Wildfire: Why Was the ABC Family Series Cancelled?

WildfireAfter four seasons on ABC Family, teen drama Wildfire ends tonight. Devoted fans are understandably upset. So, why is it leaving?

Wildfire debuted back on June 25, 2005 and revolves around the world of horse racing. The series began with teen Kristine “Kris” Furillo (Genevieve Cortese) coming to the Raintree Farm from a juvenile detention center.

Season one averaged just over a million weekly viewers and season two increased to 1.56 million, an increase of over 50%. Unfortunately, season three dropped back to the first year’s numbers. Season four debuted in January. Soonafter, ABC Family announced that Wildfire had been cancelled.

Fans have petitioned ABC Family to continue the series. The folks at SaveWildfire.com have sent truckloads of hay, 500 cast iron horseshoes, apples, rope, and 1,000 pounds of carrots. Unfortunately, it’s higher ratings and additional viewers that the show really needs. As CBS learned from Jericho, a passionate campaign doesn’t necessarily mean that viewers will tune in.

ABC Family’s media relations manager, Amy Maloney, told the Albuquerque Journal that the fan support doesn’t come as much of a surprise. She said, “It is par for the course, in a sense that we’ve always known there is a strong fan base for the show… It’s flattering. It’s exciting.” In other words, Wildfire has a core audience but it’s not big enough for ABC Family.

Word is that Lionsgate, the company that produces the series, is looking for a new home for Wildfire. If the series is renewed, producer Lester Berman the cast and crew are ready. He says, “We’re saving a lot of the set dressing and the uniforms. We’re putting it in storage just in case there’s a miracle that [Wildfire] comes back.”

When the cast and crew wrapped their filming in June 2007, they were unsure if they would be back for season five. A few months ago, Cortese spoke proudly of Wildfire and the season four closer. She said, “I think we have one of the best casts and crews in television… On the other hand, we also end (this season) on a really cool note. I’d be glad to go back and get to work again with people I love, but if not, at least I’ll know we did a great job.” Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Anonymous says

    I think there is no reason to give up. This is a good series and theres so many open doors still… bring back and do some more series.

  2. Kathy says

    I would like to see Wildfire come back this next year (2016) and I think maybe the CW can work on it because I watch ABC Family and the CW and they are both really great.

    • Anonymous says

      I would like that too! I first watched wildfire a couple years ago on Netflix and now I’m watching it again and I would really like to see more of it. :-)

  3. Sue says

    CDS has made a lot of bad choices. Like deciding Dr. Quinn needed a darker side and had many good people on the show die and a lot of bad things happening. That was a series that you felt like part of and people don’t really need to see all kinds of bad and depressing stuff on TV. There is enough of that in real life.

    Another bad choice was cancelling Wildfire. I would like to see the UP Channel pick that up.
    We need these kind of shows Please make an effort to bring it back and family shows like it to brighten our leisure time. Thank you!

  4. annonamise says

    Please bring back wildfire i love this show a lot ans can watch it over and over again i just cant believe that its over i would love to see what happened after they got married and stuff its a very interesting show with a lot of surprises

  5. Aynominous says

    Please bring back Wildfire, it is totally an amazing tv season that i actually watch. Also, it is way better than the other crap on tv for example Honey Boo Boo. Take Honey Boo Boo off and replace it with Wildfire.

  6. Christine says

    Bring back Wildfire!! Am I shocked that they cancelled? No I am not, it seems these TV Networks get a good series and then drops them. So if that Network doesn’t want to please their viewers then let another Network pick it up the series…

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