Marvel's New Warriors Won't Air on Freeform

Marvel's 'New Warriors' Won't Air on Freeform, Series Will Be Shopped Elsewhere (Exclusive)

The half-hour scripted comedy, picked up straight to series at Freeform in April, will no longer air on the younger-skewing, Disney-owned cable network.

There's bad news and good news, Squirrel Girl/New Warriors fans.

"New Warriors" is set to star Milana Vayntrub ("This Is Us") as Squirrel Girl, whose comics have a cult following.

"We are extremely excited about Marvel's New Warriors and look forward to finding the ideal partner to launch the series with in 2018", said Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment. However, despite this unexpected change in home, it doesn't appear as though New Warriors is now destined to meet a similar fate. Sources are now telling THR that that's no longer the case, and that it's currently being shopped around to other networks.

According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the project will also not move to Disney's in-the-works streaming service as has been reported by other media outlets.

"We are extremely excited about Marvel's New Warriors and look forward to finding the flawless partner to launch the series with in 2018".

I'm not really surprised at the news as Marvel TV (not associated with Marvel Studios or the Marvel movies) has been suffering setbacks as of late with the above mentioned Inhumans, and even the Netflix series Defenders and Iron Fist. It is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios' ABC Signature. Yet early test screenings for New Warriors have been extremely positive, and for Freeform to give up on a potentially winning idea seems fishy. Perhaps New Mutants (and any potential spinoffs) will end up calling that network home? New Warriors should certainly be closer in style and themes to Runaways than any of Marvel and Netflix's street-level superhero series, making something like Hulu another logical fit for the show.

Marvel's New Warriors is still expected to premiere in 2018.



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