‘Katy Keene’: Why Was the ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Canceled?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Lucy Hale as Katy Keene

After only one season, Katy Keene has been canceled by the CW. The Riverdale spinoff was beloved by followers, which is why many are questioning why the community determined to cancel the sequence. Here’s a breakdown of the present’s scores and what the solid and crew take into consideration the CW’s determination. 

Lucy Hale as Katy Keene
Lucy Hale as Katy Keene | Barbara Nitke/The CW

‘Katy Keene’ is related to ‘Riverdale’

After months of buzz and hype, Katy Keene premiered on the CW in February 2020. The present is centered round 4 Archie comedian ebook characters —  up and coming clothier, Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), the Riverdale singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez aka Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and socialite Pepper Smith (Julia Chan). 

The first season featured crossovers with Riverdale characters Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) and Sierra McCoy (Robin Givens). And Katy Keene makes an look on a Season Four episode of Riverdale.  

Because Season 5 of Riverdale is taking its characters years into the long run, there was hypothesis that Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), would make a cameo as a New York City faculty scholar within the second season of Katy Keene. Series lead Lucy Hale additionally confirmed that  Veronica’s father, Hiram, was scheduled to look on the sequence. 

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Why was it canceled?

The COVID-19 pandemic shut a lot of the nation down in mid-March, simply weeks after the premiere of Katy Keene. Many TV exhibits stopped mid-production, and others took substantial ranking hits as viewers began focusing extra on the information than leisure.

The first episode of Katy Keene had roughly 600,000 viewers, and by the tip of its season in mid-May, it averaged out at 480,000 viewers per week. In comparability, Riverdale averaged over 1,000,000 viewers in its first season. And Season 4 — which was lower quick as a result of pandemic —  averaged out at 733,000 viewers.

Despite being left with some main cliffhangers, as reported by TV Line, the CW canceled Katy Keene. The community hasn’t issued a press release indicating why, nevertheless it probably has to do with the present’s scores and reception. Warner Bros. is reportedly procuring round to search out the present one other dwelling, however there isn’t a assure will probably be picked up. 

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‘Katy Keene’ solid and creators react to cancellation information

With information of its cancellation, Katy Keene and Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to Twitter to share type phrases for the present’s solid and crew. 

“From the first #katykeene table read,” Aguirre-Sacasa wrote above an image of the solid. “It seems like a dream. So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.”

Lead star Lucy Hale additionally shared her sentiments on social media. She posted a video, tearfully addressing the cancellation of her present. 

“Sad to deliver this news,” she wrote within the caption. “But I love the show. I love what it stands for. And mostly I love YOU. To the cast, crew, and all involved…”

Julia Chan, who performs Pippa on the sequence, additionally shared type phrases for the crew and her co-stars. “Got nothing but love for these folks,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “What a dream it was to be a part of this with you all. I count my lucky stars.”

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