words you use, to the pictures that you post. … I think the more obsessed you are, the better chance you have of breaking through the clutter.”

Once your brand is established, Banks says, “the most important thing is to watch your competition and to see if your brand that is now very successful is being copied, because when people see something that’s good, everybody jumps on that bandwagon.”

Banks has learned that first hand.

“I pivot constantly in my career,” she says, adding that when she notices the competition, she thinks ” ‘Oh no, you will not catch up. … Boo, don’t you know you should just make up your own thing, because we’re about to change this, and you’re going to look obsolete because you’re going to be copying something that I don’t even do anymore?’ And that’s why the other shows have not worked.”

Another tip that Banks’ students received came from a social media expert, Gary Vaynerchuk, who informed them that posting messages, photos and tweets shouldn’t feel like a chore. “You need to focus and you need to be great at it,” Banks says, “so if you’re on every single platform, but you only like a couple of them, get off of those. … platforms and focus on the ones that you like.”

Banks, who is now mother to a 1-year-old son, York, said that such balance is important in other aspects of life. A few years ago, she was gracing magazine covers not because of her modeling career, but because of her television success and business acumen. She was chosen for Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, became one of Glamour’s women of the year, and at one point simultaneously hosted America’s Top Model and her own talk show.

“I was on fire,” she says. “I was so successful. … but I was exhausted and I was sad.”

She recalls preparing to interview then-Senator Barack Obama for her talk show, and rather than have her staff review his writings and prepare notes, she insisted on reading Obama’s books herself. “I was really going overboard,” she says, to the point “where I probably would have had to go to the hospital if I didn’t slow down.”

But after her son was born, “I definitely focused on him. I didn’t do any work at all for months.”

She has a nursery on set, a nanny, and York’s dad is very involved with his care and upbringing. “We are co-parenting and doing such a great job raising him that I don’t have to do less,” she says noting that her mother is also about to move closer. “So it’s like this beautiful village around York. But I’m there every day.”

And as Banks prepares to star in as well as executive produce Life-Size 2, a sequel to a 2000 Disney film that she previously starred in, Banks has also learned to let the teams working on her various projects communicate with each other so that she can better focus on one item at a time.

For instance, when she was teaching at Stanford, she was asked to fly to Los Angeles to do some press around America’s Got Talent. Banks refused. “I had to be there for my students, ” she says, and the show’s producers understood. They said ” ‘ You know what? We appreciate that. … you stay there and we’ll figure it out.’ ”

Banks says that focusing and not letting one part of her life overwhelm another has helped her “to be super present for my baby. … (I’m) mama in the morning, and I’m mama at night and sometimes all day when he’s with me and I don’t feel like I’m going crazy at all.”

Did Katy Perry ask drag queens to work for free

Drag queen Vicky Vox claims Katy Perry refused to pay drag queens to appear in one of her upcoming music videos.

On Tuesday, Vox called out an anonymous singer for “begging drag queens to do a music video for two days with no pay, they own costumes and all.”

Vox continued, “It wasn’t until we all said NOPE … that they said maybe there might be some budget. But they’ll get back to us tomorrow? No, f—k this. You need to know today, you stressed that. Do you think we just like to prance around for sugarplum dreams? Bitch, THIS IS F—KING WORK.”

“Drag queens should not have to beg you to value them. Not only is it insulting you asked them to value themselves as worthless,” Vox fumed. “You were going to USE them for your gain. Then say maybe when they say their time is valuable … you say maybe … NO!”

Perhaps alluding to Perry’s “Swish Swish” lyrics, which include “Karma’s not a liar / She keeps receipts,” Vox added. “Yes, I have receipts. I also don’t think the person whose video this is would be doing this on purpose. But, really tho, SHE KNOWS BETTER.”

Vox also took aim at “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars who agreed to appear in the video free of charge, writing, “HOWEVER, apparently drag race girls said they’d do it for free… and local girls said respect my time. Fame chasers vs paper chasers.”

On Wednesday, Vox revealed Perry, 32, to be the pop star culprit.

“Yo, @katyperry .. just so it’s clear. I had love for you. Your team f—ked up,” Vox tweeted Wednesday.

Vox proceeded to tweet out a series of memes and graphics explaining why unpaid work in exchange for exposure was wrong.

A rep for Perry, who recently boasted about her huge “American Idol” payday, told Page Six, “There is no truth to this.”

Ariana Grande

Live Nation is proud to announce Ariana Grande is bringing her world tour to China for the first time this coming August. The multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award-nominated artist is ready to ignite this summer with her debut performance in China.

In less than a year, ARIANA GRANDE captured the No. spot 1, twice, on the Billboard Top 200 — first with her Republic Records debut “Yours Truly” and also with its 2014 follow-up, “My Everything.” “Yours Truly” yielded the game-changing pop smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, which went triple-platinum, landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. Meanwhile, the platinum-selling My Everything garnered a GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and spawned the six times-platinum hit “Problem.” Upon the single’s release, Ariana became “the youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week,” while the song ranked as the 5th “highest digital song debut for a female artist” and 9th highest ever. Moreover, it debuted at No. 1 in 85 countries, topping the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks.

In 2013, Ariana was named “Best New Artist” at the American Music Awards. Other accolades followed, with Ariana winning “Favorite Breakout Artist” at the People’s Choice Awards 2014, the “Young Influencer Award” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the “Radio Disney Chart Topper Award,” “Choice Female Artist” and “Choice Single” “Problem” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, and more. At the 2014 MTV VMAS, “Problem” was named “Best Pop Video” as well.

2016 saw Ariana released her mega-anticipated third full-length album, driven by the title track, which captured No. 1 on both iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and Top Pop Songs Chart minutes after release. The album also debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, earning her the distinction of becoming the first artist to debut on the chart with the lead single from her first three albums. The album also hit platinum in China within 48 hours and it’s approaching its 6th platinum now.

Do not miss the opportunity to watch Ariana’s first ever performance in mainland China!

Rihanna Strikes 30th No. 1 ‘Pose’ Atop Dance Club Songs Chart

“Pose” is the sixth leader from her album “ANTI.” Plus, “Despacito” conquers Dance/Mix Show Airplay.

Rihanna rules Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated July 15) for a milestone 30th time, as “Pose” rises 2-1. The track was remixed by Alex Acosta, Country Club Martini Crew and The Perry Twins, among others.

Rihanna moves closer to Madonna, who has racked up 46 leaders, for the most No. 1s in the chart’s 40-plus-year history. Rihanna is also gaining fast; since Madonna’s most recent No. 1, “B**** I’m Madonna,” on Aug. 15, 2015, Rihanna has reached the top seven times, the most of all acts; Disclosure trails with four leaders in that span.

“Pose” is Rihanna’s third topper of 2017, the most of all acts, following “Love on the Brain” (Jan. 21) and “Sex With Me” (April 8). Dua Lipa is the only other artist with multiple No. 1s thus far this year (two).

“Pose” is also the sixth leader from Rihanna’s album ANTI, following “Work” (featuring Drake, April 23, 2016); “Kiss It Better” (Aug. 6, 2016); “Needed Me” (Aug. 20, 2016); “Love on the Brain”; and “Sex With Me.” (During that run, she also reigned as featured on Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” which logged a rare two-week reign on its way to becoming the chart’s No. 1 song of 2016.)

Rihanna is the first act to achieve as many as six No. 1s from an album since Katy Perry landed seven from the original edition of Teenage Dream in 2010-12: “California Gurls,” the title cut, “Peacock,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” and “The One That Got Away.” Also in that era, two more toppers, “Part Of Me” and “Wide Awake,” were released from the set’s 2012 re-release, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection.

Dating to the Dance Club Songs chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, here’s an updated look at the acts with the most No. 1s:

46. Madonna
30. Rihanna
22. Beyonce
19. Janet Jackson
17. Mariah Carey
17. Katy Perry
16. Kristine W
16. Jennifer Lopez
15. Donna Summer
14. Dave Aude
14. Enrique Iglesias
14. Lady Gaga
14. Pitbull

‘DESPACITO’ DOMINATES: Meanwhile, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee bring the current Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Latin Songs No. 1, “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, to the top of another chart, Dance/Mix Show Airplay (2-1). The first entry and No. 1 each for Fonsi and Yankee, “Despacito” is the fourth Dance/Mix Show leader for Bieber, who previously led with “Sorry” (2016), “What Do You Mean?” (2015) and “As Long as You Love Me,” featuring Big Sean (2012).

Between “Sorry” and “Despacito,” Bieber reached No. 2 with three tracks: “Love Yourself” (March 2016), “Cold Water” (by Major Lazer featuring Bieber and MO; October 2016) and “Let Me Love You” (by DJ Snake featuring Bieber; December 2016).