When you think of the longest-running shows currently on television, a few series come to mind. Of course, there's The Simpsons, which began in 1989. And it's not going away anytime soon, having already been renewed through 2019.
There's also Law & Order: SVU, which began airing in 1999. The show is coming back for a 19th season, and is the longest-running non-animated scripted show in prime time. It was preceded by the original Law & Order, which ran for 20 seasons before ending in 2010.
The announcement was made at the CW's Upfronts Presentation, where networks reveal details about their fall TV lineups. Stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki were at the Upfronts, and they didn't just reveal that the show was coming back. They also had an even bigger announcement.
Fortunately, Sam and Dean will get to work with someone who has experience with being a cartoon, AND with solving supernatural-related crimes. That's right, the episode will feature an animated crossover from Scooby Doo!
Lots of people were skeptical at first that this story was actually real. Perhaps they were worried that Sam and Dean weren't going to meet the real Scooby. Maybe they would find out at the end of the episode that he's really the old man from the amusement park.
Some Scooby fans were concerned that the crossover wouldn't give Scooby the respect he deserves. But Sam and Dean should be able to handle it. All they have to do is give him some Scooby snacks, and they should get along just fine.
Maybe there's some sort of phantom who casts a spell, turning Sam and Dean into two-dimensional drawings? Or maybe they get sucked into the TV and become part of the Scooby-Doo universe? At the upfronts, Jensen and Jared wouldn't spill the beans.
Of course, the Supernatural episode won't be the first time a live-action TV show and an animated series have had a crossover. It's already happened a few times on The Simpsons. In a 1997 episode, The Simpsons had a crossover with The X-Files.
In 2007, The Simpsons crossed over with another drama series on the Fox network, 24. The episode was titled "24 Minutes," and featured Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) and Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub). But while the 24 characters appeared on The Simpsons, they never did it the other way around.
The Simpsons aren't the only cartoon to feature crossovers from live-action stars. Scooby-Doo and the gang also have a long history of working with real or fictional guests who are usually live-action. They even teamed up with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Of course, with these other crossovers, the crossover occurred on the animated series, not the live-action show. How a dramatic live-action show is going to pull off switching to animation and adding classic cartoon characters remains to be seen. Kind of like how Scooby and the gang can keep finding ways to have their van break down in front of haunted houses also remains to be seen.