Friday, May 13, 2022

'Today we mourn': A Red Wedding of TV cancellations hit several American shows.

by Thinus Ferreira

There's blood in the TV water after a string of overnight TV show cancellations in America that saw multiple series seen in South Africa getting the cancellation axe.

Most cancelled TV shows are from the small CW network owned jointly by Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount that faces a future of very likely being sold off to Nexstar in the United States. 

Another factor playing a role in the cancellations is that the studios making shows for CW used to earn multi-million-dollar revenue from licensing and selling that content internationally, to for instance Netflix, which is no longer happening since these Hollywood studios like CBS Studios are keeping the shows "in-house" and channelling them to their own video streaming services to help drive subscribers growth to their own new services.

The supernatural institution of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted is no longer accepting applications with Legacies, seen on M-Net (DStv 101), which has been cancelled after 4 seasons. 

Set in the same universe as The Originals (which lasted 5 seasons) and The Vampire Diaries (which ran for 8 seasons), it brings an end to a 13-year run of The Vampire Diaries world.

Executive producer Julie Plec on Twitter, referring to the shocking and infamous bloodbath killing scene in Game of Thrones, only said: "It's the Red Wedding at WBTV/CW today. Much more to say, but not today. Loads of gratitude coming from fans and cast and crew in future tweets. But today, we mourn".

With Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow, also seen on M-Net, were also cancelled earlier this month, the cancellation bear on Thursday also bit and killed off the reboot of Dynasty (seen on Netflix SA) after 5 seasons, Charmed seen on M-Net (after 4 seasons), Roswell, New Mexico seen on M-Net (after 4 seasons), the reboot of 4400 and Naomi (after its first season).

The Endgame from NBC that just started on M-Net in April has also been cancelled after its first season, as well as In the Dark seen on M-Net (after 4 seasons), and Magnum P.I. (seen on M-Net) after 4 seasons. 

United States of Al and B Positive also both seen on M-Net were both cancelled after their second seasons, with series Good Sam and How We Roll also getting cancelled after their first seasons.