Reaper: CW Cancels Supernatural Series, Still Hope for Season Three?

ReaperDespite valiantly fighting off the “evil” ratings juggernaut known as American Idol, it looks like Sam and friends have lost the battle. Reaper has been cancelled by the CW network.

Revolving around a young slacker whose parents have sold his soul to the devil, Reaper showcases the talents of actors like Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez, Missy Peregrym, Ray Wise, Andrew Airlie, Valerie Rae Miller, Donavon Stinson, Christine Willes, Allison Hossack, Ken Marino, and Jessica Stroup.

Once expected to be a breakout hit of the 2007-08 season, the series averaged just 2.7 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share of the 18-49 demographic. It was renewed for a second year but the network delayed it until mid-season and then scheduled it opposite American Idol.

Initially, the show did pretty well but then the numbers began to erode. As a result, the CW network has terminated the series after two short seasons.

There is a slim chance that Reaper could continue in first-run syndication. ABC Studios, who produces the series, is currently gauging interest. If they are able to keep the show going, it may have to be without Labine’s Sock since the actor’s signed onto a new FOX sitcom, Sons of Tucson. It’s unclear if Labine’s Reaper contract would still mandate his returning to the show if it moved to syndication.

As it stands now, next week’s episode, titled “The Devil and Sam Oliver,” will be the show’s last. In a recent interview with Steve Eramo, Labine said that the possibility that this would be the last installment was very much on everyone’s mind.

He said, “There’s always a certain amount of emotion that comes with what could be the end of something that you’ve put so much work into and where you enjoy the people you work with as much as we do… So it got a little emotional around the set during the final days of filming this story.”

Of the episode, the actor said, “I don’t want to give away any details of the finale, but I can say that it won’t leave you frustrated if we don’t come back. It should leave you feeling like you could go off and imagine what the rest of Sam’s life would be like. I thought that was really clever because when they wrote this episode, the writers weren’t sure if they were writing the end of the show or the end of the season. So I thought it was a good move on their part.”

Should Sam, Sock, Ben, and friends return for more adventures or will you be happy to let it go?

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  1. Daniel Jenkins says

    Reaper is a great show that more people need to see , I just came back into contact with this amazing series and have watched both seasons in a matter of days and am dieing to find out what is still to come , if lost can drag it’s feet through that many seasons just for you to find out that they are all dead in what I think is the biggest cop out end to a series ever , then reaper diserve a chance to tell it’s full story back on air as it is a fun and exiting series with great underlining morals .

  2. Anonymous says

    they need to air another 2-5 seasons of reaper, it’s a great show and it was kinda stupid they way they ended it. they left alot of stuff open which is a little annoying. this show was a little revolutionary because nobody had made a tv show where the main character worked for the freakin devil, and when they introduced the fact that he was the devils son, it just got better and better

  3. Jennifer says

    I agree with the above posts, I started watching the show when it firdt came out, then lost it. I think its a great show and I’d love to see more of it!

  4. seth keel says

    reaper is awesome just found it on Netflix, need a third season i hate the cliff hanger what happens after the angels fly away will Sam get his soul, will Andy get her soul or will Sam overthrow the devil? You expect us to create the rest of his life he’s like freaking 25 what happened in the other 50 years? I mean wow you make this **** for us so we don’t have to imagine it.

    big fan :) Seth

  5. says

    please bring the reaper back because i love this show and just recently just discovered the show on netflix and its pretty ******* awsome but the CW is always stoping good shows but they are al brain dead you *******

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