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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For fans of The CW’s original programming, it’s been a tough few days. Not only fan favorites like Legends of tomorrow and batman was abruptly canceled, earlier this week the network said goodbye to other series, including Naomi, charmed, and Roswell, New Mexico. There will still be original content for the 2022-23 season, including Gotham Knights and the supernatural prequel series The Winchesters, but for a network that has let some of its series run for a while, the showdown was nothing short of shocking. Add to that the news of Warners and CBS Studios are currently trying for sell off the networkand it’s safe to say the network could look quite different after the 2022-23 season.

the Hollywood journalist published an investigative article on Friday detailing recent events on The CWand it all basically comes down to money. In 2011, current network owners Warners and CBS Studios entered into a partnership with Netflix to bring their series to this platform. (A season of flash, for example, would arrive on Netflix a week after the airing of the season finale.) International rights also helped the network grow during the 2010s, allowing them to air original series on Friday and Sunday nights, and contributed to the renewal of several shows over the years. Have you ever wondered why Riverdale keep on going? This is because internationally it is considered a “Netflix Original” and is treated as a big deal on the platform.

But in 2019, Warners and CBS Studios, which is now overseen by Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global through recent mergers, ended their deal with Netflix in favor of their respective streaming systems HBO Max and Paramount+. As a result, Netflix’s revenue disappeared and their international slowly declined as the focus shifted to building these new platforms. legends, as well as other canceled shows like Charm and Roswell, were all included in that original Netflix deal. But now that the shows included in that deal are gone, nearly every CW series for the 2022-23 season will be available to stream on The CW’s website and app, CW Seed, which is said to be of “particular interest.” . to those looking to buy the network.

Fans who have recently been spending their time taking to social media in hopes that their favorite show will get renewed or picked up by HBO Max or Paramount+ may be out of luck. Later in the reporter’s article, they reveal that streamers couldn’t grab a show like Legends or the also canceled vampire diary spin off Legacy due to their inclusion in this Netflix deal. While the characters of Legends and batman have a chance to appear in the still Superman and Lois or flash, maybe that’s as far as they get. By all accounts, and unless these fandoms can work their magic, these shows are dead and gone.


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