A few weeks back shortly before the madness that is Christmas. I was able to get an interview with the fantastic Briana Buckmaster.
Buckmaster is of course best known for her recurring role as Sheriff Donna Hanscum who has fast grown into a much loved recurring character on ‘Supernatural’
Little did I realise at the time how popular the character is.
Here in the UK for those like myself that do not indulge in Bit Torrenting the latest episodes of the hit US drama. We are about a good 18 months behind thanks to the fact that the people at E4 who took over showing the series after UK Living opted not to run the 10th and 11th season we’re behind by a fair bit.
So because of that. I had very little idea of who Sheriff Donna was.
What didn’t help was the fact that I never caught her opening episode in the 10th series, which meant I had to wait for ‘Hibbing 911.’ Which was a pretty good episode to meet Donna in.
The episode centres on a series of vampire attacks, which take place during a police convention, which is being attended by both Sheriff Donna and Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes).
This episode had some brilliant moments and we see some great interaction and comical moments between Donna and Jody who start off being rather unsure of each other, but by the end have a grudging respect for each other.
When I did some research for my interview with Briana Buckmaster. One thing I found online was a movement called ‘The Wayward Daughters’ who would like to see more of Jody Mills and Donna Hanscum working together on their own series.
In fact when I asked Briana Buckmaster about this in my interview she was very upbeat about the idea and said she very much enjoyed making the episode and working with Kim Rhodes.
As somewhat of a casual fan of ‘Supernatural’ I’d love to see a ‘Wayward Daughters’ series get some consideration from the shows producers, but as a realist I’m very aware that it would be a tough sell to a television network, which would more likely recast the two character for younger and more glamorous actors, which is something that no one would really want to see.
For me the chemistry between Briana Buckmaster and Kim Rhodes as the two lady Sheriffs is the selling point of the episode – and is more than strong enough to have its own series. Even if it was a limited series.
The relationship between Donna and Jody in ‘Hibbing 911’ put me in mind of the friendship many viewers enjoyed during the 1980s between two other every day women that also happened to be cops. They put me in mind of ‘Cagney and Lacey’ from the series of the same name.
In ‘Cagney and Lacey’ both detectives were very average everyday women that had to deal with the same every day problems that most people do on a day to day basis. Of course a ‘Wayward Daughters’ series would be able to do a similar sort of thing, but make it a little lighter than ‘Cagney and Lacey’ was.
So if a spin – off were to be made with Sheriff Donna and Jody. I think it could work in a similar way to ‘Cagney and Lacey,’ but with that typical ironic and somewhat twisted humor that many ‘Supernatural’ fans tune in for.
If you are among those that would like to see a spin off series with Donna and Jody feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments and let us know what you potential vision would be for a spin off.