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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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Brandyn May 6, 2012 at 12:15 am

Bring back “Reaper”, it is a great tv series, it didnt run long enough to get the proper amountvof fans, most fans are picky just on “titles”. I want to see the war, sam’s true purpose, how it all fits together, sam’s dads return. How the baby turns out the the one demons raising. how bens relationship finishes or continues. To many things unfinished, to many to leave unchecked. “Bring it back!!!”


jessica April 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

BRING BACK REAPER …….AND SOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ed April 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Still mourning the loss of this show in 2012!!! R.I.P. Reaper!!!


Don February 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

Nice people still fighting after all these years.


Anonymous February 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I agree that was not enough for this show. Its gonna drive me nuts if it doesnt get brought back


JC January 22, 2012 at 7:46 am

This shows needs to be brought back! I too just finished the series on Netflix and I just wish there was more! My entire family loves this show as well! Please bring Reaper back!


Maureen November 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Please consider bringing back Reaper! The chemistry of the three leads is phenomenal! Ray Wise as the devil is the best character ever! My family loves this series!


CC November 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

This show really needs to come back! They said the finalle wouldn’t leave you hanging but it does! I was addicted to this show, I have both seasons on DVD and I still watch them all the time!! Do a trial run, re-run the first two seasons and if they’re a hit them you’ll know it’s worth bringing back. They just weren’t thinking when they put it up against American Idol (I can’t stand that show) but even I’m aware of it’s popularity. They were just set up to fail.


joe November 4, 2011 at 10:48 am

bring it back
i need to see if sam and andi get out of there deal
netflix has brought me to the end of season 2 and now i want more


Marlaina February 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I agree we need to get them to either publish it on DVD or Blue ray or return it to tv. I wonder if they know that a lot of people want the third season and want it to continue. I think someone needs to let ABC know that people want the series to go until the real end happens.


Kelly October 26, 2011 at 11:56 pm

This tv show needs to be brought back to
life. I feel that so much can be answered with
another season!!!! Don’t get me wrong the ending of
Season 2 was great but I believe there’s more waiting
around the corner.


Jon September 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

BRING IT BACKKKKKK!!!!!!!!! I love this show.


Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm

i just watched it on netflix and was hoping for another season until i say it was from 2008 i do hope the bring back the show


Anonymous July 4, 2011 at 9:29 am

I Just watch Reaper on Netflix and I love it. I can’t believe it was only on for 2 Seasons. I’ve told all my family and friends about it and we are hooked. This was a great show and i believe if it would have been sched. at another time and had more advertising it would have done great!!! Please bring it back =)


bring it back cause i said so June 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

This show should def be brought back to life. People need to give it a chance. I too just finished the last episode of season 2 on netflix. Good show! Maybe netflix will help to bring it back


Some Ohio Metal Head Girl. June 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I also wish I would’ve helped the rating when it was on tv. I’ve been watching it on netflix and finished it last night and I’ve been watching it for a couple weeks. I feel horrible. But bring it back!! And I feel proud to be in the same area as Ray Wise mainly lived in. Northern Ohio. Me, Lake. Ray, Akron. Yeah, OHIO!! Hahah.


C-Foz September 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I’m in the same boat!


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