1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Wynonna Earp' to End With Season 4 on Syfy
It's the end of the road for Wynonna Earp.
The genre drama from creator Emily Andras will come to an end when season four returns to Syfy in March with its final six episodes. The series, which is produced by IDW Entertainment, will return March 5 at 10 p.m., with its series finale bowing April 9.
"I’d like to thank our wonderful cast and crew, all of whom were instrumental in bringing Wynonna Earp to our loyal and passionate audience,” said creator and showrunner Emily Andras. "We couldn’t be prouder of these last six episodes on Syfy, and are thrilled to share them with our beloved fans, who have changed our lives forever. I have been honored to tell Wynonna and her family's story, and along with Seven24, Cineflix and CTV Sci-Fi, are hopeful we can continue to share their inspiring tales in the future."
The decision to end the series comes after season four was derailed by a lack of funding from producers IDW Entertainment (Netflix's Locke & Key). NBCUniversal-owned Syfy, which pays a licensing fee to air the Canadian series domestically, contributed additional funding to help IDW get the beloved series starring Melanie Scrofano back on track. Canadian distributor Space did the same, though Syfy remains the biggest financial partner in the show. Given IDW's ownership of the franchise, it was not possible for Syfy to produce Wynonna Earp on its own as it does not hold the rights to the show based on the comic created by Beau Smith.
As part of the July 2019 deal that got Wynonna Earp back on track, IDW Entertainment — an offshoot of the comic book company IDW Publishing — teamed with Cineflix Studios as a co-producer on the series. Cineflix Rights sold all four seasons of Wynonna Earp internationally, which helped stabilize funding issues that originally derailed the show from its planned 2019 return.
The lack of international sales was a key roadblock to additional funding as IDW had sold SVOD rights to the first two seasons of Wynonna Earp to Netflix. Syfy was previously committed to Wynonna Earp and originally greenlit a fifth season of the drama as part of its dealmaking for season four. The plan for season five was revealed as part of an IDW public filing and included in the deal for season four.
Ending Wynonna Earp with season four marks a reversal for Syfy, which had expected IDW to deliver a fifth season of the drama about the great-great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp. Syfy's decision to forgo a fifth season arrives as the cable network is now part of a content group overseen by Frances Berwick and Susan Rovner that includes streamer Peacock, NBC and all of the company's cable brands.
Rovner leads the creative for the portfolio, with former USA and Syfy president Chris McCumber having exited last year as part of NBCU's reorganization. As part of the new executive structuring, Syfy is expected to share content with other cable brands and streamer Peacock as Berwick and Rovner come up with a strategy to get the most eyeballs on original content. Spending money to co-produce a low-rated yet beloved series that has a complicated streaming rights issue seemingly did not fit in with that strategy.
Wynonna Earp producers will continue to look for a new home for the series. A production deal for season five hinges on finding a new distributor to air it. There are currently no plans to film a fifth season.
"Every once in a while a show comes along with a powerful message that resonates beyond all expectations with its fans, and for Syfy that show has been Wynonna Earp,” said Berwick, who serves as chairman of NBCU's entertainment networks. “We are so grateful to Emily Andras and her incredible team who brilliantly brought light to real issues around identity and sexuality throughout the series four-season run. From the very beginning, this show deeply connected with our viewers — reaching new fans every season, filling up Comic-Con theaters, securing write-in award nominations and even landing multiple fan-funded Times Square billboards. To our Earpers, we are so proud to have shared such an incredible narrative with all of you. Thank you for your passion and thank you for taking this journey with us."
Added IDW CEO Ezra Rosensaft: "We are so proud of Wynonna Earp and everyone involved with the show. We are grateful to Syfy for giving such a great run to such a special show. Emily’s incredible drive, the incredible team and the incredible fandom made being a supporting player on its four-season journey a true honor."
Syfy's scripted roster now consists of the recently launched Resident Alien and the upcoming Chucky, Day of the Dead and The Surrealtor. All three shows are expected to launch this year. Wynonna Earp was Syfy's longest-running scripted series and its last remaining acquisition.
Check out the trailer for Wynonna Earp's midseason debut, below.
Updated Feb. 8 with trailer.