Freeform has decided not to renew Shadowhunters for another season, but has elected to order two more 1-hour episodes to allow for a proper conclusion.
The show, based on The Mortal Instruments series of novels from Cassandra Clare, has covered the existing novels so far, with Season 3 covering books 4 and 5. The two extra episodes will cover the final book, and not end the show on a cliffhanger as the remaining Season 3 episodes, part of a 10-episodes back half order and not expected to air until next Spring, were already in the can.
According to a statement from the network, “We are very proud of Shadowhunters, a series that broke new ground in the genre world and became a fan favorite. However, along with our partners at Constantin, we reached the very difficult decision not to renew the show for a fourth season. But as big supporters and fans ourselves, Freeform insisted on and championed the filming of a special two-part finale that would give devoted fans a proper ending. The twelve episodes will air in spring of 2019. We want to thank our talented creators, producers, cast and crew along with our colleagues at Constantin for their hard work and dedication and to Cassie Clare for her incredible book series. We look forward to the final chapter of this breakthrough drama.”
EVP of Programming Development Karey Burke added later that the decision was “purely economic”. The network has been shifting to shorter orders of shows, and that apparently triggered a clause that ended the deal between Netflix and Costantin Films, the production partner for the show, making it harder to justify the costs.
In an interesting development, Disney’s Freeform channel has elected not to move forward with Marvel’s New Warriors – a series that the channel had picked up in a straight-to-series order back in July. The series would have been Marvel’s first live action comedy series, which follows six young people with powers living and working together. Not quite super, not yet heroes and with powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world, even if the world isn’t ready. The series is about the entry into adulthood when you feel like you can do everything and nothing at once – except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
Marvel and ABC Studios plan to shop the show elsewhere.
Freeform has canceled sci-fi procedural Stitchers, no long after it concluded its third season.
Creator and executive producer Jeffrey A. Schechter tweeted not long ago, “Sadly, it’s true. #Stitchers is done. But the energy, love, and support of our fans is something that I am grateful for & will never forget. Our amazing cast and crew are the real heroes of this adventure. And thanks @FreeformTV for giving me the chance to tell 3 yrs of stories.”
Star Emma Ishta posted on Instagram:
Today we say goodbye to what has been a huge part of my life for the past 3 years -The Little Show that Could – @stitcherstv . I want to thank our creator and show runner Jeff Schecter, our executive producers @jonathanbaruch and Rob Wolken, Steve Minor and @freeform for taking a chance in a completely unknown actor with hardly any experience. You have given me the opportunity to grow exponentially as an actor but more importantly as a human. I am so grateful. And to our fans: THANK YOU. It has been a delight and honor to create this show for you. Your enthusiasm and passion is unparalleled, thank you for believing in us. To the next chapter! P.S. See how they catch me when I fall? @kyleharris @damondayoub @teshrajan
This is especially sad for my family, as myself, my wife and two daughters would all watch this show together. We wish the cast and crew good luck in their next endeavors!
Freeform picked up a 10-episode straight to series order for Marvel’s New Warriors several months ago, but The Hollywood Reporter today announced that the cast has been set, including the coveted role of Squirrel Girl.
Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us) and Derek Theler (Baby Daddy) will take up the lead roles of Squirrel Girl and Mister Immortal, respectively. Also joining the cast are Jeremy Tardy (War Dogs) as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy (Austin & Ally) as Speedball, Matthew Moy (2 Broke Girls) as Microbe and Kate Comer (Hello, My Name Is Doris) as Debrii.
The scripted comedy series, a first from Marvel Television, follows six young people with powers living and working together. Not quite super, not yet heroes and with powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world, even if the world isn’t ready. The series is about the entry into adulthood when you feel like you can do everything and nothing at once – except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
Kevin Biegel (Couger Town, Scrubs) is executive producer and showrunner, with Jeph Loeb (head of Marvel Television) and Jim Chory (Heroes, Daredevi) also executive producing.
Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween kicks off tonight – well, it already started this afternoon – but here is the complete schedule for your viewing enjoyment!
Night One – Wednesday, October 19
5:30 p.m. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
7:00 p.m. R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls
9:00 p.m. Hocus Pocus
12:00 a.m. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Night Two – Thursday, October 20
3:30 p.m. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
5:00 p.m. Hocus Pocus
7:00 p.m. The Addams Family
9:00 p.m. Addams Family Values
12:00 a.m. The Final Girls
My entire family is happy today now that Freeform (formerly ABC Family) has finally renewed Stitchers for a third season! Stars Emma Ishta and Kyle Harris announced it on Facebook Live:
Stitchers follows a secret government team that “stitches” into the memories of the recently deceased in order to find out what they witnessed before their death. It stars Emma Ishta as Kirtsen, the recently recruited “stitcher” with no sense of time or when to stop talking; Kyle Harris as Cameron, the neuroscientist and lead researcher; Ritesh Rajan as Linus, the bioelectric engineer; Eureka alum Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Maggie, the leader of the team; and Warehouse 13 alum Allison Scagliotti as Camille, Kirsten’s roommate and computer expert.