Ava DuVernay’s Naomi Won’t Return To The CW For Season 2 – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Ava DuVernay’s Superhero Drama Naomi won’t be back for a second season on the CW.

Just two days after the Kaci Walfall-led DC series concluded its oft-early first season with a DuVernay & Jill Blankenship-penned two-hour finale, the on-sale CW pulled the plug on Thursday. With that, we hear that the ARRAY Filmworks and Warner Bros TV-produced show is talking to other outlets about continuing Naomi’s story on streaming or higher on the watch face.

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The move by the Mark Pedowitz-run CW was not entirely unexpected.

Although it received many critical acclaim, including from Deadline, Naomi was in a constant battle to find an audience, especially online. The show suffered several preemptions since its January 11 debut, including for the Beijing Olympics and for consecutive weeks in early March. It should also be noted, as this is Hollywood, the proposed sale of the CW had to play a part in the lack of a Naomi renewal.

Additionally, Naomi is the third DC series released in recent weeks by the once-wealthy Arrowverse CW, following the Javicia Leslie-led batwoman and Legends of tomorrow.

Based on the premiere of the 2019 comic book series, co-written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker, and illustrated by breakthrough artist Jamal Campbell, Naomi followed the journey of a Superman-obsessed teenage girl from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event shook her community, Naomi (Walfall) set out to find its origin, and what she discovered challenges everything we believe about our heroes — and the people they raise.

Blankenship and DuVernay wrote in part and exec produced naomi, which also featured Alexander Wraith, Cranston Johnson and Camila Moreno. The series was produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros Television, with Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes also serving as EPs.

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