Misha Collins has been promoted to series regular status for "Supernatural" Season 9, The CW confirmed to The Huffington Post.
Collins will also direct his first "Supernatural" episode next season, having previously written and directed a short film called "Stranger Danger."
After recurring as the angel Castiel in Season 4 when angels were introduced into the show's mythology, Collins was promoted to series regular in Seasons 5 and 6, recurred again in Season 7, and has been credited as a Special Guest Star in Season 8.
Fans have been an active part in reminding the show's creative team about the character's popularity, even launching campaigns such as "Letters to Castiel," "Save Castiel" and "Feathers for Castiel," the latter of which involved sending feathers to the production offices in Vancouver. Collins referenced the campaign when he announced his promotion:
"Supernatural" was recently given an early renewal for next season, along with "Arrow" and "The Vampire Diaries." Executive producer Bob Singer recently confirmed that Castiel is "crucial to the tablet stories" in the last few episodes of the season: "He’s going through sort of a trial of his own that’s personal. Naomi is very unhappy with him, Crowley is very unhappy with him. He’s a confused angel right now."
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