by Graham Pierrepoint
Some TV crossovers are bound to happen – consider The Flintstones meeting The Jetsons, The Simpsons meeting Futurama – in fact, it’s far more likely to happen in animation. However, the latest TV show mixing to be announced is a rather different kettle of fish – as an extremely popular live-action series will be merging with one of the longest-running and most-revived animated shows of all time in the near future. The two shows in question? Scooby-Doo is the animation – and Supernatural is the show.
Supernatural is set to tie up its landmark 12th season and fans are delighted that the show will be returning for a 13th – and plans have emerged to reveal that an episode of the new run will see demon-busting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester meet up with ghoul control of an entirely different kind – the Scooby-Doo gang. The scaredy-cat Great Dane, Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne will somehow run into the brothers Winchester in their own world in an adventure that is yet to be fully advised – but as the motley crew generally find ghosts and ghouls to be odd townspeople simply playing dress-up, how will they react to the real-world monstrosities that the Winchesters always seem to find themselves up against?
The news of the crossover fits in well with both the strange twists and turns Supernatural has taken over the years, and also fits in nicely with Scooby-Doo’s continued mash-ups with brands and characters you’d never believe. The gang have recently been seen alongside WWE stars in a crossover with a gaggle of grapplers such as John Cena and the recently-retired Undertaker – and their adventures have been rebooted countless times since their heyday some forty to fifty years ago. What is it about Scooby-Doo that makes it so enduring – and is it all the more fitting that one of TV’s most enduring fantasy shows teams up for the mother of all demon-dispatching?
What remains to be seen now is whether or not the bad guy in the episode will turn out to be a real demon from the depths of Hell, or just another local character in a dodgy mask. How will the two worlds collide? Will Shaggy and Scooby make a run for it or will the Winchesters convince them to help with an investigation? We will have to wait and see – but for Supernatural fans just around the corner from a season finale, the news of an extra-special episode airing next year is perhaps too tantalizing!