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‘Shadowhunters’ Canceled at Freeform, Will End With Two-Hour Finale

Sources say producer Constantin Film lost its output deal with Netflix, which didn’t make the genre drama financially feasible at the Disney-owned cable network.
Freeform’s Shadowhunters is coming to an end.

The genre drama produced by Constantin Film has been canceled after three seasons. The series, based on the Mortal Instruments feature film franchise, will wrap up in the spring with the second half of season three and an additional two-hour series finale for a total of 12 episodes.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Constantin lost its output deal with Netflix, which helped to foot the bill for the pricey project. Without the streaming giant’s financial backing, Constantin sought a greater cash infusion from Freeform, which sources say was unable to afford to keep the series running.

We are very proud of Shadowhunters, a series that broke new ground in the genre world and became a fan favorite,” the network said Monday in a statement. “However, along with our partners at Constantin, we reached the very difficult decision not to renew the show for a fourth season. But as big supporters and fans ourselves, Freeform insisted on and championed the filming of a special two-part finale that would give devoted fans a proper ending. The 12 episodes will air in spring 2019. We want to thank our talented creators, producers, cast and crew along with our colleagues at Constantin for their hard work and dedication and to Cassie Clare for her incredible book series. We look forward to the final chapter of this breakthrough drama.

While not a huge breakout for Freeform, Shadowhunters was a sturdy performer for Disney’s younger-skewing cable network. Its most recent third season — which received an additional 10-episode order ahead of its debut — averaged around 500,000 live-same day viewers, though it is worth noting that a considerable tally of Freeform viewers watch via nonlinear platforms. The second half of the 20-episode third season was originally slated for the summer, but will now be packaged with the additional two-part series finale for the spring.

Shadowhunters was picked up straight to series and changed showrunners after season one. Former Smallville showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer replaced Ed Decter, who developed the series for Freeform. The drama is produced by Constantin and based on the bestselling YA fantasy book series by Clare.

Katherine McNamara stars as Clary Fray, a woman who finds out on her 18th birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids that hunt down demons. Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Isaiah Mustafa and Harry Shum Jr. also star.

The decision comes as Freeform recently launched (and renewed) fellow genre play Siren. The cable network, under president Tom Ascheim and head of development Karey Burke, is also ending The Fosters with a supersized finale that leads into a spinoff. Freeform’s scripted roster also includes Famous in Love (which is also awaiting word on its future), Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, The Bold Type, Pretty Little Liars spinoff The Perfectionists, Grown-ish, Alone Together and recent straight-to-series multicamera comedy Besties, from Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Grown-ish).

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Can you tell us a bit about Maze Runner: The Death Cure?

“It was a very interesting, full circle moment for me coming back after shooting two seasons of Shadowhunters, seeing these guys again, and still, even after two years, feel like it was coming home and coming back together with family. It was nice to kind of regroup and celebrate what everyone’s been doing. Maze Runner itself…it was nice to finish up that story and get closure with those characters, and to revisit that world one more time with everyone. Including the director, Wes Ball, who I think is brilliant. Every single person in the cast has so many irons in the fire and so many exciting things coming from them, I just know it’s going to be one of those films I look back on in 30 years and [say] ‘Wow! Look at where all of us went from that project, and how cool that we all had that moment together, in such a beautiful place like South Africa!’ There are always those projects that you see you now looking back on and go, ‘Oh my God! I had no idea those 10 people worked together! Their careers went in 10 different directions, and yet they were all amazingly successful!’ I feel like Shadowhunters and Maze Runner will be those in the coming decade.”

Speaking of Shadowhunters, what can we expect in season three?

“The show is really settled into itself now, and all of the elements are gelled together, and these characters have developed to a point now where you can explore new sides of the relationships—especially seeing how season two ended with Valentine being killed and everything kind of coming to a close. It almost gives them a clean slate and a fresh start at finding whatever the new obstacles are going to be, and seeing how the fallout of the finale affects all of the characters going forward.”

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