The show's title was revealed on January 29, 2014.
The series was to be directed by Robert Singer and penned by Andrew Dabb. Both were planning to co-executive produce the series alongside McG and Carver. Eric Kripke was set to return to co-executive produce as well.
It was previously titled Supernatural: Tribes.
On May 8, 2014, The CW announced that Bloodlines was not picked up for a series order. The network is reportedly leaving open the possibility of spinning off Supernatural in another concept down the line. 
Another spin-off was decided in 2017, titled Supernatural: Wayward Sisters.
- "It’s an entirely different cast of characters. And unlike Supernatural - which is a road show - this will take place in one place (Chicago) with a wider cast of characters. (It will) explore the clashing monster and human characters living in the city. We’ll have main characters who are both human and monsters. That will include, families of monsters and families of hunters. It’s much more of an ensemble than Supernatural.
- Ennis Ross - billed as the protagonist of Bloodlines. He is a human who plans to be a cop. He learns how to become a hunter after a loved one is killed. He is played by Lucien Laviscount.
- David Lassiter - a shapeshifter hailing from one of Chicago's five ruling monster families. He attempted to live as a human but a tragedy brings him back to his old life. He is played by Nathaniel Buzolic.
- Margo Lassiter - a shapeshifter sister of David Hayden. She looks to become the new leader of her family. She is played by Danielle Savre.
- Violet Duval - a werewolf from another ruling monster family. She has a forbidden romantic involvement with David. She is played by Melissa Roxburgh.
- Julian Duval - brother of Violet and arch nemesis of Ennis. He is played by Sean Faris.
- Freddie Costa - an old friend of Ennis' father. He is a cop who is weary of the world and keeps a secret. He is played by Stephen Martines.