And that’s a wrap – the lone question mark remaining on The CW’s lineup has been resolved, with word that freshman apocalyptic drama The Messengers will not be returning for a second season.
Lukewarm reviews and paltry ratings made cancellation very likely for the show, which followed a group of individuals tasked with tracking down the Devil himself and preventing the long-foretold end of days. Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), Sofia Black-D’Elia (Gossip Girl), Joel Courtney (The Haunting Hour), JD Pardo (Revolution) and Diogo Morgado (The Bible) all starred in the series.
The CW relies on its teen audience to tell it what they like, and the writing was on the wall for The Messengers when it failed to spark anywhere near as much interest as freshman series Jane the Virgin, The Flash or iZombie. That it premiered to a downright awful 1.2 million viewers and a 0.3 rating practically sealed the series’ fate before it even had a chance to build an audience.
With the axing of The Messengers, all The CW’s shows are accounted for. The 100, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Originals, Reign, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and that aforementioned trio of newcomers will all be returning for new seasons in the fall, while Hart of Dixie has been officially canned.
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