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By Nate Millado

After the Grinch stole 2020, we could all use a little comfort and joy (comfort and joy). Luckily, CBS and The CW bring glad tidings, raising our collective holiday spirit with festive programming. From holiday classics like Frosty and Rudolph, to reinvented carols courtesy of Dolly, Garth & Trisha, and Billie, there's a gift on TV for the entire family!

The CBS Thanksgiving Day Celebration

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Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight host The CBS Thanksgiving Day Celebration.

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While this year's parade won't look quite the same, we'll still be able to wake up and enjoy the balloons and floats! Hosted by Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight, this festive three-hour extravaganza features celebrity interviews—from tough-as-nails The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan to Abishola herself, Folake Olowofoyeku—and inspiring musical performances, including country stars Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton's rendition of "O Holy Night," and Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen and Come From Away.

The CBS Thanksgiving Day Celebration airs Thursday, Nov. 26 at 9 AM-12 PM live ET; 8-11 AM live CT; 7-10 AM live MT; and 1-4 PM delayed PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns

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Frosty the Snowman is a jolly, happy soul.

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Frosty the Snowman is a "jolly, happy soul" whose old silk hat full of magic is the stuff of Christmas legend. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (as Professor Hinkle). When Frosty Returns, the OG dancing showman, er, snowman continues his adventure and skates on the edge of danger. Jonathan Winters narrates, with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty.

SNEAK PEEK: Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman airs Friday, Nov. 27 at 8/7c on CBS, followed by Frosty Returns at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

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Jake Spankenheimer with his beloved Grandma.

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In this heartwarming adventure that's as goofy as the hit holiday song it's based on, young Jake Spankenheimer embarks on the quest of a lifetime to track his missing grandma down on Christmas Eve to prove that Santa Claus is indeed real. Knots Landing's Michele Lee provides the voice of Jake's greedy Cousin Mel.

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer airs Friday, Nov. 27 at 9/8c on The CW, with an encore presentation on Monday, Dec. 21 at 8/7c.

Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire/Legend of the Lost Tribe

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Robbie the Reindeer, voiced by Ben Stiller.

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In the first installment, Robbie (voiced by Ben Stiller) must train to compete in the Reindeer Races to become a part of the sleigh team for Santa (voiced by Jim Belushi). Right after that, Robbie battles Hugh Grant's Blitzen to prevent his nemesis from launching a reindeer theme park. The star-packed cast also includes Britney Spears, James Woods, Leah Remini, and Jerry Stiller.

SNEAK PEEK: Robbie the Reindeer

Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves on Fire airs Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8/7c on CBS, followed by Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

The Story of Santa Claus

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Santa and his elves.

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This animated musical special centers on a gentle toymaker (voiced by Ed Asner) whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas. Keep en ear out for Betty White and Tim Curry, as well.

SNEAK PEEK: The Story of Santa Claus

The Story of Santa Claus airs Saturday, Nov. 28 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Santa relies on Rudolph's shiny red nose to save Christmas.

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This Yuletide fave, based on Johnny Marks' jaunty tune, recounts the tale of shy reindeer Rudolph, whose shiny nose makes him a laughing stock at first, but is what ultimately saves Christmas. Narrated by Burl Ives, who also voices Sam the Snowman, the stop-motion classic has aired every year since 1964—going down in history as the longest-running holiday special on television!

SNEAK PEEK: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer airs Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 8/7 c on CBS and CBS All Access.

iHeart Radio Jingle Ball

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The show must go on—albeit virtually! One of the season's most anticipated holiday music events boasts a festive lineup—including Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, and Shawn Mendes—sharing their personal holiday traditions and performing their biggest hits and never-before-heard covers of iconic holiday songs. In addition, The CW will televise a one-hour iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Greatest Moments special, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event through performances, special backstage moments, and more.

iHeart Radio Jingle Ball Greatest Moments airs on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8/7c on The CW.

iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2020 airs on Monday, Dec.14 at 8/7c on The CW.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade Greatest Moments

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Santa Claus and service members wave from the sleigh.

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Sadly, the 2020 Hollywood Christmas Parade, an 89-year institution, was officially canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Bah, humbug!) But in continuing the spirit of the season, The CW will highlight special moments from past parades, along with celebrity shout-outs and some brand-new performances from your favorite stars.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade Greatest Moments airs Friday, Dec. 4 at 8/7c on The CW.

A Holly Dolly Christmas

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Dolly Parton brings her Holly Dolly Christmas to CBS.

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Move over, Mariah—there's a new Queen of Christmas! Fresh off her record-breaking new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, beloved icon Dolly Parton is spreading some much-needed holiday cheer during her favorite time of year. From an intimate, candlelit set, Dolly shares personal stories and memories, interspersed with powerful, faith-filled hymns and lighthearted holiday classics.

A Holly Dolly Christmas airs Sunday, Dec. 6 at 8:30PM ET/8PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown

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Greatest Commercials Countdown logo on The CW.

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Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight count down the 12 best holiday commercials ever, one for each of the 12 days of Christmas. In addition to the top 12, the special features other great commercials from the U.S. and abroad that capture the spirit of the holiday season—from the heartfelt to the hilarious, from the outstanding to the ridiculous.

Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2020 airs Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 9/8c on The CW, with an encore presentation will air Monday, Dec. 21 at 9/8c.

Silent Night—A Song For The World

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Kelly Clarkson performs.

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How culturally impactful is "Silent Night"? For starters, it's been translated into 140 languages, caused a Christmas ceasefire in World War I, and Bing Crosby's version is the third best-selling single ever.

This musical film documentary from award-winning director Hannes M. Schalle tells the story of the world's most famous Christmas carol. Narrated by Hugh Bonneville, A Song For The World also features new recordings by global stars in different languages from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Joss Stone, Kathrine McPhee, Gavin Rossdale, Sheléa, Ailee, Josh Groban, The Vienna Boys Choir, Anggun, The Tenors, and many more.

Silent Night—A Song For The World premieres Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8/7c on The CW, with an encore on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 8/7c.

The Christmas Caroler Challenge

The hosts and judges of The Christmas Caroler Challenge

From L-R: Judge Mikalah Gordon, host Dean Cain, judge Brandon Rogers, host Laura McKenzie, and judge Garry Gary Beers.

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Wanna hear some unexpected twists on Christmas classics? Tune in to this harmonious holiday event series featuring 10 amazing carol groups, each with their own brand of vocal stylings. Hosted by Dean Cain and Laura McKenzie, with a panel of three celebrity judges.

The Christmas Caroler Challenge premieres Friday, Dec. 11 at 8/7c on The CW.

Penn & Teller: Merry Fool Us

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Penn Jillette, Alyson Hannigan and Teller get into the holiday spirit.

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It's a very merry episode of Penn & Teller, as the dynamic duo, along with host Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother), wow us with costumes, a Christmas Trophy—and of course, magic!

Penn & Teller: Merry Fool Us airs on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 9/8c on The CW.

Garth & Trisha LIVE! A Holiday Concert Event

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Husband-and-wife country superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

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Line up those requests, folks, because country superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are back at Studio G to serenade us once again. "Our viewers loved reaching out directly to Garth and Trisha to request their favorite hits back when the pandemic first hit. It brought some fun and joy directly into their living rooms as they were hunkered down with their families," says Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music & Live Events/Alternative & Reality for CBS. "Now, nine long months later, who better to bring some holiday magic, performing some of the greatest holiday songs of all time than Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood." Stay tuned to Garth's Facebook for details on how you can can make song requests for the special.

Garth & Trisha LIVE! A Holiday Concert Event airs Sunday, Dec. 20 at 8:30PM ET/8PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

The 22nd Annual A Home For The Holidays

Hamilton's Leslie Odom.

Hamilton's Leslie Odom with perform at CBS' annual heartwarming tradition.

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Continuing a heartwarming two-decade tradition, the award-winning A Home for the Holidays shines a light on the thousands of American kids in foster care. Gayle King presents uplifting stories of adoption from foster care, but this year will be extra special, as viewers watch three foster children unite with their "forever families" in virtual ceremonies. Plus, look forward to inspirational performances from Josh Groban, Miranda Lambert, Meghan Trainor, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Andrea Bocelli.

The 22nd Annual A Home For The Holidays airs Sunday, Dec. 20 at 9:30PM ET/9PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

The Girls are back in town! For seven seasons, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) gave us all the feels with their unbreakable mother-daughter bond and rapid-fire caffeine-fueled repartee.

And now, just in time for its 20th anniversary, Gilmore Girls returns to The CW with the four-part miniseries that follows Lorelai, Rory, and Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) through four seasons—Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall—in (fictional) present-day Stars Hollow, Conn.

So grab your Pop-Tarts and settle in: Here's everything you need to know about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life!

The broadcast premiere of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life begins Monday, Nov. 23 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free for a limited time on The CW App.

When We Last Saw Rory

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Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore.

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It's been 13 years since the Gilmore Girls' series finale, titled "Bon Voyage," so here's a refresher to get you back up to speed. Rory graduated from Yale and is planning a summer road trip with her mom—to ride roller coasters!—when she gets a job for an online magazine to cover the campaign of a presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama. (Perhaps you've heard of him?) She even got to meet her idol, journalist Christiane Amanpour, who just so happened to be staying at the Dragonfly Inn.

When We Last Saw Lorelai

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Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore, ready for her favorite season.

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Bummed that their roller coaster road trip is on hold, Lorelai throws herself into getting everything on Rory's campaign trail checklist, from travel-size shampoo and a book light to a fanny pack (random!). When Rory asks her mom why she isn't her usual overly emotional self, Lorelai fesses up that it's "too soon" and that if she stops to think about it, she'll fall apart. Later, as she watches Rory sleep, Lorelai finally breaks down in tears.

When We Last Saw Emily

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Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore.

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Lorelai's judgmental mother keeps lobbing ideas at her on how to upgrade the Dragonfly—a spa or tennis court, perhaps? Emily even says she and Richard (Edward Hermann) would be happy to lend her the money, interest-free. Lorelai soon catches on that Emily is doing this only to stay in her life, so she assures her mom that Friday night dinners will continue, even after Rory leaves.

When We Last Saw Luke

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Scott Patterson as Luke Danes.

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At the start of the series finale, Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai are "just friends." Lorelai spent much of the final season marrying then divorcing her childhood sweetheart/baby daddy, Christopher (David Sutcliffe). Unbeknownst to Lorelai, Luke enlists the entire town to stage a surprise farewell for Rory—rain be damned! Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) lets it slip that the party was all Luke's idea, and a grateful Lorelai and her on-again-off-again coffee-serving beau share a kiss, hinting at another go at love.

What To Expect From A Year In The Life

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Three generations of Gilmores: Kelly Bishop as Emily, Lauren Graham as Lorelai, and Alexis Bledel as Rory.

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The four-part revival picks up many years after the finale. Rory has found success as a journalist. But when career-related drama boils over—and a few of her exes resurface—how does the girl who's always had it together deal when it all falls apart? Lorelai still runs the Dragonfly Inn and is firmly with Luke, but when her father dies, she's forced to face some unresolved issues. Emily is also at a crossroads; what does she do now that she's no longer just Mrs. Richard Gilmore?

Returning Favorites

Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore

Fancy seeing you here: Dean (Jared Padalecki) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) reunite at Doose's Market, where they shared their first kiss so many years ago.

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Whether you were Team Dean (Supernatural's Jared Padalecki), Team Jess (This Is Us' Milo Ventimiglia), or Team Logan (The Good Wife's Matt Czuchry), you'll be happy to know that all of Rory's former beaus are back. As is kooky Kirk (Sean Gunn) and Rory's BFF, Lane (Keiko Agena)—a married mom of twins when we last saw her. Snooty French concierge Michel (Yanic Truesdale) is still at the Dragonfly, and we finally get some confirmation on his love life.

Rory's frenemy Paris (Liza Weil) is thankfully present, with an ambitious job that's so Paris. And in case you were wondering, yes, lovable accident-prone chef Sookie stops by; getting award-winning A-lister Melissa McCarthy back is nothing short of a coup.

Wait…Was That…?

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Celebrity chef Rachel Ray as herself.

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Expect tons of fun cameos in A Year in the Life. To name just a few: celebrity chef Rachael Ray; music icon Carole King, who appeared as Stars Hollow music shop owner Sophie and also performed GG's theme song, "Where You Lead," with her real-life daughter Louise Goffin (plus: look for Louise strumming her guitar as a town troubadour); Graham's real-life partner and former Parenthood co-star Peter Krause; and Broadway royalty Christian Borle and Sutton Foster—star of TV Land's hit Younger and GG creator Amy Sherman Palladino's 2012–13 cult series Bunheads—in a hilariously off-the-rails Stars Hollow: The Musical (the rap number is a must-see!).

Famous Last Words

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Are they thinking about coffee? That's always a safe assumption with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel).

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Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino always knew what the "last four words" would be. But since she and executive producer Daniel Palladino exited the series prior to the seventh season, she never got to see her vision through…until now. With the husband-and-wife team back to write, direct, and produce the revival, you'll finally get to see who utters the famous last words.

Watch miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life starting Monday, Nov. 23 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free for a limited time on The CW App.

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By Nate Millado

As team captain on CBS' sports-comedy hybrid Game On!, Super Bowl champ Rob Gronkowski isn't afraid to poke fun at himself—especially for a laugh. Each week, Gronk and tennis legend Venus Williams—along with their "ride-or-die" teammates, comedians Bobby Lee and Ian Karmel—compete in over-the-top athletic challenges. Hilarity ensues! Check out this highlight reel of Gronk in action.

Stream Season 1 of Game On! on CBS All Access.

That Time Gronk Had A Baby

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Gronk gets a dose of labor pain with the help of a birthing simulator.

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After Rob Gronkowski confidently brags that he could absolutely handle the pain of childbirth—as the audience loudly jeers—Game On! host Keegan-Michael Key calls his bluff. Key challenges Gronk to get into a birthing simulator that mimics labor pains by zapping electrical impulses to electrodes attached to his abdomen. Gronk proves he isn't a big baby after all, and ultimately earns the point. But Key definitely made him work for it!

That Time Gronk Did Ribbon Gymnastics

If you think football players can't be graceful, then you haven't seen Gronkowski slip into a unitard and dance with a ribbon! Gronk takes the floor in front of a panel of judges and performs a too-good-to-be-real routine set to Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is." Perfect 10s across the board, if you ask us!

That Time Gronk Horsed Around

Gronk and the Game On regulars race plush mechanical horses around the set

Venus Williams, Ian Karmel, Rob Gronkowski, Bobby Lee, and Keegan-Michael Key compete in a mechanical horse race.

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For this silly challenge, Gronk & Co. had to hop on mechanical thoroughbreds and lap a racetrack twice by "pumping and thrusting" their ponies. "Can we say that on broadcast?" Key quipped. Gronk was way ahead of his nearest competition, Venus—until his "horse" stalled right before the finish line. Slow and steady wins the race?

That Time Gronk Was A Life-Size Foosball Goalie

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Gronk plays goalie in a life-size game of foosball.

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Team captains Venus and Gronk try a new sport: life-size human foosball. After being strapped in as the paddles, the two are controlled by their teammates as they attempt to score goals on each other. It's worth watching just to see Gronk spin around like a "whirling dervish," as Key described him.

That Time Gronk Double Dutched

"If human beings were meant to jump, then why does gravity exist?" asked Gronkowski's teammate Bobby Lee. Still, Gronk and Bobby bust out their Matrix moves during a Double Dutch battle with Venus and Ian, and wow the professional jump ropers. Team Gronk wins the point!

Stream Season 1 of Game On! on CBS All Access.

Alexander Calvert as Jack, Jared Padalecki as Sam, Misha Collins as Castiel, and Jensen Ackles as Dean.

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Baby, what a ride it's been! It's television's longest-running sci-fi fantasy show—and certainly the longest-running series ever on The CW—but on Thursday, Nov. 19, Supernatural comes to an end. Originally set to sign off in the spring, Supernatural's long goodbye was made even longer by the coronavirus pandemic, and the final seven episodes aired this fall instead.

We've already rounded up our 18 most memorable Supernatural episodes. Now we look ahead to the iconic series' swan song.

Don't miss the series finale of Supernatural, airing this Thursday, Nov. 19 at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free the next day only on The CW.

The two-hour event begins at 8/7c with "The Long Road Home"—a preview of the finale with the cast and crew.

Dean And Sam Winchester Say Farewell

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Jared Padelecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in the pilot episode.

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Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki both used sports analogies to button-up Season 15's final episodes. Ackles likens them to the "fourth quarter" of a football game, while Padalecki calls them the 26th mile of a marathon. (Coincidentally, the Supernatural stars finished the 2018 Seattle marathon together for charity).

Ackles told ET he was dreading March because he's not good at saying goodbyes, so he was somewhat relieved when production halted. Once they returned to shoot the last batch, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, it became more of a "see you later" than a final farewell. Padalecki says he and Jensen even snuck in a few Easter eggs for hardcore fans who have stuck with them for 15 years—so keep an eye out!

An Ode To The Best Fans

There's a saying: "Supernatural never dies." Padalecki credits the fandom for sticking with them for 15 years and being critical to the show's success. "[You're] the reason why Supernatural will never truly die." The end weighed heavily on Ackles, who posted on Instagram on the final day of shooting: "To those I have worked with on this journey and to those who have watched and supported ... you will never understand my great appreciation for you. 'Thank you' doesn't cover it. There just aren't words. I'm so grateful for these memories that I will carry with me forever. What a ride it has been. And what a run."

Did Coronavirus Affect The Series Finale?

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Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam.

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Executive producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb told PaleyFest New York they didn't "have to blow anything up" in terms of their original vision for how it all ends. Although the shots in the final episodes had to be tweaked based on how many "extras" could appear in each scene, the EPs call the final installment an "intimate episode, just about the guys."

Jared's Favorite Episode

Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean

Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean.

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Padalecki's pick is one you haven't seen yet—the series finale. "I love all of my children equally, but this one is my favorite," he posted on social. With Episode 19 wrapping up a big chunk of the mythology (keep reading to find out more), executive producer Andrew Dabb told TV Line the finale is "more character-based and is more concerned with Sam, Dean, and this family they've built around them than it is with figuring out the Case of the Week." Ackles waxed poetic about the final shoot day: "Putting these brothers away, this is it … us standing on a bridge," he began, before EP Robert Singer and Padalecki shushed him for fear he would spill too much.

Jensen's Favorite Episode

A behind-the-scenes shot from the Baby-centric episode of Supernatural

Seen from the viewpoint of the Impala, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) go on a road trip to fight monsters and demons.

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Given how much Dean loves his 1967 Chevy Impala, it's not really shocking that Ackles singles out the fan-favorite Season 11 episode "Baby"—told entirely from the car's perspective. TV Guide even wrote a love letter to the real star of Supernatural. "It was one of the coolest episodes we've ever done," Ackles told Rolling Stone. "I remember we had outfitted, like, eight cameras in and around and on the car, and then they just set us off. Jared and I were just—he hopped in and we just took off down the road. There was no camera operator, there's no grips, there's no electricians, there's no DP, no director, no script supervisor, no makeup, no nothing.... We were doing everything ourselves."

ICYMI: The Finale That Wasn't

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Jake Abel as Michael, Alexander Calvert as Jack, Jensen Ackles as Dean, and Jared Padalecki as Sam.

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The penultimate episode, "Inherit the Earth," sure felt like a series finale. There was even a feels-inducing montage from the past 15 seasons at the end. In case you need a refresher before the actual finale, here's what went down:

After the rapture wipes everyone out (RIP Castiel), Sam and Dean are ready to throw in the towel, since there's literally no one left to save. The modern-day Cain and Abel agree to fulfill their destiny and take each other out if Chuck (Rob Benedict) brings everyone back to life. But because they wouldn't "take a knee," Chuck ain't having it: He wants to see the Winchesters suffer on a lifeless planet.

Enter some familiar faces—Michael (Jake Abel) and Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino)—who at first appear to be Team Winchester against God but instead double-cross them for a final showdown to be Daddy's favorite. Michael offs Lucifer (with an archangel blade); Chuck kills Michael, then sets his sights on Sam and Dean, pummeling them to a pulp. But Jack (Alexander Calvert) is able to absorb Chuck's power (he's essentially become a power vacuum since he blew up), snap his fingers to heal Dean and Sam, and turn Chuck into a powerless human!

Rather than kill Chuck once and for all, he's left to suffer a fate of growing old. "For the first time I have no idea what happens next," Chuck says in his last scene. Jack repopulates the world, and Sam and Dean have free will to do whatever it is they're going to do in the series-ender, "Carry On." Like Chuck, we have no idea what happens next!

Behind-The-Scenes Memories

Padalecki's favorite memory is a no-brainer: when he met and fell in love with his wife, Genevieve, in Season 4. "That season, for whatever reason, was magical all around," he adds. Ackles points to the last time they hit the stage at Hall H at 2019 Comic-Con. "There's something really special about that room and that crowd, the grandeur of it all," he says. "To just stand there and take that in is a pretty emotional moment I'll never forget."

Castiel himself, Misha Collins, will always remember the cast cutting up: "The hundreds of hours of WB money wasted on us laughing on set, enjoying the process, the friendship and camaraderie was deeply meaningful."

Ackles adds: "We wouldn't have made it 15 years without that."

Life After Supernatural

So, what's next for the Winchester Bros.? Padalecki will step into Chuck Norris' boots in a reboot of the '90s classic, Walker, Texas Ranger. In The CW's new series Walker (premiering Jan. 21), Padalecki stars as Cordell Walker, a widowed father of two who returns to Austin after being undercover for two years only to discover that there's harder work to be done at home.

Ackles will join Amazon's hit superhero saga The Boys (from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke) as not-so-good-guy Soldier Boy. And The CW CEO Mark Pedowitz hasn't shut the door on a potential Supernatural spinoff. "There's a lot of mythology," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "We're always open to carrying on the Supernatural universe, but it has to be connected to the Winchesters. I'm always open to ideas—and there are many things I can't discuss."

Don't miss the series finale of Supernatural, airing this Thursday, Nov. 19 at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free the next day only on The CW.

The two-hour event begins at 8/7c with "The Long Road Home"—a preview of the finale with the cast and crew.

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