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The CW has axed two of its freshman dramas.
Officially canceled are rookies Frequency and No Tomorrow, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Neither show was expected to return. No Tomorrow and Frequency were the first CW shows in years to not get additional episode pickups.
Frequency was a combination of two of the season’s most popular trends: time travel and movie reboots. Starring Mad Men alum Peyton List and Nashville grad Riley Smith, the show had a small movie fan base to build on from the start. The Warner Bros. TV first-year series couldn’t connect with viewers, averaging just a 0.4 rating and 1.5 million viewers — not enough to justify a back-nine pickup. The show’s fate appeared to be sealed in March when CBS TV Studios tapped List for its space drama pilot Mission Control.
Meanwhile, The CW had high hopes for No Tomorrow to join the ranks of light hourlong entries Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (and for star Tori Anderson to break out in the same way Golden Globe winners Gina Rodriguez and Rachel Bloom have). But the apocalyptic comedy from CBS TV Studios failed to enter the awards conversation like Jane and Crazy. The first-year comedy, from Jane alum Corinne Brinkerhoff, mustered just a 0.3 average rating and 1 million viewers and failed to earn a back-nine pickup.
The CW’s 2016-17 freshman class wraps at one-for-three, with only midseason drama Riverdale — based on DC’s Archie Comics characters — going on to earn a second season. Next up for the network will be determining the fate of bubble shows iZombie and The Originals as well as deciding which of its six pilots will move to series.
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