Now this is finally starting to sound like something I can get behind.
I haven't been particularly vocal about my affection for the show "Supernatural" up till now, because I've never really watched the show on the right schedule to chime in. I caught up to it fairly late. I think they were probably three seasons into production before I decided to give the first few episodes a try. Enough people told me how much the show improved and how good it got that I stuck with it. And honestly, it wasn't bad to start... just familiar. A cleverly-made "monster of the week" show about a pair of brothers on the road fighting things that go bump in the night, "Supernatural" didn't seem special at first.
Eventually, though, that's the exact word I'd use for the series. Under the supervision of Eric Kripke and a truly great writing staff (yay, Ben Edlund!), the show turned into a wry, self-aware, hilarious and often actually scary show with a great mythology. The cast is a big part of the show's appeal, but it's the way the show gradually found its voice and its focus and really stuck to what they were building that won me over.
So when I read that Eric Kripke might be the guy to develop "Sandman" for television, and that part of what has to happen before it moves forward is Neil Gaiman signing off or coming onboard, then I start to think, "Maybe this time, they'll actually do it."