The CW’s 2022 cancellations due to mergers and streaming

Tala Ashe in a scene from DC's Legends of Tomorrow, crying.

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It’s been a rough few days for fans of the CW’s original programming. Don’t just have fan favorites like Legends of tomorrow and batwoman abruptly canceled, earlier this week the network said goodbye to other series, including: Naomi, Charmed, and Roswell, New Mexico† Some more original content is coming out for the 2022-23 season, including Gotham Knights and supernatural prequel series The Winchestersbut for a network that had some of its series going on for a while, the cull was nothing short of shocking. Add to that the news of Warners and CBS Studios are currently trying until sell the networkand it feels safe to say that the network could look quite different after the 2022-23 season.

The Hollywood reporter published a research paper on Friday detailing the recent events of the CWand it all comes down to money† In 2011, current network owners Warners and CBS Studios partnered with Netflix to bring their series to that platform. (A season of The flash, would appear on Netflix a week after the season finale aired, for example.) International rights also contributed to the network’s rise in the 2010s, allowing them to air original series on Friday and Sunday nights, and contributed to the renewals of several shows throughout the year. Have you ever wondered why? Riverdale keeps going? It is because it is internationally regarded as a “Netflix Original” and is treated as a relatively large issue on the platform.

But in 2019, Warners and CBS Studios, which are now overseen by Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global thanks to recent mergers, their deal with Netflix in favor of their respective streaming systems HBO Max and Paramount+. As a result, Netflix revenue went down and their international slowly declined as the focus was on building these newer platforms. legends, along with other canceled shows like charmed and roswell, were all included in that Netflix original deal. But now that the shows in that deal are gone, nearly all of the CW series for the 2022-23 season will be available to stream on The CW’s website and their app, CW Seed, which is said to be of “special interest.” is. for those who want to buy the network.

Fans who have recently spent their time on social media in hopes of having their favorite show revamped or picked up by HBO Max or Paramount+ may be out of luck. Later in the Reporter’s piece, they reveal that the streamers couldn’t get their hands on a show like Legends or the also canceled Vampire Diaries spin-off legacies because they are wrapped in that Netflix deal. While characters of Legends and batwoman have a chance to appear in the still airing Superman & Lois or The flash, that can be as far as they come. By all accounts, and unless those fandoms can use their magic, those shows are dead and gone.


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