Katy Keene: The CW Cancels Riverdale Spinoff; WBTV Considers Options
In somewhat surprising news, The CW has canceled Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene after one season, with Warner Bros. TV having until July 31 (the date when cast options reportedly expire) to explore other options for the Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars)-starring series. In May, The CW Chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz revealed that the network was waiting to see how the streaming numbers stack up to what was called "soft" linear ratings. The series was available on the network's digital platform and launched on HBO Max: "The linear ratings have been soft but we have seen some good streaming viewership," he added. "We'll make a decision in a few weeks."
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the series "has seen very little bump in delayed viewing — both via DVR and streaming." Though the series had full seasons available on The CW's digital platforms along with Batgirl and Nancy Drew, the streaming numbers for Katy Keene were reported to be "nowhere near those for Batwoman and Nancy Drew." The series was given an order for an additional 13 scripts earlier this year, and many expected the combination of Hale, Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Riverdale) and a solid delayed viewing rating would be enough to secure a renewal. WarnerMedia (home of WBTV)-owned streamer HBO Max could be a possible new home for the series as could Netflix, where Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina have both done quite well for the streamer.
The CW's Katy Keene stars Hale as Katy Keene, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Katherine LaNasa as Gloria Grandbilt, Julia Chan as Pepper Smith, Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge Lopez/Ginger, Lucien Laviscount as Alexander Cabot, Zane Holtz as KO Kelly, and Camille Hyde as Alexandra Cabot. Berlanti Productions produces, in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Berlanti, Aguirre-Sacasa, Michael Grassi (Riverdale, Supergirl), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale), and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics Publisher & CEO.) serve as executive producers.