Cancelled CW shows 2024: Which series got the axe this year?

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Walker -- “It Writes Itself” -- Image Number: WLK317fg_0003r -- Pictured (L-R): Coby Bell as Captain Larry James and Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker -- Photo: The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

Finally, The CW is starting to hand down cancellation decisions. They're late in comparison to their broadcast siblings who all got their rosters in order ahead of Upfronts. In fact, the network dropped its 2024-2025 schedule with some glaring absences that left fans worried about the fate of shows they've invested their time and hearts in over the years.

But now, news is starting to trickle in about programs that we can't expect to make a return for the 2024-2025 television season though there is still a host of series still unaccounted for and decisions will need to be made on whether the network will be bringing them back for another year. Let's start with what's been officially canceled, then I'll dive into what we're still waiting to hear word on.

CW shows cancelled in 2024

The Coder's Calamity
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The Spencer Sisters

While The Spencer Sisters won't be returning for a second season, that decision was CTV's to make. The Canadian mystery series aire on The CW but it was an acquisition. It's unknown if the network would have picked the program up if it was moving forward at CTV, but we do have reason to believe ratings stateside might not have even been a factor. Lea Thompson figured the cancellation was coming due to the show's poor positioning on the Canadian network's Friday timeslot combined with changes in the business and the Hollywood strikes in 2023.

We've Been Here Before
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After Walker's sets were broken down in Austin, TX, there'd been concerned that a cancellation was coming especially after reports that the show's licensing fee would need to increase in order for it to get a fifth season. The modern western was operating at a $500-550K licensing fee which was the lowest at The CW and not sustainable for CBS Studios. It seems The CW declined to increase the fee to $1M which has triggered a cancellation for the show. It'll finish its run in the summer.

CW shows on the bubble

Things Done Changed
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All American

The decision on All American could come down to whether or not the series will pivot to a cast comprised of new characters. The football drama is into its seniority and for a seventh season to move forward, there would need to be budget cuts in order to make it more cost effective for the network. The series managed to escape needing to make cuts for its sixth season because it was rolled into the deal that gave Nexstar majority ownership of The CW. But big, show changing decisions will have to be made for a season 7.

It's also possible that the series could simply end with season 6. Major arcs for the characters are coming toward their end like Spencer and Jordan's journey to the NFL since the draft is a storyline for this run. Not to mention, the network ordered two additional episodes for the season that could end up serving as the show's close. Showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll, however, isn't done with All American. In an interview with Variety, she shared the following:

"We took them through their teen years, we’ve taken them through their college transition years. After that comes catapulting them from young adulthood into what I like to call quarter-life crisis, which is always a fun time and very high stakes. The network and the studio will make the decisions they make, in terms of when they feel this story is ready to come to an end. We are constantly ready to continue to grow these characters and pivot them."

A decision is expected to be made on the show soon. Its Netflix deal could be the thing that saves it.

Stand Up for Something
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All American: Homecoming

The college drama is in as good a position as its parent show. All American: Homecoming already went through severe budget cuts in order for the show to get picked up for the 2023-2024 television season. It also got pushed to the summer which isn't a good sign. The reporting around the road to renewal being rough for the pre-Nexstar originals didn't include a path forward for the series. While it does have a Netflix deal, like its parent show, its viewership on the network is comparatively lower than the flagship's which may factor into the decision on whether to cancel it or renew it for a fourth season.

More CW shows on the bubble:

  • Wild Cards
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us
  • The Chosen
  • FBoy Island
  • Lovers & Liars
  • Children Ruin Everything
  • Masters of Illusion
  • Son of a Critch
  • Sight Unseen
  • Family Law
  • Patti Stranger: The Matchmaker

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