The CW Cancels Reboot Series After Season 4

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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The popular CW series Walker has been canceled after four seasons. The decision to end the show isn’t unexpected, as the network’s new owner, Nexstar, has scrapped all original scripted programming that predates its takeover. Instead, the company has shifted its focus to bringing in cheaper foreign shows while pushing sports and unscripted content.

Walker Canceled

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Walker was canceled and will wrap up its run on The CW on June 26. In a statement following the cancellation, the network thanked the cast, crew, writers, directors, and producers of Walker for their commitment and hard work throughout its four seasons.

They also extended a special acknowledgment to star and executive producer Jared Padalecki, who has been an integral part of The CW for decades. 

Walker is one of the few scripted series from The CW’s earlier days that still managed to secure a spot on the network’s current lineup.

Jared Padalecki Expresses Gratitude

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With Walker being canceled, All American and its spinoff, All American: Homecoming, along with Superman & Lois, which will air its final season in the fall, are the only remaining series from the time when WarnerMedia and CBS jointly owned the network. 

In a statement shared on Instagram about Walker being canceled, star Jared Padalecki expressed his gratitude despite the show’s cancellation. He described it as a unique honor to have been part of the cast, crew, and fandom that contributed to Walker’s storytelling journey. “Our gratitude and love for the entire Walker Family will live forever,” he said.

Fresh Take On Walker, Texas Ranger

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Created by Anna Fricke for The CW, Walker offered fans a fresh take on the 1990s show Walker, Texas Ranger.

The show was greenlit straight to series in 2020, with Jared Padalecki set to star and executive produce the series, which premiered in January 2021. Ashley Reyes, Keegan Allen, Mitch Pileggi, Molly Hagan, Violet Brinson, Kale Culley, Coby Bell, Jeff Pierre, and Odette Annable also star.

Cordell Walker Returns

The story follows Cordell Walker, who wants to reconnect with his family while tackling crime. Returning to Austin after a two-year mission for a high-profile case, this grieving widower and father of two realizes there’s still plenty of work to be done on the home front.

In a nod to its predecessor, Walker and his new partner, one of the few women in Texas Rangers’ history, become contemporary heroes.

An Early Hit For The CW

The debut episode of Walker became The CW’s highest-rated broadcast since January 30, 2018, and its most-viewed season opener since The Flash Season 4 in October 2017.

It also earned the highest viewership for any episode in its time slot over the past four years, surpassing the “Invasion!” episode of Legends of Tomorrow. Despite all of this, Walker was canceled.

Walker: Independence First

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Prior to Walker being canceled, it led to a prequel spinoff called Walker: Independence. The show featured Katherine McNamara as Abby Walker, alongside Matt Barr as Hoyt Rawlins and Katie Findlay as Kate Carver. It also starred Greg Hovanessian, Philemon Chambers, Justin Johnson Cortez, Lawrence Kao, and Gabriela Quezada in supporting roles. 

Walker: Independence, which was also canceled, takes place in the late 1800s, tracing the origins of Abby Walker, whose life takes a turn when her husband is murdered during their journey to the Western frontier.

Alongside Abby’s story is Hoyt Rawlins, a charming rogue searching for his purpose in life. Their paths cross as they venture into Independence, Texas, a small yet promising town.

Source: Variety