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. Dani says

    When the show first ran I was 16 and got addicted to it right off the bat. I wish it hadn’t ended I was devistated. I have horses and I used to ride. I related to the show because none of my friends had horses and kinda laughed at me cuz I had 4. When I saw the show I was like sweet now I don’t feel alone in the world. I miss the show and about peed myself when I saw that it was on Netflix. My mom said oh god here we go again. But now I’m excited to see how it ends but sad I wish the show had more episodes! Bring it back!!! 😉

  2. Susan DeVito says

    Hello,, I am a true fan of Wildfire and I am totally addicted to it.. I have just recently been watching Wildfire on netflix and hadn’t realized that is was a television series. Now that I know that it will end I am nervous to finish watching the episodes because I too feel that I am in with the cast members in this show. It has brought such life to watching TV.

    Hoping that people will realize that there should be more shows like this on TV instead of what our children are watching today. Sort of reminds me of what TV use to be like……..in the 70’s and early 80’s……

  3. Inna says

    One of the reasons you should give this show back to us is that this show teach us something. We learned new things from each episode and people can find themselves. You need to bring it back cause this wasn’t just a show, we lived through it.

  4. stephanie martinez says

    when i first started watching wild fire it made me wish i was there with them . ilove watching wildfire it made me laugh and cry all the time . this is one of the best shows you could ever put on abc family . i wish the crew from wildfire come back with season 5 . it will be a great disappointment to many people if the keep wildfire cancelled .great dissappointment :(

  5. Tabatha Cornelius says

    I need you to bring the show back. Its like i can’t get enought of it. This was the best T.V. show ever. I love it show much. I want to see Jeane and Pablo get married now.

  6. theresa says

    i just started watching the series about a month ago and have just finished the last episode. I wish I had watched it earlier. I would love to see it come back and see what happened to everyone!

  7. Kendra Culliton says

    They seriously need to bring this show back ! I’m watching all the seasons over again because it’s the only good thing to watch right now it’s not superficial like saddle club

  8. Kelsie Ingraham says

    I really think that this show should come back on abc family we need to know wut happens to junior & kris after they get married!!!! Please bring it back on

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